356, a number that might do not tell you anything.
I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.Ferdinand Porsche
The sports car of his dreams? Apparently the 356. The first Porsche that went into serial production.
Years later, the more famous 911 would be born and presented on the IAA (International Automobile Show) in Frankfurt in 1963. But of course not as the 911, but rather the 901. But that’s a story for another time.
If you ask little kids to draw a sports car, it might look like a Porsche. A simple but clean design, form follows function and always ahead of time.
If I say Porsche, which car comes to mind? A 911? Not that common anymore. Looking at the Porsche world today, the 911 plays only a minor role in the OEM’s showroom. Sure, it is still the legendary icon everyone refers to as the benchmark on the market, but honestly, there are much more Porsche SUV’s driving around these days.
In the Porsche world, the enthusiasts might be one of the extremest around the globe. Sure, that is helping to sell more cars and build up this reputation PORSCHE has acquired over time, but it might also be a tough challenge to please them with future trends.
Air cooled or water cooled?
The question of a life time. While for some, the 911 era ends with the 993, which represents the last air cooled 911, I was always laughing about the people when they tried to explain to me why the newer 911’s are not interesting for them anymore.
But well, what can I say? With the 991.2 being all turbo charged and the 992 being too wide for my taste, I start to feel getting trapped in time as well.
Pretending that the 997 looks too old and the 992 too futuristic, I guess I will be stuck in the 991 model range and therefore experience a similar “effect”.
I would have never thought that this day would come, but I am looking at the brand new 911 992 and do not even want to have one.
Will I change my opinion in the future? I honestly don’t know. Maybe after driving one, but normally we are getting used to any kind of design after a while. With the 992? I mean it is out there on the market for quite some time already. I guess, the decision is made. It needs to be a 991.
No! It must be one!
The automobile industry is about to change dramatically. Higher emission standards, electric driving, fuel cells, autonomous driving. Can Porsche just move on with what they have done in the past? Sure, they can’t! Even though a lot of people will not understand it.
If an OEM doesn’t move on, he will be gone.
But PORSCHE can do electric cars as well? Does it? #Taycan
But the problems stay the same, even though there is a Porsche sign on the bonnet. Low range, long recharging, not enough energy in case all people would have an electric car. Sure, it’s always possible to have an electric car these days, but people will need to adjust their mindset and the way of living.
The future? We might do not know how it will look like.
But I am sure that PORSCHE will be a part of it. They will develop cars that will fit into this ever changing environment. They will continue to keep up the spirit! They will continue to build excellent cars. They will still make us somehow want to drive their cars.
Sure, with the change from fossil fuel burning to electric and whatever kind of future technologies, a lot of people will experience the air cooled/ water cooled “effect” from time to time, but that is just how it is.
If history doesn’t repeat, at least it rhymes.
I guess this is a part of the Porsche history as well.
See you next time!