2008 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

As much as I’m dismayed by the proliferation of automatic and PDK gearboxes in the Porsche range, I have to admit that it may not be a bad thing. A car like this 997 Targa 4S is not exactly the 911 of yore. That is, a lightweight sports car with two missions in mind: going fast and keeping you on your toes while going about that task. As the 911 has aged, it has gotten larger and heavier, but it is still quite a capable machine. This 2008 911 Targa 4S for sale from our friends at Automobili Limited is practically new, with just over 7,000 miles on the clock. It has the 5-speed Tiptronic gearbox, however, that tends to fit with the Targa’s persona versus other 911s, as one may want to cruise along a bit more slowly and enjoy the fresh air.

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Paint-to-Sample 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

We don’t feature many of the newer model year 911s very often, but this one struck me for a number of reasons. Foremost, of course, it’s a very rare exterior color. That will always grab our attention. But I was also struck by the price. It hardly makes sense to classify any car as cheap when it has a price tag of $100K, but in a relative sense that’s exactly how this one strikes me. The color is Meissen Blue, a shade Porsche made available in the late 1950s for the 356. Seeing it on a modern Porsche really shows the juxtaposition of old and new style. It’s absolutely a unique look for the 997 and brings a softness to the Turbo’s lines that belies its performance abilities.

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Feature Listing: 2009 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

If I’m honest, I was a bit disappointed with the Larz Anderson Auto Museum German Car Day. The main reason why was that in some ways it turned in to a new car show, with basically brand new models turning up on the lawn. As an enthusiast, I’m torn in two different directions by this. The positive side of me says that I should embrace all enthusiasts irrespective of their origin. After all, if I walked in to a dealer today and purchased a brand new M4 I’d feel pretty proud of it too. But the cynical side of me says sure, but I can drive down the road to the dealership an see the exact same car. It wasn’t just BMWs, though – there were brand new Audis, Volkswagens and Porsches present too. In fact, the number of new or very close to new cars seemed to outweigh the number of cars more than 10 years old. Am I just a curmudgeon? Perhaps, and considering I showed up in a relatively new car maybe its hypocritical of me to question other’s presence there. But it seems as though, in part, the generation of enthusiasts that is currently emerging in this soundbite, disposable world is just looking for what is newest and flashiest. Want to go fast with the top down? It doesn’t come much flashier than the 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

But I’m not talking about this 2009 Turbo Cab. No, I’m talking about the brand new 991.2 Turbo S Cabriolet. With 580 horsepower on tap, there isn’t much outside of a S1000RR that can keep up – and if you’re in launch mode, you can leave the bike behind off the line. It’s full of technical highlights and gadgetry that will make any silicon valley executive proud to call it their ride of choice.…

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I am baffled by this car. To be clear, not this particular car, but the GT2 RS model itself. 620 hp delivered from the rear engine to the rear wheels through a transmission that you have the pleasure of shifting yourself. Among modern supercars there aren’t many more that provide this same sort of attention getting power delivery and driver involvement. Super sticky tires and aerodynamics help keep everything pointed in the right direction, but there’s only so much aid they can provide should your right foot get a little over exuberant. I’ve featured a black GT2 RS previously and these remain one of the most menacing machines you’d be likely to cross paths with. Everything is about that aggression and I doubt any passersby would mistake this for your standard run-of-the-mill performance car. As the pinnacle of the 997 line it will be very tough for Porsche to top one of these.

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2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

With the current iteration of Porsche’s 911 GT3 RS now having been on the streets for nearly a year why not take another look at its predecessor and, in some ways, most natural competitor, the 997 GT3 RS 4.0. Released right at the end of 997 production, the GT3 RS 4.0 appeared to extract every possible ounce of power from the usable space of the 997. It’s a tried-and-true formula of stuffing the largest engine into the smallest space and then keeping weight to a minimum. But for some the real comparison comes not in the design or the performance, though both are very important, but rather in the piloting. The GT3 RS 4.0 appears to be the last of the breed that will come with a fully manual transmission, with the current – and presumably all future – generations of the model all coming equipped standard with PDK. This is a distinction that may largely be of concern to collectors as the last manual GT3 RS should be a prized commodity over time, but I’m sure there are some who simply desire the ability to row their own gears. The GT3 RS 4.0 we see here may be aimed more squarely at that crowd as it shows with a few more miles than is typical with these machines, and as such has a somewhat lower price tag relative to lower-mileage examples we’ve come across. For those searching for that money-no-object toy the GT3 RS 4.0 ticks just about every box.

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Paint-to-Sample 2009 Porsche 911 GT2

I ended last week with an Orange 911 Carrera 2.7 that had me completely captivated. It possessed just the right mix of aggressiveness and vibrancy within a classic 911 package. The car we see here, a 2009 Porsche 911 GT2 located in Houston, takes those attributes of aggression and vibrant color and turns them up a few notches. This time the color is a paint-to-sample orange borrowed from the GT3 RS with contrasting black accents and black interior. Draped over the lines of the GT2 it leaves no doubt about the urgency with which this car accelerates and corners. The rest is pretty standard GT2 material, which of course really isn’t standard at all. Loads of turbocharged power pummels the ground via a 6-speed manual transmission directed through the rear wheels. In my ever deepening quest to feature every orange Porsche, this GT2 currently stands near the top for its overall audacity and performance capabilities.

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Motorsports Monday: 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I’m fairly certain this will be the least expensive of this group of cars I hope to feature, but that should not detract from our wonder and desire. It also may be the baddest 911 of them all. The Porsche 911 GT2 RS delights in excess. Gone are most of the luxuries familiar to owners of the 911 Turbo. Also gone is the confidence inspiring all-wheel drive system Porsche first made standard on the Turbo with the 993. In the place of those features is more power. However, those statements simply apply to the 911 GT2; an already mad car that pushed the bounds of what is possible in a rear-engine rear-drive machine. The RS provides a combination of both more and less. More power, less weight. For the GT2 RS that means 620 hp flying towards the rear wheels. And there’s no fancy transmission to allow the driver to keep both hands firmly gripping the wheel for perfect shifting every time. On top of all of that power is a 100 pound weight savings over the regular GT2 – adding up to a 400 pound weight savings over the already exhilarating 911 Turbo S. Like with any RS, the GT2 RS is focused and track inspired with performance that is almost incomprehensible on the street and certain not fully exploitable. If Porsche produced this model as an exercise of sorts, something to test their limits, it made quite the impression.

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2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

In recent features of the 991 GT3 RS I’ve talked about alternatives to these very high-priced machines given that most of them are currently priced above $300K. Of course, there isn’t much of an alternative that’s going to get you 100% there, but there are options like the Cayman GT4 or previous generations of the GT3 RS that at least begin to reach the dizzying heights of such machinery at a fraction of the cost. To present one such alternative I’ll reach back to a reliable favorite of mine: an Orange over Black 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The one here is fitted with the optional carbon ceramic brakes and sits with just 17,069 miles on it. While the last of the 997 generation, the GT3 RS 4.0, remains extremely cost prohibitive even compared to the new 991 GT3 RS, these earlier examples with the 3.6 liter engine remain, at least in a relative sense, a pretty reasonable value. Even in these earliest examples you still get 415 hp delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission along with a lightened and stiffened chassis to help keep all of that power directed precisely where you intend.

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

I’ve spent a bit of time back in the world of air-cooled Porsches lately so let’s drift back into the realm of modern 911s to take a look at this 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet. In recent years Porsche has taken to offering nearly every conceivable combination of model variants and the GTS more or less completed that picture for the 997. The GTS, in some ways, can be thought of as a Carrera S with the power pack, but for less money. For many that in itself might be the crucial selling point. But the GTS provided more: it included center-locking wheels, Alcantara seat inserts and steering wheel for the interior – though the example here appears to have gone for an all-leather interior – and the wider rear of the Carrera 4, all in addition to those extra horses provided by the power pack. The one we see here even benefits from having retained the very desirable 6-speed manual over the 7-speed PDK. With a MSRP exceeding $110K for the Cabriolet, the sub-$60K asking price here represents quite a discount over new for a car that’s only a few years old. At nearly 39K miles, the mileage isn’t low for its age, but if it has been carefully maintained that shouldn’t be something to be overly concerned over.

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2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe

Naturally in my quest for better value among 911 models I began to turn to the 997. Last week that lead me to a ’05 Carrera S Cabriolet that showed plenty of promise. As mentioned in that post, the potential for IMS issues is elevated with that year of the 997 so this week we’ll look at one built just a year later, but which shows equal overall promise. This should also give us a sense of the possible value differences between the two model years, which I suppose we could think of as the price you pay for peace of mind. Here we have a Lapis Blue Metallic 2006 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in North Carolina, with Sand Beige interior and 47,855 miles on it. As I’ve stated previously, the prices for these early 997s kind of snuck up on me. I spend a lot of time wading in the ever deepening waters of the air-cooled 911 market and when I suddenly turned my attention to these modern examples I was blown away at what your money might get. With the 997, later model years still seem to command much higher values – they are after all still pretty new – but for these earlier model years the prices aren’t too bad and you’re getting a lot of car for your money. Their styling is, to my eye, a bit conservative, but their relationship to the 911s of yore is clear and I don’t think anyone will confuse them with some other model.

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