A Recap of the 2019 LA Autoshow

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Ah, the LA Autoshow, the most wonderful time of the year. To me, nothing beats getting to run around a giant convention center surrounded by the coolest cars of the year, you can imagine the smile on my face. This year, there weren’t as many reveals from enthusiast brands, but it was still something, and totally worth my time. Here are some of the highlights of the 2019 LA Autoshow.

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Audi RS6 Avant

As enthusiasts, I think we can agree that there are few things cooler than a really powerful wagon. The all new Audi RS6 Avant is no different. For the first time, us Americans have access to Audi’s famed super wagon. Powered by a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 (no surprise there) and assisted by a mild hybrid system for efficiency, the new RS6 Avant makes a whopping 591 hp and 590 lb/ft of torque. Combine this with a lightning quick 8 speed automatic transmission, and you get a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, in a family station wagon. How cool is that? Not to mention it looks gorgeous with its sleek lines and low slung chassis, this thing is ready to gap supercars while the AC blasting and your kids jamming out in the back seats.

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BMW M8 and M2 CS

It’s no secret that I’ve become a rather passionate BMW fan recently. After driving my friend’s E36 M3, my whole perspective of the brand changed. I’m proud to say that the BMW section this year was by far my favorite at the Autoshow. Sure, there was the stunning M8 Competition (the cabriolet has a very VERY low windshield I found out) and your host of M5s and I8s and X6 Ms, but what really stole the show for me was the M2 CS. Ask any BMW fan and they will most certainly tell you that the Bavarian marque is not what it used to be in terms of making sports cars. Sure, the new M5 is amazing and the M4 is faster than ever, but it seems that BMW is shifting further and further away from making sports cars. That’s exactly why I love the M2 CS so much. It is simply the closest BMW has been to recreating the legendary E46 M3, which most say was the peak of BMW. The small, nimble 2 series chassis combined with BMW’s S55 engine (a proper M engine) gives us one of the purest driving experiences you can buy today. Not to mention the CS now makes 450 hp and comes standard with a 6 speed manual. What a car.

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C8 Corvette

Along with being one of the most anticipated cars of 2019, the C8 Corvette was a complete showstopper this week, drawing in crowds from all over the convention center. On display were both the coupe and convertible versions of the new corvette. I’m happy to say that both trims looked just as good in person as they did in their reveal pictures, although they are a bit wider than you’d think. Also, if I’m not mistaken, I believe this was one of the first, if not the first, public car show for the C8 Corvette Convertible, which is basically a Coupe with an automatic targa top. I look forward to seeing how the C8 compares to other sports cars and even supercars as GM has made some very bold claims about the future of their flagship sports car.

 

 

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Mustang Shelby GT500 and Mustang Mach E

I think it’s safe to say that this year, Americans dominated the LA Autoshow. Ford this year, proudly displayed their new “Mustang” Mach E on the podium. This is all while the GT500 was placed just like another car in the showroom. Say what you want about the Mach E, but there’s no denying that Ford is very passionate about their new model, and by the looks of it (as much as it pains me to say it) so was everyone else. I think we’ve all heard enough about the Mach E, but thankfully, the new 760 hp Shelby GT500 did not disappoint. This thing is mean and ready to take names.

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Toyota Supra

I never thought I’d get to see the day where a Supra was an actual part of the LA Autoshow and not just in the aftermarket section. This was my first time seeing a Supra in person and it’s a lot bigger than one might expect. The interior is also VERY BMW which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I expect more Toyota in a Toyota Supra (they also locked the hood so no one could see the BMW B58 engine which I thought was pretty funny).

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Porsche

Although Porsche had no new reveals aside from the entry level Taycan 4S, the Porsche section was pretty good this year. There were plenty of racecars and 2 992s, one of which was sporting the new Sport Design Package which looks really nice in person. There was also the all new Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid which was menacing as ever. The all new 718 GT4 and Spyder were there too, and it pains me to say that they were rather disappointing. In pictures, these cars are some of the nicest Porsches that have ever been made, yet they were rather lackluster in person. The lines and the proportions for the lights were just not there and they looked too similar to base 718 models. I’m glad their 8,000 rpm redlines make up for it though.

The Verdict

As I said before, there really wasn’t anything too special at the Autoshow, not for enthusiasts at least. But, the tuner hall was really cool this year and we also got to see our friends from Malibu Autobahn at their own stand which was very nice. Overall, I still had lots of fun and am very glad to have gone.

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The 5 Most Expensive Porsches Ever Made

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Anyone who is into cars can tell you that it is by no means a cheap hobby. Over time cars have gotten more and more expensive, and so have parts. This is all while the actual value of the car continues to depreciate. But, there are those rare instances where the value of a car actually appreciates over time. The two most notable brands when it comes to appreciation are Ferrari and Porsche. Although Ferrari easily takes the victory in terms of appreciation (the most expensive car ever sold at auction was a Ferrari 250 GTO which sold for $48.4 million) Porsche has some ultra rare, valuable cars of its own. Here are the 5 most expensive Porsches ever sold at auction.

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Number 5: The Porsche 917/30 Spyder

The Porsche 917 needs no introduction. It is one of the most successful racecars ever made winning races in all sorts of classes. Of all the 917 variants, the 917/30t Spyder was the craziest one by far. The 917/30 was built in the early 1970s to compete in the North American Can-Am Racing Series, which it dominated. Part of the reason why it was so good was its other worldly powerplant. The 917/30 remains one of the most powerful racecars ever built making around 1500hp from its 5.4 liter twin turbo flat 12 which propelled the car to 60 mph in just 2.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 227 mph. Keep in mind though, that this was an old school turbo engine, meaning the car was overrun with turbo lag. This and the fact that there was over 400 liters of fuel on board made the 917/30 Spyder one of the scariest racecars to drive. Chassis No. 4 was recently sold for $3,000,000 at auction.

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Number 4: The Porsche 550 A Spyder

Among other things, the Porsche 550 was Porsche’s first ever purpose built racing car, and boy was it special. This car was nicknamed “The Giant Killer” because it completely walked its competition with about 1/3 of the horsepower. The 550 was powered by a 1.5 liter air cooled flat 4 which made around 135 horsepower, so powerful I know. But what the 550 lacked in power, it made up for in handling 10 fold. This car was much lighter and more agile than its competition. So much so, that it won races like the 1956 Targa Florio and the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans with ease. This car has built such a great legacy, that one (Chassis No. 145) was sold recently at auction for a staggering $5,170,000.

 

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Number 3: The Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

The 911 GT1 Strassenversion (meaning street version) was Porsche’s homlogation special for its legendary GT1 racecar. (Click here to read all about the legend that was the 911 GT1) Limited to just 20 units, the GT1 Strassenversion was built for the sole purpose of Porsche being able to meet requirements to race their GT1. Just by looking at it, you can tell that the GT1 is something special. With its radical design, mid engined layout, and more wings and scoops than you can count, you know it means business. Under the hood though was even more special since the GT1 came powered by a slightly detuned version of the racecar’s 3.6 liter twin turbo flat 6 designed by the legendary Hans Mezger. In fact, this engine was basis for the famous “Mezger engine” that powered the 996 and 997 911 Turbos and GT cars. In the Strassenversion, this engine made 536 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque which propelled the car to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds all the way to a top speed of 191 mph. A GT1 Strassenversion recently sold at auction for $5,665,000.

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Number 2: The Porsche 956

Like the 917, the Porsche 956 was known for its dominance in motorsport. The 956’s specialty was 1980s Group C racing, you can imagine how that went. The 956 was powered by a 2.65 liter twin turbo flat 6 that made around 635 hp which could take the 956 all the way to speeds of around 227 mph without breaking a sweat. More importantly though, the 956 was one of the first racecars to feature “Ground Effect” Styling which meant that the car’s body was designed in a specific way to maximize downforce. The 956 took aerodynamics very seriously and won a lot of races as a result. It also set the overall Nurburgring lap record at 6 minutes and 11.13 seconds; this record was held for 35 years until being beaten by Porsche’s own 919 Evo. The most famous of the 956 fleet though was Chassis No. 3 which won many races including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chassis No. 3 is widely considered to be one of the most successful racecars ever and it fetched a whopping $10,120,000 at auction.

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Number 1: The Porsche 917K

If there is one car that sums up Porsche’s racing history, it’s the 917, the most popular of which is the 917K. For those that don’t know, the 917 was the car that gave Porsche its first overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970. The 917 came powered by Porsche’s legendary flat 12 engine developed by none other than Hans Mezger. In it’s most powerful configuration, the engine was 5.0 Liters and produced a maximum of 630 hp. The 917 also pioneered “Ground Effect” Styling which made the car very stable, stable enough to take the Mulsanne Straight at speeds in excess of 220 mph. In fact, drivers even reported being able to take their hands off the steering wheel at speeds of over 240 mph, that’s how stable it was. Along with its incredible speed and handling, the 917 was also one of the best (in my opinion, THE best) sounding Porsche ever made. Steve McQueen’s 917 from the movie, Le Mans, broke the record for the most expensive Porsche ever sold, selling at $14,080,000, the best for last.

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The All-Electric Macan Is Coming in Hot

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Numbers are everything, period. They determine what we do, how we feel, how we act. They explain the world around us and provide the key to unlock the future. And there are an infinite amount of numbers, literally, yet today’s car scene seems to be obsessed with the number 7. It seems that every day now, supercars are setting sub 7 minute Nurburgring laps with 700+ hp cars. Heck, even a Jeep Grand Cherokee has 700+ hp. Being a leader in the performance car world, its no surprise that Porsche has adopted the 700 hp gold standard. The fastest 911, Cayenne, Taycan, and Panamera all have around 700 hp. And recent news suggests that the Macan will soon be joining the 700 hp club.

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The Porsche Taycan changed the brand forever, there’s no doubting that. With the Taycan came the development of Porsche’s J1 platform, which is where our story begins today. Now, it’s no secret that Porsche was planning on electrifying their baby SUV, the Macan, in the near future. The only problem was that Porsche didn’t really have a platform to accommodate the heavy batteries that power EVs. That was until the Taycan arrived with its J1 platform. From the J1 platform, Volkswagen derived its new PPE (Premium Platform Electric) Platform which the new Macan EV will be based on.

The target date is around 2021, and initially, the Macan EV will be sold alongside its gas powered brother although it will sport a radically different design so we can easily differentiate the two. Now I know what you’re thinking-and I thought the same thing when I first heard of this-,”Who cares about the Macan?” Porsche enthusiasts-at least the ones reading this-care about sports cars, emotion, and horsepower; a new electric SUV is literally the opposite of those 3. I admit, at first glance, this does kind of look bad. But remember Porsche’s obsession with the number 7? Well what if I told you that this new electric Macan will be making up to 700 hp and not just any horsepower, 700 instant, electric horsepower with electric all wheel drive. Now that’s a Porsche.

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That’s right, the upcoming electric Macan Turbo and Tubro S (yes I know what you’re thinking about the name) will be making around 700 hp, just like the 911 GT2RS. This upcoming electric Macan also begs a different question: Which cars will Porsche electrify next?

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From a business standpoint, it seems reasonable, and probable that Porsche will further modify the Taycan’s J1 platform to accommodate an actual sports car, a 718 perhaps? Like the Macan, it’s also been rumored that Porsche will be electrifying the 718 twins so I don’t think it’s that far fetched to assume that the J1 platform is Porsche’s first step to making electric sports car. Anyway, let me know what you think. Is an electric Macan just another fast SUV, or the first step in Porsche’s electric car world domination?

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Lotus Evija: The Future

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Last Wednesday, we had the honor to visit Galpin’s Debut of the all new Lotus Evija, all thanks to David Gonzalez. A massive thank you to him for inviting us to this memorable event. This blog post will be a mixture of news and a hands on car review. So to the people who expected a Porsche post today, we’re sorry. This event was too important to pass.

The Lotus Evija is Lotus’ version of the rebirth of their company. Lotus is known for their renowned lightweight sports cars such as the Exige, Elise, and Evora. However, with this new Evija, Lotus is jumping headfirst into the Electric Hypercar market, going head to head with automakers like Rimac and Pininfarina, with the C_Two and Battista, respectively. The Lotus has significantly higher numbers. Is this the new Holy Trinity?

However, what makes this Lotus so special is it’s 4 engines producing a record breaking 2,000 horsepower. Keep in mind this car is going into production. The engines are supplied by a company many have heard of, Williams. They might be known more by their Formula 1 legacy, but they want to dive into the Formula E series because of obvious reasons (They’re failing in Formula 1). Developing a car with the same batteries helps the company test durability under extreme conditions. There are 4 motors, one powering each wheel.

The Aerodynamics of this car are like no other. This car even has DRS, borrowed from Formula 1, similar to Ferrari’s system on the LaFerrari. There is an active wing along a flap in the diffuser that raises and lowers depending on how much downforce is needed. There is a huge canal that reaches from the side of the car all the way to the rear for air to pass through. Anthony and I experimented with this canal and got some great photos.

Onto the interior. There is an unbelievable sense of simplicity while still being practical. The center console is perfectly laid out, with all the buttons on a seamless gloss black piece with an interesting pattern. The gauge cluster is one big hexagonal shaped screen. The steering wheel is reminiscent of those in Formula 1, being a small rectangular shape with many high quality components.

There is not a single piece of plastic in the interior. Absolutely everything is covered in Alcantara or carbon fiber. Did I mention there was no dashboard at all? The absence of mirrors is also noticeable. There are 3 very high definition screens showcasing what the conventional mirrors would, but with a better angle of view.

After experiencing all 3 of the Electric Hypercars, I would definitely take the Lotus Evija in a heartbeat. The design in the rear of the car is so unique, the numbers are insane, and it has been developed by a Formula 1 team. I am looking forward to seeing what these can do on the track and to see the reliability. Lotus took a jump, not a step, in the right direction, and I think we can all agree that they did a fantastic job.

The Most Powerful Cayenne is Now Just 20 HP Short of the GT2RS

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According to the title, that would give the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (what a name) 670 hp…wait a second, 670 hp? That can’t be right! You really did read that right though, 670 hp in a family SUV. 670 hp in a car who’s sole purpose is to take your kids to school and back. The Ford GT doesn’t even have that much power! As ridiculous (and amazing) as that is, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is finally here, and ready to give the GT2RS a run for its money.

To achieve this level of insanity, Porsche had to steal a page from the 918’s owners manual which allowed them to install a hybrid system. It’s a hybrid all right. The 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 “only” makes up about 541 of the 670 hp, the rest is all electric. This may sound like cheating but hey, 0 RPM torque is not to be taken lightly. With this monstrous powertrain, an updated 8 speed tiptronic S transmission, and all wheel drive, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid teleports to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, faster than a Carrera GT might I add, and tops out at an astonishing 183 mph despite having the fridge like aerodynamics of an SUV.

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With the drivetrain also comes other performance enhancing features like active anti roll bars, rear wheel torque vectoring, and ceramic brakes that are the size of my Boxster’s wheels. And if your kid’s school commute is really that boring, you can spice things up by adding launch control via the Sport Chrono Package. These all also come with the Cayenne “Coupe” bodystyle if you prefer a sleeker look; X6 M owners watch out.

As expected the interior is shiny and comfy like any new Porsche and comes with all the goodies you get in the new Cayenne. With all this tech, and about as much power as there are letters in its name, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at a whopping $161,900 with the Coupe being $2,500 more. Save up fast though as these new heart stoppers are set to hit dealers within the first quarter of 2020.

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Now the Cayenne is great and all but this reveal adds more mystery to the reveal of the 992 Turbo; let me explain. The reveal of the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid marks the second time Porsche has replaced the range topping Turbo S model with a Turbo S E-Hybrid model the first time being with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. What’s to say they won’t follow suit with the 992? Just imagine how much power a 911 Turbo S E-Hybrid would have; I can’t wait to find out!

 

Espo Porsche: Showing Why Air Cooled 911s Are So Great

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This week, we had the honor of visiting a Porsche enthusiast’s dream: Espo Porsche. Espo Porsche is basically your one stop shop for Porsches, they will literally work on anything from a 356 to a Cayenne. The shop was started by John Esposito in 2010, with the aim of combining proper craftsmanship with Porsche’s loyal fanbase.
John is a true artist, when it comes to cars. Since junior high, John had taken his schools’ autoshop classes, developing his hands on skills along with his passion for cars. It’s no surprise that right after high school, he went to work at a body shop. It was these body shops that inspired John’s love for Porsches, he was always surrounded by them. Although HE loved the cars, it didn’t seem that the places he worked for shared his passion and attention to detail. “They hacked the Porsches there, hacked them terribly. Uneven panel gaps all around,” he said. It was this poor quality work that motivated him to open up his own shop, to do things the right way. John ended up building is his first 911 in 2014 (a 911SCRS recreation) and opened Espo Porsche‘s current shop in 2010. He has been working on Porsches for over 47 years.

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If there was one thing we took away from our interview, it was that there’s nothing like an old 911, nothing at all. He went on and on about how new Porsches are too “sterile” (aka luxurious) and not focused solely on driving pleasure. I could imagine the scene right then and there. Imagine carving up the canyons in a 1973 (he said 1969-1973 911s are the best) 911S. You didn’t have many features, but you also didn’t have any distractions. Just you and the open road with nothing but time, this was what we as the car community had been looking for with modern cars. I realized that with all this technology, cars aren’t as fun to drive anymore. We don’t hear the true engine, rather an exhaust muffled by turbos. We don’t feel the roads with the steering, we can’t even shift our own gears for God’s sake. I now understood why air cooled Porsches have shot up so high in value, people miss this feeling.

This was emphasized even more when we were shown how easy it was to work on these old cars. With 4 bolts, you could drop the engine and fix whatever you wanted, the steel chassis were easy to reinforce and repair if needed be. Porsche knew people would be driving their 911s, and they built them like so. The engines were made of steel rather than plastic, there were no complicated electronics that would break. Everything was mechanical, everything was simpler. Today’s aluminum 911 bodies are lighter, that’s a fact, but they’re not as easy to repair, the same goes for the plastic engine components.

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Today’s cars are truly excellent, and mind mindbogglingly fast, but they’re missing something, something that the charts can say. They’re missing that special aura about them, “No one’s gonna restore a 996.” Thanks to Espo Porsche, I learned that in order to save the sports car, we need not to look towards the future (electric motors and more tech) but to the past; that’s when sports cars were truly about the art of driving.

Before I end this article, I would like to thank everyone at Espo Porsche for inviting us over and truly reviving our passion for air cooled 911s. A special thanks to John for the interview and to @womeninporsche for giving us a tour of the amazing facility!

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The New Porsche Cayenne Coupé: An SUV Coupé the Porsche Way

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After 11 years of the BMW X6 dominating the “coupé” SUV market, Porsche has finally released their own version of the Cayenne and Cayenne Turbo as “coupé” models. Notice that “coupé” has quotation marks around it, because these super SUVs are nothing near a coupé. However, compared to the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE, I believe Porsche has really brought a strong contender to this class of SUV. They have given it the classic 911 flyline which lowers the original roofline by 0.78 inches and lowered the license plate holder to make the car seem more like a coupé. The car itself is 0.7 inches wider and 0.8 inches lower. They’ve even given it active aero in addition to the carbon fiber wing on the double bubble roof (option). Porsche calls this active aero “PAA” or “Porsche Active Aerodynamics.” Porsche’s Active Aerodynamic system on the Cayenne Turbo Coupé lifts the wing by 5.3 inches at speeds above 56 mph.

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The new Porsche Cayenne Coupé comes with 2 trim options, the regular Cayenne and the Cayenne Turbo. The regular Cayenne has a turbocharged V6 making 335 horsepower and and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, while the Cayenne Turbo has a 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 making 541 horsepower and 567 lb/ft of torque. Both models have the same eight speed Tiptronic with all wheel drive. The V6 Cayenne reaches 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, pushing to a top speed of 151 mph. Impressively, the Turbo model flies from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, and on to a top speed of 178 mph.

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If you’d like to have an even faster super SUV, Porsche provides 3 sport packages, which all include a carbon fiber roof, carbon fiber interior trim, and 22 inch Porsche Design wheels. This sport package fitted to the V6 Cayenne drops the 0-60 time by 0.1 seconds. A 2+2 layout is optional on the Cayenne Coupé, the regular Cayenne bench in the back is standard. Rear passengers sit 1.18 inches lower in the Coupé for better headroom. Apart from all of these options, many standard features are new for this Porsche. 20 inch wheels, a panoramic glass roof, 8 way adjustable seats, the Porsche Chrono Package, parking assist, and “PASM” or “Porsche Active Suspension Management.”

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Onto pricing, the Cayenne Coupé starts at $76,550 and the Turbo starts at $131,350. The regular Coupé is $9,600 extra over a normal Cayenne, and the Turbo is $5,500 extra. If you count in all the equipment that comes standard on the new Coupé, the premium matches what you’re getting. Options can kill however, because I’ve already been able to option this car up to a whopping $197,985.

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Now, since this is a coupe SUV, the buyer demographic doesn’t really care about storage, but let’s compare anyways. In the regular Cayenne Coupé, cargo space is 22 cubic feet, more than doubling to 54.3 cubic feet with the rear seats down. In the normal Cayenne cargo space is 5.1 cubic feet extra and 6.0 cubic feet extra with the seats folded down. The Turbo model has slightly less space, with a capacity of 21.2 cubic feet and 53.3 cubic feet with the seats folded. I don’t know why it doesn’t have just as much space, I mean, the extra turbos are in the front right?

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Speaking as a Cayenne S owner, I should be yelling, “No! This is not what Porsche is! They should not be following the market trend!” Instead, I find the new Coupé to be quite a refreshing addition to the lineup. Compared to its siblings, the Audi Q8 and the Lamborghini Urus, I feel like it is much more elegant. Compared to the giants of the market, the Mercedes GLE and the trend setter BMW X6, I feel like they will get a run for their money with their new Porsche rival.

As always, THANK YOU FOR READING and come back next Sunday for a brand new article. Don’t forget to follow us on WordPress and share this article with your friends! Follow us on Instagram at rsreportblog and check out our Facebook Group, Porsche Enthusiasts United. Feel free to suggest new topics in the Contact Page. Newly added on the contact page is a link to the Porsche Club of America website which you should definitely check out HERE! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to come back next Sunday!