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All-New 2013 Porsche Boxster To Start At $49,500

by Sales Team on March 24, 2012

One of Porsche’s most celebrated nameplates is improving in a very big way for the 2013 model year. Available this summer, the all-new Porsche Boxster looks to once again raise the bar in lightweight performance with a completely revamped chassis, and a body that’s lighter than ever.

Despite riding on a longer wheelbase and wider track for improved handling compared to the outgoing model, the new Boxster weighs less than the outgoing model. Adding to the improvements are larger wheels, an electric power steering system, greater fuel efficiency, and shorter overhangs. Traditionally, the two-seat layout is maintained, as is the mid-engine layout for greater weight distribution.

Also sticking to Porsche tradition are the engines. Both the Boxster and Boxtser S models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection, the efficiency of which is further enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and a useful start/stop function. Even better, the Boxster’s new base engine delivers 265 hp from a 2.7 liter displacement – that translates to a ten hp improvement over its larger displacement predecessor. Step up to the Boxster S, and the displacement increases to 3.4-liters, while the power jumps to 315 hp — a five hp improvement over the last Boxster S.

The interior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked center console, which, originating with the Carrera GT ensures improved ergonomics in all models. As such, the passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric top, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid.

Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard with the seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) available as an option. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.

With the re-engineered design, driving dynamics of the new Porsche Boxster are a vast improvement from the old model, with the Boxster accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the the Boxster S does the same in 4.7 seconds.

To enhance driving dynamics yet further, Porsche offers the Sport Chrono Package as an optional extra for the Boxster, featuring dynamic transmission mounts for the first time. Also new in the Boxster is Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a mechanical rear axle differential lock.

The new Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price iwill be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge. Look for it.

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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 Trio Sweeps GT Podium At Daytona

by Sales Team on February 19, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 racing season was the grueling, unrelenting and infamous Rolex 24 hours of Daytona, and 2012 marked the race’s 50th anniversary. The Grand-Am Racing series is the proud torch-bearer of the race, with 60 cars separated among distinct racing classes, and even more drivers accepting the 24 hour challenge.

In the GT class, things went better than great for Porsche. In fact, the end result for the storied German brand was absolutely exceptional. Austrian driver Richard Lietz, sharing the #44 Magnus Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car with John Potter, Andy Lally, and Rene Rast, took over the driving duties with less than two hours left to go at the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona. He then guided his car through two pit stops and to the GT victory for the Salt Lake City-based team owned by Potter and led a clean-sweep of the GT podium by Porsche.

In second-place was the TRG Porsche driving team of Steve Bertheau, Marc Goosens, Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Finishing the sweep was the #59 Brumos Porsche with drivers Leh Keen, Hurley Haywood, Andrew Davis, and Marc Lieb. Both teams led for substantial lengths of time during the 24-hour event, but, in the end, both the cars couldn’t catch the Magnus Porsche.

““With both our customer race car owners and our factory drivers, we have the best people in the motorsports business associated with Porsche, and they are a key part in making our street cars and race cars great,”” said Jens Walther, who has been president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. since 2010.

Look for more Porsche racing action in the Rolex Grand-Am Series on March 30th-31st, at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

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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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South Centre Fine Cars supports Adoption Options Gala

by Sales Team on December 5, 2011

On November 26, 2011 “Adoption Options” held the third annual Fundraiser at Theatre Calgary. The evening included the premiere showing of the Christmas Carol, as well as a silent auction, a Christmas market, incredible food and drinks and guest speakers.

Adoption Options is a not-for-profit agency and registered charity that works with prospective adoptive parents who are residents of Alberta to assist them in creating their families through their Licensed Agency Adoption Program.

The event organizer, Bruce Sellery introduced several speakers including AO executive director Sheryl Proulx, who gave us an update on the inner workings of Adoption Options, and an adopted woman who gave us a funny, thoughtful and insightful look at the first 19 years of her life.

The guests spent their time perusing the numerous silent auction items and diverse art , as well as feasting on the incredible selection of food provided.

South Centre Porsche donated a limited edition Porsche Museum GT3-RS model which garnered a good deal of attention.

After everyone placed their auction bid, the patrons enjoyed a creative take on the Classic Charles Dickens story; which delightfully ended in snow falling from the roof of the Max Bell Theatre onto the heads of the appreciative audience. Dennis Garnhum and crew never cease to amaze the lucky viewers of this Christmas standard.

The money raised for the agency that evening will go toward providing comprehensive and caring services for both expectant parents and prospective adoptive parents.

Of course my 5 year old son, Mitchell (who had seen the Porsche model the evening before), will be the lucky recipient of this limited edition model under the tree this December 25th!

As one of those lucky few that have experienced the magic of Adoptions Options we are proud to support the efforts of this agency.

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Porsche At The L.A. Auto Show

by Sales Team on November 18, 2011

Los Angeles has always been a special place for Porsche. Executive
Vice President for Research and Development, Wolfgang Hatz describes
Southern California as “…the Porsche911’s second home”. It’s only
fitting that Porsche made three tremendous presentations at the 2011
Los Angeles Auto Show.

First, the new Porsche Panamera GTS made its world premiere debut.
The Panamera was ceremoniously unveiled by two surprising guest:
Patrick Long, Porsche Works & Flying Lizards Driver along with
Romain Dumas, Porsche factory driver. The Panamera GTS is powered by
a modified 4.8-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine, delivering 430 hp
at 6,700 rpm, increasing the output over the Panamera S/4S by 30 hp.
The maximum torque also increases by comparison, from 369 to 384 lb.
ft.

At the push of a button, thanks to the standard Sport Chrono package,
the 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission
transmits the engine output to the all-wheel drive system during gear
changes without interruption to the power flow. This collaboration
enables the Panamera GTS to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds,
accelerating on to its top track speed of 178 mph.
The GTS is equipped with the latest Porsche dynamic driving dynamic
control systems, including adaptive air suspension including Porsche
Active Suspension Management (PASM). This system constantly calibrates
settings to suit specific driving challenges, from regulating
leveling, height and spring rate to electronic damping. With the
suspension set at “Normal,” the GTS sits an aggressive ten millimeters
lower than any other Panamera model.

In terms of looks, the new Panamera GTS includes distinctive design
features at the front, side and rear as well as black highlights. The
interior is also tailored to its sporty personality with adaptive
sports seats, SportDesign steering wheel with shift paddles and
exclusive GTS leather interior with Alcantara surfaces.

Secondly, Porsche also unveiled the all new Porsche 911 (991) Carrera
S for the first time in North America. This is the seventh generation
Porsche 911 and it does not disappoint. Executive VP of R&D,
Wolfgang Hatz says that everything in this new 911 has been completely
reengineered and redesigned, but maintains every inch the embodiment
of 911 Carrera. Longer, lower, wider and 100 lbs. lighter than the
previous 911, the seventh generation is athletic, elegant and iconic.
The Porsche 911 Carrera is equipped with a new 350 hp, 3.4-liter boxer
engine while the 911 Carrera S features a 400 hp, 3.8-liter boxer
engine – a 15 hp improvement versus its predecessor. The first 911
models will arrive in dealerships beginning in February of 2012.

 

Lastly, Porsche announced its plans for the Porsche Experience Center
Los Angeles, to be built in nearby Carson, California. It will be
situated near the intersection of two major Los Angeles area traffic
arteries, the 405 and 110 Freeways. Detlev von Platen, President and
CEO of Porsche Cars North America, indicates that the facility is
going to be 53 acres, twice the size of the Atlanta Porsche Experience
Center and both facilities will cost over $100 million dollars
combined.

The centerpiece of the complex will be a world-class test track and
handling course, including areas where special surfaces replicate
rain, ice, and snow conditions. These training sections include the
Ice Hill, where a steep slope, computer-controlled water jets, and a
low-friction surface will challenge even the most experienced drivers
and help them improve their real-world skills. A special off-road area
will combine 45-degree declines and ascents – ideal terrain for
unleashing a Porsche Cayenne.

The Porsche Experience Center will also offer programs focused on
maximizing personal fitness, wellness, and athletic performance
through its Porsche Human Performance Center. This unique facility
will feature a leading sports science laboratory and training
programs, incorporating the latest techniques used in preparing
Porsche race car drivers.

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South Centre Fine Cars Raises Money For ALS

by Sales Team on October 18, 2011

The event raised more money this year for ALS than any of the previous years for an aggregate of almost $60,000 since tournament inception seven years ago. The weather was sunny/warm lots of wind but,there was an all-time high for golfers of 136! The two goals at the beginning of the year were to have a full slate of golfers i.e. 144 and raise $20,000. The actual numbers are very close to both of these goals. [click to continue…]

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For those of you who prefer to shop our lots after hours, you can now get vehicle information instantly via the mobile tags posted on each car. Porsche Cars North America recently announced Instant Intelligence, a convenient way for customers to do more that just “kick the tires.” The program is the first of its kind for an automotive luxury brand, tapping into the technology of mobile tags and smart phone tag readers to add rich content and interactive technology to give you a high-performance, personalized shopping experience. You now have the power to see, read, and even HEAR the inside story about each Porsche vehicle on display at our dealership.


Scanning the mobile tag-equipped Porsche automatically takes you to a microsite that lists a wealth of information about the exact car you are looking at: vehicle videos, leading press reviews, and even the unique sound of the Porsche model’s engine. You will also have the option of providing contact information to have one of our sales consultants follow up with you.

“Porsche customers enjoy both performance and technology and are using their mobile devices to help make vehicle purchasing decisions,” said Michael Bartsch, chief operating officer of Porsche Cars North America. “The dealers that have begun using mobile tags in their showrooms, have noted positive feedback from their sales team as well as greater customer engagement and enthusiasm.”

The pilot program was launched in early June, where 11 Porsche dealers have implemented the Instant Intelligence program, with 184 dealers to follow. According to a 2009 Morgan Stanley study, one-third of all digital information is now viewed using mobile devices, and by 2013 that number is expected to reach 50 percent.

In addition to making the Porsche shopping experience even more convenient, Porsche has designed new web and mobile tools that help on-the-go customers quickly locate and connect with dealer sales and service information. The latest include Smart Mobile for touch-screen handhelds, featuring customized dealership information including available inventory, special offers, and easy driving directions. Also new is a location-based mobile version of the Porsche Dealer locator to help you locate the nearest Porsche dealer via your smartphone.

To find out more about each of these technologies, feel free to drop by the dealership or contact us. We would be happy to assist you with using any one or all of these tools. Do check out the mobile tags posted on the cars available on our lots and let us know what you think.

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Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV will take place between October 14 to the 16 of 2011 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway. Both the men and machines that make Porsche Motorsport’s history as rich as it is are expected to draw one of the largest crowds in track history.

Just a glance at the guest list reveals names that will surely impress any Porsche enthusiast. How about, in no particular order, Vic Elford, who won the Monte Carlo Rally and scored Porsche’s first overall win at the 24 Hours of Daytona – on back-to-back weekends; James Weaver, Porsche 962 driver for Dyson Racing – Daytona and Sebring winner; Gijs van Lennep, Dutch Porsche 917 and 911 driver – won Le Mans with Helmut Marko and the last Targa Florio with Herbert Mueller; Chip Robinson – IMSA Champion with Al Holbert in a Porsche 962; George Follmer – took Penske Porsche 917 to Can-Am championship; Dan Gurney – scored Porsche’s first successes in Formula 1; and Hurley Haywood, most successful Porsche endurance driver with wins at Daytona, Sebring, and Le Mans; and that’s just a sample. More than 50 drivers of similar calibre have already said “yes” to Porsche’s invitation and the rest of the names will be announced we approach the event date. [click to continue…]

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Porsche AG held a conference at their Leipzig facility, home of the Cayenne and Panamera on June 27-29th, 2011. I accompanied Thomas Illner, After Sales Manager from Porsche Canada.

Upon entering the “diamond-like” form of the Customer Service Centre, one instantly knows you are in for something special.

Porsche wanted all the delegates from around the world to “experience” quality first hand, so we were split into 3 groups in the morning and sent on our way. Our group started off on the Porsche test track to drive 911’s, Caymans, Boxsters, Cayenne’s and Panamera’s.

The track consists of numerous corners from various tracks, including the infamous “corkscrew” of Laguna Seca. The lead instructor in a 911 Turbo set a fast pace that allowed some of us (meaning me!) to challenge our driving skills.

We then went to the off road area to test the new 2011 Cayenne on 60% grades and 2 foot deep water crossings. This takes place on a 6 kilometer unspoilt countryside with wild horses and aurochs (oxen) maintaining this natural reserve.

Our final stop (which I considered the most remarkable) was the assembly factory. Absolutely clean and organized, I could have stayed there all day and watched. All the vehicles have a Bluetooth enabled electronic transmitter attached to the drivers window. This relays the exact parts required for each station. The parts then show up at just the right time for the technician to install. The vehicles move on beech wood platforms so no static electricity will ever be transmitted.

We finally headed back for 1.5 days of meetings to discuss the role of Porsche AG in providing the best quality vehicles they possibly can. What was really interesting was the presentations by all the Porsche markets regarding how we (and the customer) see Porsche. Some very interesting facts out of China, they currently have 33 Porsche Centers, and expect to have 126 by 2020! I discovered during this discussion that Porsche will act on a quality issue that affects as little as .04% of the applicable cars. The parent company is keenly aware to constantly improve they must listen to the customer and adjust to changing markets.

I was honored to have been included in this conference. The capability and competence of Porsche and their staff impressed me to no end.


The Diamond


The real Transsyberia


The 918 is even more stunning in person!!

Derek Rush

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