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.
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.
Porsche fans around the world were stunned when the automaker came out with the first Cayman GT4. After all it was a high-powered mid-engine vehicle that was more affordable than many of the 911 variants while being just as powerful, more track capable and a blast to drive around. Most enthusiasts always believed that Porsche would gimp the Cayman in order to keep the more expensive 911 models at the top, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. In fact, Porsche has plans to make an even more powerful version of the Cayman GT4. The car would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS.
The Cayman GT4 RS
While Porsche isn’t officially making the vehicle yet, there have been recent publications that suggest Porsche is planning out a Cayman GT4 equipped with a monstrous 4.0 liter flat-six engine. It would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS and be an absolute track monster. This is an expected improvement to the Cayman GT4 because recent testing showed that the 718 Cayman S can complete laps at Nurburgring just as fast as the GT4 when set up with the same tires. That’s a pretty big deal when you’re considering the 718 is so much more affordable. In order to handle this issue, Porsche wants to make the GT4 even more powerful so that it can maintain an edge over the less powerful 718 on the track.
A Major Performance Boost
Whether or not this more powerful GT4 is going to come about is still speculation, but the engine that’s going to be used in the new vehicle is even more speculation. There are a few 4.0 liter flat six options to choose from, all of which are impressively powerful. The car could make use of the 430 HP engine that’s currently used in the GT3 RS, or it could make use of the newer engine that’s coming from the RSR car and already heading to the next GT3. Either option is going to be a big jump up from the 385 HP currently offered by the GT4 though.
No matter what type of engine this next car gets, one thing is clear. If you’re interested in mid-engined vehicles, the more powerful Cayman GT4 RS could be the ultimate vehicle to get for your garage. It should set some records if its released and will be a very exciting ride to take for sure. We’ll just have to wait to see if Porsche actually intends to make this lightweight beast, and what sort of improvements will actually be destined to go into the final version of the car.
Porsche recently made one of its first hybrid sports performance vehicles available for testing, and the reviews are impressive. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a capable vehicle that’s lightning fast, highly efficient and a blast to drive around. Sure it’s expected to come with a considerable price tag, but when you want it all this is the best way to get it.
Four Driving Modes
The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid comes fitted with four different drive modes to give you more control over how the vehicle handles depending on what you’re looking for. It has the standard Sport and Sport+ modes when you’re looking for that added bit of performance and power. When you want more efficiency there is also the E-Power mode that makes use of electric power alone, this allows you to travel around without burning up any fuel and is a good way to take short trips. Finally there is the Auto mode. This is designed to maximize your efficiency for longer trips and it dynamically switches between partial electric, full electric, full gas and a mixture of them all to create the most efficient driving conditions possible.
Dynamic Mode Switching
One of the coolest features of this Porsche hybrid is the dynamic way it allows you to switch between full battery operation and the standard hybrid drive. The way that you press down the throttle gives you control of whether or not the gas engine runs at all. Press down the peddle lightly and don’t go past a certain point and you’ll only run on battery power alone for as long as you can. Press the pedal down farther and the engine kicks on and you get an immediate boost of power.
The car starts out in battery-only mode all the time, and it makes it very easy to engage the engine when you need the extra bit of power. This is particualrly handy when you have to do something like merge onto the highway and you need a little more oomph, or for when you want to pass someone that’s been going slow the whole way to work.
Its a Thrilling Ride
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid isn’t just an over-sized efficient hybrid Porsche, it’s also a speed machine that is way too easy to tear through roads with. Flip to Sport, or even better, Sport+ mode and you’ll be blasted back in your seat from all the acceleration that becomes available. The car keeps the battery topped up throughout the trip so that you can access an added boost of full electric acceleration at very low speeds, and it keeps the engine engaged at all times so you have full access to all 462 HP. The car is very fast and it feels considerably smaller than it really is. You can take corners at speed without experiencing much body roll at all, and the steering is light but precise. The 8-speed PDK transmission travels through the gears smoothly, and the car hits a top speed of 172 MPH if’ you’re willing to stomp on the accelerator for long enough.
With a 0 to 60 time of around 4.4 seconds, efficiency ratings in the high 20’s and precise handling, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid really is the best of everything.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is an insanely fast rear-wheel drive vehicle, and probably one of the fastest convertibles that you can get in a luxury car today, without going up to super luxury car prices. It’s a nice looking vehicle, it’s very fast off the line and it handles so nicely for a convertible.
While Porsche maintains that its 2017 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds independent testing has found these claims to be very modest. Outside testing shows that the Porsche is capable of making the sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. That’s insanely fast for a car in this price range, and it actually beats out a whole slew of other impressive vehicles going off of those figures. Cars like the BMW i8 and the Jaguar F-Type R simply can’t keep up with the vehicle, and that’s pretty darned impressive.
This exclusive variation of the 911 Carrera doesn’t have a very exclusive look, which can be a good thing for drivers that don’t want to draw too much attention to themselves. The car looks very similar to most other Carrera models out on the road, so if you live in an area where Porsche Carreras are common, you probably won’t draw much attention to yourself. Sure there is a unique fascia design and a sportier set of inboard exhaust tailpipes, but other than that, there isn’t much to clue people in on the powerhouse that you’re driving around.
Deliciously Powerful with a Rough Edgy Sound
This turbo-charged 911 Carrera S Cabriolet comes packed with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine delivering a whopping 420 HP and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Not only that but peak torque is available at just 1700 rpm, making it exceptionally fast off the line. The car comes with nice grippy tires and holds onto the road with 1.00 g of lateral grip, making it a very solid starter overall.
A common concern for old-school Porsche fans is that the vehicle won’t have that throaty sound that 911 models are known for when they’re fitted with beefy naturally aspirated engines. As a tester of the latest 911 Carrera I can honestly say that that’s not an issue. Not only does it have a nice throaty sound, but it’s even easier to fully enjoy the noise with the top down on the vehicle, which is how much people will drive it around.
The Convertible Cost
While the convertible version of the 911 Carrera is a top quality product, it’s significantly more expensive than the coupe version. In order to make the upgrade you’ll have to add an additional $12,300 to the base price, putting the total at $144,805 overall. That’s a pretty steep price to pay for a powerful 911, and it opens up quite a few options worth considering. Even still, it’s hard saying no to such a high level of power, or the exciting driving dynamics that are offered by the 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet.
Porsche is known for its special edition vehicles and exclusive models that are only available for the select few, and no we aren’t talking about standard Porsche vehicles. One new select model that Porsche is showing off is the Panamera Turbo Executive. This hot red hatch is exciting both inside and out, it packs some impressive power figures and it’s a car that I wouldn’t mind having sitting in my garage. Though the Executive itself is rare enough, this is actually a special edition of the vehicle by Porsche Exclusive, meaning it has even more special features to brag about.
Porsche Exclusive is a special segment of the company that specializes in bringing custom Porsche vehicles to life. If you have a special request that can’t be accommodated by the standard customization features for a particular Porsche vehicle, this department can help grant your wishes for a price. For instance, back in the 1950’s a customer had a Porsche 356 covered in fur for a very custom looking ride. Of course this probably isn’t something that you’d want done today (or maybe you do, we’re not judging!) but it just shows that the automaker is willing to customize the vehicle as much as you’d like them to if you have the cash to back up the wishes.
This latest entry from the Porsche Exclusive department offers some pretty cool customizations. The car comes equipped with a black and Bordeaux Red interior lined with custom leather and red stitching. The clock is red-faced and there is a set light-up doorsill guards made from carbon fiber. The key fob is also a matching red and black tone that helps complete that special custom look.
Getting Custom Designs in the States
In the old days customers concerned with getting a custom Porsche would have to hop on a flight over to Zuggenhausen or travel to Leipzig. That’s not necessary any longer. Now it’s possible to get all the customizations set up right at the Atlanta Experience Center, or in Los Angeles. The company also offers a car configurator tool, allowing you to adjust all the different features of a vehicle before finally meeting for the appointment.
This particular custom vehicle has a starting price of $161,050 with another $3,300 for the red paint job, another $6,000 for the SportDesign package, and we’re betting a bit more for the other enhancements throughout. It’s a small price to pay for a custom Porsche with both power and sophistication, and many people are willing to pay to get exactly what they are looking for.
Porsche is known for being a desirable vehicle, and an automaker that buyers are happy to go back to again and again. The latest survey from Consumer Reports only serves to increase that idea even more. It’s the second year in a row that Porsche has been one of the leading automakers on the list.
How the Owner Satisfaction Survey Works
Each year Consumer Reports puts out a survey from past car buyers about their experience with the vehicle. In order to decide which manufacturer should be out on top, Consumer Reports counted up the number of people that said “definitely yes” when asked if they would be willing to purchase the same vehicle all over again.
This is a pretty strong indicator that Porsche buyers are happy with their purchases, and it’s something that others should take note of.
Why Porsche Vehicles Take a Leading Spot
Porsche vehicles often rank highly on this list for two different reasons. The first is because it’s a luxury model that’s finely crafted and designed for performance and enjoyment above all else. The second is because the automaker works very hard to make sure new buyers are comfortable with their vehicles and that they get the service they need. Overall Porsche just tries really hard to satsify new buyers, and that approach seems to be working nicely.
The Top 4
Porsche didn’t snag the very top spot this year, and instead came in at number two behind Tesla. The automaker was followed up by Audi and Subaru on the list of vehicle types most desirable and with the greatest customer satisfaction overall.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that you can be happy with, consider picking up a new Porsche. Porsche owners are some of the most satisfied in the country, and that’s one good reason to justify the higher price tag that comes along with these beautiful luxury vehicles.
Porsche enthusiasts and experts alike weren’t too sure about the Macan when it first came out, and the mid-sized SUV created even more skeptics when a four-cylinder engine option was added as well, but all that skepticism is fading fast thanks to the positive reception that the 2017 Macan has been getting.
Even though the 2017 Macan base model comes equipped with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, thanks to the turbocharger it’s surprisingly powerful. With 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque and a silky smooth 7-speed PDK dual-clutch configuration, this SUV offers snappy acceleration that’s worthy of a performance vehicle. Sure it’s not going to tear up any race tracks like more potent V6 variations of the Macan do, but for anyone that isn’t concerned with track numbers, the four-cylinder model makes a lot of sense. It’s more than fast enough for everyday driving, and is a good solution for drivers looking for something a bit more efficient.
The Macan Brings in Serious Customers
The Porsche Macan is an effective marketing tool for Porsche, like none of their other vehicles. That’s because it sells at a lower entry-level price than all the other vehicles in the lineup. It’s picking up brand-new customers that other models sold by Porsche simply cannot. After getting used to the Macan, it’s likely that many of those customers will move on to additional Porsche vehicles in the future as well. Either way, Porsche is bringing in a bunch of money from the Macan that it wasn’t getting from its other models and that can only be good for the automaker.
The Four Cylinder Receives a Good Response
Even though the Macan is mostly based around the six-cylinder power-house variation, there is a decent following for the four-cylinder model as well. So far it’s received a good response and many people heading to dealerships to buy the Macan are interested in the four-cylinder version of the vehicle.
A Long Future for the Macan
While many people thought the Macan would be a short-lived project before Porsche game back to its senses, the more successful that little SUV is, the more likely it’s going to have a long and rich future with the automaker. With small SUVs being so popular in the United States currently it will be very surprising if the Macan isn’t around for many years to come.
Porsche is already looking for new ways to improve the Macan and will likely continue releasing the innovative little SUV for generations to come, with both large and small engines. We might even see a full-electric or hybrid model in the years to come as electric vehicles increase in popularity.
Porsche is hoping to sell at least 20,000 models of the Mission E EV per year when it’s finally released in 2020. While this isn’t an outlandish figure for automobiles in general, or even full electric vehicles, it’s a pretty high figure for the likes of Porsche. It’s an optimistic figure, but it’s tough to say whether or not the automaker is going to be able to meet such lofty goals once the vehicle is finally released. Here’s what the car has going for it that should help those Porsche goals become a reality.
There are few automakers out there that know how to make a car as beautiful as Porsche does. For some people that’s enough to sell the Mission E on its own. The car should be a stunning piece of artwork and it’s going to appeal to a wide range of people looking for something attractive.
At around 3.5 seconds from 0 to 62 MPH, the Mission E is a pretty quick full electric vehicle. It should be exciting to drive and something that most people will enjoy, even if they aren’t all about electric vehicles. While it won’t likely be the fastest car out on the road, it will be quick and have excellent handling mechanics, which is all that it really needs.
It’s Track Worthy
The Mission E is going to be a track-worthy sports car, like most other Porsche vehicles sold today. This should excite people looking to pick the car up for racing, and it’s one of the main selling points that the car has for it over some of its main competitors, even leading Tesla vehicles. Porsche understands how to create vehicles with superb track handling, and the automaker is undoubtedly going to keep that in mind when making the Mission E.
The Porsche Mission E is going to appeal to a large group of people, but it’s going to be tough to appeal to enough people to hit the figures that Porsche is going for. In order for that to happen they’ll have to produce a vehicle that offers the same level of performance as the stiffest competition released in 2020, and that might not be the case depending on how far along Tesla and other major EV producers are by then.
Since the release of the Porsche Panamera it’s been a common complaint that the car isn’t very good looking. Someone even described the vehicle affectionately as a “crouched hippo” and it’s hard to argue with that line of thought when looking at the original car. That said, a lot has changed since then and Porsche worked really hard to make the 2017 Panamera look as nice as humanly possible. Not only did the automaker achieve its goal and create a great looking vehicle, but it also managed to make a faster and more effective one in the process.
Designed to Look More Like the 911
As far as cars go, there are few out there that can top the long-term success of the 911. With minor aesthetic changes each year, the car continues to sell well to high-end buyers looking for a symbol of status or an excellent performer. That’s why when some customers began complaining about the looks of the Panamera, Porsche turned to its 911 for inspiration. The result? A 2017 Panamera that looks more like the 911 than ever before. At the front of the vehicle, and especially the rear there are many 911 characteristics. You’ll quickly see that the two vehicles are related, and it’s hard not to get excited about the way the Panamera looks.
The chassis drops the vehicle lower to the pavement, and the air ride suspension reduces the amount of space needed to dampen the vehicle. The car relies on a new four-wheel steering system and electromechanical stabilizer bars that help give it an amazingly light, lithe and sporty feel overall. The car is incredibly agile for weighing in at over two tons, and it’s surprising just how easily you’ll pass cars out on the freeway with this best.
There are actually two engines in the latest Panamera, and it doesn’t matter if you get the 4S or the Turbo variation of the vehicle, the power increases from the previous model. There’s an increase of 20 HP or 30 HP respectively. The standard Panamera comes with 440 HP and the Turbo offers a whopping 550. Either way, the car is lightning quick and a lot of fun to drive around as well.
The 2017 Panamera has a more simplistic look within, despite all the added tech that’s crammed into the vehicle. The vehicle shows off the same Analog clock at the center of the console that gives many Porsche’s their classy look. At either side of the clock is a 7-inch touchscreen display, allowing everything from multimedia management, to information about the cooling system. The car packs in all sorts of tech goodies, supporting things like Apple Car Play and Android Auto, but it looks simpler overall because most of the buttons were removed in favor of the touch displays. It’s a really tech-savvy vehicle, but you wouldn’t know it by looking inside, which is exactly the way most Porsche owners like it to be.