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.
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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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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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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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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For those that think Volkswagen was kidding when it said it was time to start expanding Porsche’s lineup, this may come as a surprise to you, but Porsche is again expanding the Cayenne lineup. For those of us that anticipated the changes, this new addition might come as a surprise – particularly to U.S. buyers that see diesel-powered vehicles as sloth-like utility buggies.
Porsche has just released that it is ready to unveil the all new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel. Yes, that’s right, a diesel-powered Cayenne S. This isn’t your relatively slow Cayenne Diesel with its 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 diesel powerplant. Rather this is a true performance model in every sense of the word.
We expect to see this model show its face in public at the 2012 Paris Motor show, which kicks off later on this month. We also expect this to be a huge deal in Porsche’s lineup, given it can perform as an S-badged Porsche should, yet still provide the fuel economy and emissions benefits afforded by switching to this gasoline-refinement byproduct as its fuel.
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