Face-Off: Best New Car Museum
Between Porsche and Ferrari, who wins the race for best new automobile museum?
Location is Everything: Part of the car theme park owned by Volkswagen, Porsche’s parent company.
The Look: Curved, stainless-steel shell by architecture firm Henn. Inspiration: the silhouette of the Porsche 911.
Lure for Car Geeks: Porsche 911 Carrera S (top speed: 188 mph).
Lure for Car-Hating Spouses: Design. Zaha Hadid’s high-tech Phaeno Science Center and Alvar Aalto’s Modernist Cultural Center are just minutes away.
Bummer: Only kids can test-drive a Porsche—an electric one that goes 2 1/2 miles per hour.
Fuel Up On... The signature Currywurst, made at the company’s own sausage factory.
Location is Everything: Next door to Enzo Ferrari’s childhood home, now a historical museum.
The Look: Undulating, yellow-aluminum “hood” by architect Jan Kaplický. Inspiration: the trunk lid of a mid-engined Ferrari.
Lure for Car Geeks: Ferrari 340MM racing car, one of only four created.
Lure for Car-Hating Spouses: Food. The region produces some of the world’s finest prosciutto, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
Bummer: You can see the test track and Ferrari factory nearby—but you can’t leave the bus or take photos.
Fuel Up On... Tortellini and prosciutto from the Modenese lunch buffet.
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