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Überelektrisch! Porsche Presents… Mission E

Posted: September 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Frankfurt Motor Show | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Überelektrisch! Porsche Presents… Mission E

 

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The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show hasn’t even kicked off yet, but already there’s a contender for best in show. Porsche’s reveal of its stunning Mission E Concept is a show stopping, drop dead gorgeous, über-fast-charging, all-electric supercar that Porsche reckons will clock the Nürburgring in under 8 minutes, and while it might scream around the 20 odd kilometres of the Nordschleife, what this vehicle shows us very quietly is the future shape of automotive form and function.

Mission E concept is by far the cleanest design to hit the podium to date, very Porsche, but also very predictive of shapes to come. Loaded with plus numbers, 800 volt, 440kW-600hp, 0-100kmh in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 250kmh and a range of 500km …and perhaps a cheeky nudging at the only other cool spark on the block ‘Lookout Tesla’  :: Read the full article »»»»


Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: porsche | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76

Ferdinand Porsche Dies Aged 76Salzberg, Austria: The designer of the world’s most iconic sportscar – the Porsche 911 – has died aged 76. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche developed the car in 1963 for the company founded by his grandfather. With its sloping roof, long hood and noisy rear-mounted engine, the Porsche 911 still carries distinctly recognisable elements from the first model introduced in 1963. Describing his design philosophy, Mr Porsche once said a product that was coherent in form required no embellishments.

His design career had a slow start, he was dismissed from the Ulm School of Design because of doubts over his talent. Undeterred, Ferdinand Porsche started practical training in the body design department of the family-owned sports car factory in Stuttgart.

“As creator of the Porsche 911, he established a design culture in our company that still leaves its mark on our sports cars,” the head of Porsche’s supervisory board, Matthias Mueller, said in a statement. “A design of the century for which Porsche is envied around the world,” the mass-market Bild newspaper said of the 911 in an obituary for Porsche on its website. True fans of the brand only permit slight changes to the design to this day.”

He also created the Formula One racecar 804 as well as the Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and in the 1970s branched out into Porsche merchandise including lines of wristwatches and sunglasses.

“Design must be functional and this functionality must be applied visually with an aesthetic that is without gags that have to be explained first,” the company quoted him as saying. “Good design should be honest.”

Ferdinand Porsche, who began at the company in 1958 and was still the honorary chairman of the company’s supervisory board when he died, is survived by his wife and three sons.


NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

Posted: August 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Fast, Faster, Fastest, Favorite New Thought, Grilled, porsche | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NEW 2012 Porsche Carrera

At nearly 50, the Porsche 911 Carrera is apparently younger than ever. The completely redesigned seventh-generation sports car icon is stepping into the limelight with its sleek and stretched silhouette, exciting contours and precisely designed features. Yet from every angle it is unmistakably a 911, holding true to the Porsche 911 Carrera ‘evolution, not revolution’ design philosophy. Read the full article »»»»


Porsche Cayenne Diesel, NO Schlepper

Posted: May 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: ecodriver, porsche | Tags: , | Comments Off on Porsche Cayenne Diesel, NO Schlepper

The Facelift Porsche has carried out on the Cayenne is a great lesson in brilliant design, Porsche have transformed a muscle bound 4×4 into a sleek, uber-modern, desirable mode of transport. The range has grown, price has dropped and all we can say is WOW. Despite larger exterior dimensions – to the benefit of passenger space inside – the Cayenne looks smaller on the road. That’s a clever trick, and makes the Cayenne a far better rival for its German premium SUV competition. Fitted with the optional PASM – Porsche Active Suspension Management – and larger 21-inch wheels, the Cayenne Diesel rides superbly.

Porsche Cayenne Diesel rips it up in worthy style. This is far more than some nasty farm implement dressed up with a Porsche crest. Read the full article »»»»


B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: porsche 918 spyder | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on B_tch and Moan, Porsche 918 For Sale

OK, previously we may have been a little harsh on Porsche Australia – READ ‘Why Do We Pay More –  we no longer give a sideways what the new 918 costs, we just want one!

Stuttgart – Porsche AG announced the 918 Spyder Plug In Hybrid is officially on sale, well pre-order. This auto stole the show at it’s preview in Geneva last year. The concept project known as XG10 – 918 is going into production in September 2013, the expected cost of this stunner $US845,000 – we have no clue what the 918 will cost in Australia.   Porsche Australia, didn’t respond to Questions on pricing at time of publication. Read the full article »»»»


$17,000 Porsche

Posted: February 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: porsche | Tags: , , | Comments Off on $17,000 Porsche

The Poor Man’s Pedal-Powered Porsche

The car-bike is an art project by Hannes Langeder of Austria. It took a year to build, and cost as much as a real car: 13,000 euro, or $17,700. Inside, as you can see from the extensive photos (there are even more on the project’s Flickr page, the main structure is steel. This was then built out using a toy 911 as a model, covering the skeleton in plastic tubing and then skinning the whole thing with packing-tape and gold foil. Thanks to these simple materials, the entire car weighs in under 100 kilos  – 220 pounds. That’s not exactly light for a bike, but you probably wouldn’t want to take the Ferdinand out for a spin on a windy day.

The car debuted in June 2010, at Autopia

The car looks fantastic on the road. Even though there’s a bike inside, it has the presence of a car. I’ll bet the rider gets a lot more respect from car drivers just because he looks like one of them. Even if he is tootling along at just 10 mph.


Porsche 918 Hybrid

Posted: November 7th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Porsche | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Porsche 918 Hybrid

Porsche have pulled off the biggest surprise at the Geneva auto show, unveiling the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept.

Porsche 918

A plug-in hybrid that Porsche says is capable of lapping the “Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.” What’s more, Porsche says fuel economy should be somewhere around 78 miles per gallon. How does it do it? The 918 Spyder concept is powered by a 500-horsepower gasoline V-8 and electric motors on the front and rear axle (the two electric motors make a combined 160 kilowatts of power, or the equivalent of 218 horsepower). Total power output is 718 horsepower. Porsche is not saying whether the 918 Spyder concept will go into production, but don’t bet against it. The technology is just too promising, the styling too delectable. Read the full article »»»»