This time we have a beautiful 993 generation Porsche 911 sent to us by its owner, Julian. The 1995 supercharged air-cooled outlaw has been Julian’s daily driver for 23 years now. Based on these pictures she is very well taken care of.
I was recently approached by a coworker asking if I knew if a taller person can drive a Porsche 356 comfortably. He is about 6’4” tall and enjoys motorcycles and wants to get into sports cars. He is hoping to purchase a classic 356 coupe.
He mentioned that he wasn’t sure if such a small car would fit him. He knows that I’ve had the chance to drive all of Porsche’s modern sports car lineup and that my daily driver is an early Porsche Boxster. His opinion of the Boxster is that he definitely couldn’t fit into it, but this is all based on the outside appearance and not sitting inside.
On June 8th, 1948, the Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster received its operating permit. Thus was produced the first sports car that led to vehicles that would set the bar that all other sports cars are measured by.
While the very first Porsche was a mid-engined vehicle, the later 356 models and the 911 would have there engines in the back (although some of Porsche’s successful road and race machines would use a mid-engine layout). With 70 years of history Porsche has made a number of legendary machines.
Cars like the 356, 911, 550 Spyder and 917 are just a few that come to mind. Their cars are so good, for their time, that even Porsche’s less loved models would be the crown jewel in just about any other automaker’s lineup.
To celebrate 70 years of Porsche the German automaker has unveiled a new 911 Speedster Concept car. The special 911 is a modern machine, but incorporates styling elements from various automobiles from its storied past.
The latest Porsche 911 GT3 reintroduced the traditional manual transmission. The first 991 generation GT3 removed the option with a PDK being the only option to shift gears. This decision makes complete sense.
Both Ferrari and Lamborghini have already moved away from manual transmissions, but Porsche was the last of three most influential performance car makers to still feature a traditional manual in their higher performance models. Porsche’s Italian counterparts realized that a dual clutch automatic inspired by Formula 1 has a performance advantage.
Is the manual transmission now an unnecessary piece of equipment?
Nissan announced the US pricing of the new 2019 Nissan 370Z models. The base 370Z Coupe equipping with a 6-speed manual transmission starts at $29,900 and prices go up from there. For that you get a sports car that pumps out 332 horsepower and 270 lb-ft. of torque. 0-60 mph comes in a good 5.2 seconds. On the skidpad it is able to manage 0.89 g of lateral movement.
Not bad for a relatively inexpensive sports car (by today’s standards). But is there another option that rivals the performance and offers a more prestigious badge? While you could name a few typical options such as the Honda S2000 or the Lotus Elise, the 996 generation of the Porsche 911 matches up quite closely.