Free Activities in Memphis this Spring

Memphis Skyline

Here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche, we love being part of the Memphis community. And, we love all that this great city has to offer. For visitors to the city or even those of us who have lived here for years, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have fun in Memphis. Here are some free activities in Memphis you can do this spring.

While many of Memphis’ most popular attractions have an admission cost, a few of them offer free admission days and times. You just have to plan carefully and you can save big.

  • Graceland. Be an early bird and get free admission to the Meditation Garden at Graceland from 7:30-8:30am every day.
  • Memphis Zoo. One of the best zoos in the country is right here in Memphis. Every Tuesday from 2pm to close, explore the zoo and visit its more than 3,500 animals.
  • Mud Island Riverwalk. This experience is always free and spans five city blocks within the city. It is open Tuesday-Sunday, April-October, from 10am to 5pm.
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Museum. If you live in Shelby County, you can explore the sweet sounds of Memphis music on Tuesdays from 1-5pm.

What is your favorite free attraction here in Memphis?

Rarest Porsche Models as Chosen by Porsche

Porsche 924 GTS driving offroad

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Porsche recently released a video that detailed what its employees have found to be the rarest Porsche models ever made. Counting down from fifth rarest to first rarest, the video is a great watch not just because it’s informative but for a closer look at these rare gems.

Dieter Landenberger, manager of Porsche’s Historical Archives, goes for a walk through an enormous garage full of old Porsche models covered in sheets and uncovers the five most unique models one by one.

The fifth most uncommon Porsche is the 911 Turbo S (964), created in 1992. Only 86 were made, despite the fact that a brand new paint color was created especially for it.

Next is the 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS, which was designed for private racing. Only 50 of these were ever built, 49 of which were red and the very first of which was white.

Coming in at no. 3 is the Porsche 911 GT, which was designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Only 21 were built, which was partly due to its high sales price of over a million dollars in the early 1990s.

The second rarest Porsche ever is the 1984 911 SC/RS, of which 20 models were made for rally sport. And finally, #1 is the Porsche America Roadster, of which only 16 were built.

Watch the video here for a look at these fascinating cars!

Volkswagen LEGO Journey Display Shown at Chicago Auto Show

2017 Atlas at the Chicago Auto Show

As part of its display at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in February, Volkswagen assembled a 20,000-piece LEGO journey display that demonstrated the evolution of Volkswagen design throughout the years in honor of the 2018 VW Atlas, the brand’s all-new full-size SUV.

The display featured both the new Atlas and the classic VW Microbus, showing the similarities and differences in design over the multi-decade gap. The display was set against a backdrop of a city setting, which transitioned to the great outdoors to show the versatility and “go-anywhere spirit” of the Volkswagen brand.

The LEGO Atlas model was made of white LEGO bricks and features front and rear Volkswagen badging as well as black rims, roof rails, a trailer hitch, and a distinctive grille. What’s more, the model also highlights the utility of the Atlas’ seven-passenger seating.

The Microbus was lovingly crafted from blue and white LEGOs to accurately reflect the real thing, including its two-tone exterior, the V-shaped front fascia design, rounded headlamps, a curved bumper, and VW badging.

If you’re interested in the new Atlas SUV, it hits dealerships later this year, so keep an eye out or give us a call at Grosett VW Porsche and ask us to keep you updated!

New Porsche 911 GTS Horsepower Rated at 450 Ponies

Porsche 911 GTS driving on the coast

The 911 GTS*

Despite not going to the North American International Auto Show this year, Porsche still managed to kick up a stir of its own by hosting an off-site event that revealed the brand’s lineup of five new GTS variants on the 911 Carrera family. The models included in the event were the 911 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the Targa 4. In addition, all of them had the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine under the hood. It was announced at the event that the Porsche 911 GTS would be good for 450 horsepower with the twin-turbo engine.

All of these 2017 models, according to Porsche, have a top speed of over 186 mph, but the fastest by far is the Carrera 4 GTS, which can reach up to 193 mph thanks to its innovative 7-speed manual transmission. Additionally, both of the GTS coupe models outmatch their non-GTS counterparts when it comes to going from 0 to 60 mph, shaving 0.2 seconds of their time. Of course, Porsche has taken the time to add some extra, luxurious cosmetic touches to the GTS models as well in order to give them a bit of high-end flair.

The Porsche 911 GTS horsepower rating isn’t the be-all, end-all of what the new 2017 GTS model lineup has to offer. Check out everything they provide when they go on sale in the US this upcoming April.

*2015 model shown

Volkswagen to Integrate Amazon Alexa System

2017 Golf interior

Ever wanted a virtual assistant in your car that you could talk to and it would just do whatever you wanted, up to and including buying stuff for you through your Amazon account? Thanks to automakers like Volkswagen, that’s becoming a reality. Ford, VW, and Hyundai are all in talks with Amazon to bring the Amazon Alexa system into their vehicle lineups, which would allow users to sync up their Amazon accounts to their in-car infotainment systems.

Volkswagen has announced no official release date on the service, but Alexa will work together with the brand’s Car-Net system, which has provided vehicle status updates, smartphone connectivity, and other services since it was integrated into Volkswagen models in 2013. Using Alexa, VW drivers will be able to unlock or find their vehicle from a distance, check fuel levels, and even add destinations to the navigation system. And perhaps most interesting of all is the ability to sync up your Amazon account for instant access to all the goodies you could ever want from the driver’s seat.

The ability to use the Amazon Alexa system together with your Car-Net account poses an interesting capability, especially for people who like to DIY their own vehicle repairs; it gives drivers to chance to buy car parts or fluids the moment a warning light or alert comes up on their dashboard. If that’s not convenience, I don’t know what is.

2017 Motor Porsche 911- Trend Car of the Year Finalist

Porsche 911 Named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

2017 Motor Porsche 911- Trend Car of the Year FinalistThe Porsche 911 just keeps getting better and better—and it looks like Motor Trend magazine agrees. This popular automotive magazine recently announced that the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. This is thanks to its well-rounded performance, iconic style, and unbeatable ride.

While discussing why the editors at Motor Tr22end chose this sports car as a finalist, the magazine stated, “Porsche keeps polishing its jewel. Just when you think the engineers in Weissach couldn’t make one of the world’s definitive sports cars any better, they roll out a 911 that does just that.”

Porsche 911 Features

One of the features that received the most complimentary attention from the magazine was the 911’s chassis. No matter the speed—even on base-level wheels—this chassis managed to impress the editors with its communicative and adjustable nature. Because of this, the magazine has declared the 911.2 “the nicest most user-friendly in 911 history.”

Along with its superior ride and performance, the Porsche 911 manages to impress with its style. Despite the fact that a 911 redesign is typically constrained due to its iconic style cues, the 911.2 managed to refresh this legendary sports car to make it better proportioned, turning it into a modern and beautiful machine.

You may wonder why the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. Come see this renowned sports car at Gossett VW Porsche.

Memphis Holiday Events

Memphis Holiday Events to Get You into the Winter Spirit

While winter weather means the holiday season is cold, it shouldn’t stop you from getting into the holiday spirit. In Memphis, there are a number of great events to check out during the holidays. Here are a few of our favorite Memphis holiday events that are sure to get you into a jolly mood.

Memphis Holiday Events

Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens

Stroll through “falling snow” as you take in numerous holiday light displays at Snowy Nights at Memphis Botanical Gardens. There are a number of themed light displays, including a musical light show. You can even plan in the giant Snow Globe and decorate icicle ornaments! There are a number of family-friendly activities to enjoy at Snowy Nights. This event is open nightly December 2nd and 3rd; December 9th and 10th; and December 16th through 23rd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets cost $8 for MBG members, $10 for non-members, and are free for children under the age of two.

Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace

See some of the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees in Memphis at Enchanted Forest: Festival of Trees at Pink Palace. This event features trees that are decorated by professional designers, individuals, and local organizations. This event is open on December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 9 am to 9 pm. You can also take pictures with Santa until Christmas Eve.

Meet Atlas: New Midsize Crossover Volkswagen Revealed

While many automakers in the US market have been taking advantage of the trend toward SUVs and crossovers, Volkswagen’s SUV lineup has been surprisingly lacking. The one nameplate currently under the brand’s belt is the Tiguan. However, we saw hints of a new midsize crossover from VW at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now the vehicle is finally seeing the light of day under the name “Atlas.”

The Volkswagen Atlas has been hinted at for awhile, with VW CEO Hinrich Woebecken revealing earlier in 2016 that the crossover would have a simple, more easy-to-pronounce name for the American market. With its sharp, two-syllable name, “Atlas” appears to have fulfilled that promise.

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan

2017 Volkswagen Tiguan Available now at Gossett VW Porsche

Information on pricing has not yet been unveiled, but production will begin sometime late this year, following by its sales launch in early 2017.

This new midsize crossover Volkswagen is clearly designed to appeal to American consumers, and the strategic release of the Atlas comes at a time when VW sales are lower than usual. If priced competitively, the Volkswagen Atlas could help the brand pull ahead in the market once again and invite a whole new demographic of young families looking for stylish but practical vehicles.

Memphis November Events

November is nearly upon us, which means it’s time to start choosing what events you’ll attend before the holiday season truly begins. There are plenty of events taking place during the month of November here in Memphis which means it’s time to start planning! Here are some Memphis November events that you should check out as recommended by us here at Gossett VW Porsche.

  • Indie Memphis Film Festival – Take in a movie directed, produced, and performed by upcoming actors here in Memphis. In all, over 180 of the best independent films will appear on screen. Other events include filmmaker panels and live music. The Indie Memphis Film Festival runs from November 1st to the 7th so be sure to get your tickets today!
  • Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention – There’s never been a better time to be a fantasy and comic fan! The Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention takes place from November 18th through the 20th at the Hilton. Gaming, music, entertainment, and a gothic ball are just a few of the highlights to come.
  • Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Elvis Presley’s home will light up the sky on November 17th. This event features the lighting of traditional Christmas lights through Elvis’s Birthday Celebration next year. Santa will pay a visit and special guests will make an appearance as well. Stop by the Graceland Holiday Lighting Ceremony to take in the beautiful home.

Porsche Station Wagon On the Horizon

It’s not often luxury automakers known for making fast cars break their own mold, but Porsche is doing just that – again. The luxury automaker revealed an SUV nearly 15 years ago, but now the maker of the legendary 911 is looking to up the ante. The new Porsche station wagon is set to release next year.

The station wagon is just the latest model in the sports car manufacturer’s utility-driven portfolio. The Porsche Cayenne entered the market back in 2002 and made waves as a luxury SUV.

The new station wagon is based on the Panamera four-door coupe and is scheduled for its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next March. It would compete with the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake, another model that’s designed to appeal to drivers who desire the thrill of the road but want a practical vehicle as well.

The Porsche Panamera released in 2009 and more than 150,000 units have been sold since then. While station wagons have been on the decline in the United States, European drivers have driven the body style to popularity.

2016 Porsche Panamera

Current Porsche Panamera

Porsche revealed a hybrid version of the Panamera at the Paris Motor Show just last month. That model features an electric range of up to 30 miles and can reach 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds.

Here at Gossett VW Porsche, we can’t wait for the arrival of the new Porsche station wagon!