Happy New Year! Yesterday, I broke my cars-I-can’t-possibly-afford-pre-retirement diet, by watching this video on arguably one of my favorite Porsches this side of 2000. Yes, it’s the mildly, cost-prohibitive 2016 Porsche 911 R. This would be a good time for a 15-minute break. That should give you enough time for this video and the rest of this post.
Finished? Now, take a moment to clean yourself up. I’ll wait…
Let’s continue. This Porsche’s MSRP is $185,950 USD. Then there’s the requisite title, taxes, insurance, and registration fees. We know there are brand-spanking new 911syou can buy for considerably less. Even going down to the base Porsche Macan, will only (relatively speaking) set you back $49,900 USD (MSRP). Of course, Porsches can be found on the used market, for under $10,000 USD. Depreciation can be your friend.
With all that, why do I want this 2016 911 R? The long answer involves economics (e.g. supply versus demands, abundance versus scarcity, etc.) and psychology (sports cars aren’t shaped they way they are or sound the way they do, by accident), which is outside the scope of this blog post. The short answer: it looks smoking hot, it goes smoking fast, and it sounds like an automotive symphony. Perhaps, most importantly, it’s rare enough, that even if I had cash-in-hand, I’d be hard pressed to find one to buy. In short, the 911 R turns me on in ways a 2016 Ford Focus RS never will. By the way, the RS is a competent car in its own right.
The next question is, how do I evoke those feelings without dropping almost a fifth of a million dollars? That, dear readers, will be explored in a future series of posts.