Earlier this morning I read Steven J. Ewing’s take on the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera, and near the end of the piece he baits readers with this;
Speaking of price, it gets a modest hike for 2017, with the base 911 Carrera starting at $89,400 – a $5,100 jump. You can’t even get into a Carrera S for less than $100,000 these days, with the 991.2 starting at $103,400 (a $4,500 increase). Of course, you mustn’t forget about Porsche’s exhaustive options catalog – I highly recommend wasting a few minutes and seeing how expensive you can configure a new 911. The first deliveries will take place in March of next year.
Needless to say, I took the bait, and clicked through to the Porsche configurator, to see just how pricey as base Carrera could get. The most fun bit about spec’ing out a Porsche is without a doubt being able to tick all those exclusive option boxes, and see how it directly effects the price without having to do any guess work. If illuminated aluminum door-sill inserts will save you a few bucks over the carbon fiber ones, it will tell you before you go ahead and select them.
So, thank you Porsche for making it relatively easy for me to configure the most expensive base model Carrera possible, a car that I would never in a million years want to own due to the combinations of options needed to push the MSRP to the limit.
Carbon Floormats with leather edging, Alcantra sun visors, and leather inner door-sill guards are all tacky on their own, but housed inside a Miami Blue body, alongside a natural leather Espresso/Cognac interior, they are downright ridiculous.
Choosing a Lava Orange, or Carmine Red interior doesn’t help either. If you’re the type of person who wants to be able to say you own the most expensive 991.2 Carrera, you’re going to have a rather heinous vehicle on your hands no matter what.
Then again, if you’re that type of person, aesthetics are unlikely to be your strong suit. You might as well go ahead, and spend the extra $16,860 and get a fully loaded Carrera S. At least with that car you’ll get some semblance of performance value due to the addition of the rear axle steering adapted from the Turbo and GT3.
Unfortunately, if you want both a fire extinguisher and carbon floor mats, you’ll have to stick with the base model, as the fun police at Porsche don’t allow for both option boxes to be ticked on the Carrera S. Something tells me they don’t like to watch TV and listen to the radio at the same time either. What a bunch of party poopers.