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Sporty Convertible Debuts at New York Auto Show

The newest member of the Porsche Boxter line is the second-generation Spyder, a roadster that delivers phenomenal performance while maintaining the character of previous versions of the Spyder. With an engine delivering 375 horsepower, the Boxter Spyder delivers a thrilling driving experience amplified by a sport-tuned suspension and brakes taken from the 911 Carerra S. The Spyder takes only 4.3 seconds to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour, culminating at a top speed of 180 miles per hour. Porsche of Tucson is taking orders for the new Spyder now for delivery later this fall.

Stays True to Previous Spyder Incarnations

Introduced first as the 550 Spyder at the 1953 Paris Auto Show, the little Porsche convertible was used first solely in racing events. The most famous Spyder is undoubtedly the one actor James Dean drove to his death in 1955 by crashing into another car during a road race. The 550 Spyder is one of the most reproduced sports cars ever, with its bug eye headlights and sloping lines. The new Spyder is much the same size, with more angular features. Streamliners that follow the rear lid behind the headrests are a direct tribute to the 718 Spyder, a classic Porsche from the 1960s. The manually operated convertible top not only saves on weight due to the lack of a motor and operating hardware, but also relates back to sportsters of the past.

Standard Features Limited to Save Weight

You’ll find no goodies like a stereo or air conditioner as standard equipment on the Porsche Boxter version of the Spyder. Porsche did all it can to limit the weight on this little vehicle to increase performance. If you can’t live without your tunes and some cool air, both features are available as an option. The Porsche Communication Navigation infotainment system is another available option that adds a little weight but offers state-of-the-art audio and navigation features. The starting price on the Spyder is about $83,000, including the destination charge. Talk to the folks at Porsche of Tucson for more details on ordering yours now for October delivery.

Boxter and Boxter S Available Now

If you can’t wait until October for the Spyder, consider looking at the Boxter and Boxter S. Although they both feature a little less horsepower than the new Spyder, they offer a sporty alternative for you and your partner to get your hair in the wind. Check out the Boxters today at Porsche of Tucson.


The 2015 Porsche Cayenne lineup at Porsche of Tucson, includes a diesel-powered model and a plug-in hybrid. The 5-passenger, midsize SUV comes in four trims: Diesel, S, S E-Hybrid and Turbo.

The sporty, new Porsche Cayenne is provided with considerable improvements. The Cayenne S model currently provides a turbocharged V6 instead of a V8. In addition, the plug-in S E-Hybrid replaces the previous year’s S Hybrid. The Turbo also receives 20 extra horsepower, along with the identical torsional power rating as the previous Turbo S. The suspension configuration has been refined to enhance ride and handling. Also, the offered air suspension currently comes with a retractable load sill in the cargo space. A surround-view parking video camera is currently available, as well as ventilated back seats. Updated external styling, active grille shutters and extra standard functions (with a commensurate increased base cost) complete the vehicle’s improvements. Be aware that the base, Turbo S and GTS trim levels are not available this model year. However they will be back for the 2016 model year.

Even though the fuel-efficient diesel engines are still available, the Cayenne S is taking the next step in both performance and fuel economy with the introduction of the new S E-Hybrid. The S E-Hybrid is the first plug-in hybrid in this segment. Drivers can expect 14 miles of an all-electric drive. While that isn’t a long distance, it is great for short trips. A larger battery pack provides additional energy to supplement the gas engine. The acceleration of the S E-Hybrid is very similar to the Cayenne S, but the fuel economy has been drastically improved.

There have been many updates to the exterior of the new Cayenne, including a new fascia at the front and rear, redesigned LED taillights and new LED headlights. The one sticking point for the Cayenne is the lack of cargo space for a vehicle of this size.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne’s all have an 8-speed automatic transmission and two versions of AWD. The AWD for the Diesel and S E-Hybrid have a single-mode system with a self-locking center differential. The S and Turbo have active systems that include two extra off-road settings and a locking differential at the rear.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 that combines with the electric motor to output 416 horsepower and 435 pound foot of torque. The vehicle will do an impressive 0 to 60 mph dash in 5.4 seconds. In terms of fuel economy, the E-Hybrid gives an estimated 21 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and a combined 22 mpg.

The S E-Hybrid doesn’t lose any power or performance to the S model, but drivers have the option of electric-only driving for short trips.


A new special edition of the Porsche Panamera Sports sedan comes with an extensive list of standard equipment, along with its usual elegant styling. Two versions with powerful 6-cylinder engines will be available for the Panamera edition and the Panamera 4 edition. Both have engines that delivers 310 horsepower. The Panamera 4 edition features an all-wheel-drive and an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch with Porsche Traction Management (PTM).

The 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine that outputs 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, has a dual-clutch transmission that powers both models. The Panamera edition with the Sport Chrono Package, does 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds. The Panamera can also reach a top speed of 160.9 miles per hour. With the sports package, the Panamera 4 Edition does the 0 to 60 miles per hour sprint in 5.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 159.7 miles per hour.

On the outside of the Panamera special edition, subtle design tones such as high-gloss black trims and strips are featured on the side windows. The 19-inch alloy wheels are standard and the wheel center features a colorful Porsche logo.

The inside of the Panamera Edition presents a two-tone standard black and Luxor Beige, with a Porsche logo on all head rests. The color layout is also transferred to the sport design steering wheel and door plates, with special “Edition” floor mats.

The 2016 Porsche Panamera will of course come with the standard Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, that combines audio, navigation, and communication capabilities. Enjoy an outstanding audio experience with the 14 speaker 585 watt Bose® Surround Sound System.

Other standard technical features for the Panamera Edition version consist of Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that provides better ride quality and precision handling. When required, Bi-Xenon™ headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Park Assist with front and rear reversing cameras, and Power Steering Plus, make parking and reversing into tight spots a cinch. U.S. versions of the Panamera are loaded with 14-way comfort seats in the front, which includes a comfort memory package. The vehicle also includes heated seats in the front and rear.

The Panamera Edition goes on sale in the USA in June 2015. Selling prices will begin at an MSRP of $80,000 for the Panamera Edition and a MSRP of $84,300 for the Panamera 4 Edition. For comparison, the base Panamera starts at $78,100 and the Panamera 4 starts at $82,800. Get ready to see this vehicle soon at Porsche of Tucson!