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Porsche says it never had grilles, just air intakes

If you search for the word "grille" on the dictionary, what you will get is a definition that says "a grating forming a screen or barrier, or an ornamental one found at the front end of the automobile". Depending on who you are talking to, some would say that modern cars can have one or two grilles, one on top of the other.

But if you speak with Porsche, they will say that the grille refers to the upper part, while the lower one is called the air intake. And if there’s only one section then that is an air intake. With that being said, does it mean that all Porsche cars do not have grilles?

During the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Road and Track magazine had the chance to speak with Volkswagen's head of design, who is also Porsche's chief designer Michael Mauer. While being interviewed, Mauer dropped a bombshell that was in relation to the grille. He mentioned that all Porsche vehicles only have air intakes, instead of grilles, because there is only one structure. Apparently, if there is only one opening on the car’s face, this automatically becomes the “lower” section, making it an air intake.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more power, active aerodynamics and better brakes

Around two weeks after Porsche unveiled the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne in Stuttgart, Germany, the sports car maker has taken the wraps off the turbo version of the sporty mid-sized SUV around 140 miles to the north in Frankfurt – the new 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Simply speaking, the new generation of the Cayenne Turbo is Porsche’s mid-sized SUV on steroids. Compared to the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne that were recently unveiled, the Cayenne Turbo represents a big boost in power. The 2019 Cayenne is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 340 horsepower of max output and 332 pound-feet of torque, allowing the base Porsche mid-size SUV to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The Cayenne S, meanwhile, employs a bi-turbo 2.9-liter V6 mill delivering up to 440 hp of output and up to 406 lb.-ft. of torque – good for a 0-100 km/h dash of 4.9 seconds. Top speeds for the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne S are at 152 mph and 165 mph, respectively.

Read the entire article 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more power, active aerodynamics and better brakes

Porsche introduces 911 GT3 with Touring Package at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Porsche is boosting the appeal of its new Porsche 911 GT3 sports car by unveiling a Touring Package at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package is simply the adoption and modernization of a concept that dates back to the touring variant 1973 911 Carrera RS. Now, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package is targeted towards the customer who places a great value on classic driving enjoyment with understated looks.

Compared to the standard 911 GT3, the version with the Touring Package features a body that is basically the same, saved for the rear end where the fixed rear wing has been replaced by a variable rear spoiler like on the 911 Carrera. This variable rear spoiler features an additional aerodynamic tear-off edge – also known as Gurney flap – in body color. The “GT3 touring” logo could be found on the rear lid grille. The rear end of the new 911 GT3 with Touring Package also reveals sports exhaust system tailpipes, silver-colored side window strips, headlight washer system covers and the Porsche logo.

Nevertheless, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package remains a high-performance sports car. The front end still features the large air intakes while luggage compartment lid is marked by an air outlet in front. In addition, both the front and rear lights of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package are the same as those on its standard sibling, although the ones on the new variant don’t feature dark tints. Black-tinted front and rear lights are specified in the “Black Exterior Touring Package” equipment option, which transforms a number of elements to have a black finish.

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2019 Porsche Cayenne is unwrapped in Germany

On August 29, Porsche finally revealed the 2019 Cayenne in Germany, as the third generation of the SUV. This time, it comes with a facelift, more cabin space, and a lower curb weight.

The Cayenne was first introduced in 2002, and since then, around 760,000 units have been sold worldwide, making it one of the most important cars in the company. Around 500,000 of the examples sold are of the second-generation model.

With all the new features, expect the 2019 Cayenne to start at $65,700 and the Cayenne S at $82,900. Both variants are expected to have a $5,000 increase from the outgoing model. Customers can expect to see them in showrooms by mid-2018.

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The 2018 Porsche Cayenne made an appearance sooner than we expected to see it. This is because photos of the SUV have been leaked online by AutoExpress. The leaked images show both the interior and the exterior of the SUV, and you can clearly tell that the design has been updated from its predecessor, as seen on spy shots and teasers before it.

The front part of the 2018 Cayenne does not get a major facelift, but the center grille has been made larger instead and are surrounded by two smaller vents on both sides. The side profile, on the other hand, still looks the same from sketches we have seen before. But this time, the SUV will be riding on a new set of wheels.

What sets the 2018 Cayenne apart from its predecessor is that the rear that has been completely upgraded, now with a sleek light bar like the Panamera that replaces the bulky tail lights from the outgoing model. It seems to be following other Porsche models like the 911 and the Macan. It also gets a more pronounced rear spoiler that looks good. What remains from the outgoing model is the rectangular exhaust tips of the lower-level trim, while the higher trims should get a quad exhaust setup.

Read the entire article Leaked: Welcome the 2018 Porsche Cayenne

It’s only days before Porsche finally and officially reveals the latest generation of its Porsche Cayenne sports utility vehicle, and yet the German sports car maker is still teasing the upcoming offering through a number of images and a video.

The recently released sketched images essentially show the elegantly sporty silhouette of the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne. The images basically reveal a low-profile yet sleek front section, thereby making the Cayenne visually connected to its sports car siblings. In addition, the images reveal a sportier rear end. Here, the Cayenne features a raked rear window as well as slender taillights, which have recently been found on other new vehicles like the Panamera and Macan.

On the other hand, the teaser video released alongside the sketched images show a walkthrough at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany. The teaser video basically tells that the Cayenne, even though an SUV, is an offshoot of Porsche rich history. Then, the teaser goes by highlighting Porsche’s significant production vehicles as well as race cars. The last of these vehicles is the Cayenne, which is covered in dirt. The teaser video ends by announcing the world premiere of the third generation of the Cayenne, which is set on 9 pm (CEST), August 29, 2017. The world premiere of the new-gen Porsche Cayenne will be streamed live straight from the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen site and in front of the international media.

Read the entire article Porsche teases next-gen Cayenne before official reveal on August 29

If you have always wanted the really pricey Porsche Design 911 Soundbar that looks like a 911 GT3 exhaust and costs $3,500, there is a new alternative that you might want to consider for your home - that is the 911 Speaker that is also by Porsche Design. Though this speaker is not a replication of any part of the 911, it costs almost $3,000 less at only $599.

By looking at the design of the speakers, the closest thing it looks like would be the dual exhausts of the GT3. The compact speakers have dimensions of 11.42 inches long, 6.1 inches wide, and 4.7 inches in height (290 x 155 x 120 millimeters). As for the quality, the speakers are made of aluminum housing that is finished in high-gloss black. It features a 60-watt system with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity that you can pair up with devices as far as 33 feet away (10 meters). Inside, it has a lithium-ion battery pack that can play your music for as long as 24 hours, and the best part is the fact that it supports voice commands.

But that is not all it features, if you get two of these, you will be able to pair both devices for a stereo sound, unlocking a new feature. One will act as the left component, while the other will act as the right one. It is either that, or both speakers will broadcast the same music from two different parts of your home, enabling it to fill a larger space.

Read the entire article You can now have supercar sound in your home with Porsche Design 911 Speaker

Porsche introduces the technologically advanced wheels with braided carbon fiber. These will be initially available on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Being the first car manufacturer to offer such innovation, the wheels will come with a massive sticker price of 15,232 Euros (or $17,970 after the current exchange rates).

Braided carbon wheels are made from CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) which is an extremely lightweight material that’s optimized absolutely for the absorption of longitudinal and lateral forces. It is also said to be 20% lighter and 20% stronger than regular alloy wheels. Besides trailing the road more efficiently due to lesser unsprung weight, the lower rotating masses would also mean spontaneous braking and acceleration. These would all result to more pleasurable driving plus better driving dynamics.

Porsche uses its massive carbon fiber braiding machine that has a measurement of 9 meters in diameter to cut and assemble more than 200 individual parts of the wheel. After the assembly, the wheel is pre-impregnated with a certain type of resin and baked using high levels of pressure and temperature. This is followed by an extensive cooling process before the finished wheel that will be inserted with a central lock and painted with lacquer as protective coating.

Read the entire article Porsche to offer Braided Carbon Wheels for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

The newest Porsche Cayenne is scheduled be unwrapped by the end of the month after completing endurance tests worth 2.7 million miles. Since we are just a few weeks away from the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, automakers have been releasing teasers of their IAA-bound vehicles. And for Porsche, it is the 2018 Cayenne, or the third-generation model that was first introduced in 2002. Since the Cayenne was first introduced to the public, the company had delivered over 760,000 units already, this tells us how important this model is for the company’s lineup.

Even before it makes its official debut on August 29, the 2018 Cayenne is already making a lot of noise, with a number of images as well as videos with some interesting content - the fact that it had to endure a series of tests. Overall, pre-production models and prototypes of the SUV went through a total of 4.4 million kilometers (2.7M miles) during test drives in various weather conditions, where temperature ranged from -45 to 50 degrees Celsius (-49 to 122 Fahrenheit). These prototypes also went through virtual simulations and real world testing, which is often the final examination that Porsche does.

Other that those tests, Porsche even gave the 2018 Cayenne extreme tests that are beyond real-life experiences, to really ensure a high level of quality for the production model. By driving across country roads, motorways and city streets, prototypes have covered up to 240,000 kilometers (149,130 miles).

Read the entire article 3rd Generation Porsche Cayenne breezes through over 2.7M miles of testing

A lot of us know Singer Vehicle Design and their signature work of reimagining Porsche 911s, and making them look like hot rods from the 70s. They are not alone as a company called Guntherwerks has recently been applying the same style to Porsche’s iconic coupe from the 1990s - the 993 generation.

During the Monterey Car Week, Guntherwerks decided to showcase one of their works, the 400R at The Quail, a Motorsports event. They revealed that this unique model costs half a million, or $525,000 to be precise. And the company plans to build only 25 examples of this beginning this year, where they will deliver the models in 2018.

A standard 993 is equipped with a 3.6 liter flat six. But Guntherwerks will replace this with a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter engine instead paired with a six-speed manual, with an output of around 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) and 330 pound-feet (447 Newton-metres) of torque. Whereas with the old engine, the 993 only produced 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts).

Read the entire article Guntherwerks can turn your 993-generation Porsche 911 into a 400R

Recently, Porsche revealed a new Macan Turbo wearing a Performance Package and a unique Porsche Motorsport themed paint. At first look, it will remind you of the 919 Hybrid and the 911 RSR.

The range topping Macan has a combination of black, red, white and silver. But we would say that it is a safe livery to use on the model, and it would be great if Porsche could use wilder colours like Jägermeister's burnt orange shade or the famous Gulf design.

The Macan Turbo already performs well, but this can even be upgraded with the Performance Pack, making it the hottest variant among crossovers out there. The new 3.6 liter biturbo V6 can produce 440 horsepower (324 kilowatts) and 442 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque. This adds another 40 horsepower (29 kW) and 36 pound-feet (49 Nm) of torque over the standard model. This upgrade makes the Macan do the 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) sprint from 4.4 seconds down to 4.2 seconds only. As for the top speed, it gets a little push of 5 miles per hour (8 kilometers per hour) more than usual, totaling to 169 miles per hour (272 kph).

Read the entire article Porsche Macan Turbo gets a race-livery in Singapore

Since when did customizing a car become more expensive than the actual model? We are aware that tuning a car can cost a lot, but we never expected it to be as expensive as the car itself. But in this case, it is. Luxury automakers like Porsche will make sure to give their customers what they request for when it comes to customizing.

This time, it is a unique paint for the 911 Turbo S you probably have never seen, and it is called Python Green Chromaflair. This paint job will cost you €82,645.50 ($97,395) - that is the most expensive paint out there. This was confirmed when the options sheet circulated online. If you want to go for the aerodynamic kit with the same shade of green, that will cost you an additional €928.20. The base paint alone costs more than a brand new 911 Carrera after destination which has a price tag of $92,150.

What makes this green paint absolutely beautiful is the fact that it has an opalescent effect. You would notice that the car's shade slightly changes from a darker green shade to an almost yellowish green shade. Based on the photos, you could notice the shade difference on the areas near the headlights, the mirrors and around the tail.

Read the entire article Porsche Exclusive unique Python Green Chromaflair paint costs more than a car

Porsche is facing an unusual lawsuit, and no, it isn't about emission scandals, or missing parts. Neither is it an airbag issue or models that lack certain horsepower. Rather, it is the fact that the dashboard is too bright that people need to wear sunglasses to drive the car.

A group of unhappy Porsche owners got together because apparently, they all have the same complaint. That their German sports car have a gleaming dashboard, especially when the sun is out, as it reflects onto the windshield. Having said that, it makes the car difficult to drive as it hurts their eyes. Therefore, they will have to spend extra cash to get themselves a decent pair of polarized sunglasses.

The group created a website called DashboardGlareClassAction.com where they stated that the brightness may cause unnecessary accidents, and that the German manufacturer must do something about it. To defend itself, Porsche did say that there had been no accidents that had been reported with this complaint. What the company also intends to do to avoid further legal action from the group is that they will reimburse their customers’ sunglasses by giving them $50 to $175 depending on how much the shades are. Apparently, Porsche drivers will likely own an expensive pair of shades.

Read the entire article Owners of 2007-2016 Porsche models with light interior can be refunded for cost of sunglasses

The increasing demand for sports utility vehicles has convinced many carmakers to jump into the craze. Porsche is definitely not new to the SUV game, as it has already been 15 years since it launched the Cayenne. In 2014, Porsche introduced the Macan. With the still surging demand for SUVs, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Porsche decides to launch another unit, this time a more compact crossover.

How would this new compact SUV look like? It might not be hard to imagine, considering that Porsche already has two SUV offerings. The German luxury sports car maker just needs to take the cues of the Cayenne and the Macan, and apply them in a more compact package. But a certain automotive designer Emre Husmen of Salzburg, Austria posted a number of images in his social account in Behance depicting a new compact SUV from Porsche.

Working as a transportation designer for KISKA GmbH with previous employment at Ford and Fiat, Husmen rendered an interesting concept of a new Porsche SUV. It is interesting since this compact SUV concept isn’t derived from the Porsche Cayenne or Macan, but from the carmaker’s world-renowned staple sports car – the 911. Much more interesting is the fact that Husmen’s creation isn’t just a typical 911, but the version with a targa top – the Porsche 911 Targa. As per Husmen’s word, his work is a 911 package in an SUV. Its name? Husmen baptized his new creation as the Porsche 911X Targa.

Read the entire article Designer imagines Porsche 911X Targa as a crossover with giant wheels

There are a number of companies in the world that address the concerns of their customers over their product or parts of it by extending the warranty on it. It seems that German luxury sports car maker Porsche is one of these companies, based from its recent warranty actions regarding the first version of the seventh-generation Porsche 911 GT3 (Porsche 991.1 GT3).

The concern is with regards to the fire risk related to a metallurgical flaw close to the finger follower of the 991.1 GT3’s 3.8-liter direct fuel injection flat-six engine. In 2014, Porsche stopped the sale and recalled the first 785 units of the 991.1 GT3 after determining that its engine could fail and result in a fire. Following probes, Porsche determined that there was a defect (inclusion) close to the surface of the finger follower -- an inclusion to the material suspected to be the cause of the increased wear of this engine part.

Porsche has also determined that other factors – secondary ones – could also result to excessive wear of the finger follower like individual driving patterns, engine temperature, oil quality, oil viscosity and parts tolerances.

Read the entire article Warranty of Porsche 991.1 GT3 engine is extended to 10 years or 120k miles

Which vehicle brand is the most appealing among customers in the United States? To answer that, a definite study has to be taken. Good thing is that for around 22 years, J.D. Power has been conducting its own study measuring emotional attachment and level of excitement that owners feel from their own new vehicles.

For this year, J.D. Power conducted the 2017 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. And among the 32 brands that were included in the survey, Porsche was considered as the most appealing. The 2017 APEAL Study measured the answers of nearly 70,000 buyers and lessees of new (2017 model year) vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The survey – conducted from February through May 2017 – considered 77 attributes, which are then combined into an overall APEAL index score as measured on a 1,000-point scale.

Porsche received the highest index score of 884 points, allowing it to dominate the survey for the 13th time in a row. Only 15 points behind is Genesis at 869 points. Rounding up the top 5 were the big three German luxury carmakers -- BMW (855), Audi (854) and Mercedes-Benz (851).

Read the entire article Porsche is the most appealing brand in the US, says 2017 JD Power APEAL Study

One sleepless night in June 2016, a 79-year-old Granny from Belgium took her Porsche for a ride to try to clear her head. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, except Grandma pushed herself to the limits and drove all the way to 147 mph. Apparently, the incident was caught by Namur Belgium’s speed camera so there’s no denying that it was her driving the sports car in that speed.

Gazet Van Antwerpen, a local news reporter, said that the elderly woman was headed to court earlier this week to face charges for driving well over 236 kilometers per hour. While at the court hearing, the lady admits that she was indeed the one driving the Porsche Boxster GTS last year but she hadn’t realized it was going too fast. Granny thinks it’s “not a problem” if she had to pay the fine of €4,000 (that’s about 4,663 USD after the current exchange rates) as imposed by the Public Prosecutor. Besides the hefty sum of money, she’s also banned from driving for 3 months as a result of over speeding.

The Porsche Boxster GTS is pretty fast, considering it weighs nearly 3,000lbs and has a total output of 330hp. The GTS of course stands for Gran Turismo Sport, which means that its performance capabilities are undoubtedly excellent. With a top speed that can go for up to 173mph and acceleration from zero to 62mph in 4.7 seconds, it is no wonder that granny was able to reach those speeds that fateful evening. These numbers, by the way, are based on the technical specs from Porsche’s official website.

Read the entire article Belgian granny is caught doing 147 mph on her Porsche Boxster GTS

The first time Porsche revealed the Panamera Sport Turismo to the public was during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. And now it has already entered production, and is on its way to its first customers all over the globe. The Leipzig facility was produced especially for the second-generation Panamera family, and Porsche had to invest a total of €500 million ($582 million), a part of which was used to build a new quality center.

The new 400-hectare facility is also in charge of the production of the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, apart from the Panameras. There are 4,055 people who are working in the facility and in the last year alone, they produced a total of 158,432 cars. The Leipzig facility opened in August 2002 and already €1.3 billion ($1.5M) have been invested.

Within the facility, 345,345 square meters cover the production area. To date, the Leipzig factory has 948 robots in the body shop, paint shop, and in the assembly facility, where they build 1.7 million parts each day. There is a wood chip burning system that provides 80% CO2-neutral heat to the paint shop. Outside the production area, there is a 3.7-kilometer race track and a 6-kilometer off-road track. In terms of wildlife, 75 aurochs, 1.5 million bees, and wild horses live in the area. Porsche’s factory is also open to visitors, and 40,000 people come to the customer center annually.

Read the entire article Production begins for the 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

Here comes Blue Arrow, a Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S tuned by Edo Competition that is even quicker and faster than the 911 GT2 RS. Moreover, it is definitely the most powerful, quickest and fastest 991 Turbo S there is so far.

There is no denying that any Porsche sports car is an epitome of quickness and speed. Among the current generation (seventh) of the Porsche 911 – the Porsche 991 – the 911 GT2 RS takes the cake. But when the 911 GT2 RS is taken out of the equation, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is definitely a serious monster.

Edo Competition has toyed around the idea of creating the most powerful, quickest and fastest version of the Porsche 991 Turbo S. Of course, a standard 991 Turbo S is not, in any way, underpowered. Sitting at the heart of the 991 Turbo S is a 3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that could provide up to 580 PS (427 hp) in output and up to 700 Nm in torque, thanks to turbochargers with a larger impeller. At this power level, the Porsche 991 Turbo could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 330 km/h.

Read the entire article Edo Competition’s Blue Arrow is the quickest and fastest Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S

Earlier this month, we learned that France has made moves to ban diesel and gasoline fueled cars by stopping them from entering the city. More than that, they plan to completely get rid of these cars by 2040. Also, it is not just France that has plans on reducing greenhouse gas emissions as other European countries including the Netherlands and Germany may follow suit.

Having said that, how will automakers cope with this? Well, they only have one choice and that is to develop all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars and push them out to the market quickly. And that is exactly what Porsche has in mind. We all know that the whole VW Group is in trouble due to the emission scandal it faced, and the company will have to pay over $25 million for it as well as buy back the cars it has sold. This is why Porsche may have to totally drop diesel engines by 2020.

Therefore, the German company should soon make a decision whether their latest diesel-powered cars will truly be the last. Keep in mind that this will affect their current production line and perhaps their long-term plan. But they are already getting accusations of using steering movements to cheat emissions.

Read the entire article Porsche may drop diesel engines entirely by 2020
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