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Porsche 911 Turbos & Gnarly Roads: 4-Days Exploring the Okanagan

by Amee Reehal at TractionLife.com

The Porsche Travel Experience British Columbia is designed for globetrotters & drivers alike, exploring Canada’s west coast gem in the latet 911 Carrera S.

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2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid: New Porsche SUV with 455-hp Arrives Next Spring

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by TractionLife.com

Porsche continues to push hard towards sustainability with their growing range of hybrids. Best part? Power and handling continue to improve along with your fuel bill. Their latest new SUV is the Cayenne E-Hybrid arriving early next year.

But if you’re looking at the non-hybrid 2019 Cayenne, check out our exclusive review here.

Powered by a 3L V6 making 355-hp paired to a 134-hp electric engine, the 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid will make 455-hp – that’s 40-hp more than the 2018 Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Hitting 100 km/h in 5-seconds, the new Cayenne can drive up to a distance of 44 km and speed of 135 km/h on electricity alone.

Aside form the horsepower gain, the real story is that this new Porsche SUV’s electric engine performance is now over 43-percent higher than the outgoing model; with boost derived from the 918 Spyder.

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The newest Porsche brings ‘E-performance’ option to Cayenne line-up with the 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid arriving early next year. The improved electric engine helps make 455-hp and a Porsche-first is the full colour HUD. New 22-inch wheels and heated windshield also new. MSRP is US$79,900 and C$91,700. Pic: Porsche

Also new for 2019:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • full colour heads-up display – a Porsche first
  • heated windshield

2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid Price and Availability

Expect North American dealer deliveries for the new Porsche SUV Spring 2019. US pricing is set at US$79,900, and in Canada the E-Hybrid Cayenne will start at C$91,700.

Learn more here:

Cayenne E-Hybrid USA | Cayenne E-Hybrid Canada

2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid interior

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Keep These Top 2017 Luxury SUVs & Crossovers on Your 2018 Shopping List

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If you’re shopping for a new luxury utility vehicle today, pass on the 2018s and check out last year’s 2017 models offering great value at better deals.

We may be just one quarter of the way into 2018, but automakers are already working hard to promote their 2019 models, particularly those in the lucrative SUV and crossover segments.

Automakers recognize that these are highly profitable vehicles, so they tend to be the first models to gain the latest in safety and high-tech equipment. While that makes it tempting to spring for one of the newest versions, don’t forget that many of the “brand-new” vehicles being advertised are updates to excellent designs that have already been around a few years.

For luxury crossover and SUV buyers looking for a deal on one of the many leftover 2017 models still on dealer lots, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite upscale utilities that are basically identical to the versions currently being touted in newspaper and television ads.

Audi Q3

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It can be challenging to make a small crossover look good, but Audi managed to transpose its brand-wide design cues onto the little Q3 to create a vehicle that looks more expensive than it is.

The Q3’s understated interior also helps its case, even if a compact footprint limits rear-seat legroom. A 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 200 hp and, more importantly, cranks out 207 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm, making the Q3 feel particularly strong in city driving.

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Lexus RX

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The latest generation of Lexus’s most popular crossover model may not be pretty, but it’s a well-executed vehicle that reminds us why buyers continue to flock to the brand’s showrooms.

The cabin is roomy and nicely-finished, treating occupants to one of the quietest rides you’ll find in a mid-size crossover. At the entry level, the RX 350 uses a 295-hp V6 that is smooth and refined no matter what you ask it to do, and returns good fuel economy on top of that. If you want a little more power and efficiency, the hybrid RX 450h promises both.

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Volvo XC90

2017 Volvo XC90

Introduced in its current form in 2016, the XC90 has subsequently lent its most striking styling elements to other members of the Volvo lineup. No matter where you look in the XC90 range, you get a tech-intensive interior with comfortable seating and plenty of space.

At the high end, you’ll find a plug-in hybrid trim with 400 hp; gas and hybrid variants can be optioned with true luxury touches like a shift lever topped with Swedish crystal. For 2017, all XC90 models use a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder engine, tuned for 250 hp (hybrid) or 316 hp (non-hybrid trims).

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Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The GLS is hardly the only upscale SUV to offer three rows of seating, but it is notable for combining that spacious interior with one of the widest ranges of powertrains available in this class of vehicle. And if you’re a fan of diesels, 2017 was the last year you could get Mercedes‘ torquey and efficient 3.0-litre diesel V6 in the GLS.

At the other end of the range is the AMG GLS 63 model, with its 5.5-litre turbo V8 making a wicked 577 hp. The GLS’s size can make it intimidating to drive in tight parking lots, but on the road it feels solid and refined.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep built its reputation on SUVs that can tackle nearly any terrain, so it should come as no surprise that even its most luxurious model is a capable off-roader. But Jeep also aims to compete with European SUVs with the Grand Cherokee’s SRT variant, a track-oriented monster that accelerates harder and handles better than you might expect from a domestic-designed utility.

The Grand Cherokee looks its best in its well-dressed, V8-powered Overland and Summit trims, but 2017 brought a new Trailhawk trim that packed in Jeep’s most sophisticated 4WD system and a suspension that improves agility in off-road driving.

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

2017 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover is Land Rover’s poshest model, but we’ve singled out the smaller Range Rover Sport here for its lower price and the fact that this lighter vehicle can be optioned with the same outrageous supercharged V8 as its larger sibling.

Atop the range is the SVR model, fitted with a version of that V8 that’s good for 575 hp. In 2017, the Range Rover Sport gained Land Rover’s then-new infotainment system, built around a 10.2-inch high-def touchscreen, along with newly-available active safety features.

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Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Any version of the Cayenne is a solid choice if you’re after a vehicle that brings sporty handling to the crossover class, but we’re calling out the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model because Porsche was ahead of the curve in offering that type of powertrain in this category.

Beyond offering Cayenne drivers an opportunity to save fuel, the E-Hybrid brings a notable power increase compared to the base model, with 416 hp and the ability to run on electricity alone even at highway speeds. Like the Range Rover Sport, the Cayenne added a modern infotainment setup in 2017, including support for the Apple CarPlay smartphone integration platform.

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Paris 2014: Refreshed Porsche Cayenne

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Benyl already highlighted the details of the refreshed Porsche Cayenne in a previous article but it wasn’t until today that we got to see it in the flesh. While not a radical departure from the 958 we know and love, it’s enough that existing owners might want to think about upgrading. Of special note is the Cayenne S e-hybrid model, which looked stunning. Take a look through the gallery and let us know what you think of the latest face of Porsche.

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2015 Porsche Cayenne refresh ahead of the Paris motor show

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The Porsche Cayenne refresh was recently released to the public. It’s a beauty. Mid-cycle updates always bring a nice refreshed looked to a vehicle. It refines the look that you are already used to and makes you take a second look and say: “There is something a little different about that car.” It’s like when you meet up with an old friend who has had an “enhancement.” Whether that is a nose job, an update to the eyes, or even some pouty lips, surgery always makes you take notice.

The most striking model is the top of the line Cayenne Turbo. There is something about LED headlamps on any vehicle that does it for me. Maybe it is because designers are able to make them look so different and they don’t have to follow the conventional projector beam or reflector housing look. Gone is also the requirement for only 2 sources of light. Just looks cool.

A new set of headlights with the brands specific 4 point LED daytime running lights and a revised bumper highlight the changes in the front. In the rear are an updated tailgate (which comes with standard power now) and some revised tail lights. A little nip here and a tuck there. It is a nice package. The interior is also updated with a new multi function steering wheel which is said to come from the 918. Shift paddles are now standard. The center stack is a mess of buttons.

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Porsche Macan Debut Leads To Best Ever Monthly Sales

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Back when everyone was worried about the y2k bug that was to shutdown the entire world’s computer systems, Porsche was prepping to do the unthinkable. They were just about to announce plans to build an SUV. The sports car company was going to build a truck. The Porsche faithful were up in arms over the launch of the Cayenne but the decision to do so likely saved Porsche and may be the only reason they are still building the beloved 911s. Fast forward a decade and talks began on the design and production of yet another SUV to wear the Porsche badge. The Porsche Macan was launched to cater to demand for crossovers.

Porsche certainly nailed it with their strategy to introduce the smaller crossover to their expanding lineup, at least based on initial sales figures. The Macan, with 1263 vehicles sold in May, was just shy of being Porsche’s top selling model, falling just 31 vehicles short of the Cayenne (1294). For comparison, Porsche sold 864 911s during the same time frame. In fact, Macan sales were so good they helped pushed Porsche to achieve their highest ever monthly sales with 4609 total vehicles.

“With retail sales of well over 1,200 Macan in just two weeks our fifth model line has made good on its initial promise to make an impact in the compact SUV segment”, observed Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “It is equally gratifying that the two-door sports cars and Panamera are continuing their strong sales performance with being ahead of last year’s five-month totals while demand for Cayenne still outstrips supply,” he added.

We’ll have to see if the high sales volume will continue for the Macan but for those that complain about the Cayenne and Macan sullying the Porsche name, just remember that without these two vehicles there may not be a 911 for you to lust after.


Calgary Police Looking For Cayenne and Mustang Racers

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A YouTube video uploaded last week has caught the attention of the Calgary Police. The video, timestamped April 8, 2014 is filmed from a dash camera mounted to a Porsche Cayenne according to the video description. It shows a Ford Mustang Shelby driving well over the speed limit on Crowchild Trail with the Cayenne in pursuit. All of this occurs in heavy traffic at the start of the evening rush hour according to the dash camera timestamp. In a bid to catch up to the Mustang, the Cayenne driver dives into the restricted bus only lane and eventually pulls back in behind the Mustang before the video ends.

With the closure of Race City there are no venues for car enthusiasts to get their need for speed out of their systems and incidents like this are probably occurring daily. With the proliferation of dashcams, videos like this will likely continue popping up despite how silly it is to provide police with evidence of your wrongdoings. Check out the video below.

I’m not going to preach about how stupid this is because I was young once. All I can say is, there are better times to be driving like this. If you’re lucky enough to still be kicking around in a few years there hopefully will be some new race tracks in the Calgary area for you to get your speed fix.

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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

Porsche has rounded out the redesigned Cayenne lineup with the launch of the flagship 2013 Cayenne Turbo S.

The Cayenne Turbo S sat quietly in the Porsche booth with none of the pomp or circumstance it deserved. While other manufacturers built lavish displays and had detailed presentations by top executives, Porsche simply put their vehicles on display and let them speak for themselves.

So what did the new Cayenne have to say? Well the obvious differences between it and the standard Turbo are an extra 50 horsepower and 40 ft/lb of torque. This gets the Turbo S from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds up to a top speed of 175 mph, figures that few sports cars can match, let alone full-size SUVs. All that power goes through the same 8 speed transmission and same all wheel drive system as the Turbo, as well as a host of standard performance features which are optional on the Turbo. The only other real differentiators are the gloss black accents on the interior and quad exhaust tips on the back.

I imagine the smile on the driver’s face may also be one size bigger than the standard Turbo, but Porsche was unable to confirm.

More pictures of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S


Blog: 270 km/h in 2011 Porsche Cayenne

I know, I know, this wasn’t the wisest thing to do, but it’s Porsche’s fault – actually I blame the new Cayenne Turbo.
In Germany for the launch of the third-generation of the SUV, I found myself with funny-guy Russ Bond, a freelance writer and racing nut, and ever-talkative Jim Kenzie of the Toronto Star, as well as Porsche Canada PR manager Laurance Yap.