Porsche hosts a celebration of noise. How magnificent is that? Now in its eighth year, Sound Nacht has grown from its past in a large conference hall to center stage of the Porsche arena. Just under 4,000 Porsche fans showed up to come bask in the auditory triumphs of their favorite brand. The exhibition featured thirteen cars, with sounds ranging from the authoritative bark and rush of air from the 962, to more subdued noise of 356/001. The event also featured the sonic stylings of a Panamera Sport Turismo and a team of dancers. With growth comes variety, and what might seem slightly silly in concept has only become more compelling after nearly a decade.
While the Porsche flat-six is the sound the brand is most known for, it is far from the be-all, end-all of Porsche noise. When Porsche ranked their top five sounds, just two flat-sixes made the list. Porsche’s sonic repertoire isn’t a one-dimensional thing, it’s a broad and varied collection that would do Captain Beefheart proud. With engines from four to twelve cylinders on offer, and the booming acoustics of an arena, this edition of Sound Nacht may be the grandest yet.
We will admit though, the Panamera bit was a bit odd.
Below is a brief clip showing each car to appear at the event.
Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche 804 Formula 1
Porsche 911 RSR Turbo 2.1
Porsche 911 GT1-98
Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar
Porsche 964 Carrera Cup
Porsche 996 GT3 Cup
Note: This car suffered an unusual issue, and began to slide backwards across the angled turntable used for the event.
Porsche 996 GT3 RSR
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Porsche 991 RSR