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Difference Between Reckless and Under Control
Amateur drivers who step into a high-powered vehicle such as a Porsche 911 Turbo S can be forgiven if they are a bit apprehensive about pushing the vehicle to its upper limits. The 911, for example, is a small car with 580 horsepower, so it’s easy to see how a wary driver could be afraid of losing control. The new Sport mode on the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is designed to let regular drivers take the Porsche brand to the extremes, delivering a satisfying and dynamic ride while still keeping everyone safe. PSM with Sport mode turns what could be a date with a monster into a polite dance, gliding through corners with the ease of a ballerina. See how PSM can make you a better driver by taking a test ride at Porsche of Tucson.
Engineers Spent Years Developing System
The technology behind PSM with Sport mode did not come overnight. Philipp Peglau and a team of engineers spent almost 3 years on the project including driving thousands of miles in all types of conditions and on different race tracks. Meeting Porsche’s high driving standards didn’t come easy, but Peglau thinks the end result was worth the effort. “The new PSM Sport gives nonprofessionals the chance to enjoy this great experience too – within a safe framework,” Peglau said. “PSM Sport is not a drift mode. This would rob drivers of their feel for the car and give them a false sense of security about their skills. PSM Sport by no means takes control of the car out of the hands of advanced drivers.” Go behind the curtain to the success of PSM Sport and you’ll see that the key is to dampen the initial acceleration of the yaw. “This allows us to create a gentler transition. As soon as the system recognizes that the driver has everything under control, it allows for greater freedom,” Peglau said.
System Fail-safe Kicks in When Sensing Trouble
If the PSM Sport system senses the driver needs a little help getting things under control, it will provide an “emergency anchoring” feature to slow things down and get the car stabilized. “We might also say that PSM Sport takes the driver by the hand and leads him carefully up to PSM-off mode,” Peglau continued, “because that option continues to be available.” The system’s safety net is set to respond if the brake pedal pressure exceeds a certain threshold. How quickly it comes back on depends entirely upon the amount of pressure. The best way to see how the PSM Sport mode increases your driving pleasure is to talk to the pros and take a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Takes Lessons Learned from Silicon Valley
As a vice president with a leading technology company in the Silicon Valley, Thilo Koslowski was instrumental in creating innovative products and customer experiences. As the new boss of digital mobility for Porsche, he brings that experience and an eye for the future in terms of connectivity, smart mobility and the much-ballyhooed self-driving car. Porsche CEO Oliver Blume said hiring Koslowski is a key step in shaping the future of the auto industry. “We are striving to link out traditional sports car DNA with the technologies of the future in a way unique to Porsche,” Blume said. Porsche is already on the cutting edge of auto technology, which you can see by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.
Ready to Take Porsche into Future
Koslowski said he has been fascinated by Porsche ever since he was a child, calling it the most “emotional brand” in the auto industry. “My goal is for Porsche to become the number one player in the digital dimension as well,” he said. “We can boost the fascination that our cars inspire and make them more interesting, and also identify innovative new products, services, and business opportunities for the company.” Koslowski said consumers should be prepared to enter the “Internet of Cars,” where a vehicle can do many of the things that people rely on a smartphone for. “I call it the renaissance of the car,” he continued. “The next five years will bring more changes to the automotive industry than the previous 50 years did.”
Get Ready for the Self-driving Car
Ready or not, the self-driving car is coming. According to Koslowski, that doesn’t mean that Porsche is going to take all the fun out of driving. “Obviously, I want to drive a Porsche myself, first and foremost. But I also want to be able to press a button and so it does that on its own, for instance in a traffic jam,” he said. He also said that the Porsche of tomorrow will communicate with your calendar, notifying it that you might be late for an appointment. He emphasized that out on the open road, the Porsche will still be a dynamic driving machine that provides a thrill a minute for budding race drivers.
Porsche Committed to Competing With Technology
Koslowski admits that companies like Tesla and Google will be competitive with technology in the race to build the best car of the future. Right now Tesla offers the most tech-focused car, but it is not a Porsche. You can drive the car of the future today by taking a visit to Porsche of Tucson.
Strategy Based on 918 Spyder
When you barely touch on the accelerator pedal in the new Porsche Panamera Hybrid, the vehicle summons the full power of the 100 kW electric motor and V6 gas engine, rocketing you to speeds of more than 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds. This is the same strategy employed by the 918 Spyder, an electric vehicle that holds a record on the famed Nurburgring race track. By transferring torque equally to all four wheels, the new Panamera Hybrid maintains the balance Porsche has become known for after decades of mastery on the European racing circuit. Recently unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the new Panamera Hybrid will be available for sale at Porsche of Tucson sometime in mid-2017.
PDK Transmission Moves Through Gears Quickly
The new Panamera Hybrid utilizes the ultra-efficient PDK 8-speed transmission to ensure a smooth transition through all gears. This is a change from the torque converter tranny used on the previous model. The Panamera Hybrid is powered by a lithium-ion battery that is liquid cooled. Although the size has increased by more than 5 kWh, its weight has stayed the same. Using a 230-V connector, it takes less than 6 hours to give the battery a complete charge. An optional charging connection can reduce that time to under 4 hours.
Porsche Advanced Cockpit Keeps Driver Informed
With two different 7-inch touchscreen panels constantly displaying information, the driver of the Porsche Panamera Hybrid receives vital vehicle information in real-time. Along with the standard speedometer and tachometer, an energy usage panel keeps you up-to-date on power used, power remaining and how far you can go until you run out of electricity. You’ll also see how much power you recover through regeneration, helping you to drive efficiently.
Switch Lets You Choose Driving Modes
Recognizing that drivers go through different moods, Porsche has outfitted the Panamera Hybrid with a driving mode selector mounted on the steering wheel. If you are looking for the most energy efficiency, select Hybrid Auto to have the car automatically make the best use of battery and gasoline engine power. Choose E-hold to conserve your electric power, or E-charge to have the gas engine bring your battery back up to a full charge. If you happen to come across that perfect stretch of lonely highway that begs for a little abuse, simply switch to the Sport or Sport Plus mode to get the most performance out of your Porsche. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see when the new Panamera Hybrid will be on the showroom floor.
Hard Charging Sedan Gets a Trim
With the second-generation Porsche Panamera debuting in 2017, fans of the sporty sedan would be forgiven for fear the designers would take away all the good things about this 911 on steroids. According to Car and Driver magazine, not only did they leave all the good stuff but the Panamera team improved this already impressive beast that’s capable of devouring the highway during daily commutes or a timed track run. What most people will notice first is the design of the car, which improved by lifting the rear end, adding a little more slope and stretching the width. A better transmission, upgraded interior and “hot vee” engine all combine to make this generation as anticipated as the first. Check in with Porsche of Tucson to examine the new Panamera for yourself and take a test drive.
Hot Vee Engine New Design
Although the 4.0L V-8 Twin Turbo shares a lot of features in common with engines used in other vehicles, the placement of the turbos in the dip between the cylinder rows is something new for Porsche. The company says this is more efficient because of a shorter run for the exhaust gas. Anyone who drives a Porsche Panamera and steps on the gas will be hard-pressed to argue. With a spine-snapping 567 pound-feet of torque, the sporty sedan has 550 horsepower to use as you wish. If you don’t feel the need to jump off the starting line like a rocket, the Panamera also has a 405-horsepower 2.9L V-6.
Cruise Control of Future Here Now
The Panamera has available InnoDrive, Porsche’s name for its high-tech adaptive cruise control that uses GPS readings to anticipate both road and traffic law changes. By reading the topography 2 miles ahead, InnoDrive will downshift or lower the speed when necessary to adjust for steep hills or tight curves once you program a route into the navigation system. In a test on Germany’s famed Autobahn, a Car and Driver editor noted it behaved much like a human driver. “It smoothed the schizophrenic speed-limit changes with the gentle transitions of a human driver, yet when a dawdling Peugeot finally moved to the right in an unrestricted section, the Porsche accelerated forcefully–just as we would in a 550-hp Porsche–to the system’s max of 130 mph.” InnoDrive won’t be part of the package when the Panamera first comes to Porsche of Tucson in early 2017. Engineers still have to fine-tune the system to match up with America’s traffic laws.
Performance Package Beefs Up Power, Handling
When buying your new Porsche Macan sport crossover from Porsche of Tucson, make sure you inquire about the Performance Package that puts a little more zip in the popular vehicle’s giddyup. By tweaking everything from the engine and transmission to the suspension and exhaust, the Performance Package is the perfect solution for people who are waiting for a Turbo S version of the compact crossover. According to tests from Motor Trend magazine, the package not only adds 40 horses to the already beefy 400 horse output, it also reduces the sports vehicle’s 0-62 mph time from 4.8 to 4.4 seconds. See if anyone else in the school carpool can beat that number.
Bigger Brakes Help Stop in a Hurry
Porsche recognizes that the more powerful performance requires an ability to stop more quickly. The Performance Package includes heftier front brake rotors that measure 15.4 inches. The Porsche Active Suspension Management system is also part of the Performance Package, which results in a lowering of 0.6 inches. This not only brings the center of gravity down to provide superior handling, but also increases fuel efficiency out on the open highway. The Performance Package also adds a Sport Plus driving mode which tunes the accelerator and suspension to provide more responsive handling on the track or when you find a long lonesome road with lots of curves.
7-Speed PDK Transmission Adds to Driving Pleasure
By changing gears in just a fraction of a second, the Porsche 7-speed PDK transmission has the ability to move seamlessly up the ladder with no loss of power. Once a gear is engaged, the next gear is already in the queue, just waiting for the right RPMs to kick in and deliver the best performance. When you drive in automatic mode, the Macan not only delivers an enthusiastic drive, but also provides the greatest fuel efficiency. If you’d rather take on the role of changing gears manually, you just tap the paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
PTM Delivers Phenomenal Control
Porsche Traction Management is standard on all Macans, delivering an all-wheel drive system that utilizes sensors to continually check the grip of all four wheels. By using an electronically controlled multiplate clutch, PTM controls the distribution of power between both axles. If you’re powering through a corner, PTM recognizes the lack of lateral stability and delivers the power to the front wheels. Instead of taking the feel of the wheel away from the driver, the PTM system makes the most of your driving experience. Feel what it means to drive a Porsche Macan with and without the Performance Package by taking a trip to Porsche of Tucson.
Car and Driver Puts Legendary Brands to Test
It’s tough to imagine calling a car that can pin you back in your seat in the 0 to 60 mph run while costing a couple of hundred grand a “Junior” anything, but that’s the official category designation for the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Audi R8 V10 and McLaren 570s. The editors at Car and Driver magazine had the enviable task of pitting those three beasts of the road against each other recently. As you might expect, the comparisons were close but spoiler alert, the 911 Turbo S came out on top. You can test drive and buy the best Junior Supercar on the planet just by paying Porsche of Tucson a visit.
Porsche Gives Biggest Bang for the Buck
Coming in at about $10,000 less than its competitors for the tested version, the Porsche 911 Turbo S produced the best numbers as the editors took the evaluation to the track and the open highway. The reviewers called the Porsche the “runaway winner” that “carries a very large stick with which to beat those who underestimate it.” It takes just 2.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph and blasts through the quarter-mile run in just 10.6 seconds, achieving a top speed of 131 mph. Going very fast means you have to also stop very quickly, which the Porsche achieved easily. Its carbon fiber brakes bring the sporty Porsche from 70 mph to 0 in just 139 feet. That’s 14 feet less than the R8 and five fewer feet than it took to bring the McLaren to a halt.
Turbo S Stays Under Control
The Car and Driver editors said one of the best things about the Porsche 911 Turbo S is its unflappability. “Treat it with a light touch or a clumsy ham-fist and it will always respond in the same fashion,” they wrote. “It makes its drivers look more skilled than they are.” With all-wheel drive, wide tires and a four-wheel steering system, the 911 gives even the most inexperienced driver a feeling he or she could take on all comers on the European race circuit. When the testing was over each day, it was the Porsche the editors chose to run errands or go to dinner. See why the 911 Turbo S should be your Junior Supercar of choice by taking a visit to Porsche of Tucson.
Wrap Yourself in Concert Hall Sound
A premium vehicle such as a Porsche Panamera deserves the very best sound system available. That is now a reality with the introduction of Burmester 3D surround sound. By adding two more sophisticated speakers and integrating the entire system with 3D technology, the Burmester delivers an enveloping sound that is comparable to the world’s best concert halls. The system has a phenomenal capability of producing 1,455 watts through 21 speakers. A 400-watt subwoofer adds to the system’s power and incredible sound. Sit in the Panamera, close your eyes, and envision yourself at your favorite concert by taking a trip to Porsche of Tucson.
Touching Emotions Part of Goal
Music is an emotional experience for many people. Whether you’re a fan of the latest hip hop or prefer a serene ride to the tunes of one of the classical masters, the Porsche Panamera puts you in touch with your emotional side with the new Burmester sound system. The Burmester Air Motion Transformer is only used in Porsche vehicles. By cutting the oscillating mass of the speakers by half, Burmester delivers a clear, crisp sound that will take you back to that moment when you fell in love with music. A special algorithm developed at a recording studio in Belgium is the technology behind the perfect recreation of sound. It works best with non-compressed, high-resolution source files, but will make any recording sound better.
New Panamera Unveiled to Lights, Music and Dance
Porsche took the wraps off the new Panamera this summer in a Berlin production that took no back seat to the largest Hollywood movie premiere. Offering the best of both an executive sedan and top handling sports car, the Panamera is the perfect vehicle for people who equally value comfort and fun. “We have tapped into the segment of luxury sport saloons with the Panamera,” said Porsche AG chairman Oliver Blume. “In the new model, you see a completely redeveloped automobile – with new engines, a new design and new technologies.” The design of the Panamera mirrors that of the 911, Porsche’s iconic sports car. “An observer will immediately recognize the coupe-like roof line, but now it is much ‘faster’, even more dynamic and now includes a new side window look that emphasizes the coupe-like side window even more.” The new Panamera delivers up to 16 percent better mileage than the outgoing model. Stop by Porsche of Tucson to hear the incredible sound and take this futuristic vehicle for a test drive.
Size is Not an Issue Small Engine Porsches
It’s no secret that crowds always root for the little guy, so when Ferdinand Porsche designed the first race car for Austro-Daimler in 1922, it packed a small engine that delivered a lot of punch. The 4-cylinder motor was just a bit over a liter, but still generated enough horsepower to push the car to more than 87 miles per hour, an outstanding speed for the time. Know as Sascha in honor of the Count who was behind the production of the car, the little sportster dominated the European races for a time. Porsche has continued the tradition of getting a lot of performance out of small engines over the years, as you can see with a visit to Porsche of Tucson.
Porsche Continues Technological Advancements Through Years
While other companies where developing 8, 10 and 12-cylinder motors to produce the most power, Porsche continued to stick to a “less is more” philosophy to draw the most out of its small engine lineup. Although a big engine produces more horsepower, it also creates a lot of weight. Porsche has always been an industry leader in the development of power to weight, as evidenced in the 1948 356 SL. Packing a 1.1L 4-cylinder engine, the 356 was dominant on the race course during its time, scoring international victories for the Porsche badge. The 550 Spyder came along in 1953, packing the first iteration of the famous Fuhrman engine. At 1.5 liters, this 4-cylinder motor used four overhead camshafts and a vertical shaft drive to produce a healthy 110 horsepower. Among the victories was a win at LeMans in 1954. It was replaced by the 718, which also secured wins against cars with much larger engines.
Carrera Hits LeMans in 1974
The Porsche Carrera, which you can still buy today at Porsche of Tucson, first hit the racing circuit at LeMans in 1974. It placed second with its 2.1-liter engine to a Matra that was packing a 12-cylinder Formula One motor. The Carrera has evolved into eight different trim editions under the 911 model line starting at a little more than $89,000. The base engine of the 911 Carrera is a 3.0L, 6-cylinder twin turbo power plant with high compression that delivers the maximum amount of torque in the low RPM range. Step up to the “S” models and you’ll find that Porsche’s philosophy about getting a lot out of a little still rings true, as the same size engine is outfitted with upsized turbochargers to deliver 420 horsepower, an incredible number for a car that only weighs a little more than 3,000 pounds.
Porsche Cuts Cylinders, Adds Performance
If the old saying “less is more” needs any validation, all you really need to do is take a look at the 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S. The latest addition to the Porsche sports car stable has a new engine that has two fewer cylinders but 25 more horsepower. A turbocharged 2.5L flat four has replaced the old 3.4L six-cylinder. The result is a 350-horsepower beast that not only is quicker but has better fuel economy than the old setup. Feel the quickness and superior handling when you take a test drive of the new Cayman at Porsche of Tucson this fall.
Still Delivers Throaty Porsche Roar
Because there’s no drop top to release the sound, the roar of the new 718 Porsche Cayman S is a body hugging experience, perfect for those who love the embrace of good vibrations as they take their ride out for some exercise. “Car and Driver” magazine says the new model “feels decidedly quicker” than the old model, with a wide range of acceleration delivering the top torque of 309 pound feet. While the 718 Cayman S does have a little turbo lag in the lower RPM range, it’s almost imperceptible and quickly goes away as you step on the accelerator.
New Suspension Provides Startling Handling
With the Porsche Active Chassis Management system, firm springs, adjustable dampers and a sporty steering ratio, the new Cayman offers “startling” results on a demanding road course according to “Car and Driver” editors. Pirelli P Zero tires offer phenomenal grip as you maneuver tight corners with little sign of understeer or body roll. Choose the manual gearbox for the most fun anyone can have on four wheels. “Car and Driver” says “the S now feels markedly more responsive and agile than a base Carrera, better able to exploit its optimized weight distribution when it comes to making progress along a twisty, bumpy road.” The car’s ability to adjust on the fly delivers noticeable adjustments when making tight corners at high speeds. “Car and Driver” says, “On first impression, this still feels like the best-balanced junior sports car in the game.”
Cayman Now Less Expensive Than Boxster
The Porsche Cayman has traditionally been more expensive than its sibling Boxster, but that’s all changing with the release of the 2017 model. Although the performance is nearly identical, you’ll be able to save about $2k this fall by purchasing a new Cayman over a Boxster. Starting price for a Cayman S is expected to be $66,300. Stay in touch with Porsche of Tucson to see when the new Caymans start arriving on the lot.
JD Power Study Says 911 Tops in Segment
Even if you don’t know too much about cars, chances are if you were asked to name the best sports car, you might say a Porsche 911. Once again, the 911 took the top spot among all nameplates for recognizability, as well as first place in its segment in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. More than 80,000 people were surveyed about 245 different model cars. “Thrilled customers are what drives us on,” said Porsche AG chairman Oliver Blume. “All of our staff work with great dedication every day to provide our customers with the very special Porsche quality. It is the result of intensive work that is characterized at every stage and in every area by a love for the perfect sports car.” See the love and care put into each vehicle with a trip to Porsche of Tucson.
Macan Secures Top Spot in Compact SUV Category
While everyone has heard of the Porsche 911, the Porsche Macan is a relatively new model that continues to turn heads. Customers are so impressed with the build and performance of the Macan that it took first place in the Compact Premium SUV category for the second year in a row. “Every Porsche is proof of our comprehensive quality standard,” according to Porsche Board Member Albrecht Reimold. “Sportspeople judge themselves in competition by data and KPIs – and that’s exactly how Porsche builds its sports cars too. Our employees are aware of this challenge, which is a joy and an incentive at the same (time).”
Power Study Based on Initial Impressions
The JD Power study talks to car owners after the first 90 days of vehicle ownership. This is the 30th year for the study, which includes 233 criteria in the questionnaire. A couple of category examples include “driving experience” and “engine and transmission.”
Quality Something Porsche Customers Expect
“Top quality is an essential component of our brand identity at Porsche and it’s something our customers come to expect from us as well,” according to Frank Moser, Corporate Quality Chief for Porsche AG. “The difficult challenge is to not only maintain this high level (of quality), despite the rapid pace of technological change and the significantly increasing complexity of our products, but to also improve upon it in our new generation models.” Experience the quality for yourself with a drive to Porsche of Tucson. Slam the doors, honk the horn, but more importantly take a test drive to see just how special it is to own a Porsche.