Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo Sets New Nürburgring Record

The Nürburgring Nordschleife is one of the largest and most well-known race circuits in the world, and it’s the place where any performance vehicle worth its salt goes to prove its mettle. It was at this celebrated track where the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo made itself a legend, smashing a Nürburgring record that had been uncontested for 35 years.

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Driver Timo Bernhard piloted the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in just 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds, obliterating the previous record of 6:11.13 minutes. Bernhard is no stranger to the track, having won the Nürburgring 24-hours five times, but he said after his record-setting performance that the new 919 Hybrid Evo let him experience the track in a way he never had before.

 

“This is a great moment for me and for the entire team — the 919 program’s icing on the cake,” Bernhard said. “The Evo was perfectly prepared, and I have done my best on this lap. Thanks to the aerodynamic downforce, at sections I never imagined you can stay on full throttle.”

 

The 919 Hybrid Evo is the latest on-track testament to Porsche’s unchallenged expertise of all things performance. To experience Porsche at a street-legal (but no less impressive) level, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Head Back to School Looking Cool in the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

The close of summer and start of autumn gets folks talking about the vehicles that are best for back-to-school needs. Whether you’re a parent looking for a reliable family hauler or in search of a trustworthy vehicle for your teen driver, look no further than the back-to-school-ready 2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Value

With a starting price well below $20,000, the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is an incredibly affordable choice. It also comes packed with standard features like LED headlights, a turbocharged engine, and VW Car-Net ® App Connect, all of which deliver quite a bit of bang for the buck. Each subsequent trim level provides even more features and options, increasing the sense of value you across the lineup.

Safety

Safety is the first and foremost aim of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta. The Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS) activates in the event of a collision, automatically turning off the fuel pump, unlocking the doors, and turning on hazard lights. Driver-assist and alert systems are also offered to improve your peace of mind, including an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, and Rear Traffic Alert.

Warranty

The People First Warranty for the 2019 VW Jetta covers you bumper-to-bumper for six years or 72,000 miles, whichever comes first. It’s also transferrable, so if you decide to sell your Jetta down the line, it’s easy to hand the remainder of the warranty over to the new owner.

With exceptional value, a great warranty, and cutting-edge safety technology on its side, it’s no wonder we consider the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta one of the best back-to-school cars on the market. To experience up close and see what it has to offer you, stop by Gossett VW Porsche.

Volkswagen Golf Named to KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 of 2018

The new Volkswagen Golf has been named to KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 of 2018 list, firmly establishing it as one of the most rad rides on the road today. (Side note: do the kids today still say rad?)

10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000

KBB.com looks at a range of subjective factors to determine the models that offer the most driving fun and “cool factor.” According to KBB.com, the vehicles on the 10 Coolest Cars list offer great tech and versatility at an affordable price, plus a stylish exterior and fun driving dynamics that will put a smile on your face. In KBB’s esteem, the VW Golf does that very thing, and all for less than $20,000.

“A direct descendant of the original hot hatch, which defined a fun-to-drive segment, Volkswagen tuned the Golf for sporty driving dynamics,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “A standard turbocharged engine—unexpected zip for a vehicle in this category—a roomy passenger cabin, and timeless hatchback styling add to its appeal.”

The 2018 Golf adds standard LED DRLs, LED taillamps, and exterior chrome accents, building on a formula of coolness that has been satisfying drivers for more than four decades. If you want to feel cool and don’t want to pay a lot, look no further than the new VW Golf—available at Gossett VW Porsche.

Tips for Traveling with Pets

Our pets are a part of our families, so of course we want to bring them along with us when we go on vacation. But traveling with pets requires extra precautions that you’ll want to undertake before you hit the road, both for your safety and the safety of your furry friends.

Tips for traveling with pets

First of all, it’s important to get your pet used to longer car rides before you embark on a journey that’s several hours or even days long. Take them on a few short trips around town to see how they handle it, and extend the ride a little more each time to see what their limits might be.

Pack a bag for your pet the same way you pack your own travel bags. Bring comfort items, food and bottled water, and their favorite toys and blankets to make the trip as comfortable as possible for them.

When it comes to the actual trip, it’s much safer to keep your pet in a carrier or crate. If you let them roam free, this can be a distraction to the driver. If you’re unfortunate enough to get in an accident, it’s more dangerous for you and your pets to have them unsecured.

Finally, it’s vital that you don’t leave your pet alone in the car, especially during the hot summer months. In many states it’s illegal to leave pets alone in the car, as it can get dangerously hot. Instead of stopping at restaurants on your trip, bring food with you that you can eat outside with your pet or go through a drive-through.

These are just some of the measures to consider for your summer road trip if you plan on bringing a pet. Volkswagen offers several pet-friendly accessories that you can equip for your journey, so stop into Gossett VW Porsche and see what we have to offer.

New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sets Nürburgring Lap Record

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a tried-and-true racehorse. The track-designed model was meant to impress bystanders and set records, and it recently did both of those things at the legendary Nürburgring.

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Driver Kevin Estre got behind the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and set a new track record, tackling “The Green Hell” in just 6:56.4 minutes, besting the time set by the previous GT3 RS by an unbelievable 24 second margin. That lap time makes the 2019 911 GT3 RS the third Porsche to ever run a lap at Nürburgring in under seven minutes.

“No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred, for example, from the 911 GT3 R,” said Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.

This sub-seven-minute lap time wasn’t just a fluke either. Estre completed four laps in under seven minutes with just tenths of a second between them. That consistency is a testament to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s performance and drivability.

The new track-ready model features a 520-horsepower naturally aspirated engine. It races from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds and boasts a top speed of 193 mph. While you likely won’t be able to test the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on a track as challenging as Nürburgring, you can still make it yours at Gossett VW Porsche.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon R-Line Appearance Package

The all-new 2019 Volkswagen Arteon is slated for a fall 2018 release, and it comes packing a bold look that’s sure to make waves. In addition to its vast array of sleek and stylish features, the Arteon will be available R-Line® Appearance package, which adds sporty features that drivers are sure to love.

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The R-Line® Appearance package adds 19- or 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Those unique wheels complement a distinctive front bumper with integrated air intakes finished in stylish gloss black, R-Line air inlets and cover panels, and a gloss black rear spoiler. These features speak to athleticism, style, and performance.

Inside, the R-Line® package adds the R-Line logo to the Volkswagen Modular Infotainment Platform startup screen. Contrast stitching on the steering wheel and shift knob add a touch of sportiness, and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters and stainless-steel sport pedal covers give the Arteon the feeling of being ready for the track.

This is appropriate given the Volkswagen Arteon’s standard 2.0-liter TSI® turbocharged engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which make the sedan every bit the performer that it is a looker.

The R-Line® Appearance package will be available when the VW Arteon launches this fall. To learn more about how you can make the stylish, exciting 2019 Volkswagen Arteon yours, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche World Expedition Ready to Go

The Porsche World Expedition, a journey like no other, is underway. The expedition spans six continents, lasts 80 days, and allows participants to explore the world from the driver’s seat of the new Porsche Cayenne S. The expedition kicked off in Australia on May 11 with a group of 20 participants setting out to explore the Outback. This once-in-a-lifetime journey begins at Australia’s east coast and ventures across the outback to Perth.

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The Porsche Cayenne S is prepared to handle such an adventure: it comes equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers a whopping 440 horsepower. It also comes with the Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive system, allowing you to feel confident and in control as you traverse any terrain. This system will be particularly useful while driving in the Australian Outback, as participants traverse desert landscapes and dirt roads, driving through the Simpson Desert, the Red Center, and the Great Central Road to Perth.

The Porsche World Expedition will explore Africa, Europe, South East Asia, Central America, and South America. With the power and capability of the Porsche Cayenne S, participants will experience the world like never before, all while sitting within a luxurious, comfortable, and smart interior.

The Porsche Cayenne S is just one of the many powerful and prestigious Porsches in stock at Gossett VW Porsche. Schedule your test drive and you will understand why Porsche is the first name in high-performance luxury automotive.

Porsche Traction Management: Take Control Behind the Wheel

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Porsche is a world leader when it comes to performance and technology, and the brand has created some of the most powerful cars and systems in the world. Recently, Porsche created Porsche Traction Management (PTM), a new generation of powertrain technology that will be featured on the 911 Carrera 4, 911 Targa 4, 911 Turbo, Cayenne, Macan, and the Panamera models.

According to Porsche, the PTM system works to improve driving dynamics, as this all-wheel-drive system distributes torque between front and rear more quickly than other AWD systems. There’s also a permanent monitoring system so the PTM system can actively respond to changes, and the PTM technology can adapt to pre-set control for different driving situations.

“The principle philosophy for any Porsche with active PTM is the same: Enhanced driving dynamics, improved driving safety, increased traction for an even sportier driving experience. This is why Porsche developed its own all-wheel-drive system, which has long been the benchmark in terms of speed, compactness and intelligence,” reads the Porsche press release.

PTM technology is paired with an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch to assist in transferring power. While PTM will improve performance on the track, especially while cornering, the new system optimizes vehicles for off-road use.

To learn about the new and exciting technologies Porsche is offering today and in the future, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

 

 

 

Bad Driving Habits That May Actually Damage Your Car

Bad driving habits—we all have them, and they can do serious damage to your car over time. From speeding to tailgating, bad driving habits are surprisingly common, as many drivers forget what they learned in driving school. However, there are several driving habits that you may want to cut out as soon as possible because they can also be quite bad for your car.

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According to Autoblog, one of the most common bad driving habits among sports car owners is resting your hand on the shifter. You should never put weight on the shifter unless you’re actively changing gears, as this can put unnecessary weight on the transmission’s bushings and synchronizers, wearing them down over time. Keep both hands on the steering when possible, and if you prefer to drive one-handed, rest your elbow on the windowsill.

While you might feel that your vehicle has stopped itself just fine when you put it into park, you should always use the parking brake, even on minor inclines. That’s because the entire weight of your car rests on the parking pawl if you don’t use a parking brake. The pawl is a small piece of metal in the transmission, and it’s not really designed to hold heavy loads. Not using the parking brake can lead to serious transmission failure down the road, so put it on anytime you are not on a flat surface—just remember to disengage it before you start driving again.

Avoid revving the engine when it’s cold. While it can be tempting to warm your car faster, the rapid change in temperature caused by revving a cold engine can crack and damage engine components. In short, just let your car idle for a couple minutes before you hit the accelerator.

The bad habits you break today might be the ones that increase the longevity of your vehicle. If you have service and maintenance needs, bring your vehicle into Gossett VW Porsche and our service experts will get you back on the road quickly and efficiently.

Tips on How to Drive in the Rain

Driving in the spring means that, occasionally, you’ll have to drive in the rain. Wet roads can lead to a number of potential hazards, which is why we here at Gossett VW Porsche want to provide you with some tips on how to drive in the rain safely.

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Keep an eye out for hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle gets more traction on the water covering the road than the road itself, which causes your vehicle to begin sliding. If this occurs, remember to slowly take your foot off the gas pedal and steer in a straight line to help regain control of your car.

 

Keep cruise control off. Cruise control is a fantastic feature to have when the roads are dry, but it can actually make you at more risk for hydroplaning. Keep cruise control off on wet roads, because when it’s on, if you do hydroplane your car will actually try to go faster.

 

Increase your following distance. When roads are wet, it can be difficult to stop on a dime, so give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by adding one or two seconds to your following distance when you’re behind another car.

 

Turn on your headlights. Many people forget that all states require you to turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are on – even if it’s a sunny rainstorm. When visibility is low, you want to make sure that you can see everything around you more easily and that others can see you, too, so lights on!

 

The rains are coming, so make sure to keep these tips in mind in the coming months. Stay safe out there!