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The Porsche Panamera line-up now accounts for twelve models. However, the 2015 Panamera S-E Hybrid is simply not just “one of them”. The Panamera is a vital cog for the four-door family, primarily due to the fact that this sports sedan is an important pillar to Porsche’s plug-in hybrid plan.
The Zuffenhausen people may be admired for their love of motorsport. But we must not forget that the German automaker has always been at the forefront of technology innovation. Because of that, Porsche is currently the only auto maker in the world that has three plug-in hybrid models in its line-up.
The 918 Spyder is light speed ahead, which leaves us to talk about the pair of S E-Hybrid aces up Porsche’s sleeve. The 2014 Panamera was the one to introduce the S E-Hybrid hardware, with the Cayenne also utilizing it for the 2015 model. This once again proves the significance of the petrol-electric sports sedan.
The Panamera also had a hybrid version prior to the mid-cycle revamp, the S Hybrid. However, that was Porsche tinkering with electric assistance. While the Audi-sourced supercharged V6 remained in place, the electrical side of the deal was substantially accentuated, moving from a hybrid to a plug-in hybrid.
Everyone is familiar with Porsche makeovers. They will always be focused on components under the body panels, so one ought to get close to the Panamera in order to notice the visual differences. The front and rear fascias, including the light clusters at both ends have been tweaked. Squint a little and you’ll also be able to catch the slight change in the rear hatch.
It’s also rather interesting that the S E-Hybrid is probably the most simple to identify out of the entire line-up. This is primarily due to a color that looks just as mind boggling as its name sounds—Acid Green. All that was needed for this hue to set the hybrid apart were a few tweaks, such as the badging or the brake calipers. Just in case the hue may seem familiar, it may be as a result of the 918 Spyder or the 997 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder.
The Panamera’s styling has always been rather polarizing to a certain degree, even among Porsche loyalists everywhere. However, if design is what puts you off from buying one, the next generation ought to do the trick. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller recently admitted the Panamera’s styling, as well as its cabin, does come up short in certain areas but assured everybody that the next generation would address all the issues.
You really need to be familiar with these German machines to notice the difference the mid-cycle refresh makes as it pertains to the cabin. However once more, the S E-Hybrid distinguishes itself from the rest of the range.
Yes, Acid Green also dominates inside the car, albeit only on the dashboard instrument needles, as well as the tachograph signaling the presence of the optional Sports Chrono package.
“Most hybrids replace the rev counter of their conventionally-powered counterparts with a gauge that shows how efficiently the car is being driven. This is a Porsche though, so the rev counter keeps center stage,” Mueller adds.
However, the meter in question replaced the analogue speedometer. Furthermore, the multifunctional screen on the left of the instrument cluster now showcases hybrid-specific menus, which also pertains to the central infotainment display.
The Panamera appears as though it’s always been ready for the introduction of a serious hybrid model. The upscale ambiance is apparent when you climb aboard the Panamera. The vehicle is an ideal match for the sophisticated theme of the hybrid technology. Check out Porsche of Tucson for a test drive of the 2015 Porsche Panamera.
Porsche Cars North America today officially unveiled its new $100 million Porsche Experience Center (PEC) and headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The 27-acre complex located at the Northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the largest investment outside Germany for the sports car manufacturer. The exceptional first class facility is complete with a driver development track, classic car gallery, restoration center, human performance center, and driving simulator lab. A state-of-the-art business center features 13,000 square feet of conference, event space and a fine dining restaurant. The experience center has been specifically designed as a destination for the public, including automotive enthusiasts and Porsche customers.
“Today we celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Porsche as we expand our footprint in the United States and reaffirm our commitment to the state of Georgia and the city of Atlanta,” said Matthias Mueller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche. “We are investing more than ever before, heightening visibility for the Porsche brand in the U.S. and worldwide.”
An estimated 30,000 guests are likely to drop by the uniquely designed Porsche Experience Center each year. Visitors and corporate groups can focus on their driving skills, reserve meeting space in the fully-equipped business center, check out classic Porsche automobiles or eat at Restaurant 356, aptly named after the first production Porsche model.
“Our vision for our new home was to create a bold, energizing environment here in Atlanta to demonstrate the unique capabilities of our sports cars,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The experience center coupled with our headquarters is truly the first of its kind in the automotive industry where we welcome employees, partners, customers and enthusiasts alike.”
The 1.6-mile Driver Development Track follows along the courtyard of the facility and includes six instructor-led driving modules. The Handling Circuit, Off-Road Course, Dynamics Area, Low Friction Handling Circuit, Low Friction Circle, and the only Kick Plate in North America are designed to demonstrate the engineering and technological capabilities of all Porsche models.
“Porsche’s investment in its new headquarters represents the confidence it has in the future success of our state, our economy and our workforce,” said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal. “The facility at One Porsche Drive is as innovative, forward-thinking and performance-driven as the company itself. From their windows on I-75, travelers have borne witness to the progress being made here, and now, the day has come when these same visitors can truly experience all that Porsche and Georgia, have to offer.”
It must be said that more than 70 alternative locations in a number of states were considered during the initial site selection. Ultimately, Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure, skilled workforce and strong support from the city and the state were the most influential factors in deciding the final winner. Furthermore, the proximity to the world’s busiest airport allows approximately 80 percent of the U.S. population to reach the Porsche Experience Center within two and a half hours of flying time.
“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Porsche Cars North America and congratulate them on their grand opening,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “Porsche discovered why Atlanta has the third-highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies: a low cost of doing business, a high quality of life, access to the world’s busiest and most efficient passenger airport and the fastest-growing container port in the country. Businesses are voting with their feet and choosing Atlanta as the place to build and grow. We are proud to have Porsche, an iconic, best-in-class company, make their new home here.”
Learn more about Porsche and view a variety of models from our lineup at Porsche of Tucson. Test drive a Porsche today!
The Boxster is Porsche’s entry-level model and one of Porsche of Tucson‘s most popular models. Since it was introduced almost 20 years ago, it has become one of the most dynamic cars on the road. The mid-engine 2-passenger sport convertible Boxster has been continuously improved and has now become the benchmark used to judge all other Porsches.
The Porsche Boxster underwent a significant update for 2013. This update led to a larger platform, which produced a car that is more comfortable and improved its overall stability. The 2015 model line-up is joined by an even more powerful GTS, which offers to attract the weekend enthusiast driver and track fanatic.
The 3.4-liter flat 6 engine rear-wheel-drive is directly fuel injected. And in addition to Porsche’s VarioCan Plus technology, the new Boxster outputs 330 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 272 lb.-ft. of torque at 1750-2500 rpm. The car’s centre of gravity is kept low and centered. This is due to the mid-mounted design and weight distribution between the front and rear axles, which is nearly perfect. You would expect this level of precision in much more expensive cars, but the Porsche Boxster proves to have outstanding road manners and unparalleled handling.
The Boxster comes in two other versions—Sport and Sport Plus, for those who want more out of their Boxster. The setting can be activated by the touch of a button, which sharpens handling while optimizing driver, engine and suspension controls.
The short-throw 6-speed manual transmission comes standard. The Sport Chrono Package gives the Boxster the boost to go from 0 to 100km/h in just 5 seconds. The optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) automatic transmission reaches 100 km/h in only 4.9 seconds. The Boxster itself reaches a top speed of 281 kph.
On the fuel economy side, the 2015 Boxster GTS has a 19 mpg (12.1 L) for city driving and offers a 26 mpg (8.9 L) on the highway.
The Boxster’s surprisingly spacious interior features black bucket sport seats with Alcantara inserts. The SportDesign steering wheel and gear lever are wrapped in grip enhancing material. The seatbelts have a hint of red thread along the side and GTS logo in the headrests that is embroidered in red. The grip enhancing material is also on the lower section of the dashboard, the doors and the centre console.
The Porsche Boxster GTS is striking and stimulating to drive. Look no further if you want a sports car with first rate levels of performance, refined appointments, and enormous curb appeal. The 2015 Porsche Boxster GTS should be at the top of your list.
The base MSRP price for the 2015 Boxster GTS is $83,900.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is the fastest and most powerful road-going Porsche to date. It is super complex and comes with a colossal price tag.
The 918 Spyder made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and went into production later that year.
For 3 years the 918 went trough intensive development and the final version was tested at the famous Nürburgring in early September. The result was a record-breaking lap time that beat out the previous fastest Carrera GT by a whopping 33 seconds. Up until then the Carrera GT was the fastest road-going Porsche.
The new Spyder is powered by a mid-mounted V8 gasoline 4.6-liter engine that is based on the RS Spyder race car. The V8 is supplemented by a pair of synchronous electric motors, one mounted at the rear and the other at the front. The 3 total power sources produce a whopping 875 horsepower and a mind blowing 944 lb-ft of torque!
Both a fixed gear and a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox transfer power. The fixed gear controls the front axle to supply electric drive to the front wheels at speeds up to 165 mph. The gearbox is located at the back and turns the back wheels, with a blend of electric power and gasoline-engine power. Based on the drive function chosen, the new Porsche is able to perform in front, rear or four-wheel drive settings.
Driving the 918 Spyder
You just can’t hop into the 918 Spyder and begin driving the first time you encounter it. You have to become familiar with the numerous switches that control the advance driveline, before you can feel comfortable fully unleashing the mind-blowing performance at full force. The 918 Spyder is without a doubt one of the most exciting and thrilling sports cars to ever wear the Porsche badge. When it isn’t in full electric mode, it is also ear splitting loud and ferocious sounding.
The 918’s gasoline-electric hybrid system provides 5 drive modes: Electric, Hybrid, Sport, Race, and Hot Lap. The mode selection is made via a rotary dial on the steering wheel (lower right side).
When the Spyder goes beyond 93 mph, the race-bred V8 automatically comes alive with a chest-shaking growl. This sound is from the combined electric power and combustion engine that rockets the car.
The performance gets even better in race mode, when the gasoline-electric hybrid system delivers its full 875 hp and 944 lb-ft of torque.
Then there is the hot lap which is mainly for the track. In this mode, additional torque is delivered to the front wheels providing better cornering and stability.
With the optional Weissach performance package the Spyder hits 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds and has a top speed of 214 mph.
The 918 Spyder has a massive base price of $845,000 and is Porsche’s most expensive production car. If you want the Weissach performance package expect to pay up to $929,000.
See all of Porsche’s many fine models at Porsche of Tucson.
Automaker Builds off Last Year’s Success
With slightly more than 20,000 vehicles delivered worldwide in March, Porsche announced it hit a milestone of 50,000 vehicles sold in the first quarter of the year. That’s the first time the company ever sold that many vehicles in one quarter, many of them to customers who had never owned a Porsche before. The first quarter of 2015 represents a 32 percent increase from the same time period in the previous year, with much of the success attributed to a more diversified product line that includes SUVs like the Cayenne and smaller Macan.
Macan Off to Great Start
Swing by your Porsche of Tucson dealership and see why the Macan got off to such a great start in its first month of sales last April. The new, smaller and more affordable Macan sold 1,263 units in the United States, just 31 vehicles less than the more established Cayenne and more than the popular 911, Boxter, Cayman and Panamera. The Macan continued to be a popular seller throughout 2014 and that momentum has carried into this year. “The successful launch of the Macan has buoyed our brand,” said Porsche board member Bernhard Maier.
Macan Carries Porsche Reputation at Affordable Price
By carrying the name Porsche, the Macan has a big reputation to live up to and by all accounts its doing a great job. Starting at just a bit above $50,000, this is the little SUV that could with an engine that delivers 340 horsepower while still producing 23 miles per gallon on the highway. It’s not the fastest Porsche, but it only takes 5.2 seconds to get from 0 to 60 miles per hour, which is plenty quick enough for freeway merges and getting around those big trucks on mountain roads. The Macan has the benefit of utilizing all the Porsche technology, including a start/stop function that turns off the engine when you stop at a traffic light. Driver select modes let you fine tune the suspension and throttle for those times when you want to challenge a closed track or take a run through some hairpin corners.
Not Your Mama’s Compact SUV
The functionality of compact SUVs is making them a popular choice for carrying the kids around and making an occasional trip to the big box store. Other than that, they’re fairly boring unless you’re driving a Macan. Most have five doors and five seats, but what sets the Macan apart is the heritage that comes from years of racing through closed European tracks. Head to Porsche of Tucson and drive the Macan yourself to feel the Porsche lineage pulsing through the steering wheel as you experience the thrill of being part of something truly special.