Video: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Vs. 2019 Audi Q8 - Luxury Coupe SUV Showdown
Stuttgart just unveiled the latest addition to its Cayenne SUV lineup - the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe, which brings all the speed and finery of the standard Cayenne, but with a lower, sportier roofline. This thing certainly looks like its got what it takes to be a success in the segment, but how does it compare to its German sibling from the Four Rings, a.k.a. the 2019 Audi Q8?
Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche Macan S
The Macan might be a small Porsche SUV but it still shares at least small amount of Porsche 911 DNA. For 2020, Porsche has completed its mid-cycle update to the Macan lineup by introducing the latest styling over to the Macan S. Of course, not a lot changed on the outside, but the S now comes with some extra power and a little less weight – two things anyone can get behind. Along with the release of the new Macan S, we managed to get our hands on a nice allotment of fresh wallpapers, so we figured we should give it some on-screen love and feature the new Macan S as our wallpaper for the day. We’ve showcased our favorite wall paper down below but have also attached a gallery to the bottom of this page with other great shots of the 2020 Porsche Macan S.
Please Buy a Porsche Panamera Rather Than the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
Porsche just unveiled the 2020 Cayenne Coupe, which is a lot like the standard Cayenne, but with a “sportier” roofline. As a fan of fast cars and less of a fan of fast SUVs, I feel as though it’s my duty to encourage anyone considering the Cayenne Coupe as their next vehicle purchase to instead take a gander at the Porsche Panamera lineup, which offers more performance, equal levels of luxury, and nearly equal practicality.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is the BMW X6 rival you didn’t know you wanted
Did the world really need a Porsche Cayenne with a “steeply sloping,” fastback-style roof and more squatted rear end? Apparently, it did because the new Cayenne Coupe is real and has just broken cover with its sights firmly set on the BMW X6, Mercedes GLE Coupe, Lamborghini Urus, and Audi Q8.
One of The 2020 Tesla Model Y’s Biggest Rivals, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, Arrives in 2020
Just as Tesla continues to bask in the attention generated by the Model Y’s unveiling, Porsche is looking to steal the California-based automaker’s thunder by announcing a very important detail about its own all-electric crossover, the Taycan Cross Turismo. None other than Porsche CEO, Oliver Blume, disclosed in Porsche’s annual sustainability report that the Taycan Cross Turismo will launch at the end of 2020. The announcement refutes earlier rumors indicating that the Taycan Cross Turismo isn’t scheduled to arrive until late 2021. Could this accelerated timetable have anything to do with Tesla’s launch of the Model Y last week? Porsche won’t admit to it, but it does feel like where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
Porsche’s Design Division Gets Its Hands On The Latest Macan S
All of you must have heard of Porsche’s in-house design division unless you are living under the rock. Known as Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, it became famous for working on the pre-facelift version of the Macan Turbo last year. Moniker’d as the Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition, Porsche priced it at €166,091 ($190,492) – more than twice the price of two entry-level Macans. Now, the new Macan S is going under the Porsche Exclusive Knife.
Porsche is set to launch a crossover-styled version of the Taycan. It will be based on the Mission E Cross Turismo, will be more off-road-worthy, and will be the third official model in the Taycan range.
It won’t differ too much from the concept, featuring mainly detail changes, but the same overall body and design. Some details, like the mirrors, the roof, and the rear light cluster will be different, as we’ve seen on Taycan sedan prototypes that are currently undergoing testing.
The Taycan sedan will be revealed sometime in 2019 and hit the market in 2020, so the Taycan crossover should debut sometime after the turn of the decade.
The Porsche E Cross Turismo Concept Will Become the Production Version of the Taycan SUV
In a surprising turn of events, Porsche greenlighted the production of their Mission E Cross Turismo Concept. It is a strange, almost rugged, crossover-ish Porsche that grew from the architecture of the magnificently beautiful Taycan. Or the Mission E as it was known before acquiring the new name. Preparing for the production and the final development of the all-new electric cross, Porsche plans to create 300 new jobs at its home base in Zuffenhausen. This comes in addition to 1,200 jobs the company has already created for the production of the Taycan sedan.
The production version of the Mission E Cross Turismo will be a something like a Taycan wagon with a higher ride position. Don’t expect it before 2021 or 2022, though. After all, Porsche will increase investments into developing the electromobility solutions to $6 billion by 2022. The Mission E Cross Turismo Concept is only a part of this story.
Porsche Aims at Tesla Again with an Electric SUV, Taycan Targa and Possible Boxster EV
Porsche has outlined its plan to expand its lineup of electric vehicles with several new battery-powered models set to make their debut over the next decade. The information comes courtesy of Lutz Meschke, who is the company’s financial director and a member of its board of directors.
2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Unveiled
Porsche just unveiled the latest iteration of its popular Cayenne performance SUV, and this time around, it’s got extra electric oomph to back it. Once again taking inspiration from the Earth-shattering 918 Spyder, the new Cayenne mounts a plug-in hybrid powertrain under the hood, with a 3.0-liter V-6 making 340 horsepower and an electric motor making 136 horsepower. Together they produce upwards of 462 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque (516 pound-feet of torque). A run from 0 to 62 mph is done in 5 seconds flat, while the 0-to-60 mph run is done in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 253 km/h (157 mph).
Meanwhile, the Cayenne PHEV will travel 44 km (27 miles) and achieve a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph) using the electric motor only. To help it get there, the battery capacity was increased to 14.1 kWh, as compared to the 10.8 kWh of the previous model, a 30-percent increase overall. Plug it into a 230-volt connection, and it’ll charge in a little under eight hours, while a 7.3-kW charger reduces that time to 2.3 hours.
Active hang-on AWD helps it grip, as does the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management system. Options include the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control roll stabilization system, as well as a trailer hitch that lets you to tow up to 3.5 metric tons (7,716 pounds).
Inside, you’ll find a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, and massaging seats, while the exterior is blinged out with 22-inch alloy wheels.
Sales kick off next year starting at just under $80,000.
The Porsche Macan GTS may be slotted between the Macan S and Macan Turbo in terms of pricing, and power, but its track-focused looks, impressive performance characteristics, and all-around hyped-up looks will likely make the GTS the most desirable of the Macan trim levels. And, now, you can have it on your desktop.
2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.
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We Expected the Porsche Mission E in Geneva and Got a Hatchback – the E Cross Turismo Concept – Instead
Porsche showed up to the Geneva Motor Show with the E Cross Turismo Concept, effectively putting to bed rumors that the Mission E Sedan would make its appearance at this year’s show. With a production-ready design and an 800-volt electrical system in tow, this concept does, however, confirm previous reports that the Mission E platform could expand to a whole lineup of all-electric models. Porsche promises that the E Cross Turismo can deliver more than 600 horsepower consistently, hit 62 mph in less than 3.5 seconds, and hit 124 mph in under 12 seconds.
2020 Porsche Macan GT3 RS
“GT3 RS” is a unique series letters that carries a whole lotta weight when it comes to the Stuttgart faithful. This is the label used for Porsche’s homologation efforts, harkening back to 911’s of old where speed potential and track readiness were maximized for the ultimate in mean-machine German street offerings. Less weight through extensive use of composite materials and plastic windows, bigger, purposeful aerodynamic enhancements, wider, grippier tires, and of course, an extra splash of power are all expected when those five little letters are in play. Whether it’s prowling the highways or attacking the Karussell at the Nurburgring, the GT3 RS is not to be trifled with. Which makes it a strange thing to see when it’s plastered on a tall-bodied SUV, no? How could such a thing exist without diluting the nameplate for future hardcore models?
That’s a difficult question to answer, but Porsche certainly isn’t afraid to ask it. After all, this is the same company that brought us the Cayenne, considered to be one of the first in a wave of performance SUVs to hit the U.S. in the past decade and a half. What’s more, the competition has caught scent as well. Consider such outrageous creations as the Range Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes-AMG GLE63, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. In company like this, why not make a hell-bent, track-ready, monster Macan?
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Porsche Showcases The Personalization Potential Of The Macan
Of all the cars in Porsche’s current lineup, the Porsche Macan is the one model that’s still searching for an identity. That’s not a dig at the crossover; it is, rather, a product of circumstance given that it’s one of the newest models in the company’s lineup. But just because the Macan doesn’t have the status of the 911 or the popularity of the Cayenne doesn’t mean that it can’t score a taste of the high side of personalization, as this particular Macan example is proudly showing us.
To be clear, this isn’t a one-off, exclusive take on the Macan. It’s not even a special edition model. Rather, it’s an example of what Porsche is able to do with its baby crossover should a customer want to really dive deep into personalization. It’s based on the Macan Turbo and is decked all around with Porsche’s Performance Package, hence the sportier appearance. It also gets a unique livery that touches on Porsche’s racing history. Think the Macan already looks good dressed in all black? How about a two-tone color scheme with the other half of the body in white and throw in red and silver racing stripes for good measure? I can’t say that this kind of personalized treatment will be universally accepted, but as far as Porsche is concerned, this example isn’t as important as the message it’s conveying, which is to say that Porsche is open for your Macan personalization needs.
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2016 Porsche Macan Turbo By Wimmer RS
The Porsche Macan’s introduction in 2013 signalled a renewed commitment from the German automaker to double down on its SUV offerings after the incredible success generated by the Cayenne. A few years later and the Macan has already established a presence of its own, one that has gotten the attention of aftermarket tuners all over the world. One aftermarket specialist that has definitely taken a liking to the Macan Turbo is Wimmer Rennsporttechik, which is now offering a tuning program for the Porsche crossover in partnership with fellow tuner Schmidt Revolution. The result is a two-prong kit defined by a new set of wheels and an engine upgrade that nets an output of 434 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque.
In truth, the this program is a simple and subtle one. There are no exterior or interior upgrades. It doesn’t even have any modifications on the chassis and suspension. It’s a straightforward engine-and-wheel upgrade that isn’t going to suspend anybody’s disbelief. But for what it’s worth, Wimmer worked on giving the Macan Turbo an added shot of power, which is what the aftermarket tuning scene is largely about anyway. And together with Schmidt Revolution’s new set of wheels, prospective customers will get some benefits out of this upgrade, provided they don’t expect anything outlandish to come out of it.
If those are the expectations, then prepare to be disappointed. But if it’s an extra layer of refinement that’s needed, Wimmer’s program for the Porsche Macan Turbo fits that bill to a tee.
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2015 - 2017 Porsche Macan
The Macan was launched in 2014 and became Porsche’s second production crossover and smallest SUV. Based on the same MLB platform underpinning the Audi Q5, the Macan was launched with a range of gasoline and diesel V-6 engines. Later on, it also received a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, become the first modern-day Porsche to use a four-banger.
Remember when Porsche released the Cayenne? Remember all the people in their Porsche owners club shirts sitting around and telling you about how this new SUV was a disgrace to the Porsche logo and that all the company should design and produce are 911 variants? Well, the Cayenne turned out to be a real success, so the company decided to further expand its SUV lineup with the addition of a new model placed under the midsize SUV.
After being tested for a very long time, the new Macan made its world debut at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Initially, the model was rumored to be called "Cajun," but Porsche opted for "Macan" – a name coming from the Indonesian word for tiger. According to Porsche, the name symbolizes the Macan as a model that is "powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain."
Initially, the Macan was only offered in “Turbo” and “S” form here in the U.S., but eventually, the Macan GTS was made available as well. In 2016, Porsche expanded the Macan lineup even further with a new entry-level model.
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Porsche Still Plans To Release Macan Diesel In The US Market
Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal has had far-reaching consequences for a lot of parties and the lingering effects have extended all the way to some of the conglomerate’s other auto brands. Porsche, for one, has already felt the pinch when it was forced to pull the Porsche Cayenne Diesel from the U.S. market in late 2015 even though the SUV had gained a lot of traction in the market. That wasn’t the case for the Macan Diesel, which was supposed to have already made its debut in the U.S. But, in the wake of that scandal, Porsche opted to hold off on the Macan Diesel’s U.S. debut.
That has put Porsche Cars North America in a precarious position. The company had high hopes for the Macan Diesel as a lower-cost alternative to its Cayenne counterpart. But with the scandal still in the minds of a lot of people, there’s been some uncertainty within Porsche on when the crossover will be offered in the U.S. market. Speaking with Automotive News, Porsche Cars NA CEO Klaus Zellmer indicated that the company still has plans of bringing the Macan Diesel to the U.S. market. That’s still set in stone.
What isn’t set in stone is the timetable, something Zellmer admitted is a tricky thing to navigate given the steps the company needs to take before the model can be sold in the US. That’s going to take some time considering that Porsche still has to work things out with the proper authorities and do the necessary repairs on the models to make them up-to-stuff (legally) in the market.
The good news is that this isn’t an “if” question, but a “when” question. Porsche has every intention of releasing the Macan Diesel in the U.S. Zellmer even said that customer feedback on the Cayenne Diesel has been overwhelmingly positive and that a lot of customers were disappointed to see the SUV removed from the market.
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Among the funky concepts and interestingly boxy designs at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is this, the 2017 Porsche Macan GTS. Slotted between the “base” Macan S and the range-topping Macan Turbo, the GTS offers a sweet spot of horsepower and torque paired with the Turbo’s transmission and AWD system. Sporty looks and a decreased ride height further push the GTS towards the track star Porsche needs to fight rivals from Audi and Mercedes.
Powered by the familiar 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-6 found in the Macan S, the GTS gets an extra 20 horsepower and 30 extra pound-feet of torque. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and Porsche’s traction Management system are employed to help get power to the ground. Porsche even offers an optional Torque Vectoring System.
An initial glance at the stats, and the GTS seems very promising.
Porsche claims the GTS will hit 60 mph in five seconds, while the Sport Chrono Package knocks two-tenths off that time. Its top speed is listed at 159 mph. Promising indeed.
Of course, there’s more to the Macan GTS than just its performance stats. Still, it appears Porsche focused the crossover’s entire existence into a more track-ready machine. Black accents match its black wheels, helping to further visually lower the GTS’ center of gravity. A sport exhaust system announces its presence, while an Alcantara and leather-lined interior with exclusive GTS seats coddle all five passengers.
The Macan GTS is set to arrive at dealers in March 2016 with a base price of $67,200.
Updated 10/30/2015: Porsche dropped a new video in which its highlights the sports exhaust system in the new Macan GTS. Enjoy!
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Porsche just dropped details on the new Macan GTS, officially filling the gap between the Macan S and the Macan Turbo.
The sporty compact luxury crossover gets standout styling thanks to black exterior accents front to back, including high-gloss window trim and matte strips for the lower profile and rear. Standard equipment includes 20-inch RS Spyder Design wheels finished in Satin Black, while options include LED headlights with Porsche’s signature four-point DRLs.
Inside, you’ll find leather upholstery, bolstered sports seats with Alcantara centers, and GTS logos on the headrests. Interior packages include red accents for the tachometer, stitching, and seatbelts. An eight-speaker sound system, USB and auxiliary inputs, SiriusXM radio, and Bluetooth connectivity all come standard. Navigation is optional, while Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot are also available.
Now for the important stuff. Powering the Macan GTS is the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 found in the S model, but output sees a jump to 360 horsepower (up from 340 horsepower) and 369 pound-feet of torque (up from 339 pound-feet). Power is routed to all four wheels via a seven-speed PDK transmission. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, 0-to-60 mph is achieved in 4.8 seconds, while top speed is rated at 159 mph.
Slowing it down are 360 mm (14.17-inch) rotors up front and 330 mm (12.99-inch) rotors in back. Handling the heft is adjustable air suspension, which drops the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inch) next to the Macan Turbo. You’ll also find the Macan GTS offered with a variety of branded go-faster acronyms, both standard and optional. These include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
The 2017 Macan GTS will be made available next March. Pricing starts at $67,200.
Porsche’s problems concerning the availability of the Macan started since the crossover was launched in 2014, but certain markets have had it much worse than others. Following a promise it made in early 2015, Porsche will increase its U.S. allocation for the Macan, and extra cars will begin to arrive in May.
"We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen told Automotive News. "This is the reason we have decided to jump on the allocation for the United States and increase this for this year." Even though Porsche managed to sell 9,841 Macans in the U.S. since the model went on sale in May 2014, Van Platen has said that the demand is closer to 18,000 cars annually, the reason behind the long waiting lists.
This is not good news for everyone though, as the extra cars that will now go to the U.S. market will be shifted from others, albeit Porsche Cars NA did not disclose which markets will lose their allocations. The huge Macan demand has translated into Porsche reaching its goal of 50,000 cars sold annually in the U.S. four years earlier than it had originally prefigured. A number of North American dealerships have said that they can’t even keep one Macan as a demo car per dealer, since customers want them so badly.
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Some people see the infiltration of compact SUVs into the luxury realm as a bit of a waste. They are only marginally larger than hatchbacks, get worse fuel economy than most hatchbacks and simply aren’t as composed as most hot hatchbacks. But most people haven’t driven the BMW X4 and the all-new Porsche Macan; specifically, the Macan S Diesel and the X4 xDrive30d.
Steve Sutcliffe had the opportunity to not only test out both SUVs, but he also got a chance to test them out back-to-back. What’s more, Steve refrained from doing the typical "how fast does it go" test. Though he did get into straight-line speed, he also tested out their light off-road capabilities, roominess and handling.
The BMW X4 xDrive30d carries with it 258 horses, 560 Nm (413 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph time of 5.8 seconds and a 234-km/h (145-mph) top speed. The Porsche Macan S Diesel carries 258 horsepower, 580 Nm (428 pound-feet) of torque, a 0-to-62-mph sprint of 6.3 seconds and a 230-km/h (142-mph) top speed. On paper, it appears as if the X4 will trot to an easy victory, but Sutcliffe goes beyond paper to see if the X4 can hold up in real life too.
Check out the video to see the results of the test.
In the pure German tradition surrounding the company, Porsche-built sports cars and SUVs are synonymous with perfection. Or at least they were until a few months ago, when some fire-related issues affecting the 911 GT3 began staining the company’s reputation.
As it turns out, the Stuttgart-based company has a new problem to cope with, this time in regard to the newly launched 2015 Macan crossover. According to statement released by the automaker, approximately 2,500 models delivered since the Macan went on sale need checked for potential brake booster problems.
The manufacturer didn’t share too many details, but it appears that an in-house quality test revealed some brake boosters fitted in the Macan might have been damaged during the assembly process. If you’re not familiar with the device, a brake booster is a mechanism than multiplies the energy applied by the driver to the brake pedal. Despite the possible issue, Porsche claims the crossover’s braking function still "complies with legal requirements."
Additionally, Porsche says the affected Macans were "predominantly" delivered to customers located in Europe, which means U.S. customers have no reason to be concerned until further notice. Nevertheless, Porsche will contact all owners to have their vehicles checked for free. Porsche will replace defective brake boosters at no charge to the customers.
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