I cannot decide. Is this mind-blowing or madcap? All I know is this: I don’t much care for camping but the idea of camping in (or more accurately, on) a Porsche 911 is strangely appealing. It’s made even more appealing by this sentence in the press release: ‘This practical adventure equipment transforms the sports car into a hotel room for nature-lovers.’ Well, that’s me sold, then. I’ll have one, but how much is it you might ask? €4,980, which for an OEM accessory from Porsche is actually not bad at all. The only issue is you have to add the £90,000 cost of the mount.
It doesn’t fit only 911s, though. The roofbox for two can be fitted to a Panamaera, Taycan, Macan and Cayenne. And unlike a motorhome, you’re not pegged by a 55mph speed limit because the Porsche tent is rated up to 80mph. The tent has something in common with Porsche GT products, too. The ‘exclusive hardcase’ was developed at the Weissach Development Centre.
I think the estate agent’s brief would go something like this: ‘Camp Porsche’ is a twenty-first century, luxury, outdoors living space (luxury is a relative concept, of course, and this is definitely more luxurious than your average roof box). When extended, it opens up to create 27,300cm2 of living space, which is plenty of room for couples on a weekend getaway.
Facilities include two side windows, which let you take in the beauty of your surroundings. Both windows open for ventilation and come with an insect guard to keep out bugs. They also have blackout blinds if you fancy sleeping in late. On top of that, there’s a rooflight that affords romantic star gazers a window onto the night sky.
A good night’s sleep is guaranteed by the high-density, integrated polyfoam mattress and breathable cotton-blend walls. The walls are also insulted on the inside and feature a quilted design, with artwork that includes a mountain silhouette and Porsche logos. And don’t worry if the weather is less than perfect: there’s a separate rain cover and water-resistant zips to keep you dry.
‘Camp Porsche’ is quick and easy to erect. Simply pop the lockable safety latches and open the hardcase assisted by two gas pressure struts. All that’s left then is to position the telescopic ladder and add the four poles that keep the structure taut.
If you’re interested in the Porsche tent – and it’s hard to imagine that anyone wouldn’t be – it comes in a choice of black and light grey or black and dark grey for the hardcase, with a standard matt black Porsche logo on the side to advertise that this is no ordinary tent. You can also accessorise, with an optional inner tent, a heated blanket (oh yes) and a ‘shoe and bag’ organiser.
In fact, there’s just one problem I can see. Deliveries of the Porsche tent don’t start until November this year, which is hardly the time to go outdoorsy with a tent and a 911. Mind you, that does mean you’d have it in time for Christmas. And just imagine the joy of opening this on Christmas morning.
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