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Porsche Taycan woos Tesla owners

Porsche Taycan
The Porsche Taycan EV is selling out fast!
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The Porsche Taycan, the firm’s first electric car, has yet to be released, yet according to a report on CNET , Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer has said that if everyone who has pre-ordered the car follows through and buys one, “then we are sold out for the first year.”

As CNET says, 2019 is promising to be a good year for premium electric vehicles (EVs): the Jaguar I-Pace is already available, Audi is launching its E-Tron and the Mercedes-Benz EQC is also about to hit the streets.

The Porsche Taycan may be an EV, but it still has a thundering 600 horsepower and a range of over 300 miles/483 kilometres, according to tests done in Europe. Some journalists suggested that Porsche might be “cannibalizing” itself with the Taycan, limiting its appeal to new buyers, but Zellmer is unconcerned about this. He said, “More than half of the people that are signing up for the Taycan have not owned or do not own a Porsche.” He was asked what these new Porsche customers are driving at the moment and his answer was somewhat surprising: “Typically, if we look at our source of business, people coming from other brands, it’s Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. The no. 1 brand now is Tesla. That’s pretty interesting, to see that people that were curious about the Tesla for very good reasons obviously don’t stop being curious.”

So, Tesla drivers are the ones clamouring to get their hands on a Porsche Taycan. As CNET says, when you bring somebody over from another brand it’s called a “conquest”, something Porsche seems to have achieved for the moment, although it may face stiff competition from the Audi E-Tron, because the two EVs share the same platform. However, Zellmer doesn’t see any problems, because the Porsche and the Audi will drive very differently: “”When it’s about being competitive, it’s something that really has to fully speak Porsche. If you drive a Macan, you know that we share a platform [with Audi], but it’s a completely different car. And that’s exactly what has to happen and I’m sure Audi has followed a same path.”

It looks like 2019 is going to be an exciting year in the luxury EV sector of the market.

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New Porsche 911 is environmentally conscious

Porsche 911
The new ‘green’ Porsche 911
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The new Porsche 911 unveiled at the LA Motor Show may be able to do 0-62mph/100kmh in less than four seconds and have a top speed of 192mph/ 306kmh, but it also has an environmentally conscious side.

The new 911 will tell owners and drivers the effects of their car use on the environment, and it offers them a way to offset any environmental damage by planting trees.

Porsche have installed a high-tech system in the car, which will inform users about the amount of carbon dioxide they are producing, shortly followed by telling them how much they should pay to plant trees and this offset the greenhouse gas considered to be the villain of global warming.

The Porsche 911 will not, however, ask drivers to compensate for the car’s nitrogen oxide emissions, which are the culprits in producing noxious air and one of the most harmful emissions in the eyes of clean air campaigners. On the other hand, the car will comply with the most current rules on reducing nitrous oxide pollution.

Apart from this totally novel feature, the new 911 is hard to tell apart from its predecessors, although it is slightly bigger and heavier, yet can still go faster than those Porsche 911 models that came before it.

The 911 will come fitted with Porsche Impact, this is a web-based emissions estimator and it makes the calculations about the car’s effect on the environment while you are driving. Porsche said, “It then calculates how much you should pay to neutralise your individual carbon footprint,” and added “Drivers can choose the internationally certified climate projects in which to invest.”

According to Porsche, “The projects available are spread out all over the world and focus on biodiversity, hydro and solar power, as well as forest protection.”

Porsche also commented that participation is voluntary: “It is voluntary whether or not they follow through, but fits as part of our long established, wider sustainability programme that includes elimination and minimisation of CO2 in our manufacturing and production processes, the design of the cars and overall corporate ethos.”

The new Porsche 911 will also have an inbuilt Road Trip planner that helps drivers plan, organise and navigate their way on special road trips and includes Porsche-recommended exclusive hotels and restaurants, as well as points of interest and viewpoints along the way.

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The Audi e-tron GT unveiled

Audi e-tron GT
Audi’s EV flagship with the vegan interior.
Image: Torque News

The Audi e-tron GT is a response to an accusation. Not so long ago, Germany’s Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier, criticised German car makers for making boring looking electric cars. So, at the LA motor show Audi has gone out of its way to prove to Herr Altmaier that German manufacturers can do sexy like Tesla.

According to Audi, the EV concept car is almost ready for production and will be in showrooms in 2020. That isn’t too long to wait for what some are saying is one of Audi’s most stunning cars. However, what the Audi e-tron GT really is is a less elongated and more aggressive A7.

And it is already going to be a film star. Robert Downey Jr was a VIP guest at the LA show, not because he’s a A-lister name, but because the Audi e-tron GT is going to be in the next film in the Avengers series – Avengers 4.

The e-tron GT is based on the same J1 platform that will underpin the Porsche Taycan. It’s powered by two synchronous electric motors, one for each axle, thereby making it four-wheel drive, and the combined power output is 582bhp, which gives the driver 0-62mph/100kmh in 3.5sec and a top speed of149mph/240kmh.

Audi is keen to allay any fears about how far one can drive ona fully-charged battery: the e-tron GT will have a range of nearly 250 miles/ 402 kilometres with its 90kwh battery pack, which Audi believes is the minimum range customers will accept. Moreover, if owners can find a charging point compatible with its 800v charging system it’s possible to reach 80 per cent charge (200 miles/322 kilometres) in around 20 minutes. There will also be a wireless charging setup installed in an owner’s garage.

Audi wants to have a fleet of 12 electric cars by 2025, and the Audi e-tron GT will be its flagship. With four doors and four comfortable seats it promises to be a highly usable car – and here’s the ultimate in being on trend – no animal based products have been used in the cabin, so it has a totally vegan interior.

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Bentley Continental goes convertible

Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental goes top down!
Image: Mail Online

The Bentley Continental Grand Tourer has had its top removed for Christmas and become a cabriolet. Next year will be the British firm’s centenary year and they have started celebrations early with this new look for the luxury model.

The Bentley Continental cabriolet is said to be capable of doing 0-60mph/100kmh in 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 207mph/ 333kmh, which is pretty spritely for a motor of this size.

Furthermore, in a nod to Bentley’s British heritage, owners will be able to have the drop-top cover made from British tweed, giving it a landed gentry look that will blend in nicely in the Shires. The top itself can be opened or closed in 19 seconds while on the move, as long as the car isn’t travelling at more than 30mph/48kmh.

The driver or passenger who forgets to wear a scarf or head covering is also catered for, because this Bentley Continental has a ‘neck-warmer’ function that blows warm air around the seat headrests, and if you’re feeling stressed, or over-heated, the seats also have cooling and warming functions as well as giving you a massage.

The Bentley Continental cabriolet, which has a 635 hp 6-litre 12-cylinder petrol engine linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission costs £20,000 more than the hard top version, but prospective owners will have a choice of 17 exterior colours , and according to the Mail, up to 70 choices in the extended range, plus a range of options that will customise the car to personal taste, including eight interior hood linings, 15 interior trim hides and 15 carpets. In addition to tall this, the cabin is handmade and uses 10m2 of wood veneer.

It also sports some sparkling technology: it has the world’s first rotating dashboard with three faces, traffic-sign recognition, traffic-jam and lane assistance system, head-up display and roll-control to improve handling. Bentley has also promised that by 2025, the Bentley Continental will be fully electrified.

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Porsche Carrera 2020 debuts in LA

2020 Porsche carrera
The new 2020 Porsche Carrera – faster than ever!
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The Porsche Carrera 2020 made its first public appearance on the eve of the LA Motor Show. The new 911 model was unveiled at the Porsche Experience centre in Los Angeles and while there has been plenty of speculation about what the new Carrera would be like, Porsche fans will be pleased to know that it has retained the very recognisable shape that everyone is familiar with, although it does have a wider track and a more powerful turbocharged flat-6 engine.

The car will be arriving in dealerships next year, making one wonder why they didn’t call it the 2019, and it will be available in Carrerea S and 4S modes with 8-speed automatic transmission. A manual gear option will be available later, for those who prefer it. In fact, Porsche considered stopping offering a manual option, but there was such an outcry from Porsche drivers that they decided to keep providing it. According to Porsche, the Porsche Carrera 2020 will do 0-60mph/100kmh in 3.4 seconds using all-wheel drive, while the rear-drive Carrera S will do the same in 3.5 seconds. Both models have a top speed of 190 mph/305 kmh.

However, even though the outward appearance may not have changed much, and there is nothing wrong with sticking to a design that everyone instantly recognises as ‘Porsche’, the inside is a very different story, but in a good way. The touchscreen is now 10.9 inches, which is a significant upgrade on the previous 7-inch screen. Plus, Porsche will offer the Carrera S and 4S with 18-way power adjustable sport seats and adaptive dampers for better road holding, which also means passengers will experience less movement on tight corners.

The Porsche Carrera 2020 also has some other ‘tech’ additions: digital instruments, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a night-vision camera all come as standard. The infotainment system also uses cloud-based parking information via Porsche’s connectivity suite.

There are no major changes here, although it does have on-trend electrically powered door handles of the type that are seen on most luxury cars at the moment, and its aluminium gives it greater strength as well as making it lighter, although Porsche hasn’t revealed its weight yet.

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