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    Advice on color spec

    I know its very subjective but thought if I could get a consensus from the aficionados it would help.

    Ordered a December build TT.2 and can't decide whether to go with cocoa interior. I'm definitely having basalt black again, I currently have basalt and sand beige. I saw a basalt and cocoa at the dealers and I loved it. Problem is, two dealers have already suggested that its harder to sell than the standard black/black. Do I follow the heart or the pocket?


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    Just my 2 cents but I personally would not choose Basalt Black and Cocoa. IMHO they don't go well together.  It's a bit like wearing dark brown shoes with a black suit.  Doesn't work IMO. And even if you think it works (because you have seen this colour combination in real life with your own eyes), you should know that there are other colour combinations that not only work too but which work much better!

    I have Cocoa in my 997.1 C2S and it goes beautifully with colours like GT Silver (which I have), Arctic Silver, Meteor Grey, Seal Grey (now only colour to sample). 

    IMHO Cocoa doesn't have sufficient contrast to make it work with Atlas Grey or Slate Grey either.

    All I can say is that Cocoa is a gorgeous, warm, luxurious and rich colour - you'll love it - you will only notice the dark 'marbling' or 'veins' in bright sunlight. However, Cocoa is less flexible than a Black leather interior in that IMHO it goes with a much narrower range of colours.

    However, this is just my subjective opinion - it's your choice and whatever appeals to you is what matters.

    As for resale values, IMO there are 2 issues you ought to consider: 1) are you planning to keep the car for more than a few years? If so, don't worry about resaleability and resale values since your car will depreciate heavily anyway in the continuing poor financial climate (and OPCs will doubtless fleece you anyway on trade-in); and 2) surely your own pleasure is paramount rather than specifying the car to please the next buyer?

    If, however, you only plan to keep the car for 2 years (i.e. for the duration of the warranty) or for the duration of a 3 year lease for instance before trading in, then you may well need to focus more on such pecuniary considerations.

    Good luck - and don't forget to post photos when she comes


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    Re: Advice on color spec

    easy_rider911:

    However, this is just my subjective opinion

    Do two subjective opinions make for an objective advise ? Smiley Being a happy Cocoa owner myself I only can subscribe to every single word in your post, Easy Smiley
    At least for me it never became boring and after 3 1/2 years and 70,000 km it still looks excellent with only occasional beauty care. Would I get it again: defintely yes Smiley Would I match it with Basalt: no. 


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    How about terracotta/black combo with Basalt Black?  Check it out on the configurator before you dismiss it!


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    I too am a big cocoa fan. Was not at first but a good friend in the Porsche club has such a fetish and spred it to me. We also have looked at numerous cocoa + xxx paint combinations (yes, ALL the shades of silver's & grey's that Easy mentioned we have looked at). I agree that cocoa may not look good with black; just too dark and not providing a desirable contrast.

    In fact my favorite ext. for cocoa would be white, or that champagne like (silver metallic with slight hint of sand/gold) color that's in the Cayenne.
    Interesting that Easy mentioned Slate not being a good choice. My friend picked Slate as best match I think. As Slate has tint of brown, he thought it would go well with brownish cocoa.

    Having said all that, my opinion re. OP's question: If you think black and cocoa looks good and if it's a long term ownership, go for it.

    Question for the 2 cocoa owners: Do you think it would go with red exterior?


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     I would stick with sand with red...


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    Sand with reds , blues, blacks, greens and even whites.

    Cocoa with silvers, grays and whites (especially the cream white)


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    If you like Basalt/Sand that you have now, and the next one is Basalt, consider Nat Brown.  It's darker than Sand, has more depth, and is a warmer contrast to Basalt....just my two cents.

     


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    Well, it’s unanimous. Basalt and cocoa is a no no!

    Ok, so the consensus with basalt black, is black (too depressing imo) or anything light which is basically grey (dull imo), terracotta (too orange imo) or sand.

    I intend to keep the car until the 998 is released so my final choice? I have gone with the bi color, sand and black (what a cop out! I love cocoa like some of you others but I agree it’s better with the light colors)

    Btw I think Porsche need a deep burgundy in their interior color range like AM.


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    You can always use the aluminum package along with the aluminum look center console to break up the black interior.


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    andrew34:

    Ok, so the consensus with basalt black, is black (too depressing imo) or anything light which is basically grey (dull imo), terracotta (too orange imo) or sand.


    If you think terracotta is too orange (I agree), why don't you choose bicolour terracotta-black? Smiley


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    andrew34:

    I know its very subjective but thought if I could get a consensus from the aficionados it would help.

    Ordered a December build TT.2 and can't decide whether to go with cocoa interior. I'm definitely having basalt black again, I currently have basalt and sand beige. I saw a basalt and cocoa at the dealers and I loved it. Problem is, two dealers have already suggested that its harder to sell than the standard black/black. Do I follow the heart or the pocket?


    Then either:

    -Basalt Black Metallic with Black leather

    or

    -Basalt Black Metallic with Black/Sand Beige two tone leather

    Of course IMHO.


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    I agree that Natural Brown would make for a great look.  It's much lighter than Cocoa but darker than Sand.  I would do the dash, doors uppers and carpets in Black with the seats and door lowers in Natural Brown.  That would look uber sharp combo IMHO! 


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    Shawminator:

     

    I agree that Natural Brown would make for a great look.  It's much lighter than Cocoa but darker than Sand.  I would do the dash, doors uppers and carpets in Black with the seats and door lowers in Natural Brown.  That would look uber sharp combo IMHO! 


    That will turn out reminiscent of the "Ascot" brown/black two-tone interior option for the Carrera GT.  Very handsome with a black car.


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    @andrew34: hi, some of the other guys who have posted replies on this thread have given some really good (and IMHO very tasteful) advice Smiley

    If Basalt Black and Black doesn't appeal (i.e. you want another colour combination to break the all black look) then I agree with the suggestion to go for Basalt Black and Natural Brown. It's a gorgeous tan colour that, in combination with Basalt Black (or even non-metallic Black paint) is even better than Sand Beige.

    I would suggest you go for deviated carpets in Black!

    You could also choose some Porsche Exclusive options to pick which areas you want in deviated black leather.

    BTW Terracotta only (I agree) is too much of that colour BUT two-tone Terracotta with Black is perfect.

    You need to see some pics here on RT of Kinrara's 997.1 TT. It is Basalt Black with bi-colour Terracotta & Black interior plus various deviated Porsche Exclusive leather and carpets. It's one of the most tasteful colour combinations I have ever seen.

    Here's a link:

    Kinrara's 997.1 TT pics.html

    However, if you are sticking with Sand Beige, then I agree with KresoF1 above - you should pick bi-colour Sand Beige & Black instead of just Sand Beige. In strong sunlight, the reflection on the dashboard will bother you. 


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    Re: Advice on color spec

    cannga:

    Interesting that Easy mentioned Slate not being a good choice. My friend picked Slate as best match I think. As Slate has tint of brown, he thought it would go well with brownish cocoa.

    Question for the 2 cocoa owners: Do you think it would go with red exterior?

    @cannga: Hey can, hope you're well Smiley

    I have seen some pics of Slate Grey & Cocoa. Yes, Slate Grey has a tiny hint of brown in it BUT it's a very dark grey which means there isn't enough contrast with Cocoa IMHO.

    BTW IMHO Guards Red and Cocoa don't blend well.


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    Re: Advice on color spec

    Arshad:

    How about terracotta/black combo with Basalt Black?  Check it out on the configurator before you dismiss it!


    Glad to hear that others also endorse my view!  I think, especially when seen in the configurator or on a real car, the 2-tone terracotta/black really looks nice. 


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    Re: Advice on color spec

    easy_rider911:
    cannga:

    Interesting that Easy mentioned Slate not being a good choice. My friend picked Slate as best match I think. As Slate has tint of brown, he thought it would go well with brownish cocoa.

    Question for the 2 cocoa owners: Do you think it would go with red exterior?

    @cannga: Hey can, hope you're well Smiley

    I have seen some pics of Slate Grey & Cocoa. Yes, Slate Grey has a tiny hint of brown in it BUT it's a very dark grey which means there isn't enough contrast with Cocoa IMHO.

    BTW IMHO Guards Red and Cocoa don't blend well.


    Easy,

    Doing well, thank you.

    Just to needle my friend, the one with the cocoa/slate grey "fetish," I think I am going to forward your comment to him, with the notation "dissenting opinion from a TRUE cocoa connoisseur"! Smiley (He's of the same profession as yours.)


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    LOL


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