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 |  May 10 2012, 7:31 AM

There was a time that potential Porsche owners wouldn’t even concern themselves with fuel efficiency figures, but nowadays mpg figures are important to any educated car buyer.

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 |  Apr 03 2012, 10:15 AM

The Porsche Cayenne diesel has been on its way to America for a while now, and will finally greet U.S. customers this week at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Europeans markets have had the Cayenne diesel since 2009, so it seems sensible that Porsche will bring it to U.S. showrooms by September of this year at a base MSRP of $55,750, not including destination charges.

The Cayenne will get its power from a 3.0-liter V6, making 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, making it capable of a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds. The diesel will also be a capable tow vehicle, rated at 7,716 lbs of towing capacity. The diesel engine will help the Cayenne achieve 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 23 combined.

The Cayenne diesel will be the fifth model variant in the Cayenne family, truly rounding out the lineup of Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

Click back to AutoGuide for live coverage from the 2012 New York Auto Show.

 |  Mar 14 2012, 8:01 PM

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The 2013 Porsche Boxster S, which recently debuted at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, just clocked in an impressive 7:58 on the Nürburgring.

That makes the new Boxster S a tick faster than the Chevy Corvette C6 (7:59), Dodge Viper SRT-10 (7:59), and the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe (8:01). The Boxster S is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine packing 315-hp and a 4.7-second 0-60 time. The 3.4L is mated to a six-speed manual as standard, but a seven-speed PDK dual clutch transmission is available as an option. Also optional is a Sport Chrono Package with Dynamic Transmission Mounts and a Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) mechanical differential.

Compared to the more powerful Porsche 911, the Boxster S is about 18 seconds slower on the ‘Ring, but still impressive given the cars it bests.

GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Boxster

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[Source: TopSpeed]

 |  Feb 14 2012, 7:43 AM

Reports are coming in that the next-generation Porsche 911 GT3 that is set to debut next year could be offered with a PDK transmission only. The 911 project chief, August Achleitner, recently confirmed that the German automaker’s motorsport division is testing both manual and PDK transmissions on the new GT3 and that only one of the two will make it to market.

Achleitner acknowledged that the PDK is looking like the favorite to be the only transmission to be offered on the new GT3 and that 30-percent of current 911 sales are manual transmission-equipped vehicles. He went so far as to say that when they launched the new Turbo S without a manual, they did not receive a single complaint. Too bad we were a little disappointed to even see that the Porsche Panamera Turbo S wouldn’t have a manual transmission option.

Lastly, Achleitner also confirmed that the next-generation GT2 and GT3 will have a variant of the electromechanical steering system found on the new Carrera.

[Source: Inside Line]

 |  Jan 12 2012, 7:11 AM

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Porsche’s new Boxster may not have made an appearance at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, but the German automaker decided to grab some more attention by releasing photos of the third-generation model onto the Internet.

The latest iteration of the two-seater sports car will feature an all-new lightweight body, upgraded flat-six powerplants and a completely revamped chassis with some sleek styling changes, taking cues from Porsche’s 918 Spyder Concept. In addition, the longer wheelbase and wider track helps improve space in the Boxster. Porsche also outfitted the new Boxster with a new fully automatic hood which now dispenses with a compartment lid for the convertible top when it’s stowed away.

In the interior, Porsche updated the Boxster iso it now features a large screen and similar controls found on the Panamera and the newest 911.

Even though exact specifications weren’t released, the new Boxster’s all-aluminum body will be significantly lighter than its all-steel predecessor. The revised chassis should also be lighter than the previous generation setup.

As for engines, Porsche revised the horizontally-opposed, six-cylinder engines both featuring direct injection technology. The base Boxster will be powered by a 2.7L, flat-six with 265-hp. Despite having a smaller displacement than the outgoing 2.9L, the 2.7L produces more power and propels the standard Boxster to 60-mph in 5.4-seconds. The Boxster S on the other hand will get a revised 3.4L with 315-hp (5-hp more than the previous one) giving it a 0-60 mph time of just 4.7-seconds.

Both variants will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission available as an option.

It is also estimated that the newly revised flat-six engines will provide better gas mileage with an estimated 29.4-mpg in the US. Porsche will also offer plenty of options on their new Boxster with a Sport Chrono Package with Dynamic Transmission Mounts and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear limited slip differential possibly some one of the more popular ones.

The 2013 Porsche Boxster will go on sale in the US starting in the summer with the base model starting at $49,500 and the Boxster S will retail for $60,900.

GALLERY: 2013 Porsche Boxster

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