2015 Porsche Macan Photo Gallery (25 Photos)

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We'll have a full report on the all-new, somewhat small, SUV from Porsche later this morning. For now check out our gallery from its pre-Los Angeles Auto Show unveiling last night.

By David Thomas | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Porsche, Mini Shine in New ALG Study

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Imagine two cars similar cars. One is a Subaru, the other is a Dodge. Which one commands a higher price? The Subaru, according to a new study from ALG.

The Santa Barbara, Calif., company, a longtime calculator for used-car residual values, released its first Brand Pricing Score, which rates the impact a brand alone has on new- and used-car prices. Ranking mainstream and luxury brands as two separate groups, ALG analyzed new-car transaction prices and used-car auction prices (the prices paid at dealer auctions) alongside other factors to issue its scores, which replace the company's Statistical Brand Value.

ALG surveyed model and calendar years 2012 to 2013 for new cars and sales from October 2011 to September 2013 for used cars. Mini and Subaru fared best among mainstream brands, while Dodge, Suzuki and Smart fared worst. Porsche demolished all other luxury brands on new and used lists, while Volvo and Lincoln brought up the rear. That's bad news for those respective brands, but it means a used Dodge, Lincoln or Volvo could be a good deal. Conversely, a used Mini, Buick or Subaru with similar features will probably cost more.

Check out ALG's full rankings below.

By Kelsey Mays | November 8, 2013 | Comments (2)

570 Horsepower Porsche Panamera Turbo S, Because Why Not?

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Nope, this isn't a trick. Today, Porsche announced the addition of the updated 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S to the sports-car maker's four-door lineup. It boosts the 2013 Turbo S model's power from 550 hp to 570 hp; the top speed is 192 mph.

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There will also be a Panamera Turbo S Executive model for the first time. This takes the Turbo S powertrain and drops it into the extended wheelbase platform — adding 5.9 inches of rear legroom — that currently can only be had in the pedestrian 4S or plain old Turbo style with 520 horses.

By David Thomas | October 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

2015 Porsche Macan: Sneak Preview

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Porsche's popular Cayenne SUV will soon welcome a smaller sibling to the family; the 2015 Porsche Macan will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, but the automaker posted a preview of the new compact SUV on its Facebook page.

Porsche originally announced the Macan early last year and has released few details since. The compact SUV's sloping roofline, sleek lines and coupelike silhouette places it squarely in Land Rover Range Rover Evoque territory. Based on the photos, it looks like it'll be off-road ready.

The Macan will likely share components with the Audi Q5 and go on sale in early 2014. Stay tuned for more news from the L.A. Auto Show and check out the photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 18, 2013 | Comments (3)

2015 Porsche Spyder: Photo Gallery

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After several years of development and teasers, Porsche officially unveiled the long-awaited production version of the 2015 918 Spyder at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. We have written about the 918 Spyder's eye-popping specs previously, but a few of the numbers are worth repeating: 887 total horsepower from a midmounted 4.6-liter V-8 and three electric motors. Zero-to-60 mph is accomplished in 2.8 seconds. Top speed? Upward of 211 mph. Even more impressive is a claimed recent lap of Germany's famed Nurburgring track in a scant 6 minutes and 57 seconds, a new world record (for now).

By Brian Wong | September 11, 2013 | Comments (2)

Three's a Crowd With the Porsche 911's Steering Wheels

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Porsche is known for extensive personalization options, making every 911 as unique as possible. You want the key fob painted the same color as the car? Done. That'll be $335. Don't like the 911's steering wheel? That's fine because there are three steering wheel choices for the 2013 Porsche 911. Yes, three.

I was initially perplexed by the lack of steering-wheel audio controls on our 911 Carrera 4S test car. I can stand behind the purity of a sports car with a bare bone, sport-themed steering wheel sans audio controls like the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, but the 4S sent mixed messages. Four control stalks behind the steering wheel took away the simplicity and elegance of the gorgeous driver command center. They also frustrated when I accidentally switched various information displays while trying to set the cruise control.

By Joe Bruzek | August 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Porsche, RAM Brands Top J.D. Power's 2013 APEAL Study

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Apparently, judging a book by its cover sells cars. According to J.D. Power's 2013 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study, attractive vehicles sell faster, command higher prices and lead to more loyal customers. The big winners this year are Porsche for most appealing brand; Volkswagen and GM also scored well at the vehicle level.

The study, now in its 18th year, measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own through the first 90 days of ownership. Between February and May of 2013, J.D. Power polled around 83,000 buyers and lessees of new model-year 2013 cars and light trucks across 77 categories; the APEAL score is measured on a 1,000-point scale. New this year is an emphasis on how technological features — like navigation and multimedia systems — affect a vehicle's appeal.

According to Mike VanNieuwkuyk, executive director of global automotive at J.D. Power, when it comes to infotainment, usability absolutely impacts APEAL scores. "It's very clear from consumers that they're very excited about a lot of what manufacturers are providing to them ... but the execution of those functions may still be lacking," he said.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Porsche Panamera Sees Biggest July Price Drop

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Late-model used-car prices recovered slightly in July following the biggest monthly decline of the year in June. The average price of 2010 to 2012 used cars listed on Cars.com advanced a mere $24 to $22,178 in July.

Like last month, the percentage change in prices was tightly grouped. The Porsche Panamera's 3% price drop led all late-model used cars, but the rest of the models in the top 10 saw a 2% decline. All of the models in the top 10 biggest increases category saw a 1% price gain, the first time that's happened since we've been tracking used-car price swings.

By Mike Hanley | July 23, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition: Photo Gallery

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In celebration of its 50th year, Porsche is launching a special edition version of its 911, with retro styling cues inside and out.

Based on the Carrera S model, the rear-wheel anniversary edition is powered by a 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine and a Powerkit that increases engine performance; the coupe is rated at 430 horsepower and has a top speed of 186 mph. Porsche says it's capable of a zero-to-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual.

Outside, the wide-body coupe wears special 20-inch matte black wheels with machine-polished centers. Other distinguishing features include chrome strips on the front air inlets, fins on the engine compartment grille and a two-tone 3-D badge on the rear lid with the numbers "911 50." Exterior paint colors are unique too, limited to a dark graphite gray, light geyser gray metallic and black monochrome.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 4, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Porsche 911

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With the 911, Porsche excels at delivering sights, sounds and feelings, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. From the car's eye-searing Racing Yellow exterior paint to its burbling, throaty exhaust note, driving the Carrera 4S Cabriolet is sensory overload — in an exciting way. But this sports car icon is also good at cleaning out your wallet; his test car clocked in at $147,175.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

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