MotorheadPhilip, Just to add to Brian's comments, I believe I'm correct in saying that the SCP on a manual car also gives you the throttle blip on downchanges. Jeff
Dick DastardlyHi Philip, Your decision on buying the 718 was very similar to mine when I looked at this three years ago when the 718 was launched. Obviously it’s a case of driving the cars in the various configurations. The 718 in not lacking in performance but the S feels much more responsive and the VV turbo delivers a much more linear power and torque delivery and is noticeably quicker especially on country roads. But of course there is a significant price hike.The manual or PDK choice is very much down to personal choice , initially before I drove the cars I was sure that I wanted a manual- as a more pure driving experience or so I thought. Having driven the manual I found the gearing in first and second gears a bit long, the PDK was a revelation and the changes were so quick. The extra gear also gives more flexibility. The car can be driven in a relaxed fashion in fully automatic mode or driven in a more sporty mode using the paddles or sequential gear change. The Spots Chrono package offers very little with the manual box apart from rev matching and better engine mounts. The SC mode button on the steering wheel makes changing modes very quick and also gives the sport response button. You can also customise some of the settings using the individual mode.Have fun choosing your car. Neil
MotorheadTalking about costs Philip, I know Porsche options aren't cheap but at £2k PDK isn't exactly bargain basement..! Plus - in that context - it's as well to bear in mind that a lot depends upon how long you intend to keep the car. If a mechanical fault occurs with the PDK transmission you could be faced with a whopping bill of ~£14k to replace it since - as far as I'm aware - repairs aren't possible, meaning that the whole transaxle has to be replaced. That's OK while the car's under the 3-year factory warranty, but beyond that I'd be inclined to budget for the Porsche Extended Warranty to cover any eventualities: probably ~£1k per year to include the (compulsory) 111 point check and (optional) Porsche Assistance but cheaper if you take out a 2-year Warranty. Oh! One final - but very important - expense is to make sure that you join the Club..! Good luck with your quest. Jeff
BJ InnesPhilip, I have checked my Driver's Manual section relating to SCP, and it clearly states the Sports Response Button is only relevant to PDK 718's.Manual gearbox 718's without the SCP option do not have the steering wheel mode dial fitted. Brian
DaveottoSomething to consider irrespective of gearbox type is turbo lag especially from a standing start. in the standard 718 I found it to be worse than my previous S3 and was one of the main reasons i went for the 718 S. With SPC in Sport mode the turbo lag pretty much disappears. In comparison the S in normal mode the turbo lag is barely noticeable. Really worth getting an extended test drive in both variants and with a Porsche pro driver if you can swing it with your local Porsche centre
BuddyI have driven both 2.0 and 2.5 but my vote would go to the 2.5, personally I don't like the button which allows so many seconds of outright performance as it seems once pressed it drops out just at the point where it is opportune to go, however, that can be allowed for with practice but I do like the older type of chrono pack operation since once selected it stays in mode.
GrahamWBuddyI have driven both 2.0 and 2.5 but my vote would go to the 2.5, personally I don't like the button which allows so many seconds of outright performance as it seems once pressed it drops out just at the point where it is opportune to go, however, that can be allowed for with practice but I do like the older type of chrono pack operation since once selected it stays in mode. By PRESSING the dial/button on the steering wheel you get an additional amount of boost over the "normal" boost for 20 seconds or thereabouts. Personally, I've never had such a tight overtake that I've ever had to engage the additional boost but there again I don't track my car. I find in my 718s that just by flooring the throttle pedal I get more that ample acceleration with the PDK box selecting the correct gear for the overtake.
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