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.
Initially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the BUDD-e concept has a basic system of commands such as opening doors and activating the navigation system, but its voice recognition software is still less advanced than Apple’s Siri.
Voice recognition isn’t all this car has going for it, though. The 34-inch backseat display, curved dashboard touchscreen, and motion-activated door handles all make the BUDD-e car feel like it’s straight out of the future. This super-advanced electric car will have a range of 230 miles and take only 30 minutes to charge to 80% from 0%.
According to Volkswagen, the BUDD-e won’t be on the road until 2020. Expect it to be made available by the end of the decade though, marking a breakthrough in an EV world that is currently held back by long charging times and limited range.
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.
After a grueling 21 months of waiting for production to finish, the Porsche 918 Spyder has officially rolled off the line. The performance hybrid with plug-in technology is truly a masterpiece. Its stunning design and impressive performance have us all drooling and waiting to get our hands on it.
The hybrid supercar originally made its debut at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show where it was praised and heralded as the new “it” car. After further development the hypercar was launched in 2013. Now in 2015, the Porsche 918 Spyder is blazing a new path for sports cars of the future.
The 918 Spyder uses a compact and powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine that outputs 608 horsepower and a combined hybrid electric drive system that adds 279 horsepower. If you’re keeping track of the Porsche 918 Spyder specs, that’s a total output of 887 horsepower and 940 lb-ft of torque!
There are two electric motors on the car: one for the front axle and one for the rear. The plug-in function allows the Spyder’s battery to reach a full charge in less than seven hours on a standard socket. In addition, the car yields an EPA rating of 67 MPGe.
The Porsche 918 Spyder is one of the most rare and innovative cars on the planet. For more information about the new 918 Spyder, visit us at Gossett VW Porsche.