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Porsche Unveils New and Improved 2019 Cayenne SUV

The current generation Cayenne can be defined in many ways from being the savior that saved Porsche, to also being a track devouring monster that still serves as a very lofty benchmark for other competitors. Porsche aims to continue the Cayenne’s impressive track record of success with the unveiling of the 2019 Cayenne which brings new styling, and revamped performance hardware to Porsche’s money making SUV.

The exterior styling channels alot of elements from the 2017 Panamera, and at first glance looks like the end result of a rogue meeting with a taffy puller. Look closer however, and you’ll see the revamped tail lights, the chiseled side profile, as well as the bigger front grille that favors a more horizontal appearance than the last generation Cayenne.

Each of these elements helps the Cayenne look more refined, while also making it look meaner, and more imposing at the same time. Other welcome touches include a straked hood, as well as a neat roof mounted spoiler that spices up the rear end. In addition, extensive use of aluminium in the exterior panels, floorpan, and other exterior components helps the SUV shed 143 lbs, which is impressive considering that its length as increased by 3 inches.

Alot of the Panamera’s tech has migrated its way to the elegantly crafted interior. While the gauge cluster retains a traditional analog tachometer, the rest of the gauges are replaced with a pair of 7-inch color screens that deliver more information to the driver in stunning HD clarity.  Taking its place front and center is the all new 12.3 inch infotainment system that first made its debut in the 2017 Panamera. This massive screen is one of the biggest in the segment, and helps highlight the simplified center console, that ditches the button mad layout of the old model, and adds touch sensitive controls with haptic feedback.

Performance for the Cayenne promises to be an even more engaging experience, but for now, buyers will have to make do with the base Cayenne and Cayenne S models at launch. The base model features a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that is good for 340 horsepower, and 332 lb-ft of torque. These figures are an improvement over the old entry level model with the new engine packing 40 more horses in its corral than before. Meanwhile, the upper level “S” uses a 2.9 liter bi-turbocharged V6 that surges ahead its predecessor by 20 horses for a revised total of 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.

This increase in power along with the reductions in weight pay big dividends in acceleration, with the base Cayenne making the sprint to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds as well as a top speed of 152 mph. The spicier “S” version can do the same feat in 4.9 seconds, and hit an autobahn worthy top speed of 162 mph. Both versions feature an eight speed automatic transmission, and a standard all-wheel drive system with Porsche claiming that the latter feature is more energy efficient than before.

In addition to its visible performance equipment, the 2019 Cayenne also houses other performance features that are not as easily seen by the naked eye. This includes optional rear-wheel steering, Porsche’s Active Suspension Management technology which has been tweaked for quicker responses, as well as staggered tire sizes which Porsche claims will make the Cayenne “the sports car of its segment.” Look for the Turbo and GTS models to further build on these technologies when they make their respective debuts at a future auto show.

An interesting technology that caught our attention is called the “Porsche Surface Controlled Brake.” Available only as an option on Cayennes with 21 or 22-inch wheels,  it uses a special tungsten-carbide coating on the steel brake rotors which promises to enhance braking performance, while reducing the amount of dust that can build up on the vehicle rims. For those that prefer to do more track days in their Cayenne, Porsche will still offer carbon ceramic brakes as its highest braking option.

 

When the 2019 Porsche Cayenne makes its way to showrooms during the middle part of next year, base prices will start at $65,700 for the regular Cayenne and $82,900 for the “S” which is an increase of $5,000 respectively versus last year. With its revamped interior, as well as a host of new moves, look for the 2019 Porsche Cayenne to continue its winning ways both on and off the road once again.

Porsche Unveils the 2017 Macan Turbo With Performance Package

Porsche’s Macan lineup has certainly done a good job putting rivals on notice with its all turbocharged engine lineup and its sporty dynamics. But there is always room for more performance, and Porsche engineers have done just that with an all new Performance Package for the range topping Turbo model.

The package brings a number of upgrades to the model that aims to solidify its place as a benchmark offering. It all starts under the hood where the Macan’s twin-turbocharged V6 recieves a bump in performance with the engine now capable of producing 440 Macan Performance Package horsepower (a gain of 40) and 442 lb-ft of torque  (a bump of 36 lb-ft.) These revised figures allow the Macan to make the sprint to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than the standard Turbo, and a higher top speed of 169 mph. The standard Macan Turbo was already the quickest offering in its segment, so look for this new package to further broaden the gap between it and rivals such as the Audi SQ5, BMW X3, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43.

In addition to the engine upgrades, the package also features a lowered suspension, beefier brakes, and makes the normally optional Sport Chrono Package standard equipment. The list of optional extras also grows and includes 21-inch 911 inspired Macan Performance Package wheels, LED headlights, and blacked out accent trim. The interior largely carries over unchanged but benefits from Alcantara accents and splashes of carbon fiber trim.

The package is avalible to order and raises the MSRP to $87,495 which is roughly $10,000 more than the standard model. While the extra performance will be welcomed by many, it will be interesting to see if folks are willing to shell out that much money for a slight bump in driving fun.

Porsche Amps Up The Fun With Next Generation 911 Turbo

Porsche’s iconic 911 Turbo and Turbo S models have served to rewrite the way sports cars are measured, and with a new generation of 911 arriving very soon, Porsche has unveiled the next chapter into the story of the 911 Turbo, a chapter that promises more power and even more sharpness for the top of the range 911 variant.

Th exterior styling retains much of the same look that made its debut on the base turbocharged Carrera, but as expected from a model that serves as the flagship of the 911 range, there are some model exclusive goodies that trickle their way into the basic 911 Turbo S und 911 Turbo S Cabrioletdesign. 20-inch wheels are standard equipment and are shod with super wide tires in the rear. Porsche is not revealing what tires are equipped to it just yet, but look for them to be super sticky and more than big enough to fit the 11.5 inch wide rims in the rear.

The interior also retains much of the basic design language that made its debut in the base model, however the Sport Chrono package is now standard equipment on all Turbo and Turbo S models with the package grafting the steering wheel from the 918 supercar, as wellhigh_911_turbo_2015_porsche_ag (1) as the switch that toggles between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, or Individual driving modes. The new Turbo also features an all new “Sport Response” button that fine tunes the car to deliver the best responsiveness possible especially on twistier sections of road. A new infotainment system is also standard equipment, and aims to reduce lag time as well as incorporate new features that the current car’s system does not have.

Performance steals the spotlight though, and the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo now offers 540 horsepower (20 more than the old model) while the Turbo S raises that figure slightly to 580 horsepower which is achieved with bigger turbochargers, as well as a higher 7,200 rpm redline. Both engines also come equipped with a dynamic boost function that improves throttle response and will supposedly maintain boost pressure for longer periods of time during spirited driving. All of this new found muscle translates into some truly potent performance figures with the Turbo S making the sprint to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds before topping out at 205 mph. The base Turbo on the other hand does the same sprint to 60 in 2.9 seconds, and tops out at a slightly lower but still brisk 198 mph. Sadly a manual option is not available in either model, but Porsche’s PDK transmission promises to make up for this deficit with quick shifts and equally smooth shift quality.

Handling has also seen an improvement with both models featuring Porsche’s Active Suspension Management System. Turbo S models go a step further, and also incorporate 911 Turbo CabrioletPorsche’s Dynamic Chassis Control, and carbon ceramic brakes. While the list of standard equipment on both models is impressive, look for the options list to be equally robust and allow buyers to tailor both models to suit their individual tastes.

Look for the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S to make their respective debuts at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in January. Buyers will have to pay a hefty premium for both models, with the Turbo starting at $160,195 while the Turbo S adds $28,900 to the base MSRP. Adding a retractable top to both models adds $12,300 to the price, but brings an open top motoring experience that can’t be matched by many of its rivals.

 

Porsche Unveils 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Targa 4, New Models Latest To Recieve New Powertrains

Filling in the two remaining blanks in its iconic 911 model lineup, Porsche has unveiled the 2017 Carrera 4 and Targa 4 which blend Porsche’s all-wheel drive system with the all new engines that the company has slowly been introducing in other 911 models.

While Porsche only released a few photographs of the pair, they do reveal that the 2017 versions will continue the tradition of using wider model exclusive all-wheel drive bodies with the rear measuring 44 mm wider than the rear-wheel drive Carrera 2 model. In addition, they also retain the trademark full width rear light bar which has been a hallmark of the 4 lineup for several model generations.

The other key change is under the rear bonnet where the old naturally aspirated engines have been axed with an all new 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged flat six taking its place. While this new engine was designed with a nod towards better fuel economy, it has not forgotten2017 Porsche 3 its spirited nature with the standard engine producing 370 horsepower while the hotter “S” versions wield 420 horsepower. Porsche is also releasing new “Powerkits” for the pair that can raise horsepower even further to 450 horsepower, however the extra power will come with an equally high amount of sticker shock when the kits make their arrival on the 911’s option list.

Porsche claims that new engines will offer 12 percent more fuel economy than before, but the official EPA numbers have not been released and will vary depending on which configuration is selected.

In addition to the engine swap. Porsche engineers also made several other minor revisions to the car that do their part to increase performance. The ride height for example has been lowered by 10 mm on both models which is mainly due to a revamped PASM system that 2017 Porsche 2now arrives on all models as standard equipment. The interior largely carries over the updates seen on the rear wheel drive models, while the 4S can be equipped with optional rear wheel steering to sharpen its already potent dance up even further.

 

Look for the 2017 911 4S and Targa 4S to make their respective debuts at the LA Auto Show next month, with sales expected to begin shortly afterward. In addition to the 911, Porsche will also be updating the engine lineup for both the 2017 Boxster and Cayman with a new four cylinder engine that is also expected to increase fuel economy while providing better performance at the same time.

Porsche Nabs 1-2 Spots at Le Mans, Audi Finishes Third

Porsche has taken the checkered flag at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans setting a new record for most wins at the iconic race track and ending Audi’s five year dominance of the enduro event.

Porsche had plenty of confidence entering into the race with the Stuttgart firm actually turning their lead entry in a red and white hued tribute to the first Porsche Le Mans winning car the 1970 917 KH. However when all was said and done, it was the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber, and Eric Tandy that crossed the line first with the fore-mentioned retro inspired throwback finishing second followed by an Audi R18 e-tron quattro in third place.

The Toyota TS040 Hybrid was another promising entry but an early collision would shatter the teams hopes for victory due to the lengthy repairs that had to be done to their entry. Despite this though,  they managed a small comeback, and clinched sixth and eight place in the final hours of the race. Lastly Nissan’s trifecta of GT-R LM NISMO Prototypes stole the Nissan NISMO LM GT-Rheadlines in the days leading up to the event, but when it came time for them to actually prove their chops out on the race track two of them were forced to retire early due to mechanical glitches with the third sustaining serious damage from debris that was on the Mulsanne straight. However the third car still managed to finish in 40th place with team representatives claiming that the car still managed to succeed in its first real time challenge and also did quite well for its first high profile outing on the famed race circuit.