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Cars to buy in 2019

The winter road salt is beginning to recede, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Summer is on its way, and with it, the promise of another season of driving excellence at the wheel of your favourite Porsche 911. But which 911? If you’re thinking of a change to your stable or have your eye on something new for 2019, then look no further than Total 911’s annual and ever-popular ‘cars to buy’ guide to help steer you in the right direction.

There remain bargains to be had when comparing 911s with other models in the same price point, while many other models still represent guaranteed investment-grade quality, providing you’re prepared to play the long game. There’s also a host of 911s ready and willing to provide you with oodles of fun – more fun than any amount of cash in the bank can offer. So wether you’re looking for road or track-based frolics, a great value 911 or a decent investment proposition, we’ve got the answers readily compiled for you over the next 12 pages.

And don’t just take our word for it. Once again we’ve sought the opinions of experts from around the industry, those who work within the Porsche marketplace on a daily basis, and whom in the ensuing years have seen values of cars peak and dive, and trends come and go, building a healthy resistance against market naivety as a result – and their knowledge and insight is hereby being passed exclusively to you. We’ve asked more specialists than ever, our panel this year offering wisdom from a combined 101-years of experience selling fine Porsche. As a result, no other resource will offer such a compelling insight as to what 911 models you should be focussing on for 2019.

This year, to reflect the breadth of 911s on offer, we’ve split the experts’ choices into three categories: best value, long term investment, and outright fun, all of which provide compelling options for a variety of budgets. It makes for a tantalising read: have your wallets at the ready as we present the 911s to buy for 2019…

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Five Porsche 911s I want to drive in 2017 – Editor’s choice

As I mentioned last week, 2016 was a very good year for bringing you a very high calibre of Porsche 911s in Total 911 magazine. Under a mantra of ‘onwards and upwards’, I’ve picked out five more models I’m intent on personally covering for you loyal readers in 2017. In reverse order, they are:

5) Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

For me, the later 930 Turbo with G50 gearbox is one of the most enjoyable classic 911s to pilot. The 964 3.3 after that was merely a cosmetic upgrade for Porsche’s Turbo, but the later 3.6-litre was a different beast entirely. It still lags behind the twin-turbocharged 993 in terms of values, but there’s a reason Porsche wanted a second crack at the whip of the 964 Turbo. I’m betting this is going to become an all-time great, and a test drive will show if my money has been well placed.

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4) Porsche 991.2 GTS

To be revealed early in 2017, The new 911 GTS will utilise a rendition of the new, turbocharged 9A2 flat six engine currently used for the Carrera and Carrera S models. Whether or not the new GTS coincides with a long-awaited Powerkit for the 991’s second-generation remains to be seen, but what is guaranteed is a superb sportscar for those who don’t want (or can’t get!) a new 991 GT3. Speaking of which…

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3) Porsche 991.2 GT3

The first generation’s story was as spectacular as its spec: revving all the way to 9,000rpm, the car also stole headlines for incidents involving the odd fire and a worldwide recall. I’ve no doubt the Gen2 car, which has already been confirmed as naturally aspirated, will be just as scintillating to drive, though its redline will likely be more in line with the 991 GT3 RS’s 8,600 maximum revs.

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2) Porsche 911 2.0 SWB

With all the 2017 talk surrounding new tech on new cars, a revisit to where it all began with the short wheelbase 911 2.0-litre will remind us of the 911’s more humble beginnings. Famed for its supposed snappy handling (a lengthening of the car’s wheelbase in 1968 helping to alleviate that), the early cars are rocketing in value as they become automotive antiques. We’ll get one on the road for you before they all disappear into collections.

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1) Porsche 997 GT2 RS

2017 looks set to mark the return for a fearsome GT2 with the famous Rennsport moniker, but it was the 997 GT2 RS that started the legend. With 700Nm of torque going through the rear wheels only, this won’t just be the best drive of the year for me, it’ll likely be the most, well, interesting, too!

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Which Porsche 911s would you like to see in Total 911 this year? Comment below or email [email protected]

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Top five Porsche drives of 2015 – Lee’s picks

The past twelve months have been exceptional for Total 911. In the year we hosted our inaugural Total 911 Awards, we also got behind the wheel of some truly exquisite 911s in our bid to provide you with world-leading Porsche journalism across our website, magazine and digital specials.

While that may sound a tad self-indulgent, it goes without saying the biggest delight we have here is sharing our experiences at the wheel of such great steers exclusively with you, our fanatical Total 911 readership. So, here’s the top five Porsche 911s I’ve had the pleasure of steering this year:

5) Porsche 911T 2.0-litre

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Surprised? So was I. Back in issue 127 we got behind the wheel of the first and last 911T to chart the evolution of the first entry-level 911. By the end of the test, I actually found favour with the short wheelbase, 2.0-litre variant over the (slightly) more contemporary 2.4. To get the 911T moving, you have to live in the final third of the rev range, really wringing its neck to get anywhere near ‘fast’.

The best thing is, this sensation can be achieved well within legal speed limits on the road and, complete with the early T’s ‘dogleg’ first gear and a cool rasp on induction from the carburettors, this classic 911 has bundles of charm. It’s no daily driver but the thrill of driving the first T was only bettered by four other Porsches for me this year.

4) Porsche 3.2 Speedster

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Speedsters: you either love ‘em or you don’t. I’ve long found peace with this 911’s altered silhouette and am fascinated by the degree of engineering that’s been plied into making this car aesthetically pleasing and practical to own (have you ever seen the brilliantly-shaped door glass on an air-cooled 911 Speedster?).

Our group test of every Porsche Speedster in issue 129 made for an exciting comparison along the Sussex Downs, but the 3.2 Speedster was the one I was most enamoured with. Despite not drawing on the original 356’s spartan-inspired interior as with the later 964, the 3.2’s more agricultural approach to the 911 was most enchanting, complemented of course by that amenable G50 gearbox. It’s the perfect boulevard cruiser.

3) Porsche 991 GT3

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Thanks to the 2014 recall (we won’t talk about the 2015 recall just yet) I didn’t get the chance to climb behind the wheel of this latest GT3 until summer with our head-to-head test with the 997.2 GT3 RS in issue 131.

The wait was well worth it: the 991 GT3 is a sublime machine that’s blessed with breathtaking pace and exquisite poise – not to mention that ungodly exhaust howl every time the crank spins up to 9,000rpm. Feeling unshakable through corners, the 991 GT3 feels unlike any other 911, so much so that its performance remit feels almost omnipotent at times.

2) Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0

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I should start by saying the 997.2 GT3 RS is possibly my favourite 911 steer, ever. We’ve been lucky enough to jump into one many times in recent years at Total 911, on both road and track. Compared to the 991 GT3, it’s the thinking man’s race car, dictated by a peaky engine, manual gearbox and passive rear axle. As shown by our head-to-head in issue 125, the 997 RS 4.0 is a masterly evolution of the 3.8, benefiting from increased torque low down in the rev range, tweaked aero for improved downforce, and a stiffer chassis courtesy of rose jointing at the rear.

Far more than merely a low-numbers automotive mural, this is an outstanding performance weapon that’s surprisingly tractable on road, too. I can fully believe Walter Rohl’s claim that he commuted to work in his RS 4.0 test car every day for six months. Unbelievable – and there’s only one Rennsport that’s better.

1) Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS 4.1 by SharkWerks

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Slightly controversial, I know, but SharkWerks’ brilliant take on the Gen2 997 GT3 RS (which, as I’ve just said, is one of the best ever performance 911s in my view) is comfortably my number one drive of 2015. SharkWerks’ RS 4.1 was our cover car of issue 122, so I know it had good form ahead of my visit to California in September, yet the sheer intensity of its driving experience was beyond captivating.

Throttle response is astoundingly quick and this vastly reworked flat six gets shifting quickly with noticeably more torque availabe at low revs than even the factory RS 4.0. However, the real magic is how SharkWerks’ 4.1 still retains the Mezger’s peaky nature and sense of occasion as that needle zips relentlessly around the tacho, pulling strongly all the way to a heady 7,950rpm.

My drive was only 30 minutes long but that was enough – any longer and I’ll have likely got too carried away by its eagerness to rev so robustly, so relentlessly. It’s not just an improvement on the factory 3.8-litre Rennsport, and it’s not just better than the coveted 997 RS 4.0 either. I don’t make the statement lightly when I say this is most likely the best Porsche 911 I’ve ever driven. Peddling it was my greatest pleasure of 2015.

What five 911s have you most enjoyed reading about in Total 911 this year? Comment below or tweet us @Total911.

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