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Porsche Macan Turbo – just how good is it?

Is the new Porsche Macan Turbo as good as the competition?

We drive the new Porsche Macan Turbo in South Africa

This obsession with SUV’s and speed is one that will never end. The really fast stuff began with the likes of the Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and BMW X5M. Let’s not forget the underdog Jeep Cherokee SRT8. That generation of fast and large SUV’s proved that big and tall objects can move at a rapid pace, as rapid as some sports cars of that time too. Fast forward to 2019 and this “fast and large” ethos has watered down to the mid-size variants of various premium brands. There are now quick, fast and simply silly options available for the affluent driver who doesn’t want something too big, but also requires reasonable space. The two biggest names playing in the silly space is the MercedesAMG GLC 63S and the newly launched BMW X3M Competition. Both these vehicles produce 375kW, both accelerate fast enough to outrun an apocalypse, and both cost a pretty penny. Whilst I have spent a good amount of time in the Mercedes-AMG, “SamTheMotoristhas driven both BMW and Mercedes and he can confirm that they feel equally as ballistic.

Porsche Macan Turbo South Africa

 

I, on the other hand, have recently sampled Leipzig’s new kid on the block, the Porsche Macan Turbo. On paper the Porsche is the “slowest”, with the Merc achieving a sub 4 second 0-100 times, 3.8 seconds to be exact – whilst the X3M does a 4.1 second run and the Macan completes the sprint in 4.3 seconds. Here’s the thing, the Macan is exactly 51kW down on power compared to its rivals. This leads me to the point I want to make, how the Porsche manages to allow the driver to extract all of it power, with Golf GTI ease of drive. See whilst the Mercedes is an occasion to pilot, it’s rapidness keeps you awake. Always. The car is loud, it’s hard and it never stops reminding you that it’s an AMG. If a hardcore experience is what you’re after, the GLC probably takes the cake. If we can liken the various cars in this class to utensils, the Merc would be a meat tenderizer – it just wants to bludgeon everything in its sight. The Macan however is like a razor-sharp carving knife with 600N.m and a 7-speed PDK gearbox, giving you the ability to finesse the roads in an inch perfect manner – something I happily did on the launch in Cape Town.

See there’s this thing Porsche do with their cars, no matter the size or the engine. A driver-focused experience is always a top priority. The “just right” philosophy can be seen in the development of the Macan Turbo. It certainly doesn’t feel as fast as the Mercedes in a straight line, but it doesn’t have to. It offers you the right amount of power, all the time. In a straight line, it hauls, in corners it stays flat and you can get on top of the V6 twin-turbocharged powerplant, without it feeling like it’s going to bite you. The Macan Turbo’s power and chassis combination make it a very accessible SUV to throw into corners, should they arise. The beauty of all this is that with a flick of a switch you can calm it all down and listen to the V6 purr away, as you explore some creature comforts offered in the Porsche.

Porsche Macan Turbo Rear South Africa

The interior is minimalistic and very high quality. Metals are metal, switches click with sturdiness – German engineering is very apparent. The Macan is also millennial-friendly, with Apple CarPlay making it easy to connect and the infotainment system reacts with the confidence of any VW/Audi Group product. Ergonomically it all makes sense and it’s all geared around the driver. Your passengers aren’t left out though. There’s enough space for the taller ones and enough boot space for babies as well. It’s not vast inside the Macan Turbo, but it sure is cozy.

Porsche Macan Turbo Interior South Africa

Being a Porsche, there’s a feel-good factor involved when driving this car. It’s a combination of the brand appeal and the excellence of the product. This is not just a fast, mid-sized SUV, it’s a car that can be used day in and day out without getting tiring because the Pitbull of an engine up front wants to play all the time, such as is the case in the Mercedes. That’s where I feel the Porsche has the upper hand, the same upper hand it’s siblings such as the 911 have – you don’t get tired driving these cars. It’s not all about the power, it’s about the balance between occasional hooliganism and the real world. The Porsche Macan Turbo works in the real world. At approximately R1 650 000, it’s not back pocket money.

Porsche Macan Turbo pricing in South Africa

The Porsche Macan Turbo works in the real world. At approximately R1 650 000, it’s not back pocket money. The BMW comes in as the cheapest at R1 495 000, the Mercedes is the most expensive at R1 668 420 – leaving the Porsche in the middle. This segment is not a bargain game though, it’s a badge game and we all know which keys shine brightest in this situation. What’s most impressive about the Macan Turbo is how it can stand toe to toe with its competitors, whilst packing much less power. Sometimes less is more.  

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Porsche Cayenne Coupé – another SUV coupé in the mix.

Designing cars isn’t an easy job, and while Mervyn in the corner complains about how he doesn’t like the look of this new station wagon or that new SUV, he doesn’t realise that neither of them are actually for him. Sharon with three kids, on the other hand, loves the idea of an SUV that looks like a Coupe, perfect for hopping from Tashas to… Tashas. Speaking to this manager and that etc. Well have we got news for you, Sharon!

Despite being an early adopter to the luxury SUV party with the Cayenne, Porsche are one of the last to the SUV Coupe thing party, but that’s okay. Rather that than rush the job, because this is an easy one to get wrong…

If you’ve got eyes, however, you’ll see that the Stuttgart firm hasn’t rushed the Cayenne Coupé at all. Gosh it’s pretty, and while we know that these sorts of cars are marmite cars (love or hate) we suspect that there will be a few more lovers than haters this time around.

Featuring all of the technical highlights of the current Cayenne, the Cayenne Coupé features a slightly more dynamic design and new technical details in order to position it as a more sporting alternative to the sells-like-hotcakes Cayenne.

Highlights of the Cayenne Coupé include either a rear bench with the characteristics of two individual seats or the comfort rear seats a la Cayenne. There’s also an adaptive rear spoiler and either a panoramic fixed glass roof or an optional carbon-fibre roof.

Courtesy of a roof edge that has been lowered by around 20 mm, the front windscreen and A-pillar are shallower than in the Cayenne, while redesigned rear doors and bumpers broaden the shoulders of the Cayenne Coupé by 18 mm.

The roof spoiler is combined with a new adaptive rear spoiler as part of Porsche Active Aerodynamics and extends by 135 mm at speeds of 90 km/h and up, increasing the contact pressure on the rear axle.

The Porsche Cayenne Coupé features a 3.0-litre turbocharged, six-cylinder motor with outputs of 250 kW and 450 N.m and sprint’s from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. The Cayenne Coupé Turbo features a four-litre twin-turbocharged V8 boasting 404 kW and 770 N.m. It will sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and will go on to a top speed of 286 km/h.

So there you have it, Sharon! A car, just for you but now with a Porsche badge. Jokes aside, the Cayenne Coupé is likely to be a huge success across the board when one considers just how popular the Cayenne is, as well as other vehicles in the SUV Coupé segment.

Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS Driven

Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS Driven

You are old enough to remember the first GT3 and that impact that it had in the Porsche brand, but you are also too young to have driven it in its hay-day. The iterations after that, before the current one, have also escaped you but because you have been in the motoring game for some time and while you have had the opportunity of being in the passenger’s seat – sometimes in the drivers seats but being a privateers vehicle – there were no real opportunities to connect with the vehicle and hear the iconic flat-six motor ring out to the redline.

 

Fast forward to a hot and sunny day in the Cape winelands. The thirty-three-year-old version of yourself has the keys to a 991.2 GT3 RS PDK, with the additional Weissach package, and you have the ingredients for what turned out to be the best drive of 2018 and a vehicle that has shot up to the top-five vehicles that I have ever driven.

From the first time that I laid eyes on the Lizard Green Porsche GT3 RS, touched its paint and looked at those “thin as elastic bands” 20/21” wheels and tyres, I knew that it was going to be one of those special vehicles that I was going to remember for a very, very long time. As is customary for me, I opted to be a passenger for the first drive, just so that I can fully revel and be engulfed in the experience of the noises, the smells and the feeling that will be the lasting, tracing image that will be etched in my minds eye. But as I sat in the heavily bolstered racing seat, I ran into a problem. What most manufacturers won’t tell you, is that for you to fully be immersed into a vehicle with this sort of pedigree you also need to carry some sort of pedigree yourself that you get at your local Virgin Active. New dads like me with sympathy pregnancy weight need to stay far, far away from the optional five-point harness fitted to this vehicle, affectionally named “Lizard” not only because of the Paint code name, but because of the registration plate as well, LIZARD WP. This green monster fortunately had the normal three-point seatbelts too and after the cold startup, we were off.

From exiting Porsche Centre Cape Town, you feel like you are sitting just centimeters off the ground, which is the case, but without visibility ever being compromised as seeing out the GT3 RS is no issue whatsoever. After clearing morning traffic and not even getting a chance to see five thousand revolutions from that monster four-litre six-cylinder motor, we get on the freeway and head deeper into wine country. Finally, we get a chance for the GT3 RS to sing us the song of its people and, in a time where everything with four wheels and a combustion engine has some sort of forced induction, to hear a flat-six rev all the way to its red line at a fraction over nine thousand revs. It’s a noise to behold and one that we as the motoring public deeply thank the ladies and gentlemen from Stuttgart for giving us goosebumps from head to toe in 2018. We salute you. Soon after what feels like forever, we get to a coffee stop to which my co-driver and myself opt out of as we would rather be in the cockpit of the Green monster. It was my turn to tame the beast.

From the driver’s seat, even though the five-point harness does get in the way, the driving position is near perfect and the steering wheel, being not too thick or thin, comes right up to your chest. You really do have a position that you wish you could replicate in all cars. From the get-go, the steering comes alive and you often wonder what steering systems felt like before the electronic wizardry took over but being Porsche, the feeling is one of the best out there and you confidently place the front wheels where you want to as the front axle communicates every road surface change to the palms of your hands and you are finding grip in places where it shouldn’t exist.

Off into the winding horizon, the flat-six just hanging out on the rear axle, you are taken a back with the amount of mechanical grip from the rear as the front never feels nervous or that it’s about to take off, and what you have is a racing car for the street that strokes your ego. The GT3 RS makes you look like such an accomplished driver. Keeping the driving experience at eight tenths, you actually feel the GT3 RS looking back at you and coaching you, “we could have done that corner faster”, “Trail brake into this hairpin so we can blast it out”, “I won’t oversteer here so you can bury the throttle, I’ve got this”. This is one vehicle that you feel part of, and not like other supercars that want to kill you at every corner. This is the most communicative and visceral car I have driven in recent years and was sad to hand back the keys when we stopped for lunch.

Now that we had had time to take the whole experience in, grab a bite to eat and have the vehicle swarmed by on-lookers, we looked back at the vehicle and felt that we, the drivers, are in good hands with Porsche. Belonging to the motoring scribe community and having read all that was said about the first version of the 911 GT3, it was quite obvious for me to see that the people yearned for a manual. After some tweaks, Porsche, the manufacturer, remember, listened and gave the public what they wanted. This is the same manufacturer that when developing this glorious motor decided to keep it naturally aspirated so as to keep it the most involving, rewarding and confidence inspiring vehicle amongst its siblings. And to add the cherry on the cake, we hear that the new one has a great chance of keeping to this current recipe! I know that I don’t count for much, but thank you Porsche. Thank you for continuing to make cars for the petrolhead in all of us, we appreciate you!

After lunch, we were, give or take, three hundred kilometers away from our rendezvous point from Porsche Centre Cape Town and took the opportunity to go hunt for the Huguenot tunnel on our way back. The Porsche 991.2 GT3 RS obliged and there we were, in outskirt Western Cape roads chasing a tunnel just to amplify the noise from the 368 kW motor before we had to give ‘LIZARD WP’ back to be readied for the next couple of journalists who would do the same for the next week. The GT3 RS is a vehicle that needs to be celebrated. It’s a vehicle that fully envelopes you in the driving experience and leaves you wanting more and more. Yes, it’s not perfect, but besides the price tag – R5,2 Million as ‘LIZARD WP’ is specced – and the fit racing driver seatbelts, I couldn’t put my finger on any ‘faults’ as it were, especially when one takes it for what it is. Even after almost two months since this epic vehicle was returned to safety, in the quiet parts of some night, my ears still hear that sonorous flat-six ringing all the way to nine thousand revs a minute – what an experience! #GoFundRichardForaGT3RS

Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet

Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet

What is a superlative – well, while some kettles are better than others and all Hoover’s might be vacuum cleaners, not all vacuum cleaners are Hoovers… Rolls-Royce, for example, has become the superlative for the best of the best, peerless if you will. How often have you heard someone describe their brand new ultra-sonic vibrator 5000 toothbrush as being “The Rolls-Royce of toothbrushes” in a misguided attempt to explain just how marvelous it may be. Nobody straightens their curlies with a “Safeway” or a “Russell-Hobbs”, they use a GHD.

The simple reasoning behind this is that as time goes by and something becomes perfected, it becomes the benchmark in its segment, right from awful shoes – Crocs – to elderly walkers such as the Zimmer Frame.

Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet

New Porsche 911

It goes without saying that the Porsche 911 is the superlative sports car. It is to sports cars what the Golf GTI is to hot hatches and the Corolla to Ubers. One would hope then that the latest version of one of the world’s most beloved motoring icons is very nearly perfect, and while we haven’t laid hands on it, things are looking promising to say the least.

We’ve had a good few weeks to ogle over the evolutionary lines of the 992 Generation 911, but as a little new year’s gift to the world, Porsche have just pulled the covers off the 992 Cabriolet.

As with the new 911 Coupe, the Cabriolet features a wider stance across the range, traditionally reserved for four-wheel-drive versions only. This gives the new 911 Cabriolet a distinctive and muscular appearance that some may agree was lacking from the two-wheel-drive versions of the 991/991.2 911’s. The Cabriolet is exclusively available in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guises for the meantime.

Porsche 911 992 Cabriolet Rear

The new Porsche 911 Cabriolet also has a new hydraulics system which is now able to retract the roof in just twelve seconds while magnesium bows within the roof prevent it from ballooning, something which occurs as a result of the low-pressure pocket which forms above the surface of the roof when moving at high speeds. An electronically extendable wind deflector also features as standard.

Engine

Power is provided by the same 2,981 cm³ turbocharged charged six-cylinder boxer engine as the Coupe with 331 kW and 530 Nm of torque from a low down 2,300 rpm. This is mated to an all-new 8-speed double clutch gearbox. This allows the iconic drop-top to hurtle itself to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds (3.7 seconds with optional Sport Chrono Package) for the Carrera S and 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with optional Sport Chrono Package), both reaching top speeds of over 300 km/h.

Other features include the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) Sports suspension for the first time on a Porsche 911 Cabriolet which features more rigid front and rear anti-roll-bars, harder and shorter springs and a 10mm lower ride height. This helps to rein in the Cabriolet’s additional weight and provide a more neutral feel similar to that of the Coupe.

Adaptive cruise control and all of the new safety features found on the new 911 Coupe can be found here too. So, back to my previous point of appliances and superlatives – at what point are we going to start referring to all convertibles as 911’s?

Porsche 911 Cabriolet Pricing in South Africa

Pricing is R1 874 000 for the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet and R1 964 000 for the Carrera 4S Cabriolet.
A 3 year/100 000 km Driveplan is included in that price.

Visit Porsche South Africa for more information.

 

The new Porsche 911 992 Specs and Improvements.

992 Porsche 911

Meet the new Porsche 911 992.

For all of us, there’s one car that we always relate to our childhood. Whether it be from an early experience, or just out of raw appeal, we told ourselves as kids “that’s what I will drive when I grow up.” For me, its always been the Porsche 911. I even had a pet rabbit named “Porsche-e”.

Porsche 911 992 Front

15 years on from my childhood dreams, the 911’s appeal as the ultimate sports car hasn’t faded, I still don’t own one – and they seem to be getting better and better with each new variant. My first driving experience came from the magnificent 911 GTS. Now I look forward to getting behind the wheel of the 992.

Design

One needs to look closely to see major differences on the Porsche 911 992 from the front. Porsche’s Iconic bug eyes stare into your soul, albeit with a new LED setup – while a slight bonnet recess throws back to early 911 models. Go around with a measuring tape and you will find the 992 911 to be 45mm’s wider on the front. A full-width elegant light bar is the most striking element on the rear, which has been designed to give a much bolder look and feel. The license plate placement is also a notable change, creating a cleaner look in the rear.

Porsche 911 992 Rear

While plenty of new technology has been integrated into the interior, it’s still very much “Porsche”. A central rev counter remains, whilst two digital screens on either side provide the driver with relevant information. Porsche’s main interface has now been increased to 10,9 inches and is now easier to use. A range of new services and features result in permanent connectivity with online navigation and Porsche Connect Plus as standard.

Porsche 911 992 Interior

Inline with technical enhancements, a range of safety elements have been provided on the new 911. This includes a world first, “wet-mode” which detects water on the road and prepares the vehicle’s setup to handle it, as well as warn the driver – who can then activate the safer setup with a touch of a button.  Oh, how many 911 drivers could have done with this in the past? Plenty, if you ask me. Brake Assist is standard, while Night Vision, Adaptive Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Assist function are available.

Porsche 911 992 Side

Carrera S and 4S. Performance.

An increase in power from the turbocharged flat-six motor results in an output of 331kW, which is an increase in 22kW. Translating this to the road means that 100km/h is completed in 3.7 seconds for the Carrera S and 3.6 seconds for the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S. That’s not all, with the addition of the Sports Chrono Package this time can be reduced by 0.2 seconds. As we know, driving a 911 isn’t really about how fast you can get to 100km/h, but rather about the entire experience. Improved injection processes, along with new turbo layouts improve the 911’s drive efficiency. On top of that, power delivery to the rear or all wheels depending on variant is done via a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 highlights of the new Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

The Porsche Panamera has gone from strength to strength since its introduction in 2011. Now Porsche has introduced two new models into the second gen range, the Panamera GTS and Panamera Sport Turismo.  Here are 5 things you need to know.

V8 Powerplant

A 4.0 V8 biturbo powerplant is at the heart of the new GTS models, with outs of 338kW(460hp) and 620Nm.  This is an increase of over 15Kw and 100Nm over the previous model, with the sports exhaust system adding to the whole experience. With the standard Sport Chrono package and Porsche’s PTM all-wheel drive system, the Panamera will sprint to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Porsche Panamera GTS Engine

 

Three-chamber air suspension

The Panamera GTS models now come standard with three-chamber air suspension. This system provides comfort when needed but also performance when desired.  If find yourself on an open stretch of twisty road,  the GTS’s lower sports chassis and sportier Active Suspension Management is said to provide great driving dynamics. Something that can’t be said for every saloon.

Porsche Panamera GTS

GTS Styling

Black highlights have now been included on the new Panamera GTS models. These can be found on the front, rear and other areas of the car. These highlights fall under the Sport Design package, which also includes 20″ wheels for the exterior, and black Alcantara set off anodised aluminium trim on the inside. Porsche’s GTS models have always given that little extra in stealthy styling.

Porsche Panamera GTS Styling

New Head-up display

Latest technologies are available on the Panamera GTS models, such as the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, adaptive cruise control and optional ear steering. However,  new to the entire Panamera range a head-up display which can be configured to the driver’s preferences.

 Porsche Panamera GTS Interior

First ever Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

The new GTS Sport Turismo is a first for Porsche and is even more suited for everyday driving with a 4+1 seating configuration. Let’s also not forget the larger boot lid, loading sill and a bigger luggage compartment.  Those long weekends away with the family can now be enjoyed even more, and there may even be room for a set of golf clubs as well.

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo

 

Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo pricing in South Africa

Pricing for the Porsche Panamera GTS is currently TBA. However, the GTS Sport Turismo starts at ZAR 2,148,000 with a 5-year Driveplan, 0r ZAR 2,098,000 with a 3-year Driveplan.

Learn More here: https://www.porsche.com/middle-east/_capetown_/models/panamera/panamera-gts-models/

 

Porsche 911 Carrera T Driven Review

Porsche 911 Carrera T

The new Porsche 911 Carrera T is a car you shouldn’t drive…  

 Why would you not want to drive a semi-stripped version of the current generation turbocharged 911? Let me explain. The purpose of the original Porsche 911 Carrera T was meant to provide an authentic entry level experience for the enthusiastic driver. The “T” stands for “Touring”, which invites you to make like Rihanna and simply “shut up and drive”. This formula is one that worked then and hopefully will work now. During the inception of the original 911 T, the drivers of that time were hairy chested individuals who enjoyed teetering with death. Now, however, we enjoy our creature comforts. So much so, a standard 911 is so good at hiding the fact that it’s a sports car, you can easily forget that it is, when you’re stuck in traffic. Your rear-end stays comfortable after the long drive and your back doesn’t complain whatsoever. If specified with the PDK gearbox, the changes happen so smoothly, your white dress shirt will remain stain free.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

These are all good things, as the purpose of a 911 is a car that’s meant to be used every day. And you can. Merely turning a knob, however, can change the characteristics of your “daily drive”, to become a proper sports car that makes all the right noises and gives you “all the feels”. What Porsche has done from an engineering perspective is phenomenal. You can feel that there’s a lot happening behind the scenes to ensure that you feel like a hero, all the time. Add 305 section rear tires to the mix and you’ve got a grippy, chicane ready weapon – ready to pounce.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

The 911 Carrera T is less. But is it more?

On paper, a 911 with less power, less sound deadening and thinner glass may not sound too appealing. Yes, it’s more affordable, but in a relative sense. Once you’re spending over R1m on a car, it becomes less about price and more about what you want. What does a 911 T driver want? In the Porsche 911 Carrera T, you don’t get rear seats, unless you ask for them. You get 272kW and a manual gearbox as standard. This “basic” setup is what makes it stand out. Once you get going, you notice that It’s louder inside and the 7-speed manual gearbox with close ratios means that you’ll miss a gear occasionally until you get used to the shifts. As silly as you feel when it happens, it reminds you that you’re driving.  You’re in control. It’s the relationship between car and driver that makes it special. It’s a rawer experience compared to other cars in its league, including other 911 variants which can sometimes feel “too perfect”. Once you acclimatize to the vehicle and you start pushing it more, you start bonding with it in a way you don’t in a more “polished” competitor. It encourages you to do what any enthusiast wants to do, drive it like you’re not allowed to.

For that reason, you shouldn’t drive the 911 T…not unless you have the ability to go back to the people of Porsche and say, “when can I pick mine up?” It’s a car that you’ll want to own, which is most journalist’s nightmare – because many of us don’t have the budget to add a 911 in our garage. It’s that good.

Porsche 911 Carrera T

Sports cars tend to become tiresome after some time because the mindset you have whilst driving one is that of mischief. Hence why they make for the perfect weekend toys. After spending a week in a 911 GTS not too long ago, I was not tired. I could jump in the next day and brave peak hour Sandton traffic in it. After a day in the manual 911 T, I was ready for bed. Having a flat 6 screaming at me all day and making sure my coordination is on top form took a lot out of me. That being said, I couldn’t be happier.

My advice to anyone looking to buy a car like this would be to consider how often they want to drive it. If you want a daily companion, get a well-specified 911 S or GTS. If you’ve got another car that you’ll use daily, get a 911 T in manual guise. You’ll be salivating every Friday because you’ll know that once you start up that Porker, it’s going to be lit.

Porsche 911 Carrera T Pricing in South Africa

3-year Driveplan : R 1,536,000

5-year Driveplan: R 1,586,000

We Drive the New Porsche Cayenne in South Africa

New Porsche Cayenne South Africa

New Porsche Cayenne Driven Review

Porsche. It’s a  name that is synonymous with racing, hard-core stripped out road vehicles and daily drivers that many a stockbroker have or are in the process of ordering. It’s a name that carries heritage and a history in motorsport that many manufacturers would love to call their own. For any petrol head, it’s been a brand that most aspire to, but come 2003, Porsche decided to branch out and for good reason. They decided that the clients who already own their sports cars needed something that they could drive daily, with spouse and children in tow. They gave us the Porsche Cayenne.

New Porsche Cayenne South Africa

Porsche Cayenne Side Shot

Yes, at first glance it wasn’t the most handsome sibling but for Porsche clients and anyone who could afford the price tag, it didn’t matter. The Porsche Cayenne was bought by the trendy, wealthy families in your estate. You know the family, the Khumalo’s and the Smiths. The family with the toned, gym focussed mother who can whip up a gourmet meal for her family. The tall and chiselled father who is not only the CEO of his international company but also coaches his daughter’s soccer team. Yes, those families. It’s because of them, that the Cayenne brand has gone from strength to strength and what we have now, in 2018 is the most one of the best looking SUVs in the market, and it’s the Cayenne.

The launch of the new Porsche Cayenne.

We all met up in rainy and very windy Cape Town for the launch of the new Cayenne. At first glance, and from a distance, you see the design team went in for a nip and tuck. In its third rendition, you would be hard pressed to see where improvements could be made as I thought the previous model was a particularly handsome vehicle – that is why I’m writing an article on the new Cayenne and not in Stuttgart, in a Porsche lab coat, submitting design drawings.

From the rear, with its Tron like LED spanning the entire boot length, along with the coupe-like roofline and front end that looks more like 911.2 that a regular SUV, I’m left with much want for this car. Inside you are greeted by a cabin that would be a technophobe’s nightmare. It’s all electric with buttons and switchgear for everything. It’s very much tuned for the iPad generation, something that I will not tire of.

Three engines are available from launch and we first sampled the “baby” Cayenne with its 3.0L V6 petrol motor producing 250kW and 450Nm. It’s crazy to think that some flagship vehicles churn out those kinds of numbers. Out into Capetonian traffic, something that the whole of South Africa could do without, we head out into the wine country. In front, we are led by the flagship Cayenne Turbo variant and I don’t know if it’s my Gauteng aggressiveness in my driving style, but the Turbo wasn’t able to show me up in the corners and sweeping mountain passes, however, he did show me what the rear of the car looked like on the straights.

Tech

The ride on the “entry level” Cayenne was plush, feedback from the front axle and steering was more than adequate and you find yourself pushing much harder than your skill set normally lets you, such is the confidence that the Cayenne gives you. What impressed me was the standard equipment that’s offered on the entry-level model and with a base of R1 142 000, it’s square in line with its counterparts from Germany and the United Kingdom.

New Porsche Cayenne South Africa

New Porsche Cayenne Interior South Africa

After reaching our coffee stop, I was now a passenger and could play with the digital driving display and all the settings that could be personalised. To say that I got lost in the varies menus is an understatement. I just love interiors that I can really make my own and in this vehicle, you can do just that. Very soon, I found myself driving what I would say is the pick of the bunch, the Cayenne S.

New Porsche Cayenne S

Powered by a 2.9 V6 Motor, punching out 324kW, 550Nm and a standing 0-100kph time of 4,9 seconds, you instantly fall in love with this variant. I was commending the normal Cayenne on its power delivery and the fact that you never really lacked for power,  this motor, however, gives you that little extra you didn’t know that you needed. Overtaking is done before you know it and if you find yourself alone, on a familiar stretch of road, the Cayenne S will stop its gallop at 265 kph, 20 kph more than its sibling. Standard options fitted to the Cayenne S are just too many to number, but the major reason for the S is the motor, and at this pricing range, you can justify the R154 000 price jump.

New Porsche Cayenne S South Africa

Porsche Cayenne S Driving

New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Now for the “Maneer”, the General, the Turbo S. We live in an age where Turbo motors are the way to get around emissions issues, while bringing consumption figures and down to reasonable levels. Sadly, the engine note from the exhaust is normally then lost and sacrificed.  You see, turbos swallow up the naughty noise that would make even the sharpest accountant giggle like a five-year-old, but not in the case of the Turbo S. From startup, the mightly 4.0 V8 motor, producing 404kW and 770Nm lets you know that it means business and that you should strap in, tight!

New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

I’ve always maintained that high-performance SUVs are not practical and offer performance that you don’t need as no sane parent would drive “that way” with their kids staring at them in the rear-view mirror. But and this is a big BUT, this is the second SUV that would make me go against my cardinal rule. To say that the Cayenne Turbo is fast is like saying that an NBA player is tall. It’s a fact known by all but there is so much depth to that statement that you would need to be in the vehicle, better yet, the driver’s seat to fully comprehend the thought that I’m trying to get across here.

New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Gone are the days of struggling to keep up with traffic on rural roads. The string of trucks that are blocking the traffic from flowing? Gone. That “special” mountain pass that you are trying to carve and get rid of small cars and delivery vans? Gone. The Turbo S delivers power in waves that would make any sane driver a favourite paying member of the JMPD, and it’s also done without your passengers being hurled from side to side. The Turbo S is so well sorted suspension-wise that you end up feeling that you are in Panamera, rather than an SUV in the clouds.

What would I buy?

So there you have it. The new Porsche Cayenne is a fantastic vehicle. The Khumalo’s and Smiths have already ordered theirs but what about the Nwamba’s?  I have driven a diesel SUV for the last couple of years and have become very fond of driving a tank to 700 km plus between fill-ups. Interestingly, the new Cayenne isn’t available in a diesel, and with petrol being a cleaner burning fuel, you can see the reason for this. Diesel is expected to be phased out in the next decade with emission standards being strict and Porsche has now jumped ahead of everyone with this decision.

New Porsche Cayenne S South Africa

Rear of Porsche Cayenne S

So the only vehicle that would be under my consideration would be my pick of the bunch – the Cayenne S. It’s in the same ballpark in terms of pricing with the Mercedes GLE 350 AMG, the BMW X5 30d M Sport and the Range Rover TdV6 SE and to play devil’s advocate, the Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI. You can see that these are vehicles that have been giving my wife and I a headache and the introduction of the new Cayenne to further complicated this decision, a decision that we’ve decided to park till next year when we will need to play ching Chong cha! If I were to make that decision now though, I would be writing this from the seat of a Cayenne S.

Learn More here: https://www.porsche.com/middle-east/_capetown_/models/cayenne/

Third Generation Porsche Cayenne Released

New Porsche Cayenne

New Porsche Cayenne & Cayenne S Released

Porsche is one brand that I personally love but really will never understand. They make the greatest cars and they are a perfect example of great European engineering, with regards to precision, attention to detail and that fabled thing called German engineering. The latest Cayenne does follow a similar design pattern to that of the previous models, and by similar we mean nearly identical, but as they say, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it and the Cayenne has always been a good looking vehicle.

New Porsche Cayenne

Meet the new third generation Porsche Cayenne SUV. One has to remind themselves of the fact that the Porsche Cayenne is still the most capable SUV’s ON the road, and this newest model is all about being the most dynamic, large SUV. This can be believed due to the sporty prowess the current Cayenne adopts, despite its size. In the third generation, Porsche have used more aluminum and a smaller body frame, meaning the total weight is now just under 2 tonnes at 1985 kg which is around 65 kg less than its predecessor.

The standard variant of the new Cayenne is available with a 3-litre turbocharged engine producing 250 kW and 450 N.m of torque, with performance figures standing at 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds. One up from this, the new Cayenne S model will use the same motor as the Panamera S – a 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6 kicking out 324 kW and 550 N.m of torque. These figures result in a 100kmh dash of 5.2 seconds, just in case you were interested.

New Porsche Cayenne

Porsche’s new Cayenne needs to be more comfortable than anything else, all while keeping everything tidy when it comes to the twisties. Porsche’s new 4D Chassis Control makes this possible. New adaptive dampers are also standard on the Cayenne S, and an optional extra on the standard Cayenne model. For increased high speed maneuverability, the Cayenne S is now also available with rear-wheel steering-just in case you’re late for your sons soccer game.

New Porsche Cayenne Interior

We mentioned earlier that the new Cayenne follows a very similar design theme to the previous gen models, with the minor differences being new front air intakes and rear taillights.More significant changes can be found in the interior and the new Cayenne takes much from the Panamera with a new 12.3 inch infotainment system, analogue digital dial pack and a touch sensitive center console. The original Cayenne trademark vertical outer vents remain as is. Of course, Porsche build quality is a given with this new interior set to be of an even higher standard than the outgoing model.

Pricing isn’t available at this time but the new Porsche Cayenne is set to drop in South Africa in June 2018.

Is The Porsche 911 GTS All The Porsche You Will Ever Need?

Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche 911 GTS: All The Porsche You Need?

Flying through the cradle of mankind as the sun is lowering in the sky, onto the brakes and a delightful downshift brings more music to my ears – another crackle and pop from the Sports Exhaust system. Turning through the next bend is just as enjoyable as the rear follows the front, planted to the tarmac with inconceivable grip. The yellow McLaren MP4-12C ahead pulls a little further away before the next bend appears, we enter faster this time, drawing the bumble bee in closer again.

Porsche 911 GTS

I’m starting to realise why the car I’m driving is part of a brand which has arguably produced some of the the greatest sports cars the world has ever seen. Is this all the Porsche you would ever need? This ran through my mind while the GTS produced more evocative sounds and lightning fast gearshifts.

There are faster Porsches than this, a thought which is actually quite hard to conceive, the question still remains though, is the Porsche 911 GTS all the Porsche you need?

Porsche 911 GTS

The answer to that is quite possibly yes. You see, unlike a GT3, it has 4 seats ( 2 adults + 2 children) and unlike the Porsche 911 Turbo, it will set you back less than R2 million. It is, however, blisteringly fast. You will hit 100 km/h in the time you can count to about 3 and let’s be honest, can you really tell the difference between 2.7 seconds and 3.4? Maybe, but straight line speed isn’t all the hype, even if you can repeatedly launch the Porsche from a standstill with a simple, no caffuffle system until kingdom come – gone are days of clutch replacements after 5 rare moments of bliss.

Porsche 911 GTS

The Porsche is special, not because its rapid or because of its charming looks or even because it delivers just a magical driving experience. It’s a combination of all three, and more.

Power delivery is noticeably different to other turbo-charged sports cars, power and torque build as the revs increase similar to that of a naturally aspirated setup, there is no instant spike of torque. In fact under, 3 000 rpm the Porsche doesn’t have much at all, but in this car you don’t spend much time in the lower range anyway, it kind of eggs you on and says “push me, I dare you”.

Porsche 911 GTS

The three driving modes really help to set the mood with normal, sport and sport +. If you are looking to leave the week behind with a flat-6 symphony and driving dynamics similar to that of a racecar, then sport + is the place to be, while keeping it all fairly under control – not that’s it’s easy to unstick the rear of the 911 GTS due to the sheer amount of grip available. It’s worth noting that in the centre of the mode dial is a little button – called Sport Response, once pushed every ounce that the Porsche 911 GTS can provide is at your disposal for just 20 seconds – use it wisely. Another turn of the mode dial will engage sport mode, which is a little step back but still encourages a spirited drive and gives the pops and bangs from the sports exhaust system which we all seem to love. Then there is normal mode which as the name suggests, is probably the most boring mode to be in. For me though, this is where the magic happens.

Porsche 911 GTS

Why? Because normal mode displays one of the 911’s most beautiful strengths – being able to drive it every day, comfortably. The cabin is a very nice place to be and the systems are fairly easy to use. With the engine response and noise toned down inline with gearbox easing off, the 911 can be driven like a normal car. Further to this, the suspension also has a little more give and with the touch of a button the front end can be raised for those nasty sleeping policeman, especially as the GTS runs 10 mm lower than the standard 911.

Porsche 911 GTS

Conclusion

When you buy a Porsche, you are not just buying a sports car, you are buying into a brand, a lifestyle and of course, heritage. It may be subliminal but this is also transferred through to the driver right from when you hit the start button.

Of Course, a GT3 is a thoroughbred track day aimed vehicle, whereas the Turbo S is more powerful, faster and features 4-wheel drive – which isn’t always a bonus. Both of these vehicles come with the increased price tag which may be out of reach for many and that is the other beauty of the 911 GTS – it’s terribly quick, terribly fantastic to drive and terribly well-suited to everyday use. The GTS certainly isn’t the fastest, nor is it the most expensive sports car on the road, but from a pure driving experience it really could be one of the most special – it’s a true sports car and could be all the Porsche you ever need.