Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-in, $845,000

Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid Plug-inThe Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid plug-in, the concept car which debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, is now available for order for $845,000.

The 918 Spyder will come equipped with a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a high-revving V8, 500-horsepower engine, combined with two electric motors for an additional 218-horsepower. The electric motors will provide about 16 miles of electric-only driving on a single charge and are powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that can be charged from any conventional power socket. The Porsche 918 Spyder also features a 7-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch transmission, a 0-62 time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph.

The 918 Spyder Hybrid plug-in is similar to the concept shown at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but is now based on a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque and will feature a manual roof system with removable panels that can be stowed away in the front luggage compartment.

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2011 Porsche Cayenne S Tiptronic Review – The Ultimate Familying Machine?

Monday February 28th, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2011 Porsche Cayenne S
By Danny Chang and Derek Mau

Pros

  • Awesome handling
  • Great power when you floor it
  • Futuristic interior
  • Sleek and sporty exterior

Cons

  • Exterior styling is a bit bland and lacks distinction
  • Smallish trunk
  • Hard to drive with your wife and baby in the back and your wife complaining you’re going too fast

I’ve test driven quite a few SUVs for CarReview.com over the past few years, including two high performance premium luxury models – the BMW X6 M and the Land Rover Ranger Rover Sport Supercharged. So, needless to say, when offered the chance to take the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne S out for a spin, I was super excited. I mean, who wouldn’t be when you get to drive the ultimate sport utility vehicle? The question on my mind was not whether this Cayenne S was going to be a true “sport” utility vehicle, but whether it would make a good family vehicle. Or, in Porsche marketing parlance, the Ultimate Familying Machine.

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Porsche 911 Black Edition – Limited Edition of Only 1,911 Cars

Wednesday January 26th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Porsche 911 Black EditionPorsche announced the 911 Black Edition that will be available as a limited edition of only 1,911 cars, of which approximately 25% are U.S bound, in Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet trims.

The Black Edition features a 3.6-liter flat-six pot, 345-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission with an optional PDK dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Other features include a plain black paint job with optional Basalt Black metallic, black interior leather, black instrument cluster, black painted four-piston aluminum monobloc brake calipers, a black cloth electric folding hood on the Cabriolet, 19-inch 911 Turbo II alloy wheels, a Bose premium surround sound system with 13 speakers in the Carrera and 12 in the Cabriolet, a GPS navigation system, Black Edition plaques on the doors and glove compartment, parking assistant, cruise control, and a rain sensor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Porsche, Buick, Modern Muscle Cars at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Wednesday January 19th, 2011 at 9:11 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

©2011 Megan Green - Porsche 918 Spyder RSR at 2011 NAIASArticle and photos by Megan Green

Porsche 918 RSR
At a 6:30 a.m. press conference in snowy Detroit, the press gathered around in anticipation of the first reveal of the day. With smoky fanfare, Porsche rolled out their 918 RSR , a high-end hybrid sports car. The best of the 2010 Spyder concept and 911 GT3 R hybrid were combined to create the fluid yet powerful two-seat coupe powered by a V8 mid-engine. Two electric motors on the front axle contribute as well as store power while braking, utilizing its flywheel accumulator – taking the place of a second seat to the right of the driver. On the console, modern touch technology is eschewed in favor of rocker switches. Finishing aesthetic touches include brown leather bucket seats and steering wheel, wing doors, with the body painted a cool blue accented with bright orange racing stripes and brake calipers. It’s just a shame that the 918 RSR didn’t stick around for more admiration during the public show days.

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Paris Motor Show News: Porsche 911 Speedster Returns

Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

911-Carrera-SpeedsterReports came in just yesterday that Stuttgart was planning an ultra-hardcore GT3 RS, but the German automaker has now announced an altogether different variant of its iconic sports car: the 911 Carrera GTS, which will make its official debut at 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Created by the Porsche Exclusive department, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the 911 Speedster honors the 1953 classic from which it draws its inspiration, with only 356 examples to be built. The unique shade of French racing blue comes standard, and continues on the rather, um… interesting two-seat interior, with Carrera White available at no extra charge.

Adopting the styling cues of the very first Speedster, the new model receives a flamboyant appearance with a unique “chopped” windscreen that has been lowered by 2.4 inches and is more extremely raked than that used on other 911 models. It also gets the wide-body rear end of the 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is powered by the latest version of its 3.8-liter flat-6 cylinder engine. As recently confirmed for the 911 Carrera GTS, it delivers 402 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only gearbox available is a seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox with a locking rear differential.

Teaser video and official Porsche press announcement after the jump

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2010 Porsche Panamera S Review – the best of everything packed into one sportback parcel

Thursday June 10th, 2010 at 3:66 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

2010 Porsche Panamera
By Greg Gaillard

Pros

  • A true Porsche without compromise
  • Peerless steering, handling and driver control across the range
  • Brilliant interior packaging and rakish liftgate provide remarkable utility and comfort for four
  • PDK transmission is possibly the best sporting automatic on the market
  • Build/materials quality on par with the best

Cons

  • It is not a Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Lexus in any way. Limited suitability for limo duty
  • More expensive than equivalently equipped primary peers
  • Styling is an acquired taste that may never be acquired
  • An extensive test drive is required to fully appreciate Porsche’s definition of luxury and refinement

Remember the Cayenne as the four-door Porsche that wasn’t? While an undeniable success story, the Cayenne was a shared platform spearhead into the burgeoning SUV market carrying only bits and pieces of Porsche DNA along for the ride. The Panamera is different. From its purposeful stance to the pervasive Stuttgart logic in every detail, it declares itself as a car designed to be driven.

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2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S: when in doubt, add more power.

Wednesday February 10th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 911 Turbo SThe new 911 Turbo S is high-tech and high-performance

If you were on the fence about buying last year’s 911 Turbo S right now might be the time to fire the butler for space cash, because the 2011 model has improved. Porsche has managed to raise the performance level even higher this year without sacrificing refinement or efficiency. Give Jeeves the pink slip and we will tell you what has improved.

Last year’s Turbo S with the help of direct injection made 500-hp from just 3.8 liters of displacement. The 2011 model improves upon this by 30 horsepower. The six-cylinder boxer engine also still makes an impressive asphalt-destroying 516 lb-ft of torque. By employing variable turbine geometry in the turbochargers and a high compression ratio of 9.8:1, the 911 Turbo S makes peak torque below 2500 rpm.

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TechArt singlehandedly creates Porsche Panamera aftermarket.

Tuesday February 2nd, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

techart panameraTechArt adds panache to the Porsche Panamera.

If the rather unique look of the Porsche Panamera is not enough for you, maybe you should look into the range of aftermarket goodies TechArt is offering. The Leonberg, Germany based company claims their body kits are of OE quality and we would have to agree. The new front bumper really does look like it came straight from Porsche’s plant in Leipzig. The body kit improves the look of the car without looking gaudy or losing the signature Porsche look.

The TechArt front bumper kit not only improves the look of the Panamera, it also may improve the aerodynamics of the high-end sport sedan. The three-part front spoiler should help improve high-speed stability and the redesigned front bumper helps cool the front brakes.

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2009 LA Auto Show Focuses on the Future of Small Cars

Wednesday December 16th, 2009 at 3:1212 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

LA Auto Show logoLos Angeles’ Best in Show

By Greg Gaillard

Small, sporty and efficient are back. Overall, the American market continues to drift in the doldrums, but there are signs of life in segments that embrace these values. It’s no accident that during the ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program many of the trades were from large SUVs to much smaller vehicles such as Toyota’s Corolla, Ford’s Focus and Honda’s Civic. People are ready for right size cars and the 2009 LA Auto Show proved that manufacturers are ready to respond with a brace of efficient and exciting choices. If the industry can market these new cars properly, we won’t need another government subsidy to keep people in small and efficient vehicles.

As a show, LA feels like a return to reality from the preceding, concept-heavy Tokyo spectacle. While there were certainly a fair number of concepts at LA, the big news was how manufacturers were positioning themselves to take advantage of trends in the US market. CarReview is happy to report that it’s all good. There will be plenty of green tech to go around and a fair dose of sport to go along with it. Below are some of the highlights:

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2009

Monday November 23rd, 2009 at 3:1111 PM
Posted by: ggaillard

New Year 2009-2010 SignpostContributing editors: Greg Gaillard, Alex Kramer, Kurt Gensheimer, Derek Mau

Despite 2008′s desperate measures to help auto manufacturers hold on to business as usual, 2009 brought only radical change leaving many old business practices and brands behind.

We have been spectators in this year of turmoil and watched the industry struggle to reinvent itself.  Two of The Big Three went bankrupt; one emerged with a global partner, the other became lean and focused.  Diesels are now faster than their gasoline counterparts. Nine out of ten EPA mpg champs are hybrids. VW bought Porsche while Porsche was buying VW.  Overall sales were millions of units short of expectations. Manufacturers now pin their hopes on the Chinese market, while Americans pray that the Volt is half as good as it needs to be. Somehow, during all of this turmoil Kia became cool.  What was once unthinkable has happened.

Amidst the mayhem consumer conservatism has redefined value to mean more than MSRP, monthly payments and residuals. Cars had better be good at what they do or people won’t buy them. The industry must meet the new expectation of great cars and real innovation. Tricky marketing and trend analysis will not build the product portfolios of the future.

While the industry was being shaken to its core, 2009 was a banner year for new technologies and remarkable products.  Read on to find out which cars persevered as CarReview’s best choices of 2009

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