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.
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.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S is an exciting throwback to the original Targa with the same looks, but a whole lot more tech and performance. It’s a modern-day high powered equivalent to the classic car, and it’s exhilarating to drive around. We’ll get into what makes it so special down below, but to really understand what makes the car special you have to drive it for yourself.
It Has the Original Look
The car looks very similar to the original 911 Targa with the same curvaceous rear glass, the same Targa bar and the same overall body shape. Sure it’s not identical, but for a Porsche enthusiast it’s the best you’ll get other than picking up the original vehicle for nostalgia’s sake.
An Advanced Retractable Top
The cloth top on the original Targa couldn’t have been simpler. You unhook a few clips and it pops right off. The modern equivalent of that is an overly-complicated electrical-mechanical matchup that takes nearly 20 seconds to fold down the top under the glass. The plus side of that is that during that time you don’t have to do anything. You press the button and the top folds up and out of the way until you need it again. It’s convenient, you just have to be patient.
A Whole Lot of Power
The modern Targa 4S comes with a massive amount of power. You’ll have 420 HP and 368 lb.-ft. of torque at your disposal thanks to the 3.0 liter twin-turbo flat six under the hood. It’s water cooled and mechanically impressive and the car really hauls down the road because of it. There’s no better feeling than stomping on the pedal and being thrown back against the seat as you literally launch.
The Targa 4S comes standard with a silky 7-speed manual transmission that’s fun to operate, but if you’re not the shifting type, or you want the absolute peak performance, you can upgrade to the seven-speed dual clutch automatic PDK transmission. It gets the job done faster and more smoothly, and you don’t have a clutch pedal to worry about. Either way power distribution is excellent and you’ll climb through the gears without any notable jerks or uneven performance.
Massive Performance Power
Thanks to that oversized engine that I mentioned earlier the 2017 Targa 4S is a serious monster on the track. 0 to 60 happens in just 3.3 seconds, a quarter mile is over in 11.7 seconds and the car stops on a dime with 0 to 60 occurring in just 97 feet. Sure it won’t win any fuel efficiency awards with a 24 MPG combined rating, but it saves fuel better than many other sports cars that you’ll encounter.
If there’s something about the handling of the Porsche that you don’t like, you might be able to modify it to your liking as well. You can change around the drive mode between Sport, Sport + and a small collection of other drive modes to change the steering stiffness, the throttle response and shifting aggression to get you a dynamic that feels right for your situation.
The 911 Targa 4S is a real joy to drive, but it doesn’t come cheap with a base price of just over $123,000. It’s not uncommon for the price tag to climb above $150,000 with options added on, so you have to be comfortable spending heavily to enjoy this car.
2018 Model-year Porsche vehicles are going to receive a number of enhancements that make them more worthwhile than ever before. Whether you’ve been wanting more power, different color options, or an enhanced media system, all those changes and more are coming to the 2018 model year vehicles. Here’s an overview of what you can expect from the next lineup of cars, pay close attention.
911 S and 911 Owners Get Power Bump
In 2018 911 S models are going to come with an optional performance kit that will increase overall power by 30 HP. This is an enhancement that current 911 owners will also be able to make use of, that is as long as they chose to get the Sport Chrono package at time of purchase. That means that 2017 Porsche that’s sitting in your garage can be even faster, you just have to be willing to shell out some money at the dealership to have the performance enhancement added in 2018.
In order to achieve this performance enhancement the vehicle will be equipped with upsized turbochargers as well as the Sports Chrono package, an enhanced brake cooking system, dynamic mounts for the engine, and a dual tailpipe exhaust system. Overall the cost should be approximately $12,350 for the added performance, and it’s going to be available for new 911, Carrera S, 911 Targa 4S, Carrera S and 4S models as well as the 911 S.
More Color Options
Not only will 2018 bring performance enhancements to Porsche vehicles, it also brings more interior and exterior color selections to choose from. You’ll have several additional colors to pick from, though some are completely model exclusive, like Palladium Metallic for the Cayenne, and Saffron Yellow Metallic for the 911.
Enhanced Media System
Vehicles that are available with the Porsche Connect service are going to benefit from the addition of many additional services. This includes things like in-car WiFi and LTE access to help make vehicles more connected overall.
All these changes are notably improving Porsche vehicles across the lineup in 2018, but some of the improvements, like the power boost pack will come at a cost. You’ll have to look through all the 2018 enhancements and decide if they’re worth the added cost or not when the time comes to make the purchase.
The recent Geneva Motor Show brought welcome news the Porsche faithful and enthusiasts, the “Drivers 911″ the 911 GT3 would once again be offered with a manual transmission!
In an ever increasing world of automation and complication, there comes a time and reason to unplug from it all and get back to basics, or at least as basic can get in this current day and age. When the 991 GT3 debuted it was hailed as the next great step, save for one thing, the lack of a manual transmission. The Porsche PDK is a superb transmission, and if the goal is to get around the race track in the quickest time, then there is no better tool to row through the gears. In the daily commute, stuck in traffic, the PDK also shines saving your left leg in stop and go traffic.
However, there are times when you want to row your own, to truly feel connected to the car and the driving experience, and for that, the best tool for the job is a manual transmission! If you wanted something close to the GT3 with a manual, you had to be lucky enough to get the 911R, but those were only offered to those who purchased the 918 Spyder, or, if you found one second hand, they started at $500,000 and went up quickly from there.
Porsche heard loud and clear that the faithful still wanted a manual gearbox and now they have responded. With the 991.2GT3 a six-speed manual returns attached to a 4.0 liter naturally-asperated flat six developing 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque. It wasn’t that long ago that 997 Turbo topped out at 450 horsepower, and now, the GT3 brings 500 naturally-asperated horsepower to the dance to sing that glorious song as it approaches it’s near 9,000 rpm redline.
Deliveries of the 991.2GT3 will begin in September, if you’d like to reserve one today, please contact us as these will be very hard to get.
Please have a look at this video as Andreas Preuninger, Porsche GT Project Director, guides DRIVETRIBE’s Features Editor Henry Catchpole around the latest Porsche 911 GT3.
It was a long hard road to get here, but it was worth it.
Not only does Porsche South Bay have a spectacular new home, we are now one of only four Porsche Classic Partner locations in the United States! To celebrate we held an open house, and over 700 people were in attendance for our 60’s themed party! We had an amazing display of classic Porsche’s including a few VERY special ones.
We had Jerry Seinfeld’s 901 Porsche on display, Mike Sullivan’s 918 Spyder and enough other classic Porsche’s to be the envy of any Cars & Coffee. Factory Porsche race driver Patrick Long was also in attendance with his personal 964.
We had great food and drinks, along with a DJ, and we gave away a bunch of prizes, including four vouchers for the Porsche Experience Center!
We’ve assembled some great shots of the event, click the link to see them all!
Porsche Classic Partner Program
Porsche Classic cares for Porsche vehicles that have been our of standard production for at least 10 years. As a Porsche Classic Partner, we have a dedicated team of technicians, advisors and parts specialists trained and certified to work on Porsche Classic Vehicles. To learn more about the Porsche Classic Partner program, please head over and have a look.
By now most people have heard about the Porsche Mission-E all-electric supercar that Porsche is working on. They know that the automaker is shooting for a 300+ mile range for the car, while making something that’s going to be a blast to drive and that’s going to be very quick. If Porsche can deliver on all these things it’s going to have a pretty successful vehicle on its hands, but the automaker isn’t content to just stop there. Porsche also plans on releasing a car that is upgrade-able over the air, and that might be capable of automated driving with a simple over the air update.
Over the Air Upgrades
Much like Tesla did with its Roadster, Porsche wants to be able to make enhancements to its Mission E with wireless software changes to the vehicle. It wants to be able to adjust the tune of the engine, increase or decrease power output in the future, and maybe add in additional tech features like improved automated driving features over time as well.
By simply turning your vehicle on, it could connect to the Internet and receive the updates that it needs to put new features into place using the existing technology. This is something that software companies do all the time today, but not something that is as common in automobiles currently. If Porsche can incorporate this feature into is Mission E, and we’re confident that the company can, buyers will be able to get more life out of the supercar before wanting to upgrade to the latest model.
Automated Driving Features
Porsche, once fully against automated driving, stated that it plans on releasing the Mission E with some self-driving features. For instance, the car might be able to pilot the driver through congested traffic on a straight road, and tackle other simple tasks like that that would otherwise be dull. The Mission E might come with pretty limited self-driving features, but over time as the tech improves, Porsche should be able to make software updates to the vehicle to make it more capable than before. Owners will notice their vehicle getting smarter, the media system getting new features and the vehicle improving over time. That’s the benefit of over-the-air updates, and it’s an exciting feature that Porsche owners could really benefit from.
Porsche is planning on releasing the Mission E in different power levels, so its possible that buyers will be able to change from one power level to the next with a paid update to the vehicle, but there’s no word if that’s going to be the case for the Mission E or not.
Porsche is betting big on this electric supercar and is sinking more than 1 billion Euros into research and development for it. The automaker is planning on selling 20,000 models each year, which would be significant for the luxury automaker, making it account for approximately 10 percent of all sales.
The features set to come with the Mission E are not set in stone, but so far the specs are exciting and something to look forward to. Serious Porsche fans that want to get into electric vehicles should seriously look at this option.With a 300 mile range and a 15 minute charge time the Mission E could be a convenient daily driver that replaces a gas-powered vehicle with ease.
Enthusiasts weren’t happy when the Porsche Macan was released, becasuse let’s be honest, a small crossover doesn’t seem fast or sporty. Of course Porsche proved most of those people wrong by showing the crossover off on the track. Even the base model came with a very capable V6 engine capable of burning out and tearing up the track. Now Porsche is releasing a less powerful Macan still that comes with a four-cylinder engine. That sounds pretty tame on the surface, but this turbocharged engine actually offers a lot of very real benefits to the vehicle and many Macan lovers are going to enjoy the new change, and even if you don’t like it the more powerful engines are still available.
A Four Cylinder Base
The latest Macan comes with a power drop courtesy of the four-cylinder base engine, but thanks to a very nice turbo setup, it still manages to give you 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque, giving you more than enough power to burn out at a stoplight, or to accidentally speed without even noticing that you’re doing it.
Opting for the smaller four-cylinder engine will help you save as much as $4,745 off the base price of the Macan versus the base from last year. It comes with a base price of $48,850, which is pretty affordable for a sporty Porsche crossover.
Though the Macan comes packed with less power than last year’s base model, it makes up for that decrease a bit by dropping its weight by 210 lbs. Those weight savings are all pretty much from the smaller engine too. The base model weighs in at just 3,902 lbs without additions.
That lower engine doesn’t just drop the Macan’s weight down, it curbs fuel usage as well. You can reasonably expect to get between 20 and 25 MPG while tooling around in the Macan, a nice bump up from the 17, 23 offered by last year’s model. When you consider that it comes packed with a 19.8 gallon fuel tank, you’ll realize that you can travel pretty darn far on a single tank of gas in this mid-sized SUV.
Overall it’s the same SUV, it just comes with less power, less weight and at a lower cost. There’s a lot to love about the latest Macan and it’s something to get excited about.
In a world with PDK dual-clutch transmissions it seems completely irrational to want a manual. After all these transmissions are better in every way possible. They’re faster and more efficient. They allow you to keep both hands firmly on the wheel, and they make it easier to go faster around a track. Each of those things are important to Porsche drivers, but there is still a large portion of those drivers that want to be able to control the shifting of the vehicle. For that reason Porsche is still incorporating manual transmissions into its vehicles, even though they don’t make any sense.
The 911 GT3 Comes with a Manual
To many Porsche owners the 911 GT3 is the crown jewel of enthusiast driving. It’s a sporty car that looks great, performs better and is engineered to take corners like a dream. It’s a beautiful piece of engineering and it’s a thrill to drive around. It’s the car that enthusiasts want to pick up above all else, and they want it for the experience. That’s exactly why Porsche is offering the GT3 with a manual transmission. The automaker understands the manual tranny is inferior to the PDK, but that it adds to the experience of some drivers. Porsche is in the business of offering experiences to enthusiasts, which is why the big Porsche centers exist around the world, and it’s why Porsche will continue to go out of its way to make the dreams of drivers come true.
The 911 GT3 RS will Not
Even though the GT3 is coming with a manual transmission, to the excitement of all those purists out there!, the GT3 RS will not have the option. Instead it comes equipped with just the PDK transmission. Porsche’s reasoning behind this decision is that there are different types of customers for the two vehicles. The stock GT3 is more of a purist, auto enthusiast group of drivers that just want the thrill of going fast around windy roads and driving a quality engineered sports car. The GT3 RS guys are the ones that want to beat up tracks and get the best possible lap times.
For the guys going for the best lap times the PDK is really the only option. A PDK is more efficient and a whole lot faster than a manual. Not only that, but it allows you to maintain better control while going around the track, and those are all pretty compelling reasons, even if operating a race car with a manual transmission is more satisfying to some drivers out there. For that reason there really isn’t any point to offering a manual transmission with the GT3 RS.
Even though it’s a bummer that the 911 GT3 RS isn’t being offered with a manual, after reading the explanation behind the decision we get it. Still, it’s pretty hard to complain when Porsche is cool enough to make the 911 GT3, a potent sports car with 500 HP and a flat six engine, with a manual transmission that offers that silky-smooth shifting satisfaction so many drivers are looking for.
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.