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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.
Word on the street is that Porsche is planning on releasing a special edition version of the 911 known as the 911 R. The vehicle is designed to be a more driver-focused and track-ready version of the 911 GT3. The vehicle relies on the same engine as what’s in the GT3, but the vehicle comes with a manual gearbox instead of the seven speed dual clutch. That means that some drivers will be able to own an even more enjoyable version of the GT3, which should be exciting to everyone who got in on the deal, unfortunately there aren’t any models left, that’s right Porsche sold them all already.
Porsche Sold Out on the 600 Model Run
Porsche decided to only produce 600 models in a single production run for their loyal customers. They reached out to some of their top customers and demonstrated the vehicle at a private event, and they liked the vehicle so much that every single one of them is now spoken for. That means it doesn’t matter how much the car is going for. I’m sure it was sold for a higher premium than the 911 GT3, but anyone interested in getting the vehicle that wasn’t in on the deal will have to buy one second hand later on.
Changing the GT3
Porsche wasn’t willing to just add in a manual gearbox and call it a day. The automaker made additional changes to the vehicle to differentiate the 911R from the standard 911 GT3. It comes with a more streamlined look. Most of the aerodynamic features of the GT3 have been stripped away. That means no rear wing, the tires are smaller and it’s going to be lighter than the GT3 because of a bunch of modifications that Porsche made to the car overall.
Sources spoke with Road and Track about the vehicle and suggested that it would be released in the not-so-distant future. I wouldn’t be surprised if it released within the next month or two and the Los Angeles Motor Show coming up in November would be an ideal venue for the vehicle.
The idea behind the 911R is certainly an exciting one and I’m sure plenty of people will be eagerly watching Ebay for a used model to go on sale, or are awaiting the announcement that another line of the vehicles will go on sale in the future.
Up until now Porsche hasn’t dared give its Cayman variant enough power to stand up against its flagship 911 for fear of overshadowing it, but that’s exactly what the automaker did with the Cayman GT4, and it’s now available in the USA for examination.
The Cayman GT4 comes packed with 385 HP, all produced from a very capable 3.8 liter flat six that was taken straight out of a Carrera S. It’s got the full front end from the Porsche GT3 making it highly aerodynamic and responsive around the corners of any track you bring it on.
A Real Driver’s Vehicle
Unlike the 911, the Cayman has a nearly perfect weight distribution with weight heavily centralized in the center of the vehicle on this mid-engine car. That gives the Cayman superior handling around tight corners and other track features that the 911 might struggle on a bit thanks to the rear-engine design it relies on. That’s what makes this Cayman GT4 so desirable and why drivers are practically climbing over one another to get their hands on it.
Is it Faster
Motor Trend took out both the 911 Carrera and the Cayman GT4 and compared the performance and times for 0 to 60 acceleration and over the ¼ mile and on both tests the Cayman GT4 came out ahead by quite a ways. That said, the Cayman GT4 is quite a bit faster than a Porsche 911 with the same power configuration, but it probably can’t keep up with every Porsche ever made, because it doesn’t have the power to compete with some.
Crushing the Figure Eight
On the figure eight track test, which is just a series of touch turns in a figure eight pattern, the Cayman S was able to post a faster speed than nearly every Porsche 911 taken around the same figure eight course with 23.8 seconds, and during their testing the Cayman GT4 manages the course in 23.5 seconds beating out many of the fastest 911 times, but still not overtaking the GT2 or GT3 times around the course.
The latest Cayman GT4 is a beast of a vehicle, and it’s something that every Porsche lover should try out at least one time. It’s not the right vehicle for everyone, but a driver looking for a race car experience each time he heads out onto the open road will be absolutely over the moon with this vehicle.
Conservative Porsche owners aren’t likely happy about the new changes that Porsche has planned for its entire lineup of vehicles. The automaker is planning on getting rid of naturally aspirated engines entirely in favor of turbo-charged models across the lineup. This change offers a lot of benefits to every vehicle owner, but it does come with some drawbacks as well. Whether Porsche owners like it or not, it’s a change that has to be made and one that Porsche seems very committed to starting next year.
The Positive Improvements
There are a few positive improvements that smaller turbocharged engines will offer to Porsche owners. The first, and most important is that the vehicles will be more efficient overall. Fuel economy figures will drop down and so will emissions. This is very important for Porsche, because the automaker has strict government efficiency levels it has to meet, and adjusting its lineup to meet those requirements is essentially to remain in business. Another benefit is that even though these engines are going to get smaller they will actually get more powerful as well. That means that they will be faster once up to speed, and drivers will have more to work with.
A good example of this is the Carrera 911. According to Car and Driver the turbo version of the vehicle coming next year will have 400 HP available, a 50 HP increase even though the engine is dropping from 3.4 down to 3.0 liters. The car will technically be more powerful, though it might experience turbo lag that keeps it from accelerating any faster.
Why Purists Don’t Like It
Purists don’t like turbocharged engines for one specific reason, and that’s throttle lag or turbo lag. This phenomenon occurs as the turbocharger begins to build up speed when the vehicle first begins accelerating. The vehicle experiences a bit of latency while it tries to build up speed and that makes it harder to precisely operate the throttle. It makes driving a bit more difficult and finicky and takes away from that smooth performance that Porsche vehicles are so known for.
Combating these Issues
There are a few different ways to handle this issue. By adding in a couple turbos instead of just one the lag can be reduced noticeably. Some automakers have also relied on electric turbo systems that rely on electricity to start spinning a turbocharger before it has a chance to do so naturally, and that also helps reduce turbo lag substantially. There’s no information about whether Porsche is going to rely on any of these techniques to improve driving dynamics of their vehicles, but it’s likely that they will do something to make a difference. This is likely to be the pattern that all Porsche vehicles follow in the future, and it wouldn’t be surprising for most of the lineup to get a slight power boost while becoming more efficient in the process.
Preserving the Manual
Even though Porsche is taking away the naturally aspirated engines that so many purists prefer, the automaker isn’t doing away with manual transmissions. There will still be plenty of models that offer a high quality seven speed manual transmission to enthusiasts who want a more traditional driving feel.
Porsche vehicles are known for reliability, but it isn’t just because Porsche owners baby their vehicles, though they do, that they keep chugging long after other automobiles have died. Porsche works very hard to make sure it’s vehicles are built to very high specifications that stand the test of time. It’s through all this hard work that Porsche is able to create such renowned vehicles, and those vehicles are able to live up to their reputation.
Unlike most other automakers in the industry, other than the select few, Porsche is very serious about putting out the safest vehicles on the road. They know how important it is to have something safe and reliable, and the automaker works tirelessly to see this goal achieved. I’m sure it helps that Porsche only releases a handful of different models annually, but the company has some of the best engineers in the industry working for them, and those engineers really focus on creating vehicles that are going to last. They don’t want to be beat by anyone, and it’s that level of determination that allows such great products to be crafted
You Get What You Pay For
When you have such a talented team of engineers designing vehicles for you, you can really make the most of the high quality materials you have at your disposal. Porsche vehicles aren’t cheap, and engineers use the higher premiums to afford better quality materials and design principles to go into their construction. Porsche has the luxury of relying on better-than-average design mechanics in its vehicles, because the automaker can afford to. That’s why each and every Porsche is built so well, and why when one of the vehicles fails it’s surprising.
Strength Forged in Competitive Racing
Most of Porsche’s leading edge technologies were developed during competitive racing. During the endurance races that Porsche took part in heavily, the vehicles were stressed much more than they would be in regular driving conditions. These events gave engineers more information about how the vehicle will break down over time and also gave them the opportunity to figure out ohwo to fix that wear and tear. By going through countless competitive races Porsche was able to develop superior technology to many of the other automakers and it’s this knowledge that helps Porsche when the company attempts to create a vehicle more reliable than anyone else’s.
The next time your looking at the high price tag on a Porsche vehicle and cringing inwardly, just know that you really do get what you pay for. All that money will buy you into a finely engineered vehicle that will last and perform just as you would expect it to. You would be hard-pressed to find another piece of machinery that lives up to the Porsche name, and that’s why the name is worth so much.
A short time ago Porsche was considering introducing an even more affordable entry-level vehicle than the Cayman, but has since decided to scrap that project crushing the hopes and dreams of some Porsche enthusiasts hoping for a more forgiving point of entry. Although they decided not to offer a more affordable model, that doesn’t mean that Porsche’s cost of entry is going to remain the same, and it’s likely buyers will be able to grab more affordable Porsches in the future through more low cost 718 variations of existing models.
The 718 Project
The more affordable vehicle was dubbed the 718 project after the renowned vehicle that carried Stirling Moss to victory in many different distance races back in the 50’s and 60’s. Even though Porsche decided that they wanted to ditch the product, they still wanted to keep the 718 name and make use of it in some of their vehicles to try and preserve that piece of history. That’s where they got the idea to offer new entry level models of the Porsche 911.
Say Goodbye to the Boxster and Cayman
It’s likely that Porsche is going to do away with both the Boxster and the Cayman name tags in favor of additional 911 variations instead. Porsche will simply add in a range of 718 models to its flagship 911 vehicle and offer a range of different powered vehicles in the process. They have been developing a flat-four engine for these more affordable variations and it’s believed that they still intend to make use of them in the 718 variations. There are two different displacements expected in the engine and three different power outputs. It’s expected that the new engine will produce 285 HP, 360 HP or 400 HP depending on the model variation that it’s in.
While none of this information is currently official and it could still change, Porsche is expected to release some new variations in 2016 and 2017 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 718 variation available at that time, at a more reasonable price than even the Cayman is today.
Each year thousands of car shoppers put down premium amounts of money for luxury vehicles, but how many of those owners actually enjoy the vehicles that they purchase? A recent study from J.D. Power shows that Porsche owners are the happiest of the lot, making these vehicles one of the best investments that you can make if you’re looking for entertainment.
In this comprehensive study Porsche was able to beat out its main competitors. The automaker scored ahead of Audi, Cadillac and BMW without a problem.
Porsche received a score of 882 on the study putting it firmly in the lead ahead of it’s main competitors
Jaguar and Audi who received an 862 and 858 respectively. The results of this study show that Porsche owners really do enjoy their vehicles, and more importantly that Porsche owners enjoy their vehicles more than other car owners do.
What the Study Means
This comprehensive study asked owners to evaluate their vehicles over a list of 77 different attributes. After all of the different questions have been answered the vehicles are given a final score that falls somewhere on the 1,000 point scale. Porsche received the highest score of the study, showing that Porsche drivers enjoy their vehicles more than any other vehicle owner. One surprising result of this study was how far behind Cadillac was compared to Porsche. They received a mere 826 during the study which is still a respectable score, but far behind the Porsche lineup of vehicles.
Porsche Snags Segment Awards as Well
On top of taking a broad look at the different vehicle lineups, J.D. Power also examines different brands based on segment. Porsche managed to take home three different segment awards as well. Porsche received awards for their Boxster, the Cayenne, and the 911 giving them a strong foothold in a variety of different categories. The Boxster was voted best in the Compact Premium Sporty Car segment, the Cayenne won for the Midsize Premium SUV segment, and the 911 won the Premium Midsize Sporty car segment.
If you’re looking for one of the best vehicles for entertainment and pure enjoyment it could be in your best interests to go with a Porsche. The thousands of Porsche owners surveyed can’t be wrong, and it’s clear that Porsche designed vehicles are meant to please more effectively than many of their competitors. Out of all the models the Boxster, the Cayenne and 911 models are highest rated and well worth a test drive at a local dealership to get the full effect.
Motor Trend has named the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S as its Best Driver’s Car for 2013. The Best Driver’s Car honor is decided after a yearly competition among the top new or improved performance cars available in the U.S. market. This is the second consecutive year that a 911 variant has won the award.
“The 911 Carrera 4S has terrific balance, telepathic steering, a potent engine, and a lightning quick transmission,” said Ed Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. “But what impressed our judges the most was the confidence and joy it delivered, on the street and at the track. Congratulations to the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car for 2013.”
“This is a significant honor for our brand as we celebrate the 50th birthday of our 911 sports car this year,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. “Being named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car shows that our flagship car still has the same appeal it has had for 50 years.”
Each year, Motor Trend editors choose the car that most compels them to want to drive. Each contender is run through a series of instrumented performance tests, a 500-mile road trip highlighted by aggressive canyon driving on a closed course and finally, evaluation at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The test aims to go beyond the numbers to uncover the one vehicle that offers enthusiasts the most engaging and rewarding driving experience possible.
Check out the video below of Motor Trend’s run of the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S:
The 911 features special Aquablaumetallic paint from Porsche Exclusive, contrasting 20-inch white Carrera S wheels and pinstriping, along with an aero package including a fixed rear wing. Inside, there are unique backlit sill plates and the obligatory dashboard engraving that says “Personally Built by 5 Million Porsche Fans.”
As a way to turn at least one virtual thumbs up into its more meaningful physical-world equivalent, Porsche is holding a contest to win the chance to drive the car at Britain’s Silverstone racetrack – and bring a friend – and nine lucky runners-up will win 1:43-scale models of the 911. To find out more, go to the Facebook contest page to take part.
Since 1963, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Since its release, it has become an icon where few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and with such continuity as the Porsche 911. It first debuted as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September of 1963 and has been inspiring car enthusiasts around the world ever since. Not only that, every Porsche series, from the Cayenne to the Panamera, each carries an element inspired by the 911.
Over the decades, more than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built and over the 7 generations, Porsche engineers have demonstrated the innovative power of the brand; each release has been reinvented, time and time again, bringing together what would seem like contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and acceptance, as well as design and functionality. It comes to no surprise that each generation has its own personal success story to tell.
To commemorate the special occasion, Porsche has planned a variety of anniversary events to celebrate the iconic sports car. Celebrations will kick off with the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart which runs from March 7th till the 10th. There will be four special exhibits at the Porsche Museum which will include an early-model 911 Turbo coupe, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street-version 911 GT1 and a pre-series Type 754 T7 which “was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.” In addition, from June 4 – September 20, 2013, the museum will be celebrating “50 Years of the Porsche 911” with a special exhibition that will chronical the history and development of the 911.
Porsche will also be sending a vintage 1967 model 911 on a world tour, traveling five continents where it will make an appearance at events, including Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Good Festival of Speed, and places like Shanghai, Paris, and Australia. To follow the tour, go to http://porsche.com/follow-911.
Every week, over the course of the next few weeks, Pacific Porsche will feature milestones of each generation leading up to the new Porsche 911 GT3 which will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this month. We are honored to be recognized as one of Porsche’s Premier Dealers among the top 25 in the United States and the only one in LA. The designation is rewarded to those Porsche Dealerships that best represent the Porsche Business Model. So stay tuned as we continue to bring you the latest news and announce the arrival of the GT3 in our showroom!