Sean O’Kane, for The Verge:
It was a shame, then, to discover that the Taycan’s braking feels so mushy. Porsche made a somewhat controversial decision with the braking on the Taycan, and it’s been one of the more divisive parts of the driving experience in the early going as automotive journalists get their first seat time with the car.
I recently spent some time behind the wheel of Porsche’s E-hybrid models, and the pedal feel there is far from what I expected.
The lack of regenerative breaking on throttle lift-off is probably the only disappointing aspect that I found with the Taycan. I really hope they go back, fix their original designs, and allow for one-pedal driving.
420 PS. 4.4 seconds 0-100 km/h and 9 seconds 0-160 km/h. 304 km/h top speed. Manual gearbox. Speed is expensive, how fast can you afford to go?
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2,5 litre 4-cylinder boxer. Turbocharged to 365 HP. Fitted with Porsche Torque Vectoring and PASM as standard. 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. Fuel consuption? Who cares.
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The rumors were mostly true. Porsche had already confirmed that the Boxster and Caymans would receive a “718” appended to their badges, in honor of their famous mid-engined racecar of the 1950s and ’60s, but the mechanical details were left up in the air. We were almost certain both would be powered by turbocharged flat-fours of a couple of displacements and outputs, and now we can confirm that this is the case. Porsche has revealed the official specs for the 718 Boxster, which will go on sale in Europe this April
Finally a beautiful car, and I don’t even mind the 4 pots. I’m still so disappointed about what they did to the 911 (991), that the Boxster/Cayman models are actually more attractive now.
Steven J. Ewing:
Officially, the cars will be called 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, and Porsche says the two models “will share more similarities than ever before,” both visually and mechanically. What’s more, Porsche confirms the 718 Boxster will carry a higher price tag than the 718 Cayman, which is a switch from the company’s current pricing strategy – right now, a base Cayman costs $500 more than a standard Boxster.
Finally — I never fancied the ‘Boxster’ and ‘Cayman’ names. Wonder if the engines will be any good.
Noah Joseph for Autoblog:
Opening this week in Gelderland – a city on the outskirts of Arnhem in the Netherlands – the first dedicated Porsche Classic Center is designed to support older vehicles from Zuffenhausen’s history. That means undertaking service and maintenance, installing original parts, partially or completely overhauling of vintage vehicles – even selling classic Porsches certified by the factory. The company reports that over 70 percent of the vehicles it has ever produced are still running. That rather impressive statistic speaks to the quality of the vehicles in the first place, but also the dedication of their owners to keep them running, and the necessity for proper service and maintenance.
Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about my dream 964 or 356.