The saga of Porsche ownership and its dealings have been something to watch in recent years. First, Porsche attempted to purchase Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker. After that unsuccessful attempt, there were some shady investing practices, with Porsche not disclosing its intentions to purchase VW while simultaneously trying to short its VW stock holdings. In the end, Volkswagen turned around and bought Porsche, and slapped the Stuttgart-based sportscar manufacturer with a $1.8 billion lawsuit. Amid all of this mayhem, the Porsche family sold their ten percent stake in their family’s company to Qatar’s national wealth fund. It appears that stake will go back to the Porsche family.
What’s the best way to celebrate a 50th birthday? Should the celebrant look to the past or envision the future? The answer, of course, will differ depending on the person. But, for Porsche and Lamborghini, the choices are clear. Both are marking their five decades of existence known in decidedly different ways. One is embracing its roots, the other is trying new and different things. Which one will leave a greater mark on automotive history is anyone’s guess at this point.
Happy weekend folks! Another week is in the books, and here at BoldRide, there have been a lot of interesting developments in the last seven days regarding future models. Hints, rumors and spy shots always have us stressing about future rides, but we can always decompress with some great father-son activities tomorrow for Father’s Day! Until then, take a load off and before you hit the pool, grille or golf course brush up on the latest reports from BoldRide!
What makes a perfect daily drivable sportscar? It is a tough question when you think about it. Sure, there are plenty of cars that offer heart-pounding performance, yet offer little in the way of usability and versatility. Once a single-model automaker, Porsche now provides a wide range of models that allow for comfortable, multi-passenger motoring. While SUVs and four door performance saloons are currently all the rage, a brand like Porsche is nothing without its connection to the past.
I was too young to watch the original Star Trek series when it first came out, but I’ve seen every episode dozens of times via reruns. One thing that amazes me is how far ahead of its time the show was. It shows characters sitting at video monitors, loading data onto floppy disks, and talking to computers with voice recognition software. In the 1960s, those kinds of devices were on the leading-edge of scientific speculation. Nowadays they’re so common we hardly pay them any attention.
Teeing up for a return to the famed Le Mans racing series, Porsche has released a few teaser shots regarding its LMP1 race car during testing. Considering this is the team’s first return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans since 2009, they’ve been hoping heavily it will be able to compete with the Audi and Toyota LMP1 Prototypes alike.
So far- other than a hybrid powertrain- Porsche hasn’t given us any details as to what will power this racing machine. In fact, no one’s entirely certain what it will officially be called or who will lend their sponsorship to the team.
We don’t think this “digitally” re-created drag race turned out exactly how ThatRacingChannel (TRC) had planned it. When one heavily modded out quarter-mile Mustang, met with a mostly standard Porsche 911, it turned more into an insurance issue than a speed run.
You can just stop your whining right now. The introduction of the 2014 Porsche Macan, a sub-Cayenne-SUV, is imminent, and this is a good thing for Porsche and fans of Porsche sportscars everywhere. The Audi Q5-based ute is reported to be slated for debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, and Porsche has big plans for the Macan. Expect a turbocharged inline four and available V6. The Macan S would likely be a turbo V6, sending power to standard all-wheel drive.
The difference Between Porsches and Lamborghini’s and Women are all business. They get you up to speed and keep you safe. The lines of a Porsche are straightforward and functional. There are no surprises. Lamborghini’s whisper to you from just behind your ear. They promise things that will thrill you if you let them. Their lines are like that of Sophia Loren; outrageous curves and surprising planes. All of it meant to be touched, not merely looked at. Porsches serve you dinner. Lamborghini’s take you dancing.
Actually, it’s the difference between being German and being Italian.
Along with the likes of the LaFerrari and McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder has been one of the most anticipated hybrid supercars in recent history. Now, after testing and teasing the arachnid for well over a year, Porsche finally dropped some new details on our laps regarding the new supercar.
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