Porsche 918 Spyder already almost sold out?

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Still planning on getting your hands on a Porsche 918 Spyder? You’d better act quickly, because word has it that the hybrid hypercar is nearly sold out.

While Porsche has reportedly only delivered a little over 30 of the 918 examples of the Spyder it plans to manufacture in total, Automotive News says that production is sold out through late March or early April – just a few months shy of when production is set to wrap in July.

That’s pretty impressive for a car with a base price of almost $850,000, especially one requiring a $200,000 deposit just to get your name on the list. Still, that sum is significantly less than its competitors get for the McLaren P1 or LaFerrari, both of which sell for over a million (if you can actually get on one at that price), though in fairness, production of each is limited to less than half of the 918 Spyder.

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Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne

porsche martini 07 Porsche slathers Martini livery on 911, Panamera, Macan and Cayenne

This is how we imagine the conversation went in Porsche’s Stuttgart headquarters: “Martini livery. Martini livery all the things.” Okay, so maybe not, but that hasn’t stopped Porsche from showing off images of most of its lineup bearing the iconic racing livery.

While we aren’t sure about the questionably yellow 911 and lime green Macan, the navy blue Cayenne and the white Panamera both look pretty spectacular as they lap about the streets of Sochi, Russia.

As for why the liveried sports cars and crossovers were at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, we aren’t totally sure. Porsche’s Facebook page, where the images first popped up, was really light on details. Whatever the reason, we fully support Porsche doing more with Martini livery. Take a look at the full gallery to see what we mean.

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Corvette gets slidey with Britain’s best performance cars

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Porsche becomes first company to rent out Vatican’s Sistine Chapel

 Porsche becomes first company to rent out Vaticans Sistine Chapel

We wouldn’t go so far as to say God is a Porsche fan, but those in charge of one of the holiest Christian spots on our little blue marble are welcoming the German automaker into one of the religion’s most revered and beautiful settings – the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. In so doing, Porsche will reportedly become the first company to rent out the holy hall for a corporate function.

Now, it’s not like Pope Francis has signed off on Porsche doing do donuts in a 911 underneath Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. Instead, the Vatican has rented out the home of the Papal Conclave to the Porsche Travel Club, which will host a classical music concert. The Travel Club organizes events and tours across Europe for Porsche enthusiasts, with the Vatican concert just one part of a tour of Rome.

According to Automotive News Europe, Porsche will sell 40 tickets – at 5,000 euros each ($6,379) – to the event, while the Vatican has confirmed that the Pope will not be in attendance.

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Porsche exec confirms Macan Diesel for US

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The idea of a diesel-powered Porsche is the sort of thing that sounds really, really weird… until you actually drive it. The result of sticking glow plugs under the hood of Stuttgart’s finest, though, is a vehicle that’s nearly as entertaining as a gas-powered model but with much more torque and better fuel economy. Considering that, we think it’s absolutely splendid news that following previous reports, Porsche has now confirmed a diesel-powered Macan for the US market.

“We are now busy with the development and the engineering,” Andre Oosthuizen, Porsche’s North American marketing VP, told Automotive News. “I can confirm that V6 diesel offering with about 245 horsepower.”

Yep, that’s the same 3.0-liter V6 found, most notably, in the CUV’s Audi Q5 platform-mate as well as a plethora of other Volkswagen Group vehicles, both in the US and abroad. Stuttgart already offers the 3.0-liter oil-burner in the Euro-spec crossover, where it churns out 258 hp and 427 pound-feet of torque.

As for the rumored four-cylinder Macan, we shouldn’t count on that one for the US, with Oosthuizen pointing to the limited production capacity.

“We don’t have enough capacity,” the exec told AN, “so it’s probably the Macan S and Turbo and then our next priority will be the diesel.”

Oosthuizen pointed to the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show as a possible destination for the diesel’s debut, where it may be announced with a starting price under $60,000. Of course, as we all know, that figure means very little when we’re talking about Porsche’s options catalog.

What are your thoughts? Would you consider a diesel-powered Macan were you in the market? Speak out in Comments.

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Porsche Macan fails moose test, Stuttgart responds

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Porsche boss admits Panamera’s style is offputting

pana3 Porsche boss admits Panameras style is offputting

“There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better. For example the design could be better.” – Matthias Mueller.

The design of the Porsche Panamera has been divisive, to say the least. Pretty much any Porsche with four doors was going to draw the ire of enthusiasts, but the fast-back-style roofline, prominent curves and seemingly never-ending hood have particularly irked some brand loyalists.

Finally, Porsche’s headman is admitting as much. Sort of.

Speaking to Australian auto news site Motoring.com.au, CEO Matthias Mueller said the appearance – inside and out – has missed the mark, and changes are coming for the redesign. “There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better,” Mueller said. “For example the design could be better.”

Porsche design chief Michael Mauer told the website that improvements have been made for the new model, and that it will have an even more dramatic roofline. “We have addressed certain things and I think it is more attractive, but if as a designer I was to tell you the successor generation doesn’t look as good as the old one, then most likely I should look for another job,” Mauer said.


The appearance of the Panamera has found some supporters, and the sedan has been generally well-received for its power, poise on the road and luxurious features. Moreover, it’s extended the scope of Porsche’s lineup, fattened the company’s bottom line and added a crucial vehicle for the China market.

pana22 Porsche boss admits Panameras style is offputting

The Panamera was designed on Mauer’s watch, though long before Mueller took over as Porsche CEO in October 2010. It launched in 2009, and the Panamera portfolio has grown to include a long-wheelbase model, a plugin hybrid and other variants that allow it to compete everything from the Tesla Model S to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Since then, the Panamera’s appearance has grown on some enthusiasts, as our Michael Harley noted immediately in our first drive back in 2009:

Regardless of what descriptor you use, most of us seem to agree that it looks like the unlikely five-door offspring of an illicit tryst between a Porsche 928 and a Chrysler Crossfire. Interestingly enough, the more time we spent with the Panamera the more we understood, appreciated, and genuinely started to value its looks.

Meanwhile, Panamera sales have remained strong in the United States, well into its life cycle. Sales dipped slightly in September to 450 units (25 fewer than a year ago), but are still up 447 units to 4,395 sales this year.

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Porsche boss admits Panamera’s style is offputting

pana1 Porsche boss admits Panameras style is offputting

“There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better. For example the design could be better.” – Matthias Mueller.

The design of the Porsche Panamera has been divisive, to say the least. Pretty much any Porsche with four doors was going to draw the ire of enthusiasts, but the fast-back-style roofline, prominent curves and seemingly never-ending hood have particularly irked some brand loyalists.

Finally, Porsche’s headman is admitting as much. Sort of.

Speaking to Australian auto news site Motoring.com.au, CEO Matthias Mueller said the appearance – inside and out – has missed the mark, and changes are coming for the redesign. “There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better,” Mueller said. “For example the design could be better.”

Porsche design chief Michael Mauer told the website that improvements have been made for the new model, and that it will have an even more dramatic roofline. “We have addressed certain things and I think it is more attractive, but if as a designer I was to tell you the successor generation doesn’t look as good as the old one, then most likely I should look for another job,” Mauer said.


The appearance of the Panamera has found some supporters, and the sedan has been generally well-received for its power, poise on the road and luxurious features. Moreover, it’s extended the scope of Porsche’s lineup, fattened the company’s bottom line and added a crucial vehicle for the China market.

pana21 Porsche boss admits Panameras style is offputting

The Panamera was designed on Mauer’s watch, though long before Mueller took over as Porsche CEO in October 2010. It launched in 2009, and the Panamera portfolio has grown to include a long-wheelbase model, a plugin hybrid and other variants that allow it to compete everything from the Tesla Model S to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Since then, the Panamera’s appearance has grown on some enthusiasts, as our Michael Harley noted immediately in our first drive back in 2009:

Regardless of what descriptor you use, most of us seem to agree that it looks like the unlikely five-door offspring of an illicit tryst between a Porsche 928 and a Chrysler Crossfire. Interestingly enough, the more time we spent with the Panamera the more we understood, appreciated, and genuinely started to value its looks.

Meanwhile, Panamera sales have remained strong in the United States, well into its life cycle. Sales dipped slightly in September to 450 units (25 fewer than a year ago), but are still up 447 units to 4,395 sales this year.

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