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The Cayman GTS Versus the Porsche 911 GT3: Which Would You Prefer?

July 11, 2014 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

Evo recently did a comparison between the 11-year old Porsche 911 GT3 and the brand new Cayman GTS to see which car handled better around the track and which was quicker. Their findings were surprising, and it’s impressive to see how well the 11-year old Porsche stood up to a more modern vehicle. After taking a look at the video deciding which vehicle you prefer may be difficult, but either way it’s clear that both are exceptional sports cars.

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The Cayman GTS

The Cayman GTS is an upgraded version of the Porsche Cayman S and it feels quite a bit improved for racing performance. The chassis improvements that have been made give it a stiffer feel that’s preferred for racing. This car is a lot of fun to drive around mainly because of how balanced it is. Its very lightweight and agile around quick corners and the slight bit of over-steer lets it take corners very effectively. This vehicle is slightly lighter than the Porsche 911 GT3 that it’s compared to, but it isn’t as powerful either so they feel very similar.

The Porsche 911 GT3

The 11-year old sports car was one of the best cars out there when first released. Even today it remains a high-performing vehicle and it’s a lot of fun to drive. This well balanced car relies on a slight bit of over-steer to go with the rear wheel drive to give the vehicle a stable feel around corners.  One major difference between the 911 GT3 and the Cayman GTS is the feel of the steering. This older vehicle has a more mechanical feeling steering system and provides a great deal more feedback. That being said, it doesn’t drive quite as nicely as the Cayman, and the driver needs to have more skilled to operate the vehicle at the same speeds as the Cayman.

Taking them to the Road

Both of these cars handle nicely at high speeds around sharp corners. They are both highly balanced Porsche vehicles with minute differences here and there. The GT3 is a more powerful vehicle but it’s heavier. The Cayman GTS is lighter and slightly more agile. One big difference is the amount of skill it takes to drive each vehicle. While you need to be a skilled driver to operate either vehicle at high speeds, the GT3 is less forgiving and takes quite a bit of skill. During the comparison both vehicles made it around the course in the exact same amount of time, but the Cayman was faster around the tight corners while the GT3 took a lead in the straightaways.

Now that you’ve had a chance to hear about each of these two vehicles, and witness what they have to offer on the track which would you prefer to own?

2012 Passat Test Drive Event This Saturday At Volkswagen Santa Monica

October 5, 2011 lacarguy Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Lease a 2012 Passat S for $219** mo./36 mos. $1,999 due at signing (excluding titles, options, and dealer charges)
Offer good through 10/31/2011.


Free food and refreshments from the Kogi BBQ truck from 12-2pm.
The test drive event is from 10-3pm.

As a valued customer, we know you appreciate all things Volkswagen. Did you know that the all-new Passat has the most premium features standard in its class?† When you consider the price, the sleek new look, and the choice of engines – including the TDI® Clean Diesel that gets up to 43 miles per gallon†† – that turns into a pretty stellar deal. So what are you waiting for? Visit Volkswagen Santa Monica and test-drive the all-new Passat today.

Premium Features Standard:
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Automatic headlights
Intelligent Crash Response System
Multi-function steering wheel
One-touch control for all four windows

60/40-split folding rear seats
Automatic vehicle illumination
Bluetooth® technology
3-year/36,000-mile Carefree Maintenance‡

Volkswagen Santa Monica
2440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
phone: (888) 394-4903
web: www.volkswagensantamonica.com

*Base MSRP of $19995 for 2012 Passat S with manual transmission. Prices exclude transportation, taxes, options, title, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. **Based on MSRP of $23,460.00 (including destination charges) for a 2012 Passat 2.5L S with Appearance Package with automatic transmission, excluding title, tax, options and dealer fees. Excludes TDI models. Monthly payments total $7,884.00. Requires dealer contribution of $1,419.00, which could affect final negotiated transaction. Purchase option at lease end for $13,722.20. At lease end lessees responsible for $0.25/mile over 36,000 miles and excessive wear and tear. Dealer sets actual prices. Lessee responsible for insurance. Closed-end lease offered on approved credit by Volkswagen Credit through participating dealers. Supplies limited. U.S. cars only. Additional charges may apply at lease end. Initial vehicle availability may vary by dealer and location. See your Volkswagen dealer for financing details or for general product information call 1-800-Drive-VW. ©2011 Volkswagen of America, Inc. †Based on manufacturers’ published specifications comparing 2012 Passat S to 2011 non-premium midsize sedans. ††EPA estimate for 2012 Passat TDI Clean Diesel with manual transmission. Your mileage will vary. ‡3 yrs/36,000 miles of no-charge scheduled Carefree Maintenance, whichever comes first during term of new vehicle limited warranty. Some restrictions. See dealer or program for details. ©2011 Volkswagen of America, Inc.

LAcarGUY Test Drives the Fisker Karma

February 23, 2011 lacarguy Fisker Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

LAcarGUY owner Mike Sullivan and Fisker Santa Monica General Manager Kelly Sullivan just returned from test driving the Fisker Karma for the first time, and they were both blown away. “It drives every bit as good as it looks!” said Mike.

The Perfect SUV. In Other Words: 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

December 2, 2010 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, LAcarGUY Sustainability, Pacific Porsche, Porsche Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

There’s a lot of buzz around alternatives. Actually, around here, there’s always buzz. So how do you get away from the buzz and get into reality? Hop into a 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid and go in (green) style! Pacific Porsche and LAcarGUY welcome to the only true performance vehicle in the utility class that carries a light footprint and can kick pavement between the eyes…

Yes, the Cayenne Hybrid is different. While it is not the highest performance Cayenne in the lineup, it’s other attributes are very evident and welcome. Carrying all of the same highlights of the completely redesigned Cayenne gas versions, this new model goes way beyond what you’d expect. Its Hybrid system is unlike any other on the market. While there is nothing subtle about the Porsche performance, the only giveaway of this car’s Hybrid status is the two badges just behind the front wheel wells.

Check out this quick video and see for yourself how Porsche has set the bar high on the perfect SUV. In our opinion!

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This Cayenne Hauls…Efficiently!

November 27, 2010 lacarguy Hybrid Vehicles, Pacific Porsche, Porsche Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

So there’s hype, buzz and then a mix of those with reality when you talk about luxury and conscientiousness. Porsche has taken an interesting venture into the Hybrid fray with no different an approach than all of their other engineering (well, let’s say nearly all). The 2011 Cayenne Hybrid is amazing: Porsche performance with a green halo! So what makes this one tick?

Unlike a typical full hybrid model, in a parallel full hybrid system the electric motor is integrated into the drivetrain. The hybrid module sits between the transmission and the combustion engine where it docks to a decoupler. The heart and brain of the drive system is the Hybrid Manager: supplied with all the relevant information, it coordinates the combustion engine and electric motor to suit the current driving style. The 240-cell, 288-Volt battery with a 38-kilowatt capacity is situated in the spare wheel recess. A useful space-saving, because it minimises the intrusion into the luggage volume. With the aid of a special cooling system, its temperature is maintained at below 40°C.

And for a little more techie speak, what makes the Cayenne Hybrid work so well? The parallel full hybrid system also comes into its own when driven at higher speeds. Without drive power needed from the engine and electric motor, the gasoline engine is automatically disengaged from the drivetrain and shuts off: The Cayenne S Hybrid continues to “coast” along. Engine drag and the associated deceleration effect are eliminated, and efficiency is increased.

The “e-power” function expands the range in which the vehicle can be run solely on electric power. The throttle map is adapted so that the combustion engine is engaged later than when in “Normal” mode, depending on performance requirements. This function is activated via a button on the center console.

All things considered, this is what it comes down to: More dynamic. More powerful. More efficient. Keep that in mind if you’re already been by to drive the completely redesigned gas Cayenne. This Cayenne hauls, at a whole new level!

Taking the New 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo Out

August 16, 2010 lacarguy New Cars, Pacific Porsche, Porsche Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

This is an exciting vehicle, no matter which way you look at it. Porsche has a winner on its hands with the complete redesign of the Cayenne. It’s no wonder that it has taken the luxury SUV market by storm since inception.

In this test drive video, our own Carl Tofflemire has some grin-inducing fun with the unrivaled Cayenne. Look at the car and you’ll see, aside from the fact that it shares some overall looks from the previous generation, the new vehicle is nothing like the outgoing model. No detail was left untouched by Porsche’s engineering and design teams as they set out to create the ultimate vehicle in the category. And we’re pleased to have it!

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As Carl demonstrates, the new Porsche Cayenne has power to spare and features to match. Porsche even states that the 2011 Turbo gets better gas mileage than the 2010 V6! Talk about upgrades and improvements! But don’t take our word for it, come on in and experience it for yourself…in a V6 or V8.