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Wow. We have very similar taste. I think those are the best three cars as well. I would put them in a different order though. Carrera GT, 904 and Spyder.
Hmmm, I guess that I gravitate toward the newer end of the spectrum, 918 Spyder, 718 Spyder and then the Carrera GT. I can't afford a 918 but the 718 Spyder is a distinct possibility! :)

I think the 718 Spyder is the second-best-looking car Porsche has EVER made. In my book nothing beats the 904 Carrera GTS, then comes Spyder then Carrera GT.
We have a pretty active bunch of collectors and enthusiasts out on the islands, this 904 comes over from one of the smaller islands for our Euro Cars and Coffee at the Oak Bay Marina, worth attending as there is always an eclectic bunch of cars and people! ;)

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ry24103erwycmd1/AADqEv9M-hzHkz8EvudB7vNHa?dl=0

 

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Wow. We have very similar taste. I think those are the best three cars as well. I would put them in a different order though. Carrera GT, 904 and Spyder.
Hmmm, I guess that I gravitate toward the newer end of the spectrum, 918 Spyder, 718 Spyder and then the Carrera GT. I can't afford a 918 but the 718 Spyder is a distinct possibility! <img src="http://www.planet-9.com/images/smilies/smile.png" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

I think the 718 Spyder is the second-best-looking car Porsche has EVER made. In my book nothing beats the 904 Carrera GTS, then comes Spyder then Carrera GT.
We have a pretty active bunch of collectors and enthusiasts out on the islands, this 904 comes over from one of the smaller islands for our Euro Cars and Coffee at the Oak Bay Marina, worth attending as there is always an eclectic bunch of cars and people! <img src="http://www.planet-9.com/images/smilies/wink.png" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ry24103erwycmd1/AADqEv9M-hzHkz8EvudB7vNHa?dl=0

Thank you for posting the link. What a collection!
 

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I wonder, does PASM now come with height adjustable coil-overs? My old 987.1 has PASM but I can't adjust the ride height. So I am saving my pennies for Bilstiens.

Also, don't forget that with PASM you can most likely get the DSC Sport module to really upgrade the handling.
Although I have repeated read these press releases, it was only after reading your question that I remember seeing this information which (I think) is what you are asking about?

True to their Motorsport roots, the 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder share a track-bred Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) setup with adaptive dampers, helper springs on the rear axle and a ride height that is 1.18 inches (30 mm) lower than a standard 718 Boxster or Cayman. It also allows for manual adjustments of camber, toe, ride height and anti-roll bar settings. The front axle is taken from the 2018 911 GT3, while the rear axle is a specific design for the GT4 and Spyder. The brakes on both models are adopted from the 911 GT3. The standard grey cast iron rotors measure 380 mm front and rear. The optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system features ceramic composite rotors measuring 410 mm in the front and 390 mm at the rear, providing a weight savings of approximately 50 percent from the cast iron equivalents.
Link to the release as it appeared on the PCA website: https://www.pca.org/news/2019-06-17/new-porsche-718-cayman-gt4-and-boxster-spyder-get-normally-aspirated-40-liter-flat
 

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Am I the only person who doesn’t find the Spyder attractive? The two humps don’t do it for me and the roof is just silly. I don’t see the benefit of that styling over a normal Boxster. Put the components of the Spyder/GT4 I to a normal 718 and I would feel differently. I know I’m taking an unpopular position but it’s just an opinion. Btw, I feel the same way about the 911 Speedster. Those who love it should enjoy it but I’m just not in that group.


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Am I the only person who doesn’t find the Spyder attractive? The two humps don’t do it for me and the roof is just silly. I don’t see the benefit of that styling over a normal Boxster. Put the components of the Spyder/GT4 I to a normal 718 and I would feel differently. I know I’m taking an unpopular position but it’s just an opinion. Btw, I feel the same way about the 911. Speedster. Those who love it should enjoy it but I’m just not in that group.


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I am the opposite. I find a regular regular Boxster bland in terms of looks. Front end and back end just blah. It is the streamlines, gt3 front end, and “quirky” roof that make the car for, never mind the HP, torque, and true manual. Simply the best mid-engine drop top NASP, manual shifter by a long shot, especially for the money. And after owning a bunch of sports cars, including exotic, I love how this car looks from every angle. Only a 918 and carrera Gt in terms of modern Porsche’s have it beat. Never a big fan of the 911 which is why I purchased the 981 Cayman GTS. Looking forward to the 718 Spyder - great looking machine.
 

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I am the opposite. I find a regular regular Boxster bland in terms of looks. Front end and back end just blah. It is the streamlines, gt3 front end, and “quirky” roof that make the car for, never mind the HP, torque, and true manual. Simply the best mid-engine drop top NASP, manual shifter by a long shot, especially for the money. And after owning a bunch of sports cars, including exotic, I love how this car looks from every angle. Only a 918 and carrera Gt in terms of modern Porsche’s have it beat. Never a big fan of the 911 which is why I purchased the 981 Cayman GTS. Looking forward to the 718 Spyder - great looking machine.
I have never owned an exotic but it would seem your top 3 Porsche favorites is the same as mine, and I share your sentiment about the 911.

https://youtu.be/qqW-cQPL6tE

Great video. Henry is a great interviewer/reviewer and I could listen all day to AP talk about Porsche’s. I think this video highlights why the both the GT4 Spyder and Gt4 Coupe are great cars and why you would order one. I’m very much looking forward to ordering the Spyder
I thought that there was supposed some kind of reveal at Goodwood, thanks for this link it was great to hear the enthusiasm in AP's voice and see some closer video of these cars, he shares a perspective and insight no one else can!

Especially liked his comments on options while sitting in the Spyder, LWBS, make sure it has a radio and if the budget permits, PCCB... he has me sold!
 

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I see you are a fellow Canuck. I’m jealous that you are out in BC. I have twice driven a convertible sports car through western Alberta and BC - second time I took a nice convertible out on Vancouver island drove from Victoria to Sooke and Port Refrew - what a road - what a drive - what a view - great twisty roads and no traffic - now that is a place to take the new 718 Porsche Spyder! . Plan on taking a trip to East Coast of Canada next spring (when I hopefully get the car) to Quebec and up to Cabot trail and Viking Trail and then down to Vermont Maine and then back home though Niagara. But I would love one day take it through Western Alberta and BC. Maybe a few years after the east coast trip.
 

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I have never owned an exotic but it would seem your top 3 Porsche favorites is the same as mine, and I share your sentiment about the 911.



I thought that there was supposed some kind of reveal at Goodwood, thanks for this link it was great to hear the enthusiasm in AP's voice and see some closer video of these cars, he shares a perspective and insight no one else can!

Especially liked his comments on options while sitting in the Spyder, LWBS, make sure it has a radio and if the budget permits, PCCB... he has me sold!
Yes, I have to say that hearing his enthusiasm for the seats (and I’m a little on the tall side myself) really sold me on them. I like the radio delete option (even though I wouldn’t do that). Wish there was an A/C delete option but I think that is pretty much mandatory now to facilitate efficient defrosting (safety issue).

What an amazing looking car the Spyder is!
 

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I see you are a fellow Canuck. I’m jealous that you are out in BC. I have twice driven a convertible sports car through western Alberta and BC - second time I took a nice convertible out on Vancouver island drove from Victoria to Sooke and Port Refrew - what a road - what a drive - what a view - great twisty roads and no traffic - now that is a place to take the new 718 Porsche Spyder! . Plan on taking a trip to East Coast of Canada next spring (when I hopefully get the car) to Quebec and up to Cabot trail and Viking Trail and then down to Vermont Maine and then back home though Niagara. But I would love one day take it through Western Alberta and BC. Maybe a few years after the east coast trip.
Yes, I am very happy to be out here, our convertible season has to be the longest in Canada and as you say couple that with an abundance of interesting roads and destinations, I have no complaints! The Pacific Marine Circle Route is one of the best on the southern island, and although people hear the word 'island' they think limited choices but in reality there are so many roads I have yet to drive even 1/2 of the more distant ones. I was able to finally drive the Duffy Lake Highway north of Whistler coming back from Parade in Spokane, another great road, but better in the off season when there is less traffic.

Eastern Canada sounds like a place you could also spend years exploring, and although I have been as far back as Montreal, it wasn't for pleasure and certainly wasn't in a Porsche! From that side you can venture down into the US, head east and in the fall that must be an amazing treat, hopefully one day we will get back there to enjoy it properly, the Porsche Driving Experience for Nova Scotia looks amazing.

I think that will all bring up the biggest conundrum, or perhaps not, miles on the car, I would hate to buy a Spyder only to be afraid to drive it and enjoy for fear of putting too many miles on it... Oh heck, you only live once, I am going to drive it! ;)
 

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I think the 718 Spyder is the second-best-looking car Porsche has EVER made. In my book nothing beats the 904 Carrera GTS, then comes Spyder then Carrera GT.
I don't know, man ... I have a hard time to think of ANYTHING (not just Porsche) with a license plate that beats presence of this on the public road (OK, I know it is 1 of 1, but still):

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Well, I am still playing in the configurator, or shall I 'configurators'... not just the Canadian but the US, GB and others!

It would seem that every area has slight differences and even some major ones, below are some from GB, seats and assistance systems for example. With the seats I don't even see "Sport Buckets" in Canada only Sport Seats and "Full Buckets" and I will say that this had me going for a bit, I saw pictures of cars in the EU with seats I hadn't seen only to discover they are likely only available in Europe?

Then I saw the section for "Comfort and Assistance", none of these are selections in Canada, some of it may be on cars destined for North America as standard, but I am not positive as some of these features are not mentioned (unless I missed it), like parking sensors or camera based speed limits indicator? I didn't even see Navigation on the GB list? Heck I even saw a very nice (but expensive) 'Spyder' indoor cover offered, you know, I would like one of those! ;)

I guess that I am going to have to spend some quality time with the SA and see what is actually available to order, it would be nice to cover all options as I doubt I will do this exercise again for a Spyder! :hilarious:
 

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Some of the UK options are included in NA base cars, and some like those seats, are probably not available period. But those are nice seats!


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I was wondering if anybody had any technical information on the cylinder deactivation that Porsche plans to use in this vehicle? I've never heard anybody say that this is a good idea, and despite both RAM and GMC using it in their trucks, Ford has stayed away from it altogether. GM owners complain that it results in excessive oil consumption and GM has attempted to fix this a couple of times with mixed success. I was speaking to a mechanic friend of mine last summer about it and he mumbled something about valve problems.

Westcoaster, you have a GMC truck don't you? Does it have AFM? Have you had any issues with it?

I'm wondering if some of the oil recovery tech that Porsche uses at-the-limit would mitigate the issue? Does Porsche do cylinder deactivation in any other vehicle or is this unique to this new engine? The good news is that if, for some reason, this ends up being bad news it sounds like the tuners will find a way to turn it off (as they have done with other brands).
 

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I was wondering if anybody had any technical information on the cylinder deactivation that Porsche plans to use in this vehicle? I've never heard anybody say that this is a good idea, and despite both RAM and GMC using it in their trucks, Ford has stayed away from it altogether. GM owners complain that it results in excessive oil consumption and GM has attempted to fix this a couple of times with mixed success. I was speaking to a mechanic friend of mine last summer about it and he mumbled something about valve problems.

Westcoaster, you have a GMC truck don't you? Does it have AFM? Have you had any issues with it?

I'm wondering if some of the oil recovery tech that Porsche uses at-the-limit would mitigate the issue? Does Porsche do cylinder deactivation in any other vehicle or is this unique to this new engine? The good news is that if, for some reason, this ends up being bad news it sounds like the tuners will find a way to turn it off (as they have done with other brands).
Hey there Canux, yes the last 2 GMC Sierra's have had Cylinder deactivation, no issues that I have experienced but perhaps these appear at higher mileages, because of purchase timing I have yet to exceed 30k km's in either truck. Operationally it works fine, going from a V8 to V4 under light load, it gets there quite often, seamless really, switching back as soon as more power is required. Interesting that you friend mentioned valves, lubrication in a modern engine should be sufficient for all cases, perhaps during the period of time when no exhaust gases pass those valves there is a greater chance for carbon build-up when they come back online such as a prolonged highway run(?), around town it is constantly switching on and off.

Regarding the system being used in the 9A2 Evo 4.0l, the amount of time and when is quite specific, temperature, engine RPM and load all factor in, and then on top of that they switch banks every 20 seconds during cylinder deactivation to keep the CAT's warm and balance the system. I have to think that in the Spyder/GT4 the engine wouldn't spend much time on 3 cylinders... ;)
 
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