Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS
May17

Old Top Gear Looks at Porsche 968, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT and Jaguar XJS

Nothing makes the the evolution of automotive performance more obvious than watching grainy, VHS episodes of the original, old Top Gear, like the ones below from 1992 and 1993.  Viewing an afro-coiffed Jeremy Clarkson wax poetically about the virtues of a car from the early 1990s is enough to make you run to your garage and hug your daily driver.   On old Top Gear, cars with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in the 5s (i.e. Mazda...

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]
Jan13

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]

In 1965, Porsche developed the first 911 Targa with the intention of allowing for more stable and secure open-top motoring.  The wide Targa roof bar became the icon of that first Targa and all to follow despite numerous design changes.  Over the past fifty or so years, the targa top idea has caught on.  Hell, even the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that debuted earlier today has a targa-style removable roof.   Now, there is a new...

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Listen to the Porsche Macan before Its LA Debut
Nov09

Listen to the Porsche Macan before Its LA Debut

More proof that the new Porsche Macan CUV won’t be your garden variety small CUV.  Porsche is all set to debut the Macan at the Los Angeles Auto Show in about a week and a half, but they were kind enough to release this video (more of an audio laid over an image of the Porsche Macan’s exhaust tip) of the CUV’s raucous exhaust note.   The Porsche Macan will come with one of two engine choices, a 3.0 liter V6 or a...

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S: A Peak Before Its Tokyo Debut
Oct31

Porsche Panamera Turbo S: A Peak Before Its Tokyo Debut

Ever since is debut at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in April 2009, the Porsche Panamera has been one of the most controvercial cars Stuttgart has ever put out, and they made the Porsche 914 AND the Porsche Cayenne.  Some people think it is the ugliest car this side of the Pontiac Aztec.  Others see the Porsche Panamera as a thing of true beauty.  But, love it or hate it, no one can deny its performance,...

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet: Drop-Top Turbos [Video]
Sep24

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet: Drop-Top Turbos [Video]

Last may we were introduced to the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S, the top rung of the 991 generation of the Porsche 911 clan.  Now the forced-induction Porsche twins lose their tops.  Set to officially debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Stutgart has given us a sneak preview of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet.   Powered by the same engines as their hard-topped siblings, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet gets...

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[Video] Porsche 918 Spyder Sets a Nurburgring Record
Sep22

[Video] Porsche 918 Spyder Sets a Nurburgring Record

As if people needed another reason to want the ultra-fast $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder.  I mean, sheesh.  The 918 Spyder already accelerates from 0-60 in about 2.6 seconds.  It’ll top out at 214 mph.  And, it’s the best looking Porsche in two or three decades, all-the-while being as kind to Mother Earth as a big fluffy bunny.  But apparently all that wasn’t good enough.  Porsche decided the 918 Spyder hybrid needs to...

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Porsche 918 Spyder: Full and Complete Specs
Sep22

Porsche 918 Spyder: Full and Complete Specs

Here are the full and complete specs for the $845,000 Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar hybrid… Porsche 918 Spyder Technical Specifications Body: Two-seat Spyder Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque interlocked with CFRP unit carrier Two-piece Targa roof Fixed roll-over protection system Drivetrain Systems: Parallel full hybrid 4.6-litre V8 mid-engine with dry-sump lubrication Hybrid module with electric motor and...

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Porsche Honors 5 Million Facebook Fans with Crowdsourced 911 Carrera S
Aug06

Porsche Honors 5 Million Facebook Fans with Crowdsourced 911 Carrera S

Back in 2011, Porsche hit one million Facebook fans, achieving that milestone faster than any other automotive brand out there.  To celebrate, they wrapped a 911 GT3-R Hybrid with the names of all million Facebook followers.  I saw the car at a few auto shows, and it was pretty cool and very, very, very savvy social media-wise.  They all but guaranteed another million fans just by wrapping that 911. Which they got.  In 2012, to...

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Bentley Greelights SUV for 2016
Jul23

Bentley Greelights SUV for 2016

It’s been a busy few weeks for the UK.  Internet censorship laws, royal babies, a new book by J.K Rowling and now a confirmed SUV from Bentley.  Yep, after years of yays and nays Bentley finally officially green-lit the the British mega-lux off-roader.  I use that term loosely since it’s unlikely many Bentley SUVs will see anything other than tarmac and the occasional grass of a polo ground. Set for a 2016 release, Bentley...

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Audi e-tron Quattro Triumphs at Le Mans for the 4th Time in a Row: 2013 Le Mans Results
Jun23

Audi e-tron Quattro Triumphs at Le Mans for the 4th Time in a Row: 2013 Le Mans Results

For the 12th time in the brand’s history and the fourth consecutive time, Audi has won overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The No. 2 Audi e-tron Quattro was driven to victory by Loïc Duval, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish.  This win extends Kristensen’s record to nine Le Mans wins.  He dedicated the victory to fellow Danish driver Allan Simonsen who’s died from injuries sustained in an accident on the race’s...

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