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Offers Less Expensive 911 Turbo

Owners of the 911 Turbo were members of an exclusive, expensive club up until this year. At more than $150,000, the 911 Turbo was the only way to get the boost from Porsche’s patented turbocharged setup in a 911. With the introduction of the 2016 911 Carrera Turbo, drivers can experience the turbo blast at a savings of about $60,000. The new 3.0-liter twin turbocharged six cylinder produces 370 horsepower on the way to reaching 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds from a stone cold dead start. Choose the Carrera S from Porsche of Tucson and it boosts the horses up to 420 and knocking three-tenths of a second off the time to 60. Top speed for the 911 Carrera is listed at 183 mph. The Carrera S can hit 191 mph.

Rear Vents Give Away the Turbo’s Power

Although there is no badging to give away the Carrera’s new turbo engineering, close observers will notice some rear vents that allow for cooling of the equipment. There’s also a cooling panel in the rear as well as some new chrome tips on the dual exhaust. Along with the extra power, Porsche has made a few other upgrades to the new Carrera. LED lighting in the front and rear is quickly becoming the standard at Porsche as well as other automakers. There’s also a brand new infotainment system that offers a 7-inch touchscreen that incorporates Apple’s CarPlay along with other apps and navigation.

Active Suspension Management Tunes in Handling

Porsche Active Suspension Management allows the driver to lower the vehicle by almost a half-inch when it’s time to play. The lower ride height helps grip the road when tooling around hairpin curves and putting the Carrera and its new turbocharger through the paces. Settings adjust the transmission and exhaust as well to give you the optimum performance depending on road conditions and your mood. You can put the Carrera through its paces with a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.

Safety Technology Also Added

As with most higher-end vehicles, Porsche is adding a system of sensors and cameras to help drivers avoid collisions. Blind spot monitoring and lane assist will help avoid crashes completely, while post-collision braking takes over after a wreck to try and limit the damage. The real news is under the rear bonnet though, where engineers have taken the shackles off this dynamic sports car and replaced the naturally aspirated engine with a turbocharged monster.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid has successfully bridged the gap between amazing power and clean burning fuel efficiency. This luxury SUV was designed for both the environmentalist as well as the car enthusiast. One will really appreciate the ability of the car to be plugged in and be driven on battery power alone while the other will love the 3.0-liter 333 hp supercharged V-6 engine that is highly responsive anytime you touch the gas. The driver can make full use of the 416 hp potential by making use of both electric and gas engines. You can find this recent Porsche Cayenne edition at the Porsche of Tucson dealership.

So here’s the number one question: does the Cayenne S E-Hybrid make a good city commute vehicle?

If you are in the city or the highway, both engines work together seamlessly to provide both an economical and powerful ride.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid, unlike other hybrids, has options to charge its electric battery fully without having to plug it in. While in a traffic jam or in stop and go driving in the city, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid driver has the option to switch to the more efficient electric driving mode.

This is referred to as E-Power mode and can be activated by simply pushing a button on the console. The driver can travel up to 14 miles in all-electric power mode without having to worry about a decrease in acceleration. The electric motor will perform effortlessly up to 78 mph.

The really unique feature of the Cayenne is its ability to fully recharge the battery with the electric engine when in E-Charge mode. Similar to how drivers can engage E-power in heavy traffic or when conditions are unsuitable for the gas engine, they can engage the E-Charge mode. In this mode the gas engine charges the battery if they have been drained or anytime the electric driving mode isn’t as efficient like on the highway.

If you happen to be cruising at over 70 mph, you can engage the E-Charge mode to recharge the battery. Once you exit the highway you can switch back to E-Power and have a zero emission drive to your home. This is one of the new features that vehicle makers are trying to refine – ways to improve efficiency without impacting performance or the vehicle’s ability to go on long road trips.

However you will need to plug in the Cayenne S E-Hybrid to get the full benefits of this vehicle. A standard 3.6-kW battery will fully charge the vehicle in just 2.7 hours and using an $840 on-board 7.2-kW charger, the job will be done in just 1.3 hours.