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Video: Matt Farah Reviews The Jaguar F-Type

By   August 21, 2013

Jaguar F-Type

Jaguar F-Type

The new Jaguar F-Type is looking to take on the big boys, specifically the Porsche 911. The 911 is the better car; it is faster, handles better and is more desirable to many people. Having said that the F-Type is a beautiful looking car that when mated to the right engine and supercharger can provide you with plenty of performance.

The car is all about the driving experience and a bit of theater when driving. The 911 is a precision tool, like a scalpel, but the F-Type is more like a chain saw. Either car is good and if you are driving on the track the 911 is the one to get, but if you are just looking for a bit of fun while driving on the road then the F-Type is hard to beat.

Check out this video and then let us know if you would rather own a Porsche 911 or a Jaguar F-Type in the comments.

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5 Tips On Buying A New Performance Car

By   August 6, 2013

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like the BMW M6

These 5 Tips will Help You Buy a Car like a BMW M6

Buying a new performance car can be a very exciting experience. You can also have a bad experience if you are looking for a high end vehicle, but are prepared to have the dealer take you seriously. What if you have worked for years and you can now buy that new BMW M6 that you have been dreaming of, but you want to make sure the dealership knows you are serious about buying? Well, we are here to help with that.

We have put together our top 5 tips of for buying a new performance car. Many of these tips are good for buying any new car, but are especially made with higher end performance cars in mind. So, if you are thinking of buying a new Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari or some other higher end performance car, this list should help you make that purchase.

  1. Dress Nicely
    Car dealers that deal in luxury and higher end Performance cars need to know that you are interested in buying the car and not just taking it for a joy ride. By dressing nice, you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, but something like a nice polo shirt and khakis shows that you are more serious about buying the car. So, in general leave the t-shirt and jeans at home (unless you are famous or already have a relationship with the dealership).
  2. Bring a Friend
    When buying any new car it is easy to fall in love with the new car. This is especially important when buying a performance car as they can provide an even more emotional experience for you. A friend can help you keep from making a bad purchase, they can also help you know if the car is as good as you might think it is.
  3. Drive in With a Decent Car
    You don’t need to drive in with a new luxury or performance car, but you also don’t want to drive in with a car that looks like it barely made it. Even if you have an older car, at least wash it so that the dealer knows you are able to afford a new car. You want them to take you seriously and if you drive in with a 90’s Honda Civic that looks like it was hit by a train, they probably won’t.
  4. Research the Car
    Before you go into a dealership you will want to research the car that you are wanting to buy. You’ll want to checkout reviews on various websites and magazines to see what they think of the car. This will let you know of things that the reviewers liked or didn’t like. Knowing this information will let you know what to pay attention to when test driving the car. You want to see if any flaws in the car are deal breakers for you.
  5. Call or Email in Advance
    Calling or Emailing a dealership in advanced is good to make sure that the car that you would like to test drive will be available. If you are pretty sure you will be buying it if you like the way it drives, you can often hammer out most of the deal at home and have everything ready for the purchase once you get to the dealership.

Those are our top 5 tips for buying a new performance car. Let us know in the comments below what you think of them or if you have any other tips.

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The 5 Quickest Production Porsches Of The 60’s

By   August 2, 2013

1968 Porsche 911

1968 Porsche 911 is One of the 5 Quickest Production Porsches of the 60’s

Porsches have been some of the best performing cars of their time. Earlier this week we ran down the list of the 5 quickest Porsches of the 1950s and now we are on to the 1960s. To get this list we took a look at the available data and used the standing quarter mile time as the main metric. While quarter mile times aren’t the only measure of performance, it is what we will use for this list and we will have future lists using other measurements to try and put together lists of the best handling cars.

  1. 1966 Porsche 911 S
    The 1966 911 S could go from 0 to 60 mph just 8 seconds and could run the standing quarter mile in 15.5 seconds. And remember that in the mid-60’s this was quite good performance.
  2. 1964 Porsche 911
    The ’64 911 is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds. Its quarter mile time was 16.2 seconds, not bad for its time and near the beginning of production of a new model.
  3. 1968 Porsche 911 Sportomatic
    The ’68 911 equiped with Sportomatic could go from 0 to 60 mph in 10.2 seconds and run the quarter mile in 17.3 seconds.
  4. 1960 Porsche 356B
    When the 60’s started the 356B had some good performance for its time. It could go from 0 to 60 mph in 11.5 seconds and run the quarter mile in 18.0 seconds. Although, if you ever drive one it feels faster than those numbers.
  5. 1967 Porsche 912
    The entry level 912 was able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds and run the quarter mile in 18.1 seconds. Those times are pretty close to the 356 which makes sense as it had essentially the same engine.

This list is based on the data that is available to us, so feel free to let us know if you have different data. All of these cars are great in there own right and they were some of the faster cars available in the 1960s. Plus if you drive one of these cars they all feel faster than these times imply.

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the cars in this list.

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Video: Porsche Cayman In Vegas

By   August 2, 2013

Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

The new Porsche Cayman is a good performing and fantastic handling car. The car, especially in S trim, won’t leave you disappointed when driving quickly in a straight line, but it is in the corners that it will really put a smile on your face. After all the world isn’t flat.

This video is from a trip were Porsche took the new Cayman to the Las Vegas. It mainly contains footage of the car being driven on the track at speed. The video is taken during the night, so the track’s lights make for some stunning visuals. Having seen the new car in person it looks even better in person than it does on film.

Checkout the video and then let us know what you think of the new Porsche Cayman in the video below.

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10 Porsches To Buy Now, Before They Are Out Of Reach: Part 10 – Porsche 924

By   August 1, 2013

Porsche 924

Porsche 924

We have finally come to the last post in a ten part series about 10 Porsches that are currently within a reasonable budget, but that may become very valuable in the future. In part one we covered the Porsche 911 SC, in part two we covered the 911 Carrera 3.2, in part three we covered the 911 (993), in part four we covered the 911 (964), in part five we covered the 912, in part six we covered the 914, in part seven we covered the 928, in part eight we covered the 968 and in part nine we covered the 944. In this post we will cover the Porsche 924.

Below is the list of Porsches that we covered in other posts. Please note that the order of the Porsches in the below list is the order that they were covered, but not necessarily the order of what is more likely to become valuable.

  1. Porsche 911 SC
  2. Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2
  3. Porsche 911 (993)
  4. Porsche 911 (964)
  5. Porsche 912
  6. Porsche 914
  7. Porsche 928
  8. Porsche 968
  9. Porsche 944
  10. Porsche 924

The Porsche 924 is the real dark horse in this list. The 924 was original designed by Porsche for Volkswagen. VW later decided against building the car and Porsche bought back the design and built the car to be marketed as a Porsche. The car featured great handling thanks to its front engine and rear transaxle design.

The biggest thing that brought the 924 down was the use of an Audi engine. While in Europe the car got a decent for the time 125 horsepower, when launched the car had less than 100 horsepower here in the United States due to meeting emissions regulations. This along with vibrations from the engine made it a car that got mixed reviews.

The performance of the 924 took a jump with the Turbo model. However, once the 944 was released the performance of the new car provided about the same performance without the turbo lag and in a better looking package. The 924 S model was later released and it had a slightly detuned all Porsche engine from the 944 that put out 150 horsepower. Many thought that this should have been the car that the 924 started as.

There is one model variant that is a modern classic. The Porsche 924 Carrera GT (and later there were a few GTS models sold) took the 2.0-liter Audi engine and made it quite a performer thanks to an intercooled turbocharged engine. The road car could go from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. The car was sold in a very limited run and featured styling close to that of the 944. The Carrera GT was built with racing in mind and in 1980 a Carrera GTR finished 6th overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning its class in that race.

There were only a few 924 Carrera GTs made and they often fetch a good amount of money. Beyond this the car was not originally sold in the United States, so only a few are in this country after being exported at a later date. The 924 Carrera GT is one to buy if you can afford it as it is already collectible.

But for most of us a Carrera GT is out of reach and we would need to look at a different 924. The best model in the lineup is the S model. It offered the best all around performance and is less common that some of the other 924 models. The Turbo would be the next most desirable, but it is the maintenance that really kills your investment on these cars.

The normal 924 has pretty rock solid internals, but they don’t tend to be well looked after. This leads to you being able to find a 924 for $1,200 or less. Having said that if you keep your eye out you can find a well-maintained clean car for around $2,000. For a well-maintained Turbo you are looking at $3,000-$4,000 and for a 924 S it will run you between $4,000-$6,000.

The non-Carrera GT 924 lineup is the most affordable Porsche you can currently buy. Most of the cars have fallen into the hands of those that can’t afford to take care of them. Because of this good original cars are becoming scarce and it is possible that the car could become valuable if two things happen. First enough of the cars would need to rust away or be totaled so that they are very rare. The next thing would be that they would have to become very sought after. The first seems very possible, but the second doesn’t seem as likely.

If you buy a 924 try to buy the best car that you can afford. These cars are pretty cheap, but some repairs can be pricey, so a Pre-Purchase Inspection is always a good idea. The earlier cars are also prone to rust so, keep an eye out for that.

If you do buy a Porsche 924 enjoy the car for what it is, a great handling car with decent performance (at least in the S and Turbo models). No matter if the car does become valuable at some point or not, you will get a fun car with a Porsche badge on the front.

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