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2007 Porsche

2007 Porsche 911

Scheduled for an update in 2008, Porsche's sleekly styled flagship 911 is available for 2007 in base Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S all-wheel-drive, GT3 and turbo forms. The AWD system in the 4S model has a multi-disk viscous coupling and transfers between five and 40 percent of the engine's power permanently to the front wheels for very high grip levels on dry pavement as well as much-improved traction on slippery roads. Slightly wider at the rear than rear-drive 911s, the AWD versions are able to accommodate wider tires at the back for even more grip. Elsewhere in the line, the base 911 Carrera comes with a rear-mounted, 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 325 horsepower and 274 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is 177 mph, with 0-60 times just over five seconds. The Carrera S versions, meanwhile, take this performance up a notch with a 355-horsepower 3.8-liter flat six that cuts the car's 0-60 mph time to 4.6 seconds. Porsche's Stability Management System is standard on the S and available on the base Carrera 4 models. An Active Suspension Management system is available that allows the driver to switch from what is already a sporty ride to ultra-grippy suspension settings with the flip of a switch. As if that's not enough, the 911 Turbo S comes with a turbocharged version of the 3.6-liter powerplant that provides 444 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. Ceramic, composite brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, and high-performance tires are added to the Turbo S as well. Standard features include high-capacity four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Active Brake Differential, traction control, and front-side and side-curtain airbags. The options list is the longest in the industry, and affords almost total customization -- albeit at a stiff price.

2007 Porsche Boxster

At the time of this writing, information as to the updates/changes to Porsche's least expensive model were not yet available. The convertible Boxster comes powered in its base form by a 225-horsepower, 2.7-liter six-cylinder engine, which is coupled to a five-speed manual transmission. The S version receives a 258-horsepower, 3.4-liter six-cylinder powerplant and a six-speed-manual gearbox. Both models can be equipped with a five-speed-automatic transmission that offers manual gear selection. A power-operated soft-top, along with high-capacity four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, automatic air conditioning with air filtration, a CD stereo, speed-dependent extendable rear spoiler, partial-leather upholstery, heated washer nozzles and locking alloy wheels come standard. An Aerokit Package with integrated front and rear spoilers is offered, along with one of the longest lists of available interior and exterior cosmetic tweaks in the business (for example, virtually every switch, button, and knob can be leather-wrapped in any of several finishes).

2007 Porsche Cayenne

Scheduled for an update in 2008, the '07 version carries over with a new S Titanium Edition to keep things interesting. Porsche's first-ever SUV shares its chassis and certain systems with the Volkswagen Touareg but has its own unique Porsche styling cues, especially at the front end. The base model comes powered by a 3.4 liter V-6 engine, while the S version includes a 340-horsepower, 4.5-liter V-8. The top Turbo model offers a twin-turbocharged V-8 that generates 450 horsepower. There's a choice of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. High-capacity four-wheel disc brakes and Porsche's Stability Management and Traction Management systems are included across the line. The Cayenne has a max tow rating of 7,716 pounds. A Drive-Off Assistant system, available on manual-transmission versions, helps the driver start off on steep grades without having to finesse the gas and clutch pedals.

2007 Porsche Cayman

The mid-priced Cayman is essentially a curvaceous closed-coupe version of the Boxster convertible. The standard engine for 2007 is a 2.7 liter, 245 horsepower six with a more powerful, 295-horsepower, 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine available in the S. Both engines are mounted at the mid-point of the Cayman's chassis for optimum weight distribution. The Cayman S has a top speed of 170-plus and can reach 60 mph in about 5 seconds flat. As with the Boxster on which it's based, the Cayman offers truly tenacious handling, with a choice of either a six-speed-manual gearbox or a five-speed-automatic transmission with manual gear selection capability. High-capacity four-wheel disc brakes with Active Brake Differential, traction control and a speed-dependent extendable rear spoiler head an extensive list of standard features. As with the other models in Porsche's line, the Cayman offers a staggeringly long list of add-ons.