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Jun
10
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Consumer Guide’s test 2014 Porsche Cayman S arrive well-optioned, stickering for $89,915 including the $950 destination charge.

2014 Porsche Cayman S

Miles Driven: 409

Fuel Used: 17.4 gallons

May
01
Porsche Panamera 4S

Our test Porsche Panamera 4S arrived equipped with almost $30,000 worth of options (see list below). The base 4S starts at $99,275 including the $975 destination charge.

2014 Porsche Panamera 4s

Miles Driven: 292

Fuel Used: 17.5 gallons

Real-world fuel economy: 16.7 mpg

Oct
23
1973 Porsche 911 Review

The 1973 911 was powered by Porsche’s “2.4 L” engine, which actually displaced closer to 2.3 liters.

The current editorial team here at Consumer Guide couldn’t think more highly of the Porsche 911, but was our appreciation for this German icon always so robust? To help celebrate this rear-engine sports car’s 50th anniversary, let’s jump back 40 years and see how the team felt back then.

Apr
08
911 50th Anniversary

The original Porsche 911 2.0 Coupe (left) is more than a foot shorter in length than the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (right).

The word iconic gets thrown around fairly freely for a lot of things that are merely successful, but if there’s an automobile that truly deserves that adjective, it’s probably the Porsche 911. Going on 50 years now—the public debut of the prototype was at the September 1963 Frankfurt auto show—the shape of the 911 has stayed true to its original theme, while the sports car’s performance has risen to ever-greater heights. It is an icon in the strict dictionary sense of something whose form suggests its meaning.

Mar
27

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche is using the 2013 New York Auto Show to celebrate the 50th birthday of its most iconic sports car. Part of the festivities include the debut of the 2014 911 GT3.

The GT3 is basically a sportier version of the standard 911 Carrera. How do you make an already sporty car even more so? By giving it more power, better handling, and more expressive styling.

Mar
12
Huge Porsche Key

The Porsche 911’s key possesses the look of the curvaceous car to which it belongs.

In this edition of “The Keymaster,” we take a look at the key fob for the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Unlike the last Keymaster post on this blog, which focused on the Jaguar XJL Supersport’s fob (which looks like a square with rounded corners), the Porsche’s key is much more imaginative. About as long as your index finger, the 911’s key is loosely shaped like the sports car to which it’s married. The Porsche shield is a textured badge set into the hood. The buttons on the “roof” have a rubbery feel and, when pressed, activate a blinking red light above the “Unlock” button. Though heavier than the average “smart” key, it won’t put a strain on your key ring. Its weight simply imparts a feel of quality and substantiality.

Nov
29
2014 Porsche Cayman

2014 Porsche Cayman

Making its world debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show was a revamped version of Porsche’s entry-level coupe. The 2014 Porsche Cayman delivers more power, but with the promise of lower fuel consumption, all while retaining the same thrilling driving experience that’s a hallmark of the brand.

Sep
20
World Roadshow Driving Experience

For the autocross portion of the Porsche World Roadshow in Joliet, Illinois, participants got a warm-up lap and a “fast lap” in a new-for 2013 Boxster S with a professional driving instructor riding shotgun.

A thorough test drive is always an important part of any new-vehicle buying experience. However, when it comes to high-end performance cars and enthusiast buyers, a run-of-the-mill dealership test drive on city streets isn’t always sufficient to truly show off the vehicle’s capabilities. Luxury manufacturers realize this, and most of them offer a variety of brand-specific “driving experience” events that range from complimentary half-day product samplings to expensive, multiple-day high-performance-driving instruction courses. These events are held at various racetracks and private country club-style road courses around the country, usually during the summer months. Manufacturers get to showcase their current offerings and do a bit of direct marketing. Enthusiasts and prospective buyers get a dose of professional instruction and a supervised high-performance test-drive opportunity that’s (briefly) unconstrained by those pesky speed limits and traffic laws.

Jul
31
2012 porsche cayman r

The 2012 Porsche Cayman R offers outstanding performance around the track and is refined enough for occasional street driving. Click to see more pictures of the 2012 Porsche Cayman.

Model: 2012 Porsche Cayman R; 330-horsepower 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual transmission

Base Price: $66,300

Options: Automatic dimming mirrors, Porsche Communication Management w/navigation, xenon headlights w/cornering lights, sound package plus storage, automatic A/C, sport chrono package plus, XM satellite radio, universal audio interface, black painted wheels

Price as Tested: $79,285

Jun
25
Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S Powerkit

The Aerokit package includes a deeper front fascia with a central air splitter and extra air intakes.

Many premium-brand vehicle owners aren’t content to follow the herd and don’t think twice about spending big bucks to customize their rides in one way or other. Porsche learned this decades ago, and it has cashed in handsomely with an endless parade of performance and cosmetic packages for its various products, many allegedly inspired by the brand’s racing exploits and all aimed at customers who just can’t resist lilly-gilding.