Revealed yesterday at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the Porsche Macan is the sixth model in the Porsche range, and the second SUV. It sits below the Cayenne in terms of size and price, and is available with three different drivetrains – depending on the market.
As the top model in the Macan range, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the first time, develops 400 hp and allows the car to accelarate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this drops to 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 165 mph, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 30.7 and 31.7 mpg.
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Starting November 19 (or in other words, tomorrow), Porsche will unveil several world premieres at separate motor shows around the world. The first, and most anticipated, will be the brand-spanking-new Porsche Macan, which will make its debut at the LA Auto Show. It will be accompanied in LA by the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet. Then the 570 horsepower Panamera Turbo S Gran Turismo will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. And finally the Porsche 918 Spyder will make its first formal public appearance almost simultaneously at the LA Show and in Guangzhou, China.
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According to the folks over at brandpower.com, the perfect car would be a combination of a Citroen DS and a old-school Porsche 911. And whether you agree or not with their choice of mashup, you can’t deny it isn’t an appealing blend.
The project required lots of sketchwork, 3d modeling, and supposedly some stupidly impressive metalwork and fabrication skills. Although to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced the Porsche Citroen 911 DS has actually made the leap from 3D model to production reality. But either way, it’s a fairly awesome project.
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Porsche have just announced details regarding the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet models. The cars are scheduled to make their world debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
The 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet are designed to deliver the same blend of performance, agility and economy as their hardtop siblings. The turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp in the open-top 911 Turbo, and 560 hp in the S model. The cars accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 and 3.2 seconds respectively, reaching a top speed of up to 197 mph. Both new models return 28.5 mpg on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with CO2 emissions of 231 g/km. When compared against their respective predecessors, the new cars deliver 30 hp more power and are 0.2 seconds faster in terms of 0 to 62 mph acceleration. They are also up to 15% more efficient.
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At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche will debut the production version of the 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. At the same time Porsche will be introducing a special limited edition 911 to mark 50 years of the model.
The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid is not only a technological tour-de-force, but also it marks a ground-breaking achievement. Never before has a supercar designed for everyday use offered such an impressive array of dynamic performance combined with the fuel consumption of a compact car. There have been “everyday supercars” before – the NSX was possibly the first. But all of them still supped the juice like a fat man on holiday.
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Emeric Baubant is the man who answered the unasked question, “what would a compact car from Porsche look like?”
Baubant is a design student at the ISD (Institut Superieur de Design) in Valenciennes, France. He created the Porsche 822 Compact concept during his time as an intern at the Porsche Design Studio in Austria. So while his concept might not be an officially sanctioned Porsche design, you can be sure designers at Porsche have at the very least glanced at it.
The Porsche 822 Compact was designed to compete with the likes of the BMW 1M, Mercedes A45 AMG and Audi RS3, a segment Porsche has never competed in, and probably won’t for the forseeable future. The styling of the 822 Compact is Porsche through-and-through, there’s no mistaking that. It kind of reminds me of a slightly squished two-door Panamera.
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Porsche has a big anniversary coming this September – the ubiquitous 911 is reaching the 50 year milestone. In order to properly celebrate this historic event, the Stuttgart based company is carefully generating hype. They have just announced a 911 50th Anniversary Edition set to be unveiled to the public in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and the Porsche Museum just opened its doors with an extensive special exhibition dedicated to the model.
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This year the Porsche 911 Turbo is 40 years old. So to celebrate that milestone, Porsche did what any self-respecting car manufacturer does when something like this comes up. They had their PR people make a big deal about it, and carried on making cars.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S sit atop the varied and growing mountain of different 911′s on offer. This year’s 911 Turbo sees a number of major changes and updates; including the removable of a manual gearbox as an option, and the introduction of rear-wheel steering. They’re fast too. Obviously. The 911 Turbo can scoot to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while the Turbo S can accomplish the same feat in just 2.9 seconds. Top speed of both models is 197 mph.
At the heart of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is its 3.8 litre flat-six engine. Force fed by two variable geometry turbochargers the engine produces 520 horsepower in the Turbo, and 560 horsepower in the Turbo S. Power is sent to all-four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.
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Today Porsche unveiled the fifth-generation of the hardcore Porsche 911 GT3. The engine, transmission, body and chassis are entirely new. Combined, they help make the new GT3 faster on the track, but also more usable as a daily driver.
Powering the 2013 9111 GT3 is a purpose-built normally-aspirated 3.8-litre flat six engine which produces 475 horsepower @ 8,250 rpm. The six-cylinder engine is a derivative of the engine found in the 911 Carrera S. However numerous components have been upgraded; in particular the crankshaft and valve train, were specially adapted or developed for the GT3. In addition titanium connecting rods are connected to forged pistons.
The engine is mated to double-clutch PDK gearbox which sends power to the rear wheels. The transmission was specially designed for the GT3 and offers two modes for the driver; manual shifting or the adaptive shift program – which itself has two modes, Sport or Race Track.
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Following on from their 911 Attack package, Anibal Automotive Design, a Canadian tuning company with a penchant for German metal, have just unveiled their rather over-the-top aero kit for the Porsche Panamera.
The “upgrade” takes what is arguably Porsche’s ugliest model, and hides it under some even uglier bodypanels. There’s more air scoops and grilles on the this Panamera than can be found on a Japanese SEMA show car. By my count there’s at least 14. And several of them are in places where vents don’t have any business being for a front-engined car.
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