Month: July, 2016
A Walk Around And Test Drive Of The New Porsche 718 Boxster S With Pacific Porsche General Sales Manager Carl Tofflemire
The new 718 Boxster from Porsche has generated quite a buzz. The styling has been updated, taking some cues from the 918 Spyder, but it still is very much a Boxster in its looks. The ride and handling have been improved along with the steering feel. The big news, however, is out back. Gone is the naturally aspirated flat six, now replaced with a turbocharged flat four. Some are not thrilled with this decision, however, as Carl talks about in the video, once you are behind the wheel, your opinion will change! To quote Carl, “it’s truly one of the finest automobiles on the planet today.
Please watch the video then schedule your test drive of the new 718 Boxster today!
Porsche is known for having happy customers, and that’s part of the reason that it can sell vehicles for six figures with ease. The latest J.D. Power APEAL Study shows that Porsche is currently the most beloved car brand among current vehicle owners, and that Porsche has been the top brand for quite some time.
A History of Happiness
Porsche took the top spot in the APEAL study 12 years in a row, making it very clear that they take their customer satisfaction seriously and try to put out a top-level product each and every time. It’s amazing that out of more than 30 different manufacturers Porsche has been able to take the top spot 12 years in a row. The automaker works tirelessly to put out a top-tier product and has even recalled vehicles to handle issues as small as the wrong bolt being used somewhere on the car. Not only that, but the automaker keeps a close eye over its dealerships to ensure that they offer a top-tier experience for customers as well.
How the Study Works
A total of 80,000 vehicle owners were spoken to about their cars and they took a survey on them to determine how happy they are with their purchases and with their dealership experience as well. A total of 245 models were evaluated across 33 different manufacturers and in 10 different vehicle categories. The end result of all this studying was a loud resounding shout in favor of Porsche vehicles by their owners. Porsche received a total of 877 out of 1,000 points on the study, giving it the highest score out of all the different automakers that were tested.
Customers only review vehicles after they’ve had them for three months, so it’s clear if you want short-term happiness you can get it with Porsche vehicles. Long-time Porsche owners will tell you that you can get long-term happiness from the vehicles as well, this just isn’t the right study for proving that.
Sure Porsche vehicles are expensive, and they aren’t the most practical unless you want to pick up a Cayenne or Macan, but if you’re looking for your enjoyment and satisfaction there’s a lot of evidence that says you’ll be happy with a Porsche. Just take a look at the studies, and there are lots of them, and you’ll see how many Porsche owners love their vehicles.
The Cayman 718 is a nice blend of performance, power, looks and practical features that make it a good all-around sports car. Sure it’s not the fastest, the most comfortable, or the most practical offering the Porsche provides, but as a good mid-level vehicle that offers a bit of all three, it’s superb.
With sports cars like the 718 Cayman looks are pretty darned important. Sure some people would buy these performance cars even if they didn’t look great, but let’s be honest, most people are buying the face of the vehicle more than anything else. That’s why it’s exciting to say that the latest 718 is a definite improvement on the older models. It comes with a sharper front end that’s refined and stands out as a sports car more effectively. The sides are creased more noticeably, but they flow together more smoothly. The rear is also quite a bit smoother than before.
Older Caymans come with a somewhat outdated media system that doesn’t offer the best user-experience. The latest model comes with a shiny new 7-inch touchscreen media system that’s smooth, features modern menus and has a fresh looking interface overall. You can easily control the features of the vehicle by touching the screen, or by manipulating the controls on the center console itself, giving you plenty of options to work with. The setup also offers Apple CarPlay, making it even easier to make the most of your apps in the car.
Decent Storage Capacity
When you think about Porsche sports cars you probably think about lack of space and functionality. That’s not entirely the case with the 718 Cayman. That’s because there is a decent amount of storage both front and rear in the vehicle. You can put a large bag in the storage compartment up front, and another at the back of the vehicle. There are also several little storage sections within the cabin itself to hold your mobile devices and other important items as you drive around. Sure it’s not going to hold items like an SUV does, or even a family sedan, but it’s a big improvement compared to some of the older Porsche vehicles without much space for anything.
Porsche cars are known for being fun and exciting to drive around and the Cayman 718 is no different. It has plenty of power with 345 HP and 310 lb.-ft. of torque in the S variation, and can go from 0 to 62 MPH in just 4.2 seconds. The car goes all the way up to 177 MPH if you’re brave enough to push it that far.
There are three driving modes, standard, Sport and Sport Plus. Each offers a different drive feel. Normal is for casual cruising and offers a bit less power, lighter steering and slower acceleration. When you step up to Sport you’ll feel crisper acceleration and more forceful steering qualities. At Sport Plus you get the vehicle’s full power, rapid acceleration, excellent handling and you’ll even experience a bit of sliding in the corners at speed if you turn down stability a bit.
Porsche fitted this Cayman with massive 911 brakes for monstrous stopping power. You’ll be able to slow down even faster than you can speed up, which is very reassuring when driving a fast sports car like this.
An Adjustable Ride
The Cayman is available with an Active Suspension System, allowing you to raise and lower the ride height of the vehicle. This can make the car looks cooler, boost efficiency figures and improve handling all at once. The car can be lowered between 10 and 20mm depending on the version that you get.
If you’re into performance, luxury, or just looking good as you ride around, there’s a lot to like about the 718 Cayman. It’s primarily designed as a performance and driver-centric vehicle, but it’s got enough comfort features and space to be used as a daily driver by some people as well.
Porsche is known for being very detail-oriented and for its top-level engineering, and nothing helps prove that point more than the most recent recall of the automaker’s 918 Spyder supercar. All the owners are being told to bring the car into their nearest dealership to have two screws checked. That’s right, two screws in the vehicle are the source of a current recall.
Why Two Screws even Matters?
The Porsche Parts catalogue had the screws for the seatbelt reels and the seatbelt mounts mislabeled. That means that reel screws might be used for the mounts and vice versa. That’s a pretty big problem since it makes the seatbelts less effective and could cause problems during a collision, but it’s such a small detail it’s pretty amazing that Porsche as able to catch it at all.
A Recall for a Potential Problem
The Porsche recall isn’t even for a confirmed unsafe situation. Instead it’s for a potentially problematic incident. Two of the screws that are used in the vehicle were mislabeled. That means that the screws that go into one of the seatbelts of the vehicle might not be the right screws, and those belts may not be quite as safe as they should be. The recall is to simply have the owners bring their vehicles in and have them double checked to see if the proper screws are installed. If the screws aren’t in the right place, they will be replaced and the cars given back.
Porsche takes its vehicles very seriously, and Porsche owners should know that they are in good hands when it comes to the engineers from the company. Serious mistakes, or very minor issues are all repaired quickly, and the quality control team at these companies are excellent when such small issues are being taken care of.
Porsche is known for its recalls, but there are few incidents where Porsche vehicles failed because of engineering. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and apparently the people at Porsche agree with that sentiment.