A Porsche from the passenger seat is still a Porsche

I generally don't like birthdays, unless they're mine.

Similarly, I usually don't like sports cars, unless I'm driving them.

And I prefer to be driving them on twisty roads in California wine country or through some other fabulous locale.

This weekend I got my first ride in a Porsche -- as a passenger -- here in Detroit.

I mention this because Car and Driver reported that Porsche is considering adding a mid-engined car to fit in the lineup between the 911 and the 918. I was intrigued.

I don't know why I've never managed to get inside a Porsche. But I now understand what all the fuss is about.

The Porsche I rode in was a 1999 model. I don't recall which style, but let's just say it was one of the good ones. (As if there are any bad ones.)

I can see why these vehicles are so admired: comfortable, smooth, quiet and fast.

Its owner is a Porsche enthusiast who has owned at least two of them. He attests to their safety as well as their speed.

So I was eager to read today about this new possible Porsche: If produced, it'll make 600 hp and cost around $568,000.

It might be a long time before I'm in that particular Porsche.

Here's the link to the story: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/08/08/porsche-hints-at-new-mid-engine-supercar-between-911-and-918/?icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl16%7Csec3_lnk2%7C84703

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