How to make a mid-life crisis more fun - The Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet… ‘With innovative folding roof’

 Ok so you’ve hit 40, you’re wearing red converse with jeans and an open floral shirt (to work) and you’re chasing men a lot younger than you should be. You’re very nearly there. There’s just one thing missing… a Porsche. Now if history has taught us anything it’s that young men love flash cars and if you’re hoping to bag yourself a boyfriend 20 years your junior then you need to up your game.

Fortunately the new 911 Carrera Cabriolet is the answer to your prayers! If the rear-mounted, flat-six engines offering efficient power and outstanding dynamic performance (350 hp 3.4-litre and 400 hp 3.8-litre) wasn’t enough, the classic shape of the 911 has been transformed to include what Porsche are calling “an innovative folding roof” which will most definitely impress the River-Island clad lad your currently chasing.

The 911 Cabriolet naturally shares its new, high tech aluminum-steel body with the Coupe, and the convertible extends this innovation to its all-new, unique hood. When raised, the design of the hood ensures the iconic 911 roof line is retained in its entirety. Intelligent lightweight design, including the use of magnesium in the hood frame, ensures reduced weight for increased responsiveness, lower fuel consumption and greater comfort. As is the case with the Coupe model, the new 911 Cabriolet is significantly lighter overall than its predecessor.

But that’s all just ‘detail’… parading your latest catch through the local town centre with the roof down is a sure way to prove to your friends and family that ‘you’ve still got it’ whatever it is, (Let’s face it you’re no longer sure) but regardless… you… will… look…cool. Hopefully. 

Should you be concerned that one day your new found love will try to flee, then don’t be! Fitted to every 911 Carrera Cabriolet is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), of which the possible uses are endless.

Anyway… The 911 Carrera Cabriolet models go on sale in the UK on March 3 2012. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet is priced from £79,947, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet from £89,740. 

New Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche says “The new Panamera GTS is the purist member of the Porsche Gran Turismo family” and it certainly looks that way, the new Panamera features a powerful V8 engine with even more intense responsiveness. The sporting chassis has been tuned for added dynamism and agility and the distinctive exterior styling clearly signals these focused intentions.

“The heart of the new Panamera GTS is its uprated 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V8 engine benefiting from numerous modifications to give it even better performance”

The Panamera goes on sale in February 2012, priced from £90,409… We’ve got one on the way soon so expect a full review (TopGayer style) in January. 

Porsche Launch Cayman S Black Edition

Combining a 3.4-litre engine producing 330hp sitting on 19" alloy wheels and a daunting paint job in black could only mean that Porsche have released an all new Black Edition Cayman S.

With a limited production run of just 500, this is certainly a very exclusive model for any Porsche enthusiast.  Reaching 0-62 in a staggering 5.1 seconds with the 6-speed manual gearbox this is a true speed demon, however with Porsches Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) (that basically means 'Dual Clutch Automatic Gearbox' to you and I) time is reduced to just 5.0 seconds dead, and apply Launch Control and you will reduce it to a sweet 4.8 seconds.

"all this speed costs money" I hear you chant, however, Porsche are claiming that the Black Edition produces the same consumption figures as the standard car, returning around 30mpg, not the most economical, but could and for all intents and purposes should be worse.

No special edition would be complete without, shiny lights and some piercing LED runners, which look menacing while it's cruising through the dark of night.

The 19" wheels are taken from it's new sibling the Boxster Spyder, an inch wider however and sprayed black.  Inside is leather-bound and highlighted with 'Porsche' insignia, with the sidesteps displaying the 'Black Edition' signature.

Porsche Announce the Definitive 550HP Panamera Turbo S

0-62mph in just 3.8seconds...

...550 HP from a twin-turbo V8...

...a small mortgage to own one... what more could you want from Porsches all new Panamera Turbo S?

The Panamera range has extended once again, and instead of impressive hybrid performance Porsche are delivering out and out power, by traditional means of a giant 4.8 litre V8 twin-turbo engine.  Regardless of this, they have managed to keep fuel consumption figures identical to that of the normal Panamera Turbo (24.6mpg) even though it features 50HP more, gaining it's 'S' status.

With terms like 'over-boost' and 'Launch Control', Porsche sound like they've created a real road rocket, reaching it's record performance of 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds and peaking at a top speed of 191mph.

Outside the 'Turbo S' badge means some good looking styling cues too.  20 inch alloys, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range and an adaptive (four-way) rear spoiler make this Panamera stand out and look the business.  Inside features two-tone leather upholstery and comes in combinations of either back/cream or agate grey/cream - another exclusive for the top of the range Panamera Turbo S.

On sale from June at £122,6323 the Porsche Turbo S comes as standard with vehicle tracking and security packages to protect your investment.  Porsche are also encouraging their customers to explore the Panamera's potential by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

Porsche Turns to Hybrid Tech, Extending Panamera Range

The Panamera has been rather well received, as four-door performance vehicles are becoming more of a trend for sportscar manufacturers, Porsche has decided that not only do they require performance and practicality, but also a little eco street cred too.

The new 'S Hybrid' Panamera combines power and economy, returning 41.5mpg combined and still sprinting from 0-62mph in a slick 6 seconds.

They have not forgotten their market for out and out performance cars, but if they can reduce their emissions to a mere 159g/km (tiny for a car with 380bhp) then I applaud the smooth talking German stud that is Porsche.