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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/07 15:22:10 (permalink)
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/07 15:24:37 (permalink)
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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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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/10 16:48:11 (permalink)
People following this thread might be interested in the video comparing all three generations of Caymans; 987 Cayman R, 981 GTS and 718 GTS.
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Z06s-for-Everyone/dp/B07Q34TFLY/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=everyday+driver&qid=1557502875&s=instant-video&sr=1-2
 
If the link doesn't work, search Amazon for "everyday driver"  It's series 4 episode 2. Costs £2.99 for the HD version. It's a good watch I think.
 
Spoiler - they're all good!

Graham - R7 CoG member
Boxster S (987.2 ) 2009 Meteor Grey
Land Rover Discovery 4 (2010) - on road tank, off road marvel
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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/11 14:55:33 (permalink)
Graham,
 
I always enjoy listening to USA car reviewers with their unique take on the English language, and the Amazon Everyday Driver video featuring a comparison between the 987 Cayman R, 981 GTS, and 718 GTS, made interesting viewing. In the interests of fairness it was good they were all PDK models with standard brakes.
 
Having owned two of the models, a 987 Cayman R manual, and my current 718 Cayman GTS PDK, I thought the two presenters got it pretty much spot-on. They correctly described the Cayman R as a sublime, raw, revvy, chuckable, driver's machine. It is the most compact and nimble Cayman of all the road based models. The steering particularly got the highest praise, and deservedly so. More on that topic later.
 
I have no experience at all of the 981 Cayman GTS. Hopefully I'll put that right if I am successful in persuading another R2 member to offer his 981 Cayman GTS PDK for a back-to-back comparison with my 718 example. The presenters both picked up on the comparative deficiencies of first generation electric power steering of the 981 compared to the previous 987 hydraulic power steering system. I thought it was fair comment that the 981 GTS evolved focused more on Grand Touring refinement than its 987 predecessor. The GTS flat-6 n/a engine sounded absolutely glorious in the over 6000 rpm range. 
 
I thought it fair in conclusion, that the 718 Cayman GTS was awarded second place behind the Cayman R. If you want affordable driving fun, and partake in the occasional track day, then a well specced Cayman R manual with bucket seats hits the spot perfectly. The 718 Cayman GTS is an expensive car, and at almost half the price the Cayman R is the best value fun car by a mile. It was interesting to note that both presenters praised the 718 GTS steering. It was described as a "refined development of the Cayman R's steering feel" and a noticeable improvement over the previous generation GTS. Having extensive experience of both 987 and 718 models, I would say that the 718 Cayman GTS steering is as close as you will get to the road feel of the Cayman R that is possible with an electric system. I don't know whether it is due to the Michelin PS4S N0 tyres, Power Steering Plus, lighter ceramic brakes, 20mm lower X81 suspension, plus my choice of maximising the negative camber slots on the front top suspension mounts, but my car steers better than my Cayman R did. I really mean that. There is a fizz at the steering wheel rim as the road surfaces changes beneath the car. My Cayman R had this same "fizzing" feel transmitted from the road surface and it became the expected norm. This steering road feel element was notably lacking when I reported on my impressions of my previous 718 Cayman S. Not so with my new 2019 718 Cayman GTS with PCCB. Porsche, perhaps by tweaking the steering mapping and bushing, has reawakened this fizzing road feel as the surface and grip levels change beneath the car. This tactile improvement in road feel, together with the smaller diameter steering wheel and quicker rack, tips the balance for me in favour of the 718 GTS steering. I would be more than happy to reacquaint myself with the Cayman R steering compared to my current 718 GTS should that opportunity arise. Meantime I have vivid and lasting memories of the Cayman R steering from the 2 years of competitive motorsport I successfully completed in 2014-15. Time has not diminished these memories.
 
In conclusion, some may well disagree with my views on the steering, and that is absolutely fine. I can only give an opinion based on my experience driving both cars on the roads I enjoy in my own back yard.     
 
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 2019/05/11 15:16:48 (permalink)
I‘m glad you enjoyed the Everyday Driver video review, Brian and thank you again for yet another very well written and interesting review and comparison of your experience of there of the Caymans you have owned.
 
I look forward to hearing what you think of the 981 GTS, I hope that opportunity to try one out materialises. 
 
If you have the time it would also be interesting to hear your views on how your first two Caymans compared to the ones that came after them. 
 
Keep up with the great posts!
 
Graham
 

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/16 14:45:54 (permalink)
Elsewhere on this forum you may have enjoyed following Andrew and Julie's epic UK tour. I've had the pleasure of meeting them on two occasions during their journey exploring the best bits of the north Highlands, which also happens to be my home territory.
 
Blessed with wonderful warm sunshine for the duration of their Highland wonder-fest, I attach a couple of snaps taken earlier today.
 
Brian
 
Photo 1.
On the south side of Loch Ness.
 
 
 
      
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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 2019/05/16 14:47:22 (permalink)
Photo 2.
On the B862 to Fort Augustus.
 
 

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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
Current:
2015 Abarth 595 Competizione 180bhp Manual
718 Cayman GTS PDK

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Re: My 2019 718 Cayman GTS PDK 2019/05/18 20:26:08 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Andrew_CS 2019/05/18 20:41:19
Those who have been following my scribblings will already be aware of the traumatic, and unnecessarily long drawn-out saga I endured recently courtesy of the DVLA Medical Service driver's licence renewal. For anyone with a declared medical condition, my experience proved how easy it is to be shunted by default into the thin ice category of Section 88, a safety net for expired licence holders normally reserved for those cases requiring further medical investigations into their fitness to drive.
 
My car insurance underwriters Aviva, having already been spooked by Section 88, required a further recent doctor's statement confirming my fitness to drive, before providing continuity of insurance cover under my existing policies applicable to both my cars. Now that the risk management cat has been let out of the bag, it is not unreasonable to assume that a doctor's statement prior to policy renewal may become an annual requirement in my particular case. I am currently awaiting the renewal quote due next month for my Abarth to see what impact if any, arises from my recent insurance experience.      
 
To pre-empt any future difficulties with car insurance cover, I have subsequently taken the decision to request my GP for a voluntary referral to the Scottish Driving Assessment Service in Edinburgh. My voluntary driving assessment is due to take place next week. The whole assessment, including the in-car part lasts up to 3 hours. There are 5 elements to the test applicable to my particular medical condition.
 
1. My vision is checked to ensure I meet the legal standards for driving. As well as the standard number plate test at 20 metres, my vision is also tested in the clinic using a standard opticians eye chart.
 
2. A physical assessment is conducted checking the range of joint movement, muscle strength, sensation and co-ordination.
 
3. A series of table-top tests to check-out aspects such as reasoning, memory, and concentration.
 
4. An assessment on a static driving rig to check methods of control for steering, braking and acceleration, and to record reaction times.
 
5. If all of the foregoing tests are conducted satisfactorily, I shall proceed to the in-car assessment using the Service's own car following a prescribed 14 mile route over public roads comprising urban, dual-carriageway, and motorway traffic conditions.
 
At the conclusion of the assessment I shall be given a verbal appraisal of my performance, followed by a written report within 4 weeks, a copy of which will also be sent to my doctor.
 
My reasoning behind putting myself forward for such a gruelling driving fitness examination is two-fold. Firstly to have written proof to whom it may concern, of my fitness to drive as a 72 year old with a legally declared medical condition. Secondly, to provide piece-of-mind to myself that I am still fully competent to drive in today's demanding, and at times unpredictable traffic conditions. For me, driving skills have always been and still are, a passion and an art constantly practiced through numerous tutoring sessions on road and track throughout my entire adult life. When the time eventually comes around to give up Porsche driving, as it surely will in my particular case, I shall be mentally ready and well prepared to deal with that momentous day whenever it comes along.
 
For those interested, I'll be reporting back on my driving assessment experience in due course.
 
Brian            
 
          
 
  
 
  
 
        
post edited by BJ Innes - 2019/05/18 20:27:24

Nairnshire,
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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 2019/05/18 20:50:15 (permalink)
Here’s to a satisfactory assessment Brian, I look forward to reading of a positive outcome next week!

Andrew.
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