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Smaller Version of Cayenne Easy to Drive

Take the utility of the Cayenne and mix it with the horsepower and handling of the 911 and you have Porsche’s entry into the mid-size SUV market, the new 2015 Porsche Macan. Named after an Indonesian cat, this Porsche stakes its claim to the higher-end SUV consumer with all the subtlety of a tiger on steroids. Longer, wider and closer to the ground than the Audi Q5, the Macan delivers a comfortable ride while maneuvering around and through the obstacles that a daily commute throws in your way. Feel the power and handling yourself with a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.

Two Trim Level Options Provide Fast and Faster Rides

Whether you opt for the S trim package or the Turbo, the racecar designers at Porsche still provide plenty of speed to go along with the Macan’s carrying ability. The S trim package includes a 3-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers that produces 340 horsepower and a top speed of 156 miles per hour. Choose the Turbo model and you get a 3.6-liter engine with 400 horsepower and maximum speed of 164 miles per hour. The Turbo features a more aggressive design, particularly in the front where it sports a spoiler lip, reminiscent of the 918 Spyder.

Interior Design Perfect for Technophiles

With over 30 switches on the center console and more overhead and on the steering wheel, the interior of the 2015 Porsche Macan has enough technology to keep even the geekiest sports car owner in a state of euphoria. A 7-inch touch screen with even more controls provides an entertainment system loyalists come to expect from Porsche. Unlike some of the company’s sports cars, the rear seats actually have enough room for grown adults to ride in comfort, even when the driver is exorcising her inner Formula-1 driving demons. Visit Porsche of Tucson to experience the technology that makes the Macan a truly innovative SUV.

Adjust Performance at Touch of a Button

Utilizing the Macan’s Sport Plus button automatically tunes the engine and adjusts the suspension dampers to deliver enhanced handling around hairpin corners. The Launch Control button controls wheel spin to deliver the most acceleration possible from a stopped position. All these are part of the Sport Chrono Package, which also includes a stopwatch where you can store and analyze lap times to improve your driving performance as well as provide evidence to your friends of the awesomeness of your new Macan.

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Fast, Fun and Phenomenal, This Car’s Built for Cornering

True enough, the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 goes from 0-60 in an eye-blinking 3.1 seconds and reaches almost 123 miles per hour in the quarter mile, but the real fun of driving this testament to testosterone is how it handles hairpin curves. Although technically a street car, the GT3 is tuned to handle the toughest road courses without fear of launching yourself into a gully. Feel the rear end release as you power through a corner, allowing a slight amount of drift that makes both you and the car feel alive. Check out the GT3 at Porsche of Tucson for a test drive (within the speed limit, of course).

Weight Distribution is Key to Cornering

The engineers at Porsche have been building racecars long enough to know a few things about weight distribution and fine-tuning suspension. By placing 60 percent of the car’s weight in the rear, the Porsche 911 GT3 distributes the acceleration g-force to both axles. Although the car’s engine only produces 475 horsepower, those are well-trained horses that make good use of the vehicle’s 6.9 pound per horsepower output. A seven-speed automatic transmission knows exactly when to shift, leaving you to concentrate on its exhilarating ride. A launch program knows precisely how much horsepower to deliver without spinning the tires.

GT3 Design Doesn’t Stray Far from 911 Line

Although the GT3 resembles the 911 Carrera S in many ways, its design is distinctive both inside and out. Three large air ducts on the front and a recessed front bumper provide both functionality and a warning that this monster is waiting to be unleashed. The large wing on the back and an air intake provides fresh oxygen to the inline six-cylinder engine. It’s a little larger and heavier than the Carrera, but the interior is all Porsche. The use of high-performance materials on the dash and center console makes an appealing cockpit. Carbon fiber seats and aluminum pedals remind you that you’re in a racing vehicle, but available twin-zone air conditioning provides just the right amount of creature comforts.

2016 GT3 RS to Receive New Engine

When Porsche launches its new GT3 RS next year, it will be with a new engine design expected to deliver at least 25 more horsepower than the current model. Additional use of carbon fiber is expected to lower the weight of the vehicle, producing an even more prodigious racing machine. Porsche also hints that the new GT3 may have an optional manual gearbox, designed for the true racing aficionados who like to milk every last rpm from each shift. As for the rest of the Porsche 911 models, expect a switch to all-turbo charge engines in 2016. Keep in touch with Porsche of Tucson for the latest offerings from the iconic carmaker.

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche 918 Spyder

The 2015 Porsche Spyder has brought home yet another important award. The prestigious Robb Report has named the Porsche 918 Spyder its “Car of the Year.” Although the formal announcement won’t come until the magazine’s March issue hits newsstands later this month, the surprise announcement came first at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in January. In Arizona, the home of the 918 Spyder is Porsche of Tucson.

The Robb Report is the premier luxury lifestyle magazine, covering jewelry, real estate, fine automobiles and other collectibles for its highly affluent readership. Available in both traditional print and online additions, the Robb Report has been awarding its Car of the Year for 22 years. In November of last year, the magazine brought together 140 VIPs, editors and readers and asked them to evaluate 13 of the world’s most elite luxury vehicles.

Among the competition was the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, the Audi RS 7, the Bentley Continental GT V8 S, the BMW i8, Ferrari California T, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, Lamborghini Huracan, Maserati Ghibli S Q4, the Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe Edition 1 and the Rolls Royce Wraith. Tough competition any way you look at it!

The Porsche 918 Spyder uses three engines to generate 887 hp at 8,500 rpm with 944 ft lbs of torque in 7th gear. Going from zero to 60 in a 2.5 second blink of an eye, it tops out at 214 mph. The fasted production car in the Porsche stable of models, it’s also the priciest, with a $845,000 base price. The car as viewed by the Robb Report judges was priced somewhere north of $1.2 million.

This year’s judging was held in Napa Valley at the Meadowood Resort. Judges actually ranked all 13 contenders in order of preference; however, the final order won’t be known until the print edition arrives. The Ferrari Berlinetta F12 took home the honor in 2014. Previous years’ winners include the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Bentley Continental Supersport, This wasn’t Porsche’s first year to shine at Robb Report, as the Porsche 911 Carrera S won in 2013 and, ironically, it was the Porsche 918 Spyder that took home the inaugural award in 1994.

In Arizona, you can see all of the award-winning models, including the venerable Porsche 918 Spyder, at Porsche of Tucson.

Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder