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2020 Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan

The Mission E concept goes into production as Porsche’s answer to the Tesla Model S

The Porsche Taycan is an all-electric sports sedan based on the Mission E concept. It’s also Porsche’s first-ever production electric car, designed to go against the Tesla Model S. Previewed by the Mission E concept, the Taycan sports design features borrowed from the show car, but also includes styling features seen on the Panamera sedan and 911 sports car. Powered by a couple of electric motors, the Taycan generates in excess of 700 horsepower in its range-topping version.

While considered laughable just a decade or two ago, the idea of a high-performance electric vehicle is now widely accepted in even the most traditional of speed circles. Porsche took full advantage of this and designed a sleeker Panamera that’s notably more powerful and quicker. Granted, it’s not as spectacular as the Mission E concept, but it’s definitely an exotic appearance even when compared to full-fledged sports cars. However, does it have what it takes to compete with the Tesla Model S? Let’s find out in the detailed review below.

Updated 10/14/2019: Porsche added a new member to its Taycan lineup. The new Taycan 4S has been announced in two different battery configurations. Check the Drivetrain section for more details.

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2020 Porsche Panamera 10 Years Edition

2020 Porsche Panamera 10 Years Edition

The Panamera is a decade old, and here’s to more decades under its belt

Ten years ago, Porsche launched a model that was derided far and wide for running counter to the German automaker’s spirit and ethos. Like the Cayenne SUV, the Porsche Panamera upset a lot of people, not the least of which were the so-called purists who scoffed at the idea of Porsche broadening its appeal beyond its two-door, mid-engined sports cars. The Cayenne was a big enough departure from tradition on its own and the Panamera was looked at with the same level of disdain. It’s funny how things have turned out, right? Today, the Porsche Panamera is one of the most popular models Porsche has in its lineup, lasting long enough to earn a special edition model that’s dedicated solely on its 10th anniversary. This, folks, is the Porsche Panamera 10 Year Edition, and, if for nothing else, it’s a symbol of validation for Porsche to show to those who scoffed at the idea of a luxury four-door sedan wearing a Porsche badge. The Porsche Panamera 10 Year Edition hits the market in the first quarter of 2010 at a starting price of $104,650.

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2020 Porsche Taycan by Hennessey

2020 Porsche Taycan by Hennessey

This proves that there’s no car tuning project that’s too ambitious for Hennessey

Hennessey is famous far and wide for its fully loaded tuning programs for some of the finest performance cars in the world. That’s a reputation the tuning company has earned after 30 years of delivering goods packed with jacked and juiced V-8 engines that oftentimes defy our imaginations. But just as Hennessey’s reputation for these programs is iron-clad, the tuner isn’t afraid to test the waters in other areas of the aftermarket world. Well, it’s doing just that after announcing plans to create an aftermarket program for an electric car. Mind you, this isn’t your typical electric car project, either. Hennessey isn’t creating a program for the Nissan Leaf. Instead, the tuner is setting its sights on the Porsche Taycan. As far as ambitious projects go, this one’s right up there for Hennessey, though if there’s one tuner that can pull it off, my money’s on John Hennessey and his boys. Prepare to enter a new world of EV tuning, folks. This is going to be good.

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Watch a BMW M760i Lineup with a Porsche Panamara Turbo

Watch a BMW M760i Lineup with a Porsche Panamara Turbo

This battle of two heavyweight uber-cool cars has left us wanting both

All hell breaks loose when two luxurious cars decide to challenge each other’s egos and win bragging rights forever. We are talking about the BMW M760Li xDrive and the Porsche Panamera Turboand you can watch them duke it out in the video below.

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2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

2019 Porsche Panamera GTS

A space filler between the standard Panamera and the Panamera Turbo

The 2019 Porsche Panamera and the Panamera Sports Turismo get some extra pizzazz with both being offered with a GTS badge. This is not the first time Porsche has used the GTS moniker on its cars; the second-generation Panamera and the Panamera Sport Turismo have gotten the same treatment and have been quite successful. The GTS versions have always been a good bang for the buck, as you get performance specs and features that are optional on other models, without actually costing a bomb.

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2021 Porsche Taycan GTS

2021 Porsche Taycan GTS

A Porsche with extra electron power

In case you hadn’t heard, let me be the first to tell you – Porsche is building a four-door all-electric sports sedan, and it’s called the Mission E. Don’t worry, it’ll have all the go-fast characteristics you’d expect, just without the internal combustion to make it go. In fact, it should draw a good deal of its tech from the hybrid goodness developed for the Panamera and 918 Spyder, so that’s a plus. But, as we all know, Porsche isn’t satisfied to make just a single version of any one model. Multiple variants are required to fill every niche possible, so what about an even-faster Mission E? We’re calling it the Mission E GTS, and we decided to draw up a rendering and put together a speculative review to boot. Upgrades over the standard Mission E should include more aggressive exterior styling, lots of black trim pieces, more performance gear inside, a bigger battery, extra horsepower, and standard performance suspension.

The EV performance market is looking to balloon pretty rapidly over the next few years, and you can bet your lithium-ion battery pack Porsche will be there to take advantage of that growth. Read on for the details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2021 Porsche Mission E GTS.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TopCar

2018 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TopCar

Russian tuner is back with a fresh take on the second-generation Porsche Panamera

It’s been a while since we last saw a prominent aftermarket company develop a program for the Porsche Panamera. In fact, ever since the Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera this time last year, the tuning world has been surprisingly quiet on this front. Well, consider this one of the first tastes of a heavily modified, second-generation Porsche Panamera. And to the shock of no one, it comes from TopCar, one of the most prominent Porsche tuners in the business.

The Russian tuner has worked on Porsche models longer than most tuners have been around. It’s responsible for the Stinger program for the 911, the Vantage program for the Cayenne, and a host of other works for other Porsche models, including the Macan, the Boxster, and the Cayman. Now, TopCar is setting its sights on a next-generation program for the next-generation Panamera. The kit is what you’d expect from TopCar. It’s got extensive aerodynamics that borders on over-the-top. It’s got a lavish interior offering that includes all the premium materials a customer can think of, including 24-karat gold. And it’s got a significant engine upgrade. In other words, it’s a TopCar tuning kit for the Panamera that owners of the luxury saloon will have a hard time saying no to, provided that TopCar’s tuning methods are in sync with what they’re looking for.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Think of it as a more comfortable, more attainable four-door 918 Spyder…

Porsche first unveiled the Panamera in 2009, dropping the cover on its four-door’d 911 lookalike at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in China. Drawing its name from the Carrera Panamericana open-road rally from the ‘50s, the Panamera was a clear break from the brand’s sports coupe history. However, like the Cayenne SUV that came before it, the Panamera quickly established itself as one of Porsche’s staple model lines, selling well across several markets, especially in the U.S. To help broaden the sedan’s appeal even further, Porsche introduced the Panamera plug-in hybrid in 2013, followed by a second-gen release in 2016. Now, Stuttgart has introduced another electrified variant called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and rather than just providing green sensibilities, the hybrid bits make it faster. In fact, with a twin-turbo V-8 and electric motor under the hood, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful model to wear a Porsche badge at the moment, save for the 918 Spyder. Pair all that go with four-door comfort, oodles of cabin luxury, and even a long-wheelbase variant, and this thing looks to create a whole new niche all for itself.

And why not? We’re long past the era when hybrid tech was reserved solely for Prius wannabes, and electrified powertrains are now commonplace in both sports cars and in racing. For example, Audi, another VW product, was the first to take top honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a hybrid with its R18 E-Tron diesel in 2012. Now Porsche has adopted similar technology for the Panamera, even pulling influences from the uber-fast 918 for inspiration.

Porsche says “the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology, “ and that it seeks to combine “performance, comfort and efficiency [in] a perfect three-way combination.”

Basically, Porsche is making its surprisingly fast Panamera even faster by adding a fat dose of electrification. And we like that, even if it still looks… well, like a Panamera.

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will premiere in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show early this March, and will also be offered in a long-wheelbase Executive edition. The specs between the Euro-bound model and U.S.-bound model are identical, which leads us to ask – is this thing basically a four-door 918 Spyder?

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2017 Porsche Panamera Executive

2017 Porsche Panamera Executive

The long-wheelbase Panamera returns with revised styling and new engines

The second-generation Porsche Panamera was unveiled in June 2016 at a special event in Berlin, Germany. The overhauled sedan arrives with an evolutionary design based on the previous model, but gained several 911-like features for added sportiness and a slightly longer and wider body. Inside, it adopted a fresh design with larger screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, while the previous V-6 and V-8 engines were replaced with smaller, more efficient units. The hybrid model was also redesigned, while 2016 marked the return of the long-wheelbase Executive version.

The Panamera Executive made its first appearance for the 2014 model year, when the first-generation sedan received its mid-cycle facelift. Offered in various trims, it had a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase and some extra standard equipment on the inside. For 2015, it also spawned an Exclusive Series model with a two-tone paint, bespoke interior, a limited, 100-unit production run, and a highly expensive sticker. At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera Executive.

Much like the previous model, the new Executive brings a few extra goodies to the table, as well as the same 5.9 extra inches to the wheelbase, which translate into a more comfortable interior, especially for rear-seat passengers. The elongated sedan is available in four trim levels, including the Panamera 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and Turbo, all based on the regular models and powered by the same drivetrains. Find out what sets it apart from its predecessor in the review below.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

More power, better EV range, and 911-inspired styling

The Porsche faithful had pitchforks and torches in hand when the Panamera debuted, but after a few model years they have come to realize that it is a necessary evil to keep awesome cars like the 911 GT3 and the 918 Spyder in production. Redesigned in 2016, the sedan now sports a revised exterior with 911-inspired cues, a redesigned interior with updated technologies, and more powerful engines. The second-generation also brought a new hybrid model, with a more powerful and efficient drivetrain, into showrooms.

Spied testing in 2015, the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was unveiled ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will cross the pond to the U.S. in mid-2017. Once it arrives here, North American drivers will gain access to the fastest and most powerful luxury hybrid on the market and the sportiest looking Panamera to date. Essentially a four-door 911 with a V-6 and an electric motor under the hood, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has evolved to the point that it can give most Tesla Model S variants a run for their money.

The new Panamera hybrid essentially marks the beginning of a new era, one in which hybrid, efficient drivetrains, luxury features, and sporty designs can be had under the same roof. Keep reading to find out what makes Porsche’s new four-door hybrid special.

Updated 10/03/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

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2018 Porsche Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera

The Panamera has finally evolved, and is a welcomed improvement over the previous generation

The Panamera has been around since 2009, when it arrived as Porsche’s first four-door sedan. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera was developed to help the brand expand into new segments, attract a new category of buyers, and finance the costly development of range-topping supercars such as the 918 Spyder. For the 2017 model year, Porsche is ushering in a new generation for the Panamera, complete with a new exterior design, new interior design, a new engine lineup, and plenty of little goodies like LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of available equipment and personalization options. Porsche has unveiled two models today – the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 440 horsepower and the Panamera Turbo that uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that delivers 550 horsepower.

According to Porsche, the Panamera is “proof on four wheels” that sportiness and comfort can come in the same package. Dr. Gernot Döllner, the Head of the Panamera Model Range, said, "This diversity is what makes the vehicle unique, and that is what guided us with the new Panamera as well. Nevertheless, we took many courageous steps and developed not only the new body, new powertrain and new chassis but also a completely new overall vehicle. Through all the changes, however, the Panamera remains faithful to its original conceptions."

And, that is what Porsche says the Panamera is all about – Courage. It took courage to change, and change is what the Panamera did. A new look, new engines, and new approach should all make the Panamera even more marketable for the 2017 model year. We’ve seen the spy shots, and the leaked photos, but now we’re finally getting to look at the official release images. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Panamera.

Updated 07/19/2016: Porsche dropped details on its new "Connect" system that will be offered as standard equipment on the new generation Panamera. Check the "Interior" section for the full details on it.

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2015 Porsche Mission E Concept

2015 Porsche Mission E Concept

Until 2009, Porsche had nothing to do with electrification, still using flat-six, V-8, and V-10 engines across its lineup. But in five years, the Germans made a huge leap forward in the hybrid world, launching four models that combined internal combustion engines with electric motors. The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, 2009 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, and the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid all signaled that Porsche is embracing the future, on both the road and the race track. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche launched its very first full-electric vehicle, in the form of a four-door concept car.

Meet the Mission E, the Porsche that lacks the growl of a race-bred gasoline engine, but delivers outstanding performance that rivals that of the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D.

Futuristic by design, impressively quick, and quite practical thanks to its four-seat configuration and good driving range, the Mission E is the kind of concept I wish Porsche would approve for production as soon as tomorrow. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen very soon given the amount of experimental technology it comes with, but it does signal Porsche’s intent to offer an EV at some point. Keep reading for the full rundown.

Updated 03/30/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which it explains how the Concept Study Mission E was built. Hit "play" to learn more about the concept’s exterior and interior design.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche Mission E.

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2016 Porsche Panamera Edition

2016 Porsche Panamera Edition

Though it didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes from Porsche faithful when it debuted in 2010, the Panamera has become an accepted cog in the carmaker’s wheel. Between it and Porsche’s SUVs, the German brand makes the money it needs to fund awesome rigs like the 918 and the 911 GT3. For the 2016 model year, Porsche has added a new version of the Panamera that it has dubbed the “Edition.” Despite its weird name, the Panamera Edition adds a lot of value at a price that is only slightly north of the base model’s MSRP.

With tons of standard features and only a slight price hike, this is likely to be a hot seller in the next year. However, while this all looks great compared to the base Panamera, does this new Edition trim match up well against the likes of the BMW 740i or the Audi A8?

Continue reading my full review of the 2016 Porsche Panamera Edition to find out.

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