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Pedal to the Metal as Porsche Fires up New 911 Carrera

Twin-turbo V-6 takes racing tech to the street.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Porsche's new 911 Carrera takes what the company learns on the racing circuit to make the production model faster.

Automakers invest heavily in racing, often with questionable results – but for Porsche buyers, the payoff will become apparent as the German maker rolls out the new 911 Carrera at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The twin-turbo technology used to boost the performance of the new sports car’s 3.0-liter flat six comes directly off the track, the maker explains, giving the latest-generation Carrera a hefty 20-horsepower boost. That was enough to help it pull a full 10 seconds off the lap time of the previous Carrera S on the North Loop of the Nurburgring.

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The new model also offers new features such as the first application of rear-axle steering on the Carrera S, “significantly enhancing” the 911’s already impressive handling, Porsche boasts. (more…)

Porsche on a Mission to Electrify with 600-hp Battery Sports Car

Mission E will hit 60 in just over 3 seconds and deliver 500 miles a charge.

by on Sep.14, 2015

Porsche's Mission E will make about 600 horsepower out of its twin electric motors.

If you’re image of a battery car runs along the lines of a Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt, something, slow, awkward and anything but fun to drive, Porsche is about to blow your doors off.

The German maker is on a mission to redefine the battery car. Mission E, that is. Looking like it’s rolled out of a sci-fi flick, the concept car Porsche is unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show is meant to prove that Tesla isn’t the only automaker that can be both mean and green.

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The 600-horsepower Porsche Mission E will launch from 0 to 100 kmh, or 62.5 mph, in under 3.5 seconds, yet get more than 310 miles per charge if you’re a little more gentle on the throttle. And if you do want to see what it can deliver on the track, Porsche says you can get an 80% battery charge-up in just 15 minutes.


First Look: 2012 Porsche 911

Rebirth of a legend.

by on Sep.13, 2011

Look familiar? No surprise as Porsche rolls out the 2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S.

What to do with an icon like the Porsche 911.  Fact is it’s been around for nearly half a century and still looks surprisingly much like it did when it first debuted.  And so it will still once the new 2012 model – which debuted today at the Frankfurt Motor Show – rolls into showrooms.

Not to say the updated sports car is just more of the same.  There are some nice, if subtle, tweaks to the new 911’s design – though one of the biggest changes is the availability of a new 7-speed manual gearbox.

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“This car embodies the core values for the brand,” explained CEO Matthias Muller, almost as an apologia for the evolution-over-revolution approach to the new 911’s design.  But he also stressed that it’s not all about tradition, it’s also “the ability to look forward.”