Reasonably Priced? 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

I don’t want to suggest that this 911 is inexpensive. Because it most certainly is not. However, in a somewhat relative sense it appears to be priced pretty well. This is one of the 25 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Editions, with 7-speed manual transmission, and sits with 328 miles on the clock. With an asking price of just under $190K it’s still commanding a pretty hefty premium compared to when new, but this one actually is priced a good bit under some recent sales.

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Year: 2016
Model: 911 Carrera GTS
Engine: 3.8 liter flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed manual
Mileage: 328 mi
Price: $189,990 Buy It Now

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition\

Miles: 328

Instrument Dials in Carmine Red
PASM Sport Suspension
GTS Interior Package
Manual Transmission
Smoking package
ParkAssist (rear)
Deletion of GTS Model Designation on Side Doors
Code for Exterior Paint to Sample
Exterior Paint to Sample, Non-Metallic
Black Leather Interior incl. Alcantara® GTS Package in Carmine Red
Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way) with Memory Package
BOSE® Audio Package
SportDesign exterior mirror lower trims painted in Black (high-gloss)
Wheels Painted in Black (High-Gloss)
Preparation door-sill guards, illuminated
LED Headlights in Black incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus)
Center Console Trim in Carbon Fiber
20-inch Sport Classic Wheels

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Assuming that during its brief time its owner didn’t drive this 911 into anything, the only mark that distinguishes this Rennsport Reunion from others I’ve seen is the mileage. It’s high…well at 328 miles that doesn’t sound right so let’s just say it’s higher. Last month RM Sotheby’s sold a Rennsport Reunion at auction for $225K. It only had 72 miles. It was basically new. Others I’ve seen have shown similar pricing. So this one does have more than 4 times the number of miles! Silliness aside, realistically in the long term those extra miles aren’t likely to mean much and for someone who really would like a Rennsport Edition to drive – I mean they are pretty fantastic drivers having been based on the top-of-the-line Carrera GTS – those miles mean almost nothing. So for almost 40 thousand fewer of your dollars you could get this one and you’d still be one of the few proud 25 owners who have one of the last special edition naturally-aspirated Carreras Porsche seems destined to produce.

-Rob

Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R

The 911R has started popping up here and there for sale. All with very high prices as owners look to capitalize on a model that should have very good long term value potential. We featured one a few weeks ago, one of the more basic examples (meaning it was produced in one of the two standard colors), but still very high priced. This one is a bit more unique as it is one of the few (I’ve seen the number quoted as 50) paint-to-sample 911Rs that were made. The owner wanted something as a tribute to Steve McQueen who famously preferred Slate Grey as his exterior color of choice so that’s what we have: a Slate Grey 2016 Porsche 911R with light grey stripes and yellow lettering to be auctioned at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auctions on February 8.

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Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 600 km (~ 372 mi)
Price: Reserve Auction

To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sotheby’s Paris event, February 8, 2017. Estimate: €450,000 – €650,000 Type 991. 500 bhp, 3,996 cc DOHC horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with direct injection, six-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension, and four-wheel carbon-ceramic brakes. Wheelbase: 2,457 mm

The only PTS 911 R delivered to France
PTS Slate Grey with numerous Exclusive options
A one-off ‘Tribute to Steve McQueen’
The 967th example of just 991 examples produced
The most anticipated 911 of the 21st century
Just 600 km from new

The introduction of the 991-generation of the 911 GT3 RS caused quite the fanfare amongst Porsche’s most faithful customers. Gone was the long-adored six-speed manual transmission, replaced with Porsche’s Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission in the relentless pursuit of performance. While some enthusiasts favoured the PDK transmission for its lightning-quick shift times and smooth gear changes, others saw the departure of the traditional six-speed manual as the departure of the true driver’s car. Porsche heard its customer’s calls and promised something that would be truly incredible: a limited edition 911 with the drivetrain of the GT3 RS but catering to the temperament of the enthusiast driver by fitting a manual transmission. While the car was just rumoured, customers began begging dealerships to take their deposits and give them an allocation in sheer anticipation for what would be an incredible car. The 911 R was finally introduced at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Mechanically similar to the GT3 RS, the 911 R enjoys numerous changes to the suspension, steering, and most notably, the custom-built six-speed manual. However, unlike the GT3 RS, the 911 R is not about the fastest possible lap time, it is about involving the driver with the car and creating the most enjoyable driving experience possible.While only made available with two standard colours and stripe options, a handful of clients requested Paint to Sample (PTS) colours and were approved, instantly making those examples the most desirable and unique. This particular 911 R benefits from a host of Porsche Exclusive options and remains as one of the most unique examples seen to date. Delivered new to Paris, it is finished in Slate Grey with contrasting silver bonnet stripes and yellow Porsche lettering, and a Black leather interior and bucket seats with houndstooth inserts. Built as a tribute to Steve McQueen by its original owner, the car features personalized illuminated door sills inscribed with McQueen’s famous quote as Michael Delaney in the film Le Mans: ‘Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.’ Furthermore, it is outfitted with the single mass flywheel, Bi-Xenon headlights in black, Bose sound system, Sport Chrono pack, personalized interior with custom floor mats, and the front nose lift, amongst other options. At the time of purchase, the original owner was told that there would not be another 911 R with the same colours or options. The original owner also specified number 967 to celebrate the original 911 R built for racing in 1967. Finally, 25% of the car’s hammer price above its reserve (with a minimum of €25.000) will be given towards research for curing cancer in children, financed by the Gustave Roussy foundation. Located in Villejuif, just south of Paris, the Institut Gustave Roussy is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes investing in cutting-edge technology and medicine, with the aim of making major advancements in the fight against cancer.Tastefully specified with many unique features, including PTS, perhaps Porsche’s own slogan sums up the 911 R best: there is no substitute.

I’ve always liked Slate Grey so it’s a pleasure to see it make an appearance on the 911R, though I this is Slate Grey Metallic rather than the original non-metallic Slate Grey of which I am a bigger fan. That said, I prefer that earlier version of Slate Grey when contrasted with a bright interior, e.g. Red, and I don’t think that was an option on the R no matter how much money you threw at Porsche. So the metallic may work better overall with the R’s sleeker lines and darker interior. It’s a pretty car regardless.

I’m mostly curious how this auction will play out more than anything else just because it’s a cool car with some interesting touches. I don’t know that the McQueen tribute will really have much meaning with regard to this car’s value since McQueen never owned it. People do like McQueen and some of his cars have sold for significant prices, I just don’t think it will matter much here. What should influence the auction price is that 25% of the sale price above the reserve will go toward charity. I hope that means they’ve set a reasonable reserve! Charity auctions, even when they are of a somewhat limited fashion like this one, always attract some extra value and I imagine once the reserve is met for this 911R then we may say bidding rise a bit. To give us some idea of what kind of price to expect, there currently is a Racing Yellow PTS 911R on eBay with an asking price of $799,980. Otherwise known as almost 3.5 times the sale price. Nice ROI. Frankly, that seems very unrealistic to me and I don’t expect the reserve here to be that high especially given the charity component, but we shall see. That’s the fun of an auction!

-Rob

2016 Porsche 911R

I’ve kind of been waiting for this. In fact, I’m surprised it’s taken this long. But one of the 991 2016 Porsche 911R has finally found its way to eBay. One look at the asking price and it’ll be clear why I’m surprised it took this long. No matter.

Here it is: the 500 hp, rear-drive, 6-speed manual equipped, extremely limited cousin to the GT3 RS. Gone are the many vents and the rear wing of the GT3 RS. Also gone is the requirement that it be equipped with PDK (it’s not even available), which was one of the criticisms leveled at Porsche upon the RS’s release. In fact, the R kind of looks like any other 991 Carrera Coupe – though it has stripes and is clearly more muscular – and I think that’s kind of the point. While I’m sure it will function quite well on a track (though most will never see even a moment of track time) the track version of the 911 already exists. The R is an alternative. Oh, and it’s lighter.

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Year: 2016
Model: 911R
Engine: 4.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 542 mi
Price: $659,991 Buy it Now

2016 Porsche 911R in White Green Stripes / Only 542 Miles / 991 911-R 911 R

The seller has gone the route of no description, a not uncommon practice with a car like this that pretty much speaks for itself. Though there were some options available on the R so prospective buyers will want to know at least that much. This one does appear to have A/C and a radio, two options that make the R more livable though may not be options that a prospective buyer is interested in having. Other than those items and that it’s White with Green stripes, we can’t tell much else. Of course, opportunities to own any 911R will be rare and fleeting so getting fussy about options may not be something anyone has a choice about. Though I have to wonder how fleeting if they are priced like this. Even with some options I’d imagine most builds would come in around $200K so asking $660K attaches quite the premium. The 911R is sure to have a place in a Porsche collection and will show good value down the road, but I’d think only the few PTS cars that were made can command such silly prices at this point.

-Rob

Viper Green 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

To close out my week of green Porsches I’ll return to the color that I began with: Viper Green. Unlike Kermit, which wore a metallic shade of Viper Green borrowed from the VW Scirocco, this 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 appears to have returned to the color’s roots with the non-metallic Viper Green of the early ’70s. The differences between the two colors are readily apparent and if we compare it to Porsche’s own metallic shade of Viper Green, as seen on this 911SC, we pretty much cover all of our bases for variants of this color. Each is great in its own way and the blend of vintage color on modern machinery we see here, even when not on a 911, almost always produces a stunner.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

As part of its sendoff of the outgoing 991 Porsche has turned to what it knows best: special editions. Inspiration this time did not come from the celebration of a production milestone or anything of that sort, but rather a celebration of some of Porsche’s biggest, and longest-tenured, fans. The Rennsport Reunion. As a Porsche-sanctioned event featuring some of the most prestigious models in Porsche’s history and with the express intention of using those cars on the track – rather than just having them seen – the Rennsport Reunion serves as a fitting showcase of the marque’s motorsport pedigree. To celebrate it makes much sense. The resulting special edition began with the Carrera GTS and its 430 hp being delivered only to the rear wheels, mandates that it come equipped with a manual transmission, and then throws on a number of cosmetic enhancements to help separate it from the rest of the GTS herd. To make it even more special, they only built 25.

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2016 BMW M4 GTS

Walk into a dealership, spend far too long with someone you would never willingly sit with, fork over a seeming obscene amount of money and you’re guaranteed of one thing; your new car is “new” until the moment you sit in it. Drive out of the dealer valet area, and suddenly the value of your car plummets. At least, that’s the predominant theory. And in most cases, that is a rule which works. But there are certain cars where depreciation isn’t really part of the equation. If you were lucky enough to buy one of these special cars, your used example may actually be worth more than a brand new one. Huh?

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2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris

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It’s been 13 years since Volkswagen last sold the Transporter in the US Market, known here at the time as the Eurovan. VW tried to rekindle the magic with the Routan, a rebadged Chrysler minivan which was a half-assed attempt at a German engineered van that fooled only the most naive of consumers. Ever since then, there’s been a steady stream of options within the minivan segment but nothing coming close to the one box design of the VW Transporter. Until now. Mercedes-Benz has boldly gone downmarket with their Sprinter formula and have introduced the Metris, a smaller van that is decidedly un-minivan like. This isn’t a new van, however.

Back in the early 1990s, Mercedes launched the Vito, a light duty van that could be configured in cargo or passenger forms. This first Vito was available with a version of VW’s VR6, in both 2.8 and 3.2 liter displacement, dubbed the M104.900. The Vito would be replaced by the second generation Viano which would turn into the V-class which we know as the Metris in the US and Canada. In Cargo Van form, this is currently the least expensive Mercedes-Benz you can purchase in the US. This lightly used Metris Passenger Van for sale in Pennsylvania is slightly more expensive but on par with some of the higher end minivans on the market.

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

We haven’t featured Porsche’s Cayman GT4 in a while and since this is probably my current favorite offering from the marque – I’m going to ignore the 911R for now – I wanted to revisit one of these. Since they became available it hasn’t been difficult to find a GT4 for sale second-hand and prices have unsurprisingly been pretty high. Most have virtually no mileage. This one is a little different: it’s an auction so we may have a better shot at a more reasonable price and this has a couple thousand miles on it. Nothing significant, but well past break-in. In that regard it qualifies much more as a used car than most of the others. The real distinguishing feature of this GT4, however, is the color. I have seen very few in Guards Red. I’m not sure why that would be the case since it’s a standard color, but for fans of Guards Red – and a car like this really begs for a color like this – this GT4 may serve as a pretty nice opportunity at a lightly used example.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Estate

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We don’t feature a lot of new cars on this site, but the Mercedes-Benz E350 4Matic Estate is due some attention for a few reasons. First, the Mercedes-Benz estate car has been overshadowed by a proliferation of SUVs in the company’s current lineup. Second, the car we see here in this post is about to be replaced for 2017. Third, this is a car that has been a mainstay in the Mercedes-Benz catalog in the US since the late 1970s. That kind of longevity deserves a celebration. This 2016 E350 4Matic Estate for sale in Northern Virginia is finished in Cardinal Red, the most vibrant of hues currently offered on this E-Class Estate.

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2016 Audi S8 Plus

I have to say that as much of an Audi fanatic as I am, I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with the brand. Perhaps it is their departure from their 1980s and 1990s “screw you, we’re going to build the car WE want to make rather than the car YOU want to buy” manufacturing, but the reality is that early model did not work for sales. Instead, Audi has been forced to go more mainstream in the U.S., and as a result I find myself paying significantly less attention to the new models. I used to wait with eager anticipation for the next upgrade, and I remember literally uttering “whoa” when I first heard about the C4 S6 Plus. Manufactured by quattro GmbH, the turned up V8 produced over 320 horsepower and was mated through a 6-speed manual to all four wheels. Of course, it was also available as an Avant, and so it pretty much made my day for the next decade. I still love the C4 S6 Plus more than any other period Audi, including the RS2.

So, you’d think I would have been ear to the rail when last year Audi launched a Plus version of the S8. But I completely missed it. I wasn’t paying attention. I mean, the regular S8 was already pretty bonkers and can outrun Audi’s own supercar R8. A 4,700 lb sedan is now capable of running 0-60 in under 4 seconds, unrestricted can push 190 mph – yet it’s not just brute force, as with giant tires and ceramic brakes they can out turn and out stop most great 1990s sports cars. So why did Audi need a Plus? There’s a market for these super-sedans, that’s why, and in the midst of the horsepower war between the four manufactures, the S8 Plus is Audi’s “Big Stick”. Horsepower is up 85 (!!!) to 605 and 0-60 crumbles in 3.3 seconds. Insanity? Well, better not look at the sticker price on these fully loaded missiles from Ingolstadt, then…

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