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Porsche recently celebrated the 40th birthday of the 928 Gran Turismo at the Techno Classica World Trade Fair and Collector Automobile Show in Essen, Germany. The 928 display highlighted the Porsche exhibit, but the company also displayed a couple of early 911s and a 356 that are going through restoration due to the worldwide interest in bringing older vehicles back to life. It was in 1977 that the 928 debuted as the first Porsche Gran Turismo. The concept lives on in the Panamera Sport Turismo, a four-door sports car that proves its not the number of doors, but the performance and handling that provide an awesome driving experience. Contact Porsche of Tucson today to see when you can test drive the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.
Sport Turismo Reinvents the Saloon Car
The old model of the European saloon car exuded wealth, but was also cumbersome with its bulky size and loose handling. Enter the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, which turned the saloon into a wild west shootout. Sporty drivers and their sporty passengers can now enjoy luxury without sacrificing performance and handling. Porsche engineers have reconciled what on the surface appear to be contradictions: room and performance, handling and comfort, family and career. You no longer need to own a minivan to trek the kids to the weekly soccer game. Do it in style in the Panamera Sport Turismo.
Panamera 4 Has Plenty of Power
Choose the Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and you’ll enjoy 330 horses of unbridled fun at your control. Standard features include all-wheel drive, heated seats, sporty 19-inch wheels, Porsche Traction Management and a responsive 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters. Step up just a bit to the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo and you’ll find the performance increases to 440 horsepower enroute to a top track speed of 177 mph. The increased horsepower cuts the 0 to 60 mph time down by a full second to just 4.2 seconds, a phenomenal achievement for a full-size saloon car.
Design is Courage to Stand Out
Porsche says “nothing is taboo” for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo when you’re talking about design. The fact that it doesn’t look like any other vehicle shows courage, an important factor for folks who want to take the road less traveled. The Panamera is a vehicle filled with ambition, from the aggressive front end to the functional air vents in the muscular, sculpted sides. See how the Panamera Sport Turismo stands alone by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
There’s no such thing as a sure thing when it comes to investments. The stock market can be volatile, banks offer low interest rates on savings accounts and most investments are, well, boring. But as 20-year-old Pia Beckmann found out, investing in a classic Porsche can be both fun and potentially profitable. According to the Porsche news website, Pia decided she wanted a Porsche because of her father’s love for his 928. So with his help, she located a 1987 928 S4 that was available because of a water leak and some paint imperfections. After noticing that the price of 928 S4 Porsches had risen 50 percent between 2005 and 2010, she took the plunge and bought the car of her dreams. Known as the father of the Panamera, which you can test drive at Porsche of Tucson, the 928 S4 will potentially increase in value over the next few years. While that happens, Pia will enjoy her investment every time she gets behind the wheel.
Experts Say Old 911 Models Enjoy Massive Gains
According to Bloomberg, the Porsche 911 and 356 models have recently shown massive gains in value as the collector car market continues to blossom. Bloomberg says blue chip cars have risen from an average value of more than a half-million dollars to $2.6 million, with Porsches going from five digit sales to six and seven digits. “Even models as late as early 2000s’ Carrera GT’s hitting the million dollar mark on a model that used to be worth $300,000,” according to the financial experts at Bloomberg. Of course, that doesn’t mean that every Porsche on the lot at Porsche of Tucson will one day be worth multiples of what you’d pay for it today. But a smart investor who does a little homework can hit it big with Porsche in the classic car market. “If we are saying Mercedes have peaked, Porsches are the next big thing,” RM Sotheby auction car expert Gord Duff told Bloomberg.
Newer Vehicles Have Fastest Growth Rates
Bloomberg reports that “1980 and newer vehicles have the fastest growth rates of any models. What’s more, there are plenty of Porsches on the market now that have been owned by one person who bought it for $30,000 20 or 30 years ago and are now worth $150,000.”
Reliability Key to Porsche Investment Gains
According to Bloomberg, one of the main reason for Porsche’s growing appeal in the collector car world is the vehicle’s reliability. While other vehicles have a running joke that you need to pay for both the car and a mechanic to ride along with you, old Porsches just keep humming along. Many of the collector Porsches are driven regularly, with some even being daily drivers. The key to buying a collector Porsche is to do your research. See where the vehicle originated, how many owners it had and if it had any accidents. With a little work and luck, you just might cash in with a collector Porsche.
GT3, Sport Turismo, Panamera Hybrid Dominate Show
When it comes to unveiling new models, few automakers doe it as well as Porsche. The legendary car company took advantage of the recent Geneva Auto Show to unveil the all new Porsche 911 GT3, Panamera Sport Turismo and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. Look for all three models on the showroom floor at Porsche of Tucson in the coming months.
911 GT3 Intensifies Connection Between Road and Track
With a high revving four-cylinder flat engine that’s virtually the same as that in the 911 GT3 Cup race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 is an intense machine that delivers superior handling and phenomenal performance. This small car generates 500 horses, but a redesigned chassis with rear axle steering actually improves handling to help you keep all that power under control. You can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds on your way to a top speed of 320 kilometers per hours (199 mph). The new 911 GT3 sits lower than the 911 Carrera S, providing an “on rails” feel when you power through a corner.
Unmistakable Panamera Design Generates 550 Horsepower
In what’s been described as a cross between a futuristic station wagon and a sports car, the unmistakable Porsche Panamera has a new model that delivers plenty of room for people and cargo while not skimping on the performance you’ve come to expect from a Porsche. “For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forwards into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” according to the company’s director of style, Michael Mauer. The Panamera Sport Tursimo features an adaptive rear spoiler that adjusts according to the driving mode, speed and conditions to create more or less downforce on the rear end.
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is Flagship
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is the flagship of the Panamera lineup, combining a V8 engine with an electric motor to not only create maximum efficiency, but also generate a whopping 680 horsepower. This Panamera is not your aunt’s hybrid as it can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds and tops out at just under 200 mph. With all-wheel drive combined with Porsche’s intelligent chassis design, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid sets the stage for performance driving in the future. Make sure and check in frequently with the pros at Porsche of Tucson to see when all the new models will be available for a test drive.
Most Versatile Offering Combines Sport and Utility
With a low loading deck, large tailgate and increased luggage compartment, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo delivers an athletic option to solve the hauling problems of the everyday commute. “For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forwards into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” according to the company’s director of style, Michael Mauer. The two most common Porsche attributes anyone thinks of are performance and handling, and the Panamera Sport Turismo has those in spades. With 550 available horsepower and a tuned suspension built on lessons learned from the European racing circuit, this isn’t your grandpa’s station wagon. See how much fun a utility vehicle of this magnitude is to drive when you visit Porsche of Tucson.
Unique Design Carved Out of Panamera
The Sport Turismo’s unique design starts at the rear doors, when the sloping roofline and long contour dips dramatically toward the rear, extending into an adaptive spoiler. The spoiler is adjustable depending on the driving condition, delivering more downward thrust on the rear axle to give you greater control. As part of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics system, the spoiler also reduces drag to optimize fuel efficiency.
Digital Cockpit Just One Tech Advancement
The Sport Turismo will offer the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, where drivers can choose what important vehicle information to display. Other advancements like rear axle steering, electronic roll stabilization and Porsche Traction Management are also offered on the latest edition to the Porsche lineup, as are driver safety features such as adaptive cruise control.
Unique Seat Configuration Offers Versatility
The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo offers three rear seats, with two individual seats on the outside for comfort and flexibility. A four rear seat configuration is also available with electric adjustment for easy access. The raised roof line also makes getting in and out of the rear a snap, as well as providing more cargo room in the back. When you fold all the back seats down, the loading floor is level to make it easy to haul cargo or roll out a sleeping bag on one of those long road trips. Porsche also offers a luggage compartment management system for the Sport Turismo. Two rails are integrated into the floor with lashing points for tie-downs and a partition net to keep cargo and people separate. The new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is scheduled for launch this fall in Europe. It will offer five different engines, including a diesel, a turbocharged option and an e-hybrid. Stay tuned to Porsche of Tucson to find out when it will first make an appearance in the U.S. market.
No Need to Sacrifice Driving Performance
It used to be that driving enthusiasts would have to sacrifice a guilty pleasure for the sake of the family. As one child came along, then two, then the requisite dog and soccer equipment, the two-seater had to give way to the minivan for the sake of the practicality. With the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne SUV several years ago, that’s no longer the case. The Cayenne is a sports car in an SUV body, with the same performance and handling that Porsche lovers have come to expect over the years. The Cayenne is perfect for the short sprint to school on a Wednesday morning or a run through the central Arizona mountains on the weekend. Its design exudes sophistication and athleticism while providing the sensible features family have come to depend upon. If you’re one of those drivers who is holding onto the last vestiges of youth while sacrificing the needs of a family, head over to Porsche of Tucson today and see just how much fun you can have behind the wheel of a Cayenne.
Cayenne Roots Grown in Auto Racing
Like every other Porsche, the roots of the Cayenne are well-developed on the tracks of the European racing circuit. That’s where the Porsche engineers and designers learned to integrate the car and driver as one unit, responding seamlessly to each other’s ebbs and flows. The interior of the Cayenne is a good place to start exploring, as it is literally built around the driver, with controls ergonomically placed within easy reach. The center console rises to put all the most important controls just a short reach away, while the new multifunction steering wheel puts many features at your fingertips. Along with being smartly laid out, the Porsche interior is extremely comfortable for both the driver and passengers. It’s style and purpose enhance the impression that this is one sophisticated driving machine.
Gentlemen, and Women, Start Your Race Car
Whether you choose the base Cayenne, S model, S e-hybrid, GTS or Turbo, the Porsche Cayenne offers everyone something to love with a wide range of features. The base Cayenne comes with a powerful V6 that delivers 300 horsepower and a top track speed of 142 mph. While that is plenty for most folks, step up to the S or GTS and you get 420 and 440 horsepower, respectively and the top speed surpasses 160 mph. The Cayenne Turbo S is the most powerful Cayenne, delivering 570 horsepower, a top speed of 176 mph and the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid is the newest kid on the SUV block, still providing 416 horsepower through the use of a combination of gas and electric engines. This all-wheel drive sports machine also boasts something no other Cayenne can match, an equivalent of 47 mpg combined. Explore the entire Cayenne inventory and see how much fun you can have in an SUV when you visit Porsche of Tucson.
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.