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Consumer Reports chooses the Porsche Boxster as its highest rated two-seater

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The scientists (we’d hardly call them car enthusiasts) over at Consumer Reports have chosen the Porsche Boxster as their highest rated two-seat vehicle, choosing Porsche’s sweet drop-top over the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK — as if those three had a chance.

Consumer Reports liked the redesigned 2.7-liter Boxster as they found its engine “very responsive” and the 6-speed manual transmission “smooth and crisp.” Their team was impressed with the power-operated folding soft top and storage areas too, saying “the power top is quick and can be opened or closed on the go at up to 35 mph, a very nice convenience, and the front and rear trunks continue to be a bonus.” Sealing the win, the independent testing agency added, “handling is still excellent despite some loss of steering feedback and the ride is not punishing.”

[Source: Consumer Reports]

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Maria Sharapova chosen as Porsche global brand ambassador

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Maria Sharapova, the Russian-born tennis star, has been chosen by Porsche to be the brand’s new global ambassador — the twenty-six-year-old will represent the brand at events and shows worldwide for the duration of her three-year contract. Many are unaware that Sharapova previously held much the same title for Land Rover, back in 2006.

“This is a really special day for me,“ said Sharapova. “I have had the privilege to be associated with some of the best brands in the world, but now to be partners with Porsche, is such an amazing honor,“ she explained during her presentation in Stuttgart. Matthias Mueller, CEO of Porsche AG, seemed to agree. “Maria Sharapova is the perfect choice. Her profile and charisma are an ideal fit for Porsche. She is also highly respected around the world and enjoys an outstanding reputation,” he added.

Some may question Porsche’s decision to choose a female tennis star as its ambassador, as Porsche has typically marketed itself towards men, but keep in mind that the company’s best selling model in the States is the Cayenne, and the brand is expanding rapidly in emerging markets.

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Want to drive a new Porsche? Try giving Hertz rent-a-car a call

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Hertz rent-a-car added Porsche Panamera models to its rental fleet last summer — customers have apparently been knocking down the door to climb behind the wheel of Stuttgart’s latest sedan. As a result, Hertz Corporation has announced that it will add the 911, Boxster and Cayenne to its “Prestige Collection” rental fleet. ”The response among Hertz customers to the Porsche vehicles in our fleet has been overwhelming, clearly demonstrating our customers’ passion to get behind the wheel of these cars,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. “The race-proven technology and intelligent performance Porsche brings to everyday driving offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers.”

As expected, not all of the Hertz locations will carry the “Prestige Collection” fleet. As of now, only customers in select California, Florida and Nevada markets will be able to rent Germany’s finest. While most compact cars will only set you back about $25/day, the Porsche models in the rental fleet will start at $250/day — that’s a bargain when you consider their sticker prices in the showroom. Of course, we see the rentals as a perfect “test drive” before diving in with a purchase… or a great weekend get-away for a change of pace. For more information, visit www.hertz.com.

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Porsche says a Mark Webber 2014 Le Mans deal is not on the table

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Mark Webber is not quitting his Red Bull Racing team to join Porsche on its 2014 assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year — nothing can be further from the truth, Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz said during a recent interview with Auto Action. ”We still have plenty of time to decide our driver line up,” Hatz said. “There is a test plan, and for sure Mark Webber is not part of them.”

Porsche has a solid slate of drivers, many with Le Mans experience, so the rumors that Mark Webber had already inked a five-year deal with Porsche likely came as a huge surprise to the German automaker. Webber has been linked with Porsche in the past, but their only current connection is a 911 GT2 street car that he added to his personal fleet several years ago.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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Remember this classic 993 Turbo Coupe Porsche ad?

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The year was 1995 — Porsche had just introduced its potent 993 Turbo Coupe and it was one monster of a sports car. Under its rear decklid was a new air-cooled turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-6, rated at just over 400 horsepower. Power was sent through a 6-speed manual transmission, with a standard ZF limited slip differential. Unlike all of its turbocharged predecessors, the 993 Turbo Coupe was fitted with all-wheel drive to help put the power to the pavement (the purpose-built 959 does not fall into the standard 911 category). Performance was spectacular for the era — its 0-60 run of just 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 181 mph made it one of the fastest cars in the world.

Distinguished at a distance from its lesser brethren by its sculpted rear spoiler — still one of our all-time favorites — the Turbo was also fitted with widened wheel arches, oversized brakes, unique front and rear fascias and special 18-inch alloy wheels with weight-saving hollow spokes.

Porsche made about 5,978 units — today they are highly sought after and command a premium price.

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