You may have heard that Porsche Cars North America has been looking for the oldest Porsche cars in North America from each model line. The winners have since been chosen and have been published on the contests website. The winners all get their cars on the web site and their photos where on exhibit on October 12th in the “60 Years of Porsche in America” exhibit at the Porsche Museum.
This week’s video is about the new Porsche Cayman R (just unveiled hours ago). In the spirit of the Boxster Spyder, the Cayman R adds horse power and removes weight. This adds up to a faster and quicker Cayman. Personally, this is my type of Porsche. The new model will be available this coming March.
If you have been following the current top end turbocharged 911s, then you know that two of the top cars available are the new 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S and the 911 GT2 RS. While there are quite a few differences in these great cars, there is one difference that screams at me. The 911 GT2 RS is only available with a manual transmission, while the new 911 Turbo S is only available with a PDK transmission.
This poses a question, which would you prefer? I personally prefer the driving experience of the manual, even though it is a little bit slower than the PDK. Let me know you preference in the comments.
In today’s “Blast from the Past” we have a video from an old episode of Top Gear that tests the Porsche 959 and 993 Turbo. While you have a much better chance at getting a 993 Turbo than a 959 (although, I recently saw one for sale in the Porsche Club of America’s Panorama Classifieds), it is always fun to see one of Porsche’s greatest supercars.
Cars are often featured in movies and are sometimes part of the reason why we lust after a given model. Because of this I thought I would from time to time write about various Porsche models and some popular films that they appeared in. Today’s post is about the Porsche 356 Speedster.
The first movie that I found that has a Porsche 356 Speedster in it is Bullitt. The classic movie, features many cars and a few 356s. While the 356 Speedster is just a vehicle in the background, a chase scene features a 1964 Porsche 356 C Cabriolet.
The next movie featuring a 356 Speedster, is Top Gun. The Tom Cruise 80’s classic features the love interest of Mr. Cruise in the movie driving the black Porsche 356 Speedster.
The final major movie featuring a Porsche 356 Speedster is the 2004 Wimbledon movie. The movie featured the main character driving the speedster.
All of these movies are entertaining and if you want to watch a few with a Porsche 356 speedster in it, then these are great films to choose from.
With all of the Election excitement happening the past few days, this story may have gone unnoticed by many. The merger between Porsche and Volkswagen appears to be in jeopardy. This is based on an interview with Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, where he stated that the the merger may not happen at all. The thing that may kill the entire deal is the tax risks.
If the deal does not happen it may put more pressure on Porsche to make sure that the entire lineup of cars is very fuel efficient due to upcoming government regulations (both in Europe and the United States). Having said this, it would remove the fear of the possibility of the quality of their cars going down after the merger.