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New for 2014: Porsche

By: Jeff Youngs, 11/1/2013
2014 Porsche Overview

Significant updates mark the arrival of the 2014 Porsche lineup, as the brand expands with more efficient and powerful models, added safety features, and upgrades to the interiors and chassis.

Starting with the iconic 911, Porsche is introducing redesigned versions of the Turbo, Turbo S, and GT3 variants, as well as a limited-edition 50th Anniversary model and an improved all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. The 2014 Boxster, which was redesigned for the 2013 model year, adds a few new paint colors, and the Cayenne crossover dials up the performance factor with a 550-horsepower Turbo S trim level.

More drastic changes were made to the 2014 Porsche Panamera, the 4-door coupe that now features revised styling, an available long-wheelbase model, new twin-turbocharged V-6 and plug-in hybrid powertrains, optional LED headlights, and safety amenities including a lane-departure warning system. Porsche went several steps further with the redesigned 2014 Cayman, giving the car a longer wheelbase and wider track, more powerful engines, improved suspension and braking systems, additional cargo capacity, and creature comforts like a 4.6-inch gauge display and optional premium audio package.

Rounding out the 2014 Porsche lineup is the all-new 918 plug-in hybrid sports car. According to the company, the 918 delivers 887 horsepower, has an electric driving range of up to 18 miles, and can reach a top speed of 211 mph.


2014 Porsche 911
Porsche redesigned the 911 for the 2013 model year, and is now following up with the launch of redesigned versions of the 911 Turbo, 911 Turbo S, and 911 GT3. Among the cars' updates are available 4-wheel steering, ceramic brakes, more aggressive styling including wider rear fenders, LED headlights, and improved aerodynamics due in part to a new front splitter and rear wing. Turbo and Turbo S models feature a turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that delivers more horsepower and torque than last year, and offers improved efficiency thanks to a start/stop assist system.

In commemoration of five decades of sales, Porsche is also offering a 50th Anniversary edition of the 911. Features include the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, 430-horsepower 6-cylinder engine, unique 20-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, and retro-themed gauges and upholstery.

What's New:
  • Redesigned Turbo, Turbo S, and GT3 models
  • Limited-edition 50th Anniversary model
  • Improved performance and efficiency
  • Upgraded AWD system


2014 Porsche 918
Although it's sure to come as a surprise, Porsche's all-new halo car is actually a plug-in hybrid. However, unlike the Chevrolet Volt and versions of the Toyota Prius, the 2-passenger 2014 918 Spyder features a removable roof panel, can be completely recharged in as few as 25 minutes using a Porsche 400-watt high-speed charging station, can travel up to 18 miles or at 93 mph on electric power alone, and is capable of sprinting to 60 mph in roughly 2.8 seconds.

At the heart of the 2014 Porsche 918 is a 4.6-liter V-8 engine joined by a 115-kW electric motor for the rear wheels and a 95-kW motor for the front wheels, Lithium-ion battery, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

What's New:
  • All-new plug-in hybrid sports car
  • 887 horsepower and 940 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Porsche-estimated 211-mph top speed and 18-mile electric driving range
  • Full recharge in as few as 25 minutes


2014 Porsche Boxster
A redesigned, 2-passenger Boxster convertible debuted for the 2013 model year, so changes for 2014 are limited to a couple of new paint colors. Buyers have the choice of base and S variants.

What's New:
  • Two new paint colors


2014 Porsche Cayenne
For 2014, the Porsche Cayenne lineup grows with the addition of a new top-of-the-line AWD Turbo S model that delivers 550 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V-8 engine. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard. The company claims this high-performance variant of the Cayenne crossover can reach 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and tops out at 176 mph. Features include gloss-black 21-inch alloy wheels, electronic locking rear differential, gauges tracking lap times and acceleration, widened wheel arches, and unique interior color combinations.

Other trim levels include the base Cayenne, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid, and Cayenne Turbo.

What's New:
  • 550-horsepower Turbo S model


2014 Porsche Cayman
Following 2013's redesign of its convertible stablemate, the Boxster, the 2014 Porsche Cayman also debuts with a host of changes. Among the updates are a longer wheelbase and wider track front and rear, revised chassis with better brakes and new electromechanical steering, keyless entry and ignition system that allows the car to be opened and started without a conventional key, larger trunk, and upgraded seats.

Porsche offers the Cayman in base form equipped with a 275-horsepower, 2.7-liter 6-cylnder engine and S guise fitted with a 325-horsepower 6-cylinder. The EPA estimates Cayman drivers will average up to 32 mpg on the highway.

What's New:
  • Completely redesigned for 2014
  • Longer wheelbase and wider track
  • More powerful engines
  • Available intelligent cruise control
  • Standard sport mode
  • Upgraded optional active-damping suspension system
  • Electromechanical steering
  • Improved braking system
  • Lighter and stronger body
  • Improved aerodynamics
  • Optional Burmester premium audio system
  • Keyless ignition system
  • 4.6-inch gauge display screen
  • Upgraded sport seats
  • Expanded cargo capacity


2014 Porsche Panamera
The 2014 Porsche Panamera 4-door coupe's lineup has been broadened with the addition of new long-wheelbase models (stretched by 5.9 inches) and a plug-in hybrid variant the company claims can reach 60 mph in only 5.2 seconds. The latter, officially dubbed the Panamera S E-Hybrid, features a 95-horsepower electric motor and a 9.4-kWh Lithium-ion battery.

Porsche has also updated the rest of the Panamera family with revised styling, safety features such as a lane-departure warning system, and a new twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine in lieu of the 4.8-liter V-8 that had powered the Panamera S and AWD Panamera 4S.

What's New:
  • Plug-in hybrid and long-wheelbase models
  • Twin-turbocharged V-6 engine replaces 4.8-liter V-8
  • Improved performance and efficiency
  • Added standard features (long-wheelbase models)
  • Revised styling
  • Revised steering system
  • Available LED headlights
  • Updated intelligent cruise control system
  • Revised start/stop assist system
  • Porsche Car Connect smartphone app
  • Optional lane-departure warning system
  • Optional multi-view camera system

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