Weekly Porsche Wrap

Porsche’s latest hybrid creation…A two-wheel version – Yep, it’s a Porsche bike! Aptly named the Porsche Hybrid RS, it’s a concept mountain bike with electric-drive assistance. A rechargeable battery pack in the shape of a water bottle provides power assistance for up to 30 miles. It will also re-juice itself during downhill riding. The whole point is allowing cyclists to go longer distances without running the risk of over-exerting themselves. Also included is an iPhone plugin that provides battery charge status and GPS functionality. [Via Autoweek.com]

Kid crashes loaner 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo – Sorry, you read that right. An auto journalist in Canada (I’m pretty sure that’s where he was) threw the keys to his son to let him show his buddies the $180,000 Turbo’s stereo and navigation system. The result? You can see it to the right. About $15k worth of damage to the Porsche. Porsche’s response was, “It’s okay. These things happen.” WHAT?! You HAVE to check out the post on TheTruthAboutCars.com. Cracked me up and puts things into perspective in my opinion. Read it here: The Porsche Was Damaged, But The Smugness Is Intact.

Porsche entering the 918 Spyder in the Nürburgring 24 in 2011 – Reports are coming out of Germany indicating Porsche is already preparing a competition-spec version of the Porsche 918 Spyder for next year’s endurance race. Seems like it’d be a great contender and what a way to prove the technology to the world, not that it needs proving. The hybrid technology would really shine in a race like that, provided it could withstand the 24 hours of being pushed hard. [Via Autoblog.com]

Great 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo review – The title caught me on this one. “Porsche 911 the ultimate everyday supercar” How can I NOT read that one?! A pretty good review. Here’s a little snippet:

“…he 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo is more of everything: more comfortable, more powerful, more capable, more fuel-efficient and only a little more expensive. The perfect storm of fast-car joy.”

The funny thing is, this is the same outfit the journalist works for whose son trashed the Porsche 911 Turbo above. [Via TheGlobeAndMail.com]

Porsche looking to Panamera and Cayenne to make the sales – Lots of purists will want to curl up in the corner in the fetal position over this, but that’s just the way it’s going. The Porsche Panamera and Cayenne are the big sellers for Porsche lately. They will also help Porsche comply with the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) rules. As long as Porsche keeps building stellar 911s and other supercars, I don’t really care what keeps food on the table. [Via AutomobileMag.com]

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