PORSCHE has announced a number of updates to its 2017 model range including new
connectivity features and some new paint colours, ushering in price increases
for the majority of the German car-maker’s line-up.
Price increases differ with each model, and range from between $5500 and $5600
for the 718 Boxster and Cayman, $3700-$3800 for all 911 variants bar the Turbo
and Turbo S which have risen $5700.
The Macan mid-size SUV is up between $3400-$4800, the larger Cayenne has lifted
by $1300-$3000, while the the recently-released second-generation Panamera
four-door is up by $5100-$7900.
Added range-wide features include an updated version of Porsche Connect Plus –
the German brand’s smartphone compatibility system that was previously only
offered with Apple CarPlay, but now includes a telephone module with SIM card
reader to run real-time updates through the car instead of the phone.
It also includes Wifi hotspot functionality and the Porsche Connect app, which
gives owners access to smartphone content such as calendars, destinations,
contacts and first mile/last mile navigation, all through the centrally-mounted
Porsche communication management system.
There will also be a number of new paint colour options across the range,
including Crayon grey for the 911 and 718 ranges, and Saffron Yellow metallic
with intermediate sanding for the 911.
911 Turbo S customers can option a Golden Yellow metallic colour with
black/yellow gold interior, while the sports exhaust system which is optional
on 911s can be ordered with high-gloss black tailpipes.
The Cayenne colour palette adds Purpurite metallic, with Palladium metallic as
a special colour. The Panamera adds Burgundy Red metallic and Ristretto Brown
New interior options include black or luxor beige leather for the Macan and
Panamera, with the latter also including Cohiba and Truffle brown leather
Porsche is also offering a power boost package for all 911 S variants, which
includes Carrera S, Carrera 4S and Targa 4S.
The power upgrade package screws an extra 22kW out of the 3.0-litre
turbocharged flat six engine, bringing total output to 331kW/500Nm and is
priced from $24,580 depending on vehicle spec.
Extra power is generated through larger turbochargers, Sport Chrono package
with dynamic engine mounts, a modified brake cooling system and unique twin
central tailpipe sports exhaust.
The system can also be retrofitted to existing S models fitted with the Sport
Chrono package, through aftermarket supplier Porsche Tequipment from June
With the kit fitted, fuel consumption rises by approximately 0.7 litres per
100km, and Co2 emissions by about 12 grams per km.