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Driving a Porsche should feel like a privileged experience. But if you need one with extra space in the back, and have been turned off by the success of the Panamera that has made it ubiquitous, you may be intrigued by Porsche’s latest reveal.
Set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new Panamera Exclusive Series stands out with some unique touches. It’s based on the top-of-the-line Panamera Turbo S Executive, which tells you it comes with the 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 in top 570-horsepower spec, but also with the extended wheelbase that provides for extra space in the otherwise crowded rear seat. And that’s not all.
Porsche Exclusive has also given this special-edition Panamera a unique two-tone black and brown paintjob, a set of 20-inch Sport Classic wheels painted black, and an interior done up in Nappa leather – two-tone black and brown to compliment the exterior – with dark walnut and piano black trim and a pair of 10.1-inch rear-seat touchscreens.
Porsche will only offer 100 examples worldwide, each individually numbered and equipped with a set of fitted Poltrona Frau leather luggage – all yours for $263,900 (plus $995 destination). That makes it over $63k more than the base price on the Panamera Turbo S Executive that was already the most expensive model Porsche offers this side of the 918 Spyder (pipping even the 911 Turbo S Cabrio) and also one of the most expensive four-doors on the market.
Source: Auto Blog | Porsche
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Porsche is sticking to a well-proven recipe with the GTS versions of its current 911. As before, the brand claims that the GTS models “close the gap” between the Carrera S and the delectable GT3. But in fact, the new variant is positioned much closer to the S versions, which its flat-six eclipses by 30 horsepower. Available as a coupe and a cabriolet and with both rear- and all-wheel drive, there is a GTS for almost everyone in the lineup, provided they can pay the price of entry—which is significantly higher than the S models before you start accounting for options. The GTS is significantly better equipped than the S; it starts at $115,195 for the rear-drive coupe and rises to $133,795 for the all-wheel-drive 4 GTS cabriolet.
In addition to the extra power, GTS cars also get the Sport Chrono package, which sharpens the 911’s responses at the push of a button; PASM active suspension, which can drop the car by 0.4 inch; a dynamic light system with bixenon headlamps; and an interior swathed in faux suede and leather.
The extra punch of the 430-hp engine pushes the 911 Carrera GTS coupe up to 190 mph in rear-wheel-drive/manual-transmission configuration, 2 mph higher than the 400-hp Carrera S. (The other configurations all reach at least 186 mph.) Acceleration figures improve slightly, with Porsche claiming that coupes hit 60 in 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed stick and 3.8 with the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK automatic; cabriolets should turn in 4.4- and 4.0-second time slips. Our tests of the various Carrera models indicate those estimates should be accurate within a tenth or so either way. Folks not lucky enough to be inside will at least be treated to the extra-aggressive soundtrack of the standard sport exhaust system.
Source: Car and Driver | Porsche
Which automaker offers the greatest variety of plug-in hybrids? Nope, it’s not Toyota. Not GM either. It’s not Ford, not Honda and not BMW. Believe it or not, it’s Porsche. And this is its latest, presented at the Paris Motor Show.
The new Cayenne S E-Hybrid joins the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder in Porsche’s growing hybrid lineup that will, at this rate, probably bring in gasoline-electric versions of the 911, Boxster, Cayman and Macan too. It’s based on the recently updated Cayenne, but stands out from the rest thanks to the combination of its supercharged 3.0-liter V6, eight-speed automatic transmission, 95-horsepower electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.
– Porsche | Autoblog
The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid will be an all-new model, one that adds a plug – and the required associated technological bits – to the currently available Cayenne S Hybrid. The most important of those bits is a 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, but Porsche’s Calvin Kim told AutoblogGreen that the SUV’s electric-only range is still pending certification, but Hybrid Cars says that Porsche is estimating it’ll be somewhere between 11 and 22 miles, “depending on the style of driving and route topography.”
Other than the new battery, the electric motor has been upgraded to a 95 horsepower/70 kW unit (up from the 47-hp/34 kW motor in the Cayenne hybrid without a plug). The overall powertrain now puts out a total of 416 hp and can go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.4 seconds. Alongside the electric parts, there’s a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The SUV will go on sale in the US on November 1, 2014 with a starting MSRP of $76,400, plus a destination charge of $995.
Porsche is also proudly saying, once again, that it will be the world’s only automaker offering three plug-in hybrid models, once the Cayenne S E-Hybrid hits the market. The others are the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder. How long will this reign at the top last?
Source: Porsche | Autoblog
All 2015 Cayennes get subtly reworked front and rear ends, with a wider looking nose and bladed intakes feeding intercoolers, while reworked headlamps and taillights emphasize a family resemblance to the Macan. New suspension bushings and bearings combined with reworked shock internals provide sharper handling and a greater range of damping adjustability, while the standard equipment list gets a much needed boost, so to speak, with features like auto stop/start and bi-Xenon headlights. New options include rear seat air vents and smart cruise control, among others. But apart from the S E-Hybrid’s new plug-in configuration and its lithium-ion battery, the most notable change in the lineup is the Cayenne S’s jettisoning of the V8.
On paper, the Cayenne S’ new turbo V6 beats the V8 by a kilometer. The engine, sourced from the Macan Turbo, has been coaxed to produce 420 horsepower (20 more than the previous-gen S) and 406 pound-feet of torque – twist that’s identical to the torque-tastic Cayenne Diesel. Even better, the latter’s plateau starts 500 rpm earlier than the glow plug-equipped model, at a loping 1,350 rpm. Compared to its predecessor, specific output climbs 40 percent to 117 hp/liter, and 0 to 62 mph comes 0.4 seconds quicker, arriving in as little as 5.1 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package (5.2 seconds without). Oh, and the new powerplant is also more fuel-efficient.
What does the right brain (seat of the pants) make of the Cayenne S’ left brain (spec sheet) upgrades? Upon sliding into the Cayenne’s snug driver’s seat, you’re met with a new, 918 Spyder-derived steering wheel and Porsche’s big, familiar, in-your-face analog tachometer. Flanking the tach are two smaller gauges on either side. In other cabin news, the array of buttons along the center stack and overhead cluster offer something of a jarring contrast against the Nordically sparse periphery, while the “Oh $#!+!” grab handles astride the transmission tunnel offer a not-so-subtle hint at the Cayenne’s capacity for torso-tossing G-forces.
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Porsche has really hit on a winning formula with its series of videos going inside its vault. So far, we’ve seen the V8 911 prototype, mid-engine test mule and aerodynamic prototype. The company is sticking with the 911 theme in the latest entry, but this time it’s an actual production car – the very first 911 Turbo ever made.
Being the first Turbo would make it important enough, but the car was also a birthday present for Louise Piëch, daughter of Ferdinand Porsche and sister to Ferry Porsche, and she regularly used the car. The family didn’t just hand her a random car off the assembly line, either. She got to make it her own with some interesting modifications. She supposedly even painted landscapes from inside the car.
You have to wonder what Piëch thought of her present. The early Turbos had a reputation for being a bit of a handful to drive. The boost tended to bring the power all at once, which wasn’t always welcome when cornering. She deserves some honor just for driving the car on the curvy, alpine roads
The Porsche Boxster and Cayman will forever nip at the heels of their big brother, the 911 Carrera, and perpetuating this tradition are the latest GTS variants, which add yet another arrow to the quiver of the plucky mid-engined platform.
The GTS’ performance enhancements boost horsepower by a mere 15 and shave a tenth from 0 to 60, but Porsche’s clever product planners and engineers have stuck to their familiar formula in making the Cayman GTS more desirable than the Boxster for dyed-in-the-wool performance enthusiasts.
The GTS is expensive, no doubt. But as a new flagship for the Cayman lineup, it delivers even more focused performance in a package that’s easy to live with every day. We can’t wait to see how much further Porsche pushes this platform, but until a higher-performance variant is released, the GTS offers the range’s sweetest spot between outright potency and daily comfort.