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How Could This Happen!?
On March 12, 2019, the Italian cargo ship “Grande America” was carrying a shipment of over 2,000 European cars across the Atlantic. Unfortunately, the ship sank off of the French Atlantic coast. All of the 27 crew members are thankfully all ok. But the vehicles are lost at the bottom of the ocean. Furthermore, this shipment’s load includes four Porsche 911 GT2 RS models. With a value of $293,200.00 USD MSRP, that’s over 1 million worth of RS models! How could this happen!? Well, there was a fire that broke out on the ship, damaging the ship enough to sink it. So, even if the ship were to not have sunk, the vehicles were most likely a lost cause either way. In all honesty, as even Audi and Porsche would probably agree, the lives of the people outweigh saving any of the 2k cars. But the story doesn’t stop there!
Porsche Restarts Production of 911 GT2 RS
Due to the circumstances, Porsche will restart production of the 911 GT2 RS models to deliver the four units. Now, that’s how a top-notch company takes care of its customers. A Customer of Porsche Brazil sent a letter to Carscoops showing this information. As per the other Porsche vehicles on the ship, there are quite a few on the list. This includes the Boxter, Cayenne, and Cayman. But, the ship didn’t only have Porsche models. Audi was using the ship as well to deliver many vehicles. The non-confirmed list includes the Audi A3, A5, RS4, RS5, and Q7.
Now, to make it worse, the ship loss includes RS4 and RS5 models. Hopefully, the ship and the manufacturers were using insurance on this shipment. Imagine the disappointment after waiting 3 months for a vehicle order. Then, finding out its sitting at the bottom of the ocean. Wow. Hopefully, everyone receives the right car at some point within the next few months. It seems Porsche is hustling along with their orders, so Audi will probably do the same.
A Rare Occurrence on the Ocean Blue
On the ocean blue, ships sinking are a rare occurrence. Especially, cargo ships and cruise liners that travel the world every day. Right now, there are ships arriving and departing mostly every continent. Maybe not as often from Antarctica, but people still live there at research facilities and so forth. So, deliveries are necessary for survival. Either way, this happening is definitely a shock to the manufacturers and customers alike. From experience, ordering a car from the manufacturer with a delivery date is an amazing adventure. So, it’s great news that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will go back into production. In conclusion, Porsche deserves a tip of the hat for their willingness to satisfy customers.
The Worldwide Upcoming EV Surge
Over the next decade, many manufacturers intend to increase EV production tenfold. Companies such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and even supercar manufacturers are following the trend. Why? Because it leads to faster, more efficient vehicles. While being friendly to the environment, these cars perform better than the predecessors. This may not be something that motorheads want to hear, but it’s true. The electrical engine provides instantaneous power and a ton of torque. This is why Tesla has such fast vehicles, faster than many sports and supercars on the market for a margin the price. So, aiming towards Porsche – will the Taycan convert Porsche to design more EVs? Well, in all honesty… probably.
Basic Facts About the Stunning Taycan
Initially, the Porsche Taycan was known as the “Mission E” during the concept phase. To understand better, Taycan stands for “lively young horse” in the Eurasian language. On the other hand, this car is a fully electric 4-seater sports sedan. Between two permanent magnet synchronous motors (PSMs), this car produces over 600 horsepower. With a 800-Volt charging system, this car won’t take too long to fill up. From 0 to 60 mph, this car takes around 3.5 seconds. It may not be as fast as the best Tesla sedan, but close enough. Overall, the Taycan is an amazing leap forward in Porsche technology.
Demand for the Taycan is Insane!
Due to the strong demand in the market, Porsche is moving up the Taycan production to over 20,000 units per year. Yes, that is read correctly. This car is taking the market by storm with tons and tons of reservations. Although it is quite expensive at $130,000, it is possible to obtain tax incentives due to buying or leasing an electric vehicle. This amounts for up to $7,500, but there’s no guarantee – so contact an accountant for more info! Due to the popularity of this model, don’t be surprised to see an electric Boxster, Cayenne, Cayman, Macan, or 911 at this point. Although the 911 breathes via an amazing 6-cylinder engine, an EV version would be a beast. Imagine this much power within a tinier sports car. It would probably reach 60 mph in closer to 3 seconds without a doubt. In conclusion, the Taycan is extremely popular and will lead Porsche to reconsider the EV pathway.
Porsche’s 4-Cylinder Cayman GTS
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is a flat 4-cylinder sports car that is available now for order. Usually, Porsche tends to stick with V6 engines for their Carrera sports cars. On the other hand, the Cayenne and Panamera can arrive with a V8. Starting at $79,800 with a manual transmission, the Cayman GTS shows that Porsche can succeed with 4-cylinder engines. With the PDK transmission, the Cayman GTS MSRP increases to $83,530.
2.5-Liter Turbocharged Flat 4-Cylinder Engine
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a 2.5-liter turbocharged flat 4-cylinder engine. This motor produces 376 horsepower and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. This allows the car to hit 60mph in only 4.4 seconds. With the Sport Chrono Package, the Cayman GTS jumps to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. This is due to the launch control and PDK transmission available in this package. The top speed for this vehicle is 180 mph. At only 3,031 lbs., the Cayman GTS is a lightweight mean machine.
Alcantara Steering Wheel, Embroidering, & More!
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS provides the usual luxuries that Porsche has come to be known for. First, the interior displays a beautiful Alcantara steering wheel. Secondly, there are sport seats plus with an optional sport bucket seats option. The sport seats plus are perfect for a daily driver while the bucket seats can be great for track experiences. Lastly, the Cayman GTS has ‘GTS’ embroidered logos in the interior.
PASM and Sport Chrono Package
As usual, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS arrives with a ton of features and options. First, one of the major options is the Sports Chrono Package. This package arrives with a launch control feature as well as the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. These combine to allow the car to hit 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. Furthermore, there is a sport exhaust with a button for sound control. The sports exhaust allows the driver to alter the tone and volume of the car. Lastly, the car has the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which allows for selecting a handling mode (i.e. Comfort/Race).
Ceramic Brakes & Dynamic Lighting
On the exterior, the 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS sports a multitude of features. First, there are the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). These brakes are cross-drilled and internally vented for performance. This allows for an increase in performance for wet braking and optimal cooling. Second, there is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). The PDLS arrives with bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. Alternatively, there is an option of LED main headlights that include PDLS. This choice is called the PDLS Plus option.
Communication Management & Sound Systems
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS has a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. This is basically the navigation and all of it’s bells and whistles. This can be a basic version or be an upgraded version which arrives with the Porsche track application and other perks. Obviously, this option alters the price as each upgrade only increase the price. The basic version shall do for most people but for those looking for more, an upgrade may be worth it.
Furthermore, the car arrives with two options for audio. Firstly, the car’s factory choice is the BOSE Surround Sound System. This system uses 10-amp channels, 10 loudspeakers, and a 100-Watt active subwoofer. Secondly, there is the option of a Burmester High-End Surround System. This option has 12-amp channels, 12 loudspeakers, and a subwoofer. Either way, the sound signaling from the speakers shall please mostly anyone’s ears. Although, the Burmester may have an edge due to it’s additional 2-amp channels and 2 speakers.
Porsche Proves the 4-Cylinder is a Possibility
Porsche 718 Cayman GTS: Did We Find The Greatest Road In The World? – Carfection – YouTube
The 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GTS is Porsche’s way of showing the world that 4-cylinders aren’t all that bad. True car enthusiasts love the purr of the V6 models but will realize this build will not disappoint. Fully loaded, this car hit around $126,000 with all bells and whistles. So, depending on choices, this car can run under $100,000 or jump in price by almost $50,000. Phew, that is a heck ton of expensive optional features. In conclusion, the 718 Cayman GTS is a vision of where sports cars may be heading in the future.
Porsche Car Subscription Service
In 2017, Porsche is bringing a brand-new car sales concept to market. Starting in the Atlanta area, Porsche will run a new pilot program that offers car subscription services called Porsche Passport. For $2,000 minimum per month, a Porsche subscriber will have access to any Porsche model they desire, whenever they desire it. Basically, with the subscription service, a subscriber will be able to load an application and request a different model whenever they please. This is an interesting take on profitability and I think this may be the future of auto leases.
Starts November 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia
Starting next month, in November 2017, Porsche will offer the subscription service in Atlanta. With a base price of $2,000 per month, this includes sports cars and SUVs. Porsche refers to this as “white-glove” service and plans to provide a flexible schedule to all subscribers. Porsche teamed up with Clutch Technologies, LLC to bring this concept to life. Porsche’s Strategy 2025 is a reason that this concept is being rolled out. Their plan is to appeal more to customers’ desire and to provide the experience of each Porsche sports car.
Starts at $2,000 per Month
For $2,000 per month, the driver will have access to models including the Boxter, Cayman, and 6 other models. At $3,000 per month, the plan increases the number of cars to 22 models including a Cayenne E-Hybrid. The subscription includes detailing, insurance maintenance, registration, and vehicle tax. There is also a $500 activation fee as well as a credit check for people to access the Porsche Passport app. The application will be placed on Android and iOS.
Audi on Demand & Care by Volvo
In San Francisco, Audi runs “Audi on Demand” which is somewhat of a concierge rental service. There is also a plan by Volvo for “Care by Volvo” which is another subscription service. Volvo will not debut this until early 2018 but it will include the new XC40 SUV.
Is the Market Ready for Car Subscriptions?
Overall, car subscription services may be a great way to “lease” vehicles. With access to multiple models at any time, the service is sure to attract many. While at the same time I’d love to own a Porsche, I’d also love to get a chance to drive each model. This method could also be used to allow customers to “test” the cars and could lead to purchases. The cars may not be fully loaded or customized to your liking, it’s still a great deal. In the end, the market will let us know if subscription car service is a go… or not.
Bugatti Crossover in Consideration at Manufacturer
Recently, Bugatti is seeking to add a second model to their lineup alongside the Chiron. With rumors spreading across the market, Bugatti has two possibilities. One of the biggest considerations is a Bugatti Crossover. While not a full-out SUV, it would be similar to the Urus, but more compact and lightweight. It’d also sport a ton more power than the Urus, as well as the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. So, if given the green light by Volkswagen Group, a crossover could come to market from Bugatti. It’s basically a revival of the Royale in ultra-luxury limousine style crossover.
Although the CEO of Bugatti, Stephan Winkelmann, is against SUVs, that doesn’t rule out the crossover. To back this up, Winkelmann actually oversaw the development of the Urus. So, building a similar crossover wouldn’t be a complete surprise. There’s also consideration of a 2-door crossover sports car. Depending on VW’s decision, Bugatti will move forward with either car, or neither. For all anyone knows, VW will decline both choices, leading to chaos amongst Bugatti news outlets.
Over 1,000+ Horsepower via V8 & Electric Motors
So, as with most Bugatti models, this car will boast an obnoxious amount of power. If the Bugatti Crossover is to become a reality, this car would probably sport the Urus’ motor. This is a 641 horsepower 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. Furthermore, the engine would receive backup from an electrical motor to reach a goal of over 1k horsepower. In combo, these engines would make this vehicle one of the most powerful crossovers in the world.
Who Doesn’t Want a Bugatti Crossover?
So, who doesn’t want a Bugatti Crossover? Well, surprisingly, there’s people that probably don’t. But, most of us auto enthusiasts do. Obviously, only time will tell if it will happen… or not. Regardless, expect a possible Bugatti unveil at an upcoming auto show… maybe. Furthermore, manufacturers are moving into a greener, fully electric future. So, using electricity to help power this vehicle is basically a requirement. And, the market has already shown electric vehicles (EVs) are popular. Although, some people may need help moving on from their gasoline engine. But many drivers are already ready and willing to do so.
Note: The images and video for this article are not official by Bugatti. Hence, the pictures and video only represent possibilities for design – by outside sources. For the real design, await Bugatti’s unveil in the upcoming future. Currently, the crossover is only an idea awaiting approval. Thanks for understanding!