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Porsche News and Reviews

Porsche News and Reviews

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  New for 2018: Porsche
A redesigned Cayenne SUV arrives for 2019, but in the meantime Porsche fleshes out the Panamera lineup, adds new top-of-the-line versions of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, and gives 911 buyers four compelling new models from which to choose.
     
  Porsche Debuts Sports Purist Performer: 2018 911 Carrera T
Porsche revives sports car purism with the launch of a lighter-weight 911 Carrera T midsize premium sporty coupe next year.
     
  Porsche Unveils 2019 Cayenne Turbo SUV at Frankfurt Motor Show
Less than two weeks after unveiling the new-for-2019 Cayenne, Porsche took the wraps off its new 2019 Cayenne Turbo SUV at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show press preview.
     
  2019 Porsche Cayenne Preview
Plenty is riding on the expected success of the third-generation version of Porsche's top SUV, the redesigned 2019 Porsche Cayenne.
     
  New for 2017: Porsche
Porsche has redesigned its Panamera sports sedan for the 2017 model year, and has overhauled both the Boxster and Cayman sports cars. Find out what else is new for the 2017 Porsche lineup...
     
  Porsche Debuts Panamera Sport Turismo, Turbo S E-Hybrid Variants in Geneva
This week at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche showed off two more choices in its Panamera large premium car family, including the new Sport Turismo hatchback.
     
  Porsche Expands Panamera Lineup with Two New Variants
This week at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche will show off two new variants in its second-generation 2017 Panamera sport sedan range.
     
  Porsche to Unveil Panamera Hybrid in Paris
German sports car maker Porsche has revealed that it will unveil a fourth variant in its Panamera large premium car line—the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid—at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
     
  2017 Porsche Panamera Preview
Designed to seat 4 people and featuring a useful hatchback design, the new 2017 Porsche Panamera will be available in 4S and Turbo models when it goes on sale.
     
  New for 2016: Porsche
For the 2016 model year, Porsche focuses on upscale infotainment technology by offering an optional ultra-premium rear-seat entertainment system for its 4-door models.
     
  Porsche Ups Design, Performance Ante on 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S
Porsche has announced that its 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will make their world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.
     
  Porsche Adds 2017 Macan GTS to SUV Lineup
Porsche recently took the wraps off a new variant of its Macan SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show that fits between the S and Turbo in the model’s lineup.
     
  Porsche Takes Wraps off 2016 Cayman Black Edition Sports Car
German sports car maker Porsche has unveiled the 2016 Cayman Black Edition featuring a “Black on Black” design and a host of special features.
     
  New for 2015: Porsche
The top story from the 2015 Porsche lineup is the introduction of two all-new models: the 2015 Macan compact SUV and the 918, a 2-seat hybrid. Otherwise, following some pretty drastic changes for the 2014 model year, Porsche's stable of luxury sport-oriented models hasn't changed much for 2015.
     
  2015 Porsche Macan Preview
Claiming that it is "the first SUV that is also a sports car," Porsche introduced the 2015 Macan at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
     
  New for 2014: Porsche
Significant updates mark the arrival of the 2014 Porsche lineup, as the brand expands with more efficient and powerful models, added safety features, and upgrades to the interiors and chassis.
     
  2013 Porsche Panamera Preview
The 2013 Porsche Panamera is a sporty, luxurious, full-size 5-door hatchback (though Porsche markets it as a sedan) with seating for four.
     
  2014 Porsche Panamera Preview
The 2014 Porsche Panamera is updated with more fuel-efficient powertrains, new convenience and safety technologies, and an optionally available Executive model with a roomier rear seat, all wrapped in a restyled exterior.
     
  2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Preview
Engineered to be as light as possible, with as little unsprung mass as possible, and to deliver as much horsepower as possible without resorting to supercharging or turbocharging, the rear-drive 2014 911 GT3 is about as close as it gets to a track-ready Porsche 911.
     
  2014 Porsche Cayman Preview
While the 2014 Porsche Cayman is redesigned, it remains a 2-seat, mid-engine sports car based on the Porsche Boxster, but is equipped with a fixed roof.
     
  New for 2013: Porsche
Porsche, never a company about standing still, is making a lot of changes for 2013 models. A new 2013 Boxster is on sale, marking the first time the 2-seat roadster has been completely redesigned since it debuted for 1997. Find out what else is new for the entire 2013 Porsche model lineup...
     
  2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S Preview
The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S are the all-wheel-drive versions of the new-for-2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models.
     
  2012 Porsche 911 Club Coupe Preview
To commemorate the 13 people who founded the very first Porsche Clubs 60 years ago, Porsche is building 13 examples of the exclusive 2012 911 Club Coupe.
     
  2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Preview
When people think of Porsche, the 911 is the model that typically comes to mind. Introduced in 1963, the Porsche 911 has since come to define the German sports car manufacturer.
     
  2013 Porsche Panamera GTS Preview
Based on the Porsche Panamera 4S, the all-wheel-drive 2013 Panamera GTS gets design and performance modifications intended to make it sportier than the 4S model.
     
  2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel Preview
For 2013, Porsche is adding a new diesel model to its range of Cayenne SUVs. Slotting into the lineup between the standard Cayenne V-6 and the Cayenne S, the new Cayenne Diesel goes on sale in September of 2012 for $56,725, including a $975 destination charge.
     
  2013 Porsche Boxster Preview
This article previews the all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster, including model highlights, exterior features, interior features, optional features, engine and transmission specifications, and safety information.
     
  Concept-Porsche 918 Spyder Preview
Highlights:All-new design and possible successor to the Carrera GT500-horsepower, 3.4-liter, gasoline V-8 engineAchieves 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds with 198 mph top speed7-speed "Doppelkupplungsgetriebe" (PDK) dual-clutch transmissionAll-wheel drive and 4-mode driving programLikely to see production in a few years"Race Hybrid" mode uses "E-Boost" button to enable additional electrical power for even more accelerationGreen Facts:218-horsepower twin electric
     
  Porsche Cayenne Hybrid: Redefining the Hybrid
At the recent Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, sports car (and SUV) maker Porsche revealed its future to the public for the first time-a future that moves the company in a decidedly green direction. Porsche displayed what it describes as a prototype of its 2010 hybrid system that will be available on its Cayenne SUV.Porsche had already presented the hybrid system to journalists several months earlier and was careful to point out that the production version of the alternative powertrain would be in the next-generation Cayenne model. The automaker also stated that the hybrid system may be subject to changes in the three years between now and when it hits the streets.
     
  2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid Preview
The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is the second hybrid offering from the German automaker. Power for the rear-wheel drive, gasoline-electric hybrid comes from a supercharged V-6 mated to a 47 horsepower electric motor. Highlights:First hybrid sport sedan from Porsche4-passenger cabinGasoline-electric hybrid powerplant3.
     
  2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Preview
Critical Knowledge:Completely redesigned for 2011New 8-speed automatic transmissionSupercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engineLonger wheelbase increases interior roomNew all-wheel-drive systemNew electric power steeringGreen Facts:Lighter and more fuel efficientGasoline-electric hybrid powerplantAuxiliary 47-horsepower electric motorAll-electric speeds up to 40 mphUnique hybrid "sailing" technologyIntroduction Originally launched in 2003, the Cayenne sport utility vehicle was a marked departure from the generations of Porsche sports cars that preceded it. The 5-passenger SUV boasted both on- and off-road prowess, and a choice between 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants. While it shared many common components with the Volkswagen Touareg (including the chassis), the Cayenne was designed, tuned and manufactured exclusively by Porsche.
     
  2011 Porsche Cayenne Preview
Quick Overview:All-new design6-cylinder (300 horsepower) and 8-cylinder (400 or 500horsepower)gasoline modelsStandard all-wheel drive5-passenger seating capacityAll-new 8-speed automatic transmissionDue in summer 2010Green Facts:Porsche'sfirst 6-cylinder hybrid-electric modelNearly 400 pounds lighter than its predecessorPromises improved fuel
     
  2011 Porsche GT2 RS Preview
Highlights:Fourth-generation GT2 modelTwin-turbocharged 3.6-liter flat-6Weight pared down to 3,020 pounds6-speed manual transmission onlyLightweight, 2-piece bucket racing seatsLightweight door panels with fabric straps replacing door pullsLiberal use of carbon fiberFast Facts:Rear-wheel drive and 620 horsepower0-60 in 3.4 seconds; top speed of 205 mphPower-to-weight ratio of 4.
     
  2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Preview
Critical Knowledge:New flagship Porsche TurboStandard 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplantRated at 530 horsepowerStandard 7-speed dual-clutch transmissionStandard ceramic composite brakesUnique interior upholsteryNo fuel economy penalty over standard Turbo modelCoupe and convertible body stylesOn sale mid-2010Fast fact: single bolt, central locking wheels to reduce rotating massIntroduction Porsche's racetrack-bred 911 models have a racing pedigree. They have participated in a majority of the world's most prestigious races over the past several decades and won many of them. The list doesn't just include road circuit events; the 911 is also adept at off-road rally racing, hill climbs, and endurance events. The Porsche 911, with its flat-6 engine unconventionally mounted behind the rear wheels, has been successful for Porsche-as a street car and as a competition car as well.
     
  2010 Porsche Panamera Preview
Critical Knowledge:First sport sedan from Porsche 4-passenger seatingV-6 and V-8 powerplants6-speed manual or PDK dual-clutch transmissionPure Porsche driving dynamicsArriving in late 2009IntroductionPorsche stunned purists in 2002 with the introduction of the 2003 Cayenne SUV. It was a large sport utility vehicle-a first from the German automaker whose name is synonymous with low-slung sports coupes. The resulting success of the Cayenne (it was Porsche's best-selling model for a period) convinced the automaker to extend its brand into another unfamiliar segment-that of the 4-door grand touring sports sedan. While the company had built prototypes of sedans over the years, the all-new Panamera (the name relates to the famous Carrera Panamericana auto race) will be Porsche's first to make it into production. The Panamera promises sporting driving dynamics and a first-class interior with room for four to rival the best offerings from its nearest current and future competitors from Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Bentley and Lamborghini.
     
  New for 2010-Porsche
Critical Knowledge:2010 Porsche 911: Three new models join the lineup, including the grand-touring 911 Turbo, track-ready 911 GT3, and the race-ready 911 GT3 RS. The other 911 models are unchanged.2010 Porsche Boxster: A new lightweight performance-oriented Spyder model-with a minimalist convertible top-joins the lineup. The Boxster and Boxster S are unchanged.2010 Porsche Cayman: No changes for 2010.2010 Porsche Cayenne: No changes for 2010, but a diesel model and a hybrid variant are expected to arrive soon. This is the final model year for the current generation, as an all-new Cayenne model will debut for 2011.
     
  2010 Porsche 911 Turbo Preview
Critical Knowledge:New 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplantRated at 500 horsepowerAvailable 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch PDK transmissionDirect-injection improves power and efficiency18 percent more efficient than its predecessor, according to PorscheFreshened exterior with LED lampsOn sale early next yearIntroductionWith its flat-6 engine unconventionally mounted behind the rear wheels, Porsche's venerable 911 series is arguably its most celebrated model. Bred on the racetrack, the Porsche 911 has participated in, and won, the majority of the world's most esteemed races, rallies and hill climbs, and is likely the most successful competition car ever manufactured.
     
  2010 Porsche 911 GT3 Preview
CriticalKnowledge:Updated for the 2010 model yearEngine size increased to 3.8 liters435 horsepower0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 193 mphEnhanced stability controlLarger ceramic brakesExterior faceliftArrives in October of 2009IntroductionThe most celebrated Porschein history, the 911 Carreratraces its lineage back to the mid-1960s. Bred on the racetrack, thePorsche 911 has participated in, and won, the majority of the world's most esteemed races, rallies and hill climbs, and is arguably the most successful competition car ever manufactured. The current-generation911 is based on the "Type 997" platform introduced in 2004.In 2007,Porsche launched its high-performance, race-ready GT3 model with a3.6-liter flat-6 engine rated at 405 hp. Differentiated from the standard models, the GT3 is a lightweight derivative with upgraded suspension, larger wheels, revised aerodynamics, and other performance enhancements.
     
  2009 Porsche Cayman Preview
Critical Knowledge:Freshened front and rear fascias with new LED illuminationNew direct-injection enginesNew dual-clutch PDK transmissionRevised suspensionUpgraded infotainment system with iPod integrationAvailable ceramic brake upgradeNew ventilated seat optionIntroductionAfter the success of the Porsche Boxster roadster, first launched in 1997, the German automaker went back to the drafting books to re-engineer the chassis with a fixed steel roof. The result, introduced in 2006, was called the Porsche Cayman. The closed-roof coupe offered half the chassis flex of the open-top Boxster while sharing the identical powerplant, drivetrain, suspension and brakes. As a complete package, the 2-seat Cayman offered race-worthy performance to rival the car's iconic big brother, the 911 Carrera. For the 2009 model year, Porsche has updated both models of the Cayman with an exterior facelift including new LED running lights and tail lamps, two new engines, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a host of other improvements that once again raise the bar on its performance level.
     
  2009 Porsche Boxster Preview
Critical Knowledge:Freshened front and rear fascias with new LED illuminationNew direct-injection enginesNew dual-clutch PDK transmissionRevised suspensionLarger standard brakesUpgraded infotainment system with iPod integrationAvailable ceramic brake upgradeNew ventilated seat optionIntroductionThe Porsche Boxster was first introduced as a 1997 model. A 2-passenger roadster with a soft convertible roof, the name Boxster referred to its horizontally-opposed flat-six "boxer" engine-an engine layout shared with the venerable Porsche 911. Sharing many components with the 911 at the time, the Porsche-designated "Type 986" Boxster offered excellent handling and braking thanks to its balanced mid-engine design. In 2005, Porsche significantly updated the Boxster with thorough changes to the engine, interior and exterior. Still sharing more than 50 percent of its components with the 911, Porsche claimed the updated Boxster was 80-percent new. This necessitated a new internal designation, the "Type 987." For the 2009 model year, Porsche has significantly upgraded both models of the Boxster once again. They receive an exterior facelift including new LED running lights and tail lamps, two new engines, a new dual-clutch transmission, and a host of other improvements that once again raise the bar on its performance level.
     
  New for 2009-Porsche
Critical Knowledge:Boxster adds a Porsche Design Edition modelCayman now includes an S Sport model911 receives updated bumpers, lights and mirrors911 fitted with Porsche's double-clutch gearboxAll-new Cayenne Turbo S modelCayenne diesel model planned for introductionCayenne V-8 models are now available with ceramic brakesNew Porsche Communication System for 911 and Cayenne2009 Porsche 911:Porsche's 911 model range receives a boost of power with direct-injection engines and a new transmission option for 2009. The 911 Carrera now boasts 345 hp, while the 911 Carrera S offers 385 hp and a top speed of nearly 190 mph, according to Porsche. The 911 is also available for the first time with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK), Porsche's double-clutch gearbox. The 7-speed gearbox combines the smoothness and comfort of any automatic transmission with the lightning-fast shifts of a race-bred gearbox, the automaker claims. Although the new engine/transmission package is more powerful, Porsche engineers have been able to improve fuel efficiency by up to 13 percent on the 2009 model, the company says. Accompanying the drivetrains are revised exterior bumpers, lights and mirrors while the interior receives the latest-generation Porsche Communication System PCM 3.0.
     
  2009 Porsche 911 Carrera Preview
Critical Knowledge:Significant mechanical upgrades for 2009Increased horsepower in both modelsNext-generation all-wheel driveNew double-clutch transmissionFreshened front and rear fasciasUpgraded infotainment systemIntroductionThe 911 Carrera is the most celebrated Porsche model in history, tracing its lineage back to the mid-1960s. Bred on the racetrack, the Porsche 911 has participated in, and won, the majority of the world's most esteemed races, rallies and hill climbs. An all-new model in 2004, Porsche has upgraded the 911 for the 2009 model year with more potent engines, a new double-clutch transmission, and a next-generation all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Freshened front and rear fascias distinguish the updated bodywork, while an upgraded infotainment system makes its debut across the lineup.
     
  2008 Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1e Preview
Critical Knowledge:Production limited to 777 units (250 to North America)Based on the high-performance Cayman SUnique gloss/matte black paintSpecial interior treatment19-inch Turbo wheelsIncludes Porsche Design accessoriesIntroductionThe Porsche Cayman was launched in 2006. Based on the successful Porsche Boxster platform, the Cayman series shares mechanicals and powerplants with its convertible Boxster counterparts, yet offers a lighter and more rigid 2-seat coupe architecture. For 2008, the mid-engine Cayman is offered in two carryover versions, plus a new limited-edition model.
     
  2008 Porsche 911 GT2 Preview
Critical Knowledge:Third-generation 911 GT2Rear-wheel drive6-speed manual transmission3.6-liter twin-turbo flat-six530 hpZero to 60 mph in 3.6 secondsTop speed of 204 mphTitanium exhaust componentsAvailable in early 2008IntroductionNow in its third generation, the race-bred 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 is the most powerful 911 ever introduced. Historically, the GT2 was based on the chassis, suspension and engine of the high-performance 911 Turbo. However, while the 911 Turbo appeals to the Grand Touring crowd, the 911 GT2 is pure supercar. To extract such performance, the GT2 foregoes all-wheel drive and many of the weighty luxury appointments found in the Turbo model. With a lower curb weight, as well as an upgraded suspension and mechanicals, the GT2 flaunts a new aerodynamic splitter and rear wing befitting its twin-turbo, 530-hp powerplant and 204-mph top speed.
     
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