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Porsche Targa

The new-generation 911 Porsche Targa recently made its world debut and represents the return to the original 1965 design. When viewed from the front, the new 911 Targa looks basically identical to any other 911 Carrera model, but things change a bit when you move to the side. From the profile, you will immediately see all of the styling from the original Targa model launched in 1965, thanks to its roof bar, a movable front roof section and a wraparound rear window. The roof panel allows for fresh air is just a button push and 19 seconds away. The folded Targa top nestles nicely into a storage compartment behind the rear seats.

Available at Porsche dealerships this summer, the new 911 Targa is offered in two configurations: 4 and 4S. According to Porsche, the new 911 Targa’s performance is set to match that of the current 911 Carrera and Cabriolets. The 911 Targa 4 is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds with either the seven-speed manual or PDK selected, with that time dropping to 4.8 seconds on PDK-equipped cars with the Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with the manual, or 4.4 seconds with the PDK. Zero to sixty performance will improve to 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono box checked. Top speed for the 911 Targa 4 is 174 mph with the PDK, or 175 mph with the manual. The 911 Targa 4S is limited to 182 mph with the PDK, or 183 mph with the manual.

Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in AWD version, featuring the wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management, found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. It is an active all-wheel-drive system that helps to ensure the optimal distribution of drive power for optimum traction in most road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. The combination of the wide body, the Targa bar, and the wraparound rear window results in an extremely sporty and low-slung profile.

For more information on the new Porsche Targa, visit Chapman Porsche in Tucson.

2015 Porsche Macan S Diesel Coming to US

When Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV, many called blasphemy. The iconic sports car company was, to many, losing its way, and off their rightful rocker. Yet, they continued to build world-class sports cars that are the envy of the automotive world. Porsche was using the Cayenne, and eventual Panamera sedan, to bolster its bank account so it can continue to build the best sports cars around. Be sure to visit your Porsche of Tucson dealership for the latest on Porsche’s sports cars and other offerings.

That is why the coming of the Macan caused little fanfare. A smaller, more agile—more Porsche like—SUV is a welcomed sight. What did stir some automotive pots was what Porsche decided to do next.

Diesel engines have never been wildly popular in the American car market. They have a neglected history that reminds many of smelly, sooty cars spouting blue smoke in their wake. Since then though, diesels have become one of the most fuel-efficient engines on the market.

Europe loves their diesels, so when Porsche said it was going to offer a diesel engine in the recently unveiled 2015 Porsche Macan, many were surprised and excited—and for good reason.

The Macan is an SUV built upon the same architecture as the Audi Q5. Looking at the Macan, you cannot see any remnants of the Q5. The Macan is sportier and displays Porsche’s design language quite well.

The 258-horsepower Macan S diesel will arrive on dealership lots sometime later in 2014, or even in early 2015, after the Macan S and Macan Turbo go on sale. The diesel should undercut the current base price of $51,095.

The diesel in the Macan will be a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that is a variant of the engine found in the Cayenne diesel, the Macan’s bigger brother. It’s also found in the Audi Q5, which the Macan is based on. The Macan’s diesel makes 258 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque at a lowly 1750 rpm. Like other Macans, the diesel S will have a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and have all-wheel drive standard.

The Macan diesel won’t be a large seller, but will offer great fuel efficiency and sportiness that diesel engines are known to provide. For more information on the 2015 Porsche Macan S diesel, visit a Porsche dealer in Arizona today.