Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle

 Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle

If you want to move five passengers in very rapid fashion and you’ve got a $75,000 budget, two newly introduced four-door models immediately come to mind – both are the highest performing vehicles in their respective segments. But which is faster off the line, to the 60-mile-per-hour benchmark or flat-out over an even longer run? Evo took both to paved aircraft runway to find out.

In lane one we’ve got the all-new Porsche Macan Turbo, which boasts a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6 rated at 400 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The Porsche is fitted with a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, and the 4,244-pound crossover has the traction advantage of standard all-wheel drive. In lane two is the all-new BMW M3, powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline-six rated at 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It is also equipped with a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, but only the rear wheels of the 3,595-pound sedan are driven. Both the BMW and Porsche arrive with launch control, which helps to remove driver error off the line.

Which automaker’s launch control system is better off the line? Does all-wheel-drive grip give the crossover the advantage it needs to overcome its adversary’s power-to-weight advantage? Will aerodynamics factor into the results? Which would you put in your garage, and why? The video may surprise you.
 Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle

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Porsche prioritizes 200,000-unit sales target over exclusivity [w/poll]

porsche panamera production Porsche prioritizes 200,000 unit sales target over exclusivity [w/poll]

Would a Porsche still be a Porsche if it weren’t as exclusive? That’s the question which industry pundits are asking – and customers may soon as well – as the German automaker emerges from the fringe in pursuit of larger volumes.

A dozen years ago Porsche was barely selling over 50,000 units per annum. In a sales surge that has gathered pace as fast as a 911 Turbo, however, it was already hovering around the 100,000-unit mark a few years later. Last year it sold over 160,000, and has targeted 200,000 units by 2018. But it may not even take that long.

Automotive News reports that Porsche has advanced its targets to reach for 200,000 units by the end of this year or the next. The bump in sales would be driven particularly by the introduction of the new Macan, of which it aims to sell 50,000 units annually, starting next year. The Cayenne currently stands far and away as its most successful model. The 911 and Panamera have swapped second place a few times over the past five years, followed by the Boxster and Cayman.

Porsche’s pursuit of higher volumes is mirrored by that of Maserati, which has been pursuing a similar path but at lower volumes. Maserati sold barely more than 6,000 units last year, but with the introduction of the new Ghibli sedan and upcoming Levante crossover, aims to reach 50,000 units next year. Ferrari, conversely, has actually been reducing production in order to maintain exclusivity and profitability.

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Will Roegge makes 4K art of Jeff Zwart’s 911 build and run up Pikes Peak

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Evo makes the case for the world’s best driving road in Majorca

 Evo makes the case for the worlds best driving road in Majorca

What good is a sports car if you haven’t got a great place to drive it? It’s a common refrain that we’ve heard time and time again. But few are as familiar with the problem as they are in the UK, where the number of people, cars on the road and traffic cameras keep growing to conspire against the joy of driving. Leave it to Evo, then, to depart in search of the greatest driving road in the world.

It’s a pursuit that’s taken the British car mag across Europe, most recently to Romania’s Carpathian Mountains where it added the Transalpina Pass to its short list. But its latest journey has taken Evo to the Spanish island of Majorca, where Henry Catchpole found not one, but two spectacular driving roads from behind the wheel of the new Porsche Boxster GTS. We could drone on about the smooth, empty ribbons of twisting tarmac with excellent visibility and panoramic vistas… but you really want to see the video for yourself. Don’t miss Evo’s previous trip to Romania in the Jaguar F-Type, which we’ve included below, as well.

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Porsche goes karting in its Cayman GTS

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Porsche names new motorsport chief

New leadership for GT motorsport programme and GT production sports cars
Frank-Steffen Walliser takes over from Hartmut Kristen

Stuttgart. Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (44) takes over as the new Vice President of Motorsport at Porsche AG as of October 1st, 2014, and in this role is responsible for the worldwide GT motor racing activities as well as for GT production sports cars. He is the successor to Hartmut Kristen (59) who will work alongside the Research and Development Board in an advisory role. Walliser will remain project manager for the 918 Spyder project.

Hartmut Kristen is a long-standing authority at Porsche. Born in Berlin, Kristen joined the company in 1983, and from 1994 was responsible for customer racing activities and GT vehicles. In 2004 he took over as Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. In this role he not only made his mark in top motorsport, for instance with the RS Spyder sports prototype in the American Le Mans Series and with the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Another winning model was the 911 GT3 RSR, with which customer squads scored many class victories most notably at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

In addition to expanding Porsche’s customer racing activities worldwide, which he regarded as the “backbone of Porsche motorsport”, the promotion of talented young race drivers was also something very close to his heart. Under his direction, arguably the most comprehensive youth development programme in motor racing emerged. Today, five former Porsche juniors bolster the current works driver line-up. In 2013, Hartmut Kristen led the new Porsche 911 RSR works-campaign to a double class victory at Le Mans. For him and his team, the 2014 season began with the successfully modified 911 RSR clinching wins in the USA at the long distance classics of Daytona and Sebring.

Porsche motorsport is familiar terrain for Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. With a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering specialising in combustion engines and technology management, he held the position of General Manager of Motorsport Strategies from 2003 to 2008. As the overall project manager of the 918 Spyder from November 2010, the native of Stuttgart was responsible for the series development and production of Porsche’s ground-breaking super sports car that holds the lap record of six minutes and 57 seconds on the Nürburgring Nordschleife for road-homologated production sports cars. Frank-Steffen Walliser is married and the father of two children.

As the Vice President of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser is responsible for the worldwide motorsport activities in the GT field as well as for GT production sports cars. Fritz Enzinger will continue at the helm of the LMP1 campaign and the running of the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the Sports Car World Championship WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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This FL man accused of stealing drivers licenses has best tattoo ever

Florda Bentley Thief This FL man accused of stealing drivers licenses has best tattoo ever

Bentley and Porsche are two of the jewels in Volkswagen Group’s luxury brand crown, but in Florida they also have a very tenuous connection with crime. With his multiple face and neck tattoos, including a Bentley logo right between his eyes, Derek Denesevich (pictured above) has been charged with the surprising crime of alleged identity theft. He recently surrendered to a Florida court, and could face seven years in prison, if convicted.

You might wonder where Porsche fits into this. According to the Sun Sentinel, Denesevich’s accomplice was one Porscha Kyles, who worked for the Broward Clerk of Courts. She allegedly used her access to driver’s license records to steal information and sell it to Denesevich. He is then accused of filing fraudulent income taxes to recoup the refund checks.

According to the Sentinel, Kyles has already pleaded guilty to conspiracy and identity theft and was sentenced to three years and one day in prison. The duo reportedly stole over 100 identities and made at least $120,000. Scroll down for a video about this pair of auto-related criminals.

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Porsche offering short-term leases to Macan waitlisters [UPDATE]

03 2015 porsche macan fd 1 Porsche offering short term leases to Macan waitlisters [UPDATE]

UPDATE: While the text of this post used the term “lease”, the title originally said “loan”. We’ve updated the headline to more accurately reflect the nature of the program in question.

Walk into a Porsche dealer today, place an order for a Macan and you’ll be looking at a waiting period of six months or more before you can expect delivery. That may be common enough for high-end European automakers, but the Macan is meant to lure new buyers to the brand, and the waitlist could be enough to deter them from sticking around.

The solution? Offer to lease them a Boxster or Cayman until their new Macan arrives. Shorter in term that the usual new-car lease, these six-month terms are designed to keep buyers from turning their backs, all the while experiencing the kind of vehicle Porsche does best.

Of course it doesn’t hurt that the dealer then gets a used sports car to sell again once the short-term lease is up. And we wouldn’t be surprised to see some buyers asking to hold on to their mid-engined sports car for a little longer, either.

Porsche says it’s too early since the launch of the program to tell how many Macan buyers are opting for the short-term leases, but considering how close the prices of the Macan, Boxster and Cayman can be – all starting in the low $50k range – we would be surprised if it weren’t a runaway success.

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