A New Porsche Under $10K
When people ask me what my all-time favorite car design is, without hesitation I say, “Porsche 911.” What other car can you think of that has had a consistently outstanding design for 50 years? And what’s interesting to note is that while some companies have had long-running models with versions that they’d like to forget, or long-running models that have essentially no continuity from one to the other except in name, the 911 has been the 911 since the start: there is continuity and improvement.
Which says a whole lot about the original design.
Now love it though I may, I also don’t have >$85K to spend on a shiny new 911.
So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw that Porsche is offering new products in its “Driver’s Selection” range, vehicles that I could conceivably afford.
But they’re bicycles.
For example, there is the Bike RX, which doesn’t have a mere 8- or 9-speed transmission like a car, but a Shimano 20-speed. And some people boast about the size of their rims: this has 27.5-in. wheels. And how many production vehicles do you know of that have a carbon-fiber frame (let’s face it, a bike doesn’t’ have a body).
There are other bikes in the lineup, too. The Bike RS and the Bike. (Presumably the last-named doesn’t get a special designation because it merely has an 8-speed.)
The bikes are available on-line from www.porsche.com/shop.
But when I looked, I discovered a bit of a speed bump. The Porsche Bike RS—complete with 20-gear shifter, hydraulic disc brakes, carbon fiber frame, handlebars, stem, and seat post costs $7,999.99
That, too, is a bit much for a bike. Even if it is a Porsche.
TRW has announced that it is supplying an electrically powered hydraulic steering (EPHS) system to Ferrari for its LaFerrari hybrid vehicle.
While we’ve noted that the Bloodhound SSC is being prepared to run for a land speed record, it is worth noting that Triumph Motorcycles has announced that next month it plans to run for a record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
When it comes to remarkable vehicular engineering, it is often hard to find something that is more superbly executed than a motorcycle, particularly something that is in the superbike category.