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Porsche

Country of Origin:
Germany

Models:
911
Boxster / Cayman
Cayenne
Key:
* Top speed electronically limited
2.5SC 2.5-litre supercharged engine
2.5TC 2.5-litre turbocharged engine
2.5D 2.5-litre diesel engine
2.5TD 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine
I4 4-cylinder engine in inline configuration
V6 6-cylinder engine in V-shaped configuration
FWD   Front-wheel-drive platform
RWD   Rear-wheel-drive platform
4WD   Four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive platform
5M   5-speed manual
5A   5-speed automatic
5AM 5-speed automanual
CVT Continuously variable auto transmission
l/100km   Litres of fuel consumed every 100 kms

Porsche 911

The 911 is Porsche’s original legendary rear-engined sports car, produced in coupe, cabriolet and glass-roofed targa body styles based on model, and with numerous flat-six engines and drivetrains. The 911 first went into production in 1964, and now includes the rear-wheel-drive Carrera 2, GT3, and GT3 RS models, and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4, Carrera 4S and Turbo models. The top GT2 model was added later. All use Porsche’s flat six-cylinder engine in various states of tune. The Carrera 2 and Carrera 4 models use a 3.6-litre with either a manual or a tiptronic gearbox. The Carerra 4S uses a 3.8-litre, with a choice of manual or tiptronic. The race-tuned GT3 and GT3 RS are the lightest cars in the range, and use a modified high-output version of the 3.6-litre engine, with only a manual gearbox. The all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo supercar uses a turbocharged version of the 3.6-litre engine. The lightened rear-wheel-drive GT2 uses an upgraded version of the turbo motor. Available features include power windows, electric mirrors, CD stereo and a full set of airbags. Both the GT3 and 911 Turbo is fitted with an Active Suspension Management system, while the Turbo has an optional Sports Chrono Package that temporarily boosts turbocharger pressure for up to 10 seconds by 2.9 psi, increasing torque.


Premium Sports Coupe / Convertible



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
BMW 6-Series
Chevrolet Corvette
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
Price Range
Dhs 266800 - 645800 (US$ 72500 - 175900)
Body Styles
2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Weight (kg)
1375 - 1624
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.6 F6 RWD/4WD
3.8 F6 4WD
3.6 F6 RWD
3.6TC F6 4WD
3.6TC F6 RWD
6M/5A
6M/5A
6M
6M/5A
6M
325
355
415
480
530
370
400
404
620
680
10.2-11.6
10.9-12.4
11.5
11.2-13.6
12.5
5.0-5.7
4.8-5.4
4.2-4.3
3.7-3.9
3.7
280-285
280-288
309-310
310
329
Good
Flashy looks, excellent handling, fast
Bad
Price, practicality, continues with rear-engine layout




Porsche Boxster / Cayman

The redesigned Boxster roadster was introduced in 2005, with the fixed-top Cayman coming later for the 2007 model year. Considered the entry-level Porsche offerings, the pair are powered by a 2.7-litre version of the traditional Porsche flat-six engine in their base trim, while the higher-performance S versions are powered by a 3.4-litre version of the sixer. The pair are considered a benchmark for sports-car handling, with rear-wheel-drive and a choice of either a manual or a manually-shiftable automatic. Standard features include power windows, electric mirrors, 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels, among other luxury options. The Boxster and the Cayman offer head airbags in combination with thorax airbags, concealed on the outer side of the backrest, alongside the usual front airbags. Luggage is space is very limited, with two trunks, one in the front and one behind the mid-mounted engine in the back. The Boxster can be ordered with a removable hard top.


Premium Sports Coupe / Convertible



Road Tests & Articles:
none

Competitors:
Audi TT
BMW Z4
Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class
Price Range
Dhs 161700 - 238400 (US$ 43200 - 64900)
Body Styles
2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Weight (kg)
1300 - 1390
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
2.7 F6 RWD
3.4 F6 RWD
5M/5A
6M/5A
245
295
273
340
8.5-9.3
9.8-11.0
6.1-7.0
5.4-6.1
251-258
264-272
Good
Unbeatable handling, good looks, quick
Bad
Not quick enough for the price, practicality




Porsche Cayenne

The Cayenne, the black sheep of the Porsche family, is a sporty 4WD that is surprisingly as capable on the road as it is off the road. Developed in conjunction with Volkswagen, it is available in three guises, namely the base Cayenne, the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo. All the models have been upgraded for the 2008 model year, temporarily eliminating the Turbo S, but adding a mid-level GTS model. The entry-level Cayenne has a new 3.6-litre V6 engine, the S and the lowered GTS versions uses two separate versions of the 4.8-litre V8, while the Turbo uses a turbocharged version of the 4.8-litre V8. All versions utilise a four-wheel-drive system and a six-speed automatic gearbox, but a rare six-speed manual is available with the non-turbo models. The Cayenne models include traction control, stability control, ABS brakes and an active suspension system. An extensive equipment list includes leather upholstery, alarm system, central locking with remote control, on board computers, tinted glass, electric windows and wing mirrors, as well as a full set of front and side airbags.


Luxury Midsize 4WD



Road Tests & Articles:
2008 Porsche Cayenne first look

Competitors:
BMW X5
Mercedes-Benz M-Class
Range Rover Sport
Price Range
Dhs 187000 - 469400 (US$ 50800 - 127600)
Body Styles
5-door wagon
Weight (kg)
2235 - 2430
Version
Performance
Engine
Gearbox
Power (hp)
Torque (Nm)
Fuel Econ (l/100km)
0-100 kph (sec)
Top Speed (kph)
3.6 V6 4WD
4.8 V8 4WD
4.8 V8 4WD
4.8TC V8 4WD
6M/6A
6M/6A
6M/6A
6A
290
385
405
500
385
500
500
700
12.9
13.7-14.9
13.9-15.1
14.9
8.1-8.5
6.6-6.8
6.1-6.5
5.1
227
250-252
251-253
275
Good
Power, handling, space, off-road gear, image
Bad
Price, oddball looks, fuel economy






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