I drove a Porsche to the Alps.  This trip is a dream for me

I drove a Porsche to the Alps. This trip is a dream for me

Mountain air in the lungs and the panorama of the Upper Tauern in front of the eyes. On the horizon of 360 degrees: more than three thousand meters high, harmony with the majesty of nature. In the midst of this, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße creeps with respect to the legendary landscape. The sun is still shining, but the rain clouds are already approaching. So enjoy the view in peace or drive around the creeks before you go skiing? I didn’t come here just for the looks, the Porsche 718 Cayman T was the equal inspiration for this trip.

Out of the corner of my eye, I see the twin specs of a Porsche Boxster S peeking out over the top: Racing Yellow body and black rims. Exchanging knowing glances with his driver, a gesture of greeting and a few bows, in the next parking lot with an equally impressive view, we have a good discussion with Lukas from the Czech Republic – not only about Porsche. The conversation continues with a break for driving and eating into the evening.

Lukaš bought his Boxster just a few weeks ago and although he has already put several thousand kilometers on it, he still can’t get enough of it. Soulmate! I’m trying to do the same with the borrowed test “piglet”: with this “trip” I check an item on the “bucket list”.

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Before the first drops I have enough time to walk around the bends, shoot these 300 horses up and down. The two-liter boxer spins up to 7,500 rpm, and the PDK gearbox requires 4.7 s 0-100 km / h, reaches a maximum of 275 km / h – these are the parameters of a weak sports Porsche, but not high. drive as fast as possible, only as hard as possible.

The letter “T” in the name of this version of Cayman should be interpreted according to the brand culture as “Touring”. Porsche understands this as “synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form” and sees a natural environment in winding and narrow roads. Well, welcome home! The neutrality of the behavior in the curves, the lightness and the intuitive handling are the features that I value most in this Porsche.

Suspension with adjustable shock absorbers lowered by 20 millimeters is as standard on the T version as is an electronically controlled differential or cloth straps instead of door handles, and the option to separate the multimedia system … at no extra cost. I like purism, but I have a radio and … I don’t turn it on.

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The engine and gearbox increase in stiffness in Sport Plus mode, which gives the impression that the car is more self-sustaining, “monolithizing”. The driving system allows you to read the face by feeling, the steering system – it is a pleasure to cope with turns. I knew not to come to the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in an SUV.

The 48 km mountain pass, with 36 turns and many spectacular views, was built almost 90 years ago to make it easier for mountaineers to reach Austria’s highest peak – the Großglockner (3,798 m above sea level) – and the neighboring glacier of Pasterze. . Entry by car costs 38 euros, but you can also buy a three-week or annual pass. I wish I was closer to Warsaw … The highest point of the route is the Edelweißspitze, it is 2571 meters above sea level.

To enjoy the empty roads as much as possible, it is better to spend the night in the national park and wake up early in the morning. As a bonus, you can see hidden models hanging here.

The same black and white veneer is also used to decorate one of the artistic exhibits presented in the parking lot: it is a caterpillar plow from 1953, built by the master builder of the road itself, Franz Wallack. A machine with unparalleled performance. The newest pieces of the same type are still in use on the Großglockner today, not just in winter. In the record breaking rain of 1975, the snowdrifts on the side of the road were 21 m high after the snow was cleared!

Along the way, apart from the ride and views, there are many attractions waiting for you. At several stations there are information and exhibition areas where you can learn about the history of road construction, explore the geology of the Hohe Tauern Mountains, or learn more about the local flora and fauna.

Porsche Road Trip in the Alps – at the end of the road you will find the Grossglockner peak, the Pasterze glacier and … a car museum.

At the end of the road, under the Pasterze Glacier, there is an exhibition dedicated to the “life” of the glacier, brave climbers, as well as a collection of old cars, including the first car that was made in 1934 (Steyr 100) by BMW 327 Convertible from 1939 r. which Wallack rode.

For me, the icing on the cake was seeing marmots playing on the path to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe viewpoint – but they can also come from the road! The comments from their mink are worth millions. It was a clear advantage to appear in a chocolate ad and cover it with this money…

Porsche 718 Cayman T trip to Bavaria and Austria – Chinese love and copy

To enjoy all the attractions, one day may not be enough – as it is for me. And the border between Austria and Upper Bavaria hides many other pearls. On our way from Poland, we took a quick look at Hallstatt – the most famous and probably the most Instagrammable town in Austria. It is located in a unique way on the lake of the same name, surrounded by mountains, and natural buildings, whose wooden part is attached to the rocks and waterfalls.

It is not surprising that the model of this city was built in China … To avoid the crowds, it is better to arrive here in the afternoon, unless you also want to visit the Skull Chapel, the oldest salt mine in the world. and go up the hill by cable car – we chose the evening option and we didn’t regret it either, even if the light for the photos was not perfect anymore.

Salt is everywhere here, it is reflected in the names of the region that Hallstatt (Salzkammergut) is, and many other nearby towns worth visiting besides (Salzburg). It also brought prosperity on the other side of the border, in Lower Bavaria.

In the spa town of Bad Reichenhall you can, among others, visit the beautiful salt works from the 19th century (Alte Saline) or admire the royal spa house and let the salt have a healing effect in the large graduation tower. Berchtesgaden awaits several kilometers away. Walking the streets easily whets the appetite for dinner, which allows – as Robert Makłowicz ordered – to try many local specialties, especially meat and hops.

Photo: Błażej Buliński / Auto Świat

Porsche 718 Cayman T (982c, 2022) – a trip to the Alps

Porsche 718 Cayman T (982c, 2022) - a trip to the AlpsPhoto: Błażej Buliński / Auto Świat

Porsche 718 Cayman T (982c, 2022) – a trip to the Alps

From here, it is a stone’s throw away from my opinion the most beautiful mountain lakes in Germany – Königssee and Obersee. The charm and feel of the past is drawn from the luxury cruise ships, which have been operating on electricity since 1909 – and the oldest boats in use today are 100 years old! Therefore, nothing disturbs the silence, it is only interrupted in the middle of the lake by a trumpet player on board who plays a song during a short stop, and this will not sound as good as here – the sound carries over the surface of the water and bounces off the rock wall several hundred meters up.

Furthermore, you pass a lovely area, which is basically cut off from the world, St. Bartholomew (you can leave here, eat well and, of course, take a shower).

Then the boat reaches the end of the lake, from where you can walk to the second, smaller lake – Obersee. When the weather is good, swimming in the clear azure water is very refreshing and unforgettable. You can also go for a walk on the patio on the other side of the lake and eat at the guest house with a view of grazing cows. These announcements of Milka, however, did not lie, only the cows are not purple … In the spring they are brought here in special boats, and in the autumn, they are festively decorated along the Obersee route and back.

After the shower, you can relax and enjoy tea with a view and history in the Kehlsteinhaus tea house, i.e. a villa at an altitude of 1834 m above sea level, which Adolf Hitler received as a gift for his 50th birthday from the NSDAP and … I was only here a few times. Who likes what. It was too high for Hitler, he preferred to stay low, in a residence in Obersalzberg.

Since my visit was supposed to be a dream without bad threads, I preferred to take the Roßfeld Panoramastraße – a pleasant toll road (8 euros) with a length of 15 km. It is not as spectacular as on the Grossglockner, although the weather and views here are definitely worth the trip.

Porsche 718 Cayman T trip to Bavaria and Austria – overview

Gentle winding between hills and forests, ribbons of “landstrass” and mountain snakes and views of alpine peaks: through “Touring” on such beautiful roads is a gasoline dream come true. The majesty of the surrounding nature and the purity of the ride provide a completely different kind of experience than speeding or driving on highways without speed limits. The Porsche 718 Cayman T with its two trunks, comfortable seats and good handling is made for such escapades. And during the whole journey, its 300 hp consumed an average of 8.2 l / 100 km.

Porsche 718 Cayman T – technical data

Engine petrol, turbo, B4
Ability 1988 cc
Strong 300 hp at 6,500 rpm
Torque 380 Nm at 2,150-4500 rpm
Drive behind
Contagion or. dual clutch gearbox 7b
Cargo compartment capacity, front | behind 150 + 184 l
Average fuel consumption according to WLTP 9.0 l / 100 km
Co2 production 204 g/km
Vmax 275 km / h
0-100 km / h 4.7 seconds
price from PLN 305,000
Price of tested unit 441 291 PLN