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After a two-decade absence lusty Italian brand Alfa Romeo is coming back to the United States but not all Fiat dealers will be allowed to sell these exotic sports cars.
This week AutoGuide‘s most watched videos took a good look at whether or not the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid lives up to the hype.
In addition, luxury sports car enthusiasts had their eyes glued to our Porsche Cayman S vs. Audi TT-RS comparison. Lastly, there’s the announcement of the AutoGuide car of the year, the 2014 Mazda3.
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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.
10. 2014 Porsche Cayman S
Make no mistake, this IS as much of a bucket-list as it is a dream list of cars. I’ve yet to drive many of these sublime examples of motoring, but if I was ever given the opportunity, I’d jump at it, potentially re-scheduling a birthday party, religious holiday or anniversary to get a chance behind one of these vehicles. If (or until) these opportunities arise, I’ll have to just dream.
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.
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GALLERY: Facebook-Themed Porsche Cayman S
Porsche is recalling specific vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 Boxster, Cayman and 911 model ranges due to an issue with the seatbelt anchor.
The automaker claims that undersized mounting holes for the anchors could cause the seatbelt to become not ”routed optimally around the occupant.” Over time, the anchor could loosen, resulting in an increased injury risk in a crash.
Among the models targeted by NHTSA for recall include the 2011 911 Speedster, the 911 GTS RS 4.0, the 2012 Boxster (including the Boxster S and Spyder) and Cayman (including the Cayman S and Cayman R), the 911 Carrera (including the Carrera S, GTS, 4, 4S, and 4 GTS); 911 Targa 4/4S and the 911 Turbo and Turbo S manufactured from May 31, 2011 through June 10, 2011.
Porsche dealers will inspect the affected vehicles and made any necessary alterations free of charge.
Hit the jump for the official press release
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]
While Italian sports cars get a bad rap for being fickle, nobody has ever accused the Porsche 911 of having major reliability issues, and J.D. Power, publisher of the legendary reliability rankings, seems to confirm that, having named the 911 the most reliable sports car and Porsche as the top German manufacturer.
While some of Porsche’s newer vehicles have been afflicted with engine problems, J.D. Power still gave the brand top marks, likely since its owner survey is based on the opinions of people who forked out good money for their cars. On the other hand, a Canadian study recently showed that 97.4 percent of Porsches from the last 25 years are still on the road, a testament to their longevity and robustness. Only time will tell if a current Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne or 911 will be as resilient.
The next Porsche 911 is expected to shed roughly 100 pounds of weight, thanks to an aluminum intensive chassis that will be shared with the next generation Boxster and Cayman.
The news, courtesy of Motor Trend, seems to suggest that power upgrades won’t be as substantial, with the reduced weight helping to bring the majority of performance gains. With the 911 range already offering ample thrust, the news of a lighter chassis, one that is sure to positively impact all areas of driving dynamics, is promising. A wider track and longer wheelbase should also help improve the car’s handling, making it more stable while also benefiting ride quality.
Fans of the old car will still be able to buy previous generations of the Turbo and GT3 cars, as they have traditionally followed a year behind the standard cars in the product cycle.
[Source: Motor Trend]
Alongside the new 911 Carrera GTS and 911 Speedster models, Porsche will unveil a “mid-engine sports car” at the LA Auto Show. While the first two are just North American premieres, having already been shown at the Paris Auto Show, this new model is a World Premier.
As we’ve reported in the past, the car is not some new high-tier exotic, but rather a version of the Cayman inspired by the incredible Boxster Spyder, believed to wear the name “Cayman Clubsport.” That being said, expect a significant weight reduction, a slight bump in power over the Cayman S to 330-hp and Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK transmission for a 0-60 mph time of around 4.5 seconds. Pricing should be roughly $65,300.
GALLERY: 911 Carrera GTS
GALLERY: Porsche 911 Speedster
Official release after the jump:
A little snow on the ground shouldn’t mean that you pack your sports car away until the spring. And in Canada, Porsche is encouraging drivers to “Never Hibernate.”
Starting this February, a fleet of 20 Porsche Caymans and 911 Carrera models can be found thumbing their noses at the snow on Canadian roads, putting to rest the old tradition of putting high-performance sports cars in the garage for the winter.
Camp4 Canada is a new three-day driving experience offered by Porsche Cars Canada this winter. Participants enrolled in Camp4 Canada will get behind the wheel of these 300-plus-horsepower rear- and all-wheel drive sports cars so they can learn valuable winter driving skills. They will hone their skills on the specialized snow-bound “racetracks” at Mecaglisse, a dedicated snow- and ice-driving facility outside of Montreal. These multi-turn road courses will allow drivers to explore the Porsches’ limits in safe and controlled situations.
“We are very excited to be hosting a Camp4 driving event for the first time in Canada,” added Joe Lawrence, President and CEO of Porsche Canada. “Porsche has long provided drivers the skills to drive with precision, performance and mastery in all kinds of adverse conditions. Our focus with the three-day Camp4 Canada program will be to train participants’ muscle memory for emergency situations and teaching them how to drive with precision in treacherous Canadian conditions, including special techniques for driving on snow and ice.”
You can learn more about the program at www.porsche.ca/neverhibernate.
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.
Having traditionally lived in the shadow of Detroit’s International Auto Show, the lineup for this years event appears to be expanding, even though only two of the 20 debuts have been announced. Porsche is expected to debut a Cayman ClubSport at Los Angeles, but little else is known beyond that. In addition to the world debuts, another 20 vehicles are expected to bow in some form or another in L.A., pushing the total up to 40 debuts. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt are expected to appear in final production form as well, with the Volt hitting dealerships right around that time as well.
With even the 2010 Detroit Show coming off as a more subdued affair due to the economic downturn, Los Angeles is hopefully a harbinger of things to come, with a ton of product hitting dealerships and consumer confidence restored.
[Source: Los Angeles Auto Show]
Hit the jump to read the official press release