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Afraid to drive your Porsche in the snow? Watch rally legend Walter Röhrl show just what the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S can do.

Here  in the Northeast we’ve been getting hit with tons of snow and Arctic temperatures, which give many Porsche drivers the excuse to keep their babies in the garage until spring. But Porsche drivers, especially Porsche SUV drivers, don’t have to fear winter roads.

In Skelleftea, Sweden, they surely know a little something about snow and ice. Rally legend Walter Röhrl chose that location for a little demonstration of the Porsche Cayenne GTS and Turbo S. “In my eyes,” he reports, “the two models are sports cars in the body of an SUV.”

You don’t have to take his word for it. Just check out the video! We wouldn’t encourage you to do this in your Cayenne…but if you have to, it’s good to know you can!

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One thing kinky billionaire Christian Grey never spanks: his Audi R8

Having broken all sorts of box office records this weekend, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is the hot topic around watercoolers across the country. Our question is, why doesn’t Christian Grey ever spank his V10-powered Audi R8 Spyder?

His $395,800 convertible has 500hp. It can hit 60mph in 3.8 seconds and reach over 180mph. So how does Anastasia Steele fall asleep in it?

Grey’s predilection for Audis is evident throughout the films. His stable includes an S6, S7, S8, Q7 SUV and even an A3 sedan, which he gives to Anastasia. This isn’t just clever marketing on the carmaker’s part. The original books are full of Audis. Author E L James is clearly fond of the make.

Grey joins Tony Stark of Iron Man fame as yet another fictional tycoon who prefers Audis. It’s probably the most believable aspects of their films. Audi buyers are young and affluent. Mercedes and BMW are for fogies; Audis are for up-and-comers.

“Audi is a brand that symbolizes performance, technology, and modern design,” says Loren Angelo, director of marketing for Audi of America. “The natural inclusion of our hottest models in this series illustrates how Audi has become truly synonymous with sophisticated luxury.”

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High SUV Sales: Good for Porsche

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Porsche is selling all the Macans it can make. By last September, after just four months on the U.S. market, the Macan had already outpaced those of the Panamera sedan (itself up 13.5%).

“The successful launch of the Macan has buoyed our brand,” said Bernhard Maier, executive board member of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG .

And the revamped version Cayenne is selling well in China, with demand there up by a quarter, and deliveries also up 19% in Europe and 11% in the U.S.

Contrary to what some Porsche “purists” might think, that’s a good thing.

If Porsche SUVs drove like farm tractors, there might be room for complaint, but both the Cayenne and Macan are renowned for being much sportier than other luxury SUVs. You don’t get rave reviews for precise engineering and top scores in the JD Power Initial Quality Survey for not delivering top-quality vehicles across the board.

Higher profits also mean that Porsche has more money to build plenty of variants of its famous sports cars. (Let’s face it, the Cayman GT4 is not exactly a high-volume vehicle.) To date there are 20 different Porsche 911s. All those different models give customers nearly unlimited choices, but makes production more complex, and that costs money. Yes, Porsche needs to make money in order to remain profitable.

Building and selling SUVs may be heresy to Porsche purists, but those same purists are also the ones who have been clamoring for vehicles like the 911 Targa and the Cayman GT4. Porsche wants to continue pumping out low-volume sports coupes and sports sedans, and it can finance their development by making SUVs. Let people buy all the Macans they can get their hands on, and let Porsche keep doing what it’s doing.

It might not be the most common opinion, especially among car enthusiasts, but as long as Porsche keeps making awesome sports cars like the Cayman GT4, than high Macan sales are a great thing. Now, if Porsche starts cutting back on production of those same great sports cars in order to build more SUVs, then there will be a problem. Until then, I say Porsche should keep selling Macans as fast as it can build them.

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Porsche Pajun: All-Electric Tesla Competitor?

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Credit Porsche for being one of the automotive leaders in plug-in hybrids, but it’s been behind Tesla in going all-electric. Now Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports the Porsche Pajun will only be offered with an electric drivetrain.

The Tesla Model S is the hot commodity right now, and Porsche was already rumored to be prepping a competitor to the EV. I. The Panamera Junior (“Pajun”) was supposed to be offered with gas and diesel engine options, plus electric drivetrain. Now the hybrid drivetrains are supposedly being dropped in favor of an all-electric battery system, since Porsche executives feel its success in the crowded luxury sports sedan segment requires something totally different. Having increased the number of plug-in cars in its range, the logical next step is for Porsche to build an all-electric.

There are inherent advantages to an all-electric design, like a low center of gravity and increased structural rigidity, not to mention a flat floor and extra cargo room.

If Porsche goes back to the drawing board with the Pajun, the estimated driving range of between 200 and 250 miles per charge might be expected to match, and likely exceed, that of the Tesla.

Audi record January sales beat Mercedes

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Audi outsold Mercedes in January and analysts said the lead over its German rival may grow.

Audi sales rose 10 percent last month to 137,700 vehicles, due to strong growth for the enhanced A3 compact series and the revamped TT sports car.

“We have made a good start to the year although global economic uncertainties remain considerable,” reported Audi sales chief Luca de Meo, adding that he expected another increase in sales this year. Audi’s advantage over Mercedes may expand to 178,000 cars by 2020 from 136,000 last year, research firm IHS Automotive said.

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VW Plans Double Assault On American SUV Market

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The big news stemming from North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the fact that Volkswagen now plans to introduce a long-wheelbase version of its Tiguan mid-sized SUV in 2017 and that it will be built in North America, as announced by Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn. It will be the second prong of what Winterkorn promised would be “the biggest SUV offensive in the company’s history.”

The first prong is the new seven-seat SUV model that VW already has said it will begin building at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, next year. A “forerunner” of that model, the Cross Coupe GTE (see above), was on display at the Detroit show.

Volkswagen Group U.S. chief Michael Horn pointed out that VW is on the rise again in the U.S. market. For one thing, the American-market launch of the seventh-generation version of the Volkswagen Golf and sporty GTI subcompacts last year have become a rousing success, with Golf gaining lots of superlative third-party endorsements and being named the North American Car of the Year at the Detroit show.

What’s more, the popularity of Golf helped raise the overall trend in Volkswagen’s U.S. sales toward the end of the year. Thanks also to the appeal of a facelifted new Jetta compact sedan, Volkswagen sales rose by 15 percent in the last three months of 2014 compared with a year earlier.

Horn also predicted that the launch this year of a new Golf R version, as well as overhauls of the Touareg SUV and Sportwagen model, would further boost U. S. sales, as well as a “very much refreshed version of the Passat mid-size sedan in the fourth quarter. Passat is the VW made in Tennessee.

Over the somewhat longer term, Horn expressed optimism that Volkswagen in the United States also would be boosted by the company’s decision “to reduce the life cycle of our cars from seven years to five years.”

New Cayman GT4 unveiled

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385bhp at 7,400rpm makes it the most potent Cayman ever.

The most powerful production Cayman in history has been revealed: the GT4.

Developed by Porsche Motorsport – the same division responsible for 919 Hybrid racer – the stripped-out, two-seat, mid-engined coupe is planned to make its public debut at the Geneva motor show with the aim of providing customers with a race track orientated alternative to the more powerful 911 GT3.

“We didn’t make this out of a Cayman GTS,” says Andreas Pruninger, head of Porsche’s GT race car program. “This is an entry level mid-engined GT3 car.” He says the 911 Carrera S engine didn’t fit into the Cayman GT4 at first, and took some changes before it did. He describes the result as an “old school hot rod – a big engine in a small car. It’s a whole new package – very driveable, an explosive experience that makes you smile all the time.”

Porsche says the new top of the line Cayman shares an uprated chassis with the 911 GT3, so it gets lower suspension, better brakes, and a large fixed rear wing that reduces lift and generates downforce. Yet the GT4 weighs in at 2950lb, the same as a Cayman S.

The exterior design is simply form following function. The goal was to create a “zero lift car”, but with an extensive aerodynamic and cooling package – which includes a front splitter, a larger front grille and increased frontal air intakes, side air intakes, two rear spoilers and a fully functional diffuser – the Cayman GT4 produces as much downforce at speed (220lb) as the 911 GT3.

Porsche is not offering any PDK automatic gearbox on the GT4. You do get a mechanical limited-slip differential, torque vectoring system, stability management, sports exhaust, sports seats, leather/Alcantara trim, the Sport Chrono pack, and 20in alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The rear 295/30 ZR20 tires are bespoke, the front 245/35 ZR20s are borrowed from the 911 GT3 as they were “a perfect match”, according to Preuninger. If that’s not enough, opt for CFRP seats, the Club Sport pack, and carbon ceramic discs from the 911 GT3, which Preuninger describes as “slightly over engineered and delightfully oversized” when fitted to the Cayman GT4.

Porsche claims a 0-62mph time of just 4.4 seconds – a full half second quicker than the Cayman GTS – with a top speed of 183mph. There’s even talk that a GT4 lapped the Nürburgring in 7m 40s, which unofficially puts it in the same company as the Gallardo Superleggera, Mercedes SLS, and 997 GT3. Faster even than a 911 Turbo S. Yikes!

The GT4 will arrive at U.S. dealers in July with a starting MSRP of $84,600. Interested? Contact us today about your Cayman GT4.

Audi to hit two million sales goal by 2020?

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With help from revamped models and new sport-utility vehicles, Audi could reach its goal of 2 million sales a year before its 2020 target.

Audi sold 11 percent more vehicles last year, a record 1.74 million, and has delivered double-digit percentage increases in four of the past five years. Updates to the top-selling A4 sedan, flagship Q7 SUV and R8 sports car will fuel demand this year.

Sales in January and February this year should be fueled by “very good” orders in late 2014, offsetting declining demand in Russia, Japan and Latin America.

In the United States, the world’s largest market for premium cars, Audi is pursuing a long-term goal of 300,000 deliveries after a 2018 target of 200,000 sales moved within reach last year.