The announcement that the 911R would be making its return was met with plenty of excitement. The iconic R hadn’t been seen since the ’60s and while there have been plenty of cars to wear an RS badge there’s still something about that R by itself that denoted something of importance. In this case, that importance also meant a fairly limited allocation (991 in total) and all were snapped up quite quickly by those who were offered the opportunity of purchasing one. Essentially a GT3 RS with manual transmission and no wing, the R promised to be the understated driver for those who didn’t necessarily prioritize ultimate lap times, but still wanted the most Porsche could offer in naturally aspirated form.
Like many of Porsche’s smaller production track models it didn’t take long for the R to pop up for sale by those hoping to immediately capitalize on its rarity and the difficulty of getting on the short list of initial buyers. Prices were very high and while they have gradually come down they remain very high. With the R the uniqueness of a particular car matters. It matters now and it will matter down the road. If you’re going to spend all of this money on a car that will spend most of its time being looked at rather than being driven, then it needs to have parts to look at that will set it apart.
While it doesn’t have a classic PTS color, this 911R does come with a few stylistic alterations that should accomplish that goal. Do you like orange accents? If not, this isn’t the R for you. If you do, then this one should provide what you need.
There is a part of me that didn’t want to post this car. There is another part of me that is way too attracted to bright things. I love seeing these colors on the GT3 RS too much simply to pass them by. And this one, dressed in PTS Birch Green, is about as bright and rare as they come.
With Birch Green part of the rarity is linked directly to that brightness; bright cars are one thing and they aren’t for everyone. This is so bright that even those who love bright colors may shy away. The funny part of this one, to me, is that the interior is so subdued. Outside of red gauge faces, it’s pretty standard. At first I didn’t like that, I wanted more color, but as I look at it more I think it might be the way to go. The exterior really screams. A toned down interior may just be the right juxtaposition. (I’d have gone with yellow gauge faces though.)
I complained yesterday that the Arctic Silver over Graphite Grey color combination of that 911 Turbo S was too bland for such a performance machine. Here we can see a similar exterior utilized to much greater effect. The key is in the details. Well, the details along with one of the best interiors I’ve seen in a modern Porsche.
This is a 2016 Porsche Boxster Spyder. That’s a great base with which to start. The exterior is GT Silver Metallic. I don’t want to parse Porsche’s various silvers and which might be better than which, but this is a fine color for those who enjoy silver. It’s contrasted by Porsche script along the doors and what I believe are White Gold Metallic painted wheels. While subtle those wheels provide a nice shift in color that gives the exterior just a little more style. The interior is where things really pick up:
Here’s the second of my promised yellow 911s: a Racing Yellow 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Bahrain, with 4K kilometers on it. This is a case of coming across a 911 that quickly catches my eye and then as I’m looking it over thinking to myself, “I really don’t see many in this color.”
Racing Yellow obviously is a rather eye-catching color on the GT3 RS. Yet, we almost never see it. We almost never see yellow on the GT3 RS in general. Why is that? Granted, yellow Porsches aren’t the most common to begin with so they’re always going to possess a degree of rarity, but given the wide variety of brightly colored examples of the GT3 RS we see I am surprised more of them aren’t yellow. There was the beautiful Signal Yellow example I featured previously, but nothing in this much brighter version and still that’s only one other. There almost certainly are more, but how many?
One last car without a fixed roof. Moving ahead 50 years from the 356C Cabriolet I featured over the weekend we come to possibly the best of Porsche’s open-top machines. From my first glimpse I immediately loved the new design of the 981 Boxster and Cayman when each debuted. While I’d generally liked the Cayman from its inception I cannot say the same of the Boxster. I was fine with it, but I can’t say it ever really wowed me. That feeling remained fairly constant throughout its first 15 years of production until the 981. Porsche finally seemed to have gotten things right. This new design struck the right balance between aggressive styling and elegant looks. It’s a modern Porsche so it shouldn’t be too shouty, but it also should make clear its sporting aspirations.
Like with the Cayman GT4, Porsche also allowed the Boxster to borrow a 3.8 liter flat-six engine from the 911 for the Boxster Spyder. Gone are much of the Boxster’s criticisms about a general lack of performance. 375 horsepower tends to help with that. So does a well-balanced mid-engine chassis with the power directed to the rear. The Boxster always has had a pretty good chassis. Now it had a complementary engine.
The last time I looked at a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen 6×6 it was not what you probably expected to see. A 2016 G300 CDI 6×6 that was built for military use and was as bare bones as you could possibility get. Today, we have another 2016 G300 CDI 6×6 from the same seller in Austria but as you might have noticed, this one looks a bit different. At first glance I thought this was your regular 6×6 (if you can call a 6×6 ”regular”) judging by the over the top body panels, but then it hit me that Mercedes and AMG never made any civilian 6x6s in diesel form. Add that together with this truck being for a sale at a place that literally builds G-Wagens from the ground up and you have quite the interesting combination going on here.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the Cayman lately. As a long-time fan of the 911 it’s always been difficult to wrap my head around precisely what I think of the Cayman. It’s a Porsche so I have little doubt about its capabilities and overall quality as a sports car. The pedigree certainly is there. Yet, as has been noted ad nauseam, it always has seemed tamed, or held back, so as to insulate it from direct competition with the 911. While slightly unfair it’s almost seemed the car you settle for if you cannot afford a proper Porsche – a 911. And then, of course, there is the simple fact of the 911 being something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. It’s hard to displace something that has been so long a part of your imagination.
I don’t know that I’d say the Cayman GT4 has changed all of that, but it has certainly played a role and forced me to rethink some of those issues. I’m not in the market for one, let’s be clear on that – it’s out of my price range and I’m still not in the position of having a decent place to park it – but I do wonder if the time came to choose between a GT4 and a GT3 where I’d end up. I think I know what my wallet would say. I’m less certain about my heart.
This one really is drawing my eye: a White 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4, located in California, with 5,100 miles on it. It has a few modifications and for those looking for one that’s reasonably track ready I think it should be a definite contender.
Quite simply this is a holy sh*t car. I can think of no other way to put it. Obviously the GT3 RS itself elicits plenty of similar commentary simply from its sheer performance capabilities. It also looks kind of crazy in the same way most super cars look kind of crazy. Wings, vents, scoops: it’s all flashy and loud and of a singular purpose. As much as I think the appearance of the current GT3 RS has become a bit fussy, it is very much what it purports to be and makes no mistakes about it. If you want those capabilities with a more sleeper appearance, Porsche provides the 911R. If you want things toned down a few degrees, there’s the GT3. When you decide the GT3 RS is your car, you also decide to give up on all pretensions of subtlety.
But what if the standard GT3 RS simply is too tame appearing? Well, then you get this: a paint-to-sample Viper Green 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with a Black over Lava Orange interior and matching exterior stripes. If you’re having any trouble getting noticed, this should solve that problem. Honestly, it just makes me giggle.
I wasn’t sure I wanted to post another yellow 911. I’ve come across a lot that I’ve liked lately and while I might love the color, it’s definitely way too bright for most people. The appeal is somewhat limited and that’s not exactly what I’m going for here. In the end, I couldn’t pass this up. It’s probably my favorite Porsche color and the GT3 RS is my favorite of the water-cooled models. It’s also been spec’d pretty nicely and in a manner I might choose myself. As an ultimate 911 it’s close to perfect.
This is a paint-to-sample Signal Yellow 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS with radio delete, a whole host of deviated stitching in the interior, and 3,055 miles on it. While perhaps a strange thing to say about a car at this price, I also think it is priced very reasonably.
For reasons I can’t quite put my finger on I’m quite attracted to Porsche’s Rennsport Reunion 911. While not really in the sort of colors I tend to prefer there is something great about the overall package and when I see one I definitely take notice. The Rennsport Reunion Edition served to commemorate the fifth Rennsport Reunion held at Laguna Seca Raceway in September 2015. It is a showcase of Porsche racecars from throughout its history.
We are sometimes hard on Porsche for its constant commemorative and special edition 911s. In most cases they just seem like another way to move some cars and in truth that’s probably the primary intent. But I will say this, in more recent years these special editions have been produced in very limited numbers. If you’re going to make something special, then you might as well go all out. The Rennsport Reunion Edition 911 is no different: only 25 were made. If you want one opportunities can be fleeting.