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Porsche introduces new 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 models sans turbos

Porsche is showing off new 718 Cayman and Boxster models.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

They make this look good. Porsche has introduced new versions of its Cayman and Boxster sports coupes. The German automaker has given the models the full GTS treatment, making them the sportiest version of the models Porsche currently offers.

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are both powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It can get from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 295 km/h when equipped with a sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black accents are featured not he exterior of the model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche has given the cars a standard 20 millimeter lower ride height to improve aerodynamics and an available Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Combined with torque vectoring technology, standard Porsche Stability Management, and a limited slip differential, the model balances on-track performance and daily driver duties, according to Porsche. The available PASM lowers the body by just 10 millimeters.

The cars come standard with the Sport Chrono package and the Porsche Track Precision App. Both models ride on 20-inch light-alloy wheels with a satin-gloss black finish wrapped in high-performance offset tires (235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear). There are cross-drilled discs and red calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are available.

Its interior features dark Alcantara, which is typical of GTS models and its exterior has a good amount of black accents. The optional GTS interior package adds another colour: the buyer's choice of Carmine Red or Chalk. The chosen color is featured on the rev counter, seat belts, all decorative seams including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats with black borders. The trim elements as well as the centre console trim are made of carbon.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black Alcantara is prominently featured in the new model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Cayman and Boxster 718 GTS 4.0 models standard with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) displayed on a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen. A Bose surround system and a Burmeister High-End Surround Sound System are available.

Porsche's smartphone app shows performance-related data on the PCM display while in race track use and records it for later analysis. The online navigation module with real-time traffic information, voice control and Porsche Connect are available.

The cars will arrive at dealerships in mid 2020. It is expected that they will start in the mid-$80,000 range.

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2022 Subaru BRZ pricing announced

The BRZ is all-new for 2022.

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Earlier this year, Subaru announced the all-new BRZ sports car, which is coming this fall to replace the previous generation of the car that was discontinued in 2020. It, along with its Toyota cousin, the 86, get more power, updated interiors, and better technology than their predecessors.

The BRZ Premium is the base trim of the car. It starts at $28,955 after destination. Adding an automatic transmission drives the price up by $1,600 to $30,555. The BRZ Limited starts at $31,455 after destination, which shifts to $33,255 with an automatic transmission.


2022 Subaru BRZ The BRZ's compact size and manual transmission make it enthusiast friendly.


The 2022 BRZ gets a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower. Part of the appeal of small, sporty cars like BRZ is that they are infinitely more fun to drive than larger, more computerized vehicles. To that end, the car comes standard with a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission. Buyers can opt to swap in a six-speed automatic transmission, but that almost defeats the point of the car. A Torsen limited-slip differential, vehicle stability control with track mode, and 17-inch wheels round out the car's standard performance features.

Inside, the BRZ comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate controls. A new gauge cluster display can show amps, coolant temperatures, or the car's lateral g-forces, and when track mode is engaged, the tachometer shifts from a circular to a color linear graph.


2022 Subaru BRZ An updated interior and tech are highlights of the new BRZ,

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Prototype testing of the new Macan model is underway.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

It's passed proving grounds tests and now the all-electric version of the Porsche Macan is hitting the road for additional testing. The highly-camouflaged next-generation prototypes of the compact SUV left the Porsche Development Center in Weissach, Germany for the first time this week.

"Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process," said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

By the time the Macan EV is fully revealed in 2023, it will have garnered 1.8 million test miles worldwide in a variety of terrains and temperatures. Testing will even be done in virtual space, which is designed to save time and money. General Motor is using similar technology. These digital tests are able to analyze properties, systems, and powertrains of a vehicle.

Porsche Macan EV An electric version of the Porsche Macan leaves the company's testing grounds in Germany.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Porsche has created 20 digital prototypes for the purpose of simulation in a number of development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management and acoustics. "We regularly collate the data from the various departments and use it to build up a complete, virtual vehicle that is as detailed as possible," said Dr Andreas Huber, Manager for digital prototypes at Porsche.

The first teams to work with the digital prototypes are aerodynamics specialists. "We started with a flow-around model when the project first started about four years ago," said Dr Thomas Wiegand, Director of aerodynamics development. The goal is a low coefficient of drag that blends that goal with the hallmark looks of the Macan SUV. Currently, engineers are using simulations to fine-tune details such as the cooling air ducts.

Simulations are also able to predict how the vehicle interacts with the driver in real life. "Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures and the changing influences during a journey from the driver's point of view," explains Fabian Klausmann of the Driver Experience development department. This allows research and development team members to see how a driver would interact with the vehicle before any physical cockpit is built.

Porsche is designing the new fully-electric Macan to be the highest performer in its subcompact SUV segment. It will be the first Porsche built on the company's Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture.

The boutique performance arm of Volkswagen Group will sell the Macan EV side-by-side with internal combustion engine models of the car. "Demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world. That's why we're going to launch another conventionally powered evolution of the current Macan in the course of 2021," said Steiner.

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