The 991 Targa is a stunning car. There aren’t a lot of them so I don’t get a chance to see them often, but recently I walked past one parked on the street that made me stop. It was totally blacked out so it had that sinister Darth Vader vibe about it and looked great. I have always been a 911 Targa fan and there is something about the 991 Targa that appeals to me more than the design of the Coupe. Perhaps I just like the utility more of the open roof so I’ve convinced myself it’s a prettier car, or perhaps it’s the slightly different lines created by that open roof and larger rear window. Whatever it is I’m now fully on board and find myself keeping an eye out for them more and more.
So it should come as no surprise that this paint-to-sample Pastel Orange 2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS caught my eye. It’s new so there shouldn’t really be any questions and while that also means you could simply build your own and get it exactly how you’d like, getting a PTS allocation isn’t necessarily easy and this one is here now and ready to drive.
This 911 absolutely screams “Beach!” to me. Of course, with 580 hp coming from its 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six this Turbo S will scream just about anywhere. But all of that power isn’t really what attracted me. The 911 Turbo S is Porsche’s ultimate luxury performance machine and in Cabriolet form it certainly slants further to the luxury tourer side than a Coupe would. The power always will be there lurking beneath your right foot in case you ever need it, but for those who want all of that power and fewer amenities Porsche offers the GT2. That’s not what this 911 is about.
And it is in that regard that I think this Turbo S was put together quite well. There’s a nice attention to detail in this build and for those looking to cruise and be seen I don’t know that you’d find a better option from Porsche. This is a Miami Blue 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, located in Houston, with Chalk over Graphite Blue interior and 8,760 miles on it. With over 8K miles and barely a year old its previous owner certainly seems to have enjoyed it!
When I first came across this Signal Yellow 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 I could have sworn I had seen it before and already had posted it. The selling dealer looked familiar (and not just familiar as a dealer, but familiar for having this particular car for sale) and the overall look of the car looked familiar. I was sort of right.
The car I was thinking of was not in fact this GT3, but a Signal Yellow Cayman GT4. I assume you can see the resemblance. Given that the seller is the same I do wonder if the original owner of both cars was the same person, or maybe the owner of this dealer just really likes Signal Yellow. Regardless, pretty much everything I said about that GT4 applies to this GT3. Signal Yellow is one of Porsche’s best historic colors and it looks great in most any application.
The announcement that the 911R would be making its return was met with plenty of excitement. The iconic R hadn’t been seen since the ’60s and while there have been plenty of cars to wear an RS badge there’s still something about that R by itself that denoted something of importance. In this case, that importance also meant a fairly limited allocation (991 in total) and all were snapped up quite quickly by those who were offered the opportunity of purchasing one. Essentially a GT3 RS with manual transmission and no wing, the R promised to be the understated driver for those who didn’t necessarily prioritize ultimate lap times, but still wanted the most Porsche could offer in naturally aspirated form.
Like many of Porsche’s smaller production track models it didn’t take long for the R to pop up for sale by those hoping to immediately capitalize on its rarity and the difficulty of getting on the short list of initial buyers. Prices were very high and while they have gradually come down they remain very high. With the R the uniqueness of a particular car matters. It matters now and it will matter down the road. If you’re going to spend all of this money on a car that will spend most of its time being looked at rather than being driven, then it needs to have parts to look at that will set it apart.
While it doesn’t have a classic PTS color, this 911R does come with a few stylistic alterations that should accomplish that goal. Do you like orange accents? If not, this isn’t the R for you. If you do, then this one should provide what you need.
It has taken me a while to warm to the 991’s design. I’ve always found it too flat and that’s coming on the heels of the gradual flattening of the 996 and 997. It has sort of a stepped on beetle look. I still prefer the more upright windshield of earlier 911s, but ultimately aerodynamics seems to have won out.
There wasn’t any particular turning point in my perception of the 991; over time I suddenly found myself walking past them and admiring their looks. Simple familiarity I suppose. I wouldn’t say it’s become my favorite 911 design or anything of that sort, but I have finally begun to enjoy the styling. The performance, obviously, always was easy to appreciate as each iteration of the 911 tends to improve in that regard. There’s no particular reason for leading with these thoughts, though I do wonder if others have found themselves feeling similarly.
It does help explain why a 911 like this, which I might have previously ignored, now seems so appealing to me. This is a Sapphire Blue Metallic 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, located in Pennsylvania, with 15,350 miles on it. It has the manual transmission and sport seats. It looks phenomenal!
Here’s the second of my promised yellow 911s: a Racing Yellow 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, located in Bahrain, with 4K kilometers on it. This is a case of coming across a 911 that quickly catches my eye and then as I’m looking it over thinking to myself, “I really don’t see many in this color.”
Racing Yellow obviously is a rather eye-catching color on the GT3 RS. Yet, we almost never see it. We almost never see yellow on the GT3 RS in general. Why is that? Granted, yellow Porsches aren’t the most common to begin with so they’re always going to possess a degree of rarity, but given the wide variety of brightly colored examples of the GT3 RS we see I am surprised more of them aren’t yellow. There was the beautiful Signal Yellow example I featured previously, but nothing in this much brighter version and still that’s only one other. There almost certainly are more, but how many?
In many of my features of newer Porsches the focus has been on the exterior color. Usually one of Porsche’s historic colors selected as a paint-to-sample option. This one isn’t really about the exterior color, even though Lava Orange is quite nice. This one is more about the interior color and the way it combines with that orange exterior. It also has a true manual transmission rather than PDK and that in itself is a rare thing on these new Targas. So I guess we could say that I find the total package here quite appealing even if the individual pieces aren’t incredibly special in their own right. This was a solidly put together Targa and one that remains unique enough to stand out even within the rarefied air of PTS builds.
So what do we have: a Lava Orange 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4, located in Texas, with a Saddle Brown leather interior, 7-speed manual transmission, and 3,307 miles on it. The interior also features Lava Orange accents through deviated stitching along with painted console and trim pieces. It comes together quite well!
This is not a car I normally would post. The dealer hasn’t provided us much in the way of description and it’s PDK rather than a true manual, which isn’t typically what I seek out in these cars (though more on that below). However, this color combination is so striking that I simply cannot pull myself away from it. Here we have a situation where two very attractive colors have been combined to produce a result that I think makes each of those attractive colors even better. The exterior is paint-to-sample Aetna Blue, which first originated on the Porsche 356 and is itself a wonderfully elegant and vintage color. The interior is a Bordeaux over Black combination that seems to have just the right amount of each to make the interior look very refined. Bordeaux, itself, already is a fairly refined version of a red interior. When you put these colors together the whole certainly is greater than the sum of its parts. I really like it.
Among Porsche’s various highly sought after and iconic colors, Riviera Blue stands out. On the one hand, I have a sense of why that is, but on the other I’m not quite sure why it stands so tall. Typically Porsche’s most well known colors come from the ’60s and ’70s. They are the colors we saw on the original longhood 911s. That they are iconic is just as much a testament to their longevity, i.e. long-term desirability, than it is to the attractiveness of the color itself.
In relative terms, Riviera Blue is young having only debuted on the 993. So why does it seem to command the most attention and dollars? That’s a question I’m less sure about. One thing seems clear: when a Riviera Blue 911 comes up for auction the selling price almost always moves higher. It is a heck of a head turner, there is no doubt about its allure in that regard.
Here we see it as the paint-to-sample choice on this fairly new 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, located in Pennsylvania.
I will admit I have not always been a fan of the 991. The design took me a long time to warm up to even as I looked at the Boxster and Cayman and thought both had improved tremendously. I’ve read some criticisms of Porsche’s designs and their increasing similarity and I don’t entirely disagree with those assessments, but where I think it has improved the look of the Cayman/Boxster I have not been as much a fan of the 911.
Ever so slowly that perception is changing and I have gradually taken to the design – whether because of increased familiarity or something else, I don’t know. A couple of recent examples caught my eye so I thought I would specifically go on the hunt for a nice Carrera S to feature. As I did so I soon realized that it’s really hard to find a 991 with a manual transmission. PDK has seemingly taken over. I do understand why that is to some degree, but some of us still would like the involvement of shifting gears ourselves and I was struck by the relative lack of manuals.
I kept looking and my search did finally pay off: here we have a very subtly pretty paint-to-sample Dark Olive Metallic 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe with just 3K miles on it and that all important manual transmission.