2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS

Even after eight years of being on sale, I still have a hard time coming to terms with the fact that Porsche sells a four-door, off-road vehicle. True, years ago the company built a diesel tractor, but for myself and others, the 911 will still be the quintessential Porsche. Still, the Cayenne is a perfectly capable vehicle in its own right. If I was going to own one, however, it would be this one, the GTS. Powered by a 4.8 liter, 405 horsepower V8, this beast was available with a 6-speed manual transmission, as we see in our feature car for sale in Arizona.

2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS on AutoTrader

This 2009 Porsche Cayenne GTS AWD, 6 Speed Manual is perfect in every sense of the word. VERY RARE approximately 1 in 25 OEM versions of the Cayenne GTS were produced in the rare manual gearbox format. If you desire the functionality of a sport SUV with the exhilaration of personally commanding the delivery its 4.8L 405 hp and 369 ft-lbs. to the pavement through the famous Porsche 6-speed manual gearbox, this is your new vehicle. It has been meticulously cared for by the original owner. This Cayenne is gorgeous. All Porsche service by Porsche dealership. All GTS standard features plus much, much more.

Interior Feature Installed Options: Leather package (black) Full leather inside including dash and all doors, with full Alcantara headliner and Alcantara seat inserts ($3,170 factory option),PCM (Porsche Communication Management) w/ Navigation ($3,300 factory option),Bose Premium Surround System, 12 speaker ($1,690 factory option),XM Satellite Radio ($750 factory option),Blue-Tooth Interface ($1,431 dealer option),I-Pod Interface ($708 dealer option),Heated Front Seats ($690 factory option),Lighting Package/Memory Keys and Seats ($610 factory option),Moonroof ($1,190 factory option).Exterior Features Installed Options: Bi-Xeon Headlamps with washers ($1,560 factory option),Trailer Hitch ($630 factory option),Enlarged Rear Spoiler (STD, similar to Turbo),Full Turbo Fascia Kit (STD, similar to Turbo).Other Notables: tags current through April 2013 (Arizona), new Michelin Latitude Sport 295/35 R21 on Porsche GTS specific rims (also, perfect).

Bottom line, this vehicle is even better in person than in pictures or on paper. It will not last. Priced to sell at $53,950. You could pay $12,000 to $14,000 more for the same vehicle (if they had it) at the Porsche dealership for a “certified” pre-owned version, but my service records exceed the “certified” standards so why pay more? This GTS sells itself. Serious inquiries from qualified purchasers only.

Even though so few were made, I can’t help but think a Porsche like this might be a bit of a hard sell. Many hardcore Porsche enthusiasts don’t take too kindly to the Cayenne and those in the market for a luxury SUV wouldn’t want the manual transmission. Porsche has announced the second generation Cayenne GTS will not be available with a manual transmission, as only 3% of GTS buyers from the previous generation opted for three pedals. If you want an SUV but are looking for exclusivity, this truck might be the best option this side of a Lamborghini LM002.

-Paul

1994 Porsche 928 GTS

I never miss a chance to express my dismay at vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera. Even if they are the cash cow for the small sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen, I’ll never get used to seeing these things on the road. They might drive well and serve a purpose, but for a purist like me, they are of zero interest. Porsche reached its watershed moment in the middle of the 1990s. It was during this time that the last air cooled 911 bowed, the 993, and the front engined 968 and 928 coupes said goodbye.

Here is an example of what is the last 928 to roam these shores, the GTS. 1994 represents the second to last year for the model and this one is a special example, being vouched for by the owner/moderator of www.928registry.org, one of the definitive information sources for this ultimate of grand touring Porsches.

1994 Porsche 928 GTS on eBay

1994 928 GTS – #0062

This 928 GTS is the second 1994 built; a ONE OWNER GTS with just 29,513 original miles! Super rare Amazon Green Metallic with Classic Grey interior. Options include; sunroof, automatic transmission, supple leather, CD changer, heated left/right seats.

The only Amazon Green Metallic GTS built in 1994 and the final Amazon Green GTS of 13 built for North America. Extremely well maintained by its one and only owner including recent fluid changes, timing belt and water pump. Addtionally, the hood/hatch struts, battery and intake tubes have all been replaced this past week. The wheels are being refinished and the rear wheel well liners are going to be replaced prior to sale as well. Complete service records, books, tools and window sticker.

Never any damage history; in the interest of full disclosure, paint meter readings indicate paint thickness which is thicker than what is considered normal on the front fenders, hood, doors and rear quarter panels. Overall, the paint is in really nice condition. There is however some etching of the paint presumably from acid rain or perhaps a lawn sprinkler on the top of the left front fender and on the roof (less so than on the fender) that is noticeable under florescent lighting. I tried to capture in photos but couldn’t; it doesn’t show up enough to get a photo.

This GTS has NOT EVER had any paint work done by its owner which points to the additional paint being added at the Porsche factory or at PDI upon the cars arrival to the US. This is plausible b/c all the stickers in the door jams are applied upon delivery at PDI and there are no tape lines, overspray or any other indication typically associated with a car that’s been painted. Upon reflection after we put a paint meter on the car, the owner mentioned that the car was delayed at port prior to being delivered to Hendrick Porsche in Charlotte. The owner is willing to sign an affidavit stating the car has never had any paint or body work while it was in his possession. The interior is in outstanding condition.

I own/manage www.928registry.org and have owned several 928s including 3 GTSs (still own a 1995 GTS) over the course of the last 20 years and can say bar none, this is one of the finest driving GTSs I’ve ever driven. It’s tight, no rattles or squeeks, tracks arrow straight, the engine is powerful/responsive and it shifts crisp and smooth. Outside of the Porsche Tech that has taken care of this GTS since new, I am the only other person that has ever driven this GTS besides its owner!
I am selling this car for the owner and will facilitate all aspects of the transaction. Inspections are encouraged and welcomed.

There’s an old saying with classic cars, buy the best you could afford. Well, this 928 represents about the best example that you would be able to find out there, with such low mileage and provenance. However, the price made me light headed upon seeing the ad. True, it has been maintained impeccably by owners that care, which means a lot with a car like this where one repair could force you to sell your first born.

The GTS version of the 928 could be one of those collector cars whose value takes off in the next coming years, but judging by the economy and the fact that the 928 has been around since 1978 and values of earlier models has stayed relatively flat, it is hard to see values taking off to the levels we see here in the near future.

-Paul