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Is this the next Porsche 911 Targa?

Once again, photos are floating around the internet of what is claimed to be the next Porsche 911 Targa. The images show a roof based on the styling of the original Porsche 911 Targa with a prominent rollbar. The old Targa had a lift out roof panel which folded up and could be stored in the boot. However, I can’t believe that 21st century Porsche buyers would want that, so there must be more user-friendly solution. But what? Is the roof a glass panel that slides back under the rear window as per the last-generation Targa? Or is it a […]

Porsche emissions – is an old 944 better than a new Boxster?

There’s a lot of talk about environmental issues these days, with manufacturers working hard to make their cars ‘cleaner’ in that they produce less exhaust emissions. Very worthy stuff, but what about all the old cars that are being scrapped? It’s a bit like low-energy lightbulbs – should you throw away all your old filament bulbs and replace them with low energy ones or keep them until they reach the end of their lives before renewing them? Of course, a lightbulb is, at the end of the day, a disposable item, whereas a car – especially a Porsche – isn’t. […]

Porsche 991 Turbo Cabriolet

Porsche has just announced details of its latest incarnation of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Here’s what the company has to say about it: The dynamic range of the new 911 Turbo models1) multiplied by the driving pleasure offered by an open-top sports car: This is the succinct formula behind the two new leading 911 Cabriolet models. Some 50 years after the 911 first made its début and to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the open-top versions of the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are making their global début. The vehicles will be unveiled for the […]

Porsche 911 Speedster 3.2

My friend Kevin Young loves his Porsche 964-model 911 Speedster and I’m pleased to report that, unlike many of these rare Porsches, his Speedster gets used regularly. So how would Kevin cope with the previous generation of 911 Speedster, the 3.2-lire version? Here’s his insightful report on his first drive in one: The 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster’s squat stance – punctuated by its flared turbo body and “fat” Fuchs wheels just looks right – unbelievably cool! Simon’s Midnight Blue example has travelled a mere 26,000km since new – it’s like a new car and clearly its been cherished. Following lunch, […]

Porsche 996s wanted for magazine photoshoot

I’m writing some buyers’ guides for GT Porsche magazine and we need some Porsche 996s for the photoshoot. Basically, we need every main variant of 996 which means the following cars: 3.4-litre Carrera/4 3.6-litre Carrera/4 Carrera 4S The above need to be a mix of coupes, Targas and Cabriolets   GT3 Mk1 GT3 MkII GT3 RS GT2 Turbo Turbo S Ideally, the Turbos need to be in coupe and Cabriolet form. The shoot will take place at the Chobham circuit in Surrey on 3rd October. You need to be relatively local to the location for obvious reasons but the magazine […]

Every single Porsche type number!

Following yesterday’s post of Porsche’s ‘900’ type numbers, I had an email from photographer John Rampton (who’s set himself the ambitious task of photographing every single model of Porsche) listing every Porsche type number from 1 upwards. And here it is in its entirety, plus a photo of a Porsche 550 Spyder! 1 = Lohner-Porsche hybrid electric car, not part of official numbering but was first design 7 = Wanderer sedan, first official model number 8 = Wanderer 8-cyl car 9 = Wanderer 8-cyl car 10 = Horch rear suspension 12 = Zündapp sedan 16 = 8-cylinder engine for Röhr […]

Porsche type numbers

When is a 911 not a 911? When it’s a 964, 993, 996, 997 (above) or 991. Confusing? It certainly can be. Since the early 1960s, Porsche has used type numbers beginning with a nine for, not only road cars, but also racecars, prototypes and even transmission systems. The most well known of the latter being the 911’s 915 gearbox. Here are all known Porsche type numbers. Do get in touch if you can fill in any of the gaps!   901: Porsche 901 prototype and show car 902: 1965 four-speed 911 transmission (and 912 internal designation) 903: 1965 prototype […]

Porsche 964 Speedster owner is Feeding Hong Kong

I have a good friend in Hong Kong, Kevin Yeung, who is a huge Porsche fan. Among other cars, he owns the last off the line Porsche 964 Speedster and regularly drives it on the island’s mountain roads. Kevin is very passionate about Porsches and other performance cars, however he admits that his favourite car is actually a van. A bunch of vans to be precise. Kevin Yeung founded Feeding Hong Kong which serves as Hong Kong’s largest food banking network that helps support 47 local food charities. Please make the time to read more about this innovative humanitarian effort […]