Category: Porsche

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne SE Hybrid is Pure Joy on Wheels

October 9, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags:

Porsche has been known for its 911 sports cars since the beginning of time, but today it makes most of its money off of SUVs like the Cayenne and the Macan. Today we’re going to dig into the new 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid and what makes the SUV plug-in hybrid so special. It has a lot going for it including space and comfort, but it also packs in some nice performance features, not to mention all the electronic and battery-related goodies.

2018 Porsche Cayenne

More Significant Electric Power

The 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid still comes packed with the same powerful 333 HP V6 engine, but it comes with a more potent 95 HP and 229 ft.-lb. torque electric motor attached to a more significant 10.8 kWh battery bank at the rear of the vehicle. This enhanced power lets the Cayenne do some pretty impressive stuff, like drive like it’s a high powered sports car, rather than a mid-sized SUV.

Always on All-Wheel Drive

Like most of the capable Cayenne lineup, this hybrid model gets a very effective all-wheel drive system. Just like all the others, power is routed to both the rear and front wheels of the SUV using a limited-slip differential. The Cayenne doesn’t split power from the electric motor to one set of wheels and the gas motor to the other, and this creates more even and effective driving performance that can adapt depending on the driving conditions. Naturally more power is routed to the rear wheels, but the power distribution can be adjusted between front and rear wheels as needed while driving around.

It Has Serious Speed

Even though the Cayenne comes in at 5,300 lbs. which is signficiantly more than any other Porsche vehicle, it still manages to be very fast. IT can do 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.4 seconds and speeds all the way up to 100 in 13 seconds. The SUV can handle a quarter mile at 103 MPH, and manages to offer decent speeds even when using just the electric motor or gas motor as well. It’s a power machine and a lot of fun to drive, and Porsche manages to give the SUV excellent driving mechanics as well, which makes things even more enjoyable.

Full Electric Driving

While the driving range of a maximum of 14 miles on a full battery charge isn’t going to take you very far, it could be enough for a stop to the grocery store or a short commute with a charger available at your place of work. Not only that, but it’s a relaxing way to drive around and an option that wasn’t really available in the older plugin hybrid Cayenne option from 2015. While driving around on just electric power the SUV is whisper quiet and you have the satisfaction of knowing that you aren’t burning fuel.

Fast Charging

Since this SUV doesn’t pack a monstrous battery pack it’s possible to bring it up to a full charge when plugged in for just 2.7 hours as long as you’re relying on a 240v power source. It’s even possible to charge faster than that if you have a specialized 7.2 kW charger and you can top up the SUV in just 1.3 hours. However, if you’re stuck with a standard 110v plug, charging can take up to 11 hours from a depleted battery.

Highly Capable Interior

Of course on the inside of this SUV you get beautiful and comfortable seats, soft-touch materials throughout and an excellent suite of tech features that will keep you busy learning what all the buttons do for weeks after your purchase. The SUV doesn’t really leave out anything when it comes to features, which means that you’ll enjoy all the connectivity features, interior comfort controls, safety features and media features that you would expect out of a hybrid SUV of the Cayenne’s stature, and that’s fine with us.

Overall the Hybrid Cayenne packs in a whole lot of performance without really costing you anything except more money at the time of purchase. If you decide to opt for this SUV you’ll have to pay around $80,000 to get it at the base level, but for all the enhancements that you’re getting it might just be worth the added cost.

What the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Brings

October 7, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Porsche had big plans when it first unveiled the original Cayenne, and it’s got major plans for the 2019 version of the vehicle as well. The automaker has gone all in to make the next Cayenne the best that it’s ever offered and that means a whole lot of improvements coming your way.

Porsche Cayenne S

Less Weight More Power

In an effort to make the 2019 Cayenne faster than ever before Porsche shaved weight off the vehicle while adding power to it and it did all this while making the model more efficient. That’s a huge enhancement that’s impressive and shows that Porsche engineers have been working overtime. Each of the three models, the Cayenne, the Cayenne S and the Cayenne Turbo are all going to come packed with more power than ever before.

Enhanced Brake System

The latest Porsche model is going to come with standard rotors coated in an attractive tungsten-carbide that polishes to a near chrome finish when driving around. Not only do the rotors look really nice during driving, they also help the brakes last about 30 percent longer, which should save a lot of maintenance costs.

Off-Road Prowess

In order to make the SUV more well-rounded, Porsche has taken several steps to make it more capable off-roading. The SUV comes with protective stainless steel skid plates. It’s also got steering and power management features that will help you get the best traction and control while off-roading. While you probably don’t want to take your very expensive investment out into the Arizona desert, it would likely handle the trip just fine.

Top Tech Features

This latest SUV comes packed with just about every single tech feature that you can imagine. Even if you don’t get all the features as standard, many of the coolest are optional and you can add them on for a price if you want them bad enough. While driving the SUV around you’ll be able to tell it “I am cold” and it will turn the heat up for you. There are even cutting-edge features like night vision if you want to add them to the vehicle.

Porsche’s latest SUV is going to stand out among all the others because of the sheer effort that the automaker put into making it the very best out there. It’s purportedly one of the first true race-cards in SUV form, and it packs in so much more than just excellent performance that it’s sure to be a true pleasure to own.

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne is About to Debut

August 23, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , , ,

The Porsche Cayenne was a radical idea when it was first released that upset a bunch of people. It’s pretty amazing that the vehicle is about to be on its third generation, but that’s the case and the Cayenne is just about to be debuted. According to Porsche the 2019 version of the Cayenne is set to debut on August 29th. That’s very soon, and that means we’ll all know exactly what the automaker has planned for its large SUV soon enough.

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Multiple Engines are Almost Guaranteed

There’s no firm evidence about this just yet, but we’re pretty certain the 2019 Cayenne will come with multiple engine options starting at a V6 and working its way upward. Serious buyers will probably opt for the potent V8 options, and we may see a few different turbocharged engine options in this model year. Who knows, we could see something as crazy as a turbo-four in the Cayenne which would make it pretty darned efficient, but how much power would something like that have to offer?

Stay Tuned  for the Frankfort Motor Show

No matter what Porsche has planned for the 2019 Cayenne, we’ll all know soon enough. By the end of August the Cayenne is going to debut and we’ll all be able to see. It’s going to be shown off at the Frankfurt Motor show, so keep a close eye on the news and the videos floating around the internet. Soon enough you’ll be able to look at the next model year of the Cayenne, you’ll see just how the large SUV is evolving and you’ll know whether or not it’s going to be the vehicle for you.

Porsche is constantly innovating and we expect to see some pretty drastic changes when it comes to the latest Cayenne. It could be one of the best model years for the Cayenne, so stay tuned and watch closely to see just what Porsche has in store for us all.

Porsche Now Offering Braided Carbon Fiber Wheels

August 22, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Porsche recently became the very first automaker to offer wheels composed of braided carbon fiber. These lightweight wheels will have the characteristic carbon-fiber look that the material is well-known for, and they should hold up and perform as expected with such materials involved. You’ll end up with hyper-lightweight wheels that are tough as nails and dependable over time as well. The wheels aren’t set to be issued on every Porsche model though. In fact, they’ll only be available on one model, The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.

braided carbon fiber wheels

What the Wheels offer

The alloy wheels used on the Porsche 911 Turbo S are made from lightweight alloys and already offer excellent performance, but the braided carbon fiber wheels are on another level. They’re about 20 percent lighter and they’re around 20 percent stronger. Those are huge increases that serious drivers will care about.

Racing Performance

These wheels have a lower unsprung weight and they trail lines more effectively and stand up to lateral and longitudinal forces more capably. That means that the wheels will help you get better handling and performance out of your Porsche, which in the end means a better drive feel overall.

Performance Isn’t Cheap

These high performance wheels will cost you though. They’re set to release for 10,773 GBP, a pretty considerable investment for a set of wheels. If you really want the best performance out of your Porsche they’re worth the investment, or if you just like the looks of the wheels, but most drivers aren’t going to want to spend that kind of money just for a slight performance and handling increase. It’s still cool that the wheels are offered at all though, and carbon fiber braided wheels are sure to become a more common offering from Porsche in the future.

Creating the Wheels

The wheels are made from two components, carbon fiber fabric and a rigid braided carbon fiber rim itself. The fabric is composed of 200 different components woven together to create one solid unit.

The wheels are really cool looking, and they’re certainly something that serious high end Porsche owners are going to be interested in. If you have the money to buy the limited edition of the Turbo S, these wheels could be just the thing to bring your ride to another level altogether.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Might Be the Perfect High Performance Four Door Sedan

August 11, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Porsche took a whole lot of criticism when it first came out with its Panamera sports car. Porsche fans weren’t fond of it’s odd front end or the massive proportions, but the sports car has come a long way since then. It still doesn’t hold the same level of prestige as the 911 lineup does, but when it comes to four door sedans, there are few vehicles on the market that can stand up to the sheer capabilities put forward by the Porsche Panamera.

2018 Porsche Panamera

Plenty of Variants

Whether you want a hybrid powertrain, a turbocharged monster of an engine, a standard model or a mid-level power Panamera, there are options for you to choose from. Porsche presents you with a long list of trim levels and power points in the 2018 Panamera, making it easy to get exactly the right type of vehicle for your needs.

Brute Force

The amount of power you get with Porsche’s sedan depends on the variant that you opt for. The base model sports a very healthy 330 HP thanks to its twin-turbo V6 engine, but if that’s not enough for you, you can step it all the way up to 540 HP on the Panamera Turbo with a more potent V8 engine. Of course there are options in between those two extremes as well, letting you fine tune exactly how much power you’re comfortable with.

Excellent Balance

The Porsche Panamera has been engineered to an impressive level to corner, brake and handle very well at top speeds. That means you can push the vehicle well past your comfort zone while on the track, without maximizing the capabilities of the car itself. It’s meant for street driving, but this powerful sedan holds its own on the track and isn’t shy about taking on tough turns, and all the other elements of a standard street course. Take it out to the track and you’ll be burning through sets of tires like nobody’s business while falling in love with Porsche’s longest car.

Supreme Traction

The Panamera comes with all-wheel drive, and the drive system offer the perfect balance of handling mechanics. Whether you’re dishing out understeer or oversteer, the car wards them off with ease, leaving you with precision controls and a truly enjoyable driving experience overall. If you’re looking for a car that can carry around the family, that’s a true pleasure to drive, and also good enough to take to the track on the weekends, the 2018 Panamera is the best four-door sedan for the job. It’s a blast to drive, it’s elegant and finely designed, and it handles superbly, no matter what you throw at it. What more could you ask for?

Next Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at E3 Conference

June 22, 2017 lacarguy Porsche, Porsche South Bay Tags: , ,

911 GT2 RS

 

A race-bred Porsche is something of a work of art. It holds majesty whenever it hits the track. It does not need to show its resume – the many overall and class wins Porsche achieved in its decades of racing. It will only show its competitors its rear wing.

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the latest edition in a long history of track-bred production cars.

Unlike any of our historic performance Porsches, we had to present it in a very different way. At the recent E3 conference here in L.A., where game consoles and games are presented – so was this high performance, race-bred version of the GT2 line. Microsoft helped Porsche bring it out – along with the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7 game.

Unlike a gaming console and its peripherals, the GT2 RS will have a real 3.8 liter horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and rear wheel drive. There has not been any confirmation of gearbox, horsepower and performance figures but the number 700 keeps making the rumor mill!

Like every other performance model we sell, Porsche South Bay can facilitate a purchase of one of these very special machines. We can assist by putting our potential customers in touch with Porsche Motorsports or other resources towards delivery. Once we have the full details, we can discuss purchasing options for this very special, real-time, gas-powered car.

Porsche is Offering an Exclusive Watch Only with 250k Car Purchase

June 12, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

High-end Porsche cars are seen as much as a tool as they are a high-end fashion statement and that’s why it makes perfect sense that Porsche would be offering an exclusive watch, another fashion accessory, only to the Porsche owners willing to buy a $257,000 car. The Porsche 911 Turbo Exclusive Series is a slightly more powerful version of the Turbo with over 600 HP, and it comes with exclusive access to a beautiful watch that owners will no doubt be happy to show off.

Porsche Exclusive Watch

The Watch

This beautiful Porsche watch comes at a steep price of approximately $13,000 and it’s only aviaalble to owners of the exclusive special edition Porsche 911 Turbo vehicle, meaning that at most 500 people will be walking around with it on their wrists. It’s a beautiful timepiece that’s designed to match the gold Porsche car nicely. It shows off a series of carbon fiber accents, tosses in a nice splash of brilliant gold, or whatever color that you decide to choose for the sports car.

The watch is composed of titanium that’s been coated in a black carbide material for a nice smooth feel and top-end durability. The watch features a COSC-certified chronometer and a sapphire case back that positively shines in the light. It’s a high end product that will undoubtedly please a top-tier Porsche owner, and the watch even comes with an advanced flyback feature designed to time laps around a race track. So you can look stylish and stay on top of your high speed laps around the course too with this high end watch.

The Car

The watch has obvious appeal and we understand why Porsche would make it just as exclusive as its special edition car, but the car itself has a lot to offer as well, and buyers are probably just as interested in that. With over 600 HP this Porsche Turbo can really fly around the track. It manages 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds and looks beautiful inside and out. The sports car is designed for maximum performance, but it’s also built to turn heads and really stand out. It comes with that signature sleek and sexy 911 look but features cool accents like the carbon fiber trim throughout the body and the unique gold paint job that you won’t find on any other 911. Porsche went all out to deliver a fully custom vehicle when you opt for the Select series, and the car is going to be a worthwhile purchase for buyers looking for something a bit more exclusive and exciting.

The Porsche watch is going to be something that only a few people can show off, and that’s the genius of the automaker. It will make buyers want them even more, and should help push through a few more car sales.

Mike Sullivan’s Weekend Warrior Racing Success Helps Launch Porsche South Bay in Hawthorne

May 23, 2017 lacarguy Porsche, Porsche South Bay Tags: , , , ,

Mike Sullivan has been racing since his teens getting his adrenaline fix on the backs of dirt bikes, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he decided to give Porsche racing a try. After all, they say that racing your brand is an excellent way to connect with it on another level, and that’s absolutely true according to Sullivan. He teamed up with Carl Tofflemire, the Porsche sales manager at LAcarGuy at the time, and they began racing vintage Porsches together.

Mike Sullivan - 1960 Porsche 356
Mike Sullivan – 1960 Porsche 356 – Photo Credit: Dennis Gray @ SportsCarDigest.com

The moment that Porsche came out with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer back in 2015, Sullivan snapped up two of them with a price tag of about $200,000 each. That’s when he decided they were going to take part in more serious races, they would enter the 2016 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA series of races.

At the start of the series Sullivan decided to film the whole thing, and to his amazement the videos began getting some serious views. Within the first year of release his series had more than 180,000 views to his astonishment, and both drivers did better than expected with third place finishes in their categories.

Mike Sullivan Weekend Warriors

It Just Made Sense to Create a Video Series

With nearly $20,000 going into each race, it only made sense for Sullivan to use all the racing footage to help promote his brand and bring more attention to Porsche South Bay. LAcarGUY has an in-house video department that’s responsible for creating videos and promoting them on social media, and the team worked hard to create the Behind the Wheel: GT4 Weekend Warriors series showing off everything that occurred during those 2016 races. The videos are all available at the porschesouthbay.com website.

The series had a production budget of about $50,000 with an additional $15,000 dedicated to social media marketing. The racing series was good business for the store though, and many of the racers featured in the video other than Sullivan and Tofflemire were actually customers that purchased their vehicles at the store as well. Nearly 10 vehicles were sold to racers in the series in 2015 and 2016.

Porsche South Bay Hawthorne California

Expanding the Store

Sullivan’s foray into more serious Porsche racing occurred at the same time that his old Porsche store was being improved upon with an all-new store in Hawthorne California. The $28 million construction is three times the size of the old store, and makes a real effort to show off the racing heritage of Porsche, with displays of some of Sullivan’s vintage race cars for customers to see upon entering the building.

Not only does the new store offer more space, more inventory and a richer presentation platform for the vehicles, but it’s right down the road from the Porsche Experience Center that promises to draw in interested buyers from all over the world.

Sullivan sees a real opportunity to expand his brand further with the racing and the release of the new store. He understands that it’s a chance to broaden his customer base and take things to a more national level. He wants to become the Porsche guy of more people around the country, and with more than 180,000 views on his racing series that seems like a strong possibility.

Understanding the PDK Transmission

May 17, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Many Porsche fans have at least heard of a PDK transmission, but there are still many people out there that don’t know quite what the technology is, how it works or why any of that matters. This article is for all you people out there that are interested in the transmission that’s used on nearly every modern Porsche today. It’s impressive tech, and after you understand what’s behind the name you’ll be even more excited to get behind the wheel of one of these modern marvels of engineering.

Porsche PDK Transmission

What is it?

The PDK transmission stands for Porsche Doppel Kupplungs, which means Porsche double-clutch transmission in English. A PDK is a dual-clutch transmission, but it’s a proprietary one developed by the automaker. It works much the same way as any other dual clutch transmission, and offers all the same benefits of that tech.

How a PDK is Setup

A PDK transmission is very similar in construction to a manual transmission with a clutch and flywheel, but there is a second clutch that works at the same time as the first, creating a fluid motion that enables nearly instant gear changes. One clutch handles half the gears and the other handles the other half. This means that while one clutch is disengaging, the other can engage at the same time. A set of specialized valves that are electronically operated handle all the gear changes of the vehicle making gear changes on-the-fly as needed.

No Clutch Wear

There is very minimal clutch wear in this system because Porsche relies on a wet clutch setup. Both clutches of the system are covered with oil to help them maintain nice smooth performance with minimal friction. That’s why you can operate a Porsche vehicle under extreme conditions and do very little to wear out the clutches of the vehicle.

Started in Racing

Like many of Porsche’s best tech, the PDK originated in racing and later migrated to the rest of the Porsche lineup. It was a highly desirable racing solution because the PDK allows for faster shifting. Racers could move around the track faster and with less distraction since they no longer had to worry about shifting. Those are the same benefits offered to Porsche owners today, that and they won’t have to deal with expensive clutch replacements.

The PDK clutch system is pretty cool when you understand what goes into it, but it’s not exclusive to only Porsche. There are other performance vehicles today that rely on a dual clutch setup as well, Porsche is just known for offering one of the most efficient clutch systems and one of the most resilient, making it a good value for buyers.

Porsche Cayenne Tows Jumbo Jet

May 2, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

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.

porsche cayenne jumbo jet

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.