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3 Amazing Features of the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

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As if Porsche hasn’t done enough on its Cayenne, it now launched the 2019 Cayenne Turbo at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo is definitely more powerful, sportier, and more aggressive. With a V-8 engine, the Turbo version of the Cayenne will surely give every competitor a run for its money.

1. Minimal Exterior Difference

So far, we haven’t seen a lot of difference between the base model, the S, and the Turbo. The three have the same headlights and general fascia, though Turbo’s side intakes and grill are larger. The Turbo has no fog lights up front and the radiator grille is more open compared to the other two models.

At the rear, the only differences are the rear diffuser and the square exhaust outlets. Topping off the Turbo’s more aggressive styling are 21-inch wheels.

2. Luxurious Interior

When you enter the Turbo, it almost feels likes the base model and the S model, albeit the instrument cluster in front of the driver has a single analogue gauge in the center with a seven-inch digital display on either side. On the right, you can find a 12.3-inch infotainment and navigation display.

Standard equipment that went along with the cool setup of the instrument cluster are a 710-watt Bose sound system, 18-way sport seats, heated seats in the front and rear, heated steering wheel, and integrated headrests.

3. Lightweight but Powerful

Under the hood, as mentioned above, you’ll find a new 4.0-liter V-8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. That’s an increase of 30 horsepower and 14 pound-feet of torque from the outgoing V-8. The engine is paired with Porsche’s new eight-speed automatic transmission with traction management and all-wheel drive.

The Porsche Cayenne Turbo can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds if you have the Sport Chrono package. What makes this even more amazing is the fact that it comes with a new lightweight chassis that shaved off a few pounds compared to the previous generation.

The Cayenne Turbo promises a very smooth drive, thanks to the new three-chamber air suspension, active suspension management, and active shock absorber.

2018 Porsche Cayenne To Be Revealed On August 29

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The debut of the much-awaited 2018 Porsche Cayenne will be on August 29. By the end of this year, it is expected to start production for a possible 2019 market release.

Why are we not surprised? It has long been rumored that there will be a 2017 introduction of the all-new Cayenne, along with some more information about the SUV’s diesel powertrains. During the debut, the 2018 Cayenne will be expected to unveil a single- or twin-turbocharged V-6 engines while a turbocharged V-8 engine will make rounds during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Porsche will make use of Volkswagen’s highly-touted MLB platform for the 2018 Cayenne, which it will now be sharing with other VW Group products such as the 2017 Audi Q7, the Bentley Bentayga, and the 2018 Audi Q5. Luxury car Lamborghini Urus SUV is also expected to use the MLB architecture.

What’s good about the MLB platform? It offers lighter weight, improved fuel efficiency, and greater rigidity. Because of the architecture, the 2018 Cayenne is expected to shed off around 220 pounds in curb weight.

Though there are new information about the diesel powertrains that the Cayenne will come with, the development of these particular drivetrains might have to be delayed. We might not be able to see the option in the United States, but new regulations in the European market would demand for its launch. But since Volkswagen is still dealing with governments and regulators regarding the diesel scandal, Porsche would have to backtrack a bit and push the introduction of the diesel powertrain to the future.

The skyrocketing fuel prices in Europe will, of course, push Porsche to hasten the release of their vehicles’ diesel options. A Porsche source said there’s no way the Europe market would switch to gasoline cars.

In the United States, Porsche is expected to release the 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which will be able to produce 680 horsepower.

3 Facts About The Facelifted 2018 Porsche Macan

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At the end of this year, the auto industry will welcome Porsche‘s all-new Cayenne, which, along with a coupe-styled Cayenne (said to be still under consideration despite the spy shots), is set to fire things up in the SUV segment.

The latest spy shots, however, revealed something else entirely—that the smaller Porsche Macan will have a facelift for 2018. It’s three years old, after all, and is already due an upgrade.

1. Macan’s Role in Porsche’s Inner Circle

The Macan, which is one of Porsche’s smallest offering on its lineup, was launched back in 2014. Since then, it became a core part of Porsche’s range of vehicles, rapidly rising to become the company’s best-selling car. By 2016, Porsche managed to deliver 237,778 cars globally, 95,642 of which were the Macan.

Rivaling against the likes of Jaguar F Pace and Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Porsche Macan is pressured to keep itself fresh and up-to-date. The fact that 40 percent of Porsche’s sales come from the Macan is even more reason for the brand to keep itself updated.

2. Lighter Facelift

Don’t get your hopes up too much with the 2018 Macan because the facelift promises to be minimal. The spy shots have a light camouflage compared to others we have seen being tested.

The front of the test mule suggests that there are going to be new headlights and a wider grille. If you have seen the recent spy shots of the next-generation Cayenne, then you have seen a glimpse of what the new Macan will look like. Moving to the rear of the car, it’s clear that Porsche will put on a new single LED strip that runs the width of the tailgate.

This is a design feature first seen on the latest Panamera. It will play a significant role in the brand’s entire portfolio since it’s going to be the newest trademark rear lighting signature.

3. Ready by 2018

Don’t expect the new Macan to come to your dealers as early as this year. It will have to give way first to the Cayenne, whose likely debut will be before the year ends. Porsche will unwrap the new Macan in 2018.

Top 3 Things About the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS

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These spy shots of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS are showing us how the German luxury automaker is gearing up for its next high-performance sports car. The prototype of the 718 Boxster GTS was shrouded in camouflage, though that didn’t stop us from imagining what it could look like.

1. Exterior

The standard 718 Boxster looks slightly different from the GTS version of the same model. The prototype we have seen, however, seems to be a little sportier and more aggressive than the regular 718 Boxster. Obviously, the prototype is packing a new front fascia with an A-wing design that looks very similar to the 918 Spyder hypercar. Below the front fascia, you can find a new lip spoiler.

2. Powertrain

The Boxster S and the previous Boxster GTS have the same engine, though the one fitted on the GTS is slightly more powerful. Porsche will most likely apply the same principle on the 718 Boxster GTS, which means a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-4 engine that would be placed behind the cabin instead of under the hood.

The engine will have an output of 365 to 375 horsepower, a slight upgrade from the 350 horses produced by the 718 Boxster S.

There is also an option for a top-end chassis—standard Sport Chrono and Porsche Active Suspension Management.

3. Release date

The car might be introduced sometime in 2018 with the 718 Cayman GTS. But remember, the 718 Boxster won’t be the best in the 718 range because the Boxster Spyder and Cayman GT4 are expected to make their own debuts. Both will sport the naturally aspirated flat-6 engines.

Spy Shots

Check out the spy photos of the 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster GTS in the gallery below:

5 Things To Know About The 2019 Porsche Cayenne

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Spy shots of the next-generation Porsche Cayenne, which is slated to be a 2019 model, shows why the midsize truck remains to be a strong contender in this segment. Though the camouflaged Cayenne revealed few details, it’s enough to get experts excited about this high-riding crossover.

1. Appearance

Based on the spy shots of the auto featured in CarAndDriver, there are changes in the front grille, as well as the lower fog-light windows that are wider and now feature a full-length slat. The headlights have been covered, but it might be safe to assume that it will use Porsche’s four-LED cluster—the same one used in the rest of the lineup.

The rear showed that Porsche is ready to take the Cayenne to a sportier aesthetics because there might be a full-width light bar connecting the taillights. That would give this car an overall wider appearance and stance.

2. Platform

This new Cayenne is expected to be on top of Volkswagen’s MLBevo platform, the same one used by the Audi Q7 and the Bentley Bentayga. It will also be utilized on the Volkswagen Touareg and the upcoming Audi Q8 and Lamborghini Urus. The lightweight dynamics of this new platform will contribute to Cayenne’s ability to shed off at least 200 pounds.

3. Powertrain

The powertrain lineup on the all-new Panamera should give huge expectations on what can be found under the Cayenne’s hood. The turbocharged V-6 engine will most likely be the powertrain of choice for the entry-level Cayenne. The S and GTS version should be using a twin-turbo six while the Turbo model might come with the V-8. It will share Panamera’s plug-in 4 E-Hybrid powertrain too, combining a twin-turbocharged V-6 with an electric motor.

4. Competition

The Cayenne, once it is released, will go head-to-head with some of the most powerful midsize luxury crossovers in the market—the BMW X5, the BMW X6, the Range Rover Sport, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and the Maserati Levante.

5. Release and pricing

The next-generation Cayenne will probably be unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show later this fall, with deliveries to begin early next year. Prices will be similar to the current generation’s tag.

Toyota Remains the Most Valuable Car Brand in the World

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Toyota retains its status as the most valuable car brand in the world. The company toppled the likes of luxury car giants like Mercedes-Benz and BMW to keep its position.

According to Autoweek, the Japanese automaker’s value dropped by three percent to $28.7 billion. The decrease was attributed to the tough currency rates, in addition to the company’s investments and increase in labor costs. Despite the setbacks, Toyota topped the vehicle segment of the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brand study made by market researcher Kantar Millward Brown.

Brown said Toyota is still viewed by customers as a reliable brand with quality value. Even with the recall issues going on, Toyota car owners gave positive reviews to their cars.

Based on the report, the study was first conducted 12 years ago. Since then, Toyota has landed in the number one rank 10 times.

In our earlier article, Toyota projected that further losses in revenue and net income are expected for the current fiscal year, which ends in March 2018. The company, through its CEO Akio Toyoda, defended that the slump is also in line with their vision to put more priority in stabilizing their future investments rather than focusing on short-term profit.

The Toyota CEO added that to safeguard the company’s future, they created an internal division called the Toyota Research Institute. The new division aims to work on futuristic technologies like the development of electric and hybrid vehicles as well as a potential autonomous car.

BMW and Mercedes landed on the second and third spots, respectively. BMW fell in value by eight percent to $24.6 billion while Mercedes rose by four percent to $23.5 billion.

On sidelines, Tesla seems to be catching up fast in the global car brand rankings. The company just jumped from number 10 last year to number 8 at the present, thanks to an increase of brand value by 32 percent to $5.9 billion. The car maker overtook Land Rover and Porsche to secure its new place in the hierarchy.

Snowy Showdown Between the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S

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The Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S belong in the best SUVs of the world today. When it comes to mechanical specifications, the vehicles are almost alike. So what happens when the two are pitted against each other?

In one episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend Senior Editors Jason Cammisa and Johnny Lieberman took the SUVs for a spin in the snowy peaks of Steamboat Springs, Colorado at the famous Bridgestone Driving School.

The automotive experts got into the steering wheels of the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S to see how they fare against each other in a drag race, grocery retrieval and drifting. They also take viewers inside each SUV to provide a feel on how it is like to be a passenger and driver of each vehicle.

Quick Facts About the SUVs

Before anything else, here is a quick introduction of the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S:

2017 Porsche Macan GTS

The Porsche Macan GTS houses a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine. It has an output of 360 hp with 369 lb-ft of torque. The power of the SUV goes through an all-wheel drive system with a 7-speed twin clutch automatic. The curb weight of the auto is 4,506 lb. The starting price of the unit is $68,250 but the one in the video costs $89,070.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace S

The Jaguar F-Pace S is equipped with a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine. It produced 380 hp with 332 lb-ft of torque. The SUV is also an AWD and the power is distributed to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The auto has a curb weight of 4,442 lb. The starting price of the vehicle is $57,695 but the unit in the video is worth $71,018.

The Showdown

Now watch the Porsche Macan GTS and Jaguar F-Pace S go head-to-head by playing the video below:

Porsche Panamera Executive Unveiled at Shanghai Auto Show 2017

 

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Porsche just unveiled a long wheelbase version of its Panamera at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The German automaker calls it the Porsche Panamera Executive.

China-Exclusive Model

First, it should be noted that the Panamera Executive will only be available in the Chinese market. Recognizing the potentials of the luxury vehicle segment in China and the preference of its rich personalities to be chauffeured to their destinations as they ride comfortably in the rear passenger seats, the automaker decided to offer the long wheelbase car in the giant Asian country.

Strong Demand for Luxury Cars in China

According to TheDrive, China was the strongest single market for the Porsche brand in 2015 to 2016. In a year on year basis, the sales of the brand rose up to 12 percent. The vehicles delivered by the brand to customers numbered up to 65,246. So far, the automaker seems to be carrying over its momentum this year.

From a market data, it was recorded that luxury SUVs and sedans have huge following from wealthy Chinese consumers. The sports car line does not enjoy the same level of demand but Porsche remained popular, especially for younger buyers. Among the company’s best-sellers were the Macan, Panamera and 911 units.

The Panamera Executive was showcased by Porsche during the event together with the 911 GTS and 911 GT3 models, which are the two more popular products of Porsche in China last year. The said cars saw an 11% spike in sales from 2015 to 2016.

5 Models to Choose From

Porsche revealed all five new long wheelbase models in Shanghai. These include the Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4S Executive, Panamera Turbo Executive, Panamera 4S E-Hybrid Executive, and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive.

Drivetrain

The Panamera Executive has a rear-wheel drive system. The lineup is highlighted by the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The car is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 engine. The unit is capable of producing a 330 hp output.

Top 3 Things to Look Forward to in the New Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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The prototype for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was spotted cruising the roads of Germany in a series of spy shots.

After unveiling the new Porsche 911 GT3 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, we are in for another treat again from the German automaker. Latest spy shots reveal that a Porsche 911 GT3 RS is in the works.

What have we learned so far and what can we expect from the upcoming sports car? Here are the top three things to look forward to when it comes out in the market:

1. Design Changes

From the looks of it, the next 911 GT3 RS is just a cosmetically enhanced version of the 911 GT3. The car has wider fenders with new air intakes at the rear part, revised front bumper, updated headlamps and added vents on the hood.

The interior of the 911 GT3 RS might see subtle upgrades compared to the standard 911 GT3. It’s hard to tell for now basing from the angle the spy pictures were taken. It should get new sporty leather trims as well as new pedals and steering wheel.

2. Engine Boost

The major change should come from the sports car’s power unit. Currently, the 911 GT3 is packing 500 hp. The 911 GT3 RS is expected to get an extra 20 hp to 40 hp in its flat-six engine compared to its standard version. The power of the car will probably be complemented with a manual transmission gearbox to attain optimum performance.

3. Arrival

Looking at the spy images, the prototype is almost in its final stage of development. Therefore, the possible debut of the vehicle is in September of this year. The likely venue for its world premiere is at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, since that is the major auto show coinciding with that period.

Photos

Check out the recent spy shots of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS while it was being tested in Germany in the gallery below:

Top 3 Features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

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The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is making its way at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The Targa is one of the most expensive cars of Porsche with a starting price of $138,200.

Is the car worth that much?

Check out the top 3 features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS based on the information provided by its maker:

1. Engine

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS offers more performance and efficiency. The car is equipped with Porsche’s new 3.0-liter straight-six rear engine with twin turbochargers. The unit can produce up to 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an all-wheel drive system and 7-speed manual transmission.

The power of the car allows it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited at 308 km/h.

The improved fuel efficiency ratings of the auto show a 9.7 l/100 km combined fuel consumption and 220 g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Exterior

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS measures 1,291 mm in height, 1,852 mm in width, 4,528 mm in length and 2,450 mm in wheelbase. The car displays an imposing front end, sporty air inlets, Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED DRLs, black 20-inch wheels, black roll bar and convertible top.

3. Interior

The cabin of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS combines a classy and sporty appeal thanks to its Alcantara surfaces. The driver can choose four driving modes to improve driving experience based on the preferred level of comfort or performance. Navigation is also improved due the car’s Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allowing multi-touch gestures and voice control.

Photos

Below are some official photos of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS:

Where Can You Find the Car in the Show?

Those who want to see the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS in the flesh can visit the booth of its maker at Stand 1050 during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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