The Porsche Diary

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While I love my Corvettes, Jags, Jeeps and more, I have never been much of a German car fan. I’ve owned some Porsche race cars, but these have little resemblance to the street version of the famed 911. I’ve also owned some mid-50s replica cars. All of them were fine, but I never really wanted a Porsche 911 street car – until the new 2013 991 body style came out. That changed everything. It’s lighter, faster, wider, more comfortable and improved significantly. So I decided it was time to add a 911 to my stable.

After hearing about the new 911, four months ago, I walked into my favorite car dealership and ordered the 911 Carrera S of my dreams. My main concern in designing the car was style and speed. My special order car came in at just under $140k including tax, title, dealer prep, freight, destination charge, and registration. What does $140k buy? One bad-ass machine!

You can see the pictures above. This is the day the car was delivered to the dealership. I literally happened to be there on other business when it arrived. I knew it had landed at Long Beach. But I was told it could take 10 days to make it to Vegas. After four months I figured – heck – what’s another 10 days. But much to my surprise it came in five days and I am excited.

My car is white with a red leather interior. Red is a stretch – I know – and polarizing – just the way I’d like it. But the pictures on the web site and in the brochure simply don’t do the car justice. You have to see it in person to understand the impact. It’s simply amazing. The red leather interior of this car may be the nicest I’ve seen and I’ve been in some very nice cars. That red leather cost me $5200 so believe me – I was nervous. But upon seeing it I fell in love. Ordering red leather also required the addition of the 14-way power/premium seat package which was another $2940. I just had to have the PASM Sport Suspension ($890) because this car WILL see track time. I also have to have the sport exhaust ($2950.) It was either upgrade the radio or pay for the best exhaust and I’d rather hear the engine roar any day! I went with the PDK transmission – another $4080. Skeptical? Read what Randy Pobst has to say about the PDK “The PDK is fine in Sport Plus here under what are frankly race conditions given the way I’m driving the car. No complaints. When I would make a mistake, a little hot and then go to the power after missing the apex, it would kick right down smoothly without disturbing the car’s weight distribution or balance better than I could. (http://bit.ly/QXpFRR)

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After getting this far down the list there was no way I was going to order a bespoke 911 without the Sport Chrono Package ($2370.) I am most excited about the launch control that is possible with this option.

Last but not least – the biggie – the Aerokit Cup at $5990. The car was 20 days into the order stage when the Porsche manager at the dealership called me to let me know of this new option. While Porsche has offered similar kits on other cars, it wasn’t originally available on the new 991 body style 911s. Thankfully the order was still in the “changeable” stage and we added it. I am so glad. It is sexy and adds significant performance. I’ll talk more about this and the other options as the diary progresses.

So I’ve paid for the car, done the paperwork, added the car to my insurance, and got the keys. Of course this does me no good because the car is on a lift. That’s because Porsche ran out of black wheels. I ordered black but got silver. They reduced the price accordingly, so that meant getting my guy Ron from Custom Calipers to powdercoat the wheels black. He is the best and because Ron is the best this will take more time than I’d prefer. The wheels MAY be done by Friday or Saturday, but at the latest Monday.

Then I will drive this baby for the first time. Off to my favorite detailer – Mobile Command Detail in Las Vegas. (These folks are the exclusive detailer at SEMA, Barrett-Jackson and more. They even detailed Air Force One!) MCD will detail the car, condition the leather, claybar the paint, put polish and sealant on it, etc. That will take a day. Next comes the tint, clear bra and finally the graphics package. Before I modify anything else, I’m going to run the car through its mandatory 500 mile break-in period. I’ll report along the way what the experience is like.

10 Tiny Bits of Automotive News – January 21, 2013

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1. GM CEO Dan Akerson let go of his incredible 1958 Corvette for a charity auction conducted by Barrett-Jackson and the car hammered for $270k. All the proceeds went to Habitat for Humanity Detroit.

2. The US Treasury has taken steps to sell off it’s remaining 300 million shares in GM. The shares are trading at $29 at the time of this writing.

3. In our first recall of this week, Honda is recalling 748k Odyssey and Pilot models over airbag concerns.

4. According to the 14th Annual Global Automotive Executive Survey by KPMG LLP, global auto executives say Volkswagen and BMW are the two favorites to increase global market share over the next five years. Perceptions of Hyundai’s likelihood to gain share have fallen while Toyota jumps after two down years. U.S. auto brands are also strongly positioned among major global brands.

5. The Detroit Auto Show is history. The C7 Corvette stole the show, but there were other notable cars, including the Benz CLA, the Destino (think Fisker only more reliable and expensive) the Cadillac ELR (one of two electric cars on the list) and the massive, brutish, Ford Atlas Concept – sure to be driven by Viagra subscribers everywhere.

6. If you are a car guy in Iran, your luck is running out. Maserati and Lamborghini are joining Daimler, Toyota, Porsche, Hyundai, Peugeot and Fiat in halting sales to Iran.

7. One of six original Batmobiles produced for the 1960s ABC “Batman” TV series has sold at the Barrett Jackson auction for $4.6 million.

8. A new online service enables car shoppers to test drive vehicles without going to a dealership. Tred, a Seattle startup with ties to former GM CEO Rick Wagoner, cuts dealership trips by delivering new vehicles for consumers to test drive and possibly purchase.

9. Alfa Romeos to be sold in U.S. again by year’s end with the new 4C sports car.

10. The Toyota Prius C, the newest member of Toyota Prius “family,” has been named the nation’s “greenest” vehicle by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Google+ Communities

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Google has finally come up with a feature that makes me want to spend time there. They call the new feature “communities.” Similar to Facebook groups, you can set up a community around any topic.

I’ve set one up for Jaguar enthusiasts. I may set up more but am limited on time so maybe some of you reading this should set up additional car-related communities.

My Jaguar community is free to join.