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2019/04/15 20:02:31 (permalink)

Test Drove a 718 GTS today

As the above suggests I test drove a Porsche 718 GTS Boxster today. I loved it. I currently own a mint 977 Gen 1 911 Turbo tiptronic. I love the PDK box, all 7 gears, the flappy paddles, the autoblipper and the sound. I think I sound sold.....I could feel the reduction in power (mine is 480 BHP v 365bhp) but it was useable. I really really liked it. Does anyone have any notable positive or negative stories on the GTS, things to seek out or avoid?

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    BrianJ
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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/15 21:52:38 (permalink)
    If you haven't been following it already, suggest you check out Brian Innes' excellent 718 Cayman GTS thread here https://www.porscheclubgb.com/forum/tm.aspx?m=1015965#1015971. Lots of high quality information from a very informative author. 

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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/16 08:41:59 (permalink)
    I also had one for a day , and could not buy one my self, so I got a 991.1 GTS NA 430BHP car for about £5k more.
     
    you say you are impressed with PDK 7 gears, in sports plus which is the only way to drive you only get access to 6 gears :-)
     
    I just see the 4 pots as a cheaper Porsche now, and in the past that quote always annoyed me as the Cayman/Boxster was a true sports car in it's own right with a engine from the 911, a flat 6 so it seemed a bargain.
     
    now it feels like the cheap car with a 4 pot and to that it looks VERY expensive to buy.
     
    it's a nice car at £45k but I need my Porkers to be flat 6's and hence why 981 GTS are still £55k !
     
    if you loved it buy one though it's that simple with cars.
     
    As for the sound, that debate will go one for ever, A NA flat 6 or a diesel scobby ! (that is  what a 718 sounds like to me lol )
     
    who wants a turbo with poor throttle respone as a fun weekend car ! it's pretty dull, but as I said at £45k a nice daily as it's easy to drive and has the torque. 
     
    Only you know the answer ;-)

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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/16 09:34:08 (permalink)
    Matthew,
     
    The n/a flat-6 vs turbo flat-4 continues to rumble on, endlessly apparently. As Brian J has said, if you want to read an exposition of the latter then read Brian's excellent GTS post (he also had a 718S beforehand, so he has plenty of experience with the turbo car) and David has given you his own thoughts based upon his extensive experience of the n/a cars, both mid and rear-engined.
     
    At the end of the day it's down to personal choice. No matter how many opinions you seek, the final decision can only be yours and yours alone. If you really liked the the way the GTS drove and sounded, why not take the plunge?
     
    Good luck..!
     
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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/16 11:17:23 (permalink)
    MrDemon
     
     
    it's a nice car at £45k but I need my Porkers to be flat 6's and hence why 981 GTS are still £55k !
     


    Not true re 718 GTS prices I'm afraid - they START at £62.5k before extras are added.  Porsche web site shows 981 GTS around £52-53k.  Can't help re the lack of 2 cylinders but there again I don't drive my cars with my ears just the feel and overall performance of the car.

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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/16 12:51:09 (permalink)
    robbosliding
    As the above suggests I test drove a Porsche 718 GTS Boxster today. I loved it. I currently own a mint 977 Gen 1 911 Turbo tiptronic. I love the PDK box, all 7 gears, the flappy paddles, the autoblipper and the sound. I think I sound sold.....I could feel the reduction in power (mine is 480 BHP v 365bhp) but it was useable. I really really liked it. Does anyone have any notable positive or negative stories on the GTS, things to seek out or avoid?
    (end quote)
     
     
    I have extensive experience of owning and driving the both 718 Cayman S and Cayman GTS both in PDK spec. The latter version is the post-September 2018 Gasoline Particulate Filter model. Thus far, I covered over 3000 fault-free miles and participated in one track day so far during 2019. 
     
    If you are not averse to the sound, the 718 GTS has a superb, mid-engined chassis which provides extraordinarily high standards of grip, handling, and balance. The driving experience of the 718 GTS in my opinion, far outweighs the aural deficiencies by a considerable margin.
     
    Yes, it is an expensive car, particularly if well-optioned on the configurator. But equally so, are the new 992 models. You'll not get much change out of £100K even for the entry level 992 Carrera.
     
    It is your choice what you spend your money on. For me, having owned two 718 4-cylinder turbo Porsches, (for considerably longer than one day!), my considered opinion is, it is a brilliant car to own and drive whether for long distance touring or the occasional track day.
     
    Good luck with your choice, whatever spec you finally decide upon. You will not be disappointed owning a 718 GTS.
     
    Brian
     
    PS
    Thanks to Brian J and Jeff for your supportive comments.
              



    post edited by BJ Innes - 2019/04/16 12:53:16

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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/16 16:35:19 (permalink)
    GrahamW
    MrDemon
     
     
    it's a nice car at £45k but I need my Porkers to be flat 6's and hence why 981 GTS are still £55k !
     


    Not true re 718 GTS prices I'm afraid - they START at £62.5k before extras are added.  Porsche web site shows 981 GTS around £52-53k.  Can't help re the lack of 2 cylinders but there again I don't drive my cars with my ears just the feel and overall performance of the car.




    what's not true ?
     
    I do drive my cars with my ears, it allows me to time the perfect shift when my brain is in sync with my car hitting red line!
     
    I voted with my feet and  would rather spend the same money on a older car with a flat 6 NA 430bhp engine with the x51 pack.
    That's the truth :-)
     
    todays cars are all about the older engine imo as soon you will not have that sound making the hairs stand up on your neck when you hit 8k revs. (9k in my GT3)  and atm you can buy as new older cars.
     
    We are at a point the 4 pots are a gap filler before hybrid and not that exciting to drive and will date very bad, as I said though at £45k later down the line they will make nice dailys if you want newer and ease of use.
     
    imo my Golf CS is a nicer and more fun car to drive and is worth £23k !  that's about what 4 pot cars are worth to me :-p although I would have an Elise.
     
    Todays 718 are too expensive to have a 4 pot and to me are now the poor mans Porsche, funny that Porsche kept the 911 with a flat 6 even though they added a turbo.
     
    why any one would pay £80k for a speced up 4 pot,  over a NA flat 6 911 GTS is quite a shock to me.
     
    But some do and some buy 2nd hand flat 6's it's a free choice ;-)  so the one you buy IS THE RIGHT CHOICE, there are no wrong choices.
     
    what their is though are really bad sounding cars and really good sounding cars ,  tee hee...
     
     
    post edited by MrDemon - 2019/04/16 16:47:30

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    Re: Test Drove a 718 GTS today 2019/04/20 09:36:21 (permalink)
     
     
    MrDemon
     

     
    what's not true ?
     
    I do drive my cars with my ears, it allows me to time the perfect shift when my brain is in sync with my car hitting red line!
     
    I voted with my feet and  would rather spend the same money on a older car with a flat 6 NA 430bhp engine with the x51 pack.
    That's the truth :-)
     
    todays cars are all about the older engine imo as soon you will not have that sound making the hairs stand up on your neck when you hit 8k revs. (9k in my GT3)  and atm you can buy as new older cars.
     
    We are at a point the 4 pots are a gap filler before hybrid and not that exciting to drive and will date very bad, as I said though at £45k later down the line they will make nice dailys if you want newer and ease of use.
     
    imo my Golf CS is a nicer and more fun car to drive and is worth £23k !  that's about what 4 pot cars are worth to me :-p although I would have an Elise.
     
    Todays 718 are too expensive to have a 4 pot and to me are now the poor mans Porsche, funny that Porsche kept the 911 with a flat 6 even though they added a turbo.
     
    why any one would pay £80k for a speced up 4 pot,  over a NA flat 6 911 GTS is quite a shock to me.
     
    But some do and some buy 2nd hand flat 6's it's a free choice ;-)  so the one you buy IS THE RIGHT CHOICE, there are no wrong choices.
     
    what their is though are really bad sounding cars and really good sounding cars ,  tee hee...
     
     
     
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