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Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S

Rowing your own gears is an artwork that takes years to gain a firm grasp of and many people never truly master it. Heel-to-toe downshifting, which is essentially the replacement for “double clutching” in older transmissions, allows you to match the engine speed to the transmission speed on the downshift. This speed matching helps eliminate embarrassing and lap-time-killing bucking as the synchros attempt to match up the speed of the engine and transmission. On top of that, it can also help extend the life of the synchros.

In most cars, heel-to-toe shifting takes careful placement of your right foot, so you can press the brake pedal and still tap the throttle lightly to increase the engine speed just before releasing the clutch. This takes loads of practice to master, if you can ever master it. If executed perfectly, your car eases into the downshift more smoothly and accelerates out of it much quicker.

Well, Porsche is now making this heel-to-toe shifting almost autonomous on several of its vehicles. We already learned that the Sports Chrono package on the 2013 Carrera 4 and 4S will boast this feature, but now reports are saying that this system will also come to the Boxster and Cayman lineups.

On the downside, you cannot fine-tune this system to meet your driving styles, like you can on the Nissan 370Z , as Porsche assumes its engineers are good enough to develop this system to cover just about any driver. Given all of their past ventures, we don’t doubt their ability one bit.

With this new addition, the Porsche lineup is showing that it is dead set on allowing its drivers to have maximum fun with minimal effort.

Source: CarAndDriver

Ewe no, their are thymes when a spellchecker is in order and advertismenting sumthing is Juan of them thymes. Their’s not much worser then misspelling the nayme of the pro-duct you are saling. Welp, it looks like Porsche has decided against spell checking its ads.

Okay, we’ll stop now... but seriously. Every single Porsche Boxster billboard ad in the great city of London has a glaring error in it. It’s missing an “S,” so the sports car is now known as the "Boxter." Granted, the pronunciation is exactly the same, but the spelling is simply horrendous.

Really, how in the world does a professional advertising company, which we only assume Porsche uses, misspell a key word, like the product’s freaking name, on a slew of billboards? To boot, how exactly does Porsche not catch this before having the billboards installed? Yeah, accidents happen, but that’s fine on a single small ad somewhere, not on billboards all across London.

An ad campaign of this magnitude has to cost a load of money and if the ads are up, it means that Porsche apparently approved the final proofs. So the question is how did Porsche approve botched proofs or did the ad company misprint them when they made the billboards?

We tried coming up with a department to call in Porsche’s operation to find out whose error it was, but we came up empty. We are sure that within a matter of days these ads will be fixed up. It’s still worth a good laugh.

Source: Jalopnik
Volkswagen's Takeover of Porsche is Complete

Finally! After a long and drawn out process, the corporate restructuring that brings full control of Porsche’s automotive side under Volkswagen Volkswagen ’s control is approved and official. The deal sent 4.49 billion Euros and one voting share of VW stock from VW and Porsche SE to Porsche AG, the latter item being simply a concession to avoid paying a load of taxes and was left out of VW’s press release.

This officially gives Volkswagen AG 100 percent holdings in Porsche and effectively gives VW the ability to do whatever it wants with the famed sports car builder. We have already alluded to the possibility of VW overriding Porsche’s CEO and continuing on with the “Baby Boxster” project that gained notoriety lately. That possibility was given more solid ground with a statement released by VW CEO, Martin Winterkorn.

Winterkorn was quoted saying “The path is now finally clear for a bright future together. Even closer cooperation will enable us to significantly strengthen Volkswagen and Porsche, and further expand the group‘s product portfolio with fascinating new vehicles.”

You see, it is that last section about bringing new models that really drives home the possibility that VW may be about to force Porsche to build a lesser-priced version of the Boxster . We see that as making perfect business sense because if Porsche buyers can accept a sedan and a pair of SUVs, why can’t they accept a lower-priced Boxster?

Either way, congrats to both sides and we are glad to finally see this issue laid to rest.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.


Yep. One’s not enough.

Fresh off of presenting their Konzept GP-970 program for the Porsche Panamera , German tuning company No-Limit-Custom has come out with sketches of their latest tuning project.

This time, the German tuner most known for being one of the best custom motorcycle companies in the world, is working on a new bodykit for the 2013 Porsche Boxster.

Details behind this program have yet to be revealed, but from the looks of things, we’re expecting nothing less than eye-popping modifications. If they can raise the bar pretty high with the Konzept GP-970, we’re expecting something akin to what they just gave us.

From the looks of things, the Boxster will carry a comprehensive aerodynamic body kit that includes a new - and aggressive - front bumper, a refitted front hood with large air inlets, an integrated spoiler in the rear, new air vents, a larger diffuser, and a new set of wheels.

The program is expected to be released in October, which means that we have a few months of imaginative speculation ahead of us. Let your creative thoughts run, people!

Porsche "Baby" Boxster

Last week, we gave you a nice little rundown on what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years . One of those cars included Project 551, which we have all nicknamed the “Baby Boxster .” This compact, entry-level roadster looked to be a certainty in Porsche’s lineup, when suddenly the plan was axed, as Porsche’s CEO basically said it doesn’t fit the Porsche mold and they want to retain their customer exclusivity.

Well, now that the recent automotive giant, Volkswagen AG, has bought out the remaining shares of Porsche , err, “restructured” their corporate design, we may see this all change. You see, VW could give two cents about customer exclusivity. It wants to sell units and that’s that. VW will likely keep the 200,000-unit goal that Porsche had set before the “restructuring” and the way that VW may do this is to release a lower-priced roadster.

Think about it, fresh college graduates can’t typically afford a $50,000 base-level Boxster , but a $23,000 Miata is not an issue. Well, if Porsche slides a smaller, less feature-packed version of the Boxster right between the two, say at about $32,000, it could suck these young professionals into the Porsche brand early. With these premium brands, once they get in, they are typically customers for life.

In addition, the excuse that Porsche CEO, Matthias Mueller, made regarding a Baby Boxster not fitting the Porsche mold is complete hogwash. Porsche released an SUV and a sedan in the last decade, plus it is about to release a smaller version of its SUV, so how in the world could a smaller, more wallet-friendly roadster not fit in with a sports car company? Yeah, we don’t get it either.

Keep an eye out for some changes in the Porsche lineup over the next few months, there’s bound to be some and we bet one will be the announcement of an upcoming production model of the Project 551.

Porsche 550

Porsche ’s future entry level models have been rumored to sport a new four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine, but Porsche Canada CEO, Joe Lawrence, is trying to nip that in the bid. Lawrence was recently at the ALMS race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park when he confirmed that the flat-four is definitely just a rumor.

At that point, everyone could basically let the flat four rumor go, but Lawrence immediately followed that statement up with the fact that he would actually like to see it sometime in the future. If everyone’s not on board with letting it go then the flat four cannot possibly be dead in the water, so we’re back to square one...again.

The four-cylinder horizontally opposed gasoline engine was initially rumored to be used for the upcoming baby Boxster (aka 550) which has been put on hold due to the lack of expected demand. What we see happening is new fuel economy regulations making it necessary for the four-pot to be used, even for the Baby Boxster when it gets dragged off the backburner, as well as for the Cayman . Automakers can’t make their decisions based on the market sometimes because the government forces their hand when it comes to strict environmental guidelines and as Lawrence said, "Porsche is not exempt from increasingly strict emissions and fuel economy regulations" and it’s "more likely that you’ll see more turbocharging in more vehicles moving forward." The government is, after all, the puppeteer in this stage show.

Source: AutoGuide

With Volkswagen buying out the rest of Porsche , there are definitely some changes afoot, but for the most part, the changes are going to be the same as we have known since before the buyout, err, “corporate restructuring.” The production line, fortunately, will not change under the new ownership, and we felt it was time to outline what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years.

The Pajun has been one of the most on-and-off models recently, as was the baby Boxster . The baby Boxster is all but eliminated from consideration, but the Pajun looks to be a distant possibility. Also in design and testing phase are the 918 Spyder and Macan models.

In planning we have “Project 960 ,” which is Porsche’s potential answer to Ferrari. This is far and away the most intriguing of the group, as it’s something that Porsche has lacked since its inception.

While many Porsche enthusiasts may complain about their beloved automaker expanding its lineup, it is clear that this expansion is to allow the super-exclusive automaker to hit its goal of 200,000 new vehicle sales by 2018. That is a rather lofty goal, but with controlled lineup expansion and no reduction in quality, this is attainable.

Click past the jump to read a more detailed summary on all of Porsche’s upcoming plans.

Porsche "Baby" Boxster

There’s been more rumors about the supposed baby-Boxster then there have been about any of Charlie Sheen’s exploits, regardless of whether any or all of them were true or not. We had gotten to the point where we just didn’t know what to believe anymore, but Porsche AG sales chief, Bernhard Maier, has come to save our spinning heads by declaring that the Baby Boxster has been buried. According to him, Porsche has no plans of building a car smaller and cheaper than the Boxster because the company wants to maintain its exclusivity.

That decision was made despite Porsche’s plans to sell 200,000 cars a year by 2018. According to Maier, that goal will be achieved just by building sports cars and nothing else. He also said that in order to achieve exclusivity, the company will always offer "one car fewer than the market is able to handle."

"To build a Porsche for 30,000 euros currently doesn’t fit our brand," said Bernhard Maier in an interview with Automotive News Europe. "The extraordinary purchase experience is not for free and the entry price is currently covered with the Boxster and in the future by the Macan."

We’re not sure if we’re buying this or out. We’re thinking that the Baby Boxster has just been put on hold - as previous rumors have stated - because Porsche has already admitted that the current generation just wasn’t ready for this type of sports car. If the next generation fits the mold for a Baby Boxster, then you can be darn sure Porsche is going to dig out those designs and restart the production process again.

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Porsche has spent years working on their 911 , but while that might be their ultimate sports car, the Boxster is one of their best sellers. It was first seen as a disgrace to the Porsche name, as it was smaller and not as powerful, but once the Cayenne came along, all was forgiven.

The first ever Boxster was introduced in late 1996 as a 1997 model and a 2.5-liter flat six-cylinder engine powered it. Three years later, the new Boxster S variant was introduced with a larger 3.2-liter motor, while the base model received a more powerful 2.7-liter engine.

More changes came in 2003, 2005, and then again in 2007, when the Boxster got some of the stuff from the baby 911, called the Cayman . In 2009, the Boxster models received several new cosmetic and mechanical upgrades that upped the power and performance.

The changes kept coming and the Boxster kept taking them all in. Now the Boxster has been updated one more time and is looking better than ever.

UPDATE 03/14/2012: The Boxster S model lapped the Nurburgring race track in an impressive 7:58 - or about 18 seconds shy of the new, more powerful Porsche 911 which scored an heart-racing time of 7:40.

This speedy lap time means the Boxster S is faster than models like the Corvette C6 (7:59), the Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and the C63 AMG Coupe (8:01) - which are far more powerful than the tiny Boxster. This result also makes the new generation better than the model it replaces which had a lap time of 8:10.

UPDATE 06/08/2012: Porsche has found a very interesting way to promote the new generation Boxster: the company displayed the 2013 Boxster S and some members of its iconic lineage - the 550 Spyder and the Carrera GT - at Grand Central Terminal. Check out the video by clicking in the image above!

Hit the jump to read more on the Porsche Boxster.


Porsche has just unveiled their new generation Boxster and it seems that the German tuner has been pretty impressed about the little sports roadster as they have already unveiled a pretty impressive tuning package for it. Called SP81-R the package adds a pretty cool exterior kit, but also the addition of an extra 20 HP.

The exterior changes include a new rear wing, rear diffuser, side skirts and a front chin spoiler. The package can be completed with a new set of super light forged 20" or 21" wheels, available in different colors. And the final touch has been given by the car’s new exterior paint job: a very cool combination of green and black. For the interior the only changes will include unique variations of leather and Alcantara.

In order to obtain the extra power the tuner has added a complete modified sport exhaust system with sport-catalysts and manifolds and perfect calibration of the ECU map. The sport exhaust could be combined with several different tailpipe versions for maximum individuality and singularity.


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