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Real Review of the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo has a viable claim as the hottest sports car on the market. It has stunning performance, exclusivity, and the versatility to be a daily driver. The exterior form lines are well-recognized, yet the style elements, performance parts and interior can be customized to the owner’s exact specifications.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S comes in hardtop or sporty drop top Cabriolet. Both share nearly identical capabilities, and both are undeniably turbos. Speaking of turbo, the term gets tossed around rather loosely in automotive circles. However, Dr. Frank Walliser, Vice President Model Line 911, took to the press in order to clarify what makes the new Porsche 911 Turbo stand out from the crowd.

“A Turbo does not just have to be clearly different in visual terms, but it must above all be possible to really feel the difference. The work to differentiate is therefore correspondingly high, not just with regards to the design, but also to the chassis and the engine,” says Walliser.

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Performance Power of the 911 Turbo S

The 911 Turbo S can go from naught to 60 MPH in just 2.6 seconds. That’s its fastest time and you can produce it with the available Sport Chrono Package. It has a top track speed of 205 miles per hour. The Turbo S is capable of producing 640 horsepower and 590 pound feet of torque.

The Porsche 911 Turbo has a powertrain that undergoes constant development. Great isn’t good enough when the mark is set to excellence. Fittingly, the new 911 Turbo S has a new VTG twin turbo V6 engine that embodies the work of over 70 years of automotive experience.

It has greater power and efficiency thanks to several tweaks to the internal friction inside the engine and a redeveloped combustion process. Mechanically, it borrows some of the 911 Carrera’s engineering language. However, the new boxer engine has improved piezo injectors and a new air intake system. The 8-speed PDK transmission has also undergone a round of performance tweaks to produce faster, even more seamless gear shifts. It has a hold mode for extending the gear range, torque vectoring and all-wheel drive.

When you hear a 911 Turbo S approaching there’s this low, humming exhaust note that hints at the power on tap. With the optional sport exhaust system, the new 911 Turbo S produces a blatantly powerful engine note. To keep up with the competition, subtle has gone out the window.

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Porsche 911 Turbo Style and Design

Real automotive enthusiasts and Porsche fans might be able to notice that the new 911 Turbo S looks a bit more muscular. That’s because the rear fenders have been redesigned and the back end is 20 mm wider than the previous model.

There are controlled cooling air flaps at the front, while the larger rear wing has been designed for even more downforce. The front track has also been extended. It’s 45 mm wider and adds greater handling and stability. The front fenders rise up above the hood, which slides down long and low to the front fascia.

For the first time, the 911 Turbo S has two different sized tires. It now has 20-inch wheels in the front and 21-inch wheels in the rear. With the Porsche Active Suspension enhancement, the chassis is slammed down by 10 millimeters. The tail lights have been redesigned to create one narrow beam traveling the width of the vehicle. Beneath it all, are two wide circular exhaust ports.

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Interior Amenities of the New Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 Turbo S is strictly a two-seater, even though there are seats in the rear. Even a child would feel cramped from the lack of legroom back there. It’s mainly for luggage. That being said, the 911 Turbo is remarkably comfortable for the front passengers.

It comes with a motorsport steering wheel, ambient lighting, and 14-way electronically adjustable seats. The 911 Turbo S comes with a BOSE surround sound system, a customizable 10.9-inch display screen, and an intelligent voice control system that responds and recognizes natural speech patterns.

Safety Gear from Porsche

The safety of a sports car is largely up to the driver. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is no different. The Turbo S is outfitted with oversized yellow Porsche ceramic brakes. The front track has 10-piston aluminum calipers with 4-piston calipers in the rear. There’s a WET driving mode that applies added traction assistance during slippery conditions. Also, the 911 Turbo S is equipped with rear axle steering.

The cabin occupants are protected with advanced airbags in the front as well as side impact beams and curtain airbags. The Porsche 911 Turbo S does have a unique automated system called Warn and Brake Assist. In certain conditions, the vehicle will prompt the driver to apply the brakes and can even apply them autonomously to prevent a collision. However, the system might not activate if the driver engages in certain evasive driving maneuvers.

At the Finish Line

The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S has a starting price of $207,000. The Cabriolet costs $219,800. The Turbo S is blisteringly fast and intuitive. It merges with the driver in way that is synergistic and logical. Yet, somehow the Porsche 911 Turbo doesn’t lose unique identity as an iconic sports car.

Just when you thought the 911 couldn’t get better, Porsche somehow found ways to improve the powertrain and the aerodynamics of the body. This is the definitive sports car – the measure by which all others will need to be judged.

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2020 Porsche Panamera Features Review: Driveline and Chassis

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features three distinct body styles. The normal Panamera includes a long, tapered rear cargo hatch, while the Sport Turismo includes a more vertical rear hatch like a station wagon. The Executive sticks with the normal Panamera hatch but increases in length between the front and rear axles (commonly called the extended wheelbase) to provide more space to rear-seat passengers.

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features several configuration trim levels, but not in each body design: the base model Panamera, Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo, and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. These versions distinguish themselves with unique engines and features. There’s also a 10 Years Edition which celebrates a decade of Panamera production.

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2020 Porsche Panamera Features

Interior

The Porsche Panamera is a good-looking automobile. The interior is extremely sleek. It includes a central hub that divides the driver’s side from the passenger side. This central hub holds the gear lever in addition to additional well-arranged controls and dials. This layout is simple and sporty, built for luxury and relaxation.

The Panamera is available in three body styles: Hatchback, Executive, and Sport Turismo. The hatchback and longer Executive versions have four seats, while the wagonlike Sport Turismo configuration has five seats. No matter configuration, the Panamera’s front seats are comfortable and highly adjustable, and there is ample head- and legroom, even for taller occupants.

Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard. Upgrades include heated rear seats, ventilated and massaging front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and rear sunshades. The Panamera has two full sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

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2020 Panamera Engines

The 2020 Porsche Panamera spoils you with engine choices. The base model is powered with a 3.0-liter turbo V6 producing 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. The S versions include a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that increases horsepower to 440hp. The 4 E-Hybrid pairs this engine with an electric motor to produce 457 horsepower.

The GTS models have a twin-turbo 4.0 V8 with 453 horsepower. The Panamera Turbo adds more horsepower from that same 4.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque.

Each engine is paired with Porsche’s terrific eight-speed PDK, which is a dual-clutch automatic transmission. The gear changes are smooth and well-timed. Drivers may also change gears manually via the steering wheel’s shift paddles. The entry-level model version Panamera is outfitted with rear-wheel drive. The other versions are equipped with AWD.

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Porsche Traction Management (PTM)

All 2020 Porsche Panamera versions are equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). This active AWD features a digital and map-controlled multi-plate clutch that provides the optimum distribution of drive force whatever the driving scenario — for exceptional acceleration capability on long straights, through tight corners, and road surfaces with varying traction.

The multi-plate clutch modulates the supply of power between the rear axle and front axle. Driving conditions are continuously monitored, allowing the system to respond to a number of situations. Sensors check, among other factors, the rotation rates of all four wheels and tires, the longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the car, and the steering wheel angle. If the rear wheels and tires threaten to spin under acceleration, a larger percentage of drive force is distributed to the front with a powerful engagement of this multi-plate clutch.

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Chassis

The chassis of the 2020 Porsche Panamera performs this balancing act between sport and comfort effortlessly — and in the most masterful way possible: with further-developed, optional chassis technologies. Examples include the adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology boasting a 60 percent greater air capacity than that of the predecessor, recent Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), and rear-axle steering.

What is new is the integrated Porsche 4D Chassis Control system, which centrally analyses the driving situation in all three spatial dimensions, e.g. pitch, roll, and yaw computes optimum driving conditions from such data and synchronizes all chassis systems in real-time: the fourth dimension. The purpose is to maximize overall performance and also to make the middle ground between sporty driving and relaxation as expansive as possible.

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Rear-Axle Steering

Available for all 2020 Porsche Panamera’s for the first time: optional rear-axle steering. It improves real-world performance and everyday driveability in proportionate measure.

During low-speed movement, the system steers the rear wheels and tires in the reverse direction to that of the front wheels and tires. This has the basic effect of shortening the wheelbase. The turning circle is shortened, sharpness is raised and parking gets considerably easier to handle.

During high-speed movement, the system steers the rear wheels and tires in exactly the exact same way as that of the front wheels and tires. This fundamental extension of the wheelbase improves driving steadiness.

Rear-axle steering makes it very clear that there isn’t any contradiction between stableness and sharpness or functionality and everyday driveability. The consequence: higher maneuverability and driving security in regular use — and a substantial increase in maximum driving performance.

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Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)

PASM is a computerized damping control system. It actively and constantly adjusts the damping force on each wheel, based on current road conditions and driving style. The result is to cut down vehicle body motion and thereby increase comfort for all passengers.

Three modes are accessible: Normal, SPORT, and SPORT PLUS. Sensors record the body movements as they happen amid strong acceleration, braking, speedy cornering, or on uneven road surfaces. From these data, the management unit of the Porsche 4D Chassis Control system determines the impact on the driving state of the automobile and changes the damping force on each of the wheels and tires in line with the chosen mode. The outcome is tangible: improved driving steadiness, enhanced comfort, and improved performance.

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Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus

New Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) is an active roll stabilization system with an ultra sporty installation. It arouses the lateral inclination of the body induced by cornering from the very beginning and acts to contain it. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport also lowers the lateral instability of the vehicle on uneven ground.

In conjunction with PDCC Sport, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus boosts driving dynamics and balance. As a function of steering angle and steering rate, accelerator pedal position, yaw rate, and vehicle speed, it increases steering response and precision by tactical braking of the left or right rear wheel. At high speeds and when accelerating out of corners, the electronically controlled rear differential lock with fully variable torque distribution also functions to provide higher driving balance and traction.

Wheels and SPORT Mode

Wheels

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features wider wheels and an increased contact surface — for better performance under braking and acceleration. As of this writing, optional sizes up to 21 inches are usable from a range of wheel designs, assuring you of a grand look. The Panamera versions are equipped as standard with 19-inch wheels and tires, the Panamera Turbo 20-inch wheels and tires. A selection of additional 19-, 20- and 21-inch wheels and tires are available.

SPORT mode

With SPORT mode, you can swap from a comfort-oriented tuning into a sporty setup. The computerized engine management system demands a sharper response. Engine dynamics become more direct. In SPORT mode, PDK upshifts quicker and downshifts earlier. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) and rear-axle steering also change to SPORT mode, providing harder damping and more direct turn-in — and much-increased dexterity through corners.

Sport Chrono Package including mode switch

The Sport Chrono Package provides an even sportier tuning of the Porsche Panamera chassis, engine, and transmission. The package contains a digital and analog stopwatch, a visual in the instrument cluster showing longitudinal and lateral acceleration, and a performance screen for examining lap times in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM).

What is brand-new is the SPORT Response button on the steering wheel, derived from the 918 Spyder. Four driving modes are available: Normal, SPORT, SPORT PLUS, and Individual — for a much more lively driving character.

In SPORT mode, the 2020 Porsche Panamera features enhanced dynamics and much more direct handling. In SPORT PLUS, the motor gets even more responsive. The rev-limiter is corrected to a more challenging setting. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) are retuned for stiffer damping and more direct turn-in. The adaptive air suspension falls into a very low-Level setting and tightens the spring rate. Another feature included in the package is Launch Control — for optimal acceleration from a standing start.

The stopwatch mounted on the dashboard screen logs driving time or may be utilized as a traditional clock. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is updated to include a performance screen, allowing you to view, save, and evaluate laps or other driving times.

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SPORT Response

Pressing the button at the middle of the mode switch primes the motor and transmission for the speediest possible unleashing of performance and ability (e.g. for overtaking). To put it differently, the most responsiveness — for a period of about 20 seconds.

PSM Sport

Together with the Sport Chrono Package, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is supplemented with a ‘Sport’ mode. It helps a more sporty driving style, with PSM staying busy in the background. For a further improvement to your driving experience.

Final Thoughts

The 2020 Porsche Panamera features a diverse lineup, with three body styles and seven spec levels to pick from. Prices are all over the board, with a top-level Turbo S E-Hybrid costing twice as much as an entry-level model Panamera. Performance between these versions understandably boosts with the cost too. Whichever model you’ve got an eye on, rest assured that you will be getting one of the best luxury sedans with the type of sporty performance that justifies the Porsche badge.

2018 Porsche Macan S Review

I’m not that impressed with the 2018 Porsche Macan S. Yes, it’s a Porsche and yes it’s fast, but what else do you get for your money? That’s the real question? A base model Macan starts at $47,800K and this S model I decided to go with has an MSRP of $55,400 just to get it out the door.

In typical Porsche fashion, just like they did with the 2018 Porsche Panamera, the Macan has literally a laundry list of ala carte options. On one hand, that’s totally cool, but on the other hand what it really means is you’re getting shit for standard equipment and options. And honestly, that’s par for the course with German car makers, especially Porsche.

In this review of the 2018 Porsche Macan S, let’s do more than talk about how it goes around the track. Using the Porsche Car Configurator, I priced a 2018 Porsche Macan S to $69,550. What all did I get? Not that much. Let’s find out.

2018 Porsche Macan S: In-Depth Review

For 2018, the Macan only sees minor improvements, including new interior and exterior color choices, enhanced infotainment capacities, and a new Sport Edition model. The latter is only available with the base engine and features additional standard equipment that would cost almost $5000 more if individually equipped.

These include special 20-inch wheels, sport exhaust, air suspension, navigation, and Porsche Connect Plus, along with the Sport Chrono and Premium packages.

Why I Recommend the Macan S

I would select the 340-hp twin-turbo V-6 Macan S. Interior trim varies just a little from the entry Macan into the Macan S into the Macan GTS, so the majority of the price bulge between versions is associated with adjustments to powertrains and other mechanical equipment.

It’s simple to add thousands of dollars to the price of your Porsche by ticking items off the options list, but it is ideal to exercise restraint when staring down the Macan’s order list lest this Porsche be the final thing you’ll be able to afford to buy.

The rub is you have to get some packages, else your 2018 Porsche Macan S won’t have any options on it. It’s always a red flag for me when you have to pay to get Apply CarPlay, especially at this price-point.

Here’s the list of standard tech equipment on the Macan S.

Standard Technology Equipment

At first glance it may appear like you’re getting a lot of standard tech-features with the 2018 Porsche Macan S, but not really. It’s all pretty basic stuff, meaning we expect to see these things on new cars. But on a Porsche, I expect to see a lot more.

Although they don’t compete against each other, I’d rather have the 2019 Dodge Durango SRT or 2018 BMW X3 M40i. You’re getting a lot more value for your money.

Here are the standard features on the Macan S:

  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) without navigation module
  • Sound Package Plus with 10 speakers and 150 watts, 7-inch TFT display, RDS double tuner radio, and MP3 compatible single disc CD/DVD player
  • Audio interfaces: CD/DVD drive, 11 GB internal jukebox storage, 2 USB slots, and 2 SD card slots
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio (with 3-month trial) and HD Radio Receiver
  • Universal Audio Interface (Aux-In, USB, iPod®)
  • Bluetooth® hands-free mobile phone connection
  • HomeLink® programmable garage door opener
  • Power windows with one-touch open/close
  • ParkAssist (front and rear) with reversing camera
  • Front wiper system (2-speed) with rain sensor, intermittent control, and washer nozzles
  • Rear wiper with intermittent control and washer nozzle
  • Power tailgate with fully automatic open/close functionality
  • Cruise control
  • Four 12-volt outlets

The 2018 Macan features Porsche’s most current technology interface, but it is not the most user-friendly in the marketplace. Porsche has its own Android/iOS compatible program to help track and control a number of the Macan’s systems like security and navigation, though accessing it requires a monthly fee. Not cool.

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2018 Porsche Macan Configurations

The 2018 Porsche Macan is a five-seat compact luxury SUV available in five trim levels that correspond to different engines: base, S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo with Performance Package. All come standard with all-wheel drive and a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission in addition to a respectable quantity of standard features.

Porsche adds a couple more standard items as you move up in the scope, but you will likely need to pay a visit to the options list to have a Macan equipped how you really want.

Base

The Macan base version comes standard with features like a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (252 hp, 273 lb-ft of torque), 18-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a lane departure warning system, a power liftgate, xenon headlights, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, three-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, partial leather and simulated suede upholstery, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a cargo cover.

Electronic features include the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) 7-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and a 10-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radios, two USB ports and a CD player.

S

The Macan S gains a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (340 hp, 339 lb-ft), 19-inch wheels, stronger brakes, different exterior trim types, and dual twin-pipe exhaust vents.

GTS

The Macan GTS includes a more potent variant of the S engine (360 hp, 369 lb-ft) and a sport-tuned adaptive air suspension, 20-inch brakes, unique exterior design elements, a game exhaust, adaptive headlights, front-seat memory capabilities and heated sport seats unique to the GTS.

TURBO

The Macan Turbo builds on the Macan S using a much more powerful V6 engine (400 hp, 406 lb-ft), different 19-inch wheels, elastic suspension dampers, a heated steering wheel, upgraded front sport seats, full leather upholstery, a simulated suede headliner, a navigation system and a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound sound system.

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE


Last but certainly not least, Porsche offers a Macan Turbo with Performance Package (440 hp, 442 lb-ft) trim that provides a few engine tweaks for more power and an adaptive air suspension which has a lower ride height.

Yes, the performance package sounds good. In fact, almost all of it sounds good. That’s not the problem. The problem is to actually get a Macan that I would want, it would be close to 6-figures, you think? Let’s find out. Watch the video clip above.

Options List

The majority of the goodies on Turbo are offered on the other trims as part of their Macan’s extensive options list. Although virtually all those options are available as standalone things, there are two notable packages that could make ordering or picking out a Macan a bit simpler.

The Premium package adds the adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front, and rear seats and the 14-speaker Bose system. The Premium Package Plus adds these things along with a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, and 14-way power front seats with memory and ventilation functions.

Other options for the 2018 Porsche Macan S include LED headlights, different wheels from 18 to 21 inches, carbon-ceramic disk brakes, surround-view parking cameras, lane departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, noise-reducing privacy glass, roof rails, an adjustable suspension (PASM), the adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (brakes individual wheels around turns to increase handling) and the Sport Chrono package (an enhanced Sport Plus driving mode and start controller ).

Inside, you can find rear side sunshades, extended leather interior trim, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, Porsche Connect smartphone programs, and a 16-speaker Burmester audio system.

Safety

The NHTSA and IIHS have not crash-tested the 2018 Porsche Macan. Lane change assist could be had as a standalone option or bundled with lane keep assistance. Adaptive cruise control comes bundled together with Porsche Active Safe system, which unites forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Utility and Fuel Economy

EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/25 mpg city/highway for the entry-level Macan and 17/23 mpg for all models equipped with the 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6. There are 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and it could be expanded to 53 cubic feet together down. All variants of this Macan can tow up to 4,409 lbs of payload when properly equipped.

Is the Porsche Macan S a Good SUV?

The 2018 Porsche Macan S is a fantastic luxury compact SUV, highlighted by outstanding acceleration and sensational street manners. Its standard all-wheel drive is a rarity in this class. Inside, the Macan has high-end materials and comfy, supportive front seats.

Additionally, it has an infotainment system and standard and accessible tech features. However, the Macan’s cargo capacity is lower than many class rivals’. Additionally, it has low fuel economy estimates and a higher price tag than most classmates, which is what I don’t like.

Should I Buy a Porsche Macan S?

The Porsche Macan is accompanied by an above-average starting price for the course. If your budget permits, it is an excellent option from the luxury compact SUV class. Otherwise, there are other alternatives in the class offering comparable value at a less expensive price. The BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace are two SUVs with comparable athleticism into the Macan. As an additional bonus, both have more cargo space than the Porsche. Another classmate, the Audi Q5, has a good balance of sportiness and comfort.

Should I Buy a New or Used Porsche Macan?

Porsche didn’t make any significant modifications to the Macan for 2018, so if you are receptive to driving a used vehicle, you could probably save money with a very similar 2017 or old Macan. The SUV was released to the 2015 model year, and it has only gone through a small number of changes since.

2016 models gained a recently available surround-view camera, while Porsche added new foundation and GTS models for 2017 (each with a brand new, different engine), in addition to standard security features such as a rearview camera, parking sensors, and lane departure warning.

The base 2017 Macan comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower, while the GTS has a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 360 horsepower. The Macan S (340-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6) and Macan Turbo (400-horsepower 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6) maintain the very same engines from 2016.

Final Thoughts

The 2018 Porsche Macan S is a vehicle that deserves its place in the top third of luxury subcompact SUV rankings. It provides outstanding performance and has among the nicest interiors in the business. There are just a few notable shortcomings, and very few class rivals can match the Macan concerning athleticism or interior quality, let alone both.