It’s true to say that there’s a paucity of boggo Porsches, but, as far as it goes, this 2.7-litre, 265bhp Boxster is it. It’s got optional wheels and a couple of other bits, but is more or less a basic Boxster.
Which means the least powerful engine, with the least expensive manual six-speed gearbox, and mostly passive or standard systems operating on the rest. And it just might be the best version.
Porsche’s people like to claim the new Cayenne GTS brings ‘emotion’ to its insanely popular SUV range. And they’re right. That emotion mainly being: “How in God’s name am I managing to corner this fast in a two-tonne 4x4?”
The Cayenne is a Porsche that will always split opinion, but, once you’re on the move, it’s always had that essential Stuttgart DNA. It shrinks around you in a way that the BMW X5s and Audi Q5s of this world simply can’t match. And the GTS version moves the game on once again.
The normally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 from the Cayenne S has been fettled to release another 20bhp, up to 414bhp, with peak torque of 380lb ft coming in at 3,500rpm. It’s also 160kg lighter than its predecessor, all of which means a 0-62mph time of 5.7secs and a vmax of 162mph.
The suspension is lowered on a completely revised chassis set-up: by 24mm on the standard steel springs or 20mm if you choose air suspension. Plus, of course, there’s Porsche’s familiar alphabet soup of options. Trick active suspension management (PASM) is fitted as standard, but for the full ‘emotion’ described above, you’ll want Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) to further reduce body roll, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) to improve handling.
The result? The best-handling SUV we’ve driven to date. With the Sport button pressed, the steering response and lack of roll is remarkable: just point and go. It’s only really when braking from speed that you become aware of all that mass surrounding you.
Attention, awed masses - this is the fifth generation 911 Carrera 4, which Porsche is showing off ahead of its premiere at the Paris motor show next month.
What news? In the grand tradition of every Porsche in the history of ever (with the possible exception of the first one), the 4 is a lot like its predecessor. It has four-wheel drive, it’s more expensive than a cooking variety 911, it’s a bit wider and it’s lighter than its forerunner….
visit TopGear.com for all the details.
The grandson of Porsche’s founder and designer of the iconic 911, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, has died in Salzburg, Austria aged 76.
He was head of the Porsche design studio in the early sixties when the manufacturer developed the brand-defining 911, which is now in its seventh iteration.
We salute you, Ferdinand Porsche.
Remember that prototype Porsche 918 Top Gear teased everyone about the other day? You know, the one they took for a test drive? This is it!
This post isn’t for people who want to reblog sleek, shiny, completely finished supercars. This is a post for the petrolheads and Porschephiles who want to know what your meal looks like before it hits the table. This isn’t fine dining. This is a trip to the slaughterhouse:
Given it’s so early in development, you can forgive it looking like an absolute shed. The only vaguely production-shape panels are the doors. The rest is a mash-up of hack-sawed 911 panels and gaffer tape and naughty naked nudeness. The engineers don’t even call it a prototype, but a ‘rolling chassis’.
Even so, now it’s up and running, with the major systems on board, the engineers tell me they’re confident of what this astounding car will do….
This is just cruel. Porsche 918 supercar is more than a year away from showrooms but Top Gear Magazine got an exclusive test drive with the first production prototype and chose to share the experience with us… in words:
We’ll have the full story in the next issue of Top Gear Magazine. But here’s the executive summary for all you time-poor internauts.
The performance headlines are this. Acceleration from 0-62mph in ‘less than three’ seconds. Zero to 125mph in a time that almost matches a Bugatti Veyron. And a Nürburgring lap time (so far verified only on Porsche’s supernaturally accurate simulators), of 7.22. That’s 10 seconds faster than the old Carrera GT, and 10 seconds, to the sort of people who obsess on ‘Ring times, is an entire geologic era.
The point is when the V8 gets cracking. It’s a 4.6-litre job that revs to 9000rpm and makes a crazed 570bhp. Where the concept car had its air intakes - just behind and above your head - the real car has its exhaust tips. It sounds beyond awesome. Even though in my ride they were rev-limiting it, the noise was bouncing around my cranium for hours after.
And then, on top of that, there are the front and rear electric motors. In the ‘race hybrid mode’ their power is amped up so that between them these electric motors make 270bhp, which is more than the flat-six of an original 911 Turbo.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the magazine. In the meantime we’ve posted sketches of the production 918 above. For more detail on Top Gear’s ride, click this here link.
Texas-based Tuner Gullwing America has announced this as its latest project; an ambitious build harking back to the glory days of 1960s endurance racing, and one of the prettiest Porsche models ever built.
They use the base of a second-generation Porsche Boxster, complete with a six-speed manual gearbox and 3.4-litre engine, producing 291bhp. The tuner will also fit a sports exhaust to keep the 60s racecar sound and vibe alive, together with adjustable suspension.
Unlike the original though, this new P/904 will feature a hybrid aluminium composite body built in Germany, and Gullwing told us they’re not after aping the original’s featherweight brief “for safety reasons - remember, this is a street car”.
See more details and a full photo gallery at TopGear.com
See that sketch above? That’s Porsche’s new smaller-than-a-Cayenne SUV. It’s called the ‘Macan’…
Porsche tells us the word translates from Indonesian as ‘tiger’, a rather ferocious and predatory animal Porsche probably wishes to emulate in automotive form. We’re promised “suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics”, which are a given, really.
Porsche will start building the Macan next year at its Leipzig factory; a factory that has just has €500 million invested in it, so this new car is a pretty serious model in the line up. Information is sparse but it’ll be based on the ‘MLB’ platform, loosely based on the Audi Q5, and Porsche is hoping the Macan will double its total sales volume. Double.
But is it just us, or does the name lack… something? If it wanted to name it after a tiger, why not call it the Tiger? Or something childishly giddy like ThrustMaster 3000 EVO 27? Porsche says the name of a new model “has to sound good in very many languages and evoke positive associations”.
There’s also an odd teaser video with lots of shots of people doing adventure type things. We’re guessing these are the feelings that will be evoked when driving the Macan. If that means we never have to get dunked in a pool again, we’re down.
Thanks for sharing your favorite cars of 2011 with us the other day. While all of the cars in the TopGear.com roundup were special, for sure, your thoughts on the Audi RS3, Mustang GT500, and Subaru WRX were pretty spot on as well.
Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.
The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.
We’ve selected some choice shots for the photoset above. Want to see the rest of the list? Click through.
Want to share your own favorite? Well isn’t that what the ‘answers enabled’ feature on Tumblr is for?
TopGear.com have named some of their favorite cars from 2011 including cars like the Lamborghini Aventador and the Porsche 911 Carrera S (see the photoset above for some, click the link for the rest.)
There are some quality picks in there but we wonder what your favorite cars were. What say you?