The perfect car for Colorado? Some would say so, especially as Porsche have decided to release this generation of Targa as 4-wheel drive models only (in both S and non-S form). Gone is the glorified sunroof of recent years, to be replaced by the old fully removable middle bit, but as you can see from the video, with a whole lot more electronics to make it’s removal more of an event. Available in the summer for a $101,600 starting price, or the 4S at $116,200 (plus add another $10k for options of course, given it’s Porsche).
It’s fast, and Mr Harris is on top form with this review. Well worth the 15 or so minutes of your time
Great video from Porsche about the 911 GT3 process from the man responsible
It’s been a while coming, but comprehensive details for the new Porsche Macan have been offiicially released to the public today to coincide with the opening of the LA Auto Show. Two models grace the range – the Macan S and Macan Turbo (although both are using turbo engines, so Porsche taking a few more liberties than usual with the name games for this model).
The Macan S is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine that delivers 340 hp and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (5.0 seconds with the Sport Chrono package). The 3.6 liter V6 twin turbo engine in the Macan Turbo produces 400 hp and accelerates the vehicle to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds (4.4 seconds with Sport Chrono package).
Judging by the number of times Porsche mention DNA and heritage in their press release, they’re keen to emphasize that this is going to be a proper drivers car, this is born out with some of the optional equipment available, such as the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus similar to that available on the Cayman S, but specifically tuned for the Macan. It’s also taken some design hints from the new 918 such as the steering wheel and lights.
Lots more details in the tech specs and full press release below if you’re interested.
With a power output of 570 hp and a top track speed of 192 mph, and with a wheelbase that has been extended by 5.9 inches, the Panamera Turbo S Executive is designed for who I’m not really sure (the driver who sometimes get driven maybe?). It does offer significantly more space and even more comfort, particularly at the rear. Thermal and noise-insulated windows, which include privacy glazing, an interior lighting package designed especially for the rear, and a large rear center console mean this has a little extra focus for the executive in the back.
A 50-hp increase in power compared to the Panamera Turbo engine has been achieved through specific revisions to a number of components. Porsche is now using two new turbochargers with larger compressors in the Panamera Turbo S model. The new compressors increase the air flow, and the chargers push more oxygen into the combustion chambers at high loads and speeds. In addition, the injection pressure has been increased by 20 bar to 140 bar. Together, both of these measures also enable higher component loads, which are absorbed by pistons made from a new aluminium alloy and specially coated piston rings. By preparing the air-fuel mixture in the combustion chambers more effectively, the torque also increases to 553 lb.-ft. at between 2,250 and 5,000 rpm, with overboost increasing torque momentarily to 590 lb.-ft. And a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds isn’t bad I guess, but the $200k they’re asking for is a little too expensive for my tastes.
Too much work, too little time, and before you know it, you haven’t posted since May. Absolutely shocking performance, and lots of car things have happened since then. I may have more time than I’ve had in the last 3 months, or this might be a 5 minute rest before being sucked into the vortex. So, I’m obviously going to post the best thing I can find on the web right now (but I still want a manual)
It’s fast, it’s wider than all the other 911′s and it has dynamic aero bits and pieces to help it from taking off. Oh, and 0-60 in 2.9 seconds in case you were wondering. And of course, no manual option on this one either (which was hardly surprising given the GT3 release earlier in the year).
Today should have been an exciting one for me. The full press release for the upcoming 911 GT3 finally came out, and you can see from the pics, it looks freakin awesome. Carrying over the traditional GT3 lines from previous generations with the deep front spoiler, fixed rear wing and enough aggression to scare most other cars off the road. And they I read the text, and yip, Porsche has done the unthinkable and is releasing this without a manual gearbox. I almost shed a real tear.
So it’s with a heavy heart that I tell you all the other exciting details – 9000 rpm redline from the naturally aspirated fully reworked engine (based on the 911 Carrera S engine, not the previous gen GT3 version), 0-60mph of 3.3 seconds, 195mph top speed and a lap time at the Nurburgring under 7 min 30 seconds. And I’m sure it’ll handle fantastically well, sound incredible, and stir the heart of boys around the world. So why didn’t the most favorite of real drivers cars end up with a real gearbox?
Cost wise, this one will set you back $20k more than the last version, coming in at a base price of $130,400 when you can finally buy it at the end of this year. And for the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.
So, in summary, it looks gorgeous, probably sounds and handles like it was delivered from the gods, but they put a PDK gearbox in it, and that makes me sad. Guess I really am one of those grumpy old men who doesn’t like new technology. I have a feeling there will be one silver lining in all of this – if you can pick up a decent 997 GT3 right about now for a reasonable price, it’ll likely go on to become on of the collectible 911′s of the future, being the last GT3 with a real gearbox. Now, back to searching for those pennies so I can afford one…..
So on my travels back yesterday from a work gig on the west coast, Chris Harris announced the latest Drive video (posted blow so you too can drool, although yellow!! What were Porsche thinking for the demo car?) was being uploaded. This prompted another journalist from my fave car mag (Evo) to chime in, and I couldn’t resist throwing out the question that has been keeping me awake for the last few weeks. Of course, I don’t think there’s going to be a wrong answer, but what is the right answer? Anyone else have an opinion? I was leaning towards the GT3 until I watched that video. Now I have no clue again. Luckily I still don’t have the cash, so no pressure on making a decision just yet…..