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One of the things that makes driving a Tesla palatable to a generally EV-skeptic populous is the proliferation of its Supercharger network. Superchargers allow Model S, Model X, and Model 3 owners to recharge their EV's relatively quickly, and are littered throughout the United States (and across the globe). Porsche knows that having its own EV recharging infrastructure is crucial to its upcoming EVs, so it is unveiling the Electric Pit Stop. The Pit Stop uses Porsche's 800V charging system, and instead of cramming all necessary components into each individual charging station, it will deploy FlexBoxes that measure 120x120x130 centimeters. These FlexBoxes can then be positioned... Read more...
Anyone with a little brother knows that while you might mercilessly pick on your bro, anyone else who tries it gets a mouthful of fist. Apparently the same goes for Lamborghini. The Aventador SVJ was just sitting back and biding its time to go out and thrash the Porsche 911 GT2 RS after said vehicle put a beatdown on little brother Lambo Huracan Performante at the Nürburgring. Lambo hasn’t always had a reputation for handling and has typically been known more for straight-line speed and outright style. It's changing that reputation with the Huracan Performante first and now the Aventador SVJ. The impressive part about Lamborghini's Aventador SVJ is that it beat the 911 GT2 RS by 2.33... Read more...
Looking back at Porsche's storied history, most auto enthusiasts have fond thoughts of the original 356, the 911 and the 959 supercar from the early 80s. However, in recent years, Porsche's sales have been dominated by **gulp** crossovers. The Cayenne and Macan are brisk sellers and cash cows for Porsche, which helps the German company to fund the continued development of vehicles like the 911, Cayman and 918 Spyder. With that in mind, Porsche is on an electrification kick, and the latest fruit to bear is the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid. The Cayenne was completely redesigned for the 2018 model year, and the new E-Hybrid inherits all of the refinements of its combustion-engine siblings. This time around,... Read more...
Back in late February, we brought you news of the ravishing 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. It didn't take long for Porsche to set records with its powerful beast, as the German automaker is crowing about its new lap time set around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit, aka the "Green Hell".  Porsche driver Kévin Estre was able to set a lap time of 6:56.4 minutes around the Green Hell, which was 24 seconds faster than the previous 911 GT3 RS. Let that sink in for a minute... the new model only has 20 more horsepower than its predecessor, but still managed to obliterate its time by over 20 seconds. We'd call that significant progress. The vast improvement in lap times... Read more...
Porsche is gunning for Tesla with its own line of electric vehicles that will look good and offer high performance (and Porsche's usual penchant for quality). The line will include the slick Mission E and the Mission E Cross Turismo that have only been seen in concept form so far. A high-performance electric car comes with the need for a high-performance charging network, and since Porsche is taking the fight to Tesla, that infrastructure can’t exactly be shared. New details on what Porsche has planned for its charging network have surfaced and Porsche Cars North America plans to have at least 500 fast chargers available at dealerships and highway locations around the U.S. by the end of... Read more...
Neel Jani and Porsche are both sitting on cloud nine after Jani set a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps while driving Porche's 919 Hybrid. In what has proven to be faster than a Formula One race car, the Porsche 919 Hybrid zoomed around the Belgian Grand Prix track in 1 minute 41.770 seconds, besting the 1 minute 42.553 seconds it took Lewis Hamilton in a Formula One last year. With the pedal to the metal in the modified Evo, Jani achieved a top speed of 359 kilometers per hour, or a hair over 223 miles per hour, while averaging 245.61 km/h (~152.61 mph). "This was an absolute fantastic lap—an outstanding drivers’ performance from Neel and the result of great engineering. Today’s... Read more...
Late last month Porsche dished out new details on the Mission E Electric performance sedan that aims to challenge Tesla. Porsche is back with another electric concept that is essentially a lifted SUV wagon version of the Mission E Performance sedan called the Porsche Mission E Cross. Porsche calls it a "Cross-Utility Vehicle" and says that it is designed for individuals with an active lifestyle, and was intended to be practical for year-round use. Inside the concept is designed with plenty of cargo space and exterior mounting systems to carry large objects like surfboards or bikes. Four people can sit inside and the dash is fitted with a display and control concept that has touchscreens and eye... Read more...
The era of electric vehicles may one day arrive in earnest, especially with some automakers pushing out performance oriented sports cars that run on batteries. Porsche is one of them. The company is prepping its Mission E for launch, and like Tesla's Model S, it is an intriguing vehicle. Stefan Weckbach, the guy in charge of Porsche's EV efforts, spoke in an interview about the Mission E and what's in store. One thing Weckbach said is that Porsche is not likely to devote resources to developing technologies that simulate the throaty sounds of muscle cars that run on gasoline. "Porsche is unlikely to lower itself to gimmicks of this kind or use sound effects," Weckbach said, according to Autoblog.... Read more...
Porsche is set to unveil the 2019 911 GT3 RS at the Geneva Motor Show next month and ahead of that official unveil the German automaker has given up details and images of the car. It's awesome, to say the least. The 2019 911 GT3 RS is a naturally aspirated car meant to tear up the street and the race track -- and it no doubt carries a hefty price of $188,550 including destination. That much money gets you revised styling inside and out compared to the previous model and a 4.0L flat-six that makes 520hp, a bump of 20hp compared to the 2018 version. Porsche also massaged more torque out of the engine the car uses with 346 lb-ft, a bump of 8 lb-ft compared to the outgoing model. Porsche gave the... Read more...
Tesla’s Model S has been roaming the streets since 2012, and has pretty much had the high-end, all-electric sedan market to itself. The car is good looking, is loaded with tech, and a P100D in Ludicrous Mode is able to rip off 0-60 times in less than 2.5 seconds. However, Tesla's EV performance crown will soon be challenged by Porsche, which is well along in development of its Mission E, with production set for 2019. The Mission E looks shares styling cues with its Porsche brethren, but looks more futuristic than the "familiar" styling of the Model S. Luckily for us, the folks at Automobile are spilling the beans on what we can expect with regards to performance on the Mission E. As expected,... Read more...
Porsche has added a new model to its 911 line and this one is the lightest variant yet. The new Porsche 911 Carrera T (the "T" stands for Touring, not Turbo), which is a tip of the hat to the original 911 T from way back in 1968, checks in at 3,142 pounds, making it 11 pounds lighter than the base 911 Carrera. Combined with a manual transmissions with a shorter constant transaxle ratio and a standard mechanical rear differential lock, Porsche is promising a heightened level of performance and driving pleasure.Shaving 11 pounds is one thing, but what is underneath the hood still matters. In this case, the Porsche 911 Carrera T sports turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-six engine that puts out 370 horsepower... Read more...
If you are among the Porsche purists still unhappy that the company is cramming smaller displacement turbocharged inline-4 engines under the hoods of some cars and are hoping for a return to the naturally aspirated flat six of yore, you might not be happy about the new 2018 Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Both of the cars still pack turbo fours inside their mid-engine chassis. The good news is that the turbo fours offer more power and torque than the flat sixes that lived in the engine bays previously. Both the GTS models use the same 2.5L turbo flat four that are found in the Cayman and Boxster S models. Rumors have been circulating that Porsche might move back to the flat six in some Boxster... Read more...
There are a lot of car guys and gals out there that dream of making enough money to have an entire collection of Porsche cars and SUVs. It's undeniably appealing to have a Cayenne or Macan for ferrying the kids around during the week or schlepping coworkers to and from meetings. On the weekends, having a sexy Cayman S in the driveway to play with or take down to the track would be perfect. The catch is that most of us don't have the kind of money lying around that you need to own one, let alone two Porsche models. Porsche has announced that it is launching a new sports car and SUV subscription plan that is called Porsche Passport and it gives members access to Porsche vehicles via a smartphone... Read more...
There is a war raging in the exotic and hyper car manufacturers club to see who can run a car the fastest around the Nurburgring in Germany. The fastest production vehicle around the Green Hell was, until very recently, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with a lap of 6:52.01. Porsche has taken the lap record back for the home team with a run around The Ring of 6:47.03 crushing the raging bull by nearly five seconds. That doesn't sound like much time, but on a race track five seconds is an eternity, the driver of that Lambo might not have even been able to see the 911 GT2 RS. Porsche had a goal for the 911 GT2 RS of making a lap around The Ring in 7:05 or lower and it crushed that goal by a... Read more...
We were first graced with the Porsche Mission E's beauty back in fall of 2015, and later in that same year, it was confirmed that the electric sedan had been given the green light for production. Now, we're beginning to learn a little more about the car, including how it will be priced. In a recent interview with CAR Magazine, Porsche chief Oliver Blume revealed that the production Mission E will be priced like an entry-level Panamera. For those of you don't keep up with luxury sports sedans, the base Panamera (rear-wheel drive) starts at $85,000, while the Panamera 4 (all-wheel drive) starts at $89,600. For simplicity's sake, let's just say that the Mission E will have a base price of around... Read more...
Porsche is no stranger to rip-roarious supercars; just look at the German marque’s 918 Spyder, which pumps out a combined 887 horsepower and a staggering 944 lb-ft of torque courtesy of its hybrid powertrain. On a slightly more “sane” level, there’s the 997 911 GT2 RS, which launched in 2011 with 612 horsepower and a top speed of 205 mph. Porsche is hardly a company that stands still technologically (even if its vehicle design evolution moves at a glacial pace), which is why the company is officially spilling all the beans on its all-new 997-generation 911 GT2 RS. Porsche gave us a sneak peek at the new supercar at the Xbox One X unveil to coincide with a Forza Motorsport 7 showcase, but now... Read more...
When it comes to timeless designs, it doesn’t get much better than the Porsche 911. Over 50 years after its initial launch, the 911 is still recognizable today in its modern 991-based iteration. Given the German company’s knack for design, AOC enlisted the help of Studio F. A. Porsche to help create its newest line of desktop displays, and they are quite striking in appearance. The Porsche Design Series (PDS) is available in 24-inch (PDS241) and 27-inch (PDS271) sizes, both of which include ultra slim display bezels on the left, right, and top. They also feature a rather unique-looking asymmetrical stand that houses a single cable used for HDMI and power, which terminates with a power brick-like... Read more...
Tesla Motors has blazed a trail for the future of electric vehicles with its Model S sedan, and is looking to follow-up its past successes with the Model X crossover and the upcoming $35,000 Model III. Established automakers are also looking to cash in on the EV market, and one of the biggest names in sports cars is looking to go toe-to-toe with Tesla. Porsche announced its beautiful Mission E in September at the Frankfurt Auto Show, and said at the time that it was hopeful that the vehicle would be approved for production. As if there was ever any doubt that the Mission E would be approved, Porsche revealed today that the vehicle has indeed been given the green light for production. “Even in... Read more...
Don’t get us wrong, Tesla Motors has been on an absolute tear with regards to its gorgeous Model S electric sedan. The vehicle has won awards left and right and has even broken Consumer Reports’ review scale. In its most potent form, the Model S P85D put down 691hp and 687 ft-lbs of torque, which is good enough to rocket it from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds in Ludicrous Mode. But the competition isn’t sitting still either — and increased competition results in even more compelling vehicles for us all. Look no further than Porsche’s entry into the electric vehicle arena: the Mission E Concept. While we all love the looks of the Tesla Model S, the Mission E is easily its equal in the looks department,... Read more...
We know that McLaren knows how to make supercar as witnessed by the 650S. And the company is no stranger to the hypercar arena either thanks to the P1 (and the legendary F1). The P1 employs a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine and a hybrid powertrain to pump out an astonishing 903 hp, which is good enough to rocket the vehicle to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and top out at 217 mph. If the 650S is too rich for your blood, then don’t even bother asking about the P1. But if you want a slightly less frantic sports car that is priced below $200,000, McLaren has introduced its new Sport Series to take on the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo, Audi R8, and Mercedes-AMG GT. At the heart of the 570S is... Read more...
LaCie and Porsche, together at last? We can't say we ever really expected these two names to join forces in any significant way, but they have, and the result is nothing short of stunning. Both of these companies are well known for amazing design, and now that they're working together, it's just easy to love what's coming out of their collaborative efforts. The two just launched an exclusive P´9000 electronics category: the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile (P'9220) and Desktop (P'9230) Hard Drives. Both of these rely on USB 3.0 and feature aluminum frames and 'purist designs.' In fact, the two have worked together off and on since 2003, and these just so happen to be the newest fruits of their... Read more...
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