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As the Emmy® Award-winning host, executive producer and creator of MotorWeek, television's longest running automotive series, John Davis is seen by millions of viewers on PBS, SPEED and V-me Spanish-language network. One of the most trusted and recognized automotive journalists in the nation, Davis has been featured on CNN, Weekend Today, Live with Regis and Kelly, PARADE magazine and The Baltimore Sun, as well as local media throughout the country. He has also written regularly on automotive industry topics for The Washington Post. As MotorWeek's host and executive producer since the series debuted in 1981, Davis oversees all editorial content, and has put every new car and truck model manufactured in the last 30 years through extensive road tests to judge their practicality for buyers. He recognizes that as the second biggest purchase Americans make, car buyers must be well-informed before they enter a dealer showroom. That's why MotorWeek's focus is on helping consumers make smart choices based on their lifestyles and finances, as well as safety considerations and the vehicle's impact on the environment. As one of the first mainstream media outlets to provide regular coverage of alternative fuels and "green" vehicle technology, Davis and MotorWeek have worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to promote public awareness about the impact renewable fuels can have on petroleum dependence and the environment. He has been a speaker at DOE's "Clean Cities" conferences and makes presentations to industry leaders and federal officials. Davis has also been involved in raising public awareness about other important automotive-related issues. In 2004 and 2005, he served as a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Transportation's program promoting annual automotive emissions inspections. In 2002, Davis was spokesperson for the "Smooth Operator" initiative to combat aggressive driving in the Washington Metro region. Davis is one of the founders of the North American Car & Truck of The Year Awards, the only independent journalistic automotive award in North America. He served on its executive board from 1994 to 2008. He is also one of the organizers and an original member of the Washington Automotive Press Association. Davis is a former president of the International Motor Press Association, the oldest and most prestigious organization of automotive journalists in North America. Davis has received some of the highest awards in automotive journalism and television, including two Emmy® Awards. In 2007, he won an Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) National Capital Chesapeake Bay Region, and in 1998 from the NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter. Davis also received an International Automotive Media Award in 2005 from the International Society for Vehicle Preservation. He was honored with International Wheel Awards in 2004 and 2003, and two Golden Wheel Awards in 1999, including the grand award, from the Detroit Press Foundation which recognizes the best in automotive journalism. A 1970 mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate of North Carolina State University, Davis also holds a master of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina. He was the 1969-1970 recipient of the W.D. Cartwright Memorial Engineering Scholarship and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma honorary scholastic fraternity. Prior to joining Maryland Public Television, Davis worked for the Wall Street brokerage firm of Kidder, Peabody and Company as a transportation analyst. He has owned a variety of high performance cars, including a vintage Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette and deTomaso Pantera.

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  • This Just In: “MINI Takes the States 2018” Shifts into Gear
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 5.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Times New Roman'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0000ff} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} span.s3 {font: 8.0px 'Times New Roman'; font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1"></h4> <h4 class="p1"><img height="1176" src="/images/2018_MiniRally.jpg" width="1912" /></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1"><a href="http://www.minitakesthestates.com/">MINI TAKES THE STATES 2018</a></span><span class="s2"> (MTTS), a charitable road rally for MINI owners hosted by <a href="https://www.miniusa.com/"><span class="s1">MINI USA</span></a>, kicked off this past weekend from two separate locations on opposite sides of the country. Over the ensuing five days, thousands of MINI owners will #DriveForMore to help raise money for charity partner <a href="http://www.minitakesthestates.com/charity.htm"><span class="s1">Feeding America</span></a>.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s2">The two rally routes, each with more than 800 participants, started in Orlando, Fla., and Portland, Ore., on Saturday, July 14, and will meet in the middle at Keystone Resort in Keystone, Colo., on July 20 for a weekend celebration of everything MINI. The bi-annual trek will cover more than 5,000 miles in total, traveling across America on state and county roads, stopping in 15 cities along the way.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s2">In 2016, MINI owners completed a 14-day, 4,397 mile adventure raising enough money to provide more than one million meals for families in need through Feeding America. This year&rsquo;s goal is to raise enough money to provide more than 2 million meals.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s2">A portion of each MTTS participant&rsquo;s registration fee is donated to Feeding America</span><span class="s3"><sup>&reg;</sup></span><span class="s2">, and MINI will collect food donations onsite each morning.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4></h4>
  • This Just In: Honda Stays the Course with Updated Pilot
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1"><img height="2319" src="/images/2019_Honda_Pilot.jpg" width="3516" /></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">With so many new entries into the 3-row, mid-to-large crossover segment in recent years, it&rsquo;s no wonder that Honda has chosen now to refresh its popular 8-seat Pilot to make sure it stays that way. For 2019 the Pilot&rsquo;s styling borrows a hint of aggression from the smaller CR-V outside, while upping the technology and luxury content inside.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Now standard on all trims is the Honda Sensing safety suite, while a hands-free power liftgate is now available. Most models also include major upgrades to connectivity, and a new Display Audio touchscreen is offered with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also marks the return of a volume knob.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">While its more than ample power remains a 3.5-liter V6, the uplevel trim&rsquo;s 9-speed automatic has been improved for smoother performance.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">The 2019 Honda Pilot is in dealerships now.</span></h4> <h4></h4>
  • Podcasts: 2018 Nissan Leaf, 2019 Jeep Cherokee and 2019 Lexus ES
    <p><a href="http://www.motorweek.org/podcasts/Podcast_185_MP3.mp3">Podcast #185</a></p><p><span>In Podcast 185, John Davis and the <em>MotorWeek</em> crew discuss the new Nissan Leaf and the new Jeep Cherokee. Then, FYI reporter Stephanie Hart talks about her recent drive of the new Lexus ES and her upcoming stories for the season 38 of <em>MotorWeek</em>. Last, the panel helps a viewer with questions about getting odors out of a car interior</span></p>
  • This Just In: Investing in Classic Cars
    <h4><img height="982" src="/images/Screen_Shot_2018-07-16_at_2.35.33_PM.png" width="1482" /></h4> <h4>Classic cars are a labor of love for true enthusiasts.&nbsp;It turns out they can also be a good investment.&nbsp;The folks at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kwik-lift.com/2018/07/classic-car-vs-sp-investment/">Kwik-Lift</a>&nbsp;looked at the numbers.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">They based their calculations on five of the most expensive vehicles Barrett-Jackson sold in January 2018.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">The models ranged from 1968 through 2015.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">The investment was compared to investing the same amount of money in the S&amp;P 500 on January first of the car&rsquo;s model year.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">The folks at Kwik-Lift point out their calculations do not include costs along the way, like maintenance, insurance and taxes, because this was for fun.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">Just something to consider if you have your eye on a classic</span></h4>
  • This Just In: McLaren 600LT Takes On The Hill At Goodwood
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.s2 {font: 9.3px 'Courier New'; font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1"><img height="4344" src="/images/McLaren600LT_small.jpg" width="6516" /></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">They don&rsquo;t call it the Goodwood Festival of Speed for nothing. Now celebrating its 25</span><span class="s2"><sup>th</sup></span><span class="s1"> anniversary, this annual homage to our &ldquo;need for speed&rdquo; is full of fast and furious new product entries and announcements, including lots of news from the fame British exotic car builder McLaren.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">While much of the &ldquo;news&rdquo; surrounds McLaren updating its long range plans, and ensuring regulators that hybrid-electric supercars are the core of their future, the attending crowds were more interested in seeing the new 600LT finally take to the course.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Only the fourth modern &ldquo;Long Tail&rdquo; McLaren, the 600LT is based on the awesome 570S, even using an updated version of the same 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8, yet has been so totally reworked that it really is a standalone model. The extended bodywork makes a statement even when standing still. But, it was ever more impressive conquering Goodwood&rsquo;s notoriously difficult hill climb.</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Delivers start in October with prices starting around $240,000.</span></h4> <h4></h4> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Fu5vthExz9I" width="640"></iframe></p>
  • This Just In: Nissan and Italdesign Team Up for GT-R50 Concept
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 8.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1"><img height="675" src="/images/Nissan_GT-R50.jpg" width="1013" /></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">With the Goodwood Festival of Speed in full swing, it&rsquo;s not surprising that much of the news surrounds cars that would be right at home on this historic estate&rsquo;s circuit. While the production version of Toyota&rsquo;s all-new Supra is one headliner, rival Nissan is not to be outdone. Nissan also used Goodwood to introduce the world to a one-off concept of the new GT-R developed with famed Italdesign. Known as the GT-R50, it is an expression of what the next generation GT-R might be. Might, is the operative word, as Nissan goes on to say it is not the real car, at least not yet.</span></h4> <h4 class="p2"><span class="s1">But, while this &ldquo;spawn of Godzilla&rdquo; may never be more than a concept, the inclusion of the number &ldquo;50&rdquo; has fueled rumors that there just might be that many copies, if Nissan thinks they can get the cool million-plus asking price.</span></h4> <h4></h4>
  • Episodes: Episode 3745
    <p>Debut 7.13.2018</p> <p class="quick_listing">Description</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet</p> <p>Goss' Garage: Brake Caliper Maintenance</p> <p>Muscle Car Memories: Chevelle Laguna Type S3</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2019 Honda Insight</p> <p>Quick Spin: 2019 Hyundai Kona</p> <p>Road Test: 2018 BMW X3</p> <a href="https://mpt-shop.myshopify.com/collections/motorweek" target="_blank" class="dvd_purchase"></a> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder --> <div class="shadow_holder"> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> <div class="shadow_right_small"><!-- --></div><!-- .shadow_right_small --> <div class="clear"><!-- --></div><!-- .clear --> </div><!-- .shadow_holder -->
  • This Just In: Maserati Adds GTS to Levante Lineup
    <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p8MMsybfYHA" width="640"></iframe></p> <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 17.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} --></style> <h4 class="p1">Three months removed from Maserati&rsquo;s reveal of the Levante Trofeo at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the Italian carmaker has announced yet another high-performance variant. The Levante GTS made a surprise appearance at a private preview for Maserati and Alfa Romeo in Pontiac, Michigan. We were on hand to drive models from both brands, including the Levante GTS.</h4> <h4 class="p2">Sitting just below the Trofeo, the Levante GTS uses the same Ferrari-built 3.8L twin-turbo V8 engine but produces only 550 horsepower compared to the Trofeo&rsquo;s 590. A ZF 8-speed automatic transmission handles 538 lb.-ft of torque, which comes in at 2,500 RPM producing a claimed 0-60 time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 181 mph.</h4> <h4 class="p2">Naturally, the chassis has been sport-tuned to handle the extra power and offers a 50:50 weight balance. Air Spring control provides six different levels resulting in a three-inch difference in height between the highest and lowest setting. Following the Trofeo, the GTS incorporates the Maserati Integrated Vehicle Control system in its Electronic Stability Program to predict driving situations and adapt engine speed and brakes accordingly.</h4> <h4 class="p2">GTS styling cues include more aggressive side air intakes in the lower front fascia, a body color lower extractor above the quad exhaust tips and piano black bumper inserts. Standard wheels are 20-inches, but buyers can upgrade to 21&rsquo;s or brand new 22-inchers. Inside, there&rsquo;s an updated shifter with shorter action.</h4> <h4 class="p2">We had the chance to drive the Levante GTS on a rain-soaked M1 Concourse. Less-than-stellar conditions aside, the track provided tight, technical turns, long sweepers and a generous back straight to test the SUV&rsquo;s performance credentials. The twin-turbo V8&rsquo;s 550-hp is stout on paper, but even more so in practice. Regardless of gear selection, more power always seems available and it&rsquo;s accompanied by a sweet song that comes only from an Italian powertrain.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 class="p2">The Levante GTS is surprisingly nimble through decreasing radius hairpins and confident in high-speed sweepers &mdash; even more impressive given the wet surface. Much of that confidence comes from the Q4 all-wheel drive system, which is quick to react. In normal driving, the system sends all power to the rear wheels until it senses a loss in traction, at which point up to 50% can be sent to the front.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 class="p2">We were forced to keep traction control on, but its intervention wasn&rsquo;t as conspicuous as it was in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that we drove in the same conditions just prior. Alfa&rsquo;s Stelvio seems more playful and raw, whereas the Levante boasts a greater level of sophistication and sure-footedness. Of course, the Levante GTS is a substantial vehicle and its thick a-pillars hinder the ability to look as far ahead as we would like to on a road course; though it should be noted we spent a very short amount of time behind the wheel and never found a perfect seating position.</h4> <h4 class="p2">The 2019 Maserati Levante GTS starts just over $121,000, which is $50,000 less than the Trofeo.</h4> <p><img height="5304" src="/images/gts_front_small.jpg" width="7952" /><img height="5174" src="/images/GTS_Rear_small.jpg" width="7757" /></p> <h4></h4>
  • Road Tests: 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
    <p class="review_title">Vital Statistics</p> <p><span>Engine:</span> 3.8 liter</p> <p><span>Horsepower:</span> 580</p> <p><span>Torque:</span> 516 lb-ft.</p> <p><span>0-60 mph:</span> 2.9 seconds</p> <p><span>1/4 mile:</span> 10.8 seconds @ 129 mph</p> <p><span>EPA:</span> 19 mpg city / 24 mpg highway</p> <p><span>Energy Impact:</span> 15.7 barrel of oil/yr</p> <p><span>CO2 Emissions:</span> 7.1 tons/yr</p> <p>When summertime arrives here at <em>Motorweek</em>, convertibles become very popular.&nbsp; Add the fact that our latest drop top was a Porsche 911 Turbo S, and well&hellip; the keys, as well as the car, always seemed to be &ldquo;gone missing&rdquo;. Fortunately, we were able to get some work done with it too. So, here&rsquo;s our latest sun burned jaunt, Porsche style!</p> <p>There may be more race-ready 911s that you can buy, but the Porsche 911 Turbo S is still the top dog in a lineup that now consists of some 20 911 variants. And this 2018 Cabriolet body style not only allows you to get in touch with nature while you&rsquo;re streaking around your favorite back roads, but it make sure everyone knows who&rsquo;s behind the wheel too. Whatever your motivation, you&rsquo;ll find plenty to love here.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course one of our favorite things about any 911, is launch control. It&rsquo;s equal parts brutality, simplicity, and rocketry; allowing you to leap off the line no matter where you are, with maximum effect.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="189" src="/images/road_tests/2018_porsche_911_turbo_S_cabriolet_4.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />The pure visceral experience starts when you release the brake and slingshot off the line. All-wheel-drive traction gets you going in a haste; but prepare to do some quick steering, as depending on which wheel is getting the most grip, things can get interesting rapidly too.&nbsp;</p> <p>60 miles-per-hour arrives in just 2.9-seconds; stupid grins on your face, even quicker. And it all happens with intake, exhaust, and engine noises creating a harmony of awesomeness; as the turbo-6 pushes you down the track like a frightened gazelle.&nbsp;</p> <p>No matter how many times you rip off sub-eleven second &frac14; miles, it never gets old. This 911 Turbo S can do it in 10.8-seconds at 129 miles-per-hour.</p> <p>After coming down from that adrenaline high, you can appreciate that all of this happens because of the 580-horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque that pours from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6. Last year saw new turbos added, as well as a Dynamic Boost function that maintains boost pressure even when you ease off the throttle, or when the 7-speed PDK triggers a shift.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amazing brakes are nothing new to 911s or Porsches in general, but the way these 6&ndash;piston calipers grab the ceramic brake discs that are standard on the S is truly epic. Stops from 60 take just 90-feet.&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_right" height="164" src="/images/road_tests/2018_porsche_911_turbo_S_cabriolet_2.jpg" style="float: right;" width="300" />Running through a simple slalom course at our drag strip, is truly no test for this 911; but you do get a small taste of the insane grip, sharp turn-ins, and ultra-flat handling that the Turbo S has to offer. Does the fabric roof overhead compromise anything? Perhaps, but not that we could tell here.&nbsp;</p> <p>And we all know the Turbo S is no one trick pony; once you&rsquo;re done seeking low e.t.&rsquo;s, or slicing up the slalom like a Ginsu knife, it&rsquo;s just as rewarding heading to your favorite far off place.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seeing 911s on the road is not exactly a rare occasion; yet our Guards Red Cabriolet still garnered its fair share of attention. People may not always know why, but they can sense there&rsquo;s just something special about this 911.&nbsp;</p> <p>Top or no top, the look is all classic Porsche; round headlights, smooth body, wide hips, the whole package. This Turbo S of course, rides on 20-inch center-lock wheels.&nbsp;</p> <p>Not surprisingly, top operation is as speedy and efficient as the rest of the car.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="img_left" height="150" src="/images/road_tests/2018_porsche_911_turbo_S_cabriolet_3.jpg" style="float: left;" width="300" />Sitting inside, everything just feels right, with all of the important stuff falling readily to hand.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The up-sweeping center console still hosts plenty of physical buttons. Meanwhile, Porsche&rsquo;s touchscreen interface has steadily improved&hellip;it&rsquo;s now quite intuitive.&nbsp;</p> <p>Seats have a &ldquo;business first&rdquo; feel, with that business being keeping you in place at high speeds on a road course; yet they are plenty comfortable for leisurely-long drives through the countryside.&nbsp;</p> <p>Government Fuel Economy Ratings are not painful at all for a car with this much performance; 19-City, 24-Highway, and 21-Combined. We averaged 22.1 miles-per-gallon of Premium. So that&rsquo;s an only slightly worse than average Energy Impact Score of 15.7-barrels of yearly oil use, with CO2 emissions of 7.1-tons.&nbsp;</p> <p>And then of course there&rsquo;s the matter of pricing. While the 911 Turbo starts at $162,850, stepping up to the 580 horse S Cabriolet will cost you $204,050.</p> <p>But, be still that racing heart, as you can get the 911 Carrera Cabriolet&hellip;with only 420 horsepower&hellip;for about half that.</p> <p>Still, the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S remains our aspirational vehicle, and it has managed to stay relevant despite a new upstart supercar arriving almost weekly. There&rsquo;s still nothing else on the road quite like it.&nbsp;</p>
  • Car of the Month: 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
    <style type="text/css"><!-- p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 36.0px; font: 12.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Courier New'; color: #000000; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} span.Apple-tab-span {white-space:pre} --></style> <h4 class="p1"></h4> <h4 class="p1"><img height="1680" src="/images/2018_Porsche_911_Turbo_S_Cabriolet.jpg" width="2520" /></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">When summertime arrives here at <em>MotorWeek</em>, convertibles become extraordinarily popular.<span>&nbsp;</span>So, when our latest drop top turned out to be a Porsche 911 Turbo S, it was no surprise that the keys, as well as the car, always seemed to be &ldquo;gone missing.&rdquo;<span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">The Porsche 911 Turbo S is the top street dog in a lineup that now consists of some twenty 911 variants. Our test car, a mint 2018 Cabriolet, not only allowed us to get in touch with nature while streaking around back roads, but made sure everyone knows who&rsquo;s behind the wheel. Driving a Turbo S Cabrio is easily one of our favorite summer pursuits. </span></h4> <h4 class="p1">Of course one of our favorite things about any 911, is launch control.<span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: 1em;">It&rsquo;s equal parts brutality, simplicity, and rocketry; allowing you to leap off the line no matter where you are, with maximum effect.</span><span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">All-wheel drive traction gets you going in a haste, as<span>&nbsp;</span></span>60 miles-per-hour arrives in just 2.9-seconds. That rush is accompanied by intake, exhaust, and 6-pack engine noises that create a harmony of awesomeness. <span style="font-size: 1em;">&nbsp;</span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">After coming down from that adrenaline high, you can appreciate that all of this happens because of the 580-horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque that pours from the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6. Last year saw new turbos added, as well as a Dynamic Boost function that maintains boost pressure even when you ease off the throttle, or when the 7-speed PDK triggers a shift. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Running through a simple slalom course at our drag strip, is truly no test for this 911; but one does get a small taste of the insane grip, sharp turn-ins, and ultra-flat handling of the Turbo S. If the fabric roof compromised handling even in the slightest, we couldn&rsquo;t tell. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">Not surprisingly, top operation is as speedy and efficient as the rest of the car. Top or no top, the look is all classic Porsche; round headlights, smooth body, wide hips, the whole package. Our Turbo S rode on 20-inch center-lock wheels. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p2"><span class="s1"><span> </span>Sitting inside, everything just feels right, with all of the important stuff falling readily to hand.<span>&nbsp;</span>The up-sweeping center console still hosts plenty of physical buttons. Meanwhile, Porsche&rsquo;s touchscreen interface has steadily improved and is now quite intuitive. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">For all of our spirited impressions of the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, be sure to catch <em>MotorWeek</em> episode #3745 that begins airing July 13, 2018. For a listing of the public television stations that broadcast <em>MotorWeek</em>, go to <a href="/">motorweek.org</a> and click the <a href="/about/station_listings">&ldquo;About The Show&rdquo;</a> tab at the top. <em>MotorWeek</em> is also seen Tuesday evenings on the Velocity cable network.<span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4 class="p1"><span class="s1">You can buy a Porsche 911 convertible for half the price of a Turbo S Cabriolet and still make your friends stare in awe. But, for us, the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S remains a favorite aspirational vehicle, despite a new upstart supercar arriving almost weekly. There&rsquo;s still nothing else on the road quite like it. <span>&nbsp;</span></span></h4> <h4></h4>

 

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