Philip Raby Porsche

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Having fun with the Porsche configurator

I’ve just been doing some research for a magazine article and wanted to see how much one could spend on a new Porsche 991 Carrera. I used the online Porsche configurator and, taking the most expensive model – the Carrera GTS Cabriolet – as a starting point I added every conceivable option to come up with a 911 costing a cool £145,000. Now, you’d be mad to do this – you could buy a 991 Turbo for that money – but it is a fun exercise. I have to admit, though, that the Porsche I created is a bit of a […]

Why the glass-roofed 911 Targas are great

A lot has been written about the latest Porsche 991 Targa and, I have to admit, I do like the way the new Targa apes the appearance of the classic 911 Targa, with its wrap-around rear window. It’s a good looking car in a retro way. However, what I don’t like about the new Targa is the overly complex way the roof is opened. The entire rear window opens, the Targa panel drops down under it before the window returns into place. Sure, it’s a triumph of engineering but it’s not an elegant solution and, unusually for Porsche, it’s a […]

Porsche 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition

Porsche has just announced its Martini Racing Edition, a 991 Carrera S finished in the Martini livery made famous in the 1970s. Back then, you could order a 911SC or 911 Turbo with Martini livery so this is a welcome return to those days. As well as the distinctive livery, offered on black or white bodywork, the Martini Racing Edition also boasts an Aerokit with a fixed rear spoiler, stainless steel sill covers with the words “911 Carrera S – Martini Racing Edition” illuminated in red. The latter isn’t particularly racecarish, but then neither is Bose and full leather seats. […]

Porsche 911 Turbo – fuel economy vs depreciation

New Porsches offer remarkable fuel economy, a fact which fellow motoring writer Richard Aucock today flagged up on Twitter with this photo (above) of a Porsche 991 Turbo which he’s been testing and managed to eek 34.4mpg from on a daily commute. It’s an astonishing achievement for a supercar that packs 520bhp, and one that Porsche’s engineers should be applauded for. Making cars more frugal has to be better for the world (and for us) in the long term. But in the short term is it better for your wallet? I’ve done a few rough calculations on the back of […]

Will there be a Porsche 991 Turbo Targa?

There are rumours flying around that Porsche will announce a 991 Turbo Targa very soon. Tim Hutton, a graphic designer friend, created this clever image of what a 991 Turbo Targa would look like, and graciously said I could share it here. Click here to see more of Tim’s work, much of which is car-related. It’s an intriguing idea and one that makes sense, as the Turbo Cabriolet has long been a popular choice for buyers, especially in the UK (obviously because of our sunny climate!). Also, the Targa and Cabriolet share parts so, in theory, it wouldn’t be a […]

Porsche 991 Targa with all new roof system

Porsche has just unveiled the 991 Targa with its all new roof system, at the Detroit Motor Show in the USA. It’s been long known that the new 911 Targa would revert back to the lines of the classic Targa with its distinctive roll hoop, rather than the retracting glass roof system of the 993, 996 and 997 Targas. However, what’s not been known is just how the roof would work – the original 911 Targa had a lift out roof panel that stored in the boot but, these days, drivers want more convenience than that. The solution was shown […]

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 […]

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 […]

The new Porsche 911 Targa

A while ago I wrote this post about the new Porsche 911 Targa. Now, rumours are again flying around about the next generation Targa, after Autocar published more spy shots of what is obviously a 991 Targa disguised as a Cabriolet. It seems that Porsche is returning to the traditional rollbar styling of the original 911 Targa, which seems odd in some ways as that has long been a largely unloved 911. I’m sure the new car won’t have a lift-out roof like the old one, though, but rather some form of panel – some are saying glass – that […]

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 – should you buy one?

Porsche has just unveiled the new 991 Carrera 4 at the Paris motor show, which was no surprise as the car had already been announced. As per the 997 before it, the new four-wheel drive variant can be distinguished by its wider rear wings and full-width rear reflector between the lights. I suspect that it’s these cosmetic changes, rather than any dynamic advantages, which will attract buyers to the 4 and 4S over their less expensive rear-wheel drive counterparts. Porsche first introduced a four-wheel drive 911 back in 1989 with the 964 Carrera 4. This was followed a year later […]