Humanity is confronting a lot of problems right about now. There’s a global pandemic, political strife, unemployment, hunger, environmental catastrophe, war, extinction, uncontrollable wildfires, and private jets that don’t come with a matching Porsche. Sometimes it all seems a little overwhelming, but two companies decided to pool their resources and address one of those problems head on. That’s right: Embraer and Porsche are collaborating to build 10 Phenom 300E jets that come with a matching 911 Turbo S. Be the change you want to see in the world.
No longer will Embraer clients (that’s what you call customers when they have enough money) be forced to step onto the tarmac and into a random Porsche that’s a different color than their jet. The 911s spawned from this project, which is dubbed Duet, will match the plane and the plane will match the car and they’ll both match the included Porsche Design watch and custom luggage, matchy matchy all the way down. Even the pilot’s bag is coordinated, which you know is crucial if you’ve ever seen one of the tattered hatboxes those yoke jockeys call luggage.
The upper part of the car is painted platinum silver metallic, and the lower part is jet gray metallic. The car, like the Embraer, is hand-painted, which usually isn’t the case with 911s. The doorsills read “No Step,” just like the warning sign on a plane’s wing. There’s a logo debossed on the seats of the 911 and embossed on the seats of the plane that depicts two wings—one representing lift and another for downforce. There’s a bunch of other stuff that matches. You can look at the photos and get the idea. You could probably pick other colors, too, because you’re rich and they’re not going to say no if you want the headliner to match your pet liger’s mane. We imagine the Duet buying process involves drinking espresso in an austere showroom and fondling swatches of Alcantara while a deferential salesperson uses words like “colorways.”
It definitely involves picking your favorite number between one and 10. That’s because both plane and car feature a badge with 10 parallelograms, five on each side of the wing logo. One of those spots will be colored blue, which you’d think might represent the build number in the series. But no—it’s just wherever you want it to be, according to your favorite number. If you don’t have a favorite number between one and 10, because you’re not a five-year-old, you should tell them to color in all the spots just to see if they’ll say no (they’d better not).
The price for all of this aeromotive finery is $10.9 million. We don’t know if that’s a lot, or what, because we fly Frontier with baloney sandwiches in our pockets. Presumably on your own jet they just give you the Stroopwafels? We don’t know. We do know that the 911 Turbo S is a sneaky supercar that will deboss your skull into the headrest whenever you flex your right foot, but that’s the case regardless of whether or not it has your plane’s tail number painted on the underside of the rear spoiler.
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