Still to this day the Porsche 911 is made mostly by hand, and it’s that attention to detail that creates such a high-quality product. Yesterday was a historic occasion, Porsche produced its one millionth 911 car and it just rolled off the production line. Porsche has been putting out the 911 sports car since 1963, and it finally hit a historic figure that rarely comes for exotic sports cars. The one millionth vehicle produced and it’s not so different than the original produced back in 1963. Sure there’s more tech crammed inside, the engine is significantly more powerful and advanced than before, but the makeup of the car itself remains the same. It’s a rear-engined sports car meant to go fast and offer excellent handling mechanics.
Irish Green Nostalgia
The one millionth 911 sports car was given the same Irish green paint job as the original 1963 model for nostalgia’s sake. The car also comes equipped with a steering wheel that’s partially made up of wood, and the dials are chrome capped just like the originals were. Overall 911 number 1 million looks very different from the original, but Porsche went the extra mile to tie the two together with décor.
The Power Gap
In terms of power and performance the 911 has come a long-long way. Consider this, the original 1963 model offered just 128 HP from its air-cooled engine. The current base model 911 Carrera offers 370 HP and they get much more powerful from there. The high-powered 911 Turbo S can go from 0 to 62 in just 2.9 seconds, a feat that likely seemed all but impossible back in 1963. The original 911 does the same thing in 8.5 seconds, something more akin to a modern-day family sedan.
Not for Sale
If you’re hoping for a chance to bid on the millionth Porsche 911, you’ll be sadly disappointed. No collector will have the opportunity to own the vehicle. Instead it’s going to take a tour of modern racing locations around the world, and it will be retired at the Porsche museum when it’s finished making its trip.
Few performance sports cars hit the one million production car mark, and that’s a real testament to the Porsche 911 and its longevity.
The recent Geneva Motor Show brought welcome news the Porsche faithful and enthusiasts, the “Drivers 911″ the 911 GT3 would once again be offered with a manual transmission!
In an ever increasing world of automation and complication, there comes a time and reason to unplug from it all and get back to basics, or at least as basic can get in this current day and age. When the 991 GT3 debuted it was hailed as the next great step, save for one thing, the lack of a manual transmission. The Porsche PDK is a superb transmission, and if the goal is to get around the race track in the quickest time, then there is no better tool to row through the gears. In the daily commute, stuck in traffic, the PDK also shines saving your left leg in stop and go traffic.
However, there are times when you want to row your own, to truly feel connected to the car and the driving experience, and for that, the best tool for the job is a manual transmission! If you wanted something close to the GT3 with a manual, you had to be lucky enough to get the 911R, but those were only offered to those who purchased the 918 Spyder, or, if you found one second hand, they started at $500,000 and went up quickly from there.
Porsche heard loud and clear that the faithful still wanted a manual gearbox and now they have responded. With the 991.2GT3 a six-speed manual returns attached to a 4.0 liter naturally-asperated flat six developing 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque. It wasn’t that long ago that 997 Turbo topped out at 450 horsepower, and now, the GT3 brings 500 naturally-asperated horsepower to the dance to sing that glorious song as it approaches it’s near 9,000 rpm redline.
Deliveries of the 991.2GT3 will begin in September, if you’d like to reserve one today, please contact us as these will be very hard to get.
Please have a look at this video as Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Project Director, guides DRIVETRIBE’s Features Editor Henry Catchpole around the latest Porsche 911 GT3.
Porsche enthusiasts and experts alike weren’t too sure about the Macan when it first came out, and the mid-sized SUV created even more skeptics when a four-cylinder engine option was added as well, but all that skepticism is fading fast thanks to the positive reception that the 2017 Macan has been getting.
Even though the 2017 Macan base model comes equipped with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, thanks to the turbocharger it’s surprisingly powerful. With 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque and a silky smooth 7-speed PDK dual-clutch configuration, this SUV offers snappy acceleration that’s worthy of a performance vehicle. Sure it’s not going to tear up any race tracks like more potent V6 variations of the Macan do, but for anyone that isn’t concerned with track numbers, the four-cylinder model makes a lot of sense. It’s more than fast enough for everyday driving, and is a good solution for drivers looking for something a bit more efficient.
The Macan Brings in Serious Customers
The Porsche Macan is an effective marketing tool for Porsche, like none of their other vehicles. That’s because it sells at a lower entry-level price than all the other vehicles in the lineup. It’s picking up brand-new customers that other models sold by Porsche simply cannot. After getting used to the Macan, it’s likely that many of those customers will move on to additional Porsche vehicles in the future as well. Either way, Porsche is bringing in a bunch of money from the Macan that it wasn’t getting from its other models and that can only be good for the automaker.
The Four Cylinder Receives a Good Response
Even though the Macan is mostly based around the six-cylinder power-house variation, there is a decent following for the four-cylinder model as well. So far it’s received a good response and many people heading to dealerships to buy the Macan are interested in the four-cylinder version of the vehicle.
A Long Future for the Macan
While many people thought the Macan would be a short-lived project before Porsche game back to its senses, the more successful that little SUV is, the more likely it’s going to have a long and rich future with the automaker. With small SUVs being so popular in the United States currently it will be very surprising if the Macan isn’t around for many years to come.
Porsche is already looking for new ways to improve the Macan and will likely continue releasing the innovative little SUV for generations to come, with both large and small engines. We might even see a full-electric or hybrid model in the years to come as electric vehicles increase in popularity.
We are just weeks away from moving into our new home in Hawthorne, just off the 405 freeway. We can’t wait to show you the finished product, but we thought we’d give you a bit of a sneak preview and the progress we are making. Mike Sullivan takes you on a guided tour and you can get an idea of just how amazing the new store is going to be.
A few of the highlights of the new store are:
- 50,000 square feet
- A Certified Classic Center (the only one in California)
- Latest Porsche design and materials (We worked with Porsche NA and Porsche AG on this!)
Largest Porsche sign in the country
Have a look at the video and in just a few weeks we will be able to show you the finished product!
For serious car enthusiasts, are just drivers looking for a real sports car experience, there’s something special about taking the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S around winding roads. It’s one of the more affordable of Porsche’s sports car lineup, and still invigorating to drive around.
You’ll Forget the Car is There
When you drive the Carrera you’ll experience, power, smooth performance, and excellent road feel. These facts don’t do the experience justice though. Imagine going down the road and forgetting that there’s even a car around you at all. You and the vehicle become one and you can swing around corners and travel at exciting speeds as if you’re doing it all on your own. Porsche has refined the driving experience to such a high level that it’s possible to forget there’s a car at all, and when that car melts away during some particularly spirited driving, well, that’s when things get very exciting.
Burn Down the Road
By now I’m sure you’ve heard complaints from at least one Porsche purist that the Carrera and Carrera S are both equipped with turbochargers. It messes with the tone of the vehicle they say, it creates turbolag they claim. Well, let me say that the Carrera S still sounds fantastic. It’s throaty, it’s raw with just enough of a rumble to let you know you’re in a powerful car. Not only does it sound formidable, but the Carrera S is also faster than before. It’s packed with 420 HP and when equipped with the Sports Plus programming and the PDK clutch it can go from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds. Slam down on the gas pedal for a particularly long straightaway and you can imagine how it feels for a drag racer as you’re thrown back in your seat hard.
More Freedom While Driving
Every single 2016 Carrera comes equipped with the Porsche Active Sport Management suspension as standard, and the Porsche Stability Management system. Though they have similar names, they do different things. The suspension system handles spring stiffness, ground clearance and other such goodies to achieve stability as you speed along travelling wherever you decide. The Stability Management system also helps keep the car stable, but it does so by adjusting power and braking strategically to keep the car under control. This system offers more freedom than it once did, and will let you push the car farther past its limits without kicking in, perfect for the driving enthusiast that doesn’t want to go completely without the failsafes, but is looking for that racing experience all the same.
Though the 2016 Carrera and Carrera S have been modified to include a dreaded turbo, and they have more electronic nanny capabilities than before, they’re both deriver-centric vehicles that are a real experience to motor around in. Once you have one you just have to find the high quality roads to really test these machines out and get them up to their nearly 200 MPH speed cap.
911 and convertible fans were collectively dribbling all over their television sets and computer screens when the Porsche 911 Targa was released just a year ago, and now they are upping the ante with a more brutal machine residing in that same attractive exterior. The 911 Targa 4 GTS offers more performance capability for an even more exciting experience for drivers looking to push the limits.
At the Detroit Auto Show this week Porsche showed off the next generation of their 911 Targa. It comes packed with a 3.8 liter boxer engine that puts out around 430 horsepower overall. The full power isn’t available until the vehicle climbs up to 7,500 RPMs, but revving that deep throaty engine is half the fun of driving it. It’s also said to have sharper handling features that give the car a sportier feel when driving it around than the base model.
The GTS comes with a seven speed manual transmission as standard, but you can opt for the PDK automatic double-clutch instead to improve acceleration times slightly and make driving the car easier. It climbs from 0 to 60 in just 4.4 seconds with the manual tranny and manages it in just 4.1 seconds when you slap in the PDK. Either way it’s one fast convertible.
One downside to the vehicle’s engine layout is that you only get about 4.4 cubic feet of trunk space in the car. You’ll have space for just a bag or two which will restrict how far you can go and what activities you can complete in the vehicle, but that doesn’t take away from how much fun it is to drive around.
It Comes at a Price
Neither the Targa 4 or its GTS variant are very cheap with both priced in the six figures, but the Targa is available from $101,600 while switching to the GTS version bumps the price up to $132,800. The not so subtle price difference does offer more than just a performance boost however. The car comes with enhanced features within, and many of the improvements are addons that you would have paid extra for in the base Targa.
There is no information released about what the fuel efficiency figures will be for this little powerhouse, but they should be worse than the not-so-stellar 18/26 on the base Targa, and that’s if you drive the vehicle conservatively, so prepare yourself to fuel up before you go cruising.
For anyone interested in getting an more environmentally friendly version of Porsche’s family SUV, the 2015 Cayenne S E Hybrid is set to debut at the Paris Auto Show later this year. While this car isn’t that much different than the current hybrid version of the Cayenne, it does come with some nice improvements that car owners will enjoy.
What it has to Offer
While very similar to the hybrid, the Cayenne S E Hybrid comes equipped with a powerful 10.8 Kwh battery that can be charged for all-electric driving. This pack is composed from powerful lithium-ion batteries, and is capable of moving the vehicle between 11 and 22 miles on a charge according to Porsche. Of course this is just an estimate, but it’s in the rough ballpark that you should expect from the vehicle.
This might not sound like a very long distance, but for some people 22 miles could cover their daily commute to and from work. Even if the electric motor doesn’t get you where you need to go you can enjoy improved mileage and rely on the gasoline-engine to finish the rest of the trip.
Not only does this SUV let you drive completely on electric power, it also adds a bit more power to the vehicle in general. The new electric motor used in this unit puts out 95 HP or 70 KW of power. This is a pretty decent increase from the 47 HP or 34 KW of power supplied by the engine in the hybrid. When paired with the 3.0 liter supercharged V6 you get a vehicle that has 416 HP overall and that can go from 0 to 60 in just 5.4 seconds.
In order to get your hands on one of these advanced hybrids you’ll have to hand over $76,400, plus a destination charge of 995. It’s still kind of hard justifying this expense when you look at the seemingly lower price tag of the Tesla X that has a far superior electric range, but for many owners who want to own Porsche’s the purchase will make sense.
Whether or not the vehicle seems practical for everyday situations, it’s great looking and offers an impressive level of performance. Porsche doesn’t expect to sell a huge number of these units, but even the ones they do sell will help make electric vehicles more mainstream.