Next Porsche 911 GT2 RS Revealed at E3 Conference

June 22, 2017 lacarguy Porsche, Porsche South Bay Tags: , ,

911 GT2 RS

 

A race-bred Porsche is something of a work of art. It holds majesty whenever it hits the track. It does not need to show its resume – the many overall and class wins Porsche achieved in its decades of racing. It will only show its competitors its rear wing.

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the latest edition in a long history of track-bred production cars.

Unlike any of our historic performance Porsches, we had to present it in a very different way. At the recent E3 conference here in L.A., where game consoles and games are presented – so was this high performance, race-bred version of the GT2 line. Microsoft helped Porsche bring it out – along with the upcoming Forza Motorsport 7 game.

Unlike a gaming console and its peripherals, the GT2 RS will have a real 3.8 liter horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers and rear wheel drive. There has not been any confirmation of gearbox, horsepower and performance figures but the number 700 keeps making the rumor mill!

Like every other performance model we sell, Porsche South Bay can facilitate a purchase of one of these very special machines. We can assist by putting our potential customers in touch with Porsche Motorsports or other resources towards delivery. Once we have the full details, we can discuss purchasing options for this very special, real-time, gas-powered car.

Porsche is Offering an Exclusive Watch Only with 250k Car Purchase

June 12, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

High-end Porsche cars are seen as much as a tool as they are a high-end fashion statement and that’s why it makes perfect sense that Porsche would be offering an exclusive watch, another fashion accessory, only to the Porsche owners willing to buy a $257,000 car. The Porsche 911 Turbo Exclusive Series is a slightly more powerful version of the Turbo with over 600 HP, and it comes with exclusive access to a beautiful watch that owners will no doubt be happy to show off.

Porsche Exclusive Watch

The Watch

This beautiful Porsche watch comes at a steep price of approximately $13,000 and it’s only aviaalble to owners of the exclusive special edition Porsche 911 Turbo vehicle, meaning that at most 500 people will be walking around with it on their wrists. It’s a beautiful timepiece that’s designed to match the gold Porsche car nicely. It shows off a series of carbon fiber accents, tosses in a nice splash of brilliant gold, or whatever color that you decide to choose for the sports car.

The watch is composed of titanium that’s been coated in a black carbide material for a nice smooth feel and top-end durability. The watch features a COSC-certified chronometer and a sapphire case back that positively shines in the light. It’s a high end product that will undoubtedly please a top-tier Porsche owner, and the watch even comes with an advanced flyback feature designed to time laps around a race track. So you can look stylish and stay on top of your high speed laps around the course too with this high end watch.

The Car

The watch has obvious appeal and we understand why Porsche would make it just as exclusive as its special edition car, but the car itself has a lot to offer as well, and buyers are probably just as interested in that. With over 600 HP this Porsche Turbo can really fly around the track. It manages 0 to 60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds and looks beautiful inside and out. The sports car is designed for maximum performance, but it’s also built to turn heads and really stand out. It comes with that signature sleek and sexy 911 look but features cool accents like the carbon fiber trim throughout the body and the unique gold paint job that you won’t find on any other 911. Porsche went all out to deliver a fully custom vehicle when you opt for the Select series, and the car is going to be a worthwhile purchase for buyers looking for something a bit more exclusive and exciting.

The Porsche watch is going to be something that only a few people can show off, and that’s the genius of the automaker. It will make buyers want them even more, and should help push through a few more car sales.

Introducing the Latest Porsche Panamera 4S and What it Offers

June 9, 2017 lacarguy Pacific Porsche Tags: , , ,

When the original Cayenne was released in back in ’03 there was screaming in the streets. 911 owners all over the country were infuriated that their brand of choice was being tainted, and that Porsche would stoop so low as to offer an SUV to customers. They didn’t think about how insanely profitable the Cayenne would be for Porsche or how much money it would allow the automaker to put toward development of new sicker cars like the latest special edition 911 Turbo S creations, but they certainly expressed their outrage. They did so for years, even after the market began to get used to the high-end SUV, and then the Panamera came out. This abomination of a vehicle was like a stretched out 911 and nobody heard a peep from the Porsche purists. Perhaps it was because the Cayenne already conditioned them to different vehicles, or maybe a stretched car just isn’t as bad as an SUV. Either way, the Panamera has been a successful vehicle ever since it’s release, and the 2018 Panamera 4S builds on what was good about the first model, while making it much, much better.

2018 Porsche Panamera 4S

Visually Enhanced

The original Panamera has an odd roofline that looked out of place on a Porsche. That’s not the case any longer with the 2018 Panamera. It has a sloping roofline that makes it look like a longer 911 and it’s actually very attractive to look at.

Crazy Power

No this Panamera isn’t pushing 700 HP like the new 911 Turbo is, but the 4S offers 0-60 times in just 4.0 seconds thanks to the powerful twin-turbo 2.9 liter V-6 with a total of 440 HP and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s a real powerhouse that manages top torque at less than 2,000 RPM and it keeps providing the power up through 5,500 RPMs giving it very satisfying performance characteristics. When you decide to spend a bit extra to toss the Sports Chrono package on the Panamera 4S you’ll enjoy a top speed of 179 MPH and a car that doesn’t redline until 6,800 RPM. It’s a beat of a machine and there’s no doubt that it would be a fun track car as well, even with its longer proportions.

One downside that some people will find with the 2018 Panamera 4S is the lack of a manual clutch. It only comes with a highly capable 8-speed PDK transmission, which is ideal for performance and smooth operation, but not so ideal when you want the feel of a real manual transmission. It does come outfitted with a set of paddle shifters though, giving you some control over the smooth-as-silk transmission that’s a real pleasure to drive around.

This car looks beautiful, it handles admirably and it comes equipped with all the features and power that you would expect of a capable Porsche vehicle. That’s exactly why it’s going to sell well for Porsche and why so many executives and high-end car buyers will want one.

The Most Exclusive Porsche Turbo S

June 8, 2017 lacarguy Pacific Porsche Tags: , ,

For most of us the Porsche 911 Turbo S sports car is the ultimate exclusive vehicle. It shows off supreme class and does so in a top-end high performance vehicle that’s ready to take off on the tracks. It’s not the most exclusive Porsche that you can purchase though, and there’s actually a golden special edition version of the Turbo S that’s more exclusive, more powerful and more capable than the original. That’s right, there is a more expensive, nicer looking and more exciting Turbo 911 and it’s worth taking a look at even if you can’t afford that quarter of a million dollar price tag it comes with.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

It’s Darned Fast

The special edition Porsche Turbo S packs more power than the standard turbo with a whopping 607 HP allowing it to go from 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and to make a trip to 124 MPH in just 9.6 seconds. The car is slightly faster than the already lightning quick Turbo S, with a 0-60 acceleration time that’s .3 seconds faster. It can also impressively make the climb all the way to 205 MPH, something that you’ll probably only ever achieve while out on a track.

It’s a Gold Porsche

The Turbo S Exclusive Series certainly stands out when looking at it from the outside because it appears to be made from solid gold. That’s right, Porsche decided to give the sports car a Gold-Yellow metallic paint that stands out no matter where you go. That bright vibrant yellow is accented nicely by carbon fiber additions at the trunk, the roof, the side skirts of the vehicle, as well as the rear wing and tailpipes. Sure you could get the special edition Porsche in a few other color options as well, but we suspect that most people will opt for the exclusive gold look to help it stand out. After all, who doesn’t want to look like they’re riding around in a solid gold Porsche?

An Interior That Stands Apart

Just like the exterior of this one-off Turbo Porsche, the inside of the sports car stands out as well. It comes with sports seats that are accented with Gold Yellow metallic stripes and black stitching, just like the contrasting colors on the outside. You’ll witness true luxury when looking at the carbon fiber headliner that’s accented by actual copper stitching that you just don’t see anywhere else.

An Executive Price Tag

So what will you be paying for this decidedly unique and exciting sports car that you just aren’t going to see anywhere else? A whopping $257,500. That’s nearly $70,000 over the standard Turbo S, and that’s not even including the added $6000+ luggage set you can get if you want to match your car while traveling around the country showing it off.

Just 500 of these unique Porsche vehicles are to be sold, and our guess is that they’ll go faster than you expect.

Mike Sullivan’s Weekend Warrior Racing Success Helps Launch Porsche South Bay in Hawthorne

May 23, 2017 lacarguy Porsche, Porsche South Bay Tags: , , , ,

Mike Sullivan has been racing since his teens getting his adrenaline fix on the backs of dirt bikes, but it wasn’t until 2014 that he decided to give Porsche racing a try. After all, they say that racing your brand is an excellent way to connect with it on another level, and that’s absolutely true according to Sullivan. He teamed up with Carl Tofflemire, the Porsche sales manager at LAcarGuy at the time, and they began racing vintage Porsches together.

Mike Sullivan - 1960 Porsche 356
Mike Sullivan – 1960 Porsche 356 – Photo Credit: Dennis Gray @ SportsCarDigest.com

The moment that Porsche came out with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport racer back in 2015, Sullivan snapped up two of them with a price tag of about $200,000 each. That’s when he decided they were going to take part in more serious races, they would enter the 2016 Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA series of races.

At the start of the series Sullivan decided to film the whole thing, and to his amazement the videos began getting some serious views. Within the first year of release his series had more than 180,000 views to his astonishment, and both drivers did better than expected with third place finishes in their categories.

Mike Sullivan Weekend Warriors

It Just Made Sense to Create a Video Series

With nearly $20,000 going into each race, it only made sense for Sullivan to use all the racing footage to help promote his brand and bring more attention to Porsche South Bay. LAcarGUY has an in-house video department that’s responsible for creating videos and promoting them on social media, and the team worked hard to create the Behind the Wheel: GT4 Weekend Warriors series showing off everything that occurred during those 2016 races. The videos are all available at the porschesouthbay.com website.

The series had a production budget of about $50,000 with an additional $15,000 dedicated to social media marketing. The racing series was good business for the store though, and many of the racers featured in the video other than Sullivan and Tofflemire were actually customers that purchased their vehicles at the store as well. Nearly 10 vehicles were sold to racers in the series in 2015 and 2016.

Porsche South Bay Hawthorne California

Expanding the Store

Sullivan’s foray into more serious Porsche racing occurred at the same time that his old Porsche store was being improved upon with an all-new store in Hawthorne California. The $28 million construction is three times the size of the old store, and makes a real effort to show off the racing heritage of Porsche, with displays of some of Sullivan’s vintage race cars for customers to see upon entering the building.

Not only does the new store offer more space, more inventory and a richer presentation platform for the vehicles, but it’s right down the road from the Porsche Experience Center that promises to draw in interested buyers from all over the world.

Sullivan sees a real opportunity to expand his brand further with the racing and the release of the new store. He understands that it’s a chance to broaden his customer base and take things to a more national level. He wants to become the Porsche guy of more people around the country, and with more than 180,000 views on his racing series that seems like a strong possibility.

Understanding the PDK Transmission

May 17, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

Many Porsche fans have at least heard of a PDK transmission, but there are still many people out there that don’t know quite what the technology is, how it works or why any of that matters. This article is for all you people out there that are interested in the transmission that’s used on nearly every modern Porsche today. It’s impressive tech, and after you understand what’s behind the name you’ll be even more excited to get behind the wheel of one of these modern marvels of engineering.

Porsche PDK Transmission

What is it?

The PDK transmission stands for Porsche Doppel Kupplungs, which means Porsche double-clutch transmission in English. A PDK is a dual-clutch transmission, but it’s a proprietary one developed by the automaker. It works much the same way as any other dual clutch transmission, and offers all the same benefits of that tech.

How a PDK is Setup

A PDK transmission is very similar in construction to a manual transmission with a clutch and flywheel, but there is a second clutch that works at the same time as the first, creating a fluid motion that enables nearly instant gear changes. One clutch handles half the gears and the other handles the other half. This means that while one clutch is disengaging, the other can engage at the same time. A set of specialized valves that are electronically operated handle all the gear changes of the vehicle making gear changes on-the-fly as needed.

No Clutch Wear

There is very minimal clutch wear in this system because Porsche relies on a wet clutch setup. Both clutches of the system are covered with oil to help them maintain nice smooth performance with minimal friction. That’s why you can operate a Porsche vehicle under extreme conditions and do very little to wear out the clutches of the vehicle.

Started in Racing

Like many of Porsche’s best tech, the PDK originated in racing and later migrated to the rest of the Porsche lineup. It was a highly desirable racing solution because the PDK allows for faster shifting. Racers could move around the track faster and with less distraction since they no longer had to worry about shifting. Those are the same benefits offered to Porsche owners today, that and they won’t have to deal with expensive clutch replacements.

The PDK clutch system is pretty cool when you understand what goes into it, but it’s not exclusive to only Porsche. There are other performance vehicles today that rely on a dual clutch setup as well, Porsche is just known for offering one of the most efficient clutch systems and one of the most resilient, making it a good value for buyers.

Porsche Rolls out the One Millionth 911 Sports Car

May 12, 2017 lacarguy Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Still to this day the Porsche 911 is made mostly by hand, and it’s that attention to detail that creates such a high-quality product. Yesterday was a historic occasion, Porsche produced its one millionth 911 car and it just rolled off the production line. Porsche has been putting out the 911 sports car since 1963, and it finally hit a historic figure that rarely comes for exotic sports cars. The one millionth vehicle produced and it’s not so different than the original produced back in 1963. Sure there’s more tech crammed inside, the engine is significantly more powerful and advanced than before, but the makeup of the car itself remains the same. It’s a rear-engined sports car meant to go fast and offer excellent handling mechanics.

Irish Green Nostalgia

The one millionth 911 sports car was given the same Irish green paint job as the original 1963 model for nostalgia’s sake. The car also comes equipped with a steering wheel that’s partially made up of wood, and the dials are chrome capped just like the originals were. Overall 911 number 1 million looks very different from the original, but Porsche went the extra mile to tie the two together with décor.

The Power Gap

In terms of power and performance the 911 has come a long-long way. Consider this, the original 1963 model offered just 128 HP from its air-cooled engine. The current base model 911 Carrera offers 370 HP and they get much more powerful from there. The high-powered 911 Turbo S can go from 0 to 62 in just 2.9 seconds, a feat that likely seemed all but impossible back in 1963. The original 911 does the same thing in 8.5 seconds, something more akin to a modern-day family sedan.

Not for Sale

If you’re hoping for a chance to bid on the millionth Porsche 911, you’ll be sadly disappointed. No collector will have the opportunity to own the vehicle. Instead it’s going to take a tour of modern racing locations around the world, and it will be retired at the Porsche museum when it’s finished making its trip.

Few performance sports cars hit the one million production car mark, and that’s a real testament to the Porsche 911 and its longevity.

Porsche Cayenne Tows Jumbo Jet

May 2, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , ,

There are some critics out there that talk about towing capacity and how it’s not always accurate. There are some companies that reportedly overstate the towing capacity of their vehicles to the displeasure of the vehicle owners, and then there are companies like Porsche, that are apparently quite conservative when it comes to the tow rating of their vehicles, or at least for the rating of the Porsche Cayenne. Just a few days ago Porsche made headlines all over the world, for doing something that seems impossible. The automaker used a couple different Porsche Cayenne’s to tow a 314-ton jumbo jet a total distance of 140 feet. That seems completely impossible when you consider the vehicle has a tow rating of a mere 7,700 pounds.

porsche cayenne jumbo jet

Setting a World Record

While towing the Airbus A380 jumbo jet down the tarmac, Porsche set a new world record exceeding the old production car tow record by a staggering 127 tons. The feat was accomplished at the Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, and it’s going to be something that ever Porsche Cayenne owner takes pride in.

You Can Trust in that Tow Rating

With such a heft accomplishment under its belt, you shouldn’t have any trouble trusting in the pretty conservative 7,700 lb. tow rating put on the Porsche Cayenne. We’re not recommending that anyone go over that limit, but Porsche drove the two Cayenne’s away from the event and they both functioned fine, so owners that go above and beyond the rating occasionally probably won’t suffer from any issues as long as they are careful with how they drive. Either way, it’s an amazing feat, it’s something that every Porsche owner should be interested in, and it shows that good engineering makes it possible to accomplish much more than you think.

Not Just a Diesel Thing

First Porsche relied on a Cayenne S Diesel to complete the feat, but before you go ahead and say that it’s a diesel thing, Porsche also did the same exact thing using the Cayenne Turbo S, a gas-powered vehicle. It’s all in the Porsche engineering, not the type of fuel running the vehicle.

If you’ve been looking around for a rugged SUV to tow stuff with, it’s hard to argue against the stylish and well-equipped Porsche Cayenne. Just don’t expect to tow your jets with it, this was a carefully planned feat and probably isn’t that easy to reproduce by just anyone with a Cayenne and a jet sitting around.

Porsche Using Stickers to Censor 2018 Macan

May 1, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: , , , , ,

The Porsche Macan went from being a strange idea that many Porsche fans rejected, to a popular mainstay of the brand. The Macan has already been through a few evolutions since being released, but Porsche is clearly trying out another one as we speak. The interesting thing isn’t the changes the Macan is receiving, but how Porsche has decided to mask the next vehicle, with stickers.

2018 Porsche Macan Spy

Sticker Covers

That’s right, Porsche has placed stickers over top of the 2018 Macan in order to make it look like a 2017 version of the vehicle. By looking where the stickers have been placed, it’s easy to see what changes are coming on the latest model and what you can expect from the automaker overall. The stickers are actually pretty difficult to notice in pictures, and they’re a brilliant way to block distinctive features on the latest Macan while still getting it out there for testing.

Only Minor Changes are Coming

On the front of the Macan the headlights are clearly being changed up in some way, but it’s tough to see exactly what the change is from a picture alone. It also looks like the Macan is getting a new bumper and fog lights, and it’s very likely that it’s going to have an LED across the entire back, or at least that’s what the full-sized rear sticker would suggest. Overall the cosmetic changes are all just speculation, but there are quite a few modifications coming.

Expect Interior and Engine Upgrades

Not only is the exterior of the 2018 Macan getting some changes here and there, but buyers should expect the interior to be notably changed, and for there to be different engine options than what is currently offered on the Macan. There could even be a plug-in hybrid version of the popular sports SUV offered by Porsche, which would be very interesting.

While the 2018 Porsche Macan doesn’t look like it will be a revolutionary vehicle, it will come with quite a few changes to its front and rear, and it will be interesting to see exactly what those are. Don’t expect to have to wait months to hear about them though, it’s likely that Porsche will put out an announcement and show off the vehicle before the end of summer.

Porsche is Planning a Different Kind of Self Driving Car

April 20, 2017 lacarguy Porsche Tags: ,

Autonomous driving is a feature that’s coming soon, or at least that’s what most of the experts in the auto industry are predicting. Most major car companies are hard at work trying to get a car to safely drive you around the road, and through extensive research tests are getting closer and closer to successfully doing just that. Many automakers want to make it so that drivers never have to drive again. So that they can lounge peacefully behind the wheel of the car, or even without a wheel at all, and get transported to the final destination. This isn’t want performance brands like Porsche or Mazda want though. They’re more interested in meeting somewhere in the middle.

2017 Porsche 911

Why Porsche Doesn’t Want Always on Auto Driving

Porsche isn’t interested in autonomous driving features that are always on for vehicle owners. That’s because Porsche is a performance brand and most Porsche owners have the vehicles for the driving experience. In other words, Porsche owners wouldn’t have a reason to buy a Porsche if they weren’t going to be driving it.

Instead Porsche wants to create vehicles with autonomous driving that you can switch on and off as you see fit. These systems would give you control over the auto features, but still make driving safer at the same time.

Autonomous Driving Standard in Every Porsche

According to Klaus Zellmer, the North American CEO of Porsche, autonomous driving will be like cruise control is today. It’s a tech that will soon be standard in every Porsche, but something that you’ll be able to pick and choose when you use it. This means that Porsche owners will have the option if they don’t feel like driving, but there’s no need to use an autonomous driving feature, just as there isn’t a need to use cruise control today.

A Behind the Scenes Nanny

Porsche understands that autonomous driving is a way to make driving safer, and Zellmer believes that the best answer is to create safety features that run in the background without taking away from the driving experience. In other words, a computer would be running with a series of sensors that detect any danger, and correct errors that the driver makes without even worrying the driver about the errors. You could safely enjoy the thrill of driving your Porsche, while operating it under much safer circumstances than is possible today with this tech.

Autonomous driving is exciting for car owners and it’s a feature nearly everyone wants to implement, Porsche just wants to make sure that the act of driving remains enjoyable and that aficionados can drive to their heart’s desire without being taxied around all the time.