Apologies in advance if I get a little too excited about this, but now that I have kids, and am still totally addicted to high performance cars (and Porsche are obviously a bit of a fave of mine ever since I was a little kid), the new Panamera Sport Turismo as it’s called is pretty much my perfect every day car.
Not trying to turn this into a Porsche site (and I will eventually get to the point of being able to post more regularly), but after the release of the turbo engined 911’s and Boxster’s a while back, Porsche continues the relentless push into the future with turbo’d Cayman’s now as well. Totally expected (given the afore mentioned announcements), but I personally was eagerly awaiting this one for a couple of reasons – I think the light hardtop will benefit hugely in street driving from the extra torque the turbo engines kick out, and for the first time ever, Porsche has decided (like pretty much every other car on the planet), the hardtop (Cayman) should be cheaper than the convertible (Boxster).
This latest iteration builds on the previous appearance update – I was never a huge fan of the looks of the original Cayman, but this (and the previous) iteration look fantastic to my eyes. I’d go as far to say I prefer the looks of these to the new 911’s, and I’m not quite sure (if I had $100k to spend on a new car) if I’d get a tricked out Cayman S or a base 911. Luckily for me I don’t have this dilemma in real life, so until I win the lottery I can hold off on deciding and admire both from afar. OK, ramble over – full press release details after the jump…..
Trying to get a little caught up on my posts after a pretty slack start to the year, so here’s my favorite announcement of the year – a proper 911 with a proper gearbox. The only bad news is that (based on some reports from sources who’ve tried) you’re not allowed on the waitlist for one of these unless you’re already in possession of a nice little 918 Spyder, meaning you are either a) very lucky, or b) have little to no chance of buying this beauty. Full press release and pics below for your perusal.
Celebrating its world debut at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the new 2016 Porsche 911 R follows the tradition set by the first road-homologated race car bearing the name in 1967. Produced as part of a limited production series, the original 911 R (R for Racing) was entered in rallies, in the Targa Florio and in world record runs. Like its legendary predecessor, the new 911 R features a systematic lightweight construction, a high level of performance and an unfiltered driving experience. The 911 R is limited to 991 units worldwide, and represents the lightest available version of the 911 with a curb weight of just 3021 pounds. Powered by a 500 hp four-liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine which is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 911 R underscores Porsche’s commitment to building emotional and engaging high-performance sports cars with a maximum amount of driving pleasure. Developed by Porsche’s motorsport department, the 911 R is the third model to use Porsche’s latest generation of high-performance naturally aspirated flat-six engines alongside the track-bred 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models.
Powering the 911 R is the four-liter flat-six familiar from the 911 GT3 RS. The race-bred powertrain delivers 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and generates 338 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm. The 911 R can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds and reach a top track speed of 200 miles per hour. True to its purist character, the lightweight model is available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission featuring short, performance oriented gear ratios. The quick and crisp shifting further underscores the high level of driving engagement.
Clear your schedules. If you have even the slightest like of cars, you need to watch this. You can thank me later.
Gotta love ’em, especially with a little souping up
I probably shouldn’t post this as I’m about to go home and count the pennies behind the couch cushion, but if you’ve never taken a look at Bring a Trailer, it’s a great site for the classic and not so new cars out there. And today up pops a pretty perfect (and very stock) dream car from my youth (along with the Testarossa I posted about earlier – I had lots of space on my bedroom wall for posters….)
This 1986 Porsche 944 Turbo is a very clean and well documented example that is unmodified from stock. Zermatt Silver over black leather is great combo and the car has benefited from extensive maintenance throughout the years and comes with a thick folder of service records.
Of course, that’s not really breaking news, but the main point of this post is to document the sad day that is the end of production for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Although some people didn’t think they’d sell them all (see pic below) they did manage it pretty easily, and if you left it too late, you’re out of luck now (which pretty much guarantees the second hand market for these in the current environment will be pretty warm to say the least).
Everyone loves a winner, and this my friends, is a winner (along with the first time I’ve ever lusted after a purple car….)
And as an aside, Chris (and Neil the cameraman) are trying to keep making these videos (and making them free), so would appreciate any support you can provide at this link. It really is the right thing to do if you like the stuff he puts out (and I like it a lot).
The matchup everyones been waiting for (and by everyone, I mean me and probably a couple of hundred 14 year old boys). Enjoy!