By contributing editor David Colman
- Be the first on your block
- Incredible torque
- Lavish interior
- Some drivetrain tremors
By contributing editor David Colman
The 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.
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.
Porsche 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 »
Article 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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Reports 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
|2010 Porsche Panamera
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.
Driving Sports TV Episode #15: Porsche’s new 918 concept breaks cover and it’s a stunner. Economy, power, speed all in one wickedly sexy package. Then, we’re off to Missouri where Ken Block is gunning for his fifth straight win at the 100 Acre Wood Rally, Round 2 of the Rally America Championship. Can Travis Pastrana, Antoine L’Estage or any of the other teams stop him?
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The 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.
TechArt 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.