With a 300-hp V6, 8-speed auto and AWD the base Cayenne packs in a lot of performance for just $69k, while the new $75k Platinum Edition builds on that with Power Steering Plus, exclusive 20-inch alloys,…

2017 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition Road Test Review

Just how much does the Cayenne matter to Porsche? To the storied Stuttgart-based premium brand it's worth its weight in gold, or at least platinum.

So far this year Porsche has sold 1,810 two- and four-door sports cars, but Cayenne sales alone add up to 2,115 over the same 11 months. Factor the brand's rising star, the Macan compact SUV into the mix and Porsche's 2016 calendar year sport utility sales have already broken 4,700 units, which means its two SUVs account for almost 77 percent of the brand's 6,100-plus year-to-date sales. In other words, without the Cayenne and new Macan, Porsche would likely cease to exist in Canada. Being that the results are similar in the U.S. and other markets around the world, let's just be glad the powers that be at the helm of this storied brand had the smarts to enter the luxury SUV sector when they did way back in 2002.

After all, the Cayenne is not only a superb family hauler that actually lives up to the first initial in SUV, but Read Full Story
Always thought of the Boxster as a wannabe 911 Cabriolet? It’s time to take the cheapest Porsche roadster seriously, especially in 350-hp S trim where its new turbocharged 4-cylinder provides quicker…

2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S Road and Track Test Review

Porsche's lovable Boxster has come a long way since I first tested it in S trim way back in Y2K. That would be year 2000 for those too young to have memory of the event, the turn of the previous millennia that was supposed to be the end of everything as we knew it, but in reality was just the beginning of a brave new era of unprecedented technology advancement.

The concept of a Cayenne SUV was mere heresy to Porschephiles in 2000, not the savior that would soon provide much needed funding for now hallowed supercars such as the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, not to mention Porsche's more attainable sports cars, while Boxster production began just four years earlier in 1996. The model year 2001 Boxster S' 250 horsepower 3.2-litre flat six was good for "a sensational 5.9" seconds to 100km/h, or so I stated with unbridled enthusiasm 16 years ago (I was pretty green back then), which by today's standards is rather inefficient use of so many pistons and cubic centimeters.

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You can wait for the new 2017 Panamera if you want, but you won’t be able to get a naturally aspirated V8-powered GTS anymore. In tribute we review the sensational Panamera GTS in all its 440-hp glory,…

2016 Porsche Panamera GTS Road Test Review

With all the excitement over the upcoming 2017 Panamera, a complete redesign that will be larger and more accommodating yet no heavier than the current version, you'd think sales of the 2016 model would've dried up, but not so. In fact, sales of the now seven-season old first-gen Panamera have been strong so far this year, with buyers seemingly wanting to get hold of this modern-day V8-powered classic before it's gone.

Of course, when I say sales are strong it's a relative statement. Last year Porsche's Canadian division found 341 Panamera buyers, which was slightly down from the 375 sold in 2014, but better than the 328 deliveries in 2013, the year GTS trim was introduced. The Panamera was never intended to compete directly with most four-door luxury coupes, which include the Audi A7, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLS, as it's priced somewhat higher, but just the same its popularity isn't far from these Teutonic rivals.

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In its seeming eternal quest to modernize the 911, Porsche once again upsets the proverbial apple cart by twin-turbocharging its C2, C4, C2S and C4S models, the latter reviewed here. With 370 entry-level…

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Road Test Review

Want a great deal on a Porsche turbo? That's easy. Buy nearly any new Porsche, as most are now turbocharged and all will soon be.

Scripted matte black "turbo" lettering on the backside of a 911 or via decals gracing the rocker panels has always been cause for pause amongst sports car enthusiasts, the car once revered as the fastest production model on the planet, but now Turbo is merely a trim line at Porsche. It's still duly given reverential respect, especially when the big serpentine "S" adds suffixal support, but for the sake of those who simply love driving great sports cars we need to put all of this forced wastegate induction into perspective.

Like all automakers, Porsche sells into a highly regulated world experiencing ever more stringent fuel economy targets and emissions standards, and turbochargers are being widely adopted as a way to deal with both issues while maintaining and in some cases even increasing performance. The new 3.0-litre (2,981 cm³) H-6 Read Full Story
Porsche’s smallest SUV gets an update for 2017 with a new 4-cylinder base model and new infotainment, plus a standard rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and lane departure warning, while…

2017 Porsche Macan GTS Road Test Review

The Macan has only been with us for two years but it's already a staple within Porsche's ranks, achieving second-place status after its first full month of availability and only falling 268 deliveries short of matching its larger Cayenne sibling's sales during its first full year.

The key reason for the Macan's immediate success comes by default, it's part of the burgeoning compact luxury SUV segment, but it also needed to be a high performance, luxuriously equipped Porsche first, and then satisfy those looking for useful utility second. It fulfills both missions ideally, these seemingly juxtaposed challenges actually complementing each other thanks to one of the longer wheelbases and widest tracks in the segment that simultaneously enhance ride quality and handling while increasing passenger room and cargo capacity. It only took a short drive for me to heap praise upon both S and Turbo trims when introduced for the 2015 model year, but a full week spent with the new 2017 Macan Read Full Story