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Porsche Boxster

Year: Starting at $49,500 MPG 20-30 While the Boxster is all-new for 2013, it drives like the old car, so everyone breathes a sigh of relief. They didn’t mess it up! While looking similar to its precursor, it benefits from a subtle redefinition that makes the bodywork even more handsome and the shape more evocative. (And it looks less like the Porsche 911 than before.) An array of striking exterior colors and bold, or even shocking, interior upholstery combinations can be summoned as a way of making your Boxster extra special. There are even three different steering wheels among your choices. The Boxster now has a 265-horsepower 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder while the Boxster S has a 315-horsepower 3.4-liter flat six. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic optional. The latter transmission is faster actin’ than Tinactin. As a fuel-saving ploy, the new “coasting” mode decouples the engine from the wheels when the car is coasting, thereby reducing friction. But when the driver is in a fractious frame of mind and seeks unruliness, the available Sport Chrono feature manages all onboard systems and helps the car achieve its highest performance. So equipped, the S will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. …
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Porsche Cayenne

Year: Starting at $51,850 MPG 15-22 There are six Cayenne models spanning a roughly $60,000 range from lowest sticker price to highest, within which there is astonishing diversity. For example, the top-of-the-line Cayenne Turbo is able to hit a terminal speed of 172 mph. Even the V-6 base model and the new Diesel can tow 7,716 pounds. Every Cayenne has the most amazing brakes you’ll find on an SUV. If Facebook stock’s performance ever matched that of the Cayenne, Mark Zuckerberg could buy Canada. On top of this, the interior is luxurious and the instrument display and center controls would be the envy of many spaceship commanders. The 420 horsepower GTS, with its 4.8-liter V-8, had been the line-up’s newbie, producing 20 horsepower more than the S, but the Diesel came along this fall. It has a 3.0-liter V-6, and although the 240 horsepower doesn’t seem that impressive, there’s plenty of whomp with 406 lb-ft. of torque. Rather than part-time all-wheel drive, the Diesel’s system is permanent. And of course, the S Hybrid achieves the highest efficiency numbers. Adaptive cruise control, lane-change assist, and a backup camera make the Cayenne driver’s life easier. Any complaints? The palette of available colors isn’t as crazy as you find in the sports cars--no lime or orange. …
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Porsche Cayman

Year: Starting at $51,900 MPG 19-27 In layman’s terms, the Porsche Cayman is a Boxster with a roof and a greater price tag. In enthusiast’s terms, it may be the world’s greatest sports car. In a ploy to reduce weight for ultimate performance, the most expensive and best performing model, the Cayman R, comes with canvas door pulls, all of two pounds lighter than metal door levers, and without air conditioning or an audio system. (These latter two items can be added at no cost, but R owners will just have to live with the rope burn.) The R is motivated by a 330-horsepower 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder, with output modulated through a six-speed manual transmission. The base model Cayman comes with a 265-horsepower, 2.9-liter flat six, while the Cayman S has a slightly less prodigious versions of the larger engine. A fast-shifting, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available. While the R is for hardcore enthusiasts who participate in track day events, the three other models can be equipped with infotainment hardware and fitted with luxurious touches. Please note: the Cayman is about to be replaced, which some people might see as a bad thing. The new one is likely to have the electric power steering that has drawn complaints in the Porsche 911 and Boxster. …
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Porsche Panamera

Year: Starting at $75,850 MPG 18-27 When the Porsche Panamera, the company’s first sport sedan, was introduced to the world in 2009, people scratched their heads. This curious, snub-nosed, beetle-backed design was almost without precedent. Were the Porsche people consuming silly sporophytes? Well, after four years we’ve learned to look at the Panamera as Porsche’s best-selling car and a trope, pointing toward the edamame department from the Whole Foods parking lot. What else is about eight inches shorter than a Honda Odyssey minivan but only seats four people? Brilliant! Over an approximately $100,000 range from low to high in sticker prices, there are six models: Panamera, S, 4, 4S, GTS, S Hybrid, Turbo, and Turbo S. Engines range from a 300-horsepower V-6 that will hurl this car to 160 mph, to the 550-horsepower turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8 that NASA couldn’t get for spaceflight. It’s also available with all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, the S Hybrid achieves 30 mpg and a modicum of respectability at the e-waste drop-off site. The Hybrid is equipped with an eight-speed. Of course you can expect every safety, driver-assistance, chassis-control, and comfort feature available in the Porsche arsenal; then also imagine paint and leather upholstery that matches your own beloved sample. Where large sedans play, the Panamera successfully straddles the divide between BMW and Bentley. …
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