What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

Gas PedalMost drivers know that horsepower is a good standard to judge how fast a car is but what about torque? What does a car’s torque mean? That’s a question many drivers interested in performance vehicles find themselves asking and the answer can get rather complicated. Fortunately, we at Gossett VW Porsche have a simplified answer of what a car’s torque actually means.

Put simply, power is how fast something can reach a certain point while torque is the ability to do work. That remains true in modern cars. Horsepower determines how fast a car can reach a certain speed while torque is how fast the car can actually accelerate.

The torque listed on a vehicle specification page is how much torque the engine can produce. That isn’t necessarily how much torque reaches the wheels. Either way, higher torque means faster acceleration.

Larger engines produce more torque due to the amount of air flowing into the engine. That air is combined with fuel and compressed in a combustion chamber to produce horsepower and torque. Trucks are a perfect example of how torque works. Since most trucks are designed to tow, they need more torque to accelerate while pulling heavy loads. Thanks to their larger engines, trucks are capable of gaining speed even though they may be pulling thousands of pounds.

2017 VW Golf Alltrack Preview

2017 VW Golf
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The VW Golf Alltrack has never been sold in the United States before, but after Volkswagen’s most recent press release, that’s about to change! The VW Golf Alltrack is based on the popular Golf SportWagen and has been a top choice for drivers who desire a ride with crisp handling. The Golf Alltrack has been available in Europe for years, but this fall, the newest model will hit United States shores!

The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack will feature 4MOTION all-wheel drive and offers all the capability of an all-terrain vehicle without the rough exterior. Off-Road Mode goes hand-in-hand with the new all-wheel drive system and makes this model more capable than ever before.

A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque powers the off-road-capable model. Drivers wanting to control gear shifting should wait until the six-speed manual transmission releases following the launch of the Golf Alltrack.

While the exterior looks entirely different from the Golf SportWagen, the interior is a different story. The layout is similar but the Golf Alltrack sees premium materials, like leatherette seating surfaces, and aluminum pedal covers plus Alltrack branding.

We at Gossett VW Porsche can’t wait for the arrival of the 2017 VW Golf Alltrack!

2017 Porsche 911 Spotlight

2017 Porsche 911The 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.

Performance

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.

Technology

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.

Design

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.

Racetrack Sound

With the new optional sport exhaust system, the 911 gets central tailpipes that make its arrival heard.

Curious? Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new 2017 Porsche 911 at Gossett VW Porsche!

A Look Back at the Porsche 917 at Le Mans

Porsche LogoThe 1970s are often regarded as a golden era in racing. Cars were fast, courses were incredible, and the energy was electric. No single race quite captured the spirit of this racing better than Le Mans, and no vehicle captured the flag at Le Mans better than the Porsche 917.

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!

First Look at the 2017 Porsche Panamera Luxury Sedan

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.

2016 Porsche Panamera
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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.

Fuel-Efficient Porsche Vehicles on Their Way

Porsche MacanPorsche 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.

Fastest Porsches of All Time

Porsche knows speed and style, and the brand’s vehicles never lack in performance. Curious as to just how elite these cars are? Here are five of the fastest Porches of all time:

  1. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – This car has a top track speed of 205 mph and can move from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.4 seconds.
  2. Porsche 918 Spyder – This takes a slight silver medal to the 911, topping at 202 mph. It goes from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds.
  3. Porsche Carrera GT – Originally produced between 2004 and 2007, this Porsche was a game-changer with a top speed of 201.5 mph. It was one of Sport Car International’s top cars of the decade and eighth in the magazine’s top cars of all time.
  4. Porsche 911 Turbo S – A top speed of 196 mph might not hit the 200 mark, but its impressive 0 to 60 time of 3.1 seconds turns heads.
  5. Porsche 911 GT3 – Yes, another 911! This car goes a top speed of 194 mph, and has always been a favorite.

    2016 Porsche 911 GT3
    2016 Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche Mission E Design: 600 Horsepower of All-Electric Energy

2016 Porsche 911
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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.

The All-New 2017 Porsche Macan GTS Is Red, Black, and Cool All Over

Porsche Macan
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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.

Exciting Improvements for the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4

The 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Carrera 4 models are set to roll out next year and with them come a lot of exciting performance advancements.

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!

2016 Porsche 911
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