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Cayman GT4 Impresses as “Best Driver’s Car”

“Motor Trend” magazine, long the source for gearheads and car aficionados to drool over cars they either can’t afford or plan to buy, gathered an impressive crop of vehicles to compete for the title of “2015 Best Driver’s Car.” When it was all said and done, the Porsche Cayman GT4 impressed the editors enough to take a strong second place. All the cars went through a series of tests on closed tracks and open roads to determine which car the editors most love to drive. While numbers are important, the ones that scored the best just made the editors “smile a lot.” Go get your smile on with a test drive of the Porsche Cayman at Porsche of Tucson.

Step on the Gas and Get a Beautiful Noise

One of the editors likened the sound of stomping on the Cayman GT4 accelerator as a “musical sound,” which was “like ripping silk, amplified through the bell of a trumpet.” The Cayman’s flat-six engine sits directly behind you so you can hear and feel every horsepower as it propels you at break-neck speed down the track or highway. Unbelievable handling in corners and smooth braking make the Cayman GT4 a joy to drive, prompting adjectives like “devilish,” “racy,” “awesome,” and “absolutely phenomenal” from the editors. One even proclaimed “I’m in love.” The only car to rank higher than the Cayman was the Mercedes-AMG GT S, which has a price tag that runs about $65,000 more than the Porsche, as both were tested.

Cayman Racks Up Some Impressive Numbers

Although the numbers weren’t everything, the Porsche Cayman GT4 racked up some pretty impressive statistics during the Motor Trend tests. The car went from 0-60 miles per hour in just 4.1 seconds. It ran the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds with a top speed of 115.2 miles per hour. It only took 97 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 miles per hour, an important factor in any high performance vehicle. Porsche says the Cayman has a top track speed of 183 miles per hour. See why the Cayman delivered such an outstanding performance with a visit to Porsche of Tucson.

Porsche Delivers Safety Features on Cayman

It’s important for anyone driving a high-performance vehicle like the Cayman GT4 to understand their limitations, but Porsche has added a number of safety features to help avoid collisions. Six-piston aluminum brake calipers are on the front with four pistons on the rear to create a rapid response to any braking situation. Full-size driver and passenger air bags, along with side airbags, help protect occupants in the event of a crash. The Cayman GT4 also features electronic stability control and traction control to help drivers keep their vehicles on the road and heading in the right direction.

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Six-month Wait Time a Thing of the Past

The introduction of the small SUV known as the Porsche Macan was so popular in the United States, the company was struggling earlier this year to deliver vehicles within six months. Thanks to an increased allocation from the main plant in Germany, wait times have gone down to less than two months and are continuing to get smaller. The long wait was annoying for both customers and dealers like Porsche of Tucson. The company even started to offer extremely short-term lease packages on other vehicles to keep customers driving a Porsche while waiting for delivery of their Macan.

Despite Wait, Macan Sales Continue Strong

Sales of the Macan continued strong through the summer, with yearly increases of 40 percent for June, more than 60 percent in July and another 38 percent in August. The popular small SUV had a sales increase of 65 percent in September. Through the first nine months of 2015 sales for the Porsche Macan were more than double that period in 2014. Sales are currently  just over 10,000 vehicles for the year and Porsche believes that with a proper inventory it could sell 18,000 Macans in the U.S. next year.

Macan Comes in Two Trim Levels

Buyers have their choice of two trim levels for the Macan, the standard S package and the premium Turbo. The S comes with a V6 naturally aspirated engine that delivers 340 horsepower and 339 foot-pounds of torque. The Turbo engine is a little larger and pumps out 400 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque. Although both are perfectly adequate for freeway merges, passing big trucks and just having a blast on a mountain road, the Turbo does top out at 164 mph compared to 156 for the S model. The Turbo is also six-tenths of a second faster in the race to 60 mph from a standing start, hitting that mark in just 4.6 seconds. Naturally, the Turbo comes at a higher price, starting at $73,900 compared to just $52,600 for the S model.

Two Models Similar in Safety Features, Differ Otherwise

Both models have virtually identical safety features, but differ in the lighting system and interior creature comforts. While the Turbo has 18-way adaptive all-leather sport seats, the S model has 8-way power seats with memory trimmed in partial leather. Both have full power tailgates, electric mirrors, and four 12-volt power outlets. The Turbo has a Porsche Communication Management system that includes 3-D navigation and Wide Video Graphics Array color display. Explore the difference between the two models yourself with a visit to Porsche of Tucson.

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Let Your Right Arm and Two Legs Work in Unity

For those who have never tried to drive a stick shift, it can become an exercise in frustration. Those who have perfected the art know that a properly executed shift is something to celebrate as they depress the clutch, move the gear, release the clutch and stomp on the accelerator all at the precise moments for optimum performance. For those who tried to learn to shift in the Costco parking lot only to leave their dad in tears and inventing new swear words, the manual transmission is viewed as a sure sign of the Apocalypse. Luckily for them, Porsche offers a driving experience where they can learn to “Master the Manual” with a personal driving coach in a controlled environment.

Master the Manual Progresses Through Three Porsches

When you start the program, you’ll be in the Cayman S, a sporty but steady car that is built to handle curves. Once you’re feeling comfortable, you step up to the Cayman GTS and then finally move into the Cayman GT4. Offered at the Porsche track in Atlanta, the Master the Manual program starts on a large asphalt pad where you test your ability to handle speed and lane-changing in a safe environment. From there you move to the 1-mile racetrack with corners and a number of dips and climbs. Your personal coach will help you choose a path through the curves as well as known when to brake and when to accelerate. Of course, if you’ve already mastered the manual shift you can take advantage of your knowledge and go test drive one of the vehicles at Porsche of Tucson.

Move on to Low Friction

Once you’ve mastered the track, your coach will take you to the low-friction circle and test track where you’ll hone your skills and experience how Porsche has designed over-steer into the handling capabilities of the vehicle. Through a series of tight turns and different elevations, your goal will be to make the engine sing as you power through the gears and maintain control. Finally, you move onto the kick plate, which mimics how a vehicle might lose control in raining or icy weather. If you can handle that, you can say you’ve truly “Mastered the Manual” and you can come home and impress your dad.

Now’s the Time to Buy a Porsche

Once you show dad how well you can power through the gears, it’s time to take him to Porsche of Tucson and pick yourself out a new ride. You can’t go wrong no matter what Porsche you pick, but choose one where you can put the top down. Drop the top and put that baby through its paces in one of the canyons on the outskirts of Tucson so you can hear the roar echoing off the canyon walls. Dad just might come up with some new words to describe the experience.