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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla tops 2016 owner satisfaction survey as VW plummets

Tesla has taken the top spot in a customer satisfaction survey, with more owners of the electric car saying they'd buy another than any other automaker brand. The results of Consumer Reports' 2016 Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey see Tesla once again in pole position, with Porsche and Audi keeping hold of their second and third place spots. However, there's some sizable movement elsewhere in the rankings, particularly after this year's "dieselgate".

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3 Unexpected Gifts for People Who Have Everything

3 Unexpected Gifts for People Who Have Everything

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but the best presents are those you know are fantastic from first-hand experience. If you want to surprise the people you love most, there’s nothing better than to catch them off-guard with something you know they’ll use – these are the gifts that keeps on giving. Whether it's a gift for moms or dads, something for the professional road-warrior, or a once-in-a-lifetime experience, these are my top gift ideas from the products I've tested in 2016.

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A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

A day at Porsche Experience Center LA: Disney World for gearheads

If California was a country, it would make up the fifth largest market in the world for Porsche. What better place, then, for the US' second Porsche Experience Center (PEC). The first opened roughly a year ago in Atlanta, and also serves as the home base for Porsche North America. The new $60 million, 53-acre facility in Carson, California is also Porsche Motorsport North America’s new headquarters, not to mention being officially open for everyone to enjoy. Porsche invited SlashGear out to Carson for a first-hand experience; after all, the PEC is all about getting hands-on.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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The 911 RSR is Porsche’s first-ever mid-engine 911 race car

The 911 RSR is Porsche’s first-ever mid-engine 911 race car

There's no mistaking the Porsche 911 RSR for what it is: a monstrously-powerful race car with which the German automaker hopes to make a significant splash at races like Le Mans next year. Bringing the potential for over 500 horsepower to the World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech Championship, the single-seater made its debut at the LA Auto Show 2016 this week. You certainly can't miss the bold black, red, and white color scheme.

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Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

Hands-on with Huawei’s $1,500 Porsche Mate 9 phone

The Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 is a smartphone that will cost users a cool fifteen-hundred dollars if they decide to take the plunge. This is because Huawei made the device to be more posh than its non-Porsche edition. They've gone so far as to put the Porsche logo at its back, to make certain the world knows its pedigree.

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2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

2017 Porsche Panamera first drive: The 4-door Super Sedan to beat

Porsche is putting all luxury sedan automakers on notice: beware the one-two punch of the 2017 Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Completely redesigned, in the four-door’s first major overhaul since its debut in 2009, which one you decide upon depends heavily on both your pocketbook and your appetite for raw performance.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid packs 462HP and 31 mile EV range

Porsche is running full-steam-ahead with the all-new Panamera, unveiling its latest gas/electric version of the four-door, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Set to make its public debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show later this month, the new car may have green credentials but it hasn't lost its spark: Porsche is claiming 462 horsepower overall, and a top speed of 172 mph.

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2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S technical details

Overview, concept and design - The all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera epitomizes, to me, what a true four-door sports sedan ought to be: bad to its bones. Everything’s new, inside and out; it looks like a Porsche; it drives and performs like a Porsche. The only thing left is for me to actually get behind the wheel myself.

Sadly so far Porsche isn’t quite ready to entrust those outside of the company with the keys, but the automaker did invite me to take a “Taxi Ride” in the new Panamera recently. Don’t let the name mislead you: this is the hottest of hot laps, driven by a pro-driver around a proper racetrack. While I’d obviously prefer to be at the wheel of a car I’ve written about extensively over the past few months, this was definitely the next-best-thing. Launch control? Check. Slicing through hairpin turns? Check. High speed down the straights and then maximum braking? Check. One of the most epic cab rides ever? Oh, definitely check.

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2017 Porsche Macan GTS takes on two peaks in one day

2017 Porsche Macan GTS takes on two peaks in one day

It’s track time and Pikes Peak Hill Climb is no ordinary race track. Taking a corner too wide pretty much anywhere within the 14,114 climb along what’s a 12.42 mile course packed with 156 twists and turns has consequences beyond a couple of dents. Luckily, Porsche’s confidence in the new 2017 Macan GTS is off the chart. This is a super rare opportunity where automotive journalists were given the opportunity to drive up Pikes Peaks and then, on the very same day, keep on going right up Mount Evans.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Review – Turbo all the things

Brand purists are simultaneously the best and worst buyers a car company can have flocking to its showrooms, and few automakers understand this better than Porsche. While it's an ego boost to have a loyal group of followers celebrating your heritage, that same cohort can turn on you in a heartbeat should it feel that the march of progress has in some way desecrated the traditions that they hold most dear. Still, this hasn't kept the German sport car builder from pushing past the boundaries of its own illustrious past, first with front-engine V8s (the 928), then while swapping air-cooled sixes for modern water-cooled designs (the 996), and now by going all-in on the turbo zeitgeist with the 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera.

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