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Why silver Porsches are great

There’s been a bit of a backlash against silver Porsches recently, from people who say there are too many of them. Sure, there are a lot of silver cars in general – I heard recently that 40 percent of new cars in the UK are silver and you only have to look around a car park to see that is reasonable. Indeed, most cars now have metallic paint when, not too many years ago, it was an expense luxury. Go back to the early days of Porsche in the 1950s and a 356 finished in metallic silver was the height […]

Porsche 996 Turbo – 10 reasons you need one

The Porsche 996 Turbo is a car that’s always astonished me, from the days it was a new and current model, right through to today when it’s a great used buy. Every time I drive a 996 Turbo I’m never failed to be excited and impressed by it. Here, then, are 10 reasons why you need a Porsche 996 Turbo: 1, When new it was mooted by many as the best car in the world. 2, With a 420bhp engine, it has a top speed of 190mph and reaches 62mph in just 4.2 seconds. 3, That engine is an evolution of […]

David Flatman, Porsche driver, rugby player and fundraiser

Rugby player David Flatman is a customer of ours and a thoroughly nice bloke. He’s recently retired from rugby after a successful career playing for Bath and England, and is now Communications Director for Bath Rugby. The club has also granted David a Testimonial Year, which gives him a chance to raise money for charities close to his heart. David’s chosen to support The Down’s Syndrome Association, The Burned Children’s Club and Help For Heroes. Please click here for more details of David Flatman’s fundraising.  

The Porsche Cayman is full of surprises

The new Porsche Cayman is here and there are no surprises on the styling front – it is, after all, essentially a Boxster with a roof, and none the worse for it. What perhaps is surprising is that Porsche has bothered to continue the Cayman at all, as it’s never been as big a seller as expected. That’s odd, as it’s a dynamically sharp car (if the Boxster is anything to go by, the new one will be brilliant), looks great, undercuts the 911 in price and has a handy lifting rear hatch. Also surprising is that Porsche is offering, […]

40 years of Porsche Design

Here’s an interesting video celebrating 40 years of Porsche Design.  

Driving a Porsche 911 in silence

This weekend, I found myself on a five-hour drive in a Porsche 993 with a non-working radio. Or at least, a radio I couldn’t get to work. It reminded me of a story on the BBC news website  about how we’ve got so used to ‘noise’; meaning that we are constantly exposed to external stimulus from television, radio, iPods and so on. In fact, the term ‘noise’ was misleading as the report was more about such stimulus rather than simply background noise. The article suggested that, not so many years ago, silence was the norm for most people, whereas now […]

Bugatti’s Head of Design and his Porsche 911

Here’s a great little video about, Achim Andscheidt, Bugatti’s Head of Design and his personal Porsche 911 project. It’s a backdated 911SC that’s been stripped out and fitted with Kevlar panels, to give an overall weight of just 820kg! Well worth watching.

A Porsche for Christmas

Christmas is coming but what’s in your stocking? If you’re fed up with socks and novelty ties, why not treat yourself to a Porsche for Christmas? Can’t afford one? Think again, we have a wide range in stock with prices starting at well under £10,000. What’s more, unlike most modern cars, a Porsche will hold its value – it may even go up – so you don’t have to worry about depreciation. A Porsche can be better than money in the bank. Please click here to see our full stock and do please get in touch for impartial advice on […]

What’s the fastest accelerating Porsche?

What’s the fastest accelerating Porsche? The question was asked on Twitter and my first thought was ‘997 GT2 RS’ which hits 62mph (100kmh) in just 3.5 seconds. However, the 997 Turbo S just beats it with a time of 3.3 seconds. That said, the GT2 RS does take the gong for top speed, with an outrageous figure of 205mph. And because the Turbo S has a PDK automatic transmission and Launch Control, anyone can jump in and achieve something close to that figure. I drove one to the Isle of Man a couple of years ago and had a memorable […]

Have Porsches become too good?

There’s been some chat on the internet about modern cars being too good and depriving the driver of feedback and involvement. There’s nothing new about this – people have been complaining about Porsches becoming less involving and lacking in that elusive quality called character for many years. Take the Porsche 911, for instance. It’s been with us since 1963 and each time Porsche has updated it, purists have grumbled into their beards. It all started back in 1969 when Porsche increased the 911’s wheelbase by 57mm to improve the car’s wayward handling; of course, some people claimed that this destroyed […]