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Eight Generation Sports Car Shows Gradual Evolution
As the Porsche 911, generally considered the premier affordable sports cars in the world, continues its natural evolution, Motor Trend magazine has released some spy photos of the upcoming eighth generation. Unless you look at the current model and the new version side by side, the changes are hard to discern, but the next step in the 911 progression has a more angular hood that takes a steeper nose dive than ever before. It may be another year before the new 911 shows up on the showroom floor at Porsche of Tucson. Until then there’s plenty of 911 inventory from which to choose for a test drive and ride home to your garage.
New 911 Longer and Wider
The new 911 appears to be longer and wider than the current model, with a rear spoiler that is definitely larger, spanning the entire width of the rear from taillight to taillight. Rear side vents are also larger, perhaps signaling the use of the new Porsche 3.0L twin turbo engine. The vents on the top of the rear engine bay are also larger, reaching all the way to the edge of the window. Expect the new 911 to have a hybrid option as Porsche continues to push toward more electrification. Porsche chairman Oliver Bloom said the company will continue to embrace the history of this iconic brand, while offering more modern options for future drivers. “For the simple reason that electrification still carries a substantial weight penalty, sports cars will hold on to classic propulsion solutions a little longer than other vehicle types,” he told Car magazine. “But even the 911 must eventually adjust, and according to analysts and the media, even plug-in supercars are making headway.”
911 Provides Continuity for More Than 50 Years
The Porsche 911, in all its various forms and models, has been providing the world with a true sports car that’s also an everyday driver since 1963. The 911 is closing in on 1,000,000 vehicles delivered worldwide, making it both an iconic piece of history and one of the most successful auto brands ever created. Starting out with just a 130 horsepower six-cylinder engine, the Porsche 911 has evolved into a 500-horsepower monster if you choose the $175,000 GT3 RS model. Even if you choose the most base Carrera model, you still get 370 horses that take you from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. That’s on the way to a top track speed of 183 mph. The Porsche 911 is one vehicle that’s just as at home on the track as it is on a Saturday night ferrying a couple to the opera. See the entire Porsche lineup and treat yourself to a test drive of the 911 by taking a trip to Porsche of Tucson.
New Model Variants Boost Deliveries
With a record 23 variations on models unveiled in 2016, Porsche of North America set a sales record for the year. “Our product offensive continued to thirve with the arrival of 23 new model variants in 2016. As a result, we achieved our seventh consecutive year of increased sales,” said Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer. “I am confident we will see steady growth in 2017 with balanced supply and demand.” The Macan was the real star of 2016 with the compact crossover accounting for almost 4,000 more deliveries than the previous year. “Macan sales accelerated strongly in 2016 with the introduction of new variants. Porsche plug-in hybrid sales were also promising with 2,011 Cayenne S E-hybrid models retailed, a 92 percent increase over 2015,” said Porsche North America COO Joe Lawrence. “In 2017, we look forward to the highly anticipated, all-new Panamera, as well as the first full year of sales for our new 911 and 718 models”. Porsche of Tucson is the place to go in Arizona for the best selection and price of all the new Porsche models.
911 GTS Models Extend Product Line
When Lawrence speaks of the extended model line, he’s including the five new variants of the 911. Although not all will initially be available in North America, look for some combination of a 911 Carrera GTS, 911 4 Carrera GTS with all-wheel drive (both of these come in hard top and retractable roof) and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. With more horsepower and dynamic torque, these new models take the thrill of driving a 911 to another level. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see which models will be available for a test drive.
Macan Changing the Face of Crossover/SUV Ownership
The compact Macan is quickly changing the face of SUV ownership in America, as more and more people are transitioning from their domestic vehicle to the premium Porsche. Starting at just $47,500 for the base model, the Macan delivers a level of sophistication and handling unmatched in its competitors. The base Macan has the bones and premium elements of a Porsche, but if you want something a little quicker you’ll need to step up to the Macan GTS or Macan Turbo. The GTS generates 360 horsepower to achieve the 0-60 mph run in 5 seconds flat. The turbo engine has an additional 40 horses and cuts the 0-60 time to 4.6 seconds. All the Macan models offer phenomenal handling, aided by the Porsche Active Suspension Management system with air suspension.
Larger Turbos Create More Power
The 2017 Porsche 911 GTS has adopted the same new twin turbocharged engine that already powers the 2017 Porsche 911 and 911 S. The 3.0L F-6 motor generates 450 horsepower and a grin-inducing 405 pound-feet of torque, which is 20 horses and 80 pound-feet more than the outgoing naturally aspirated flat-six engine. Porsche generates the extra horsepower by using larger turbochargers to flood the engine with oxygen. See what a thrill ride all that horsepower creates when you take a trip to Porsche of Tucson for a test drive.
Be the First to Hit 60 MPH
Unless your competition is driving a rocket car, chances are that you’ll be the first to 60 mph when you drive the new 911 GTS. When outfitted with the PDK transmission, Porsche says the GTS will go from 0 to 60 in just 3.4 seconds, or about the fifth of the time it takes you to scream “HOLEY MOLEY.” There is a danger that such power could be a little overwhelming in untrained hands, which is why the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is standard on every GTS. Suspension management reads the road using sensors to adjust your handling and help keep the driver in control. You’ll find it extremely helpful when your utilizing the Porsche App and Sport Chrono Package to record all your lap times.
New Design Provides More Downward Push
A new black spoiler lip on the front and taller spoiler in the rear help provide downward push to keep your new Porsche 911 GTS gripping the road and taking corners as if it were on rails. Black is the new fashion for other exterior elements, making an appearance on the taillights, rear grille and exhaust tips. Choose the rear-drive GTS to get a black strip running from tail light to taillight, while the all-wheel drive has a light strip separating the taillights. Black side mirrors, 20-inch wheels and black GTS door badging are other features of the new design.
Cabriolet Offers Top Down Excitement
If you’re looking for an adventure with the breeze in your hair, head to Porsche of Tucson to test drive the new Porsche 911 GTS Cabriolet. Porsche Exclusive lets you personalize your Cabriolet with features like chrome tailpipe tips, platinum wheels, black tinted headlights with their own cleaning system, a leather rear view mirror and much more. Along with PASM, the Cabriolet comes with standard Porsche Traction Management, Porsche Stability Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus to help you remain in control.
Motor Trend Loves Little Roadster
When Motor Trend does a vehicle review, they always quote a bunch of numbers like speed to 60 mph, braking distance, g force, etc., but the editors pretty well summed up what they thought of the latest incarnation of the Porsche Boxster S when they said driving it is “delightful.” With 350 horsepower and a top speed of 177 mph, this little roadster provides a thrill a minute. Experience the thrills today by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
What Makes the New 718 so Special?
Imagine a small car with the power of a 60s’ muscle car, but the handling of a Formula One racer and a design that makes everyone stop and look. That, in a nutshell, is why the Porsche 718 Boxster S is a special vehicle. Add to that a mid-engine layout that allows for tons of space in two different luggage compartments and you have the perfect vehicle for a week-long drive up the Pacific Coast. The positioning of the engine provides dynamic cornering capability that is enhanced by near-perfect weight distribution. You and a special someone will enjoy the comfort of thickly bolstered seats that keep you in place as you attack corners like a dog attacks a bone, braking gently as you enter then quickly accelerating as you power through to the straightaway.
New Boxster Full of Highlights
There are plenty of things to love about the new Porsche Boxster S. That includes a multifunctional sport steering wheel that gives you the ability to change driving modes. Opt for the PASM sport suspension and your low ride height will be dropped by another 20 mm, taking the center of gravity down as far as possible. The new turbo engine still provides the familiar Porsche guttural roar that becomes even more dynamic with the Sport exhaust system. Lane Change Assist keeps you from drifting on those long road trips, while adaptive dampers let you tune the suspension from sporty to a more comfortable ride. One of the things you might come to appreciate most about the new Porsche Boxster S is the increased legroom, letting you stretch out for comfort.
Interior Oriented for Performance
A lot of thought went into the interior design of the new Porsche 718 Boxster S, placing all the controls in just the right position to deliver information and help drivers avoid fatigue. The new horizontal dashboard design is striking, while the rising center console brings the gear shift closer to the steering wheel, cutting nano-seconds off your track time. The new Boxster S is a stunning vehicle that’s delightful to drive. Fill your delight quota for the day by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
4-Wheel Drive, PDK Transmission Cover a Lot of Sins
If you’re looking for the ultimate gift for yourself or a loved one this Holiday season, consider the all-new Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK. This sporty version of an iconic sports car that has stood the test of time not only comes with 4-wheel drive, but also Porsche’s technologically astute PDK automatic transmission. With Porsche Traction Management (PTM) keeping an eye, or a sensor, on your wheel slippage and PDK taking you through the gears without so much as a slip, onlookers will be impressed with your driving skill. See how the Porsche technology can deliver a phenomenal driving experience with a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Add Sport Package for Rear Wheel Steering
If you really want to make an impression on your friends, add the Sport package to your new Porsche 911 and you’ll get specially designed mirrors, a two-mode exhaust, special steering wheel and a sport chrono package. You’ll also get rear-wheel steering, which delivers outstanding control when combined with the PTM. This combination takes fast corners and tames them while keeping you moving swiftly and smoothly through the slower corners. Combine all these features with the 420 horsepower twin-turbo engine to make the run from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Put that under your Christmas tree.
Connect to the World With PCM
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is the telemetry package that lets you connect to the outside world as well as receive real-time traffic updates with online navigation. Utilizing Google Street View and Google Earth lets you zoom in on neighborhoods before heading there. A 7-inch multitouch screen is your window to control the unit, or you can use advanced voice recognition software. Cell phone preparation makes it easy to connect your smartphone to the system, or you can use the telephone module with your SIM card for enhanced voice quality. Eight strategically-placed speakers bathe you and your passenger in concert quality sound. Head to Porsche of Tucson today and sit in the cockpit of a new 911 to experience why it is consistently recognized as one of the most iconic sports cars in history.
From Classic to Carrera, 911 Stands Test of Time
The Porsche 911 debuted in 1963 with an air-cooled engine and the moniker “901.” Peugeot charged trademark infringement and the company was forced to change the name to 911. From the original 128 horsepower engine, the 911 evolved through the years with the introduction of the 911 Carrera RS in 1973 and the 964 Series in 1989. The 964 introduced 4-wheel drive into the equation, as well as electronic management of the automatic transmission. Water-cooled engines made their arrival in 1989 in the 996 series.
Crossovers Prove Worthy of Sports Status
When the editors of Motor Trend magazine finished with their comparison of the compact crossover Porsche Macan GTS versus the Jaguar F-Pace S, a couple of things became clear. First, the sporty Porsche was the clear winner in terms of handling, performance and the overall fun factor. Second, there is no longer a stigma in driving a vehicle with a higher center of gravity. Whether you call it a crossover or an SUV, the sporty Porsche Macan GTS has the goods to proudly call itself a Porsche. See how performance and utility come together in perfect harmony by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Reason Why Macan is Porsche’s Biggest Seller
With a brand built on the shoulders of the sporty 911 two-seater, it seems like almost sacrilege that Porsche’s best selling vehicle is the Macan. The GTS is in the middle of the Macan price lineup, between the top-of-the-line 400 horsepower Turbo and the 340 horsepower S model. By producing 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, the Porsche Macan GTS provides plenty of power. The Motor Trend test launched the Macan to 60 mph from a dead stop in just 4.4 seconds. It roared through the quarter-mile run in just 13 seconds while hitting a top speed of 105. The editors lauded Porsche’s PDK gearbox, which “snaps off shifts so quickly that it sounds like a record skipping, but it’s remarkably civilized under lighter loads as well.”
Macan Wins in Comfort Category
The Motor Trend editors proved that performance doesn’t have to come at the sacrifice of creature comforts. The Porsche’s plush, high-bolstered seats are not only extremely comfortable, but they hold you in place as you try to straighten out the corners on the local track. The Macan had near perfect scores in the categories of “Driver Comfort,” “Ergonomics,” and “Rear Seat Comfort.” The compact crossover did register the highest marks possible for “Rear Seat Space,” “Interior Styling,” and “Fit and Finish.”
Porsche Safety Starts With Stopping
As with all Porsches, the ability to go very fast, very quickly, comes with enormous responsibility to be able to stop quickly when unexpected events occur. The Porsche Macan GTS brakes are super-sized with 6-piston front calipers accented in red. The rear brakes have over-sized 330 mm rotors that are adapted to the power under the hood. If you’d like even more stopping power, optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are lighter and stronger than standard brakes, along with the added benefit of being proven on the race track. Visit Porsche of Tucson today for the ride of your life in the new Macan GTS.
No Turbo Lag in This Sportster
Saying the new 718 Porsche Cayman S “responds to throttle inputs superbly,” Car and Driver magazine reviewers note that the newest Porsche has eliminated the dreaded turbo lag, with power available throughout the rev range. The result is a real-time response from your pressure on the accelerator, delivering instant thrust when you push down and backing off as you release the pressure. Car and Driver says the linear power delivery is a good reason to consider the S model as opposed to loading up a less expensive Cayman with options. Visit Porsche of Tucson and test drive the 718 Cayman S and a base Cayman to see the difference in power.
Perfect Balance Holds the Road
With great power comes great responsibility and Porsche has seen to it that drivers of the new 718 Cayman S have plenty of control. Car and Driver says “there’s nothing short of a supercar that delivers the way this Porsche does. With more firm springs and a much tighter steering ratio, this Porsche is a delight to handle both on the road and on the track.” Add stability management and the Porsche Vectoring System and you get million dollar car handling at a small fraction of the price. Add the Sport Exhaust system for a throaty roar that has a character all its own.
Go From Zero to 60 in a Snap
It takes just 4.4 seconds for the 718 Porsche Cayman S to go from a dead stop to 60 mph en route to a governed track speed of 177 mph. The 2.5L 4-cylinder engine delivers 350 horsepower with plenty of torque. Fast cars need fast stopping ability and Porsche has delivered with a 4-piston red fixed front brake calipers in both front and rear. You can get either 19-inch Boxster S or Cayman S wheels, which will draw attention whether you’re sitting at a stop light or passing a gas station on your way to 26 mpg on the highway.
Find Your Dream. Find Your Porsche
Look over the entire Porsche inventory at Porsche of Tucson and you’re sure to find your dream car. Ferry Porsche had a dream of driving a lightweight sports car, but he couldn’t find one he liked, so he went out and built one. His can do attitude is the basis for every Porsche built since 1948. If you’ve been dreaming about a Porsche, the 718 Cayman S is remarkably affordable, starting at just $66,300.
Difference Between Reckless and Under Control
Amateur drivers who step into a high-powered vehicle such as a Porsche 911 Turbo S can be forgiven if they are a bit apprehensive about pushing the vehicle to its upper limits. The 911, for example, is a small car with 580 horsepower, so it’s easy to see how a wary driver could be afraid of losing control. The new Sport mode on the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is designed to let regular drivers take the Porsche brand to the extremes, delivering a satisfying and dynamic ride while still keeping everyone safe. PSM with Sport mode turns what could be a date with a monster into a polite dance, gliding through corners with the ease of a ballerina. See how PSM can make you a better driver by taking a test ride at Porsche of Tucson.
Engineers Spent Years Developing System
The technology behind PSM with Sport mode did not come overnight. Philipp Peglau and a team of engineers spent almost 3 years on the project including driving thousands of miles in all types of conditions and on different race tracks. Meeting Porsche’s high driving standards didn’t come easy, but Peglau thinks the end result was worth the effort. “The new PSM Sport gives nonprofessionals the chance to enjoy this great experience too – within a safe framework,” Peglau said. “PSM Sport is not a drift mode. This would rob drivers of their feel for the car and give them a false sense of security about their skills. PSM Sport by no means takes control of the car out of the hands of advanced drivers.” Go behind the curtain to the success of PSM Sport and you’ll see that the key is to dampen the initial acceleration of the yaw. “This allows us to create a gentler transition. As soon as the system recognizes that the driver has everything under control, it allows for greater freedom,” Peglau said.
System Fail-safe Kicks in When Sensing Trouble
If the PSM Sport system senses the driver needs a little help getting things under control, it will provide an “emergency anchoring” feature to slow things down and get the car stabilized. “We might also say that PSM Sport takes the driver by the hand and leads him carefully up to PSM-off mode,” Peglau continued, “because that option continues to be available.” The system’s safety net is set to respond if the brake pedal pressure exceeds a certain threshold. How quickly it comes back on depends entirely upon the amount of pressure. The best way to see how the PSM Sport mode increases your driving pleasure is to talk to the pros and take a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Takes Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley
As a vice president with a leading technology company in the Silicon Valley, Thilo Koslowski was instrumental in creating innovative products and customer experiences. As the new boss of digital mobility for Porsche, he brings that experience and an eye for the future in terms of connectivity, smart mobility and the much-ballyhooed self-driving car. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said hiring Koslowski is a key step in shaping the future of the auto industry. “We are striving to link out traditional sports car DNA with the technologies of the future in a way unique to Porsche,” Blume said. Porsche is already on the cutting edge of auto technology, which you can see by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Ready to Take Porsche into Future
Koslowski said he has been fascinated by Porsche ever since he was a child, calling it the most “emotional brand” in the auto industry. “My goal is for Porsche to become the number one player in the digital dimension as well,” he said. “We can boost the fascination that our cars inspire and make them more interesting, and also identify innovative new products, services, and business opportunities for the company.” Koslowski said consumers should be prepared to enter the “Internet of Cars,” where a vehicle can do many of the things that people rely on a smartphone for. “I call it the renaissance of the car,” he continued. “The next five years will bring more changes to the automotive industry than the previous 50 years did.”
Get Ready for the Self-driving Car
Ready or not, the self-driving car is coming. According to Koslowski, that doesn’t mean that Porsche is going to take all the fun out of driving. “Obviously, I want to drive a Porsche myself, first and foremost. But I also want to be able to press a button and so it does that on its own, for instance in a traffic jam,” he said. He also said that the Porsche of tomorrow will communicate with your calendar, notifying it that you might be late for an appointment. He emphasized that out on the open road, the Porsche will still be a dynamic driving machine that provides a thrill a minute for budding race drivers.
Porsche Committed to Competing With Technology
Koslowski admits that companies like Tesla and Google will be competitive with technology in the race to build the best car of the future. Right now Tesla offers the most tech-focused car, but it is not a Porsche. You can drive the car of the future today by taking a visit to Porsche of Tucson.
Strategy Based on 918 Spyder
When you barely touch on the accelerator pedal in the new Porsche Panamera Hybrid, the vehicle summons the full power of the 100 kW electric motor and V6 gas engine, rocketing you to speeds of more than 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds. This is the same strategy employed by the 918 Spyder, an electric vehicle that holds a record on the famed Nurburgring race track. By transferring torque equally to all four wheels, the new Panamera Hybrid maintains the balance Porsche has become known for after decades of mastery on the European racing circuit. Recently unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the new Panamera Hybrid will be available for sale at Porsche of Tucson sometime in mid-2017.
PDK Transmission Moves Through Gears Quickly
The new Panamera Hybrid utilizes the ultra-efficient PDK 8-speed transmission to ensure a smooth transition through all gears. This is a change from the torque converter tranny used on the previous model. The Panamera Hybrid is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is liquid cooled. Although the size has increased by more than 5 kWh, its weight has stayed the same. Using a 230-V connector, it takes less than 6 hours to give the battery a complete charge. An optional charging connection can reduce that time to under 4 hours.
Porsche Advanced Cockpit Keeps Driver Informed
With two different 7-inch touchscreen panels constantly displaying information, the driver of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid receives vital vehicle information in real-time. Along with the standard speedometer and tachometer, an energy usage panel keeps you up-to-date on power used, power remaining and how far you can go until you run out of electricity. You’ll also see how much power you recover through regeneration, helping you to drive efficiently.
Switch Lets You Choose Driving Modes
Recognizing that drivers go through different moods, Porsche has outfitted the Panamera Hybrid with a driving mode selector mounted on the steering wheel. If you are looking for the most energy efficiency, select Hybrid Auto to have the car automatically make the best use of battery and gasoline engine power. Choose E-hold to conserve your electric power, or E-charge to have the gas engine bring your battery back up to a full charge. If you happen to come across that perfect stretch of lonely highway that begs for a little abuse, simply switch to the Sport or Sport Plus mode to get the most performance out of your Porsche. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see when the new Panamera Hybrid will be on the showroom floor.