A full-face helmet does little to take the edge off the 9000-rpm shriek of a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six when it's mounted amidships just behind your seat, as it is in the 2022 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS. We start to wish we'd also worn earplugs (but not really, because its glorious sounds may well be worth hearing aids in retirement) as we feed in the power exiting a slow corner, then bang through the gears on our way to storming headlong into a banked sweeper at Streets of Willow Springs raceway. It's a prime example of what a Porsche engineer told us in matter-of-fact terms: "Whenever the GT4 RS engineering team came to a development crossroads, we made a…
MotorTrend has tested every Porsche Cayenne model built since 2003. That's 21 occasions including 10 variants and two body styles across three generations. Is the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid the quickest one yet? When the Cayenne S E-Hybrid arrived on the scene for the 2020 model year, Porsche claimed it was "the quickest, fastest, and most powerful Cayenne ever." With 670 combined horsepower and 633 lb-ft of torque, the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Cayenne is, indeed, the most powerful. And though we can't vouch for the claimed 183-mph top speed, we did run a 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid down our dragstrip to test the "quickest" claim. Testing The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid First, driving the 30-plus miles to…
Setting Nürburgring lap records in utility vehicles used to be the province of the well funded but perpetually silly—on shows like Top Gear, for instance. Instead of strapping the late, great Sabine Schmitz into a Ford Transit, Porsche has gone even further this time by strapping the brand's most powerful V-8 into the 2022 Cayenne Turbo GT, and the new "SUV, off-road vehicle, van, or pickup" record holder isn't only the king of the 'Ring, it's the quickest SUV we've ever tested. While a 7:38.9-second Nordschleife lap time is a lofty achievement for any vehicle, it's pushing the limits of our current understanding of physics for a street-legal, 4979-pound SUV. Powering the Cayenne Turbo GT's exploration of the theoretical envelope…
PORSCHE HIGHS: More power, less weight, exceptional execution. However, if that horsepower bump isn't sufficient to conquer that last tenth of a second, the new GTS-exclusive lightweight package ($8690) promises to trim an additional 55 pounds from the curb weight, in part by removing the rear seat. Up front, you've got your choice of 18-way seats or the ingress-challenging but delightfully supportive carbon-fiber fixed-back buckets found elsewhere in Porsche's GT sports-car portfolio. Rear-axle steering is also part of the GTS package, and it's more aggressive in Sport and Sport Plus modes—perhaps too much so on the highway. While our early-build GTS lacked the thinner glass and reduced sound-deadening material included in the lightweight package, it weighed in at 3399 pounds…
The new Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo adds a bigger boot and more headroom to the electric supercar’s growing range Verdict The Porsche Taycan GTS Sport Turismo finally proves that EVs really can be as exciting to drive as they are fast, as practical to use as they are desirable – albeit at a high price here. There are few excuses required for this car. It even has a 313-mile range and can be charged to 80 per cent of this in less than 23 minutes. If this is the future, it’s not just bright, it’s downright brilliant. Porsche’s Taycan GTS Sport Turismo could be its best electric car yet. It looks great, goes like stink, is beautifully designed and engineered,…
The GTS lives in the Goldilocks zone where driver-focused handling meets prodigious power. It would be an understatement to say that the Porsche Taycan has been a raging success. In just two years, this svelte four-door electric sport sedan has already begun to outsell the vaunted Porsche 911, the iconic heart and soul of the brand. It has also proven wildly successful even when compared to Tesla, the established EV juggernaut. Through the first three quarters of 2021, Taycan sales far outstripped those of the Model S and Model X combined. Porsche is keeping up the pressure by introducing the new-for-'22 Taycan GTS, a stunning driver-focused variant that neatly slots into a price and performance gap in the Taycan lineup. …
With a lower price tag and more boot space, the all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is the perfect all rounder Verdict There are very few chinks in the armour of this more affordable Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. It’s still more than fast enough, handles beautifully, balances this with plenty of comfort and refinement, and offers plenty of tech. It’s still a pricey machine in isolation, but the quality of the driving experience, the interior and the technology live up to expectations – and in a more practical estate body style with even more comfort, the Taycan has never been so appealing. We’ve sampled Porsche’s more practical, slightly more rugged Taycan Cross Turismo electric car in high-performance (and pricey)…
A shuffling of the Macan lineup gives the S some serious firepower. Life in the middle isn't easy, just ask any child with older and younger siblings. While the others get all the parental attention, living in the middle can feel like you're overlooked. In the middle of the 2022 Porsche Macan lineup, sandwiched between the 434-hp GTS and the 261-hp base model is the Macan S. But Porsche hasn't forgotten about the S—for 2022 the S is getting a very desirable hand-me-down. The gift from above comes from a shuffling of the Macan lineup. Last year's Macan S had a 348-hp engine, but for '22 the S inherits the 375-hp turbo V-6 from the old GTS. In our last…
Even in its base four-cylinder form, Porsche's updated compact SUV is a joy to drive. "Oh, that's the Macan," the woman said. "I like those." Just as we were feeling smug about our ride, it became obvious she was talking about another Macan, parked a few spots over. Ah, well, it is the bestselling Porsche after all, and one can't be too annoyed to see someone else in the same dress at a party. Besides, it's a good dress, both fashionable and practical, as a sporty SUV should be. And the one she was admiring? So last season. The trend for the 2022 Porsche Macan involves new details in and out, and more power under the hood. Porsche has tidied…
Take the already excellent 718 Cayman GT4, give it more power and performance, and drive to the edge. WHAT IT IS: An even more capable, focused, and track-ready version of Porsche's already magical 718 Cayman GT4. WHY IT MATTERS: From the moment Porsche launched the original Cayman for the 2006 model year, the car was lauded as a great choice for enthusiast drivers. Simultaneously, more than a few people wondered what an uncorked Cayman could do if Porsche would only give it the power and performance hardware reserved for the 911. As years passed, Stuttgart began upping the Cayman's game, releasing models such as the Cayman R, the GTS, and finally the GT4. Now, the 718 Cayman GT4 RS takes…
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