Earlier today, I published a piece under the headline "Here's Why No Porsche Has Ever Had a Grille." It was an interesting tidbit gleaned from my conversation with Porsche Head of Design Michael Mauer during the Frankfurt Motor Show this week. Unfortunately, it isn't 100-percent accurate.
Because there is, in fact, a Porsche grille. Or rather, a barbecue grill styled by Porsche Design.
Feast your eyes on the Porsche Design X-Series. This stainless steel delight uses propane-fueled infrared burners, promising minimal smoke and flare-ups and maximum searing power. And , it does it all while consuming up to 80 percent less fuel than a traditional propane grill. It had better be good: , or nearly $9400 at today's exchange rates.
Check out the specs on this baby:
So, technically, this isn't a Porsche product: Porsche Design was founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, designer of the original 911 and son of the founder of the automaker, in 1972. Specializing in lifestyle accessories, Porsche Design was partly owned by a Porsche family investment company until earlier this year, when it became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the automaker.
And there's the finicky little fact that, while the X-Series was shaped by Porsche Design, it's actually manufactured by European grill-maker Grandhall.
Still: There exists in the world a Porsche grill, a fact that we overlooked in our original reporting from earlier today. And for that, we apologize.
Though I feel I must point out that, with its sloping hood and sleek, aerodynamic design, this Porsche meets all the other styling requirements of a Porsche product, wheeled or otherwise.