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.

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The Porsche 917 Concept Study: The Perfect Road Car?

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Let’s be honest, the car world is not perfect. Every car has its flaws. Some are too big, some are too small, some have a small engine, others have too big of an engine; the list goes on and on. Because of this, our minds are constantly plagued with “what ifs.” What if the Ferrari 488 didn’t have turbos, what if the Porsche GT3 had more power, what if McLarens had souls? I don’t know about you, but I could literally spend all day thinking about “what if” scenarios for cars. Out of all of these, one has truly stuck out to me,”What if Porsche built a 917 road car?”

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The Porsche 917 was as Porsche called it, “The most famous racing car of all time,” having won them their first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and countless other victories for many decades, in many different divisions. One day when I was little, I was looking through my dad’s old Porsche magazines and on one of the pages, there was a spec list for all the 917s ever made. As a kid, and even now, I was always obsessed with the numbers. I knew every horsepower figure, engine size and 0-60 of any car that you could mention, so you could imagine my excitement when I read that a Porsche had 1200 horsepower, a flat 12, and 1200 hp. Even as a 7 year old, my first thought was, “Why don’t they use this engine in a road car?”

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Eventually, I found out that this magical car that I had read about was none other than the legendary Porsche 917, specifically the 917/30, the crazy turbocharged one. A few years later, I got my first phone and with that came the magic that was YouTube. I was now watching Top Gear on the daily and falling in love with cars even more. One day, I don’t know why, the memory of the Porsche 917 popped into my head and with that, the same question of why it wasn’t a road car. With that, another question came into my head,”What did this flat 12 even sound like?” Within 5 minutes, I was blown away by videos of the 917K screaming down the straightaways followed by the nuclear blasts that they called downshifts. (Link to that video HERE). This made me wonder even more why Porsche hadn’t put this godly engine in a road car.

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Fast forward to a few days ago, when Porsche unveiled the 917 Concept Study at the Geneva Motor Show. The 917 Concept Study is a stunning interpretation of what a modern day Porsche 917 would look like, a celebration of the Porsche 917’s 50th anniversary. Long story short, it’s the closest thing we’ll get to a 917 road car. Imagine the scene now: you’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in a road legal 917, rowing your own gears, listening to the howl of 12 angry cylinders right behind your head. You approach a tunnel, your nerves tense, the hair on the back of your neck stands up as you downshift, heeling and toeing ever so perfectly as you hear the engine crackle, then, everything goes silent, you have entered the tunnel. But out of nowhere, you unleash all 12 angry beasts behind you, their howls echoing off the tunnel walls as you blast into hyperspace. Name me a more perfect moment, name me a more perfect car.

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Electrification: The Porsche Mission E

What are YOUR thoughts on the upcoming Porsche Taycan?

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With the reveal of the Porsche Taycan approaching fast, with the sweep of electrification across the car industry, let’s go back and see how this idea all began with Porsche: The Mission E Concept. In 2015, the Porsche Mission E Concept was revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show. This new concept was a huge jump from Porsche’s current lineup, it was 100% electric. At the time, Porsche had the Panamera S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, and the closest thing they had to an electric sports car was the 918 Spyder, but the reveal of the Mission E concept was the first time Porsche had ever mentioned 100% electrification.  Michael Mauer’s stunning design work and its all electric drivetrain made the Mission E Concept one of the most talked about cars at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Because the Mission E Concept was just a concept, many of the specifications weren’t 100% accurate. As a matter of fact, they  might not even be relevant to the upcoming Taycan. For all we know, we could be getting just another electric sedan or maybe an even more powerful and stunning car like what happened with the Porsche Carrera GT concept. But despite the unknown, Porsche has given us some numbers. The Mission E runs 2 electric motors that produce over 590 horsepower and it features all wheel drive. This all sums up to a 0-100 kph (62 mph) in under 3.5 seconds. 200 kph (124 mph) is achieved in less than 12 seconds, onto a top speed of 155 mph.

Porsche’s goal is for the Mission E to be able to hit a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles) on a single charge having 800 Volts ready at a tap of the throttle. To charge the newly developed 90 Kilowatt hour battery, Porsche has devised a system called “Porsche Turbo Charging, which charges the battery to 80% in just 15 minutes. For comparison, a Tesla supercharger charges an 85 Kilowatt hour Tesla Model S to 100% in an hour and 15 minutes.

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3 years after the reveal of the Porsche Mission E concept, Porsche revealed the Mission E Cross Turismo Concept at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show to stir up some discussion before the true reveal of the Taycan. Essentially, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a cross breed between the Mission E sedan and the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon. Michael Mauer, the designer of both the Mission E and the Cross Turismo, said that these concepts foreshadow a future Porsche lineup.

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Speaking of Porsche’s plans for electrification, what are the plans for an electric 911? With electrification spreading to cars like the bubonic plague, why wouldn’t Porsche expand the 911 range by adding an electric option? The 911 has always been a 911 with its rear mounted Flat 6 and if Porsche were to incorporate batteries, I highly doubt it would be behind the rear axles for handling purposes. An electric 911 wouldn’t be a true 911, however, in order to keep up with the times, it is likely that by 2027 almost all of Porsche’s lineup will be fully electric. Porsche’s CEO, Oliver Blume has strongly stuck by his statement that the 911 will be the last Porsche to be completely converted to electrification, if it will even be necessary. A hybrid 911 however, is nearly here, rolling in with the facelifted 992 generation in 2023.

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!