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On the market for the first time is the 2015 Macan, is Porsche’s first compact crossover. The Macan is more sports car than SUV, but with the Porsche DNA you wouldn’t expect anything less. The new Porsche Macan can be described as a luxury super-hatchback SUV with AWD. If you want to drive a 911 disguised as a compact SUV then the Macan is the vehicle for you at Porsche of Tucson.
Porsche Style VP Michael Mauer describes the 2015 Macan not as the Cayenne’s baby brother, but as a big brother to the 911. Some describe it as 80% 911, 20% Cayenne and 100% Porsche.
The Porsche Macan is more sports car than utility vehicle thanks to the 340 horsepower S model and the 400 horsepower Turbo. Twin-turbocharged V6 engines with 7-speed PDK double-clutch automatic transmission power both.
The 3.0-liter 340 hp Macan S delivers 339 lb-ft of torque and has a fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. The powerhouse 3.6-liter 400 hp Macan Turbo belts out 406 lb-ft of torque. It will do 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 165 mph. Fuel efficiency on the Turbo model is the same as the Macan S.
The PDk’s sport mode button adds more snap to the gearshifts and puts some extra growl in the exhaust sound. The AWD on the Macan is electronically controlled. When you add 19″ wheels, the new Macan naturally adapts to the track even though it weighs over 4,000 lbs. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system (PASM) is optional on the Macan S and standard on the Turbo, providing even sharper handling. This is done by tightening up the suspension and the already responsive electric steering. Not many cars or even other SUVs can easily make a high-speed corner with so much confidence. The Macan is luxury car that is quiet on the road and has a towing capacity up to 5,291 lbs. The “off road” button mounted on the center console alters the gearshift points, AWD torque distribution and throttle response for perfect traction in off-road conditions.
The interior of the Macan caters to luxury from the black trims and the suede-like Alcantara seats of the base S model, to the Turbo’s leather and brushed aluminium look. The front seats wrap you in luxury, while the big gauges display all the important data. The multifunctional steering wheel has a sport car feel to it. The Macan has excellent visibility out the windshields and towards the rear. Back seat legroom is on the cramped side. With the second row of seats folded down, there is 53 ft3 of cargo space in the back. With the seat up, cargo space is reduced to only 17.7 ft3. There are many positive features of the new Porsche Macan however when it comes to interior room, it is modest compared to other vehicles of it’s class.
With the Porsche logo on its hood and liftgate, you can expect exceptional performance from the 2015 Cayenne SUV. The 2015 Cayenne is the ultimate mixture of family utility with awesome power and performance. With blazing acceleration, steering and high tech braking, you get all the expected luxury with the 2015 Cayenne. It can tow up to 7,716 lbs and still outperform most sport cars. The 2015 Cayenne SUV also comes in 5 trims: S, S E-Hybrid, Diesel, Turbo, and Turbo S. The 2015 lineup at Posche of Tucson will also include the first ever plug-in luxury hybrid SUV, the S E-hybrid.
Improved suspension tuning and more horsepower along with better fuel economy, are standard on all 2015 trims. New optional features include a Surround View camera with a 3600 view around the vehicle and temperature-adjusting rear seats.
All 5-engine choices of the 2015 Porsche Cayenne have AWD and an 8-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model is powered by a very efficient turbocharged V6 engine. The Cayenne S has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 420 hp. With the synchronous electric motor, the S E-Hybrid 3.0 liter V6 puts out 428 hp, 95 of which comes from the electric motor. At the high end are the Turbo and Turbo S, which spew out an awesome 520 and 570 hp respectively from the 4.8-liter V8 twin turbocharged engine. The Turbo S also does an impressive 0 to 60 mph in only 3.8 seconds.
The best performing Cayenne in terms of fuel efficiency is the S E-Hybrid, which has an estimated 47 mpg in electric mode.
The Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system enhances cornering by delivering extra power to the outside back wheel while rounding corners; therefore assisting the Cayenne better comply with input from the steering wheel. The Cayenne reacts like a nimble sports car thanks to the PTV plus, Dynamic Chassis Control and Active Suspension.
The interior of the 2015 Cayenne is spectacular with finely stitched leather and highlights of metal and wood. The rear seat riders have a pair of LCD screens at the back of the front headrests and the rear seats also recline. The Cayenne’s cockpit has numerous buttons, knobs and switches that all serve a good purpose and will take some getting used to.
The exterior of the Cayenne is built for speed with its muscular curves and rear windows that lean forward. The brake calipers denote the model with the diesel in black, the S and S E-Hybrid in silver and the turbo model in red. Furthermore, the 2015 turbo model sports a larger trapezoidal grille and 4 exhaust outlets at the back.
Still the Sportiest Sedan on the Market
When Porsche introduced the Panamera in 2009, young executives who had to get rid of their 911 to make room for a couple of children rejoiced. The Panamera was a sweet compromise between the small two-seater of their youth and the SUVs that signaled childhood was indeed over. Not one to mess with a good thing, Porsche gave the four-door sedan a refresh this year, with most of the work happening under the hood and in the suspension. Only those obsessed with the Porsche Panamera would notice the slight tweaks to the body.
More Horsepower Delivers Quicker Times
Both the naturally aspirated six-cylinder and V-8 engines get an extra 10 horsepower, while the turbocharged eight-cylinder adds an additional 20 horses. The S model gets an entirely new aluminum V-6 with twin turbo chargers that pumps out 420 horsepower, or 20 more than the V-8 it replaced. This engine also delivers decent fuel mileage considering the performance, scoring 17 miles per gallon in the city and 27 out on the open road. The new horsepower drops the Panamera’s 0-60 mile per hour time to 4.9, fast enough to make you forget about the extra two doors.
Handling Remains State-of-the-Art
The new Porsche Panamera features larger dampers and control arms in all of the three available suspension packages. Choose from steel springs with adjustable damping, steel springs with fixed damping or air suspension depending on the driving experience you’re trying to achieve. All three options deliver precise handling through corners, although the air suspension provides a softer ride. Put the Panamera through its paces on a mountain course and you’ll be amazed at the lack of body roll in a two-ton vehicle.
Interior Says Welcome to the Club
When you pay well north of $75,000 for a vehicle, you expect a certain level of comfort. The Panamera delivers both comfort and technology in spades. With power bucket seats in the front and rear, driver and passengers are swathed in luxury reminiscent of a country club smoking parlor. The only thing missing are the brandy snifters and cigars. A space-age instrument cluster provides vital vehicle information. Porsche’s standard infotainment system delivers symphonic sound along with real-time navigation updates. See all the luxury appointments for yourself by visiting the Porsche of Tucson showroom.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks the barrier between road-going sports cars and racing cars. It is equipped with the maximum amount of motorsport technology, which is suitable in a street-legal 911 for everyday currently possible. Extensive changes were made to its propulsion, aerodynamics and lightweight performance to an even higher level than the 911 GT3. With extremely fast tested lap times, the new 911 GT3 RS surpasses its predecessors considerably.
Enterprising motorsport know-how is the driving force behind this outstanding performance. The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a 4-liter, 6-cylinder engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb.-ft torque, in combination with a specially designed PDK transmission. The engine has the largest displacement and makes most of any naturally aspirated engine with direct injection of the 911 families. The acceleration of the high-performance sports car climbs from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and hurls through the quarter mile on the track in 11.2 seconds. Functions such as split gas from “paddle to neutral” (comparable to press the clutch with conventional manual gearbox) and speed limitation on the pit speed were adjusted using key from the motorsport. This gives drivers more freedom in terms of driving dynamics, while allowing maximum control and engagement.
The 911 GT3 RS is the vanguard of intelligent vehicle lightweight design. For the first time, the roof is made of magnesium. In addition carbon fiber is used for the engine and trunk lids, and other components of weight saving materials. This makes the RS model to 22 pounds (10 kg) lighter than the 911 GT3. A 30-centimeter recess extends centrally through the CFRP bonnet and magnesium roof. This function is a stylistic reference to the opening at the tailgate of the classic 911 models with air-cooled engines, the two largest lightweight components of the new 911 GT3 RS. Another feature is the unique front wheel arch ventilation slots in the top of the fender. Just like in thoroughbred racing cars, for all you diehard enthusiasts, they increase downforce on the front axle.
The chassis of the 911 GT3 RS is optimized for maximum speed and accuracy. Rear axle steering and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus with fully variable differential lock on the rear axle, increases the vehicle’s agility and dynamism. It also allows for a wider track front and rear, and reduces body roll even further than in the 911 GT3. In addition to the 911 GT3 RS model with the widest tires, the result is more responsive turn-features, sharper steering response and even higher cornering speeds.
The interior design of the 911 GT3 RS will take your breath away. At Porsche of Tucson, we believe this vehicle is simply amazing. The 911 GT3 RS introduces so many new value added features. Check out the spectacular full bucket seats. Based fundamentally on carbon bucket seats out of the 918, the optional Sport Chrono Package offers its integrated timer – Porsche-pass accuracy app for smartphone use. The route Precision app is utilized to automatically be time measured by GPS and log data on a smartphone for many driving parameters such as speed, lateral acceleration and the deceleration, and acceleration in the direction of travel.
The newest member of the Porsche GT family has just been released, with the new Cayman GT4 entering the illustrious ranks. The GT4 has many of the components of one of it speedier cousins the 911 GT3 and is following in the footsteps of the perfected mid-engine Porsche cars like the 904 GTS, Carrera GT, 911 Gt1 to mention a few.
Even with its blistering test track pace, Porsche has not compromised the utility of its sport coupe 2-seater with the improvements of its engine, chassis, brakes and aero dynamics. Even with its power and speed, it is still drivable in everyday normal conditions on regular road surfaces.
On the exterior, Porsche designed the GT4 to stand out along side its non-GT cousins. The most outstanding feature is the large fixed GT wing at the rear end. At the front, you will notice bigger air intakes along with a chin spoiler affixed to the front bumper. These tweaks along with the 1.2 inch drop in ride height increases the down force of the Cayman GT4, keeping it glued to the road at high speeds.
In the cockpit of the new GT4, you get the usual sport seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara, with will support you when experiencing increased lateral acceleration. Driver-centric solutions like the ascending center console, places the gear lever closer to the sport steering wheel.
Options include racing carbon fiber bucket seats, the Sport Chrono Package which includes digital and analog performance displays, a Sports Plus button that stiffens the suspension, quickens the steering and enhances the throttle response and more features when in the racing mode at high speeds. Planning to take your new GT4 for a spin on the track? Porsche includes the “Track Precision App” that down loads important info to your smart phone.
Inspired by the 911 Carrera S, the Cayman GT4 has a naturally aspirated, 3.8 litre flat-6 that spews out 385 hp with the help of a 6-speed manual transmission fitted with dynamic gear box mounts. There are no automatic options for the Cayman GT4 and this is how it should, be according to the purists.
The GT4 chassis is pretty much a carbon copy of the 911 GT3 and can do 0 to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 183 mph.
With its improved power, racier handling, better stopping power and greatly improved aerodynamic, the new Cayman has earned its GT name.
Turbo S Beats GTS for Raw Power
If pure power is an addiction that lies deep within your soul, then nothing other than the 570 horses the Turbo S has hidden under its bonnet will be enough to satisfy your cravings. Stomp on the accelerator and let the ponies run as you develop a spine-crunching 590 foot pounds of torque on the way to reaching 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds. However, if taking a little under 5 seconds to reach 60 mph is quick enough and you’d like to have an additional $60,000 to spend on such things as your kid’s soccer uniforms or perhaps a base Cayenne as your second vehicle, then the 440 horses generated by the GTS’s 3.6-liter engine are probably adequate for your needs. Test drive both versions of the Porsche Cayenne and decide for yourself at Porsche of Tucson.
GTS Lighter, More Nimble than Turbo S
Weighing in at 275 fewer pounds than its sister vehicle, the GTS takes a lighter touch to maneuver around a closed circuit. Both vehicles have stability and traction control, but critics think the GTS model is a bit looser, making for a more enjoyable driving experience for owners who don’t spend a lot of time on the track. Both SUVs come with the same 8-speed automatic transmission. Air springs are standard on the Turbo S, but optional on the GTS.
Both Models Have all the Bells and Whistles
With a price tag starting at just under $100K for the GTS and a bit south of $160K for the Turbo S, you’d expect to have all the creature comforts the engineers at Porsche could imagine. Neither vehicle will disappoint in this regard. Although the Turbo S has a bit more pizzazz with the Porsche Crest and Turbo S badging emblazoned on the seats and the door sill guards, both vehicles have state-of-the-art entertainment and navigation systems along with a driver’s cockpit that looks more at home in a space shuttle. A multi-function steering wheel provides controls for everything within the reach of a finger. Paddle shifters let you flip through the automatic gears for fun or just to show off to your passengers. The interiors of both vehicles are so beautiful and functional it’s best if you just check them out for yourself at the Porsche of Tucson showroom.
Cayenne has Seven Models to From Which to Choose
If the GTS and Turbo S are a bit pricier than you’d like, the base Porsche Cayenne starts below $60,000, making it competitive with many U.S. brands that don’t feature the Porsche name and heritage. Other models include the Diesel ($62,000), Cayenne S ($74,000), E-Hybrid ($76,000) and plain Turbo ($114,000).
You have a choice of over 20 models of the Porsche 911 in the US. The models just keep coming and Porsche lovers have quite the selection to choose from.
In 2014 Porsche company produced a special 50th Anniversary Edition. The 50th Anniversary Edition edition is no longer on the market, but has been replaced by the brand new 911 Targa 4 GTS.
The base model, the 911 Targa 4 came to the market in 2014 with a 350 horsepower 3.4 litre with Porsche’s famous true flat 6-cylinder engine. The new Targa gets all the GTS trimmings with a beefier engine and many cosmetic improvements.
The GTS will now have 0.4 litres of extra displacement instead of the 3.4 litre power plant on the base model. The result is an extra 80 horsepower that brings it up to 430 horsepower. It will also include a four-wheel-drive system.
With the old-fashioned 7-speed manual gearbox, the new 911 Targa with the 430 horsepower engine can do 0 to 60 in an impressive 4.5 seconds. Even more impressive is Porsche’s amazing manu-matic transmission with a twin-clutch PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung), which can get you to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
The Targa 4 GTS top speed is 188 mph for the 7-speed manual transmission and 187 with the twin-clutch PDK. That’s an improvement of 0.5 to 0.7 seconds to get up to 60 mph from rest, and a top speed improvement of 13-14 mph.
The standout feature of Porsche’s newest 911, is the electric roof that raises the entire back window and stores the roof cover. The Porsche Targa’s folding roof is one of the most impressive folding roofs on the market. Some of the cosmetic improvements on the Targa 4 GTS include 20-inch matte black centre lock wheels, black intakes, a sport design at the front, extra black logos and black aluminum highlights.
You can expect to pay quite a bit more for the GTS’ improvements in performance and cosmetic upgrades.
The standard 911 Targa 4 is currently selling for $101,600, while you can expect to pay around $132,800 for the GTS. The only question that remains is if the GTS is worth that extra money.
That question will be answered very soon as the 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be out in April 2015 in showrooms across the US.
Visit Porsche of Tucson to test drive your favorite Porsche today!