I’m going to be upfront here, I don’t really like Sepia Brown on modern Porsches. So this paint-to-sample 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Pennsylvania, isn’t the car for me. However, Sepia Brown is a historic Porsche color and I have seen a variety of examples from the early years where it did look quite good. It is a color that has its fans. I just don’t find there to be enough areas of accent or trim on something like the 997 to help break things up. Being a non-metallic color it all ends up looking a little too flat and a little too brown. Perhaps on a GT2 or GT3 RS, with their various vents, wings, and strakes along with ample black trim, it would look quite good. In fact, thinking about it, that just might work.
Nonetheless, this particular 911 Turbo does look in remarkably good condition and with only 10,870 miles on it the mileage is quite reasonable as well. So don’t worry about whether I like it. It’s a good one.
I’ve been looking for a 997.2 to post for a while. Though in truth I didn’t really find what I was looking for. I’ve had my eye out for a Turbo with a manual transmission, a search which has proved more difficult than I thought it’d be. But this, a Turbo S in Signal Green, certainly serves as a worthwhile substitute. Since the Turbo S wasn’t available with a manual transmission anyway, then I guess I can’t quibble over it possessing PDK.
530 hp delivered through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in the most luxurious package Porsche can offer certainly will turn heads. When you drape that kind of machine in one of Porsche’s iconic colors, then now you have looks to go with that performance. This one isn’t entirely original and is said to be putting out an additional 90 hp over the already significant power it offered out of the box. It’s also said to be only 1 of 2 to exist.
I have no idea what the production numbers are, but I rarely see a Speed Yellow 997 let alone a Speed Yellow 997TT. Whether all of the owners simply refuse to sell or whether there weren’t many produced to begin with (and I suspect it is the latter), opportunities to get one of these brightly colored 997s do not come around often. If you’re a fan, it might be time to pounce.
This is a 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Miami, with that lovely Speed Yellow exterior and Cocoa leather interior. Cocoa is not an interior color we see all that often either, but it seems even more rare to pair it with an exterior color like Speed Yellow. It’s an atypical contrast and I think I’d have to see it in person to know if I’d like it. I suppose it isn’t too far from the much more traditional pairing of a black interior and that slight change in color might appeal to many. But really this is about the exterior. Yellow cars are very love hate. Count me in the group that loves them!
With asking prices continuing to move upward for the 996TT – though we probably should note that judging from a few auction outcomes the selling prices may not be moving up quite so much – I have been on the search for certain 997TT models. While prices certainly aren’t as low as what we used to see from the 996 the 997 is beginning to represent pretty good performance value, especially given how much performance you get.
Truth be told, this particular example wasn’t really what I was looking for, but I’m glad that I found it. Once I saw it, it was near impossible to pass by. This is a Viper Green Metallic 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with 6-speed manual transmission. It’s fitted with an interesting Cocoa leather interior and sport seats. This version of Viper Green comes from the late 70’s after Porsche had modified the original non-metallic color. It’s a bit lighter in shade and a bit brighter with the typical metallic sparkle. It makes for an attractive light green and the juxtaposition of light and dark in the interior gives the whole thing a rather earthy feel. Generally when we see Viper Green as a PTS option this is not the version we see, but rather the original version. That makes this 997TT a little extra unique.
I will admit here I am really stretching the boundaries of what makes sense for a double take. I had already come across this Nutmeg Brown Metallic 1985 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and wanted to write it up because of its fairly rare and unusual exterior color. I like darker metallic browns a lot and we almost never see them outside of a few years in the 70s and 80s. I’ll admit that brown isn’t the most appealing car color for many, but in the right circumstances it can work quite well.
Then I came across a much newer 911 in a very similar color and thought, why not? So if you are a fan of these dark brown exteriors this might give you a sense of your options and, what for me is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this, the relative cost and performance that’s available to you. Let’s look at the Nutmeg Brown Carrera first:
After yesterday’s 996 Turbo S Coupe I thought it might be worthwhile to look at an obvious alternative. As some readers noticed quite quickly, with Turbo S prices moving up that brings into play a few other cars. The two most obvious are the 996 GT3 and the 997.1 Turbo. Because it’s the much closer comparison I’ve chosen the Turbo for this post. Also because I’ve featured the GT3 quite a bit over the past year. I love them and have thought prices were quite good considering what you’re getting. It’s ultimately what I would choose were I in the market. But the GT3 isn’t a Turbo (obviously) and for those looking for that combination of luxury and performance that only a 911 Turbo can provide the 997 makes the better choice.
Here we have a Basalt Black Metallic 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe, located in Ohio, with Sand Beige leather interior and 26,483 miles on it. It has sport seats, the sport chrono package, and a 6-speed manual. With 480 hp on tap you’re getting more power than the Turbo S and arguably a much better looking 911 both inside and out.