Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S – Another Iteration of Perfection

June 7, 2019 – by Otar Bezhashvili
Just two months ago in Frankfurt Auto Show Porsche presented 911 family’s mid-cycle refresh. Exterior differences are the same as 911 base models – the front end – new headlights and redesigned air vents, tweaked bumper and the hood. As an option now you can have hydro-cylinders in the front shocks to lift the nose on low speed.
Both models got a moderate power boost. Turbo’s bi-turbo 3.8 engine is now rated 540 HP, that’s an extra 20 horsepower, while the “S” is now 580 HP. This extra power is a result of bigger exhaust manifold and new, higher pressure fuel injector. Additionally Turbo S now has bigger compressors in its turbo. Beside that the PDK “robot” software was amended.

Another restrictive feature from Porsche is called PSM Sport Mode (Porsche Stability Management). This is how it works. When the PSM button on the center console is pressed once, the Sport Mode is activated. This new mode shifts the PSM’s intervention to a higher threshold than was the case in Sport Plus mode on the previous model. PSM Sport Mode allows the driver to reach the limits of the car more closely, for example on a closed course. However, PSM still remains active to help the driver maintain vehicle stability. True to the Porsche philosophy of giving the driver the option of full vehicle control, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates the system. And big Thank You for that.
Inside you can see a new steering wheel styled like supercar Porsche 918 Spyder. The multimedia complex was improved with a sensor display. Also Apple CarPlay is the new standard for Porsche now.

You can have the Turbo and Turbo S in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles, as before.
Both models also got a function that imitates dynamic turbo effect – when you release the gas paddle, the software remains it opened but the fuel injection is stopped temporarily. As a result you will have a better response on the throttle. Both cars are also faster than the predecessors.

Porsche 911 Turbo with Sport Chrono packet requires three seconds flat for 0-60 run and Turbo S needs just 2.9 seconds. The maximum speeds are rated at 199 and 205 miles per hour. Prices are high too. The cheapest 911 Turbo is $159,200. However the top trim 911 Turbo S Cabriolet starts just north of $200,000 mark.

Please take a look at our Before/After comparison and you can get more details from the full press release below.
Redefining fast: the new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S

Top model of the 911 range offers more power, fresh design, and enhanced features

Porsche will be off to a powerful start in 2016 when the 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S make their debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The top-of-the-line 911 models will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles and are equipped with engines offering 20 horsepower more than before, a sharper design, and enhanced features. The 3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine powering the 911 Turbo now develops 540 hp. The increase in horsepower is achieved through modified intake ports in the cylinder heads, new fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S now makes 580 hp thanks to new turbochargers with larger impelle. In addition to a higher maximum torque (553 lb.-ft. in overboost compared to 523 lb.-ft. on the Turbo), the Turbo S also has a higher redline (7200 rpm instead of 7000). Porsche is still the only manufacturer to use turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in gasoline engines.

The engines now also have a dynamic boost function, which improves throttle response during spirited driving. It maintains the boost pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is briefly released. This is achieved by interrupting fuel injection, while the throttle valve remains partially open. As a result, the engine responds to changing throttle applications with practically no delay. The effects of this function are particularly pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes.

The powertrain enhancements take the performance of the 911 Turbo models to even higher levels than before. The 911 Turbo S Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, making it 0.1 seconds faster than its predecessor. Its top track speed of 205 miles per hour has increased by 7 miles per hour. The 911 Turbo reaches 60 miles per hour from standstill in 2.9 seconds, and its top track speed is 198 miles per hour – 2 miles per hour faster than the previous model. In spite of this increased performance, further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings reduce fuel consumption. EPA fuel consumption ratings will be available at a later date.

A standard feature on all Turbo models: Sport Chrono Package with mode switch and Sport Response button.
The Sport Chrono Package is now a standard feature on all 911 Turbo models. This includes the new GT sport steering wheel in 918 Spyder design measuring 360 mm or 14.1 inches in diameter and is equipped with a mode switch. It consists of a rotary ring with stepped positions that can be used to select one of the four drivetrain modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, or Individual. The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store her or his preferred vehicle setup, including PDK shift strategy, throttle response and damper control. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button. When the black button located in the center of the mode switch is pressed, it preconditions the engine and transmission for the best possible responsiveness. In this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system in the 911 Turbo models now features a new PSM Sport Mode. When the PSM button on the center console is pressed once, PSM Sport Mode is activated. This new mode shifts the PSM’s intervention to a higher threshold than was the case in Sport Plus mode on the previous model. PSM Sport Mode allows the driver to approach the limits of the car more closely, for example on a closed course. However, PSM still remains active to help the driver maintain vehicle stability. True to the Porsche philosophy of giving the driver the option of full vehicle control, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates the system.

A full set of driving dynamic features
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with PASM as standard now offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full array of standard equipment for peak performance: the active roll stabilization program PDCC is standard on the S model as is the Porsche Composite Ceramic Brake (PCCB) system. New options for all 911 Turbo models include radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm or 1.5 inches measured at the front spoiler lip. Sport Chrono Package, Park Assist front and rear including reversing camera, and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) are now standard on all 911 Turbo models. In addition to higher performance, the Turbo S models offer an even more extensive range of standard equipment than the Turbo variants, including 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus with seat backrests in leather, a two-tone leather interior, LED headlights with PDLS+, Sport Design exterior mirrors, and Carbon Fiber interior trim.

Sharper design with new characteristics
Naturally, the new generation of 911 Turbo adopts significant design characteristics of the 2017 911 Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features. The redesigned front end with side air blades and narrow LED front lights with double fillets promote the width of the car, as does the additional fin in the central air intake. All models are also fitted with new 20-inch wheels. The center lock wheels on the 911 Turbo S feature seven instead of ten double spokes. Measuring 9 J x 20 at the front and 11.5 J x 20 at the rear, the new wheels of the 911 Turbo models are each half an inch wider, equaling those of the 911 Turbo S in size. Just like on the 911 Carrera models, new door handles without recess covers give the car a sleeker look. The rear fascia was also thoroughly reworked. Three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights and aura-like illumination, familiar from the 911 Carrera series, catch the eye. The new models also feature redesigned dual tailpipes and exhaust tips. As before, the Turbo S can be distinguished by stainless steel exhaust tips in black chrome, while the Turbo is fitted with those in high gloss chrome. The new rear decklid grill now features three parts: the right and left sections have longitudinal vent vanes, and the middle cover is separated to optimize air induction for the engine.

New Porsche Communication Management with online navigation
As in all 2017 911 variants, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation, is standard. This system features a 7-inch multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the center console and offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Navigation can also access the latest online traffic information in real time (Google® StreetView). Routes and destinations can be visualized with 360-degree images and satellite images (Google® Earth). In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, compatible cell phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cable. Select vehicle functions can now be controlled remotely as well. As in the previous models, the 555 watt Bose sound system with 12 loudspeakers, an active subwoofer and center speaker is offered as standard; an 821 watt Burmester system with 12 loudspeakers and a 300 watt active subwoofer can be ordered as an option.

Market launch and prices
In the United States, the new generation of Porsche 911 Turbo will reach dealers in April 2016. Base MSRP is as follows, not including the destination charge:
911 Turbo $ 159,200
911 Turbo Cabriolet $ 171,500
911 Turbo S $ 188,100
911 Turbo S Cabriolet $ 200,400

Lexus LC 500

Lexus LC 500 Concept Became Reality

June 5, 2019 – by Dariia Popel
Hinted to come to dealerships sometimes in 2018, the production version of Lexus stunning concept LC 500 is going to materialize even earlier. The LC was reportedly approved for production in 2015, and though we were told it may resurrect the SC nameplate, Lexus filed copyright for LC 500 and LC 500 H.

As a reminder, the original concept was shown back in 2012 and was called Lexus LF-LC. Coincidentally or not it was the Motor City one more time. Now four years later the car can lose some of its lush, but the camouflaged prototype of the production car that was caught early this fall looked very promising.
Preliminary reports suggest two modifications – V8 engine and hybrid. The former mill should be the 477 horsepower one. And the hybrid will probably consist of 3.5 liter V6 and an electric motor. The F version will appear not sooner than 2018 and should have 612 horsepower V8.
All the information about upcoming supercar is coming strictly from insiders. We don’t have an official confirmation from Lexus. Traditionally Lexus refuses to comment on its future products. Even the recent official information about copyrighting LC 500 nameplate doesn’t get any decent comments from the Japanese automaker. So no usual press release below.

Volvo S90

Volvo S90 – Controversial Exterior with Perfect Interior

May 14, 2019 – by Julia Petryk
The new corporate Volvo’s “face” fits just right for a midsize sedan. The Civic style back-end looks not that elegant controversial though. But the interior is Volvo’s win-win. And you don’t have to fly all the way to Sweden to experience the 2017 model in person. But there are few long months to wait for a production to start in Goteborg. And the beginning of the US sales is probable in the third quarter of 2016. V90 wagon version is expected for 2018 model year and is not confirmed for North American market.
Under the hood three engine choices will be available: the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. The hybrid version consists of the same two liter gas turbo-four from Drive-E family (320 HP) and 65 kilowatt electric motor charging from lithium-ion battery (9.2 kWh) that is spinning the rear wheels. The total output is 407 gas/electric horsepower. Eight-speed automatic transmission helps to move this power to the wheels. The all-electric range is some 28 miles. But the mileage number looks more impressive – 124 MPG!

T6 modification is the same gas engine, but a 6-speed manual is accessible here. 0-60 time is 5.8 seconds (no word on hybrid 0-60 yet), 32 MPG combined. D5 version gives 46 MPG and 235 horsepower from 2.0 four-cylinder turbo diesel and the same automatic transmission. And the most affordable variant of Volvo S90 is D4. Detuned turbo diesel gives you just 190 HP here and 8.2 seconds run till 60 miles per hour. But don’t expect to see so many diesels in Unites States. Thank you so much Volkswagen Automotive Group.
As we know the Swedes are working intensively on autonomous system. The flagman sedan got the Pilot Assist function – Volvo’s take on “road train” technology . It’s based on an active cruise-control and active steering on speed up to 80 miles per hour. Volvo’s Vision 2020 states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020. Apparently it includes animals. The improved City Safety complex can find big animals on the road now (moose, horse, deer). It warns the driver and if no reaction follows it can completely stop the vehicle.
Going to the most intriguing part, the interior looks handsome and expensive without being over designed. By the way, you can find a lot from the new XC90. Here’s the same steering wheel, gauge panel, display, climate controls. Air vent deflectors are different, as well as inner materials.

Isn’t that gorgeous? I just can’t stop adding interior images here… And don’t forget to go through the press release below.
Volvo Cars Debuts the S90 Luxury Sedan

Gothenburg, Sweden (Dec. 2, 2015) Volvo Cars debuted the highly-anticipated Volvo S90 luxury sedan in Gothenburg, Sweden today on the heels of the company’s award-winning Volvo XC90 SUV. The all-new Volvo S90 sedan is a bold entry into the luxury sedan market and sets a new standard with superior materials, technology, comfort and class-leading semi-autonomous features.

“With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be – we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

The Volvo S90 will combine Scandinavian design with cutting-edge safety and cloud-based applications and services. The interior makes use of the Sensus Connect touchscreen that debuted in the XC90, providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons.

“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.

The Volvo S90 introduces another step toward Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020, through world first safety technologies and highly advanced semi-autonomous features.

Three engine choices will be available: the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.

“The S90 has taken a big step forward in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.

The S90 will follow a legacy of strong sedan sales for Volvo Cars in the United States. Over the last several years, Volvo sedans have enjoyed significant demand at launch, with the last luxury sedan outselling robust competitors in its segment. Volvo Cars has seen an 18% growth in US car sales so far in 2015. The all-new 2016 XC90 has received strong demand from American drivers along with the XC60, which has enjoyed 31% growth in US sales.

“The S90 is a terrific addition to the Volvo Cars lineup in the United States,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “it will continue the terrific sales momentum Volvo Cars has gained within the last year.”

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