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    Question Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    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.
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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    R Doug,

    I'm currently in the market and an option is a 718 Base 6MT. I have already found a deal but really looking to get a '15 BGTS.

    Without driving either of them, I like the fact the 718 has power at the lower end of the rev band (where I usually like doing my driving) but he BGTS I feel is and will be something special down the line so that is what I'm holding out for (if I can get a good price on it). I'm still torn.

    Drove M2 and Stingray. Both a hoot but I like the way Porsche sits. Just looks right.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    What you wrote pretty much encapsulates my decision to go for the 718 Boxster S.

    I owned a M235 (and older M3 cars) and like the car as a DD, so I looked at the M2. I didn't have the same "car as an extension of me" feel that I get in the 718 - just not as connected. I think the M2 is a better sports coupe than the M4, even though the M4 looks great especially with the competition package.

    Coming from a CGTS, I briefly considered a GT4, but then finally decided that I wanted a convertible. Thought also about a 992, but my opinion is that the 718 Boxster S is the best convertible Porsche currently offers, regardless of price.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    Rippey, best of luck with your purchase.


    Quote Originally Posted by mrrippey View Post

    Drove M2 and Stingray. Both a hoot but I like the way Porsche sits. Just looks right.

    Rippey


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    Quote Originally Posted by photonscience View Post
    What you wrote pretty much encapsulates my decision to go for the 718 Boxster S.
    I didn't have the same "car as an extension of me" feel that I get in the 718 - just not as connected.

    Well said both of you. I too felt that both Caymans I tested (718 and 981) felt like an extension of the driver and that was a big plus.

    I've not owned a true high performance / sports cars in this past. This will be my first. I've owned a JCW Mini and come from riding (and racing) motorcycles. While no car will ever give me the same feeling of engagement as a sports bike, the Cayman felt the most engaging of all the cars I tested.

    I'm also envious of anyone who's been able to test drive an M2. I didn't have it on my list because all of the dealers had them pre-sold and I would have needed to on a 12+ month waitlist.
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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    I chose a 718 Cayman because I wanted a true sports car, not a GT car. The only two other cars I considered were a 981 and a Corvette. I didn't want a base 981 due to the power and torque levels (or lack of) and the S models were almost as much or more than a 718. The Corvette was tempting but I have owned 4 Porsches prior to this (3 993s and 1 944), and I just couldn't see myself in one even though they are very capable and a performance bargain. A high hp AMG or BMW was not interesting to me as a second car, they are too heavy and not sports cars, IMO. My daily driver is a BMW 335d so I have grown accustomed to lots of torque and the 718 has guts. I ordered a relatively low option 718 Cayman and the MSRP was $63k.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    I originally intended to purchase a CPO 2014/2015 Base Cayman; but, there was not a whole lot of selection, most were loaded with options I did not want/want to pay for, were on the other side of the USA, and were only about $6K - $10K cheaper than ordering a 2017 to my specs.

    I highly considered a base F-Type in a 6spd manual; but, it was little cramped, the visibility was not great, it weighs to much, and I hate that the six cylinder is actually the same block as the eight cylinder. Dead gorgeous, however, but maybe a bit to extrovert for me.

    I was also leaning toward a GTI, but my wife said no way.

    There was nothing else that was I could fit in, that was fun to drive, that was not a street racer, and available with a manual transmission.

    And, I dearly loved my 2007 base Cayman.
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    Prior of interest:
    2009 GTS Manual w/ PDCC (fabulous, but geared to low for daily commute)
    2007 Cayman (favorite of all time, but unresolved flaws)

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    The 718 is my summer car and I'm keeping my S4 for when I need more seats and for the winter. I cross-shopped the 718 with the following:

    Alfa 4C - Great value but I wouldn't want to drive it all the time. Don't like the interior or the front.

    Used 981 - Felt too slow. My S4 has stage 2 mods and I'm used to the power of it. Also never liked the way the 981 looked on the exterior.

    GTR - Just felt like a bigger S4. Didn't feel special. You sit way too high and doesn't feel like a sports car at all.

    F-Type R - Too much of a GT car. Feels very big and heavy.

    Audi R8 - Too old for my price range and the interior is even more dated than my S4. Didn't want to feel like I'm in the same car.

    911 - Didn't feel sporty enough. Felt too big. I also think the 718 looks much better.

    Ended up ordering a 718 S with ~$20k CAD of options (performance options plus leather interior make up the bulk of it).

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    I'd always wanted a sporty car. I was extremely jealous of my friend Bob, when at age 18 (more than 50 years ago) his dad gave him an MGB.

    I hadn't used the back seats in my car more than once or twice in 4 years so a 2 seater would be fine.

    Ever since the '63 Buick Skylark convertible (Stirling Moss's favourite car!), and the sunroof on a Honda Prelude a convertible was desirable.

    I wanted performance on the public road system with low rpm power and something that would be a daily driver.

    It had to look great. The "swoopy" lines of the original Ferrari Dino were amazing.

    Mazda MX5 (I think that's a Miata in the US)--no power, no storage, but great fun.

    BMW, Mercedes--too big and heavy, poor reliability. Porsche #2 in reliability after Lexus--and not happy to be #2 (sorry Avis).

    Toyota/Subaru--no convertible, and just not quite right, low on power.

    The Boxster looked great in the car yard. The sharper more aggressive lines than previous years was immediately attractive to me. I loved the Cayman's lines even more--but it wasn't a convertible.

    I went for a test drive up the motorway and back down through the Adelaide Hills, and was sold. The power to pass bicyclists quickly and safely on very winding roads was exhilarating. It also stuck to the road like glue, and steered and handled a treat.

    The exhaust sound was great--nice baritone, not too loud, not too soft, and suggestive at low rpm rather than blatant.

    Great control layout--each section clearly separated.

    Comfortable seats (14 way adjust, leather) and quality interior.

    Reasonable service costs.

    The economy of the 2 litre engine and the wonderful PDK transmission (I was tired of having to slip the clutch in traffic.) were also influential.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    Having owned a cayman before as well as a 4C and R8, I bought the 718 S, because I wanted the 718 S.
    There is nothing else in the price range that is as good to drive and as fast.
    The GT4 is nice and all, but I stay up at altitude where turbo cars have the upper hand and the 718 S is so much faster than a the previous generation that its quite funny.
    Do I love NA engines? Yes I do, but I also love speed and the 718 S is the ultimate budget supercar that is also extremely comfortable when you need it to be.
    Honestly the next best things above it are the current R8, 458, Mclaren 540 etc, which as you must admit are far more expensive...

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    I don't actually own a 718 CS yet -- it should be here in a couple of weeks (fingers crossed!).

    1. I wanted a new car. This is going to be my "dream car" for the foreseeable future (I've owned Hondas all my life ), and every time I sat in a used car (e.g., 981 GTS), I just hated it.

    2. I wanted a manual transmission. That limited me right there -- no Audi for example.

    3. I drove an M4. Beautiful car, felt like a boat. Just huge.

    4. I drove a 370Z. Nice car, felt cheap, got little excitement from it.

    5. I thought about a BRZ or Miata, but wanted something more powerful than my current Honda Si.

    6. I really wanted to check out an M2, but I've never even *seen* one, must less driven one. Was unwilling to buy one sight unseen.

    7. I drove an M240i, but again, zero excitement.

    8. I drove a 718 S (PDK) and 718 base (manual), and finally got the excitement I was looking for!

    This is the third car for us, no kids, a 2-seater is no problem.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    Hello all, new member to the forum, but not totally new to Porsche. Have owned an 1983 944, 1989 944 And a 1979 930 turbo (my favorite).
    I currently have a base 718 on order, due mid July , I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!
    So the reasons I purchased are several, the Cayman body style has always appealed to me but this 718 has an all grown up now style, I preferred it even to the 911. My favorite is the rear view and also the way the larger side air intakes are sculpted into the side of the car affecting the doors to.
    Then there is the torque... I like a high torque engine...I understand the fun of a high revving engine to, but the outgoing base less power than I wanted and S was more to spend. I considered a used S model no older than 2015 but with what these are going for and the better looking body and updated and improved interior.....well let's just say all the stars and planets aligned for me to get first NEW Porsche!
    My build is one of the most basic I have seen.
    -Base MT
    -Graphite Blue
    -GT steering wheel
    -free cargo net in passenger foot well
    -model designation delete
    that's it!!!...So, with the exception of premium color choice and smaller GT wheel to help me fit into the car (6 ft 5 in) driver, this is Porsche's most basic entry level car, yet it will out perform my 1979 930 turbo flagship!
    I also think the car has an amazing ride for the handling capabilities.

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    Re: Why did you purchase a 718 and what else did you consider?

    Like curtw I wanted manual, so that squeezed the field down. Wanted an M2 being a Beemer guy, but finding one to drive was like finding the Yeti...miata was fun but not enough power and cramped..M4 too big... New JAG was nice, but reliability an issue plus immediate depreciation (couldn't go used bc no manual until this year)...718 hit the sweet spot and checked all the boxes.


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