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    The Eureka Moment...

    Well, it's been a difficult journey deciding what I was going to order. I was all set on Midnight/natural brown with all the leather goodies - very nice, but not the iris blue I really wanted. I finally came to the realization that although it would be great to have the headliner, dome cover, and visors in matching natural brown leather (instead of the standard black) it wasn't worth the $2K plus cost. I've been trying to see if I would notice it in my current car and it seems I'm not really looking up there all that much. So, if porsche feels black works for the headliner, dome cover and visors with the natural brown it's good enough for me.

    I also had to reconsider the PCM in leather - it looks incredible. But could I live without it? Yes, I'm sure I can. So, the interior would look something like this (with the steering column in leather also)

    Illuminated door sills - nice, but not a necessity - saved a few hundred on that. Deleted the instrument surround in leather and the Leather package A pillar and I was sitting right on what I had budgeted for the car. The 2008 base price increase did some damage to my configuration, but all in all I think I'm going to be happier with the final result.

    The last piece of the puzzle is the tiptronic. I still haven't had the chance to drive one. Being that my dealer only has customer ordered cars I think I'll be relying on blind faith with this one. I do have reservations being that the PDK is coming soon in terms of trade in value on the tip. I enjoy the driver interaction with the 6 speed, but still have to consider the primary use of the car as a long distance tourer in making my decision. This is not going to be a car I'll trade back in two or three years (at least that's what I say now). My wife and I are planning to have a baby sometime next year (planning now, only - nothing happening yet) and I know shes not going to put an infant in the car anytime soon. So I have time to think about the tip vs. the manual for a while.

    The dealer had two allocation slots for '08 coupes - one in Nov '07 and one in April '08. I have the nov slot but pushed it to April, as we're working on opeing another office and the extra funds would help out until then. So this is where we're at:

    61 - Iris Blue Metallic
    06 Natural Leather Brown
    998 Leather Interior Natural Lthr
    249 - Tiptronic S
    342 Heated Front Seats
    640 Sport Chrono Package Turbo
    810 Floor Mats - Interior Color
    XSC Porsche Crest in Headrest
    XPA Thicker Leather Steering Wheel
    XMZ Rear Center Console - Leather
    XNS Steering Column in Leather
    XTV Door Finishers in Leather
    CFA leather tiptronic shift gate
    CUV Storage Cmpt Lid W/Model Logo
    CNE - Front Spoiler Painted
    CNG - Rear Lower Valence Painted
    XAJ - Side skirts painted

    For those who've never seen iris blue, or perhaps forgot what it looks like, here are a few photos. It's an incredibly complex blue - somewhere between midnight and cobalt and it has both a pearl and metallic component. It also changes drastically with the direction of light - my all time favorite blue that Porsche has used.

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    Niice. Now The Wait is your next challenge.

    Don't worry about the Tip. It's fast and almost a PDK which I would order in a heartbeat.

    For myself (ok for other people), I personally do not like light-colored 997 interiors (black only) because there's lots going on; it's visually "cluttered" to my eye. But whatever makes you happy is what counts.

    Anyway: here's to your new car!!

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    Iris rules! It is an amazing color! I wonder if i can re-paint my Boxster in Iris

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    Do it. You know what you want. My next TT would be in seal. K

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    The tip is a true automatic, with torque converter and all and it does dampens the jerkyness and very smooth on gear shifts.

    PDK is more like a substitute for manual, but without the clutch, if it's like what VW/Audi got, it will be a bit jerky on gearchanges, the clutch is a on/off switch, the gearchanges are like snaps. And with the computer controlling the clutch, unlike human control, there won't be 'feathering' of the clutch to smooth out the gear changes. A experienced driver with a manual transmission is gonna be much smoother than the computer controlled version, abit with a much slower shift times.

    I am thinking, the reason Porsche hasn't released the PDK yet is because they haven't solved the problem of the snappy/jerkyness and tuning the clutch engagement to mimic the smoothness of the torque converter is taking longer than expected.

    I think even when the PDK comes out Porsche with keep all 3 transmissions, the tip for the GT side of the customers and the PDK/manual for the sports car side of the customers.

    Having said all that, I think you made the right choice and the tip is not gonna hurt your future value if at all.

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    the iris blue does look very good in sun light, very nice and the Tip can be a bit boring to drive at times but i would still have it when driving in the city

    Re: The Eureka Moment...

    i like iris blue ! A good choise saxguy



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