Hats off to Porsche for injecting nostalgia into their newest limited edition, all while figuring out how to lighten the wallets of owners by nearly $50k over the standard 4S Targa.
Let’s start with the why. Money, without the unnecessary complication of thinking this through. And while $50k times 992 cars is a bit, it doesn’t even add up to Porsche’s annual expenditure for “kaffee und kuchen klatsch” in the boardroom. Instead, it points toward a rather unnecessary future where little is offered to upscale enthusiasts except a bit more tart.
In fairness, I’ve never owned a Porsche, but I’ve driven half a dozen. I have always found the owners a non-stop group willing to talk the good and bad of Porsche, and why they spend a lot of money on Stuttgart’s finest. But I have friends, clients, and acquaintances that own Porsches and not one of them has mentioned enthusiasm for coughing up nearly $50K for stickers and decals.
No mistake, the Porsche 4S Targa is one of the most beautiful non-exotics available, and with a starting price of around $150,000, you get rock star performance, extreme comfort, and an instant “I’ve made it” status conferred. But the Heritage Edition?
For a lot more money the Heritage Edition gives you:
Cherry Metallic paint Retro color combination reminiscent of the 356 color
individually numbered plaque
1963 Porsche crest on the front bumper
gold Targa badges
20- and 21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels
black painted calipers
Perhaps the extra cost can be explained in the lighted tachometer and a Sport Chrono stopwatch, but Porsche didn’t return my calls.
If I controlled the Porsche brand, I might be tempted to follow in the footsteps of other upscale car manufacturers like Jaguar and Aston, and start building a limited amount of continuation cars. You wouldn’t even have to be a Porsche fan to salivate over owning a factory produced 904/6, 550 RS, or gulp, a 917.
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