Day-trippin' with Porsche
Esquire Middle East got to drive the state-of-the-art, brand-new Porsche models during a day's outing in Dubai. Read what we learned about these impressive updates and check out the video below.
The Porsche Cayenne is the luxury SUV offering smooth road handling as well as rugged off-road performance. There are several models to choose from including the Cayenne S, GTS, Turbo, Diesel, and S E-Hybrid - the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. The base model features a 6-litre V6 engine and a 300 hp, which will allow the car to do an impressive 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. The interior of the Cayenne is designed to be a cocoon around the driver, and the new model features a rising center console that reduces the distance between the steering wheel and the most important vehicle controls. A multi-function sports steering wheel also speaks the language of motorsport.
The Macan is Porsche's compact SUV with a four-cylinder turbo engine. It comes in five variants, including the entry-level Macan, Macan S, Macan S Diesel, Macan GTS and Macan Turbo. The compact SUV has striking black callipers behind 18-inch wheels, a turbocharged two-litre engine that is capable of reaching 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds, or an even more impressive 6.5 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono-Package, where 252hp and 229 km/h is the top speed.
The all-new Porsche Panamera gives the comfort of a large saloon and the performance of a sports sedan. The second generation Panamera, released in January 2017, has a redeveloped engine, transmission and chassis. Featuring a range from Turbo model all the way through to the E-Hybrid, the Panamera Sport Turismo is expected for launch in 2017. Featuring a 2.9 litre turbo V6 engine, the model is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and features a top speed of 264 km/h. At the Nurburgring in the Panamera Turbo clocked a lap time of 7:38.00 – the fastest of any saloon in the world and only one-tenth of a second off the Porsche 911 Carrera S.
The 718 Boxster
The 718 Boxster is an open-top convertible, mid engine, two-seater compact sports car with turbo at its heart. It is has the classic Porsche DNA running through it, with its signature silhouette and stylish design. Drivers can enjoy a greater audio experience via the Sound Package Plus as well as optional extras such as the Connect module for personalised smartphone connectivity. The legendary 718 design won numerous international races in the 1950s and 1960s, accumulating over 1,000 race victories to date. The 718 Boxster can do 0 to 100kph in an impressive 4.7 seconds and an even quicker 4.2 seconds in the S model, with a top speed of 275 km/h, which is the top speed in the Boxster, or 285 km/h in the Boxster S.