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Lee’s 996 Carrera 4S Diary: new brakes and tyres verdict

So that’s how a 996 C4S is supposed to stop! I mentioned last month I had discs and pads replaced all round on my Porsche 911 after the items present when I bought the car were looking very tired. I got the new parts from VW Heritage’s newly-created Heritage Parts Centre and have now had a chance to bed them in. I am so impressed. The C4S now stops with the ability I’d expect from a set of Porsche’s ‘big red’ brakes and has transformed the way I drive the car. In short, I have more confidence in the 911, and can drive it harder as a result – as we all know, the harder you push a Porsche 911, the more you get back from it.

I also replaced the worn Continental tyres for a set of N3-rated Michelin Pilot Sport 2s. A few people have since asked me why I didn’t get a set of the newer PS4s, but the honest answer is there weren’t any available in my size when I needed them, so PS2s it was. Again, I am immensely impressed by my new rubber.

500 miles in, in comparison to the Continental Contact Sports, the Michelins are noticeably quieter, which is great for me as I wrack up a lot of miles, plus the Michelins are simply superb in the wet – I’ve not come across better for a 996. If the PS4’s can build on that, I already know what tyres I’m getting next, though I do note the PS2s have a slightly quieter rating. In the dry, there’s not a lot between the Michelins and Continentals (for fast road driving at least) but I’d love to try a track day to see how they differ at greater speeds and temperatures in them. Any excuse…

I’ve also had the C4S back at Porsche Centre Bournemouth for its annual service, this one being a major/72,000 mile service. We’re lucky that in the UK we have a broad selection of very good independent specialists that in the past I’ve had little hesitation in using, however my current 911 has an immaculate service record at Porsche main dealers and I’ve decided it’s important for me to uphold that for the sake of its value. As ever, the Centre didn’t let me down, even sending me before and after pics of the various parts, consumables and sundries being replaced on the 996.

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Lee’s 996 Carrera 4S diary: the first big spend

It’s been a busy period for my C4S as after five months of ownership, I’ve finally needed to spend out on something other than fuel for it. I’ve previously mentioned the car needed new brakes and tyres all round, and they’ve now been replenished after a trip to Porsche Centre Bournemouth. For the brakes I was happy to stick with an OEM-spec setup as in my view if those Big Reds are good enough for a 996 Turbo they’re good enough for a 996 C4S. I bought the brake discs and pads separately from Heritage Parts Centre last month, which arrived promptly and had been sitting at my house waiting for a gap in my diary to take the car to Porsche.

That day arrived in early September and I whisked the car over to OPC Bournemouth where it’d be under the stewardship of one Scott Gardner, whom you’ll recognize in the pictures as our very own ‘ask the expert’ from the front of the magazine. Scott had the discs, pads, wear sensors and anti squeal shims (I had to buy the latter separately) swapped over in three hours without a hitch – you do always assume with a 996 that there is going to be a hitch, be it something as simple as a sheared bolt or ripped thread, which can delay even the most simplest of tasks.

Heritage Parts Centre are new to the Porsche industry but I was very pleased with the quality of the brakes, which all married up absolutely fine into my calipers and onto my hubs. Again it sounds obvious but I’ve had wrong parts turn up from other suppliers in the past and this only leads to a frustrating scenario when work has to be stopped because the part doesn’t quite match up. This wasn’t the case here though, and Heritage Parts Centre come highly recommended from me. The brakes will take a bit of time to bed in but already I’m noticing much sharper response to brake pedal applications, which has already inspired me to push the car a little harder.

I also addressed the worn rear Continental tyres by replacing them with a set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres all round. N4 rated (a higher ‘N’ rating means more recent tyre technology has been used), I was recommended them by a Michelin representative when I told him the car is used for shopping runs, plenty of fast road driving and the occasional track day. I’ve never actually ran Michelin tyres on any of my own cars before but have always enjoyed them on other 911s (Pilot Sport Cup 2s are surely the best road tyre ever to grace a 911) and am really looking forward to exploring their limits in the coming weeks. More on their performance will be found in a coming update.

It’s standard procedure for Porsche to health check your car while it’s on the ramps, so Scott and I had a good look around underneath the C4S once all the work was done. I was very happy with Scott’s exemplary comments as regards to its overall health and condition – he was shocked when he found out I’m the 11th owner – and his remarks has only further endorsed my decision to purchase this cracking 911 in the first place. Thanks to the guys at Porsche Centre Bournemouth for stellar service as always – now, I can’t wait to wrack up some miles with my new toys courtesy of Heritage Parts and Michelin!

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Is this the best colour for a 991 GT3 RS?

When it launched in 2015, Porsche’s 991 GT3 RS set a new benchmark for 911-oriented performance, kicking the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 into touch as the most accomplished naturally aspirated race car with licence plates. As expected, demand was high among enthusiasts for the new Rennsport, which as a Porsche GT car wasn’t ever going to be built on the same scale as more mainstream 911s.

This quickly gave birth to an unscrupulous second hand market, with a number of 991 GT3 Rennsports almost immediately made available for heinously inflated prices over list. In the market’s infancy, Total 911 witnessed some examples advertised for as much as £300,000. Sadly, most only had delivery miles registered on their odometer.

Thankfully, the fact that Porsche ended up building far more examples of the 991 GT3 RS than many speculators anticipated (the number is rumoured to be 7,000 worldwide) prices have softened, ensuring these cars have found the very home they were built for – the race track. Even better, Porsche’s Paint To Sample programme also proved particularly popular for 991 GT3 RS owners who were prepared to wait a little longer for delivery of their vehicle, and as the brilliant PTSRS Instagram page will show you, a full palette of colours have found their way onto examples around the world.

There are many one-off hues out there that brilliantly accentuate the wide body and outlandish aero of the latest naturally aspirated RS, however our favourite 991 GT3 RS PTS hue is Voodoo blue, exemplified by this stunning example currently for sale with Porsche Centre Bournemouth. A non-metallic colour (paint code Z12), it is originally thought to be a shade used by Toyota, Porsche’s current LMP1 rivals in the WEC. We’re told the voodoo represents water preventing evil spirits passing across it, with some folks of past painting their windowsills blue to stop these evil spirits entering their home. Whether that’s true or not, we’re not sure, but what we do know is there’s not a better colour for the striking curves of a 991 GT3 RS, in our opinion.

With a healthy 5,400 miles on the clock, this car has been used as it was intended, with a good specification to boot – and if you believe in the legend, that rare hue adorning its bodywork should even bring its next owner a healthy dose of good luck.

What’s your favourite PTS 991 GT3 RS? Comment below with your opinions.

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Sales Debate: Is ‘Brexit’ likely to affect the Porsche 911 market?

‘Brexit’. You were probably hoping that Total 911 would provide you with some respite from news of the UK’s decision – via public referendum – to leave the European Union.

However, as a car designed and made inside the EU, the result had left us wondering if the Porsche 911 (on both new and used markets) would feel the effects of the UK’s decision. “There’s an element of uncertainty but it feels, on the ground, like it’s business as usual,” explains Karl Meyer, Business Manager of Porsche Bournemouth.

It’s a viewpoint shared by RPM Technik’s Commercial Director, Darren Anderson: “Our general feeling is that it shouldn’t have a dramatic impact on the pricing,” he says, explaining that in the short to medium term, values shouldn’t fall as “the cars, on the whole, are worth what they were worth pre-decision.”

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Meyer is quick to reassure us that it is unlikely that the political decision will adversely impact upon on new 911 prices either, despite the value of the Pound relative to the Euro dropping.

“Porsche will always fix prices in a way where each market can only be comfortable buying through its local sector. If anything, they will be thinking, ‘How do we make it easy for the UK market to continue to buy?’” he continues.

On the used market, Anderson feels that “the rate of turnover of cars will slow down” until a proper exit strategy is put in place. However, at Porsche Bournemouth Meyer didn’t see business dip in the run up to the referendum.

“It hasn’t stopped customers walking through the door and placing orders,” the Business Manager explains, “and I suspect, if there was any uncertainty, we’d have seen it in the run-up to this decision. I think that now people know, it’s almost taken the pressure off.”

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In the short-term, the Pound’s lack of strength means buying cars from the continent has been made more expensive but Anderson points out that such currency fluctuations have become par for the course in the Porsche world:

“When the Pound is strong, we go and buy a load of LHD cars; when the Euro is strong, they buy them all back again.” If anything, he feels that the market for UK-based LHD cars could flourish in the short term as continental buyers cash in on the exchange rate.

Meyer adds too that the lack of LHD 911s coming into the UK could help the classic market, as the good RHD examples are no longer diluted by continental cars. As both experts are at pains to point out, the worst thing to do is panic, especially when there seems to be no reason to do so.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.

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Sales debate: How will Porsche’s decision to go turbocharged affect 991 prices?

We Porsche 911 fans are notoriously set in our ways. The gradual pervasion of the PDK gearbox through the upper echelons of the current 911 range brought many cries of derision (and a hefty price hike on earlier generations of GT3), while some enthusiasts still haven’t come to terms with the switch to water-cooling.

So, how will the almost certain move towards turbocharging on the 991.2 affect prices of the first generation cars in the short term?

“As yet it’s not having an effect,” explains Porsche Bournemouth sales executive Karl Meyer. “I’d say less than 15 per cent of our customers have even asked about it [the new car].”

Meyer points out that, historically, Porsche has always been a master at controlling residual values when a facelift model is released. However, given the huge step-change expected, he wouldn’t be surprised if 991 Gen1 depreciation slowed down a little: “A 991 GTS or 991 C2S could be seen as the last of the naturally aspirated cars,” he points out.

Greig Daly, Sales Director at independent specialist RPM Technik, agrees: “In the short term, it will probably shore up prices of the 991s. I don’t think they will go up in value though as there’s just way too many of them.”

Porsche 991.2 Carrera

Volume is also a key factor in Meyer’s argument, pointing out that, unlike GT3 values, “the [Carrera] market behaves a bit differently.”

“The nearest you can compare it to is the 996. That was the biggest change for the company ever yet 993s continued to fall at the normal rate. People talked but prices didn’t follow,” explains Meyer.

The Porsche Bournemouth expert feels it will take “10, 15, 20 years” until 991 Carreras start appreciating because of the turbocharged effect. “That’s when collectors get their teeth into it,” he points out.

Again, Daly concurs, explaining that, in the short-term, the 991 will continue to depreciate, especially once the first facelifted models begin to trickle onto the second-hand market. RPM Technik’s Sales Director does feel that “Gen1 991s may not depreciate at the savage rates they have been doing” in recent times, though.

In this respect, the next few years may well be a good time to think about getting yourself into a nearly new 911.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.

Used Porsche 991 Carrera

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