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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera PDK Automatic Whenever a significant revision to the Porsche 911 comes along, there’s a worry that everything we enjoyed about Zuffenhausen’s traditional GT could be lost. Perhaps the only generations to be considered as a wholesale improvement over their predecessors were the 993- and 997-generation vehicles. Sandwiched between them was the unloved 996, with its fried-egg headlamps, downgraded interior products, and an engine that established a track record for lunching itself courtesy of substandard bearings supporting a shaft that turned its overhead camshafts. But every generation has its fans and detractors. Some have even been known to find fault with the presumably unimpeachable 993, the ultimate air-cooled 911. Since Porsche introduced the 911 at the Geneva auto program in 1964, the naturally aspirated flat-six engine has actually been a defining characteristic. And although turbochargers initially saw street duty on the 911 in 1975, they were always scheduled for upmarket designs: the Turbo, the Turbo S, and the GT2. Now, with the exception of the high-winding GT3 siblings and the really minimal 911 R, every 911 off the line is fitted with a set of snails as a matter of course. Turbochargers, of course, raise power output. Combined with reduced displacement, they likewise help automakers attain fuel-economy targets. These brand-new turbocharged Carreras possibly could have succumbed to governing truths, trading character for mpg figures. We are both relieved and happy to notify you that, aside from a couple of peculiarities, this is not the case. Porsche continues to get ever more aggressive with its engine stop/start programming and now in fact turns off the engine when the car is still rolling to a stop. Another current addition is the dual-clutch automated (PDK) transmission’s cruising function, which returns the engine to idle almost whenever the motorist takes off the throttle, and– here’s the slightly irritating part– triggers a stumble as the engine speed climbs back to the level de …
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Voices: Cuba’s Vintage Cars Are Cool, But Not Their Exhaust

HAVANA, CUBA– Cuba is growing. The evidence is all over the streets of Havana. There’s construction, new dining establishments and stores, and there’s traffic. Great deals of it. On a current check out to Cuba, at every stoplight I saw lots of classic pre-1960 American vehicles lined up together with Russian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese compacts. However those old American automobiles tourists love so much, are not simply blocking the streets, they’re polluting the city with toxic fumes. Havana is choking in diesel exhaust. Cab driver Ariel García drives a beautiful ’57 Chevy. The vehicle sports wide rims and tires that he stated he paid well over a thousand dollars for. The interior has been redone in white vinyl. But the engine originates from a truck. “If we didn’t have the diesel motor,” García said, “it would be impossible to pay for the gasoline or spend for parts to keep the cars going.” Due to the fact that of the 50-plus years U.S. embargo, replacement parts for these classic cars have actually not been readily available for years. For years Cubans have been repairing the engines utilizing parts pulled from Ladas and other cars from the Soviet Bloc in order to keep their cars on the road. Back in the ’80s and ’90s it wasn’t uncommon to ride a when elegant ’50s Cadillac with Lada pistons, no electronics and home-made window cranks. RELATED: Mastercard Will Be Readily available in Havana ATMs After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the Cuban economy tanked. This decades-long financial depression known as the ‘Special Duration’ brought the country to a standstill. The bodegas were empty. Gasoline was allocated and expensive. There were essentially no automobiles on the street. Havana appeared like a ghost town. In the mid ’90s, the Cuban federal government started passing a series of reforms that assisted jump start the economy. They legalized the dollar, enabled little private businesses to open and expanded tourism. Quickly a Peugeot dealer opened, and Japanese, Korean and Chinese automobiles were available for sale to diplomats and others who …
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