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The Porsche 911 GT3 is the latest in a line of Porsche high-performance models. The new GT3 will be built on the same hybrid steel-aluminum construction used in the current generation 911 Carrera, but it adds a series of independent front and rear parts. When compared to a standard Carrera, the new GT3 version will add a sportier exterior look with the most striking addition of a large, fixed rear wing.
Under the new 911 GT3 hood is a 3.8-liter boxer engine that delivers a total of 475 horsepower and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds with a top speed of up to 195 mph. The engine is based on the engine used in the new 911 Carrera S, but it gets modified crankshaft and valve gear, plus titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. According to Porsche, these updates allow the engine to seamlessly rev to 9,000 rpm. The engine is also paired with a Porsche dual-clutch transmission that sends the engine’s power to the rear wheels through a new high-traction rear-wheel-drive system.
Shift paddles on the steering wheel are programmed so that when the driver pulls both simultaneously, the transmission goes into neutral. This feature balances the weight distribution of the car without the driver having to hit the brakes and cause a dramatic weight transfer that could cause the car to skid.
Stop by an Arizona Porsche dealer to check out the active rear-wheel steering that moves the back wheels through a 3-degree arc to help turn the car better. At less than 30 mph, the rear wheels steer opposite the fronts, which Porsche says can have the effect of shortening the turning circle diameter three feet. At higher speed, the back wheels turn the same direction as the fronts, for snappier lane changes and other maneuvers.
To inquire further about the Porsche 911 GT3, visit Porsche of Tucson.
Porsche has paved the way for sports car manufacturers for decades, and the main reason for that is the Porsche 911. The prodigious 911 has changed form slightly over the years, but the core elements which make the 2013 Porsche 911 the leading sports car model remain true to the coupe’s pedigree. Here are some of the features that set the 911 apart:
1. Rear-engine format. Few manufacturers have attempted the rear-engine format for sports cars, but Porsche has winnowed it down to a fine art. More than just a talking point for enthusiasts, the rear-engine format gives the 911 a distinct feel all its own. By transferring the weight of the engine to just above the rear axle, the 911 applies its torque where it counts the most as the vehicle’s weight shifts during acceleration. Recent tweaks to the engine placement, suspension, and traction control electronics have corrected any semblance of oversteer present in older 911 models. Motor Trend names the Porsche 911 as its “Best Driver’s Car.”
2. Versatility. By relying on a flat-six cylinder engine, the 911maintains a unique throttle feel and handling profile which caters to all types of drivers. Live in the city? The 911 routinely clocks in below 5 seconds in the 0-60 miles per hour split, ensuring that every stop light is an opportunity for the car to remind you why you love to drive. Spend most of your time on rural and mountain roads? The 911 begins at 350 horsepower and 287 lb.-ft. of torque and comes with available all-wheel drive, guaranteeing that the 911 remains stable while tackling winding roads.
3. Variety. A drive by your Arizona Porsche dealer will reveal another of the 911’s draws: more than 10 available trims. The primary distinction between 911 models is whether the individual entry is of the Carrera or the Turbo persuasion, although these groupings contain multiple sub-trims. Your 911 could be equipped with a 3.4-liter, 350 horsepower engine up to a 3.8-liter turbocharged powerplant providing 530 horsepower. The 911 comes in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions in both coupe and convertible 2+2 formats. The transmissions available include a 7-speed traditional manual and a 6-speed auto-clutch manual option with all the control of a standard transmission without the hassle of constant two-footing in traffic. There is a 911 for everyone.
4. Cutting-edge technology. Porsche understands that there is no replacement for pure power, but a manufacturer’s commitment to keeping the “sports” in sports car need not require abandoning 21st Century luxuries. From its electronic rev-matching computer that eases downshifting without driver input to its premium surround sound system, Porsche Communication Management, and numerous other quality-of-life features, the 911 combines everything that makes contemporary luxury cars desirable with the raw driving experience of a classic European sports coupe.
5. Prestige. There is simply no match for the Porsche 911. Anyone who has driven the new Carrera 4S will likely describe it as one of the most fun cars they have driven, and the recognizable round headlights and low-sweeping body lines of the world’s greatest sports coupe never go unnoticed. Call or visit Porsche of Tucson to discover your own list of reasons to love the 2013 Porsche 911.
In the weeks leading up to the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, tremendous buzz surrounded Porsche’s obtuse announcement of a mysterious world premiere at the show. Now that the show is squarely behind us, we can all reflect on the upcoming re-release of the 2014 Porsche Cayman, a totally redesigned sports coupe which takes up the mantle of the eponymous model which was discontinued with the 2012 model year.
Available in the spring of 2013 at your Arizona Porsche dealer, the 2014 Porsche Cayman is the next generation of a Porsche classic – the power and design of a Porsche sports coupe has never been so comfortable (or so efficient).
The new Cayman will be offered in two major trim levels: the Cayman and the Cayman S. The Cayman will be fitted with a direct-injected, 2.7 liter horizontally opposed engine – colloquially known as the “flat six” or “boxer” – according to J.D. Power and Associates. Mated to the 275 horsepower engine (325 on the Cayman S) is either a six-speed manual transmission or the proprietary PDK seven-speed automatic transmission – each with unique feel and slightly different torque and acceleration.
The 2014 Porsche Cayman can go from 0-60 miles per hour in as little as 5.1 seconds, with the Cayman S coming in as quickly as 4.4 seconds. Those are tremendous speeds for a car in its class, especially when considered alongside the fact that the Cayman can achieve highway fuel mileage of 32 miles per gallon.
At first glance, the Cayman is longer, lower, and wider than its predecessor, but the car feels just as nimble as ever. All of the “creature comforts” in demand for today’s drivers are present – leather is tastefully used throughout the interior to highlight and accentuate the Cayman’s classic lines and to soften the appearance of the coupe’s many standard and optional technological features. Ventilated disc brakes, adaptive cruise control, and emergency braking assistance are also present among the many safety features which round out each package.
Far from the inappropriately-dubbed “girl car” of the previous generation, the 2014 Porsche Cayman shatters expectations about what the mid-engine sports coupe brings to the market. Call or visit Porsche of Tucson to learn more about the upcoming Cayman or any of the other expertly crafted Porsche offerings.
Quick: name a car with over 400 horsepower.
Did you immediately think of an electric-hybrid? If the German automaker’s plans for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept come true, the future of sports cars and fuel-efficient hybrids will be one in the same.
Revealed at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the impressive Panamera Sport Turismo pairs a 333-horsepower V6 with an otherworldly 95-horsepower lithium-ion electric motor – twice the output of the electric motors currently found in the Panamera and Cayenne hybrids. In an example of science fiction-turned-reality, this 416-horsepower combined system propels the Panamera Sport Turismo’s bold, elegant body to a blistering 0-60 miles per hour time of under six seconds, according to AutoGuide.
Even with all that power, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo still breaks new ground in terms of efficiency. With its plug-in electric motor and V6 gasoline engine working together, Porsche’s concept can reach as high as 67 miles per gallon, and can travel as far as 18 miles at 80 miles per hour on stored electric power alone – efficiency numbers that are practically unrivaled in any class.
In terms of styling, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept looks roughly like a cross between its namesake Panamera and the sophisticated Cayenne, with sleek lines, a low, aggressive profile, and four doors. In a showing of bravado with which only an iconic manufacturer like Porsche can get away, the concept model on the Paris show floor was equipped with lime-green brake calipers.
With all that flair and the backing of one of Germany’s most beloved brands, the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept is certain to impress when it enters production, although that will not likely be until 2014.
In the interim, Porsche of Tucson carries a wide range of luxurious, powerful Porsche models, including the prior mentioned Cayenne. Visit your Arizona Porsche Dealer online or in-person to learn more about what the finest German imports can do for you.
The Porsche Cayenne has released its 2013 version, and the classic SUV continues to do nothing but improve. The Cayenne is now 363 pounds lighter, more dynamic, more comfortable, and closer to the road than ever before, all while continuing to have its off-road and towing capabilities.
The Cayenne comes standard with a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine complete with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust, and a variable resonance intake manifold – for a generous output and excellent fuel economy. The maximum torque of 295 lb-ft, 300 hp, a top track speed of 142 mph and an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds.
The Cayenne also comes with Porsche Traction Management (PTM); this technology combines active all-wheel drive with an electronically variable multi-plate clutch, automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR). There is also a high-performance six-speed manual gearbox, which ensures optimal progression through gears. All of these features enable the Cayenne to have the perfect combination of torque, handling, and traction that Porsche has come to be known for.
The newest model of the Cayenne comes with high-quality standard equipment including: partial-leather seats, climate control, the CDR audio system with touchscreen, cruise control and automatic headlight activation. Also standard is a ‘Welcome Home’ lighting function. This feature keeps the headlights illuminated for a user-defined period, so that when arriving at a dark destination the headlights will light a path away from your car.
Also new to this year’s U.S Cayenne lineup is the diesel powered Cayenne. While Europe has enjoyed the diesel version for years, it’s just now being brought to Porsche of Tucson. The Diesel isn’t quite as powerful as its siblings. With 240 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V6, Porsche claims the Diesel will reach 60 mph in a decent 7.2 seconds. However, if drivers are looking to use the Cayenne as an actual SUV, this oil-burning option is perfect. The torque is outstanding, with 406 lb-ft from as low as 1750 rpm. This diesel can handle whatever you throw at it. The Diesel’s fuel economy is also great, coming in with 19 mpg city and 29 highway, which even tops the Cayenne S Hybrid (20/24mpg). The Diesel is also the second-most-affordable model in the lineup.
Head to your Arizona Porsche dealer for more information on the entire 2013 Porsche Cayenne line up.
The all new 2013 Porsche Cayman is set to be introduced later this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, with sales beginning in late 2012 or early 2013.
The new Cayman is expected to be heavily influenced by the new 2013 Porsche Boxster, which have just recently hit U.S dealers. Based on spy photos the new Cayman’s interior looks very similar to the Boxster’s, but that isn’t a bad thing. Expect the new Cayman to produce more horsepower than the revised Boxster, with estimates of around 280 horsepower being thrown around for Cayman models, with the Cayman S expected to make around 330 horsepower. That should translate to 0-60 mph times of around 5.3 seconds for the Cayman and 4.6 seconds for the S version.
But if you don’t want to wait for the new Porsche Cayman, the 2012 version also has a limited-edition model that was released this year. Named the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition, 500 of these Caymans will be sold worldwide, making it even more exclusive than the 987 model run of its Boxster S Black Edition family member. The Cayman S Black Edition features black paint, a black top, black safety bars, black air intakes, black 19-inch wheels, and yes, even black exhaust pipes. The black motif carries over to the interior with aluminum and stainless steel accents.
Porsche offers two different engines with three different power outputs on the 2012 Cayman. The base Cayman is powered by a 2.9-liter 265-hp and 221 lb-ft of torque F-6. Step one level up to the Cayman S and you get a 3.4-liter 320-hp and 266 lb-ft of torque F-6. The limited edition Cayman S Black Edition, and stripped-out and track-ready Cayman R share a 3.4-liter 330-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque F-6.
For more information on the 2013 or 2012 Porsche Cayman check out your Arizona Porsche dealer.
Porsche can be traced back to 1900 when engineer Ferdinand Porsche helped design the Lohner-Porsche electric car. Porsches early work helped them become established as an internationally known top automotive company and even today that standard is still upheld. Today Porsches radical aerodynamic styling and lightweight precision-built chassis continues to change the landscape of auto racing as well as everyday driving. These factors combined may be the reason why it seems the automotive brand is so popular amongst celebrity drivers.
Porsches can be found in everything from classic movies such as ‘Top Gun’ to in the driveways of all sorts of celebrities, to name a few: Britney Spears – 996 Carrera 4 Tiptronic, Bill Gates – Porsche 959, Kiefer Sutherland – Boxster S, Cameron Diaz – Porsche 996 Carrera, David Beckham – Porsche 996 Turbo, Paul Walker – Porsche 996 GT3, Courtney Cox – Porsche Carrera and Tom Cruise – Porsche 911.
Tom Cruise not only owns a Porsche in his own personal life but is also known for his classic movie roles with Porsches in Risky Business and Top Gun. In Risky Business he drives a 1979 Porsche 928, which he actually had to learn stick shift from the producer, in order to play the part. Many Porsche enthusiasts have called this the most famous Porsche 928 in the world because of Cruise’s famous quote in the movie, “Porsche- there is no substitute”. In the 1980’s classic movie Top Gun Tom Cruise is also featured in a black Porsche 356 Speedster, similar Porsches are available at Porsche of Tucson.
David Beckham, soccer superstar, is the proud owner of a black Porsche Turbo Cabriolet that is complete with custom work and has his soccer number stitched into the headrests, after a few years he repainted his car matte black. Once moving to the United States, David Beckham put his car up for sale but his wife Victoria Beckham still owns a white version of the car.
Jerry Seinfeld, the famous stand-up comedian, actor, writer, television and film producer, may be one of the most famous Porsche enthusiasts in the world. Jerry has over 40 different Porsches and is rumored to have the largest Porsche Collection in the world. The comedian stores his Porsche collection in a hanger at the Santa Monica Airport, in California. Seinfeld bought the first Porsche 911 every build, a light blue Porsche, in Manhattan. His collection includes 10 Porsche Boxters in different colors, Porsche 911s from different years and the famous Porsche 550 Spyder and finally the amazing Porsche 959. In February 2004, he wrote an article for the Automobile, about Porsche Carrera GT, for that being awarded Road Pest – silver in 2004, at the International Automotive Media Awards.
Additional celebrity owners include: Matthew Perry – Porsche convertible., Patrick Dempsey – GT3RS, Ashley Tisdale – Boxster S, Hilary Swank -911 Targa 4, Lindsay Lohan’s – 911 Targa 4 and Miley Cyrus – Cayenne GTS. While the list of celebrity owners goes on and on, it can only be assumed that their attracted to the high standard Porsche has upheld along with the speed and handling of the classic car brand. For more information on Porsche check out your local Arizona Porsche dealer.
To celebrate the release of the 2013 Porsche Boxster, NFL star and Travel Channel TV host Dhani Jones is taking a road trip from New York City all the way to the Porsche Driving School in Alabama, in the new Porsche Boxster. Porsche deemed the adventure “The Spirited Escape Road Trip” and at each stop along the way Jones meets with a Porsche enthusiast to learn more about the Porsche brand.
The road trip starts in New York City where he cruised up Madison Avenue, down Seventh Avenue, through Times Square and over the Brooklyn Bridge to 718 Cyclerly. At 718 he met with Joe Nocella a custom bike craftsman where he learned to appreciate that every component of his craft is done with detail and purpose as is the art of creating a Porsche.
Next Dhani headed to Washington D.C where he meets with Eric Hilton a member of Thievery Corporation. At this stop Dhani and Eric have a jam session and make some music before heading out to Charlottesville, Virgina.
The third stop, in Charlottesville, was all about the food. Jones met Chef Marc Gregse at his restaurant L’etoile. Chef Marc showed Dhani Jones how engineering his passion for cooking was similar to the passion Porsche designers have for the brand. Dhani also took Chef Marc on a special ride in the Boxster, which he obviously enjoyed.
After nearly a week Dhani makes it to Birmingham, AL to the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park, the home of the Porsche Sport Driving School. The experience at the racetrack seems to complete his new perspective on the full power and comfort of the Boxster. Jones hangs with Hurley Hayword the chief driving instructor and world famous endurance-racing driver and learns how to drive, take corners, and push the Porsche to its limits. He also had the chance to see iconic Porsche models from over the years, including a 910, 550 Spyder, Carrera GT, RS 60, 904, 914-6 Roadster, and 914-6 Coupe.
Dhani Jones is now hosts his own show on the Travel Channel, Dhani Tackles the Globe, where he attempts to learn new sports unknown to most Americans. He also is a founding partner of the creative agency VMG creative. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in the NFL with the Giants, Eagles, Saints, and Bengals. For more information on the “Spirited Escape Road Trip” you can head to http://escape.porsche.com or for a test drive of the 2013 Boxster head to your Arizona Porsche dealer.
Have you ever wanted to race with the pros? Well here is your chance! Porsche of Tucson is offering you a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to have a day of high-performance driving. You will get to take out your Porsche on the track at Inde Motorsports Ranch and learn from Professional racing instructors. Inde Motorsports Ranch is located in Wilcox, AZ and is sprawled out over 1,700 acres. The Ranch features a 2.75 mile road course that is safe and comfortable that creates a truly unique motorsport experience.
This special day is completely free of charge and gives non-Inde Motorsport Ranch members a chance to see their excellent facilities, race their Porsche in a safe environment, and get driving tips from professional racing instructors. Overall this experience is a rare offering and definitely worth taking advantage of. All participants have to do is bring themselves and their Porsche to the track and everything else from food to safety will be taken care of!
The event will take place June 23rd from 10am till 3pm and all Arizona Porsche drivers are invited. The event does require an RSVP due to the fact there is limited space and free food and refreshments will be provided. To ensure your space is saved RSVP today to Markus Beaumonte at MarkusBeaumonte@chapmantucson.com. Also if you have any further questions please feel free to stop by Porsche of Tucson or send Markus an e-mail!
Coming out later in 2013 Porsche has developed a mid-size luxury crossover, to be named the Macan. It was previously named the Cajun and is a smaller SUV than the Cayenne.
The Porsche Cayenne has been a huge hit for the sports-car brand and with the introduction of a smaller and less-expensive crossover; Porsche is hoping the Macan will really make an impact on the market. The Macan will share very similar architecture to the Audi Q5 but will be shorter and wider. Of course it will also feature the very unique Porsche-specific styling and will aim to provide a 911 driving experience while being more practical. Consumers will be able to choose from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces about 237 horsepower and a supercharged V6 engine that produces close to 288 horsepower. There will also be a hybrid version of the car that can be driven on either battery or gas or both power sources. Porsche however has mentioned that added acceleration may take priority over fuel economy.
As per usual for Porsche the Macan will offer a long list of comfort, convenience, and trim options. The Macan will however be about function and should appeal to many buyers. Right now the Macan is still in its concept car stage and a lot of details are still unclear, but Arizona Porsche drivers should be happy to know production is said to start early 2013 and the car being released to dealerships a little later in 2013. One thing that is for sure is Porsche has a reputation for perfection and performance-oriented engineering, strong resale values, and high rankings amongst consumer surveys; making the Macan a perfect edition to the Porsche family and to your family as well.
For more information on the Macan or any other Porsche models check out your Arizona Porsche dealer.