by Deborah Wilk | Thursday, April 21, 2011

PoggenpohlPorscheMiele. Top Chef Angelo Sosa, speed racer Patrick Long, the brand new Cayenne S Hybrid. Last night’s Porsche Cars North America event at Poggenpohl U.S.’s New York showroom was like having some of our favorite brands, their products, and supporters come at us from zero to 60 in six seconds. To occasion the 2011 New York International Auto Show, Porsche took residence in Poggenpohl’s Midtown venue to flaunt the German luxury kitchen company’s home design for the German luxury car company’s non-automotive branding unit, Porsche Design.

The program entailed Sosa and Long—a winning member of Porsche’s racing team—clowning in the aluminum-titanium, colored glass, wood veneer, and impressively mechanized kitchen (that’s smart-technology drawers and cabinets that open and close the way those of a car do). To kick things off, though, a video of the pair’s trip to the Union Square farmer’s market—where their accidental comedy act was born—was shown.

Sosa went on to cook a few courses meant to fuel Long’s extreme-athlete diet, and in a properly installed kitchen, rather than a showroom model, that would have been on Miele appliances, including an inset induction cooktop, wall oven, steam oven, speed oven, warming drawer, integrated refrigerator, and coffee system. Design fans ended the evening getting an overview of Porsche’s very first production hybrid vehicle, the ultra light (5,000 lbs), 150-mph, V6 Cayenne, a dream of a drive that includes all manner of car-geek tricks, including all-wheel drive that pairs with the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system to make maneuvering through even 405 rush-hour traffic joyfully seamless. In automotive parlance, not only is this new model a fat lady who can sing, but, as a hybrid, she will rarely need to be taken to dinner.

Images by Mark Dye/newscast and video by TangentVector, Inc.; courtesy of Porsche.

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