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 (3)

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)

2015 Porsche Macan Video

Porsche's Cayenne SUV is a hit, and it looks like the automaker used a pint-sized version of that formula to create the new-for-2015 Macan. The new compact luxury SUV debuted at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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With exterior styling that combines elements of the 911 and the Cayenne, Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Macan fits nicely into the Porsche lineup. But Mays wonders if its pint-sized interior will offer drivers and passengers a comfortable amount of room. Watch the video for more details.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan: Up Close

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In photos, the 2015 Porsche Macan could be mistaken for its larger Cayenne SUV counterpart at first glance. In person, there's no confusing the bite-sized Macan for anything but a compact SUV. Its small stature is fit and athletic in typical Porsche fashion, though a little too rounded toward the rear where it loses definition under the auto-show lights. Maybe out on the road some of its curves and definition will stand out. Or it really could just be somewhat of a jelly-bean shape.

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Specifications indicate the 184.3-inch Macan is a lengthy SUV among its ilk. The end-to-end dimensions don't show up on the inside where rear-seat room is in short supply. With the driver's seat positioned where I would drive, I have to slide my feet in diagonally to clear the rear seat's elevated floor. Good luck fitting three adults in the backseat.

By Joe Bruzek | November 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

2015 Porsche Macan at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show

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Competes with: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q5
Looks like: A pint-sized Cayenne
Drivetrain: 340-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6; 400-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V-6; seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Spring 2014

Porsche's 2015 Macan is the sports car maker's first foray into the luxury compact SUV segment filled with small utes like the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, soon-to-be-released Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Audi Q5. Any thoughts of Porsche selling out by offering a more mainstream compact SUV can be quickly put to rest with the twin-turbocharged engines making 340 horsepower and 400 hp in the base Macan S and Macan Turbo, respectively. Porsche wants the Macan to be the first compact SUV that's also a sports car.

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But it's also an SUV, so the Macan comes with standard all-wheel drive, power liftgate, off-road mode and available air suspension with adjustable ride height. After all, Porsche has a decade of SUV experience with its popular, and larger, Cayenne.

By Joe Bruzek | November 20, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Porsche Macan Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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We'll have a full report on the all-new, somewhat small, SUV from Porsche later this morning. For now check out our gallery from its pre-Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling last night.

By David Thomas | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Porsche, Mini Shine in New ALG Study

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Imagine two cars similar cars. One is a Subaru, the other is a Dodge. Which one commands a higher price? The Subaru, according to a new study from ALG.

The Santa Barbara, Calif., company, a longtime calculator for used-car residual values, released its first Brand Pricing Score, which rates the impact a brand alone has on new- and used-car prices. Ranking mainstream and luxury brands as two separate groups, ALG analyzed new-car transaction prices and used-car auction prices (the prices paid at dealer auctions) alongside other factors to issue its scores, which replace the company's Statistical Brand Value.

ALG surveyed model and calendar years 2012 to 2013 for new cars and sales from October 2011 to September 2013 for used cars. Mini and Subaru fared best among mainstream brands, while Dodge, Suzuki and Smart fared worst. Porsche demolished all other luxury brands on new and used lists, while Volvo and Lincoln brought up the rear. That's bad news for those respective brands, but it means a used Dodge, Lincoln or Volvo could be a good deal. Conversely, a used Mini, Buick or Subaru with similar features will probably cost more.

Check out ALG's full rankings below.

By Kelsey Mays | November 8, 2013 | Comments (2)

570 Horsepower Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Because Why Not?

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Nope, this isn't a trick. Today, Porsche announced the addition of the updated 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S to the sports-car maker's four-door lineup. It boosts the 2013 Turbo S model's power from 550 hp to 570 hp; the top speed is 192 mph.

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There will also be a Panamera Turbo S Executive model for the first time. This takes the Turbo S powertrain and drops it into the extended wheelbase platform — adding 5.9 inches of rear legroom — that currently can only be had in the pedestrian 4S or plain old Turbo style with 520 horses.

By David Thomas | October 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

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