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Pens and accessories to accompany your Porsche

26 Sep

Ballpoint pens with technology inspired directly from the racetrack. Athletic shoes with a suspension. Glasses with six hinges instead of the normal two. Does it sound outrageous and somewhat ostentatious? Well, it is.

While attending the 2011 Online News Association conference in Boston this week I stumbled upon a Porsche Design store in a local high-end shopping mall. Upon entering it became apparent the high levels of engineering and design Porsche continually incorporates into their vehicle have carried over to other product lines. Oh, did I mention price, those have carried over too.

A pen, what many could consider a very basic writing utensil, Porsche regards as a stylish piece of contemporary design. Because of this the bodies of their ballpoint, mechanical, and fountain pens are all composed of a material called TecFlex. TecFlex is essentially an interwoven piece of stainless steel brake line that has been adapted to hold ink as opposed to brake fluid.

When it comes to race-inspired products, the P’5510 Bounce S athletic shoes are similarly over-engineered and over-the-top. In-store prices ranged from $480.00 for the mesh version, or $600.00 for the leather-covered equivalent, these are far from a run-of-the-mill pair of Nike Shox. They might look like the Nikes, but closer inspection reveals a series of actual “shocks” on the bottom of the shoe, giving these kicks a suspension setup that would rival a F1 car. With the price reaching such levels one should be more concerned with twisting a part of the suspension than your own ankle.

Ok, so the pens are made from stainless steel brake line, and the bottoms of the shoes resemble something capable of taking on the Nurburgring. However the most useful piece in the store was probably the reading glasses. No, these are not something your grandmother would wear while reading the morning newspaper. These have a total of six hinges, allowing the eyewear to fold neatly into a carrying case. Not only are these available while prescription lenses and different magnifications, they’re also practical. Their ability to fold to next to nothing makes them easy to place in your pocket or center console.

If the Porsche Design store represents anything it’s the expansion of auto manufacturers. No longer are companies simply creating cars, trucks and SUV’s. Brands have branched out to create entire lifestyles for their owners and followers. From clothing and sunglasses to kitchen knives and luggage, it’s hard to find something a marque like Porsche hasn’t thought of. If your like me, you might not be able to buy a Porsche, but you can possibly buy a pen.

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Porsche Carrera 4 GTS unleashed

12 May

By Matt McCarron

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe and cabriolet: Courtesy Porsche North America

The 997 model line of the Porsche 911 will be coming to an end this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. However, that didn’t stop Porsche from adding one more version to their ever-expanding lineup of 22 different 911 models.

Porsche unveiled the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, adding a four-wheel-drive variant to the recently released Carrera GTS. The Carrera 4 GTS has an additional 23 hp over a standard Carrera 4S. This is made possible by internal changes to the 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine including: a special resonance intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps and a sports exhaust system with four black tailpipes finished with polished, nano-coated inner shells.

This added horsepower enables the GTS to accelerate from 0-60 mph, 0.1 second quicker than the regular 4S. The optional PDK transmission and Sport Chrono Package Plus enables the GTS to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The manual coupe GTS also and has an increased top speed of 187 mph (186 with PDK).

The exterior and interior accents are primarily black. The exterior is adorned with black side skirts from the 911 GT2, a black panel between the rear tailpipes and 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels, painted in high-gloss black. The interior is covered in black Alcantara on the center sections of the standard sport seats and on the rim of the three-spoke steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.

The Carrera 4 GTS will go on sale starting in the fall.  The Carrera 4 GTS coupe will have a base MSRP of $110,200, with the Carrera 4 GTS cabriolet starting at a slightly higher base price of $120,100.

Carrera 4 GTS 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine: Courtesy Porsche North America

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Porsche reveals Cayman S Black Edition

6 May

By Matt McCarron

Well, Porsche has done it again. After releasing the 911 Black Edition, then the Boxster S Black Edition, it’s only fitting that Porsche would apply it to yet another one of their model lines. Today Porsche announced the creation of the Cayman S Black Edition. Like both the 911 and Boxster S variants, the Cayman S Black Edition will be a limited production vehicle, with only 500 units produced worldwide.

As with the other two variants, the goal of the Cayman S Black Edition is to offer added horsepower, exclusivity and a long list of equipment at an affordable price. But is this special Cayman S really worth the added sticker price?

Well, to start with the Cayman S Black Edition gets an additional 10 horsepower from the 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The engine, which produces 330 horsepower enables the Black Edition to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, with the optional PDK transmission and Sports Chrono Package, as opposed to the manual transmission which covers the same distance in 4.8 seconds. A vehicle equipped with the PDK transmission also gets the added bonus of launch control and various shifting modes.

2012 Porsche Cayman S Black Edition: Courtesy Porsche USA

If your particular color preference happens to be well, black, then you’re in luck. This Cayman S is only available in said color, and as with all Black Edition models, is covered from head to toe in black accessories. The car gets 19-inch Boxster Spyder design wheels, painted black of course, and also features side intake grills, model designation badge and it’s exhaust pipes with the same special treatment. The interior features black leather with trim pieces finished in aluminum and stainless steel.

In the end the Cayman S Black Edition is very similar to its two siblings. All three have very similar changes and feature many of the same upgrades. However, whether or not this limited production Cayman S is worthy of the added cash is ultimately up to the individual.

The 2012 Cayman S Black Edition has a base MSRP of $67,500 and will start arriving in U.S. showrooms later this summer.

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SLS AMG Roadster revealed, finally.

5 May

By Matt McCarron

After many rumors that the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster was among one of the three vehicles Mercedes-Benz was scheduled to debut at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, it turned out to be a no-show. So, if it wasn’t debuted at the New York show, then when would Mercedes finally lift the veil of secrecy and show the SLS AMG Roadster to the world. Well, the automotive world got their answer on Thursday when Mercedes revealed the drop-top version of their SLS AMG supercar will make its world premiere at the 2011 Frankfurt International Auto Show in September.

The final details of the SLS AMG Roadster are still being hammered out by AMG engineers, but numerous things have been set in stone. One of the most unusual and intriguing aspects to the roadster is its soft-top. Mercedes claims the soft-top can be deployed or retracted in just 11 seconds, at speeds up to 31 mph, with just the touch of a button.

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster testing in Papenburg, Germany: Courtesy MB USA

The soft-top, which is comprised of three layers of fabric has been engineered with a weight-optimized magnesium,steel and aluminum construction, capable of with withstanding the vehicle’s top speed of 197 mph, regardless of whether or not the soft-top is covering the interior cabin, or neatly hidden behind the passenger seats. To ensure this structural integrity the SLS AMG Roadster has undergone high speed testing at three different high-speed tracks, in Papenburg, Germany, Nardo, Italy and Idiada, Spain.

In addition to the high-speed testing, the SLS AMG Roadster and its high-tech soft-top has endured a plethora of other testing including a high-intensity rain test and climate change tests where the vehicle was exposed to a variety of extreme climates around the world.

Mercedes says the SLS AMG Roadster still needs to undergo a number of quality test on other parts of the vehicle before it makes its world premiere on September 13 in Frankfurt. However, if the soft-top has survived such extensive and extreme testing, chances are the rest of the vehicle will also stack up to Mercedes’ and customer’s demands. But only time will tell if this version of the SLS AMG holds up to the reviews and acclaim of its hard-top sibling.

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First ride E30 M3: Superb handling, engine and classic BMW styling

3 May

By Matt McCarron

What do you get when you take an E30 M3 in pristine condition, add a list of modifications as long as the Great Wall of China, some windy back roads and an experienced driver? A memorable experience, that’s what.

When GermanAutoNews was offered the chance to take a ride in an E30 M3, it didn’t take much time to come up with a decision. After all, this is the E30 M3 we’re taking about, a car synonymous with the S14, a high-revving inline four-cylinder that loves to be pushed above 3,000 rpm, and impeccable handling thanks in part to the vehicle’s 52 to 48 weight distribution. However, this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill E30 M3. In fact it’s about as far from the stock North American spec E30 M3 as it could possibly get.

1991 BMW E30 M3

This special E30 M3 was built by Turner Motorsport of Amesbury, Mass. To make this M3 stand out from the pack Turner went all-in with just about every option or upgrade available including a 2.5-liter stroker kit, stage 3 ported/polished head, Evo 3 throttle bodies, Evo 2 camshaft, B&B Triflow muffler, heavy duty clutch, lightweight flywheel, coilover suspension and a whole host of other improvements.

All of these improvements were evident as the M3 rounded the corner of Haigis Mall at UMass Amherst. The vehicle’s exhaust gave off a subtle yet undeniable drone as it made its way toward our camera, and the suspension could be seen trying to keep up with the never-ending bumps and dips that are much too prevalent around the UMass campus. The final component to be experienced before even entering the vehicle was the award-winning sound system, featuring two Focal 27VX 11″ subwoofers,  165EX 3-way and 136EX 2-way speakers and Precision Power 4400 and 2600 amplifiers.

As the ride began we hoped the owner and driver of the M3 would drive the car like it was supposed to be driven. And it didn’t take long to figured out the owner wasn’t intent on leisurely driving around town, all the while being careful to stay under 3,000 rpms and stay at the recommended speed limit.

Actually, from the moment we left the first stoplight it was apparent this was going to be a fun ride. So we fastened our seat belt and away we went. The 2.5-liter S14 screamed with ever-growing intensity as it roared towards redline, while the heavy duty clutch gave the ride a sudden and attention-grabbing snap as it ripped into the next gear. Both upshifts and downshifts came quickly, maybe even somewhat harshly, courtesy of the five-speed Dogleg transmission and upgraded drivetrain.

2.5-liter S14 with Evo II valve and intake cover paint design

The stiff and tight suspension, featuring coilovers along with upgraded camber plates, control arms, strut braces and sway bars made taking corners at high speeds a thing of beauty. There was practically no bending and no nose-diving whatsoever when carving through a corner. The 52 to 48 front to rear weight distribution really showed its worth on the back roads, allowing little to no understeer or oversteer.

As we made our way back toward the campus we really showed the under-appreciated power of the 2.5-liter S14. In today’s high-end, high-performance car industry, where more and more vehicles are approaching or eclipsing 500 horsepower, the 270 provided in this M3 might seem like a pathetic amount. I mean really, the Hyundai Sonata Turbo puts out 274 hp, but that doesn’t matter. The Sonata might have more horsepower, but the S14 delivers all 270 horses to the driver in an unforgettable crescendo of noise and emotion. The S14 screams and howls in ways modern engines just can’t match. In a world where naturally aspirated engines are increasingly being discontinued in favor of forced induction units, the S14 stands alone as one of the truly great naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines of all time.

Our ride in the E30 M3 showed us something. It isn’t the most powerful, quickest or most eye-catching vehicle we have been in. However, when push comes to shove it just might be the best. It combines a raw, un-computerized experience, something that is becoming harder and harder to find in today modern vehicles, and something we will not soon forget.

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Video: Onboard 1991 E30 M3 with 270 horsepower

3 May

Here’s a video of a very agile and powerful E30 M3. This vehicle has at least 78 more horsepower than a stock North American spec E30 M3, which has 192 hp.  This E30 M3 is a replica of the Sport Evolution (Evo III) version of the E30 M3. The Sport Evo was limited to 600 units and featured an enlarged 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. It produced 238 horsepower and is considered to be the epitome of the legendary E3o model line.

Photos and story will follow soon.

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Version of F10 M5 to have four-wheel-drive

3 May

By Matt McCarron

British automotive magazine Autocar has reported BMW officials have verified reports that a four-wheel-drive version of the new F10 M5 will be produced. It is unclear at this time if the four-wheel-drive version of BMW’s top-of-the-line performance sedan will make its way to the U.S.

The final production version of the F10 M5 is scheduled to make its world debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

For more information on the F10 M5 visit Autocar’s Web site.

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