Porsche 911 GT2 RS sells out in just two months

October 21st, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

An exclusive limited-edtion, 620 horsepower German sports car sounds pretty damn attractive to most of us. So it didn’t come as a massive surprise that all 500 examples of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS have been sold. What is surprising is that it only took two months since the big nuts Porsche was first unveiled at the Moscow Auto Salon.

Why so popular? Well the GT2 RS isn’t just another 911 it’s Porsche’s highest performance, most powerful production car ever produced. The twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre flat-six powered 911 can run from 0-100 kph in a mere 3.5 seconds. It will keep going until it hits its ridiculous 330 kph top speed.

While it’s an amazing piece of German engineering the price tag is a equally amazing at $245,000 USD. But that hasn’t put off 500 eager buyers. Continue reading “Porsche 911 GT2 RS sells out in just two months” »

Porsche Cayenne S 2011 Review

October 15th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

In 2003, Porsche surprised the motoring world and shocked badge fans with the introduction of the first Cayenne. Critics at the time thought the Cayenne would prove a modern day ‘Spruce Goose’ for the German carmaker but fortune favours the bold and Porsche were quickly on to a sales winner. Despite grumblings about the Cayenne’s styling and plus size figure it has gone on to sell almost 300,000 units worldwide and rescue Porsche from the brink of financial hardship. But the Cayenne was more than just a sales success; it showed that a full size SUV could genuinely push the sensory buttons of a driver seeking a sporty steer. Now for 2011, Porsche has unveiled its second-generation Cayenne and despite the large boots to fill its built to be more advanced in every area. Car and SUV took flight in the next-gen Cayenne to find out just how good it really is.

Porsche has clearly taken many of the criticisms of the first-generation Cayenne to heart, not least the attacks on the exterior styling. The overall design looks sleeker and lower so the Cayenne can no longer be described as an obese 911 wearing a Mumu. Porsche has stuck with sports car design cues borrowed from the Carrera like the front guards but there are also elements of the new Panamera included, particularly in the headlight shape. The gaping front air intake now has a more menacing look and the Porsche badge has been repositioned on to the dipping bonnet. While it’s easy for the eye to be fooled, the new Cayenne is actually slightly larger in all directions. With the wheelbase extended there is little rear overhang and the back doors are longer for easier entry and exit. The rear also appears trimmer with a new lighter one-piece tailgate design.

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Porsche records highest turnover in its history

September 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche announced yesterday that this year it has achieved the highest turnover in the company’s long history. It’s an amazing result and bucks the trend of falling sales on luxury vehicles that many automakers have experienced. According to Porsche’s preliminary figures, the German company had a growth of 17.9 percent to 7.79 billion Euros this year. Porsche’s sales this year have also risen by 8.8 percent to 81,850 (previous year: 75,238) vehicles.

Porsche’s success can be attributed to more than just an expanded model range with significant growth in sales experienced outside the European and North American markets. Other markets accounted for 25.8 percent growth to 25,283 vehicles. With 11,724 units being sold in the growing Chinese market alone.

Porsche’s success was generated in part by the new model Cayenne and Panamera but the new 911 Turbo and Turbo S have also chipped in and boosted sales.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the Porsche Panamera (pictured).

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS wide-body revealed – in NZ next year

September 16th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche will introduce a new 911 variant at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show in early October when it unveils its beefed up Carrera GTS model.

Sitting between the Carrera S and 911 GT3 in the Porsche range the GTS is defined by greater power, a wider body and more standard equipment.

In terms of power output, the 3.8-litre engine with 300 kW/402hp bridges the gap between the Carrera S with 283 kW/380 hp and the 911 GT3 with 320 kW/429 hp. The 17kW increase in power comes from a special intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps for optimised torque geometry where in the Carrera S there is only one flap. Maximum torque of 420 Nm remains unchanged but is now available 200 rpm earlier at 4200 rpm. Add to that a sports exhaust with two sets of dual tailpipes.

Thanks to the upgrades, performance figures improve slightly with top speed gaining 4 km/h to 306 km/h (manual trans only) while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is lowered by 0.1 seconds to 4.2 seconds for a GTS Coupe with optional PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode. Fuel consumption with PDK is 10.2 litres/100 km.

Body upgrades include a SportDesign front with a lower lip spoiler, special sideskirts, and the Carrera GTS graphics on the doors and rear lid. The Carrera GTS has a 44mm wider rear track than the Carrera 4 along with 19-inch hub-mounted RS Spyder wheels and 305/30 ZR 19 tyres at the back.

Following its public debut at the Paris Motor Show the 911 Carrera GTS Coupe and Cabriolet will be available in New Zealand from January 2011 with local pricing and specification yet to be confirmed. Continue reading “2011 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS wide-body revealed – in NZ next year” »

Porsche builds 25,000th Panamera… already

August 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

When the Porsche Panamera was introduced last year, many dismissed the sedan as oddly proportioned and thoroughly unattractive. As the media began to test and review the all-new Porsche, it was a different story and the Panamera was given big ups for its dynamic handling and excellent powertrains. Now, less than a year after the vehicle’s introduction, Porsche has reason to celebrate as the Leipzig factory has just built its 25,000th Panamera. That’s not much for a mass-market automaker, but seriously good-going for a sports car maker that in most years is happy to produce 100,000 models globally.

Panamera number 25,000 is Ruby Red and packs a 300-horsepower 3.6-litre V6 that was added to the range back in May. The special Panamera will be delivered to the U.S. market, where to date 5,000 of the sedans have been sold. Porsche looks to keep up the Panamera momentum with a hybrid variant that is expected to arrive sometime next year.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2010 Porsche Panamera.

Porsche 918 hybrid heading into production

July 29th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

It’s just be made official that Porsche put its radical 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid concept into limited production.

“Reflecting the overwhelming response from the public and customers to the Concept Study, the Supervisory Board gave Porsche’s Board of Management the mission to develop a production model based on the car already presented,” Porsche said in a statement just released.

The money men at Porsche calculated that in order for the car to be produced, the company needed a minimum of 1,000 orders. Reports in the beginning of  July stated that at least 2,000 individuals had placed non-binding expressions of interest for the supercar.

“Production of the 918 Spyder in a limited series proves that we are taking the right approach with Porsche Intelligent Performance featuring the combination of supreme performance and efficient drivetrain concepts,” said Michael Macht, President and Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG.

“We will develop the 918 Spyder in Weissach and assemble it in Zuffenhausen. This is also a very important commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base.”

The concept version of the mid-engined two-seater 918 Spyder utilised a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprising of a mid-mounted 500HP 3.4 litre V8 petrol engine, and electric motors located on the front and rear axles with a combined output of 218-horsepower.

The company claims that the hybrid supercar should return an impressive 3 litres/100km economy with CO2 emissions of just 79g/km. In terms of performance the 918 should reach 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and continue on to a top speed of around 320km/h and will lap the Nurburgring faster than its predecessor, the Carrera GT.

Porsche hasn’t announced when it will introduce the production version of the 918 Spyder, which is rumored to carry a price tag of around $630,000 ($871,000 NZ).

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Porsche using three electric Boxsters for testing

July 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche is rapidly ramping up its vehicle electrification program, ranging from the top-level plug-in hybrid 918 Spyder concept and the 911 GT3R Hybrid racer to the new Cayenne hybrid that has now entered production. But the latest addition to the electric drive program is a group of three experimental Boxsters that are all electric.

Porsche is keeping closed lips on these new Boxsters for now and no technical details have been released. The Boxster prototypes will be used to test the new electric drivetrain systems as well as see what infrastructure is required to facilitate them. It’s no secret that Porsche is interested in a production version of the 918 Spyder and is likely using these Boxsters to evaluate the battery systems, along with the motors and power electronics.

2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

June 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

All new Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2011 promo trailer