Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 jumped three spots to No. 1 this week, finally knocking the popular Acura TLX Prototype — the last holdout from our 2014 Chicago Auto Show coverage — off our list of most-watched videos. The lone newcomer this week, the 2014 Dodge Durango SUV, checks in at No. 5, while a returning trio of MotorWeek videos featuring the 2014 versions of the Nissan Rogue, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche 911 Turbo S round out the middle of the roster. Check out what was popular.

1. 2014 Lexus GS 350
2. 2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
3. 2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
4. 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)
5. 2014 Dodge Durango

By Matt Schmitz | March 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3

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Vehicles Affected: About 209 model-year 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 sports coupes manufactured between Oct. 19, 2013, and Jan. 16, 2014.

The Problem: In the affected vehicles, a piston connecting rod may come loose and damage the engine crankcase, which may allow engine oil to leak onto hot components in the engine bay, possibly causing a fire. In February, Porsche issued a warning to all 785 affected vehicle owners worldwide to immediately stop driving the cars due to the risk of engine fire, in addition to a stop-sale order to dealers, after two engine fires in Europe related to the piston connecting rod problem. The automaker said no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Porsche will notify owners, and dealers will install a new engine with improved piston connecting rod connections for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Porsche at 800-767-7243, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche to Replace Engines in Model-Year 2014 911 GT3

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After engine damage caused fires in two European editions of the 2014 911 GT3, Porsche said it would investigate the cause and told owners of all 785 vehicles worldwide to stop driving their cars. Now the automaker says it will replace the engines in all of those cars. The German sports-carmaker, a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, called the move a "corrective action derived from intensive internal analyses." No recall has been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Porsche Investigates 2014 911 GT3 Engines

The engine fire resulted from loose fasteners on the engine's connecting rods — part of what fastens the base of the rod to the crankshaft — which allowed oil from the crankshaft bearings to leak.

Replaced engines will have better fasteners, Porsche says. The automaker says it's "in direct communication with customers worldwide" to discuss what needs to be done.

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By Kelsey Mays | March 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Our video introduction to the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show in February once again tops our list of most-watched videos, but beyond that it's an all-new roster for a new week. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley's critique of the 2014 Lexus GS 350 luxury sedan checks in at No. 2. Meanwhile, a trio of videos from our peers at "MotorWeek" round out the top five, showcasing the 2014 versions of the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Nissan Rogue and Porsche 911 Turbo S. Check out what was popular.

2015 Acura TLX Prototype — 2014 Chicago Auto Show
2014 Lexus GS 350
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport (MotorWeek)
2014 Nissan Rogue (MotorWeek)
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S (MotorWeek)

By Matt Schmitz | March 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

Porsche Investigates 2014 911 GT3 Engine Fires

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Porsche is telling all owners of model-year 2014 911 GT3 sports coupes to stop driving the cars immediately due to the risk of engine fire. The automaker is investigating the cause of the fire and in the meantime, has reached out to all 785 affected vehicle owners worldwide and issued a stop-sale order to its dealers.

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Engine damage in two vehicles in Europe caused them to start fire, though Porsche said there were no accidents or injuries related to the malfunction. Porsche spokesman Nick Twork told us that this is not a recall but a proactive safety measure; the automaker is also working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding the issue. Twork said that the malfunction's cause is still under investigation.

Owners have been alerted to the problem via emails and phone calls. Porsche is offering to pick up the vehicles and take them to a dealership immediately. Owners can call Porsche at 800-767-7243 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Porsche 911 Targa: Up Close

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The Porsche 911 has looked like the Porsche 911 since its introduction decades ago. Few cars have maintained such iconic consistency throughout their life with shapes that are instantly recognizable. So when the shape deviates, even slightly, that's pretty big news.

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The new 2015 Porsche 911 Targa features the same overall silhouette as the normal 911 Carrera 4, with its slightly wider body and standard all-wheel drive, but everything north of the beltline is different from the normal coupe.

By Aaron Bragman | January 15, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Porsche 911 Targa Photo Gallery (28 Photos)

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Porsche's 911 Carrera gets a retractable Targa top for 2015, giving performance-addicted drivers a chance to experience a bit of open-air motoring without the sacrifices you get from a traditional convertible.

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What's a Targa top? Instead of a soft-top convertible or a regular fixed roof, there's a roof panel that retracts underneath a wraparound rear window. A brushed metal "hoop" that stretches over the car differentiates this 911 Targa from other models. Like other 911 Carreras, the new 911 Targa comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive, and it's powered by either a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine or 400-hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder boxer engine (Targa S models). Check out the gallery below.

By Robby DeGraff | January 14, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Porsche 911 Targa at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: Jaguar F-Type, Audi R8 Spyder, Maserati Gran Turismo, BMW M6
Looks like: The iconic 911 with a very different roof treatment
Powertrains: 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter six-cylinder boxer engine (Targa 4); 400-hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder boxer engine (Targa 4S); seven-speed manual or dual-clutch PDK automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive
On sale: Summer 2014
Starting price: $102,595 (Targa 4), $117,195 (Targa 4S)

In the continuing and endless list of variants of Porsche's venerable 911 sports car, the Targa model has always been an interesting choice. Not quite a convertible, not quite a coupe, it features a fixed rear wraparound glass window and a retractable roof panel to open up the cabin — similar to the top on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

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Porsche just unveiled a new 911 Targa at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and the updated shape definitely puts a twist on the classic 911 silhouette.

By Aaron Bragman | January 13, 2014 | Comments (3)

Muscle Cars Top Most Stolen Sporty-Car List

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A trio of nameplates synonymous with American muscle — the Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger — are also the strongest candidates to be swiped by auto thieves. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau's new list of most stolen "sporty" vehicles, the iconic Detroit coupes raced to the front of the pack. The report is based on theft records from the National Crime Information Center and covers model-year 2010, 2011 and 2012 vehicles stolen between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.

The report breaks the cars into three classes: midsize, premium and compact. Sporty-vehicle thefts during the counting period numbered 3,780, with the midsize class dominating that total with 3,271, or 87 percent. Within the midsize class, the Camaro led with 1,509 thefts, followed by the Mustang (980) and the Challenger (782). Rounding out the top five was a mix of premium and compact models, including the Porsche Panamera, a premium car with 103 thefts; Audi A5/S5 (compact, 101); Chevrolet Corvette (premium, 69); Nissan 370Z (compact, 47); BMW 6 Series (premium, 45); Porsche 911 (premium, 24); and Volkswagen Eos (compact, 23).

By Matt Schmitz | October 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

Three's a Crowd With the Porsche 911's Steering Wheels

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Porsche is known for extensive personalization options, making every 911 as unique as possible. You want the key fob painted the same color as the car? Done. That'll be $335. Don't like the 911's steering wheel? That's fine because there are three steering wheel choices for the 2013 Porsche 911. Yes, three.

I was initially perplexed by the lack of steering-wheel audio controls on our 911 Carrera 4S test car. I can stand behind the purity of a sports car with a bare bone, sport-themed steering wheel sans audio controls like the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, but the 4S sent mixed messages. Four control stalks behind the steering wheel took away the simplicity and elegance of the gorgeous driver command center. They also frustrated when I accidentally switched various information displays while trying to set the cruise control.

By Joe Bruzek | August 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

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