Whether you’re a muscle car, supercar or JDM fan, yesterday’s Cars and Coffee at Prestige BMW of Ramsey showed that car guys (and girls), no matter what they drive, can come together and enjoy other people’s rides. Personally, I’m a sucker for older JDM cars (one of my favorites is the R33 Skyline) and late 80s-early 90s American Muscle, but what really got me excited were the pre-2005 BMW’s that were there, especially the 850CSi and the collection of M Coupes. What was your favorite car at the show?
Nissan Teases the 2017 GT-R
All systems are go! Nissan just recently released a teaser photo for the 2017 Nissan GT-R, which is set to make its debut at the New York International Auto Show.
In the photo, the 2017 GT-R taillights appear to be quite similar to the current model, which only leaves us more in a great deal of suspense as to what’s changed. One thing is for sure — Nissan won’t disappoint. Nissan has not released any further information regarding the 2017 GT-R other than it will debut this year at the New York International Auto Show.
The 2016 GT-R comes standard with a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 which cranks out 545 horsepower AND only comes in all-wheel drive, to boot! For those that want a little something extra, Nissan offers the GT-R Nismo which boosts power 55hp, bringing that up to 600. With power like that at a fraction of the price of a supercar, who wouldn’t want to give the GT-R a chance?
The GT-R’s competitors include the Porsche 911 Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette Z06, which are some solid models to be in competition with.
The Autocracy will be in full force covering the Auto Show and we’ll be posting live to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to keep checking back for Auto Show coverage, as well as a first look at the 2017 Nissan GT-R.
No Porsche for You!
It’s no secret Jerry Seinfeld is a car guy – but did you know that he’s a major Porsche fan? According to Complex Magazine, Seinfeld owns over 45 of the brand’s most sought after models. Car collectors seized the opportunity of a lifetime, taking up the chance to own some of the comedy legend’s beloved Porsches that he recently unloaded — for over $22,000,000.
Considering the “cheapest” vehicle that sold was a 1964 Volkswagen Bus for $99,000 (and the most expensive car from his collection sold for over $5 million!), you know these vehicles came from a very well maintained and well-cared-for collection from someone who truly loves his Porsches (and Volkswagen’s).
Check out some of the cars that hit the auction block – the only one that didn’t sell was his 2000 Porsche Carrera GT prototype. We can only imagine what else he has in his garage.
- 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder — $5,335,000
- 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster — $682,000
- 1958 Porsche 356A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster — $1,540,000
- 1958 Porsche 597 Jagdwagen — $330,000
- 1959 Porsche 718RSK — $2,860,000
- 1963 Porsche 356B 2000 GS Carrera 2 Coupe — $825,000
- 1966 Porsche 911 — $275,000
- 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder — $3,000,000
- 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR — $2,310,000
- 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster — $363,000
- 1990 Porsche 962C — $1,650,000
- 1994 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 Turbo S Flachbau — $1,017,500
- 1997 Porsche 993 3.8 Cup RSR — $935,000
- 2011 Porsche 997 Speedster — $440,000
- 2012 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup 4.0 “Brumos Commemorative Edition” — $462,000
- 1960 Volkswagen Beetle — $121,000
- 1964 Volkswagen Camper — $99,000
Photos from Gooding & Company Auction House.
REVIEW: 2013 Porsche Boxster
I’m just going to put this out front — formerly known as the “poor man’s Porsche”, the 2013 Boxster blew us away — and this wasn’t even the Boxster S! With an as-tested price of $56,565, the Boxster is a fast, lightweight convertible sports car. The looks we received while driving this — the cyclist who stopped us to say “nice car”, the other Boxster owner who did a thumbs up out of the top of his car when we both had our tops down in 45 degree weather, or the photographers who confused it for a Ferrari — were very satisfying. This car really turns heads.
Our Boxster had 19-inch Boxster S wheels, Porsche’s 7-speed PDK Automatic transmission and the convenience package. The convenience package includes a wind deflector screen, 2-zone automatic air conditioning (two separate control settings for driver and passenger) and dual heated seats. With a black exterior and a black leather interior, our car really shined. The Boxster features auto start-stop, AM/FM/CD player with 4 very loud speakers and a speed-activated rear spoiler. The black cloth top is able to be retracted or put up in just under 10 seconds and even goes up or down at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour — so no having to wait until you’re at a light to drop the top.
With 265 horsepower and a curb weight of under 3,000 pounds, the Boxster was propelled to 60 in 5.4 seconds. Pricing starts at just under $50,000.
Pros: great looks, great fun and a great price! The Boxster had everything we would really need in a convertible. The performance was excellent and the technology was very easy to work with.
Cons: Tall people won’t be very comfortable in the passenger seat.
Base Price: $49,500 || Price as Tested: $56,565
Vehicle Layout: Mid-engine, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible
Engine: 2.7L H6, 265hp, 206-lb. ft. || Transmission: 7-speed PDK Automatic
Curb Weight: 2,954 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 172.2/70.9/50.5 inches
0-60: 5.4 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 22/32 mpg
We’d like to thank Jake Semon at Town Porsche for getting us into the new Boxster. For all your Porsche needs, go check out Town Porsche in Englewood, NJ and online at www.town-motorcar.porschedealer.com. Make sure you tell him Greg and Dave sent you!
REVIEW: 2013 Porsche Panamera 4
One of the most iconic car brands, without a doubt, is Porsche. From the 356 to the Cayenne to the Panamera (and all 50 years of the 911), Porsche has been setting the bar high for competitors and the design of their cars shows no bounds.
Thanks to Jake at Town Porsche in Englewood, we were able to get into the Panamera 4, Porsche’s 4-door fastback sedan and drive it around New Jersey for the day. With a Black exterior and Luxor Beige interior, we were excited to get on the road! Driving around the winding roads of Alpine & Englewood Cliffs’ Palisades Interstate Park (and having to maneuver around crater-sized potholes), the Panamera really hugged the turns and kept its feet planted firmly on the ground.
With a 300 horsepower V6 engine, producing 295 lb-ft. of torque, the Panamera 4 shoots to 60 in under 6 seconds. When engaged in Sport Plus mode, the shifts of the transmission were lightning quick and the responsiveness of the vehicle was astronomical.
Our Panamera test car came fully loaded with every option in the book, including the Premium Package which includes Porsche Active Suspension Management and Bi-Xenon headlights with Porsche’s Dynamic Light System and ParkAssist (Front and Rear) with reverse camera. Also included in the Premium Package are heated seats (front and rear), heated steering wheel and Power Steering Plus (where at speed, the steering gets tighter for more control).
Additional interior features included 14-way(!) power-seats with memory, front seat ventilation and an analog/digital stopwatch with driver modes that include engine mapping, steering, suspension, traction control and more. Audio features included SiriusXM, a 6-disc CD changer, and a whopping 14 Bose® speakers and amplifier. Pricing for the base Panamera starts in the high $70k’s and for the Turbo S, it can climb to well over $200,000.
We thought the Panamera 4 was a great car — with all-wheel-drive, performance and the looks, what more could you want from a luxury-performance car?
Pros: Stylish and luxurious, acceleration and shifting in Sport Plus mode, great Bose audio system, sensors around the car letting you know when you are too close to objects or cars.
Cons: Shifting using the buttons on the steering wheel took some getting used to.
Base Price: $78,100 || Price as Tested: $92,815
Vehicle Layout: Front-engine, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan
Engine: 3.6L 300hp, 295-lb. ft., V6 || Transmission: 7-speed automated manual
Curb Weight: 4,012 lbs || Length/Width/Height: 195.7/76.0/55.8 inches
0-60: 5.8 seconds || EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 18/26 mpg
We’d like to thank Jake Semon at Town Porsche for getting us into the new Panamera 4! For all your Porsche needs, go check out Town Porsche in Englewood, NJ and online at www.town-motorcar.porschedealer.com. Make sure you tell them Greg and Dave sent you!
The 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (We’ll take two!)
475 horsepower. 9,000 RPM. Flat-six. Rear-wheel steering(!). The aforementioned statistics is exactly what the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 is all about. The GT3 is setting the bar high for all others to follow, with Porsche’s 7-speed Doppel-Kupplunggetriebe (PDK) automatic transmission. Zero to 60 in three and a half seconds is sure to get your adrenaline flowing and if that doesn’t, the 195-mph top speed will.
Photos from Porsche.
50 Years of German Engineering: The Porsche 911
In 1963, employees from Porsche presented a vision for the companies future at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt. The 911 was introduced with a 2.0 liter flat-six pushing just over 130 horses. Fast forward for a quick second to the current 911 which has a 3.4 liter 6-cylinder engine producing 350 horsepower. Porsche has a series of events planned to celebrate the 911’s 50th birthday.
With 50 years of pedigree, over 800,000 models of the 911 have been sold, as well as possessing about 20,000 race victories under its belt, the 911 certainly speaks for itself. To honor this rear-engined machine, Porsche will be taking a 911 model from 1967 and putting it on a world tour. They will also be putting on special events at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. These celebrations are without a doubt necessary. Fifty years is a long time to keep a single car line going. The 911 remains a benchmark for Porsche, as it also represents the foundation of a company now offering five models ranging from mid-engined roadsters to turbocharged SUVs. It will be interesting to see what Porsche does this year for a 50th year anniversary limited edition. How can they not, right?
27th Annual Tri-State International Auto Show
On January 26, we traveled to the 27th Annual Tri-State International Auto Show which was held at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York. Although nowhere near as large as the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center around March and April, the show in Suffern gave us a good preview of the new 2013 cars. Check out some of our pictures!