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Porsche Macan Turbo returns, gets faster for 2020

The Porsche Macan Turbo is returning for the 2020 model year.

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How fast do you need your SUV to go? Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6, the 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo has quicker acceleration and a higher top track speed than the outgoing generation model.

The subcompact SUV's power plant produces 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, which gets the SUV from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. If that's not fast enough for you, you can add the available Sport Chrono package to your new Macan Turbo and drop the time to 4.1 seconds.

Thanks to the that engine, the same as in the Cayenne and Pamnamera, it now has a top track speed of 167 mph, a 3 mph upgrade.

The all-wheel drive Macan has its engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2020 Porsche Macan Turbo interior steering wheel screen shifter The 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo has a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 under the hood that is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Photo courtesy of Porsche Cars North America

Equally as important as getting going is stopping. The new Macan Turbo comes standard with Porsche Surface Coated Brakes that are designed to improve stopping power over the previous-generation Macan's brakes. The SUV's rotors are coated in a layer of tungsten carbide, which reduces brake dust by up to 90 percent and provides a sharper braking response.

With all that power, it's expected that the Macan will sound and look good. Porsche is giving each Macan Turbo a standard Sport Exhaust system and 20-inch wheels. The Macan Turbo also has standard Sport Design side skirts and exterior mirrors, dual strip LED fog lights, and a fixed rear spoiler.

The new, faster 2020 Porsche Macan Turbo will arrive at U.S. dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2019. It has a starting MSRP Of $83,600 and comes with $1,350 in processing, delivery, and handling fees.

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Subaru Motorsports takes center stage in the newest season of "Launch Control".

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The award-winning "Launch Control" documentary series will return December 2 for its eighth season. The show will air on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video.

Season 8 of "Launch Control" picks up where Season 7 left off. The Subaru team has just won the rally and rallycross championships but the future of the team is uncertain.

The program, which has been chronicling the Subaru Motorsports teams since 2013, documents the challenging 2020 season of the driving sports, which included a new rally driver lineup, a shortened and delayed season due to COVID-19, and the return of ace driver Scott Speed following a season-ending back injury in 2019.

Season 8: "Launch Control"

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"Launch Control" will also include a two-part sneak peek at the one-off WRX STI build that Subaru worked with Vermont SportsCar to create for the next installment of the "Gymkhana" franchise, where Subaru driving star Travis Pastrana will take over the feature roll from Ken Block.

New episodes documenting the stage rally season will release every other Wednesday through December and January, with the two-part Gymkhana STI build special arriving in February.

"'Launch Control' has always been an unflinching look at the reality of running a top-level motorsports program," said William Stokes, Motorsports Manager for Subaru of America. "This year brought more challenges than anyone expected, but we're a rally team, and in rally we press on regardless. As tough as this season was, we're thrilled to bring the series back—especially for the fans who couldn't come to events in 2020, who we've missed most of all."

The program is a production of Formula Photographic and Bowes Media with the support of Subaru of America.

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Little Sesame's Volkswagen Bus allows the restaurant's chefs to travel the country in search of new flavors.

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Holiday shoppers this year, once again, have shopping small on the mind. For some businesses, their idea of small is smaller than most. From a hummus shop to a coffee shop, to a mobile bookstore, many small business owners rely on vintage Volkswagen products to help their businesses run.

Little Sesame

Little Sesame Volkswagen Bus

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In 2015, chefs Nick Wiseman and Ronen Tenne opened their hummus shop in Washington, D.C. They didn't just want another restaurant, they wanted to create a different way of doing business than they'd experienced in some of the New York City area kitchens they'd cooked in over the years. They wanted travel.

In order to inspire new flavors , Wiseman and Tenne hop into their robin's egg blue 1978 Volkswagen Bus and explore the country. Their current Bowl of the Week brings in autumn and wintertime flavors with ingredients like maple roasted winter squash, pomegranate molasses, crispy chickpeas, za'ata, and herbs.

The restaurant, with locations in the Golden Triangle and Chinatown, is currently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer catering and meal kits as well as online ordering for pickup and delivery.

Dom's Coffee

In Farmington Valley, Connecticut, a European-style coffee shop sits on a strip of real estate next to buildings similar to what you'd find in nearly anyone's hometown - a car dealership and a church. The brick-and-mortar shop was opened by Andrius Plankis and Asta Plankiene in May 2015, two years after the couple emigrated to the U.S. from Lithuania.

In addition to their shop, they run a fully-equipped mobile espresso bar out of the back of a Volkswagen Atlas R-Line. Their specialty is artistically crafted drinks including espressos, affogatos, specialty lattes, cold brews, and hot chocolates.

The Cincy Book Bus

The Cincy Book Bus

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After retiring from 25 years of teaching, Melanie Moore decided it was time to pursue her dream: opening a bookstore. But she didn't just want to own the shop around the corner, she wanted to have a business that would work to get books into the hands of children that need them the most. Just as she was about to sign a lease for a storefront, she got cold feet.

Inspired by a novel centered around a fictional, female horse-drawn carriage bookseller, Moore decided to launch the Cincy Book Bus – a mobile bookstore – out of the bed of her husband's teal 1962 Volkswagen Transporter. The van holds about 150 books, and Moore regularly rotates titles to cater to her audiences.

Moore dedicates her profits to stocking classroom libraries.

While these three businesses are small, three large corporations (including Nike) were founded from humble beginnings thanks in no small part to their Volkswagens. Click here to read their stories.

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