Month: January, 2017
Resale value is an important consideration for many auto buyers that don’t plan on keeping their vehicles forever. Buying a car with good solid resale value potential is a good way to lower the cost of ownership markedly, and it’s something that savvy car buyers all pay attention to. If you’re concerned with resale value at all it makes sense to pay attention to the annual report put out by Kelley Blue Book. The Best Resale Value award is given out in different categories. There’s an award for the best Brand and the Best Luxury brand, and there are also awards for individual vehicle models. Porsche managed to take the top luxury spot this year, marking Porsche vehicles as a good solid investment when it comes to a luxury car.
Porsche Takes the Top Spot
This year Porsche managed to achieve the highest rating in the luxury segment. Porsche received the Luxury Brand Resale Value award, proving that the brand is capable of holding its value over time, and that Porsche vehicles are reliable purchases when you want to get as much back out of them in the end. There’s a booming used luxury market, and Porsche vehicles are at the top of it all.
How Awards are Given out
The awards given out by Kelley Blue Book are based on the companies research throughout the year. The company relies on a group of analysts to come up with reliable value projections for the vehicles, and that information is compared to come up with the vehicles most likely to hold onto their resale value. Porsche models were more likely to hold value than most other luxury models this year, making Porsche vehicles a solid recommendation for the luxury enthusiast that plans on selling off their vehicle after a few years.
The Porsche Macan
If winning the overall luxury brand award was not enough, Porsche also managed to take the luxury SUV segment with its Macan. This low-cost Porsche vehicle holds its value very well and is a solid investment if you’re in the market for a quality luxury SUV. Porsche fans would do well to consider the compact SUV that drives like it should be on a track.
If you’re interested in luxury vehicles, and looking for something that will hold its value decently over the years, consider investing in a Porsche.
Porsche fans around the world were stunned when the automaker came out with the first Cayman GT4. After all it was a high-powered mid-engine vehicle that was more affordable than many of the 911 variants while being just as powerful, more track capable and a blast to drive around. Most enthusiasts always believed that Porsche would gimp the Cayman in order to keep the more expensive 911 models at the top, but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. In fact, Porsche has plans to make an even more powerful version of the Cayman GT4. The car would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS.
The Cayman GT4 RS
While Porsche isn’t officially making the vehicle yet, there have been recent publications that suggest Porsche is planning out a Cayman GT4 equipped with a monstrous 4.0 liter flat-six engine. It would be dubbed the Cayman GT4 RS and be an absolute track monster. This is an expected improvement to the Cayman GT4 because recent testing showed that the 718 Cayman S can complete laps at Nurburgring just as fast as the GT4 when set up with the same tires. That’s a pretty big deal when you’re considering the 718 is so much more affordable. In order to handle this issue, Porsche wants to make the GT4 even more powerful so that it can maintain an edge over the less powerful 718 on the track.
A Major Performance Boost
Whether or not this more powerful GT4 is going to come about is still speculation, but the engine that’s going to be used in the new vehicle is even more speculation. There are a few 4.0 liter flat six options to choose from, all of which are impressively powerful. The car could make use of the 430 HP engine that’s currently used in the GT3 RS, or it could make use of the newer engine that’s coming from the RSR car and already heading to the next GT3. Either option is going to be a big jump up from the 385 HP currently offered by the GT4 though.
No matter what type of engine this next car gets, one thing is clear. If you’re interested in mid-engined vehicles, the more powerful Cayman GT4 RS could be the ultimate vehicle to get for your garage. It should set some records if its released and will be a very exciting ride to take for sure. We’ll just have to wait to see if Porsche actually intends to make this lightweight beast, and what sort of improvements will actually be destined to go into the final version of the car.
Porsche recently made one of its first hybrid sports performance vehicles available for testing, and the reviews are impressive. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a capable vehicle that’s lightning fast, highly efficient and a blast to drive around. Sure it’s expected to come with a considerable price tag, but when you want it all this is the best way to get it.
Four Driving Modes
The 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid comes fitted with four different drive modes to give you more control over how the vehicle handles depending on what you’re looking for. It has the standard Sport and Sport+ modes when you’re looking for that added bit of performance and power. When you want more efficiency there is also the E-Power mode that makes use of electric power alone, this allows you to travel around without burning up any fuel and is a good way to take short trips. Finally there is the Auto mode. This is designed to maximize your efficiency for longer trips and it dynamically switches between partial electric, full electric, full gas and a mixture of them all to create the most efficient driving conditions possible.
Dynamic Mode Switching
One of the coolest features of this Porsche hybrid is the dynamic way it allows you to switch between full battery operation and the standard hybrid drive. The way that you press down the throttle gives you control of whether or not the gas engine runs at all. Press down the peddle lightly and don’t go past a certain point and you’ll only run on battery power alone for as long as you can. Press the pedal down farther and the engine kicks on and you get an immediate boost of power.
The car starts out in battery-only mode all the time, and it makes it very easy to engage the engine when you need the extra bit of power. This is particualrly handy when you have to do something like merge onto the highway and you need a little more oomph, or for when you want to pass someone that’s been going slow the whole way to work.
Its a Thrilling Ride
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid isn’t just an over-sized efficient hybrid Porsche, it’s also a speed machine that is way too easy to tear through roads with. Flip to Sport, or even better, Sport+ mode and you’ll be blasted back in your seat from all the acceleration that becomes available. The car keeps the battery topped up throughout the trip so that you can access an added boost of full electric acceleration at very low speeds, and it keeps the engine engaged at all times so you have full access to all 462 HP. The car is very fast and it feels considerably smaller than it really is. You can take corners at speed without experiencing much body roll at all, and the steering is light but precise. The 8-speed PDK transmission travels through the gears smoothly, and the car hits a top speed of 172 MPH if’ you’re willing to stomp on the accelerator for long enough.
With a 0 to 60 time of around 4.4 seconds, efficiency ratings in the high 20’s and precise handling, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid really is the best of everything.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is an insanely fast rear-wheel drive vehicle, and probably one of the fastest convertibles that you can get in a luxury car today, without going up to super luxury car prices. It’s a nice looking vehicle, it’s very fast off the line and it handles so nicely for a convertible.
While Porsche maintains that its 2017 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can go from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds independent testing has found these claims to be very modest. Outside testing shows that the Porsche is capable of making the sprint from 0 to 60 in just 3.2 seconds. That’s insanely fast for a car in this price range, and it actually beats out a whole slew of other impressive vehicles going off of those figures. Cars like the BMW i8 and the Jaguar F-Type R simply can’t keep up with the vehicle, and that’s pretty darned impressive.
This exclusive variation of the 911 Carrera doesn’t have a very exclusive look, which can be a good thing for drivers that don’t want to draw too much attention to themselves. The car looks very similar to most other Carrera models out on the road, so if you live in an area where Porsche Carreras are common, you probably won’t draw much attention to yourself. Sure there is a unique fascia design and a sportier set of inboard exhaust tailpipes, but other than that, there isn’t much to clue people in on the powerhouse that you’re driving around.
Deliciously Powerful with a Rough Edgy Sound
This turbo-charged 911 Carrera S Cabriolet comes packed with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine delivering a whopping 420 HP and 325 lb.-ft. of torque. Not only that but peak torque is available at just 1700 rpm, making it exceptionally fast off the line. The car comes with nice grippy tires and holds onto the road with 1.00 g of lateral grip, making it a very solid starter overall.
A common concern for old-school Porsche fans is that the vehicle won’t have that throaty sound that 911 models are known for when they’re fitted with beefy naturally aspirated engines. As a tester of the latest 911 Carrera I can honestly say that that’s not an issue. Not only does it have a nice throaty sound, but it’s even easier to fully enjoy the noise with the top down on the vehicle, which is how much people will drive it around.
The Convertible Cost
While the convertible version of the 911 Carrera is a top quality product, it’s significantly more expensive than the coupe version. In order to make the upgrade you’ll have to add an additional $12,300 to the base price, putting the total at $144,805 overall. That’s a pretty steep price to pay for a powerful 911, and it opens up quite a few options worth considering. Even still, it’s hard saying no to such a high level of power, or the exciting driving dynamics that are offered by the 2017 911 Carrera Cabriolet.