There might not be two companies with philosophies farther apart than Porsche and Ferrari. I mean, both make very fast spaceships with huge price tags, but they have fundamentally different brand values. Porsche focuses on understated but excellent driving experiences with a knack for the practical and Ferrari is all about the theatre of driving, the thrill of a proper engine, and that prancing horse on the nose of the car. What we have in this image might be that relationship visually defined. 

  • Cars: 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring, 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast
  • Location: Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles, CA
  • Photog: Chris Rosales (IG + Twit @Chrishasacamera)
  • Camera: iPhone 11 Pro Max

Of course, this was one of my many Friday hangs on Angeles Crest Highway, where I feel like my world is unreal and I get to see ridiculous metal being mostly used for its intended purpose. These two cars are owned by friends, and I enjoy both of them very much. I’ve taken a ride in the 812 and I’ve never felt poorer. That 6.5-liter V12 engine is probably the greatest ever made, and the way it generates power is scary for a passenger.

Meanwhile, we have the relatively docile GT3 Touring, which is perhaps the driver’s car of all driver’s car. Again, I’ve never felt poorer. The 4.0-liter flat-six in that car is so sonorous, so musical, it’s hard not to fall for the baleful wail that turns into a valve-overlapping hurried shriek. It’s the old fashioned way of making a sports car, still being made today.

If I had the sort of money to afford either, I would have a really tough time choosing. Something about that Ferrari makes me want to say that I’d want it. But then, I don’t care for the Ferrari owner stigma, or the attention. Yeah, it’s going to be the Touring for me.

As big as we could get it: