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Panamera Wagon is Nice, But Porsche Dealers Still Want More From the Sedan

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Impressed but but completely won over by the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, Porsche’s dealers are still clamoring for another version of the all-new Porsche Panamera sedan.

The Panamera sedan is the dream car of a lot of aspiring men, but the fact that it only seats four people makes it less practical than most mainstream sedans. Essentially a wagon version of the Panamera, the Sport Turismo addresses that problem by offering seating for five and a lot more cargo room to boot.

However, as versatile as the is Panamera Sport Turismo is, there is still a strong aversion to wagons in many parts of the world, especially North America. The fact that it’s the only Panamera model to offer five seats makes many Porsche’s dealers unhappy.

Joe Lawrence, COO of Porsche Cars North America Inc, told :

“It’s fair to say that dealers would like to see [five seats] also available in the sedan. That’s something we’re discussing, and we’ll see what the future holds.”

Would five seats make you more likely to buy a Porsche Panamera sedan? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title

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New Bentley Bentayga Speed, fastest SUV

The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.

Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.

The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.

It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.

In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.

Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.

The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Porsche Taycan Owners Get Three Years Of Free Charging

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The German luxury electric sedan will charge for free on Electrify America network at a quick pace.

Porsche has announced that the Taycan, it’s first-ever all-electric vheicle, will come with three years of free charging on the Volkswagen Group’s Electrify America network.

Created as part of VW’s emissions violations settlement, Electrify America plans to build more than 300 highway charging locations and even more community sites across the United States, offering DC fast charging at rates up to 350 kilowatts for a wide range of electric vehicles from various automakers. Porsche’s 191 dealerships will also have DC fast charging installed onsite.

The German automaker claims the Taycan has the fastest charge rate of any EV, capable of adding 60 miles *96 km) of range in just four minutes via a 350-kilowatt connection and 800-volt vehicle battery architecture.

“Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. “And Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer’s garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station.”

Porsche is so confident in the success of its first-ever electric car that it doubled output from the initial target of 20,000 units per year to 40,000 units annually.

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Porsche Doubles Taycan Production To 40,000 A Year

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The company expects to sell as many of its electric car as the Tesla Model S.

An optimistic Porsche has doubled its planned annual production volume for the Taycan, its first-ever all-electric vehicle.

In anticipation of strong demand, the German automaker has increased output from the initial target of 20,000 units per year to 40,000 units annually.

“We had been ready for it,” Porsche spokesperson Andrew Lennon told . “We had the ability to increase capacity from the beginning, and executives recently made the decision to go ahead.”

Porsche likely expects Taycan sales to match or exceed demand for the Tesla Model S. In 2018, Tesla delivered more than 99,000 Model S and X vehicles, with the Model S accounting for approximately half of that combined total.

The Porsche Taycan goes on sale by the end of 2019. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it will reportedly start between the Cayenne and Panamera, suggesting a price of around $80,000 in the United States.

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