Saturday, September 5, 2009

Promising Rumors

I have been pretty skeptical of the VW merger with Porsche, but recent rumors have been positive.

I am pleased that VW management is rumored to be planning to terminate the Cayenne and Panamera programs. After all, Porsche is a sports car company, and SUVs and four door sedans-- however profitable-- don't really fit that image.

I am also hopeful that the new company follows through on its rumored plan to develop an entry level Porsche sports car.

All these rumors, if true, show that the new management wants Porsche to return to its roots.

Hurray.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Meet the Motormouse



Here's a chance for any true Porsche lover to put their money where their mouse is.



This is the Motormouse, a bluetooth connected computer mouse created by a British company and shaped like a 911.

It features a USB interface and three mouse speeds. You open the engine compartment to change the two AAA batteries.

This device is available in several colors and will run you $44.95. Click here for more information.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Fast it is, Subtle it isn't

Prepare yourself for the latest 911-- the 2010 GT3 RS which will debut soon at the Frankfurt auto show.

Its normally aspirated engine will generate 450 horsepower which kicks it up about 15 horses from its predecessor.

Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy the muted muscle of the typical Porsche, this one appears to have been designed by a kid who was doodling it in the margins of his notebook during Algebra class.

Hopefully, you can order this baby without the bright red wheels, supergraphics on the flanks and Erector set rear wing.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thank God. It WAS a Hoax!


A few weeks ago, I posted an item about a Shooting Brake version of the Porsche Cayman supposedly spotted on the road by the staff of the U.S. version of Top Gear.

In my item, I said I really detested the car and hoped it was a fake.

Well, it turns out it is a fake, according to this posting on a New York Times blog.

There is justice in the world after all.

Now if only the stories about Porsche being taken over by Volkswagen could be a hoax.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New 911 Turbo History Ad, Same Old Voice

Here's a new long commercial for the 911 Turbo which features a litany of improvements recited by that man with the pretentious voice Porsche has been using for decades.

Maybe that voice tests well in focus groups of likely buyers, but to me, it implies Porsche is the car for people who think way too highly of themselves.

Now that there's an impending change in Porsche ownership, maybe there will also be a change in Porsche ad narrators.

Is Tom Cruise available?


Friday, July 24, 2009

You're Worried Too

As the leaders of Porsche resign and it becomes ever more clear that Porsche is about to become merely another brand in the Volkswagen stable, a majority of those responding to our latest poll reported they are worried about the future of the brand.

Worriers made up 58 percent of respondents while non-worriers were 42 percent. Nobody answered they didn't know.

I too am worried as well as depressed by these developments. I hope our concerns are not well founded. Guess we'll all have to wait and see.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Porsche Remains Most Appealing Brand

For the fifth straight year, Porsche was rated the most appealing automotive brand among consumers in the United States, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

This follows a top five placement for Porsche  in the latest J.D. Power initial quality survey.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Poll: Whither Porsche?

I created this blog because Porsche has inspired me. The vision of Ferry Porsche inspired me. The racing history has inspired me. The cars have inspired me. The brand has inspired me.

But now...

I hate to admit it, but Porsche's money woes, its idiotic play for control of VW and now the ugly family infighting and the squabble between Porsche and VW have tarnished the Porsche brand. It makes it hard for me to post to this blog. The whole situation depresses me.

It also makes me worry about the future of Porsche.

What about you? Take the new poll and let us know.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Panamera Vs. Postal Service

I love the hokey challenges that the hosts of Top Gear accept.

In this case, they decide to mail a letter from the southwest tip of Britain to an address on the far north of the nation, and they race the letter in a Panamera S.

Who wins? You'll have to watch these two YouTube videos to find out.

And as usual, the journey reveals more of the ideosyncracies that endear us to these great British characters.



Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cayman S Engine Transplant

The people at European Car have an interesting project going on. They are swapping the 3.4 liter engine from a brand new Cayman S for a 3.8 liter engine from a 911 Carrera.

That will yield an increase of more than 80 horsepower.

The Cayman, of course, is one of the best balanced cars on the road. One question has to be whether the infusion of that bigger engine with so much additional horsepower will do anything to upset that balance.

Want to find out? Click here to follow the saga.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Amish is as Good as a Smile

Thanks to my good friend Bob for finding this....