Porsche was in the spotlight this week as they began to break ground for their new driver training facility next to the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in Northamptonshire. The brand new facility, called the ‘Porsche Driving Experience Centre’, will train brand new Porsche owners the driving skills and performance capabilities that they need to know about their vehicle. The only Porsche owners that will be able to come to the facility are the ones from the UK and Ireland.
For some car companies, evolution involves making radical changes at regular times to their products in order to maintain their appeal. However, that’s not the way it works at Porsche, who’s notoriously fast cars get updated at a notoriously fast pace, at least in terms of style, even while sometimes major advancements occur under the hood.
Even so, the slight changes that will find their way to the iconic Carrera within the next year or so are not so insignificant as to make it past the watchful eye of our European spy photographers, one of whom exasperated a Porsche test driver (who was stupid enough to venture onto Germany’s public roads in a future Carrera) by following him about while snapping away.
When the Cayenne spy shots made their way around the internet, many people speculated that the bigger air intakes carved out of the facelifted bumper implied more power. What do you know, those people were right. The official word out of Stuttgart is that, along with a facelift, the Porsche people hauler will be the recipient of mild gene therapy in the form of a new line of direct-injection gasoline engines, a first for Porsche vehicles.