4 My daughter sniffed: “I can’t believe that people actually use Bentleys as real cars.” Yet before the 2003 launch of the VW Phaeton-based Continental GT, a 2.4-tonne, two-door coupé powered by a 6.0-litre W12 engine, people simply didn’t use Bentleys every day. “We'll take the Bentley,” was a term of old monied class and not at all nouveau. But the Continental GT pushed Bentley production to 10,000 a year, in the process vindicating VW’s decision (Ferdinand Piëch’s actually) to invest in the old winged badge. For better or worse, it cheapened the marque. Suddenly you saw Bentleys outside Waitrose, Nandos and nail bars. And in 16 years the company has sold 66,000 Continental GTs. There have been few hiccups, apart from brand perception: production facilities at Crewe were sorely stressed, while during the 2008 banking crisis you couldn’t give them away. But all in all, I think history will judge the Conti GT as A … [Read more...] about Bentley Continental GT Convertible review: opulent, ostentatious and so thirsty
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caption Our 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 test car. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Porsche 911 is arguably the most successful sports car in automotive history. The 911 is both a perennial winner on the race track and a hot seller in the showrooms. In 2018, Porsche sold more than 35,000 911s around the world. The 911 GT3 is a road-going track-focused version of Porsche’s flagship sports car. The base Porsche 911 Carrera started at $91,100, while the 911 GT3 starts at $143,600. With a few options and fees, our test car came to a price of $152,110. We were impressed by the Porsche 911 GT3’s power, driving dynamics, and race-car-like looks. The Porsche 911 is arguably the most successful sports car in automotive history. In the five decades since its debut in 1962, the 911 has not only been a perennial contender on the track but also a force to be reckoned with in the showroom. In 2018, Porsche sold more … [Read more...] about We drove a $152,000 Porsche 911 GT3 to see if it’s still the best sports car of all time. Here’s the verdict.
caption Our 2018 Porsche Macan GTS test car. source Benjamin Zhang/Business Insider The Porsche Macan GTS is one of the six versions of the Macan compact SUVs available in the US. The GTS sits in the middle of the Macan line up. It slots in above the Macan, Macan S, and Macan Sport Edition but below the Macan Turbo and Turbo with Performance Package models. The base 2018 Porsche Macan starts at $47,800 while the top-spec Macan Turbo with Performance Package starts at $87,700. The Macan GTS starts at $68,900. With options and fees, the as-tested price came to $81,310. The Macan GTS impressed with us with its traditional Porsche sporty demeanor and solid feature content. The Porsche Macan is one of the great automotive success stories in recent memory. The Macan is Porsche’s best selling model and accounted for 39% of the German brand’s US sales last year. In fact, the only thing keeping the Macan’s sales … [Read more...] about We drove an $81,000 Porsche Macan GTS to see if it’s a sports car in an SUV body — here’s the verdict
It'll be a little longer until we get into the driver's seat for ourselves, but Porsche gave us a preview of how the new 2020 911 Carrera S will drive at the Hockenheimring race circuit in Germany. Riding shotgun alongside one of the car's test drivers for some hot laps, I found that the 911 is shockingly quick, grips heroically around bends and, yes, sounds like a serious performance machine.While right-seat impressions are always diluted by words like "seems like" and "feels like," Porsche engineers also gave me a closer look at all the changes under the surface of the eighth-generation of the company's iconic sports car. Over a day and a half of technical presentations, it became even more clear the new, 992-generation 911 is a tour-de-force of Porsche's latest and greatest technologies.Hot lapsThe air temperature hovers at 39 degrees Fahrenheit as a quartet of Porsche 911s idle in the Hockenheimring paddock, but Porsche's development drivers say they've been able to get enough heat … [Read more...] about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S first ride review: A tantalizing amuse-bouche
The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is just around the corner. With more than 60 vehicle debuts scheduled for AutoMobility LA, there should be something to entice just about everyone who sets foot into the Los Angeles Convention Center from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 during the show's public days. The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is upon us. Running from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AutoMobility LA will feature more than 60 vehicle debuts. We'll bring you all the latest from the biggest names in auto.While auto shows often tend to end up focusing on a single vehicle class -- think SUVs at the Chicago Auto Show or exotics at Geneva -- the LA Show seems devoid of a theme this year. But, as we learned from Seinfeld, the lack of a central focus can still be highly entertaining. This year's expo looks to be one of the most important in a long time thanks to an unusually large number of high-wattage debuts in all classes. From the highly anticipated Wrangler-based Jeep … [Read more...] about 2018 LA Auto Show preview: New cars & concepts from Toyota, Jeep, BMW, Honda & more