2019 Porsche Macan

Last week I took a look at a 2017 Porsche 911 finished in Miami Blue that surprisingly wasn’t a paint-to-sample color. Porsche is dipping back into the popular color game as options now, but of course, that comes at a cost. Miami Blue was a $3,140 extra cost over a standard color, but that is much cheaper than paying another $7,000 for a true custom blend. Believe it or not, you can even give some wild colors on the SUVs, which of course brings up to today’s car.

This 2019 Macan is finished in Mamba Green Metallic. This, along with six other colors, was just a $700 extra. You could get Miami Blue, along Chalk and Carmine Red, for a much bigger premium of $3,120, which seems odd since there is physically more paint on a Macan than a 911. The even more interesting thing is that if you really wanted to go paint-to-sample on your Macan, you have to hand over $11,430. Yes, I’d think I’d be sticking with one of those $700 colors.

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2019 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

I have to hand it to Porsche, they really nailed it when it came to their GTS trim line on the 911. It slotted in perfectly between the S and GT cars for those buyers who wanted more, but didn’t want to pay GT prices or live with the harshness they can dish out. When they launched the 991.2 C4 GTS, it sure seemed like it was knocking on the door of the GT3. The new twin-turbo 3.0L with the PDK gearbox could whip it to 60 mph is just 3.3 seconds. That is just .1 second slower than the 991.1 GT3. Seems like a heck of a value at a $135,000 base price back when these were new. Even better, you could get it with the 7-speed manual gearbox. What isn’t to like?

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

A few weeks ago I took a look at a new 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster that had a little bit of identity crisis. The dealer couldn’t seem to decide what color it was, so much so that it altered all the photos of the car after it was live on eBay. It’s easily one of the strangest things I’ve ever come across in my time writing about cars – especially from a big-time dealer. Just to wash my hands of that Speedster experience, I thought I’d take a look at another one, and this one even has something a little extra special.

This 991 Speedster is optioned with the $24,500 Heritage Design Package. What does that entail? Porsche’s goal was to pay homage to the 356, so they add gold badges, a vintage-look hood badge, black calipers, and a leather interior. There also was an option to add circle numbers on the doors and white graphics, but it looks like this build totally skipped it. So yes, nearly $25,000 for some badges, paint, and special leather color. Can’t say you didn’t see that coming.

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2019 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

Last week I took a look at a very rare Porsche 911 Speedster that seemed to have a little bit of a color crisis. Seriously, after we posted the car the dealer literally altered the color of the car. That car now looks like Voodoo Blue, and I am not sure why. Either way, its not a good look for an official Porsche dealer to be altering or photoshopping the colors of cars for sale. Wanting to wash my hands from all this, I’d thought I’d check out another 991.2 that we actually know what the color is.

This 2019 GT3 Touring up for sale in Australia is painted in a classic 356 color called Meissen Blue. Judging by my fantastic Googling, this isn’t the first time someone has selected paint-to-sample Meissen Blue on a modern 911 or even a 991 GT3. I think the color is wonderful, and apparently do a lot of other people who earn significantly more than I do. Outside of this fantastic paint color, this is a GT3 Touring after all which means a bunch of other custom options that costs a bunch of money.

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2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

Production of the Porsche 991 chassis has wrapped up and oh boy did it go out with a bang. Continuing on the tradition of the Speedster body style, lots were left wondering how Porsche was going to make the Speedster “work”, so to speak, as the rear end of the GT3 is quite girthy. That meant making a giant clam shell to hide a little fabric roof and all make it work flawlessly, while not ruining the design of the 991 completely. What do you know, but the engineers at Porsche pulled it, just like they always seem to do.

Just to sum it up, the 991 Speedster is basically a GT3 Touring with a raked windshield and the already mentioned carbon fiber clam shell to house a soft top. Just 1,948 examples were produced for worldwide consumption, with most all of them being offered to significant Porsche customers, who not only buy everything that is graciously offered to them, but also buy and lease models that need moved off the lot. The majority of these Speedsters never saw the lights of the showroom floor and were directly deposited right into the garages of collectors, but one of two of them with delivery miles are being advertised to the general public. This example up for sale in Los Angeles is finished in the amazing PTS blue (more on that after the break) and has a bunch of other special little treats. The price? Brace for impact.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A220

If you thought Mercedes-Benz couldn’t make a car any cheaper for the US market than the CLA/GLA, oh do I have a treat for you. The new A-Class are at dealers and I honestly thought when looking at this photo above that someone left a Dodge Dart on the lot on trade in that they didn’t get around to throwing in the dumpster yet. It’s bland, it’s uninspiring, it does nothing all that well, but it’s literally $35,000, so get ready to see these things absolutely everywhere. The race to the bottom is a competitive one, and Mercedes has a strong contender with the A220. The reviews are a mixed bag because there is a level of expectation with a $35,000 Mercedes, but from everything I’m reading, it isn’t all that bad. Still, it’s $35,000. They had to cheap out somewhere, right?

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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The new 992 Porsche 911 is starting to trickle into dealers and this past weekend I went to check it out. The local dealer had exactly one, a 2020 911 C4S, that was a demo car until the actual dealer stock arrived in a few weeks and I have to say, I was impressed. It’s no mistake that it is a 911 and looking at it, you’d maybe confuse it with a 991.2. Well, maybe until you got around back. The single lightbar will take some getting used to and the odd little third brake light was clever, but I think a bit repetitive. When the rear wing moves up, it also carries a brake light. However, that doesn’t “count” for regulations standards as the 3rd brake light has to be on a stationary body part. (You’ll see what I mean in the photo after the jump.) The interior was wonderful outside of the little shift knob that people have been griping about since it was introduced and I can see why. It is downright dainty compared to the hunk of the knob in the 991 cars and I don’t even believe you can shift the PDK with it. The old school center analog tach is a cool feature and I’m glad they didn’t go all digital with the dash like most of the cars in the price range. So everything was going swimmingly until he told me the price.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG GT63

I have to give Mercedes-Benz credit, they sure how figured out how to milk a chassis. In 2015, they released the AMG GT Coupe, which was soon followed by the GT S, GT C, GT R and now this, the GT 4-Door Coupe. Unlike all those other models, the GT 4-Door Coupe really isn’t a AMG GT despite Mercedes touting that it is. This car rides on its own chassis, called the X290, and is a mash-up of the GT, E-Class, CLS-Class, S-Class and the S-Class Coupe. Seriously, the parts sharing is crazy on this thing. I can’t even keep track of what is borrowed from other cars and what is new for this model. To go even further, there will be five different models of the GT 4-Door with the GT43, GT53, GT63, GT63S, and upcoming GT73. Are we lost yet?

The first model, the GT63, hit dealer lots last week and the YouTubers are already cooking up their click-bait video titles getting people to think they bought one of these beasts. When I say ”beast”, I actually mean it. Despite it looking like a slightly smaller CLS, the 4-door does 0-60 in 3.3 seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph. The GT63S? 0-60 in 3.1 seconds. That’s as fast as a new Porsche 911 GT3. Goodness knows what kind of the numbers the GT73 will put down. The thing is, all this speed and technology is pricey. Very, very pricey.

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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera T

A few weeks ago I looked at the Porsche GT3 Touring that was partially launched by Porsche to curb the crazy prices of the 911R on the secondary market. It helped a little, but what really happened is that GT3 Touring prices are still selling for over MSRP and even if they still were in production, your local Porsche dealer wouldn’t give you an allocation unless you were a preferred customer. What a ”preferred customer” is varies dealer by dealer, but basically you get into that club by buying a 918 when they were new or spending lots of money at a dealer by buying lot cars, spending on service, showing up at events and generally being a good customer without raising any stink. If all that failed and you still are looking to get your kicks from something just a little more special, Porsche came up with the 911 Carrera T.

The “T” designation was certainly nothing new, having been launched as a base 6-cylinder model back in the 1960s. The new Carrera T moved more upscale, slotting between the base Carerra and the Carerra S as the lightweight purist option and is basically a mash-up of parts from most of the 911 range. It uses the¬†370-hp twin-turbocharged flat-six from the base Carerra,¬†adaptive suspension from the GTS, a lowered suspension, thinner glass for the rear window and rear side windows borrowed from the GT3/GT2RS, sport exhaust and the 7-speed manual with PDK as an option. You can load up this car with some other fancy options like those nice $5,200 sport seats, carbon ceramic brakes and rear-wheel steering, but most buyers are signing up for this car because of its slightly-less weight and reasonable price tag compared the rest of the 911 range. The Carrera T is as raw as you are going to get in a 991 without spending at least $175,000 for a GT3 and the good news is, you can actually buy one for sticker.

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2019 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

There is very little that will attract my attention more than a black car looking its best. It may only look its best for the 15 minutes immediately after being detailed, but it’s a divine 15 minutes. I particularly like open-top black cars, which is why I own one. Sadly, it never looks its best since it always is parked outside. Meaning I end up looking longingly at the occasional exceptional examples I see. Some people will tell you black cars are boring and too common. They are wrong.

This one, a Black 2019 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS with Espresso/Cognac natural leather interior and 557 miles on it, looks so devilishly good. I don’t typically feature many nearly new 911s other than the various rare GT and special edition models, but I saw this one and couldn’t take my eyes off of it. It’s been built pretty well too with a bunch of worthwhile options and it has a manual transmission. During the summer I walked past a black Targa 4 GTS parked in the neighborhood and it was stunning. This one rekindles that memory.

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