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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.

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In 1948, the first Porsche was born. It didn’t take long for it to develop a cult following, where the Porsche Club was established just four years down the road. The group consisted of of seven Porsche drivers, and was formally known as the the Westfälischer Porsche Club Hohensyburg, now known as the Porsche Club Westfalen e. V., on May 26, 1952. That same year saw the formation of a second Porsche Club with six members initially – the Porsche Club Berlin e. V. The movement took off and there are now 640 official Porsche Clubs in 75 countries with a total of approximately 181,000 members. They are all enthusiastic about the Porsche brand and are part of a unique Porsche family.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the founding, Porsche has planned something very special. In honour of the 13 founding Porsche Club members and all Porsche Club members worldwide, Porsche Community Management has teamed up with Porsche Exclusive to create an exceptional vehicle: the 911 Club Coupe. Only 12 911 Club Coupes will be made available to Club members, which will have the opportunity, through a lottery, to acquire one of the €142,831, or $175,580 USD works of art. One vehicle will remain at Porsche to honor the Porsche Club World. Lottery winners will have their name engraved on the door sill — making it extremely special.

Using the Carrera S as a base, the 911 Club Coupe features a Carrera S Powerkit providing an extra 30 horsepower, making a total 430 hp and quickening the 0-to-100-kph sprint to just 4.0 seconds. The PASM option drops the car by 20 millimeters over its 20-inch Sport Techno rims, and the Sport Design package adds a new front fascia and a tasteful ducktail spoiler out back. It will come in a Brewster Green paint with an Espresso interior, and finished with glossy script on the doors.

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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 has launched an app for all smartphone-using Porsche owners to tap into the social networking realm with the Drive + app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

With the Drive+ app, Porsche owners can upload media of taking Porsche out for a spin, while viewing a new model at an auto show, or even watching a Porsche race around a track. This brings the Porsche community together in ways that were previously unimaginable.

There are several functions to the app, including:

– Upload multiple photos and videos
– Live feed
– Beautiful Dashboard
– Recent Activity, Popular and Featured Views
– Full web version
– Integrated Facebook and Twitter

Picture quickly slicing through the mountain roads in an all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster S, stopping for a meal somewhere in between. Using the Drive + app, a photograph can be taken and uploaded, while sending out a message seeking out other Porsche drivers who would like to join in on the fun.

Perhaps it’s a track day with the new 911. A video of the high-velocity excitement can be taken and then uploaded in between hot-laps, along with a status update inviting friends to come on out. We’ve all thought it would be cool to integrate social media into such a hobby as driving. Now through Porsche, we can.

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Seventh-Generation Porsche 911 On Sale Now

by Sales Team on March 5, 2012

As kids across the country await the latest video game, or new album from their favorite popular music singer, the grown-ups have been anticipating the launch of the latest generation Porsche 911. Thankfully, the wait is over. The latest generation of the iconic Porsche 911 is on sale now.

Following its media introduction last fall, journalists world-wide have titled this latest 911 as the best yet, captivating those lucky enough to get behind the wheel of one much like the original 911 did in 1964.

“Whether this will be a customer’s first or just their latest Porsche 911, it’s going to be the most invigorating ownership experience yet,” said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “The 911 Carrera and Carrera S are the ultimate choices for drivers who want the fun and excitement of a true benchmark-setting sports car week in and week out, not just for show or play during the weekends.”

For 2012, the 911 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, introducing cutting-edge driving technology, while still managing to preserve the classic lines that define the image of the celebrated sports car. The new 911 is longer, lower, wider, 100 lbs. lighter, faster and more efficient than previous models. These improvements make the 2012 Porsche 911 the optimal blend of modern design, intelligent engineering and performance.

In addition to aesthetic improvements, both new models offer significant performance enhancements. The 2012 911 Carrera is equipped with a new, 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter boxer engine that provides five more horsepower (HP) than the outgoing 3.6-liter engine, while the Carrera S features a 400 HP, 3.8-liter boxer engine—a 15 HP improvement versus its predecessor. The 911 Carrera with a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission accelerates from zero to 60 in a scant 4.4 seconds, while the Carrera S sprints from zero to 60 in a mere 4.1 seconds. That time is reduced even further to 3.9 seconds when equipped with the Sports Chrono Package Plus. Top-track-speeds for the 911 Carrera and Carrera S are 179 and 188 mph, respectively.

The new 911 Carrera Coupe has a base MSRP of $ 93,700, while the 911 Carrera S Coupe starts at $110,000 (excluding destination fees). The thrill of driving one, however, is priceless.

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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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Parts Manager Derek Rush Goes On The 991 Launch!

by Sales Team on February 1, 2012

Martin Kelly and I had the opportunity to attend the new Porsche 991 launch January 25 and 26th at the Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach in California. We had fantastic weather while we were there – 79-80 degrees both days. The driving event took place at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro (where they shoot Top Gear America) just a few miles away from the resort.  Porsche wanted us to experience the new 991 in various different conditions, so they set up the track day into 5 areas:

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What would you do if you had a California mountain highway all to yourself and your 2012 Porsche 911? If you’re anything like EVO Magazine’s Chris Harris, you’ll push the car to its limits along the winding, elevating and cracked mountain roads. It might sound like a tall order for lesser cars, but the new 911 is one of the most advanced vehicles on the market today.

Also called the 991, the 2012 Porsche 911 sports a longer wheelbase and wider stance than the outgoing model, allowing for a more supple ride while finding more grip on the road — something any driver can appreciate. Then there’s the new PDK transmission system, which Harris describes in the video as “sharp and responsive” in a way the outgoing transmission didn’t. All in all, Harris boasts that the new 911 is “more comfortable and less fatiguing,” while being a “sharper, more dynamic car,” and pretty close to being perfect.

You can watch Harris carve up the mountains in the video just below.

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