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Porsche 914

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

We’re rounding the bend on the first season of Top Gear USA and although it may have started off slow, the show is really getting into a groove and improving with every episode. If there was one thing we would want to complain about at this point in time is the continuous references to Top Gear USA NOT being a reality TV show. Okay, Adam, we get it, this is real TV and not just some lame attempt at sneaking a peek at rehearsed "real" lives. Let’s move on now, please.

In this episode, Tanner Foust is given a break from losing at competitions so that the other guys can get a feel for what it’s like to compete against a much slower mode of transportation and still lose. Tim Allen makes a spirited and entertaining guest as he tries his hand at the Suzuki SX4 and the guys try their hand at selling used cars, all while wearing some questionable attire.

Hit the jump to get the details on this week’s episode of Top Gear USA.


The Porsche 914 is a mid-engined sports car built in collaboration to Volkswagen and sold between 1969 and 1976. The Volkswagen Volkswagen versions were known as the 914/4S, while the Porsche version as 914/6s. For Volkswagen the 914 replaced the Karmann-Ghia, while for Porsche it was just another sports car added to the line-up.

Porsche 914

Back in the mid-60s VW was looking for a successor to its then rather outdated Type 34 sports coupe, better known as the "Karmann Ghia". At the same time Porsche was striving to expand its position in the market with a sports car in the promising segment beneath the 911.

Facing this challenge Ferry Porsche and VW’s CEO Heinrich Nordhoff agreed in spring 1966 on a joint venture destined to benefit both parties: Porsche was given the assignment by Volkswagen to develop a low-cost mid-engined sports car intended to enter the market as a Volkswagen with four cylinders and as a Porsche with a six-cylinder boxer engine.


After Volkswagen revealed their BlueSport concept at the Detroit Auto Show, there were a number of rumors saying that Porsche will also be producing a production version based on the 21st century roadster, as a successor for the classic 914 . However the German sports car builder denied those rumors until the bitter end, but apparently the rumors had a hint of truth to them and Porsche is really considering an entry level model priced below the Boxster for their lineup.

So why is the new 914 suddenly back on track? Due to the new Volkswagen-Porsche alliance, the project is now financially feasible because the new platform will be ideal to use as a launch pad for a mid-engine roadster. Expect to see Audi Audi build something using the same platform, like the R4. Volkswagen will still produce the BlueSport clean diesel roadster based on the same chassis.

Under the hood Porsche can choose from the popular 1.4 Liter TSI making 170 HP or possibly even the 125 HP TDI motor. Although we can expect something with a little more oomph from the sportiest member of the VW Group, either way, if Porsche can keep the weight below 2,200 pounds, the new 914 will be a blast no matter what the power plant is in the back.

Source: WCF

Despite rumors that Porsche is considering producing a new 914 , according to Wolfgang Dürheimer, Head of Porsche Research and Development, in a recent interview with the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

The Boxster will remain the baby of the line-up and contrary to the rationale that the sports car maker would make their own version of the Volkswagen Bluesport Concept , in essence a 914. The head of Porsche R&D said that because of the current economic climate the Germans said forget about it.

On the other hand, Volkswagen officials said that they need both Audi and Porsche to make the future roadster fiscally possible. This is especially strange considering that the recent Porsche/Volkswagen merger and 40th anniversary of the 914 would make for a most opportune comeback.

It was on September 11th 1969 when Porsche unveiled their first mid-engine sportscar built for the masses. The event was the Frankfurt Motor Show and the car was the VW Porsche 914 . It is now 40 years later and there are rumors flying around that both Porsche and Volkswagen are bringing back the lightweight two-seater . The German automakers sold over 115,000 examples of the 914 and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the more affordable Porsche, enthusiasts will have the opportunity to view the extremely rare 914/8, given to Ferry on his 60th birthday, at their new museum in Stuttgart .

Press release after the jump.


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