There are companies working on flying cars, and there are those developing flying cars that are autonomous. The latter are referred to as drones, though they're capable of ferrying passengers. Many see flying passenger drones as the future of urban mobility, and rumor has it that Porsche has one in the works. While the German automaker hasn't confirmed or offered much by way of details, a German automotive industry news site Automobilwoche claims the company is close to releasing the first design sketches. Porsche has yet to comment on the report, but the company's sales director, Detlev von Platen, supposedly hinted at the possibility.
It's no secret that Porsche 911 values have plateaued. And some model years are now depreciating following their spectacular run-up after the Great Recession. But don't expect prices to drop to 5,000 any time soon. According to Hagerty's Valuation Tools, a 1977 Porsche 911S with a whopping 160 hp is still worth more than 16,000 in #3 condition (good). And this model year is arguably among the least desirable due to its low output, ugly 5-mph bumpers and emissions compromises – take it from this former owner.
If you're looking for concrete evidence of evolution, consider the Porsche 911. In the five and a half decades since the sports car debuted, it has undergone myriad changes. The basics have stayed the same--two seats, engine in back, swoopy styling--as the details change. Last night, on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche continued the process. The new Porsche 911, dubbed the 992, will arrive on dealer lots next summer.
Porsche has re-engineered the Panamera for 2017, turning the pudgy, oft maligned sedan into a family car that can handle a day at the track as easily as a trip to the grocery store. And to crank out the best seller, Porsche also re-engineered its Leipzig, Germany, production facility. The 500 million expansion includes a 20,000-square foot quality center for testing parts, augmented reality, a computer-optimized system for just-in-time delivery of parts, and more. The 98,300 Panamera may make 911 fans roll their eyes, but it makes Porsche piles of cash, so the Germans don't hold back when it comes to making the cars just right. From the quality control room to the paint shop to the test track, here's how Porsche builds the Panamera.
The Porsche 911, like the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Corvette, has pulled off the neat trick of remaining thoroughly modern yet utterly timeless. The latest models look a lot like the car that rolled into the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, making it instantly recognizable even to people with no interest in cars. You could fill a small library with the books written about the venerable sports car from Stuttgart, and the newest is Porsche 911: The Ultimate Sportscar as Culture Icon by the almost perfectly named Ulf Poschardt. The car's iconic status belies its humble origins with the VW Beetle, which Ferdinand Porsche designed. The Beetle begat the Porsche 956, which Poschardt describes as a "functionalist manifesto."