2014

Porsche to show new Panamera in Shanghai

by Sales Team on April 9, 2013

Shanghai

Whereas Porsche’s sports cars are blessed with looks that leave the mouths of passersby agape, the Panamera sports sedan is a car with styling that leaves many divided. While nearly everyone agrees that the Panamera is fun to drive, quick and luxurious, the German sedan’s controversial looks place individuals into one of two camps – those who love it and those who hate it.

Fortunately, Porsche has done something about this and turned the Panamera into a car everyone is bound to love. With a mere touchup to the car’s front and rear ends, the German sports sedan now offers the knee-buckling good looks Porsche is notorious for.

Despite the Panamera’s newfound looks for 2014, the real story here is the introduction of the new plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid, and the extended wheelbase Panamera S and Turbo models.

With the guillotine ready to strike Fisker any day now, Porsche is making its move on the plug-in hybrid luxury sedan market. Armed with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine and a 95 horsepower electric motor, the Panamera S E-Hybrid promises owners with 416 horsepower to play with and an anticipated all-electric range of 20 miles that can be recharged after approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V socket.

Proving that being green can be fun, the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s electric motor not only allows drivers to participate in emissions-free driving, it also works as a bona fide performance enhancer. Conceptually similar to the KERS system used in Formula 1 cars, Porsche has armed the Panamera S E-Hybrid with an electric boost function that driver’s can access by tripping a kick-down switch in the throttle pedal.

Long wheelbase, LWB, Shanghai

While the Panamera remains first and foremost a driver’s car, Porsche is making the experience of being a passenger in a Panamera that much more exciting by offering the car with an extended wheelbase. Available exclusively to Panamera S and Panamera Turbo models, the extended wheelbase Panamera adds approximately 150 millimeters to the car’s wheelbase in order to provide more comfortable accommodations to rear seat passengers.

Panamera S buyers will also be excited to learn that the burly 4.8-liter V8 has been dropped in favor of a more fuel-efficient 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 engine that offers 20 more horsepower and 15 extra lb-ft of torque compared to the old V8 engine.

Sporting exterior revisions that transform its looks, the 2014 Panamera continues to exist as the quintessential driver’s sedan. Should you be the type of person more inclined to save the planet or stretch your legs out, Porsche now offers a Panamera for your needs as well. The 2014 Porsche Panamera will be formally unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in mid-April. To learn more about the Porsche Panamera stop by South Centre Porsche today.

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2014, PDK

As much as it pains us to admit it, the traditional manual transmission is antiquated technology. While no paddle shifter will ever give the gratification of perfectly nailing a 3-4 shift, automakers continue to trot out automated manual transmissions that are capable of making that very same 3-4 shift more quickly and consistently than any human driver can.

With the debut of the all-new 911 GT3, Porsche has placed another nail in the clutch pedal’s coffin by offering the high performance GT3 exclusively with the company’s PDK automated manual transmission.

Producing 475-horsepower, the 911 GT3’s 3.8-liter flat-6 engine is based upon the unit in the 911 Carrera S; however, it only shares a handful of common components. With forged pistons and titanium connecting rods, the GT3’s flat-6 engine shrieks all the way to a 9,000-rpm redline.

With seven gears to play with, Porsche redesigned its PDK transmission for the race-ready GT3. Like automated manual transmissions from performance-minded competitors, drivers of the GT3 can engage neutral by simultaneously grabbing the left and right paddles located behind the steering wheel. Drivers can also use the shift lever to engage gears. Unlike other Porsche models, the company designed the GT3’s PDK shift lever to mimic a Formula 1 car, and requires drivers to push the lever forward for downshifts and pull the lever backwards for upshifts. Whichever way a driver chooses to shift gears in the 911 GT3, he or she will be greeted with shift times of less than 100 milliseconds.

Yet, quick shift times and lots of horsepower are only one part of the 911 GT3’s performance equation. In order to maximize the 911’s performance capabilities, Porsche has added distinct bodywork that helps the GT3 better manage airflow around its body, which has been lowered by 30 millimeters and includes a rear end that measures 43.2 millimeters wider than the standard 911 Carrera’s.

Underneath those widened haunches sits an active rear wheel steering system. Able to vary the angle of the rear wheels by up to 1.5 degrees, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds below 50 km/h and steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels at speeds exceeding 80 km/h. Porsche says the system helps the GT3 “achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics,” helping the GT3 perform better both on the road and track.

Capable of reaching 314 km/h and lacking a clutch pedal, the new GT3 is truly a car that you can race on Sunday and comfortably drive to work on Monday. And if a clutch pedal is the only way you’ll be caught in a Porsche, the company still offers the old school manual transmission in its mainstream Boxster, Cayman and 911 models. To learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 and the rest of the Porsche lineup come by South Centre Porsche today.

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Porsche Debuts All-New Cayman in L.A.

by Sales Team on December 4, 2012

2014, Porsche, Cayman, Cayman S, Coupe, hardtop

If the looks and performance of the 2013 Porsche Boxster appeal to you but its convertible soft-top does not, Porsche has you covered with the all-new Cayman.

Like the last generation Cayman, the new car is essentially a sleek coupe variant of the Boxster with a few more horsepower to boot. In the case of the new model, the Cayman and Cayman S each gain 10 horsepower over their Boxster and Boxster S counterparts. With 275 horsepower in the standard Cayman and 325 horsepower in the Cayman S, Porsche anticipates the standard car will do 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and that S models will manage the same feat in 5 seconds flat.

Unlike the last generation Cayman, the evolution of the 911 model line to that of a sporting grand touring car allows the new Cayman to really focus on its credentials as a thoroughbred sports car. Along with more power, the new Cayman also sports a longer wheelbase and wider track that provides the car with greater handling capabilities.

Of course Porsche didn’t only make the new Cayman a more focused driver’s car, it also made the car more fuel-efficient. Porsche estimates that manual transmission Cayman models will achieve 30 mpg (approximately 7.84 L/100 KM) on the highway, and that manual transmission Cayman S models will achieve 28 mpg (approximately 8.4L/100 KM) on the highway.

Porsche says that the car should reach dealerships by Spring 2013. To learn more about the all-new Porsche Cayman stop by South Centre Porsche today.

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