Once upon a time, if you wanted an upmarket SUV you had little choice but to front up for a Range Rover – but then Porsche got in on the act with their Cayenne. Audi had a crack at it and, more recently, Bentley showed off their SUV concept – roundly slated for being just plain ugly – while even Italian supercar maker, Maserati, was making noises about their own SUV.
As European auto-makers scrabbled to get into the burgeoning Chinese market, Maserati used the event as the Asian debut of their SUV – the rather silly-named Kubang.
However, the Kubang was somewhat upstaged by Lamborghini, who chose Beijing to reveal their Urus SUV concept. Although not all details have been confirmed, Lamborghini expect the engine of choice to power the Urus will be a twin-turbo, petrol V8 pumping out around 450kW – although don’t expect to see this off-road Lambo in your local showroom until 2017, if it can achieve production reality. Of course, this isn’t Lamborghini’s first off-road machine – those with longer memories will recall the V12-powered LM002.
This one’s for all the window shoppers out there. A online configurator for the new 2012 Porsche 911 has just gone live so you can build your personalised sports car online and drive it in your imagination. The website is U.S-based so the prices and exact specification won’t be the same as NZ-models but it’s a good starting point for day dreamers.
As you’d expect with enough cash, the new 911 is available in a wide range of exterior colours, interior trim specifications and wheel options. Naturally, it’s best to pretend money is no issue and up-spec your virtual 911 as far as you can go – and that is pretty far. Exterior colours include new hues like ‘Cognac Metallic’ and the rather dubious ‘Lime Gold Metallic’ which come at a price premium. Alternatively, you can stick to well proven colour combos like a Guards Red exterior and beige leather interior. Read the rest of this entry »
The very first official press photos of the new 2012 Porsche 911 have been leaked on to the Internet before its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
In typical fashion the all-new 911 (code name 991), looks very familiar with only subtle styling changes from the outgoing 997. Porsche purists should be kept happy with the iconic model’s classic lines and proportions kept intact.
The most obvious changes are the LED running lamps and revised air intakes at the front, the door-mounted wing mirrors on the flanks and the thinner LED tail lamps that grace the sculptured rear end.
Away from the styling, the most significant changes come with the new 911′s increased size. The car is about two inches longer than the current model with a four inch longer wheelbase.
In terms of power the new entry-model Carrera will use a 3.4-litre direct-injected flat-six, producing 261kW, the Carrera S will be powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine producing around 300kW. Both engines will be mated to either a seven-speed manual or a PDK dual-clutch transmission. Read the rest of this entry »
The VIP Petfoods team pushed through challenging conditions to win a Porsche dominated 9-1/2-hour endurance race at Hampton Downs last weekend.
What was originally scheduled to be a 12-hour race lost almost a fifth of its duration after early-morning fog blanketed the 2.8km North Island circuit.
When the event finally got underway at 9.30am, two and a half hours after the scheduled start time, Australians Klark and Tony Quinn and New Zealander Stefan Webling dominated the race from the outset in the VIP Petfoods 997 RSR.
The trans-Tasman trio qualified on pole position and led all but three of the 471 laps. When Tony Quinn crossed the finish line at 7pm, he had a 29-lap lead over the second-placed 997 GT3 of Australians Malcolm and Brett Niall and Clint Harvey.
Completing the trifecta for the German manufacturer were New Zealanders Denis Roderick, David Glasson and Aaron Harris in their 996 TT.
Fellow Kiwis and second-fastest qualifiers Andre Heimgartner and Phillip Hood had the honour of being the only other team to lead the race in their 996 TT on lap five, but their joy was short-lived. Klark Quinn swiftly retook the position three laps later, and the VIP Petfoods car was never headed thereafter. Heimgartner and Hood dropped steadily down the order and finished ninth, 199 laps in arrears. Read the rest of this entry »
NZ Classic Car’s editorial team take a break, size up some future feature ideas, sample the fare offered at the Formosa Golf Club and, just for good measure, road-test a Porsche Cayman S
During the course of the working year, NZ Classic Car’s lead editorial team (all two of us) don’t often get a chance to relax and take a breather – from the moment we start work on the first issue of the year the copy, production and print deadlines pile up on top of each other leaving little room for idle reflection. As I discovered when I took over the Deputy Editor’s reins from Tim Nevinson, the job is definitely of the 24/7 variety. Mind you, I’m not complaining (no one would listen anyway) – I mean, there are very fews occupations that allow you to combine a love for classic cars with a regular pay-packet!
However, during a recent round of planning meetings, NZ Classic Car’s loyal and hard-working sales team must’ve felt that the editorial team were looking at little frayed around the edges – not too surprising as we’d been working without a break since the latter half of January. As such, they came up with a scheme which would allow us to take a day off, enjoy a drive in a comfortable, modern sports car and, just to round everything off, they also arranged for us to enjoy lunch at a local luxury golf resort. Typically, of course, we also decided to use the ‘day off’ to visit a few ‘car’ people – a busman’s holiday.
Our day would start, of course, with the picking up of our ‘chosen’ car. Read the rest of this entry »
Sir Stirling Moss loves his British cars but his lengthy career has seen him race special track cars from all over the world. Among the most notable are his links to Germany’s Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Moss recently made an appearance at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed where he turned up with one of his prized Porsches ready to run up the famous hill.
This particular Porsche is the 718 RS 61, which Moss once ran in the Targa Florio. He may have won the event in the Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, but Moss absolutely loved driving the Porsche. Moss liked driving it so much that he eventually purchased the car for his own private collection.
Before heading up the hill, Sir Stirling Moss had time for a quick interview, which you can see below. It’s a cool clip that really shows Moss’ passion for all things Porsche. Read the rest of this entry »
The Monterey car week is a massive classic car event on the American calender and with it scheduled for August, details are now being revealed. One of the major highlights of the event are the auctions, especially the RM Auctions event and this year some of the cars are very unique.
No Monterey auction would be complete without some movie star cars and this time around its a pair of ex-Steve McQueen cars that are on the consignment list.
First up is a very tidy 1970 Porsche 911S that was delivered to McQueen while he was on the set of the movie Le Mans. The car actually made an appearance in several of the movie’s opening scenes and is in mostly original condition with just 12,400 miles on the clock. Read the rest of this entry »
Some cars from the ’80s and ’90s are now approaching classic status and, in this series, we look at some of them.
Most Porsche purists will tell you that a front-engined Porsche simply isn’t the real thing – if it doesn’t have a rear engine it just can’t be a Porsche. I say let the purists have their opinion, because that means that on the second-hand market, front-engined Porsches represent a genuine bargain compared to their rear-engined brothers. And due to their far better weight distribution, Porsche fronties are also less likely to bite back at inexperienced drivers.
So, what are the choices? Well, there’s always the V8-powered 928, a big and heavy car best suited to long distance work. However, although 928s can now be picked up very cheaply, ongoing costs may be very high.
Even cheaper to buy is the 924 – although it’s hard to find examples which haven’t been thrashed to death and, with the best will in the world, the 924’s VW-Audi engine is hardly a paragon of either power or civility.
A far better option than either of these is the 944, a car conceived to replace the 924 as Porsche’s entry-level model and, unlike the car it was based on, the 944 is at least powered by a genuine Porsche motor. In S2 Turbo form, a well-driven 944 was easily capable of seeing off most 911s. Read the rest of this entry »
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