L.A. AUTO SHOW: 2010 Mazda 3, Honda Insight, Touareg TDI, Seinfeld at Boxster/Cayman release and Germans love the word "efficient".

Wednesday November 19th, 2008 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Here’s the straight poop on what’s happening at the Los Angeles Auto Show…

2010 Mazda MAZDA3

Since its release nearly five years ago, the MAZDA3 has become a global best-seller due to its incredible balance of sportiness, practicality, fuel efficiency and affordability. In fact, one in every three cars Mazda sells worldwide is a MAZDA3. With the 2010 MAZDA3, Mazda yet again expects to raise the standard of what “economy” cars can deliver with more refined ride quality, a more luxurious-yet-sporty interior, attractive exterior styling resembling the RX-8, improved luggage space and new safety features. In addition, the MAZDA3 will offer new features like dual zone climate control, 8-way power seats, push button start and Bluetooth phone and audio; items not normally optioned in an economy car. The 2010 MAZDA3 will carry over the first-gen 2.0L four-cylinder, but will offer a new 2.5L with the company’s innovative new Start Stop technology that should put out between 175-185 horsepower and deliver up to 33 mpg.

Click the link for video of the new 2010 MAZDA3 sedan

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Centerlock Porsche Wheels Now Available To Mere Mortals

Wednesday November 12th, 2008 at 4:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Porsche has decided to bring a little more racing tech to the street, this time in the form of centerlock wheels.

You know, those are the kind of wheels you see on race cars, the type that are held on by one big nut right in the middle of the wheel, rather than four or five little ones.

They’re on the car for performance reasons. First off, they weigh less, which helps in over-all performance, and specifically it reduces unsprung weight, which greatly increases handling performance.

Also, and not that this wold come into play for every day driving, they also shave time off of pitstops at the track. It takes less time to deal with one big nut that it takes to deal with four or five. Next time you watch a stock car race, notice how long it takes them to get a fresh set of rubber on the car versus how long it takes for a Grand Prix car. That’s why GP cars use centerlock wheels: It saves time during a pit stop.

Anyway, the engineering angels from Stuttgart are now offering 19-inch RS Spyder wheels exclusively for the 911 Turbo. As you would expect with anything Porsche builds, they’re going to work, and, they’re not going to be cheap: The retail price of the 19-inch RS Spyder wheel in Germany including 19 per cent VAT is Euro 3,510.50.

Yeah, they said “wheel” as in singular, so getting a set of four will be the equivalent of buying a new Miata.

Like Graham Hill said, “Speed equals money sir, how fast wold you care to go?”

Source: The Garage Blog

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New Generation of Porsche 911 Series Deliver More Power Using Less Fuel

Monday September 29th, 2008 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

Paris Motor Show news from Porsche. All of the major auto manufacturers are working hard to squeeze better fuel economy out of their line-up. Porsche may be a luxury brand, but their customers are also conscious of the steep gas prices and our dependency upon foreign oil. Now you can have your cake and use less fuel according to Porsche. I’ll have to dig further and find out how much of an improvement the new generation of engines, all with DFI, have moved up in fuel economy. The official press release (with photos) is below the jump, but doesn’t mention any numbers with regards to how much the reworked engines have improved.


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Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Review – First in its class

Thursday July 31st, 2008 at 10:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder
Review and photos by Derek Mau


  • Superb handling and excellent steering feel
  • Power to weight ratio of a true sports car
  • Top-notch gearbox
  • High quality interior


  • Headroom not friendly to taller occupants with the top up
  • Road noise may too intrusive to some
  • Limited cargo space forces you to travel very light

Settling for second place has never been Porsche’s mind set. Porsche has a long list of podium finishes on and off of the racing circuit. In 1948 Porsche scored a first place finish at Innsbruck Stadtrennen with the 356, the first sports car to bear the Porsche name, only one month after it was road certified. Fast forward to 1984 for another notable first – Porsche, with the 911 Carrera 4×4, marks its first victory in the Paris–Dakar Rally. At Porsche safety is just as important as winning races. Porsche becomes the first car maker in Germany to equip all production models with an airbag for driver and front passenger as standard equipment. Now it seems that Porsche has taken the gold again in the form of a limited edition GT Silver Metallic Boxster, the RS 60 Spyder.

I was given the opportunity to test drive the RS 60 Spyder at the home of Porsche’s Sport Driving School (PSDS), Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. In my opinion, the race track is the best place to put the RS 60 through its paces without scaring the natives on public roads. As an added bonus, I had legendary racer and lead PSDS instructor, Hurley Haywood, show me the race line at Barber Motorsports Park.

Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Hurley Haywood

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Gemballa Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO

Monday June 2nd, 2008 at 11:66 AM
Posted by: Derek

Gemballa Avalanche 600 GT2 EVO

The German tuning firm, Gemballa, is offering a new kit for both the GT2 and the Porsche Turbo, in the form of the Avalanche 600 EVO. As the name implies, Gemballa has coaxed 600 hp (not to mention 619 lb.-ft. of torque) from Porsche’s turbocharged flat-six through the use of a new intercooler, race exhaust and a retuned ECU. The race to 60 mph is accomplished within a few heartbeats or 3.5 seconds. The top speed has been increased to 199 mph.

The body kit consists of the Avalanche body kit, a GT hood, Avalanche front skirt with additional cooling openings, GT2 front spoiler lip, GTR EVO tailgate skirt with diffuser and hot air outlets and GT2 EVO rear spoiler.

Of course power is nothing without control dynamics, thus Gemballa also fits a variable ride height coilover suspension and a performance brake system with 380/350 mm or 405/380 discs. Inside you will find plenty of aluminum details, sports steering wheel (F1 shift paddles optional) and a leather interior overhaul if your donor vehicle didn’t have it already.


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Porsche Named Top Prestigous Luxury Automobile Brand for 2008 by Luxury Institute — Again!

Wednesday May 14th, 2008 at 6:55 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Porsche lineup

ATLANTA, May 14, 2008 – For the fourth year running, America’s most affluent consumers have declared Porsche the most prestigious car available today. The Luxury Institute’s 2008 independent nationwide survey of luxury auto brands rated Porsche tops against eleven of the world’s most prestigious car brands. Lexus and Mercedes ranked second and third, respectively.

The Luxury Institute conducted an online survey of more than 1,600 American consumers – with an average income of $349,000 and average net worth of $3.7 million. This year’s survey respondents strongly associated Porsche with its stellar performance reputation, summing up their top choice as “world-class sports cars for the true connoisseur.” The proprietary 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index survey is the only measure of the reputation of leading brands among wealthy Americans.


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German Premiere for the Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder

Monday March 17th, 2008 at 2:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche Boxster RS60 Spyder

Porsche has released some additional photos of the special edition Boxster RS 60 Spyder in conjunction with the car’s German debut at the Auto Mobil International show in Leipzig. The Boxster RS 60 Spyder is a tribute to the Porsche that won Sebring 48 years ago. A total of 1,960 will be produced, each one fitted with slightly modified fascias, PASM, a wheel/tire upgrade, and a sport exhaust that bumps output to 298 HP (303 PS). Additionally, the cars are finished in the same silver-over-red combo as their forbear, with a numbered plaque adorning the dash. Following is the official press release from Porsche. Click on the thumbnail images to view them full size. Read the rest of this entry »

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'08 Porsche 911 GT2

Friday October 26th, 2007 at 11:1010 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 Porsche 911 GT2

Race-bred and road ready

As with so many of its models through the years, racing prompted Porsche to develop the 911 GT2. The first generation, launched in 1995, was built to homologate components for international sports-car racing’s GT2 class, hence the car’s name. Based on the 911 Turbo, it featured a more powerful engine, rear-wheel drive and lower weight. The combination proved successful, with Le Mans class wins and a run of 200 road cars. A legend was born.

A successor followed in 2001. It was visually less flamboyant but more powerful and faster. Some 1300 were sold, leaving Porsche with little choice but to continue with the third-generation model launched at the Frankfurt motor show last month. Read the rest of this entry »

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Volkswagen Law faces EU court defeat as Porsche revs engines

Sunday October 21st, 2007 at 8:1010 PM
Posted by: Derek

Sun Oct 21, 12:15 AM ET

FRANKFURT (AFP) – The European Court of Justice is expected to rule on Tuesday against the so-called “Volkswagen Law”, paving the way for Porsche to take control of the continent’s biggest carmaker.

Striking down the 40-year-old law which prevents Volkswagen from being taken over would allow Porsche to raise its 31-percent stake to a majority.

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