In just a few hours we’ll know exactly what Porsche has been concocting back at Weissach to become its first new model of 2011. In a sense we already know that it will be a fully-manufactured product based on the gorgeous 918 Spyder Concept, the mid-engine hybrid concept sports car first revealed by Porsche at Geneva last March.
If you hold even a passing interest in cars and the industry that makes them, you surely won’t have failed to notice that 2010 was an absolute cracker.
Time for a bit of pre-Christmas trivia to brighten up the holiday season. From time-to-time certain news items land in our inbox that make us sit up and take notice; Jaguar’s wonderful C-X75 for example was the star of the Paris Auto Salon, whilst Porsche made every car enthusiast believe in the future with its Concept 918 Spyder.
Another year, another GT3 RS and another plethora of Car of the Year crownings. It’s undeniably one of the finest sports cars to ever be produced, but there’s a sense of inevitability and monotony about any group test where it’s a protagonist.
Road takes a trip to sunny California, to warm up from the depths of Winter here… and enjoys the first ever, exciting, fast and furious Global Tuner GP Time Attack at Laguna Seca, organised and run by Road’s first lady, Ashley Van Dyke.
Porsche’s Supervisory Board today gave the green-light to the long-awaited mini-Cayenne currently known as “Cajun”, which is likely to be based on Audi’s Q5 platform.
We like a bit of tongue-in-cheek playfulness in our commercials, it’s a well proven recipe to viral success and works particularly well when seasoned with a pinch of controversy. Over the past few years Audi and BMW have traded blows in ever more hostile outdoor campaigns and Lexus are also quite partial to a bit of anti-Germanic rhetoric.
We’ve known since last summer that Porsche would launch a more sporting variant of the ever-popular Cayman before the year-end, and whilst speculation was rife about its nomenclature it was never likely to be called a CS.
Instead Porsche have chosen to call it the Cayman R and if you’re familiar with Porsche naming convention then you’ll already realise that such a distinction is important. The Porsche alphabet reserves the letter R for very special sports cars in its range: R for responsive and refined – but most especially for racy. Porsche claims that the new Cayman R combines all these attributes without compromise.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most popular race car ever. To date, over 2,000 vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world and compete in both national championships and the F1-supporting Mobil1 Supercup. And now, the 444 bhp GT racer from Weissach joins the official competition cars at the annual Race of Champions, where many of the world’s most talented and famous racing celebrities from diverse disciplines come together to fight for the Nations Cup and individual Race of Champions title.
You have to admire the ambition of Dany Bahar and his team at Lotus, despite doubts over the scale and achievability of their New Era strategy, they’ve certainly raised the brand’s profile during the two months since their Paris Motorshow bombshell.
Turning the small Norfolk car maker into a worthy Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche rival is on a par with Red Bull winning the F1 World Championship – an unlikely ambition and yet we’ve just witnessed the Austrian drinks company achieving just that.
Welcome to the first in a series of German car specials of ROAD. Whether it’s their Teutonic efficiency, phenomenal reliability or sheer engineering superiority over most marques, German cars stand out from the masses.
Apart from beautiful girls (a really common sight in this male dominated sector, honestly) and the jet set lifestyle (regularly taking in glamorous venues…