Originally Posted by deepitm 993 is a great car, but it's not that great. There is a bit of madness going on here in terms of the masses purporting them to be this unicorn. Great car, but like 285 HP.
And not built like a tank. Fairly reliable, but parts are getting way more expensive as the cars themselves do. Look how unloved the convertibles are. If the car were really that great, I think the verts would be better bid. ~50-60k can get you a lot of car.
993 is vastly better looking than a GTR. I know there is no argument in taste, but this is like as close as you can get to an objective statement on appearance.
R8 is sweet. Given the borderline unusability of the backseat of pre 997 cars, arguably as practical. But maintenance is probably not ideal.
Well the 993 is the last of the air cooled 911s. Its also the last of the 911s, before they started growing significantly in size to add more space for the basically useless for anything other than storage back seats. Its also the last of the 911s (with the exception of modern GT3 and GT3RS models) that were more sports car than GT car.
As for HP, it was 270 in the first year models, then 282 for the remaining production years. However, with 20 year old cars its not about all out performance by today's standards, its about how much fun you have with the car. It was a quick car in its day, but even 1990s Ferraris and Lamborghinis are not that fast by today's standards. If someone wants a quicker car for a hell of a lot less money just by a Subaru WRX STi.
Porsche parts were never cheap, but as with many things availability/scarcity of some parts drives prices of parts upward. Prices of the convertibles have little to do with whether the car is a great car or not. The versions that are the most sought after and carry the highest prices the 993 Turbo S, Turbo, Carrera 4S and Carrera S were never offered as convertibles. Also, a lot of Porsche owners for years favored coupes even with early models as they used to say you lose the classic shape of the 911 with the Targa or Cabriolet. Only with the reintroduction of the new 991 Targa was interest renewed in the older Targa cars.
The market is definitely a bit crazy regarding pricing...but from what I hear really great examples are selling even at these high prices.
Originally Posted by idfnl
Having owned an A8, I've built a tolerance for the maintenance costs. I think I just need to drive the GTR and R8 and see how they feel. I've driven a 993, and ya it's not really that quick, but it feels really nice to drive.
Buy what you like and what you find fun. Our of the cars you are considering, I'd go for the 993. Fun to drive, high build quality, and unlike the others they aren't depreciating. A friend had a V10 R8 for 2 years. He said it did everything well, but he found it boring to drive (he also owned a 997 Cabrio, a 997 GT3 and a WRX Sti for bad weather). He eventually traded it for an Aston Martin, loved it, and he is on his 2nd Aston now. The GTR is great bang for the buck...but they just don't do anything for me. Good luck with whatever you decide.