29 November 2007

Porsche 993 Historical Overview

The Porsche 993 (911) was superseded by the 996 in late 1998, the production of the 993 was between 1993 and early 1998; actual models are 1994 through to 1998. The number 993 refers to the company's internal name for this particular version of the 911.

As is the case with all 911 models, there were several different styles of the 993. The various trims differed in driver train, body style, and equipment. The 993 was eventually replaced by the 996.

The Porsche 993 Trims

In all there were 11 different variants of the 933 that were manufactured, they are as follows:

The Porsche 993 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet, the 993 Targa, Porsche Turbo, Turbo S,Turbo Cabriolet, Carrera S and Carrera 4S, Carrera RS Club-sport, GT2, and the Speedster.

The Porsche 993 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet

The 993 Carrera was the base model of all the 993 trims, the car was equipped with a 3.6 liter engine, and was available in rear wheel and all wheel drives.

The options for Carrera 993 was numerous; they included different seat styles, several different wheel styles, various suspension set ups, innumerable upholstery options and the possibility to have various digital sounds processing mechanism installed.

Porsche 993 Targa

The Targa model year was 1996 and it had something from its predecessors; a retractable glass roof. The roof would retract beneath the rear window, thus revealing a large open roof. The roof was shaded to prevent the greenhouse effect from happening when the roof was closed. In terms of body style, the Targa basically has the same body style of the convertible except for the glass roof.

Porsche 993 Turbo

The 993 Turbo hit the road in 1995, and it was the first Porsche Turbo to be featured with all wheel drive. The vehicle had a new turbocharged engine displacing 3.6 liters. It also came with twin turbo-chargers and air to air inter-coolers, new redesigned cylinder heads, electronic engine management system, and other modifications.

The body style of the Turbo differs by a wide margin from the Carrera; it came with wider rear wheel arches, redesigned rear and front bumper moldings, and an affixed rear wing that housed the inter-coolers. It also brandished new 18 inches alloy wheels with weight reducing hollow spokes that were standard.

Another notable distinction of the 993 Turbo is that it was one of the first production vehicles to have OBDII diagnostics (On-Board Diagnostics, or OBD; in respect to automotive, it refers to a vehicle's self-diagnostic and reporting ability. The system gives the vehicle owner and or repair personnel the ability to access the car state, specifically with regards to its health, by revealing information for the vehicle sub-systems.)

The Porsche 993 Turbo reached a milestone in being the fastest production car in the world at the time of its production. It reached 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds.

Porsche 993 Turbo S

The Turbo S was released in 1997 and a total of about 183 cars were eventually sold. The Turbo S was upgraded to 424 hp or 450 hp depending on which market you are in. It was lighter than the 993 Turbo, due mainly to the carbon fiber decoration in its interior. The S model also had a slightly larger rear wing relative to its sibling the 993 Turbo.

For more information on the Porsche 993, including reviews, sales, the 993 history and more visit: Porsche 993

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27 November 2007

Porsche 964 - An Overview

The Porsche 964 is an internal name given to the Porsche 911 models (1990 to 1994), the 964 superseded the 930. It had significant changes done to it compared to its predecessor. Most obvious of these is the integrated bumper fender combination. It was the first 911 to have as an option Tiptronic automatic transmission as well as all wheel drive.

The Porsche 964 Models Evolved

In 1990 Porsche 964 models came in four basic trims: The 964 Carrera 2, Carrera 4, Cabriolet and Targa.

The Carrera 2 and 4 were both coupes, while the Cabriolet had a retractable roof and the Targa had a removable roof. The 964 Targa was the last generation of 911 to have a removable roof; it was eventually replaced with a sliding glass roof system, starting in the 993 models several years later.

The 964 had a new engine with a flat 6 displacement of 3.6 liters. Suspension system was also revised to sport shock absorbers and torsion bars with oil springs. The new 964 models also had standard for the first time; a power steering and an ABS braking system.

Other improvements to the 964 were the bumpers and fog lamps, as these were now merged into the car, thus facilitating better aerodynamic. The vehicle also now brandished an electric rear spoiler that rose whenever the vehicle exceeded 50 mile per hour, and lowered flush down with the rear engine lid at lower speeds or when the car stops.

Porsche also improved on the climate control system, implementing an automatic heating and cooling system. Another improvement of the Porsche 964 relative to its predecessors is the instrumentation system which housed a large set of warning lights, so placed that the driver can see them when they are flashing, which alert the him to possible malfunction or any other problems with the vehicle.

The Porsche 964 Turbo

The 964 Turbo was introduced in March, 1990, as a successor to the renowned 930. The new Turbo retained the 3.3 liter engine from the 930, with a few minor tweaks here and there. The result was a smoother engine, which was less prone to turbo lag, thus producing more power. An approximate total of 3,660 Turbos were made.

1992 saw the introduction of the 3.3 liter Turbo S, this model spits out 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp). The interior design and features also contributed to the speed of the Turbo S, thus making it one of the fastest cars on the road at the time. The car was definitely designed to perform with its lowered suspension. Approximately 80 cars were produced, for the 1992 production year and then Porsche ceased production of the 964 Turbo S all together.

In January, 1993 the Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 was released, this new car now featured a turbocharged engine that produced 360 PS (260 kW; 360 hp) @ 5500 rpm. Only a limited amount of Turbo 3.6 models were manufactured, the total number is believed to be less than 1,500, consequently making them one the most highly sought after Porsche ever made.

The production of the 964 ended in 1994, which paved the way for the 993 models (1995 - 1998).

For reviews and sales on the Porsche 964 models including Porsche 964 Turbo, Porsche 964 Carrera 2 and 4, Cabriolet and Targa visit: Porsche 964

25 November 2007

Porsche 911 Carrera S S Club 997

Somebody in the Porsche design department knows exactly what they're doing. Whereas some other manufacturers will foist a design upon the market that the public isn't ready for or they'll attempt to lever a facelift onto clashing existing design cues, Porsche's latest 911 is a thing of beauty from every angle. It just works. Life just doesn't get much better than the 385bhp Carrera S.

This car has 30bhp more these days, courtesy of the fact that its flat six engine uses direct injection for the first time, technology that forced a thorough redesign of the cooling system, and there's now the option of Porsche's PDK twin clutch gearbox. These are big steps in the 911's famously gradual evolution but true to form, the changes to the exterior do little to draw attention to the new car. At the front there are LED daytime running lights and the rear lights are completely LED based. There are also larger mirrors, but that's about it.

Porsche's Direct Fuel Injection system uses a sophisticated engine management computer and high pressure injectors to fire a fuel and air mixture directly into the combustion chamber. This mixture is constantly adjusted according to the demands being placed on the engine at the time. The results are said to include a more efficient combustion cycle, superior engine response and more power. All of which means a higher top speed of 188mph for this Carrera S and a rest to sixty capability of around 4 seconds.

What's refreshing about the Carrera S is that Porsche haven't been sucked into the quest for ever more ridiculous horsepower figures. Flights of fancy like the Carrera GT supercar can post the enormous numbers. The 911 was always more about fluidity, feedback and engineering purity. The latest Carrera S doesn't disappoint on most of these scores, although some purists may well lament the fact that a certain degree of road feel has been excised from the steering. This was long deemed a 911 touchstone and the ability to ascertain the precise grip and granularity of any given road surface via the steering wheel is one that some feel is denied to Carrera S pilots. If this is true, then some recompense for this comes in the form of a handling package that makes older 911s appear rather yestertech.

\"You'd need to pay comfortably into six figures before you find a car that can do what the 911 Carrera S does\"

Porsche's excellent PSM (Porsche Stability Management) system has been further tuned in recent times to allow drivers even more leeway before it intervenes but should you really want to explore the limits of your 911's handling envelope, it's possible to disengage it completely in Sport mode. There's also the choice of adjusting the electronic dampers but on anything other than a billiard smooth racetrack, this sets up a disconcerting amount of fidget from the back end. These days PSM also includes the Brake Assist and Brake Pre-Filling functions that were once offered only on higher spec models.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard on the Carrera S. This system is built around specially designed Michelin Pilot sport tyres and Bilstein adaptive dampers that can be set in one of two modes, normal and sport. The sport mode also sharpens the throttle action. An optional sports chassis set up offers stiffer springs and dampers, a lower ride height and a more aggressive limited slip differential. Thus equipped and with an experienced driver behind the wheel, the 997 Carrera S can run a lap of the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes, the true acid test of a supercar.

Many owners will opt for Porsche's latest PDK gearbox as an alternative to the conventional manual set-up. Much superior to ‘Tiptronic'-style auto transmissions, this is a conventional seven speed manual gearbox with a hydraulic control mechanism which is divided into two separate units. There's one clutch looking after the even gears and one taking care of the odd ones. It means that the clutches can work in unison, producing super fast shifting marshalled by buttons mounted on the steering wheel. Each gearchange is around 60 per cent more rapid that that of a conventional automatic transmission. The Carrera S achieves the 0-62mph sprint in 4.5s with the PDK box which is 0.2s faster than an expertly driven manual car. Install the Porsche Sport Chrono Package Plus on the car and its launch control system will get it off the line more smartly, lowering the sprint time again to 4.3s.

Even the mighty 911 is forced to tow the environmental line these days and the greater efficiency of the latest DFI engines has pronounced benefits in terms of fuel economy and emissions as well as upping performance. In addition, the PDK gearbox has no impact on fuel economy and shares the same figures as the standard manual car. Expect to average around 30mpg, a figure Audi R8 owners can only dream about.

Inside, this 911 is as classy as its exterior lines would suggest. Expensively slush-moulded fascia materials made a welcome change to the hard plastics seen in the 996 and it's possible to specify leather trim. The front seats are large comfortable items that still sit the driver low to the ground but there's a choice of four different seat options depending on how racy you want to feel. The PCM Porsche Communication Management system dominates the facia with its 6.5\" colour screen display. It bundles satellite navigation, together with the various settings menus together with the audio system and even an optional TV tuner.

Is this 911 Carerra S perfect? Of course not. But ask yourself this. If you were shopping for a performance coupe that can shred the Nurburgring and do the commute to work, what even comes close? A Noble M14 or a Mercedes SLK 55 AMG? Please. A BMW M5 saloon tries but can't come match the purity and depth of engineering of the Porsche. You'd need to pay comfortably into six figures before you find a car that can do what the 911 Carrera S does. The best just got better.

23 November 2007

Top 10 Tips For Porsche Buyers

It's a fact that whether used or new a Porsche 911 will be one of the most expensive purchases you will ever make. Buying a Porsche 911 is not like buying any old car, a lot of thought and research will need to go into it, do you know what to look out for in a test drive? Or maybe you need advice on how to pinpoint small damages that may go unnoticed, the buyer may not even know themselves?

Top ten tips for buying a used Porsche.

1. Always run a data check for finance, damage, theft e.t.c

2. Always check the V.I.N. number is correct in all the places and has no signs of tampering.

3. Follow your instincts. Never assume a shiny Porsche is a good one.

4. Avoid buying with emotion.

5. If you don't like the seller then don't buy.

6. Nice Porsche usually come from nice people.

7. Gain as much knowledge as you can beforehand.

8. When you find the right example have the confidence to go for it.

9. Take your time to buy the right Porsche in the right condition, it will pay.

10. Not so much a buying tip but an ownership tip. Find a friendly, honest and careful place or person to look after your Porsche. If it is beyond the warranty period consider using an Independent Porsche Specialist to care for your car

Other Porsche tips.

These tips are really just scratching the surface of what goes into Porsche buying. There are many other technical aspects also such as; the test drive, checking to see if corrosion has been covered up (underneath the beautiful colours could be some very serious rust that could cost you thousands), and the deal (you need to find reasons to haggle a better price).

21 November 2007

Porsche Accessories For Better Performance

Porsche cars are known for their classy appearance, style, and uniqueness. All Porsche models are individually designed to suit its specific structure, type of body, appearance. Hence, all accessories and parts belonging to each car is designed for that model respectively. This often results in Porsche parts of one model not fitting into others. Most commonly, the wheels of a Porsche model do not fit at all into another models place. Furthermore the type of wheel used in that model, whether it is a zehn ,florio, lemans, tourismo or a mulsanne decides how the customizations have been performed.

The Porsche consists primarily of five models. These are the 911, Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne and lastly the Panamera. All these models have their specific set of parts namely brakes, body kit, engine part, exhaust, headlight, intake, interior, spoiler, suspension, taillight, and wheels. These main Porsche parts may further be classified into sub types or subparts. As an example, the headlight of a Porsche model can be divided into high beam H7 headlight bulb or the chrome headlight projector. All these customizations are done specific to the requirement of the car. The body kit of a car may have a look front bumper or a slant nose, a badge emblem or a GT3 bumper that suits the cars requirement.

Every car in order to fill its owner's aspirations and demands must be provided with a good engine. The Porsche engines are fitted with items like power performance chip, O2 sensor control to improve its capability. One of the main features of Porsche parts that separate each car from the other is the bumpers and the spoilers. It consists of the GTO sports wing, GTX turbo spoiler lip, S spoiler decal/wing or the German tuner style. Each of these provides the cars their special look and ambience. The interior Porsche parts as well as the design too have an overwhelming affect on the Porsche peers. These come in the styles ALUM Biege, Black, Gray, wood olive and others. Similarly, the intake, exhaust, suspension, and remaining major Porsche parts are equally important for the car and have their specific sub accessories respective to the models.

19 November 2007

Porsche 996

Porsche is a company which manufactures high performance sports cars. This company's first product came out in the year 1948 which was the Porsche 356. Since then there is no looking back. Porsche continues to provide car enthusiasts high performance and extremely good quality products which are hundred percent reliable and safe. Porsche also shares its expertise with other automobile manufacturers by offering their consultancy services to them. Porsche continues to maintain its reputation as one of the top most producers of Sports cars which is evidence with their performance in races including the Targa Florio and Carrera Panamerica.

The Porsche 911 remains the most popular sports car ever and is the company's flagship product. Porsche 996 is said to be the internal name given by the company for the 911 version model released and marketed between the years 1998 and 2005.

The engine of the Porsche 996 Carrera was designed and integrated with a technology known as "integrated dry sump oiling". The unique feature of this type of engine is that the crankcase does not feature an oil scavenge pump which normally pumps oil from the engine to a separate tank. Other modifications in the 996 model include a sleeker and elegant body featuring a windshield which is raked steeper. The interior also sports a more luxurious and new look.

These new innovations and additional features make the Porsche 996 as good as a new car. Both the cabriolet and coupe versions of the 996 were originally released. This model came both as a rear wheel and four wheel drives. Engine was Flat 6 aspirated with a capacity of 3.4 liters generating a power of 300 bph. Front of the Porsche 996 looked similar to the 1996 model of Porsche Boxster. Headlamps resembled those of the Porsche Panamericana concept car.

The year 2000 saw the release and debut of the Porsche 996 Turbo model which came equipped with a twin turbocharged engine which was intercooled and had a capacity of 3.6 liters. This vehicle also featured a four wheel drive. Further models saw alterations, additions and deletions and a host of variants of the model.

A unique feature of the Porsche 996 includes the aluminum pedals which are attractive as well as functional. They allow for effective heel and toe operation. The Porsche 996 platform was used to introduce two GT variants including the GT 3 and GT 2. The Mk.II GT3 variant featured advanced technologies and was based on the 996 of the second generation.

The aerodynamics of the GT3 was updated and it featured a more powerful version of the 3.6 liter capacity engine. The GT3 was first released in the year 2004. Testing of the GT3 showed an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. This is the highest recorded figure so far by a street legal automobile.

The GT2 also features advanced aerodynamic features. Other modifications include the addition of brakes made of ceramic and of a bigger diameter, engine which is twin turbocharged integrated with intercoolers, reprogrammed software for engine control and a retuned 3.6 liter engine of the 966 Turbo. This resulted in the launch of the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. Both variants came with six speed transmissions.

17 November 2007

Why the Classic Porsche 911 is so Special

There are many good quality cars with high performance specifications to their name in the world today, so why would you choose an old 911 as that special car to own. Well, here's a few thoughts on why they have that special appeal for me.

One of a Kind. Many cars these days, look like many other cars. There isn't any real uniqueness and quite often you find yourself mistaking one car for another. There's no such thing with a classic Porsche 911. Their shape is unique. Since they were first made in the late sixties and even in today's modern incarnations, the basic 911 shape remains unchanged at its core. This is even more true of the 911's made up to the early 90's and the type 964.

Affordable Supercar. A classic 911 is now in the financial reach of most people. Buying a 911 has its own set of unique requirements on the purchaser, but essentially you can bag yourself the iconic 911 for the price of a new hatchback.

No Depreciation. Buying a classic, unlike a modern car, is also a bit of an investment these days. The older 911's value is on the rise. At the very least if you buy a good 911, you'll at least get your money back when you sell it. I'm afraid that can't be said of a modern car, or even a car of a similar vintage.

Pedigree and heritage. The 911 has been such a success story because Porsche have concentrated long and hard on getting it right. There have been no huge changes from year to year. Rather, the 911 has been honed and perfected piece-by-piece. Racing and competition is in the veins of the Porsche brand, and their success increases further the uniqueness and quality of its road going 911's. Car's come and go, but the 911 is a true icon in the automotive world and will be around for many years to come.

Build quality. Porsche have also built their cars well and to high and exacting standards. A 911 that has been looked after its owners, will be as good today as when it was first built. From around 1974 the 911's were galvanised to prevent corrosion.

Function and Form.
One of the most unique things about the 911 is the interior. It's basic and built with purpose in mind. Everything is where it should be. The rev counter is large and bang in the centre of the driver's dashboard – where it's easy to see. The controls are simple, easy to use and robust. The interior is more like a aircraft cockpit and not a car. This is definitely a drivers car. No fancy accessories to be found in here!

Built for Performance. There is no doubt in your mind when at the wheel of a Porsche 911, that it was built to perform and perform outstandingly well. This is a proper performance car. Put your foot down and she will respond with breath taking performance. They are light and nimble cars. They give the driver lots of feedback. They hand incredible well and stick to the road like no other. Set the car up for a corner and press the pedal and shell deliver outstanding cornering speeds even without all the modern driver aids like traction control and stability management. Be warned however – as a drivers car you have to concentrate. Think about what your doing and she'll reward you mile after mile. You can't loose focus though. Lift off in a high speed corner and the rear of the car will attempt to overtake the front!

The Flat Six Boxer engine. The engine in the old classic 911's is a flat six boxer engine. The pistons are horizontally apposed. This helps keep the height of the car low. Its air cooled. No heavy water being pumped around these engines. These engines a truly unique sound. You wont here noting else like it. They have a great burbling sound at idle and scream when revved hard.

Very Reliable and Dependable.
These cars were built to go back and forth to work during the week and then driven at the circuit at the weekends. And even after a day of fast driving at the track, they would drive you home again at the end of the day. These car's will perform day after day after day. These really are reliable supercars.

Look after your 911 and she'll look after you
. Unlike many supercars, and modern day to day cars for that matter, a well maintained Porsche 911 will give you many years of trouble free motoring. She'll start in cold icy conditions at turn of the ignition key. If your mechanically minded you can maintain these cars at home. Regular servicing and rust protection will keep these cars alive for ever!

A Sense of Community. There is a huge community around the world of like minded Porsche enthusiasts and your never far away from friendly advice. Forums like m911 Forums is dedicated to the 911 community and is place to ask your questions about 911 ownership. Channel p101tv is a video and picture sharing site for the Porsche enthusiast to show off their Porsche to the world and Stuttgart Exchange is a place to buy and sell all things Porsche with fellow Porsche enthusiasts.

15 November 2007

Adventures in a Porsche Carrera

Many moons ago, before I was old enough to really appreciate such things, I was a frequent passenger in a Porsche 911 Carrera Sport Targa. The school run, family shopping, day-trips to the coast, trying to convince my brother to stand up as we zipped along country lanes... all these seemingly mundane activities were accomplished in the sporty little car that blew a gigantic raspberry at the Audi Avant that served as our second car. Sure, it may not have been able to compete with the space and family function offered by the Audi, but my word it was fun to be in.

So I'm biased. I like Porsche. If I had the cash I would buy a different model for every day of the week, in a range of colours so I could cut a dash in a mobile mood ring. But that would be silly (think of the road tax alone, let alone chamois wear and tear, car wash costs, those little pine tree air fresheners...). One is probably enough, maybe two at a push if you're not the only driver in your household and you both have a yen for prestigious manufacturing.

If you're starting to consider the merits of Porsche, your research will probably lead you in the direction of the used Porsche market. The majority of people start off their driving career with a second hand car. A used Porsche is a promotion to Senior Management. Certainly there are other brands out there that have an equally impressive reputation, but the likelihood is that if you're a Porsche fan, you won't even have eyes for anything else. The thriving second hand market means that a used Porsche is an option that can be seriously considered by anyone looking to invest in a vehicle that is an instantly recognisable status symbol.

Personally I'm a fan of the Cabriolet form. There's something, for me at least, a little claustrophobic about being so close to the road whilst enclosed on all sides. With this personal oddity in mind I took charge of a used Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet for a short time in order to test whether my memories would live up to the real thing.

Call me old-fashioned, but for whatever reason I prefer the looks of the older Carrera. The modern version is a sleeker, more futuristic revamp of the classic model, but there's something about the slightly chunky bodywork of the old 911 Carrera that just looks right. But after slipping into the driving seat I was willing to give the newcomer a chance. As you would expect from a Porsche, the interior is nothing short of sumptuous. The smooth transition from static to mobile offered a pleasing level of handling that continued throughout the drive. I opted to stick to the quiet country back roads, going roofless as soon as found the first hedgerows.

Wouldn't you know, it was quite a pleasant experience. I would certainly recommend test driving your used Porsche of choice before setting your heart on buying it, but the used Carrera performed as admirably as one would expect from such a brand pedigree. I was a little reluctant to return it, because despite my misgivings it gave a charming ride.

A used Porsche might fit the bill if you're looking to expand your horizons and invest in a brand that has an excellent reputation. As with any used car it would be prudent to visit an approved used Porsche dealership, where you will often be covered by a warranty that takes away the worry of things going wrong as soon as you arrive home in your new used Porsche.

For those of you wondering, you'll be glad to know that I don't think I ever did manage to convince my brother to stand up in the 911 whilst moving.

13 November 2007

Find Out The Best Ways To Save Money Buying A Porsche 911

If you want to start save money buying a Porsche 911 then first you will need to do your research on how buying Porsche works. Not all Porsche you see will be as good on the inside as they are on the outside, thus not all Porsche you see will be worth the money that a seller is asking for. Its up to you to sort out the good from bad.

Buying a Porsche is a very difficult process for somebody that has never purchased before. There is a skill to negotiation and not everyone uses this skill as well as they could. With the right advice and training in this area you will be able to negotiate a more appropriate price and learn techniques to see if the Porsche you are viewing will be truly worth it in the long run.

Top three things to look for to save money buying a Porsche 911

1. The test drive

Throughout the test drive you should be aware of everything that is going on. Listen to the sound of the engine, test the steering on as many different roads as possible, check that the fuel gauge is working correctly. If you are suspicious over any of these things then consult a Porsche specialist explaining what you have found, he will then give you a quote for repair and you will be in a position to negotiate a better price.

2. Essential documents

This is probably the first step you should take when you are viewing a Porsche 911 before even giving it an inspection. Make sure that you have seen all of the receipts for any past repairs or services and that you have run a data check on the car to make sure there is nothing missing.

3. The offer

Porsche sellers will almost always ask for more money than what they would sell the car for. No matter what Porsche you are looking at, even if you don't find any problems then always at least try to negotiate a better price. You never know until you try.

Something to think about when you are buying a Porsche 911 is that nice Porsche usually come from nice people. If you are in any doubt whatsoever then you should walk away from the purchase and look elsewhere. It wont be worth the trouble in the long run if you end up buying a dodgy Porsche.

11 November 2007

Tips to Buy Porsche Parts

You are now a proud owner of a Porsche and for now you are not thinking of anything but how to keep it clean and maintain it look new. However you have to remember that some time in the future you would need some repair for your car that might involve the usage of a part. Since Porsche is not an ordinary car, its parts are also not cheap. Therefore you have to find ways to obtain cheap Porsche parts such that they are not heavy on your pocket and at the same time do well for your car. Here are a few tips on how to buy Porsche parts:

1. First and foremost you have to figure out what part is required and if a used part would be able to do the job. A new Porsche can be easily availed from the Porsche spare parts dealers. However it is the used parts that you are looking for since they may solve the purpose and not cost too much.

2. You can also ascertain whether Porsche parts between different models are interchangeable or not. If the parts are interchangeable, you can certainly look for the one that is not very expensive.

3. Call up the local junk yard and enquire about the particular Porsche part required. You can also ask for parts that are from a different Porsche model and can be fitted in your car.

4. You can also search online for the Porsche parts. Many people that deal specifically in Porsche parts might have the used part that you require. The dealers can be contacted directly for the needed spare part. Many people sell their Porsches as junks so they may be ready to sell off the required part.

5. You can also search Porsche salvage yards for the required spare parts. Other than that the Porsche repair stores might be having the particular part. So contacting them would be a good idea. Since many companies have online presence, it really doesn't matter in which area of the world you are residing. However you have to ascertain the cost of ordering online and compare it with a new part or the one that might be available locally.

09 November 2007

What Do You Know About Porsche Wheels And Parts?

Porsche wheels are popular among car owners and so are the Porsche parts. Porsche comes with alloy wheels that are expensive and need efficient care, since they are subject to road debris, dirt and brake dust coming out of brake pads. You have to clean the Porsche wheels regularly so they remain dirt-free. Certain Porsche wheels have a unique anodized finish, which may damage easily on cleaning it with a wrong cleaner.

Porsche wheels upgrade your car and offer it an attractive look. The wheel's bolt pattern decides over the compatibility of a car or if it is actually compatible with a car. Other than alloy wheels, Porsche wheels also come with black wheels and chrome wheels. Porsche wheels are indeed good for your car as they look well whenever you drive.

Porsche Parts:

Porsche parts are manufactured to address any requirement. For instance, Porsche wheels may be of numerous styles namely zehn, lemans, mulsanne, tourismo or florio depending on user requirements. In addition, these wheel specs may also change according to the needed car model or type. They are classified into Panamera, Cayenne, 911 and Cayman.

Exhaust tube of the Porsche parts comes in many styles and capacities and complements each model. The tube includes Gibson exhaust, Borla exhaust and turbo exhaust. Porsche tail lights are of Light Emitting Diode (LED) beam and come in colors such as dark or light smoke and as clear or tinted tails.

Porsche parts include fuel injectors, spacers and air filters, which lend comfort while driving.

Cleaning Porsche Wheels:

  1. Wash them off using a hose for removing debris and dirt, leaves and mud. Spray water inside the wheel's arch for removing filth, which may come again after you clean the wheels thoroughly for once.
  2. Take mild cleaner having correct pH balance and spray it on the wheels to prevent the wheel's anodized finish from damaging. You may purchase a mild cleaner from any Porsche dealer.
  3. Gently scrub the center of the wheel using a cleaning brush. Also, scrub on the wheel rim including other areas. Make use of cotton swabs for cleaning areas that are difficult to reach.
  4. Dry the Porsche wheels using a lint-free, clean rag.

07 November 2007

How To Save Money When You Buy A Porsche 911

When you buy a Porsche 911 it's a fact that you will want to save as much money as you can. Any good Porsche will be expensive and the last thing you will want to do after paying all of that money is have to fork out a few hundred or even thousand on repair bills.

To save money when you buy a Porsche means you need to actively hunt for errors with the car so you can negotiate a price reduction. This price reduction should be a little more than what it would cost to repair, that way the bill will be covered and you will have a little money off for the inconvenience. Its finding these problems that proves difficult for a non Porsche dealer. Like any other car each model of Porsche will have its common problems, the difference between Porsche and any other car is the cost. A Porsche will need to be repaired by a Porsche specialist and not just in any old garage. This is not only more expensive but can cause further annoyance if you dont know a Porsche specialist in your area.

Top tips for getting money off a Porsche

1. The test drive

Take the car out on a lengthy test drive

. Check the handling on as many different roads as you can. If there are any signs of violent steering then it's likely that it will have a wheel balance problem. Call a Porsche specialist and ask for an estimate of how much it would cost to repair and then try to haggle the price down.

2. The V.I.N number

If there are any signs of tampering on the vehicle identification number then ask questions. This could be a serious problem and can sometimes hint towards a rebuilt Porsche that has had a crash. If there is a valid reason for this then ask to see the repair documents and receipt. Again, consult a Porsche specialist.

3. Gas gauge out of collaboration

This can be a common fault with Porsche. Sometimes when the car is filled up with fuel the gas gauge will still read as low. This doesn't effect the performance of the vehicle but will cost roughly £100 to repair. Request a price reduction of at least £120 or for it to be fixed before the pickup date.

Final steps

As you can see from these examples, when you buy a Porsche there are plenty of options you have to negotiate a lower price. If you still want to make the purchase even after finding faults then contact a Porsche specialist and get a quote for the repairs just to get an idea of how much you will be needing to ask for off the car.

05 November 2007

Porsche 911 Turbo Historical Overview From 1974 to Now

The production of the 911 Turbo began in 1974. The car was also called the Porsche 930 in the USA; the number 930 is in reference to the car's internal type number. In Europe, it was called the Porsche Turbo 911. One of the most distinctive features of the 911 Turbo is its wide wheel arches, so done to house the wide tires. The car also has a unique rear spoiler; it was called the whale tail on the early models and the tea tray on the latter cars.

The Porsche 930 developed a reputation for absolute acceleration, and difficult handling and drag. The first models came with a 3 liter engine spitting out 256 BHP. In the late 1976, a racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo was introduced, called the Porsche 934. It became a favorite of many competitors in Le Mans and other races due to its power and handling.

The 1989 911 Turbo (930) was the only model to feature a 5 speed gearbox.

Porsche 964 Turbo (1990 - 1993)

In 1990 Porsche launched a Turbo version of the 964 series. For the 1991 and 1992 model years it used a 3.3 liter engine, similar to the one used on the Porsche 930, the engine provided 320 PS. Porsche then introduced the Carrera 2 and 4 in 1993, with a 3.6 liter engine and a 360 PS to the rear wheels.

Today the 964 Turbo is rear commodity; it was eventually superseded by the Porsche 993 Turbo (1995 - 1998).

Porsche 993 Turbo (1995-1998)

In 1995 Porsche launched a Turbo version of the Porsche 993. It was revolutionary in more ways than one; the 993 Turbo was the first standard Porsche to use twin exhaust turbochargers and the first 911 Turbo to have permanent all wheel drive. [Side Note: If you wanted to remove the AWD, you would have to refer to the more powerful and race homologated GT2 or another option is to remove the drive shaft leading to the front differential].

It was 1997 and Porsche decided to introduce a limited run of 200 units of the Porsche 911 Turbo" target="_blank" title="Porsche 911 Turbo">Porsche 993 911 Turbo S; the Turbo S delivered an even higher performance. The new car had a few additions as well, among these are an additional 24 PS (17.7 kW), this was over the regular Turbo 400 PS (294kW) and modifications to the car's body.

The Porsche 993 Turbo still command a premium price, due mainly to its reliability, raw power, and the fact that it is the last air cooled 911 Turbo cars.

Porsche 996 Turbo (2000 - 2004)

In the year 2000, Porsche introduced the 966 Turbo, which is as the name suggests a turbo version of the Porsche 966. It was equipped with standard four wheel drive and a 3.6 liter engine, which was derived from the 911 GT1 engine. It also came with twin turbocharged and inter-cooled producing a whopping 415 BHP (309 kW), which meant the car could go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. In 2002 the 996 Turbo received an upgrade known as X50 or Turbo S, this increased the car power to 444 hp (336 kW). The 996 Turbo also had air vents in the front and rear bumpers.

Porsche 997 Turbo, 997 GT3 (2006 - Now)

The 997 GT3 or 997 Turbo debuted in 2006, and like previous models it gave Porsche the opportunity to homologate aerodynamic features for racing, and add a model for customer racing. The car used the same 3.6 liter engine as the Porsche 996 Turbo, but with the exception that it had more power; 480 PS. It gets from 0 to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds (using Tiptronic Transmission). The Porsche 997 Turbo is more driver friendly relative to its predecessor.

03 November 2007

All About The Engine Of The Porsche Cayenne

With every new automobile, Porsche tried to redefine the meaning of performance, by creating a more powerful engine. Cayenne Turbo makes no exception to this rule. Like all Porsche engine, it is hand assembled and the twin turbo V8 rises to an exacting level of technical excellence.

Motronic ME7.1.1.is a system that controls the split-second precision of the Cayenne V8 and V6 super engine. This new highly intelligent engine management system balances impressive power with great smoothness. All this to prove that Cayenne`s "brain" matches its brawn. The Motronic system is built to monitor a wide range of sensors and engine components. It compares streams of data with corresponding sets of reference values, all this in a speed of milliseconds. Then, if it finds any differences, the system adjusts key engine functions, such as the ignition of fuel injection, based on this comparison. Into Motronic management are included other key systems, such as onboard diagnostics and cylinder-specific knock control, with automatic adaptation to any change in fuel quality. All this for optimal performance in all driving conditions.

This process is seamless and automatic so the engine has a great level of power and torque. Also, another great result is better fuel economy and lower emissions in the exhaust stream.

Another function of the Motronic system is the managing of air flowing into the engine to ensure maximum levels of performance. It does that by regulating boost pressure on the Cayenne Turbo.

The Cayenne model includes another system, the resonance induction system with a variable-length intake manifold. This is also an inventive engineering concept that uses pressure waves created by the inlet valves. It does this to increase the density of the incoming air, which, in the end, will increase the amount of energy released during combustion. There are two intake tubes, and depending on the speed, the system will select one of them. The longer tube is used at lower speeds in order to maximize low-end torque. At around 4250 rpm, it switches to shorter Intake tube so that it maximizes power output with a more eager throttle response.

The Porsche Cayenne engineers wanted to improve combustion for more power, better fuel economy, reduced emissions and less maintenance. To do so, they created a static high-voltage ignition system with separate ignition coils on each individual spark plug. This is an advanced method that allows a longer spark-plug life. The sequential fuel injection system is equally advanced. A returnless fuel supply system serves each injector in order to continuously adjust the precise air/fuel mix. The result is of course a better environment, because it controls the emissions.

01 November 2007

All About The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT

Unofficially, the Porsche Carrera GT is a racecar, a racecar built for the street. What makes it a racecar is not necessarily the huge power produced by its V10 engine or the carbon fiber construction that keeps everything very lightweight - although these features surely make it a fast car. It's more the sum of its parts that make this car worth every bit of its $440,000 price tag.

The Porsche Carrera GT was introduced as a 2004 model and until 2005 there were already a few changes in order to make the Carrera GT the new Porsche super car. These were minor updates in order to make it a little more street friendly. Between the supplemental bar hoops is now mounted a glass screen. The seats height is adjusted along with the additional bolstering in the thigh area. The Carrera GT is easy recognizable, as it's a low, sleek, lightweight roadster, very beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside. Two removable panels that can be stored in the front trunk make the foul weather protection available.

The car has unique features, among which are: 5.7 liter, 605 horsepower V10 engine, monocoque chassis with Porsche-patented engine and transmission mounts made of carbon-reinforced plastic and the first use of a ceramic composite clutch in a production car. A very important aspect is that The Carrera is safe and stable at speeds up to 205 mph, thanks to its aerodynamic and race-bred suspension package.

The design of the suspension is so sophisticated that the shape of its components improves the Carrera GT`s aerodynamics. The designers used lightweight materials such as magnesium for the car's substantial wheels and the frames of its special sport seats, the result being a faster and safer car. To prove so, The Carrera GT accelerates from a standing start to 62 mph (100km/h) in only 3.9 seconds reaches 100 mph (160 km/h) in less than seven seconds, 125 mph (200 km/h) in less than 10 seconds, and can achieve a top test-track speed of 205 mph (330 km/h).

What makes this car have these impressive results is it's 5.5 liter, normally aspirated V10 engine for racing created in the development center in Weissach, Germany. That engine's bores have been enlarged to displace 5.7 liters in the Carrera GT. It has a very low center of gravity, a 68-degree V angle and four valves-per-cylinder heads. Since the block, crankshaft and camshafts are all made of light alloys, the engine weights only 472 pounds (214 kg).

To stop this "monster" Porsche`s team used a high-tech braking system. Developed for demanding motorsports applications, ceramic brakes are the first to work for on-road use. The massive 15 inch ventilated discs and six-piston calipers have the amazing capacity of bringing the car to a sure and safe stop, matched only by the stunning acceleration of Carrera GT.

Porsche Carrera GT is definitely a exotic appearance, a car that can do it all: fascinate you with its good looks, astound you with its performance and abilities on the race track.