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February 25, 2005
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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2005 Porsche Boxster S Convertible

2005 Porsche Boxster - pure excitement

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2005 Porsche 911 Carrera and Porsche Boxster

No other brand inspires the kind of owner loyalty that Porsche does, so the unveiling in Detroit of the new 911 Carrera, known as the 997 to Porschephiles, is a long-awaited event. On the heels of the new Boxster, this 911 evinces a more classic look than the last generation, managing to blend heritage with aggressiveness. To further increase the salivation factor among the faithful, the team in Zuffenhausen improved the powertrains across the board as well, and upgraded the interiors to ice the cake.

Porsches are highly evolved vehicles and design changes to these uber-sportscars are by definition limited to detail work, as opposed to the basic shape of the cars. Larger fender flares lend a more aggressive stance, and the new taillights and revised ducting are attractive touches. The return to classic rounded headlights hearken back two generations, to the 993 models, but make no mistake--these are bona-fide new cars, with some 80% of parts new.

The heart of any Porsche (save possibly the new V6 Cayenne) is the motor, and the 911 and Boxster do not disappoint. The Boxster's 2.7-liter flat six now makes 240 horsepower, while the Boxster S model's 3.2 puts out 280hp, for an increase of 22. Performance is commensurately upped, with zero to sixty now coming at 5.9 seconds for the base model, and seven-tenths less for the S. The 911 models are also, as ever, motivated by flat sixes; 3.6 liters and 325 horses for the standard Carrera and 3.8L and 355hp for the S. The speed-demons have pulled another one out of their hats--how does 4.4 seconds to 60 grab you?

Base Boxsters get 5-speed manuals; all other models feature a 6-speed. A Tiptronic automatic resides on the option list for the commuter.

Suspension tweaks include stiffer platforms, wider wheels and tires, and the 'Porsche Active Suspension Management' electronic system for the 911 that allows pilots to choose between 'normal' and 'sport' settings. The active spoiler that raises at 75 mph and lowers at 50 is retained, thankfully. Optional on the naturally-aspirated 911 for the first time are Porsche's celebrated Ceramic Composite Brakes that reduce unsprung weight, shave precious feet off stopping distances, and practically eliminate fade and rotor replacement.

Although Porsches are much more about the driving experience than the driver's comfort, one area where the brand has recently taken flak has been in the quality and luxury quotient of the interiors. With these new models, however, Porsche has raised the bar. The redone interior, gauges, and controls are several cuts above the last models. The cockpits feature upgraded materials molded into a design that is at once more ergonomic and attractive--more fitting for the $69-79,000 Carrera and its $43-53,000 Boxster sibling.

With these new models, Porsche has taken several steps forward as far as engineering goes... and a calculated step back, design-wise. Both the Boxster and the 911, in their many editions, should keep Porsche on top of the sportscar heap--and what would life be without Porsches to aspire to?.

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