PH BLOG: WHOLE LOTTA PORSCHES
Brace yourself - there's going to be a lot of talk of glorified Beetles this week on PH
all-new Porsche 911. But not until Friday. I'm pretty excited about this - who wouldn't be - and I hope you are too. And to help get us all in the mood we'll be hearing from a selection of PH Carpoolers running various 911s and, courtesy of our man Silversixx, considering exactly how much 'proper' Porsche you can get for the price of a Golf GTI.
Porsche is launching the new 911 over in LA so the flight over was an excellent opportunity to really get to grips with the press pack. It's complex enough I've even had to draw a flow chart in my press pack to make sense of the various option combos. And, I must confess, I'm a little worried.
There is an awful lot of technology on this new car. Sure, you'll have got the headlines already - 100mm longer in the wheelbase, part-aluminium construction, electric steering, seven-speed manual gearbox and the rest. But our drive in the GT3 RS 4.0earlier in the year inspired a lot of PH chatter about analogue versus digital cars and there's no escaping the fact Porsche has thrown the gadget toybox at the 991.
Such is the march of technology but when a firm like Porsche has such mastery of the fundamentals of making great cars - Cayman R, GT3 911s and all - that rely less on gadgets and more on expertise and experience it seems a shame to smother all that with an Audi-like obsession with tech for tech's sake.
It'll certainly be interesting to see how the experiences of our 911-owning carpoolers help put the new Porsche in some sort of context too. And if you fancy your 911-shaped thrills minus the computer enhancement we'll have plenty of tempting ways to scratch the itch on the used market.