By Lawrence UlrichPosted 02.03.2012 at 11:09 am 14 Comments
Since unveiling the 911 Carrera in 1963, Porsche has built many dozens of variations, ranging from convertibles to racing editions to subtly tweaked versions distinguishable only to board members of the Porsche Club of America. Full-blown generational revamps have been rarer. When the seventh Porsche 911 arrives this month, 90 percent of the vehicle's components will be new or redesigned. The result is a car that corners more evenly and consumes less gas, yet is substantially quicker than its predecessors.
The first real seven-speed transmission and several other nice features
By Jon Alain GuzikPosted 11.29.2011 at 1:06 pm 8 Comments
Since its début in 1963, the 911 has inspired lust and desire in the hearts of gearheads the world over. Since then, the 911 has kept its basic Teutonic DNA intact -- rear-engine, nimble and small, a sports car meant to be flogged to the limits, yet ready for everyday driving. From the classic air-cooled era models -- 1963 to 1998 -- to the liquid-cooled versions from 1998 onward, the Porsche 911 has gotten better and better as the years progressed.
It was a scant few years ago that we were testing the brand new 911, codenamed 997. The 997 had more power, thanks to all-new direct-injection engines and a kick-ass dual-clutch transmission with the longest name in the history of transmissions -- the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or, PDK for short. It was the ne plus ultra in the history of the model -- for a time.
That's all history, thanks to the brand-new and better than ever 2012 Porsche 911, designated the 991.
By Jon Alain GuzikPosted 11.18.2011 at 12:58 pm 2 Comments
The Los Angeles Auto Show this year features more than fifty global and North American debuts plus more than a thousand cars, trucks and whatever else keeps the freeways and streets gridlocked here in Los Angeles 24x7.
The Detroit Auto Show is kicking off this morning, and the first big news from the showroom is the Porsche 918 RSR, a hybrid supercar that not only takes design cues from sexy predecessors like the 911, the 908, and of course the 918 Spyder, but that churns out a whopping 767 horsepower between its gasoline and electric-powered motors.
Clever engineering makes Porsche’s hybrid genuinely efficient
By Jon Alain GuzikPosted 07.22.2010 at 1:30 pm 8 Comments
Few vehicles flaunt their gas-chugging power as proudly as a Porsche Cayenne, so it’s natural to be suspicious of the hybrid version. Can this racecar-like SUV really improve gas mileage and still be a Porsche?
By Jon Alain GuzikPosted 12.08.2009 at 5:14 pm 5 Comments
With Porsche, you sometimes can't parse the new from the old. It's a company known for evolutionary design changes—sticking with tradition, making small yet significant changes where they matter. This is certainly the case with the new top-of-the-range 911, the 2010 Turbo. Its evolution can be seen most drastically not in the exterior—where each subtle redesign takes the work of professionals and Porschephiles to identify—but in the rear of the car, directly over the rear axle.
Look through the 2009 Carrera S's familiar skin, and you'll find the biggest redesign in years. The change starts with a dual-clutch transmission, taken straight from Porsche's racecars, that shifts gears in milliseconds. It's bolted to a redesigned six-cylinder engine that uses direct fuel injection (a first for Porsche) to churn out higher horsepower while actually getting more miles per gallon.
If you thought the rise of petroleum caused global economic upheavals, just wait until we start producing electric-car batteries in mass quantities. That's the warning from Glenn Bell, CEO of Air Fuel Auto. Bell told reporters at this weekend's Alt Car Expo in Santa Monica the need for precious metals and other raw materials for next-generation batteries could have a ripple effect on the global economy. Of course, Bell isn't a passive observer; he's got his own answer to the alternative-fuel question. You're breathing it.
The newest federal fuel mileage regulations affect car manufacturers differently—so what does that means for companies like Porsche?
By Mike SpinelliPosted 04.29.2008 at 4:53 pm 13 Comments
Could new federal fuel mileage regulations kill sports-car specialists like Porsche? Probably not, but those companies may have to pay heavy fines as the cost of doing business or radically change their US product mix. That's AutoWeek's interpretation of new rules proposed by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.