Porsche or Ferrari, Which Is Better?

Porsche is manufactured by a German automobile manufacturing company based in Stuttgart, and was ranked as the 5th most popular automobile in the Car of the Century magazine and MSN Auto. Some of the popular Porsche models include 911, Boxster, Cayenne and 918 Spuder.

On the other hand, Ferrari is manufactured by an Italian automobile manufacturer, its company headquarters are in Maranello, Italy. Yahoo Autos ranked the Ferrari 458 Italia, as one of the top sports cars of all time. Some of the popular models of Ferrari are the California T, 488 GTB, 458 Italia and 458 Spider. In a comparison between Porsche and Ferrari, which maker comes out on top?

1. The Size of the Engine

Porsche1The latest models of Porsche cars use liquid cooled engines, which is different than the air cooled engines in older models from 1960s – 1990. Porsche switched to liquid cooled engines because of competitors such as Ferrari. The performance of the liquid cooled engine is as good as the air cooled versions.

One advantage is that it produces less engine noise for quieter driving. Porsche has been improving its engine over the years. For example, they reduced the engine size for the 911 to 3.4 liters, but increased the horsepower and torque. Porsche cars can generate a maximum horsepower of 265 – 620 hp.

Ferrari manufactures high performance cars with turbocharged engines that produce high mpg. The car will be ready to speed from the time you step on the throttle. Ferrari’s engine has a relatively fast response time. It will quickly gets to the maximum torque as the gear shift upwards.

Ferrari’s car engines are equipped with 8 – 12 cylinders. Ferrari engines can generate a horsepower of 460 – 963 hp. Inside the 488 GT, and Ferrari California T, Ferrari uses a V8 engine. The V10 engines are only used in formula one race cars, such as Enzo Ferrari, F12 Berlinetta, and LaFerrari models.

Ferrari1The need for speed

Ferrari is generally faster than a normally aspirated Porsche 911 car. Non turbo Porsche cars won’t be able to outperform a Ferrari. For example, the normally aspirated Porsche 996 is slower than the Ferrari 360. The Turbo Porsche car can travel at a faster speed compared to Ferrari, for example, the Mondial 944 Turbo is faster than 308 GTB.

Both Ferrari and Porsche speed smoothly along on the highway. In terms of acceleration, the 911 Turbos can perform better than the Ferrari cars. However, the 911 Turbos lose to the Ferraris when coming to top speed. 911 Turbo’s engine is similar to that of V8 Ferraris.

2. Transmission Makes All the Difference

Porsche2Porsche cars are available in 3 different transmissions including 5 speed (auto/manual), 6 speed (manual) and 7 speed transmissions. The 7 speed Doppelkupplung’s (PDK) transmission gear box can produce a transmission that is specific to the gear ratio.

With the PDK system, launch control has been made easier and upshifts are completely automated. PDK offers more precise and aggressive clutch control, while on the other hand, it’s trickier to use the manual gear transmission to launch the car. You should expect some interruptions with every upshift you make in the manual car. The gears in the six speed manual transmission are more precise and easier to change.

Ferrari cars offer one of the best in class seven speed dual clutch auto transmission systems. Ferrari has stopped producing cars with manual transmission. The Ferrari California Spyder was the last car to offer a stick shift option. All the latest Ferrari cars use the 7 speed auto transmission.

Ferrari2The 7 speed dual clutch transmission system can deliver the right speed that is in proportionate with the oil pedal squeeze. The gear transmission is quite smooth. It will run at exactly the speed that you want. The gear stick will automatically shift to the 7th gear when you reach around 45 mph.

The shift time for Ferrari’s seven speed auto transmission is 30% faster when it’s gearing up and 40% faster when it’s gearing down.



3. Luxury Interior and Feel

Porsche3Porsche offers a totally driver focused cabin that is trimmed with all the accessories you could possibly want in a luxury sedan. There are lush materials throughout the car, as the seats are made from high grade leather. In the cabin, you’ll find a wide dashboard with a long center console.

The car is wide and offers spacious leg room for the front seats. The passenger seats are a bit crowded and can only be used for children. You can upgrade the interior in many ways, including seat designs, and color schemes.

In a Ferrari, the main surfaces and seats are made up of carbon fiber. The carbon fiber seats look stunning and are very comfortable. The material on the front surface of the seats is leather.

Ferrari3There’s a prominent red ‘Start’ button beside the steering wheel. The dashboard features a tachometer and speedometer. To achieve its performance goal, Ferrari has excluded many amenities that are available in a luxury sedan. For example, instead of offering power windows, it offers a hand crank window that requires you to wind down the window manually.

Other excluded amenities in a Ferrari include power door locks and an audio systems.


4. The Beauty of the Exterior Design

Porsche4Porsche cars are aesthetically attractive. If you observe a Porsche, you’ll find that the design of all aspects of the car are in harmony, including the roofline, wings and shoulders. Porsches are easy to recognize by their round body and ducktail spoiler on top of the bonnet.

The ducktail is a marker for special 911s. The ducktail will automatically retracts when you are traveling at a low speed, but re-emerge when you travel at a speed faster than 80 km/h. Porsches also have curvier wheel arches.

Ferraris are designed more for speed rather than the aesthetic look. The speed performance of the car relies on its shape rather than the engine. There are usually vents on all sides of the car, including the sides and front hood. These vents help to cool down the engine as the engine will generate a lot of heat.

Ferraris have a sharper body that gives them an aggressive look. The body of Ferrari cars are designed to reduce the aerodynamic drag. Ferrari is also well known for the low built chassis that’s close to the ground.

The difference in cargo space


Porsche cars have two trunk spaces, including a front trunk and rear trunk. The front trunk is located in the front hood, in the area that normally houses the engine. The rear trunk is located at the bonnet. The combined space of two trunks offer fairly large cargo spaces for sports car.

Despite that, neither the front, nor rear trunk offers enough space to fit luggage. The rear trunk space is not reduced when you wind down the retractable hardtop. There’s also a lack of storage in the interior.

Many Ferraris have a large cargo space of 12 – 16 cubic feet. The size of the cargo is enough for storing a set of golf clubs. When the top is up, the driver can have maximum cargo space. There’s an option to fit a back seat or storage shelf in the rear.

The back seat is more suitable for storing extra baggage. You can fold the back seat flat to add more space to the trunk. Just like the back seat, the storage shelf can also be folded away.

5. The Maintenance Cost

money4Porsche is generally not expensive to maintain. On average, it costs around $1,000 every year to maintain a Porsche. Major maintenance only occurs when you have to replace parts, such as the brakes.

Although Porsche’s parts are expensive, Porsche cars are extremely reliable. Porsche cars don’t usually break down easily. A 911 Porsche that is well taken care of will last for more than 200,000 miles. The parts of a Porsche are only a bit more expensive than those of BMW or Mercedes.

Ferraris are much costlier to maintain compared to a Porsche. The oil must be changed in the Ferrari at least once every year. The cost of the oil change is about $500 – $1,000. Besides that, taking a Ferrari for its yearly service can be quite expensive as well, servicing a Ferrari can cost about $10,000.

Apart from the annual expenses, there are also other types of expenses such as belt, clutch, tires and brakes. A belt replacement will cost around $4,000. The cost for clutch replacement is just a bit over $5,000. Replacing the tires will cost around $2,000, and brake repair for a Ferrari cost about $3,000 to replace.

6. The Ferrari and Porsche Experience

Porsche5Ferrari cars are much more expensive than Porsche. Ferrari costs at least $230,000 to own. Porsche cars are very affordable and start from just $48,850. But if what you’re really interested in is quality than maybe you’ll want to know about each manufacturer’s recall rate.

Ferrari s have had many recalls, for example, Ferrari recalled 2600 cars due to improper Takata airbag installations, while Porsche cars also have been recalled for various issues, including faulty lock bracket, detached tail pipe, and faulty wheel hubs on the rear, their recall rate is much lower than that of Ferrari.

Awards that distinguish these brands

Ferrari5Ferrari was awarded with two International Engine of the Year Awards in 2013. The Ferrari 458 Speciale received two awards, including Supercar of the Year 2013 and the James May’s Car of the Year.

Porsche 911 GTS received the Best Performance Car award this past year. Autocar lists the Porsche Boxster as the Best Roadster in the World, and Auto Express awarded the Porsche Boxster with the Roadster of the Year Award.

In conclusion, both Porsche and Ferrari have their own advantages and disadvantages. Porsche is suitable for people who want to buy a sports car for daily commuting, while Ferrari is designed for people who want to take their car drag racing on the highway every once in awhile. So it really depends what you want out of your vehicle, daily use or just on special occasions.

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The Most Expensive and Luxurious Gifts to Give this Christmas

Soon it’s going to be that time of year when people exchange gifts and spread the festive cheer all across the country. A gift represents an idea, a thought to show that you care about the recipient. But what qualifies as a gift – something that is interesting to the receiver or something that will give them plenty of hours of joy?

Or is it something that they’ve craved for a long time? This is a tough question to answer, but one thing is for sure – a good gift is never forgetten. It could be something as small as a penny (which has emotional/sentimental attachment), or a bouquet which may last only a week, but forms indelible memories.

This year, a generous bank account can help you gift some unique and truly incredible memories, be it a rare automobile, an unforgettable adventure, fashion accessories or something to satiate artistic tastes, this guide has got you covered.

1. For the Caffeine Feind– a Crystal Studded Starbucks Card

Starbucks Gift CardHow about gifting that friend who needs a caffeine shot to start their day, a Starbucks gift card with $50 on it? Well what is the enduring memory formed here you may ask, how about presenting your friend with a Swarovski crystal embedded Starbucks gift card?

Yes, for $200 you can get a stainless steel Starbucks Card decorated with Swarovski crystals which will have the words “Limited Edition” boldly engraved on it. This card, which also doubles as a keychain, will carry $50 that can be spent at any Starbucks outlet and will be every coffee drinker’s dream.

2. For the Aspiring Musician: a Guitar Used By a Celebrity

luthier3 guitars will be made to the exacting specifications of three legendary musicians –

The Steve Miller made by the master luthiers at Bolin Guitar.
The Lyle Lovett handmade by the Bill Collings, colleague of Lyle Lovett.
The Billy Gibbsons designed by the rock guitarist by modifying the 1961 Gibson SG.

Each of these guitars will be designed to suit the playing style and music of the artiste and can be gifted for a price of $30,000 each. So whether it’s the blues, blues rock, a blend of folk, swing, country, jazz or psychedelic rock, you can find the guitar to suit.

What makes this gift unique is that the guitar will be handed over by the artiste himself at a backstage show of the musician’s concert!

3. For the Young Fashionistas: A Jewelry Trunk Designed by a Fashion Icon

Iris ApfelTo talk about this fantastic trunk we first have to talk about Iris Apfel. For those of you who haven’t seen the biopic Iris, Iris Apfel is a 93 year old fashion icon. She ran a textile firm with her husband, which took them around the world. Iris mingled business with pleasure and acquired exotic artisanal clothes. Her fashion style has earned her a Metropolitan Museum of Art Award retrospective in 2005.

The Iris Apfel for Bajalia Trunk of Accessories is filled with 272 pieces of handcrafted jewellery, scarves, handbags and unique vintage pieces that are sourced from artisans around the world. Included in the gift is a lunch and personal lesson from Iris on the topic that is dear to her heart, style. All of this is available for $80,000.

For those worried whether her sense of fashion is current or not, it would be useful to note that in 2013 she was listed as one of the fifty best-dressed people over 50 by The Guardian!

4. For the Adventurous Type: a Trip to Space

atmosphereNow for those who just aren’t interested in land-bound journeys, here is something literally out of this world. For the small price of $90,000 per person, one can enjoy a drink of wine above the Earth’s atmosphere.

This adventure begins with a trip to the Miraval Resort in Tucson, Arizona in 2016, where the recipient will be a part of the team that conducts a test flight of the World View’s Biosphere 2. The adventure will continue in 2017 when the participants will be taken up in the luxurious Biosphere 2 above 99% of Earth’s atmosphere where they can admire the curvature of the Earth while enjoying a generous refreshment bar.

For all you fans of science fiction, this may not be a meal at, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, but it’s as close as you can get right now.

5. For Those Who Like the Fine Things in Life: Whiskey that Once Drunk, is Gone Forever

Orpahn BarrelThe Orphan Barrel is a project to rescue orphaned barrels filled with forgotten whiskey. These barrels are collected from old distilleries and Rick Houses which are then treated as extremely precious commodities.

For $125,000, a lucky group of six will be able to visit the famous Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky, where they will search for more whiskey, while also tasting recent discoveries. They’ll also have the opportunity to create two bourbon variants and will have unique labels created for them.

In addition to all this, these people will also be able to take home 24 bottles each of the 8 Orphan Barrel variants and the variants they create. The surprise ends with a bespoke cabinet to showcase the collection and the stories of the whiskey presented in a leather-bound book.

6. For Bikers: A Ride with Keanu Reeves and, Oh Yeah, a Bike Made by Him

2043504_FI_1029_reeves_WJSYeah, you read that right! Keanu Reeves, Hollywood’s A-list action movie star and Gard Hollinger, motorcycle-manufacturer extraordinaire believe they have captured the true riding experience in the KRGT – 1. This is the first production motorcycle to come out of their company Arch Motorcycle Company.

Crafted from the same material as aeroplanes (very literally) and tucking the power of 121 horses between your legs in a V twin engine, this motor bike was designed to be an experience. It will come with custom racing trim and performance suspension setup.

And what is the use of passionately designing a bike if you don’t enjoy it yourself right? So Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger will join the lucky biker on a two day ride along the California Coast. This high octane experience comes at a price of $150,000, which includes the hotel expenses and airfare as well.

7. For the Travellers: an Enticing Journey Throughout India

Taj MahalIndia is the land of mystery, spirituality, spices and Bollywood. The land, that was forged out of 562 princely states and home to 1721 languages, this alluring country has a rich cultural diversity which is woven into its very fabric of existence.

This year, a lucky couple will be able to travel to India on a trip curated by O’Harani Luxe Experiences to the unforgettable city of Delhi, the jaw dropping monument of love, the Taj Mahal, the majestic Pink City of Jaipur, the wondrous Udaipur and the bustling city of Mumbai.

This 12 day journey will include everything from trips in private planes and vintage cars, dinners with royalty, private cricket lessons, private dance classes by Bollywood choreographers to a personal Bollywood style dance video and dinner with Bollywood stars. You can get all these memories and more for a grand value of $400,000.

8. For Lingerie Enthusiasts: a Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra

Victoria's Secret Fantasy BraThis year’s Victoria’s Secret fantasy bra is out, and at a price of $2 million, it’s appropriately fireworks themed.

Angel, Lily Aldridge, walked the ramp with this fantasy bra that was designed by jeweller Mouaward.  It costs more than some celebrity mansions, and with 6500 genuine gems used in its  design, it took 685 hours to make.

The gems used on this work of art include extremely expensive blue topazes and yellow sapphires. While this isn’t the most expensive Victoria’s Secret fantasy bra ever, the 1364 carats of gems used definitely make it a spectacular sight.

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