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!
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.
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.
Another week, another nearly new Carrera GTS in an interesting color. Last week it was Mint Green. This week we have an all-time great: Signal Yellow. In my write up of the Mint Green GTS I mentioned that it’s a color that not everyone is going to warm up to. It stands a good bit outside of the norm for a car color. And, if we’re honest, it doesn’t show quite as well on these modern 911s as it did on earlier models like the 964.
While a yellow exterior itself isn’t always to everyone’s favor, Signal Yellow is just about as good an option in yellow as I can imagine. And, unlike Mint Green, it still looks amazing on a modern 911. Just look at it. It’s superb!
We’re pretty used to the formula here: take a limited edition or special production 911, slap a neat color on it, and watch the price rise. Even brand new cars – ones that you can roll down to the dealership and order up yourself – are demanding a strong premium in the used marketplace. Insanity? A ‘bubble’? Bad economics? It doesn’t matter what the cause is, it’s the way life is for the foreseeable future.
But it’s not a trend which follows across the board. Take today’s twin Audi R8 V10 Pluses. The ‘Plus’ adds a serious amount of sport to the standard V10 R8, itself no slouch. Kicked up 70 horsepower to 610 and driven through a 7-speed S-Tronic it’s capable of sub-3 second sprints to 60, can obliterate a standing quarter mile in less than 11 seconds from a 5.2 liter normally aspirated V10 capable of spinning north of 8,500 RPMs. Both can hit 205 mph flat out. Both are presented in the searing shade of Vegas Yellow that will generate enough stares to make a GT3 jealous no matter how red its wheels are. . Both feature the upgraded 20″ wheel option and a host of other special carbon fiber touches that come along with the ‘Plus’ package. Despite being able to rip your face off and producing supercar performance from just a few years ago, both are also able to be used in a daily commute – even in winter. They’ll even return above 20 mpg on the highway. They’re astonishing automobiles.
And yet, both are ‘affordable’.
Look, they’re not really cheap. In fact, they’re massively expensive for any car, but many would argue especially so for an Audi. The sticker price on the V10 Plus is $192,000 before options, taxes and destination, after all. Yet with less than 3,000 miles on each of their odometers, this duo hasn’t appreciated like the 911 market – it’s fallen quite substantially.…
I won’t proclaim myself any particular fan of the Porsche Macan. They’re fine machines, but SUVs aren’t really on my radar so I pay little attention to them. If you paint one Viper Green you will get my attention. This is a 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. It’s basically brand new and being offered for its MSRP. It’s got a lot of options on it – to the tune of around $15K – so that actually makes this more difficult for buyers primarily interested in the color. That said, if you’re a huge fan of these early Porsche colors and don’t want to wait to special order your own Macan, or if this one is optioned how you’d like, then here’s an opportunity to pick one up immediately.
Model: Macan GTS
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 22 mi
Price: $90,980 Buy It Now
2017 Porsche Macan GTS
Finished in Viper Green with Black Leather
22 Delivery Miles Only
Nothing conjures up images of 1970’s 911’s like Viper Green
It was the color to have in the iconic 1973 911 “S” Coupe or Targa
Fast Forward to the year 2017 and we have a Blast from the Past
Decades from now when Macan GTS’s are in museums and collections this will be the one to have, just as a 1973 Porsche 911S in Viper Green is highly desired today!
In addition to the high level of standard equipment on today’s Porsche products, this car has these desirable options:
Exterior Paint to Sample (non-metallic)
Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+)
Fuel Cap with Aluminum Look Finish
Steering Wheel Heating
Roof Rails in Black
Sunblind for Rear Side Windows
Seat Ventilation Front
Side Blades in Exterior Color
Gear Selector in Aluminum
Navigation Module for Porsche Communication Management (PCM)
Lane Keep Assist (LKA) i.c.w.Lane Change Assist (LCA)
Adaptive Cruise Control incl.
I believe this will be the first of the new turbocharged 911s we will have featured here at GCFSB. Newer models aren’t featured all that often here, mostly because they tend to be readily available, but sometimes we come across one that is worthwhile. I think this 911 fits that bill. Here we have a paint-to-sample Aetna Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe, located in Denver, with Black/Bordeaux leather interior and only 1,345 miles on it. Aetna Blue is both an old and new color from Porsche, having first been introduced as a color for the 356. The new version is a slightly different shade so I’d be curious which of the two they went with here. Both are attractive colors, but obviously there’s additional historicity associated with the earlier version. That unique color is part of the allure of this 911. The other part is quite simple: this is basically a new car, but with around a $20K savings. Of course, you’d have to want all of these options for that savings to be fully realized, but it’s still a good chance to let the original owner absorb a good chunk of depreciation, while you take home a nearly new car.
Model: 911 Carrera 4S
Engine: 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,345 mi
Price: Reserve Auction ($136,900 Buy It Now)
This Paint to Sample, loaded 911.2 Carrera 4S is finished in historic Aetna Blau (Etna Blue) and has only 1,350 miles on it. It offers incredible value; its original MSPR was $153,265. It has been completely ceramic coated and the front has been clear wrapped for paint protection. Options are very extensive: Black/Bordeaux full leather interior, PDK, Adaptive cruise and Lane Change Assist, Rear Axle Steering, heated multifunction wheel, high-gloss window trim, glass roof, Burmester sound, 18-way Adaptive Sports Seats with leather shells, Premium Package (inc.
The Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² is one of the craziest creations to not only come from Mercedes-Benz but the car world in general. I would have liked to have been in the meeting at the Mercedes-Benz offices in Stuttgart when they mocked up the 4×4². But perhaps it would be even more crazy to have been in those same offices when they decided to build these things and sell them to the general public. The already unique G-Wagen had its ground clearance increased by nearly 8 inches and front track widened by more than 10 inches thanks to the wonders of portal axles. This of course was all to make room for 22-inch rims wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion ATR 325/55R22 tires that look like they belong touring the country at Monster Trucks shows rather than cruising down the street in your local (extremely wealthy) town. Now that these squared machines are starting to show up at a dealers like this one for sale in Florida, I had to dig a little deeper to check one out.
Model: G550 4×4²
Engine: 4.0 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 48 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
Fort Lauderdale Collection is proud to present this ALL NEW 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4 Squared . The G-Class rises to new heights.
The G550 4×4 Squared is based on the 6-wheeled AMG G63 6×6 (minus one axle). Using an all-wheel drive system that includes portal axles and a newly developed variable chassis, this Mercedes-Benz has off-road prowess like none before it. Combine that with a new 4.0 liter biturbo V8 (416 hp, 450 lb-ft of torque), throw in some unique styling cues and top it off with world-class luxury and technology features and you have the recipe for the ultimate luxury 4×4.
It’s been awhile since I’ve featured a new car and today’s car is a good enough reason as any. Mercedes-AMG rolled out the W205 C63 S Coupe Edition 1 as a road going tribute to the same car that competed in the 2016 DTM championship. This is great if you are one of the few people in the United States who actually watch the DTM but 99% plus of the people you come across will think you just went a little crazy with the yellow vinyl. But I guess if you are the kind of person who both has the ability to and wants to drop $94,000 on a C-Class you don’t really care about others’ thoughts.