Month: October, 2016
We are just weeks away from moving into our new home in Hawthorne, just off the 405 freeway. We can’t wait to show you the finished product, but we thought we’d give you a bit of a sneak preview and the progress we are making. Mike Sullivan takes you on a guided tour and you can get an idea of just how amazing the new store is going to be.
A few of the highlights of the new store are:
- 50,000 square feet
- A Certified Classic Center (the only one in California)
- Latest Porsche design and materials (We worked with Porsche NA and Porsche AG on this!)
Largest Porsche sign in the country
Have a look at the video and in just a few weeks we will be able to show you the finished product!
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is an exciting improvement over the older models, and it’s something that you can enjoy if you like to go fast. Not only is this model faster, it’s also more efficient and it comes packed with a more technologically advanced cruise control system. Overall that makes for a more enjoyable ride and a Porsche that you won’t want to miss out on.
When you slam down on the gas pedal of the 2017 Panamera it goes in a hurry. You’ll feel the torque push you back in your seat as you blaze from 0 to 60 in just 3.6 seconds. It’s one of the fastest sedans that you’ll probably find on the market, and that’s thanks to the 550 V8 Twin Turbo that’s used within the vehicle. Not only is the vehicle a blast to drive around, but it’s actually quite efficient as well when you drive under standard conditions thanks to the cylinder deactivation technology.
While it’s easy to miss the torque difference between the V6 and V8 versions of the Panamera, the highest powered version offers nearly instant power and is more effective for speeding up overall. There isn’t any noticeable turbo lag, and the PDK clutch system moves through the gears so smoothly that you won’t believe the acceleration that you can achieve.
Good Fuel Efficiency
Porsche vehicles are not know for being fuel efficient, but when you upgrade to the 2017 Panamera, you’ll enjoy efficiency increases of up to 30%. That’s because Porsche is now using cylinder deactivation technology in the vehicle. In other words, when you aren’t driving at high speeds, or accelerating roughly, the Panamera switches to using just four cylinders rather than all eight.
This Porsche vehicle also comes with a cool feature known as InnoDrive which is like cruise control on steroids. It takes into account the different vehicles on the road and what the traffic speed is like ahead of you. The system can help you maintain a certain speed in relation to the legal limit and operates more smoothly than most advanced cruise control setups.
The Same Weight
Even though Porsche relied on a more robust engine in the latest Panamera, it doesn’t weigh any more than the older models. That’s because of Porsche’s heavy use of aluminum in the body. The entire roof and many side panel sections of the vehicle are composed of the stuff, and that cuts down on weight significantly.
When you’re looking for a capable sedan to drive your family around in, that you can also bring to the track, the 2017 Porsche Panamera is one of hte best options available. It’s spacious, it’s potently powerful, it’s luxurious and it handles like it’s on rails. You’ll love your time in this sedan, and that’s something that Porsche is counting on.
Porsche has always been known for having nice doors. That’s because most Porsche vehicles come with hydraulic struts that firmly hold the door in place. The only downside to that system is that you have to push a bit harder in order to get the doors to shut fully. Overall Porsche doors are more reliable than the industry standard that simply relies on hinges with a small detent. Even though Porsche doors are already some of the best in the industry, the automaker figured out a way to improve on them even more, and is working on putting a powerful magnetic door stop into place.
Porsche is considering a magnetic system that uses electro-magnets to vary the resistance applied to a door. The door could be held open through electrical power, and then that resistance could be removed entirely just as fast as it was originally applied. By combining such a system with traditional hydraulic door stops, Porsche doors could be kept nice and smooth, while also making them easier to open and close.
Why it Hasn’t Happened Yet
Though Porsche is looking at this technology to create an even more superior door, there are still some problems standing in the way of accomplishing that goal. For one thing, there has to be a mechanism in place controlling the magnet. The door would have to know when you were holding it and when you wanted to close it. Sure it could rely on force calculations or some sort of touch sensor, but Porsche hasn’t decided how they want to do it just yet. The automaker would likely consider the technology for vehicles like the Cayenne and the Panamera where weight isn’t as much of an issue, and avoid it on some of the sleeker sports cars.
Sure cool electromagnet doors aren’t going to make a Porsche drive any better, but they will make getting in and out of the vehicle even more enjoyable. Plus it’s a cool bragging point. After all, who doesn’t want to brag about having a technologically advanced door?
Porsche wants to work with the likes of Tesla, Mercedes and other car companies to come up with a universal charging standard for electric vehicles. It will be nearly impossible to achieve success with an electric vehicle without coming up with a universal standard, which is exactly why Porsche wants to get everyone on the same page before it releases its first high-powered EV.
Agreeing on a Standard
Porsche says that from a technical standpoint most automakers are on the same page when it comes to an electric charging infrastructure, but the companies can’t yet agree on a specific standard. They are going back and forth about the different types of chargers, but want something that’s going to work with Tesla vehicles as well as other standard vehicles around the country.
Universal Charge Stations
Electric vehicles need universal charging stations that work for everyone. That’s what Porsche is trying to accomplish and the automaker states that Tesla is open to allowing other car users to make use of its charging network.
Porsche has developed an 800-volt charger, the fastest available today. It’s nearly twice as fast as the 450-volt charging system that Tesla currently has in place, and it’s an effort to make charging up electric vehicles a bit faster and easier. Even still, it will take about 15 minutes to charge the Mission E battery to 80 percent with that high-powered charge. It’s still more time-consuming to charge up batteries than it is to refill a car with gasoline, which is an issue that automakers around the world are trying to sort out.
Using Adapters for Charging
It’s clear that not every manufacturer is going to agree on the same port size. Which isn’t really that important. What is important is that the manufacturers can agree on a basic charge station setup. That way electric vehicles can make use of chargers produced by other manufacturers. It’s easy to make adapters for different charge stations, it’s not so easy to charge vehicles when the station doesn’t rely on the same type of power output. Most automakers agree that simple adapters should allow electric car owners to use a range of charging points without issue.
Long-range electric cars are quickly coming to the market, and Porsche is working hard to try and get the charging infrastructure ready to meet that increased demand.