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.
Porsche is known for its special edition vehicles and exclusive models that are only available for the select few, and no we aren’t talking about standard Porsche vehicles. One new select model that Porsche is showing off is the Panamera Turbo Executive. This hot red hatch is exciting both inside and out, it packs some impressive power figures and it’s a car that I wouldn’t mind having sitting in my garage. Though the Executive itself is rare enough, this is actually a special edition of the vehicle by Porsche Exclusive, meaning it has even more special features to brag about.
Porsche Exclusive is a special segment of the company that specializes in bringing custom Porsche vehicles to life. If you have a special request that can’t be accommodated by the standard customization features for a particular Porsche vehicle, this department can help grant your wishes for a price. For instance, back in the 1950’s a customer had a Porsche 356 covered in fur for a very custom looking ride. Of course this probably isn’t something that you’d want done today (or maybe you do, we’re not judging!) but it just shows that the automaker is willing to customize the vehicle as much as you’d like them to if you have the cash to back up the wishes.
This latest entry from the Porsche Exclusive department offers some pretty cool customizations. The car comes equipped with a black and Bordeaux Red interior lined with custom leather and red stitching. The clock is red-faced and there is a set light-up doorsill guards made from carbon fiber. The key fob is also a matching red and black tone that helps complete that special custom look.
Getting Custom Designs in the States
In the old days customers concerned with getting a custom Porsche would have to hop on a flight over to Zuggenhausen or travel to Leipzig. That’s not necessary any longer. Now it’s possible to get all the customizations set up right at the Atlanta Experience Center, or in Los Angeles. The company also offers a car configurator tool, allowing you to adjust all the different features of a vehicle before finally meeting for the appointment.
This particular custom vehicle has a starting price of $161,050 with another $3,300 for the red paint job, another $6,000 for the SportDesign package, and we’re betting a bit more for the other enhancements throughout. It’s a small price to pay for a custom Porsche with both power and sophistication, and many people are willing to pay to get exactly what they are looking for.
Porsche enthusiasts and experts alike weren’t too sure about the Macan when it first came out, and the mid-sized SUV created even more skeptics when a four-cylinder engine option was added as well, but all that skepticism is fading fast thanks to the positive reception that the 2017 Macan has been getting.
Even though the 2017 Macan base model comes equipped with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine, thanks to the turbocharger it’s surprisingly powerful. With 252 HP and 273 lb.-ft. of torque and a silky smooth 7-speed PDK dual-clutch configuration, this SUV offers snappy acceleration that’s worthy of a performance vehicle. Sure it’s not going to tear up any race tracks like more potent V6 variations of the Macan do, but for anyone that isn’t concerned with track numbers, the four-cylinder model makes a lot of sense. It’s more than fast enough for everyday driving, and is a good solution for drivers looking for something a bit more efficient.
The Macan Brings in Serious Customers
The Porsche Macan is an effective marketing tool for Porsche, like none of their other vehicles. That’s because it sells at a lower entry-level price than all the other vehicles in the lineup. It’s picking up brand-new customers that other models sold by Porsche simply cannot. After getting used to the Macan, it’s likely that many of those customers will move on to additional Porsche vehicles in the future as well. Either way, Porsche is bringing in a bunch of money from the Macan that it wasn’t getting from its other models and that can only be good for the automaker.
The Four Cylinder Receives a Good Response
Even though the Macan is mostly based around the six-cylinder power-house variation, there is a decent following for the four-cylinder model as well. So far it’s received a good response and many people heading to dealerships to buy the Macan are interested in the four-cylinder version of the vehicle.
A Long Future for the Macan
While many people thought the Macan would be a short-lived project before Porsche game back to its senses, the more successful that little SUV is, the more likely it’s going to have a long and rich future with the automaker. With small SUVs being so popular in the United States currently it will be very surprising if the Macan isn’t around for many years to come.
Porsche is already looking for new ways to improve the Macan and will likely continue releasing the innovative little SUV for generations to come, with both large and small engines. We might even see a full-electric or hybrid model in the years to come as electric vehicles increase in popularity.
Porsche is hoping to sell at least 20,000 models of the Mission E EV per year when it’s finally released in 2020. While this isn’t an outlandish figure for automobiles in general, or even full electric vehicles, it’s a pretty high figure for the likes of Porsche. It’s an optimistic figure, but it’s tough to say whether or not the automaker is going to be able to meet such lofty goals once the vehicle is finally released. Here’s what the car has going for it that should help those Porsche goals become a reality.
There are few automakers out there that know how to make a car as beautiful as Porsche does. For some people that’s enough to sell the Mission E on its own. The car should be a stunning piece of artwork and it’s going to appeal to a wide range of people looking for something attractive.
At around 3.5 seconds from 0 to 62 MPH, the Mission E is a pretty quick full electric vehicle. It should be exciting to drive and something that most people will enjoy, even if they aren’t all about electric vehicles. While it won’t likely be the fastest car out on the road, it will be quick and have excellent handling mechanics, which is all that it really needs.
It’s Track Worthy
The Mission E is going to be a track-worthy sports car, like most other Porsche vehicles sold today. This should excite people looking to pick the car up for racing, and it’s one of the main selling points that the car has for it over some of its main competitors, even leading Tesla vehicles. Porsche understands how to create vehicles with superb track handling, and the automaker is undoubtedly going to keep that in mind when making the Mission E.
The Porsche Mission E is going to appeal to a large group of people, but it’s going to be tough to appeal to enough people to hit the figures that Porsche is going for. In order for that to happen they’ll have to produce a vehicle that offers the same level of performance as the stiffest competition released in 2020, and that might not be the case depending on how far along Tesla and other major EV producers are by then.
Since the release of the Porsche Panamera it’s been a common complaint that the car isn’t very good looking. Someone even described the vehicle affectionately as a “crouched hippo” and it’s hard to argue with that line of thought when looking at the original car. That said, a lot has changed since then and Porsche worked really hard to make the 2017 Panamera look as nice as humanly possible. Not only did the automaker achieve its goal and create a great looking vehicle, but it also managed to make a faster and more effective one in the process.
Designed to Look More Like the 911
As far as cars go, there are few out there that can top the long-term success of the 911. With minor aesthetic changes each year, the car continues to sell well to high-end buyers looking for a symbol of status or an excellent performer. That’s why when some customers began complaining about the looks of the Panamera, Porsche turned to its 911 for inspiration. The result? A 2017 Panamera that looks more like the 911 than ever before. At the front of the vehicle, and especially the rear there are many 911 characteristics. You’ll quickly see that the two vehicles are related, and it’s hard not to get excited about the way the Panamera looks.
The chassis drops the vehicle lower to the pavement, and the air ride suspension reduces the amount of space needed to dampen the vehicle. The car relies on a new four-wheel steering system and electromechanical stabilizer bars that help give it an amazingly light, lithe and sporty feel overall. The car is incredibly agile for weighing in at over two tons, and it’s surprising just how easily you’ll pass cars out on the freeway with this best.
There are actually two engines in the latest Panamera, and it doesn’t matter if you get the 4S or the Turbo variation of the vehicle, the power increases from the previous model. There’s an increase of 20 HP or 30 HP respectively. The standard Panamera comes with 440 HP and the Turbo offers a whopping 550. Either way, the car is lightning quick and a lot of fun to drive around as well.
The 2017 Panamera has a more simplistic look within, despite all the added tech that’s crammed into the vehicle. The vehicle shows off the same Analog clock at the center of the console that gives many Porsche’s their classy look. At either side of the clock is a 7-inch touchscreen display, allowing everything from multimedia management, to information about the cooling system. The car packs in all sorts of tech goodies, supporting things like Apple Car Play and Android Auto, but it looks simpler overall because most of the buttons were removed in favor of the touch displays. It’s a really tech-savvy vehicle, but you wouldn’t know it by looking inside, which is exactly the way most Porsche owners like it to be.
While aesthetics are an important part of choosing which sports car you want to buy next, for many buyers there’s nothing more important than acceleration. Most people rely on the 0-60 figure, but many real car enthusiasts know than the 0 to 30, and the 0 to 40 are really much better indicators of acceleration. After all, these are going to be the main speeds that drivers get to enjoy on a daily basis, and that’s why the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is now one of the most highly recommended vehicles to speed enthusiasts that want to accelerate as fast as possible.
Testing at the Top
Motor Trend likes to put its test vehicles through the paces and really see what they are made of. During the testing process the company went through a sprint up to 30 MPH, up to 40 MPH, up to 50 MPH and finally to 60 MPH. While the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo wasn’t able to snag top place for the 0 to 60, it managed a screaming victory in each of the shorter tests, showing just how amazing its acceleration is.
It takes just 0.9 seconds to sprint up to 30 MPH in this sleek powerhouse. That’s faster than the 918 Spyder or the Laferrari that Motor Trend tested previously, making the speed a seriously impressive feat. 40 MPH happens in 1.3 seconds, 50 MPH takes just 1.8 seconds and even the 60 MPH marker comes in at 2.5 seconds. All the speeds up to 50 are records for the company and hitting 60 takes just marginally longer than it does in the Laferrari and the Spyder, both of which come in at 2.4 seconds.
How is this Possible?
There are a few characteristics that help this Porsche stand out from the others. The first is its exceptionally lightweight body. At just 3,557 the Turbo is a pretty sleek body that’s easy to get moving down the road. When all 580 HP and 553 lb.-ft. of torque is engaged it’s easy to see how the car would get going so rapidly. Not only does this car pack an immense amount of power in a tiny package, but it places the power at the rear of the vehicle, helping to create a nice balance of weight for going from static to high speeds in an instant.
The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is an exciting car for other reasons, but it’s most exciting because it goes really fast at the starting line. If you’re looking for a beautiful car, with top-notch driving mechanics, that just happens to go pretty darned fast, the 911 Turbo S is the vehicle for you. There are few models on the road that can boast of beating out some of the best super cars available, but this car does so with ease at the bottom end of the speed range.
Porsche is known for caring about customer satisfaction more than many other automakers in the world today, and it should come as no surprise to anyone that the automaker managed to take the top rank in the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) out of all the automakers that sell vehicles in America.
That’s a pretty big accomplishment, and it essentially means that customers enjoy buying vehicles from Porsche more than any other. Customers that don’t enjoy the vehicle buying process, could significantly improve their experience by going with a luxury model like a Porsche instead. The same can’t be said for every luxury model though.
Beat out All other Luxury Models
Porsche managed to achieve a higher score on the survey than any other luxury manufacturer on the market today, and it’s not the first time the company has accomplished this feat. In fact, Porsche achieved the same thing last year as well, making this a two-year accomplishment over all the luxury providers.
The U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index
The Sales Satisfaction Index is a figure that’s based on information from auto buyers between April and May of 2016. Each of the 28,989 buyers or customers that leased a vehicle this year, gave their input about the entire process. The index is made up of the four figures below.
- Negotiating the deal
- The salesperson
- The facility
Together these factors form the final index number that every automaker in the contest is represented by. Porsche managed to get a higher score than anyone else in every single one of those four categories.
Major Improvements Since 2015
Porsche did particularly well on the survey last year, but the automaker improved dramatically in 2016, making it the best in the world. The brand went up by a total of 72 points, pushing it ahead of every other company for the second time in the last 30 years. That means that buying a Porsche today, is better than ever.
If you want to enjoy the purchase process more, consider skipping another luxury or standard model vehicle, and going with a Porsche instead. You won’t believe the difference that it makes.
While the standard Porsche Panamera is all about luxury and driving enjoyment, the Panamera Executive is more about passenger comfort, plush seats and riding around in style without actually driving the vehicle. It’s the type of car that you want to pay to be driven around in, and that’s exactly what some business executives will do.
One thing you’ll notice about the 2018 Executive is that it’s lengthy. This car is quite a bit longer than the standard Panamera, and that’s to offer more sitting space at the rear. If you want to be able to stretch out your legs and comfortably type on a keyboard or take phone calls while travelling, this is just the setup for you.
Each of the rear seats is heated and comes with multi-adjust seats so that you can sit at just the right angle. It’s easy to look up at the sky during your ride thanks to the classy panoramic sunroof, and the electric power sunshades will help you block out light when you’re trying to see screens or just get over a night of partying. The four-zone climate control system ensures that you get just the right temperature for maximum comfort, no matter where it is that you are sitting.
Entertainment on the Go
With built-in flat-screen television sets at the back, you’ll be able to watch your favorite movies, catch up on seminars and just enjoy crystal clear video viewing of any variety that you prefer. The rear 10-inch touchscreens come with internet connectivity and access to thousands of apps and entertainment options. The internet extends to your own personal devices as well for connectivity everywhere.
Fun to Drive
Well, you probably won’t want a chauffeur every day of the week will you? During those days when you feel like getting behind the wheel, it’s a whole lot more fun if you have a Porsche Panamera to do it in. This beast of a vehicle still drives nimbly and is a whole lot of fun on windy roads. It comes with capable all-wheel drive as standard, and you can choose the 3 liter V6 turbo with 330 HP, the 2.9 liter V6 turbo with 440 HP or the 4 liter twin-turbo V8 with 550 HP. That all-wheel drive helps the lengthy Porsche take tight corners and handle a bit better overall. This is the type of car that your chauffeur will love driving, and it’s something that you’ll want to take to work on those off days as well.
Most people don’t think about being chauffeured around in a Porsche, but this model might just make you reconsider. It’s designed for supreme comfort, and you won’t mind taking the car for a spin yourself on off days either.
Porsche really wanted to come up with a unique product when it redid the Panamera to create the 2017 version and that’s why it threw pretty much everything out the window except the brand name, the car concept and that quality Porsche build strategy. When you take a look at the 2017 Panamera you’ll be astounded by the level of tech infused into the vehicle (it went from 70 control units to 112 and jumped from 2 million lines of code to an astounding 100 million!)
Smaller and Lighter
Porsche attempts to make smaller and more lightweight vehicles with each new iteration, and the Panamera is no different. Through the use of more aluminum, and high strength steel, Porsche has managed to drop the weight of the vehicle slightly, while jamming in a whole bunch of new tech devices.
Impressive Tech Features
The 2017 Porsche Panamera is an impressive tech product that’s equipped with a range of capabilities that will make you feel like you’re in a vehicle of the future. Nearly every bit of information that you’ll see in the vehicle is digital, including the speedometer. Three different screens show off this info, while giving you access to more apps, nav systems, and special features than you’ll probably ever need.
Car & Info
This 7-inch display is dedicated to showing off information about fuel efficiency, trip distance and it also shows off a very cool night vision display. This special feature allows you to see heat signatures in the night, making it very easy to spot people, animals and other vehicles heading down the road. Unfortunately the screen is quite small, so it’s more of a novelty than an important driving tool. It’s still very cool though, and you won’t find a feature like this on many other vehicles.
Speed & Assist
This screen shows off a virtual speedometer as well as information about the cruise control system and other driving information. It’s a useful tool for helping you keep on top of how fast you’re going and how you manage your speed while traveling down the road.
The Central Display
Finally, there’s the massive center display that’s positioned right in the middle stack of the Porsche Panamera. This 12.3 inch screen is a high-resolution touchscreen that connects you with a whole slew of apps and some pretty cool capabilities as well.
You can easily navigate around the roads using the built-in GPS, the real-time traffic display and Google Earth. There’s also support for Apple CarPlay, making it easy to access your favorite Apple capabilities. You can do a search for fuel prices, find your flight info, look through your calendar, see news updates, glance at Twitter and do much more with this built-in display. It’s a useful tool to help you stay on top of your life while you drive down the road. It also manages your entertainment through things like satellite radio, standard radio and Internet radio.
There’s so much going on within the Porsche digitally, that it’s not intuitive. You’ll have to spend some time behind the wheel, and in the interior just fiddling with the menus and the features to become really comfortable with them. As you grow more accustomed to the many features, you’ll start to enjoy all the capabilities offered and all the cool things that you can do with the vehicle. Take some time to learn how the system works, and you’ll come to enjoy it and how effective it is for managing all those useful features detailed up above.
The 2017 Panamera comes in two different flavors. There’s the 4S and the Turbo. The milder 4S comes with a 2.9 liter V6 that puts out a whopping 440 HP and delivers a crushing 405 lb.-ft. of torque. For even more power, the intense Turbo version of the Panamera comes with a V8 that delivers 550 HP and 462 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s a beast of a machine that manages 0 to 60 in 3.4 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.
Overall, the Porsche Panamera is a modern tech marvel that comes with all te features that you would expect, plus many more. It’s something that buyers will have to get used to, but any tech enthusiast will come to love. The car comes packed with enough power to rocket you down the road, and with all those screens and modern-day features, you might just think you’re blasting off into space.