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1st Drive With The Refurbished Targa Top

by Sales Team on July 7, 2011

I will be attending the monthly Porsche Club meeting this evening so I was able to drive Domino this morning. New Targa roof refurbishing by Chinook Upholstery has cut the wind noise down by 80%. Looks great as we used the original German vinyl and replaced the headliner/underlying foam and new Porsche hardware. Now I just have to adjust the Targa seals to the windows and that should take care of the rest.


The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is the world’s premier forum for sustainable road mobility. Since 1998, Challenge Bibendum has showcased technological advances and test-driven the latest and fasted in clean vehicles all over the world. Held in Berlin this year, the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera captured the two top spots. The double win by the two Porsche models demonstrate that the optimum blend of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition with a sustainability criteria. It’s no surprise that, with its parallel full hybrid drive system, the Panamera S Hybrid won the intercity rally and the second place finish of the 911 Carrera with a conventional combustion engine proves that Porsche models are fundamentally efficient vehicles.

The two Porsches were pitted against 14 other contestants in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category that judges both vehicles with conventional diesel and gasoline engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Acceleration and lap times on the 300 km (186 mile) course were measured as well as fuel consumption. There were also a number of regularity tests performed along the way.

With CO2 emissions of 159 g/km, the 380 hp Panamera S Hybrid boasts the lowest emissions of any model in the entire Porsche lineup. That equates to fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km based on the European rating. These values were achieved with optimized rolling resistance Michelin tires, which are available as an option. But even with standard tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level in its class at 7.1 l/100 km, again, based on the European rating.

Read more about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum to learn more about about its goals and initiatives. Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to keep up with the latest updates. Also, contact us today to book a test drive of either the Panamera S Hybrid or the 911 Carrera, or maybe even both!


Wild Rose Porsche Club – BBQ

by Sales Team on May 31, 2011

Late May had Fritz hosting the annual Wild Rose Porsche Club BBQ. Approximately 20 cars attended the event and enjoyed some fantastic food and the company of fellow Porsche enthusiasts. An impending black cloud forced some members to quickly leave except for me. Domino was dead. After a quick replacement of the DME relay, I realized the starter had given up. This lead to a photo opportunity seeing the Porsche Parts Manager getting a push start! I am amazed at the helpfulness of the club as I was quickly offered a starter (which Fritz had in his garage) and a hoist to work on! As I had Mitchell with me I chose to drive home and replace the failed starter on my own. See the “embarrassing moment” in the pictures below…


Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS with All-Wheel-Drive

by Sales Team on May 20, 2011

When Porsche released the 911 Carrera GTS, it was well received due to its extra power, visual panache, and the multitude of extras it came equipped with, all for an attractive price. Now add an all-wheel drive system, the electronically-controlled Porsche Traction Management (PTM), and we have the Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS which has the added bonus of all season performance under all road conditions.

The rear-mounted 3.8-litre flat six delivers 408 hp which is an upgrade of 23 hp over the 911 Carrera 4S on which it is based, which improves acceleration from 0 to 60 mph by 0.1 seconds. A Carrera 4 GTS coupe equipped with the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) and the optional Sport Chrono Package Plus makes the sprint in just 4.0 seconds. Top track also increases to 187 mph. Engineers made a number of internal changes, including revamping of the intake manifold. The special aspiration system not only improves peak power output, but flexibility as well, thanks to a more generous torque curve. The extra power is enhanced by a sports exhaust system that delivers an unmistakable acoustic signature through four black tailpipes finished with polished, nano-coated inner shells.

Like every all-wheel-drive 911 model, the Carrera 4 GTS features a body with 44-mm wider wheel arches at the rear. Another distinguishing features include a SportDesign front apron, black side skirts from the 911 GT2, a red reflective strip between the rear lights and a black panel between the tailpipes. Centre-locking 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels, painted in high-gloss black with polished lips, complete the entire look.

On the inside, black is the dominant color, with standard interiors featuring Alcantara on the center sections of the standard sport seats that have larger side bolsters. Black Alcantara is also used wherever the driver comes into direct contact with the vehicle like on the rim of the three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel, on the gear and handbrake leavers and even the door handles and storage box lids.

The extra all-weather performance, visual muscle and standard equipment of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS comes at an attractive price. Appearing in North American showrooms this fall, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupe will be available at a base MSRP of $110,200 U.S. while the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet will be priced at $120,100 U.S.. Follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook community to get the latest updates. Review our online inventory and book a test drive of the vehicle that might have piqued your interest.


Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0: A Race Car for the Road

by Sales Team on May 13, 2011

It is rare, in this day and age, to be able to predict which vehicle will, overtime, be considered a classic; but the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 that was announced last week, will be, without a doubt, one of those rarities. With only 600 vehicles available worldwide, this street-legal interpretation of Porsche’s successful serial racetrack winner, the 911 GT3, will be available for sale in Canada in late 2011 at a sticker price of $211,100.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will be powered by the biggest 911 engine ever, a motorsport-inspired 4.0-litre engine that has the highest specific output of 125 hp/litre from a naturally-aspirated Porsche flat-six. The crankshaft is the exact one from the 911 GT3 RSR racing car and the forged piston connecting rods are fashioned from titanium which altogether help this powerhouse reach its maximum power of 500 hp at 8,250 rpm.

Boasting impressive performance numbers, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is capable of lapping Nurburgring-Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Available exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, it sprints to 100 km/h from a standing start in 3.9 seconds, with its gearing designed for the racing circuit, taking it to the 200 km/h mark in under 12 seconds.

The outstanding driving dynamics of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are the result of a number of meticulously coordinated details and calculations. It is equipped with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system (an electronic adjustment system for each of the four wheels that monitors and controls suspension damping independently in real time) that has been specifically calibrated while the rear axle has extra ball-joints for greater adjustability.

Just as with its racing counterpart, minimizing weight in the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 has been a key factor to performance. As standard, it comes equipped with lightweight components such as lightweight carbon-fibre sports buckets seats, front fenders, and luggage compartment lid, as well as plastic rear windows and weight-optimized carpets. Even with a full tank of gas, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 weighs merely 1,360 kg. At 2.72 kg/hp, its power-to-weight ratio dips below the magical threshold of 3 kg/hp.

Available in standard Carrera White, the limited edition 911 GT3 RS 4.0 will definitely stand out in a crowd; its distinctive lateral front air deflection vanes, called “flics” that appear for the first time on a production vehicle, and a big, steeply-inclined rear wing both work together to bring the vehicle into aerodynamic equilibrium. As a result, at top speed, aerodynamic forces exert an additional 190 kg, pushing the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 onto the road.

Market launch for the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 begins in Germany in July 2011. Follow us on Twitter or join our Facebook community to keep in the loop for the latest updates.


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.


People would not normally associate high-performance sports cars with fuel-efficient technologies like gasoline-electric hybrid power, but that could be one of the biggest misconceptions. Better efficiency often translates to better power, and in the world of racing, this should be a significant consideration. Since technologies proven on the race track tend to trickle down to the street over time, the application of hybrid power with speed is a move in the right direction. Porsche has been a leader in this race and the 911 GT3 R Hybrid is one example.

The new 911 GT3 R Hybrid exemplifies the ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’ philosophy which is applied to every Porsche. A philosophy defined by the goal of ‘more power on less fuel, more efficiency and lower CO2 emissions,’ both on and off the racetrack.

Porsche has announced that the new, more advanced 911 GT3 R Hybrid will enter the Nürburgring 24 hour race on June 25th, 2011. The focus of this latest edition has been to improve efficiency through the targeted optimization of hybrid components, which had the added bonus of a 20 percent reduction in weight. The intent is to achieve the same lap times as the previous edition while improving fuel efficiency.

Engineered exclusively for racing, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid integrates two 75 kilowatt (an improvement from the previous 60 kW) electric motors that drive the front wheels and supplements the 4-liter – depending on the balance of performance classification – approximately 470-hp, six cylinder Boxer engine at the rear.

The electric flywheel accumulator, that drives the electric motors, is now housed with the other hybrid components in a carbon fiber safety cell on the passenger side. With the rotor spinning up to 40,000 rpm, it mechanically stores electrical energy and this energy is available for bursts of multiple seconds at a time. Drivers have almost an additional 200-hp available on demand for short bursts, like when the GT3 R Hybrid is overtaking or accelerating out of a turn.

The new GT3 R Hybrid also received a minor external facelift. With optimization to the hybrid system’s high voltage components, Porsche was able to remove the large louvers in the front of the rear fenders. The results were a double-win situation–a reduction in drag and improved fuel efficiency. Altogether, the overall weight of the vehicle decreased from 1,350 kg to 1,300 kg.

“We’ve collected a great deal of information from our races on the Nürburgring, at the ALMS race at Road Atlanta, as well as from the ILMC race on China’s Zhuhai circuit. The data was invaluable for the further development of our racing laboratory,” says Hartmut Kristen, head of Porsche motorsport.
“The emphasis of our work was on improving efficiency. That means we want to keep the lap times consistent with 2010 but use less energy, hence less fuel. In this way, we support future developments of road-going, sporting hybrid vehicles.”

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