“Share a Porsche” Lets Up to Four People Split a 911 Lease—In the Netherlands

“Share a Porsche” Lets Up to Four People Split a 911 Lease—In the Netherlands

As Silicon Valley thinking slowly takes over the world, automakers have begun seriously rethinking their long-held business models and embracing the concept of “mobility”. Interestingly enough, Porsche is getting in on the game, sort of, with a new program that lets up to four people share a lease on a pre-owned Porsche. But only in the Netherlands. The program–creatively dubbed Share a Porsche–allows two to four people to divide the lease expenses on a certified pre-owned Boxster, Cayman or 911. Included in the monthly cost is everything except fuel, meaning insurance, maintenance, and tax are all covered in the monthly payment. The lease runs for either 12 or 24 months, and theres an app for iOS and Android that helps you and your buds coordinate who gets the car when and for how long. At this point, you might be jokingly saying to yourself, “hmm, I wonder if I can get a 911 GT3 RS,” but actually, youre not far off the mark. While Share a Porsche offers primarily lower-spec 911s, Boxsters and Caymans, theres a 911 Turbo S and a handful of new turbocharged Carreras among the eligible cars. Porsche isnt the first car company to try out a program like this: Ford launched a pilot program in Austin, Texas earlier this year that lets three to six people share a lease on a new car. Functionally, Fords Credit Link and Share a Porsche are more or less the same thing, just with much fewer rear-engine GT cars available. While the Ford lease sharing program makes some sense as a tiny research experiment from a giant automaker, its much more delightful to imagine sharing a car thats quicker than anything this side of a 918 Spyder with three of your friends. Then again–and this could just be personal selfishness–Id rather own my own Porsche rather than share it with my low-life friends. A Porsche is the opposite of an appliance: Its the sort of car you want to forge a bond with, not just use when you need. All that said, it is by far the cheapest way to get significant seat time in a 911 Turbo S. Maybe the savings will make up for the scheduling headaches for those lucky Dutch. The Drive

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