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Thursday, 16 September 2021 06:56

New Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021 review

With a lower price tag and more boot space, the all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is the perfect all rounder 

Verdict

There are very few chinks in the armour of this more affordable Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. It’s still more than fast enough, handles beautifully, balances this with plenty of comfort and refinement, and offers plenty of tech. It’s still a pricey machine in isolation, but the quality of the driving experience, the interior and the technology live up to expectations – and in a more practical estate body style with even more comfort, the Taycan has never been so appealing.

We’ve sampled Porsche’s more practical, slightly more rugged Taycan Cross Turismo electric car in high-performance (and pricey) Turbo form, but as is the way with the German brand, more affordable models always follow close behind – and so it is that we’re driving this less powerful ‘4S’ version of the Taycan Cross Turismo.

More affordable is a relative term given it costs from £88,270, and with the test car we tried coming in at £102,961 with options. But nonetheless, at £117,960 for the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and £140,360 for the Turbo S, this 4S certainly lowers the barrier to Taycan CT ownership.

For that price you still get the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus, which offers a maximum claimed range of 277 miles. With up to 270kW DC charging capability, if you can find a point fast enough, a five to 80 per cent charge will take less than 23 minutes thanks to the Taycan’s 800v electric architecture. You can also opt for a 22kW AC on-board charger for an extra £1,179, but given an 11kW charger is standard, we wouldn’t bother.

The mid-speed punch is still incredibly rapid and is controlled by a chassis that is sublime. It proves electric cars needn’t all be the same to drive; the Taycan in all its forms reinforces that EVs can have character and be enjoyable, and in the Cross Turismo it’s even better. This stems from the slightly raised ride height, by 20mm compared with the standard Taycan saloon, or 30mm on our test car that was equipped with the £1,161 Off-road Design Package.

This extra suspension travel for the adaptive air system means that, even on 20-inch alloy wheels, the Porsche rides beautifully over torn country roads and at low to medium speed in built up areas, where the near-silent powertrain also means refinement is excellent. In fact, even on the motorway the Taycan is superbly quiet – doubly impressive given the Cross Turismo has a big hatchback compared with the standard saloon. 

Sometimes at higher speed over sharp crests in the road the suspension’s fluidity breaks down, causing a noticeable thump, but this is rare – and even when it does the Cross Turismo controls its weight relatively well. You’re always aware of its mass, but the chassis contains it and delivers reassuring handling; only when you really start to push does the car struggle to cope. And the Cross Turismo does invite you to push, because the steering is the best of any electric car. All Taycans offer a wonderful weight, beautifully direct response and even a hint of feedback.

 There is one drawback to its dynamic ability though. While the power delivery is mostly smooth, if you ask for maximum acceleration coming out of a slow corner you can feel the rear-mounted two-speed transmission drop down into its lower ratio before the Cross Turismo thrusts forward. It’s far from frustrating, but in a machine whose engineering is otherwise incredibly highly polished, it’s an odd anomaly.

This feeling of polish extends to the cabin, as like the Taycan saloon, the three-screen set-up is crisp, quick to respond and looks great. It marries this easy-on-the-eye appearance with strong functionality, too.

Unlike the Taycan saloon the Cross Turismo is more of a shooting brake estate, with a hatchback that reveals a 446-litre boot, making it a more practical option. There’s an 84-litre storage compartment in the front for charging cables, too. Space in the rear is great despite the low roofline; there’s a chunky sill to climb over, but once you’re sitting back there, head and legroom are fine.

Combined with efficiency of more than four miles/kWh over a mixed test route that explored the Taycan’s performance frequently, it’s even efficient, so at least the running costs should be easy to bear – and you can’t say that about many £90,000 estate cars with this level of performance.

Model: Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Price:  £88,270
Battery/motor:  93.4kWh, 2x electric motors
Power/torque:  563bhp/650Nm
Transmission:  Two-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
0-62mph:  4.1 seconds
Top speed:  149mph
Range/charging:  277miles/270kW DC (5-80% 23mins)
On sale:  Now

(autoexpress.co.uk)

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 08:11

2022 Porsche Macan S Inherits 375 Horsepower

A shuffling of the Macan lineup gives the S some serious firepower.

Life in the middle isn't easy, just ask any child with older and younger siblings. While the others get all the parental attention, living in the middle can feel like you're overlooked. In the middle of the 2022 Porsche Macan lineup, sandwiched between the 434-hp GTS and the 261-hp base model is the Macan S. But Porsche hasn't forgotten about the S—for 2022 the S is getting a very desirable hand-me-down.
 
The gift from above comes from a shuffling of the Macan lineup. Last year's Macan S had a 348-hp engine, but for '22 the S inherits the 375-hp turbo V-6 from the old GTS. In our last test of the 375-hp Macan GTS, it hit 60 mph in a life-affirming 3.9 seconds. If you opt for the Sport Chrono package ($1220) that adds launch control, the new Macan S should be just as quick. Other additions include more standard equipment including adaptive dampers (PASM), the Porsche Dynamic Light System, and 20-inch wheels.
2022 porsche macan s
 

Changes to the exterior design make the Macan look more like the Cayenne. Inside, the button-filled center console has been swapped out for a new flush, haptic panel that requires a firm touch. Though not as tactile as its predecessor's metallic switches and toggles, the surface does help simplify the interior. However, the plastic panel will inevitably be smudged with fingerprints—bring wipes.

The view from the driver's seat is classic Porsche, with a large, centrally positioned analog tachometer with a speedometer next to it, just like you'd find in a 50-year-old 911. In the center console, there's Porsche's latest 10.9-inch multimedia touchscreen equipped with now-standard wireless Apple CarPlay.

There's virtually nothing dull about how the Macan S drives. The steering enjoys an intuitive connection between the driver's palms and the road surface below. Acceleration from the twin-turbo V-6 is brisk, turbo lag is minimal, and it snarls pleasingly. A strong shove is available throughout the rev range, as 383 lb-ft of torque are available from 1850 to 5000 rpm. Dial into Sport mode, and transmission and throttle response become more aggressive and the adaptive dampers stiffen up. Downshifts come sooner, upshifts later, and the buttery smooth gearchanges become a little sharper.

Our Macan S came equipped with the air springs option ($1390) and provided a supple ride that damped most road irregularities but firmed up when hustling through corners. Despite the high seating position and tall roofline, body control is kept in check. The higher-profile SUV height is quickly forgotten. The Macan handles so well that someone trading out of sports car or sports sedan will feel at home. It has ample cornering grip, chest-cavitating acceleration when using launch control, and big brakes to bring it all to a fade-free stop. The GTS might be quicker, but it's also far more expensive.

2022 porsche macan s
A top-of-the-line GTS (it replaces the Turbo for 2022) starts at $81,250, which makes the Macan S's base price of $66,750 relatively attractive. And, while the new Macan S is $5200 more than last year's model, don't forget about the increase in standard equipment and the 27 extra horsepower. The Macan S might be a middle child, but drive one and it'll get your attention.
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Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:33

Porsche Taycan "Extrem" Aero Kit by DMC

* German tuner DMC has prepared a new "Extrem" Aero Kit for the electric Porsche Taycan, at a price of 5,990 US dollars


* Ultra-light carbon fiber elements include front spoiler, sill set, as well as a striking rear spoiler


* There are also new aluminum wheels, rear emblem with lighting, as well as a personalization program for the interior (carbon fiber, crocodile or other leather ...)

* Complete DMC package for Taycan (Aero Kit, wheels, modified interior ...) can cost up to $ 24,990 depending on the client's wishes

 

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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 08:28

Porsche Mission R Concept

Last month, Porsche announced that it would exhibit a new concept car at this year's Munich Motor Show.


That is what happened today, so we have before us the Porsche Mission R Concept, their first electric race car that is described as a futuristic study that hints at the future of mobility. Also, with this study, "Porsche is looking to the future, with state-of-the-art technology combined with a breathtaking design."


Either way, the Mission R Concept is powered by two electric motors with a combined 800 kW / 1088 hp, acceleration to 100 km / h takes just 2.5 seconds, and top speed is 300 km / h. The news also points out that 75% of the battery capacity can be recharged in just 15 minutes.


The package also includes a plastic body reinforced with natural fibers (the same material is in the interior), a protective cage, all-wheel drive, 18-inch magnesium Cup wheels, Michelin tires, as well as a braking system with 380 mm front and 355 mm discs back.


In terms of dimensions, the Mission R Concept is 4326 mm long, 1990 mm wide, 1190 mm high, the wheelbase is 2560 mm, while the vehicle weighs around 1500 kg.

Unofficially, there is talk of a potential racing series in the future, although there are no concrete details for now.

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Thursday, 02 September 2021 07:26

2022 Porsche Macan Does More with Less

Even in its base four-cylinder form, Porsche's updated compact SUV is a joy to drive.

There is plenty to love about the starter Macan, and we're not alone in thinking so. Most Macans you'll see on the road will be this four-cylinder model. Porsche says the proportion of customers choosing the base model over the more powerful S and GTS (and previous Turbo) has been about 60 percent, and the automaker expects that trend to continue. While the performance models offer more power, plus a few cosmetic changes not available on the base version, you'll get the same wide-hipped, athletic stance no matter which Macan you pick—and if our parking-lot admirer was any indication, all of them are head turners.

It impresses on the road too. Backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and standard all-wheel drive, the entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, increases of 13 horses and 22 lb-ft over the 2021 model. Porsche made a lot of engine changes to free up those ponies. The new mill is fed air by a larger turbo and a redesigned intake designed to diminish turbo lag. It also has a higher-pressure fuel-injection setup, a new timing chain, and different pistons and rings. Reduced internal engine friction may not be your usual topic of conversation with the other parents in the school parking lot, but now it could be. Leave the bragging about acceleration times to the folks with the V-6 models, though. Even with its baker's dozen of extra horses, the four-cylinder Macan should reach 60 mph in a relatively tame 5.5 seconds, and that's with the optional performance boost of launch control from the $1220 Sport Chrono package. That was about the only option our test car didn't have, so we avoided late-night street races in favor of sunrise in the hills above Malibu, California. It may not be a straight-line rocket, but the Macan is delightful when lines on the map get squiggly.

2022 porsche macan base
On the two-page options list for our example, one item we would spring for is the adaptive air springs, a $2750 add-on that includes Porsche's PASM adaptive dampers. Various suspension and drive modes are expected in many vehicles these days, yet often they don't seem to do much other than satisfy a desire to click buttons. But the Macan's settings result in noticeable changes to its character on the road. The standard damper setting is soft enough to allow some wallowing around turns and absorb every bump like ciabatta soaking up olive oil. Click over to Sport Plus, and the Macan straightens up like a slouching schoolboy whacked with a nun's ruler. Now it's paying close attention, and all the sponginess is gone. Rough spots of pavement make their way through the steering wheel with soft thumps, enough to communicate a sense of the road but nothing that would turn your cream to butter on the way home from the grocery store. A lot of cars claim to deliver both comfort and handling. The Macan makes good on that promise, and it comes to a stop with the same smooth confidence with which it turns. The base model features conventional cast-iron rotors clamped by four-piston calipers in front and single-piston floaters at the rear, but the S model's upgraded tungsten-carbide-coated brakes are an option for those who are fond of white calipers and minimal brake dust.
 
2022 porsche macan base
Inside the cabin, away from dust of any kind, the Macan employs Porsche's minimalist interior decor with mixed results. What works in the smaller cockpit of a 911 feels sparse in the larger space of an SUV. Even with $3880 worth of extra red and black leather on the doors and dash, the interior feels underdone, with an odd jumble of touch-sensitive controls on the console and a slimmed-down but somewhat old-fashioned shifter jutting up by the cupholder. The gauges and infotainment screen were similarly split in design focus. The gauge cluster, with its sweeping physical needles, was refreshing, but the 10.9-inch center touchscreen was so small that Apple CarPlay may show up larger on your iPhone. And Android Auto? Still not supported. Storage compartments, usually the shining glory of an SUV, are as scaled down as the center display.

The Macan's back seats provide ample legroom, but the gently sloping roofline limits headroom. This also necessitates a deeper reach to help small children in and out of the back, but the seats themselves—heated on our car, via the $2240 Premium package—are comfortable and feature a fold-down armrest, cupholders, and USB ports. While the tallest adults might not want to spend much time back there, most family-oriented buyers should be adequately pleased. As expected from a compact crossover, the Macan's 17-cubic-foot cargo area isn't move-a-couch large, but who wants to move a couch? Groceries, coolers, suitcases, pool floaties—the Macan can easily carry any combination of them, and it offers several handy tie-downs and an underfloor storage compartment.

2022 porsche macan base
While many SUVs are seemingly designed more for comfort and utility than driver entertainment, the Porsche Macan is still all about the view out the windshield, whether that's on an early-morning run up a winding road or a nimble dance through the moving chicanes of a strip-mall parking lot. Even in its most rudimentary form, Porsche's compact crossover is an enthusiastic partner through all the unexpected twists of a day on the go. Let buyers of other more capacious SUVs lumber through town in their big seats, staring at their expansive infotainment screens, sucking down to-go drinks from cupholders large enough to house a koi pond. We're going to weave through them until the scenery is open road. The base Macan proves that you don't need to have the most horsepower to have a great drive.
 
(caranddriver.com)
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Take the already excellent 718 Cayman GT4, give it more power and performance, and drive to the edge.

 

WHAT IT IS: An even more capable, focused, and track-ready version of Porsche's already magical 718 Cayman GT4.

WHY IT MATTERS: From the moment Porsche launched the original Cayman for the 2006 model year, the car was lauded as a great choice for enthusiast drivers. Simultaneously, more than a few people wondered what an uncorked Cayman could do if Porsche would only give it the power and performance hardware reserved for the 911. As years passed, Stuttgart began upping the Cayman's game, releasing models such as the Cayman R, the GTS, and finally the GT4. Now, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS takes another leap by receiving upgrades reserved previously for hardcore versions of the 911 GT3. The result should not only boost the driving fun of what is already a brain-meltingly great sports car but also lift the Cayman's overall image in the eyes of track-day addicts looking for a new hot toy to flog.

2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 23

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAINS: The standard Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is one of the most impressive drivers' cars on the market, with spectacularly high limits that beg to be explored on racetracks. The Cayman GT4 RS will likely get the same sort of GT treatment Porsche consistently gives to its 911 GT3 RS big brother. That means less weight, more aerodynamic performance and grip thanks to a larger wing and more aggressive bodywork, an even more capable suspension, and yes, more power.

The standard GT4's naturally aspirated flat-six delivers 414 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque, and it seems unlikely Porsche can squeeze much more output from that particular 4.0-liter boxer. We won't be surprised if the GT4 RS gets a 20-plus-horsepower bump courtesy of a new naturally aspirated six-cylinder, and logic says the engine could very well be a detuned version of the 502-hp 4.0-liter featured in the latest 911 GT3. As for the transmission, modern RS models have been equipped only with Porsche's PDK dual-clutch gearbox, a trend that seems likely to continue here.

(motortrend.com)

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One beautiful 1977 Porsche 934/5 model goes up for auction next August, while its sale can be concluded, as expected, somewhere between 1.3 and 1.6 million dollars ...

The special model has the chassis number 930 770 0951 and is one of only 10,934/5 models ever created by the German manufacturer. This machine had its racing debut in 1977 at the 12 Hours of Sebring competition and was owned by the Brumos Racing team. Driven by Peter Greg and Jim Basby, this machine qualified for the pole position, finishing the race in a rare place.

After this race, Busby bought a car and continued to race with it during the same season, finishing second in the race on the Laguna Seca track. In 1978, Busby sold his 934/5 fellow runner, Monte Shelton, who modified it to 935 specifications and continued to compete with it until 1983.

Since retiring from competitive racing, this classic Porsche model has changed several hands and moved from one collector’s garage to another, while recently undergoing a complete restoration under the supervision of company experts, who helped restore it to its original condition and get its original specifications, as well as the livery used during his 1977 Sebring debut.

The car has been unveiled only once publicly since it ended its racing days, which was when it appeared at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance event, according to the Gooding & Company list. This will be the first time that this sports car has been offered for public sale, so it should not be mentioned that stubborn Porsche fans will be more than willing to pay a huge amount to get its keys.

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