19 Feb 2016
Hold the schnitzel Fritz
Last week I had a phone call asking if I would be willing to let Porsche Australia borrow my early Porsche 911 for the launch event for the 2016 911 in Sydney.They were actually looking for a SWB model so mine did not suit so it went no further. But this set me thinking why do Porsche want to put the svelte,slim 1971 911 in a line up with the fat bloated 2016 911 ?
I know the young Porsche marketeers are anxious to show the heritage and talk about the bloodline and the inherited DNA but in reality it achieves the reverse. It emphasises how big and bloated the latest Porsche is.
I recently saw a rear end shot of the 2016 911 beside a 1970 911. What a contrast. Obesity alongside an athletic taut frame.
And Porsche have recently released this photo of the new Boxster Spyder alongside its "relative" the 550 Spyder.
When I read a review of the Boxster Spyder I was very impressed but when I see this photo -which hardly flatters the Spyder anyway-my reaction is that all the new Porsche models including the Spyder really need to go on a diet. For a car with just two seats,minimal luggage carrying capacity and limited weather protection it is gross.
Of course none of this matters to the swoon brigade who "like" everything Porsche do and who will buy the fatty Spyder in great volume but for us purists it is rather tragic.