Vous êtes ici : PassionPorsche > 2013 > juillet

Archives mensuelles : juillet 2013

Spied: Porsche Macan Looks Production-Ready

Spy photographers have caught the Porsche Macan and the Macan Turbo out and about and in the nude, as both cars only bear stickers on the headlights and taillights. Since they’re not the black mules we’ve been seeing around lately, this could very well mean that the two are pre-production cars. The differences between the […]
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pour consulter l'article original et complet, cliquez ici.

Magnus Walker Porsche 911 72 STR 002 at Willow Springs Raceway

Magnus Walker, a clothing designer and Porsche 911 enthusiast, was spotted with his Porsche 911 72 STR 002 at Willow Springs Raceway. The track is located in Willow Springs, California which is about an hour north of Los Angeles. The …

Magnus Walker Porsche 911 72 STR 002 at Willow Springs Raceway More news at

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pour consulter l'article original et complet, cliquez ici.

Twin test: 3.2 Carrera v Gen2 996

It’s a surprising fact that even today, you still hear people say “I can’t afford a 911.” Despite this myth, the good news is that actually, yes you can. The 911 has been in continuous production for almost half a century, so offers a quite unrivalled selection of second-hand possibilities from which we have chosen accessible examples of what might loosely be termed the old and the new.

Twin test: 3.2 Carrera v Gen2 996

The 3.2 is often referred to as the last traditional 911, a direct evolution of the original Sixties Porsche that was distinctly old fashioned by the time of its 1983 launch. It stayed in production until 1989, by which time Porsche had launched the visually similar 964.

Later in 1997, Porsche abandoned the air-cooled engine to move to a water-cooled one. A second decision, also born of economic and environmental necessity, was to design a new chassis that would be the basis of not only the new 911, but the new entry-level Porsche.
For many buyers new to Porsche 911s, the 996 is the starting point. Our test car is a 2002 ‘facelift’ model, which had the new 3.6 engine offering 20bhp more than the first 3.4 water-cooled block. Criticised upon launch for its bland appearance, the smooth profile of the 996 has aged well, and the purity of its lines, like the original 911, has regained favour. Our sample car has a GT3 nose and side skirts that enhance the positive impression. For the 996, Porsche completely redesigned the cabin. Again, this was viewed unfavourably by some, who argued that a £70,000 car deserved a more distinguished cockpit. A decade later, the Porsche neophyte spending our notional £15,000 would have less to complain about. Sure, the 996’s insides didn’t wear as well as earlier 911s, but they respond to careful use, and our ten-year-old example is immaculate.

To younger generations, the 3.2 might come as a shock: the whaletail is a distinguishing period feature, as are the ‘impact bumpers’, but otherwise the traditional 911 looks remarkably compact compared with modern metal. The cockpit will appeal instantly to people brought up with MGBs or TR6s, but to drivers in their 20s or 30s, the inside of the 3.2 can seem almost primitive. This is not to say a traditional 911 was ever austere. With leather seats, fully carpeted with upholstered door panels, an electric sunroof and central remote locking, the Eighties Porsche was a £38,000 luxury model. Look closely and you’ll notice the quality of the fittings, from the solid-looking indicator stalks and quality of the air vents, which are different from the rather flimsy items on the 996. The box for magnetic tape cassettes is a pleasing period fitting, but the disc holder on the ten-year-old 996 is already a throwback to a largely defunct technology.

Twin test: 3.2 Carrera v Gen2 996
Twin test: 3.2 Carrera v Gen2 996

Like the 996, the 3.2 offers an exemplary driving position, even if the slightly offset steering wheel and floor hinged pedals take some adjusting to. The solid five-instrument fascia has become an automotive icon, lasting 34 years until the arrival of the all-new 996. In terms of equipment, don’t expect ABS (not compatible with the torsion bar suspension) or power steering (at this price Porsche was taking a risk by not offering it – PAS would not appear until the 964). US specification included air conditioning, otherwise heating is regulated by a combination of dash-controlled fans and a switch beside the handbrake which allows warm air to flow from the heat exchangers. Very effective, if fiddly when working, the various mechanisms can seize up due to age or lack of use.
With our drive underway…

Twin test: 3.2 Carrera v Gen2 996

*You can read the full feature of our entry-level 911 twin test complete with stunning photographs in issue 98 of Total 911. For back issues, simply visit: https://www.imagineshop.co.uk/magazines/total911/total-911-issue-98.html
Or you can make sure you never miss an issue of the world’s only magazine dedicated to the Porsche 911 by subscribing: http://www.imaginesubs.co.uk/subscribe-to-total-911

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pour consulter l'article original et complet, cliquez ici.

Porsche 911: dites 1.208

1.208 Porsche 911 se sont retrouvées le 28 juillet dernier sur le circuit de Silverstone pour célébrer les 50 ans de la sportive allemande.
Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pour consulter l'article original et complet, cliquez ici.

TOP GEAR

JUST FINISHED SHOOTING A SEGMENT FOR TOP GEAR USA.



Facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestlinkedinmail

Pour consulter l'article original et complet, cliquez ici.

Suivez-nous…

Catégories

Archives

Nos partenaires