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From the Editor…
UP FRONT… Porsche is sending out mixed messages with the impending arrival of the Taycan and ever more hardcore GT cars
These are strange times for Porsche fans. On the one hand we are preparing for an all electric near future, the first product of which will be the fast incoming Taycan. Porsche’s 2020 entry into Formula E will further prepare us for what’s coming, too. But on the flipside, Porsche is rolling out more hardcore sports cars than ever before. Witness the manual only 911 Speedster in this issue, with its GT3 engine and chassis. And then in the news pages, we’ve reported on the arrival of the Cayman GT4 and Boxster Spyder, both with 400+bhp atmo engines and manual gearboxes. And that’s before the inevitable roll out of the 992 GT models. Oh, and let’s not forget Porsche’s GTE class win at Le Mans, with an old school aspirated 911.
Porsche is building these models because it can and while it can
A final hurrah? Making hay while the sun shines? Yes, quite probably. Porsche is building these models because it can and while it can, for a market that knows what’s coming. In many respects it’s going to be an interesting time. Our precious petrol powered Porsches are not going to disappear overnight, or be legislated off the road any time soon, and I’m not gloomily saying that it’s game over for the Porsche petrolhead, but rules, regs and legislation are clearly going to alter our behaviour, the way we drive and the cars we buy. Nothing lasts forever.
Me? Well, I’ll be quite happy to let something small and electric take on the drudgery of day-to-day driving. For most folk, cars are the equivalent of white goods with wheels. Electric cars will just make that even more real. For most Porschephiles, meanwhile, driving has already become something of a hobby. Witness the rise in events, shows, cars ‘n’ coffee meets. All great excuses to get up early, get the car out and head off, before the non-drivers and meanderers hit the road. While there’s fuel in our tanks, we’ll be out there, enjoying our Porsches!