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  • Porsche Taycan
    Open Group Porsche 7 Members
    Porsche Taycan
    Jay Leno Monday, February 10 2020
  • Porsche 911 992
    Open Group Porsche 39 Members
    Porsche 911 992-Series
    Lee Sibley Sunday, December 16 2018
  • Porsche 912
    Open Group Porsche 8 Members
    Porsche 912 Club first gen pre-impact bumpers

    912 (1965-1969)

    In the early 1960s, Porsche was planning to discontinue the Type 356, which would leave them with the newly-introduced Type 911 as their only product. Concerned that the considerable price increase of a 911 with flat opposed six-cylinder powerplant over the... 356 would cost the company sales and narrow brand appeal, in 1963 Porsche executives decided to introduce a new four-cylinder entry-level model. Like the 911 (original internal factory designation "901"), the four-cylinder 912 was originally known at Zuffenhausen by a number with a zero in the middle, but the "902" designation was never used publicly. ("912" as project number was used after 1968 to indicate the 12 cylinder flat opposed engine developed for Porsche 917 racing car)

    In 1963, Porsche assigned Dan Schwartz, later Chief Departmental Manager for Development, Mechanics, a project to oversee design and construction of a new horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engine for the 902, utilizing components from the new 901 six-cylinder engine, that would produce higher performance than their 356SC engine, and be less costly and complex than their Carrera 2 engine. Another option explored by Claus von Rücker was to increase displacement of the 356 Type 616 engine to 1.8 liters, add Kugelfischer fuel injection, and modify both valve and cooling systems. Considering performance, cost, and scheduling, Porsche discontinued both of these design projects, and instead developed a third option, to tailor the 1.6 liter Type 616 engine to the 902.

    Before 911 production commenced in 1964, the Porsche Vehicle Research Department had set aside chassis numbers 13328, 13329, 13330, 13352, and 13386 through 13397 for research testing of the 902; research vehicle Serial Number 13394 is the oldest 902 known to exist today. In production form, the Type 912 combined a 911 chassis / bodyshell with the 1.6L, four-cylinder, push-rod Type 616/36 engine, based upon the Type 616/16 engine used in the Type 356SC of 1964-1965. With a lower compression ratio and new Solex carburetors, the Type 616/36 engine produced five less horsepower than the 616/16, but delivered about the same maximum torque at 3,500 rpm versus 4200rpm for the 616/16.

    Compared to the 911, the resulting production Type 912 vehicle demonstrated superior weight distribution, handling, and range. To bring 912 pricing close to the 356, Porsche also deleted some features standard on the 911. As production of the 356 concluded in 1965, on April 5, 1965 Porsche officially began production of the 912 coupé.

    Styling, performance, quality construction, reliability, and price made the 912 a very attractive buy to both new and old customers, and it substantially outsold the 911 during the first few years of production. Porsche produced nearly 30,000 912 coupé units and about 2500 912 Targa body style units (Porsche's patented variation of a cabriolet) during a five-year manufacturing run.

    Porsche 912 Targa

    Production of the Targa, complete with removable roof and heavy transparent plastic rear windows openable with a zipper (later called 'Version I' by Porsche and the 'soft-window Targa' by enthusiasts), commenced in December 1966 as a 1967 model. In January 1968, Porsche also made available a Targa 'Version II' option ('hard window Targa') with fixed glass rear window, transforming the Targa into a coupé with removable roof.

    The 912 was also made in a special version for the German autobahn police (polizei); the 100,000th Porsche car was a 912 Targa for the police of Baden-Württemberg, the home state of Porsche.

    In the April 1967 edition, the Porsche factory's Christophorus Magazine noted: "On 21 December 1966, Porsche celebrated a particularly proud anniversary. The 100,000th Porsche, a 912 Targa outfitted for the police, was delivered." Porsche executives decided that after the 1969 model year, continuation of 912 production would not be viable, due to both internal and external factors. First, production facilities used for the 912 were reallocated to a new 914-6, a six-cylinder high performance version of the Porsche 914, Porsche-Volkswagen joint effort vehicle. Second, the 911 platform had returned to Porsche's traditional three performance-level ladder, including a most powerful 911S, a fuel-injected 911E, and a base model 911T, with pricing largely in line with market expectations. Third, more stringent United States engine emission control regulations also had a bearing on the decision; Ferry Porsche stated "It would have taken some trouble to prepare the 912 for the new exhaust rules, and with the arrival of the 914 we would have had three different engines to keep current. That was too many.
    Joe Williams Saturday, September 08 2018
  • Porsche Cayenne Typ PO536
    Open Group Porsche 2 Members
    2018 Porsche Cayenne Typ PO536
    Kyle Fortune Wednesday, November 15 2017
  • Porsche Cayman 987C
    Open Group Porsche 1 Member
    Porsche Cayman 987C 2008 - 2012
    Russ Smith Sunday, June 25 2017
  • Porsche Panamera 971
    Open Group Porsche 4 Members
    Second generation 971
    Stuart Gallagher Sunday, January 29 2017
  • Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster 982
    Open Group Porsche 8 Members
    Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster 982
    Andy Everett Friday, December 09 2016
  • Porsche 911 996
    Open Group Porsche 24 Members
    Porsche 911 996 generation 1998 - 2004
    Adam Towler Sunday, December 04 2016
  • Porsche 911 964
    Open Group Porsche 13 Members
    1989-1994 Porsche 911 964
    Paul Hardiman Friday, September 30 2016
  • Porsche Boxster 981
    Open Group Porsche 2 Members
    Porsche Boxster 981-Series
    Porsche Boxster/Spyder
    Base Engine 2.7L/265-hp/207-lb-ft flat-6
    Opt Engine 3.4L/315-330-hp/266-273-lb-ft flat-6; 3.8L/375-hp/309-lb-ft flat-6
    Drivetrain Mid-engine, RWD
    Transmission 6M; 7-sp twin-cl auto
    Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 49...%

    MINOR EPA ECON CITY/HWY: 18-22/24-32 MPG 0-60 MPH: 3.8-5.6 SEC*
    BASE PRICE $53,095-$83,095
    BODY TYPE Convertible

    Porsche saved the best for last. Because a successor with a turbocharged flat-four is ready to replace the current-gen Boxster, Porsche is giving its popular roadster a proper send-off. The Spyder, a follow-up to the bare-bones Boxster Spyder from 2009, is the most impressive Boxster to date: 375 hp, suspension from the Boxster GTS, brakes from a 911 Carrera S, no standard air-conditioning, and no standard radio. It’s the ultimate expression of a no-frills, topless Porsche.

    UNCHANGED A beautiful roadster with unreal performance
    Andrew Frankel Monday, August 17 2015
  • Porsche 911 997 Club
    Open Group Porsche 4 Members
    Porsche 911 997
    Sonia Patmore Sunday, August 16 2015
  • Porsche Cayenne 92A
    Open Group Porsche 2 Members
    Porsche Cayenne Second generation 92A
    Simon Jackson Monday, August 10 2015
  • Porsche 911 991 Club
    Open Group Porsche 17 Members
    Porsche 911 991 Club - Porsche 911/Turbo S
    Base Engine 3.4L/350-hp/287-lb-ft flat-6
    Opt Engine 3.8L/400-475-hp/324- 325-lb-ft flat-6; 3.8L/520-560-hp/487-516-lb-ft twin-turbo flat-6; 4.0L/500-hp/338-lb-ft flat-6
    Drivetrain Rear engine, RWD/AWD
    Transmission 7M; 7-sp twin-cl auto
    Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles...
    /> IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 51%
    An icon that meets the needs of every enthusiast.

    BASE PRICE $85,295-$195,595
    BODY TYPE Coupe, convertible
    There’s a flavor of the iconic 911 for everyone. A newly introduced GT3 RS reigns supreme, but since the entire run of GT3 RS models (as well as the 911 GT3 it’s based on) is sold out, we say drive one if you can and then keep an eye on Craigslist. The GTS model has the most performance you can get without the help of forced induction, and the Turbo S model is the horsepower king. We love manual transmissions, but Porsche’s PDK automatic transmission is really, really good.

    EPA ECON CITY/HWY: 14-20/20-28 MPG 0-60 MPH: 2.6-4.5 SEC*
    Simon Jackson Monday, August 10 2015
  • Porsche 959
    Open Group Porsche 9 Members
    Porsche 959
    votren911 Sunday, June 21 2015
  • Porsche 911 2nd generation and G-Modell / 930
    Open Group Porsche 18 Members
    Porsche 911 2nd generation and G-Modell / 930 - 1973-1988
    votren911 Saturday, June 20 2015
  • Porsche 911 993 Club
    Open Group Porsche 14 Members
    Porsche 911 993 Club
    votren911 Saturday, June 20 2015
  • Porsche Panamera
    Open Group Porsche 4 Members
    Porsche Panamera/S E-Hybrid/Turbo S

    Base Engine 3.6L/310-hp/295-lb-ft V-6
    Opt Engine 3.0L s’chg’d V-6 + elec, 416 hp; 3.0L/420-hp/384-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 4.8L/420-440-hp/384-lb-ft V-8; 4.8L/520-570-hp/516-590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
    Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD
    Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto; 8A
    Basic W...arranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
    A Porsche sedan that’s best kept simple.

    BASE PRICE $79,095-$201,495
    BODY TYPE Hatchback

    Deep down everyone buys a Porsche because the person wants a car that drives well. Something fun, something fast. The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S sure fit the bill, and the GTS model has a lovely naturally aspirated V-8. Pair that with the optional dual-mode sports exhaust, and the Panamera GTS can go from comfortable and quiet to loud and brash with the push of a button. Avoid the plug-in hybrid, which has a clunky powertrain and overly sensitive brakes.

    EPA ECON CITY/HWY: 15-18/24-28 MPG*, 50 MPG-E COMB
    0-60 MPH: 3.5-5.2 SEC
    votren911 Sunday, April 26 2015
  • Porsche Boxster 986-series
    Open Group Porsche 4 Members
    Porsche Boxster 986-series first generation

    At the other extreme of the roadster market in terms of age and spec is the 986-series Boxster, launched by Porsche in 1996 and remaining in production for eight years. All versions were powered by an ex-911 horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, this time mid-mounted to ensure more pre...dictable handling and roadholding than you’d expect from the Boxster’s big brother. The end result was a ‘proper’ Porsche with real driver appeal and impressive performance, reinforced further once the 3.2-litre Boxster S took a bow in 2000.

    You can spend a lot less than £10,000 on a Boxster nowadays, but stretching your budget should bring extra peace of mind – as well as a superior car in every respect. In fact, you should end up with an excellent late-model 986-generation Boxster S, a machine that would have cost the best part of £40,000 when new, and which offered a mighty 250bhp – enough for a top speed of 160mph-plus, hitting 60 along the way in less than six seconds. The downside (inevitably, of course) is that tax and insurance for a late-model Boxster will be significantly dearer than for an older classic.

    Buying a late 986 hopefully also means avoiding the engine issues of the earliest Boxsters, which can include cracked cylinder liners and failure of the intermediate shaft bearing (responsible for transmitting drive from the engine’s crankshaft to the timing chains, which in turn operate the camshafts). 2000-on cars are far more robust, but you should always insist on a full service history and evidence of a high level of maintenance.
    votren911 Sunday, April 26 2015
  • Porsche 918 Spyder
    Open Group Porsche 5 Members
    Porsche 918 Spyder
    votren911 Friday, April 24 2015
  • Porsche 914 Club
    Open Group Porsche 7 Members
    Porsche 914 and 916/6.

    Unless you were born into it, a Porsche was always something that came with success. Now there is a Porsche you can afford on the way to success.
    The Mid-Engine Porsche.

    It's a two-seater in the classic sports car tradition. But right behind the two seats is an engine in our race car trad...ition.

    Weight distribution is 45% in the front and 55% in the back. Handling is just short of fantastic. The car simply goes where you point it.

    With the engine in the middle, other advantages come to light. Tires wear better because each wheel carries almost the same load. Brakes work smoother for the same reason.
    Other advantages included in the list price are rack-and- pinion steering, a five-speed all-synchro gearbox, and a built-in roll bar.

    There are two trunks. (The removable fiberglass roof stores in the rear trunk.)

    The price includes a 1.7-liter, 4-cylinder engine with fuel injection forgoing and 4- wheel disc brakes for stopping - price also includes the name Porsche.

    ‘Suggested retail price East Coast P.O.E. (West Coast P.O.E. slightly higher). Local taxes and other dealer delivery charges, if any, additional. For the nearest dealer that sells Porsches and Audis.

    "I wanted to design a car young people could afford.”

    Dr. Ferry Porsche.
    Shelby Glenn Saturday, April 04 2015