Porsche unveils the Macan Turbo and S models in Los Angeles

normalPorsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The Macan is the
first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment – on both pavement and off road
trails.  The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the start: highly competitive acceleration and braking figures, impressive engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are combined with a high level of comfort and everyday drivability.

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Two models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0 liter V6 twin turbo engine delivering 340 hp and features act ive all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive system is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds (or 5.0 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package). The Macan S reaches a top track speed of 156 mph.

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Porsche Debuts Fifth Generation of the 911 GT3

2014-porsche-911-gt3-redThe completely-redeveloped fifth generation of the 911 GT3 occupies the top position among Porsche sports cars with naturally-aspirated engines. With an impressive lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife of under 7:30 minutes, the 2014 911 GT3 benefits from a new engine, transmission, body and chassis. The car now sprints from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 195 mph.

The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 hp (125 hp/liter) featuring a 9,000 rpm redline and a specially developed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) which drives the rear wheels. The six-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only a few common parts. All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged pistons for this engine.

2014-Porsche-911-GT3-2The Porsche dual-clutch transmission in this application has been specially developed for the 911 GT3: the characteristics are based directly on a sequential gearbox from racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamic advantages to the driver.  Highlights include shorter gear ratios with closer spacing, even faster shifting, and shift paddles with shorter travel and increased tactile feedback, which now allow the driver to place the PDK in neutral simply by pulling on both paddles at the same time.

For the first time, Porsche is employing active rear wheel steering to achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, the rear wheels steer in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility. Other new features that improve driving dynamics are an electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock and dynamic engine mounts. Contact with the road is made by new 20-inch, forged alloy wheels with center-locking hubs in place of conventional wheel bolts.

The 2014 911 GT3 will go on sale in the United States late in 2013 and will be priced from $130,400, not including a $950 destination charge.

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Porsche 911 – 50th Anniversary Edition

P13_0384Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. Its efficient performance, active sport suspension – and special body have current relevancy: the anniversary 911 features the wide body, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.

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Two unique colours are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior as well: green labelling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins, just like 50 years ago. Another special feature is the centre panels of the leather seats, which are designed with a fabric pattern reminiscent of the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching, some in contrasting colour. The gear shift or selector lever – which matches the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and centre console in brushed aluminium – comes from the Porsche Exclusive program.

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Autobahn Adventures – The Experience

Watch this trailer for a taste of what it’s like to Experience one of our Luxury European Driving Tours

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Autobahn Adventures’ Reviewed by Robb & Shellie

logo4-clientSummary: The most exciting experience!

Review: Shellie and I have enjoyed every moment of our tours in the past. Mark and Tina are always prepared and their attention to detail makes this an unforgettable experience. We look forward to the freedom of travelling where we want, with the comfort and security of a group. Our 2013 tour will be our fourth, but not our last!!

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50 years of the Porsche 911

P13_0036_a5_rgbFor five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and with such genuine continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series.

For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013. There will be a wide variety of anniversary events all over the world. The Porsche Museum is also celebrating “50 years of the Porsche 911” from June 4 – Sept. 29, 2013, with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the 911.

The celebrations will culminate in September where Porsche will unveil a special limited 50th anniversary edition 911 at the place where it all started, the Frankfurt IAA automotive show.

Why not join us this year on our Luxury European Driving Tour to celebrate the 911′s birthday.?

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Autobahn Adventures’ Reviewed by Steve

Summary: The overall experience was even better than I expected.

Review: This was my first trip with them. They were extremely detail-oriented and organized, which was great. It provided the right balance of flexibility with the travel arrangements. It let the folks decide what they would like to do on the trip. Flexibility with a big group like that is key, you didn’t feel tied down to anything you didn’t want to do. They made for a relaxed atmosphere. The overall experience was better than I expected, it was beyond just driving great cars on the Autobahn. The little surprises they planned made the experience even better.

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2013 Porsche Cayman and Cayman S Revealed

Porsche AG is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the        2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman has been completely  redeveloped. It is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient  and more powerful than ever. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the mid-engine sports car to a level without equal in its competitive class. The new two-seater is – after the 911 Carrera and Boxster – the third sports car model line from Porsche to feature innovative lightweight body design.

The new generation of the two-seat mid-engine sports car is debuting in two classic Porsche versions: the Cayman and the Cayman S. The base model is powered by a 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine with 275 hp (202 kW). It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds, depending on the equipment, and reaches a top speed of 266 km/h.        The 3.4-liter engine of the Cayman S produces 325 hp (239 kW); the best possible acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h is 4.7 seconds with appropriate features.     The Cayman S can reach a top speed of 283 km/h.

Porsche is also upgrading the Cayman with new optional features. For example, the sport coupé is now available with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) for the first time, which controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic and vehicle speed, as well as a specially developed Burmeister sound system. Another new feature for the Cayman is the keyless Entry & Drive system, which is available as an option.

We will have the all new Cayman S available for our 2013 Luxury European Driving Tours if you would like to test drive one on the Autobahn.  CALL NOW

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Autobahn Adventures’ Reviewed by David

Summary: If you have any fascination with exotic sports cars, you will have the vacation of your life.

Review: We had excellent five star accomodations and food through out the trip. The cars were unbelievable, the routes we drove were well thought out, and our hosts were the best. If you dream of exotic cars, grand hotels, five star restaurants, and freedom to roam, this is the vacation for you. The trip is well worth the cost and more!

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Porsche 991 Carrera 4 and 4S

The new all-wheel drive 911 is being launched on the market in four versions – as the 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S and each as Coupé and Cabriolet. They sport the same traits as the rear-wheel drive versions: their lightweight body design, suspension, engines and gearboxes are identical, the only exception are modifications related to the all-wheel drive. This means that despite a higher level of engine and driving performance, all four models consume significantly less fuel than the previous models; total savings for individual versions are as much as 16 per cent. In addition, the new 911 Carrera 4 is up to 65 kg lighter in weight.

The most distinctive feature of the 911 with all-wheel drive is still the wide rear section: compared to the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models, the rear wheel housings each extend further outward by 22 mm, and the rear tyres are ten millimetres wider. The traditional red light band that connects the two taillights has also taken on a new form by being illuminated.

What’s New: an all-wheel drive indicator, Porsche Active Safe, sliding glass sunroof as well as an extended Sport Chrono pack.

In the new 911 Carrera 4, a new menu in the instrument cluster informs the driver how the PTM all-wheel drive is currently distributing engine power. In addition, with the debut of the 911 Carrera all-wheel drive models Porsche is introducing the optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) to the entire model range, which controls distance to traffic ahead and vehicle speed.

Join us on one of our 2013 Luxury European Driving Tours to experience the new Carrera 4 and 4S models first hand.

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