Double Take: 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS – Black or White?

This will be a study of complete contrasts. Light and dark. Two examples of the 997 GT3 RS that look equally stunning, but achieve that through entirely different means. One is paint to sample, the other a standard color. Both are somewhat rarely seen in this form, though in the case of the white RS it is more the lack of adornment that produces that rarity.

I had seen this paint-to-sample Black GT3 RS previously and knew I would want to take a closer look. Then I forgot about it. When I came back around to it a Carrara White GT3 RS had also come up for sale. White and Black: neither color is much outside the norm for most cars, but the GT3 RS is not like most cars. Black even was a paint-to-sample option, which almost beggars belief. Let’s take a look at that peculiarly rare black example first:

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 – Radio Delete

I don’t think I need to belabor this one. After all it wasn’t that long ago that I featured a GT3 RS 4.0. That particular example was quite special in that it was one of the very rare paint-to-sample 4.0s that were built. This one is not paint to sample, but it does provide its own special features. And a very high price to match!

This is a Carrara White Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0, located in Houston, that is one of the handful that was optioned without the audio system. Also, it sits with only 15 miles on it. Yes, 15.

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Paint-to-sample Vesuvio Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Paint-to-sample 911s always hold their own special place. They are obviously unique, but mostly they’re just fun to see because of their utilization of colors that Porsche no longer makes available and in many cases only made available for a short period of time. When the paint-to-sample color in question is said to be the only extant example for a particular model, well, then we really take notice.

Such appears to be the case with the car here: a Vesuvio Metallic 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. We’ve seen Vesuvio Metallic a few times previously. It’s a very interesting color that shifts and changes hue under different lighting and in the shade. It’s also a unique color in its own right showing a purplish charcoal combination that few other colors replicate. It would seem to make for a good PTS option. Yet this is the first time I’ve seen it selected for such duty. Maybe it’s not as desirable as I might think. Or maybe Porsche themselves have rarely allowed it as one of the PTS options. I don’t know, but it certainly looks good here!

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

I’ve been looking for one of these to feature for a little while. Not the GT3 RS 4.0 itself; I’ve featured a few of those. Rather a paint-to-sample GT3 RS 4.0. When Porsche announced it would release the 4.0 as its ultimate send-off for the 997 they also announced the standard colors: Carrara White or Black. This being a special edition Porsche that didn’t stop some buyers from opting for a different color palette, thus making an already rare car – only 600 total were produced – even more rare.

If I’m honest this isn’t the best of the PTS 4.0 I’ve seen, at least with regard to color. There are a few running around with better and more historic Porsche colors. This owner opted for Orange. As Orange goes it is a nice color though and it certainly shows more flash than the standard black or white. Also, this one is for sale and those others are not.

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Paint-to-sample Oslo Blue 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Vintage Porsche colors on modern Porsche models always attract my notice. That’s especially true with colors that Porsche only used for a short period of time, though I must admit in many cases while the color itself no longer was used other choices are so close to that original color that it’s pretty much still present in the lineup. That’s more or less the case we have here with this paint-to-sample Oslo Blue 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Illinois, with 2,339 miles on it.

Oslo Blue is a color I love to see on the 356 and for me is one in a large number of really nice non-metallic blues Porsche has produced. If you scroll through those blues you’ll find quite a few that were similar. It’s not one of the pastels, but still brings with it plenty of brightness and in a nice rich deep blue. As an option on the GT3 RS it makes a wonderful choice.

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2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder

I write-up a lot of Porsches, but very rarely post about the Boxster. And most of those very infrequent examples are of the Boxster Spyder. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that this Boxster post also is a Spyder.

Given that I actually am a big fan of the roadster genre it’s a little strange that I don’t feature the Boxster more often. After all, I own a 2-seat convertible and I love it. These are cars that tend to be light and nimble, almost always rear-wheel drive and with a manual transmission. And while they rarely have been the most powerful cars on the market there’s typically enough power on tap to get some serious enjoyment out of it.

The Boxster, being a Porsche, has long been one of the more luxurious roadsters on the market. It’s also suffered seemingly endless criticism for basically being not as good as a 911. Whether it was the nature of the car or simply a function of purposeful decision-making by those at Porsche, the early models probably could have been sportier. Over time those criticisms either have dwindled as the Boxster was made a better and more powerful car or they shifted to the Cayman where the “not as good as a 911” remarks make more sense.

The Spyder, released by Porsche for the 2011 model year, sought to solve most of the criticisms through the tried-and-true performance method: remove weight (a 176 pound reduction) and add power (up to 320 hp, 10 more than the Boxster S). In a roadster this is an especially important formula since the entire experience was to center on no frills sporting from the outset. The Spyder does that very well.

Here we have one of the rarely seen color options: a Guards Red 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder, located in Texas, with 50,391 miles on it.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I’m still blown away every time I come across one of these cars: a 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. We’ve featured a few of them in the past and, in truth, there is very little that distinguishes them outside of whatever exterior color the particular car happens to be wearing. The mileage is always very low and the condition excellent, points that don’t really surprise us with a car like this. Yet, each time I can’t stop staring. The GT2 is already a car of excesses and the RS takes those excesses even further by raising the power and lowering the weight, transforming an already extremely capable machine into an absolute beast. When you have 620 hp being asked to propel a car weighing just a bit under 3,100 lbs you can expect brisk performance. Having all of that power directed to the rear wheels of a rear-engined car is, frankly, almost baffling. Paying attention is most definitely required.

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Year: 2011
Model: 911 GT2 RS
Engine: 3.6 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 3,850 mi
Price: C$ 680,000 (~ $524,525)

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The look of the GT2 RS continues that sense of excess. It is the most menacing of any 911 I have seen and that is especially the case with an all-black version like the one we see here. It’s squat and powerful looking and the various wings and intakes – along with a giant set of rear rubber – make clear that this is a car to be taken very seriously. As an attempt by Porsche to see just how far they could push the 911, both in the sense of power and overall performance, the GT2 RS is one heck of an effort and I imagine they will be highly sought after any time one comes up for sale.

Assuming, of course, you have about half-a-million dollars to throw around. When I have seen these come up at the prestigious auction houses sales have ranged from mid-$400Ks to mid-$500Ks. This one is priced toward the higher end of that scale and I’m not sure I expect it to reach such a price. Those I’ve seen in the $500Ks have had fewer miles or came in another color (red seems popular for higher prices). Regardless, this will be a very expensive car and even if its sale takes some time a bit of patience from the seller should pay off. For me, I just want to look and marvel at just how far a 911 can be pushed.

-Rob

2011 BMW 1M Coupe

I’ve been on a bit of a yellow kick as of late, but even I was surprised when I came upon this BMW 1M. To date, I had not seen a BMW Individual painted 1M Coupe and to spy one in Dakar Yellow seemed especially amazing. Even more amazing was the price; despite only 35,000 miles on the clock, this E87 seemed priced to move at only $50,000 – some $20,000 less than other examples on the market. It was clearly worth a bit of further investigation…

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2011 BMW 1M Coupe

Much like the E28 M5, the E82 was a legend before it even hit the market. Press releases and journalists gushed over its superlatives; while most felt it was a return to the classic BMW form, some went so far as to suggest it was the best M product ever. Debate still rages over that and generally fans of each chassis manage to come up with plenty of justification as to why theirs is the most special M produced. However, one thing is undeniable; the 1M might be the only M car to ever immediately appreciate on the market. Perhaps it was the combination of those aforementioned press articles or the limited nature of the model; a scant 983 were produced for the U.S. market over a 10 month production cycle in 2011. As with the E28, color choices were quite limited (though, thankfully more than just black!) – 326 Alpine White III (300), 222 Black Sapphire Metallic (475), and 435 Valencia Orange Metallic (B44) – the model’s signature color. All were mated with the same interior: LWNZ Black Boston leather with contrasting orange stitching. They all featured the same drivetrain specification, too – the boosted twin-turbocharged N54 turned up to 340 horsepower and mated only to a 6-speed manual with a limited slip differential. Wheels were the Competition Package BBS-made Style 359M 19″ options from the E9x. The result was magical:

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SL550

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The last year of the R230 SL in 2011 gave you a color choice of white, silver, gray, silver, gray, silver, black, black, black and two different shades of red if you wanted to really get wild. So when I saw one in Mauritius Blue it sure caught my attention. This wonderful SL550 for sale in North Carolina takes the normally bland color palette and adds a great color from it’s Designo program. So let’s take a closer look at this blue-blooded Mercedes-Benz.

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