2018 Porsche Panamera: Powerslide Review

By: Mr. Power       

Are you an executive that is looking to cruise into work at an average speed 10mph over the speed limit? If yes, then the Porsche Panamera is the car for you. Are you concerned about the functionality of having your coffee in one hand and the company’s annual expense report on the dash? If yes, then the Porsche Panamera is the perfect fit for your three-car garage.

 

The Porsche Panamera is a car that was designed to go fast first and worry about speeding tickets later. The base model starts at $85,000 with a peppy 330hp twin turbo V6. The range topping Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive is equipped with a twin turbo V8 and an electric motor — which combines for a whopping 680 horsepower. The most incredible figure surrounding the ranging topping Panamera is its base price of $194,800. Upon reading this number my wallet had a stroke.

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This image (like the cover image) came from porsche.com

New for this year, Porsche finally unveiled the Sport Turismo version, which in my mind offers a much more sleeked and defiant design. It’s a shooting brake style that simply screams class.

 

The Porsche Panmera boasts insane stats that are taking New York’s financial district by storm. Fitted with four comfortable seats, this car instantly engulfs its passengers in luxurious leather. A quick look at the dashboard reveals technology suitable to take over a third world country. This vehicle is dripping in money and announces to the world that you vacation in The Hamptons.

 

Everything about the Panamera is posh. There is no piece of fine-brushed aluminum that doesn’t feel cool to the touch. Some may consider it the automotive incarnation of the devil, however I believe this vehicle exemplifies perfect harmony between performance and comfort.

The Verdict.

9 / 11 (too expensive as compared to its Audi RS 7 rival)

The Scalpel of Track cars: 2018 Porsche GT3

By: Mr. Power

The 991.2 Porsche GT3, a.k.a. the car that no automotive journalist can hate. Honestly, Porsche has created a car that has ZERO flaws. Seriously; none, zippo, nada. What’s not to love about the 4.0 liter flat six that can punch out roughly 500hp?

 

An Elite Runner

 

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Image from Car and Driver http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/2018-porsche-911-gt3-first-drive-review-gallery#49

 

Fitted with either the lightning fast PDK transmission, or the more involved six-speed manual, this car can stretch its legs all the way up to 9,000rpm. One would think that the doctors who drive these cars would struggle to control its power. However, Porsche has honed in is rear-wheel steer system that now makes even pizza delivery drivers look clinically clean while hitting racing lines. Porsche has developed this car to be a track ace and (amazingly) hasn’t damaged the GT3 sports car feel.

 

Less Fear. More Fun.

 

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Image from HD Wallpapers http://www.hdwallpapers.in/2018_porsche_911_gt3_4k-wallpapers.html

 

There is nothing scary about this vehicle. The ABS doesn’t flash every time you stab the throttle, nor are you met with unyielding over-steer in the bends. The GT3 is confidence inspiring, and it dares its drivers to absolutely mash the throttle.

 

The lucky few that can afford this car (and the even luckier who can get their hands on one) will be graced with automotive bliss. Starting at $144,650 the lucky owners of the Porsche GT3 will be able to enjoy there own little slice of driving bliss. Not many car brands can match Porsche’s sport car heritage while delivering true track reliability.

Mr. Power’s overall grade: 10/10

A Unique Look at the Perfect Commuting Car

By: Mr. Slide

Honestly think about it. MOST car reviews are about rare, expensive, supercharged monsters. Those that aren’t are impressively boring and incredibly predictable, “this car has earned an award in….” blah, blah, blah ­­­— vomit. My question is: why don’t car reviewers ever jazz up their pieces so that people find them interesting to read? This would be amazing, imagine reading a captivating, first person, review of some car you see everyday…*fade to black*…

The Chariot’s Commute

I’m late for work, kid’s crying, wife is upset, Starbucks is closed. Left lane travel is a must for me on this brisk Tuesday in March. I strap into my Accent and take a big whiff of the trusty tree suspended from the rearview ­– black ice scented. I fire up the 1.6-liter Gamma GDi and hear the roar of 137 ponies as I haul down the freeway. I am able to feel every bump and hear every sound inside the cozy interior. The stiff suspension and poor noise cancellation makes me feel like I’m on the space mountain ride at Disney Land. Epic.

 

For a split second I tear my eyes away from the road to look at my speedometer; knowing that the Accent’s 4 star crash test rating most likely, probably, definitely, has my back if I double roll over the guardrail…again. “Wow!” I exclaim to myself as I notice that I have finally reached 60mph. “It only took 8.6 seconds!” I turn and refocus my attention on the road. I have just passed a 2003 Toyota Yaris. Sucker.

 

The crusade to work continues. I have been on the road for 10mins and suddenly, I hit traffic. “You will arrive in 2 hours,” my Waze app informs me. I am unfazed by this. Two hours inside a 162-inch masterpiece of Korean engineering is hardly worth complaining about. The cloth seats are very breathable and look great with my cheetah patterned covers. They came standard with the SE model. As the A/C runs through my hair and the static of the slightly blown speakers (damn Adele cassette) crackle in my ears I think to myself how much I love the Hyundai Accent. It truly is the perfect commuters’ car.

How Many Smiles Per-Gallon Does Your Car Get?

By: Mr. Power

Twenty-six years ago Mazda had a plan to build the ultimate convertible roadster. They promised two things about it; it would deliver superb handling and plaster a permanent smile across your face. Now in its fourth generation, and with over a million sold, the Mazda MX-5 still reins king as the best roadster money can buy.

Stepping into the new 2016 model you are engulfed by a sporty, yet luxurious interior.  Soul Red trim accentuates the top of the door and the shifter falls perfectly into your hand, making it quite evident that this is a driving enthusiast’s car. The car I drove was the Club Model, this comes with the Bose audio system, performance enhanced Mazda anti roll bars, and the added lip spoiler. This Mazda also came with the limited edition Soul Red paint job with Satin Black 17-inch wheels. At this current configuration, the model I tested was $29,785. Unfortunately, however, this particular car did have what many (including myself) consider to be an automotive sin — the 6-Speed automatic gearbox. Save yourself a grand and get the legendary short throw manual instead.

 

Featherweight Rivalry

The new model Mazda MX-5 goes up against some formidable competition, such as the strikingly similar Fiat 124 spider, the more powerful Subaru BRZ, and the more expensive Mini Cooper S. So posed with this fierce competition how does the Miata fair? The answer is simple; the MX-5 is king. It is lighter, cheaper, and more reliable than any of its competitors. Motor Trend reports that the MX-5 has superb styling in comparison to its competitors and that with the base price of $25,000 the MX-5 is the cheapest to own. Road & Track magazine also reports that this car has one of best manual transmission (which I missed out on…) and chassis made in the last 5 years, second only to the 2017 Porsche 911 (which in its base configuration is roughly $70,000 more than the MX-5).

 

Roller-coaster Grip

With a push of the ignition button, the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine gurgles to life. Even with the slightest level of gas and steering input it becomes quite evident that this car has a lot of pep. Ripping the car hard along a winding road allows the vehicle to shine. It feasts in the corners and loves to be shoved above 3,500 RPM where the max 150 pounds-foot of torque comes into play. By pressing the “sport” button the car transforms, gifting the driver with instantly sharper steering, better throttle input, and sharper gear changes. Even with this small amount of horsepower the MX-5 is able to eat up back roads carving. It’s competitor, the BRZ, however struggles in this regard, sliding all over and constantly fighting for grip. It’s in these tight bends that the Mazda’s critically acclaimed chassis proves its worth and the rear-wheel drive adds enough excitement ­— forcing one to contemplate a life in prison every time they stab the throttle.

Tearing the top down and cruising under the sun while smiling ear to ear is when the MX-5 makes the most sense. It is virtually impossible for one to consider this rear-wheel drive roadster winter capable however, due to its lightweight and summer tire compound. This car is impeccable in warmer climates and for driving three seasons out of the year.

Extensively handling of this car has taught me so much about driving. The MX-5 is truly an educating machine. Its lessons on the capabilities of grip, effective power and weight balance, and fun are well worth the $25,000 base price. The Mazda MX-5 is for people who want to put the joy back in driving and crave the freedom of the open road.