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Top 3 Things We Will Get From The 2020 Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo

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The Porsche Taycan all-electric model will have several versions, one of which is certainly going to be an estate or wagon and it will be called the Sport Turismo. What separates the Sport Turismo from the sedan model are the bigger boot capacity, more practical features and more space.

There are a lot of expectations for the Taycan Sport Turismo since it’s technically the only rival that Tesla’s Model S has in this particular segment.

1. Exterior

There will be no crazy design on the Taycan Sport Turismo. From the looks of it, the model will be one of the prettiest wagons ever made and thanks to it being an all-electric and high-performance Porsche, the Taycan Sport Turismo should be a trailblazer in its segment. The front will look like the Mission E-Cross Turismo concept though with a cleaner overall look and lower ride height reduction.

The rear will look similar to the concept, too, but the lights should look like the pairs found on the Panamera or Cayenne models.

2. Interior

The interior will be closer to the Panamera with a bit of the elements found in the concept, which has a total of four screens. The production version might only have two or three screens and it will definitely have more physical buttons than the concept, which has none. For one, it will have a dedicated hazard button, which is mandated by law.

The cabin should be spacious enough for a driver, a front passenger, and two passengers at the rear. But since there won’t be a big transmission tunnel running in the middle, a third passenger at the rear should be able to sit comfortably.

3. Powertrain

The Taycan models will arrive with several power and/or battery pack options. Power outputs will range between 400 and 600 horsepower. The basic Carrera model might only be offered as a rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive should come as standard.

The range is pretty good at around 310 miles or 500 kilometers on a single charge. This will be the maximum range for the largest battery pack.

Photos

Here are the photos of the Porsche Taycan from TopSpeed:

3 Major Stuff You Should Know About The 911 Speedster Concept II

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What started as a concept from the folks from Stuttgart has evolved into the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II that was introduced at the Paris Motor Show. Now, Porsche will develop the 911 Speedster Concept II as a special edition model that will be limited only to 1,948 units.

The production of the 911 Speedster Concept II starts in the first half of 2019. Porsche has not released the pricing details yet but we expect that to be revealed in the next few months.

Exterior

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The exterior of the 911 Speedster Concept II is the same as the concept the German automaker first introduced back in June 2018, the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept. Both versions are based on the 911 Cabriolet 4 Carrera with elements of the 911 GT3 on the chassis and the carbon fiber composite.

The 911 Speedster Concept II has a shorter and more rakish windscreen, closely resembling the 356 1500 Speedster. There’s a carbon fiber rear cover with double bubble design and a floating third brake with “Porsche” lettering.

The car showed at the Paris Motor Show bears the Guards Red paint finish, which has a historical significance to Porsche. It also comes with 21-inch center-lock wheels with a cross-spoke design, tinted daytime running lights, a lightweight tonneau cover, and mirror caps made with black chrome and platinum.

Interior

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The 911 Speedster Concept II has similar elements with its predecessor. There are carbon fiber bucket seats that are wrapped in black leather with eye-catching red accents. To save on weight, there will be no infotainment system. There’ll be just an empty space in the center stack. There are air-conditioning vents in the cabin but it remains unclear if there will be an A/C system in the production version.

Drivetrain

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The 911 Speedster Concept II will arrive with a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission that Porsche received from its own GT division responsible for engineering the special edition Speedster’s exhaust system and titanium tailpipes.

Do You Want a Hybrid Porsche 911 Cayman or Boxster?

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Porsche earlier announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche 911 is in the works. The bad news is that it will not arrive until four years into the future. So for those who own either a Porsche 911 Cayman or Boxster, they do not have to wait that long because Vonnen Performance announced that their hybrid conversion for the models will be arriving soon.

The aftermarket tuner Vonnen Performance is an off-shoot of Porsche suspension specialist Elephant Racing. They revealed to Road and Track that they are working on a system that turns the 911 Boxster or Cayman into a functioning hybrid car. The package is compatible with the 2012 to 2016 models of the said vehicles.

Vonnen aims to accomplish this by replacing the stock flywheel with an electric motor. Next, an inverter is installed on top of the engine. After that, a battery pack is mounted in the front trunk. Lastly, the company puts their very own Vonnen Control Unit (VCU) into the auto.

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The VCU is plugged into the car’s engine control unit (ECU) via a Controller Area Network (CAN bus). That allows the computer of the vehicle to monitor factors like the RPM, speed and throttle input. Based on the readings, Vonnen’s computer releases energy through the crankshaft-mounted motor. Therefore, as the driver steps on the gas pedal, the hybrid motor directs power to the motor on the crankshaft to give it more rotating force.

The Vossen Performance package puts an additional 175 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque to the Porsche 911. The penalty for the power boost is a weight increase of merely 120 lbs. The minimal increase in weight despite all the upgrades is made possible by ditching the stock flywheel to make way for the company’s 38-pound motor as well as removing the starter motor because the hybrid system no longer utilizes it and taking away the 12-volt battery, which is no longer needed.

Updated Porsche Macan Gets Sportier Looks and More Equipment

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The Porsche Macan is getting a mid-cycle refresh that will make the crossover sportier than ever before, thanks to its 911-inspired looks. It will also get brand-new equipment inside the cabin.

Exterior

The exterior of the new Macan will follow the features from the 911 sports car, just like the latest Cayenne and Panamera. Up front, there are the familiar four-point LED headlamps that are standard on every trim. The grille and the side vents have been revised with the grille featuring horizontal slats only. The side vents no longer have daytime running lights at the top. The vents below are wider and the center outlet is rectangular. These make the Macan seem wider.

The side remains unchanged, though there are new wheel designs available in either 20 or 21 inches. At the back, the revised taillights now have LED strip that we saw on the 911 and the Panamera. The rear is finished off with a new diffuser with round exhaust pipes.

There are three new colors available for the Macan: Miami Blue, Mamba Green Metallic, Dolomite Silver Metallic, and Crayon.

Interior

Porsche made big changes in the Macan’s cabin. The obvious upgrade is the larger infotainment screen, which is now an 11-inch diagonal display. The German automaker removed the A/C vents and put them in smaller units below. The enhanced PCM system also removed most of the buttons for a cleaner center stack display.

The GT sports steering wheel is another major change. It was inspired by the 911 and now has new controls, a mode switch, and the Sport Response Button. That last feature is offered with the Sport Chrono Package. Other features include Connect Plus module and optional Traffic Jam Assist, an ionizer, and a heatable windscreen.

Powertrain

The new Macan has an enhanced chassis that enhances “neutrality while maintaining stability and improving comfort.” The engine lineup will start with the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet. The 3.0-liter V-6 should be able to produce 340 horses and 339 pound-feet or 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet.

The range-topping Macan Turbo will use the same 3.6-liter V-6 with 400 horses and 406 pound-feet. The Performance Package will increase the output to 440 horsepower and 443 pound-feet. There will be two diesel models: one with 211 horsepower and another with 258 horsepower. Both will have 428 pound-feet of torque.

 

 

3 Things You Should Know About The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster

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Though it’s about to retire, nothing could stop Porsche from fitting the current-generation 911. Spy photos of an uncovered Porsche 911 Speedster have been revealed by TopSpeed, and let’s just say, the sports car looks absolutely sexy.

Exterior

Save for its soft top, the two-seater 911 Speedster followed the styling cues of the 911 GT3, which is available in coupe only. The bumper is identical to the GT3 with its large vents on the sides and wide intake on the middle.

And just like the GT3, the rear fenders are wider, which is enough to house the middle-mounted exhaust with two pipes. The engine lid has a unique and interesting-looking spoiler, but this could change as the car nears production.

Interior

The interior of the 911 Speedster will be better than the 911 Carrera. That’s about the only info we can get from the rumors. The interior can be a cross between the standard 911 and the GT3, and it could have the standard features available for the Carrera T. These features are the Sport Seats Plus package that carries with it sportier, four-way adjustable seats with integrated headrests and contrast stitching.

When it comes to the technology available, we’re pretty sure that the 911 Speedster will be fitted with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system with online navigation and real-time traffic information, the Connect Plus module, and the Track Precision app.

Performance

The new model will most probably carry the same engine as the Carrera GTS, though this will fail to be faster because it lacks the aerodynamics. The 3.0-liter flat-six engine should give 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired to a seven-speed PDK transmission that will enable the Speedster to reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

The Speedster will cost more than the 911 GT3 because there will only be 1,948 units produced. The Speedster might cost a whopping $150,000 before options.

3 Things You Must Know About The Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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It’s finally official. Porsche boss Oliver Blume confirmed that the Cayenne Coupe is more than just rumors. There’s actually one that would hit the road sometime in 2019. That’s only a year from now, so we might be seeing this reveal sooner than later.

Unique Design

The coupe will be based on the regular Cayenne and will have similarities with the SUV version. However, there’s going to be some fresh designs on this coupe, too, such as a new front bumper design and the B-pillars on the back. These two major changes will set the coupe apart from its SUV sibling. The rear end will have sleeker taillights, altered rear side windows, and a liftback-styled tailgate. The taillights, in particular, might remind you of the second-generation Panamera.

Powerful Engine

The Porsche, of course, wants you to have as much power as this little number could hold. The Cayenne Coupe will get two engine options—a 2.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 unit that produces 440 horsepower, and a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that churns out 550 horses. There are no plans for a diesel option as well as a hybrid engine for now, so don’t hold your breath on that. But hey, we never can tell, right? Enjoy the two engine options for now, but let’s see if we can at least see a hybrid option in the future.

Best Of Both Worlds

On paper, there is no reason why we should choose the Cayenne Coupe over its SUV sibling. Even the engines are a tad bit slower than the ones in the SUV seeing as the coupe got only the Cayenne S’ and the Cayenne Turbo’s engines. But if you’re one of those who like the driving dynamics of the sedan and the height of the SUV, then this coupe is for you.

The Cayenne Coupe combines the Cayenne’s front, Panamera’s rear, and coupe styling. It’s quite an attention-seeking little number, and we’re sure plenty will be interested, particularly those who are also looking at the BMW X6, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Audi Q8.

3 Things We Can Learn From The 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Spy Shots

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After Porsche fitted its 718 Boxster and Cayman with the GTS treatment, the German automaker is now planning the new 718 Boxster Spyder and the Cayman GT4. The spy shots shown here is that of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 or even possibly, a Cayman GT4 RS, which is being developed together along a new Boxster Spyder.

Powertrain

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The Boxster’s and Cayman’s standard versions are fitted with a turbocharged flat-4 engines, though the more powerful versions run on naturally aspirated flat-6 engines (same with its predecessors). The last Cayman GT4 was introduced in 2016 and was fitted with a 3.8-liter flat-6 that could produce 385 horsepower. What we’re seeing right now is possible the one that carries a 4.0-liter flat-6 that can come up with 400 horsepower or more.

We’re still not clear on our information whether there will be a dual-clutch transmission seeing as the last Cayman GT4 was sold exclusively with a manual gearbox. The car should be able to go 60 mph from a full stop in just 4 seconds and the top speed would be above 180 mph. The last Cayman GT4 could hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and its top speed was 183 mph.

Other upgrades will include a lowered suspension, a more aggressive aero kit with larger intakes, plus uprated brakes and sharpened steering.

Exterior

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From the spy shots, we can see that the exhaust tips are no longer on the center of the rear bumper, but were moved toward the outer flanks. Aside from that, there are not much details to go on.

Production

There will be limited production of the Cayman GT4. If you want your hands on one, you better start asking your favorite Porsche dealer. These special edition Porsches sell pretty fast.

Speaking of GT4, there’s another GT4-spec racing version called the Clubsport. A prototype of this was seen being tested at Italy’s Monza.

Photos by: CarAdvice

Top 4 Reasons for You to Buy the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

What happens when you combine the winning formulas of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Mercedes-AMG GT? You get the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. This is the reason why there was so much hype surrounding the high-performance car’s world premiere and why it was flocked by people since the press days of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes is yet to reveal the pricing of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe. However, it is already given that it will be very expensive considering it will take on the $85,000 to $194,800 Porsche Panamera. What we know so far is that it will roll out for buyers in mid-2018.

So why should you spend your hard earned cash for it? Here are four reasons why you should put the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in your checklist if you are looking to buy a high-performance luxury car:

1. Unique Addition to the Mercedes-AMG GT Family

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe successfully makes itself stand out from the Mercedes-AMG GT family with its distinct four-door feature. The rest of its siblings from the base GT going up to the GT R have two-door designs.

2. Athletic and Classy Design

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is defined by its long bonnet, Panamericana front grille, squinting Multibeam LED headlamps, jetwing front bumper design, huge air ducts, thin taillights, rear diffuser, low greenhouse, retractable rear wing, quadruple exhaust tips, and a combination of AMG performance wheels and tires. On the other hand, its curvaceous and smooth exterior is an excellent manifestation of Mercedes’ “Sensual Purity” design philosophy.

3. Luxurious Aura

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe also carries the DNA of the Mercedes-Benz CLS. If you strip away all the Mercedes-AMG GT elements of the four-door high-performance car leaving only its shell, it can be noticed that its form is all too similar to the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53. That’s because both are riding on the E-Class platform.

The interior of the two only vary in layout but you can find that most of the tech within the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe are just spiced up versions of the ones found in the E-Class and CLS. However, the arrangement of the controls of the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe follows its AMG GT siblings.

4. Performance

The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe is available in three performance configurations and its power is governed by an AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission. It starts with the Mercedes-AMG GT 53 4MATIC with 3.0-liter inline-six that can deliver 435 hp combined with EQ Boost providing it an extra 22 hp, and 520 Nm of torque. Next is the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 4MATIC equipped with a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine capable of delivering 585 hp and 800 Nm of torque.

The top trim of the range is the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4MATIC+. It has the engine of the AMG GT 63 4MATIC but with an upgrade that lets it produce 639 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The auto can reach speeds of up to 310 km/h, and its 0-100 km/h acceleration can be achieved in merely 3.4 seconds.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe in the gallery below:

Top Picks From The 2018 Geneva Motor Show

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show is in full swing with heart-stopping decadence of vehicles and concepts and everything else in between. There’s truly nothing like it and when it comes to bucket list, the Geneva Motor Show is in every car lover’s list.

Here, we looked at the top three picks that were revealed just recently in the ongoing Geneva Auto Show other than the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door.

1. RUF SCR

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If you love vintage cars, look no further than the RUF SCR. The $650,000 price tag may throw you off, but there is simply nothing like this. It looks like a classic Porsche 911, except that this one uses completely custom chassis that will reduce weight and improve handling conditions. All of this will help fuel the 4.0-liter water-cooled flat-six that is able to produce 510 horsepower.

2. Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

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Porsche plans to release the actual Mission E next year as competition in the EV industry heats up. Directly, the Mission E will compete with Tesla and will finally fulfill Porsche’s dream of an all-electric Mission E. The one previewed at the Geneva Motor Show is not the final design yet, but it is closer in design to the actual Mission E than the ones we saw in the past years. According to Porsche, the Mission E will be able to do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and 0-125mph in 12 seconds flat.

3. Bentley Bentayga Hybrid

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The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid unveiled during the motor show will be the same one that will come rolling off the factories. This is the first hybrid car that Bentley ever created, making sure it’s as special as they come. It has a plug-in system and batteries to power its twin electric motors that are paired with 3.0-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine. As a result, it will only emit 75g/km of carbon dioxide, far less, of course, than the three Bentayga models. The twin electric motors can go up to 30 miles before the gasoline engine kicks in. The batteries, on the other hand, can be fully charged in just 2.5 hours at a high-output charging station.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: What Can You Get Starting at $188,550?

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS was just unveiled prior to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The pricing of the sports car starts at $188,550, and it promises more downforce, more power and better grip.

Here are the top 3 features of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS:

1. Engine and Performance

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS uses the same 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine used by the 911 GT3. However it has been slightly tuned to deliver 520 hp and 346 lb-ft or torque. The numbers are 20 hp and 7 lb-ft up from its non-RS sibling.

The output of the 911 GT3 RS is distributed to the rear-wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission—ditching the six-speed manual of the plain 911 GT3. The setup allows the RS to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds. Then the top speed of the sports car is capped at 193 mph.

The extra power of the 911 GT3 RS is complemented by the chassis derived from the 911 GT3. It includes Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus and rear steering. In addition, it comes with new helper springs located at the front axle. All these are partnered with a set of standard active dampers that help improve the grip of the vehicle.

2. Exterior

The 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS benefits from all the goodies found in the 911 GT3 but with a few tweaks to help improve its aero and design. Among the changes are the wider body, carbon fiber hood and fenders, magnesium roof, larger front lip spoiler and side skirts, huge fixed rear wing as well as the optional forged magnesium wheels from the Weissach Package.

3. Interior

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS only features two seats. The bucket seats come in carbon fiber shells. Aside from the other interior elements within the 911 GT3, the RS model also boasts lightweight glass and reduced sound insulation.

Photos

Check out the official photos of the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS in the gallery below:

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