Say Hello to the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet
It’s hard to focus on anything else than Frankfurt’s highly-anticipated debuts this year, including the likes of Porsche Taycan and Volkswagen ID. Speaking of Porsche, the carmaker has just unveiled the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4 Cabriolet, so those who’ve been holding out on getting a new 911 because AWD wasn’t on the table might as well start calling their accountants.
Elon Musk and Jalopnik Trade Blows on Twitter Over the Taycan’s Name and We Agree With Elon on This One
The 2020 Porsche Taycan is the hot topic of the hour in the automotive world. But while most enthusiasts praise its design and compare its performance to other EVs on the market, some point out that Porsche is using the "Turbo" badge inappropriately. Tesla boss Elon Musk is among those who believe that the range-topping Taycan shouldn’t be wearing the Turbo nameplate and was quick to tweet about it. It didn’t take long for the entire thing to blow up with replies that Tesla is misusing the Autopilot name, but we think that Musk has a good point.
Watch the Live Reveal of the 2020 Porsche Taycan EV Right Here!
The new Porsche Taycan is one of the most teased and highly-anticipated debuts of 2019. So Porsche fan or not, you’ve been expecting this moment for a while now and you can finally enjoy it through a live stream of the Taycan’s premiere.
Porsche’s first-ever all-electric sports car could represent today what the 911 meant back in the day. So, there’s no surprise that Porsche is broadcasting the model’s premiere on three continents simultaneously. Those three places are not randomly selected. In fact, Porsche is targeting its main markets, namely Europe, the U.S., and China.
In Europe, the Taycan will be revealed at a solar farm in Neuhardenberg, near Berlin. Niagara Falls will be the venue selected for the EV’s U.S. launch, while in China, the Taycan debuts at the wind farm on Pingtan Island, which sits some 150 kilometers off the city of Fuzhou, in the province of Fujian. There’s even greater symbolism to these locations that you might have expected - the solar farm represents solar power, the wind farm wind power, and the Niagara Falls - you guessed it; hydro power.
Porsche says the launch event will last for about half an hour. Former Formula 1 race driver and Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber will host the even from Berlin. You also don’t have to worry about the language barrier, since Porsche is streaming the event in five languages - English, Mandarin, Spanish, French, and German. Once the streaming is completed, the world premiere will be available as a video on demand.
What we can tell you at this point about the Porsche Taycan is that it will feature an interior concept that’s rather new for Porsche. Gone is the multitude of buttons and in are up to five screens. Now, it might sound overwhelming, but there’s a strong logical backbone behind Porsche’s use of touchscreens inside the Taycan, so drivers and passengers won’t get confused. Moreover, the cabin has modern-twist cues reminescent of the original 911, and these do a good job in toning down the ultra-modern feel.
What Porsche’s officials also stated in the past has to do with the Taycan’s pricing, which is expected to slot between that of the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera. That means that in the U.S., the Taycan could start at around $75,000, more or less. That will be the base price, obviously, so expect heftier pricing for higher-echelon versions of the EV. If you’re looking to secure your Taycan slot, then you should know that Porsche is accepting a $2,500 deposit.
When launched, the Taycan will offer 605 electric horsepower via two permanent-magnet synchronous motors - one for each axle. The magic behind these two motors is actually derived from Le Mans, as Porsche used the know-how it acquired with the 919 LMP1 Hybrid when developing the Taycan’s powertrain; which, by the way, will also recuperate (some of) the heat energy generated during braking. Elsewhere, two battery packs are rumoured to be offered - 80 kWh and 95 kWh. Regardless of what you pick, the Taycan will offer 800-volt fast-charging capabilities, meaning that you’ll be able to replenish the range with 60 extra miles in just four minutes.
How Much Does the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cost and Is it Worth it?
Porsche is finally facing heat from the competition and has decided to act towards it. No, it’s not some fancy, high-end model this time. In fact, Porsche is making its base strong and is looking to increase volumes with this model. The company from Stuttgart has introduced new ‘base trims’ for the 911 Carrera and the Cabriolet. These models are detuned versions of the current 911 Carrera S and 4S, and cost a lot less than them. Did Porsche come up with this idea because of the 2020 Corvette C8 hype?
Porsche 911 Speedster Quirks and Features
Teased in one way or another for the last two years, the Porsche 911 Speedster finally showcased its gorgeous body at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Revealed in red, the glorious 911 celebrates the 70th anniversary of the production of rear-engine sports cars, and it is the most extreme representation of philosophy once started with the fantastic 356. With such an important job to do and an incredible heritage to justify, the new Porsche 911 Speedster - the ninth Speedster overall - is the best the 991.2 generation can possibly offer.
For that matter, Porsche garnished it with the latest technology and epic throwback easter eggs that elevate the 911 Speedster unique qualities. This is the list of the most unusual Porsche 911 Speedster’s quirks and features.
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Quirks and Features
The latest addition to Porsche’s great line up is the all-new 2020 Cayenne Coupe. As one of the most financially meaningful contributions to the lineup, the Cayenne Coupe gathered all the best Cayenne abilities and offered them in a sexier, sleeker and, seemingly more sophisticated shape.
While I can tell you right away that the Porsche Cayenne Coupe is a Cayenne with a differently styled roof, it also does hide its true nature with a few essential novelties compared to the wagon-style brother.
In essence, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe sacrificed a lot of the Cayenne utilitarianism for style and design. With money printing machines like the X6, GLE Coupe, and the Q8 on the market, Porsche simply had no choice but to offer a more beautiful Cayenne. And this, while still strangely ostentatious, may well be the best-looking Coupe-SUV on the market. Here are all the important novelties you need to know about it:
2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe is a sleek, coupe-style version of the familiar Cayenne SUV and the German company’s competitor for the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and the Audi Q8. Unveiled in 2019, it goes on sale for the 2020 model year with drivetrains borrowed from the regular Cayenne. Design-wise, it has a much sleeker rear end, but Porsche also altered the front fascia, which looks a bit more aggressive than the regular SUV.
Aimed at premium crossovers built by German companies, the Cayenne Coupe benefits from all the features available with the regular Cayenne. However, this SUV offers limited headroom for rear-seat passengers and has a slightly smaller trunk. Does it have what it takes to give the X6, GLE Coupe, and Q8 a run for their money? Let’s find out in the review below.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupe Is the Continuation of a Dumb Segment
It’s no secret that I’m not exactly the biggest performance SUV fan. On more than one occasion I’ve likened the segment to training elephants to tap dance (sure you can do it, but what’s the point?). To me, an SUV is really good at carrying lots of people and stuff, occasionally good at going off-road, and that’s about it. Sure, you can stuff it with power and mechanical grip and every speed trick in the book to make it fast, but in the end, if it’s performance that you’re after, you’re better off with a smaller, lighter platform, preferably something specifically designed for the job. To make matters worse, the SUV “Coupe” segment almost always hurts one the SUV’s biggest strengths (interior room) to bolster one of its biggest weaknesses (styling). And to me, that’s dumb.
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.
2020 Porsche Macan S
The company’s smallest crossover yet, the Porsche Macan arrived in 2014 and slotted under the highly popular Cayenne. After four years on the market, the compact SUV was updated to mid-cycle specifications. The Macan S is very similar to the base model we saw hit the spotlight earlier in 2018 on the outside. It’s identical inside the cabin as well save for the trim-specific features. However, it’s a different story under the hood, as the "S" badge comes in tow with a larger, 3.0-liter V-6. What’s more, while the four-banger lost a few horses with the facelift, the V-6 delivers a bit more power and torque.
Update 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Porsche Macan S that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T
The 718 Boxster T is the first Porsche, alongside the 718 Cayman T, to sport the "T" badge, which stands for "Touring," after the 911 Carrera T. Unveiled in December 2018, it’s based on the base 718 Boxster but comes with a few extra standard features.
The "T" badge turns the already sporty 718 Boxster into a no-nonsense car that offers driving pleasure in its purest form. Although it’s powered by the company’s base engine for the Boxster and Cayman lineup, it’s equipped with chassis upgrades, the Sport Chrono package, and an infotainment system delete. It’s also a bit more affordable than the regular Boxster, with Porsche claiming you can save up to 10 percent compared to a similarly specced model. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.
Update 3/13/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Porsche 718 Boxster T from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
The New 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Can Go Topless in Just 12 Seconds
Following the debut of the 2020 Porsche 911 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Stuttgart is dropping the top with the new 2020 911 Cabriolet, and it’s bringing all the good stuff as the hardtop, plus a few unique features to help you better enjoy the extra headroom.
The 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport is Here and the German Competition Should be Scared
Porsche’s new Cayman GT4 Clubsport comes with the same 3.8-liter boxer engine that’s capable of 425 horsepower thanks to a new intake manifold and a six-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. All of which, by the way, is hidden underneath an aluminum body that’s strikingly similar to the 2015 model, save for a bigger rear wing and a more aggressive splitter up front. Two versions will be available: a track day one and another that’s suited for full-blown competition.
The GT4 category in circuit racing has been burgeoning in the past few years. A decade ago, puny BMW Z4s, Nissan 350Zs or other sports cars with a virtually showroom-stock appearance to them romped away in this category. Now, however, things are vastly different. Huge automakers have put their money where their mouths were and invested in highly-advanced racing cars to race in this revamped category that, while still a step below GT3, is very serious indeed but still friendly enough to cater for gentleman drivers.
2020 Porsche 718 Cayman T
While most automakers these days are occupied with searching for new methods of extracting more and more power from their sports coupes, Porsche seems more concerned with something even more elusive - lower weight. As such, the German automaker has given birth to a string of lightness-adding model variants, including the likes of the 911 Carrera T. Now, Porsche is applying a similar performance philosophy to the Cayman. Like its 911 big brother, this fresh two-door takes the name “T” and offer a more driver-focused experience thanks to slightly less heft, a variety of standard performance equipment, and a few new aesthetic upgrades.
If You Like to Keep it Simple, the 2019 Porsche 718 Cayman T or 718 Boxster T Might be for You
2020 Porsche Macan S: New Engine, More Power, Same Sexy Appearance
The Porsche Macan often gets overshadowed by its bigger and more accomplished brother, the Porsche Cayenne. But, that’s about to change because the new Macan S breaks the crossover out of its shell. Not only is the 2019 Macan S sexier, but it also packs a new engine that produces more power than its predecessor. Those three elements are the biggest highlights of the new Macan S, underscoring what we’ve all been waiting for from the model since it first arrived in 2014. Put together; the new Macan S sheds its rough-around-the-edges label in favor of a more balanced ride. Don’t look now, but it appears that Porsche’s entry-level crossover is ready for the big leagues. The new Porsche Macan S starts at $58,600.
The All-New Porsche 911 Proves That The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
There aren’t that many cars in the world that are as important to an automaker as the 911 is to Porsche. When you think of Porsche, you think of the 911. It comes as little surprise then that Porsche pulled out all the stops when it officially debuted the eighth-generation 911 at the Porsche Experience Center, days ahead of its appearance at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Orders for the eighth-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S are already open, though don’t expect deliveries to take place until the summer of 2019. The price of the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered from $120,600. Expect an extra charge of $1,050 to account for delivery, processing and handling fees.
2019 Porsche Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo Unveiled
Porsche just dropped details on the new 2019 Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo, building a bridge between the Panamera 4S and the even-faster Turbo model. At the heart of the matter is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, which spins out a hefty 453 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 457 pound-feet of torque at 1,800 rpm. For those of you keeping score at home, those figures improve upon those offered by the naturally aspirated ‘eight found in the previous Panamera GTS, besting the outgoing model by 13 horsepower and a whopping 73 pound-feet of torque.
The GTS once again employs four-wheel grip to put it to the pavement, plus some Porsche Traction Management wizardry to boot. An eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission makes the connection. Flat out, the Panamera GTS sprints to 60 mph in a scant 3.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 179 mph for the GTS Sport Turismo and 181 mph for the GTS.
Complementary upgrades include a lower ride height compared to slower-trim Panamera models, with adjustments made to the standard Porsche Adaptive Suspension Management system. The corners are stuffed with some rather enormous brakes too, with discs measuring in at 390 mm (15.4 inches) in front and 365 mm (14.4 inches) in the rear.
The spec also includes the Sport Chrono Package and a Sport Exhaust as standard, while the wheels are upgraded to 20-inchers with the standard Sport Design package. Inside, you get Black Alcantara upholstery bits and anodized aluminum trim, while the optional GTS package tosses in new stitching, logos, and a fresh tachometer face. Optional equipment includes a new heads-up display unit.
Order books are open now, with the Panamera GTS starting at $128,300, and the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo starting at $134,500. Deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2019.