Will the New Porsche 550 Spyder Carry on the Curse of James Dean's Original?

4. July 2011

New Porsche 550 SpyderThe motoring world is awash with rumours that Porsche are set to revive the historic, legendary and infamous Porsche 550 Spyder name.   The new car, based upon the VW Bluesport concept car, should be available to buy in 2013 or 2014 depending upon which rumours you believe or possibly in which country you live.  I assume that we will probably have to wait for right-hand drive versions here in the UK.  A 1.6 litre flat-four will be turbocharged to give power output of around 200bhp via the rear wheels.  An expected 0-60 time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of 145mph are quoted as being the likely performance figures on the two-seat, lightweight, classic inspired frame.  Nicknamed the 'Baby' Porsche this little lightweight is due to get a no-fuss manually operated canvas roof as well as a conventional manual gearbox.  It all sounds very promising and here in the office we're hoping that Porsche deliver the drivers car that we all hope it will be.  Performance Direct will certainly be delivering some great value Performance Car Insurance to complete the package for lucky drivers.
 
Obviously Porsche have dabbled with the classic 550 insignia on the Boxster which had always claimed 550 heritage from the vintage model but will the all new version of the 550 live up to the original automobile's reputation?  In many ways I think that we're all hoping that it doesn't.  Although only around 90 550's were originally manufactured by Porsche, the vehicle quickly got a reputation for it's frightening handling and unpredictability.  If you were to buy one today you'd certainly need to make sure you have some great Porsche classic car insurance in place.  For those of you reading this who are unaware of the original legendary status of the 550, it was the car that James Dean died in.  Like all great legends though it didn't stop there, in fact things got far more mysterious than a Hollywood film.  More...