The last "affordable" Porsche was the 914, which was initially available
with enhanced VW running gear or as a 6 cyl with Porsche running gear. The
problem with the 914-6 was that it was less than $1,000 less than the 911T
of its day. Having driven mostly Porsches for almost 40 years, I've watched
as the driveout price of a new 911 rose from a bit less than $10K to almost
$100K. You can really see how much the factory has inflated the new car
prices (remember that Porsche is the most profitable car mfr.) is the now
significant 2-3 year depreciation that has powered the growth of the
slightly pre-owned market. Other than some lighting and the PDK
transmission, the 2010 Carreras and S's are basically unchanged since the
2005 model year. A year ago, I purchased a 2006 Carrera-S, with only 13K
miles...with a few extra useful options...for @ $48K. The original sticker
was @ $90K and the 2010 version would have been just shy of $100K....maybe.
It will, therefore, be interesting to see what direction this new ex-VW
executive gives to the design and development staff. Obviously, there's a
huge VW-Audi parts bin to dip into and the 50,000 foot vision is that this
is the only way that we're going to see a 2012-2014 "affordable"
Porsche...something with a real base price of less than $40K (meaning that
it's not a totally stripped puppy) is to raid this cache. Honestly, I'm not
too enthused as we see something attractive...such as the VW CC
design...with a 2.0L turbo, selling for @ $30K. On the other hand, I'm
getting a bit long of tooth these days, and shuttling older relatives and
grandchildren has changed my daily driver. If I had that extra garage
stall, there'd be a 2003+ Boxster-S in there for weekend romps and PCA
Oh...for you younger Porsche enthusiasts: There's also some inter-family
history that's seeping into the management of Porsche these days as Dr.
Piech, the brother-in-law of Dr. Ferry Porsche and the Chairman of Audi-VW,
has had a long running feud with the Porsche side of the family. Last
year's failed attempt by Dr. Wendekin (Porsche CEO) and Peter Porsche to
gain control of Audi-VW didn't do anything thing but add fuel to this fire.
So...consider the pre-owned option and watch the next couple of year's
antics in the Fatherland.