Porsche SUVs: Not Just Fast Cars

Porsche SUVs: Not Just Fast Cars

For a company whose mystique is established on its iconic sports cars and racing track records, Porsche’s high-selling SUVs satisfy every driver in the family. In fact, almost 70 percent of all Porsches that left the showroom floors throughout the world last year were SUVs. Is this a disconnect between Porsche’s image and the realities of its product mix? Porsche is aware of their perception, and many of their cars are not the traditional sports cars enthusiasts presume. If you test drive competitors’ SUVs and then drive the Cayenne and Macan, you’ll see that Porsche is the sports car of the SUV market. That is their goal: to capitalize on the potential of the SUV market while delivering a sports-car experience. That is how Porsche is protecting their sports-car image they have been building for almost 70 years. Cayenne SUV The Cayenne is at home on- or off-road so you can explore any new territory. When it comes to dynamic driving, the Cayenne is practicality with a range of standard equipment as well as capable of remarkable performance for practically any discipline. The 2016 Porsche Cayenne is easygoing and sporty, and its extensive lineup of features includes a plug-in hybrid, diesel-powered model, and a turbocharged V8 version. It may be the best-in-class crossover on the market. Though enthusiasts were skeptical when Porsche released the Cayenne luxury mid-size SUV, it soon became one of the German automaker’s most profitable and best-selling models. The Cayenne, now in its second generation, offers the family-friendly size, comfort, and handling in a lightweight package with enhanced fuel efficiency and power that made the original...
Porsche 911 Generations

Porsche 911 Generations

The heart of the Porsche brand for nearly 70 years has been the 911. The genuine continuity of the Porsche 911 is a long-standing tradition that few other automobile brands in the world can claim. Since the International Automotive Show in September 1963 where it debuted as the Type 901, it has been inspiring car enthusiasts worldwide. 911 Classic Features throughout the years included: The 911 was first unveiled in Frankfurt at the 1963 IAA Motor Show as the 901. Renamed for the market launch as the 911 in 1964, its 6-cylinder, air-cooled, boxer engine produced top speeds of 131 mph with an impressive 130 hp. Drivers could take the experience a bit slower starting in 1965 by selecting the four-cylinder Porsche 912. The 911 made its debut in late 1966 as the Targa, with a standard stainless steel roll bar, making it the first safety-equipped Cabriolet. The semi-automatic four-speed transmission 911 joined the lineup in 1967. Porsche was the first German automobile manufacturer to meet the strict U.S. exhaust emission control regulations with the 911T and the E and S variants. 1969 and 1971. The more powerful Porsche 911 evolved with the displacement to 2.2-liters in 1969 and then in 1971 to 2.4-liters. G-Series: The Second Generation Changes over its life included: 1977. Intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3 1982. The 911 Cabriolet for fresh-air enthusiasts 1983. The 911 Carrera with a 3.2 liter 231-hp engine 1989. The 911 Carrera Speedster, evocative of the legendary 356 of the 50’s 964: Classic Modern In 1988, after 15 years of production, the 911 platform was radically redesigned with the debut of the...
Janis Joplin’s Porsche Sells for Nearly Two Million Dollars

Janis Joplin’s Porsche Sells for Nearly Two Million Dollars

The highlight of an auction that took place last December at RM Sotheby’s in New York was hands down the bidding for Janis Joplin’s beloved and beautifully painted Porsche. Predicted to sell for around $400,000 to $600,000, the car sold for a whopping $1.76 million. This is more than three times the expected value and over 500 times the amount that the iconic singer originally paid for it. This happens to be the highest price that a Porsche 356 has ever sold for at an auction, and it was the culmination of a fierce competition between no fewer than seven passionate bidders. “Oh Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz?” Joplin, known to her adoring fans as the “Queen of Psychedelic Soul”, famously begged the Almighty for a Mercedes Benz in a song of hers. However, she ended up getting the type of car that her “friends all drive” according to the lyrics: a used Porsche 356 SC Cabriolet that she purchased for $3500 in 1969. This car would be closely identified with her up until her death at age 27. A Psychedelic Car for a Psychedelic Lady in a Psychedelic Era Joplin’s Porsche was white when she bought it. However, for someone with such a colorful personality and lifestyle, such a bland car would never do, and it didn’t stay white for long. Shortly after the purchase, she put one of her roadies on the project of jazzing it up with a psychedelic paint job. Dave Roberts worked for a month on the car, decorating it with birds, butteflies, flowers, mushrooms, wild faces, clairovoyant third eyes inspired...
Meet the World’s Fastest Porsche

Meet the World’s Fastest Porsche

The 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder has made its debut as the fastest ever car in production. Not only is it the quickest Porsche on the road, it’s the quickest road car by any maker. It reaches 60 miles per hour in an incredible 2.2 seconds and can go a quarter mile in just 9.8 seconds. No other production car tested by Car and Driver experts has such a powerful accelerating ability. If two of these vehicles started accelerating from rest at either end of a mile-long tunnel, they would be traveling at more than 350 miles per hour when they passed each other in the middle. Shaving Tenths of Seconds Off the Next in Line Cars with this kind of power are hard to come by. The quickest production car of 2008 took 2.5 seconds to reach the 60 mph mark. This was the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, and it took 10.1 ticks to do a quarter mile. This was impressive at the time, and still is. In fact, the Bugatti Veyron is actually equal to the Porsche 918 when the miles per hour mark is raised to 180. Nonetheless, in just seven years, Porsche has raised the bar in a huge way. Three tenths of a second sounds like very little – in fact, it’s about the amount of time it takes for a person to blink – but it becomes an even more amazing achievement as the overall values shrink, since it becomes a much larger percentage of the whole. Other production cars that are among the most powerful accelerators include the McLaren 12C, the Lamborghini Aventador, the...
What Does the Porsche Crest Mean?

What Does the Porsche Crest Mean?

When you think of certain companies, their logo immediately jumps to mind. For instance, when you think of McDonalds, the arches appear in your mind almost instantly. It’s the same way with many other brands, including car companies, throughout the world. That is the genius of marketing; logos become the company and are representative of what they mean to the world. There are only a few car company logos more famous that the Porsche crest. But very few people know the story behind it. Here is the true story behind the Porsche crest. Free People’s State of Württemberg The story of the Porsche crest begins in Germany. During the German revolution in 1918, a shift in ideology took place. The monarchical Kingdom of Württemberg became the Free People’s State of Württemberg, a democratic republic. The capital became Stuttgart, Germany. The state developed a coat of arms that features the crest which can now be seen as the distinctive background of the Porsche crest. The stripes of red and black, which were state colors for the region, in two of the corners of the crest and the stylized antlers in the other two corners made huge visual impact. Stuttgart is very important to the mythos of Porsche because it is where Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the company, would become a professor and begin designing cars. He also founded a consulting firm in Stuttgart. Stuttgart The center piece of the crest is a yellow shield bearing a black horse standing on its hind legs. This appears with the name Stuttgart above it in black lettering at the very middle of the...
The 5 Most Famous Movie Porsches

The 5 Most Famous Movie Porsches

The many cars that Porsche has to offer have been a part of the cinematic landscape for decades. It seems like every time filmmakers want to show that a particular character is cool, they give him a Porsche. As a result, Porsches have become and international symbol for both elegance and effortless machismo. Some truly great Porches have been featured in some of the most popular and entertaining movies over the years. Here are the top five movie Porsches of all time.   5. Top Gun (1986) – 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster The 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster featured in Top Gun may be a replica, but it is forever forged in the minds of movie watchers everywhere as one of the coolest cars in one of the most iconic movies to come out of the 1980s. The car, driven by Kelly McGillis’s character, Charlie, is a beauty like no other. This incredible car is an icon among ‘80s film buffs and deserves to be counted among the coolest movie Porsches, if not one of the all-around coolest movie cars, of all time. 4. Bullitt (1968) – 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet Bullitt is one of the greatest car movies in the history of film. Some of the greatest car chases are featured in this blockbuster Steve McQueen flick. In the film, Steve McQueen’s character, Frank Bullitt, calls on his girlfriend, Cathy (played by the sublime Jacqueline Bisset) to help him solve his case. Cathy drives a canary yellow 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet that can only be described as stunning. The striking yellow paired with the incredible beauty of the Porsche...
Euroclassics Customer Appreciation Day at VIR on Oct. 12th

Euroclassics Customer Appreciation Day at VIR on Oct. 12th

Euroclassic’s 14th Annual Driver Education and Customer Appreciation Event will take place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Columbus Day, October 12, 2015. This popular event is a great opportunity for drivers to take their cars on VIR’s 3.27-mile track, which is rated one of the top six road courses in the US by Car and Driver Magazine. VIR, located near Danville, Virginia and near the North Carolina Border, is a “motorsport” resort that is a vacation destination for serious drivers, car lovers and their families. Keep an eye out on our website for more information. In the meantime, save the date – October 12, 2015 for this event.   Sign up TODAY!...
How to Correctly Pronounce Porsche & Other Porsche Fun Facts

How to Correctly Pronounce Porsche & Other Porsche Fun Facts

As one of the most popular sports cars worldwide, Porsche is the definition of what a luxury car should be. Even though its modern style and cutting edge technology is continually expanding the automobile industry’s horizon, the Porsche brand is one that is rich with history and interesting details. In fact, one of the most debated topics to date revolves around the correct way to pronounce its notorious brand-name. Perfectly Pronounce Porsche: a How-To With its ever-growing status and recognition has come the increased question as to which pronunciation of the word Porsche is the right one. Is it Porsh? Porsh-uh? If you were to delve into the actual origin of the word, you would find that its root is from German descent. This may lead you to believe that the right way to pronounce it would be with the emphasis on the “uh” in Porsch-UH. While this may be following the correct German pronunciation, it doesn’t take into account that the word Porsche is, in fact, a family name. Ferdinand Porsche, the founder of the world-famous automobile brand, had his company named after him, and rightfully so. As with any name or proper noun, you don’t always speak it the way you would if it was just any ordinary word. Ferdinand’s surname is actually pronounced PORSH-uh. Because the brand was founded upon his family name, the brand would also be articulated in that fashion. And so, the age-old debate ends. Both sides can rest assured that, although the word may seem like it should be spoken one way, for Ferdinand’s name’s sake, PORSH-uh is here to stay. Possibly...
20 Famous Celebrity Porsche Owners

20 Famous Celebrity Porsche Owners

When you’re looking for the ultimate in luxury, power and performance, where do you turn? Well, according to many celebrities, the correct answer will always be a Porsche. Known for its sleek, one-of-a-kind styling and technological ingenuity, the Porsche has become a Hollywood status symbol throughout the years. Take a gander at the following list of famous celebs who hardly ever take a ride around the city without their trusty luxury vehicle. Famed Collectors While some of the names in this category are not specific Porsche collectors, they all share a mutual love and respect for rare, expensive cars. Jerry Seinfeld: An avid car collector, Seinfeld is no stranger to Porsches. From his 1970 911 S that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Le Mans to his rumored Porsche 356 that was once driven by the Dutch police in the 1960s, Seinfeld is one ultimate super-fan. Ralph Lauren: Also falling under the category of one who accumulates extraordinary cars, Lauren has added a rare 911 or two to his collection. Patrick Dempsey: It’s no surprise that Dempsey showed up on this list. It’s a well-known fact that he not only loves Porsches, but is actually a frequent racer and a partner with Porsche in its racing industry. Tim Allen: While you may not have known that Allen has an impressive car collection up his sleeve, the fact that he added a Porsche Carrera GT to it doesn’t come as a shock with its lavish features. Jay Leno: Known for his extremely large selection of luxury and classic cars, a Porsche Carrera GT fits right into his indoor, heated garage...