Sweet 992, Good Times Never Seemed So Good: Minichamps 1/43 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 (992)
I've been inclined to believe that lower end 911s are the most fun ones outside of the GTs and the special editions such as the 50th and Speedster. It's nice to harken back to what these things are all about. Sure, the Turbo, Turbo S, Carrera GTS, and Carrera S might be fun, but it's nice to see that Porsche still cares for those of us who want to own the modern day equivalent to what your average Yuppie drove around in the 80s.
I'm a big fan of the upper-echelon GT cars and whatnot, but my favorite 911 by far is the basic Carrera, and by extension, Carrera 4 and Carrera T. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm a firm believer that a car should be enjoyed in a way that reflects what the car was in the past. If we look at BMWs, my favorite model of the 2010s was the F30 320i. Why? Because it's just about as close as you can get to a modern E21 320i or E30 318i. Sure, it won't win any races, but it brings a certain feeling of a nostalgia for a time that passed over a decade before I was born. The same goes with the 911. I love the Carrera because it's about as simple and to the point as a 911 can get.
I happened to stumble across this 992 at Champion Porsche when I went to check out the first Taycan Turbo S in the state. I wandered over to the parts department and saw they had a 992 Carrera 4 Cabriolet in black with 10-spokes, but the gentleman behind the counter informed me of a single Carrera 4 coupe they had in the back. He brought out a Carrara White 992 Carrera 4 with RS-Spyder wheels and offered me a $10 discount for my patience while he looked around for it. I bought it on the spot.
Mind you, this isn't my first or even second 992. I bought a "pre-production" 992 Carrera 4S Cabriolet in Gentian Blue from a Chinese seller. It broke almost immediately, so I ended up selling it for a quick buck after I fixed it. I subsequently bought an identical brand-new one from a reputable German seller that specializes in Minichamps. I decided to give it to my father for Father's Day since he's the reason I love 911s. Needless to say, he loved it.
As for the car, there's something remarkably wholesome about it. I have a feeling many will overlook it because they find it boring, but I love it.
I know it doesn't seem particularly interesting or exciting, but there's a lot more than meets the eye here. It seems to be a decently equipped Carrera 4 with the second most expensive wheels and Carrara White paint, which is a cost option as-is over the standard gloss White. I secretly wish Minichamps offered versions with US-spec amber markers, but that's a rant for another day.
Interestingly enough, this Carrera 4 only has the standard exhaust in lieu of the oval-tipped sport exhaust. I assume that's to distinguish it from the quad-tipped Carrera S models. It certainly has an air of retro inspirations from the 911 badge to the rear light bar.
I still can't get over how good these look both in-person and in 1/43 form. I'm a big fan of the vertical CHMSL. I can easily see this being a lease special model that sits on Champion's lot until the next sales event.
A lot of people have criticized the 992 for looking like a fish with a gaping mouth, but I find it remarkably attractive. I will note that you can have a Sport Design front bumper with body colored inserts.
For what it is, it's certainly much nicer than it has any right to be. Thankfully, another 992 will soon join the collection once it makes its way over from Germany in the next few days.
The RS-Spyder design wheels in Satin Platinum give it a nicer look than base, but I secretly wish I could have a truly base one in a free color like Guards Red or Racing Yellow with the standard Carrera wheels. Fun fact: colored Porsche crests on the center cap are a cost option.
The 911 badging is a delicious throwback to the decade of excess and the 911s that roamed the streets back then. Also, the light bar reminds me that I've yet to buy a new Macan or Panamera. I need to fix that.
The navigation screen presumably shows a map of the area surrounding the Porsche Museum or headquarters in Germany.
I wish this were a slicktop model or maybe even one with the metal sunroof. I'm not a big fan of panoramic sunroofs in cars.
Overall, this is an excellent 992 if you want something to fill the void in the 911 generation lineup. It's about as generic and appealing to everyone as a model can get. Unless you're one of those weirdos who obsesses over PTS colors and options, go and add one of these to your collection.
With that being said, I do have another 992 coming in soon, which totally contradicts what this model is all about.