Porsche 918 Spyder – Electrifying the Supercar

by Lawrence Romanosky on April 24, 2014

Porsche 918 Spyder on the trackI finally got a chance to visit Road Atlanta, the iconic track in Georgia and home to IMSA racing, the Petit Le Mans, and the SCCA Runoffs which I have read about in Peter Egan’s column in Road & Track Magazine going back to the 1980’s. Only this time I was going to be driving a 887hp Porsche 918 Spyder, not a Formula Ford or Bugeye Sprite.

To be honest, seeing the unforgiving run offs lined with imposing concrete walls, the grass soaked from a week of rain and a damp track, I was wishing I could learn the track in a 100hp Sprite! Thankfully I had Cass Whitehead, former IMSA driver and one of the few people in the world certified to drive the 918 by the Porsche Factory, to be my in-car instructor. Cass’s instruction along with the full complement of Porsche Factory engineers and trainers cycled a group of about 80 dealership staff from Canada and the US through an ‘Expert’ 918 program which I was lucky enough to attend, and luckier still not to disgrace myself by crashing the car! This high-level 918 education and demonstration of the finished product proved enlightening and answered a lot of questions that I had about the car.

About the 918 Spyder

It is quite a piece of engineering and arguably the most sophisticated passenger car ever developed. Following in the footsteps of the 959 from the late 80’s, the 918 introduces a host of new technology that will be adopted by Porsche’s volume models in the future. [click to continue…]


Widespread Consumer Acceptance of the Hybrid Vehicle

Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid

We have had Gas-Electric Hybrid vehicles on the road now since 2000, when the first hyper-efficient, tear shaped 2 passenger Honda Insight made its debut.  The Toyota Prius soon followed, with both cars going to early adopters of Green Technology. Several generations later we now see Hybrid vehicles in every market segment, with most car companies selling a Hybrid version of each of their volume model lines. For the most part these cars are identical to their more mainstream counterparts, apart from the more complex and efficient drivetrains. [click to continue…]


Porsche to show new Panamera in Shanghai

by Sales Team on April 9, 2013


Whereas Porsche’s sports cars are blessed with looks that leave the mouths of passersby agape, the Panamera sports sedan is a car with styling that leaves many divided. While nearly everyone agrees that the Panamera is fun to drive, quick and luxurious, the German sedan’s controversial looks place individuals into one of two camps – those who love it and those who hate it.

Fortunately, Porsche has done something about this and turned the Panamera into a car everyone is bound to love. With a mere touchup to the car’s front and rear ends, the German sports sedan now offers the knee-buckling good looks Porsche is notorious for.

Despite the Panamera’s newfound looks for 2014, the real story here is the introduction of the new plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid, and the extended wheelbase Panamera S and Turbo models.

With the guillotine ready to strike Fisker any day now, Porsche is making its move on the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan market. Armed with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 95 horsepower electric motor, the Panamera S E-Hybrid promises owners with 416 horsepower to play with and an anticipated all-electric range of 20 miles that can be recharged after approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V socket.

Proving that being green can be fun, the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s electric motor not only allows drivers to participate in emissions-free driving, it also works as a bona fide performance enhancer. Conceptually similar to the KERS system used in Formula 1 cars, Porsche has armed the Panamera S E-Hybrid with an electric boost function that driver’s can access by tripping a kick-down switch in the throttle pedal.

Long wheelbase, LWB, Shanghai

While the Panamera remains first and foremost a driver’s car, Porsche is making the experience of being a passenger in a Panamera that much more exciting by offering the car with an extended wheelbase. Available exclusively to Panamera S and Panamera Turbo models, the extended wheelbase Panamera adds approximately 150 millimeters to the car’s wheelbase in order to provide more comfortable accommodations to rear seat passengers.

Panamera S buyers will also be excited to learn that the burly 4.8-liter V8 has been dropped in favor of a more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine that offers 20 more horsepower and 15 extra lb-ft of torque compared to the old V8 engine.

Sporting exterior revisions that transform its looks, the 2014 Panamera continues to exist as the quintessential driver’s sedan. Should you be the type of person more inclined to save the planet or stretch your legs out, Porsche now offers a Panamera for your needs as well. The 2014 Porsche Panamera will be formally unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April. To learn more about the Porsche Panamera stop by South Centre Porsche today.

Photo credit: Porsche


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