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M3P to Plaid - some thoughts

ay221

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My 3P is much smaller and more tossable, the S is big and luxurious. Neither are a 911 on the track, but both are still fun. I prefer the smaller 3, my wife much prefers the luxury and refinement of our S. After having been a Porsche fanatic all my life, I must say, Porsche, there is now a substitute. Sold all my porsches except a purpose built track car and would not even consider one for the street. Both the 3P and the S are better than the 911 or Taycan for a lot less money.
Nice. I currently have a 718 Porsche Cayman GTS and never go to the track. I will most likely be selling it this year or next year and most likely either get a 3P or S long range. Since I don't like big cars I will probably get the 3P. I do mostly city driving so I think that might be best for me.
 
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WilliamG

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Nice. I currently have a 718 Porsche Cayman GTS and never go to the track. I will most likely be selling it this year or next year and most likely either get a 3P or S long range. Since I don't like big cars I will probably get the 3P. I do mostly city driving so I think that might be best for me.

I felt the same way. Don't think I could ever go back to a 3 unless it became miles better in terms of noise, ride, power etc. Despite not liking big cars!
 

S4WRXTTCS

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I have an M3P, and I would have upgraded to Plaid if they didn't raise the price, and if they allowed FSD to be transferable.

I'm going it some time to see how things play out, but I'll likely get a Rivian.

I'm kinda done with EV sport sedans anyways.
 

S4WRXTTCS

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I felt the same way. Don't think I could ever go back to a 3 unless it became miles better in terms of noise, ride, power etc. Despite not liking big cars!
I think the power is fine, but there are a lot of unacceptable things.

Build Quality needs to be better
Lack of True blind spot monitoring
Lack of 360 degree vision for Parking
Way too much road noise
Needs to have better ride quality.

A plaid only fixes a few things.
 

WilliamG

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I think the power is fine, but there are a lot of unacceptable things.

Build Quality needs to be better
Lack of True blind spot monitoring
Lack of 360 degree vision for Parking
Way too much road noise
Needs to have better ride quality.

A plaid only fixes a few things.

Build quality absolutely needs to be better. The parking situation should get better with an update or two. The road noise I find to be absolutely fantastic. I also find the ride quality to be exceptionally good.
 
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mkspeedr

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I agree the road noise and ride quality are exceptionally good. ANC should make it eerie quiet.

the 3 is city car. The S is a highway car and in my opinion the best highway car available.

I wish it had the X soft close doors and the sunroof but both are minor complaints.
 
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WilliamG

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I agree the road noise and ride quality are exceptionally good. ANC should make it eerie quiet.

the 3 is city car. The S is a highway car and in my opinion the best highway car available.

I wish it had the X soft close doors and the sunroof but both are minor complaints.

Yeah the S is too much in some ways for the city. Quick maneuvering is harder with the yoke for one thing. And then throw in the turn signal annoyances it’s…just not great.

That said, there are so many things I like about the car beyond this that I couldn’t go back to the “cheapness” (by comparison) of the 3. The suspension of the 3 is just not in the same league. For city driving the S is just a much more comfy ride… which is ironic since the 3 is better suited for the city…
 

JADCa

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Nice. I currently have a 718 Porsche Cayman GTS and never go to the track. I will most likely be selling it this year or next year and most likely either get a 3P or S long range. Since I don't like big cars I will probably get the 3P. I do mostly city driving so I think that might be best for me.
The 718 GTS is a great car, I think the GT4 is the best car Porsche currently builds, but these cars really shine on the track. They are really fun on the street, but a bit underpowered to protect the 911 brand. If you like the GTS, I think you will really like the 3P. Despite the FUD, the 3 will be quieter, smoother, roomier and much faster than the GTS. The Porsche is a bit more tossable, but at street speeds the pull from the 3P especially on corner exit is unbeatable. I don't think there is a car made than can keep pace with the 3P going up a windy mountain road. The size and instant torque will leave all other cars behind. As the road straightens, the Plaid would take over as champ.
 

ay221

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The 718 GTS is a great car, I think the GT4 is the best car Porsche currently builds, but these cars really shine on the track. They are really fun on the street, but a bit underpowered to protect the 911 brand. If you like the GTS, I think you will really like the 3P. Despite the FUD, the 3 will be quieter, smoother, roomier and much faster than the GTS. The Porsche is a bit more tossable, but at street speeds the pull from the 3P especially on corner exit is unbeatable. I don't think there is a car made than can keep pace with the 3P going up a windy mountain road. The size and instant torque will leave all other cars behind. As the road straightens, the Plaid would take over as champ.
Thanks. I would give a thumbs up, but I am not privileged yet.
 

WilliamG

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The 718 GTS is a great car, I think the GT4 is the best car Porsche currently builds, but these cars really shine on the track. They are really fun on the street, but a bit underpowered to protect the 911 brand. If you like the GTS, I think you will really like the 3P. Despite the FUD, the 3 will be quieter, smoother, roomier and much faster than the GTS. The Porsche is a bit more tossable, but at street speeds the pull from the 3P especially on corner exit is unbeatable. I don't think there is a car made than can keep pace with the 3P going up a windy mountain road. The size and instant torque will leave all other cars behind. As the road straightens, the Plaid would take over as champ.

I think a Plaid would murder a 3P in the twisties - I have to say. Coming from a 3P, the feel of that car was really excellent in the corners. But the proof is in the cornering pudding, and the Plaid is no slouch, despite feeling so much heavier. The brakes are the weakest link on the Plaid, though. Hopefully we see a track pack sometime soon...
 

dropgems

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I am really happy with my Plaid 19" vs my Model 3 Performance with 18" wheels. I have been getting 290wh/mile which is crazy good IMO. So far I love the car way more than when I got my Model 3, it looks great it feels good. I don't regret spending more than double than what I paid for my Model 3 so far.
Same deal here. Had a 3P with 18’s now a plaid with 19’s. Only thing I liked more about the 3p was it was even more minimal and less things to worry about but the plaid is better in just about every way.
 
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jbcarioca

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The single thing I am most impressed about in the plaid is having less energy consumption with the Plaid! I am shocked to have ~290 Wh/mi or less on almost every trip. The 3P was always a bit above 300 Wh/mi. That is mind-boggling for me in another respect; I have not yet used a Supercharger for my Plaid, despite several trips of ~275 miles in all of which I have arrived with >20% battery remaining. Every time I have charged at restaurants, hotels or shopping centers. The practical range increase is really the reason. That is actually getting close to EPA range. Looking under the car the absence of any protrusions obviously reduces parasite drag, which combined with all the motor, BMS and accessory improvements makes much less energy penalty at highway speeds than the 3P.
Of course using all that incredible power would destroy that economy.

Next to that the Yoke is a pleasure now that I'm used to it. My list of plusses goes on with the sound system, all that space, quiet cabin and the giant screen filling out my list. The handling of the Plaid is a pleasant surprise because it is such an advance on older S, the Plaid is easy to park and great in tight turns, while that is a great surprise I don't really think that is feels better than the 3P.

The 3P smaller size was preferable for me, but that is really the only clear advantage it has for me.
 
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jebinc

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Jun 19, 2019
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The single thing I am most impressed about in the plaid is having less energy consumption with the Plaid! I am shocked to have ~290 Wh/mi or less on almost every trip. The 3P was always a bit above 300 Wh/mi. That is mind-boggling for me in another respect; I have not yet used a Supercharger for my Plaid, despite several trips of ~275 miles in all of which I have arrived with >20% battery remaining. Every time I have charged at restaurants, hotels or shopping centers. The practical range increase is really the reason. That is actually getting close to EPA range. Looking under the car the absence of any protrusions obviously reduces parasite drag, which combined with all the motor, BMS and accessory improvements makes much less energy penalty at highway speeds than the 3P.
Of course using all that incredible power would destroy that economy.

Next to that the Yoke is a pleasure now that I'm used to it. My list of plusses goes on with the sound system, all that space, quiet cabin and the giant screen filling out my list. The handling of the Plaid is a pleasant surprise because it is such an advance on older S, the Plaid is easy to park and great in tight turns, while that is a great surprise I don't really think that is feels better than the 3P.

The 3P smaller size was preferable for me, but that is really the only clear advantage it has for me.
Agreed. While I really like yoke steering, I'm not a fan of the buttons. I have an Aroham yoke and stalks in the MYP; seems like the best setup.


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Darmie

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I think a Plaid would murder a 3P in the twisties - I have to say. Coming from a 3P, the feel of that car was really excellent in the corners. But the proof is in the cornering pudding, and the Plaid is no slouch, despite feeling so much heavier. The brakes are the weakest link on the Plaid, though. Hopefully we see a track pack sometime soon...
Randy Pobst tore it up on the hill climb. Of course he had better shocks and sticky tires but the potential on the plaid looks marvelous.

Didn't the stock Plaid on the Nurburgring have a track mode? Maybe it will be on the way soon.
 
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I think a Plaid would murder a 3P in the twisties - I have to say. Coming from a 3P, the feel of that car was really excellent in the corners. But the proof is in the cornering pudding, and the Plaid is no slouch, despite feeling so much heavier. The brakes are the weakest link on the Plaid, though. Hopefully we see a track pack sometime soon...

It's the classic BMW M3 vs M5 conversation - can big papa keep up with his smaller sibling?
 

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