My Most Favourite Part Of 2016… Thank You Porsche…


I have never really been a huge fan of Porsche. Like most, I admire their work and do of course like the idea of owning one for a while.  But I have never really had a love for Porsche.  How do you actually say Porsche by the way? Por-sha? Porshhhh? Por-cheeee? And why is the engine in the back? That’s like having a horse, or a horsa, pushing the cart along. That isn’t right is it?

​Well, for 40 Years Porsche has been adamant that the correct place for the engine is in the back.  I mean I thought that Alfa were stubborn throwing the gearbox in the back “for better weight distribution”, but no.  Unsurprisingly it is the Germans that are stern with their ridiculous ways and over-doing everything they set out to do.  Whether it is an engine, a seat material, or even a holiday abroad – I’ll save the War slurs for another time though. 

​However, over the past 7-8 years they seem to have finally cracked it with their road cars. They have always earned global respect, but lacked a certain element….passion.  The why and the how, the where and the who.  They have always seemed to make a silent speech with their cars. “I am better than all of you.” And yes, on paper they have indeed been better than most. (not all though – touché Ferrari) But the thing is, you don’t spend time with something that you simply respect.  You spend your time with what you love.

We all love fast and impressive cars. Take the new 991 GT3RS for example. It’ll smash, bash, rock and roll straight past pretty much all of its competitors with ease.  You are constantly aware of how clever it is.  How fast it can go.  How efficient and how clean it is.  In fact, drive that 4.0 top-of-the-line track car through a heavily polluted city such as LA and you’ll be recycling cleaner air as you drive along. Your 500 horsepower hot box with its super sticky rubber and clinically insane engine will get you around any town or circuit quicker than 50% of the performance cars on sale today.
​Now that is all very impressive, but I have a sneaking suspicion that if it were a man and you were to pull its trousers down, you would be left empty handed.  Think of it a Dyson vacuum cleaner. It’s clean; it’s very well catered for.  It’s presentable, reliable and as long lasting as Isaac Newton’s virginity. But even from behind a screen it doesn’t tell much of a story.  It lacks emotion.  Sure, it can do a vast array of amazing things, but what’s left for you to do?  In the not particularly distant past when the Ferrari F430 came out, the test drivers used to say that thanks to the electronic witchcraft going on. Even the fattest, most balding and angry middle-aged man could get that thing round any circuit only a single second slower than Ferrari themselves.  Now that’s all jolly well.  And in some respects it is very fitting for a car like the Porsche GT3RS.  But what if you want something that isn’t all about what it can do, and more about what you want to do?
Well, this neatly brings me on to the Porsharrccheee 991 911R.

Yes it does indeed posses the exact same 4.0 litre flat six engine from the GT3RS. And yes, it still has lots of the mental electronic wizardry.  However, this car was not built to be fast.  It was built to fun. It was built with their top notch-y 6 speed manual gearbox, a subtle body and looks to match. It doesn’t feel the need to show off at every party because it’s already busy having fun with the girl from next door.  It’s not used to set a benchmark or to resale at as close to its original price as possible, because it won’t.  That’s not what it was designed to do.

It was designed with the driver in mind.  It was designed to make the driver happy, but for the driver to be the one who makes it go fast.  It gives back more than what it receives, and through doing so is now worth so much more than the RS.  It’s worth more because it’s what real enthusiasts want.  They’re not the ones who buy a brand new car with retail in mind.  They are the ones that buy a car which is loved so much that it is now worth so much more than what everyone else thinks they want. If you buy a GT3RS simply because it’s at the top – you’re most likely not going to be.

​Yes, the 911R was roughly 5k more expensive than the GT3RS, but it’s what we really want.  The boss of the GT division at Porsche chose to have one of these for himself for a reason.  He specified it to be a one-off Green 911R because that’s what matters to him.  And in turn is worth so much more.  Around £6,000,000 within the next decade to be exact (With low mileage of course).

And I can guarantee he will still have it by then.  Will it have low mileage though? Nope. Probably not. But will he really care?  Nah, I wouldn’t have thought so.

But why won’t he care?

Well, it’s simple.  He has a 911R.

Porsche also did an awesome job this time last year with the Cayman GT4 – Click here to see my article on why it’s a proper Porsche…

So. What do you think of Porsche this year? Comment here!

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