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I always drive my 718BS that is equipped with SC and PSE in Sport mode. I love the enhanced sound with the pops and gurgles ("farts") but I wonder about the long term effect of the enriched fuel mixture on the mechanicals .

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I always drive my 718BS that is equipped with SC and PSE in Sport mode. I love the enhanced sound with the pops and gurgles ("farts") but I wonder about the long term effect of the enriched fuel mixture on the mechanicals .

Any opinion or true knowledge?
The engine will completely fail after about 5,000 miles if you run in Sport mode all the time. That's a totally true 100% real fact. :)
 

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The engine will completely fail after about 5,000 miles if you run in Sport mode all the time. That's a totally true 100% real fact. :)
I think the 5000 miles figure is inaccurate......I know for a fact it occurs at about 500 miles and how I know my engine already failed. Not to worry, my wife pushes and I ride and visa versa........plus the added benefit is all that exercise we now get.

The only precaution with these engines is to follow the break-in guidelines which is to "mostly" keep it under 4200 rpms for the first 2K miles. Quite frankly, I think the break-in guidelines are a tad bit extreme. Although, I am not going to follow my SA's advice he told me to drive it like a stole it from day one..............

Also before you start pushing the Porsche allow the engine oil to get up to operating temperature ~194 degrees or about 4 or 5 miles.....

Porsche engines are tough.....
 

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Talking about the Sports mode/PSE…..I also drive mostly in Sport mode with PSE, and yesterday I was listening to music while my wife was in the car, and I was remarking how good the Bose sound system was and her response was I rather you shut the music off…..when I asked why she said I like the sound of the ENGINE more……….Have to agree the ENGINE rumble is the best music of all……
 

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The only precaution with these engines is to follow the break-in guidelines which is to "mostly" keep it under 4200 rpms for the first 2K miles. Quite frankly, I think the break-in guidelines are a tad bit extreme. Although, I am not going to follow my SA's advice he told me to drive it like a stole it from day one..............
But seriously... did your SA tell really you to "drive it like a stole it from day one"?
 

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My manual says "2000 miles (3000 km)". Fun fact: 3000 km is actually 1864 miles. So I called it quits with the break in at 1800 miles.
Realistically, 1K should be more than enough but I will hold out to 1.5k/2k miles; though, I should be at 1K within the week. Next decision point when to change the oil.....1k/2K or the recommended 10K......
 

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My manual says "2000 miles (3000 km)". Fun fact: 3000 km is actually 1864 miles. So I called it quits with the break in at 1800 miles.
Not all recommendations stay the same country to country. The running in recommendation in the U.K was for only a little over 1800 miles anyway. The Porsche service intervals here are 20,000 or every two years, even though it's every year in some others. The extended service interval doesn't appear to do them much harm otherwise Porsche U.K wouldn't offer official warranties up to 15 years of age (3 years initial then extended warranties can be taken on a biennially to cover right up until the the car is 15 years old).
 

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I have not been driving like a maniac, but I have tested launch control a few times...
How many of you other than Yipekiye actually use launch control more than once or twice? I didn't try it on my last 981 until I'd actually owned it in excess of 4 years. I only did it then to satisfy a very mild curiosity. I used it twice in a row on the same day & never felt the desire to do so again. So far I haven't tried it in my 718 & I'm not sure if I actually ever will. I don't deem it suitable for use on public roads (certainly not around here) & I don't like to stress the car in that manner anyway. If you hit a track & were actually going to race then it isn't particularly suitable for a race launch either. You shouldn't hold it at high revs for more than a few seconds without actioning the launch otherwise you stand to damage the vehicle. So the chances of you timing everything perfectly to coincide with the start of a race without causing damage or just simply getting your timing wrong & not initiating launch properly are pretty minuscule. You've got a rough idea, but you can't know exactly when that flag is going to be dropped or the lights change. So if anything I view it as a bit of a gimmick, that's maybe a bit of fun, sort of -ish, at a push, perhaps, but not really anymore useful than an ashtray fitted to a motorcycle. :D
 

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How many of you other than Yipekiye actually use launch control more than once or twice? :D
Never on my Boxsters or Cayman. I did it once on my 991 Turbo S just to see what 0-60 in 2.9 sec feels like. Kind of scared me - not because of the brutal acceleration - more for the fear of an expensive repair. OTOH some magazines have done 100 launch controls in a row on the Turbo without any issue. OTOH, it ain't their car and they don't have to argue with the service manager.

As far as I can tell, best thing about launch control is for the ragazines and fanboi videos for bragging rights.

Besides there's always the Dodge Hellcat Satan Beelzubub with 800+ hp to pop wheels with and I think that thing is priced about the same as 718S (w/o stealer markup)
 

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Never on my Boxsters or Cayman. I did it once on my 991 Turbo S just to see what 0-60 in 2.9 sec feels like. Kind of scared me - not because of the brutal acceleration - more for the fear of an expensive repair.
Yeah I can completely understand that. I don't mind driving a car pretty hard, but launch control didn't really sit very well with me & for pretty much exactly the same reasons. However in a 991 Turbo it might have been more than just the possible repair bills that scared me. My goodness that must be absolutely horrendous. :|
 
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