A lap time on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife is a unit of measurement.
It is an indicator of how fast a car can go on one of the most challenging and deadly courses in the world. The quest to be the fastest around The Ring is one that takes precise measurements and translates them into a benchmark.
Porsche has been driving The Ring for decades. They seek to get the best time around the Nordschleife. It is their way to ensure they built their cars to the specifications of their customers.
In the new 911 GT2 RS, they not only set a benchmark in the quest to be the fastest around The Ring. It was certified as a world record for a road-approved sports car.
That time was 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds.
In six-and-three-quarters minutes, a car can go around this tough 20.832 kilometer, 73-turn strip of Green Hell. Not just any car, but a Porsche. And, this is not just any Porsche…it is the new 911 GT2 RS.
This is why Porsche South Bay sells the cars and SUVs that we do. This is why it should be the destination for the next Porsche.
Salute to the unit of measurement that yielded the new benchmark for the new 911 GT2 RS!
The best-selling Porsche today has just been rejuvenated.
The 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show, also known as IAA, was the venue for the introduction of the third generation Porsche Cayenne. It arrives with an all-new look, chassis, and choice of performance.
The first thing the all-new Cayenne offers is an all-new look. It remains true to its original formula – two generations inspired by Porsche’s iconic 911. However, there are some new elements to the Cayenne, including a full-width rear taillight design and a larger grille area below a set of redesigned headlamps. The silhouette has been slightly tweaked for better interior space and cargo management.
As for performance, there will be two models available right off the bat – the Cayenne and the Cayenne S. The Cayenne will offer a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with 340 horsepower, along with Porsche Traction Management standard. Upgrading to then Cayenne S raises the bar with a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6, making 440 horsepower. Both models also offer the Tiptronic S eight-speed gearbox as standard.
Then, there is the Cayenne Turbo and its 550 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8. With 567 pound-feet of torque, the Cayenne is turned into a formidable SUV capable of not just track performance – 3.7 seconds going 0-60 MPH and a top track speed of 177 MPH – but of high capability for those who use the Cayenne Turbo as a tow vehicle.
The new Cayenne will see further chassis enhancements, including Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, staggered wheel set-up and air suspension for a smoother ride and better load management. The Turbo will receive active aerodynamics, along with surface-coated brakes – the first Porsche to offer this feature.
Inside, the cabin is centered on the Porsche Advanced Cockpit design. It offers the perfect mix of traditional Porsche elements – especially in the instrument binnacle and its five-dial readout – to a large high-definition 12.3-inch touchscreen. The center console will have fewer buttons than before along with two grab handles for improved entry into the Cayenne’s front seats. The Cayenne will continue to seat five with a large and expandable cargo hold.
The new Cayenne is slated to arrive at Porsche South Bay starting in December. The Turbo will arrive in less than a year later.
Be the first to own this all-new and improved Cayenne at Porsche South Bay. We welcome our loyal customers, as well as those who want to be a part of this best-selling SUV of ours!
Toyota is working on some pretty exciting stuff, and much of it is going to be on display at the Frankfurt auto show. Anyone interested in the next thing that the automaker has slated for release should tune into the big event to find out exactly what’s to come. Toyota is going to show off a wide range of vehicles and special features, but the two items of most note will be very large and very small. Toyota has a special hybrid vehicle to show off, and an all-new Land Cruiser as well. Both of these vehicles are major advancements for the automaker and to Land Cruiser fans there should be something worth getting excited about very soon.
An All New Land Cruiser
The Toyota Land Cruiser is a massive monster of a vehicle that can handle off-roading like a pro. Not only does this huge SUV stand up to everyday use capably, it’s also one of the best options to consider when you want a luxurious full-sized family vehicle that can handle things like camping or trail riding. The only problem is that the current Land Cruiser is a bit dated, though it’s been refreshed. The new Land Cruiser that Toyota is going to be previewing in Frankfurt is a completely redone model that’s sure to pack in some exciting features.
The other big reveal during the Frankfurt auto show is the C-HR hybrid vehicle concept. This little beauty is going to focus heavily on an emotional looking crossover, that just happens to rely on plug-in hybrid technology. The main feature of this hybrid is going to be its look, but it will also be a capable little crossover that’s built atop hybrid plug-in tech, which is something to get pretty excited about. Unfortunately, it appears that the vehicle will only be available to buyers in Europe, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming stateside anytime soon.
There are a bunch of advancements coming out of Toyota, which is exactly why you’ll want to tune into the Frankfurt auto show to find out what they are and when they’ll be available for purchase.
Mark your calendars: September 27-30, 2018!
This is the date when the Rennsport Reunion VI will be held at Laguna Seca. The famed track near Monterey and Salinas will hold one of the most enthusiastic and celebratory events for Porsche owners and enthusiasts.
Expect to be a part of tens of thousands of enthusiasts, hundreds of Porsches and some of the most iconic racing seen on Laguna Seca. Plus, you get to rub shoulders with people you have only heard of – race drivers, company executives, engineers, and designers.
Think of it as the ultimate weekend for anyone who loves Porsche.
Porsche South Bay will keep you posted on specific information regarding Rennsport Reunion VI next year. However, if you are a member of the Porsche Club of North America, your invitation should be coming soon.
DDon’t forget to mark your calendars and book your travel soon!
Our motorsports heritage is about to start a new chapter.
Imagine open-wheel racing with cars that look like Formula 1, but are quieter. Yet, these cars have instant torque and do not use any fuel source. They run simply on pure electricity.
This is Formula E.
Since 2014, the FIA has sanctioned this electrically-charged form of racing. It is an open-wheel format with a specific motor and gearbox format that every manufacturer must follow. It is also the marriage of traditional automobile manufacturers, technology firms and a new level of interactivity. Fans get into he race through an app that actually helps drivers and cars race better.
Races are run on street courses and are scheduled in-between Formula 1 dates. You catch the action in Mexico City on March 3, 2018, with scheduled races coming to New York City and Montreal later next year.
Porsche announced that it will participate in this pure electric form of motorsport starting in 2019. No further details as to the vehicle itself, but it will participate in a growing sport alongside other rivals involved in Formula E.
While Porsche will no longer compete in the LMP1 class in the World Endurance Championship, they will continue to compete in the GT classes in both the WEC and IMSA with our 911 RSR program.
Porsche’s tradition of racing continues. More so now as the future becomes more electric.
With each passing year vehicles are getting larger and larger in size. The compact trucks like the Toyota Tacoma are now nearly as massive as what was once a full-sized truck and full-sized trucks are the size of small houses. SUVs are heading in the same direction as well, which is fine for everyone that likes massive vehicles, but that’s not everyone. There are always going to be at least a few people that want something more compact, more efficient and less extravagant. For all those people, Volkswagen is releasing the T-Roc UTV. This compact SUV is meant for urban commuting, but we bet quite a few people in rural locations are going to make use of the vehicle as well.
Compact SUV Performance
The little SUV actually looks similar to a Golf turned SUV. IT’s highly compact and will sport space for up to five. If you don’t want a huge amount of rear cargo space, and instead you want something small and cute to drive around, the T-Roc could be just the thing for you. The SUV is going to launch with three or so different engine options, offering three different levels of performance for you to choose from.
Impressive Safety Features
Volkswagen is planning on releasing the T-Roc UTV with a good suite of safety features. It’s expected to come with auto braking systems, post-collision braking, and lane keep assist as well las the more standard features. You’ll also get adaptive cruise, which will make driving around a bit more enjoyable in this pint-sized SUV. Overall you’re going to get a whole lot of cool safety features packed into this little SUV from Volkswagen when it’s finally released.
Only a European Option for the Moment
The T-Roc seems like a breath of fresh air in a market that’s inflated with bloated vehicles that are constantly growing in size, but it’s not an option for everyone. In fact, if you live outside of Europe, there’s a chance that you’ll never be able to get your hands on the little SUV. Volkswagen has plans to launch the T-Rock in Europe, and us folks over in America will have to wait around to see if the vehicle is expanded to the United States or not.
The T-Roc is a cool idea and it could probably do pretty well in America if it was released here. If it is released it will likely be larger than its European counterpart though, and that defeats the purpose of the vehicle entirely.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Toyota has long avoided the urge to toss its hat in the ring and go against the likes of Nissan for its Leaf or Golf for the eGolf EV, but those days seem to becoming to a close. Toyota has announced tentative plans to release a full long-range EV in the future, the only difference is the automaker plans on using solid state batteries to do it.
What are Solid State Batteries?
Solid state batteries are still seen as an experimental technology, but they essentially replace the liquid chemicals in a battery with solid crystalline versions instead. They are thought to have a much higher capacity and to be more capable than the liquid-based options like Ni-Cad or Lithium-iON, but nobody has figured out how to create stable batteries that can be relied upon just yet.
Toyota Works for Solid State Battery Development
Toyota recently announced that it would try to create commercially viable solid state batteries for release by 2020. With the release of those batteries the automaker would have the tech to create some pretty substantial EVs that could rival most other products made by automakers then, or at least that’s the belief. While Toyota has only stated it’s going to push for development of solid state batteries by the early 2020’s, the automaker doesn’t actually state that it’s going to release any products based on that battery technology once the tech comes out.
Tesla has directly questioned whether or not Toyota is as close to creating commercially viable multi-cell solid-state batteries, but the automaker says that they are interested and support the endeavor. If Toyota is able to create such a product that’s fit for release, the automaker will have the upper-hand and could create a very competitive electric vehicle. Whether or not Toyota will pursue this action depends on what the automaker decides is the most profitable way forward, but we think it’s pretty likely. Toyota is well-known for being a pioneer of new technologies, and continues to release tech to the masses before other automakers dare. This breakthrough would be something Toyota could seriously benefit from, and the best way to do that is by releasing a powerful EV of its own.
The Golf Type R hot hatch is a pretty unique product because it’s a performance car that’s based on a pretty basic model from Volkswagen. It’s not the typical candidate for a performance vehicle. According to Volkswagen the automaker plans on following in the footsteps of the Golf with models like it’s new T-Roc as well as the Tiguan. That means that you can expect some fun performance variations of other Volkswagen vehicles in the future.
Serious Driving Power
There’s no information about how much power you can expect from a R-type Tiguan, but it’s safe to say it will be at least 300 horses and probably more. That’s something to get excited about and that’s a level that you can really enjoy if you get out on the open road and really stomp down on the pedal. Other vehicles won’t offer that much power from Volkswagen, and that’s why VW is probably going to sell a lot of Tiguans in the future. Volkswagen owners will be able to get the power they are looking for, without switching brands to someone they might not trust as much.
The Tiguan R Would Have Serious Potential
The Golf R has over 300 HP and it’s likely that the Tiguan would at least match that level of power and probably offer even more power than that. That means you can expect some serious acceleration times in this little powerhouse of a vehicle. If you’re looking for a serious performer, it might be worth waiting for the Tiguan R to come out from Volkswagen. There is no clear timeline about when this vehicle is going to be released to the public, but the belief is that it will be available pretty soon. If you are interested in performance vehicles, the Tiguan and T-Roc vehicles will both be worth watching closely, and you could end up with your new favorite vehicle.
Compared to more expensive performance vehicles like the ones offered by Audi, Porsche, Lexus, Mercedes and Bentley, these vehicles should be pretty affordable but still pack in the power to make them fun to drive around, and that’s why they’re worth looking at.