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Originally Posted by dewolf View Post
If Porsche has gone so 'soft' as people here are saying, why are they continuing to sell cars. Most new Porsche owners have owned one or several Porsches before they fork out for a new one. Why would you by a new Porsche if your old one was better. It is'nt, that's why they are selling like hot cakes here in Oz. An excerpt from a local car mag;

"Local enthusiasts' penchant for the upper-level variants of the 911 is significantly stronger than overseas markets. In addition to the GT2 -- which costs more than double the standard 911 Carrera -- Aussie 911 shoppers have been quick to opt for the $300K-plus Turbo and GT3-RS models. The $250K-plus GT3 is also a favourite".

According to PCA's Sales and Marketing chief, Kevin Nichols, Australians are increasingly gravitating to top line 911s. Last year Porsche sold more than 520 911s Down Under and over 40 per cent of them were the 'premium' variants listed above.

"Australia has a remarkable percentage of high-end [911] models. At 42 per cent it's one of the highest in the world".
I would like to know why in the entire continent of Australia only 26 normally aspirated 911s were moved per month. That must be less than one per dealership in a month.

Probably the real answer to your question is incredibly small sample size due to low demand for normally aspirated 911s. It would seem that people in Australia are unenthusiastic about the base model. Something about fearing Japanese and American and Italian and other European cars, I imagine. It stands to reason that if the 911 was 'all that' then people would not need to buy the much more expensive versions, albeit at a tepid pace of 17 a month for the entire continent.

Go buy a GT3 if you want one. I am sure they are amazing cars. Some of us fellow enthusiasts just happen to want a little more old school put back into the marque. Less weight and less gadgets and less creature comforts. More focus and horsepower, starting with BASE MODELS. Not having to pay over $120 grand just to try to keep up with other cars. Clearly you don't, and that is fine too.

We are all fans of Porsche, and that is why it is so very dissappointing to see them lose focus and lose GT races and build minivans. Nobody fears Porsche anymore. The journalists use them as a 'benchmark' to beat up on, nothing more.

Last edited by DDDD; 04-05-2008 at 10:40 PM..
Old 04-05-2008, 08:46 PM
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