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Porsche Debuting New GTS Models in Beijing

Boxster, Cayman get additional 15 horses.

by on Apr.14, 2014

The 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS gets a 3.4-liter six cylinder putting out 330 horsepower this year.

Most makers are getting ready for their new introductions in New York, but Porsche plans to debut the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS at the Beijing Auto Show later this week.

The newest members of the GTS family are earning their stripes with more powerful engines and upgrades to the vehicles’ standard equipment.

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The Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS boast mid-mounted 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine delivers that both additional 15 horsepower compared with their “S” model counterparts. The Boxster GTS comes in at 330 hp with 273 lb.-ft. of torque while the Cayman GTS has 340 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. (more…)

First Drive: 2014 Jaguar F-Type

Well worth the wait.

by on Apr.18, 2013

The Jaguar F-Type V8 S during a first drive in Spain.

There’s an unexpected chill in the air as we head out from our hotel on the outskirts of Pamplona, Spain, dawn still 30 minutes away.  Yet despite the early hour, it’s hard to contain the excitement about what’s to come.

It isn’t very often that we get to test a new sports car from the folks at Jaguar.  Indeed, the last time the maker launched an all-new one was more than a half-century ago with the groundbreaking E-Type.  While there have been tweener cars since then, such as the XK, none has truly targeted the sports car segment.  Until now, with the Jaguar F-Type, that is.

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Few new entries have generated more buzz in recent months, and with good reason.  The 2-seater comes through with a blend of sensuous yet menacing styling that one would expect from Jaguar. And those good looks are complemented by exhilarating performance and dynamic handling.  Is the new F-Type really the “best sports car in the world,” as Jaguar officials have started to boast? Here’s what we discovered during two days of hard driving both on-road and on-track.

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First Look: 2014 Porsche Cayman

More muscle, better mileage.

by on Nov.29, 2012

Lighter, longer and wider - as well as more powerful and fuel-efficient - the 2013 Porsche Cayman.

Porsche intends to extend its winning strike as it launches an all-new update of its smallest sports coupe, the Cayman, which made its first public appearance during a well-attended debut at the LA Auto Show.

Like the similarly sized Boxster roadster, the 2013 Porsche Cayman is lighter and sleeker, with a longer wheelbase and wider track designed to enhance both its visual appearance and its road manners.  Porsche engineers also have pulled off the seemingly impossible, as they did with several other recent models, not only boosting performance but squeezing out significantly better mileage.

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“The new version is lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient than ever,” said Matthias Mueller, CEO of the Stuttgart-based maker – which effectively became part of the growing Volkswagen AG empire this year.

The 2013 Porsche Cayman S can launch from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in barely 4.7 seconds.

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Jaguar Will Price New F-Type Between Porsche’s Boxster and 911

All-wheel-drive, even higher performance versions likely to follow – but forget diesel.

by on Sep.26, 2012

Jaguar reveals what could be its most important new model in six decades, the F-Type.

Only the Brits would come to Paris to unveil a new convertible in the pouring rain. But Jaguar is hoping that the soggy send-off for the new F-Type sports car won’t dampen the reception for the long-awaited “spiritual successor” to the legendary Jaguar E-Type.

The new F-Type will get its official debut on Thursday, during the opening press day of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.  The maker offered relatively few details about the new sports car during the Wednesday sneak peek, but TheDetroitBureau.com has gotten an inside look at Jaguar’s ambitious plans – which include a range of additional F-Type variants that will come to market during the new model’s likely 6- to 8-year lifecycle.

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Among other things, expect to see even more powerful versions of the Jaguar F-Type than the 495-horsepower supercharged V-8 that will reach showrooms early next year.  An all-wheel-drive model may very well be in the works, TheDetroitBureau.com learned, though a diesel model is not in the cards.

Meanwhile, Jaguar hopes to capture as much as 10% of the global sports car market, Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar-Land Rover North America revealed, in part by pricing the new F-Type between the Porsche Boxster and 911 models.

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First Drive: 2013 Porsche Boxster

More 911 than ever.

by on Jun.14, 2012

Porsche delivers a "more mature" Boxster for 2013.

Hollywood executives aren’t the only ones who seem to come up with similar ideas all at the same time.  When Porsche introduced the original Boxster, back in 1997, it hit market about the same time as several other European roadsters, notably including the Mercedes-Benz SLK and BMW Z3.

The Porsche Boxster was clearly the sportiest of the three – though no one would likely confuse it with the German maker’s classic sports car, the 911.  It didn’t have the style, the body stiffness, the power or the performance.  It was, by comparison, something of a youthful toy.

To its credit, each successive generation of the Boxster has gotten better and better.  And during its unveiling in Geneva, last March, when we asked Porsche chief designer Michael Mauer what the goal was with the all-new model his response was simple: “to make it more mature.”  After spending a couple days with the 2013 Porsche Boxster we’d have to say that nails it.

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If there’s a downside, it’s something Porsche should worry about.  The new model is so solid, so nimble and so attractive that those 911 wannabes who might otherwise have to strain to get into the flagship model might now comfortably enjoy – rather than settle for – the Boxster as an alternative.

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VW/Porsche Merger Likely Dead, But Makers Still Expanding Ties

VW to start building Porsches later this year.

by on Mar.19, 2012

Porsche CEO Matthias Muller with the newly redesigned Boxster at the car's Geneva Motor Show debut.

The on-again/off-again Volkswagen-Porsche merger appears to have moved into the indefinite hold category, but that doesn’t mean the two German makers won’t expand their ties.  In fact, VW will begin producing the all-new Porsche Boxster, later this year, alongside the Golf Cabriolet.

With Porsche facing numerous lawsuits over its failed attempt to pull off the David v Goliath acquisition of larger VW, several years ago, the potential financial liabilities have all but scuttled a merger, Porsche officials suggested during a meeting with industry analysts.

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The meeting “confirmed our view that a merger of Porsche and VW is not possible,” said analyst Jochen Gehrke, of Deutsche Bank, though the smaller maker did confirm that it will continue expanding its relationship with its bigger rival.

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Porsche Unveils a “More Mature” Boxster

Lighter, more powerful, more fuel-efficient.

by on Mar.07, 2012

Porsche CEO Matthias Muller helps introduce the redesigned 2013 Boxster.

Porsche’s new product assault continues unabated, the German icon rolling into Geneva with an all-new version of the Boxster that it boasts is lighter, more powerful and more fuel-efficient, never mind a lot more appealing to the eye.

The design is more sculpted and “more mature,” suggested Michael Mauer, Porsche’s design chief, in a conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com.  The overall look adopts more of a familial look shared with the new and well-reviewed 911, notably starting with the distinctive, sloping headlamps.

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Porsche migrated to an all-new aluminum body for the 2013 Boxster on display at the Geneva Motor Show, a move meant to reduce weight – by an average 55 pounds – improve handling and performance, and boost fuel economy.

In terms of mileage, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller promised a 15% improvement – though U.S. ratings have yet to be released.

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Porsche Power Shift as Qatar Sheikh Joins Board and Hans-Peter Porsche Retires!

Six-month figures show improvement at the loss making firm.

by on Jan.29, 2010

Keep on truckin' with new Arab leadership and a sedan and SUV as the best sellers.

Porsche Automobil Holding SE’s annual meeting saw economic reality prevail over history, as board member Hans-Peter Porsche 69, retired from office and was immediately replaced by “His Excellency” Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Bin Jassim Al-Thani, 31, as a representative of Qatar Holding LLC, Doha, on the supervisory board of the company.

The changes came at the general meeting held on Friday in the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart. Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund acquired a 10% voting stake in Porsche last year amid the turmoil of a reckless, leveraged and failed takeover bid of Volkswagen by Porsche that ultimately saw the ouster of Porsche chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and chief financial officer Holger Haerter.

Sheikh Jassim Bin Abdulaziz Bin Jassim Al-Thani is the chairman of the board of Qatar Foundation International, USA, and is a member of the boards of Qatar National Bank, of InvestCorp and of Qatar Foundation Endowment Fund.

It appears that the Porsche and Piech families still control 90% of the remaining voting rights.

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Other shareholder representatives on the supervisory board of Porsche SE are the chairman, Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, and Dr. Ferdinand Oliver Porsche, Dr. Ferdinand K. Piëch, Dr. Hans Michel Piëch and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Lehner.

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Q1 Porsche Sales Drop 40%, Revenue Declines 31%

Results still moving downward as "sports car" maker struggles.

by on Dec.19, 2009

The underlying financials at Porsche remain weak.

Underlying financials at Porsche remain weak as it is unable to counter Great Recession effects.

Sales of Porsche AG fell 40% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009/2010 as only 11,385 vehicles were sold.

The Panamera sedan during the first few months of introduction sold 2,973 vehicles, making it the second most popular vehicle in the line after the Cayenne sport utility vehicle, which tallied 4,095, down 57% from the year earlier period.

Thus, the fabled sports and race car maker is now largely a sedan and truck company by volume.

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In the period from 1 August 2009 to 31 October 2009, sales of the 911 dropped 64% to 2,600 vehicles. Sales of vehicles from the Boxster model series, including Cayman, dropped 13.5% to 1,717 vehicles.

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First Drive: 2009 BMW Z4

What's wrong with doing too much, too well?

by on Apr.28, 2009

BMW hopes to win over snobbish roadster purists with the launch of its all-new update of the Z4.

BMW hopes to win over snobbish roadster purists with the launch of its all-new update of the Z4.

Climbing into the southern extremes of the Swiss Alps, I muscle the ancient roadster into a corner, well aware of the way its skinny tires have begun to slide on the wet pavement.  The guardrails are few, even though the drop-offs are becoming increasingly steep.  As I steadily climb higher, the rain morphs into snow, the wind whipping it in through the open cockpit.

Spend a few hours behind the wheel of an antique BMW 315 and you understand the classic definition of roadster.  Fun, absolutely, but it’s also primitive, cramped even dangerous when road conditions are less than perfect.  So it’s not hard to understand why I jumped at the opportunity to swap out for the car my traveling companion had chosen for the day, a 2009 BMW Z4.

The name may be familiar, but the ’09 roadster is a very different beast from the one you might already know.  It is, for one thing, the first complete makeover of the Z4 since 2002.  Among other things, the Bavarian maker has opted, this time, for a foldaway hardtop, rather than the canvas roof that the old Z4 shared with BMW roadsters dating back to my pre-War 315.

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