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Porsche Celebrates Seven Decades of Driving Thrills

It was 70 years ago when Porsche first burst on the scene with the 356 “No. 1” Roadster, turning Ferry Porsche’s dream of building high performance sports cars into a reality that has blossomed into something no one could ever have imagined. “His vision at that time embodied all of the values that still define the brand to the day,” said Porsche Board Chairman Oliver Blume. “Tradition is a commitment. Without our tradition and without our core values, we would not be where we are today. We have what it takes to ensure the Porsche brand continues to fascinate – even in another 70 years.” You can see the dedication and commitment the Porsche team has to creating innovative sports cars and Sport Activity Vehicles when you visit Porsche of Tucson.

Festivities Scheduled Around the World

Porsche has scheduled a number of activities around the world to celebrate its 70th birthday. Arizonans might be most interested in an exhibition at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. “The Porsche Effect” opened earlier this month detailing how Porsche rose from the ashes of World War II to become a major player on the European racing scene as well as creating the ultimate sports car for amateur driving enthusiasts. A large number of automobiles, artifacts and archival footage will tell the Porsche story in gripping detail. June 9 is Sports Car Together day, celebrated at the Porsche Experience Center in Los Angeles. There is also a Rennsport Reunion in California this September, featuring vintage cars in action on the race track as well as other fan events.

911 Remains the Icon of the Lineup

The Porsche 911 was introduced in 1963 as the successor to the 356 and remains the one vehicle almost anyone can point at and say “that’s a Porsche.” More than one million 911 cars have been delivered since its inception, with the early ones being a key figure in many collections “Although the 911 has been consistently developed in the intervening decades and enhanced many times over with new, innovative technologies, no other vehicle has managed to retain its original essence in the same way as the 911,” Blume explained. “All Porsche models to be developed now and in the future are based on this sports car. As the centerpiece of the brand, the 911 has become the sports car of dreams, winning the collective heart of enthusiasts all over the world.”

Mission E is Future of Porsche

Mission E is the name of the Porsche effort to combine the efficiency of electric vehicles without losing any of the dynamic driving performance that is key to the Porsche brand. A concept vehicle that has the look and feel of a Porsche also has the performance, generating 600 horsepower and a range of more than 300 miles. With a possible charging time of 15 minutes for 80 percent recovery, this unnamed concept is on a clear path to blowing the doors off any reluctance drivers have to electric vehicles. That’s in the future, but there is plenty of innovation available for inspection when you take a trip to Porsche of Tucson.

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