One Is the Most Affordable Number: Porsche Subscription Service Strips It Down

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Sick and tired of paying through the nose to swap out Porsches all month, wowing your friends and coworkers with your revolving door of high-end rides? Your prayers have been answered.

Porsche Drive, the German automaker’s limited-market, all-in subscription service, has added something new: one- or three-month access to a single Porsche vehicle, rather than a multi-vehicle plan costing significantly more.

If you’re in town for only a short contract or just can’t stand the commitment that comes with leasing, this could be for you.

Of course, you’ll have to live within 50 miles of San Diego, Atlanta, Los Angeles, or Phoenix to take part. Subscription services are still in their infancy, and limited geographic availability are the name of the game for these pilots. Porsche Drive launched in 2017.

The Single-Vehicle Subscription tier isn’t the lowest on the Porsche Drive totem, however. Those who wish to drive 200 miles or less per day can opt for the short-term rental option, which offers a single car for one to three days, or four or more. Perfect for an extended layover or a shallow plot to make the person you’re meeting at the bar think you’re someone extra special.

The Multi-Vehicle Subscription tier offers two levels of ride-swapping pleasure, starting at $2,100 a month (a fee that includes insurance but excludes gas) and topping out at $3,100 for access to the full gamut of nameplates. Going the single-vehicle route gets you into a Macan, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Panamera, or 911 Carrera, with $1,500 as the monthly fee floor and $2,600 as the ceiling. The same $595 activation fee as the multi-vehicle tiers applies to the one-month rental. Three-month subscription customers see their fee waived.

Worth it? That’s for you to decide. If you’ve got $2,600 a month to put towards a Carrera, why not add another $500 and get the Carrera and everything else? Still, enough customers have availed themselves of the app-based service to keep the project running, it seems. Other automakers haven’t been as lucky.

Of course, in addition to the reduced monthly fee for single-vehicle access, subscribers will find their monthly mileage allowance has taken a haircut — from the 2,000 miles afforded to multi-vehicle subscribers, to 1,500 miles. Choose your journeys carefully… and maybe your financial decisions.

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  • Ajla Ajla on Aug 27, 2020

    I've always wondered how hard it is to actually sign up for these service. I'm guessing they won't just give me a $100K car for showing up in an '08 Charger SE with my license and 26 crumpled $100 bills in my pocket. What kind of driving record and credit rating would you need? Being able to do something like this (not for $2600) with a Tesla or other plug-in might be interesting though. It'd be nice to know how well a vehicle like that actually fits into my lifestyle.

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    • Ajla Ajla on Aug 27, 2020

      @jmo The insurance company might care though if the terror of Highway 101 or a 2-time DUI gets a Panamera S. That's why I'm guessing at least some restrictions apply. I just don't know how much.

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Aug 27, 2020

    This sounds like a (fairly) reasonable way to scratch an itch - perhaps for a month, maybe for three months. [Any longer and jack4x is right - probably smarter ways to acquire a Porsche long-term.] Compare the pricing for 10 laps in an exotic in Las Vegas - this is arguably a better deal than that (depending on what you like). (The two points above were directed at 'mass-affluent' individuals - if you're high net worth or above and enjoy switching vehicles often with minimal hassle, hey go for it.)

  • Fred There is also a case going before the SCOTUS https://www.levernews.com/scotus-is-considering-a-deregulation-bomb/ It's about a convenience store challenging debt card fees. But it could be used to restrict government agencies from regulating industry. Warning, this is a liberal site that some may find difficult to believe
  • Vatchy And how is the government going to recoup the losses from gas taxes and EV incentives? They are going to find another way to tax us. Maybe by attaching a GPS device to every car and charging by the mile.
  • Kwik_Shift And the so-called GND / TGR experts were so sure of themselves.
  • Verbal It seems there is an increasing number of cases where the factories send out software updates to fix their products in the customer fleet. Either their software engineers don't know what they're doing, or the factories are using their customers as beta testers, or both.
  • Kwik_Shift "But wait...there's more!"
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