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BJ Innes
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2019/01/06 09:34:31 (permalink)

My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK

Handover Day January 3rd 2019
 
It was only 8 weeks, but it seemed like an eternity from the spec lock-down date of November 7th 2018 to the handover on January 3rd 2019 at Porsche Centre Chester. For the final time in my 718 CS, I left my home in the Highlands on January 2nd for the overnight stop-over in Carlisle. Roads were quiet so the journey was very relaxed. Unusually for me I chose "Normal" mode rather than "Sport", and left the gear selector in "D" for the entire duration of the journey to Chester. Boring I know, but my reasoning behind this was to do the whole trip on one tankful of fuel which turned out to be successful with a recorded mpg of 36.8mpg. The best ever I have achieved with the 718 CS.  
 
With my excitement building by the hour, I checked-in at the Premier Inn Carlisle hoping for a decent night's sleep before the big day. Sleepless in Seattle you may have heard of, well, this was sleepless in Carlisle! Tantalisingly, I received a email from the sales team at Chester with a short video clip showing my new car in the handover bay under a black cover. This did nothing for my insomnia!
 
The big day finally dawned, and on my arrival at Porsche Chester I was grateful for the company of local Porsche GB members Diane and Roger who kindly agreed to take a few photos on my behalf of the handover process. The excitement of collecting a new Porsche doesn't diminish with age. I was feeling like a juvenile in a toy shop when my Guards Red 718 Cayman GTS was finally revealed. It looked absolutely stunning. My Cheshire Grin in the photo below says it all. I was also very happy with my colour choice of Guards Red.
 
I shall leave it there for now, and continue with my narrative of the long journey home and my first impressions of the 2019 evolution of the 718 Cayman GTS PDK.
 
Brian
 
 

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2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
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2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
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718 Cayman GTS PDK

BJ Innes
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 09:36:13 (permalink)
This is the spec I chose for my GTS.
 
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2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
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718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 09:40:36 (permalink)
And you look very smart too, Brian

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 09:47:33 (permalink)
Hi Brian,
 
Glad you got home safe and are enjoying the car. You look very pleased in the photo and I don’t blame you the car is perfectly spec. Look forward to your continued blog. 
It was great to meet you. 
 
Diane and Roger 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 09:55:04 (permalink)
Looking good Brian, and congratulations on your latest acquisition. An excellent spec, although personally I'd have included climate control to avoid having to fiddle with temperature controls!
 
We await eagerly your next chapter.
 
All the best.
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 10:51:31 (permalink)
Congratulations and Happy New Year Brian. You look just as well as the car, and nearly the same colour! Enjoy yourself with your new acquisition.

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 10:52:33 (permalink)
Congratulations on your new car Brian, I've bought two new cars from OPC Chester, always a great experience - seeing your photo in that handover bay reminded me of my last collection day!
Looking forward to reading your thoughts and experiences.
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 12:00:32 (permalink)
Hi Brian,
 
T`was great to welcome you both home, all looking superb`in the flesh` ... sounds really good too  

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 13:06:10 (permalink)
That looks brilliant Brian 
 
What a great looking car and a nice spec.
 
Can't wait to hear more about your first few days and see more pics
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 18:17:42 (permalink)
Brian, I've been counting the days since 3rd January and wondering when we were going to see the first picture and report! The car looks great, and you seem to quite like it too :-)
 
Does it have the Michelin tyres you were hoping for? Are you going to transfer your 'BYE' number plate on to it? And what are your initial observations on the effect of the Gasolene Particulate Filter on the sound?
 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:07:40 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Andrew_CS 2019/01/06 22:16:43
The Long and Winding Road - First Impressions
 
Because I live far, far, away from Porsche Centres, and Porsche Chester in particular, I had the best possible opportunity to give my brand new GTS a decent run-in on the long journey home to my abode in the Highlands. As the weather was good, I decided to take the scenic Cairngorm mountain route from Aberdeen, via the superb A939 Corgarff- Tomintoul road to Grantown-on-Spey, then onward to my home on the Moray Coast. Those of you who are familiar with this route will know just how enjoyable it is.
 
I commenced my journey from Porsche Chester on Thursday January 3rd with the odometer reading 8 miles, and by the time I arrived home on Saturday January 5th, the mileage reading was 494 miles.
 
The first 350 miles of my journey was on boring motorways and dual carriageways. Steering movements were minuscule, only a few degrees from dead centre, and the PCCB brakes were occasionally only lightly brushed, while cruise control kept the speed regulated to strict legal limits on the speed camera infested M6, M74, and A90. This is not driving as I understand it. I do not envy those who have to endure this over-regulated environment on a daily basis. 
 
The remaining 150 miles to my home town was of an entirely different category. The A939 is part of Visit Scotland's so called Snow Road. The route originally was the Old Military Road built by General Wade following the Jacobite rebellion in 1745. This road has featured in many motor magazine road tests and is one of the most satisfying driver's roads in the UK. For this final leg of my journey I selected Manual shift and Sport mode. As I am always diligent with running-in my new cars I kept the revs below 4000 rpm. This proved no impediment to very rapid progress on the crests and dips, hairpin bends, and open fast-flowing corner combinations that abound on this fabulous route. Due to the time of year the road was practically empty of other traffic, and the road surface was dry with excellent visibility.
 
First impressions of the 2019 718 Cayman GTS.
 
My car has the Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF) fitted, to comply with the World Light Vehicle Testing Protocol (WLTP) which came into effect on September 1st 2018. On the 718 the GPF is a single large diameter unit designed to remove soot particles from the exhaust gasses. The GPF is in addition to the normal catalysers. The resulting exhaust note is different from my previous 718 CS, only by a small margin perhaps but a step in the right direction. I was surprised to see the Porsche Sports Exhaust still fitted to the GPF 718, I had been under the impression that this option had been discontinued. To my ears, I would say the difference in sound is on the positive side. The GTS has a new upgraded variable vane turbo, and a revised induction tract with modified ECU engine mapping to produce an extra 15hp, giving 365hp and another 10nm torque, now upped to 430nm on PDK cars. In real terms, on the very familiar road I was driving, this translated into a noticeable performance gain compared to my previous 718 CS. This seemed far more than the modest extra torque gain on paper. The maximum torque graph on the 718 GTS covers the best part of 3000 revs, (2100rpm to 5000rpm), compared to 2600 revs, (1900rpm to 4500rpm) on the S engine. This torque gain resulted in very robust acceleration exiting uphill hairpin bends for example. The GTS has a novel torque graphic on the instrument cluster. This displays a torque and revs graph with an orange blob which moves along the graph as the torque builds leaving a fading comet-tail trail behind it. Very amusing. For driving safety, best not to get to fixated on this toy during the heat of the moment. When the torque kicks-in big time, progress is very rapid indeed.
 
On the handling, I would say the GTS has a revised PASM map. Compared to my previous 718 CS, which had identical suspension, wheel and tyre combinations to my GTS, the new car rides decidedly firmer when in Normal mode. On my previous CS Normal mode had a more compliant nature over surface ripples and undulations. Not so with the GTS. The Normal mode ride is more akin to the 987.2 Cayman R in my opinion. Switching between Normal and Sport modes on the GTS the ride firmness did not seem to change that  much. Only when Sport Plus was selected did the suspension revert to the extreme hard ride more suited to the race track than on the public road.
 
Steering, tyres and brakes.
 
I cannot overstate the importance of specifying the Power Steering Plus (PSP) option in conjunction with the 20mm lower Sports PASM. The resulting extra road feel this gives to the Electric Power Steering (EPS) when driving on fast twisty roads or on track days is a highly significant benefit for the keen driver. As yet, I have not made any adjustments to the wheel alignment geometry, this will be done next month after the suspension springs and control arm bushing has bedded-in. Even so, the enhanced steering feel of the new 718 GTS with PSP is uncannily good. It has come a long, long, way from the mainstream 981 models where the steering feel fell well short of expectations for the keen driver.
 
To my utter dismay, my new car came from the factory fitted with Pirelli P-Zeros. This was despite my requests for Michelin tyres to be fitted. As previously mentioned on my previous thread, the P-Zero N1 tyres appear over-stretched on the wider Carrera Sport rims. It's almost as if they are a section size too small for the rim width. This is particularly noticeable on the rears. Following my extensive pleas from the heart to Porsche Chester, we came to an arrangement whereby Michelin Pilot Sport 4S N0 tyres were retro-fitted for a small extra premium. For my purposes this was acceptable. It made my new car perfect and my grin even wider at the handover.
 
This car is the first of my 5 Caymans to have Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) fitted. There's no denying it's a very expensive option at a tad over £5k. Before deciding on this significant inflation of my final invoice price, I spoke to many Porsche owners at the various track days I attended last year regarding their experiences with PCCB. All were positive. Superior stopping power, handling benefits due to the much lighter unsprung weight, lack of brake dust, were the main benefits expressed. There were also benefits come re-sale time, as Porsches equipped with PCCB earned an improved trade-in value than those cars without the ceramic brakes. On my mountain route north I had ample opportunity to explore the performance of the PCCB in normal road driving conditions. (Normal for the Scottish Highlands that is!). The pedal feel is absolutely superb, neither over-firm nor over-sensitive. Huge stopping potential was ably demonstrated on the steep downhill sections of my route. I am very much looking forward to testing the PCCB brakes properly on my next track day at Oulton Park on March 8th.
 
 
So there we have it for now. My first 500 miles up and so far I'm delighted with my new 718 Cayman GTS PDK. It's an expensive car when specced with the keen driver's options such as PCCB. The invoice price for my car was £74,196. When you consider the entry level 911 is now over £90k, and the Carrera S tops £100k when specced with only nice paint, a well specced 718 Cayman GTS fills the bill quite nicely if you are in the market for a current model new Porsche sports car with PDK. Also, the 718 Cayman GTS PDK is 911 quick.
 
So far I'm delighted.
 
Some photos for your interest follow.
 
Brian
 
 
 
                      
         
                                                           
 
      

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Previous:
2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
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2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:10:47 (permalink)
PCCB and Michelin PS4S NO tyres.
 
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Previous:
2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
Current:
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:12:29 (permalink)
My GTS Cabin
 
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2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
Current:
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:14:33 (permalink)
The Torque Graphic.
 
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2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
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2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
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2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:15:41 (permalink)
At rest at the top of the mountain.
 
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2007 Cayman 987.1 2.7 Manual.
2010 Cayman S 987.2 Manual
2012 Cayman R Manual
2019 718 Cayman S PDK
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2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 20:48:23 (permalink)
A very beautiful car, it looks wonderful and I hope you enjoy it.   I read your previous thread and enjoyed the information and feedback.   I look forward to hearing about the GTS over the forthcoming months.
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 21:19:53 (permalink)
Looks fab, very fast car the GTS.

Radio ? NONE.
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 21:31:47 (permalink)
Great write up Brian and super pictures, thanks for sharing.
 
I write very enviously - what a car!
 
Hope you have many miles of enjoyable motoring 
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 22:34:41 (permalink)
Nice update Brian, pics of the car and scenery look great.
 
I'm looking forward to enjoying a tour of Scotland some time later this year in the warmer weather.
 
Just finished a few days in Wales which was superb if a little cold. Almost 2000 miles in 2 weeks, I need to slow a little now. Just sooo addictive
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/01/06 22:36:57 (permalink)
Looking good Brian! Can’t wait to see some more pics & hear about this new beast!
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