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Mercedes-AMG GT 4 vs 2018 Porsche Panamera vs 2018 Bentley Continental GT

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Mercedes-AMG GT 4 rendering. (Siource: Car)

Since Mercedes is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its AMG division, it’s safe to assume that a new Vision concept will soon be unveiled. Reportedly, it is going to be a high-performance four-door super saloon that would be pitted against the likes of the 2018 Porsche Panamera and the 2018 Bentley Continental GT.

Mercedes GT 4

For now, the rumored Mercedes-AMG GT 4 is codenamed X290 until its supposed unveiling in 2019. Reports are saying that the super car will be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. It is scheduled to hit the market sometime in 2019 with a starting price of $148,000. The model will be based on the same Mercedes architecture and platform that are being used on the C 63, E 63, S 63 AMG variants.

There will be two versions of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine available to the market. The range-topping S 4MATIC+ variant will be able to produce more than 600 horsepower. There are also plans to use an integrated starter generator to complement the V-8 engine.

None of these details have been confirmed yet since these are all concept of the GT 4 for now.

2018 Porsche Panamera

The new Panamera ushered in a new exterior and interior designs, a new engine lineup, and plenty of tech goodies such as LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of personalization options.

It currently has two models—the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that can produce 440 horsepower; and the Panamera Turbo with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that churns out 550 horsepower.

2018 Bentley Continental GT

The rumored updates for the 2018 Continental GT aren’t much, except for tweaked styling on the exterior, a new V-8 engine, and an upgraded interior. It apparently packs the shortened version of Porsche’s MSB platform, though the higher-end model will reportedly have a 6.0-liter, W-12 engine. No official word on that, though.

2017 BMW 6 Series Takes on Porsche Panamera and Audi S7

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A possible 2017 BMW 6 Series was spotted testing on the road. It will have a new lightened chassis, upgraded tech for the cabin and refreshed styling on the outside.

Although details are still up in the air, what is clear is that it will be competing against the Porsche Panamera and the Audi S7.

Based on the spy shots, the fourth generation model of the BMW 6 Series will offer a roof with an angled approach towards the rear end, which promises to give the car a fastback profile. It also has a trailing spoiler and revamped taillights on the rear, and a kidney grille and slimmer headlights up front.

In terms of dimension, this is still in the midsize range, though it will carry the chassis code G14, G15, and G16, replacing the outgoing model’s designation of F12, F13, and F06, respectively.

Under the hood, the new BMW 6 Series will have the same powerplant treatment as the new 5 Series, meaning a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder from the 540i. Output is a mean 350 horsepower and 340 pound-feet of torque.

Currently, the 6 Series is pegged at $77,600, but the top-of-the-line model can go as high as $100,000.

Porsche Panamera or the BMW 6 Series?

For under $80,000, the Porsche Panamera—all that power—can be yours. It combines the power of a high-end sports car with the functionality of a five-door hatchback.

If you have the extra juice, meaning $100,000, you can get the Turbo S model, which has a 911-performance, thanks to its twin-turbo V-8 that can produce 570 horsepower. This can make the Panamera go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It has a maximum speed of 192mph.

The Panamera also comes packing with the Porsche Active Suspension Management with three different drive modes—Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus.

If BMW plans to compete with this through the 6 Series, it better bring its A game.

9 Spy Shots Show Bentley Flying Spur Prototype Testing

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The Porsche Panamera Turbo is utilized as a test mule for the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur.

Spy shots of a Bentley Flying Spur prototype recently emerged online. The photos show the car being tested on wet conditions.

But how come the pictures here show a black Porsche Panamera Turbo?

While the photos indeed show a blacked-out Panamera, Autoblog claimed that the car is merely serving as a test mule for the Flying Spur. It makes sense that Bentley would use the Panamera to test the prototype of the Flying Spur because the two share the same platform. The new Panamera uses the MSB platform.

Another indication that we are looking at a test mule for the Flying Spur is the license plate of the Panamera. According to the photographer who captured the spy shots, the plate number of the auto is registered as a Bentley under UK’s Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Since the Flying Spur is the four-door variant of the Bentley Continental GT, expect the next-generation of the car to get many of the styling elements presented in the EXP 10 Speed 6 concept that was unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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The Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The source said the upcoming Flying Spur might keep the same powertrains available in the Panamera as the two share the same platform anyway. Therefore, expect the inclusion of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engines in the selection.

The Flying Spur concept is rumored to make its world premiere next year. The production model of the car will probably come out the following year.

Bentley Flying Spur Prototype Testing Spy Shots

Check out the images below showing the spy photos of the Porsche Panamera Turbo being used as a test mule for the new Bentley Flying Spur:

Baby Porsche Panamera Could Be The Future All-Electric Mission E

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There are reports that the baby Porsche Panamera mule, nicknamed the Pajun, could be the development car for the all-electric Mission E. The appearance of the mule in spy photos proved speculations that the development of the Pajun is back on track after it was shelved in 2014.

Apparently, the Pajun will be arriving in 2019. It is just in time for the planned launch of the production Mission E, which Porsche plans to sell before the end of the decade as a rival to the Tesla Model S. With this coincidence, there are now talks that despite the exhaust tailpipes on the Porsche Panamera mule, this could very well be the foundation for the Mission E.

This isn’t such a surprise as car makers have, for years, tried to lure their competitors through false pretenses. The tailpipes could very well be there to confuse the stockholders in the market, as well as to hide what’s really under the mule’s body.

This latest sighting pushed the luxury automaker company to remain even more mum about the Panamera mule and the possibility that it could be the all-electric Mission E. This attitude has only led sources and experts to believe that the latest photos showed the Mission E in an advanced development stage—road-based testing.

It would only mean that the German automaker is right on schedule to debut the all-electric vehicle by 2019. This would be the perfect time to give the Tesla Model S a run for its money.

We don’t have exact details yet of the technical specifications that the Mission E will come packed with, but expect the vehicle to have a lithium ion battery that can power the car to a range of more than 330 miles. Combined with two electric motors, Porsche’s all-electric car can go 0-62 mph in just 3.5 seconds.

Spy Shots of the 2018 Porsche Cayenne

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It looks like the current Porsche Cayenne is nearing the end of its production life since a new one has been spotted out and about being tested in prototype form. Although the new SUV was covered in camouflage, we can still make out the general shape of this third-generation Porsche Cayenne.

By the looks of it in the spy shots, this model has a sleeker look with a longer and flatter roof. The styling was based on Porsche’s Panamera Sport Turismo concept from 2012, as well as the Macan SUV. The new Cayenne will also adopt Macan’s clamshell hood, wraparound tail-lights, and the Panamera Sport Turismo concept’s C-shaped fender vent and front air intakes.

Inside, it should have the same styling as the current Cayenne, though with less physical buttons because of an improved touchscreen interface. We should also expect this new model to have improved infotainment and connectivity options, as well as electronic driver aids with semi-autonomous features.

In terms of dynamics, fuel efficiency and performance, the new model is based on Volkswagen Group’s MLB Evo platform, which made its debut with the 2017 Audi Q7 and appeared in the 2017 Bentley Bentayga. We expect it to see in the next VW Touareg and the Lamborghini Urus SUV.

The platform will make the new Cayenne lighter in weight but with improved rigidity, thanks to its combination of high-strength steel, aluminum and carbon fiber. The 2018 Cayenne will weigh 220 pounds less than the current model, which is at 4,500 pounds.

As for powertrains, the new Cayenne will have the same engine as the current model, meaning a naturally-aspirated V-6 for the base model, a turbocharged V-6 for the mid-range Cayenne S, a plug-in hybrid for the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and a twin-turbocharged V-8 for the Cayenne Turbo.

It is still not clear if the new Cayenne will offer a diesel option in the United States, especially after the VW Group’s diesel emissions scandal that affected the Cayenne Diesel.

2017 Porsche Panamera To Start At $100,950

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Isn’t it only this week that Porsche released information about its new Panamera? We argued about the pricing, but here we are releasing details for all the world to see.

Porsche said the Panamera 4S will have a starting price of $100,950. This will even include the destination charge of $1,050.

The Panamera 4S is to be powered by a new 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that produces 440 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Reportedly, it can go 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds when ordered with the Sport Chrono package.

But for the Panamera Turbo, you’ll have to spend $147,950, including the destination fee. This one features a new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 that can churn out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. To save fuel, the Turbo is also equipped with cylinder deactivation system that can shut down four cylinders under light load condition.

The Turbo is expected to reach 60 mph from standstill in just 3.4 seconds. Again, this can be done with the Sport Chrono package.

Aside from the aforementioned features, the Turbo will also be packing new three-chamber air suspension and 20-inch wheels compared to the 4S’ 19-inch ones. For those looking for bigger wheels, Porsche has a package with 21 inches.

Inside, there’s a four-zone climate control system that can also be controlled by rear passengers, thanks to a rear control screen that also displays infotainment functions. This is a cool addition to the already standard panoramic sunroof, massaging seats, ambient lighting, and the Burmester 3D sound system.

Furthermore, the Sport Chrono package includes a launch control, a Sport Plus button to tune the engine and chassis, an analog and digital stopwatch, and a performance display, among others.

Optional to the Panamera are the new Night Vision Assistant and InnoDrive system, which features adaptive cruise control, optimal acceleration and deceleration rates, coasting phases for the next 1.8 miles, and gear selections.

Is A 700-Horsepower Porsche Panamera Coming?

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Porsche has finally unveiled its new Panamera this week. The supercar will come with a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 550 horsepower on a stylish four-door Porsche.

According to Motor Authority, there’s more to come because Porsche has employed the trickle-down technology that was first seen on the 918 Spyder hypercar. Apparently, there would be a 700-horsepower Panamera version with a hybrid powertrain that combines the V-8 engine with an electric motor.

Speculations said that this Panamera version will be called the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid since Porsche generally uses the Turbo S nomenclature for its top-of-the-lines.

The trickle-down technology mentioned above refers to how the 918 Spyder featured a 4.6-liter V-8-partnered with a pair of electric motors that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Currently, Porsche is offering a hybrid version of the Panamera, and it has been doing so for quite some time. The current Panamera S E-Hybrid can deliver 416 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V-6 engine and 95-horsepower electric motor.

The company has yet to announce a new hybrid version for this Panamera model, but there has been some spotted testing of what appears to be a fresh Panamera hybrid. Reports said the new hybrid Panamera will be a plug-in version as evidenced by fuel filler caps on both sides of the vehicle (one is for the charging port).

The new hybrid will likely share the V-6 engine with its predecessor. It will be mated with an electric motor, which will have more power than the current S E-Hybrid’s 416 horsepower. It is also expected to be lighter and to have a higher-capacity battery than the previous one’s ability to travel 22 miles on a single charge on a 9.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

The Panamera will hit the European market later this year while Americans can expect it to arrive by January next year.

Spy Shots Of 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 Leaked

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Everyone thought that Porsche was testing a more extreme version of the latest 911 GT3 when spy photos of a new prototype resembling the car came out. However, the company clarified that it’s an early tease for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2.

Andreas Preuninger, 911’s chief engineer, confirmed through a report that the 911 GT2 will be part of the 991-series 911 family. The company, in fact, already has mules out on the streets for the next generation car.

At the front, this car would most likely have a larger intake than those on the GT3 RS while at the rear, the hidden vents are on either side of the bumper, typically indicating a turbocharged engine. These cannot be found on the GT3 RS.

We can expect the GT2 to have the same engine as the 911 Turbo, albeit with more power. If it will have the latest Turbo S, which can now deliver 580 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six, then the GT2 could crank up to 620 hp.

The release of a GT2 would be late, in all honestly, so some are even expecting Porsche to just skip ahead to the GT2 RS. If the brand does this, it should be ready to power the GT2 RS with a capacity of 660 hp. The previous GT2 RS already had 620 hp, remember.

All of this power can be found on the rear wheels, and via a most likely seven-speed manual clutch transmission. Since the 911 models have four-wheel steering system, the GT2 will probably also come packed with this feature.

There were talks that the GT2 would officially come to the end of its production, especially because the Turbo models are offering better performance than previous GT2s. The rear-wheel-drive layout of the GT2 can also be a challenge for some people, but aren’t we glad Porsche didn’t give in to the temptation.

The GT2 will be released in 2018.

2017 Porsche Boxster 718 Facelifted, Has New Energy-Efficient Engine

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First introduced in 1996, the 1997-2004 Porsche Boxster was an entry-level, mid-engine sports car that wasn’t warmly welcomed until enthusiasts slowly grew to love it. That was until the Cayenne SUV was launched in 2003.

Twenty years forward, the Boxster is receiving a facelift. According to sources, the Boxster will ditch the naturally-aspirated engine for turbocharged units much like the 911 Carrera. It will help reduce its emission and improve efficiency. It will also be the first Porsche sports car to use a four-cylinder engine in decades.

With these changes, the Boxster will now be called the 718 Boxster. This may be new to the Boxster, but this isn’t new to the Germans who used the nameplate for a lightweight sports car built between 1957 and 1962.

For the exterior, every panel of the new Boxster will be redesigned, except for the luggage compartment lids, the windshield, and the convertible top. Major changes include a wider front end with a new bumper section, as well as larger side intakes, mounted LED daytime running lights, reshaped center grille, Porsche’s new bi-xenon headlamps, and the optional units with four-point DRLs.

At the back, there are new taillights because of the 3D LED technology. In addition, there are four-point brake lights, a black strip with the Porsche lettering, and the 718 Boxster badge, of course.

Porsche has yet to release new details about the 718 Boxster, but it looked like it would be available in Lava Orange hue as seen on the 911 GT3 RS.

Inside, not much has changed, except that the Porsche added a standard Communication Management System featuring cell phone integration, audio interfaces, and a 110-watt Sound Package Plus.

Clients also have the option to add a navigation module with voice control, as well as the Connect Plus module for access to a wide array of online services.

The drivetrain is where Porsche made radical changes. The base 718 Boxster will have turbocharged, 2.0-liter producing 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharging will make the 718 Boxster 14 percent more efficient.

That base model can go 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds for manual and 4.7 seconds with the PDK. The 718 Boxster S will be more impressive, if that’s even possible.

The new 718 Boxster starts from $56,000, while the 718 Boxster S retails from $68,400.

Is The Porsche Macan Coming To The US?

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A few years back, Porsche introduced the Macan, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is second to none. It did not confirm back then if the Macan will be available for US consumers so US-based Porsche lovers were left to wonder.

On the other hand, an entry-level Macan, of course, is accessible for certain global market while the UK certainly has it out in the market already.

But now, it looks like Porsche finally decided to bring the Macan to US shores, according to well-placed insiders and sources. We have to wait for an official announcement, as well as more information about that, though.

For those who are not familiar, the Macan houses a corporate VW Group inline four-cylinder engine, and not the turbocharged flat-four used by the new 718 Boxster sports car. Still, that turbo four engine makes 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It is coupled with a seven-speed and dual-clutch automatic.

Up until now, the regular Macan you will see in the US is the S version, which is powered by a 340-hp twin-turbocharged V-6. There are two other variants—the Macan Turbo with a 400-hp power on its twin-turbo V-6 and the ultra sporty Macan GTS.

More than power, Porsche Macan also improved its fuel economy. The V-6 diesel model, which would most likely face challenges because of emission testing, will probably arrive in the US sometime this year too.

If you base your judgement on specs alone, the four-cylinder engine Macan utilized is similar to the unit placed on the 2017 Audi A4. But remember that the Porsche is way heavier than the Audi A4 so it remains to be seen how the engine will fit in a much heavier body.

This machine should definitely have a price lower than $50,000 since the Macan S starts at $53,650.00.

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