When you are out and about in the Birmingham area be sure to take time and enjoy some of the best restaurants and events going on. We've put together some suggestions here so that you can make the most of your valued down time.
At Porsche Birmingham, we feature the True Price. True Price means the dealership experience should be simple and straightforward. That's why each of our new or pre-owned vehicles features a True Price. True Price means that the prices we show are:
- Based on the selling price of identical vehicles in our community.
- Accurate and in line with what you've likely researched.
It's a great way to eliminate the time-consuming, back-and-forth negotiation process.
Best of all, each True Price puts you in the driver's seat, so you can be confident doing business with Porsche Birmingham.
The new Boxster with six-speed manual gearbox accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and reaches a top track speed of 164 mph. To learn more please visit
www.TomWilliamsPorsche.com or www.Porsche.com
The Alabama Booksmith is a good source for finding first editions and signed copies, located off Hwy 280 in Homewood. Check often for book signings & other literary events.
WORKPLAY - a favorite Birmingham live music venue
5/2 Donna The Buffalo, 8pm
The Last Reef
Titans of the Ice Age
Flight of the Butterflies
The historic Alabama Theater, "The Showplace of the South", built in 1927, is currently host to a variety of live performances as well as movie screenings.
There are many excellent restaurants from which to choose, one surely to suit your tastes and schedule in and around the area. May we recommend the following for starters?
Highlands Bar and Grill, 11th Ave S
The Veranda, Highland Ave
Bottega, Highland Ave
Café DuPont, 20th St N
The Bright Star, Bessemer
Fleming's Steak House, Summit Shopping Center
Fire, Crestline Village
Chez Fonfon, 11th Ave S
Bellini's, Hwy 119 at Hwy 280
Hot and Hot Fish Club, 11th Court South
Birmingham offers a variety of locations to do the necessary and not so necessary shopping for your convenience.
The Summit, I459/Hwy 280
The Shops at Grand River
Colonial Brookwood Village, Homewood
The Galleria, Hoover
Birmingham has a host of exceptional overnight properties making it easy to accommodate your busy schedule in all areas of town.
The Tutwiler (Hampton Inn & Suites), Birmingham
Crowne Plaza/The Redmont, Birmingham
Embassy Suites, Homewood
The Wynfrey (Preferred Hotels & Resorts), Hoover
Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf and Spa Resort, Hoover
550-horsepower sports sedan delivers performance, passion and luxury
ATLANTA - March 30, 2011 --- With its new four-door Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar for sporty four-door luxury cars by delivering ultra high performance and efficiency, sports-car-like driving dynamics, and first-class comfort in a purely Porsche package.
Porsche will reveal its most powerful Panamera for the first time in North America on April 20, 2011, at the New York International Auto Show.
The engine in the new top-of-the-line Panamera is based on the already proven and powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo. The 4.8 liter, V8 engine in the Turbo S achieves a maximum output of 550 horsepower, which is 10 percent more than the 500 horsepower delivered by the Panamera Turbo. The torque is also increased over the Turbo from 516 lb-ft to 553 lb-ft. In the "Sport" and "Sport Plus" mode of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function can temporarily generate additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.
The power increase delivered in the Panamera Turbo S can be attributed to two main enhancements: new twin turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines, and modified engine control. Titanium-aluminum reduces the turbine and compressor wheel's weight, which results in a quicker turbo response that improves the engine's agility.
The formidable powerplant that lies beneath the hood of the Panamera Turbo S is capable of propelling it to sports-car sprint times. With the help of Launch Control, the newest Panamera can reach 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The top track speed is 190 mph. And despite this increased performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that delivers an EPA estimated rating of 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway (18 mpg combined). Official EPA fuel economy estimates for the Panamera Turbo S will be available when the car goes on sale in North America.
Even for a world-class luxury car, the Panamera Turbo S boasts an extraordinarily high level of comprehensive features. In keeping with its sporty concept, it comes equipped with the most important driving-dynamic control systems. For example, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during corning, which enhances stability, handling and overall occupant comfort. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche's advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sports exhaust system, and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the "Sport Plus" button.
While the sporting character of the new Panamera Turbo S is most apparent behind the wheel, the car's exterior tastefully exudes its high-performance ambitions. The new 20-inch Turbo II wheels with increased rear axle track width, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range, and the adaptive four-way extending rear spoiler express the car's elite performance abilities. Inside, the fusion of exclusivity and sportiness is conveyed in the interior by the standard bi-color leather finish. A new combination of black/cream is offered exclusively for the new Panamera Turbo S with Agate Grey/cream also being added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Gray Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior color.
The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in the U.S. later this spring, and will have a base MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination.
Porsche's Plug-In Hybrid 918 Spyder Goes from Dream to Reality
Porsche is presenting the Panamera Sport Turismo concept car to show how amazingly intelligent and efficient drive technology might look in the design language of tomorrow. The Sport Turismo unites the next generation hybrid drive with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept; it combines Porsche performance with comprehensive everyday practicality.
The body concept of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an outlook on a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow: the overhangs are short and the boot lid is large ? both sporty and functional. The concept car combines the dimensions of a premium vehicle with the interior comfort of the luxury class. The Sport Turismo is 75 in. (1,990 mm) wide, a low 55 in. (1,401 mm) in height and 195 in. (4,950 mm) long. Its direction indicators and sidelights are integrated in C-shaped lighting units ? known as C-Blades ? mounted in the large air inlets at the front end. Together with four-point LED headlights in an innovative design, they define the front end appearance of the concept car.
The smooth and taut exterior skin is not interrupted by add-on parts ? there are no conventional exterior mirrors. In their place, the Sport Turismo has two cameras mounted in the side air outlets whose images are shown on the displays in the cockpit. The rear body has been completely reshaped, yet it retains all of the characteristics of a Porsche. The rear lights in LED technology and the tail-light panel with the "Porsche" badge are sculpted in three dimensions, and the brake light is positioned between the four-point LED rear lights. Forming the roof termination is an adaptive carbon rear spoiler that produces improved downforce.
The new Liquid Metal Blue color gives the concept car a surface that resembles liquid metal and highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly. The wheels in dual-spoke design have a bi-color look, and the brake calipers are painted Acid Green. The hub locks of the wheels recall the origins of every Porsche ? which is motorsport.
"e-hybrid" badges on the sides refer to the car's drive concept, while the name "Sport Turismo" at the rear, framed in the same Acid Green color, emphasizes the car's concept character. The milled aluminum battery housing is mounted under the boot floor, which is made of electro-chromatic glass and reveals a view of the energy source illuminated in Acid Green at the press of a button.
The drive technology of the Panamera Sport Turismo completes the next development step towards the plug-in hybrid, symbolized by the "e-hybrid" badge on the front wings. The car's new ability to be charged from the electrical power grid has been combined with even higher performance components. The concept vehicle with its 416 hp (306 kW) of peak system power is designed to be driven in pure electric mode up to a speed of 80 mph (130 km/hr) and can cover distances of over 18.6 miles (30 km). The Sport Turismo also exhibits impressive fuel economy per the NEDC standard; its combined fuel consumption is less than 3.5 liters per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are under 82 g/km. The drive system of the Panamera Sport Turismo is an advanced development of the parallel full hybrid that Porsche already implements today in the Panamera S Hybrid and Cayenne S Hybrid. The new electric motor produces about 70 kW (95 hp), which is around twice as much as in today's Porsche hybrid drive, while the three-liter V6 supercharged engine still produces 245 kW (333 hp) here. In their interplay, they accelerate the concept car from zero to 62 mph in less than six seconds.
The electric power pack of the Sport Turismo e-hybrid consists of a lithium-ion battery whose performance is several times that of the nickel-hydride battery currently used in production, although it has practically the same dimensions. Its 9.4 Kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity and high peak power enable faster acceleration, longer electric driving range and higher speeds when driving without the internal combustion engine.
The default operating mode of the e-hybrid prioritizes all-electric driving, but the driver may deactivate this by pressing a special button on the steering wheel. In addition, when the car is being operated in hybrid mode the driver can select the e-charge mode by pressing the steering wheel button to intentionally intensify charging of the high-voltage battery. This is especially useful when one section of the driving route on a motorway is followed by a section through a city that should be driven in pure electric mode without local emissions. In the e-charge mode, the internal combustion engine charges the battery by load point shifting, while satisfying rational energy management criteria.
As a plug-in hybrid, the fluid-cooled lithium-ion battery is not only charged while driving; it can also be externally charged within 2.5 hours (depending on the power supply) via a charging interface on the vehicle. Porsche systematically thought through all aspects of the concept car's plug-in system; it utilizes a universal charger (AC) that is wall-mounted in a home garage and has a standardized charging plug.
The interior of the Sport Turismo is a forward-looking interpretation of purist sports car thinking: as little as possible and as much as necessary. Instead of classic instruments, a large central TFT color display is positioned in front of the driver; it is used to call up and display any vehicle information as needed ? from the tachometer to driving data or navigation. Two monitors, one to the left and one to the right of this display, show images from the "exterior mirror" cameras. Two additional displays in tube form provide information on the hybrid-specific driving states, e.g. pure electric driving, as well as other functions. The power meter in the instrument panel illuminates in Acid Green and shows the combined system power of the two drives.
A press on the touch-sensitive color display starts the e-hybrid. Naturally, on the side that is typical of a Porsche: the left side. A completely new type of touch display in the ascending center console incorporates additional controls; this is the control center for the e-hybrid and all other functions that is implemented in black panel technology. It offers the driver the option of influencing the hybrid drive via smart keys to choose maximum driving fun, maximum performance or maximum efficiency. All driving indicators and control functions are also intuitively operated by multi-touch functionality, such as automatic climate control, seat adjustment, lights, reversing camera and the functions of Porsche Communication Management (PCM).
The Panamera Sport Turismo gives the driver entirely new options for customized communications. The driver can use mobile online services to access and control all key vehicle information with a smart phone app. Charge control by mobile phone shows the user just how much electricity the battery has already stored at any given time and predicts how much more time the charging process will take. In addition, there is a charging timer with user-defined charging times. Moreover, the vehicle's interior can also be preconditioned by mobile phone, e.g. by turning on the air conditioner, and the vehicle will already be at the right temperature before driving with electricity supplied from a household electrical outlet.