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Porsche recently celebrated the 40th birthday of the 928 Gran Turismo at the Techno Classica World Trade Fair and Collector Automobile Show in Essen, Germany. The 928 display highlighted the Porsche exhibit, but the company also displayed a couple of early 911s and a 356 that are going through restoration due to the worldwide interest in bringing older vehicles back to life. It was in 1977 that the 928 debuted as the first Porsche Gran Turismo. The concept lives on in the Panamera Sport Turismo, a four-door sports car that proves its not the number of doors, but the performance and handling that provide an awesome driving experience. Contact Porsche of Tucson today to see when you can test drive the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo.

Sport Turismo Reinvents the Saloon Car

The old model of the European saloon car exuded wealth, but was also cumbersome with its bulky size and loose handling. Enter the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, which turned the saloon into a wild west shootout. Sporty drivers and their sporty passengers can now enjoy luxury without sacrificing performance and handling. Porsche engineers have reconciled what on the surface appear to be contradictions: room and performance, handling and comfort, family and career. You no longer need to own a minivan to trek the kids to the weekly soccer game. Do it in style in the Panamera Sport Turismo.

Panamera 4 Has Plenty of Power

Choose the Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and you’ll enjoy 330 horses of unbridled fun at your control. Standard features include all-wheel drive, heated seats, sporty 19-inch wheels, Porsche Traction Management and a responsive 8-speed transmission with paddle shifters. Step up just a bit to the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo and you’ll find the performance increases to 440 horsepower enroute to a top track speed of 177 mph. The increased horsepower cuts the 0 to 60 mph time down by a full second to just 4.2 seconds, a phenomenal achievement for a full-size saloon car.

Design is Courage to Stand Out

Porsche says “nothing is taboo” for the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo when you’re talking about design. The fact that it doesn’t look like any other vehicle shows courage, an important factor for folks who want to take the road less traveled. The Panamera is a vehicle filled with ambition, from the aggressive front end to the functional air vents in the muscular, sculpted sides. See how the Panamera Sport Turismo stands alone by taking a test drive at Porsche of Tucson.

Most Versatile Offering Combines Sport and Utility

With a low loading deck, large tailgate and increased luggage compartment, the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo delivers an athletic option to solve the hauling problems of the everyday commute. “For Porsche, the Panamera Sport Turismo is a step forwards into a new segment, but retains all of those values and attributes that are characteristic of Porsche,” according to the company’s director of style, Michael Mauer. The two most common Porsche attributes anyone thinks of are performance and handling, and the Panamera Sport Turismo has those in spades. With 550 available horsepower and a tuned suspension built on lessons learned from the European racing circuit, this isn’t your grandpa’s station wagon. See how much fun a utility vehicle of this magnitude is to drive when you visit Porsche of Tucson.

Unique Design Carved Out of Panamera

The Sport Turismo’s unique design starts at the rear doors, when the sloping roofline and long contour dips dramatically toward the rear, extending into an adaptive spoiler. The spoiler is adjustable depending on the driving condition, delivering more downward thrust on the rear axle to give you greater control. As part of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics system, the spoiler also reduces drag to optimize fuel efficiency.

Digital Cockpit Just One Tech Advancement

The Sport Turismo will offer the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, where drivers can choose what important vehicle information to display. Other advancements like rear axle steering, electronic roll stabilization and Porsche Traction Management are also offered on the latest edition to the Porsche lineup, as are driver safety features such as adaptive cruise control.

Unique Seat Configuration Offers Versatility

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo offers three rear seats, with two individual seats on the outside for comfort and flexibility. A four rear seat configuration is also available with electric adjustment for easy access. The raised roof line also makes getting in and out of the rear a snap, as well as providing more cargo room in the back. When you fold all the back seats down, the loading floor is level to make it easy to haul cargo or roll out a sleeping bag on one of those long road trips. Porsche also offers a luggage compartment management system for the Sport Turismo. Two rails are integrated into the floor with lashing points for tie-downs and a partition net to keep cargo and people separate. The new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is scheduled for launch this fall in Europe. It will offer five different engines, including a diesel, a turbocharged option and an e-hybrid. Stay tuned to Porsche of Tucson to find out when it will first make an appearance in the U.S. market.

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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.

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Who Says Four Doors Can’t Be Sporty?

For the ultimate in luxury and performance, consider the new Porsche Panamera Edition. With four doors, loads of interior room and greater comfort than ever before, one might be excused for thinking this is just another luxury boat that provides a nice ride but isn’t much when it comes to performance. Now consider that this is a Porsche, a name synonymous with performance and a thrilling driving experience. By not being satisfied with the status quo, Porsche engineers and designers have created a car that reconciles all the contradictions that come with the thought of a sedan that’s at home on the racetrack. See the personality and feel the performance of the new Panamera Edition with a visit to Porsche of Tucson.

Fall in Love With the Look, Stay for the Drive

One look at the new Panamera Edition is all it takes to recognize a creation made from a love of driving. The sublime design is made to cut through the wind and maximize downforce while delivering the unmistakable Porsche look. Nineteen-inch wheels provide a footprint that was made for attacking curves, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management System uses sensors to continually adjust the dampers and reduce body roll. Electronic power steering delivers just the right amount of touch so you cannot only feel the road, you can feel in complete control. Utilizing a naturally aspirated 3.6L V-6, the Panamera develops 310 horsepower and 295 pound feet of torque, or enough to rocket you from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds on the way to a top speed of 160 mph. A standard 7-speed transmission moves effortlessly through the gears.

Best Seat Belongs to the Driver

Although all four premium leather seats in the Porsche Panamera Edition are luxurious and comfortable, the best one undoubtedly belongs to the driver. With all gauges in direct line-of-sight with the road and an ascending center console delivering even more important vehicle information, the driver is in complete control of this modern driving machine. Sit back in luxury and rest your head against the Porsche crest, embroidered on all four headrests. The Porsche Communication Management infotainment system is your source for audio, navigation and hands free communication utilizing a large 7-inch touchscreen. A Bose surround sound system envelopes the driver and passengers in concert quality sound with 585 watts of power and 14 speakers. Test-drive the new Panamera Edition today at Porsche of Tucson.

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Power and Grace the Result of this Alliance

Add the name Porsche in front of any automotive discussion and you automatically raise the interest level of any red-blooded gear head. So when Porsche decided to create a pair of fuel-efficient hybrids from the Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV, consumers eagerly awaited the final product. Dubbed the S E-Hybrid, the new versions of the Panamera and Cayenne are now available for inspection at your Porsche of Tucson dealer.

Panamera S E-Hybrid Tops 170 mph

Blazing off the line to hit 60 mph in just 5.2 seconds, the Porsche Panamera hybrid utilizes a combination of the 95-horsepower electric motor and 333 horse 3.0-liter V6 to top out at 170 mph. Using the electric engine alone, the car can reach a very respectable 83 mph with a range of about 15 miles. To achieve the best performance at the expense of a little gas mileage, let the gas and electric engines work together to produce 416 total horsepower while achieving 50 mpge. Other features like auto start/stop shuts the power down when sitting at a stop light, while coasting unlinks the driveline from the engine to ensure deceleration doesn’t occur as the result of engine braking.

Cayenne Performance a Bit off Panamera Pace

The Cayenne and Panamera S E-Hybrids both share the same engine setup, but the lighter weight of the sedan coupled with some aerodynamic advantages give it the performance edge over the big SUV. Still, the Cayenne reaches 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 151 mph. Utilizing the electric engine alone, the Cayenne gets about the same range as the Panamera but can only achieve 73 mph on the highway. Previous versions of the Cayenne offered superior handling on the pavement, but weren’t really made for severe off-road excursions. That hasn’t changed with the hybrid model, but when you spend $80,000 for a vehicle you probably aren’t going to want to challenge nature’s ability to mess up the paint.

Porsche Character Reflected in Each Vehicle

Whether its one of the new hybrids or a version of the classic 911 sports car, the character that comes along with a Porsche name badge comes from scrutinizing every detail and challenging the status quo. Stop by Porsche of Tucson and see why this iconic automaker is synonymous with a sophisticated and thrilling driving experience.

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Still the Sportiest Sedan on the Market

When Porsche introduced the Panamera in 2009, young executives who had to get rid of their 911 to make room for a couple of children rejoiced. The Panamera was a sweet compromise between the small two-seater of their youth and the SUVs that signaled childhood was indeed over. Not one to mess with a good thing, Porsche gave the four-door sedan a refresh this year, with most of the work happening under the hood and in the suspension. Only those obsessed with the Porsche Panamera would notice the slight tweaks to the body.

More Horsepower Delivers Quicker Times

Both the naturally aspirated six-cylinder and V-8 engines get an extra 10 horsepower, while the turbocharged eight-cylinder adds an additional 20 horses. The S model gets an entirely new aluminum V-6 with twin turbo chargers that pumps out 420 horsepower, or 20 more than the V-8 it replaced. This engine also delivers decent fuel mileage considering the performance, scoring 17 miles per gallon in the city and 27 out on the open road. The new horsepower drops the Panamera’s 0-60 mile per hour time to 4.9, fast enough to make you forget about the extra two doors.

Handling Remains State-of-the-Art

The new Porsche Panamera features larger dampers and control arms in all of the three available suspension packages. Choose from steel springs with adjustable damping, steel springs with fixed damping or air suspension depending on the driving experience you’re trying to achieve. All three options deliver precise handling through corners, although the air suspension provides a softer ride. Put the Panamera through its paces on a mountain course and you’ll be amazed at the lack of body roll in a two-ton vehicle.

Interior Says Welcome to the Club

When you pay well north of $75,000 for a vehicle, you expect a certain level of comfort. The Panamera delivers both comfort and technology in spades. With power bucket seats in the front and rear, driver and passengers are swathed in luxury reminiscent of a country club smoking parlor. The only thing missing are the brandy snifters and cigars. A space-age instrument cluster provides vital vehicle information. Porsche’s standard infotainment system delivers symphonic sound along with real-time navigation updates. See all the luxury appointments for yourself by visiting the Porsche of Tucson showroom.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

The Porsche Panamera Executive Series is getting an Exclusive addition. Porsche recently revealed the Panamera S Exclusive Series, a limited production series of truly unique luxury sports cars. Making its debut at this month’s Los Angeles Auto Show, the Exclusive Series will be available in Arizona through Porsche of Tucson.

Already the most unique luxury performance car in its class, the Exclusive model will stretch the already-lengthy Panamera Executive wheelbase to provide a substantial improvement in rear passenger compartment room. With 570 hp, 4.8 litre twin turbo V8 and all-wheel drive, the Exclusive will provide unrivaled performance and passenger comfort.

As for style, the Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive will offer something never before seen on a Panamera Exclusive model: two-tone paint. The color scheme of jet-black metallic combined with chestnut brown metallic is applied by hand to ensure a perfect progression beginning under door handles and tapering to the rear of the vehicle. The twenty-inch Sport Classic style wheels are also painted jet black metallic, also exclusive to this special edition vehicle.

It is truly the interior that makes the Exclusive stand apart from the rest. All seat and lower door surfaces are clad in hand-selected chestnut brown leather from the Poltrona Frau studio in Italy. Ventilation perforations are shaped in the Porsche crest. Trim on the upper doors is black Nappa leather finished with contrasting chestnut brown seams. Interior wood trim, picking up the car’s exterior theme, subtly transitions between dark walnut and piano lacquer black accents.

Yes, the interior finishes and appearance are breathtaking but it doesn’t stop there. The Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive series features the world premier of Porsche’s Rear Seat Entertainment System Plus. The system features multimedia components including dual 10.1 inch touchscreens built into the back seat, with built-in camera and integrated DVD player. The system is designed to support both entertainment and business capabilities that include mobile internet access and a Burmester surround sound system.

To make the Exclusive experience complete, the line features an interior plaque noting the individual limited edition number. Bespoke luggage sets made of Poltrona Frau chestnut leather are available also by custom order. With an MSRP of $263,900, only 100 will be sold worldwide. Designed to compete with the Mercedes S-class and the BMW-7 series, the series seeks to fill a market void for luxury automobiles that facilitate having a driver. None of its competitors however can come close to touching the trademark Porsche performance and handling. This much luxury with the soul of sports car? Where do we sign up? Check out the Porsche Panamera Tucson and see what the excitement is all about.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive Series

Executive Exclusive Series Exquisite Interior Amenities

Executive Exclusive Series Exquisite Interior Amenities

Executive Exclusive Series Optional Bespoke Luggage Set

Executive Exclusive Series Optional Bespoke Luggage Set

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The new Porsche Panamera is everything a die-hard sports car fan would want. The biggest change is that a manual transmission will no longer be offered for this vehicle. Porsche decided to forgo a stick-shift because more and more consumers choose to drive automatics.

According to caranddriver.com, the V6 engine packs a 310 horsepower punch. The Hybrid version received plug-in functionality and new batteries. The hybrid gets double the output thanks to a new motor. The Panamera diesel remains an option only for European drivers and will not be offered in the U.S.

For the regular models, a few adjustments have been made to the body to make it look sleeker. Full LED headlights will also be available for this new car.

The new Panamera’s starting price is around $78,000, which is $2,000 more than the previous model. The range of updated vehicles is expected to arrive at dealerships at the end of this year. To see the multiple Panamera vehicles visit a Porsche dealership.

According to caranddriver.com, the 2014 Panamera gets about 27 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. Customers wanting some nice gadgets in the car will be pleased with the 7-inch touch screen control panel and a sound system that includes 10 speakers.

Other features include: Keyless entry, a driver’s footrest, a garage door transmitter, valet function, a navigation system and much more.

The Panamera was Porsche’s first four-door sedan and is sized between  a mid-size and full-size vehicle. The back seat fits two people and storage space can be found under the hatchback. According to Edmunds, the back seats can fold flat to create a larger storage area if necessary.

For more information about Porsche and the Panamera visit Porsche of Tucson. They are stocked with 2014’s for you to experience for yourself.

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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.