Everyone’s had that moment, while looking for a new car, when they ask themselves, “What’s the least I can spend on a new Dodge Charger?” Well, you’ll find the answer is in the $30k area for your everyday Charger SE, but then you may notice that next to that SE is the $70k Charger SRT Hellcat. That’s right, you can get two basic Chargers for the price of a single Hellcat. Granted, the Hellcat engine transforms the Charger into a completely different animal, but the Charger isn’t even close to the most egregious example of price disparity within a single model’s lineup.
If your family is anything like mine, going on a road trip generates plenty of interesting conversation. In many families, those conversations often end with intense bickering, due to heated opinions.
I’m lucky because our conversations tend to revolve around cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re not heated.
When the topic of cars that still look great after a couple decades came up, there were two distinct opinions .
The conversation began when a late model Ferrari California drove by while we shopped in the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.
Our daughter thought the Ferrari was a Porsche and pointed it out first. Thus began the Great Debate of 2015.
Auto Express seems to have a lot of “unnamed insiders” on their bankroll. In spite of its mysterious sources, the outlet has a pretty good track record of being accurate, so we take this news with a certain level of excitement:
Sure, the idea of an entry-level Porsche SUV is like Target selling a thousand-dollar handbag. Even the words don’t seem to go together in a sentence. Get used to the idea, though, and pretty soon you’ll be clamoring at the doors of your nearest Porsche dealer to get your hands on one.
The Geneva Motor Show, which gets underway one month from today, already promises plenty of exciting debuts. From new convertibles to new entries from existing automakers, this should be a show to remember!
What I love about the Geneva show is that anything is possible. It’s a place to dream of what could be and question what is. It’s a place to challenge pre-conceived notions, introduce new ideas and boldly declare oneself as an imposing new competitor.
Of course, some of the attempts fall flat, while others could potentially change the course of an industry.
Here’s a quick peek into just a little of what will come to Geneva this year.
Congratulations to the Ravens and Baltimore fans everywhere!
While the game was electrifying, I thought the advertisements overall were severely lacking in energy this year. It’s like the power went out on all of them even before the Superdome went dark. My favorite car ad was the Audi prom spot. The Chrysler/Ram Paul Harvey spot almost made me throw up in my mouth a little bit. The others were just mediocre.
With that out of the way, let’s get back to cars rather than the outlandish, extravagant attempts to sell them. Yes, we need vehicles to serve the mundane and much-needed transportation services of daily life, and I find irony in the fact that we often buy them based on some perceived emotion or extreme experience marketing people promise they will provide.
True car enthusiasts can look past overly produced TV commercials and buy based on other, more meaningful, factors.
One of those factors might be the car’s future collector value. Make it affordable and fun to drive as well, and the deal closes itself! What 2013 cars could be future collectibles?
As given away in the headline, the 795-hp hybrid hypercar will carry a price in the U.S. of $845,000. But that’s not even the whole story.
In proper Porsche fashion, the options list carries ridiculously priced packages that cost more than an optioned-out Cayman. I mean, really, what’s a Porsche supercar without an $84,000 options package?
Now THAT’S how to do a Panamera.
The original, and current, Panamera is a fantastic car. It’s fast, comfortable, thrilling and seductive all at once. But there’s one major problem: It might be the most bloated and oddly proportioned car on the road today.
Look at the Panamera from head-on and there’s no problem. It looks decidedly Porsche. But take a glance from the side or the rear, and that’s where the great controversy begins. The Panamera’s got BACK!
If the thought of every semi-affluent soccer mom in the nation parking a small Porsche SUV in the garage makes you slightly ill, it’s better you don’t read this.
If you believe a real Porsche shares a platform with no one, this isn’t your post.
If, in your mind, the only true Porsches have a model name starting with a 9, this will upset you.
If you thought the Porsche Cayenne brought the German sports car maker too far into the realm of the mass market, go find some sand and bury your head in it. You’re about to be swarmed by a small CUV known as the Porsche Macan.
When FIAT took over Chrysler, there were great possibilities for more Italian models to grace showroom floors here. So far, all we’ve seen is the tiny, but fun, FIAT 500 and the super-exclusive Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
Promises of more Alfa models have teased those of us in the U.S. for a while now, but all we seem to get are announcements declaring another delay in getting the brand over here.
Could those delays be because Volkswagen wants to buy Alfa? Or is FIAT CEO Sergio Marchionne just fine-tuning the American Alfa offering?
Reports are all over the board.
The 2013 Boxster doesn’t look like a Boxster; it looks better. Like the present car, it’s midengine, which is what sports cars, ideally, should be. (Check out our complete and laudatory review here.) Yet because the next-generation car is just hatching, it has inspired foolish, even contradictory comment on the Web.
Discussing the fact that it has appeared without camouflage, Automotorblog (Automoronblog?) said, “to people who fancy one of the finest roadsters out there, seing [sic] it in this condition is like spotting the teacher you fell in love with as a small kid walking out of the shower.”
The car you see above is the Boxster S, out of the shower with 18-inch alloy wheels and all-new body sheet metal. Per AutoExpress, the S version will get the 3.4-liter opposed six or a new smaller, low-emissions turbo four, producing around 270 hp. Autoblog says the four might “pack as much as 360 horsepower courtesy of a little forced induction.”
Car and Driver is less clear on the engine situation, talking about two possible sixes and two possible fours. In such cases of rampant speculation, I go with AutoExpress.