We said in our 2013 Best Driver’s Car competition that the Cayman S, which placed fifth out of 13 competitors, could use a few more horses. Now, a rumor started on popular European car forum Rennlist suggests Porsche may give us just that, hinting that higher-spec versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman with more power are on the way. A Porsche dealer in Northern California posted details on the forum, claiming new 2015 model-year Boxster and Cayman variants will go on sale next May. The new models would carry the GTS designation, and are alleged to produce 370 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque, up 45 hp and 53 lb-ft from the current Cayman S, and 55 hp and 59 lb-ft from the Boxster S. According to the post, the GTS models would be priced around $75,000. We asked Porsche R&D chief Wolfgang Hatz in a recent interview about future Cayman variants, and he told us only to “wait and see.” Other sources inside Porsche didn’t deny the rumor. Regarding other details … [Read more...] about We Hear: Porsche Cayman, Boxster GTS Variants to Get Power Bump
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There have been rumors suggesting more powerful versions of the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are on the way, and now the first prototypes have been spotted testing. From these spy shots, the biggest change appears to be a revised front bumper and new rear diffuser. The Cayman GTS also gets new LED running lights. Although the two prototypes are fitted with 19-inch alloy wheels and snow tires, the production models are expected to wear standard 20-inch alloy wheels. While no powertrain details have been released, we expect the Porsche Boxster GTS and Porsche Cayman GTS to get a 15-20 hp bump over the current Boxster S (325 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque) and Cayman S models (315 hp, 266 lb-ft) — though those power bumps could be higher. Late last year, a Northern California Porsche dealer posted details on a Porsche forum claiming the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS models would boast 370 hp and 325 lb-ft — increases of 55 hp and 59 lb-ft over the Boxster S, and 45 hp and 53 lb-ft over … [Read more...] about Spied: Porsche Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS Spotted Testing
ESTORIL, Portugal — As journalists cycle through Porsche’s 2017 718 Boxster and Boxster S over the course of several hundred miles in Portugal, the recurring refrain is inevitable. Turbocharged flat-four engines? How’s the character? Is driving engagement lost? Can anything be as good as a Porsche flat-six? Has Weissach ruined its roadster? Slow your breathing, though the maternal-like concern is understandable if not a speck bemusing. The Boxster, after all, has seen its share of undulating perceptions. From the original concept car — still one of the best automotive design exercises in history — that debuted at the 1993 Detroit auto show to the first-generation 986 Boxster to the 987 to the 981 unveiled in 2012, Porsche’s now 20-year-old production sports car has taken it from all sides. Pure driver’s car? Check. Secretary’s car? Check. Universal praise from the enthusiast press? Check. Ridiculed by the (secretly jealous?) uninitiated? … [Read more...] about 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster Review
Porsche 911 has been a nearly year-long affair, with unique tributes and even a special anniversary edition with plenty of retro throwbacks. The party is expected to continue through the end of 2013, and if one 911 enthusiast forum is right, we'll see yet another special edition model near the anniversary of the original car's September 1963 debut, when it arrives at next month's Frankfurt Auto Show.It's called the 911 Blu, and where the 911 50 Years Edition was more expensive than a 911 Carrera S hardtop, the Blu would be an entry level special edition. That's right, a limited run car that actually slots in at the very bottom of the 911 range. According to Porsche forum 911UK.com, the new car would be priced at 74,600 euros ($98,718 at today's rates) or 64,750 pounds. That undercuts the price of a base 911 in Germany by nearly 16,000 euros and in the UK by nearly 8700 pounds (although to be fair, it's roughly identical to the price of a base 911 C2S in the US). Porsche's new … [Read more...] about Porsche forum claims eco-friendly 911 Blu coming to Frankfurt
Driving a Porsche is one of the most memorable experiences in the world of motoring. In the way a Porsche sportscar marries form, function, usability, visceral thrills and high quality, it has few peers. The Cayenne SUV and the Panamera grand tourer may not offer quite the same level of driving excitement, but they provide the yin to the yang by being the global best-sellers in the Porsche stable.In India, it’s the Cayenne that constitutes the lion’s share of sales, and the Indian chapter in the Porsche story has taken a new turn, with the appointment of Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt Ltd (VGSI) as the sole importer of Porsche vehicles, parts and accessories. VGSI takes over from Precision Cars India Pvt Ltd (PCI), which had held the importer’s licence since 2007. Anil Reddi, director, Porsche India (the trading name for VGSI), says “Porsche has a very strong goal, which is that by 2018, it wants to sell 200,000 cars worldwide. If I was to read … [Read more...] about Porsche’s second comeback in India
TTAC commentator Detroit-Iron writes:I am in the process of buying a new car (despite Steven Lang’s admonitions). I would like to get a 2009 after the 2010’s come out, maybe a Legacy or Ralliart. My problem is that there is zero information on the specific month that a given manufacturer is going to release the 10s. I can understand the manufacturers and dealers wanting to keep that info under wraps considering the inventory but I would think that a journalist or consumer advocate would have it, but I can’t find anything.One more item: did TTAC ever get a figure for the percentage of Boxsters that had their engines die? Were any years better or worse than others? I came very close to buying one until I found out about that.Sajeev answers:I have friends in the car business (who aren’t car people, per se) and I am amazed at their isolation from the operational activities of their respective manufacturers. While The Best and Brightest … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Bad Information, Badder Boxsters
The other day, when a popular blog mentioned that the Porsche Boxster was judged to be the car most likely to last 200,000 miles I did a double take. You don’t have to spend very much time in the comment sections of the major car blogs or on enthusiast forums to know that German cars have, at least to enthusiasts, a reputation for being prone to frequent and expensive maintenance and repair. Likewise, a simple internet search for [porsche boxster engine problems] puts paid to any notion that the average Porsche owner has an 85% chance of his or her car lasting to the 200K mark.So I followed the link, which ended up at a Yahoo Autos page hosting a story by Hannah Elliot, originally sourced from Forbes, titled Cars That Will Make It Past 200,000 Miles. The story was picked up by blogs, Porsche fan sites, and import auto dealers’ trade groups, as well as a variety of news outlets like Yahoo and MSNBC, who added the title Porsche among road warriors that won’t die,Ms. … [Read more...] about Forbes Touts Consumer Reports: Porsches Will Last 200,000 Miles
Seth writes:Sajeev,I own two cars – a 2003 A4 3.0 quattro with 81k miles and a 2005 Boxster S with 50k miles. Both were bought used and both have been relatively inexpensive to maintain (so far). I went ahead and replaced the timing belt on the A4 earlier this year due to the car’s age, despite the fact the service manual doesn’t call for a new timing belt until 105k mi (which would occur at 13 years old based on my annual mileage).That said, my wife is about to have our first baby and this has called my car choices into question. The A4 is pretty small – too small for a kiddo and all her associated stuff – and the Porsche, well, that’s a non-starter. Since I can’t turn the airbag off, my kid wouldn’t see the front seat of the Porsche until she’s a teenager.The question is: do I trade in both cars and buy a family friendly SUV (say a VW Touareg) or keep the Boxster and trade the Audi in on something a lot less expensive, yet still … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Porsche’s Kid Friendly Option. Yes, Option.
Robert writes:I just replaced the engine in my 2005 Porsche 911 due to the failure of the INTERMEDIATE SHAFT. I would like to know just how widespread the problem is with 911’s and other Porsche models too. Why?I am considering filing a lawsuit against Porsche to recover the costs associated with replacing the engine. If you have had an INTERMEDIATE SHAFT failure and have an interest in joining in my lawsuit or simply sharing your experience please contact me: westsidetravelmedicineATgmail.comWhile Baruth (HINT-HINT) preps his remarks, let’s look back: since the dawn of the automotive era, many a niche car builder received a free pass from their colossal mechanical failures. That’s part of the game: Ferraris is (sometimes?) known for fixing production mistakes well after customers take delivery. We recently saw just that with the Corvette ZR1, too. Even Deloreans were known to…well, perhaps that’s beating a dead horse.Porsche prides itself on mechanical … [Read more...] about Super Piston Slap: Kickstarting a Porsche IMS Lawsuit?
About two months ago, I purchased my fourth new-to-me car in as many years — and I still had two of the previous three. Of those three, one was purchased for adventure (a 1977 Porsche 911S that I drove cross-country and back nine days after purchasing it), one because of nostalgia (a Honda S2000, I bought one new and missed it), and the third due to reputation (an Acura NSX, I had never even driven one before buying this one online). Those reasons must be the foundation for some sort of automotive cardinal sins list.However, I bought the fourth one because it represented such a good value. It was a 1999 Porsche 911 Carrera with about 146,000 miles. It hadn’t had the IMS bearing replaced, but I figured that with such high mileage it probably wouldn’t have an issue. Is this foreshadowing? The seller was a friend who had owned it for about two years but had purchased a mid-eighties 911 Targa recently and didn’t want the ’99 as a daily driver any … [Read more...] about Money Isn’t Everything: What an $8,500 Porsche 996 Really Costs