There are some critics out there that talk about towing capacity and how it’s not always accurate. There are some companies that reportedly overstate the towing capacity of their vehicles to the displeasure of the vehicle owners, and then there are companies like Porsche, that are apparently quite conservative when it comes to the tow rating of their vehicles, or at least for the rating of the Porsche Cayenne. Just a few days ago Porsche made headlines all over the world, for doing something that seems impossible. The automaker used a couple different Porsche Cayenne’s to tow a 314-ton jumbo jet a total distance of 140 feet. That seems completely impossible when you consider the vehicle has a tow rating of a mere 7,700 pounds.
Setting a World Record
While towing the Airbus A380 jumbo jet down the tarmac, Porsche set a new world record exceeding the old production car tow record by a staggering 127 tons. The feat was accomplished at the Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, and it’s going to be something that ever Porsche Cayenne owner takes pride in.
You Can Trust in that Tow Rating
With such a heft accomplishment under its belt, you shouldn’t have any trouble trusting in the pretty conservative 7,700 lb. tow rating put on the Porsche Cayenne. We’re not recommending that anyone go over that limit, but Porsche drove the two Cayenne’s away from the event and they both functioned fine, so owners that go above and beyond the rating occasionally probably won’t suffer from any issues as long as they are careful with how they drive. Either way, it’s an amazing feat, it’s something that every Porsche owner should be interested in, and it shows that good engineering makes it possible to accomplish much more than you think.
Not Just a Diesel Thing
First Porsche relied on a Cayenne S Diesel to complete the feat, but before you go ahead and say that it’s a diesel thing, Porsche also did the same exact thing using the Cayenne Turbo S, a gas-powered vehicle. It’s all in the Porsche engineering, not the type of fuel running the vehicle.
If you’ve been looking around for a rugged SUV to tow stuff with, it’s hard to argue against the stylish and well-equipped Porsche Cayenne. Just don’t expect to tow your jets with it, this was a carefully planned feat and probably isn’t that easy to reproduce by just anyone with a Cayenne and a jet sitting around.
The Porsche Macan went from being a strange idea that many Porsche fans rejected, to a popular mainstay of the brand. The Macan has already been through a few evolutions since being released, but Porsche is clearly trying out another one as we speak. The interesting thing isn’t the changes the Macan is receiving, but how Porsche has decided to mask the next vehicle, with stickers.
That’s right, Porsche has placed stickers over top of the 2018 Macan in order to make it look like a 2017 version of the vehicle. By looking where the stickers have been placed, it’s easy to see what changes are coming on the latest model and what you can expect from the automaker overall. The stickers are actually pretty difficult to notice in pictures, and they’re a brilliant way to block distinctive features on the latest Macan while still getting it out there for testing.
Only Minor Changes are Coming
On the front of the Macan the headlights are clearly being changed up in some way, but it’s tough to see exactly what the change is from a picture alone. It also looks like the Macan is getting a new bumper and fog lights, and it’s very likely that it’s going to have an LED across the entire back, or at least that’s what the full-sized rear sticker would suggest. Overall the cosmetic changes are all just speculation, but there are quite a few modifications coming.
Expect Interior and Engine Upgrades
Not only is the exterior of the 2018 Macan getting some changes here and there, but buyers should expect the interior to be notably changed, and for there to be different engine options than what is currently offered on the Macan. There could even be a plug-in hybrid version of the popular sports SUV offered by Porsche, which would be very interesting.
While the 2018 Porsche Macan doesn’t look like it will be a revolutionary vehicle, it will come with quite a few changes to its front and rear, and it will be interesting to see exactly what those are. Don’t expect to have to wait months to hear about them though, it’s likely that Porsche will put out an announcement and show off the vehicle before the end of summer.
Autonomous driving is a feature that’s coming soon, or at least that’s what most of the experts in the auto industry are predicting. Most major car companies are hard at work trying to get a car to safely drive you around the road, and through extensive research tests are getting closer and closer to successfully doing just that. Many automakers want to make it so that drivers never have to drive again. So that they can lounge peacefully behind the wheel of the car, or even without a wheel at all, and get transported to the final destination. This isn’t want performance brands like Porsche or Mazda want though. They’re more interested in meeting somewhere in the middle.
Why Porsche Doesn’t Want Always on Auto Driving
Porsche isn’t interested in autonomous driving features that are always on for vehicle owners. That’s because Porsche is a performance brand and most Porsche owners have the vehicles for the driving experience. In other words, Porsche owners wouldn’t have a reason to buy a Porsche if they weren’t going to be driving it.
Instead Porsche wants to create vehicles with autonomous driving that you can switch on and off as you see fit. These systems would give you control over the auto features, but still make driving safer at the same time.
Autonomous Driving Standard in Every Porsche
According to Klaus Zellmer, the North American CEO of Porsche, autonomous driving will be like cruise control is today. It’s a tech that will soon be standard in every Porsche, but something that you’ll be able to pick and choose when you use it. This means that Porsche owners will have the option if they don’t feel like driving, but there’s no need to use an autonomous driving feature, just as there isn’t a need to use cruise control today.
A Behind the Scenes Nanny
Porsche understands that autonomous driving is a way to make driving safer, and Zellmer believes that the best answer is to create safety features that run in the background without taking away from the driving experience. In other words, a computer would be running with a series of sensors that detect any danger, and correct errors that the driver makes without even worrying the driver about the errors. You could safely enjoy the thrill of driving your Porsche, while operating it under much safer circumstances than is possible today with this tech.
Autonomous driving is exciting for car owners and it’s a feature nearly everyone wants to implement, Porsche just wants to make sure that the act of driving remains enjoyable and that aficionados can drive to their heart’s desire without being taxied around all the time.
2018 Model-year Porsche vehicles are going to receive a number of enhancements that make them more worthwhile than ever before. Whether you’ve been wanting more power, different color options, or an enhanced media system, all those changes and more are coming to the 2018 model year vehicles. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from the next lineup of cars, pay close attention.
911 S and 911 Owners Get Power Bump
In 2018 911 S models are going to come with an optional performance kit that will increase overall power by 30 HP. This is an enhancement that current 911 owners will also be able to make use of, that is as long as they chose to get the Sport Chrono package at time of purchase. That means that 2017 Porsche that’s sitting in your garage can be even faster, you just have to be willing to shell out some money at the dealership to have the performance enhancement added in 2018.
In order to achieve this performance enhancement the vehicle will be equipped with upsized turbochargers as well as the Sports Chrono package, an enhanced brake cooking system, dynamic mounts for the engine, and a dual tailpipe exhaust system. Overall the cost should be approximately $12,350 for the added performance, and it’s going to be available for new 911, Carrera S, 911 Targa 4S, Carrera S and 4S models as well as the 911 S.
More Color Options
Not only will 2018 bring performance enhancements to Porsche vehicles, it also brings more interior and exterior color selections to choose from. You’ll have several additional colors to pick from, though some are completely model exclusive, like Palladium Metallic for the Cayenne, and Saffron Yellow Metallic for the 911.
Enhanced Media System
Vehicles that are available with the Porsche Connect service are going to benefit from the addition of many additional services. This includes things like in-car WiFi and LTE access to help make vehicles more connected overall.
All these changes are notably improving Porsche vehicles across the lineup in 2018, but some of the improvements, like the power boost pack will come at a cost. You’ll have to look through all the 2018 enhancements and decide if they’re worth the added cost or not when the time comes to make the purchase.
The recent Geneva Motor Show brought welcome news the Porsche faithful and enthusiasts, the “Drivers 911″ the 911 GT3 would once again be offered with a manual transmission!
In an ever increasing world of automation and complication, there comes a time and reason to unplug from it all and get back to basics, or at least as basic can get in this current day and age. When the 991 GT3 debuted it was hailed as the next great step, save for one thing, the lack of a manual transmission. The Porsche PDK is a superb transmission, and if the goal is to get around the race track in the quickest time, then there is no better tool to row through the gears. In the daily commute, stuck in traffic, the PDK also shines saving your left leg in stop and go traffic.
However, there are times when you want to row your own, to truly feel connected to the car and the driving experience, and for that, the best tool for the job is a manual transmission! If you wanted something close to the GT3 with a manual, you had to be lucky enough to get the 911R, but those were only offered to those who purchased the 918 Spyder, or, if you found one second hand, they started at $500,000 and went up quickly from there.
Porsche heard loud and clear that the faithful still wanted a manual gearbox and now they have responded. With the 991.2GT3 a six-speed manual returns attached to a 4.0 liter naturally-asperated flat six developing 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque. It wasn’t that long ago that 997 Turbo topped out at 450 horsepower, and now, the GT3 brings 500 naturally-asperated horsepower to the dance to sing that glorious song as it approaches it’s near 9,000 rpm redline.
Deliveries of the 991.2GT3 will begin in September, if you’d like to reserve one today, please contact us as these will be very hard to get.
Please have a look at this video as Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Project Director, guides DRIVETRIBE’s Features Editor Henry Catchpole around the latest Porsche 911 GT3.
It was a long hard road to get here, but it was worth it.
Not only does Porsche South Bay have a spectacular new home, we are now one of only four Porsche Classic Partner locations in the United States! To celebrate we held an open house, and over 700 people were in attendance for our 60’s themed party! We had an amazing display of classic Porsche’s including a few VERY special ones.
We had Jerry Seinfeld’s 901 Porsche on display, Mike Sullivan’s 918 Spyder and enough other classic Porsche’s to be the envy of any Cars & Coffee. Factory Porsche race driver Patrick Long was also in attendance with his personal 964.
We had great food and drinks, along with a DJ, and we gave away a bunch of prizes, including four vouchers for the Porsche Experience Center!
We’ve assembled some great shots of the event, click the link to see them all!
Porsche Classic Partner Program
Porsche Classic cares for Porsche vehicles that have been our of standard production for at least 10 years. As a Porsche Classic Partner, we have a dedicated team of technicians, advisors and parts specialists trained and certified to work on Porsche Classic Vehicles. To learn more about the Porsche Classic Partner program, please head over and have a look.
By now most people have heard about the Porsche Mission-E all-electric supercar that Porsche is working on. They know that the automaker is shooting for a 300+ mile range for the car, while making something that’s going to be a blast to drive and that’s going to be very quick. If Porsche can deliver on all these things it’s going to have a pretty successful vehicle on its hands, but the automaker isn’t content to just stop there. Porsche also plans on releasing a car that is upgrade-able over the air, and that might be capable of automated driving with a simple over the air update.
Over the Air Upgrades
Much like Tesla did with its Roadster, Porsche wants to be able to make enhancements to its Mission E with wireless software changes to the vehicle. It wants to be able to adjust the tune of the engine, increase or decrease power output in the future, and maybe add in additional tech features like improved automated driving features over time as well.
By simply turning your vehicle on, it could connect to the Internet and receive the updates that it needs to put new features into place using the existing technology. This is something that software companies do all the time today, but not something that is as common in automobiles currently. If Porsche can incorporate this feature into is Mission E, and we’re confident that the company can, buyers will be able to get more life out of the supercar before wanting to upgrade to the latest model.
Automated Driving Features
Porsche, once fully against automated driving, stated that it plans on releasing the Mission E with some self-driving features. For instance, the car might be able to pilot the driver through congested traffic on a straight road, and tackle other simple tasks like that that would otherwise be dull. The Mission E might come with pretty limited self-driving features, but over time as the tech improves, Porsche should be able to make software updates to the vehicle to make it more capable than before. Owners will notice their vehicle getting smarter, the media system getting new features and the vehicle improving over time. That’s the benefit of over-the-air updates, and it’s an exciting feature that Porsche owners could really benefit from.
Porsche is planning on releasing the Mission E in different power levels, so its possible that buyers will be able to change from one power level to the next with a paid update to the vehicle, but there’s no word if that’s going to be the case for the Mission E or not.
Porsche is betting big on this electric supercar and is sinking more than 1 billion Euros into research and development for it. The automaker is planning on selling 20,000 models each year, which would be significant for the luxury automaker, making it account for approximately 10 percent of all sales.
The features set to come with the Mission E are not set in stone, but so far the specs are exciting and something to look forward to. Serious Porsche fans that want to get into electric vehicles should seriously look at this option.With a 300 mile range and a 15 minute charge time the Mission E could be a convenient daily driver that replaces a gas-powered vehicle with ease.
Enthusiasts weren’t happy when the Porsche Macan was released, becasuse let’s be honest, a small crossover doesn’t seem fast or sporty. Of course Porsche proved most of those people wrong by showing the crossover off on the track. Even the base model came with a very capable V6 engine capable of burning out and tearing up the track. Now Porsche is releasing a less powerful Macan still that comes with a four-cylinder engine. That sounds pretty tame on the surface, but this turbocharged engine actually offers a lot of very real benefits to the vehicle and many Macan lovers are going to enjoy the new change, and even if you don’t like it the more powerful engines are still available.
A Four Cylinder Base
The latest Macan comes with a power drop courtesy of the four-cylinder base engine, but thanks to a very nice turbo setup, it still manages to give you 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, giving you more than enough power to burn out at a stoplight, or to accidentally speed without even noticing that you’re doing it.
Opting for the smaller four-cylinder engine will help you save as much as $4,745 off the base price of the Macan versus the base from last year. It comes with a base price of $48,850, which is pretty affordable for a sporty Porsche crossover.
Though the Macan comes packed with less power than last year’s base model, it makes up for that decrease a bit by dropping its weight by 210 lbs. Those weight savings are all pretty much from the smaller engine too. The base model weighs in at just 3,902 lbs without additions.
That lower engine doesn’t just drop the Macan’s weight down, it curbs fuel usage as well. You can reasonably expect to get between 20 and 25 MPG while tooling around in the Macan, a nice bump up from the 17, 23 offered by last year’s model. When you consider that it comes packed with a 19.8 gallon fuel tank, you’ll realize that you can travel pretty darn far on a single tank of gas in this mid-sized SUV.
Overall it’s the same SUV, it just comes with less power, less weight and at a lower cost. There’s a lot to love about the latest Macan and it’s something to get excited about.
In a world with PDK dual-clutch transmissions it seems completely irrational to want a manual. After all these transmissions are better in every way possible. They’re faster and more efficient. They allow you to keep both hands firmly on the wheel, and they make it easier to go faster around a track. Each of those things are important to Porsche drivers, but there is still a large portion of those drivers that want to be able to control the shifting of the vehicle. For that reason Porsche is still incorporating manual transmissions into its vehicles, even though they don’t make any sense.
The 911 GT3 Comes with a Manual
To many Porsche owners the 911 GT3 is the crown jewel of enthusiast driving. It’s a sporty car that looks great, performs better and is engineered to take corners like a dream. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering and it’s a thrill to drive around. It’s the car that enthusiasts want to pick up above all else, and they want it for the experience. That’s exactly why Porsche is offering the GT3 with a manual transmission. The automaker understands the manual tranny is inferior to the PDK, but that it adds to the experience of some drivers. Porsche is in the business of offering experiences to enthusiasts, which is why the big Porsche centers exist around the world, and it’s why Porsche will continue to go out of its way to make the dreams of drivers come true.
The 911 GT3 RS will Not
Even though the GT3 is coming with a manual transmission, to the excitement of all those purists out there!, the GT3 RS will not have the option. Instead it comes equipped with just the PDK transmission. Porsche’s reasoning behind this decision is that there are different types of customers for the two vehicles. The stock GT3 is more of a purist, auto enthusiast group of drivers that just want the thrill of going fast around windy roads and driving a quality engineered sports car. The GT3 RS guys are the ones that want to beat up tracks and get the best possible lap times.
For the guys going for the best lap times the PDK is really the only option. A PDK is more efficient and a whole lot faster than a manual. Not only that, but it allows you to maintain better control while going around the track, and those are all pretty compelling reasons, even if operating a race car with a manual transmission is more satisfying to some drivers out there. For that reason there really isn’t any point to offering a manual transmission with the GT3 RS.
Even though it’s a bummer that the 911 GT3 RS isn’t being offered with a manual, after reading the explanation behind the decision we get it. Still, it’s pretty hard to complain when Porsche is cool enough to make the 911 GT3, a potent sports car with 500 HP and a flat six engine, with a manual transmission that offers that silky-smooth shifting satisfaction so many drivers are looking for.
Resale value is an important consideration for many auto buyers that don’t plan on keeping their vehicles forever. Buying a car with good solid resale value potential is a good way to lower the cost of ownership markedly, and it’s something that savvy car buyers all pay attention to. If you’re concerned with resale value at all it makes sense to pay attention to the annual report put out by Kelley Blue Book. The Best Resale Value award is given out in different categories. There’s an award for the best Brand and the Best Luxury brand, and there are also awards for individual vehicle models. Porsche managed to take the top luxury spot this year, marking Porsche vehicles as a good solid investment when it comes to a luxury car.
Porsche Takes the Top Spot
This year Porsche managed to achieve the highest rating in the luxury segment. Porsche received the Luxury Brand Resale Value award, proving that the brand is capable of holding its value over time, and that Porsche vehicles are reliable purchases when you want to get as much back out of them in the end. There’s a booming used luxury market, and Porsche vehicles are at the top of it all.
How Awards are Given out
The awards given out by Kelley Blue Book are based on the companies research throughout the year. The company relies on a group of analysts to come up with reliable value projections for the vehicles, and that information is compared to come up with the vehicles most likely to hold onto their resale value. Porsche models were more likely to hold value than most other luxury models this year, making Porsche vehicles a solid recommendation for the luxury enthusiast that plans on selling off their vehicle after a few years.
The Porsche Macan
If winning the overall luxury brand award was not enough, Porsche also managed to take the luxury SUV segment with its Macan. This low-cost Porsche vehicle holds its value very well and is a solid investment if you’re in the market for a quality luxury SUV. Porsche fans would do well to consider the compact SUV that drives like it should be on a track.
If you’re interested in luxury vehicles, and looking for something that will hold its value decently over the years, consider investing in a Porsche.