So, we start from results of Porsche Boxster's recent test drive, performed by one driver. Firstly it is necessary to note that Boxster has been totally redesigned for the first time, but it still possess the familiar 6-cylinder, 2.7 liter liquid-cooled engine, and now it can produce 240 hp and 199 lb/ft of torque.
The Porsche 2006 Boxster is a stunning car to look at. Some may say that it is not true, because it closely resembles the previous model. No problem - tastes differ. In typical Porsche fashion the changes are subtle and some might say too subtle, but bright blue car used for test drive drew lots of admiring glances.
Let us move into and look at the picture from the driver's seat. Generally, there are two ways to describe what it's like in this place. The top may be put up, or pushed down. When the top is raised one can feel a bit claustrophobic and if the windblocker's in place, actually, rear vision is severely hampered. You should change lanes with great caution. Even wonderful flat-six sound can not be taken calmly. Eventually it becomes an annoying drone and it is almost impossible to communicate with your neighbour.
Things change inversely if you lower the top. It may seem like if you are driving an entirely different car. The sound is brilliant, the open air is fresh and clear and the windblocker is a blessing. With the windows raised you can even drive this car topless in chilly weather.
Especially inspiring during the test drive was the way in which Boxster attacked the curves, carving precise lines through the apex without ever feeling that it would swap ends. The massive disc brakes are fade-free if you're coming down those mountains at speed. At the rear end larger haunches and a massive oval exhaust pipe combine for a look as shapely as it is powerful. Power is obvious in the performance.
The 2006 Boxster is a modern version of the 60's 356B. It has automatic gearbox, which shifts up and down exactly when needed. It is unusual for sport car not to have manual gearbox, but in this case it is not a problem at all.
Well, after some facts about Porsche 2006 Boxster, we are passing to Porsche 2006 Cayenne. Having said that to Porsche purists, the Cayenne is heresy of the highest order. It was the first four-door German sports car and then a portly SUV to boot. Cayenne debuted in 2003 and became the antithesis of most everything Porsche had come to symbolize, up to that point.
The Porsche 2006 Cayenne carries over virtually unchanged. Concerning a 2007 model we may say that it is likely to debut mid-2006 with revised styling and added power. Undoubtedly, the Cayenne needs some spicing up, no longer able to rest on its laurels as high fuel prices help force SUVs out of favor.
Being traditionally associated with sport coupes and convertibles, Porsche made a kind of trick and partnered with Volkswagen to develop the Cayenne. It is known that Cayenne shares the platform and some mechanicals with the VW Touareg. It was the reason for Porsche designers to do their best and infuse it with Porsche styling cues as much as it was possible. This is most noticeable at the front end, where large air scoops under the headlamps mimic those of Porsche's 911 Turbo and GT2 models.
There are several models of Porsche 2006 Cayenne. Base model comes with a 3.2-liter V6 engine that delivers 247 horsepower, which is adequate, but uncharacteristically ordinary by Porsche standards. The Cayenne S version features a much more powerful 340-hp, 4.5-liter V8, which launches this 6,750-pound vehicle from zero to 60 miles per hour in a respectable 6.8 seconds. For speed-fans there's an even more extreme Turbo model with a twin-turbocharged V8 cranking out 450 hp. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, but costs $33,000 more than the Cayenne S. An available turbo-power kit boosts the turbocharged V8 engine's output to a staggering 500 hp, and adds upgraded brakes and suspension components to handle the extra power.
Transmission on the base model is standard. It is habitual five-speed manual version. With this transmission an optional Drive-Off Assistant system is also available. It automatically applies the brakes when the vehicle comes to a halt on steep grades to prevent it from rolling back when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake to engage the clutch and begin moving. As an optional feature a six-speed automatic gearbox with Tiptonic manual-shift capability may be installed on the base Cayenne and standard on S and Turbo models.
Initially Porsche designed the Cayenne to be as capable off-road as it would be on asphalt. In reality, few owners are likely to take their Cayennes anywhere close to a trail and the vehicle would probably sell just as well as a sportier car-based crossover.
The Cayenne includes a lot of hardcore components for off-roading, including permanent four-wheel drive, an inter-axle differential lock, high-tech hill descent/ascent control and a transfer case for low-range gearing. Advanced Off-Road package consists of front and rear stabilizer bars that hydraulically disengage to enhance suspension performance on rough terrain.
As it should be with luxurious car, basic equipment is plentiful. It includes front, front-side and side-curtain airbags, leather upholstery and a power-closing rear lift-gate. The options list is really one of the longest in the industry. Apart from expected items, such as a Bose surround sound audio array, navigation system, power moonroof, a rearview backup camera, and heated seats, it contains a seemingly endless assortment of trim items and treatments that afford the ultimate in personalization.
And one more thing is that Automotive News reports that Porsche may build a hybrid Cayenne using a Toyota power train, adapted from the version currently used in the Lexus RX 400h.
So, Porsche is quickly developing and stays on the market with comfortable and glamorous first class cars.