Well, clearly my attempt at some P*rsch* bashing humor has failed. Sigh! Really I meant no offense. I had been having a discussion with a friend about the price performance of GTVs and 911 and looked up the data. And after I sent it to him, I thought why start a thread... ;-)
And I must admit the cars pictured above are rather pretty!
I've always disliked German cars. Frighteningly, I own one, because I like it's retractable hard top. But I dislike the attitude and price/performance ratio. It was something I picked up in college when I met a bunch of what I would call 'german car snobs' and I found conversations among car guys became much more spirited and interesting if I announced my opinions.
Secretly, I find the early 911/912 and 356 designs to be very pretty. And I understand how they came into being. But as the 911 progressed, I think the price way exceeded the 'value and performance' of the car. It became more of an 'image' car. You can even see in the numbers above how the 356 and Giulietta were relatively close in price/performance, but then the 911 started to go up.
In my opinion, the boxter is a much better design, but Porsche holds it back because they cannot let it cut into the sales and margins of the 911. I saw a magazine test a couple years back where they put a 911 engine in a new boxter, and then remarked how much better a car the Boxter was! The 944 also seemed to be a very solid design.
But while the 911 looks great, I just cannot understand having the engine begind the axle other than 'history'.
All this meant in good humor. I would have thought the heading of the thread would have detered those not interested in this topic from entering. ;-)