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2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Series

2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Series

The wait is finally over. Porsche introduced the 2015 Porsche Carrera GTS last week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. This dynamic new model will provide a much-needed solution for the gap that currently exists between the 911 Carrera S and the over-the-top street-legal track car, the 911 GT3. The 2015 911 Carrera GTS will be available at Porsche of Tucson by the end of this year.

Available as both a coupe and a convertible, the 911 Carrera GTS offers the option of all-wheel drive on either body style. The most intriguing aspects of the new models: a true manual transmission and a virtual ton of horsepower. Precious few of the 911’s competitors are available in a stick. Porsche also offers the optional PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe) transmission on the new GTS model, which provides a superior level of engine efficiency and acceleration time. Still, many purists demand the manual transmission option in a sports performance car of this caliber. In fact, Road & Track said, “The 2015 Porsche 911 GTS is almost the manual-trans GT3 you want.” For a much smaller price tag!

Reworking the six-cylinder 3.8 litre engine from the 911 Carrerra S, the GTS offers 430 hp and a 190 mph top speed. Standard features on the GTS include Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), sport exhaust, the PASM active damper system (which lowers the ride height 10 mm), and the Sport Chrono package. The 911 Carrera GTS is built on the 911 Carrera 4 body with 20 inch center lock wheels painted gloss black.

The interior is sport luxury perfection. Four-way adjustable front sport seats, in leather and black Alcantara, feature custom logos. In fact, the entire interior is loaded with subtle but highly nuanced exclusive features that will put these new models in high demand. The coupe starts at $115,195 and the convertible, called the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, starts at $127,095. All-wheel drive adds $6,700, but reviewers swear it’s a worthwhile upgrade.

One reviewer said of the 911 Carrera GTS , “(if) you want a sports car loaded with technology that is as at home on a track as it is on the highway.” By the end of the year, you can find the new Carrera GTS and all models of the Porsche 911 Tucson at Porsche of Tucson.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

The Porsche Panamera Executive Series is getting an Exclusive addition. Porsche recently revealed the Panamera S Exclusive Series, a limited production series of truly unique luxury sports cars. Making its debut at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the Exclusive Series will be available in Arizona through Porsche of Tucson.

Already the most unique luxury performance car in its class, the Exclusive model will stretch the already-lengthy Panamera Executive wheelbase to provide a substantial improvement in rear passenger compartment room. With 570 hp, 4.8 litre twin turbo V8 and all-wheel drive, the Exclusive will provide unrivaled performance and passenger comfort.

As for style, the Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive will offer something never before seen on a Panamera Exclusive model: two-tone paint. The color scheme of jet-black metallic combined with chestnut brown metallic is applied by hand to ensure a perfect progression beginning under door handles and tapering to the rear of the vehicle. The twenty-inch Sport Classic style wheels are also painted jet black metallic, also exclusive to this special edition vehicle.

It is truly the interior that makes the Exclusive stand apart from the rest. All seat and lower door surfaces are clad in hand-selected chestnut brown leather from the Poltrona Frau studio in Italy. Ventilation perforations are shaped in the Porsche crest. Trim on the upper doors is black Nappa leather finished with contrasting chestnut brown seams. Interior wood trim, picking up the car’s exterior theme, subtly transitions between dark walnut and piano lacquer black accents.

Yes, the interior finishes and appearance are breathtaking but it doesn’t stop there. The Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive series features the world premier of Porsche’s Rear Seat Entertainment System Plus. The system features multimedia components including dual 10.1 inch touchscreens built into the back seat, with built-in camera and integrated DVD player. The system is designed to support both entertainment and business capabilities that include mobile internet access and a Burmester surround sound system.

To make the Exclusive experience complete, the line features an interior plaque noting the individual limited edition number. Bespoke luggage sets made of Poltrona Frau chestnut leather are available also by custom order. With an MSRP of $263,900, only 100 will be sold worldwide. Designed to compete with the Mercedes S-class and the BMW-7 series, the series seeks to fill a market void for luxury automobiles that facilitate having a driver. None of its competitors however can come close to touching the trademark Porsche performance and handling. This much luxury with the soul of sports car? Where do we sign up? Check out the Porsche Panamera Tucson and see what the excitement is all about.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Executive Exclusive Series Exquisite Interior Amenities

Executive Exclusive Series Exquisite Interior Amenities

Executive Exclusive Series Optional Bespoke Luggage Set

Executive Exclusive Series Optional Bespoke Luggage Set

The 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Spec Model

The rumored 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 Spec Model

Could a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 spec competition car be on the horizon? Although most any Porsche news is exciting, news that includes a bona fide Porsche Motorsport competition car and the GT4 European racing series in one sentence just might make one’s heart flutter. Recent statements made by the former Porsche Motorsport head did just that, with word that the legendary German car maker has been testing a prototype. In Arizona, Porsche of Tucson offers both the Cayman and Cayman S models.

The GT4 European racing series is a multi-brand championship racing series for both amateur and professional drivers. GT4 races what are known as “track day” cars, which are essentially factory-built race cars, as well as custom modified production models. The 2014 schedule included six weekend events in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. Its governing body, as is the case with the Formula One series and most other major international motorsports events, is the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The FIA modifies each proposed GT4 class car such that they all have almost identical performance specs. Other cars approved to run GT4 include the Maserati Grand Turismo, Aston Martin Vantage, Mazda MX5 and Lotus Evora. That’s impressive company to keep.

Porsche Motorsport currently offers track day GTE and GT3 racing models based on the Porsche 911 platform. Car aficionados can purchase these 600 hp racers from the factory for about $500,000. The road version of the Cayman GT4 will undercut both the horsepower and the price, but probably not the adrenaline factor. Insiders predict the Cayman GT4 will offer around 450 hp, a significant uptick from the 340 hp offered by the production Cayman GTS, using a twin-turbo 3.8 litre box unit. If these performance specs do materialize on the Cayman GT4, it will fall barely short of its big brother, the Porsche 911 GT3 with a 475 hp 3.8 litre flat-six. The 911 GT3 currently sells for about $130,000, so it’s probably safe to assume that that the Cayman GT4 price point will be well below that mark.

They Cayman GT4 prototype was recently caught on camera testing at the Nurburgring track in Germany, boasting a large rear wing, a GT3-style front air vent, and a sleek, aerodynamic front end. Experts guess that the GT4 could make its debut with the 2016 models. The Cayman GT4 will definitely be the most extreme Cayman yet, but is it enough to cut in on the 911’s party? Insiders predict the two will retain individual personalities and provide two very different driving experiences. The world is definitely ready to find out for itself, and there’s more than enough room for both. When the 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 arrives, you’ll be able to find it in Arizona at Porsche Cayman Tucson.

2014 Porsche Cayman S

2014 Porsche Cayman S at Porsche of Tucson