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2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen is turning its eye towards the American automotive market, where larger SUVs are selling like hotcakes. The European brand has long chosen to develop premium mid-size vehicles, but it’s changing course with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas—a full-size three-row SUV designed for American families.

“After spending a few weeks with our own 2018 Atlas, it’s clear VW built an ultra-functional, family-friendly three-row SUV,” Consumer Reports said in their review.

Unlike many full-size SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a comfortable, firm ride on paved roadways. The standard all-wheel drive configuration offers responsive handling.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas features a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That smooth-shifting powertrain delivers a hearty 276 hp. Later this year, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will offer 235 hp and improved efficiency.

The Volkswagen Atlas features sharp exterior styling that sets it apart from its closest competitors. The spacious interior offers three-row seating that’s perfect for larger families.

Premium materials and ergonomic controls make long road trips not only manageable, but enjoyable. The 6.5-inch and 8-inch touchscreen systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Autocompatibility.

We here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche are happy to see the 2018 Atlas getting the praise it deserves!

Most Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 is already known as a high-powered sports car that’s both stylish and comfortable. Now, though, the brand is going the extra mile to blow enthusiasts away. The new Porsche 911 Turbo S will be the most powerful model to date, but there’s a catch.

The upcoming 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will feature a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 607 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The standard seven-speed PDK transmission allows for optimized shifting. That combination brings the car’s 0-to-60-mph time to just 2.8 seconds, giving the upcoming 911 Turbo S a track speed of 205 mph.

However, not everyone will be able to get one.

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will be limited to a production run of just 500 units. Porsche Design will commemorate the car with a Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series titanium-cased watch. The watch is only available to the 500 lucky owners of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe.

We here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche are pumped to see Porsche once again pushing the limits of the road!

2018 VW Polo

Volkswagen Polo

The sixth-generation Polo is better than ever. Of course, a lot is still under wraps – including the car itself. There’s a lot to learn about the 2018 VW Polo but it’s sure to impress.

The Polo is literally “under wraps” in order to camouflage it from the public. Disguised prototypes have been hitting the roads of Europe and South Africa, and so far we know it’ll be a hit.

The new Polo is slightly larger than its predecessors, which will be an improvement in legroom for all passengers. Along with its increase in size, it also gets an increase in efficiency. It will have the most advanced powertrain yet and there’s the possibility for hybrid and all-electric options.

If you’re a sport lover, don’t worry! The 2018 Polo GTI is on its way, too. This car will have all the power you could ever want thanks to advanced turbocharged engines that deliver plenty of horsepower.

If you’re intrigued by the 2018 VW Polo, you’ll have to wait. There’s no word yet on a U.S. release but it will make its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2017. So until then, you’ll have to imagine everything that the next Polo will offer.

Porsche Cayenne Tows a Jumbo Jet

2017 Porsche Cayenne

There’s tons of reasons to love Porsche vehicles. Style, luxury, and power. Plenty of power. The Porsche Cayenne proved all of this when it recently scored a Guinness World Record for towing an airplane.

The Cayenne not only towed an airplane—it towed a jumbo jet. While the Cayenne’s max towing capacity is listed as 7,700 pounds, you can bet that a jumbo jet weighs significantly more than that. In fact, at 314 tons, the Airbus A380 that was towed was about 82 times the Cayenne’s max towing amount.

The amazing feat took place at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where crews hooked up the airplane to the Cayenne just as they would a trailer. The Cayenne’s strength took it from there – pulling the double-decker plane 140 feet across the tarmac. That’s the heaviest aircraft to ever be pulled by a production car!

“Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect,” said Porsche GB technician Richard Payne. What an understatement!

While you shouldn’t try towing an airplane at home, you’ll be impressed by all the power the Porsche Cayenne can give you. Check it out today at Gossett Porsche VW.

A True Speed Wagon: The Performance Specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

You can say that the upcoming 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a wagon, and you’d be right—it certainly falls into that category. However, anything that Porsche does has a tendency to defy preconceived notions. The Panamera Sport Turismo is no different.

 

The first remarkable quality that anyone is bound to notice is the classy and sleek exterior of the new model. Most wagons come off at least a little boxy—that is, if they come off looking like a barn on four wheels. Nothing could be further from the truth with the Panamera Sport Turismo. There’s the attractive fastback rear design completed by a cool rear spoiler. It’s about aesthetics, but the sporty profile also has a profound purpose: aerodynamics.

Effectively cutting through the air would be important to a wagon like the Panamera Sport Turismo. The performance specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo speak for themselves. You don’t want anything holding it back when it’s powered by a refined 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, good for getting you from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5 seconds. If that seems like too long, you’ve got options. The top-end 4.0-liter V8 option makes 550 horsepower and ups your 0 to 60 mph time to 3.4 seconds.

 

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that the Panamera Sport Turismo is indeed a wagon. The rear bench comfortably seats three with 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space to spare. Come and see this one-of-a-kind wagon for yourself when it arrives at Gossett VW Porsche!

New Volkswagen Warranty Sweetens the Deal on Upcoming SUVs

As if the upcoming release of the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas—an all-new model—wasn’t enough cause for excitement, VW just announced that these SUVs will come with a new Volkswagen warranty. It’s an exciting prospect to say the least, as this new warranty is better than most competitor’s offers.

 

Pick up the latest Tiguan or all-new Atlas and enjoy a 6-year, 72,000-mile warranty. This is “bumper to bumper” coverage, meaning it covers engine and transmission repairs as well as issues arising with the all-wheel drive system.

New Volkswagen Warranty

2018 Volkswagen Atlas

To make the deal a whole lot sweeter, the new Volkswagen warranty is also transferable. With that, VW has increased the resale value for both of these SUVs.

 

Warranties may not be flashy, but they matter. Over time, they amount to a lowered cost of ownership. Calculate that into the asking price and you’ll know that you are paying less than you are actually paying.

 

While for now, the new Volkswagen warranty is only being offered for the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan and 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, word is that it may spread across the lineup if it fares well.

 

Stop in at Gossett VW Porsche today to discuss these upcoming SUVs and this exciting new Volkswagen warranty with us!

Meet the 21 Different Versions of the Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Models

The Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic cars out there. Its unmistakable, sexy silhouette paired with its race-track-inspired performance has made it a favorite throughout the decades. Today’s Porsche lineup features 21 versions of the Porsche 911. While they may seem the same at first glance, each version has its own idiosyncrasies that make it easy to invest in a stylish, modern 911 that’s just what you’re looking for.

Take a look at the Carrera, for instance, which is the base Porsche 911. It’s equipped with a 3.0-liter, 370-horsepower, twin-turbocharged engine. A convertible version, dubbed the Cabriolet, is available for those that like to feel the wind in their hair. There are variants of each of these that have four-wheel drive, as well, known as the Carrera 4 Coupe and the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, respectively.

As you move up the Porsche 911 lineup, you’ll find a similar arrangement with increasingly strong engines. Each engine finds a home in a coupe and convertible version, plus a rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive version of each. Targa models features an electric lift-away roof, and there’s even the 911R, a lightweight, 500-horsepower special edition.

We’re pretty convinced that no matter which Porsche 911 you go with, you’ll be satisfied with its performance and its iconic style. Visit us at Gossett VW Porsche today to start browsing our stunning lineup of the many versions of the Porsche 911.

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

Photo courtesy of realname.

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!