With so many threads telling us why someone didn’t purchase a 718 (sound mostly), let’s hear from those who chose a 718.
What were the selling points and what else did you consider?
I chose the 718 as I was looking for a third car and something I would use to commute on pretty days, take road trips, and do a few track days.
I chose the 718 for the following reasons:
• The drive. Excellent feel from the diver’s seat with a fat torque curve which makes the car playful at sane speeds
• Fit and finish. Compared to most of the other cars I tested, this one felt more custom made while the others (especially one which comes to mind) felt more off-the-rack.
• Ergonomics. The thing feels special just sitting still in it.
• Looks. The evolutionary looks of the 718 makes me love it even more. This thing looks like a proper sports car.
I considered a few other vehicles which were in a similar price point. As a gearhead, it was fun test driving all of these (well, almost all of these)!
BMW M4 – I’ve always liked M cars and this one with the new competition package is a hard one to beat. Talk about torque! It lost out to the 718 based on a few things but primarily it came down to fit and finish. I’ve read a big complaint on M cars is how quickly they develop squeaks and rattles. There was even a rattle in one of the Ms we tested. Unacceptable. Insult to injury, the insurance quote on the M4 was more than $400 more per year than the 718 Cayman S (even though the Cayman S cost more). Granted, I’ll make up for that by the cost of the maintenance of the 718 over the M.
Mercedes AMG C63 Coupe – GREAT sounding car. I have no idea how AMG makes turbo engines sound so darn good. While many praise the interior of this as a major upgrade, I actually found it to be a little on the gaudy side for a car in this price range. Personally, when I purchase a German car, I expect a Germanic non-nonsense interior. High quality, driver centric, and matter of fact. At the end of the day, I really want a drivers car and this thing is not. It has its fun factors but only comes in an automatic and it’s a bit bloated to be a properly fun car to drive in the twisties.
Corvette Grand Sport – I have to admit, this car appeals to my inner 5 year old. It’s a great performance car for the money. But, I cannot get past the fact (a) the looks are a bit ostentatious and (b) the interior feels like part Corvette, part Malibu, and part Silverado. In other words, it’s not very refined. Add to that not one dealer (in 4 visited) allowed a test drive. This fell off the list very quickly!
Used Cayman S – yes, the sound of that flat six with in the throttle is amazing. But, the motor needs to higher in the revs to get the most out of it and I found it difficult to find a good used one with the exact features I wanted.