So, entry-level sports cars aren’t good enough. You make too much money to be seen in a Mazda MX-5 or a normal Ford Mustang . Your successful self needs something powerful and exciting. Well, there is plenty of choices in the market.
To be as precise as possible, there is actually an overwhelming amount of choices in the market, with each car being a little different. There are German performance coupes, American muscle, and Japanese street rockets. These machines have the same sort of mind-bending power, but the way each puts that power down is as different as Apollo and the Space Shuttle.
Due to that reason, we had a hard time putting machines like the Dodge Challenger in same category as the Porsche Boxster . How can you compare two machines that are so vastly different? Sure, we could have, but it just wouldn’t have worked. So, after the jump we have three - even though the title says ten - different top fives. The price cap is $60,000.
We broke it down like this. At the top we have four-door performance machines that use amazing power with epic grip and practicality. Then we have the coupes. Don’t get these coupes mixed up with the Corvette-type coupes because these European cars are tuned for a mixture of speed and cornering ability. Finally, we have the American straight road muscle. Cars that run the quarter miles as naturally as a sports analyst getting a prediction terribly wrong.
Everyone knows by now that Porsche is preparing the next generation for every model in their line-up . And the Porsche Boxster is no exception to that. Not only will the sports car receive a redesign, but it will also sit on a longer platform, around 173 inches (4394.2mm) longer overall.
The reason for the lengthening is really quite simple. Porsche currently working on a "Baby Boxster" that will be a two seat model based on the Volkswagen BlueSport concept shown at the Detroit auto show in 2009. This baby will need to sit on the bottom of the Porsche lineup, so the bigger Boxster will indeed need to become bigger, or longer in this case. We have to remind you that Volkswagen needs both Porsche and Audi to sell versions of the BlueSport to make the project financially viable.
The next generation Boxster will also be lighter than the old model, which would then equate to better handling and a more fuel-efficient engine. There are also rumors saying the next Boxster will get a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood.
Expect the new Porsche Boxster to be unveiled at the end of 2011.
Sometimes, it’s not too hard to imagine what it must feel like to be walking in Jay Leno’s shoes. Don’t deny it; you’ve wondered the very same thing too.
Jay’s love for everything four wheels has been well-documented, and over the years our collective envy of the man has grown with each new sports car he takes for a spin. And the best part about being Jay Leno is that auto brands – from the start-up to the high-end – have all come knocking at his garage and bringing their new prized babies for the comedian to have a look at. Seriously, who wouldn’t want people from Ferrari or Porsche asking you how their car looks and performs?
In this episode of Jay Leno’s garage, no less than Michael Mauer, the head designer of Porsche, paid Leno a visit with the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept in tow. Leno and Mauer proceed to go about the musings of the Porsche hybrid sports car and while taking us on a mini tour around the car people fell in love with earlier this year. Trust us, it’s a video worth watching multiple times. And if you’re wondering, yes, Leno can probably afford one of these sports cars. As for the rest of us, well, the chances aren’t as peachy.
To celebrate their 60th year in America, Porsche is looking for the oldest Porsche vehicle sold in the US, and if you just happen to have a classic sitting in your garage, then you have a chance of entering your car in this nationwide search. There’s only one catch; you need to be able to officially verify the retail age of your Porsche.
If you can satisfy this simple requirement, then you can enter your Porsche in any of the following categories: 356 , 911 , 912, 914 , 924, 928 , 944, 968, Boxster , Cayenne , Carrera GT , and Cayman . And in the event that your car happens to be the oldest in any of these models, then you’ll receive a special treat from Porsche in the form of being prominently featured in the company website, as well as receiving a special badge from no less than the Porsche Museum.
That’s not all, either. According to Porsche, the oldest American-retailed vehicle from each of the 12 models will also be included in the American exhibit at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany and one car may also get the ultimate invitation to be prominently featured at Porsche’s exhibit at the LA Auto Show.
There’s a saying that there are many perks in being the first at something. Apparently, that now holds true for owning the first US-retailed Porsche in the country.
It has already been confirmed that Porsche will be bringing the production version of the 918 Spyder to all of the eager Porsche hybrid fans in 2014. Everyone is expecting the production version to have the same power as found in the concept version unveiled this year at the Geneva Motor Show and recently to potential clients at the Pebble Beach Concours. What those people don’t know is that the production 918 Spyder might get a little more oomph before its production debut.
The concept 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with an overall output of 218hp. The rumors circulating about the production model say that the power and displacement of the petrol engine will be increased. In addition to the increase in power, insiders at the Pebble Beach event also suggest that the 918 is being developed wearing Boxster and Cayman bodies and will be offered in both hard-top and soft-top forms. The changes don’t end there, however. The concept’s 22-inch alloys will be dropped and side mirrors will replace the concept’s camera. The side exhausts will also be moved around to the rear.
Getting excited yet? Well, we only have about three and a half years to wait for it, but not all interested parties will be able to get one. Porsche will be limiting the production to a total of 1200 units, each carrying a price tag of £400,000 (around $625K at the current exchange rates).
TechArt either loves the Porsche 911 Turbo S or just loves what they can do with one because the tuning package revisions just keep coming. We’ve already seen similar tuning packages from TechArt in February and two more in May which boosts the power and aerodynamics for the speedy 911 Turbo S. Now, their latest package boosts the Porsche’s horsepower by 90hp and its torque by 120Nm from a standard 530hp and 700 Nm of torque.
So, with a total of 620 HP and 820 Nm of torque, the Techart Turbo S sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in 9.3 seconds. The Porsche will not stop until it hits a top speed of 206 mph (up from a standard of 195 mph).
The engine conversion consists of a TECHART sport air filter and a TECHART manifold unit, as well as the TECHART exhaust system “sport” and two TECHART pressure sensors. All of these different components come together to produce a newly reprogrammed engine that is sure to please any Turbo S owner. The new package will be available starting this September.
Taking a look at the sales from this past weekend’s Bonhams & Butterfields auction, one would never be able to tell that we are currently in a financial crisis throughout the world. For example, a 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe was sold for a record amount of $3,965,000.
The auction consisted of an astounding 102 cars as well as one airplane and one boat from the three collections of Michael Amalfitano. Out of the 104 pieces up for sale, 74% of them were sold during the auction which was a much better percentage than originally expected from the auctioneers. In total, the Bonhams & Butterfields auction raised a total of $18.6 million of which about $4 million was attributed to the Porsche 917 .
"We are very honored to have been selected to offer these incredible motorcars at auction," says Mark Osborne, head of Bonhams’ Motoring Department. "We are very pleased with the results and the satisfaction of having met or exceeded the expectations of our discerning and growing clientele."
Personalizing a Porsche is nothing new and, with tuning kits from TechArt and Mansory , anyone is able to customize their luxury sportscar to their heart’s desire. Now, Porsche has added yet another option for making the Panamera as individualized as the owner himself. Porsche has announced that starting September, customers will be able to choose a new Individualization Program for the Panamera Turbo. The program includes a new Powerkit that increases the engine’s output to 540 HP (up from the standard 500HP) and a new Sport Design Package.
The Powerkit consists of two new turbochargers with titanium aluminum turbine wheels. The new kit, with Sport Plus mode, will sprint your car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and will rocket the car to a top speed of 189 mph. However, that added speed will set you back $21,730.
The Sport Design Package will be available starting October and includes a unique, exterior color painted front end with widened black air intake grilles, separate side skirts, and the standard, exterior color painted rear underbody apron with diffuser and fins. This package is definitely the cheaper, but less entertaining choice at $4,590. Porsche is also offering a set of 20" light alloy multi-spoke wheels, available in silver metallic, black, or in the car color for a bargain price of $1,390.
Is this the most entertaining and money-worthy package available for the Porsche Panamera Turbo? We certainly don’t think so, but if the Porsche owner wants a slight change instead of the high-powered, aesthetically pleasing kits provided by the tuning firms mentioned earlier, then this is the deal for them.
It was only about six months ago that 80-year-old Stirling Moss was unfortunate enough to fall down an elevator shaft in his very own home. After recovering quickly from minor injuries, Moss moved forward quickly by purchasing a Porsche RS61 just like the one he raced in the sixties. That little speedster set him back a record $1.7 million, but it was well worth it for Moss as he was set to race it in Monterey this past weekend.
Unfortunately, while Moss was taking a warm-up lap at the the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s qualifying session, a fellow racer ran into him on his out lap. Stirling was unhurt, but the car, however, suffered considerable damage rendering it undriveable for the rest of the Monterey weekend. As this particular weekend was due to be his only race outing in the RS this year, he will now have to wait until 2011, once it is repaired in the United States, to get back behind the wheel of this classic Porsche race car.
When it comes to the Black Stallion, everyone has big expectations. And why shouldn’t they? Porsche , after all, has been designing and building exquisite automobiles since 1931 and has never done anything to disappoint its customers. Or have they? Some might say that Porsche has fallen off the true sportscar wagon they helped create by adding SUVs, hybrids, and diesels to their lineup, but we think that most people will be happy with the future plans that Porsche has decided to share with us all. In the next four years, Porsche plans to unveil no less than six new models or facelift versions, which, if anyone is keeping track, is even more than their automaker brethren, Ferrari .
In 2011, the German company will bring hybrid and diesel versions for the Panamera. They will also be bringing the Cayman Clubsport , an improved version of the Cayman that will deliver between 320 and 330 HP. In 2012, we will see a new Boxster and Cayman. The new models will get new hard-tops and slightly extended platforms to improve the cars’ cabins and luggage space.
In 2013, Porsche will bring the long-rumored "baby-Boxster ," a Volkswagen BlueSport-based car that will be offered in both coupe and roadster versions. In the same year we will also see the new 928 , a Panamera-based Gt powered by a V8 engine. And finally in 2014, Porsche will bring a facelift version for the Cayenne and the production version of the 918 Spyder .