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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera – Twenty Models for Twenty Buyers

Kamil Kaluski October 8, 2014 All Things Hoon 21 Comments

All 911 models 2014

Porsche just announced the GTS version of the 911 Carrera. The GTS is essentially a 911 Carrera S with the engine powerkit and all performance items that an enthusiast would want, with a price just perfectly squeezed in between the Carrera S and the Turbo. And in a typical Porsche fashion, the GTS is available in RWD and AWD, coupe and cabrio.

For those confused by all those models, we here at Hooniverse created a handy guide as to fro whom each model was exactly designed for.

911 Carrera – $84,300. Anyone who just wants a Porsche and thinks that the 911 is the only true Porsche.

911 Carrera S – $98,900. Anyone who knows that this car will surpass his/her own limits, but still wants more power than the base 911 and and think that the S must be better.

911 Carrera GTS – $114,200. The car for those who were going to order the Carrera S with the Powerkit and all performance options.

911 Carrera Cabriolet – $96,200. The cougar that just divorced that cheating bastard dentist husband.

911 Carrera S Cabriolet – $110,800. The Viagra-popper in his fifties who wanted a sporty Carrera but the wife insisted on a cabrio.

911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet – $126,100. Those wanting the top line cabrio but think that the turbo is just ridiculous.

911 Carrera 4 – $91,030. Anyone who wants a real Porsche but lives under an illusion that an AWD system will actually help driving down their frost covered driveway.

911 Carrera 4S – $105,630. An enthusiast that lives where winter exists and may actually put winter tires on it.

911 Carrera 4 GTS – $120,900. The enthusiast who thinks the Turbo lost its purity.

911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet – $102,930. Those in four-season climates that want one fun car that they can drive year round.

911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet – $117,530. Those in four-season climates that want one fun car that they can drive year round and think that the S must be better.

911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet – $132,800. Those who want a top of the line 911 Cabrio but think the turbo is just unnecessary and that AWD must be better than RWD because it costs more.

911 Targa 4 – $101,600. Those in four-season climates that want something they can drive year round but are too self-conscious to drive a cabrio.*

911 Targa 4S – $116,400. Those in four-season climates that want something they can drive year round but are too self-conscious to drive a cabrio and think that the S must be better.*

911 Turbo – $151,100. Investment bankers who read Motor Trend, are well aware of Nurburgring times, and therefore know that it’s a better car than a Corvette or GT-R.

911 Turbo S – $182,700. Recent Lottery winners who think that Turbo S is better than the Turbo because the S must be better.

911 Turbo Cabriolet – $163,000. Nouveau riche who need a daily beater at their beach house.

911 Turbo S Cabriolet –  $194,600. Custom ordered in ridiculous colors by young fashion designers whose clothing line was just picked up by Sears.

911 50th Anniversary Edition – $121,400. Veteran 911 owner who wanted the new car to match his treasured ’71 RS along with respect from his Porsche owning peers and online forum members.

911 GT3 – $130,400. The guy who wears Pilotis all the time, everywhere. His fancy track suit and helmet bag is where other 911s have rear seats, but no one has actually seen him near a track. Being in upper management and working 100 hours per week, he drives the GT3 to the office only on Saturdays when there is no traffic. He washes it on Sundays.

911 GT2 – $TBD. The GT3 owner with mad track driving skillz who doesn’t want to be held back the moderate limits of the GT3. (not yet on sale)

 

The 50th Anniversary and GTS are very similar cars. I’d bet that the GTS was introduced only because the 50th Anniversary can’t be sold fifty-one years after the original one. The lack of a Targa 2 and Targa 2S represents a clear gap in the market.*

 

  • nanoop

    Sheesh, I'm still not in any of their target groups.
    Are early Boxsters bottoming out and suffering fourth, underfinanced owners already? I should look into those…

    • rennsport964

      They're pretty affordable and a hoot to drive. You can drive like a moron and look like a pro.

      They do have some issues:

      The M96 engine (on the 986/986S, design shared more or less with the 996) has lubrication issues with the intermediate shaft bearing. If it goes and you don't catch it beforehand, you have a rebuild in your future. The only way to detect it is with a magnetic oil drain plug and cutting open the filter; you can't inspect it easily; you have to drop the transmission, and once you've done that, you might as well replace it with a retrofit kit. On a good note, the engine generally doesn't leak, so there's that.

      My personal reliability issues:

      The water pump impeller is plastic. If and when it expires, you see a nice cloud of steam from the engine fan vent. The replacement was faulty, and would weep. It's also kind of a pain to burp the coolant system.

      The first alternator appeared to be made of glass.

      The power steering pump failed, if I remember correctly.

      You have to keep the car on a charger; the battery usage when it sits is pretty high. The electronics wig out when the battery is marginal.

      Other notes:

      Routine maintenance can be somewhat expensive (because: dry sump lubrication, Bosch, and Porsche parts). But that's pretty much true of any P-car.

      I've gone through a couple axles and a wheel bearing, but that was because I autocrossed the car.

      Over ten years of ownership, it's been pretty reliable. The only time I got stranded was when I ran out of gas.

  • I think it is more appropriate for me to ruminate on this list when listed this manner:

    $ 84,300 911 Carrera
    $ 91,030 911 Carrera 4
    $ 96,200 911 Carrera Cabriolet
    $ 98,900 911 Carrera S
    $101,600 911 Targa 4
    $102,930 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet
    $105,630 911 Carrera 4S
    $110,800 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
    $114,200 911 Carrera GTS
    $116,400 911 Targa 4S
    $117,530 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
    $120,900 911 Carrera 4 GTS
    $121,400 911 50th Anniversary Edition
    $126,100 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet
    $130,400 911 GT3
    $132,800 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet
    $151,100 911 Turbo
    $163,000 911 Turbo Cabriolet
    $182,700 911 Turbo S
    $194,600 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
    $ TBD 911 GT2

    • rennsport964

      This is why I buy them used. A good, well maintained 997 can be had for a fraction of this.

  • They're missing a Targa 4 GTS Cabriolet Turbo Anniversary Edition GT3.

    • rennsport964

      Don't think it hasn't been considered.

    • Scandinavian Flick ★

      "Targa Cabriolet"

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/p2T29QE.gif"&gt;

      • wunno sev

        "Targabriolet"

    • skitter

      And then an S model of the same.

  • hwyengr

    "The 50th Anniversary and GTS are very similar cars."

    Except you can't get that classic houndstooth fabric insert on the GTS seats.

    • Scandinavian Flick ★

      An important distinction!

      <img src="http://oi62.tinypic.com/259ygsy.jpg&quot; width="600">

      • Devin

        Alright those seats make it worth the money.

      • ninjacoco

        This. This right here. This a million, billion times.

  • Van_Sarockin

    There should be fifty models for the fiftieth anniversary. I am disappoint.

  • "911 Carrera 4S – $105,630. An enthusiast that lives where winter exists and may actually put winter tires on it."

    ::raises hand::

    ::uses other hand to panhandle in attempt to approach silly-expensive MSRP, fails miserably::

    Actually, methinks a Carrera 3.2 G50 would be most appropriate for the current situation, thank you.
    <img src="http://www.themotoringenthusiast.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/486.jpg&quot; width="600">
    (Note: Steelies with snows at the ready for that one.)

  • wunno sev

    i'd make ha ha laffs here, except that you mentioned the new targa and i love that car so much

    the whole more-911-packages-than-911s-built thing is maybe a little silly, but if that's what got us the targa then shit let's have thirty varieties! no, forty!

  • Maymar

    Since the 50th anniversary is limited production and already sold out (if I'm not mistaken), just the plain old 911 Carrera would be plenty for me*. Not that I don't think the Cayman is just fantastically cromulent, just, you know, the 911 is, like, a 4-wheeled Gibson SG (I think that's a suitable comparison, right? I'm not great with guitars). It's iconic, that shape has existed seemingly forever, and, hell, I like the idea of a vestigial back seat.

    And, yes, the lack of RWD Targa is bewildering.

    *in years, once depreciation has solidly set in.

  • ninjacoco

    Ha, we have a lot of Carrera 4s in Texas, and ain't nobody goes out when the weather even sort of looks poopy.

    I think they get bought by folks who assume the 4 must be better and/or who are secretly afraid of a RWD Porsche. It's like the S on steroids.

  • ninjacoco

    Also, I still need a 911 GT3 RS 4.0.

    It's a stick! A six-speed stick!