The new 718 Gt4/Spyder are here!

The new 718 Gt4/Spyder are here!

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bigmowley

1,039 posts

140 months

Sunday 28th February
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Shiverman said:
bigmowley said:
Not safe and boring at all. They look brilliant in Carrera White, it really shows off the rear deck area. Here is my current one, just washed it today for the first time in 3 months of winter driving and it’s come up lovely. Spec sounds fine, my only advice would be to find the extra for the Burmester, it’s brilliant especially cranked right up with the top down. I personally think Bose is a complete waste of money and I am not alone in that opinion.

Your car looks amazing - folding buckets are great seats a well, so comfy. Exactly why I love the white, it really makes the deck lid stand out. I've got Burmester in my daily and it is brilliant and definitely a step up on the Bose - I'm not even sure when the car will drop so I have plenty of time to play with the spec and it is a good shout as an option - thanks.
Cheers, I bought it as a toy, hooning about, track days and it was either this or a GT4. Initially I didn’t quite gel with it but subsequently I have fallen for it in a big way and its become a keeper, but with a different brief. It’s now the good weather daily, long trips when we don’t need to carry lots of stuff, and the odd Euro trip, and no track days. So the current car is the “wrong” spec mad
I’ve got another one due now so I am starting the spec debate all over again:
This time it’s PDK, comfort seats, Mrs BigM doesn’t like buckets, std tyres, steels, etc etc. so the big spec debate rolls on and on. As an added complication I’ve got a B25 due in May which I have comfort specified. The plan is to run both side by side for a good few months to decide which one is the keeper. I need to see if the convenience of the Boxster outweighs the good looks of the Spyder.
First world problems and all that.

HokumPokum

1,787 posts

169 months

Sunday 28th February
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would you do the painted rear hoops on the spyder/boxster again?

ab8

170 posts

104 months

Sunday 28th February
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As far as I can tell from photos on other sites the metallic can look quite blue, but it seems that all of the photos in this thread are of the metallic and none looks blue. Oh for the days of actually going to a dealership to spec.

eyebeebe

2,117 posts

197 months

Sunday 28th February
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HokumPokum said:
would you do the painted rear hoops on the spyder/boxster again?
100% yes from me. I would also spec the black door handles again as well. That was a suggestion from the dealer that I hadn‘t considered.

Romo

170 posts

80 months

Sunday 28th February
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Today I did my first drive, about 200km, with the GT4 PDK, well what can I say;

Speechless, awesome, phenomenal, flabbergasted to name a a few words

The way this car drives, steers, brakes, the PDK shifting (in auto as manual) ride quality/road compliance, seating position, it is really (for me) the next level.

The way this car draws attention, some neck problems to be expected tomorrow :-)

I was surprised the car does not creep in D while standing still, so no brake needed !

I truly love the car, in all its aspects.

Edited by Romo on Sunday 28th February 17:23

Romo

170 posts

80 months

Sunday 28th February
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7th gear is really shorter than on my last 981 C GTS PDK version, much better now.

German BAB, 4 K RPM, 7th gear, is 200 km/h spot on.

I was somewhat conservative on making RPM`s as the manual stated the 1st 3K km no more than 4K RPM.

I guess a little over will not harm the car, opinions on that matter?

buddys dad

40 posts

36 months

Sunday 28th February
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Romo said:
Today I did my first drive, about 200km, with the GT4 PDK, well what can I say;

Edited by Romo on Sunday 28th February 17:23
Pix or it didnt happen ;-)

Romo

170 posts

80 months

Sunday 28th February
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@ your service

Edited by Romo on Sunday 28th February 17:44

MPorsche

79 posts

25 months

Sunday 28th February
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Romo said:









@ your service

Edited by Romo on Sunday 28th February 17:44
Stunning , that is exactly my dream spec (bar PDK).
Having a hard time with the 5.5k PCCB just to match the yellow interior stitching . Almost thought about painting them

TimRV57

57 posts

37 months

Sunday 28th February
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Romo said:









@ your service

Edited by Romo on Sunday 28th February 17:44
Looks fantastic - congrats!

Hope you have more of this lovely weather and no more lockdowns to enjoy it!

Jefferson Steelflex

935 posts

63 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Just in case anyone is interested, OPC Portsmouth have just got an almost-new GT4 in on SoR, very highly spec'd.

Racing Yellow, Manual box, PCCBs, Clubsport, buckets, rear camera, BOSE, carbon bits, etc. They sent me the spec and I built it on the configurator and it came out to £97k, which coincidentally is near-enough how much they are now offering it for. Car has only 300 miles on it, registered November 2020.

It was a bit rich for me, but if you're looking for a high-spec one ready to go now, it's a great option.

WG

762 posts

90 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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A long time coming but had the call from OPC yesterday that I now have an allocation of PDK Spyder. Build date May so should get it just as UK lockdown is lifted (hopefully!) It is the only Spyder the OPC have received this year and they are not hopeful of many more.

mobil1

50 posts

127 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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That's great news about your allocation. I also received the same call yesterday about my pdk spyder allocation. opc says this is the only one they are expecting this year so i guess it will be a rare car. Anyway, whats your spec? I'm having difficulty with the colour and seats. Colour will either be the Gentian blue or GT silver. Seats is another story and more confusing! Car will never be tracked. Twisty B roads and trips to wales and the highlands will be on the menu. 918 buckets are too upright, uncomfortable and have no seat heating so torn between the standard seats and 18 ways. somehow i feel the 18 ways go against the whole idea of a light car - manual roof, fabric door handles, etc. opc has recommended the 18 ways. I also think that the Porsche launch video has the standard seats. It's such a shame that Porsche have decided to delete the folding bucket option as that had seat heating, back adjustment and was a bit more comfortable than the 918 buckets. I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.

EJH

876 posts

173 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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mobil1 said:
That's great news about your allocation. I also received the same call yesterday about my pdk spyder allocation. opc says this is the only one they are expecting this year so i guess it will be a rare car. Anyway, whats your spec? I'm having difficulty with the colour and seats. Colour will either be the Gentian blue or GT silver. Seats is another story and more confusing! Car will never be tracked. Twisty B roads and trips to wales and the highlands will be on the menu. 918 buckets are too upright, uncomfortable and have no seat heating so torn between the standard seats and 18 ways. somehow i feel the 18 ways go against the whole idea of a light car - manual roof, fabric door handles, etc. opc has recommended the 18 ways. I also think that the Porsche launch video has the standard seats. It's such a shame that Porsche have decided to delete the folding bucket option as that had seat heating, back adjustment and was a bit more comfortable than the 918 buckets. I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.
I resisted the 918s as I don't fit in them (shoulder supports hit me in the shoulder blades) and so went for the 18 ways. They add a bit of weight but are very comfortable and I'm very happy with them. I think the 18 way allow the cushion's pitch to be adjusted which isn't possible on the standard seat.

If they had offered the folding buckets when I got my car those are what I would have chosen.

400SE Dave

1,264 posts

135 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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EJH said:
mobil1 said:
That's great news about your allocation. I also received the same call yesterday about my pdk spyder allocation. opc says this is the only one they are expecting this year so i guess it will be a rare car. Anyway, whats your spec? I'm having difficulty with the colour and seats. Colour will either be the Gentian blue or GT silver. Seats is another story and more confusing! Car will never be tracked. Twisty B roads and trips to wales and the highlands will be on the menu. 918 buckets are too upright, uncomfortable and have no seat heating so torn between the standard seats and 18 ways. somehow i feel the 18 ways go against the whole idea of a light car - manual roof, fabric door handles, etc. opc has recommended the 18 ways. I also think that the Porsche launch video has the standard seats. It's such a shame that Porsche have decided to delete the folding bucket option as that had seat heating, back adjustment and was a bit more comfortable than the 918 buckets. I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.
I resisted the 918s as I don't fit in them (shoulder supports hit me in the shoulder blades) and so went for the 18 ways. They add a bit of weight but are very comfortable and I'm very happy with them. I think the 18 way allow the cushion's pitch to be adjusted which isn't possible on the standard seat.

If they had offered the folding buckets when I got my car those are what I would have chosen.
I have the 918 Buckets and did find them a little upright after a while. I have fitted the Track Spec angle adjusters though and this has transformed the comfort level. I am surprised the Dealer recommended the 18 ways as it seems to hinder the sale on the used market - at least it always seems to be the ones without Buckets that hang around longer. That said, a wise man said to me once 'spec the car for you and not the next owner'

ab8

170 posts

104 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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mobil1 said:
I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.
I'm in the same position as you and got some helpful input here: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

WG

762 posts

90 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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mobil1 said:
That's great news about your allocation. I also received the same call yesterday about my pdk spyder allocation. opc says this is the only one they are expecting this year so i guess it will be a rare car. Anyway, whats your spec? I'm having difficulty with the colour and seats. Colour will either be the Gentian blue or GT silver. Seats is another story and more confusing! Car will never be tracked. Twisty B roads and trips to wales and the highlands will be on the menu. 918 buckets are too upright, uncomfortable and have no seat heating so torn between the standard seats and 18 ways. somehow i feel the 18 ways go against the whole idea of a light car - manual roof, fabric door handles, etc. opc has recommended the 18 ways. I also think that the Porsche launch video has the standard seats. It's such a shame that Porsche have decided to delete the folding bucket option as that had seat heating, back adjustment and was a bit more comfortable than the 918 buckets. I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.
I have gone for Gentian Blue, black interior with silver stitching, satin platinum wheels, black calipers plus some other bits and pieces. Resisted hi fi upgrade as I feel waste of time in a convertible and I rarely listen to anything other than the engine in my current car - which may surprise some on here as it is a 2.5 GTS ! Re the seats I find the buckets a PITA getting in and out and dont see the point of 18 ways as I am the only driver of the car and the sports seats once adjusted are perfectly comfortable.

Upnorthgt3

579 posts

107 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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WG said:
mobil1 said:
That's great news about your allocation. I also received the same call yesterday about my pdk spyder allocation. opc says this is the only one they are expecting this year so i guess it will be a rare car. Anyway, whats your spec? I'm having difficulty with the colour and seats. Colour will either be the Gentian blue or GT silver. Seats is another story and more confusing! Car will never be tracked. Twisty B roads and trips to wales and the highlands will be on the menu. 918 buckets are too upright, uncomfortable and have no seat heating so torn between the standard seats and 18 ways. somehow i feel the 18 ways go against the whole idea of a light car - manual roof, fabric door handles, etc. opc has recommended the 18 ways. I also think that the Porsche launch video has the standard seats. It's such a shame that Porsche have decided to delete the folding bucket option as that had seat heating, back adjustment and was a bit more comfortable than the 918 buckets. I would appreciate the thoughts of other spyder owners on the seats issue. Thank you.
I have gone for Gentian Blue, black interior with silver stitching, satin platinum wheels, black calipers plus some other bits and pieces. Resisted hi fi upgrade as I feel waste of time in a convertible and I rarely listen to anything other than the engine in my current car - which may surprise some on here as it is a 2.5 GTS ! Re the seats I find the buckets a PITA getting in and out and dont see the point of 18 ways as I am the only driver of the car and the sports seats once adjusted are perfectly comfortable.
Likewise - I got the call for my allocation yesterday (May) - must have been the day for slot release!

av185

13,141 posts

91 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Worth checking the exact spec of the fixed buckets as Porsche have evidently slightly redesigned these for the 992 GT3 making them slightly broader at the shoulders similar to the older discontinued folding buckets which are also narrower at the hips than the fixed buckets.

My 981 Spyder folding bucket with heaters so great for a cab and great seats too but having several Porsches GTs with the newer fixed buckets I prefer these and they look far better too.

Wouldn't order a new focused Spyder with comforts unless you really need too plus they are worth much less money used if you need to resell if that concerns you.

mobil1

50 posts

127 months

Thursday 4th March
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Thank you all for your advice. It's appreciated. As the car will not be tracked and used more as a Tourer/spirited drives, I don't feel that the buckets are necessary imho. The OPC has said that most Spyders are configured in this way (2/18 ways), whereas the GT4's are mainly buckets - rightly so as they will likely see more track use. OPC also says that resale will not make a difference as they are happy to accept the comfort seats on the Spyder without marking down the vehicle financially. Indeed over the past three months or so I have been looking at the Porsche approved used 718 Spyders in case I did not receive an allocation. There have been around 6-8 cars at various stages all sold pretty quickly with a combination of comfort/buckets seats. WG makes a very good point in that after the standard seats are set to your liking, they will likely stay in that position. Also saves £1734 on the 18 ways! I also believe that on the Spyder 18 ways, there is no memory function. Decisions, decisions........