Porsche offers detuned Boxster and Cayman 211 in Europe

porsche boxster 211 Porsche offers detuned Boxster and Cayman 211 in Europe

Looking at a new Porsche Boxster? First of all, we commend you on your choice, because in its latest iteration, the Boxster has sped out from under the shadow of the 911 and into its own. But now to choose: do you get the base model with 265 horsepower, the Boxster S with 315 hp, or the top-of-the-line Boxster GTS with 330 hp? It’s a daunting question, considering the $10k+ price gap between each model that you could put into the gas-and-rubber jar. Same goes for the Cayman, albeit with ten more horses across the board. But as if that’s not confusing enough, there appears to be another player on the field. (That is, at least, in certain European markets.)

porsche cayman 211 Porsche offers detuned Boxster and Cayman 211 in EuropeAppearing on the company’s Belgian and Norwegian sites are the Boxster 211 and Cayman 211. As you might have guessed, they pack a less substantial 211 horsepower, undercutting what we know as the base models. Instead of using a smaller engine, though, the Boxster and Cayman 211 get the same 2.7-liter boxer six, just with less power.

As a result, they’re a bit slower off the line: the Boxster 211 takes between 6.1 and 6.4 seconds to get to 62, depending on exact specifications, compared to the 5.5- to 5.8-second range for the 265-hp Boxster, while the Cayman 211 is quoted at 6.2 seconds versus the 275-hp Cayman’s 5.4 to 5.7 seconds. Fuel consumption and emissions, on the other hand (and as you’d expect), are better in the 211. But while Porsche Norway charges around $10k less for the 211 models, Porsche Belgium charges the same for the 211 models as it does for the next most powerful versions (from which they appear to be visually indistinguishable).

We’ve sought confirmation from Porsche Cars North America, but given that the 211 models were likely created more to meet local government requirements than pure customer demand, we wouldn’t expect these detuned versions to be offered Stateside anytime soon.

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Weekly Recap: What led to the end of the Montezemolo Era at Ferrari?


It’s telling that Montezemolo is officially quitting Maranello Oct. 13, the day that the merged Fiat Chrysler will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Montezemolo has reportedly grumbled that “Ferrari is now American,” according to Bloomberg, and obviously he was chafing at the loss of some of his company’s autonomy.

Evidence of the fallout is apparent, even in the statements released by each of the men. By nature, press releases are as bland as skim milk. These pull no punches and invite you to read between the lines.

Marchionne’s read:

Luca and I have discussed the future of Ferrari at length. And our mutual desire to see Ferrari achieve its true potential on the track has led to misunderstandings which became clearly visible over the last weekend [When Ferrari struggled at the Italian Grand Prix].

While Montezemolo countered:

Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase, which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group.

This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as chairman after almost 23 marvelous and unforgettable years, in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari’s side in the 1970s.

Marchionne appears to be pinning Montzemolo’s exit on Ferrari’s recent lack of success in Formula One. He has a point. Ferrari hasn’t won a title since it captured the 2008 Constructors Championship, and it’s in no position to win this year, despite having two former World Champions, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, piloting its race cars. The six-year drought is no doubt maddening for a team that’s the oldest and most successful in F1 history.

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Still, eight of Ferrari’s 16 constructors crowns have come since Montezemolo took over as chairman, and Ferrari endured a much longer title drought in the 1980s and 1990s before Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn reinvigorated the Scuderia.

Does Marchionne, or anyone for that matter, really believe Montezemolo has permanently lost his touch for the racing side of the business?

Conversely, Montezemolo’s comments pointed to the Wall Street IPO, which will signal a “new and different phase” for Ferrari. Whether it’s meant to or not, that sounds pretty ominous for Tifosi.

Clearly, Montezemolo is casting himself as part of the “true Ferrari” lineage and is suggesting that the company is now a division of Marchionne’s American empire.

He also referenced his time as Enzo Ferrari’s assistant in the 1970s, which led to his ascension to briefly head the racing team and more glory days for the Scuderia with Niki Lauda at the wheel.

Clearly, Montezemolo is casting himself as part of the “true Ferrari” lineage and suggesting that anything that changes for the worse after Oct. 13 is because the company is now a division of Marchionne’s American empire.

In reality, everything both men said is true. Will Ferrari become less autonomous? Yes. Is Marchionne going to start making Chrysler minivans in Maranello? Of course not. Should the Scuderia have been more successful in recent years in F1? Absolutely. The team spends gobs of money and fields two of the most talented drivers in the sport. But rule changes – especially F1′s move to new V6 turbo engines – have been hard on Ferrari. Still, teams go through slumps. Montezemolo wasn’t the problem.

No, the real problem is Montezemolo held firm that Ferrari shouldn’t make more cars. About 7,000 cars per year was his magic number. Marchionne, meanwhile, wants to ramp up Ferrari production to fulfill some of the pent-up demand – wait lists are notoriously long – and make more money.

History is written by the victors, and in the end, Marchionne and Montezemolo can both count this as a win. Yes, Montezemolo “resigned,” but his tenure at the helm will rank him among Ferrari’s greatest leaders. It’s Enzo, then Montezemolo.

Marchionne will now get his way. More Ferraris, but realistically, not that many more. Marchionne knows Ferrari’s value comes from its almost mythical status, and he won’t compromise that. The road-car business will be fine. And if he can get the Scuderia back to its familiar position at the front of the F1 grid, Italians won’t care where the stock is registered.

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2015 dodge viper 09 1 Weekly Recap: What led to the end of the Montezemolo Era at Ferrari?Dodge slashes Viper price $15k

It’s a lot cheaper to buy a Viper than it was at the start of September, and the supercar now starts at $84,995. Adjusted for inflation, it’s in line with the price of a first-generation Viper, which started at $50,700 in 1992.

But when’s the last time a company reduced prices to adjust for inflation? That doesn’t happen. The price cut is a tacit admission the Viper isn’t performing as well as Dodge had hoped. Chrysler Group sales have been strong this year, but Viper sales have collapsed this summer. Obviously, Chrysler hopes lower prices will bring higher sales for the Viper.

02 cadillac elmiraj concept live 1 Weekly Recap: What led to the end of the Montezemolo Era at Ferrari?Cadillac to launch semi-autonomous car in two years

Specifically, Cadillac will get a so-called “Super Cruise” feature that will enable the car to drive without driver input by controlling braking, speed and lane positioning. The model set to get the technology was not specified, though the new flagship, expected to be called the LTS, is a candidate.

Cadillac also announced it will equip the 2017 CTS with vehicle-to-vehicle communications capability, news that comes as the federal government moves toward potentially mandating that technology in some form on America’s roads.

slide 0034 Weekly Recap: What led to the end of the Montezemolo Era at Ferrari?Mercedes debuts AMG GT

Mercedes is going aggressively after the Porsche 911, launching two models that aim at Stuttgart’s core buyers. The GT S, which packs 503 hp, from a twin-turbo V8, launches early next year, followed by the 456-hp GT in mid-2016.

Mercedes’ new entry grades out well in all the measurable areas, but it faces a tough challenge in luring buyers from Porsche. Benz has definitely brought it with the new GT line. It’s a serious sports car. But it’s still about six months away. Your move, Porsche.

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Porsche Cayman gets a new face

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We’ve already seen photos of the facelifted Porsche Boxster out testing, but we’re now seeing these same changes making their way onto the hardtop Cayman coupe. Cosmetically, the next round of Porsche’s smallest sports cars isn’t vastly different, with redesigned headlamps, LED running lights (like its big brother, the 911), and new taillamps that actually aren’t visible on the prototype seen here.

The big news for the updated Boxster/Cayman range is the long-rumored four-cylinder engine. Recent reports suggest we could see four-pots with displacements of 1.6, 2.0, or 2.5 liters, and with output ratings as high as 360 horsepower. Of course, these new four-cylinder mills would be both turbocharged and direct-injected.

It’s unclear whether or not the six-cylinder engine range will also be updated when this new Cayman comes to market. In any case, we expect to see it bow in the relatively near future. Stay tuned.

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Porsche 918 Spyder gets tiny recall for rear control arms

RECALL Subject : Rear Axle Control Arms may Break

Report Receipt Date: JUL 28, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V457000
Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5
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Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
PORSCHE 918 SPYDER 2015

Details
Manufacturer: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Porsche Cars of North America, Inc. (Porsche) is recalling certain model year 2015 918 Spyder vehicles manufactured May 7, 2014, to June 18, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with rear-axle control arms that may break, causing difficulty controlling the vehicle.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the control arms break, the driver may lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the control arms, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Porsche customer service at 1-800-767-7243. Porsche’s number for this recall is AE03.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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Jay Leno puts carbon fiber wheels to the test on a Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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Can a hopped-up Miata take on the Porsche Boxster?

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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]

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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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