Drive Wire: December 1, 2015
Porsche Classic Centers, Koenigsegg comes stateside, Bentley's Bentayga, unstick your car, and wingsuit soaring.
Hey guys, it’s Christina Thompson and this is Drive Wire for Tuesday, December 1st.
Porsche has announced that they will open 100 Classic Centers around the world. Porsche Classic Centers will be dedicated to servicing and maintaining older Porsches, because the German powerhouse says that 70 percent of their cars are still on the road and they want to support those dedicated owners. The big news for fans and aspiring owners: these centers will also sell classic and vintage models, so get ready for some lovely window gazing.
Turning to the world of high performance and high aspirations: Swedish supercar foundry Koenigsegg has begun work on the first US legal models of its 1,160 horsepower Agera RS. Although they intend to sell in the US, only 25 supercars will be destined for the states. And most are already accounted for. Koenigsegg will be following the production of the first car destined for North America, chassis number 128, from start to finish on their website, so you’ll have something besides us to blame for your lack of productivity for a while.
The first Bentley Bentayga has come off the production line in style, just four years after the concept was announced. Whether you love it or hate it, the Bentayga is a bold new addition to Bentley lineup. The company already has orders 6,000 Bentaygas, with a more aggressive version coming this spring. No word on where the first Bentayga was headed, but expect to see one in a wealthy beach community near you.
Turning to gear - if your off-road tastes are a little more adventurous and-or risky, you have to take a look at the Maxtrax vehicle recovery device. It’s an Australian engineered portable surface that lets you unstick your stuck truck with relative ease. Just wedge it under the tire and crawl out without heavy fallout. The Maxtrax sells for $299, which is way less than abandoning your car.
Few people wake up in the morning and say, “let’s soar two miles down the face of a mountain in a wingsuit.” Fortunately for us, Brandon Mikesell thought just that before he rocketed 2,500 meters down Le Brevent in Chamonix, France. Coming within feet of the mountain’s rough terrain, Brandon made a mockery of gravity and solidified his status as a GoPro legend.