Launched on July 16, 2004 for sale as 2005 models, Porsche’s new 911-series cars were internally code-named 997 and heralded a return to the immensely popular styling of the earlier 993 series of 1993-1998, along with improved passenger space. Porsche’s proven water-cooled, wet-sump ‘flat-6’ engine, which debuted with the arrival of the 996 in 1998, displaces 3.6L and delivers 340 hp in basic tune and a new Helmholtz resonator sharpened the new 911’s edge with a vicious, soul-stirring exhaust note. In its basic form, the new 911 delivered true ‘supercar’ performance levels, with the 0-60 mph sprint requiring just 4.7 seconds en route to a 180 mph top end. From introduction, the 997-generation Porsche 911 quickly established an enviable reputation for quality, reliability, and solidity, with the model’s excellence the product of Porsche’s time-honored tradition of careful and steady evolution and improvement.
The Carrera S, Cabriolet, Turbo, and wild competition-oriented sub variants including the road/track GT3 and track ready GT3RS were released in succession after the Carrera Coupe. All are appreciated by Porschephiles everywhere for their excellent all-around performance, drivability, and incomparable image. In particular, the 997 cars offer an unrivalled level of interaction with their lucky drivers. In fact, BBC Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, who is well known for his somewhat critical take on Porsches in general over the years, quipped the 997 911 will "…make love to your fingertips and stir your soul." Anyone lucky enough to own or have directly experienced these amazing road cars will heartily agree.
Featuring the 6-speed manual transmission favored by driving enthusiasts, this extremely clean 997.2 Porsche 911 Carrera S from 2011 is described by the seller as coming to market in perfect operating condition with all maintenance work up-to-date, accompanied by all maintenance documents from its original purchase to today. Both keys are included, and factory features include Meteor Grey Metallic paint, Comfort Package, Infotainment Package (Navigation w/ PCM 3.0 & handsfree Bluetooth), Sport Design Front Bumper with Aero Package front lip spoiler, Sport Chrono, Sport PASM Suspension (20mm lower R.O.W), Active Bi-Xenon Headlights, Memory/Heated Seats, Sunroof, Bose audio, and Sport Tailpipes. Choice aftermarket features include the steering wheel (original included), a Numeric Racing shifter (original shifter & cables included), BC Racing coilovers with Tarett Engineering rear toe links (original suspension included), new BC forged custom wheels with titanium lug nuts, new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, Hawk HPS 5.0 brake pads, new Fister sport exhaust with Shark Werks center bypass (not loud but sport-touring sound), and Llumar Air 80 film on all windows.
These potent modern Porsches have yet to be included in collector car price guides and trade in the late model ‘Highline’ market. With only an approximate 36,500 miles of use and coming to market from a real enthusiast, this 6-speed 997.2 Carrera S is very well-equipped with factory options and what we believe to be easily reversed but high-quality aftermarket performance tweaks. Turbo, GTS, and GT3 cars obviously occupy the higher strata of sales over the past few years on Bring a Trailer, with a wide but densely populated price channel in the $20k-$55k range, and a number of outliers starting to collect above $100k. Again, with Porsche’s amazingly broad model range, this is totally understandable. What about our subject car? It looks great – at least in the photos – and has a number of valuable and highly desirable options, not to mention its manual gearbox. Coming from sunny Florida is another plus, and mileage is surprisingly low considering how awesome these cars are to drive, and we’d have a tough time limiting our seat time with one like this. The asking price feels pretty fair to us and we’re sure that Porsche buyers will like this one.