2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Forza 4 Unveils Porsche Expansion Pack

by Sales Team on June 5, 2012

Imagine taking a hot lap around Germany’s advanced and winding Nurburgring in a classic 1987 Porsche 959 — the most advanced car in the world of its time. Impossible? Unattainable? Not anymore. At least, not for those with a Microsoft X-Box 360 and Forza Motorsport 4.

Just recently, Porsche and developer Turn10 announced the return of Porsche’s beautiful vehicles to the Forza series with the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza 4, available around the world as downloadable content via the X-Box Live Marketplace for 1600 Microsoft Points. With the expansion comes 30 new cars (listed below), 20 new events, 10 new achievements and a Porsche-only Rivals Mode. Developer Turn 10 says that seven of the cars are all-new to the Forza series, which brings the game’s fourth installment – including all of the vehicles released via downloadable content – to a grand total of 625 cars from both the past and present.

Porsche Expansion Pack Vehicle List:

  • 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder
  • 1970 Porsche 914/6
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS
  • 1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
  • 1987 Porsche 959
  • 1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
  • 1989 Porsche 944 Turbo
  • 1995 Porsche 911 GT2
  • 1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1-98
  • 2003 Porsche Carrera GT
  • 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 (996)
  • 2005 ALMS GT #31 Petersen-White Lightning 911 GT3-RSR (996)
  • 2005 Porsche #66 AXA Racing 911 GT3 Cup (996)
  • 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 (997)
  • 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (997)
  • 2007 Porsche #80 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo (997)
  • 2008 Porsche #2 Gruppe Orange Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2008 Porsche #16 Dyson Racing RS Spyder Evo LMP2
  • 2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo
  • 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo
  • 2010 Porsche Boxster S
  • 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
  • 2011 Porsche #54 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2011 Porsche #17 Team Falken 911 GT3-RSR
  • 2011 Porsche 911 #23 Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 Cup
  • 2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
  • 2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo
  • 2012 Porsche Cayman R

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Porsche Engineering Group has recently announced that it will be taking over responsibility of the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. This is the same facility Porsche showed off a prototype variant of its upcoming 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar.

With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred per cent subsidiary of Porsche AG will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes.The facility itself is slightly larger than than 700 hectares in the province of Lecce, Italy, with the test ground consisting of a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long high speed oval circuit (easily seen from the photo above) and additional facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.

“The Nardò proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardò as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG.

“With its rich array of facilities, from dynamic surfaces to acoustic and off-road sections coupled with the numerous workshops, our clients can continue to make extensive use of Nardò for their vehicle trials in the future as well,” said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering. Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardò proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

Together with the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche Engineering Group has been offering Porsche’s extensive development expertise as a service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

When finished, the production version will tip the scales at less than 1,678 kg, nearly 80-percent of the weight is below the centerline of the car, giving the 918 a fantastically low center of gravity. Additionally, the entire chassis is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, including the passenger compartment and associated crash structure, which weighs in at a mere 220 kg.
Carbon fiber assembly has come a long way since Porsche Carrera GT (which also utilized a carbon fiber tub). 10 years ago, it took Porsche took five days to make the GT’s chassis. Today, Porsche and birth up to five 918 tubs a day thanks to new innovations in composites and assembly methods.
When powertrain development of the 918 Spyder is completed, Porsche says that the 918′s 4.6-liter V8 (originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder) will produce an amazing 570 hp. Add the power of the front-mounted 80 kW motor and the rear-mounted 90 kW motor, and the 918 produces 770 hp. Seven hundred and seventy horsepower. From the factory.

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Porsche North America has plans to build a second new Porsche Experience Center in North America, with the lucky location being Carson, California. The expansive 53-acre facility and road handling course will join the original Porsche Experience Center at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain along with facilities in Leipzig, Germany and Shanghai, China. In May 2011, Porsche announced North America’s first Porsche Experience Center, to be built as part of the company’s new U.S. headquarters complex in Atlanta, Georgia. Groundbreaking for the new project is expected to begin summer of this year.

The new West Coast location will be conveniently planted near the intersection of two major Los Angeles area traffic arteries, which are the 405 and 110 Freeways. The new facility will also be just minutes from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Southern California is also one of Porsche’s largest markets in the United States, and 15 million consumers reside within a 50-mile radius of the upcoming Experience Center. Another 59 million travelers pass through LAX annually, and there are even more consumers a few hours drive away residing in Orange and San Diego counties. Needless to say, the place will be in a prime location.

The mission of the Porsche Experience Centers is to provide Porsche enthusiasts, both young and old, with advanced driving skills, along with providing unforgettable moments. But it goes beyond the track, as there are special programs for children that are sure to spark the interest of the next generation enthusiast. There is even a Porsche Café and gift shop along with plenty of trackside viewing areas and even fine dining facilities will be available for business/group meetings and events, along with conference centers and track access.

What’s more, is the Porsche Human Performance Center. This unique fitness center facility will feature a sports science laboratory and training programs, incorporating the same techniques used in preparing Porsche race car drivers. This facility will offer customized experiences to guests, ranging from heat acclimation training and hydration strategies to individual wellness assessments. However, none of these features will take away from the centerpiece of it all: the track.

The Porsche Experience Center’s extensive lineup of facilities and programs are sure to impress. Porsche plans an upcoming world-class test track and handling course, including areas where surfaces will replicate rain, ice, and snow conditions. For these adverse road conditions, Porsche will offer special programs. These training sections include the Ice Hill, where a steep slope, computer-controlled water jets, and a low-friction surface are sure to challenge even the most experienced driver, all while sharpening practical real-world skills. Lastly, a special off-road area will combine 45-degree declines and ascents for Porsche Cayenne training.

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S Revealed

by Sales Team on April 11, 2011

Porsche enthusiasts were given an online sneak peak this week at the most powerful version of the Panamera sedan which is about three weeks ahead of its official debut at the New York International Auto Show. With the all-new Panamera Turbo S, Porsche once again raises the bar in the sporty, luxury sedan segment by delivering a vehicle with high performance and efficiency, with sports-car like handling, and first-class comfort.

Building on the 4.8-litre V8 engine that is currently available in the Panamera Turbo, the Turbo S is infused with 50 more horsepower and an extra 37 lb.-ft. of torque. Improved twin turbochargers with titanium-aluminum turbines and a modified engine control are what gives the Turbo S a total output of 550 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. In the Sport or Sport Plus modes that are standard in the Sport Chrono Package Turbo, the overboost function temporarily generates additional torque with a peak rating of 590 lb.-ft.

If you are looking for power and performance, look no further. Porsche says that with the help of Launch Control, the latest Panamera reaches 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top track speed of 190 mph (306 km/h). If you are considering owning this impressive vehicle, your wallet will be relieved to know that even with such performance, fuel consumption is expected to remain comparable to the Panamera Turbo that has a U.S. EPA rating of 15 mpg city (15.7 L per 100km) and 23 mpg highway (10.2 L per 100km) (18 mpg (13.1 L per 100km) combined.) Official EPA-certified fuel economy figures will not be available until the car goes on sale in North America.

With an MSRP of $173,200, excluding $975 for delivery and destination, you might be please to know that a number of key driving-dynamic control systems come standard in the Panamera Turbo S. One example is the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) which is an active anti-roll system that significantly reduces lateral body movement during cornering. The system enhances stability, handling, and overall occupant comfort. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard and works to help ensure superior traction and higher-performance cornering by applying a variable torque split to the rear wheels in combination with an electronically controlled rear differential lock. Also standard is Porsche’s advanced speed-sensitive Servotronic steering system, a sport exhaust system, and the Sport Chrono Package Turbo that further tunes the engine and suspension at the touch of the “Sports Plus” button.

No major changes were made to the chassis. The rear track has been engorged with new 20-inch Turbo II wheels, side skirts from the Porsche Exclusive range have been added, and the adaptive four way extending rear spoiler express, according to Porsche, the car’s elite performance abilities. We invite you to come out for a test drive (link to test drive form) to see for yourself. Inside, bi-coloured leather finishes in black and cream is exclusive to the Turbo S as well as agate grey and cream which will be added as an exclusive option later this year. Agate Grey Metallic will also be an exclusive exterior colour.

The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S will go on sale in North America later this spring. Contact us if you would like to be notified when it arrives in our showrooms.

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