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Eight Generation Sports Car Shows Gradual Evolution

As the Porsche 911, generally considered the premier affordable sports cars in the world, continues its natural evolution, Motor Trend magazine has released some spy photos of the upcoming eighth generation. Unless you look at the current model and the new version side by side, the changes are hard to discern, but the next step in the 911 progression has a more angular hood that takes a steeper nose dive than ever before. It may be another year before the new 911 shows up on the showroom floor at Porsche of Tucson. Until then there’s plenty of 911 inventory from which to choose for a test drive and ride home to your garage.

New 911 Longer and Wider

The new 911 appears to be longer and wider than the current model, with a rear spoiler that is definitely larger, spanning the entire width of the rear from taillight to taillight. Rear side vents are also larger, perhaps signaling the use of the new Porsche 3.0L twin turbo engine. The vents on the top of the rear engine bay are also larger, reaching all the way to the edge of the window. Expect the new 911 to have a hybrid option as Porsche continues to push toward more electrification. Porsche chairman Oliver Bloom said the company will continue to embrace the history of this iconic brand, while offering more modern options for future drivers. “For the simple reason that electrification still carries a substantial weight penalty, sports cars will hold on to classic propulsion solutions a little longer than other vehicle types,” he told Car magazine. “But even the 911 must eventually adjust, and according to analysts and the media, even plug-in supercars are making headway.”

911 Provides Continuity for More Than 50 Years

The Porsche 911, in all its various forms and models, has been providing the world with a true sports car that’s also an everyday driver since 1963. The 911 is closing in on 1,000,000 vehicles delivered worldwide, making it both an iconic piece of history and one of the most successful auto brands ever created. Starting out with just a 130 horsepower six-cylinder engine, the Porsche 911 has evolved into a 500-horsepower monster if you choose the $175,000 GT3 RS model. Even if you choose the most base Carrera model, you still get 370 horses that take you from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. That’s on the way to a top track speed of 183 mph. The Porsche 911 is one vehicle that’s just as at home on the track as it is on a Saturday night ferrying a couple to the opera. See the entire Porsche lineup and treat yourself to a test drive of the 911 by taking a trip to Porsche of Tucson.

New Model Variants Boost Deliveries

With a record 23 variations on models unveiled in 2016, Porsche of North America set a sales record for the year. “Our product offensive continued to thirve with the arrival of 23 new model variants in 2016. As a result, we achieved our seventh consecutive year of increased sales,” said Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer. “I am confident we will see steady growth in 2017 with balanced supply and demand.” The Macan was the real star of 2016 with the compact crossover accounting for almost 4,000 more deliveries than the previous year. “Macan sales accelerated strongly in 2016 with the introduction of new variants. Porsche plug-in hybrid sales were also promising with 2,011 Cayenne S E-hybrid models retailed, a 92 percent increase over 2015,” said Porsche North America COO Joe Lawrence. “In 2017, we look forward to the highly anticipated, all-new Panamera, as well as the first full year of sales for our new 911 and 718 models”. Porsche of Tucson is the place to go in Arizona for the best selection and price of all the new Porsche models.

911 GTS Models Extend Product Line

When Lawrence speaks of the extended model line, he’s including the five new variants of the 911. Although not all will initially be available in North America, look for some combination of a 911 Carrera GTS, 911 4 Carrera GTS with all-wheel drive (both of these come in hard top and retractable roof) and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. With more horsepower and dynamic torque, these new models take the thrill of driving a 911 to another level. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see which models will be available for a test drive.

Macan Changing the Face of Crossover/SUV Ownership

The compact Macan is quickly changing the face of SUV ownership in America, as more and more people are transitioning from their domestic vehicle to the premium Porsche. Starting at just $47,500 for the base model, the Macan delivers a level of sophistication and handling unmatched in its competitors. The base Macan has the bones and premium elements of a Porsche, but if you want something a little quicker you’ll need to step up to the Macan GTS or Macan Turbo. The GTS generates 360 horsepower to achieve the 0-60 mph run in 5 seconds flat. The turbo engine has an additional 40 horses and cuts the 0-60 time to 4.6 seconds. All the Macan models offer phenomenal handling, aided by the Porsche Active Suspension Management system with air suspension.