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The New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Driven On Track

The New Porsche Cayenne Turbo S Driven On Track

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Porsche 918 Spyder - Testing At The Nürburgring [Video]

Porsche 918 Spyder – Testing At The Nürburgring [Video]

It seems we can’t get enough of the Porsche 918 Spyder. A few days ago we saw the Porsche 918 Spyder post a lap time round the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 14 seconds and today Porsche released a new video of the 918 Spyder.

In the video we spot Walter Röhrl as well as Chris Harris as a passenger.

The YouTube summary of the video reads like this:

“Sometimes, words cannot describe a feeling. But in this case, a simple figure can. Location: Nürburgring, Nordschleife. Car: Porsche 918 Spyder. Lap time: 7 minutes, 14 seconds. Equipment: Optional Weissach Package, street-legal tires.Any questions left?”

Well Yes, please make sure we have the opportunity to drive it when it arrives in SA. Enjoy the video.

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The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

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Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo (or Sports Wagon) concept was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show yesterday along with a slew of other products from the VW Group.

The styling of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept gives a hint of the future styling direction that Porsche is heading for. Just looking at the Panamera itself the, the styling of the Sport Turismo may give a hint to how a facelift of the current Porsche Panamera would look like.

The styling of the Porsche Panamera Sport Tursimo is rather familiar but with some certain styling points standing out namely at the front of the car where we see C-Shaped light units (indicators and side lights) mounted on the large air inlets on the bumper as well as the four-point LED.

What’s noticeable on the side profile is the absence of the exterior side mirrors which are replaced by two cameras mounted in the side air outlets and whose images are shown on the display in the cockpit.

What will also come as a welcome change to Porsche enthusiasts is the redesigned/reshaped rear. The rear features four point rear LED lights with the brake light positioned between the rear lights. An adoptive rear spoiler is also mounted on the roof and aids in improving downforce.

The exterior body colour used on the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is Liquid Metal Blue which Porsche believes highlights its contours and design lines more distinctly. The wheels in dual-spoke design have a bi-colour look, and the brake callipers are painted Acid Green. The hub locks of the wheels recall the origins of every Porsche – which is motorsport.

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo concept is powered by Porsche’s e-hybrid system, which is Porsche’s version of their plug-in hybrid technology. The Acid Green badges on the side of the vehicle denote the hybrid capability of the vehicle.

The peak power of the hybrid system is 306kW (254kW from V6 engine and 70kW from electric motor), and allows the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than 6 seconds (claimed). The claimed fuel consumption based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is 3.5l/100km with CO2 emissions under 82.g/km. The hybrid system used on the concept is an advancement of the current hybrid systems used on the Panamera S Hybrid and the Cayenne S Hybrid.

The electric power pack has also been switched or upgraded from a nickel-hydride battery pack to a lithium-ion battery pack with a higher energy density. Charging of the power pack is done whilst driving as well as externally charged by means of a charging interface in the vehicle which allows the car to be charged within 2.5 hours.

The interior also receives some changes the major changes being the integration of a plethora of TFT colour screens (some of which are touch screens) to display a variety of information to the driver.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype Laps The Nurburgring

Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype Laps The Nurburgring

The Porsche 918 Spyder prototype completed a lap round the 12.8 mile Nürburgring-Nordschleife in a time of 7 minutes and 14 seconds.

To put it a bit in prespective the 2012 Nissan GTR’s official lap time round the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is 7 minutes 24 seconds, and the Toyota LFA Nürburgring Edition does it in 7 minutes and 14 Seconds.

Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project,states, “With the time of 7:14 minutes, the 918 Spyder prototype is already proving to be a fully sustainable concept after just a few months on the road.”

According to Porsche, the lap time of the Porsche 918 Spyder prototype is one of the best ever recorded for a street-legal vehicle with standard tires.It is particularly impressive as it was achieved from a standing start. The 795-horsepower plug-in hybrid super sports car was equipped with production-intent Michelin street tires and the optional “Weissach” feature package, which includes measures to improve driving dynamics.

Testing of the Porsche 918 Spyder seems to be progressing well so we are looking forward to the series production which is to start late in 2013.

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Spotted: New Porsche 918 Spyder

Spotted: New Porsche 918 Spyder

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S Details Released

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S Details Released

Porsche yesterday released some information on the upcoming Carrera 4 and 4S model range. The new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S all-wheel-drive will make their first public appearance at the 2012 Paris International Motor Show September 29, 2012, with expected sales starting in early 2013.

The new 911 Carrera 4 and 4S will be launched in four versions; the 911 Carrera 4 and 4S, each as a Coupé and Cabriolet. These vehicles feature the latest version of Porsche’s all wheel drive system, Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with a rear bias, which Porsche claims will offer maximum vehicle dynamics on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions.

The traits of the current 911 Carrera are shared with the Carrera 4 and 4S in that the new all wheel drive models still make use of the lightweight body design, similar suspension, and use similar engines and gearboxes. However from a styling perspective the Carrera 4 and 4S models have a wider rear section, with the rear wheel housing extending further outwards by 22mm on either side. In addition at the rear the traditional red light band that connects the two rear taillights have also received bit of a styling tweak.

Improvements over the previous model 911 Carrera 4 and 4S from a weight perspective include a weight reduction of 65kg.

All new models have a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, and the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) seven-speed gearbox is available as an option.

The 911 Carrera 4 Coupé with its 3.4-liter, 257kW flat-six engine can sprint from zero to 100km/h in as little as 4.9 seconds (Cabriolet: 5.1 s) and reach a top-track speed of up to 285km/h (Cabriolet: 282km/h), depending on equipment features.

The Coupé and Cabriolet of the 911 Carrera 4S each have a 3.8-liter rear-mounted boxer engine that produces 294kW; this enables acceleration to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.7 seconds) and a top-track speed of 299km/h (Cabriolet: 286km/h) depending on the equipment configuration.

Other features available on the new on the new 911 Carrera 4 include an additional menu in the instrument cluster which informs the driver how the PTM all-wheel drive is currently distributing engine power, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the Porsche Active System (PAS) for vehicles equipped with the PDK System, a new optional sliding roof for the 911 Carrera Coupé and vehicles equipped with the Sport Chrono pack on manual transmission 911’s will automatically double-declutch during downshifts.

At the moment we still have not confirmed pricing for South Africa, but we will let you know as soon as we get some info.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Testing Progressing Well

Porsche 918 Spyder Testing Progressing Well


Earlier this year in March members of the press were given the opportunity to drive the Porsche 918 Spyder in Nardo Italy. Two months later and Porsche has started testing of the prototype vehicles.

According to Porsche the initial results of the driving trials are in line with the high expectations placed on the Porsche 918 Spyder.

According to the specification sheet the plug-in hybrid Porsche 918 Spyder is stated to have a combined power output in excess of 500 kW and fuel consumption in the region of three litres per 100 kilometres. The assumption is here is that if testing is progressing well, then that means they are meeting or exceeding their targets.

The Porsche 918 Spyder is planned for production at the end of September 2013.

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Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche 918 Spyder

Built as a technology demonstrator and as a successor of the Carrera GT, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid vehicle combines a high-performance combustion engine with cutting-edge electric motors to deliver performance that is beyond extraordinary.

Recently a fortunate few members of the press were given the opportunity of driving what appears to be a cosmetically rough 918 prototype at the Nardo Test Track in Italy.

Some of the technology demonstrated on the 918 Spyder includes the full carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) body, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system.

The 918 Spyder will have a zero to 100 kph sprint time of less than three seconds with a top speed estimated at over 325 kph and a less than 7:22 minute lap time round the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This will all be accomplished by a car packing more than 566 kW of power accompanied by an efficient or improved fuel consumption figure of approximately three liters per 100 kilometres. In all electric mode the vehicle will have a maximum speed of over 150 kph.

The Porsche developers defined a total of five operating modes that can be activated via a “map switch” in the steering wheel, just like in motor sports cars, these five modes being; E-Power, Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid and Hot Lap. These range from the E-Power mode which can cover more than 25 kilometeres in pure electric mode to the Hot Lap Option which is a hybrid option in which the combustion engine is used under high load with the electric motor and the traction battery providing additional boost at their maximum power output limits.

The main source of power is the 4.6 litre V8 engine which delivers 419 kW. One of the key points being the so called top pipes (which happen to be the short tailpipes which are located in the upper part of the rear end immediately above the engine) which also help to produce the awesome sound of the 918 Spyder.

Essentially, the hybrid module comprises a 90 kW electric motor and a decoupler acting as the connection with the combustion engine. As a result of the parallel hybrid configuration, the 918 Spyder can be powered at the rear axle both individually by the combustion engine or electric motor or via both drives jointly.

A seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission channels power to the rear axle. If no propulsive power is required on the rear axle, the two motors can be decoupled by opening the decoupler and PDK clutches.

On the front axle there is another, independent electric motor with an output of approximately 80 kW. The front electric drive unit drives the wheels via a fixed ratio. A decoupler ensures that the electric motor can be decoupled at high speeds to prevent the motor from over-revving. The drive torque is independently controlled for each axle. This makes for a very responsive all-wheel function, offering great potential for traction and driving dynamics.

The electric energy for the electric motors is stored by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with its own independent cooling circuit comprising 312 individual cells with an energy content of approximately seven kilowatt hours (6.8 kWh). The charge plug is mounted on the B-Pillar of the 918 Spyder.

Check the video below by Evo magazines Editorial Director and Founder Harry Metcalfe as he does a walk around the 918 Spyder.

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2013 Porsche Boxter

2013 Porsche Boxter

The 2013 Porsche Boxter (981) was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show last week.

The new Porsche Boxter weighs less than the previous generation and rides on a longer wheelbase and a wider track. This along with the new electromechanical power steering system is claimed to significantly enhance the cars driving dynamics.

The new Porsche Boxter models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection. The base Boxter engine delivers 195 kW from a 2.7 liter displacement at 6700 rpm with a maximum torque of 280 Nm and the 3.4-liter engine of the Boxster S delivers 232 kW at 6700 rpm with a maximum torque of 360Nm.

Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option.

With the PDK option, the Boxster sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds whilst the Boxster S in 5 seconds.

The base price for the Boxter in South Africa is R589000 whilst the Boxter S retails for R699000

Source: Porsche

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