2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

I have more or less made it my mission to post all of the interesting Targas I come across. It is a 911 model I have loved since my first encounter with one in the ’80s and I have grown particularly fond of the design in its present iteration for the 991. We don’t see a lot of them because they aren’t a lot of them, but thankfully enough buyers chose to get them in interesting colors that there is still some choice out there for those who don’t want the typical offerings. I still wish it were available as rear drive, but just returning to the original roll-hoop design will have to suffice for now.

Here we have a paint-to-sample (Irish Green?) 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in Houston, with 7-speed manual transmission and 4,423 miles on it. For those who like their 911s to be optioned rather simply this one is pretty much paint-to-sample, a set of wheels, upgraded stereo, and that’s about it. In that regard, it’s all about the color.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I’m going to do something a little unusual here; follow a path I have not normally taken. Here we have a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe. There isn’t a lot that is special about it. It’s the base Carrera, not an S or GTS. As far as I can tell there aren’t any unique options; it hasn’t been owned by a celebrity; the color combination, which I do like and you do have to pay extra to get, is part of the standard offerings currently available from Porsche. Basically, you could configure a 911 like this one fairly easily on your own and there likely are quite a few out there that are similar to it.

This is pretty much a standard base 911 that’s still pretty new and I don’t usually bother to post those cars. If we get into the details it does have a few miles on it for its age (29,833) and we certainly can’t ignore that. But I wanted to post it because 1) I like the color combination a lot and 2) sometimes it is nice to look at a base 911 that does not stretch well above six figures and probably won’t ever leave a garage unless the weather is absolutely perfect. Also, while you could configure your own, those miles and it being kind of standard means you get a discount and can enjoy your 911 with fewer worries. That’s not so bad!

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

I can’t keep up with all of Porsche’s special editions. The one we see here, a 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition, is one that I was not even aware had been produced. Part of that is it isn’t really all that special, it’s more a chance for the Exclusive department to produce something than it is a celebration of a production milestone or anything of that sort. Like a lot of such projects from Porsche the Exclusive Design Edition pretty much consists of some special color combinations and interior accents unavailable on any other 911. And, of course, all are combined in one package. Only 100 were built so your chances of seeing one, let alone purchasing one for yourself, are very slim. Does that make them especially desirable?

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet

At the beginning of this year I looked at one of the most exclusive and expensive cabriolets on the market with the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet. Mercedes produced 300 of these cars and just 75 of them came to North America. To pay for that exclusivity, you had to pony up around $350,0000. Needless to say they all did sell, but now six months later if you want one, it might be a little difficult seeing as there are just that 75 of them out there and maybe even less because of exporters. Today, I found one in West Hollywood of all places with just 182 miles on it. The price? Well, that $350,000 MSRP isn’t going to cut it anyway. Not even close.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

Anyone who has made their way over to the Porsche configurator knows there are a seemingly endless number of possible model permutations to choose from. I don’t know what the actual number is and don’t feel like counting (are we at 22 now?), but the one we see here, the Carrera GTS Cabriolet, seems one of the less frequently selected configurations. I don’t know how many there are, but I can’t recall seeing one very often. I’m also a little surprised it isn’t a Carrera 4 GTS, I guess because I expect Cabriolet drivers to be more likely to opt for an all-wheel drive 911. But I’m glad it’s only rear drive. To make it perfect I’d prefer the manual, but I’m not going to quibble much over the presence of PDK. It is after all a Cabriolet.

I have featured the Carrera GTS a few times and like them quite a bit. As the highest performance of the standard 911’s the GTS makes for a compelling package for those who don’t mind allowing Porsche to configure all of the sporting options for them. With PDK they can rip through 60 mph in almost 3.0 seconds. Should you find yourself on a lonely road, 150 mph comes up in under 20 seconds. I don’t know that you’d want the top down at that point, or at least not without wearing a hat.

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2017 Audi TTS Exclusive

Twenty years ago, the Audi TTS would have been a very exciting proposition. Built on the universally praised MQB platform, the third generation 8S TT is lighter than the original, better balanced, and more powerful. With close to 300 horsepower and 280 lb.ft of torque from the 2.0 TSFI turbocharged inline-4, it’s a Golf R in a slinky dinner dress. Equipped with the impressive dual-clutch 6-speed S-Tronic transmission and launch control, the results are hard to argue with: 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and a quarter mile in 12.8 at 108 mph. Unthinkable for anything but the most exotic exotics a few generations ago, this is all wrapped up in a reasonably affordable and attractive package that is usable year-round and has few drawbacks.

But the TTS falls into a no man’s land today. It’s $10,000 more expensive than the base TT – already quite an impressive car. It’s also more expensive than the more practical Golf R on which it is based. A lot more expensive. But more troubling, with a few options like today’s it is also dearer than a base Porsche 718 Cayman. And while it soundly out-drags the base Cayman, which would you rather impress friends in?

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

This 911 absolutely screams “Beach!” to me. Of course, with 580 hp coming from its 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six this Turbo S will scream just about anywhere. But all of that power isn’t really what attracted me. The 911 Turbo S is Porsche’s ultimate luxury performance machine and in Cabriolet form it certainly slants further to the luxury tourer side than a Coupe would. The power always will be there lurking beneath your right foot in case you ever need it, but for those who want all of that power and fewer amenities Porsche offers the GT2. That’s not what this 911 is about.

And it is in that regard that I think this Turbo S was put together quite well. There’s a nice attention to detail in this build and for those looking to cruise and be seen I don’t know that you’d find a better option from Porsche. This is a Miami Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, located in Houston, with Chalk over Graphite Blue interior and 8,760 miles on it. With over 8K miles and barely a year old its previous owner certainly seems to have enjoyed it!

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4

In many of my features of newer Porsches the focus has been on the exterior color. Usually one of Porsche’s historic colors selected as a paint-to-sample option. This one isn’t really about the exterior color, even though Lava Orange is quite nice. This one is more about the interior color and the way it combines with that orange exterior. It also has a true manual transmission rather than PDK and that in itself is a rare thing on these new Targas. So I guess we could say that I find the total package here quite appealing even if the individual pieces aren’t incredibly special in their own right. This was a solidly put together Targa and one that remains unique enough to stand out even within the rarefied air of PTS builds.

So what do we have: a Lava Orange 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4, located in Texas, with a Saddle Brown leather interior, 7-speed manual transmission, and 3,307 miles on it. The interior also features Lava Orange accents through deviated stitching along with painted console and trim pieces. It comes together quite well!

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

This is not a car I normally would post. The dealer hasn’t provided us much in the way of description and it’s PDK rather than a true manual, which isn’t typically what I seek out in these cars (though more on that below). However, this color combination is so striking that I simply cannot pull myself away from it. Here we have a situation where two very attractive colors have been combined to produce a result that I think makes each of those attractive colors even better. The exterior is paint-to-sample Aetna Blue, which first originated on the Porsche 356 and is itself a wonderfully elegant and vintage color. The interior is a Bordeaux over Black combination that seems to have just the right amount of each to make the interior look very refined. Bordeaux, itself, already is a fairly refined version of a red interior. When you put these colors together the whole certainly is greater than the sum of its parts. I really like it.

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Viper Green 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

Anyone who has been reading these pages for a while will know that I am a huge fan of the 911 Targa. My first experiences with a Porsche of any kind were in a Targa and I guess that first love has remained with me. I love the aesthetics and the versatility. I even love Porsche’s initial forays into the model’s development with the kind-of-crazy Soft-window Targa. I loved them right up until 1996 when the design was modified for the 993. The Targa basically had become a giant sunroof.

Thankfully that all changed in 2014 when Porsche returned the Targa to its true form. It wasn’t all roses. At its release the Targa was only available as either a 4 or 4S, i.e. no rear-drive Targa, but the Targa was back and it looked great! It fit the design of the 991 well. The new Targa allowed electronics to do all of the work so the top could be removed without too much fuss. You do have to come to a stop though. The horror.

Even with the Targa’s return I have seen very few of them on the road. So I guess the least loved of the 911s will remain that way. Maybe buyers aren’t sure what it is? I doubt anyone would fail to stop and look at this one: a Viper Green 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in New York, with 7-speed manual transmission and 6,396 miles on it.

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