Porsche Prepares New
Models for Spring Debut
By Kurt Niemeyer

he introduction of the 991 models in early 2012 started a parade of new Porsches that continues today. A revamped Boxster emerged last summer, now the 911 Carrera 4 has come back to the USA, and the 2014 Cayman is debuting at the end of April.

The moniker "Carrera" on a Porsche has designated enhanced performance since being introduced in the mid-1950s as a salute to the Marques' successes in the Carrera Panamericana Road Race; in 1973 the Carrera designation was first applied to the iconic 911 models. Today's 911 Carrera 4 models feature enhanced Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive, adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe (PAS), and are available with the revolutionary seven-speed Porsche Doppekupplong (PDK) transmission. In Coupe or Cabriolet configuration, the Carrera is powered by a direct injected flat six engine, weighs 140 pounds less and is 12 percent more efficient while producing more horsepower and torque, another example of "Porsche Intelligent Design" in action.

Racecar Tested

Those victories in the Carrera Panamericana were achieved in 550 Spiders, a mid-engine racecar that served as a giant killer in a variety of competitions. The mid-engine layout has been a constant in Porsche design beginning with racecars and growing into the road car line in 1969 with the 914 model. Today the Boxster and the Cayman feature a mid-ship power plant. The 2014 Cayman gets the lower, longer, wider treatment applied to the 911 and Boxster recently, more horsepower, more torque and achieves it all more efficiently.

The Cayman is equipped with the latest performance technology; engine packages get direct fuel injection, the PDK transaxle with Torque Vectoring and locking differential is available while the chassis upgrades include Porsche Active Suspension Management and the "Sport Chron' button. The exceptional handling adds to the allure of the Cayman, choosing "Sport" mode lowers the ride height, tightens the steering feedback, stiffens the dampening, and advances ignition and fuel injection for more power needed during sport driving adventures on road or track.

The mid-engine layout places the center of gravity in between the front and rear axles for maximum agility and handling, making the Cayman a popular track day car with many owners routinely using them at performance driving events. Watching a Cayman traverse an autocross course demonstrates the effectiveness of the Torque Vectoring as the car rotates around the cones and launches off the tight corners. Driving the Cayman through the autocross course is most inspiring as you feel the differential dramatically impact the performance, a sensation usually reserved for professional race car drivers.

Sporty Comfort

Not only is the Cayman a stellar performer in sporting conditions but it is just as comfortable taking you to the Playhouse in the Park or to the valet at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse. Luxuriously appointed, the interior now incorporates the ascending center console which houses the 7-inch touch screen control pad that operates the CDR audio system among other items.

Passenger comfort is unparalleled in the new Cayman, whether on the track or the highway it will accommodate your demands and deliver you in style.
 

 
Vintage Cars Welcome
Return of Good Weather

 
Poet Robert Frost penned the line "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I "” I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."

This is a directive for many car and bike enthusiasts as they go driving their specialty rides this spring.

By luck, the Malaspina Glacier ran out of ice in our general area, leaving a mosaic of ridges and valleys for the road-builders to traverse, resulting in an abundance of twisting picturesque byways for us to enjoy.

Local MG restorer Jim Pesta urges his fellow enthusiasts to drive their cars regularly for good maintenance.

"Older cars do not sit well, plus so much of the joy comes from operating the machine, it's a win-win situation to go for a drive around here."

The MG T Car group's Exploratory Expeditions are an opportunity to enjoy driving with fellow enthusiasts on roads that utilize all facets of the car's capabilities as you glide up hill, down dale, around curves and through a scenic slice of America.

Their first drive this year goes east into Adams County along a route that includes the John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail, the Harshaville Covered Bridge, Amish markets and a stop at Barn Sale Antiques to peruse a mammoth selection of service station memorabilia before heading back west via more roads less traveled.

In August, this group of vintage British car enthusiasts will be caravanning to Ohi'™s premier motoring nostalgia event, the Put-in-Bay Road, Race Reunion with some Porsche, Alfa and Morgan friends. It should be quite the show as it rolls up the road.

Information about area driving tours is available on our events calendar, plus event and club websites. Email me at kniemeyer@cincymagazine.com with any questions. 
 

 

SAVE THE DATE

April 13, MG-T Owners and Cincy Motorsports Journal's drive to Adams County, depart Owensville.

April 12-14, Ohio Valley Porsche Club Driver Education, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington.

April 21, Fastiques Swap Meet Cruise-In, Owensville.

April 23, Queen City National Corvette Restorers Society seminar, Eastern Corvettes,
Amelia.

April 27, 2014 Porsche Cayman introduction, Porsche of the Village, Mariemont.

April 28, Sharonville Car Show.

May 3, Ohio Valley Porsche Club Charity Wine Tasting, Little Red Schoolhouse, Indian Hill.

May 4, WNKU/Friends of Steely Library Rally and Car Show, NKU campus, Highland Heights.

May 4, Ferrari Club drive and dine, Valley Vineyards, Morrow.

May 5, Greater Cincinnati British Car Club Car Show, Milford.

May 18, Ohio Valley Alfa Club Spring Tour, departs Fuel Coffee, Riverside Drive, Cincinnati.

May 18, Sporty's Fly-In, Clermont County Airport, Batavia.

May 19, Drei Staaten Gruppe, Porsche 356 club at Sharon Woods, Sharonville.

May 19, MG T owners drive to Rabbit Hash, Ky.