Should you buy another Porsche to go with your 911, or is that naff?
Here’s a great guest blog by Total 911 Living the Legend reporter, John Carey. Do add your comments.
I have been thinking recently about that most elusive of things the perfect combination. Fish and Chips. Curry and Beer. Teenagers and Chlamydia. So what other car should go alongside your 911 to create that perfect automotive combo? I’m not talking about your dream 10-car garage (been done to death, changes daily) but the more realistic situation of what to supplement the legend with.
First, if you are thinking the perfect complement to your 911 is another Porsche model with five doors – ie Panamera or Cayenne – stop. Erase that thought. Whenever I go past a house and have a peek at what is on the driveway I cringe when I spot two models from the same brand. You know the scenario; he has a 5 Series she has a 1 Series, probably both de-badged. I imagine the West family would have made a similar choice if they had spent more time in car dealerships and less time in the cellar.
Now at the moment I have a black 330d (badged!) estate to go with a silver 996. If I had tried harder at school that would be an M5 touring next to a 997 Turbo. Does this make a good pairing? Well, the colours that show a lack of imagination on my part do appear to complement each other. The BMW also counters the impractical aspects of Carrera 4S. But when they are parked up side by side they just don’t look right together. They also make me look like I am trying too hard. And if you subtract 330 from 996 you end up with the number of the beast – should I be worried?
So what could go alongside the 996 (or any 911) that would avoid any satanic associations or social faux pas. Well, at the moment I think the new Volkswagen Golf R would fit the bill nicely. It’s both practical and classless. From what I read it would appear it’s quite quick, so it shouldn’t feel like the world is playing in slow motion after stepping out of a 911. They also share some design language. Look at the front bumpers of a Golf R and a Carrera 4S. Then squint a bit. See what I mean?
So what else would make them a match made in heaven? Obviously both companies have a shared history. This means that as they sit together in the garage they have something to talk about. But maybe more importantly, both the Golf and the 911 belong to the rare group of cars that you can genuinely see the evolution of the breed. Park either of these cars next to one of their respective ancestors and you can see a link. Park my BMW next to an E30 and, apart from the kink and kidneys, they don’t have much in common. Shame they hadn’t released the Golf R last year or I might now have the perfect combo.