2014, PDK

Road & Track’s Jason Cammisa still seems a little bitter about the fact that the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 won’t be available with a clutch pedal, going so far as to blame the exclusivity of the dual-clutch PDK transmission in the car on enthusiasts like himself. [click to continue…]


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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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For 18 years Amelia Island has been host to one of the world’s most notorious car shows, the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. South Centre Porsche was there for this 2013 event that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 sports car. With camera in hand, we took a handful of pictures of some of the great Porsche models that were in attendance to celebrate this milestone event.

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Prepare to be jealous. Last September we told you about Porsche’s Camp4 and Camp4S driving schools that take place about an hour north of Montreal. Besides getting to sample a variety of different Porsche models, Camp4 and Camp4S are also schools designed to improve your winter driving skills.

Automobile Magazine went up to Canada to participate in Camp4 for no other reason but to “bash around other people’s expensive toys…[and] see how the new [911] 4S performs.”

According to the magazine the 911 Carrera 4S handled Camp4 quite well impressing them with its “ability to maximize grip” with a demeanor that is “less skewed to AWD understeer and more like a sled with an afterburner. It pops out of corners with aplomb.”

To read about the magazine’s entire experience at Camp4 head over to automobilemag.com, where close to 50 pictures from Camp4 have been posted. Be sure to sign up for next year’s event so you don’t have to look back in anger again.

Stop by South Centre Porsche to get a head start on getting into next year’s Camp4 and Camp4S events or any other Porsche Driving Schools you’d like to attend.

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Autoweek, Best of the Best, car, botb, winner

The Porsche Boxster S continues to assert itself as the premiere sports car of 2013 as Autoweek awarded the mid-engine sport car the magazine’s Best of the Best/Car honor. [click to continue…]

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Porsche Debuts All-New Cayman in L.A.

by Sales Team on December 4, 2012

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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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Porsche Winter Driving School at Camp4 and Camp4S

by Sales Team on September 4, 2012

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Twenty Porsches, two handling courses, two driving circuits, one large skid pad, and a whole lot of snow will all come together this coming January and February as Porsche enthusiasts throughout the world make their way to Porsche’s Camp4 Canada winter driving academy.

Beginning January 31 and ending February 8, Porsche will offer three back-to-back Camp4 classes. Experienced customers can opt to attend Camp4S from February 8-12.

Like a jaunt to the ski resort, Camp4 provides the thrill and adrenaline of high-speed winter driving with the comforts and luxury of a high-end resort. Located almost an hour from Montreal, Estérel Suites, Spa & Lake in Québec will provide shelter for the four-day Camp4 driving school that contains two full driving days. While at Camp4 you will learn how to drive in treacherous winter driving conditions and will specifically be taught how to effectively change direction, brake, and perform a hill-start on low traction snow and ice surfaces.

If Camp4 is the winter driving equivalents of green and blue ski runs, than Camp4S provides drivers with black runs. With the addition of another driving day, Camp4S gives participants the chance to tackle an even more challenging driving course. Unfortunately for those new to Camp4, it is a perquisite to have had prior success at a Precision-level Porsche Sport Driving School Course, such as Camp4, to participate at Camp4S. There’s always next year.

Whether you’re looking for the thrill of driving a Porsche in the snow, the beauty of Québec in winter, or a thrilling family vacation that also teaches you and your loved ones how to safely control a vehicle in snow and ice, Camp4 and Camp4S will satisfy your driving desires as you push the latest Porsche models to their limits within the safe confines of a designated winter driving school.

Photo and Video Credit: Porsche

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Porsche Unveils New 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S

by Sales Team on August 29, 2012

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For many enthusiasts the 991-series Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S are perfect as is. Other Porschephiles need the capability of all-wheel-drive, or yearn for the wide rear end and red light band that sits pleasantly between the 911’s two taillights. For those enthusiasts Porsche is releasing the new 991-series 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S in both coupe and convertible form in the beginning of 2013.

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With a weight deduction of 143 lbs. (almost 65 kg.) over the previous 997-series 911 Carrera 4, the new model also manages to improve gas mileage over the previous Carrera 4 by as much as 16 percent. In the U.S., Carrera 4 coupes equipped with the 7-Speed PDK transmission can muster an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway from the rear-mounted 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat six that ultimately takes the car to a top speed of 177 mph (approximately 285 km/h). The 400 horsepower 3.8-liter Carrera 4S coupe brings top speed up to 185 mph (approximately 298 km/h), and achieves a still respectable EPA-rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with the PDK transmission.

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Porsche will officially reveal the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S at the Paris International Motor Show in September, where the cars extra 44 millimeters of rear end width and iconic light band will be displayed with the rest of the Porsche lineup.

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Ever wish there was a destination dedicated to celebrating the automobile? Well, there just so happens to be one, and it’s been around since 1994. Appropriately named “Autostadt” (which is German for “car city”), the 6.4 km facility is located in Wolfsburg, Germany, and has served as a mecca for European auto enthusiasts. And just recently, Porsche erected its very own pavilion, located on the southeast end of the Autostadt grounds.

The pavilion was built in a mere ten months, and was executed in close cooperation with Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG and the Autostadt, Henn Architekten (architecture), HG Merz Architekten (presentation) and WES & Partner landscape architects.

Situated along the Koller axis, an important line connecting Wolfsburg’s Klieversberg and castle, the pavilion extends far over the surface of the lagoon. This location works as a new focal point for the park and lagoon landscape. The unique shape of the roof creates a protected space. In line with the Porsche tradition of lightweight construction, the spatial envelope based on a monocoque (French for “single shell”) design forms the self-supporting structural system. A stainless steel surface, combined with dynamically elegant lines, clearly alludes to Porsche automobile styling.

The pavilion interior welcomes guests with a minimalist, subtle look. Contoured edges without angular lines draw attention to the cars on display. “In the beginning, I looked around but couldn’t find the car of my dreams. So I decided to build it myself.” This quote from Ferry Porsche welcomes visitors into the display area. The “dream car,” a Porsche 356 from 1948, is the starting point for a group of 25 silver models in 1:3 scale. At the other end, guests see three current Porsche models, which are the Boxster S, 911 Carrera S , and Panamera S Hybrid.

Automotive theme park guests at the inauguration of the pavilion will encounter Porsche in other areas as well. Vintage car fans can look forward to special classic car models in the glass cases throughout the park. Younger sports car fans also have the opportunity to take their children’s driving licence test in one of two electric Porsches. Moreover, workshop participants from schools and vocational colleges will, under supervision, restore an old Porsche Super 308 tractor – a witness to Porsche’s history, when Zuffenhausen’s product range encompassed not only sports cars but tractors as well.


From the outside, the Porsche Classic house appears to be a minimal warehouse. But step inside, and Six 959s, a Carrera GT, a 550 Spyder, an Abarth 356, a Super 90, to name a few, can be found on the floor. Interestingly enough, every one of the cars in the facility were sold to consumers, driven around the world, and eventually found their way to the Stuttgart sanctuary.

Porsche Classic itself is a division of Porsche AG that manages and caters to, well, owners of classic Porsche models. It offers components to customers looking to restore their old Porsches street cars of ten years old or more, along with in-house restoration services.

And in terms of longevity statistics, just over 70 percent of all Porsche models ever built are still registered on the road — which speaks volumes in terms of value and owner care. Porsche owners from all over the world will even send their classics to the Porsche Classic house for routine maintenance, or even to be fully restored.

But if sending a Porsche to Stuggart for fixing up seems a tad steep, all Porsche dealers possess allocation to order whatever part a classic Porsche owner needs— a selection of roughly 35,000 parts. Though if sending the classic model over is an absolute must, owners can rest assured that their car will be carefully, thoroughly, and passionately touched up by workers who share the kind of devotion and affection for the brand that exceed expectations — some with over forty years of experience in the company — with specialists for just about everything imaginable when it comes to the Porsche family.

Just how thorough and intricate is the restoration process? It’s so detailed, that Porsche even revisits the old manufacturing processes and tooling used relevant  to whatever model being maintained or restored. And in doing so, the model in question actually retains its value greater than a typical, random shop job. And that alone makes Porsche Classic amazingly special.


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