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It has been another busy year at the AutoGuide office. Once again we have driven and evaluated hundreds of cars this year ranging from the Mitsubishi Mirage to the Dodge Ram to the Rolls Royce Ghost.
We love testing cars and will test anything we can get our hands on. However, every once in a while we come across a car that is something special; a car that separates itself from the over-populated crowd and wins over our automotive hearts.
These here are the top ten vehicles that stuck in our minds. They may not be the fastest or flashiest cars out there (though most of them are), but long after we had to return these press vehicles, we were still longing for just one more drive.
If you’ve got a smartphone you know just how versatile these pocket computers are. They send and receive e-mail, allow you to cruise the internet and can even take pictures, to name but a few of their capabilities. They’re essentially real-life Tricorders from Star Trek.
According to a Porsche dealership in Northern California, the 2015 Porsche Cayman and Boxster GTS models will feature 370 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
Due next year is an update for the highly controversial Porsche Panamera model, a restyling change that should make it more appealing to the eyes. But rumor has it that the German automaker has much more planned for its sedan in the near future.
The 2013 update should also bring a long wheelbase variant, which will undoubtedly be popular in China. But the interesting rumor is that Porsche could be working on shooting brake (wagon) and cabriolet variants for its Panamera model. Despite Porsche product planning wanting to bring the second-generation Panamera to market in 2015, the early revamp will surely bring more variants in order to extend the new lifecycle.
Industry spies are also predicting that Porsche will produce a smaller Panamera model, perhaps named Pajun, and could arrive in 2017 with two or three different body styles.
To compete with the BMW X6, Porsche may also be introducing a four-door coupe version of its next-generation Cayenne and could hit showroom floors in 2016.
While much of the above are just rumors, we can surely expect the second-generation Cayman later this year along with more variants of the new 911. Expected soon is the Carrera 4, 4S, Cabriolet 4, 4S, GTS, and Porsche may have a surprise with a 911 Targa in 2014. The 991 version of the 911 Clubsport, Turbo and Turbo S, GT3, and GT2 RS will probably still be a couple of years out.
[Source: Automobile Mag]
Porsche is celebrating a milestone of reaching two million fans on its Facebook page by unveiling a customized Cayman S featuring red-tinted photos of all their Facebook fans.
The color scheme draws inspiration from the Porsche 917 K, the same vehicle that won the company’s first overall Le Mans victory. The Cayman S will be on display at the Porsche Museum out in Stuttgart throughout this month, but if you aren’t planning on making the journey over there, hit the source link and take a look at the car yourself. You can even search your name to find yourself or zoom in at all different angles of the Cayman to see who else’s face adorn the custom Porsche.
Plus, don’t forget to become a fan of AutoGuide on Facebook here.
GALLERY: Facebook-Themed Porsche Cayman S
The 2013 Porsche Boxster S is going to look more aggressive with fresh lines a new interior and bigger air scoops, but the real change is going to be how it feels on the road.
New looks are cool, but just wait until you see what the folks over in Stuttgart cooked up this time for the iconic roadster: a turbo cramming 50 extra ponies in for a grand total of 360 hp. What’s even more exciting is the fact that Porsche is doing this without it’s 3.4-liter flat-six. In fact, they’re slicing two cylinders right off in favor of a 2.4-liter flat 4, meaning a faster car that’s more forgiving at the pump.
A less potent version will also make its way into the Cayman and base Boxster models. This is great news for anyone thinking of buying a Boxster, because they know how much fun they are already with 310 ponies pushing past curvy roads. Furthermore, the car will shed some curb weight, meaning that extra power will punch even harder.
The official debut is slated for this year’s Geneva Auto Show, look for more details and pictures to come
[Source: Road & Track]
Infamous Porsche tuner RUF has unveiled their third generation CTR, the Cayman-based supercar featuring a mid-engine design with a 3.8L flat-six with 750-hp and 708 lb-ft of torque. RUF’s CTR variants have always been known to be in a league of their own, and the CTR 3 is no exception, featuring a Kevlar-carbon body shell, with a hood and a pair of doors made from lightweight aluminum.
The car itself has been transformed to support the new mid-engine design with galvanized steel used for the front structure and passenger compartment. The powertrain has been fixed in a space frame and modular tubular frame construction. Inside, the passenger compartment is reinforced with RUF’s Integrated Roll Cage.
Engine-wise, the twin-turbocharged powerplant features a pair of intercoolers – one for each turbo – placed in front of each rear wheel. Mated to the 3.8L flat-six is a transversely mounted sequential 6-speed transmission with a limited slip differential.
The CTR 3 also features a staggered set of 19-inch wheels in the front and 20-inch wheels in the rear, with the widebody fitting 335/30/20 tires in the back. Those interested in purchasing a CTR 3 can also have the interior customized to their liking with leather and Alcantara options.
All said and done, the CTR 3 weighs in at 3,086-lbs and with 750-hp, it has a power-to-weight ratio of 4.4-lbs per hp. That makes for a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 236-mph.
GALLERY: RUF CTR 3
[Source: RUF Automobile]
It is amazing what some people will attempt to do in their cars. Porsches are fantastic cars but unfortunately, they were not meant to fly, or in this case, perform somersaults in the air.
The driver of the Porsche managed to flip and roll his the car into a series of open spots to create his very own parallel spot. He was probably trying to keep the car on the road, which begs the question, how did he manage to flip the car into a parking lot? Despite the impressive acrobatics session, the driver hops out of his Cayman to examine the damage and looks to be walking normally. Unbelievable.
Check out the video after the jump!
German sportscar maker Porsche is celebrating quite a milestone this month, as it has now exceeded the 300,000 mark for the total production number of the Boxster and Cayman models. This special occasion comes exactly 15-years to the month after production started back in 1996.
The car carrying the exclusive 300,000 build number was a platinum silver Boxster Spyder model with a red leather interior. It is intended for a customer in Germany.
The Boxster started out as a concept car back in 1993 at the Detroit Auto Show, but thanks to its overwhelmingly positive reaction, Porsche decided to put the car into production. It spent the first decade as only a convertible model, but then in 2006 was joined by the Cayman coupe. Nowadays, both these models come with a variety of engine, gearbox and trim packages to appeal to different clients.
While 300,000 units is an impressive number, it is far from the being the most populous sportscar on the market. Mazda for instance has produced over 900,000 of their MX-5 models, while Chevrolet has produced just over 1.5-million Corvettes.
Obviously when it comes to modifying cars, there’s a different style and process to building and customizing each project. But at the top of almost everyone’s wish list is an aftermarket suspension, not only lowering the vehicle to give it a more aggressive stance, but to also improve its handling. There are major cons to lowering a vehicle though: a harsher ride and much less clearance between your car’s front bumper and hazards on the road. Those hazards mostly include those pesky curbs and speed bumps, causing us to take each at an angle and as slowly as possible.
Thankfully TechArt has been taking notes and listening to its customers’ demands. They have recently announced their Noselift System that will raise the front end of your Porsche close to 2.4-inch with a quick push of a button. The height adjustment is really quick and quiet, doing what it needs to do, when you need it.
And given TechArt’s track record with their products, we’ll assume it’s of utmost high quality. No pricing has been released yet.
GALLERY: TechArt Noselift System
Official press release available after the break.
The search is on for America’s oldest Porsches to celebrate the company’s 60th Anniversary. Porsche Cars North America has launched the My Classic Porsche Search, focused on finding the oldest Porsches from 12 different model categories. And as icing on the cake, they’re also seeking the very oldest Porsche of all time.
So which 12 models are they searching for? Well, if you’re an owner of a Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, 968, Boxster, Cayenne, Carrera GT and/or Cayman, and you think you have one of the oldest ones out there head on over to www.porsche60years.com to check out the participation guidelines.
And if you’re selected as one of the official winners, you’ll not only receive special recognition but become eligible for additional awards including an exclusive badge from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They may also choose one vehicle to be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show amongst all of Porsche’s newest models.
Official press release available after the break.
Sometimes it’s not enough to drive a fine, luxury automobile. You need everyone to know what you drive (or what you wish you did drive) by bringing a piece of it with you wherever you go.
When you’re heading out of town, you can let the world know that your luggage fits perfectly in your Porsche with the new Porsche Design Driver’s Selection line of luggage. Just as sleek and cool as the car itself, this line of luggage was designed to fit in the storage spaces of the Boxster, 911, Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera.
There are three different types in this collection, they all come in a variety of sizes and come in a choice of the original Porsche vehicle exterior colors: the “Ultralight,” which sport a classic design and is made of light polycarbonate; the Porsche Carfit series that is made with “AluFrame”-trolleys; and the Panamera leather series.
If you really want to OP (Over Porsche) it, consider accessorizing with the company’s new collection of line of jackets, wallets, handbags, and sunglasses.
Looking to put a little extra bling in your outfit? Consider picking up a metallic purse embellished with a Cadillac hood ornament. You’ll get plenty of interior room (just like a Caddy) and you’ll definitely make a fashion statement (again, just like a Caddy). These gems were spotted in Santee Alley in LA’s garment district, but you could probably do this yourself with an ordinary bag, a needle and thread or a glue gun, and a hood ornament from a car of your choice. Bam – instant fashion statement!