Membership is everywhere!
Well we continue to grow but with the sheer size of this club, it’s really hard to see super growth. Over the past month,
- Lifetime Members 6
- Total – 3,534
Taycan seems to be a success even before it’s come out. Porsche now reportedly has 30,000 orders for a car that has yet to hit the showrooms! We haven’t seen any real good shots of the Taycan on the road. Thanks to the folks at Motorweek, and others… there are now some super videos of first drives on the road and in the snow. Take a look here:
How about a drive in the 911 GT3?
Over the summer PCA had a chance to drive a Porsche 911 GT3 Touring for two days, during which they picked up the car and drove south from Porsche Cars North America’s headquarters in Atlanta to Savannah. The goal was to see if the GT3 Touring was good at, well, touring, in addition to being one of the most capable sports cars on a back road or racetrack. Watch the video to learn what they found, and be sure to check out the July 2019 issue of Porsche Panorama for the full, in-depth story.
A Flying Electric Porsche…Why Not?
We know there’s a lot going on at Porsche – in fact change is evident in the entire stable that VW oversees. But a flying Porsche? Yep it looks like they’re contemplating it. Of course, in keeping with the new age, it’ll be electric…is this getting out of hand? Speaking of electric, as with all things Porsche, now they’re saying that there’s a cheaper (Hmmm?) Tycan coming down the line…only $103.8k…I guess that’s better than the $130 first one they debuted.
Ok, about the flying Porsche. Not that they’re going to oust United or Lufthansa soon, but Porsche’s future could be at least partly in the friendly skies. Porsche and Boeing signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the premium urban air mobility market and the extension of urban traffic into airspace. With this partnership, both companies will leverage their unique market strengths and insights to study the future of premium urban air mobility vehicles. According to media reports, Boeing might make it fly, but Porsche would imbue it with their customary style and panache. Porsche says there will be a market for urban aircraft after 2025. So, stand by.
The aircraft would be fully electric with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) abilities. Porsche isn’t the only one since other companies such as Hyundai are exploring the concept and they’ve even created an Urban Air Mobility division. German startup Lilium is testing a five-seat electric VTOL craft for air taxi service. The four-passenger Bell Nexus, a hybrid VTOL for on-demand service, was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Airbus is also a player, with the self-piloted Vahana, whose first successful test flight was last year.
Tycan’s cheaper sister?
Well, there’s also a new Porsche Taycan on the horizon. The Taycan 4S (with two battery options) is a more affordable (?) iteration of the car, arriving in the spring of 2020. The standard version, with a single-layer 79.2-kilowatt-hour battery, will offer 429 horsepower (and up to 522 when accelerating using launch control).
But, of course, you can always add options…it’s a Porsche after all! The other option is the Performance Battery Plus, with a two-layer, 93.4-kilowatt-hour pack, producing 482 horsepower (563 with launch control). Torque figures are close—472 pound-feet for the standard car, 479 for the Plus model. Both cars can reach 155 miles per hour.
Range isn’t available yet, but the cars share all-wheel drive architecture (a motor on each axle) with the already announced Turbo models. The 4S starts at US$103,800 in standard form and climbs to US$110,380 for the Plus (add US$1,350 in destination charges to both cars) …and keep adding on as we know!
Special 10 Year Edition Anniversary: Porsche Panamera
Porsche is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Panamera line with a special edition. The new Panamera 10 Years Edition features particularly extensive standard equipment in the areas of comfort and the chassis and has also been enhanced with exclusive design highlights.
For example, the new 21-inch Panamera Sport Design wheels in satin-gloss White Gold Metallic and the “Panamera10” logo on the front doors, also in White Gold Metallic, are exclusive to the special-edition models. The anniversary logo can also be found in the interior on the front passenger trim panel and on the door entry guards. The interior is designed in black partial leather. Decorative stitching in White Gold creates a particularly high-quality impression. The new anniversary edition is available in Germany for the Panamera 4 and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid models and for the Sport Turismo derivatives equipped with the same engines.
Many additional extras as standard
The Panamera 10 Year Edition models come ex works with a host of additional comfort and safety features: the LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus, Lane Change Assist and Lane Keeping Assist with traffic sign recognition and Park Assist including reversing camera are part of the extended standard equipment, as are the panoramic roof system, privacy glass, the heated 14-way comfort seats with Porsche crest on the head restraints, the soft-close doors, digital radio and the BOSE® Surround Sound system.
October November Anniversaries!
Let’s have a special shout out to all our members who celebrated their anniversaries this Octoner and November!
Rich Bontempi,1974 914 1.8
James Ohl,1997 Boxster
Jean Ohl,1997 Boxster Artic Silver
Mark Shattuck,2016 Cayman GT4
Peter Joslin,1975 914 1.8
Stanley Klein,1971 914-6
Michael Klein,1987 911 Carrera
Jeff Saccullo,1983 911 SC Cabriolet Silver
Peter Chase,2000 Boxster S
Randall Kern,1999 911 Carrera
Andreas Schmidt,1970 914 Guards Red
Boris Teksler,1991 911 Carrera 2
John Schniedwind,2006 911 Carrera Black
Clifton Braun,1971 914 Orange
Andrew Gilchrist,1999 911 Carrera Silver
Jeffrey Smith,2009 911 Carrera Black
Bobbie Jean Gilchrist
John Byun,2014 Boxster S Guards Red
Joshua Weinstein,1995 911 Carrera Green
Bob Colin,2008 911 Carrera Black
Allen Wilt,1998 911 Carrera Black
Alan Muschott,2008 911 Carrera Black
Christian Grass,1986 944 Turbo
Michael Chiang,2009 Cayenne Blue
James Smith,1997 911 Carrera 4S Silver
Craig Moore,1969 912 Rein Orange
David Carner,2014 911 Carrera S Dark Blue Metallic
Bill Kincaid,1976 Race Car
Joby Noriel,1982 911 SC Chiffon White
Tienhao Chen,2014 911 Carrera 4S Silver
Christoph Huss,1996 911 Carrera Midnight Blue
Scott Rhoades,1997 911 Carrera 4S Arena Red
David Greenberg,2002 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Angelo DiNardi,2005 Boxster S Midnight Blue
Antonio Casabat,2014 911 GT3 Black
Erica Thomson Mittelhauser,2009 911 Carrera S Agate
Ian Sears,2008 911 Carrera Silver
Manhal Mansour,2007 911 Turbo White
John Elmore,1998 911 Carrera S Black
Gianpaolo Tommasi,2014 Cayman
Ron Castle,2002 Boxster S Artic Silver
Ashley Crooker,1997 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet Red
Byron Dare,2009 911 Carrera White
OK, time for more membership stuff…how about welcoming our new members for the past month? Here they are and give them a shout when you see them at an event.
|Conner||Chambers||944 S2||944 S2||1989|
|William||Bertucci||Cayman R||Cayman R||2012|
|Santosh||Bidve||718 Cayman||718 Cayman||2018||Black|
|Stephen||Brown||718 Boxster S||718 Boxster S||2018||Sapphire blue|
|Richard||Bugaj||911 Targa||911 Targa||2003||Black|
|Skip||Dupree||911 Carrera S Cabriolet||911 Carrera S Cabriolet||2006|
|Jon||Fields||911 Carrera||911 Carrera||1996||Blue|
|Iacopo||Gambino||Boxster Spyder||Boxster Spyder||2016||Silver|
|Edward||Hanover||911 Carrera S||911 Carrera S||2017||Midnight Blue|
|Soren||Harner||Cayman S||Cayman S||2014||White|
|Bill||Keller||Boxster S||Boxster S||2000||Black|
|Jonathan||MacSwain||Cayenne Turbo||Cayenne Turbo||2004||BLK|
|Raheleh||Mansoor||911 Carrera||911 Carrera||2017|
|Michael||Marsey||911 GT3 RS||911 GT3 RS||2019||White|
|Joseph||Miller||Panamera Turbo||Panamera Turbo||2011|
|Brandon||Mulkern||944 S2||944 S2||1990|
|Arun||Patel||911 Carrera 4||911 Carrera 4||1995|
|Nathan||Pettyjohn||911 Carrera||911 Carrera||1995||Midnight Blue|
|Ali||Razavi||911 Carrera Cabriolet||911 Carrera Cabriolet||1996||Iris Blue|
|Greg||Terra||911 Carrera S||911 Carrera S||2012||Mettallic Brown|
|Jason||Trenh||911 GT3||911 GT3||2016|
|Sherman||Wang||911 Carrera||911 Carrera||1995||Guards REd|
|Ariffin||Yahaya||718 Cayman S||718 Cayman S||2017||White|