For many people, finally being able to afford a luxury car means they have made it in life. But before you start signing contracts and driving off in your dream vehicle, there are things you should know. If your dream car is a Porsche, you have come to the right place. Nashville’s Porsche service experts share insight on the iconic brand below.
Porsche was founded in Germany in 1931 and is headquartered in Stuttgart. The company shares a little-known commonality with VW — the Beetle was designed by none other than Ferdinand Porsche himself. Today, Porsche vehicles share many parts with other vehicles that fall under the Volkswagen family of automobiles. Because parts are not exclusive, it is much easier to get everything needed to perform Porsche service at Nashville-based GPO Tuning, according to the techs that turn the wrenches.
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If you are planning to invest in a Porsche, you must familiarize yourself with the lingo. Start with these terms:
- Base MSRP. MSRP stands for Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. But, when it comes to Porsche vehicles, the base price is often vastly different than the end price. It is probably best to add $5000 to $10,000 to your budget before you start selecting options.
- Carrera. Meaning “race” in Spanish, this term now denotes Porsche styles that are geared toward racing.
- Turbo. A turbocharged engine is one built for high performance. All Porsche cars manufactured today have a turbo engine. You do not have to ask for this specifically, although when it is time for Porsche service, let your technician know what vehicle drive so they can be prepared.
Porsche only manufactures a few models. However, there are many options and trims that can make it tough to choose. Here is what you need to know about some of the most popular.
The Cayman is considered an entry-level sports car. But, there is nothing beginner about it. With a starting price of more than $56,000, the Porsche service experts in Nashville note that this is a high-end vehicle through and through. The Cayman is available with a 2.0 L or a 2.5 L turbocharged engine.
The Porsche Boxster is a step up in price, starting at just under $60,000. It has the same engine configurations available as the Cayman but is available only as a convertible.
The Porsche 911 Carrera starts at 370 hp. It is available with four different models with a starting price of $91,000. The Carrera is a fan favorite and one of the most legendary sports cars in automotive history. Porsche service in Nashville for Carrera owners can get pricey, but routine maintenance may help lessen the chances of mechanical failure.
Porsche’s luxury four-door sedan is the Panamera. Its base model comes preloaded with a V6 330 hp engine. Some drivers claim the Panamera is the modern equivalent to driving a station wagon, albeit one with ultra-sleek styling and a luxury interior. Despite its hefty starting price tag of $86,300, Nashville’s Porsche service experts claim that it is difficult to find a vehicle that rivals the Panamera’s smooth handling.
The Mecan is a family vehicle well-equipped for the city and suburbs and is Porsche’s first foray into the SUV crossover space. At less than $50,000, the Macan is the brand’s least expensive – and coincidentally best-selling – model.
A mid-size SUV with multiple trim options, the Cayenne is popular around Nashville. Porsche service techs enjoy getting under the hood of this $65,700 auto and note that the Cayenne Coupe us really just an SUV in car’s clothing.
Porsche has announced the name of its first full-electric sports car during the official celebration of the anniversary “70 years Porsche sports car” – Taycan. The name translates as “lively young horse”, referencing the center of the Porsche crest.” Here comes the first electric sports car with the soul of a Porsche.
For more information about Porsches and how to maintain yours, contact GPO Tuning at 615.248.9466.