New Porsche models: more power, more standard features

by Myron Love  . Apr 29 2016
MYRON LOVE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESSThe 2017 Porsche Macan, pictured here at Porsche Centre Winnipeg, has a starting price of $52,700.


The 2017 Porsche Macan, pictured here at Porsche Centre Winnipeg, has a starting price of $52,700.

Porsche Centre Winnipeg welcomed the 2017 Macan and 911 models in late March, and according to the dealership’s sales manager, Anderson Le, they are selling out quickly.

“The Macan is a very popular model,” Le says. “We have a limited number now, but we will be getting more in stock later in the year. We are taking orders for later deliveries.”

The entry-level base model Macan is powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo engine that produces 253 horsepower and 273 pound feet of torque, Le says. It features a standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive.

The second level Macan S produces 340 hp, the GTS makes 360 hp and the top of the line turbo model produces a neck-snapping 400 hp.

Le adds the 2017 model has a couple of new standard features that were optional before. These features are back-up camera and lane change assist. The biggest change is the new 4.0 version of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system. “It’s a complete redesign of the infotainment system,” Le says. “It’s more intuitive and responds more quickly.” Apple’s CarPlay is available as an option.

The GTS trim is in limited supply and Porsche Centre Winnipeg has already sold out its allotment for the year. The GTS has a different front bumper, black 20-inch wheels, a black tailpipe and sport exhaust system.

The cost of a base model Macan, Le notes, is $52,700 (plus freight and pdi).

The biggest change for the Porsche 911 for 2017 is a new engine. All the many 911 trims have been equipped with flat-six with twin turbochargers attached — as compared to naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engines previously. The engines have pumped up the horsepower by more than 20 more than the older engines and also boast increased fuel efficiency.

Also, like the Macan, the new 911s have the 4.0 model (PCM) infotainment system.

Le also points out there are new front and rear bumpers. New safety features include post-collision braking and blind-spot monitoring, as well as a coasting feature built into the adaptive cruise control on models with the PDK transmission.

“We have a full range of model and trims to choose from, although we are sold out of our Carrera S and 4S stock,” Le says. The base price for the 2017 911 is $101,300.

Porsche Centre Winnipeg was recently named one of Porsche Canada’s three premier dealers. This is the first time the Winnipeg Porsche store has earned the prestigious ranking.

The Porsche Premier Dealer Program is an annual global rewards initiative that recognizes a select number of Porsche Centres in each country for their representation of the Porsche brand’s pillars of prestige, authenticity and passion. This is a great honour,” says Le. “The criteria are very stringent. We hope to be able to achieve this honour year after year.”

Le reports that Porsche Canada CEO Alexander Pollich is expected to come to Winnipeg in early May to officially present the award.


Dilawri receives accolades

Congratulations to the Dilawri Auto Group, which was listed by Deloitte as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies for the seventh year in a row. “We are Platinum Club members this year,” says Dilawri Group founder Ashok Dilawri. (Platinum is the designation for companies that qualify for the award for seven years running.)

The Dilawri Group consists of Crown Automax, Crown Acura, Crown Honda, Crown Mazda, Crown Nissan, Crown Toyota Scion, Crown Winnipeg Honda, Crown Performance, WAM Collision Centre and Crown Detailing and Car Wash.

Winnipeg Kia winner

Congratulations to Samantha Nenka who won a brand new 2016 Kia Rio LX Sedan, complements of Winnipeg Kia in partnership with Energy 106.

More than 450 people were in attendance at the Waverley Auto Mall dealership on April 21 for the prize draw. There were 180 qualifiers for the contest who qualified via both the Energy 106 and Winnipeg Kia Facebook pages. Every qualifier was given a prop key with a number on it, with its corresponding number dropped into a drum. The drum was spun and a number picked and read out. Each qualifier whose name was chosen then picked an actual car key from 30 total keys and tried it in the ignition. Samantha Nenka’s key was the lucky one.

Some of the other prizes were concert tickets for Justin Bieber, a year’s worth of free pizza from Pizza Hotline, a diamond pendant, a wine fridge and a prize basket from Jerry’s Hair Salon.