​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It!

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

Porsche is out with two new Cayennes, and like every model in its stable, there has to be at least a half-dozen variants. Minimum. So it’s time to meet the Turbo-wannabe GTS and its base sibling, that – gasp! – no longer has a manual option.

There’s not too much new with the base model, with the 3.6-liter V6 – shared across the VAG line-up – still chugging along with 300 horsepower, and huffing and puffing to hit 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds (7.6 with the optional Sport Chrono pack). But for 2015, Porsche is dropping the manual option in favor of the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic, because we’re assuming the take-rate on the stick was -1 percent.

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

The new GTS is slightly more compelling, ditching the V8 found in the last model with the twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 putting out 440 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Porsche claims a 0-60 run of 5.2 seconds (nix a tenth for the Sport Chrono), and a top speed of 163 MPH.

The standard kit includes a sports exhaust, Turbo-repping air intakes and lighting, and flared wheel arches. The suspension has been lowered by 20mm and dropped over 20-inch “RS Spyder” wheels framing the Turbo’s larger 390mm front discs. It looks good until you get to the interior, which comes across as bit gauche with its red piping and GTS logo stitched into the headrests.

​2015 Porsche Cayenne GTS: This Is It

No matter. Porsche will sell another boatload, with pricing for the base model coming in at $58,300 and the GTS commanding $95,500. Buy up, people! And keep funding those 911s, Caymans, and 918s.

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Porsche Introduces The “Porsche Macan” Compact SUV

porsche introduces macan compact SUV

Porsche has expanded into the compact sports-utility vehicle market by introducing the macan, adopting the DNA of the ’918 spyder’, the company’s first hybrid super car. the top-of-the-line ‘S’ model boasts a 400 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which when paired with active all-wheel drive and a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, catapults the sports SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. making its debut at the 2013 los angeles auto show, the ‘macan’ positions itself just below the cayenne, offering a high level of comfort and versatility with performance numbers comparable to the likes of the porsche 911 carrera.

For its facade, the macan bases its headlight and tail light design off the 918 spyder, which features compact three-dimensional LED technology. inside, the SUV position the driver as if they were inside a sports car; the cockpit integrates a multi-function sports steering wheel equipped with paddle shifters and is outfitted with premium leather sports seats.

Porsche has expanded into the compact SUV market by introducing the macan, adopting the DNA of the ’918 spyder’

the top-of-the-line ‘S’ model boasts a 400 horsepower 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine

the macan features an active all-wheel drive system with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox

the macan bases its headlight and tail light design off the 918 spyder

the cockpit integrates a multi-function sports steering wheel and is equipped with paddle shifters

Photos of BlackBery Z10 Porsche Design leak

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The last time we saw a Porsche Design phone, it was the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981. Some new leaked photos today show a new version of the BlackBerry Z10, which bears the same unmistakable design traits.

The unannounced phone reportedly has the model name BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982.

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Beside the photos, there is not an awful lot of extra information about the smartphone. We only get to know that the handset will be priced to match the luxury branding. The BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9982 is said to cost more than USD$2000. This hardly comes as a surprise, given the fact that the older model, the BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981, which was released back in 2011, still retails for about $2000.

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The New 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

In 2006, Porsche added the Turbo S trim level to its Cayenne lineup, which brought the sport SUV’s already impressive output up to 520 horsepower. The 2007 model year was a one-year break for the Cayenne and when it returned in 2008, the Turbo S was not offered, but it did return again for the 2009 and 2010 model years. It looks like Porsche is going to try again, as it just announced that the Turbo S will make its triumphant return in the 2013 model year.

Much like the 911 Turbo S, the Cayenne Turbo S will share most of its styling and DNA with the step-down Turbo model. The biggest changes between the Turbo and Turbo S models will be some basic creature comfort additions, handling and braking changes, and most importantly, more power!

With the world of performance SUVs starting to get slightly crowded, how well can the top-line Cayenne Turbo S do in this quickly flooding marketplace? Does it really have enough additions over the Turbo model to constitute a price hike and how much is the price hike?

Exterior

On the outside, the Cayenne Turbo S is nearly indiscernible from its Turbo counterpart until you get them right next to one another. The Turbo S boasts 21-inch 911 Turbo II rims – a full 2 inches larger than the Turbo model – with their inner surfaces painted black. Other differences include gloss-black-painted air inlet grilles, headlight housings, and side-view mirrors.

Additionally, the Turbo S model gets bi-xenon headlights and the Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS). PDLS includes dynamic and static cornering lights, speed-sensitive headlight control, and a function made specifically for bad weather. You also get High-Beam Assistant and Intersection Assistant standard. The rear lights are full LED and the brakes lights actually flash in an emergency stop to alert drivers.

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Short of those additions, the Turbo S features the same sleek body design and wedge-style front end as the Cayenne Turbo. You can cover the Cayenne’s body in one of 10 different colors, including: black, white, classic silver metallic, jet black metallic, dark blue metallic, meteor grey metallic, umber metallic, jet green metallic, auburn metallic or carmine red.

The extra additions to the engine, body and chassis adds a whopping 99 lbs to the Cayenne Turbo S’s curb weight. While that sounds like nothing in the grand scheme, you will find out later why this small increase is so significant.

Exterior Specifications:

Overall Length 190.79 Inches
Overall Width 84.84 Inches
Overall Height 67.01 Inches
Wheelbase 113.98
Curb Weight 4,883 Lbs

Interior

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On the inside, Porsche made sure to let you know that you are driving its top-level Cayenne by installing an exclusive leather interior in all Turbo S models. This interior is available in black with Carrera red or black with Luxor beige and features contrasting stitching for added luxury and style. Also included is the carbon interior package.

Additionally, you get the Sport Chrono Package with PCM for free on the Turbo S model. This includes am analog and digital timer that tells you total driving time, lap time, lap distance covered, and individual lap times. PCM (Porsche Communication Management) also includes a 7-inch high-resolution screen and it controls the navigation system, CD/DVD player, sound settings, on-board computer, telephone, and high-speed internet service. With the PCM, you also get a high-speed hard drive to store songs and other data.

Standard on the Turbo S model is the 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, boasting 585 watts and a 200-watt active subwoofer. You can opt for the Burmester 16-speaker 1,000-watt surround sound system for a little added scratch.

To make driving and parking a little easier, Porsche fit the Cayenne Turbo S with ParkAssist, a reversing camera and its adaptive cruise control with Porsche Active Safe (PAS), which regulates your speed relative to the car in front of you.

We’re pretty sure that Porsche will add more features to the list as it gets closer to the release date, but as you can see, the Cayenne Turbo S certainly has the standard equipment any Porsche owner would want.

Standard Interior Features:

  • Leather interior with contrasting stitching
  • Carbon Interior Package
  • Sport Chrono Package w/ PCM
  • Navigation
  • 7-inch touch screen
  • 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system w/ 585 watts and a 200-watt active subwoofer
  • ParkAssist
  • Back-up camera
  • Adaptive cruise control w/ PAS
  • More to come…

Optional Interior Features:

  • Burmester 16-speaker 1,000-watt surround sound system
  • More to come…

Engine and Drivetrain

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Now here’s where the real differences come into play, but there is one surprise that we’ll get into later in this section. Under the hood of the Cayenne Turbo S rests essentially the same 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that you’ll find under the hood of the Cayenne Turbo. The only difference in the engine bay is that the intake manifold is titanium colored and it has a pair of carbon-fiber inlays with “Turbo S” logos.

The Turbo S’s 4.8-liter powerplant has been tuned to pump out 50 extra ponies and 50 Nm (37 pound-feet), giving its 550 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque between 2,250 and 4,500 rpm. Porsche doesn’t list what all it changed in the Turbo S to get this extra power, but we believe there was a remapping of the ECU and likely a little tweaking of the intake system to help bump the torque up. The guts of the engine are likely identical.

Delivering the ponies to all four wheels, via Porsche Traction Management, is Porsche’s Tiptronic S 8-speed transmission. You can shift through the 8 speeds via the gear shifter or the paddle shifter on the steering wheel. Additionally, you can just put the shifter in “Drive” and go.

With all of this extra power and torque, we expected to see a massive decrease in 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time, but in reality, the extra bulk of the Turbo S helped slow it down a bit. It is still faster than the Turbo model, as it hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.5 seconds compared to the Turbo’s 4.7 seconds, but we were really surprised to not see it closer to the 4.3-second range. The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S also features a 280 km/h (175 mph) top speed – 2 mph faster than the Turbo.

Even with the power increases, Porsche managed to keep the fuel economy of the Turbo S the same as the Turbo model. The Turbo S is estimated to get 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 17 mpg combined. It also retained the Turbo’s 270 g/km of CO2 emission – not too shabby for a 5050-horsepower V-8.

Engine and Drivetrain Specifications:

Engine 4.8-Liter V-8, Twin-Turbocharged
Total Power 550 Horsepower At 6,000 RPM
Total Torque 750 Nm (553 Pound-Feet) At 2,250 To 4,500 Rpm
Transmission 8-Speed Tiptronic
Drive Style All-Wheel Drive W/ Porsche Traction Management
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined 15 Mpg/22 Mpg/17 Mpg
Emissions 270 G/Km CO2
Acceleration (0-100 Km/H [62 Mph]) 4.5 Seconds
Top Speed 280 Km/H (175 Mph)

Suspension and Braking

The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which is a self-leveling suspension system that is controlled via an interface on the center console. This interface allows you to decide between three suspension settings: Comfort, Normal, or Sport. Also included is Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which controls the amount of torque that goes to each rear wheel via an electric differential to optimize high-speed cornering.

Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is yet another suspension upgrade that comes with the Cayenne Turbo S. This system helps limit the amount of body roll, so you can take turns a little faster without worrying about rolling this large SUV. Speed sensitive steering helps you feel the road by tightening up the steering at high speeds, but allows for easy turning by loosening up under low speeds.

For braking, the Cayenne Turbo S uses all aluminum to help keep the unsprung weight to a minimum. The front rotors measure in at 390 mm (15.35 inches) and the rear rotors come in at 358 mm (14.09 inches). For those that need a little more braking “Oomph” you can opt for the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). This upgrade gives you far improved brake pedal response and reduces the SUV’s unsprung weight even more.

Standard Suspension Features:

  • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus)
  • Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC)
  • Speed sensitive steering
  • All-aluminum brakes w/ 390 mm (15.35 inches) front rotors and 358 mm (14.09 inches) rear rotors
  • 10.55 inches of maximum ground clearance

Suspension Options:

  • Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes

Pricing and Release Date

Porsche has already pegged the Cayenne with a £107,460 ($172,365 at the current exchange rate) price tag in the U.K., but it has yet to price it for the U.S. market. We can, however, promise you that it will not run at the straight conversion of $172,000. Using our logic – what we have left, that is – we can calculate that in the UK, there is a 22-percent markup between the Turbo and Turbo S models. So, by that calculation, we figure that the U.S. model should come in at about $132,675.

Porsche also announced that the Turbo S will hit UK and Ireland showrooms in January 2013, but there is no mention of when it will hit the U.S.

Pricing Details:

UK Pricing £107,460
U.S. Pricing TBD (TopSpeed Est. $132,675)

The new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart is launching its most powerful diesel model on the market as the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel. The 4.2-litre eight-cylinder engine with biturbo charging produces 382 hp (281 kW) and offers a maximum torque of 850 Newton metres. This drives the new Cayenne S Diesel to top values in both dynamic performance and efficiency: The new top diesel completes the sprint from zero to 100 km in 5.7 seconds, and its top speed is 252 km/h. In the process, it utilises energy in an exemplary way: Its NEDC fuel consumption is just 8.3 litres per 100 km (CO2: 218 g/km). One factor contributing to this excellent value is the auto start/stop function; the new model is the world’s only SUV with a diesel V8 to offer this functionality.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel offers a driving experience that is typical of a Porsche and yet is altogether new. It is emotional like a sports car in its dynamic performance and sound. The smooth running properties and resonant sound of the eight-cylinder engine attain a level comparable to that of previous Porsche V8 engines. The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel gets its very special character from PTM active all-wheel drive. This system produces the driving qualities of a rear-wheel drive vehicle – together with all of its benefits in handling and precision. In a sporty, dynamic style of driving, front-wheel drive actions precisely adapted to the driving situation intervene to improve stability and traction. The optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) makes this excellent dynamic performance even sportier.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel with its superior engine power is also the ideal vehicle when towing and manoeuvring boat or horse trailers. The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel still has sufficient power reserves even when working at its maximum towing capacity of 3.5 metric tonnes. The new vehicle also takes on the role of a long-distance champion: based on its NEDC fuel consumption the Cayenne S Diesel – equipped with an optional 100-litre fuel tank – can be driven a distance of about 1,200 km without having to stop to refuel.

On its exterior, the new top diesel model is an uncompromising Cayenne S as well, and it displays the typical visual features of the eight-cylinder versions. The brake system, for example, has been sized to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake callipers. The black fins at the front end emphasise the open air inlets. As on the Cayenne Diesel, the “diesel” badges at the front ends of the wings call attention to the operating mode of the V8 engine. The model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will launch on the market in January 2013 and will cost 77,684 euros in Germany – including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific features.