A Porsche (997) 911 Rally Car

Some people have great ideas, and some people implement great ideas. Great job by Tuthill Porsche to pull this thing together. I obviously want one….

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 2015

So who wouldn’t want an SUV that does 0-60 in less than 4 seconds? And luckily has the brakes to match the push. That’s the acceleration figures quoted for Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo S model announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show.

Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine now develops 570 hp and 590 ft.-lb. of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can complete a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes.

The more spontaneous response of the twin-turbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 more horsepower and 37 ft. lb. more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. Its top track speed is now 176 mph.

The Cayenne Turbo S also underlines its position as a top performer in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 16.5 inch front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 14.6 inch discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), actively reduces body roll when driving through curves. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering highly variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility on any road.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in the United States in late-April 2015with an MSRP of $157,300. Those soccer moms and dads better get saving the pennies. I think I’ll wait a year or 8 until they hit the second hand market.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Porsche_Cayman GTS Porsche used to wait until the end of a product run before granting us access to the GTS version. Not so anymore, and the one that takes the most of my attention is the Cayman.

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Nothing too major in the power and torque increases (15hp and 7 lb-ft) but the right set of options are already selected for you, and the complete package once again adds up to more than it parts.

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If you’re still not convinced, take a listen to the video below. The sports exhaust on these things is ridiculously intoxicating.

Porsche 911 Targa

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).

Porsche 918 First Drive

It’s fast, and Mr Harris is on top form with this review. Well worth the 15 or so minutes of your time

911 GT3 Video

Great video from Porsche about the 911 GT3 process from the man responsible

Porsche Macan Details Release

Porsche Macan SIt’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).

Porsche Macan InteriorThe 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).

187184_Macan_7Judging 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.

Porsche LA Auto Press Release


A Stretch (limo?) Porsche – meet the new Panamera Turbo S Executive

178407_311013por-aWith 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.

178404_311013por-cA 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.

Porsche 911 GT3 Video

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)

Porsche 911 Turbo S

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).