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Can a cruise control system really reduce your stress when driving for long periods? Not having to constantly brake and accelerate can reduce driver fatigue. Just having to steer is a big relief for many drivers. Many automakers are including adaptive cruise control along with some type of lane keeping assistance to make traveling on the highways more peaceful.

Well Porsche is looking to add a little more excitement to the mix with their in-development InnoDrive that aims to add performance to the mix.

Car and Driver reported that the German car maker is fine tuning a system that will let Porsche vehicles produce as much as 0.7g of lateral acceleration without any throttling from the driver.

InnoDrive performs by calibrating pavement levels as well as turn radii together with essential data such as velocity, elevation, space between automobiles, and lane location. The system regulates the car’s throttle and brakes, optimally performing perfect entries and exits each time. The driver is able to pre-program his cornering aggression in advance, enabling the Porsche to power through curves at somewhere between 0.5g and 0.7g. The driver still has to steer the car though.

Isn’t it strange that the producer of some of the best performing sports cars anywhere would design a system that essentially removes the driver somewhat from the equation? Porsche’s approach is that faster is more efficient, and thus making saving fuel even more fun. They feel that the more speed you can take into a turn, the less energy the engine will need to accelerate after.

This could mean fuel consumption can be reduced by almost 10% according to Porsche and reducing travel times by 2% on average. InnoDrive is designed to execute acceleration when the engine is in it optimal operating range. It can even tell when you are going up inclines and builds momentum to go over inclines at an optimal speed.

Some people are apprehensive about this technology. One of the concerns is if the system will adjust to inclement weather. If not it could just be an accident waiting to happen. Some consumers also feel the joy of driving would be taken from the driver.

Production-model Porsche vehicles won’t have InnoDrive until the end of the decade, however Porsche of Tucson is looking forward to the new technology!

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Definition Equals Work Over Time

When you see an automaker bragging that one car delivers 300 horsepower, while a competitor is only at 250, you probably understand that 300 is more than 250, but what else does it mean? The actual definition of horsepower is the amount of energy required to lift 33,000 pounds to a height of one foot over a period of one minute. James Watt, an industrialist inventor in the early 19th century, came up with the measurement as a way to try and sell his steam engines. As the engines were replacing the work done by horses, it made sense to him to use horsepower as a reference. Watt came up with the measurement, but Porsche put horsepower to good use by refining the sports car. See how much fun horsepower can be by visiting Porsche of Tucson and test driving the entire lineup of high performance autos and SUVs.

Automakers Fudged the Measurements

When American muscle cars came on the scene in the 1960s, the amount of available horsepower was a bragging right that affected sales tremendously. By unhooking much of the auxiliary equipment like alternators and water pumps, the amount of horsepower could be increased to influence buyers. This caused a problem when insurance companies started charging higher rates, and the job of determining actual horsepower was finally given to the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Porsche 918 Delivers 887 Horses

If you have an extra $850,000 in the couch cushions and want a hybrid that cranks out close to 900 horsepower, consider the Porsche 918. It has a V-8 and two electric motor mounted at each axle to provide even weight distribution and a neck-snapping 944 foot pounds of torque that makes you question the strength of the bolts holding the seats to the chassis.

Golden Age of Horsepower Going Through Renaissance

During the 1960s, a car’s horsepower was a badge of honor only sometimes outweighed by the size of the engine in cubic inches. Following the oil crisis of the 1970s, both cars and engines were downsized tremendously. That trend started to reverse in the 1990s and 2000s until the development of the 1,200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron in 2005, the most powerful production car ever. Most Porsches have a minimum of at least 300 horsepower that was developed from a rich racing heritage. Take some time and examine all the models at Porsche of Tucson to see which model has the power and performance to fit your needs.

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Power and Grace the Result of this Alliance

Add the name Porsche in front of any automotive discussion and you automatically raise the interest level of any red-blooded gear head. So when Porsche decided to create a pair of fuel-efficient hybrids from the Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV, consumers eagerly awaited the final product. Dubbed the S E-Hybrid, the new versions of the Panamera and Cayenne are now available for inspection at your Porsche of Tucson dealer.

Panamera S E-Hybrid Tops 170 mph

Blazing off the line to hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, the Porsche Panamera hybrid utilizes a combination of the 95-horsepower electric motor and 333 horse 3.0-liter V6 to top out at 170 mph. Using the electric engine alone, the car can reach a very respectable 83 mph with a range of about 15 miles. To achieve the best performance at the expense of a little gas mileage, let the gas and electric engines work together to produce 416 total horsepower while achieving 50 mpge. Other features like auto start/stop shuts the power down when sitting at a stop light, while coasting unlinks the driveline from the engine to ensure deceleration doesn’t occur as the result of engine braking.

Cayenne Performance a Bit off Panamera Pace

The Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrids both share the same engine setup, but the lighter weight of the sedan coupled with some aerodynamic advantages give it the performance edge over the big SUV. Still, the Cayenne reaches 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 151 mph. Utilizing the electric engine alone, the Cayenne gets about the same range as the Panamera but can only achieve 73 mph on the highway. Previous versions of the Cayenne offered superior handling on the pavement, but weren’t really made for severe off-road excursions. That hasn’t changed with the hybrid model, but when you spend $80,000 for a vehicle you probably aren’t going to want to challenge nature’s ability to mess up the paint.

Porsche Character Reflected in Each Vehicle

Whether its one of the new hybrids or a version of the classic 911 sports car, the character that comes along with a Porsche name badge comes from scrutinizing every detail and challenging the status quo. Stop by Porsche of Tucson and see why this iconic automaker is synonymous with a sophisticated and thrilling driving experience.