Monday, November 30, 2009

The Unforgettable Finish

The home stretch sets the stage for an unforgettable finish. A stage Porsche has made a tradition of proving for over 60 legendary years.

So as 2009 draws to a close, Porsche introduces “The Unforgettable Finish Year-End Event”. There’s never been a better time to visit Beverly Hills Porsche.

Through December, we will be featuring special lease and finance offers on the entire Porsche line:

The 911.
The Boxster.
The Cayman.
The Cayenne.
And the all new four-door Panamera.

A line born of a tireless spirit. With the traction and control to handle this season’s winter roads. Each model equipped to lead you down the home stretch. Each a reminder that the stage it set.

All you need to turn THIS year into THE year, is make it an unforgettable finish.

Beverly Hills Porsche is centrally located to all of Los Angeles. Stop by and see why there is NO SUBSTITUTE!

Beverly Hills Porsche
8425 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Jay Huffschmidt
Porsche Lifestyle Manager
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Happy 80th Birthday Hans Mezger!

Porsche's go fast guy, Hans Mezger.

Beverly Hills Porsche
and Porsche race fans everywhere would like to join in wishing Happy Birthday to Hans Mezger!

The former race and development engineer at Porsche AG, Hans Mezger, will be celebrating his 80th birthday today, November 18, 2009. On the subject of this celebration, Porsche development chairman Wolfgang Dürheimer said, “Hans Mezger is one of the most important engineers in our company’s history. For four decades, our racing cars won with engines designed by Hans Mezger and made the Porsche name a synonym for sports performance around the world.”

Hans Mezger was born on November 18, 1929 in Besigheim, Swabia. After graduating from high school and studying machine design, he started at Porsche in 1956, working on engine development. The first of a long series of racing engines designed by him was the 1.5 liter eight cylinder engine used in the Porsche 804 Formula 1 racing car, in which Dan Gurney won the French Grand Prix in 1962. Over the next decade, Hans Mezger’s work ranged from the design of the legendary six cylinder boxer engine for the Porsche 911 to the development of the legendary Porsche turbo engines used in both production and racing cars. One particular highpoint was the air-cooled twelve cylinder engine for the Porsche 917, which produced up to 1,200 horsepower in the 1973 CanAm version.

After developing so many successful racing cars, such as the Porsche 935, 936 and 956/962 models, Hans Mezger dedicated himself in the early 1980s to one particular customer commission: he designed the “TAG-Turbo made by Porsche” for the British racing team McLaren – a Formula 1 engine that produced up to 1,000 horsepower from a capacity of just 1.5 liters. From 1984 to 1986, the engine produced at the Porsche development center in Weissach dominated the elite class of motorsport and consequently landed three Formula 1 world championship titles.

After more than 40 years at Porsche, Hans Mezger retired in 1994. However, he retained close links with the Porsche brand. He still owns a Porsche 911 Carrera and is always a very welcome guest at the new Porsche Museum. When Hans Mezger visits the racing cars and engines he designed which are exhibited there, history comes alive once more.

Beverly Hills Porsche is centrally located to all of Los Angeles. Stop by and see why there is NO SUBSTITUTE!

Beverly Hills Porsche
8425 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Jay Huffschmidt
Porsche Lifestyle Manager

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 Profiles & Interviews One of Our Own

Pictured (center) Jay Huffschmidt of Beverly Hills Porsche

By Profiles & Interviews

Imagine waking up every morning, heading off to work and being greeted by the latest and newest of what Porsche has to offer! That’s what Jay Huffschmidt of Beverly Hills Porsche faces everyday! –Hang around the Porsche GT3 and take Brad Pitt around in it (that really didnt happen, or did it..?) Porsche and Hollywood Glam! Thats a great combo! Jay of Beverly Hills Porsche takes a moment to sit down and tell us about his Porsche Heritage!

PH: The press reception in the past 6 months over the Porsche Panamera, can only be best described as “MIXED”! Many complained about the front engine lay out, but mostly about the rear-end design. What has been the reception and feedback you have received?

JH: The Panamera is definitely getting a lot of attention right now. Mostly form sedan owners of competing makes. We’ve had more than our share of Bentley GT, S Class and 750iL customers but the Masarati QP owners seem to be the most receptive to the car. I like to compare the Maserati to an exotic Super Model, she’s beautiful, sounds and feels amazing but some days she just doesn’t want to get out of bed and she’ll take you for every last dollar in your wallet. However at the end of the day she makes you feel like a million dollars.

Now the Panamera is the Heidi Klum of Super Cars. Heidi is arguably one of the most beautiful, talented, versatile, hardest working models on the planet. She works on several TV programs, appears on the most prestigious runways, she’s delivered four children and still has a ripping hot figure. She is the epitome of German reliability with international appeal. Just like Heidi, the Panamera will make you feel like she’s worth the million dollars and deliver uncompromised performances over and over again. Plus it doesn’t hurt that she can “Auf” just about any other sedan on the road.

PH: How long have you been working at “Beverly Hills Porsche”?

JH: I joined Beverly Hills Porsche in August 2009 after leaving a Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Maserati dealer.
PH: How did you get into it?

JH: Many of my friends have moved over to Beverly Hills Porsche during the last few years.

PH: Please tell us a little bit about a unique job as working with Porsches and Working in Beverly Hills? Lots of Celebs? (Everyone is

JH: Beverly Hills has always been known as the playground of the rich and famous. It widely considered to be one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world. Yes, we get plenty of celebrities but we also get lots of business leaders and old money types. We have a policy of not
disclosing who are customers are but if you watch enough tabloid TV you’ll see plenty of our Beverly Hills Porsche plate frames. In fact last night on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing we got loads of screen time as one of the stars drove his black 911 Tagra around to client meetings. Truthfully I stopped being star struck years ago although a certain female talk show host and her girlfriend sure brought the showroom to a halt when they dropped in to pick out their new C4S.

PH: Whats your Daily Driver?

JH: I just turned in my leased Audi A4 2.0T and pulled my 2000 SLK 32 AMG out of storage.

PH: When was the first time you saw a Porsche or experienced?

JH: In high school I started a car detailing service with one important feature; I only took on clients that required pick up and delivery of their
vehicle. Ingenious! I found a way to drive all of my fantasy cars for free. All I had to do was take them home, wash and wax them to showroom perfection and take them back a few hours later. To top it off, I got paid.

Arguably the hottest girl in my hometown was Tasha H. and she drove a 911 SC Targa! Every week I’d drive to the beauty salon she worked at to pick up her car. Several hours later that red over black Targa would shine like it had just rolled off the line in Stuttgart. Soon every client of her salon knew my name and admired my work. Thankfully Tasha’s clients had money and the drove hot cars. When her boyfriend bought a ‘85 911 Turbo with a massive “whale tail” I though I’d died and gone to teenage heaven.

PH: What was your first Porsche?

JH: Many years later I bought a red over tan 1985 911 SC Targa similar to

PH: How many Porsches have you owned?
JH: Just the one.
PH: Why did you get rid of it?

JH: Sadly I had to give up the 911 when I moved away to take a job with Cadillac.

PH: What would be your next Porsche?

JH: I have my sights set on a Cayman S. We have a 2008 Cayman S Sport in GT3 green on the showroom floor that I’m almost talked into but really want a PDK

PH: What are your favorite bookmarks and links?

JH: of course.

PH: Do you work on your Porsche? To what extent? Change Oil?
JH: I never work on my own car outside of detailing. I’m really good at making friends with qualified mechanics but I can’t stand anyone else messing with the paint and leather.
PH: What is your most fondest/vivid memory of your Porsche? Was it a road trip?

JH: I always enjoyed how owners of other makes thought it was necessary to try and race me or grab my attention at lights, revving engines or giving the nod. Everybody seemed they have something to prove, except me. It gave me a strange sense of satisfaction letting them burn out while I took my time climbing the gears. The greatest thrill for me was when it was just me, “Red” and a twisty back road.

PH: Do you belong to a club? Do you guys have weekly coffee meetups?

JH: Right now I go to several meet-ups. Sometimes I take the new models, sometimes I take a trade in. Most of the events I go to I’m repping the company so I have to be on my best behavior. I try and make the Festival of Speed every year in Fontana.

PH: Would you like to give a shout out to anyone? Guys that helped
you out, etc..? (Show them some ‘love’ and appreciation)

JH: I just want to thank all of my customers that have stayed loyal. I’ve always tried to keep my customers close and not refer to them as clients but as friends. I have a habit of introducing them to each other by saying, “Hey this is my friend …. He has a GT3 like yours.”

PH: What is your dream Porsche? Something that you’ll never let go, my dream Porsche is the 904/GTS.

JH: My given name is Jerome just like Jerome “Jerry” Seinfeld. My dream is to someday have a collection that would rival his. I know it’s only a dream but this is Beverly Hills where dreams can and often do come true. God that sounds cheesy but that’s my dream.

*** Big thanks to Jay for taking the time and tell us about his Porsche Heritage! You can reach him via:

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The purpose of Porsche Heritage Profiles and Interviews is to document peoples “Porsche Heritage”. We all have them; that story that gives us that emotional connection to our irrational obsessions with Porsche. You don't have to be a celebrity, a race car driver, or a CEO. Every story is unique and interesting. Please contact me if you would like to participate in Porsche Heritage and share your story.



Thursday, November 5, 2009

A New Lighter, Faster Boxster Coming to Beverly Hills

Light, Efficient, Open: Boxster Spyder Making World Debut in Los Angeles

Update June 1, 2010: NOW IN STOCK the 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder!

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is introducing a new top version of the Porsche Boxster, a light mid-engined roadster making its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show this December.

Significantly less weight than the Boxster S, a lower center of gravity and an all-new sports suspension give the Boxster Spyder the right kind of driving dynamics clearly reflecting the unique look of the car.

The Boxster Spyder features a 3.4-liter six-cylinder with Direct Fuel Injection upfront of the rear axle. Maximum output is 320 bhp, 10 bhp more than in the Boxster S.

Equipped with PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe and the Sports Chrono Package, the new Spyder, using Launch Control, accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Again with optional PDK, fuel consumption is a mere 30.4 mpg. Top speed, in turn, is 166 mph - with the roof open.

n terms of its fundamental concept, the entire Boxster family is the successor to the legendary 550 Spyder built back in 1953, both models sharing the same mid-engine roadster concept, low weight, back-to-the-roots lifestyle, and supreme agility com-bined with equally outstanding driving pleasure.

The 550 Spyder was the first sports car from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen developed specifically for racing but also homologated for the road. In the years following its production, this unique Spyder weighing only 1,213 lb, scored numerous victories on race circuits and in the road races so popular at the time.

The 550 Spyder was followed by other extremely successful Porsche Spyders such as the 718 RS 60 in 1960.

In 2004 and 2008 Porsche dedicated a limited edition of special Boxsters bearing the additional name Spyder to these legendary racing cars. By contrast, the new Boxster Spyder is a regular, specially developed and upgraded production model with far-reaching modifications versus the Boxster and Boxster S.

Market introduction of the new Porsche Boxster Spyder will start worldwide in February 2010.

Beverly Hills Porsche is your complete lifestyle destination for all things Porsche! We are a factory authorized dealer of new, used and Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Porsche cars and SUVs. We invite you to experience our world class service and discover that it does not cost more to shop in Beverly Hills. We are working hard to earn your loyalty and trust.

Beverly Hills and Porsche, there is no substitute.

We are centrally located to all of Los Angeles at 8425 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills CA 90211

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