Patrick Long, three-time ALMS GT2 Driver’s Champion and Le Mans winner – spends some quality time with the Porsche GT3 RS 4.0. He is also Porsche’s only American Factory Driver. While at the Porsche Sport Driving School at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, Patrick helped fellow Porsche driver Hurley Haywood by testing to see how fast he could grab a cup of coffee.Comments
“Purist” is what Porsche uses to describe the new Porsche Cayenne GTS. The designers and engineers at Porsche chose this particular term as ‘purism’ is the inspiration behind the refreshed design and performance enhancements of this new model.
Today we say goodbye to the designer of the legendary Porsche 911 – Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.
Porsche announced today that the grandson of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche, who founded the company in the 1930′s, died today in Austria at the age of 76. The cause of death was not mentioned.
Ferdinand Porsche designed the classic 911 in the 1960′s died today in Austria at the age of 76. The sleek elements of his design have been the cornerstone for seven generations of Porsche 911, and now are also very prominent in the brand’s other models such as the Cayenne, the Panamera and the Cayman.
“The creator of the Porsche 911 has founded a culture of design in our company that distinguishes our sports cars even today,” Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller told the Associated Press today.
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Porsche has really hit the mark with it’s 918 Spyder Hybrid Super Car – with a monster that surpasses all standards for efficiency, performance and design – all at the same time. In the beginning, the 918 Spyder was only a concept, but Porsche has confirmed recently, that it will go to production.
With an expected price tag just under $900,000, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be able to go from 0-60 in less than a whopping THREE seconds – while hitting 124MPH in less than 9 seconds. To make it even more amazing, Porsche projects that the fuel efficiency will be no-less spectacular – averaging over 70 miles per gallon.
Porsche recently invited members of the press to the test track, in Nardo, Italy.Comments
Park Place Porsche recently unveiled the new, seventh generation 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S. The dealership’s Lemmon Avenue showroom and service garage were turned into a contemporary entertainment palace with modern lounge seating, a Dapper cigar den and multiple bars with liquid libations including signature Stolichynaya Vodka, Hendrick’s Gin & Milagro Tequila cocktails, as well as a Balvennie & Glenfiddich Single-Malt Scotch tasting.
More than 900 guests eagerly surveyed the boldly redesigned sports car while tasting delicacies from Dallas’ favorite food trucks, including Nammi, The Butcher’s Son, So-Cal Tacos, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, and Trailercakes.
“Whether this will be a customer’s first 911 or just their latest Porsche, it’s going to be an incredibly exhilarating driving and ownership experience,” said Ken Schnitzer, chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “The 911 Carrera and Carrera S are perfect for drivers who want a true benchmark-setting sports car that they can put through its paces while still enjoying driving it all week long. It’s not just for show or weekend drives.”
For 2012, the 911 has been completely redesigned from the ground up. The new model preserves the classic 911 lines, yet Porsche designers revisited every inch for advances in power and fuel economy. While enthusiasts will recognize the 2012 911 Carrera at a glance, 90-percent of its components are either new or fundamentally revised. Its sleek and stretched silhouette, pulse-pounding contours and precisely designed features signal its rich heritage from every viewing angle. Longer, lower, wider, 100 pouinds lighter, faster and more efficient than previous models, the new 911 is the perfect blend of modern design, intelligent engineering and performance DNA.
In addition to aesthetic improvements, both new models offer significant performance enhancements. The 2012 911 Carrera is equipped with a new, 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter boxer engine, while the Carrera S features a 400-horsepower, 3.8-liter boxer engine—a 15hp improvement over its predecessor. The 911 Carrera with Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) accelerates from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, while the Carrera S sprints from zero to 60 in a mere 4.1 seconds. That time is reduced even further to 3.9 seconds when equipped with the Sports Chrono Package Plus. Top track speeds for the 911 Carrera and Carrera S are 179 and 188 mph, respectively.
As with every generation, the new 911 Carrera continues to raise the bar in both performance and efficiency. This is achieved through systems such as the Automatic Start/Stop function, engine and transmission thermal management, electrical system recuperation, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission and—in conjunction with PDK—the ability to ‘sail’ or coast. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers the typical Porsche precision and helps to increase efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.
The new 911 Carrera Coupe will have a base MSRP of $82,100, and the 911 Carrera S Coupe will start at $96,400 (excluding destination fees).
Photos by Rhiannon Lee. Park Place Porsche General Manager Patrick Huston; Steve Krysil, Regional Manager, Porsche Cars North America; Dave Kurtz, Vice President of Sales, Porsche Cars North America; and Ken Schnitzer, Chairman, Park Place DealershipsComments
We have word that Porsche is recalling more than 100,000 of its Cayenne SUVs worldwide due to a headlight problem. The headlights on these vehicles may become loose and detach from their fenders. A Porsche spokesman said 22,099 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada and 101,953 worldwide are affected by the problem.
The issue affects Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo Vehicles from model years 2011 and 2012, according to a recall alert posted Friday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also noted that there have been no documented accidents or injuries due to this issue.
Do you need to schedule an appointment? You’ll be notified by Porsche directly if you are, and of course – we are happy to perform this recall for you at no charge. Before you come in, we’ll want to confirm that your vehicle is effected by the recall, and also that we have parts available.
For more information, please contact us at 888-818-593 – we are happy to help.Comments
It was to be the ‘Cajun’ – but we’ve learned this week, it’s to be called the ‘Macan’ – it’s the smaller sister-SUV to the Porsche Cayenne coming soon from Porsche. Porsche announced this week the Macan will be sporty, but still a SUV – and 100% Porsche. The name itself is the Indonesian word for ‘tiger’, and we have no doubt the Macan will be fierce and exotic.
“The Porsche Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV, and is a genuine Porsche,” said Bernhard Maier, member of the executive board of sales and marketing at Porsche AG, in a prepared release. “The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects, and evoke positive associations.”Comments
Park Place brands such as Lexus and Porsche fared very well with the most recent dependability study from J.D. Power and Associates. Taking the cake is Lexus, ranking highest in vehicle dependability among all nameplates in 2012.
In addition, the Lexus LS has the fewest problems in the industry.
Porsche was also in the top five.Comments
Park Place Porsche welcomed crowd of over 900 for the unveiling of the new Porsche 911 last week. “We were shocked — pleasantly so — but it was still a surprise,” said Carolyn Alvey, vice president of Aardvark Communications Inc., which represents the dealership. Of course, Park Place was prepared for the turnout, having transformed the showroom and service areas into a 911 showplace which included lounge areas, bars, a cigar den and more.Comments
We’re all Facebooking, and more businesses are thriving on the viral exposure that social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and many other networks are bringing for their marketing effort. The most popular of course – is Facebook, and so it makes sense that Porsche would be on the forefront with social media effort, on all fronts.
To celebrate their success, and their first “TWO MILLION FANS” on Facebook, they took the profile pictures of their fans, and created a special-edition Cayman dedicated to the growing Facebook fan base that will be on display at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart for most of the month.
Of course, Porsche received permission to use the images, mosaic-style as the artwork for the design.Comments