New Porsche Boxster an exquisite evolution
By Jim Bray Thursday, May 23, 2013
It may not have the cachet of the mighty 911, but Porsche’s Boxster two seat ragtop is a definite joy to drive. And with its new set of clothes, new technology and features, it’s an even more compelling vehicle than it was already.
And that’s saying something!Porsche blows the lid off the Carrera Cabriolet
By Jim Bray Friday, March 8, 2013
It may look like a hunchback when the roof is down, but Porsche’s 911 Carrera Cabriolet is still an exquisite car worthy of the lustful glances it’s sure to bring.Panamera GTS – another entertaining iteration of Porsche’s GT car
By Jim Bray Friday, January 25, 2013
Porsche’s Panamera has been controversial since its initial announcement, mostly because of its rear end styling and the fact that – like the Cayenne – it isn’t a sports car, and for Porsche to make other than a sports car is heresy to some people.Terrific new Porsche Carrera gears up – and bulks down
By Jim Bray Friday, November 23, 2012
Just as automatic transmissions keep sticking more speeds onto their units (you can get up to eight now), it appears that manual transmissions are also getting more, er, in gear.Porsche Panamera S Hybrid: electrifying grand tourer
By Jim Bray Saturday, August 25, 2012
Take a luxurious and fast grand tourer, add a healthy dose of political correctness, and you may end up with the Porsche Panamera S hybrid, a fine motor vehicle in which the political pandering doesn’t ruin the drive.
TV’s Vicki Butler-Henderson teaches Canada Free Press motoring journalist to drive correctly
By Tim Saunders Thursday, August 16, 2012
Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson has taught Canada Free Press motoring journalist Tim Saunders how to drive properly.
Tim participated in a YouDrive@Porsche event at Silverstone where Vicki Butler-Henderson, a Porsche driving consultant, ran the theory session alongside chief Porsche driving consultant Gordon Robertson.Porsche Cayman R – Grrrrrrreat fun!
By Jim Bray Saturday, March 24, 2012
Introducing the sports car whose name may have been inspired by Talk like a Pirate Day: the Porsche Cayman ARRRRRR!Porsche Carrera 4: Saying goodbye to an old friend
By Jim Bray Friday, March 9, 2012
It’s been loved and lusted after, but now it’s like the wizened old guy on new year’s eve, the old who’s rung out to make way for the bouncing baby new year that’s rung in.All-New Porsche 911 Cabriolet features innovative roof concept
By Guest Column Tuesday, November 22, 2011
MISSISSAUGA – Porsche AG is doubling the driving fun to be had from the new 911 Carrera models by introducing cabriolet versions to go with the recently-launched coupe.
Like the coupe, the 911 cabriolet features innovative aluminum-steel construction, along with an all-new convertible top design, which preserves the typically sleek 911 roof line. Intelligent lightweight design, including the use of magnesium, ensures less weight and more sportiness, lower fuel consumption and greater comfort. As with the hardtop 911 models, Porsche has managed to reverse the weight spiral and make the new open-top models significantly lighter than their predecessors.Porsche debuts purist Panamera GTS in Los Angeles
By Guest Column Wednesday, November 16, 2011
MISSISSAUGA – Porsche today unveiled the Panamera GTS, the purest expression of a four-door sports car in the Porsche family, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Based on the Panamera 4S, the Panamera GTS focuses on performance and includes more power, upgraded brakes and a lowered, sportier suspension, making it even more capable on the race track without sacrificing practicality.
The Panamera GTS conveys its extra capability with distinctive design features such as bi-xenon headlights with black inner bezels, high-gloss black window trim, black side skirts, black lower rear fascia and matte black tailpipes. With large air intakes, the SportDesign front bumper emphasizes the vehicle’s sportiness and ensures an optimal air supply. At the rear, the adaptive four-way rear spoiler from the Panamera Turbo positions itself to generate downforce at high speeds. Optional Carmine Red paint, available exclusively for the Panamera GTS, emphasizes the vehicle’s sportiness and provides an ideal contrast with the black exterior accessories.
Cayenne Adds Flavor to the Hybrid Market
By Jim Bray Saturday, November 12, 2011
Has Porsche blinked? The maker of high quality sporting machines is introducing Hybrid versions of two of its vehicles, and is apparently taking orders for its 918 Spyder Hybrid supercar.Carrera GTS – Upping the 911’s Naturally-aspirated Ante
By Jim Bray Sunday, October 2, 2011
Just in time to be replaced by a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera for 2012, the 2011 Carrera GTS is an upgraded and tweaked version of the 911 S for those who want just a bit more out of their classic Porsche sports car.Porsche 911 GT3 race car sports 20 more horsepower
By News on the Net Friday, September 2, 2011
MISSISSAUGA – For racing customers all over the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is extremely popular for its speed and its forgiving handling. It is exactly these characteristics that have been targeted for improvements in the 2012 model year.
Engine output has increased by 20 hp, now totaling 500 hp. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel ensure gear changes are even quicker and simpler, making it easier for racers to concentrate on braking. Moreover, the transmission electronics, featuring an automatic throttle blip control, make it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. A softer anti-roll bar on the front axle reduces understeer.
The power increase of the rear-mounted 4.0-litre flat-six was achieved through optimizing the intake system. The gearing of the sequential six-speed dog-type gearbox was adapted to the higher maximum output. In order to bring the power to the tarmac safely and to assist race drivers, the 911 GT3 R has featured a sophisticated traction control system, standard since the 2010 model year. An efficient race-tuned ABS assists braking.Porsche 911 Turbo S – S-pectacular!
By Jim Bray Sunday, May 15, 2011
If you’re coming out of a winter that lasted far too long and Porsche is silly enough to offer you a week in its fabulous 2011 911 Turbo S, it might be understandable if your first thought is “Road trip!”
That’s my excuse, anyway, and I’m sticking to it. After all, when a company teases you with the intoxicating lure of a world class sports car that puts 530 horsepower onto the pavement, you need to figure out a way to savor it, to exploit it properly. And what better way than to pack an overnight bag, pick up your best friend, and head for the hills? Or, better still, the mountains.Two, Four Door Sixes Are All Porsche
By Jim Bray Saturday, April 16, 2011
It’s easy to forget that Porsche’s Cayenne and Panamera don’t only offer delicious, powerful V8’s, that they can also be equipped with a V6 engine that eases both the entry price and the price at the pump.
And you might be surprised to find how little you need to compromise when you slice off two cylinders. These are real, live Porsches – especially the lighter and more exotic Panamera.Next 15 Columns - >>