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New Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo aka Off Roader

Porsche have recently announced the latest addition to the Taycan family, the Cross Turismo. Prior to the Gran Turismo, Porsche did not have an all-roader vehicle like the Audi A6 Allroad, they either created a sports car or an SUV. However, it seems that Porsche were aiming to attempt a new segment with their electric car platform, with the Taycan Cross Turismo being the result of this decision. The Taycan Cross Turismo is based on the classic Taycan but has higher suspension settings. Off-road abilities, under bonnet protection, and a potential off-road setting are implemented to mimic a differential lock effect via torque vectoring systems on each axle. In addition, the calibre of the electric motors creates an off-road environment.

The downside of electric motors in an off-road environment is that they deliver all of their torque instantly. Meaning that if you are on a loose surface and you need as little as possible torque, good luck using the electric motors, you will be digging up the surface. The gravel driving mode in the Cross Turismo enables the vehicle to accelerate smoothly on loose surfaces. Certainly, the Cross Turismo is not an SUV and is not designed to face serious off-road environments. But then which SUV faces a serious off-road environment! It is also nice to have additional ground clearance and an off-road driving mode to use some shortcuts on your path.

Would I buy it? Honestly, yes! I do not like the idea of driving an SUV in the city, they are designed for the off-road environment. Yet, I like the practicality. Especially when the roads get a bit snowy and muddy. The Cross Turismo is a perfect vehicle, that will not compromise the off-roading’s performance driving experience, and will get you around that muddy road.

If I ever buy a Porsche 911, I will get the Cross Turismo.
The performance details are here;
• The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo with 280 kW (380 PS), overboost power for Launch Control 350 kW (476 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds, top speed 137 mph, range (WLTP) 242 – 283 miles.

• The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo with 360 kW (490 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 420 kW (571 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds, top speed 149 mph, range (WLTP) 241 – 281 miles.

• The Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo with 460 kW (625 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 500 kW (680 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 3.3 seconds, top speed 155 mph, range (WLTP) 245 – 281 miles.

• The Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo with 460 kW (625 PS), overboost power with Launch Control 560 kW (761 PS), acceleration 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, top speed 155 mph, range (WLTP) 241 – 260 miles.

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Porsche Boxster is 25 Years Old

In 1996, Porsche made a radical decision to introduce Boxster, an affordable two-seater car with a relatively small engine. During this time, bigger was considered better, and no one ever anticipated that the Boxster would become a game-changer. Also, during the same time, Mercedes-Benz introduced the SLK, a hardtop, whereas the Boxster was a soft top.

The compact structure and rear-mid engine placement made the Boxster a proper car for driving enthusiasts. The interior quality was also high for its time. As time went by, Porsche continued to develop the Boxster and added the Cayman to the range. However, Boxster became an iconic car of the 911.

After all these years, and a significant profit generated, Porsche is celebrating the 25th birthday of the Boxster with a special edition. The Boxster 25th Edition is based on a GT4, 4-lt engine (this six-cylinder mid-engine has 400 PS). It has the same colour scheme that Boxster’s concept model had in 1993. It will be (1200 cars only)limited in quantity available and definitely a future classic.

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New Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche recently revealed the latest generation of the iconic Turbo S. It produces 650 horsepower from a 3.8-lt six-cylinder boxer engine. It only needs 2.7 seconds to reach 100km/h! This car is fantastic and also it is a stealth supercar; Porsche 911’s are well-known for being understated supercars. You can park them anywhere and people will not even notice them. The Porsche 911 is not like a Ferrari or a Lamborghini that shouts too much.

With the new Turbo S, there are some cool front cooling flaps and rear spoiler movements, like an aeroplane. Next time, you spot a Porsche 911 Turbo S on the road, you will know where to look!

Configurations at a glance:

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S Flaps

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing in performance position

911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing
911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing in speed position

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing retracted
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): rear wing retracted

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler lip extended, cooling air flaps open

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): front spoiler lip extended, cooling air flaps open

911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed
911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps closed

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open

Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open
Porsche 911 Turbo S: Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA): cooling air flaps open

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Porsche Will Print Your Fingerprint on your Porsche

Personalisation and sports cars; two notions that are heavily entwined. Anyone with an aspiration to own a sports car will talk about how they would personalise it. For some people, this is choosing a specific colour, whilst others, myself included, are more interested in personalising a sports car with the latest tech.

Porsche decided to push the boundaries of this trend in personalisation and decided to offer something really personal; your finger print. For €7500, Porsche will give you the opportunity to print your most personal and private detail onto your car and share it with everyone.

Whilst we are all aware that Apple devices require a fingerprint scan to enter, and we are not entirely clear whether this fingerprint scanner stores any information, printing your fingerprint on your car is probably the most awkward (and ridiculous) idea to enter the automotive industry. We are currently living in the world of data protection where people are incredibly hesitant to share any of their personal details. I really wonder who would choose to print their finger print on their cars? I am sure someone will do it, but the majority of people? Unlikely!

Porsche Fingerprint

Porsche Fingerprint

Porsche Fingerprint

Porsche Fingerprint

Porsche Fingerprint

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Porsche Taycan, Goodbye to Tesla!

The Porsche Taycan has recently been revealed to the public. If you haven’t heard about the Taycan, it is the pure electric sports car from Porsche. It looks like a coupe, but it is a four-door saloon like a Panamera. To be honest, I don’t like the front-end design that much. The rear-end of the car looks much better and cleaner. I must also admit that I haven’t seen this car in real life. Sometimes, photos can’t reveal the details of the vehicle, and they don’t look that good.

The key point is the technology behind the Taycan, which shakes the foundation of the Tesla vehicles. Until now, there were a couple of pure electric vehicles to compete with Tesla, but they were SUVs and small cars. I didn’t really see a pure competitor of the Tesla range until now.

Taycan is a real Porsche that runs on pure electric power. Let’s begin with the model range. There are two models, Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S. Don’t be deceived by the Turbo branding, there are no turbos involved with this car. Porsche is using an existing branding structure to try and make this car as familiar as possible to existing customers so that the customers will not be alienated by the Taycan.

The Turbo has 680 PS, and the Turbo S has 761 PS. They are both all-wheel drive, and there are two electric motors sitting on each axle. They are powered by 800 volts instead of the traditional 400 volts. This means the Taycan is insanely fast! And, it can be charged to 80% in 22.5 minutes. I really love this very precise timing! The battery pack’s capacity is 93.4 kWh with Performance Battery Plus.

We need to get used to this terminology; electric cars have a totally unique terminology for their powertrain.

And there is a two-speed gearbox! Yes, the Taycan is the only electric car with a gearbox. It is very unusual as the electric motors produce insane amounts of torque, and it is a serious challenge for transmission to handle this power. Taycan’s electric motors produce 1050 Nm of torque. This is a lot of power! It can easily tear off any traditional transmission. The range is up to 412 km!

When you wish to design a transmission that can handle this amount of power, it becomes heavy, and electric motors are delivering this power all the time, unlike internal combustion engines.

The Porsche Taycan has a transmission for the rapid acceleration. The first gear is selected when the driver engages the Sport Plus mode and the Taycan accelerates extremely quickly and shifts to second gear. Transmission is attached to the rear engine. Furthermore, this transmission increases the range by 5%, as well as improving efficiency.

I can’t ignore that you will have a massive screen on the dashboard, 16.8 inches! It will be hard to clean it! Also, Porsche joined the crowd and added a voice recognition system called “Hey Porsche”. It probably won’t recognise when you want to use it and will work when you don’t intend to use it.

You will also have the usual Porsche toys, including 4D Chassis Control, PDCC Sport, Torque Vectoring Plus, and all-wheel steering.

I really like the Taycan, unlike the aging Tesla. The Taycan is created by a company that has a racing heritage. I am sure that the Taycan will be a great success for Porsche, like the Cayenne. Also, the Taycan is not something that is a complete contradiction with the Porsche DNA, like Cayenne and Macan. The Taycan is the future of mobility for sports cars.

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

Porsche Taycan

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The End of Porsche Cayenne! Long Live Cayenne Coupe

Porsche have revealed a new Cayenne which offers a greater degree of coupe style design experience: it is called the Cayenne Coupe. It is slightly sporty: there is a spoiler at the rear of the vehicle to increase stability at higher speeds; in addition, the drivetrain is relatively sportier than the Cayenne.

However, under the skin, it is merely an Audi Q8. Based on the MLBevo modular platform, the Cayenne Coupe is not, in fact, all that different to the normal Cayenne. It is just a little sportier and probably less off-road capable. When a vehicle is more off-road capable, it becomes less sporty and vice versa.

The reason for the introduction of the Cayenne Coupe is to help Porsche to compete with the sportier SUVs on the market such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Maserati Levanta, BMW X6, Range Rover Sport and Audi Q8. Basically, the Cayenne Coupe is a posh version of the Q8!

After the original Cayenne Coupe, the new Cayenne will simply become a comfier version and in all probability will not be remembered as a sporty SUV. Why? Our brain loves to compare things based on reference points, and now the reference point of Cayenne sportiness is the Cayenne Coupe; as a result, the new Cayenne will be perceived as being a comfy version of the original.

Is it worth purchasing? At the end of the day, the Cayenne is not a 911. It is ideal for people who are obsessed with the level of space inside their car and who want to enjoy a sporty ride. I am sure the Cayenne Coupe will increase general Porsche sales and may also eat into some of the original Cayenne’s market. We will see how it goes!

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Coupe

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Autosport International 2019 #asi19 // Porsche 935

Autosport International 2019’s Porsche stand was amazing as you would be expecting. The 911 GT3 RS and the Porsche 935 were there. The 935 is also known as ‘Mobydick’. The GT3 RS seems like it can be driven every single day but you need to sacrifice some comfort and luxury!

Autosport 2019 Porsche

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

Autosport 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Autosport 2019 Porsche 935

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Autosport International 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS #asi18

I know it has been a long time since the Autosport International 2018; however, I kept the photos secret on purpose to give you a cool flashback.

Porsche revealed their hardcore monster, the 911 GT2 RS at the Autosport this year. Officially, this car managed to go around the Nürburgring in 6 min 47.3 sec! This figure will probably sound meaningless if you just drive the GT2 RS around town.

In case you haven’t realised, the 911 GT2 RS has 700 HP (3.8 lt turbo flat-six boxer engine) and sends all those horses to its rear wheels. Hopefully, the engine is on top of the rear wheels; you won’t have lots of wheel spin but you will have some!

The acceleration to 100 km/h is in 2.8 sec, thanks to the PDK. You can’t achieve this via manual gearbox. And the top speed is 340 km/h.

Inside, it is not the most comfortable Porsche you could ever experience. The GT2 RS is designed for the track; however, it is not as hardcore as the GT3, it does still have some daily driveability, and you have the air con, sat nav, Apple Car connectivity and so on.

However, it wouldn’t be the perfect car for doing a weekly shop at your local supermarket.

Despite this, deep inside you wish you had one and could drive all day :)

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

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Porsche Introduces Blockchain to Cars

Your next Porsche will be a part of the blockchain technology. Unfortunately, although you won’t be able to buy a Porsche with your bitcoins, you will be able to benefit from the blockchain technology.

So what is blockchain? It is a decentralised protocol for data transactions between partners. However, the decentralised word is a bit questionable. According to Vice Magazine, in order to decentralise all payment transactions throughout the world, anyone who has a credit card should get a $10,000 HP Workstation to handle the 400-billion transaction per year. Basically, big banks and cloud companies will handle the blockchain for us.

The benefit of the blockchain? Every change is recorded in chronologically-arranged data blocks, making it transparent and tamper-proof. However, according to Vice Magazine and many people from the industry, nothing is 100% tamper-proof!

Literally, blockchain is theoretically decentralised but ultimately it will be the same as what we already have, but more secure and faster.

Who else is using the blockchain? At the moment, startup companies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Still, you can’t buy a Porsche with your digital money.

What has Porsche to do with the blockchain? They tested how to lock and unlock a vehicle via an app with the blockchain technology. This provided temporary access authorisation and new business models based on encrypted data logging. This could be developed further to improve autonomous driving functions.

Next? Your Porsche becomes part of the blockchain, making a direct offline connection possible – that is, without a diversion through a server. As Porsche says, how can you access something that is living in a connected world when you are not connected? IS THIS WHAT YOU MEAN? Basically, this is like swimming inside an empty swimming pool.

Good news, you can unlock and lock your car in 1.6-sec through the app, which is six times faster than before. And 1.6 times slower than just pressing the unlock button!

Another piece of good news is that all the activities of your vehicle can be documented. If you skipped having a service and still managed to get the service book stamped, you will be caught. If you modified your Porsche 911 using an Amazon purchase and destroy the engine, they will know it. These can and will be seen by the app.

Porsche will also offer access authorisation by the vehicle owner that can work remotely. Basically, you can be a selfish person and never share your car with the blockchain.

There is something cool about the blockchain. There will be faster, easier and safer authentication at the charging station for your car for any payment. Basically, you can pay to charge your car quicker than before. By the way, most universities in the UK let people charge their car for free.

As the blockchain system works with smart contracts, this means you will be part of the mining business. Smart contracts are automated contracts that are triggered by transactions based on a previously defined condition, and you need miners to confirm this agreement. What happens next? Miners make digital money! Actually, your car will be powered by the XAIN energy efficient mining system, and you will be part of the miner club. Basically, you will make digital money as well.

As the mining systems generate lots of heat, I guess your cooling system will be busy cooling down your XAIN mining system rather than your engine.

Overall, I am happy to see the blockchain technology being implemented by Porsche within the automotive industry. As the Porsche is a part of the VW Group, we will definitely see this technology in a VW Polo quite soon. Despite my fun approach to the blockchain, it is the future of connectivity. Of course, there are weaknesses and problems, but this always happens. Our existing TCP/IP based internet is not perfect, but it is part of our lives and we accept it. The blockchain will be like this in the near future.

To be honest, I don’t care whether or not your Porsche 911 will mine digital currency, but we will benefit in the future from the easy, fast and secure solutions provided by the blockchain.

More details can be found in Porsche’s official press release
https://press.porsche.co.uk/prod/presse_pag/PressResources.nsf/Content?ReadForm&languageversionid=835354&pid=2228D45FD969D3BCC12578CC0047E049

Porsche Blockchain

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Porsche 911 Carrera T

Porsche recently announced the twenty-first Porsche 911 model to the market. Yes, there are 21 different Porsche 911s that you can buy. You name it, they have it in their vehicle range.

The latest addition to the range is the Porsche 911 Carrera T. It is based on the 911 T from 1968, and Porsche has decided to revive it! As you would expect, the 911 T follows the heritage of being a lightweight Porsche. Basically, you will pay more for less car. You can even remove the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system – aka your navigation and stereo system – to save weight.

It has a 3-lt flat six twin turbo 370 engine with only a rear wheel drive option (with a mechanical rear limited slip differential). You can either have a manual or PDK gearbox. To save cost, you will have literally no comfort at all.

It is not a super-fast car actually. 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 sec with the PDK gearbox with a top speed of 290 km/h.

Overall, you are getting a unique Porsche 911 that is not really fast. However, if you wish to experience the emotional appeal of the 911 T model, this would be your car.

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

Porsche Carrera 911 T

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