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Porsche Expands 991.2 Adding GTS To Model Lineup And Goes Turbo

By   January 9, 2017

Porsche 911 GTS Model Lineup

Porsche 911 GTS Lineup

The Porsche 911 GTS has been called the best value for a 911. It sits between the 911 Carrera S and the GT3 in the lineup and offers plenty of options as standard that would cause a Carrera S to cost more than the GTS. Porsche has expanded the 991.2 model lineup of the 911 to include a new GTS model.

The 911 GTS is available as a Carrera GTS (rear-wheel drive) and Carrera 4 GTS (all-wheel drive). It is available in coupe, cabriolet and targa forms.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Movie Features Some Very Nice Audis

By   May 6, 2015

Tony Starks's Audi R8

Tony Stark’s Audi R8

The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie has collected over $190 million over its opening weekend. The large take means that plenty of folks saw the film its first weekend which means that a lot of people also saw some nice cars from Audi.

The movie features an Audi A3 Cabriolet, TTS and R8. One is just there for the glamor shots, but the others are involved in some major action sequences.

Click past the jump (or scroll down if you came directly to the full article) to find out more about how Marvel and Audi worked together for the movie.

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

By   August 23, 2014

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Originaly published: 2014-04-22, From Edmunds.com

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: A New Home
April 22, 2014

When we last saw our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet , it was being loaded onto a transport truck . The truck driver told us it would take two to four weeks to reach Pittsburgh, its final destination. Now, about four weeks later, the Porsche 911 has finally arrived.
Here’s a note from its new owner, Tom:
“The car finally arrived yesterday. After going through Pennsylvania safety inspection and title work, my dealer washed and vacuumed the car and I took possession last evening. I’ve attached a photo of the car in front of its new garage. It could not be more different from the Porsche I sold last fall (1988 Targa 3.2L manual) but, boy, is it fun to drive. Thanks for your patience and help with this transaction. If you ever find yourself in Pittsburgh, I’m good for a beer.”
I may just take him up on that beer one of these days. We all wish Tom well and hope he loves the car as much as we did.
Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

By   August 16, 2014

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Originaly published: 2014-04-18, From Edmunds.com

Read the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s introduction to our long-term fleet.

See all of the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s long-term updates .

What We Got
Porsche makes it easy to customize your new car. Nearly anything is possible, but it all comes at a price. We wanted a 2013 Porsche 911 for as little money as possible, and we struggled to locate a car to satisfy our wants, yet stay below our mental cap of $100,000.

The base price for a 2013 Porsche 911 was $83,050. But there were must-have features for our ideal version of the new 991 series. First, we wanted the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed auto-clutch manual. This was the volume-selling transmission, so it made sense. Our hearts were set on the 400-horsepower 911 S, but the budget guided us to the more affordable, 350-hp, 3.4-liter flat-6 of the base Carrera. We started shopping.

This sale needed to happen before year’s end, so there wasn’t time to order a car. We utilized the car-buying concierge services of AutoNation Direct. It was soon able to find us a car for the price we wanted. The proposed car had Agate Grey Metallic paint ($710), the Premium package ($2,940), PDK transmission ($4,080), 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels ($2,730) with the Porsche crests ($185), ventilated front seats ($840), satellite radio ($750), the SportDesign steering wheel ($490) and the Sport Chrono package ($2,730). It was as close to what we wanted as was out there. Sticker was $109,745 but we got it down to $98,045 for our 2013 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet with the aforementioned options. The car was delivered the same day on a flatbed trailer. Our test was under way.

Our Impressions
“The harder you drive it the better it feels. Its 3.4-liter flat-6 isn’t a torque monster around town, but keep it over 3,500 rpm in the hills and the 911 storms from corner to corner, and with the top down the soundtrack from the rear-mounted motor will give you goose bumps. But it’s the Porsche 911’s brakes and grip that really impress. Overheating the brakes seems impossible and even rough patches in the pavement don’t upset the chassis.” — Scott Oldham

“As much as I’d prefer that our long-term 911 was equipped with the conventional manual gearbox, I have to acknowledge the brilliance of its PDK transmission. It really is the best dual-clutch gearbox in production today. Not only does it shift imperceptibly smoothly, the gearchanges occur in what appears to be no time at all. These characteristics are no surprises, and they’re ones we’ve come to expect from competent, modern dual-clutch gearboxes. Where the PDK stands above the rest is its manners, intuitive programming and quick reflexes. Unlike many other dual-clutch ‘boxes, with PDK there’s no low-speed nonsense, no clunkiness, and during three-point turns it swaps between ‘R’ and ‘D’ and back immediately.” — Jason Kavanagh

“There’s a layer of snow on the road and it’s about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. I turn off my Baseball Tonight podcast and focus on driving well. The 235/40R19 (front) and 285/30R19 (rear) Pirelli Sottozero Series II snow tires we put on prove their worth here. There’s plenty of grip, and the only time I need to do any extra steering is when I hit a patch of straight-up ice, which happens a few times…. Overall, though, I feel confident and relaxed, or as relaxed as you can be on a narrow, slippery mountain road where no one would find me for days if I went off.” — Erin Riches

“As far as the ride goes, it is on the stiff side. Sure, it’s a sports car and all, but I just drove a Corvette ZR1 not too long ago that pulled over 1.0g on the skid pad and delivered a plush ride on the highway, too. Speaking of Corvettes, I noticed that the shape of the seats in our 911 isn’t all that different from those found in the current Corvette. Funny then, that the Porsche’s seats are supremely comfortable and supportive, while the Chevy’s chairs are a blubbery mess. It’s all in the details, I guess.” — Ed Hellwig

“One thing I haven’t disclosed yet is that I dislike our 911 convertible’s driver seat. The seatback is nicely contoured and very supportive, but no matter how I adjust the seat-bottom cushion, I can’t go more than two hours without getting uncomfortable. Using cruise control helps a little but not enough.” — Erin Riches

“This past weekend my family used our 911 more like a minivan than a supercar…to the Honda Center in Anaheim to see How To Train Your Dragon …to my daughter’s basketball game, out for fro-yo, to the pet food store, to the movies, to Home Depot and, wait for it, to Staples for some new printer ink cartridges. Turns out my daughters (age nine and seven) fit snugly in the Porsche’s backseat. And it turns out that every other mom and dad at the basketball game wishes they too had a 911 Cabriolet. No shock there. In the sea of crossovers, SUVs and minivans, the 911 stood out like Kate Upton at an Oldham family reunion.” — Scott Oldham

“As I was pulling into the airport I started questioning how smart a choice the 911 convertible was. And how much luggage my mom would have. Turned out it wasn’t a problem at all. I flipped down the two rear seatbacks to form a shelf for her large checked suitcase. And put her trumpet bag (she’s a professional musician in her spare time) and backpack up in the front trunk, or frunk.” — Mike Monticello

“Everything that makes the 911 great on a track or on a mountain road makes it great in NYC. You can squeeze in the smallest gaps. You can beat everything off the line. And because pedestrians think you’re a banker who already doesn’t care about people, pedestrians and bicyclists have some sort of internal fear/respect for a Porsche on the streets of N.Y. Best of all, the new 19s take a lot of the crashiness out of the suspension. If I didn’t get a flat here, I was convinced I wouldn’t get one for the next 3,000 miles.” — Mike Magrath

Maintenance & Repairs

Regular Maintenance:
Routine service is scheduled at 10,000-mile intervals for the 911. So we weren’t very surprised when the onboard maintenance minder lit up with 10,000 and 20,000 miles on the odometer. We averaged $582 per visit.

We spent more out of pocket to keep the 911 afloat. On two separate occasions sharp, pointy objects bested our defenses, requiring tire patches at $30 apiece. The third time was a charm, as a pothole cut the sidewall. That cost $660 for a new tire. Add $90 to mount and dismount snow tires. We’ll call it $1,975 to maintain our Porsche for a year.

Service Campaigns:
One recall was issued during our test. It addressed a detaching tailpipe issue . Our car was not updated while we owned it.

Two warranty repairs were made to our 911. One was the replacement of the tank leakage diagnostic module . The other was the installation of new adjusting motors for both exterior mirrors.

Fuel Economy and Resale Value

Observed Fuel Economy:
Combined EPA fuel economy was 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) for the 911. We averaged 21 mpg, with a best single tank of 31 mpg. The best single fill-up took us 511 miles before the 911 pleaded for fuel.

Resale and Depreciation:
We paid $98,048 for our 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, a reasonable discount from its $109,745 MSRP. After one year and 23,000 miles, Edmunds’ TMV ® Calculator valued the car at $82,740 based on a private-party sale. When neither CarMax nor a local Porsche dealership could offer us what we wanted, we listed the car on AutoTrader.

Ultimately, our 911 found a new home in Pittsburgh . The car sold for $81,000 and just 17 percent below our paid price. We hope the new owner has as much fun with it as we did.

Summing Up

Pros: PDK transmission is brilliant, dynamic performance is top-notch, solid feel to all the controls, unflappable brakes, surprising utility, capable of 500 miles on a single tank of fuel, resale value is remarkably high.

Cons: Ride is stiffer that many of its competitors, not everybody loved the seats, button-heavy interior design, high maintenance costs.

Bottom Line: As much as you might covet the Carrera S with a manual transmission, this 911 is still a superb sports car with the base engine and PDK automatic. It’s not cheap, but it’s not necessarily overpriced either.

Total Body Repair Costs:

Total Routine Maintenance Costs:
$1,163.84 (over 12 months)

Additional Maintenance Costs:

Warranty Repairs:
Replace adjusting motors on both exterior mirrors, replace tank leakage diagnostic module

Non-Warranty Repairs:
Replace pothole-damaged tire

Scheduled Dealer Visits:

Unscheduled Dealer Visits:

Days Out of Service:

Breakdowns Stranding Driver:
1 for tire damage requiring a tow

Best Fuel Economy:
31.4 mpg

Worst Fuel Economy:
12.4 mpg

Average Fuel Economy:
21.0 mpg

True Market Value at service end:
$82,740 (private-party sale)

What it Sold for:

$17,048 (17% of paid price)

Final Odometer Reading:
23,648 miles

Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Long-Term Road Test

By   August 9, 2014

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Originaly published: 2014-03-19, From Edmunds.com

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera: Headed to the Steel City

March 19, 2014

Our long-term 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet has a new owner and is headed to Pittsburgh. Sorry Gslippy and Noburgers, but we didn’t go back to CarMax. The buyer, Tom, contacted me on Autotrader and paid to have the pre-purchase inspection that we reported earlier. The 911 earned a clean bill of health, but Tom hadn’t yet made an offer. All that remained was agreeing on a price.

Edmunds trade-in TMV when we took it to CarMax, showed that our car was worth about $82,740. We listed the Porsche 911 on Autotrader for $83,000. While the car was being inspected, I received two offers (one for $80K and another for $81K). I told the other buyers that Tom had paid for the inspection and he deserved the chance to make an offer first. He offered $79,000. I told Tom about the other offers and said that if he could match the $81,000, we’d have a deal. He gave it some thought and agreed on the $81K. For reference, CarMax had offered us $78,000.

Tom wired us the money and made arrangements with Reliable Carriers to transport the vehicle. We got a call from the driver at Reliable about a week later and scheduled a pickup the following day.

Jason, the transport driver, carefully inspected the car and made a note of any dents and dings before it entered the truck. There was a scuff on the front fender and curb rash on one wheel, all items we knew about and had disclosed in the ad. Next he drove it in and had to pull some tight acrobatics to exit the vehicle. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years so I can pretty much get out of any car,” Jason said.

Our Porsche 911 wasn’t immediately headed to Pittsburgh, however. It was going to sit in a local warehouse for a couple of days until the carrier company had enough cars to make the trip profitable. It would have cost our buyer an extra $2,000 to have the car delivered immediately, Jason said. The car is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh in the next two to four weeks.

And so our Carrera Cabriolet leaves the Edmunds fleet. I only drove this car a few times, but I loved every minute of it. I’m sure the other editors would agree.

Ronald Montoya, Consumer Advice Editor @ 23,648 miles

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