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Kia Now Compares Stinger GT To Porsche Panamera And BMW 6-Series 17
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW Videos, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


The Kia Stinger is a more affordable alternative to cars such as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, undercutting the latter in the USA by over $10,000 in base form.
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That’s Not A Porsche 919 Hybrid, It’s A Panamera With A 3D Projector 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 10th, 2018


The program may have been shut down, but Porsche is keen to show how its dominant 919 Hybrid prototype racer has affected the development of its electrified road cars. And it’s driving the point home, so to speak, with this video.

The minute-long clip seems to show the Le Mans prototype driving through city streets, which would be a rather unusual sight to say the least. But there’s more going on beneath the surface.

Instead of closing down the roads and getting permission from local authorities to run the racer around town, Porsche used a giant 3D projector to superimpose the image of the 919 on top of a moving Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – a world first, according to the manufacturer.

The clip’s gone viral since going live on YouTube ten days ago: As of the time of writing, it’s been viewed nearly 18 million times. That may not seem like all that much considering that the most popular videos have been watched literally billions of times, but those are almost invariably music videos.

When you consider that only about half of the world’s population (some 3.8 out of 7.5 billion people) has access to the internet, that means that (on average) one in every 200 people who can watch this video has. Have you?

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That’s Not A Porsche 919 Hybrid, It’s A Panamera With A 3D Projector 10
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Film, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 10th, 2018


The program may have been shut down, but Porsche is keen to show how its dominant 919 Hybrid prototype racer has affected the development of its electrified road cars. And it’s driving the point home, so to speak, with this video.

The minute-long clip seems to show the Le Mans prototype driving through city streets, which would be a rather unusual sight to say the least. But there’s more going on beneath the surface.

Instead of closing down the roads and getting permission from local authorities to run the racer around town, Porsche used a giant 3D projector to superimpose the image of the 919 on top of a moving Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid – a world first, according to the manufacturer.

The clip’s gone viral since going live on YouTube ten days ago: As of the time of writing, it’s been viewed nearly 18 million times. That may not seem like all that much considering that the most popular videos have been watched literally billions of times, but those are almost invariably music videos.

When you consider that only about half of the world’s population (some 3.8 out of 7.5 billion people) has access to the internet, that means that (on average) one in every 200 people who can watch this video has. Have you?

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Porsche Sets U.S. Sales Record In 2017 Shifting 55,420 Vehicles 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Reports on 01 7th, 2018


Porsche has posted record sales figures in the United States for 2017, as last year it sold a total of 55,420 vehicles, a 2.1 per cent increase over the previous year.

The brand’s most popular model in the U.S. was, once again, the Macan, with 21,429 sales, a significant increase over the 19,332 sold in 2016. The Cayenne was the second-most-popular vehicle with 13,203 examples delivered, followed by the 911 with 6,731 sales.

As for Porsche’s premium sedan, the Panamera, 6,731 examples were sold last year, while the Boxster and Cayman duo racked up 5,087 sales.

In a statement, Porsche Cars North America president and chief executive Klaus Zellmer said this is the brand’s eighth consecutive year of increased sales in the United States.

“Demand for four-door and two-door Porsche sports cars allowed PCNA to achieve another annual record in 2017, making it the eighth consecutive year of increased sales. The Macan and Panamera model lines posted double-digit growth, and we can expect an additional boost with the arrival of our all-new Cayenne in the second half of the year.”

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Porsche’s Battery Suppliers Can’t Keep Up With Demand For Hybrid Panamera 16
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Reports on 12 16th, 2017


It’s not just Porsche that was surprised by the increased demand for the hybrid Panamera; its battery suppliers didn’t see it coming either.

Following the news that 60 percent of all second-gen Panameras sold are hybrids, Reuters reports that the German car maker is pushing its battery suppliers to their limits.

Gerd Rupp, head of Porsche’s Leipzig factory where the Panamera is assembled, said: “At present we are able to meet customer demand well”, though he conceded that “there are limits, because we are dependent on the capacities of battery suppliers.”

“We had originally projected different volumes (of battery systems needed),” Rupp commented. “The effects can be seen in longer delivery times of currently 3-4 months for Panamera hybrid models.”

Furthermore, Porsche expects demand to rise even further as the plug-in Panamera launches in the US and China, the model’s two biggest markets.

The Leipzig factory is the strongest candidate for manufacturing the all-electric Mission E, according to Porsche’s exec: “The chances for producing a fully-electric Porsche in Leipzig are good,” he said, predicting a decision in the first half of 2018, but building it there would require “a larger three-digit million-euro” investment in an all-new body shop.

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It Took Two Porsches To Set This Latest Nurburgring Lap Record 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, Record, video on 12 10th, 2017


Another week, another Nürburgring lap record. This one has been set in a Porsche, but it comes with a larger qualification than just about any we’ve seen to date.

Though not (as far as we can tell) officially verified, this video posted by vehicle trailer manufacturer Moetefindt Fahrzeugbau shows a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo lapping the Nordschleife in 12:06 – while towing a trailer.

That time in and of itself wouldn’t be nearly enough to steal the wagon record from the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which lapped the circuit in 7:45.19 several weeks ago. But then the Benz wasn’t towing a trailer.

Behind the wheel, in case you were wondering, is one Patrick Simon. One of three German racing brothers, Patrick won the Formula Le Mans class championship in the 2011 Le Mans Series with Pegasus Racing.

Oh, and inside the trailer? Another Porsche, of course! Specifically, a vintage Porsche Junior 108 farming tractor – which would likely take a lot longer to mow the Green Hell under its own power than it took to get around with the Panamera doing the heavy work. Now if we could just see Zuffenhausen’s turbo wagon repeat the feat without the tractor/trailer, Mercedes might have a real challenger on its hands.

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Who Knew: 60 Percent Of Porsche Panamera Buyers Go For The Hybrid 8
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Hybrids, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Reports on 12 8th, 2017


Porsche said that the plug-in hybrid version of the Panamera has been a really surprising hit, attracting 60 percent of the customers since its market debut last June.

The company is currently launching the plug-in hybrid versions of the Panamera in the US and China, which are going to become the model’s biggest markets.

“Customer demand is much higher than the 10 or 15 percent we first expected,” Gernot Doellner, head of the Panamera model line, told Bloomberg. One of the main reasons for this unexpected demand in Europe is tax benefits, boosting the hybrid model’s share by more than 90 percent in Belgium and 70 percent in France. In its home market Germany, 25 percent of all the Panameras sold are plug-in hybrid.

As automakers invest huge money on electrification and new technologies to comply with the ever stricter emissions regulations, Porsche sees its plug-in hybrid lineup gaining some traction and despite the fact that they’re basically famous for their sports cars.

Porsche offers the Panamera in two plug-in hybrid versions, the 4 E-Hybrid and the monstrous Turbo S E-Hybrid. The former -which is also the cheaper model- offers up to 32 miles (50km) of all-electric driving range, as well as 462hp from its plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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Porsche’s Panamera Hybrid Wagon Is An Impressive Piece Of Tech 1
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in LA Auto Show, new cars, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Panamera on 12 1st, 2017


The Porsche Panamera lineup continues to grow as the company has introduced the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.

Besides having one of the longest names in Los Angeles, the car packs a high-tech plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery, and electric motor that develops 136 PS (100 kW). This enables the car to produce a combined maximum output of 680 PS (500 kW) and 850 Nm (626 lb-ft) of torque.

Those are impressive performance figures for a plug-in hybrid and they show at the track as the all-wheel drive wagon can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).

Those aren’t the only good numbers as the model consumes 3.0 L/100 km (78.4 mpg US / 94.1 mpg UK) and can travel up to 49 km (30.4 miles) on electricity alone. Of course, to get the best mileage, owners will have to keep the battery charged and that can take between 2.4 and 6 hours.

While the car’s powertrain carries over from the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, the real advantage of the Sport Turismo variant is its larger luggage compartment which can hold 1,295 liters (45.7 cubic feet) of cargo when the rear seats are folded down. The car also has a “4+1 seating configuration” which is a fancy way of saying the rear seat can accommodate up to three people.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships next spring and pricing starts at $188,400.

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TopCar’s Panamera Stingray GTR Comes With Loads Of Carbon And A €235,000 Price Tag 28
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Panamera, Russia, TopCar, tuning on 11 28th, 2017


This fully-loaded 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo has been fitted with TopCar’s Stingray GTR Edition kit, boasting a new custom interior and a hefty €235,000 ($280,000) price tag.

According to the Russian tuner, the car recently returned to Moscow after a brief stint in Marbella, Spain, where it met up with none other than free-skier and car enthusiast Jon Olsson.

Since we’re discussing its history, we have to point out that this exact car is #3 of a 25 limited run of Stingray GTR Panameras, and it’s wearing a whole lot of carbon fiber, both outside as well as in the cabin.

For the exterior, you get new front and rear bumpers, custom intakes, redesigned DRLs, new hood, side skirts, rear diffuser and a large rear wing that doesn’t retract anymore. As for the interior, there’s carbon fiber on the steering wheel, dashboard and door panels, plus plenty of leather and Alcantara.

Put it all together and you could say that spending nearly $300k on this car might be justifiable if money’s not an object and a loaded to the gills with carbon Panamera is your thing .

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Porsche’s Bringing The Noise To LA With Four Major Debuts 27
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in LA Auto Show, porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911 on 11 27th, 2017


Porsche is making a big splash at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year, bringing not just one or two, but four new models to unveil to the public for the first time – and another for its US debut.

Lined up for Zuffenhausen’s mission at the SoCal expo are the new 718 Boxster GTS, 718 Cayman GTS, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, 911 Carrera T, and the all-new Cayenne.

Not that we haven’t “seen” any of these before, mind you. They’ve all been revealed online. But this will be the first chance that members of the public will have to see them in the metal.

The GTS versions stand as the new top of the 718 line, packing a 2.5-liter turbo four good for 365 horsepower in either coupe (Cayman) or convertible (Boxster) form, for a 0-62 (0-100 km/h) time as low as 4.1 seconds. Baby Porsche indeed. Prices hover around the $80k mark, with deliveries kicking off in March.

The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is a hybrid performance wagon with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 paired to an electric motor for a combined output of 680 PS (671 HP), sending it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 192 mph (309 km/h) – yours for $188,400 (once deliveries commence in the spring).

The new 911 Carrera T takes a driver-centric approach to Porsche’s iconic sports car, with a manual transmission, less weight, and a whole raft of other enhancements. Deliveries for the 370 PS (365 HP) model begin in March from $102,100.

Finally, the third-generation Cayenne will bow for the first time in America at the LA show. The 340 PS (335 HP) base and 440 PS (434 HP) S models will start showing up in US showrooms in the middle of the new year, priced from $65,700 and $82,900, respectively.

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TechArt Definitely Knows How To Make A Porsche’s Interior Feel Special 26
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Techart, tuning on 11 26th, 2017


German tuner TechArt is arguably the go-to company when it comes to building a fully customized interior for your Porsche.

The level of quality found inside some of these Panameras, 911s and Cayennes is truly impressive, and trying to find your favorite accentuating color, let alone favorite interior, doesn’t sound too easy.

Yet, let’s give it a shot, as we browse through these images, showing a bunch of customized Porsche interiors, each seemingly more exquisite than the next.

For example, some of these interiors almost feature more Alcantara than they do leather. You can see it on the door pillars, roof lining, door panels, seats, armrests, the works. Then, you’ve got carbon fiber all over most of these dashboards and center consoles, and you can even get carbon fiber grab handles on your Porsche SUV.

As for the leather upholstery, customers can opt for custom stitching in just about any color they can think of. We’re particularly fond of orange on black – how about you?

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New Porsche Panamera Shows Off Widebody Kit And 22″ Wheels 10
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Forgiato, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Techart, tuning, Wheels on 11 10th, 2017


To some people, buying an expensive car and not fitting it with a really aggressive widebody kit and large wheels, is the equivalent of being a Power Ranger and not calling upon the Megazord. In other words, it just wouldn’t be as cool.

This Panamera is wearing a TechArt GT aero kit, which adds new front and rear aprons, an integrated splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser and a large rear wing that’s fixed into place.

The standard TechArt GT also comes with black 22″ Formula IV alloys, however this one is wearing a set of dual-tone 22″ Forgiato wheels, which feature a more complex design.

Based on the stickers found on the windshield and C-pillar windows, it was put together by RDBL, and we have to say, this car certainly looks a lot more aggressive than the stock Panamera – which we imagine is what the owner was going for.

While we can’t see the interior, we know that TechArt offers fine leather and Alcantara options, as well as laquered or carbon-refined surfaces. There’s also a smaller TechArt Type-7 steering wheel available, for those who prefer a more sporty-themed experience.

Altogether, the TechArt GT kit makes the 2017 Porsche Panamera wider by approximately 80 mm (3.1 in), which may not sound like much, yet it’s definitely noticeable from all angles.

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Mercedes CLS Confirmed For L.A. Debut, Will Be Joined By 4 New Porsches 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nissan, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Saleen, TOYOTA on 11 7th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show has confirmed several new vehicles will be shown at the event which kicks off on November 27th.

The show confirmed BMW will have two world premieres and they are likely the i8 Roadster and the X2 crossover. The organizers also confirmed we will see the new Mercedes CLS as well as the North American debuts of the Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo as well as “three more sports cars.” There’s no word on specifics but likely candidates include the 718 GTS and 911 Speedster.

Toyota is planning to introduce a new vehicle as well as make an announcement regarding a “new hydrogen infrastructure project.” There’s no word on the latter but the mysterious Toyota will be joined by a new vehicle from Lexus.

Nissan will show its “newest entry” in the crossover segment as well as an assortment of Star Wars inspired vehicles to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chevrolet, on the other hand, will have both global and North American debuts.

Last but not least, Saleen will unveil its latest vehicle which is being billed as a “result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing, and racing.”

Photo Credits: Manufacturers and CarPix for CarScoops

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Audi SQ7 And Panamera 4S D Out To Prove Diesels Are Still Cool 7
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi SQ7, diesel, Drag-Racing, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Top Gear, video on 11 7th, 2017


We’re a little over two years away from the 2020s and the automotive world has already planned its shift to fully-electric vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems.

Fallout from VW’s Dieselgate scandal has effected pretty much all diesel-powered cars in the world as many consumers tend to view these cars a lot differently than before.

Still, from a purely performance related standpoint, you can still have plenty of fun behind the wheel of a diesel, as long as it’s got sufficient power and torque to haul its own mass around with haste.

Starting with the Audi SQ7, it’s powered by a 4.0-liter diesel V8, good for 435 PS and a whooping 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque. In a straight line, it will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds, which is as good as an E92 BMW M3.

As for the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel, its 4.0-liter V8 churns out a bit less power and torque, at 422 PS and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft), yet since this is a lighter car, it will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds – make that 4.3 seconds if you get the Sport Chrono Pack.

Anyone daring enough to bet on the Audi SUV?

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New Porsche Panamera Looks Even Better With Aftermarket Wheels 6
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in HRE, porsche, Porsche Panamera, tuning, Wheels on 11 6th, 2017


The Porsche Panamera has been in production since 2009 but it wasn’t until the second-gen model, introduced last year, that the German automaker nailed the sports sedan formula.

The first-generation Panamera was a valiant attempt but with the new model, Porsche has created appealing exterior and interior designs, a car equipped with all the luxury features you could wish for and that must-have, sports car-like performance.

So, how do you make the new Panamera even better?

Well, the owner of the following Panamera Turbo, finished in black, has done just that thanks to a set of HRE P200 wheels painted Gloss Black.

The spokes of the wheels have quite a complex design and therefore wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. However, we think they work perfectly with the Panamera’s refined and subtle design, adding a dash of aggression and wildness.

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