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Stuntman

Test sit in something rather nice

Having the same dilemma as franki in regard to which seats to specify on my forthcoming car, today I was fortunate enough to be offered a test-sit in a Porsche 918 Spyder so that I could sit in not just the 918-style bucket seats, but actual 918 seats!

This particular car is at Porsche Centre Swindon on a sale or return basis.  It's white, and up at £1.1 million...

Anyway the seats.  Well I do think they are a bit wider than the folding bucket seats that Porsche does.  I wasn't able to move the seating position in the 918 so couldn't really test the seat properly for my preferred driving position, the seat was set too far back for me.  

So I'm not really that much further forward in the decision-making process other than to report that the seats did look lovely and were reasonably comfortable, certainly more so that the fixed back seats I had my VXT 10 years ago.  

The car itself is full of lovely details inside and out, it has a lovely floating centre console and the dials are a bit special too.

There was  also a 991 GT3 RS in the showroom which is about to be collected by its lucky owner.  It was GT Silver with silver wheels and black wing supports.  It looked really classy (although I would have had the wheels in Satin Platinum rather than silver) and surprisingly the owner had deleted the GT3 RS sticker from the rear!  I would have definitely kept that, it's not as if the car is otherwise inconspicuous...

And which seats did it have?  Not the 918-style seats, but the folding buckets!
Big Blue

So did you make an offer on the 918?
Stuntman

Didn't like the colour, so no!
Martin

Re: Test sit in something rather nice

Stuntman wrote:
†It looked really classy.....especially as the owner had deleted the GT3 RS sticker from the rear! †


FYP! †

Although I'm not sure how a GT3 RS, as fantastic as it is, could ever be thought of as classy.

I love the 918, but haven't got further than peering through the window.
Stuntman

I agree that the GT3 RS is fundamentally a shouty car these days. †But it's more understated in GT Silver in my opinion. †The colour choices are very limited this time round, and apparently they have also stopped doing Colour To Sample on them now.

That said, my favourite 911 RS in terms of looks is still the 997.1 GT3 RS in Orange with black wheels and decals.
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Re: Test sit in something rather nice

Stuntman wrote:
There was †also a 991 GT3 RS in the showroom which is about to be collected by its lucky owner. †It was GT Silver with silver wheels and black wing supports. †It looked really classy (although I would have had the wheels in Satin Platinum rather than silver) and surprisingly the owner had deleted the GT3 RS sticker from the rear! †I would have definitely kept that, it's not as if the car is otherwise inconspicuous...

Was this Swindon? In which case, was it the (barely) used RS they had for 295,000, or a new one?
Stuntman

Yes, Swindon. †And a brand new one (991).
They also had a 997.1 GT3 like yours only in black and with 15,000 miles or thereabouts - up for £79,950.

Edited: if the barely used one was also a 991 then I don't know.  it had a 15 plate on it and a sign in the windscreen saying sold, please do not touch - and no pricing.   I just assumed it was brand new awaiting its first owner, but perhaps not!

I hadn't been to OPC Swindon since about October last year.
Nice Guy Eddie

My mates gt3 RS has just arrived at opc Guildford with the 918 seats. Don't think he's picking it up for a couple of weeks but if you're in the area at some point...
PhilD

Stuntman wrote:
Didn't like the colour, so no!


Don't you just hate it when you are all set to buy a supercar and they don't have your colour?
Stuntman

I know, isnt' it awful?  I would have had to re-accessesorize my entire entourage if I'd bought the white one...
franki68

PhilD wrote:
Stuntman wrote:
Didn't like the colour, so no!


Don't you just hate it when you are all set to buy a supercar and they don't have your colour?


Terrible isn't it ? As I said to the wife ..thankgod  for paint to sample .
Roadsterstu

So, whilst a 918 test sit was a nice little experience, the seats were not the same as the Cayman then? But the seats in the GT3 RS were the same? A sit in that car would have been better given that it would have taken only a few minutes. I know it was a customer's car but even a few minutes sit would have been ok?
franki68

Roadsterstu wrote:
So, whilst a 918 test sit was a nice little experience, the seats were not the same as the Cayman then? But the seats in the GT3 RS were the same? A sit in that car would have been better given that it would have taken only a few minutes. I know it was a customer's car but even a few minutes sit would have been ok?


No,the 918 seats are the seats we have both ordered,the seats n the 991gt3rs were the other sort of buckets (folding ones).
JohnC

I see it's not just Martin who has an anorak for car facts - it looks like you need an encyclopaedia before you can buy a Porsche.
Martin

You do and that's before you even get to the Z list options!
franki68

JohnC wrote:
I see it's not just Martin who has an anorak for car facts - it looks like you need an encyclopaedia before you can buy a Porsche.


and the patience of a tortoise.

JUst awaiting confirmation but apparently having the wheels painted black will delay the car and now they have decided the delay for bucket seats is back on .

Really buying a new car regardless of value should be a pleasant experience.
This has been anything but.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

franki68 wrote:

Really buying a new car regardless of value should be a pleasant experience.
This has been anything but.

A bit like buying a new Captur, then....
I can recommend my local Ford dealership - fancy a Mustang ???
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

franki68 wrote:
... apparently having the wheels painted black will delay the car ...

All the more reason to go for gunmetal then!
franki68

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
franki68 wrote:
... apparently having the wheels painted black will delay the car ...

All the more reason to go for gunmetal then!


If I did , it would be delayed even more.

Moral of this story is don't change your spec , even when you have to because they tell you to.
Nice Guy Eddie

I'd crawl over broken glass to get into a gt4, cut the moaning, get your spec down and stick to it. Your opc sounds a pain in the arse but should be managing your expectations a lot better then they are.
franki68

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I'd crawl over broken glass to get into a gt4, cut the moaning, get your spec down and stick to it. Your opc sounds a pain in the arse but should be managing your expectations a lot better then they are.


Its not the opc its porsche.
And I cant stick to spec when they keep withdrawing options ,telling you you cannot order it so you must change your spec ,then 4 weeks later saying you can .
Its shambolic,the fact that Im going to end up with a gt4 does not make it any less shambolic,and bear in mind I should have had the car over a month now based on original factory production date,and I sold the dbs .
If I knew i could not have the car until november or december as it seems then I would  not have sold the dbs .

it better be   mind bendingly brilliant
Giant

First world problems!  

In all seriousness the service described does sound utterly shambolic, why do we accept this kind of service on such expensive purchases (cars in general, not just 'premium' ones?
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Can't you ask them to loan you another Porsche while you sit out the wait ?
franki68

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Can't you ask them to loan you another Porsche while you sit out the wait ?


I did ask them for the use of the 918,they were not obliging.
Roadsterstu

franki68 wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
I'd crawl over broken glass to get into a gt4, cut the moaning, get your spec down and stick to it. Your opc sounds a pain in the arse but should be managing your expectations a lot better then they are.


Its not the opc its porsche.
And I cant stick to spec when they keep withdrawing options ,telling you you cannot order it so you must change your spec ,then 4 weeks later saying you can .
Its shambolic,the fact that Im going to end up with a gt4 does not make it any less shambolic,and bear in mind I should have had the car over a month now based on original factory production date,and I sold the dbs .
If I knew i could not have the car until november or december as it seems then I would †not have sold the dbs .

it better be † mind bendingly brilliant


I have little doubt it will be. How usable it might be on shitty British roads is another matter. Still, if you decide to sell, I think you'd do OK out of it.

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