CAR photo gallery: inside the new Porsche Museum

Published: 19 January 2009

CAR Online has enjoyed early access to the sensational new Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. The 5600 square metre cathedral of all things Porsche opens on 31 January 2009 and cost the Zuffenhausen manufacturer nearly €100million (£90m) – thought to be nearly twice the original estimate.

The new Porsche Museum: what's there

The old museum contained just 20 of Porsche’s collection of 300 significant cars, but the new facility can accommodate over 80. Most of the vehicles are kept in full working order – indeed the museum was designed so that the cars can be fired-up in situ. The landmark Porsche cars in this ‘Rolling Museum’ are active on various events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed, meaning the displays will constantly change.

The new-for-2009 Porsche museum comprises three main areas: a workshop, the exhibition area and an archive. Other sections include a shop, a restaurant, a bistro and an event area. To see each, scroll through the images in our photo gallery above right. Be sure to click on the thumbnails to see the images full size with our full captions.

Cars pictured in our gallery include: Martini-liveried 917/30 Spyder, Porsche 924 Carrera GTS, a Porsche tractor, every generation of Porsche 911 Turbo, the current RS Spyder racer alongside the 550 Spyder of the mid ‘50s, plenty of 917s, the Rothmans-liveried 956, the factory recreation of the Type 64 ‘VW Aerocoupe’, Porsche 718 W-RS Spyder and the original Porsche Boxster concept car.

The CAR review: the new Porsche museum

The new Porsche museum is simply awe-inspiring inside. Despite the cost and the bold architecture, the museum doesn’t feel like an indulgent propaganda exercise. It’s a place for quiet contemplation – like the best art galleries – where visitors find themselves imagining the universe that surrounds each exhibit: the era, the places, the people.

How has Porsche managed to avoid the Diseneyland experience? By allowing the cars do the talking. None of the vehicles are roped off, the interactive elements are cleverly resolved and the 1000 square-metre workshop is a petrolhead’s idea of heaven.

Porsche owners can commission Porsche themselves to restore their car under the watchful gaze of the museum’s visitors in this dream workshop. Museum director Achim Stejskal told CAR that interest in the workshop has already exceeded expectations and there is a 'long waiting list.'

Porshce Museum (2009): the opening hours

The new Porsche Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, between 9am - 6pm. General admission costs €8 (£7) and children under 14 go free.
Starting in 2010 with a celebration of Ferry Porsche, the museum will also host numerous special exhibitions.

CAR's verdict? We can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • Porsche 718 W-RS Spyder uses a gem-like 2.0-litre boxer 8-cylinder engine. Like all the cars in the new Porsche museum, this is a runner. Imagine the sound!
  • Fascinating collection of concept cars all the more interesting because Porsche no longer builds concepts. Brave to show the Boxster concept – it reminds us just how good the two-seater could’ve looked…
  • Viennese architects Delugan Meissl won the competition to design the new Porsche Museum. The building appears to float on three dramatic concrete pillars
  • Like the impossible artistic constructs of M.C. Escher, the Porsche museum’s exterior plays tricks with the eye. Geometrically haphazard from some angles and beautifully precise from others, the building’s aesthetic changes depending on where you view it
  • Close-up of a handcrafted aluminium recreation of the Type 64 ‘VW Aerocoupe’ – considered by many to be the very first Porsche.
  • Do not adjust your set. Rothmans-liveried 956 hangs bat-like to demonstrate the theory that this car’s extreme downforce could allow it to drive upside-down. Still a theory, mind…
  • Extraordinary collection of 917s caused CAR journo to salivate uncontrollably. Miffed caretaker with mop not pictured
  • View from upper level shows entrance elevator and the museum’s welcoming handshake – a sublime Type 64 recreation. Headless figure (top left) a mystery
  • View from opposite end of 917 line-up. Legendary Porsche driver/tester Mark Donohue thought this flat-16 from a 917 prototype could’ve been twin-turbocharged to produce 2000bhp. Neither this nor the proposed turbo version ever raced
  • Damien Hirst-style dissection demonstrates stages of 911 development. Car pervs will get on their knees and peer under the 911 skirts. We did
  • Porsche’s latest racer – the RS Spyder – nestling up to the infamous 550 Spyder of the mid ‘50s. What would James Dean have made of the latest RS racer?
  • Sequential images of the seven iterations of rear-engined Porsches (from 356 through to 997) projected onto line drawings of each. Brilliantly simple yet effective way to show the car’s evolution
  • Note how the 911 Turbo’s famous whale-tail rear spoiler has actually reduced in size over the years, despite the car’s power output rising from 260bhp to 480bhp
  • Porsche designed tractor designed specifically to pull early 911 Turbos out of ditches. We jest of course; Porsche tractors saw production for 29 years
  • Despite minuscule pistons and cylinders, this TAG-badged 1.5-litre turbocharged V6 Porsche F1 engine produced over 1100bhp in qualifying spec and won the drivers title in ’84, ’85 and ’86 with McLaren
  • Big sticky tyres, low aero, super-powerful small-capacity turbocharged engines: is this the future of Formula 1? Er, hang on…
  • A friend of CAR Online and someone who knows a thing or two about fast Porsches says this 250bhp 924 Carrera GTS was one of the sweetest Porsche road cars ever built. That person? Derek Bell
  • Architect Roman Delugan says that the museum’s combines the themes of the ‘quick’ and the ‘quiet’. ‘Some places are very quiet and you feel comfortable but some places you have a feeling where you need to run – to be quick like a Porsche.’ Quite
  • If you could design your ideal garage and fit the best tools and equipment it would look like this: Porsche’s 1000 square-metre workshop situated on the ground floor of the new museum
  • 917/30 Spyder cockpit. Note hi-tech gaffa tape and string combo holding the steering rack in place