Here’s the Evolution of the Porsche Boxster and How It Saved Porsche In the Early 1990s
Porsche may be a successful company right now, but it had it’s fair share of financial difficulties in the past. The early 1990s were pretty rough for the Germans, as sales had dropped from more than 50,000 units a year in 1986 to only 14,000 examples in 1993. Porsche had to do something about it and a new 911 model wasn’t enough. So the German company started exploring other possibilities, including a replacement for the front-engined, entry-level line that previously included the 924, 944, and 968. Some say that Porsche looked to the success Mazda was having with the Miata and opted to design a new mid-engined roadster inspired by the iconic 550 Spyder of the 1950s. It was dubbed the Boxster, it was cheaper than the 911 but still fast and powerful, and it saved Porsche from bankruptcy. The folks over at Car Evolution just posted a cool video that show how this nameplate evolved in almost 25 years on the market.
2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman: What’s New?
Taking care of the models in your lineup, upgrading them on a yearly basis or simply applying a nip and tuck every now and then is pretty much like nurturing children.
For the 2021MY, Porsche is making sure the 718 Boxster and Cayman brothers are in top shape to perform in the market but most importantly, on the road, too.
2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition
The 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is a limited-edition version of the 911 Targa, which the German automaker unveiled in late May 2020. Initially showcased on the 911 Speedster in 2019, the Heritage Design package makes its debut on the 992-generation 911 through the Targa model and Porsche says that three more models will follow. The series will also be joined by a Heritage product line, as well as a limited-edition chronograph. The Heritage Design package is just a visual upgrade, with no modifications to the drivetrain, and it pays tribute to Porsche from the 1950s and early 1960s.
Porsche’s 2021 911 Targa rounds up the 911 trifecta just in time for summer
The last production 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster auctioned for COVID-19 relief
The Porsche 911 Speedster returned for the 2020 model year after a nine-year absence. It’s the final iteration of the previous 991.2-generation 911, it’s incredibly expensive, and limited to 1,948 units. If you missed out on the Speedster when Porsche introduced it in 2019, you can buy the final example at an RM Sotheby’s auction for coronavirus relief.
Here’s How Porsche took the 2021 911 Turbo S to Places It’s Never Been
As promised, Porsche has unveiled the new 911 Turbo S, which is, of course, wider, more powerful, and quicker in the sprint from a standstill.
At its rear lies the same 3.8-liter flat-six unit found inside the 911 Carrera, but the engine has been brought to new heights in terms of both power and torque. Here’s all the essential info on the new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, which can be had as both a coupé and a cabriolet.
2021 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0
The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 is a naturally-aspirated version of the existing 718 Boxster. Essentially an update for the current 718 Cayman GTS, the GTS 4.0 ditches the turbocharged, 2.5-liter flat-four engine in favor of a 4.0-liter flat-six mill.
The engine is shared with the range-topping 2020 718 Boxster, but detuned in order to slot the GTS 4.0 lower in the lineup. Unveiled alongside an identical version of the 718 Cayman, the 2021 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 hits the road with 394 horsepower and various suspension components borrowed from the 911 GT3.
The GTS 4.0 also marks the return of the naturally aspirated engine in the 718 Boxster lineup (beyond the Spyder model of course), but it will probably be offered only for a limited time. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.
This Center-Seat Porsche 550 Spyder Is a Wonderful Unicorn
Today, a Porsche 550 Spyder can easily fetch north of $4,000,000 at auction. The thing is, though, not everyone wants to own a factory-stock one and, at the same time, not everyone wants to sell a 550 Spyder.
Some guys, however, like to drive and own unique, custom-made vehicles. So, while the idea of a center-seat Porsche 550 Spyder might sound like utter blasphemy to the purists, when done properly, it can be nothing short of a work of art.
The New Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 Are Here to Please Purists
Gone is the 2.5-liter flat-four that motivated the previous-gen 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS.The new 718 duo adds the 4.0 badge and with it, a naturally-aspirated flat-six mill that’s bound to tickle the fancy for a lot of Porsche purists.
What’s more, the 4.0-liter engine is the exact same one currently found in the Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder and 718 Cayman GT4, but it’s been detuned a little. Oh, and according to Autoblog3, the four-cylinder-powered models will be retired after the 2019 model year.
2021 Porsche 911 Targa (Updated)
If you like the Targa top in your Corvette, you must know that Porsche did it first, in 1967. Now, the 992-generation of the ageless Porsche 911 continues the tradition and the latest Porsche 911 Targa will be introduced as a 2020 model year car and will feature the 444 horsepower 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged flat-six seen on both the Carrera S and the Carrera 4S. Expect it to cost at least $135,000, some $22,000 more expensive than a Carrera S. Blame it on that roll hoop that’s drenched in history.
Once upon a time, there was a road race through Sicily’s narrow, winding roads that awarded those that proved to be unphased by angry locals, that sometimes drew guns on the competitors, and the perilous condition of the tarmac in many areas of the Circuito delle Madonie. That race was the Targa Florio, launched in 1907 by rich entrepreneur Vincenzo Florio, that became a sort of a favorite for Porsche and its drivers, the brand from Stuttgart winning the race 11 times in less than two decades. How is this relevant to a 2020 Porsche? Read on to find out.
Update 11/27/2019: The Porsche 911 Targa was spotted doing some cold weather testing in Sweden. Check out the new images and a bit of new information below.
Wallpaper of the Day: Porsche 918
Today, we want to pay tribute to the Porsche 918 - a cold-hearted, track-ready slayer of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari Laferrari. Powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 and two electric motors, this Porsche supercar can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, 124 mph in 7.2 seconds, and 186 mph in 23 seconds. Add on the Weissach package and its 77-pound weight reduction, and you’ll hit the same sprints in 2.6, 7.2, and 19.9 seconds, respectively. The exterior is all Porsche, and the design is still represented on new models to this day, but the 918 just stands on its out and is a great throwback, so we’ve labeled it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve posted our favorite below, but there’s a massive gallery at the bottom of the page for you to choose from.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.
Updated 10/21/2019: The 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible was caught testing on public roads again and, while it doesn’t sport that cool red top we saw last time, there are some small changes that tell us this baby is ready to debut. Check out the new pictures and the details in our Spy Shots section below!
1960 Porsche 718 RS 60 Werks
How often do you see an ex-works Porsche race car hit the auction block? It rarely happens and this is one of the few that were sold publicly in recent history. This is a 1960 Porsche 718 RS 60, member of the 718 RS family of open-top sports cars built and raced by Zuffenhausen for half a decade beginning with the RSK in 1957. The RS 60 appeared at a time when sports car manufacturers started realizing that mounting the engine behind the cockpit might be beneficial to the performance of the car after witnessing Jack Brabham muscling his way to the title in F1 in 1959. Porsche was already doing it and had been doing it for years, beginning with the 550 Spyder, a car infamous for having an important part to play in actor James Dean’s death but one that was, more importantly, a successful car in road racing.
The RS 60 Spyder raced everywhere around the world, following the trek of the World Endurance Championship and, along the way, ticking starts at Le Mans, the Nurburgring, and Targa Florio. Only 18 were built in period and the factory kept for its own use a mere four examples and this, according to RM Sotheby’s, was "the only to likely become available". Powered by a four-cam engine - first a 1.6-liter mill and, in 1961, a 2.0-liter one - the car you see in the pictures, chassis #044, doesn’t boast with the most enviable of racing records having retired out of both the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans race and all of the three major races it contested in 1961: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 1,000-kilometer race at the Nurburgring-Nordschleife and the Targa Florio in Sicily. Having said that, it must be said that the car was fast, taking pole position outright in the Italian road race before being raced extensively by Bob Holbert, father of Porsche legend Al Holbert, an amazing driver in his own right - both behind the wheel of Porsches and, later, Cobras. It is, then, no wonder that chassis #044 sold for over $5.0 million back in mid-August during the Monterey sale. That’s one expensive aluminum Spyder!
Here’s Everything We Know About The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Back when Porsche introduced the 911 Cabriolet in 1983, proper sports car enthusiasts recognized one thing - the 911 was not only for the driving enthusiasts - it is also for drivers that see it as a status symbol. Now, almost four decades later, we get the 911 992 Cabrio in Carrera and Carrera 4S forms. Yet, fast roofless monsters still thunder over the Nurburgring and enjoy the sun on city streets across Europe. These are Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolets - possibly the best cabriolets that world has ever seen. While I am expecting a 911 Turbo Cabrio reveal at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, this is what I’ve gathered about it.
2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
The 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder is the range-topping version of the 982-generation Boxster. Based on a sports car introduced in 2016, the 2020 Boxster Spyder is the first to wear a "718" badge. Launched alongside the 718 Cayman GT4, its coupe counterpart, the Boxster Spyder features the largest and most powerful engine ever fitted into Porsche’s entry-level model.
The Boxster Spyder, inspired by the 718 race car from the 1950s, came to life in 2009 and returned for the 2016 model year. For 2019, the Spyder remains a limited-edition model that will probably earn collectible status in the near future. But does it have what it takes to compete with other similar sports cars, especially given its expensive price tag? Let’s find out in the review below.