In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.
For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.
Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman. Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.
On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.
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The last time Porsche made an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, George W. Bush was still the president of the United States, Michael Jackson was still alive, and Cash for Clunkers was still a thing of the imagination. All of these things might seem like ages ago, but the truth is, we’re only talking about the past three years.
Yep, 2007 was the last year Porsche was seen on the grounds of the Detroit Auto Show, but all that’s about to change this year after the German sportscar maker announced their intention to return after being conspicuously absent for the past three years.
We figured that at some point, this would happen. We just didn’t expect it to be this long. After all, the Detroit Auto Show is one of the biggest of its kind in North America and traditionally, or at least before the financial crisis struck, all the big brands always made certain of having their presence known during the event.
And now that the auto industry has rebounded nicely, it looks like we’re going to be seeing the heavyweights – with Porsche being the first - book their return tickets to Detroit.
Ask any rationale warm-blooded man out there and they’ll tell you that the only thing that can equal a beautiful car is a beautiful girl – or vice versa.
So when you hear about news that Porsche and the Model Lounge teamed up during the New York Fashion Week to assist models around the city amid the hectic schedules they have, you’re probably thinking the same thing we are: “why can’t we be the ones driving those Porsches?”
Unfortunately, that part isn’t up for discussion. What is, though, is this video, which chronicles the partnership struck between Porsche and the Model Lounge wherein the automaker provided a fleet of Panameras and Cayennes at the models’ disposal, getting them to and from a number of locations within the city.
If you’re thinking that being a model is as easy as pouting while walking the catwalk, try living in their shoes – or in this case, three-inch high stilettos – for one day. Sure, it has its perks, but it’s also not as easy as it looks.
Fortunately for these gorgeous women, Porsche was there to lend a helping hand, or should we say, a helping number of Cayennes and Panameras.
Press Release after the jump.
Porsche is going all out with their 60th anniversary celebration, and to their credit they’re trying to get a lot of their fans involved.
Their latest offering involves a 500-word essay, thousands of contestants, and three all-expense paid trips to the Porsche Sport Driving School in Birmingham, Alabama.
If you’ve got the skills to make a finely-crafted 500-word story that “exemplifies your unique passion for a specific Porsche car, an experience, or the brand as a whole”, then you better hit them keyboards and start writing. Just know that if you’re chosen as one of the three winners, you’re going to experience something the rest of your Porsche-loving peers can only dream about.
You’ve got until November 1, 2010 to make your story and, if you’re one of the 20 entries that gets picked, your story, as well as the 19 others, will then be decided entirely by fan voting.
Porsche collectors, take notice!
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’s not easy loving Porsche in this day and age. The 911 is still fantastic, but it’s easy to think that the German automaker sold its soul when they began creating sedans and SUVs. Now, it’s only going to get worse, as a diesel is afoot.
According to the Times Colonist, Laurance Yap, Porsche is currently considering bringing a diesel motor for the Cayenne to the United States. The option has been looked at before, but Americans have never taken too kindly to the motor, so Porsche stayed away.
Yet, with fuel economy standards becoming ever higher, Porsche is considering the idea. The idea makes sense, as Audi is currently in a clean diesel marketing push in the U.S. In order to compete, Porsche will look to add a diesel Cayenne, which is already on sale in Europe, to America and Canada.
Canadians are showing a strong interest in diesel-powered motors. Mercedes-Benz is selling 70-80 percent of their SUVs with diesels under the hood. Volkswagen are in the same boat, selling 90 percent of the Touareg with a diesel.
This whole MINI vs. Porsche "race" took so many twists and turns, it’s becoming harder and harder to keep tabs on everything that has gone on before, during, and - as it turns out - after the race.
We don’t know what’s keeping MINI from moving on after Porsche squeaked out a win at the former’s own overly-hyped race, but now we have a new video courtesy of the losing side chronicling the entire proceedings. Heck, they even managed to get Joe Rogan of Fear Factor and UFC fame to do the hosting for the shindig.
So, consider this the swan song of this whole MINI-Porsche saga, or at least until MINI USA president Jim McDowell lives up to his word and sports that ’Porsche Beat Us’ t-shirt he promised he’d wear should Porsche come out on top.
MINI’s challenge of Porsche to a race at Road Atlanta is technically supposed to happen in a day’s time, but it’s far more complicated given that Porsche has yet to answer MINI’s invites, not the least of which include a number of hilarious videos courtesy of MINI USA’s big boss Jim McDowell, a parody of Rocky IV, an online petition, and even a flying a private plane with a banner on it over Porsche’s US headquarters in Atlanta.
So with a race set to take place without an opponent yet, MINI has gone into complete overdrive in luring Porsche into accepting their challenge. The latest twist in this oddball saga has MINI offering about 400 people to watch the whole spectacle and they’re bringing in their own fully-spec’d Porsche 911 Carrera S. The only problem is, Mini doesn’t know who they can get to drive that Porsche and also, what does Porsche think of having one of their signature models in a MINI event with no company sanction whatsoever. Can you say hissy fit?
We don’t know what’s going to come out of this, but we do know that fireworks will fly. That’s how MINI’s done it before and there’s no doubt in our minds that it’s how they will do it again. We are sure they’ve got something planned that’s going to take Porsche and everybody else by surprise.
Then again, Porsche should just accept the challenge, throttle MINI at the race, and get it over with. Right?
Porsches that know how to get down and dirty in the name of speed are extremely sexy to us. Thank God then for strapping men like Teamspeed forum member, Fred, who entered his Porsche 997 GT3 RS at the recently-concluded Goldrush Rally at the Salt Flats in Utah.
The combination of the Porsche 997 GT3 RS and the location of the rally - you couldn’t pick a better place to whet your need for speed than at the Salt Flats - makes this three-minute video a must-watch for anybody who’s ever had a remote interest in watching the world’s fastest cars put their reputations on the line, all in the name of pushing their cars to the absolute limit.
Of course, we are unaware if Fred has tweaked his engine to his speedy liking - although we would guess that he absolutely did - but the standard Porsche 911 GT3 RS has a 3.8L engine producing 450hp with an output of 118hp per liter. The maximum torque is 317 lb.-ft. at 6,250 rpm. It makes the 0-60mph sprint in 4.0 seconds with a top track speed of 194 mph.
This much is clear: MINI isn’t taking ’no’ for an answer.
In an effort to get Porsche to bite and accept their challenge of racing a Porsche 911 Carrera S against a MINI Cooper S, MINI is going all out in taunting their rivals with enough provocation that would have probably illicited a resounding ’yes!’ from lesser automakers.
Their latest attempt in goading Porsche to race at Road Atlanta later this month, MINI has released a parody video of Rocky IV with the Cooper S playing the role of - who else? - the lovable underdog Rocky Balboa as it trains for its fight against the menacing Russian cyborg of a man, Ivan Drago - make a wild guess who Drago is in this video.
Being portrayed as a juiced-up menace probably isn’t the kind of thing Porsche would like its cars to be associated with, but with MINI, all bets are off. They won’t hesitate to make you look ridiculous if it means their opponent will accept their silly challenges. Some folks may not like it, but some of them - including us - find it absolutely hilarious.
No word yet on how Porsche will react to this, but, if we were them, we would not take this lying down.
Responding to MINI’s challenge of racing their Cooper S against a 911 Carrerra S, Porsche made it clear that they had no interest in accepting that challenge, even mentioning that they’d rather participate in races that have more at stake than just a couple of t-shirts and valet parking spaces.
MINI, in turn, is undaunted. Not quite ready to accept Porsche’s rejection, MINI - or in this case, MINI USA chief Jim McDowell - has released another message directed at his Porsche counterpart, Detlev Von Platen, telling the latter that if t-shirts and parking spots didn’t cut it for him, then MINI would have no problem raising the stakes.
Of course, in the world of MINI, ’raising the stakes’ is completely different from what Porsche is accustomed to. In addition to the aforementioned t-shirt and parking prizes, MINI is preparing to throw in a choice of Justin Beiber concert tickets, a lifetime membership to the Salami Of The Month club, a collection of pastel cashmere sweaters, or even a plaster statue of the Porsche chief that will be erected at MINI headquarter’s lobby for a week should Porsche win.
And if that still isn’t enough to get Porsche’s attention, MINI is also planning on doing a little home invasion of sorts by flying a banner plane over Porsche’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia with a simple message that reads: "Dear Porsche, Bring it. Love, Mini."
It’s beginning to look like a race that a lot of people are beginning to want to see, and now that the stakes are exponentially higher - how can Porsche pass up a chance at tickets to a Justin Beiber concert?! - Porsche may have no other course of action than to take MINI up on its challenge.
Oh, and before you watch the video, here’s a tip; check out the subtle wardrobe changes provided by Jim. They are actually pretty funny.
Porsche has just announced that it’s going to launch the new2011 Panamera with a V6 engine in the United States. Currently, the Panamera only comes with a V8 engine.
The new direct-injection V6 is a 3.6-liter with around 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Helping keep the car on the road will be an all-wheel drive system available on the Panamera 4, or rear-wheel drive on the base model. The base sedan will hit 60 miles per hour in 6.0 seconds, while the all-wheel drive version will do it in 5.8 seconds. Speed freaks can shave that time by 0.2 seconds by adding the Sport Chrono Package Plus option, which will be a lot of money.
The V6 Panamera will be able to get 18 miles per gallon city and 27 on the highway. Not bad for a big fast German sedan.
Prices will start at $74,400 for the base model and the Panamera 4 will be $78,900.
The super sedan that upset a lot of Porsche purists has sold over 4,000 units since its launch last October and we suspect that the V6 option will only help those sales numbers.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera goes on sale this month in the U.S.