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.
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!
Our very own Al Gossett – President and CEO of Gossett Motor Cars – recently attended Porsche’s launch of the new 2018 Panamera over in Leipzig, Germany.
“Porsche Leipzig is more than a production facility. It’s also a place where you can experience the fascinating appeal of the sports car in every facet. Welcome to an exciting world where the spirit of Porsche really comes alive” said Gossett. The Panamera shares the production facility with the Cayenne and Macan.
The tagline for the new Panamera is “Courage Changes Everything.” The model originally burst on to the scene in 2009, but a lot has changed since then. The new 2018 Panamera will feature a much sportier look and feel than in previous model years. It offers Porsche Connect system capability, Apply CarPlay, and plenty other high tech safety and entertainment features.
The 4S trim uses a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 that provides 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. The Turbo trim has a 4.0-liter, twin turbo, V-8 that boasts a whopping 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. Fuel efficiency has also improved. The 2.9 liter V-6 is capable of 29.03 mph which is an 11% improvement from the 2017 edition. It also can reach 62 mph in just 4.4 seconds.
Below are some photos from the big launch event! If you’d like to learn more about the new 2018 Panamera, head over to Gossett Porsche today!
The gutsiest Porsche is better than ever this year. The all-new 2017 Porsche 911 is ready to take on the open road with you behind the wheel. Check out some of the best parts of the Porsche 911.
With the 911, you’ll start with stellar performance. A max horsepower of 370 will get you going from the start, zipping from zero to sixty in just 4.4 seconds. With a top track speed of 183, the Porsche 911 will leave everything in the dust.
Don’t think that stellar performance means you won’t get stellar technology, too. On the inside, you’ll find an incredibly innovative infotainment system that gives you your favorite driving music and online navigation to get you where you need to go.
The Porsche 911 is sharper than ever thanks to bold three-dimensional taillights and new front and rear design that’ll turn heads as you rip up the pavement.
With the new optional sport exhaust system, the 911 gets central tailpipes that make its arrival heard.
Many racing experts agree that the Porsche 917 is the greatest racing vehicle ever created. Right at the turn of the decade in 1969, the 917 made its debut at Le Mans. That year, the 917 failed to capture the winning trophy, due to an underestimated lack of stamina during the course. However, a year later in 1970, the 917’s winning streak would commence.
The 1970 Le Mans race was defined by a heated rivalry between the Porsche 917 and the Ferrari 512. Throughout the race, both vehicles were neck and neck. However, the 917 was eventually able to power through and reach the victory circle first.
The Porsche 917 repeated its victory in 1971, securing its place as one of the best racing vehicles of the decade.
Le Mans continues to be one of the longest standing races in the world. Meanwhile, the Porsche 917 continues to be a large part of the Le Mans legacy!
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.