I have expressed my love for the Targa numerous times throughout these pages and that naturally extends to the reintroduction of the proper version as part of the 991 lineup. Porsche seems to have pegged the new Targa as the least sporting of the 911 models. It’s only available with all-wheel drive and at its debut I believe it was the heaviest (read: slowest) of the various 911 models you could buy. Though a GTS model eventually was made available it still seems like relative to a comparable Coupe or Cabriolet you’re opting for the Porsche luxury and refinement side of the spectrum. At least so far as their flagship sportscar goes. But let’s be honest, the worst performing 911 still is more than capable of lighting a fire in your belly.
While I think it would be great if there were a rear-drive Targa S at some point we make the best of what’s available. I think this one does just that. Here is a Guards Red 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, located in Houston, with only 5,100 miles on it. It’s equipped with PDK, adaptive sport seats, PCCB, sport exhaust, and a few other nice items.
I have a very specific interest with this post. Though even once my question is answered I still think this 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 is worth some attention. My interest: what color is this? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it. The ad description says it’s Meteor Gray Metallic. The ad also says it has 24,866 miles. The mileage obviously is wrong; the odometer reads 11,137 miles as indicated in other parts of the ad. The color too presumably is wrong, unless Meteor Gray Metallic now looks completely different than it did originally. I’m assuming that isn’t the case and that this is the ad text for a different car. The dealer’s site provides the same text so it isn’t simply a problem with the eBay listing.
So, does anyone know what color this is? Is it paint to sample? The asking price is quite high for a 2015 GT3 so it could be paint to sample. It’s an interesting color. I’d like to know more. (My first guess is that it’s Chalk. I haven’t seen many 911s that color, but those I have seen have shown a little more gray than this one. Perhaps that’s the lighting, or perhaps it’s a different color entirely.)
I just can’t get away from these cars. Between the GT3 and the GT3 RS I’ve been featuring newer Porsches more frequently than ever in the past. Now that the newest version of the GT3 RS has been around for a little while we’ve begun to see quite a few PTS examples come up for sale. Obviously, those grab our attention. The GT3, well, it’s just about perfect with a mixture of hard-core performance and usability that might just make it the best 911 you should buy.
For the past few years neither has been available with a manual transmission. That changes with the 2018 GT3 (the GT3 RS will remain PDK only) and I’ve been seeing a few basically new GT3s come up for sale. I’ve had my eye out for those in interesting colors and reasonable prices. Generally, when prices have been below $200K they’ve been snapped up pretty quickly; above $200K and they linger. Guess where this one is priced? You’re still paying a premium for the immediacy of having one now, just a lower premium, and it seems like $200K is where the figurative line has been drawn. Like we saw when the last GT3 RS debuted, patience will save you money, but who said patience is a virtue?
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.
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.
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.
This 911 GT3 presents me with a do over. A little while ago I came across this Anthracite Brown GT3 and was quite impressed. As GT3s go it was a stunner, though not necessarily in the traditional ways in which these cars attract us. However, I had just written about a couple similar 911s and had a few others I wanted to post. So I sat on it for a little bit. It sold. Darn.
When I first saw this Mahogany Metallic 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 I thought it might actually be the same car. Perhaps this dealer had bought it and was now trying to flip it. Once I read what color it was I knew it was a different car, but it remains no less impressive than that Anthracite Brown example. They are fairly different colors: Mahogany is a much deeper shade of brown than Anthracite, but each still represents a departure from the norm for these models. That makes them quite rare and, for some, also quite desirable.
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.
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!
Porsche has a few divisive colors; colors that almost everyone will have an opinion about and you either love it or hate it. Some of those colors we don’t see often enough to bother ourselves with, but there are two in particular I can think of that we see relatively frequently. Both were available on the 964 and seemed to hit their stride at that time and both tend to come up as PTS options on modern Porsches. One of those is Rubystone Red (Sternrubin), now almost a classic 964 Carrera RS color, and the other is the color we see here: Mint Green.
We’ve seen it too adorning the 964 Carrera RS and it looks stunning. Here it has been revived as a paint-to-sample option on this 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, located in Virgina. I won’t say that it comes across as quite as stunning as it did on the Carrera RS, though the pictures themselves may be to blame here. Regardless, we have ourselves a very unique modern 911 with this one.