Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 revealed – two coming to NZ

May 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has dropped the covers off its ultimate naturally aspirated 911 – the GT3 RS 4.0. Set to be the grand finale of the current 911 series, codenamed 997 this street-legal track racer will likely be the final special edition before an all-new model is unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.

Limited to just 600 vehicles, there is some serious racing pedigree underpinning the GT3 RS 4.0 with the new model’s boxer engine using a crankshaft lifted straight from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car and the forged pistons’ connecting rods fashioned from titanium. It will be available exclusively with a six-speed sports manual gearbox.

The four-litre displacement sports engine, the biggest 911 model line engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine ever built by Porsche. Maximum power is now 368 kW (500
hp) at 8,250 rpm, that’s 92 kW of power per litre. Maximum torque is 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm.

The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will offer some stunning performance with a recorded lap time of 7m 27s for the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. That’s 1.7 seconds faster than the Carrera GT and 6 seconds faster than the GT3 RS. So it’s a very serious machine.

In as straight line the GT3 RS 4.0 will sprint to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and its racing-inspired gearing takes it to 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. Continue reading “Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 revealed – two coming to NZ” »

Porsche pulls covers off Panamera Turbo S – NZ bound

March 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has officially unveiled it’s new top-spec Panamera Turbo S before it’s scheduled reveal at the New York Auto Show. The Turbo S is set to be the most powerful and quickest version of the Panamera to date and features a host of mechanical and styling upgrades.

The 4.8 litre, V8 twin turbocharged engine now delivers 410 kW – an increase of 10 per cent or 37 kW over the already very powerful engine in the Panamera Turbo. At the same time, torque also increases from 700 to 750 Nm. In the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” mode and during kick-down in normal mode a full 800 Nm is available through ‘overboost.’

With Launch Control (part of the standard Sport Chrono Package Turbo) the 0-100 km/h sprint takes just 3.8 seconds and top speed is a reckless 306 km/h. Porsche says that despite the increased performance, fuel consumption remains at a similar level to the Panamera Turbo. Official figures are 11.5 L / 100 kms combined falling to 11.3 L / 100 kms when fitted with the optional 19 inch, all-season Michelin tyres with optimised rolling resistance.

The increased performance compared with the Panamera Turbo is due to two main enhancements:

Improved turbochargers with titanium-aluminium turbine wheels and modified engine control. The use of the innovative titanium-aluminium alloy reduces the weight of the turbine and compressor wheel. This results in a lower moment of inertia and therefore improved engine responsiveness. Continue reading “Porsche pulls covers off Panamera Turbo S – NZ bound” »

Porsche considering smaller Panamera – the ‘Pajun’

March 28th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The internet has become rife with rumours of a new Porsche mid-size vehicle which would see the German carmaker move further from a niche sports car brand into full product line status.

With the Panamera proving to be another sales success for Porsche, a new report has been released indicating the likely development of a smaller model to battle the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes E-Class.

Tentatively dubbed the Pajun – short for Panamera Junior – the car would mix Porsche styling cues with a four-door coupe design. In theory it would be a smaller, cheaper version of the Panamera.

Under the bonnet there are rumours the Pajun would receive a 400 – 550 horsepower V8 engine, plus a powerful diesel and possibly an entry-level V6 mill. Given that the Pajun wouldn’t reach production until 2015 at the earliest a hybrid version is also very likely. Continue reading “Porsche considering smaller Panamera – the ‘Pajun’” »

Porsche offers 911 Turbo S ‘Edition 918 Spyder’ for 918 supercar buyers

March 23rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Yesterday we brought you news on the pricing for Porsche’s upcoming 918 hybrid supercar, at $1.24 million New Zealand dollars it was a touch expensive for most of us.

But if you are one of the very few with that sort of cash to spend on a supercar it just gets sweeter. For just $216,000 NZ dollars more you can get a 911 Turbo S “Edition 918 Spyder” which is being offered exclusively to those that place an order for its upcoming plug-in hybrid supercar. As you would expect, production of the special edition 911s is limited to 918 units worldwide. It’s like a ‘buy one, get one free’ deal, except instead of free it costs you $216k.

Despite the order books being open Porsche’s 918 hybrid supercar won’t enter production for at least two years so if you can’t wait the limited edition 911 Turbo S series gives you some of the 918 styling right now. Being cosmetically inspired by the 918 Spyder the 911 Turbo S will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles.

While keeping the standard model’s 530hp flat-six turbo intact, the special edition gets special acid green features on the brake calipers, interior stitching and logos, the instrument cluster needles, the bespoke PCM screen and illuminated door entry guards. Continue reading “Porsche offers 911 Turbo S ‘Edition 918 Spyder’ for 918 supercar buyers” »

Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar

March 22nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

It will still be at least two years before Porsche’s new 918 Spyder hybrid supercar reaches production, but that’s not stopping the German carmaker from putting a price tag on it and opening the order book.

The 918 Spyder is to be the most expensive model ever built by Porsche with European prices starting from €645,000 ($1.24m NZD). That’s a large chunk of change to say the least but for the money buyer’s will get the latest hybrid tech and the natural successor to the iconic Carerra GT.

Production of the 918 Spyder will take place at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Germany starting from September 18, 2013, with first deliveries to commence in November 2013. Porsche plans to limit production of the two-seater model to no more than 918 units worldwide.

The 918 Spyder is closely modeled after the concept study seen at last year’s Geneva Motor Show. However, the production version will not have a full open-top look, instead it will go with removable roof panels that can be stowed in the front luggage compartment. Other differences from the concept include the addition of exterior mirrors and the removal of the side exhaust tail pipes. Continue reading “Porsche announces pricing and details for 918 Spyder Hybrid Supercar” »

Techart’s Magnum is ready to make babies cry at Geneva Show

March 1st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Cayenne isn’t known as Porsche’s most beautiful model, but most have become familiar with the shape and the current model has improved aesthetically. But aftermarket tuner TechArt has different plans and continues to stage an assault on the senses of Porsche fans with it’s latest take on the road-focused SUV.

It sure isn’t pretty but it will be up to those attending this week’s Geneva Motor show to reserve judgement on this beast. To turn the Cayenne even uglier, TechArt bolted on a more aggressive front bumper, extended the wheel arches and dropped on a ventilated bonnet. It wasn’t enough to just do over the face either, so TechArt modified the side sills, put on a prominent rear spoiler and added massive alloy wheels. Sounds better than it looks.

Under the bonnet there is much more impressive work. The twin-turbo V8 engine has been outfitted with a TA 058/T1 power kit which helps it produce a whopping 412 kW and 780 Nm of torque – an increase of 44 kW and 80 Nm over the standard Cayenne Turbo. Thanks to the extra gusto, the Magnum can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 15.8 seconds, and hit a top speed of 287 km/h for the brave.

More information will be released at the Geneva Show, till then enjoy the images below. Continue reading “Techart’s Magnum is ready to make babies cry at Geneva Show” »

Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed – on sale in NZ

February 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche is continuing its range of special edition sports cars with the release of the new Boxster S Black Edition and it’s coming to NZ.

On the heels of the international release of the 911 Black Edition models last week (read news), the new Boxster S Black Edition continues the theme of darkened special edition Porsche models

In this case the new Boxster S Black Edition gets a power and torque boost for its 3.4-litre boxer engine — 10 horsepower (seven kilowatts) and 10 Newton metres over the regular S model — to take outputs to 320 hp (235 kW) at 7,200 rpm and 370 Nm at 4,750 rpm.

The roadster also gains additional standard equipment: 19-inch black Boxster Spyder wheels, smooth leather finish Sport Design steering wheel and auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors.

Styling tweaks come from the array of all-black design touches: black body, black hood, black wheels, black side air intakes, black tailpipes, black roll-over bars, black instrument panel, painted black gear selector surround and black model designation on the rear boot lid. Continue reading “Porsche Boxster S Black Edition revealed – on sale in NZ” »

Porsche gets dark with special 911 Black Edition

January 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche has revealed its new 911 Black Edition, ahead of its official debut in April.

Based on the standard 911 Carrera the Black Edition is available in coupe or convertible form and comes in a range of two colours – both of them black.  A plain black exterior is standard and basalt black metallic is optional. There’s also black brake calipers, and 19-inch bi-color wheels taken from the 911 Turbo.

The interior is well appointed with partial leather seats, a sport steering wheel, aluminum look trim, a painted center console, and Black Edition door entry kick plates. Other upgrades include a Bose audio system, Porsche Communication Management (with navigation), parking assistant, cruise control, automatic dimming mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers.

Power comes from Porsche’s naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter flat-six engine with 254 kW and 390 Nm of torque. The six-pot is mated to a six-speed manual transmission allowing the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds while the convertible takes 5.1 seconds. The top speed for both body styles is 289 km/h.

Production is limited to 1,911 units and Porsche says the package represents savings of thousands over equipping the standard 911 with the same extras. Continue reading “Porsche gets dark with special 911 Black Edition” »