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    Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Planning to order this configuration with the following options. Comments/suggestions/recommendations welcome:


    718 Cayman GTS
    Carrara White Metallic
    Porsche Entry & Drive: wanted this mainly for the keyless ignition more than anything else. The keys on my 981 have gotten really beat up.
    Fuel cap with aluminum look finish: yes, I know it's frivolous but I like it.
    PDK
    Light design package
    Heated multifunction GT sport steering wheel: I'm on the fence about ordering this in leather ($0 option) over the stock alcantara.
    Sport seats plus
    Smoking package
    Luggage net in passenger footwell
    Pedals and footrest in aluminum
    BOSE
    Porsche connect: decided to save $2400 and forego built-in nav, since I seldom use it on my current car. I figure if I need navigation, I can use Apple Maps via CarPlay. Would appreciate any comments on how CarPlay/Porsche Connect has worked for any of you.
    Porsche Experience Center delivery in Los Angeles: $425 gets you personalized delivery at the PEC, lunch at the restaurant, and 90 minutes or on-track instruction. That's a fair deal.

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Hmmm. Not my build but to each his own. However, on to your question: connect works pretty well. Allows iPhone function with apple maps (much improved) with siri voice control as well. Seems to load reliably on start up (still needs cable connection in console). I use it every time I drive (primarily for music via spotify or pandora or podcasts). Bose seems ok to me once you adjust to your liking. I think the cayman soundstage is not ideal to good sound.

    I noted that PEC delivery is no longer free. I think this is a poor move for Porsche. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Atlanta and was treated like a king. I think charging for it cheapens the experience. (BMW doesn't charge in SC and they even include one nights hotel stay and transportation).

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Thanks for the input. As the GTS already comes with pretty much all of the performance bits I want as standard, what's left to choose as options are mostly cosmetic in nature.

    I'm glad to hear the Porsche Connect works well. Looking forward to dropping the PCM iPod/iPhone interface that I've been struggling with for 6+ years.
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    I ordered my 718 boxster with porsche connect (only) and use it with iphone and carplay just as you described. initially i found some issues where if you were using the radio/sirius and switched back and forth with pandora i couldn't get it to work seamlessly. pandora has excellent support and reloading pandora and carplay latest versions corrected most of the issues. i find that as long as you bring the iphone up with pandora before you plug the phone into the console it transitions well and i believe that the rest of the issues are user error on mypart - just entering the correct sequence into the "home" screen to get back into carplay/pandora if i've switched to radio

    totally love this configuration. siri and messaging and phone call functions work great.

    the only thing i will mention is that when i use my phone in my husband's buick the carplay interface is a little easier and more intuitive

    congratulations on your new car.........

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Congrads!
    so no GTS embroidery on the seats and RED GTS tacho?
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by 718_dml View Post
    I ordered my 718 boxster with porsche connect (only) and use it with iphone and carplay just as you described. initially i found some issues where if you were using the radio/sirius and switched back and forth with pandora i couldn't get it to work seamlessly. pandora has excellent support and reloading pandora and carplay latest versions corrected most of the issues. i find that as long as you bring the iphone up with pandora before you plug the phone into the console it transitions well and i believe that the rest of the issues are user error on mypart - just entering the correct sequence into the "home" screen to get back into carplay/pandora if i've switched to radio

    totally love this configuration. siri and messaging and phone call functions work great.

    the only thing i will mention is that when i use my phone in my husband's buick the carplay interface is a little easier and more intuitive

    congratulations on your new car.........
    Wives in Porsches, husbands in Buicks. (Can we be careful not to advance this concept unnecessarily?)

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    If you haven't watched Nick Murray's video yet then I would. He does a good job explaining different options and gives his opinion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNm5hvk2C78

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Welcome back Interpol.
    Very nice build.
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingwheelz View Post
    Wives in Porsches, husbands in Buicks. (Can we be careful not to advance this concept unnecessarily?)
    Can we also be careful not to advance stereotypes unnecessarily?
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by gcurnew View Post
    Welcome back Interpol.
    Very nice build.
    Hey thanks...good to be back!
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by rdmustang View Post
    If you haven't watched Nick Murray's video yet then I would. He does a good job explaining different options and gives his opinion.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNm5hvk2C78
    Thanks, I saw that already...this will be my 4th new Porsche so I'm familiar with most of the options. I'm just in that period where I end up second guessing my configuration and just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything that others considered 'essential'.
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Great Package! I haven't looked at the configurator lately but they use to have an option for a larger gas tank. This may not apply to the GTS but, if they still do you might want to opt for it. I have the light design package on my CS and truthfully think it a total waste of money. I'd pick leather steering wheel over alcantara every day. No matter what anyone says about alcantara you are picking a fabric cloth over leather.

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by RickH View Post
    Great Package! I haven't looked at the configurator lately but they use to have an option for a larger gas tank. This may not apply to the GTS but, if they still do you might want to opt for it. I have the light design package on my CS and truthfully think it a total waste of money. I'd pick leather steering wheel over alcantara every day. No matter what anyone says about alcantara you are picking a fabric cloth over leather.

    Unfortunately, no option for larger tank.

    I have LDP on my current 981. I agree, it's not a dealbreaker but I'll keep it since it's one of the cheaper options.

    Ironically, the stock 918 Spyder comes with a leather wrapped steering wheel. The Weissach package upgrades it to alcantara.
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    My wife and I were cracking up in the kitchen when I wrote that this morning.

    It was meant to be funny. (Which I thought would be implied.)

    My bad.

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Following up: just left dealership. They were nice enough to give me an early allocation for a 718 GTS launch vehicle, for delivery in early February 2018. I have until tomorrow to make any changes to my configuration.
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by wanderingwheelz View Post
    My wife and I were cracking up in the kitchen when I wrote that this morning.

    It was meant to be funny. (Which I thought would be implied.)

    My bad.
    Its fine. I understood it. My wife drives the Porsches all the time. I get to sit in them once in a while

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Before you lock in the factory aluminum pedals, take a look at the Rennline set. Much better looking IMO and easy to install yourself. I did in my 981 GTS.
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueNorther View Post
    Before you lock in the factory aluminum pedals, take a look at the Rennline set. Much better looking IMO and easy to install yourself. I did in my 981 GTS.
    Oh yes, I bought and installed Rennline pedals in my 987.1 and 987.2. Liked them a lot but I've become averse to doing DIY pedal installs with all the drilling and bolting. Not to mention that contorting myself to fit in the footwell to do the install was a lot easier for me 10 years ago. Now, not so much...
    Last edited by Interpol; 10-23-2017 at 07:05 PM.
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    // 2009 987.2 Cayman S / Carrara White / traded in 06.2013
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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Interpol View Post
    Thanks, I saw that already...this will be my 4th new Porsche so I'm familiar with most of the options. I'm just in that period where I end up second guessing my configuration and just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything that others considered 'essential'.
    The only constant in essential options is that there is no constant. Personally I'm a big fan of heated and ventilated seats, the GT steering wheel, and automatic dimming mirrors.

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    Re: Ordering 718 GTS tomorrow

    White dials and white SC - sharpens a dark interior, also sport PASM. Light design package is very nice subtle but effective.

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