3 New Porsches Unveiled at LA Auto Show
This week, the doors to the Los Angeles International Auto Show floor opened to journalists, and that means several manufacturers are showing off brand-new cars in the metal for the first time. Though there was nothing in the Porsche room that hadn’t already been announced, three vehicles made their auto show debuts: 2020.
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The Taycan 4S was truly a world debut, as its appearance at the LA Auto Show is the first time it's been seen in public since it was announced in mid-October. This version of the Taycan is a less powerful version of the range-topping Turbo and Turbo S models, making 429 continuous horsepower, or 522 hp to 563 hp during overboost, depending on which of two battery options is equipped. Click here to read about the Taycan 4S technical specs in a previous article.
There’s not much that visually differentiates the Turbo S from the two 4Ss present at the show — except the former has more carbon fiber trim pieces and much larger front brakes while the latter two wear beautiful Frozen Blue Metallic and Gentian Blue Metallic paint. The Race-Tex interior in the 4S we sat in is nice but makes the car feel a bit more utilitarian than you would expect, though it’s the leather-free option for those who would rather not be reminded of the death of a cow (maybe several) every time they get behind the wheel. The 21-inch wheels with carbon-fiber blades look particularly sharp, though they’re an expensive $8,770 option.
The new Macan Turbo has been road tested by several publications — perhaps you’ve seen one on the road already. But the LA Auto Show is the first auto show the facelifted SUV has visited. The old 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 is gone, replaced by a more powerful 434-hp 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. You’d be hard-pressed to visually tell the difference between the new Macan and the old one, both on the inside and outside. The rear end does get the full-width light bar treatment, the most conspicuous update.
This weekend Porsche will compete in its very first Formula E race at the Diriyah E-Prix in Saudi Arabia, so it is nice to see the automaker bring a 99X Electric race car for the public to examine. In person, it’s a lot smaller than you’d imagine, with a bat-mobile kind of look due to a rear wing over each rear wheel that sort of resemble tail fins at certain angles. The swooping body work with partially covered front and rear wheels is common to all Formula E cars, which also share their chassis, front suspension systems (shocks may be changed), and batteries.
Fortunately the inverter (which converts direct current to alternating current to power the motor), the motor, and the rear suspension design can be developed by each team from the ground up, so aside from driver ability, there’s a bit more variance from car to car for the 2019/2020 season.
Source: Porsche News