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Test: All Porsche Langkawi Driving Dreams

Nothing says style and luxury quite like Porsche in the world of automobiles. As part of its Driving Dreams campaign, I travelled to Langkawi Island to come up-close and personal with Porsche’s latest crop, a stunning range that runs the gamut from the bachelor-approved 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet to the newest incarnation of the ever-popular Cayenne S. The location was the dreamy Four Seasons Resort, just right by the picturesque and seemingly boundless Andaman Sea, the perfect location considering the occasion at hand. After all, it is entirely acceptable, and common, I’d think, for speed enthusiasts to dream about cruising in a Porsche.

To get behind the mechanics of the latest range, one had to get behind the wheel. I was presented with an incredible collection of cars: 911 Turbo, 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel, Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4, Macan Turbo and Macan S. If you’re car-obsessed, seeing these beauties lined up in a row, one after another, is like waking up on Christmas morning. How can a girl choose? When it comes to Porsche, however, beauty isn’t just skin-deep.

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine
The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

“Intelligent performance has been the driving force for Porsche to develop our cars with focus in addressing mobility and connectivity topics. Evidently, Porsche is working on this with the first battery-powered four seat concept car, the Mission E with over 600 hp, over 500 kilometre driving range and around 15 minutes’ charging time to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy,” explained Martin Limpert, the managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific. “With pioneering technologies that combine performance and efficiency, Porsche continues to build the sportiest cars in the segment and strengthening the position as the world’s most successful manufacturer of exclusive sports cars.”

After taking in the splendour of all 14 of the cars before me, it was time to put them to the test. The order of business was to take them across Langkawi Island, a nearly 200-kilometre journey through the villages and past iconic landmarks, from the lighthouse at Pantai Cenang to the breathtaking Gunung Raya, the island’s tallest mountain.

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

My first model was the Panamera S E-Hybrid. Aside from clean and ultra sleek leather-covered interiors, which is expected, since this is Porsche we’re talking about, the first thing you’d notice is how audibly absent the engine is. You sort of have to check that it’s on and even then you’re unconvinced. That’s the fossil-free battery talking – or rather, not talking – the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s crowning glory that’s not only remarkably quiet, but also lasts up to about 35 kilometres on the road entirely on its own with a maximum speed of 135km/h, all while emitting just 71 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Needing only 2.3 hours to be fully charged, the beauty of the S E-Hybrid is its ability to draw power from conventional sockets.

It takes a longer time, for sure, but it means you get to power up even when you’re away from your garage. Charging when you’re actually on the road works too, owing to the brake energy recovery system and the combustion engine, which is hardly shabby itself, by the way, enabling a maximum speed of 270km/h. When you combine the two, the Panamera goes from 0 to 100km/h in just a little over 5 seconds. The adaptive air suspension made for a soothing ride too, even when it came to the winding roads near the hillier regions of Langkawi Island. The Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the more practical and spacious one of Porsche’s newest offerings, but it still packs power when the time comes for it.

The test-drive with the Panamera S E-Hybrid came to a halt at the Datai Golf Club, one of tumbling pastures with borrowed drama from the rain that had just passed and the lush forests on its periphery, a very fitting scenario for my next model – the Cayenne S. For someone who grew up in SUVs, this one was right up my alley.

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The Cayenne has remained one of Porsche’s popular kids since its introduction in 2002, and it’s easy to see why. It’s huge on the inside, even more so than the Panamera, but it still behaves like a Porsche. The refreshed version is much sleeker and stylish too, kudos to Porsche, rendering a certain lightness to the stocky car. Like the Panamera, sans the electric motor, the Cayenne S runs on a V6, accelerates to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and goes up all the way to 259km/h. For its build, it’s an impressive score. You see, speed really isn’t a problem for Porsche, even for the bigger vehicles. The Cayenne S is one of the lucky ones endowed with a Sport Plus button, a feature to remind you that you’re in a sports car. The engine becomes more responsive, the steering more direct, the damping harder. The effect and thrill are immediate. There’s even a performance display on the dashboard to track lap times. What’s perhaps most satisfying about the Cayenne S, to me at least, was how it handled curves, bends and even hills with swiftness and ease, again, rather unexpected for its size.

Alas, my journey across Langkawi Island came to its inevitable end, though not without a little surprise. I was presented with a quiz that would determine my “dream car” from Porsche. My result? The 911 Turbo in Jet Black Metallic, one sick ride that I think even Bruce Wayne would ditch his Batmobile for on an off day. It’s all beautiful curves with a maximum speed of a whooping 315km/h, the fastest of the lot. This was a surprise, considering my affinity with SUVs. (Okay fine, so I tweaked my responses just a bit so that I’ll get something super sleek. But hey, this is about picking my dream car, isn’t it?)

This story first appeared in the December/January 2015 edition of L’Officiel.

Story credits

Text by Candice Chua

Images by Richard Chen

Styling by Wei Lun Tok

Ferrari Berlinetta Drives to Top Lot at Bonhams

British auction house Bonhams is gearing up for the sale of classic cars and motorbikes at the Grand Palais museum this Thursday, February 4. In its sixth year, the auction is expected to fetch millions of dollars where German and Italian models may garner the highest bids. Listed with the highest valuation as the top lot is the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta. Those looking to own a model that was developed closely by Enzo Ferrari himself can expect to begin their bid at $2.7 million.

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1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

Joining the Ferrari, is the Mercedes- Benz CLK GTR Coupé from 2000 ($2 million), a 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta ($1 million), a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider with a hardtop ($980,000), a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ($870,000), and a 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Berlinette ($810,000).

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1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé

Next in line comes a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé ($650,000 to €870,000), then a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Coupé ($487,000 to $700,000), a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Berlinette Coda Ronda ($490,000 to $700,000) and a 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina ($490,000 to $600,000).

Among other curiosities, auction-goers will have the chance to bid for a 1967 Citroën DS21 Cabriolet Le Caddy ($270,000 to $380,000) and a 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5l Coupé once owned by Lino Ventura ($98,000 to $130,000).

A total of 250 lots will be up for auction, with 133 cars and 54 motorbikes, including 18 rare Italian motorbikes from the Stockholm Motorbike Museum in Sweden. All of the vehicles for sale will be on show at the Grand Palais exhibition center in Paris on Wednesday, February 3, from 9 am to 5:30 pm and on Thursday, February 4, from 9 am.

The Bonhams auction is being held at the Grand Palais, Paris, on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Visit the Bonhams official website for more information.

Flat Four: Most Powerful Porsche Boxster Ever?

Yes the new Porsche 718 Boxter is a flat-four turbocharged wonder that might just be the most powerful standard production model in its class. Porsche’s new mid-engine soft tops may be missing a couple of cylinders but they make up for it by being the most powerful standard production Boxsters in the range’s 20-year history.

When the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S make their global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, they will do so with new names and totally new four- instead of six-cylinder engines. But before ardent Boxster fans start taking down their posters and researching the merits of a BMW Z4 instead, both cars boast more power, acceleration and torque as well as greater efficiency.

Thanks to very liberal use of turbocharging, Porsche had built a 2-liter flat-four engine that can deliver 300hp and for the S variant, a 2.5-litre unit that can output 350hp, that’s a 35hp increase compared with both outgoing models and a 13% increase in fuel efficiency.

In terms of acceleration, the Boxster goes from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and the S can do it in 4.2 seconds.

As well as the engines, the chassis set-up has received some serious attention so that the car, regardless of engine size, offers more than just handling and poise. For example the Active Suspension Management system can drop the car’s ride height by 10mm or by 20mm for serious performance but it can also be set for comfortable, long-distance touring.

For this reason, the cabin has also taken a step up in terms of comfort. The Porsche Communication Management system is standard for instance.

Porsche is as much a cult as it is a car company. Its fans are devoted followers, but they are also traditionalists that expect certain elements of each model – be it the iconic 911’s engine position or the Boxster’s cylinder count to remain unchanged.

Unfortunately, tougher and tougher fuel economy and emissions rules mean that even the best automotive recipes need to be adjusted for the planet’s future health. And this is why as well as removing cylinders, the company has added the term ‘718′ to the cars’ names. This is to remind ardent fans that Porsche used to build incredible race cars with flat four-cylinder engines and that it’s simply reviving a tradition.

As for external aesthetics, the new cars are the best looking in the Boxster’s 20-year history. Their lines are sharper, more dynamic, giving the vehicles a much wider stance. In short, they finally have their own, clearly defined personality without straying too far from the traditional Porsche design DNA.

Three Seinfeld Porsches Confirmed at Auction

The world famous comedian and avid car collector Jerry Seinfeld could net more than $10 million when three vintage models from his collection go under the hammer at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida in March. No, the car he drove President Obama around in (Obama took the wheel too) is not for sale – anyway that was a 1963 Corvette Stingray.

The cars in question for this news item are a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR and a 1958 Porsche 365 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster. Each of which is as immaculate as it is rare and highly sought. So much so that any of the cars in question would automatically become the pinnacle of anyone else’s classic car collection.

“We are grateful and honored to be entrusted with these superb examples from the collection of Jerry Seinfeld, these cars epitomize the highest of quality and pedigree,” said David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. “Jerry’s keen eye for significant Porsches, the care and pride he takes in maintaining his spectacular collection and his enthusiasm and passion for the Porsche marque, makes this one of our most thrilling sales in our company’s history.”

In particular, the 550 Spyder, despite its racing pedigree, is still completely original – engine, body and transaxle all match. And as well as the Seinfeld link, there is also the James Dean connection. The movie star was killed while driving a 550, helping to cement the car’s place in Hollywood as well as automotive history. Little wonder that the estimate slapped on the car is $5-$6 million.

However, Seinfeld insists that parting with the cars has nothing to do with their current value. “I’ve never bought a car as an investment,” he said. “I don’t really even think of myself as a collector. I just love cars. And I still love these cars. But it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.”

As well as these three classics, the March 11 auction, one of the highlights of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is expected to feature a number of other cars – predominantly of the Porsche variety – belonging to the stand-up comedian although details are currently scarce.

Some have suggested that as much as 10% of Seinfeld’s collection is being sold on to make room for new additions – after all the biggest challenge to maintaining a car collection is finding somewhere to keep it as it starts growing.

Still, one thing is certain: Seinfeld’s 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS will not be one of those cars going under the hammer. “I bought it from a dead guy, and it’s not getting sold again until I’m dead. This car doesn’t change hands without someone dying,” he famously said.

40 for Detroit: New Models Galore at Auto Show

Forget the winter chill: the mood at the Detroit auto show is expected to be bubbling with merriment when carmakers riding high on record US sales reveal their latest wares to the world January 16. We are especially interested in offerings from Mercedes, Porsche and, of all things, Hyundai and Buick!

“The industry is truly firing on all cylinders, and that will be reflected at this year’s show,” said Paul Sabatini, chairman of the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit auto show or Detroit motor show as we are tagging it here.

More than 40 new vehicles will vie for the attention of over 5,000 journalists from dozens of countries during two days of official press previews.

“There are certainly important vehicles there,” Jack Nerad, an analyst with Kelly Blue Book, said in a telephone interview.

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Volvo S90 at Detroit

Chrysler will be unveiling the next generation of its Town and Country minivan while General Motors will reveal its China-made Buick Envision sport utility vehicle. The Buick Avista has already stolen the spotlight ahead of the show and we will be following up with more this model, if it is up our alley.

This is a nice bridge to news that we like very much: lots of activity on the high end. Mercedes will be trying to steal the spotlight by revealing its new E class luxury sedan at a party.

The luxury market is reported to be crowded, with an all-new Porsche 911 Turbo set to debut alongside Volvo’s new S90 premium sedan, Ford’s much-anticipated updated Lincoln Continental and fresh models from BMW and Infiniti. Yes BMW has more to reveal, even after CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Korea’s Hyundai is hoping to replicate the success of Japanese rivals Toyota, Honda and Nissan by introducing a separate luxury brand, Genesis.

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Global debut of the Genesis badge by Hyundai at Detroit

Technology will take center stage, said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com. Given that the biggest forward leaps in terms of consumer technology have already been revealed at CES, we are not looking for new developments, just more of the same. In other words, look for more semi-autonomous features.

Press previews were held this week at Detroit’s convention center. The show opens to the public on January 16 and 800,000 people are expected to attend by the time it closes on January 24.

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Record Sale for Joplin’s Psychedelic Porsche

The world’s most famous psychedelic Porsche is now also the world’s most expensive 356 model. The convertible driven by late rock legend Janis Joplin demolished estimates to sell for nearly US$1.8 million in New York December 10 in a frenetic five-minute bidding war, according to auction house RM said.

The custom-painted 356C 1600 Cabriolet model, dating back to 1964 and which had never left the Joplin family, tripled its highest pre-sale estimate of $600,000 in a five-minute sale peppered with applause. The excitement for the sale was palpable even in the lead-up, as we noted in an earlier story.

Joplin — who sang “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” — forked out for the Porsche but decided its original white finish too dull.

She had it painted red with a mural that included images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as of Joplin and her band.

Janis Joplin Porsche auction

The auctioneer opened bidding at $300,000 before a packed room in New York with RM Sotheby’s staff manning a bank of phones. In seconds, the price jumped to $600,000.

A ripple of applause broke out when bidding reached $1 million and again at $1.6 million. In just five minutes the car was sold, for $1.76 million, including buyer’s premium.

“Janis Joplin’s 356C is without question one of the most important Porsches of all time,” said Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division, announcing the sale earlier this year.

“It’s a fantastic automobile that transcends art, pop culture and social movements, and is as groundbreaking and stunning as the renowned singer was herself.”

Joplin constantly drove the car, which was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died of an overdose in 1970.

The Porsche has since belonged to Joplin’s family, which lent it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it was on display from 1995 until the family decided to sell it.

It was one of the star lots in the Driven by Disruption auction of sports cars at Sotheby’s in New York.

Porsche Honors 718 with New Boxster and Cayman

The turbocharged engine trend makes its presence felt in these upcoming models from Porsche. A new generation of Porsche Boxster and Cayman models will greet the public in 2016, with a change of name to the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. This new range pays homage to the Porsche 718, an iconic racing car from the end of 1950s.

Both of these sports cars will have a turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine, replacing the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine. Their global launch is expected in 2016, with no more precise details given at the moment. And if you’re wondering what they’ll look like, Porsche has released sketches of their silhouette.

This new 718 range comes in the wake of the highly respected 718 sports car, which was equipped with a version of the four-cylinder flat engine at that time. Between 1958 and 1962, this racing car was successful in prestigious races such as the Targa Florio in Italy and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the US. It also finished first in its class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche 718 even gave rise to a single-seat F1 car.

Porsche OKs First Green Supercar

Automaker Porsche stunned the world with the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year and is now sending it into production. Shock and awe are sure to ensue…

Turning the showcar into a production model is going to require €1 billion (USD$1.09 billion) in investment, and the hiring of 1000 new employees. But, by keeping the promises made at the Frankfurt show and going ahead with an all-electric sportscar, “We are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car,” said Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG.

As for when it will be rolling silently, under electric battery-only power into dealerships, Porsche for now is simply saying “the vehicle is to be launched at the end of the decade.”

Yet when it does, it will officially bring with it the new chapter in automotive history that so many have been waiting for. The Mission E is a four-door, four-seat sportscar that, like all Porsches, has been designed for everyday use and everyday enjoyment. And like other cars in its existing range it can go from 0-100km/h incredibly quickly – under 3.5 seconds – and offers a lot of horses (660).

But what makes it different from any other current model in the Porsche lineup is that all of this performance will come via lithium ion batteries, rather than a flat six-cylinder or V8 gasoline engine. It is a very bold step and one that will, as Porsche says, go down in automotive history if the company gets it right.

But, if it really can deliver on the company’s claims – a driving range of 500km on a single battery charge and just 15 minutes of supercharging to get the battery back up to 80% when flat – the Mission E will be mission accomplished.

“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment,” said Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume.

First production Bentley Bentayga Debuts

Not since Porsche redefined the SUV with the Cayenne for the luxury market has another marquee gained quite as much attention as the Bentley Bentayga. Now it finally gets real, with the first Bentayga rolling off the production line in Crewe, England. After four years of conceptualizing, design and development the first real-world example of the world’s most powerful and most luxurious SUV is now a reality.

The occasion was marked with a special event at Bentley’s plant in Crewe, last week attended by the UK Prime Minister.

“Bentley Bentayga will be the benchmark against which all other SUVs are measured, defining a new segment — the luxury SUV,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Chairman and Chief Executive of Bentley Motors. “This is an important moment in our history, where we reflect and celebrate, but also look ahead to delivering this extraordinary car to our customers.”

If nothing else, this tells the world what Bentley thinks of other luxury SUVs – not much. Interestingly, reports indicate that the Bentayga, like the Cayenne, is built on the

The Bentayga is a bold step for a company more closely associated with luxury GT cars and limousines, but demand for performance, exclusivity and supreme luxury at the highest end of the SUV market has never been greater. Hence the new car boasts a twin-turbo W12 engine capable of delivering 600hp and a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds as well as a cabin awash with the finest wood and leather.

“I am delighted that the first Bentley Bentayga has rolled off the production line in Crewe. It marks the culmination of a period of exceptional hard work by Bentley and its dedicated workforce as they brought this remarkable new vehicle to market,” UK Prime Minister David Cameron, said.

Unfortunately, the first completed model is not heading to a client, it will be going straight to the Bentley Heritage centre for preservation.

Porsche to open vintage car center

Classic car enthusiasts take note! A new center dedicated to servicing, restoring and selling vintage Porsches, from 356 Speedsters to 959 supercars, opens its doors to November 26. This is the only one of its kind in the world, operated by Porsche itself.

Despite the fact that over 70% of all cars ever to roll out of Zuffenhausen are still on the road and that the Porsche marque is one of the most collectible and desired of all sportscars, it’s hard to believe that the Porsche Classic Centre Gelderland, in Arnhem, the Netherlands is really the first and only one of its kind.

However, the company is finally taking note and has pledged to open a global network of 100 centers catering to collectors by 2018, each offering maintenance, partial and total overhauls and access to 52,000 spare parts. The spaces will also of course offer sales of certified classic cars.

30 World Premieres at 2015 LA Auto Show

From supercars to SUVs, in all some 50 new vehicles are scheduled to make an appearance at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. For some, like the Jaguar F-Pace,  the show will mark a first glimpse on US shores, but for 30 of that number, including the Ferrari F12tdf, LA will be the venue for the car’s first-ever appearance anywhere in the world.

But despite its brand appeal, Ferrari will have to fight for attention. Porsche will be bringing a racetrack-ready version of its Cayman, the GT4 Clubsport, to this year’s show and Lamborghini is prepping a new, more dynamic version of its Huracan supercar.

For those who want supercar performance with extra comfort and elegance, Mercedes will be unveiling its latest generation SL coupé complete, as always with folding hard top, and although it’s yet to confirm or deny rumors, McLaren could be showing off its 570S Spider too.

SUVs and crossovers are also going to be huge draws at this year’s event, especially as the West Coast is the unofficial world capital of the offroader. Range Rover is bringing its Evoque convertible — the world’s first premium compact SUV drop top. It will be doing battle, so to speak, with the Cadillac XT5, a new crossover that proves US carmakers can do luxury as well as any European brand, while Infiniti will be taking the wraps off the production version of its sub-compact X30 premium crossover.

Moving up the scale, Mercedes will be debuting its GLS-Class uber-luxury seven-seat SUV, a car it’s marketing as an S-Class with better ground clearance, such are its comfort and technological capabilities.

At a special event ahead of the show’s press day on November 18, storied Italian marque Alfa Romeo will be honored and a precession of past classics and current models will be on show, making the event the perfect occasion to finally reveal the brand’s first SUV after nearly two years of teasing.

Away from new cars, there will also be a huge supply of new technology, new announcements and new strategies at this year’s show. The Connected Car Expo will be showcasing 100 of the brightest tech start-ups with designs on the future of personal mobility and Volvo will be showcasing something called the ‘Time Machine Concept,’ believed to be a raft of autonomous driving features that won’t allow drivers to correct past wrongs or check up on their children’s future career choices, but could save drivers a huge amount of time.

The 2015 LA Auto Show opens to the public from November 20-29.

Porsche, Audi and VW expand sales freeze

The outlook for Volkswagen Group and its brands continues to dim as Audi and Porsche joined Volkswagen in announcing sales freezes. Volkswagen and its Audi unit froze sales of diesel car models in the United States November 5 after fresh accusations on the use of software that cheats on emissions tests.

The move came after another Volkswagen unit, Porsche, halted sales of its Cayenne diesel sport utility vehicles following the new allegations from the Environmental Protection Agency. These moves appear unrelated to the Bentley recall announced earlier; Bentley is a Volkswagen unit.

The EPA said Monday that VW, Audi and Porsche cars with 3.0 liter diesel engines were equipped with illegal “defeat devices” which cover up excessive emissions of poisonous gases when the vehicles undergo pollution testing.

Prior to that the company had admitted only that its 2.0 liter diesel engines had defeat devices, and following the EPA’s announcement Volkswagen denied the larger engines were similarly equipped.

The new sales freeze covers diesel VW Touaregs, Audi A6, A7 and A8s, and Q5 and Q7s, all from the 2014-2016 model years.

“We are just being more proactive,” said Audi spokesman Bradley Sterz.

“The difference here is that we are not entirely clear on what data the agency used to come out with this notice of violation. We want to understand how the regulator made its conclusions.”

While we anticipate more bad news from Volkswagen, it is worth remembering that many of the models share platforms, across brands that also includes Lamborghini. It is unsurprising that problems with one platform will affect multiple models across multiple brands.

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Porsche announces Cayman Black Edition

Porsche Cayman Black Edition

Porsche has unveiled a new Black Edition of its Cayman sports car, and it’s the biggest sign yet that the the new facelift model is on the way!

The Cayman Black Edition comes with a special black exterior finish with contrasting aluminum window trim and bigger, 20-inch Carrera alloy wheels.

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The cabin is trimmed in black leather, and a host of creature comforts are offered as standard, including two-zone climate control, Porsche’s navigation system and a premium sound system.

For those worried about scratching the paintwork, reversing sensors front and rear, anti-dazzle mirrors and cruise control are all fitted as standard. As are rain sensors and Porsche’s dynamic headlights that offer better illumination while not blinding the drivers of on-coming cars.

The car boasts a 2.7-liter flat-six engine that delivers 275hp yet offers a fuel economy of 8.4 – 7.9l/100 km on the combined cycle.

The Black Edition is now available and prices in Europe start at €59,596.

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Porsche unveils Rennsport Reunion Edition 911

Porsche 911 Carrera Rennsport Reunion

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Rennsport Reunion race at Laguna Seca in California, Porsche’s Exclusive wing is building a very special version of its Carrera GTS.

The car’s exterior is finished in a unique Fashion Grey with black and red decals and sits on special 20-inch alloy wheels.

Porsche 911 Carrera Rennsport Reunion Edition

Inside, the dashboard is trimmed in carbon fiber the doorsills are illuminated and the racing seats embroidered.

In terms of creature comforts, there’s a Bose sound system and park assist, while under the hood there’s a 3.8-liter flat-six capable of outputting 430hp and mated exclusively to a manual transmission.

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The Rennsport Reunion Edition will be limited to just 25 units and sold exclusively in North America, with a price tag set at $148,335.

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Janis Joplin’s psychedelic Porsche on auction block

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The famous psychedelic Porsche convertible driven by late singing legend Janis Joplin is going up for sale.

Auction house RM Sotheby’s announced Tuesday that the Porsche 356C 1600 Cabriolet would go on the block on December 10 in New York and estimated the sale would generate more than $400,000.

Joplin — who sang “Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” in one of her best-known songs — had instead bought another German luxury car but found the 1965 Porsche’s original white finish too dull.

She had it painted red with a mural that included images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as of Joplin and her band.

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Joplin constantly drove the car, which was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died of an overdose in 1970.

The Porsche has since belonged to Joplin’s family, which lent it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland where it was on display from 1995 until this week after the family decided to sell it.

Porsche Unveils Its All-Electric Mission E Concept

Porsche has unveiled its impressive ‘Mission E’ all-electric concept sports car at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.

The four-door sedan features a low, road-hugging design that is futuristic while retaining an unmistakably Porsche silhouette that is more reminiscent of the iconic Porsche 911 than the Panamera.

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The Mission E is a full plug-in electric car, like a Tesla Model S, but unlike Elon Musk’s brainchild, this car can deliver a 500km driving range, 600hp of power, a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds and a 0-200km/h time of under 12 seconds. This power is down to two motors, one powering the front and another the rear wheels that combine to offer all-wheel drive and phenomenal grip when needed.

Porsche Mission E Concept

Despite its striking looks and aggressive low-slung stance, the car has four proper doors and four proper seats. This roomy, light cabin is a direct result of electrical propulsion. With no need for engine firewalls or transmission tunnels that eat into legroom, Porsche’s design team has really been given free rein and it shows.

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A swooping bridge-like center console separates the front seats while the virtual dashboard panel uses eye and motion tracking technology to place digital representations of dials within the driver’s eyeline at all times.

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This sounds gimmicky but it’s anything but. Like the effect on an iPhone’s display — images and content appear to move as the handset turns — the information on the display has a 3D-like nature that bends so that no matter how the seats are set up or the steering wheel is tilted or extended, the information on the display is never obscured or anything less than crystal clear for the driver.

Porsche Mission E Concept interior

Likewise the virtual wing mirrors that are actually images captured by camera and projected into space where physical mirrors would be located actually offer a clearer, wider and sharper view while drastically improving the car’s drag coefficient.

Porsche Mission E Concept dashboard

What is gimmicky, however, is the camera in the rear view mirror that attempts to assess the driver’s mood and represent it as an emoticon on the dashboard.

Porsche Mission E Concept seats

But by far the most impressive thing about the car is that something very similar is destined for production within the next two years.

Porsche Mission E Concept back

All of the drivetrain and electric motor technology has already been tested and proven via Porsche’s racing program and the company claims that the battery can be charged to 80% – or 400km of range – within 15 minutes.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera: First Look

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

The venerable Porsche 911 will be appearing at the Frankfurt motorshow with a new, new engines and new driving tech.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2016

The Porsche 911 is the most successful and most popular sportscar in history and the only way that the company can maintain this status quo is to keep steadily improving the vehicle before its competitors loom too large in the rear-view mirror.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera side

So when the new 911 Carrera hard top and drop tops make their global debut in Germany on September 17 they will do so, for the first time in history with turbocharged engines. As well as upping performance by 20hp across the range – the Carrera now has 370hp on tap and the ‘S’ variant 420hp, – the new force-induced flat-six engines boast better fuel economy, lower emissions and an improved 0-100kph time.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera back

As well as new engines, for the first time ever the Carreras get the option of four-wheel steering while the exterior has been tweaked with new front and rear bumpers, air intakes and lighting cluster designs.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2016 back

Porsche 959

Celebrating 30 years of the Porsche 959

Porsche 959

The vehicle that redefined the benchmark for performance and ushered in the age of the 1980s supercar is being honored by Porsche at the AvD-Oldtimer Grand Prix (OGP) on the Nürburgring in Germany this weekend.

It may be slowly moving into middle age but even by today’s standards, there is absolutely nothing slow about the Porsche 959.

A technological tour de force it featured what was the most complex and intelligent four-wheel drive system ever fitted to a road car plus sequential turbochargers to eradicate acceleration delays and to force 450hp out of its 2.85-liter six-cylinder engine.

And the result of all this wizardry? The fastest production car in the world. Zero to 100km/h was taken care of in 3.1 seconds and the 959 was the first supercar capable of knocking on the door of 200mph.

Porsche said its top speed was 314km/h (195mph) but owners claimed that the official figure was on the conservative side.

In fact, the car was so revolutionary that it sent everyone from Lamborghini to Ferrari back to the drawing board in search of meeting or beating its vital performance statistics. It’s the reason why the Ferrari F40, which launched two years later, had a top speed of 201mph and why right up to today, a supercar is not deemed super unless it can hit that top speed.

Porsche only built 292 road-going versions in total and because the company refused to give the US government four examples for crash testing, it was illegal to own one in the US. However, despite being forbidden fruit, it didn’t stop a host of individuals trying to import a 959 into the States including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates whose car was impounded by customs upon arrival and was held for over 10 years.

Today it is legal to own and drive a 959 in the US and much of this is thanks to Gates and his friends. He fought to get the “Show and Display” law passed, an act that enables certain cars to be imported into, owned and driven in the US that don’t meet Federal Motor Safety Standards if they represent “historical or technological significance” and were built in small numbers (fewer than 500 examples). And luckily, the 959 meets and succeeds all criteria.

As well as parading a rally and road-going version of the 959 around the circuit, the special Porsche Classic event, which runs August 7-9, will also feature a guest appearance from racing legend Jacky Ickx plus workshops from Porsche experts on the finer points of classic Porsche restoration.

Steve McQueen 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

You Can Buy Steve McQueen’s Last Porsche

Steve McQueen 1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

This August at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey you will have the chance to purchase a car from Steve McQueen’s personal collection.

It’s a 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera and what makes it special is that it is the very last car the movie star ordered before his death in 1980.

“This car is rich in history,” said McQueen’s son Chad. “This is the last of the McQueen cars, really. That’s known. That’s real.”

The car was specified with dual side mirrors — believe it or not, a very unusual request in the 1970s — a sunroof and a limited-slip differential for better cornering grip and control at the limits. The star understood what happens when a rear-engined car is fitted with a turbocharger. However, he also had a couple of other special features added.

“My dad had little things done to it,” Chad says. “Like on the dashboard, he had a switch put on so it would kill the rear lights in case he was being chased on Mulholland Drive.”

Steve McQueen Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

This fear of being caught by the cops while on a nighttime cruise also explains why he specified overtaking mirrors for both sides of the car.

McQueen was the quintessential bad boy who turned his life around so it’s also fitting that the institution he credited with giving him a firm hand when he needed it most, the Boys Republic reform school, will be receiving a portion of the sale price, when the car goes under the hammer.

While there is no official estimate given for this car, it is being speculated that it could fetch about $1.5 million.

The Mecum auction is one of the lead-up events for the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance that runs the weekend starting August 15. 

restaurant 356

Porsche opens new restaurant in Atlanta

restaurant 356

Porsche Cars North America Inc. has officially opened the doors to its new fine dining “Restaurant 356” in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Restaurant 356” is located within the company’s new $100 million Porsche Experience Center, offering panoramic views of their driver development track and the runway of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

chef Kyle Forson

Heading up the cuisine at Restaurant 356 is chef Kyle Forson, the former executive sous chef at The Spence.

Dishes at the new restaurant will showcase world cuisine using local seasonal ingredients and will include a wide selection of wines from various regions around the world.

Porsche restaurant 356

“I want guests to enjoy food that enhances the Porsche experience and fuses it with a sense of place,” said Chef Forson in a statement.

More information is available on their website.

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