There's an Easter Egg in Hyundai's color codes, what's the point of all of this advanced engine tech anyway, and where do we go for our DIY car maintenance needs? We get to the bottom of these questions and more on on this week's episode of CNET Roadside Assistance.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 41 SHOW NOTES
LAS VEGAS--It's the classic show formula: put your product in the hands of an attractive model and people will look twice. In the case of QNX's new mobile app platform, the attractive model is the Porsche Carrera sports car.
As the cars of tomorrow gain Internet connections and applications, they'll need infotainment software that allows them to be as flexible and easily updated as your average smartphone. RIM subsidiary QNX Software Systems Limited thinks that the solution to that problem lies in the HTML5 framework and is showcasing its new HTML5-based QNX CAR 2 application platform at … Read more
The Porsche Cayman R was the best handling car I drove since the Lotus Evora S.
If you were only to look at the Cayman R's specs, you would miss that essential Porsche magic that has made devotees of many drivers. The car feels light, making it easily responsive to steering and accelerator inputs. A very rigid body keeps the tires in contact with the pavement. Its handling proves a combination of engineering and art.
Further engineering finesse comes in the engine, producing 330 horsepower but still able to boast a 27 mpg highway number. It makes you wonder … Read more
The 2012 Porsche 911 will be bigger, but will that mean less of a good thing?
By lengthening the car, its wheelbase, and opening up its interior, Porsche is making a substantial--and perhaps controversial move--to make this car an everyday driver. Its most recent advertising for the 911 proclaims as much. Brian Cooley examines all the details that make up the next 911 and why it might be a brilliant package.
LOS ANGELES--More power and a lowered ride height make this the performance Panamera.
Porsche has a knack for slotting cars into very specific niches. The Panamera GTS, unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, is the Porsche sedan for the track.
That is not to say the Panamera 4S or S would not excel when banged around a road course, but Porsche designed the GTS to beat both of them. Thirty more horsepower eked out of the same engine gives it a power edge, and Porsche includes many of its performance options as standard in the GTS.
Minor cosmetic … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Despite changed proportions, the new 911 retains its iconic look.
By now the 2012 Porsche 911 has been unveiled more times than we can keep track of, but the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show marked the seventh-generation 911's large-stage debut in North America (it had been shown at October's Rennsport Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but to a much smaller crowd). It was displayed alongside the latest variant of the Panamera, the GTS, which will be available as a 2013 model.
Perhaps the most intriguing single feature of the latest version of Porsche's most familiar … Read more
This week kicks off the Los Angeles Auto Show, where automakers show off their latest models and concepts in the city known for its car culture. CNET will be at the show during press preview days this week, getting a first-hand look. Here are some of the cars we are looking forward to seeing at the show: … Read more
If you can't quite afford a supercar, you might want to try the Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry smartphone instead.
Featuring materials as premium as those found in a Porsche sports car, the phone has a hand-wrapped leather back cover and forged stainless steel finishing. Love it or loathe it, the angular QWERTY keyboard design will definitely turn a few heads.
Under the hood, the P'9981 runs the BB 7 OS on a 1.2GHz processor and has NFC capabilities--most of its specs are similar to the Bold 9900. However, the Porsche Design handset has a bespoke UI with specially designed icons and a custom Wikitude augmented reality (AR) experience. Wikitude is an app that incorporates AR and location-based search using the phone's built-in compass.
The Porsche Design BlackBerry handset also has an exclusive PIN that starts with 2AA to help identify it to other P'9981 users on BBM. On paper, it seems a lot better than Porsche Design's previous phone. … Read more
It may seem like a luxury car, and cost as much, but the Panamera Turbo S handles better and goes faster than most sport cars.
The cabin is lined with leather, wood, and metal. Front and back seats get climate control plus individual heating and cooling. The Burmester audio system produces exceptionally clean and detailed sound. All of this, and the near $200 grand price tag would make you think the 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S is a luxury cruiser. It even has five doors.
But driving the thing tells a different story. Engage the launch control and it takes … Read more
The most reliable cars are... Plus, the Nissan Leaf spawns a plug-in cousin, Ford stops your teen from texting while driving, a scathing report on red-light cameras, and we drive the Porsche Panamera Turbo S.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 239 SHOW NOTES