America’s obsession with air-cooled Porsches has climbed from a hippie appreciation to yuppie objectification to big-money speculation and now virtually religious fixation. Luftgekühlt is its newest tent revival, America’s most obsessive car show.
Born in 1989, I grew up thinking of Porsche as a small, kind of weird and old-fashioned yuppie car company a few decades removed from its brief glory days. Now it’s one of the most profitable automakers in the business, and there’s a reason why.
Everyone loves Lego, right? Of course you do; you’re not some kind of monster. I’m sure that anyone who’s ever built a Lego car has wondered, at least in passing, say, wouldn’t it be great if I could just build a real car out of Lego? Just in case the weight and cost calculations didn’t wise you up about why that…
So, Porsche made this car called the Porsche 911 R, right. And it was basically a 911 GT3 RS with no big silly wing and a manual transmission. There were very few of them made, and because it’s the only Porsche that purists actually want, they sold for silly amounts of money. And that was the end of that... maybe?
You have high expectations for an “enthusiast-spec” Porsche, and the 2017 Porsche 911 GTS lives up to a lot of them. Hell, it steps to twice the speed limit in as long as it took you to read this introduction. But for all its power and precision, the car doesn’t have much personality.
The 2017 Porsche 911 GTS is pure: you can run its 450 horsepower turbocharged flat six with rear-wheel drive and a manual transmission. Tomorrow I’ll be terrorizing the streets of Tahoe in a few of these and also spending some time with the people who put them together. What do you want me to ask them about?
The beautiful unobtanium Porsche Cayenne S Diesel birthed of magical unicorn tears and luxurious fancy-torques that of course America doesn’t get just set a new Guinness World Record. The Cayenne just towed the heaviest aircraft ever towed by a production vehicle: a 314-ton Airbus A380.
When most people think of off-roading, few think of a Porsche, but the Cayenne is far more capable than its scourge-of-Nordstrom’s-parking-lot reputation would suggest. Here’s a Cayenne Turbo crashing an off-road day with the Camden County Georgia Jeep Club, just gettin’ muddy like it’s no big deal.
One of the things that the very serious community of Porsche 911 enthusiasts concerned themselves with is the idea of a hybrid 911. From an evolutionary standpoint, it seemed to make sense. The 918 Spyder is a hybrid, after all. But the hybrid 911 is apparently dead now, so you can shelve all of your heated debates.
It’s a 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera S, painted in Irish Green and designed to mirror some details from the very first 911 from 1963. And when it rolled off the assembly line in Zuffenhausen today, it became the one-millionth Porsche 911.
Before the advanced Porsche 918 and the insane Carrera GT, there was the Porsche GT1 racecar. Only 25 road cars of the famous racer were produced, but this example at Goodwood is actually a converted street legal racecar.
Now that Porsche has switched over to turbo-four motors for the 718/Cayman, this left the purists wondering what will become of the next Cayman GT4. According to some clues dropped by Porsche GT development boss, a naturally aspirated flat-six and a three-pedal setup is here to stay.
With the summer fast approaching for a lot of us on this fine car blog, this scene is quite cool and refreshing—wouldn’t you say?
Just after Porsche director of GT cars Andreas Preuninger said that setting fast Nürburgring lap times wasn’t a priority, Porsche announced that they set a time with their new 2018 911 GT3 that’s 12.3 seconds quicker than the previous 911 GT3: a 7:12.7. There’s not a lot of consistency in what comes out of…
Adi is in a rather envious position: he can finally get his dream car, a Porsche 911. The only problem is even though all the 911s look pretty much the same, and there are so many variations and generations that it’s hard to figure out which is the best one. What Porsche should he buy?
Mr. Regular of Regular Car Reviews swung by Fabspeed and saw several good Porsches, including a 993 911 RSR clone, a Boxster Spyder and a Cayman GT4. It’s a fantastically weird video, but he somehow captured the reaction we’d all have to a great car if we had zero shame. Ohhhhh. Ahhhhhh. Yessssss.
Porsches have had active aero elements since 1989, when the Porsche 964s were equipped with an electrically-activated rear wing, a feature nearly all 911s have had since. A new patent suggests that all those bits under the bumper may be getting jealous, as the patent covers an active rear diffuser setup.
This is no ordinary Porsche Cayenne S—it’s been kitted out with a mild lift,
meatier tires, under-body armor, snorkels and a lot of other trick gear
to race in Germany’s GORM Open Rally Raid. Has there ever been a more perfect Cayenne? I’m going to say no. It’s beautiful.