Porsche At The L.A. Auto Show

by Sales Team on November 18, 2011

Los Angeles has always been a special place for Porsche. Executive
Vice President for Research and Development, Wolfgang Hatz describes
Southern California as “…the Porsche911’s second home”. It’s only
fitting that Porsche made three tremendous presentations at the 2011
Los Angeles Auto Show.

First, the new Porsche Panamera GTS made its world premiere debut.
The Panamera was ceremoniously unveiled by two surprising guest:
Patrick Long, Porsche Works & Flying Lizards Driver along with
Romain Dumas, Porsche factory driver. The Panamera GTS is powered by
a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430 hp
at 6,700 rpm, increasing the output over the Panamera S/4S by 30 hp.
The maximum torque also increases by comparison, from 369 to 384 lb.
ft.

At the push of a button, thanks to the standard Sport Chrono package,
the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission
transmits the engine output to the all-wheel drive system during gear
changes without interruption to the power flow. This collaboration
enables the Panamera GTS to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds,
accelerating on to its top track speed of 178 mph.
The GTS is equipped with the latest Porsche dynamic driving dynamic
control systems, including adaptive air suspension including Porsche
Active Suspension Management (PASM). This system constantly calibrates
settings to suit specific driving challenges, from regulating
leveling, height and spring rate to electronic damping. With the
suspension set at “Normal,” the GTS sits an aggressive ten millimeters
lower than any other Panamera model.

In terms of looks, the new Panamera GTS includes distinctive design
features at the front, side and rear as well as black highlights. The
interior is also tailored to its sporty personality with adaptive
sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and
exclusive GTS leather interior with Alcantara surfaces.

Secondly, Porsche also unveiled the all new Porsche 911 (991) Carrera
S for the first time in North America. This is the seventh generation
Porsche 911 and it does not disappoint. Executive VP of R&D,
Wolfgang Hatz says that everything in this new 911 has been completely
reengineered and redesigned, but maintains every inch the embodiment
of 911 Carrera. Longer, lower, wider and 100 lbs. lighter than the
previous 911, the seventh generation is athletic, elegant and iconic.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is equipped with a new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer
engine while the 911 Carrera S features a 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer
engine – a 15 hp improvement versus its predecessor. The first 911
models will arrive in dealerships beginning in February of 2012.

 

Lastly, Porsche announced its plans for the Porsche Experience Center
Los Angeles, to be built in nearby Carson, California. It will be
situated near the intersection of two major Los Angeles area traffic
arteries, the 405 and 110 Freeways. Detlev von Platen, President and
CEO of Porsche Cars North America, indicates that the facility is
going to be 53 acres, twice the size of the Atlanta Porsche Experience
Center and both facilities will cost over $100 million dollars
combined.

The centerpiece of the complex will be a world-class test track and
handling course, including areas where special surfaces replicate
rain, ice, and snow conditions. These training sections include the
Ice Hill, where a steep slope, computer-controlled water jets, and a
low-friction surface will challenge even the most experienced drivers
and help them improve their real-world skills. A special off-road area
will combine 45-degree declines and ascents – ideal terrain for
unleashing a Porsche Cayenne.

The Porsche Experience Center will also offer programs focused on
maximizing personal fitness, wellness, and athletic performance
through its Porsche Human Performance Center. This unique facility
will feature a leading sports science laboratory and training
programs, incorporating the latest techniques used in preparing
Porsche race car drivers.

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