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Porsche Cayenne Tows a Jumbo Jet

2017 Porsche Cayenne

There’s tons of reasons to love Porsche vehicles. Style, luxury, and power. Plenty of power. The Porsche Cayenne proved all of this when it recently scored a Guinness World Record for towing an airplane.

The Cayenne not only towed an airplane—it towed a jumbo jet. While the Cayenne’s max towing capacity is listed as 7,700 pounds, you can bet that a jumbo jet weighs significantly more than that. In fact, at 314 tons, the Airbus A380 that was towed was about 82 times the Cayenne’s max towing amount.

The amazing feat took place at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where crews hooked up the airplane to the Cayenne just as they would a trailer. The Cayenne’s strength took it from there – pulling the double-decker plane 140 feet across the tarmac. That’s the heaviest aircraft to ever be pulled by a production car!

“Our cars can go a bit beyond what our customers might expect,” said Porsche GB technician Richard Payne. What an understatement!

While you shouldn’t try towing an airplane at home, you’ll be impressed by all the power the Porsche Cayenne can give you. Check it out today at Gossett Porsche VW.

A True Speed Wagon: The Performance Specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

You can say that the upcoming 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a wagon, and you’d be right—it certainly falls into that category. However, anything that Porsche does has a tendency to defy preconceived notions. The Panamera Sport Turismo is no different.

 

The first remarkable quality that anyone is bound to notice is the classy and sleek exterior of the new model. Most wagons come off at least a little boxy—that is, if they come off looking like a barn on four wheels. Nothing could be further from the truth with the Panamera Sport Turismo. There’s the attractive fastback rear design completed by a cool rear spoiler. It’s about aesthetics, but the sporty profile also has a profound purpose: aerodynamics.

Effectively cutting through the air would be important to a wagon like the Panamera Sport Turismo. The performance specs of the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo speak for themselves. You don’t want anything holding it back when it’s powered by a refined 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, good for getting you from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5 seconds. If that seems like too long, you’ve got options. The top-end 4.0-liter V8 option makes 550 horsepower and ups your 0 to 60 mph time to 3.4 seconds.

 

Of course, we shouldn’t forget that the Panamera Sport Turismo is indeed a wagon. The rear bench comfortably seats three with 18.4 cubic feet of cargo space to spare. Come and see this one-of-a-kind wagon for yourself when it arrives at Gossett VW Porsche!

Rarest Porsche Models as Chosen by Porsche

Porsche 924 GTS driving offroad

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Porsche recently released a video that detailed what its employees have found to be the rarest Porsche models ever made. Counting down from fifth rarest to first rarest, the video is a great watch not just because it’s informative but for a closer look at these rare gems.

Dieter Landenberger, manager of Porsche’s Historical Archives, goes for a walk through an enormous garage full of old Porsche models covered in sheets and uncovers the five most unique models one by one.

The fifth most uncommon Porsche is the 911 Turbo S (964), created in 1992. Only 86 were made, despite the fact that a brand new paint color was created especially for it.

Next is the 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GTS, which was designed for private racing. Only 50 of these were ever built, 49 of which were red and the very first of which was white.

Coming in at no. 3 is the Porsche 911 GT, which was designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Only 21 were built, which was partly due to its high sales price of over a million dollars in the early 1990s.

The second rarest Porsche ever is the 1984 911 SC/RS, of which 20 models were made for rally sport. And finally, #1 is the Porsche America Roadster, of which only 16 were built.

Watch the video here for a look at these fascinating cars!

2017 Motor Porsche 911- Trend Car of the Year Finalist

Porsche 911 Named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

2017 Motor Porsche 911- Trend Car of the Year FinalistThe Porsche 911 just keeps getting better and better—and it looks like Motor Trend magazine agrees. This popular automotive magazine recently announced that the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. This is thanks to its well-rounded performance, iconic style, and unbeatable ride.

While discussing why the editors at Motor Tr22end chose this sports car as a finalist, the magazine stated, “Porsche keeps polishing its jewel. Just when you think the engineers in Weissach couldn’t make one of the world’s definitive sports cars any better, they roll out a 911 that does just that.”

Porsche 911 Features

One of the features that received the most complimentary attention from the magazine was the 911’s chassis. No matter the speed—even on base-level wheels—this chassis managed to impress the editors with its communicative and adjustable nature. Because of this, the magazine has declared the 911.2 “the nicest most user-friendly in 911 history.”

Along with its superior ride and performance, the Porsche 911 manages to impress with its style. Despite the fact that a 911 redesign is typically constrained due to its iconic style cues, the 911.2 managed to refresh this legendary sports car to make it better proportioned, turning it into a modern and beautiful machine.

You may wonder why the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. Come see this renowned sports car at Gossett VW Porsche.

Porsche Station Wagon On the Horizon

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.

2016 Porsche Panamera

Current Porsche Panamera

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!

Gossett Attends New 2018 Panamera Launch in Germany

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!

 

Panamera Launch Performer

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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!

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

Spotlight on the All-New 2016 Porsche 911 R

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.

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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.