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.
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.
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.
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\
Instrument Dials in Carmine Red
PASM Sport Suspension
GTS Interior Package
Deletion of GTS Model Designation on Side Doors
Code for Exterior Paint to Sample
Exterior Paint to Sample, Non-Metallic
Black Leather Interior incl. AlcantaraÂ® GTS Package in Carmine Red
Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way) with Memory Package
BOSEÂ® 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.
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.
As a habit, we try not to write up project cars. There are other sites that do that and a project car takes a specific subset of fanatics to be really interested. Most will turn their heads, unwilling to front the cash to complete the build. Some might be interested but have neither the skills, the resources, the time or the space to undertake the project. And, to be honest, most project cars are complete headaches – basket cases that were hastily thrown together or require enough reverse engineering that you’re better off starting from scratch. But once in a while one comes along that is both so cool and unique that it justifies a second look and disregarding the angels of our better nature who chant not-so-softly into our ears “DON’T DO IT!“:
In some ways, this 911 could have found its way into the group of cars I featured earlier this week. It would have been the lowest price by a substantial margin, but given the difficulty in obtaining one – only 60 were made available and those only to PCA members – then we could understand why some might aspire to own just such a car. The 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe follows in the line of many special edition examples in that it serves to recognize a particular Porsche milestone. In this case that milestone being the 60th year of the Porsche Club of America. Also like many Porsche special editions the primary manner in which these are differentiated from other models is mostly aesthetic, though as noted above this model was additionally distinguished through its restricted availability. Of course, that issue does not affect the secondary market. The base of the Club Coupe begins at the top of the 911 model range with the Carrera GTS, featuring the widened rear of the Carrera 4, but retaining its rear-drive layout. Added to that is a Powerkit, initially only available on the Club Coupe, to boost power to 430 hp. But the most striking feature is the paint, which has been dubbed Club Blau, and it really sets the Club Coupe apart from other 911s. Additional features are some interior upgrades, a ducktail rear spoiler, and a set of 20 inch Sport Classic wheels.
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.