The Porsche x Puma Collab Is Exactly What We've Been Waiting For
Porsche and global sports brand Puma have announced another collaboration with its classic Puma Suede sneaker line. This time, the collection pays tribute to an icon—the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7—with a collection of strictly limited, special edition versions and colorways of its all-time classic footwear model.
Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7 and initially built 500 examples in order to homologate or approve the car for Group 4 racing regulations for Special GT cars that famously debuted at the 1972 Salon de l’Automobile (Paris Motor Show). After the event, all of the 500 vehicles were sold out.
The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 then subsequently became a road-approved vehicle for customers who also wanted to participate in racing events. It was the first 911 model to have the “Carrera” label. The name was first used as a reference to Porsche’s success at the classic Carrera Panamericana road race in 1954. While the “RS” makes it clear the car was made for racing and rallying, the “2.7” represents the engine displacement.
The no-frills Spartan set up made the RS 2.7 with just one thing in mind: to be the fastest German production car of its day. It had a top speed of 245 kph, which was very fast for a car in the early ‘70s. The car also had a distinctive rear spoiler design, which is now popularly known as the “duck tail” because of it takes a duck-like tail shape that was designed to give better stability using ground effects designs on a vehicle’s body. This simple but innovative design gave better rear downforce to make the car more stable at high speeds.
The value of a showroom condition RS 2.7 would be over 1 million euros (about P55 million) according to Elferspot, a popular Porsche trading site.
Meanwhile, Puma Suede also started as a limited-edition model, originally debuting with only 307 pairs to celebrate track and field Olympian Tommie Smith’s competition number.
The new footwear collection will only be limited to 500 pairs per colorway. The sneaker is available in 10 different colorways patterned after the color options customers of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 had back in the days. Two of the colorways—Orange/Black and Grand Prix White/Black—are exclusively available in The Netherlands and Japan respectively.
Owning a rare pair of Puma Suedes RS 2.7 Limited Edition comes with some perks other than bragging rights: they will be granted free entry to the Porsche Museum until the end of 2022. The limited-edition sneakers are available via shop.porsche.com and puma.com and at the Porsche Museum Shop.