The Porsche 718 Spyder is Amazing!

I’ve been sitting on this post as a draft for months now and each time I come back to it, I add a few more words and realize what utter chaos life has been in the time since I got it!

I’m not going to get into that now. I’m just going to end this and publish what I have because if I don’t, I’ll just keep adding to it and it will never be finished.

So here is the beginning. And just… what a car!!

I took delivery on July 4th and did some back road cruising, a couple of track days, a bit of warranty work and a bunch of random trips around town and I’m still grinning every time I fire up the motor.

This car is just fantastic.

The big day was only a taste. I picked it up in the morning at Porsche Centre Oakville and drove it across town from the dealer to the detailer to have PPF applied. Even keeping it under 4000 rpm though, the motor was already making some wonderful sounds and you could tell it was just itching to open up and breath.

The Refinery took it from there and spent the next few days doing a perfect job of adding the paint protection film.

I went off on a camping trip while they worked and they got it in time for me to pick it up when I got back on Tuesday, July 11th. I had a track weekend booked for the 15/16th and now had 4 days to put break-in miles on it to be ready.

I used those 4 days to the fullest, including visiting a friend up in cottage country. I spent as much time as I could behind the wheel but nothing could have prepared me for what this car would be like at the track. The Spyder is a proper Porsche GT car. It’s the first GT convertible they’ve made so I expected it to be good at the track, but having driven a GT3 for four years, I had to be a realist. I expected it to be good, but not THAT good. Man, was I ever in for a surprise!!

To say that this car performed well beyond my expectations at the track is an understatement. This was the one place I thought the compromise would be obvious so to be as impressed as I am, I’m over the moon excited. In just a few events I was running times within half of a second of what I did after 4 years of learning in the GT3. Whether this car just suits me better or I wasn’t driving the GT3 properly doesn’t really matter. What matters is that I don’t feel like I’ve taken a step back at the track and I’m excited to keep learning and try to get everything I can out of this new car!

There’s more to talk about here including some exceptional service from Porsche Centre Oakville and Mantis Autosport dealing with a leaking strut and getting me back to the track on a day I surely thought I’d miss. As I said at the top though, it’s time to cut this post short and just get it out there.

For now, I’m looking forward to springtime and installing a small pile of goodies I’ve picked up. I can’t wait for the good weather and top down driving again!!

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