Month: August, 2016
When most people talk about Porsche moving away from sports cars and getting into the SUV market they inevitably bring up the Cayenne as the example of the very first SUV that Porsche produced. What all these people don’t realize is that the Cayenne wasn’t the first SUV produced by Porsche, there was another before it, way before it. Try the 1950’s.
Introducing the JagdWagen
The JagdWagen was a military SUV produced by Porsche in the late 50’s. It was an attempt by Porsche to obtain a military contract, but the military ended up going with the DKW Munga because it was more affordable.
A Beefy Little SUV
The JagdWagen was a beefy SUV designed to stand up to rugged use. It came with the same 50 HP engine that was in the 356, and it had a 5-speed manual transmission. This SUV was quite buoyant making it ideal for river crossings and high levels of mud. Sure it wouldn’t top more than 62 MPH, but it was not made for speed at all. It was designed for rugged durability. It came with a cloth top and didn’t have any doors at all. You just jumped up over the sides to slip right in.
Porsche made a total of 71 of the SUVs and several of them can still be found floating around today. In fact, there is one being sold on bonhams.com, and it’s in pristine condition. That’s likely why it’s being listed for between $220,000 and $260,000.
The next time that someone starts talking to you about how the Cayenne was Porsche’s first SUV, you can bring up the story about the Jagdwagen and how it was produced decades before the Cayenne was ever available. It’s a more badass vehicle for sure, but I don’t know how practical it would be for use today, perhaps on an offbeat trail somewhere.
There’s something particularly special about the 911 Targa. It just oozes heritage out of every one of its pores, and it’s something that you can be proud to drive around in general. Well, the 911 Targa options are about to expand, with an even richer offering, the 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition. It’s a highly capable vehicle that’s infused with even more life and history than the other Targa offerings.
A Historic Color
The entire vehicle is featured in a brilliant Etna blue. It’s the same color that was used on the Porsche 356 B in 1960 and 61. The badging, spoiler and grill also feature that same color and they blend with the overall theme of the vehicle nicely. This brilliant color is set of nicely by a deep black that’s used on the rear grill, the tailpipes and the LED headlights as well as the RS Spyder wheels. It gives it some nice definition and a striking appearance overall.
A Striking Interior
Inside this special design edition of the vehicle you’ll notice a bunch of special characteristics that mark it as a special edition. The sill plates come with an exclusive logo and some of the letters light up in blue when the doors are opened. The quality leather upholstery is a smoky graphite blue and blue accents are used throughout the vehicle in places like the stitching, the air vent fins and a bunch of other slight areas. This car is very blue, but Porsche makes the colors work together nicely and really give this car a special feel as well.
If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on this special car you’ll receive some accessories to help you celebrate your purchase. It comes with a indoor car cover and a graphite-blue photo album that will match the leather seats within. The photo album details the build process for the car, so that you can show it off to your loved ones that are interested in the vehicle.
Overall it performs just like a 911 Targa 4S is expected to, but it comes with enough added style and exclusivity to be something special all its own.
As technology advances so does the way that we interact with our vehicles. We went from simply adjusting the dials and buttons to change the radio, to plugging in smartphones, receiving phone calls, mapping locations and even talking back and forth with the vehicle to control what it does. Porsche is heading to an even greater level of technological advancement with its latest Porsche Connect system that’s going to be added in new vehicles soon.
Integrate with Mobile Devices
Porsche vehicles are capable of integrating with both Android and iOS mobile devices. They receive GPS information and even enable voice chat with the vehicle. Check your messages or receive phone calls while driving down the road all through your Porsche computer.
Control Your Vehicle Remotely
With the latest Porsche Connect system you can open up the doors of the vehicle and turn the lights on and off. You can also view computer stats while out of the car and even adjust the climate control of the vehicle when you aren’t inside it. It’s easier than ever before to control your vehicle and to make sure that it’s the perfect temperature for you when you finally climb inside. There is even a feature that will help you find your vehicle if you aren’t sure where it is, which is particularly useful in large parking garages.
Use with a Range of Compatible Devices
There are a range of different mobile devices that make it easy to control the functions of the latest Porsche vehicles. A smartphone, tablet or smartwatch can all connect up with the vehicle itself and do things like adjust the GPS system, locate the vehicle, or look up information that’s stored in the car’s computer. These functions are easy to make use of and they can be activated by an increasingly large range of different devices.
Porsche is offering impressive media capabilities with its latest computer system, and all of these capabilities will be showing up in the 2017 and newer model year vehicles. If you plan on picking up a new Porsche you’ll notice that you have more control than ever before over the system, and that you can do even more when you own a mobile device or two.