Frankly, Porsche is fed up with customers flipping special edition sports cars and supercars for big profits. The automaker’s CEO Oliver Blume proposed a solution: interested parties won’t actually purchase the cars. Instead, he told Autocar on Friday, the special edition models would only be available as a lease, or perhaps part of a subscription model. The goal is make sure the cars are given to the right customers who plan to drive them, not park them in a garage, or make it part of a physical investment portfolio. Blume said Porsche puts too much love into cars like the 911 R or 918…
Blume is speaking directly to cars like the 911 R, which famously showed up on the used market at fives times its original cost. The 911 R, which was positioned as a purist representation of the sports car, sold for $189,950 when new, but collectors expressed so much interest that owners began to flip their cars for as much as $1.3 million. Tim Marlow, head of supercar finance company Magnitude Finance, said in 2016 that it may have been a record level of value appreciation for any car.
The option to only lease the limited edition cars or other special models is one solution Porsche is currently looking at. In the end, the company may just want to ensure that the cars aren’t quickly flipped within the first year or two. Ford has tried a similar strategy, which has been contested in court by instituting a clause that requires GT owners to hang onto their cars for a period of time before it can be sold.
Flat-six naturally aspirated engine.
The large-volume flat-six naturally aspirated engine sits right at the back of the new 911 R. Its high engine speed concept delivers an impressive maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. From its 4-liter displacement it delivers 368 kW (500 hp), corresponding to an output of 92 kW (125 hp) per liter. The maximum torque is 460 Nm at 6,250 rpm.
6-speed GT sport manual transmission.
Manual transmission with 6 performance-oriented gears and intermediate throttle application function. This means plenty of hand- and footwork with extremely short shift travels and extremely precise gearshifts.
The focus here is not on shaving tenths of a second off lap times on the Nordschleife, but on pure driving pleasure and unfiltered emotion. This is Porsche driving the way it used to be.
The bonnet and wings are made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic, the roof is made from magnesium, and the rear side windows are made from poly-carbonate.
The climate control and infotainment system have been dispensed with – but are available at no extra charge upon request. The rear seating area has also been omitted. Lightweight door panels with door opener loops and reduced insulating elements also contribute to the lightweight construction.
This means a more dynamic response and greater driving pleasure with a total vehicle weight of only 1,370 kg.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
The crucial advantage of the ceramic brake system is its extremely low weight.
The cross-drilled ceramic brake discs have a diameter of 410 mm at the front and 390 mm at the back – for even better braking power.
The use of the yellow six-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers on the front axle and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers on the rear axle ensures very high and, above all, constant brake pressure during deceleration. Safety is also increased thanks to the excellent fading stability.