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Porsche Boxster 2.7 vs 3.2

With the lovely summer weather we’ve been having in England, it’s nice to have a brace of 987  Boxsters in stock. One is a 3.2-litre Boxster S, which we sold before it hit the website, the other this very smart 2.7 Boxster. I was a bit apprehensive getting into the smaller-engined Boxster after driving the more powerful S. However, I needn’t have worried. Sure, the 2.7 does not have as much power but it certainly doesn’t feel underpowered (it produces 240bhp, after all) and remains a joy to drive. Of course, open-top sports cars are about more than outright performance […]

Porsche Boxster/911 emergency bonnet release

I did something silly yesterday. I looked the keys in the front luggage compartment of a 2005 Porsche Boxster S – the 987 model. And, yes, the rest of the car was locked, too. I knew that there was an emergency bonnet release hidden inside one of the front wings, its main reason being to allow access to the battery in the event it goes flat and the electric release won’t operate. The problem was, I wasn’t sure which wing, as it has moved around since the device was first used on the early Boxster and Porsche 996. The obvious […]

The colour of a Porsche sets the tone

What colour Porsche would you choose? If you’re buying a used Porsche, you can’t be too choosy; you should choose the best car you can find regardless of shade (although of course, it needs to be a colour you like and can live with). Buying a brand-new Porsche, on the other hand, makes the question of colour rather more complicated. Sitting in the showroom or using the Porsche online configurator, it can be a tough decision and one that you’re going to have to live with for a long time. The colour of a Porsche – inside and out – […]

Porsche 911 sculpture at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

To celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911, there was a stunning sculpture at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. This video from Porsche explains how the sculpture was created. Well worth watching!  

Is a Porsche 991 £88,000 better than a 996 Carrera 4S?

A friend on Twitter has just posted that his dream Porsche 991 Carrera 4S would cost him a total of £110,000 if he bought it on finance. A full £12,000 of that is interest and the deal involves putting down a £10,000 deposit then paying off £2300 a month for  two years. It’s actually not a bad deal from a finance point of view, I guess, but only if you can afford to swallow the costs without a struggle. It got me thinking, though, you can get a Porsche 996 for the price of the deposit, although I’d recommend spending […]

Porsche tyre compressor

Most Porsche 911s (and some other models) come with a spacesaver spare wheel which is stored with the tyre deflated. To use it, then, you have to blow up the tyre and, to that end, Porsche supplied 911s with an electric tyre compressor that plugs into the cigarette lighter. This is also handy for topping up the air in the normal tyres. The original tyre compressor came in a variety of styles over the years; the photo below is a Porsche 964 compressor and it’s a smart piece of kit. It’s housed in a plastic box which opens to reveal […]

Porsche 911 engine stripdown

Every wondered what’s involved in tearing down a Porsche 911 engine? This great video gives you a speeded up glimpse of the process. It’s well worth watching!  

Porsche 964 Carrera 2 – what a responsibility!

I’ve been lucky enough to have driven some rare and valuable Porsches over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt so responsible for a car as when I drove this 964 Carrera 2 away from its owners in Cheshire for the long trip south. The car belonged to John and Paula Boggiano, who I’ve known for many years, and it’s very much been the love of their lives. So much so, that they’ve owned it twice – once from 1994 to 2007 and again, after a brief flirtation with a new 997 GT3, from 2009 to the present […]

Porsche open day in West Sussex

Philip Raby is teaming up with Porsche service specialist AW Motor Sport and opening their doors to Porsche owners and enthusiasts on Sunday 11th August. The informal open day will be a chance to meet staff from both companies and chat with other Porsche owners at the West Sussex facilities. Refreshments will be provided, plus the chance to put your Porsche through a free health check, and get advice on servicing and repairs. There will also be a selection of Porsches for sale, with a no-obligation chance to chat with experts about what the best Porsche for you would be. […]