- Mar 6, 2014
- Reaction score
- Saratoga, CA
Part of the reason people buy a Porsche is because it's a recognized brand. People in general, even ones who don't know or care about cars, will go "Wow, you're driving a Porsche!" People who do know about cars will go "Oh wow, you're driving a 991 Turbo S!" Some people find value in brand recognition and well, basically the ability to show off. Other people who only care about performance and don't care about other people knowing that they're driving an expensive car will go for the GT-R, which can basically perform up to the 991TTS level but my parents would be able to walk right by one and think it's your typical $30000 Nissan.X2 to the 10th power!! Go to any of the forums I visit, including the MB and others (Porsche) and you'll see that the Stinger is indeed highly recommended, BUT when many guys hear the price, they too have many questions about that.(consternation to some). (Some of these guys are my friends who think of nothing in spending $125K or more on a car). Recent case in point. Neighbor 1 gets a 2015 991 TT S for close to $200 K (new car). Other neighbor 2 sports a metallic Blue 2015 ZO-6 (C7 series) with all the performance options. Car # 1 is $200,000, Car # 2 is $105,000 out the door. Neighbors # 1 and 2 debate all the time about the cost/price/performance ratio that each car garners. Car 2 is about 99% of the performance of Car # 1 because Car # 1 has AWD so its qtr mile is a lil better. ON the track, car # 2 has recently been beating the snot in time out of Car # 1 because of the Performance Package and ground effects. So, the ultimate issue is, what did Car # 1 get for his additional $100 K that car # 2 did not offer??
This is really the problem with expensive CMs. I could probably bring 100 strangers into my car and not one of them would go "Oh, wow, you use a Stinger!" More likely, they'd see the system and go "What's that?" I get that reaction to my ALPs all the time after the voice announces "Interference defense active" when I start the car. People really have no clue what it is, what it does, or how much it cost me to buy and install, and even after I tell them, most of the engineers are interested in how it works, and the rest just don't care. If no one knew what a Porsche was, then I highly doubt that anyone would spend $200k on one instead of a $105k GT-R.