In the last couple weeks, several online auto bloggers have had the chance to go to Cape Town, South Africa and preview the new 2017 Porsche Panamera prototype, a total redesign of the Panamera. The new Panamera is based on Porsche’s Modular Standard Platform base and will be available with both a V6 and V8 engine with an estimated range of 440 to 550 hp.
A huge change from the previous large, heavy version of the Panamera, the 2017 model is lighter, better looking, and has a totally new interior. That includes a more modern instrument panel, a 12-inch touchscreen, and two 7-inch displays, one for vehicle information and one for connectivity and easy access to features like night vision. The Panamera is a rear-wheel drive car with a front engine and has available all-wheel drive.
Testers universally agree that the best part of the Panamera is the incredible ride quality. Several emphasized the utter lack of body roll, one blogger calling it “unlike any other luxury sedan on the market.” If you’re interested in the first look at the 2017 Porsche Panamera, check out the links above.
Porsche is known for its performance cars that are typically heavy on gas consumption. But now, Porsche is playing with a balance between economy and performance for road-ready, fuel-efficient vehicles.
The new Porsche Macan premiered at the New York Auto Show and hinted at the future of Porsche. The four-cylinder engine is unlike many of Porsche’s V6 and V8-equipped cars – but for a good reason.
“You have to adapt,” Klaus Zellmer, president of Porsche North America said, “At the moment, that means it’s a lot about hybrids.”
Though the Macan has a four-cylinder engine, its performance is still top-notch. The SUV has a progressive acceleration for its class, going from 0 to 60 in 6.1 seconds.
You get a luxury Porsche package with the new Macan while saving money on gas. The Macan will have S, GTS, and Turbo versions. The 248-horsepower four-cylinder version brings an impressive 25 combined mpg to optimize performance and economy.
The new Macan is expected to be released in July. If you want the classic power of a Porsche while still getting good fuel efficiency, keep an eye out for the Macan and future fuel-efficient Porsche vehicles.
Porsches are for racing–but they’re for the road, too! The all-new 2016 Porsche 911 R reflects exactly that. After its premiere at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, it was clear that Porsche was tipping its hat to its past.
The first road-homologated race car bore the “911 R” name in 1967 (The “R” stands for “Racing”). The original was entered in rallies, in world record runs, and in the Targa Florio. Porsche hopes to continue that tradition with the 2016 911 R.
This car is more lightweight than ever, and is actually the lightest version of the 911 R available, weighing in at only 3,021 pounds. This car is truly “unfiltered” and you wouldn’t believe how streamlined it is.
This light, simplified 911 R comes without the “luxuries,” so there is neither air conditioning nor radio! But don’t worry, those can be added right back in, for free, at the customer’s request. Even the inside door handles are gone! Technically, they’re not gone, but there are door-opening loops instead.
This lightness means it can go up to 200 mph. So, if you want a lightweight race car, the new Porsche 911 R is the one for you.
The event featured a two-day tournament between the players and included Andy Roddick and Michael Chang, both of whom came out of retirement briefly to participate. Sharapova wanted to get players ready for the Australian Open in a more serious exhibition match than usual.
Porsche officials expressed excitement at the partnership with Sharapova for the event, saying the “power and elegance” of the sport and of Sharapova herself are “the exact characteristics that are conveyed in our sports cars.”
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera was present at the tournament, highlighting the connection to sportiness and athleticism the brand aims for. The 2017 Carrera is more powerful than ever, with an even higher horsepower than previous models, bringing it up to 370 hp.
Because Porsche is known for its high-performance 911 models, it came as a surprise to many that the brand recently announced it would be creating over 1,000 jobs to build the new Porsche Mission E. This all-electric model is well-known for its quick charge times and advanced technologies.
The Porsche Mission E design is drawing attention as an alternative for gasoline-powered high-performance models. While there are some models out there like it, including the Tesla and BMW i8, the Mission E has a whopping 600 hp and charges to 80% in 15 minutes, according to iDigital Times. You heard right!
“Digitization will be growing up with us,” said Uwe Huck, Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board. “And Factory 4.0 will be a major challenge for the workforce, trade union and employer. We will be taking new approaches but not giving up on the social aspects. With this decision, Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future.”
Though many thought the Mission E might just be a cool concept car, Porsche’s announcement that it would be setting aside resources for 1,000 new jobs to make the car drew astonished reactions. This model could just redefine the way we think about cars.
As if the Macan couldn’t get any cooler, Porsche has decided to honor the Macan line with a GTS badge for 2017. Striking aesthetic enhancements and thrilling performance enhancements ensue, all dressed in a compelling red and black.
In the performance department, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS sees tweaks on all levels. For braking, the Macan GTS will feature large 360 mm rotors up front and in the rear with red calipers adding a dash of color behind the black, alloy wheels. Air suspension is a standard feature on the Macan GTS and ride height is lowered 10-millimeter reduction to improve center of gravity.
Under the hood, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS uses the same powertrain as the Macan S. It’s a powerful six-cylinder with two turbochargers. With all of the unique enhancements for the GTS, output is measured at 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft for torque. Add the available Sport Chrono Package and the all-new 2017 Porsche Macan GTS will take you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.
First and foremost, we will see a new engine with these two models. Porsche has designed and perfected a 3.0-liter flat six twin-turbo motor that delivers 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. That’s 20 more horsepower than the previous year. Pick up the “4” versions of these two models and enjoy 50 more horsepower and 37 more lb-ft. of torque.
Not just in the power department, the improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 include enhancements in handling and response as well. The electro-hydraulically controlled all-wheel drive that the 911 has become well-known for has been designed to respond “even more quickly and sensitively.” The Porsche Active Suspension Management is standard to all Carrera models. According to a press release, PASM not only “aids stability during cornering,” it also “lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters compared to the previous model.”
Sounds like the Porsche 911 is headed in the right direction!
J.D. Power and Associates is a global market research company which produces many of what are widely regarded as benchmark studies in the automotive field. Porsche was recognized by the company in two of these recent studies.
For the 2015 J.D. Power ‘APEAL’ study, the firm evaluates what it calls “Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout.” This breaks down into eight different categories, such as ride, handling and braking, and engine/transmission.
Surveyors then asked over 84,000 people to evaluate their new vehicles based upon these categories. The average for premium vehicles is 841. The industry average is 798. Porsche scored a whopping 874.
For the 2015 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Porsche beat every other brand. This is the third year in a row that Porsche has taken the lead. This study measures the number of problems a brand’s vehicles have after 90 days of ownership.
Porsche sees this success as being largely dependent on customer satisfaction. Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, said in a press release, “We see these awards as confirmation of our strategy for high quality standards in design, development and production and in continuously offering Porsche customers a unique purchase and ownership experience.”
For a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.
The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?
Check for leaks
Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.
Maintain Proper Fluid Levels
Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.
Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle
If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.