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  1. The Panamera GTS was released to journalists at Ascari earlier this week. Here are some of the reviews: http://www.roadandtrack.com/tests/dr...e-panamera-gts http://www.germancarforum.com/paname...tocar-etc.html http://www.pistonhea...sp?c=52&i=25080 http://www.autobild.de/artikel/porsc...t-2802477.html
  2. Looks pretty sharp with the silver/black and turbo II wheels. Exactly how I ordered it - I'm tempted to drive the 4 - 1/2 hours to the show now... Just got my production completion date of 3/1/12. I guess that means delivery early/mid April?
  3. I've been researching the Panamera for some time. I race a Porsche and am a Porsche Instructor and have been driving an E60 M5 for 5 years and 130,000 miles. I've driven the Panamera on the track and street, and it is a much better handling car than the E60 M5. I'm first on the list at my dealer for the new F10 M5, but I decided to order a Panamera GTS instead. Here are my reasons: 1. I don't need a 560 HP car on the street. I've driven my modded 530 HP E60 for a long time. 2. I want the best handling, most 'connected' luxury sedan I can buy. 3. I'm hearing that although the M5 is
  4. Good to hear from a fellow engineer. Here's the simplest way to think about the shift points when looking at a horsepower curve. At any time, you want the engine to be developing maximum horsepower. You NEVER want to shift AT the horsepower peak. Here's why: Almost all high performance cars achieve their maximum horsepower before redline. From the horsepower peak, there will be some dropoff until you reach maximum rpm. Look at the horsepower level at maximum rpm, and compare that to the horsepower you'll be at if you shift into the next higher gear, at a lower rpm. In virtually every
  5. Yes, I agree let's forget the name calling and stick to the issues. I'm an engineer that's done some consulting work for the major car companies. Once you'll read the description of Sport Chrono, you'll understand what it really does. I'm not sure what 'the gradient of increasing horsepower' is, but allowing full power all the way to redline will give you better acceleration on pretty much any high performance car, the Cayman S included. There are some basic technical reasons why - it's not a point of argument or opinion, just basic engineering. You can calculate the optimum shift points
  6. Another budding 'know-it-all'. Anyone who says that modifications to an "already great car are in the main, pointless." really doesn't understand performance cars or people. If you've been on the track at all, you'd know what I'm talking about.
  7. The Sport Chrono function does one important thing that most people don't realize. Without the Sport Chrono there is a 'soft' cutout at 6800 rpm or so, where the power is gradually decreased up until redline. The bottom line is that you don't get full power for the last 500 rpm, but you get a smoother cutout when you hit the rev limiter. With the Sport Chrono you have full power right up to redline, and then nothing. Very abrupt, hard on the tranny, not smooth, but if you're a good driver it allows you to extract more hp and acceleration from the car. That's why a Sport Chrono car shows q
  8. For an aftermarket part or modification to void your warranty, the factory service dept. has to be able to prove that the modification caused the problem that you bring it in for, and it would only void the warranty for that part or system. The GIAC software may be detectable by the PIWIS computer (I don't know for sure), but just having it wouldn't necessarily void your whole warranty. Actually the better way to think about Magnussen-Moss act (dealer can only refuse a warranty if the modded part was the cause), is that the dealer can refuse anything they want. Then YOU will have to pr
  9. The dealer meetings are happening this week/next week. I'm waiting to order a Cayman RS. Hopefully my dealer will get some ordering information in the next week.
  10. A bit tight for you is good for me - I'm 5'9" 160 lbs. How was the seat height? I like to sit faily high, and I'm worried the seat will put me too low. I would guess that if you were at the limit of headroom, that might be about right for me. Auto Cross and tracking is what I'll be spending a good amount of time doing, I'll switch to a a highway cruiser for longer drives. Thanks for the information! In my modest opinion, unless you are talking about the GT3 style seats, no OEM seat will provide you with ideal support for Autocross or Tracking. I would probably just get the regular s
  11. A bit tight for you is good for me - I'm 5'9" 160 lbs. How was the seat height? I like to sit faily high, and I'm worried the seat will put me too low. I would guess that if you were at the limit of headroom, that might be about right for me. Auto Cross and tracking is what I'll be spending a good amount of time doing, I'll switch to a a highway cruiser for longer drives. Thanks for the information!
  12. I'm looking seriously at the new Sports Bucket Seats with the carbon fiber backs. Does anyone have any experience with them? I'm really interested in impressions on comfort, adjustment etc... Thanks.
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