Porsche marks 10 year stay in China with exclusive 911 Turbo

June 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It’s been 10 years since Porsche first set up camp in the growing Chinese market and to celebrate, it has built a special edition 911 Turbo S.

There isn’t much in the way of mechanical mods with the special machine using the Turbo S’ 395kW, twin-turbo flat-six, mated to Porsche’s PDK sequential gearbox. However, the appearance package is quite distinctive with a bespoke Gold Bronze Metallic paint job set off with flat black and carbon fibre trim. Filling up the wheel guards are retro-inspired 19-inch black Fuchs-style alloys lifted off the 911 Sport Classic.

Interior tweaking includes a gold commemorative plaque, and plenty of black Alcantara fabric with contrasting gold stitching. Deluxe.

If you really want to get one of these special 911s, tough luck. Porsche is panning on building just 10 examples, and naturally, they’re all heading to China.

Porsche reveals all electric Boxster E prototypes

May 25th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Earlier this year, Porsche announced that it would be taking it would be developing three pure-electric prototypes based on its Boxster roadster. Few further details were released at that stage but now, after the first demonstration of the new Boxster E in Berlin, more info has been released.

The electric-powered Boxster prototypes will be used in a German government-funded trial called “Model Region Electro-Mobility Stuttgart” which will study the practicality of fully-electric vehicles. Three Boxster E prototypes will take part, two are rear-wheel drive and one is all-wheel drive.

Propulsion is provided on the AWD Boxter by two independent electric motors with constant mesh gearboxes that act on the front and rear axles. The rear drive unit comprising motor and transmission, together with the power electronics for controlling the electric motor is located where the manual transmission and exhaust system are accommodated in the conventional Boxster. In the front, the space vacated by the 64-litre fuel tank, now redundant, is occupied by the second drive unit. The power electronics unit in the adjacent luggage compartment serves the front axle electric motor. The Boxster E thereby features all-wheel drive without mechanical transmission of power. Combined output from the electric motors is 180 kW with  a maximum total torque of 540 Nm at approximately 12,000 rpm.

Porsche claims the AWD Boxster E can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 200 km/h. Continue reading “Porsche reveals all electric Boxster E prototypes” »

Next-gen Porsche 911 range getting KERS system as standard

May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to recent reports, Porsche has confirmed that its much-anticipated next-generation 911 model will include a KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) as standard on every model in the range.

Porsche’s KERS system will be sophisticated and retain energy during braking and store it in a dedicated flywheel system. Then, when the driver is ready, the stored energy can be released and generate faster acceleration for the sports car. What began suspicions of a KERS system being included in the 911 was a dramatically increased wheelbase over the current model. An extra four inches have been added to the wheelbase with a total vehicle length increase of 2.75 inches. Which is the extra length required to fit in the new flywheel technology. Continue reading “Next-gen Porsche 911 range getting KERS system as standard” »

Gang of top supercars battle it out on Fuji track (+video)

May 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

A new video has been doing the rounds online and shows some of the World’s finest sports machines battling it out on the racetrack. A simple idea sure, but when it’s done with stock production models and a level playing field it makes for compelling viewing.

The all star cast includes the Lexus LFA and its main rivals, the Japanese Nissan GT-R, the American Corvette ZR1 and the European Porsche 911 GT2 RS. There’ s also a Ferrari 430 F1 thrown into the mix for good measure. The battle takes place on the Fuji Speedway and is fought over three laps. Continue reading “Gang of top supercars battle it out on Fuji track (+video)” »

Porsche offers another 911 variant – the Carrera 4 GTS

May 13th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche fans could be forgiven for thinking the sports car maker was all done with variants of its 911 models before the next generation is officially revealed. Now it seems those fans are wrong and Porsche has one last sports machine hidden up its sleeve – the 911 Carrera 4 GTS.

The Carrera 4 GTS is an all-wheel drive version of the 911 Carrera GTS which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. It will be available in both Coupe and drop top formats and comes packing Porsche’s 3.8 liter inline six-cylinder unit that produces 300 kW of power and a peak torque figure of 420 Nm. The standard transmission offering is a six-speed manual gearbox with the seven-speed PDK double-clutch being an optional extra. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is canceled out in just 4.6 seconds with the manual box and 4.8 seconds for the Cabriolet variant. Using the PDK auto transmission drops the acceleration numbers down by 0.2 seconds.

Porsche’s high-tech all-wheel drive system uses torque vectoring to send just the right amount of twisting power to the front wheels with a limited-slip differential for the rear axle. The electronically-controlled system gives the Carrera 4 GTS maximum performance and agility on the road. Continue reading “Porsche offers another 911 variant – the Carrera 4 GTS” »

On the dark side – Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

May 9th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche’s special Black Editions first infected the 911 and then the Boxster, now Porsche has released a new limited edition of its Cayman S predictably named the Cayman S Black Edition. This special edition of the go-fast Cayman will be sold in a limited run of just 500 units worldwide and is set to go on sale from this July.

The cars get the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine but power is increased by 7kW to 243kW but torque remains unchanged at 370Nm at 4,750 rpm.

In terms of styling the Black Edition will be distinguished by larger and wider 19-inch alloy wheels finished in black and a more premium interior. The special Cayman S Black Edition also gets Bi-Xenon headlights, dynamic cornering lights, automatic anti-dazzle and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor. The leather trimmed seats are detailed with the Porsche crest on the headrests and there’s also a Porsche Sport Design steering wheel.

Acceleration from 0-100 kph is quickened by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, and to 5.0 seconds with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual clutch unit. With the launch control feature activated on the optional PDK Sport Chrono package, acceleration can be achieved in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is quoted at 279kph. Continue reading “On the dark side – Porsche Cayman S Black Edition” »

Porsche make plans for new V8-powered flagship

May 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

According to unconfirmed reports Porsche is planning an all-new flagship model that will sit above the 911 in its growing range. This next-generation model will apparently come with a V8 engine and possibly use the 961 nameplate.

This 961 will feature a mid-mounted V8 engine powering the rear axle. An all-wheel drive hybrid variant with an electric-powered front axle may also see production. It would use a set up similar to the KERS system seen in the 918 RSR Coupe (pictured) which debuted in Detroit earlier this year.

The 961’s design will also be largely inspired by the 918 RSR Coupe. Power output will be around the 441 kW mark like the RSR Coupe prototype. Expect a price tag upwards of €200,000 and if it does make it to production sales won’t start before late 2013.

Porsche Panamera Diesel arriving in NZ this September

May 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has released specifications and a initial batch of  images for its new Panamera Diesel model with news that it’s coming to NZ.

Under the bonnet of the newest Panamera variant is a specially tuned version of Porsche’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine. Power output is rated at 184 kW between 3,800 rpm and 4,400 rpm and there’s 550 Nm of torque on tap from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. Shifting gears is an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission that turns the rear wheels. Performance figures are quoted at 6.8 seconds for the 0-100kph sprint and a top speed of 242 km/h. The new engine features various technological innovations, such as common rail direct injection through piezo valves, electrically controlled variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs), controlled exhaust gas recirculation, oxidation catalyst and particle filter.

The diesel variant will join the S Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient models in the Panamera range and with the help of a start/stop system achieves a fuel consumption figures of 6.5 l/100km combined. With an 80-litre fuel tank, the Panamera Diesel offers a theoretical driving range of 1200km from a full tank. An impressive result for performance focused large sedan.  Continue reading “Porsche Panamera Diesel arriving in NZ this September” »