The new Porsche 911 is getting a serious dose of added power with the addition Turbo and Turbo S models that were unveiled earlier this month. The 2014 911 Turbo keeps its twin turbos but bolts them to a 3.8-litre flat six for an output of 520 horsepower which is an improvement of 20 horses. That’s enough for a zero to 60 mph time of 3.2 seconds. Even faster is the Turbo S, with 560 horsepower and shaving the same sprint to 2.9 seconds. At the famed Nurburgring, the new Turbo runs the track in well under 7 and a half minutes on production tires.
In addition to all-wheel-drive, which has been standard on 911 Turbos for years, the 2014 models will also have rear-wheel steering. Porsche says that at speeds up to 31 mph, the rear wheels will turn in the opposite direction from the front wheels, leading to greater maneuverability in tight curves and when parking the car. At speeds greater than 50 mph, the front and rear wheels will move in the same direction.
The 911 Turbo models will set themselves apart visually with a wider rear end and unique 20-inch wheels. On the Turbo S, the headlights will be full LED units. Other new items include a three-stage front and rear spoilers. And the interior, of course, gets the full suite of changes brought into the 911 model. For the first time, a Burmester system is also available as an optional feature. A radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition are other new options being offered. And go-fast features include active rear steering, adaptive aerodynamics, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC).
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The experts at Consumer Reports have chosen the Porsche Boxster as their highest rated two-seater vehicle. In testing, Porsche Boxster knocked off the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT, and BMW Z4. They all did well, but CR proclaims mid-engine Boxster as delivering “the purest sports-car experience of the four roadsters.”
Consumer Reports liked the redesigned 2.7-liter Boxster as they found its engine “very responsive” and the 6-speed manual transmission “smooth and crisp.” Their team was impressed with the power-operated folding soft top and storage areas too, saying “the power top is quick and can be opened or closed on the go at up to 35 mph, a very nice convenience, and the front and rear trunks continue to be a bonus.” Sealing the win, the independent testing agency added, “handling is still excellent despite some loss of steering feedback and the ride is not punishing.”
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In July 2004, Porsche introduced a new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, which were referred to internally as the 997. Its clear oval headlights with separate turn-signal markers in the front apron were reminiscent of older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style.
It was a high-performance vehicle, capable of turning out 325 horsepower with its 3.6-liter boxer engine while the new 3.8-liter engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 horsepower.
The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.
Fans have been anxiously waiting and Porsche has finally revealed the new 2013 911 RSR that is scheduled to compete in several endurance events this year. Based on the current 991 911, the new RSR will compete in the 2013 season of the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It will not, however, make an appearance in a North American racing series this year.
The new 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, follows in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, the 911 GT3 RSR (type 997). As with the production vehicle, the wheelbase was increased by some four inches. A new wishbone front suspension replaces the previously used McPherson struts and also boasts a new, lightweight six-speed racing gearbox. Meanwhile, the engine is an optimized version inherited from its predecessor, a 460 horsepower, 4.0-liter boxer six-cylinder.
Significant weight reduction was achieved with the use of carbon fiber and polycarbonate windows, along with the use of carbon fiber in the front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches, rear wing, dashboard and center console. The lithium-ion battery, also found in the production 911 GT3, also saw a reduction in weight. Porsche made it a priority to improve the weight distribution and as a result, the center of gravity is significantly lower than that of its predecessor.
Competing in the Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 92 are Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria), who already shared a cockpit in the 2012 WEC. At the first two races of the season in Silverstone (April 14) and Spa (May 4) as well as at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (June 22), they will receive support from their works driver colleague Romain Dumas (France). Factory pilots also drive the #91 sister car, with Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) making up a team. In Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans, the duo is joined by Timo Bernhard (Germany).
When Porsche decided to expand its lineup to include a four-door sports car, there was a lot of skepticism. However, the Porsche Panamera has been proven to be a success and is popular among buyers. For 2014, the Panamera is getting a mild facelift and the lineup will be broadened with the addition of two new extended wheelbase variants as well as its first plug-in hybrid.
The S E-Hybrid offers a more powerful engine as well as a higher-performance battery (supplying more energy) than the Panamera S Hybrid it replaces that produces 95 hp compared to the 47 hp of the previous generation, the electric drive gets its energy from a lithium-ion battery pack that’s five times the previous generation’s capacity. If plugged into an industrial outlet, charging can take as little as 2.5 hours (using the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger).
While EPA ratings haven’t yet been released for the S E-Hybrid it’s expected to improve on the 25 mpg combined of the outgoing Panamara Hybrid. Porsche claims all-electric driving range at between 11-22 miles. Top speed using the all-electric motor is pegged at 83 mph before the engine kicks in. Top speed is 167 mph. With 416 combined horsepower, its 0-62 mph time is shortened by half a second to 5.5 compared to the previous generation.
Helping to reach top speed is the electric boost function, where the electric motor’s performance boosts that of the combustion engine. Driving at higher speeds doesn’t always drain energy, the coasting feature, where energy recovery begins by shutting off the combustion engine generates electricity.
Utilizing the latest technology, Porsche offers smart phone integration. Functions that can be used with the smart phone are: charge status indicator, auxiliary climate control (preheating or cooling) via Porsche Car Connect, battery management, and remote access to vehicle information (such as remaining range, or even helping the driver back to their car). But non-specific S E-Hybrid functions are available for other Panamera models.
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After a reign of 15 years, automotive experts were predicting the end of an era but in 1988, Porsche introduced the second generation 911 which was known internally as the 964. The 911 platform was completely redesigned with 85 percent new components, creating a modern and sustainable vehicle while still maintaining its classic design. The most prominent design changes to the exterior were the new front and rear bumper which were controversial amongst 911 enthusiasts.
The primary technical innovations that were introduced with the 964 platform included standard power steering and ABS. An optional all-wheel drive system that was derived from the Porsche 959 supercar was also available. Improved aerodynamics included the front and rear bumper, redesigned underbody, and–for the Carrera and Speedster versions–a new rear spoiler that automatically extended at speeds above 50 mpg. As a result, the 964 achieved a impressive drag factor of 0.32 allowing the standard Carrera 2 with 250 horsepower to run 160 mph which is the same top speed as the earlier 911 turbo (930) with an additional 50 horses!
The Porsche 964 was available in the following versions: Carrera 2, Carrera 4, Carrera RS, Carrera RS America, Carrera RS 3.8, Speedster, Turbo, Turbo 3.6 and Turbo S as well as some exclusive versions produced in smaller numbers. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are in particularly high demand among collectors.
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Pacific Porsche is the only L.A. County dealer and one of only 25 dealers nationwide to receive the prestigious Porsche Premier Dealer Award. The award recognizes Porsche dealerships that best represent the ‘Porsche Business Model’ which means they have achieved the highest performance among their peers in brand utilization, product representation and development of key ‘Porsche business drivers.’ In addition, recipients of the Porsche Premier Dealer Award have demonstrated success as independent entrepreneurs who exceed the expectations of Porsche customers on a regular basis.
Porsche is known for its authenticity and unique heritage and the brand has a fervent core of loyal enthusiasts. Porsche owners are passionate about their automobiles in a way that no other automotive brand can match. Porsche owners don’t see simply see a vehicle–they see a legend. Therefore, this deep-rooted relationship between car and driver must also be forged between the company and the valued customer.
Porsche’s commitment to excellence and performance above industry standards is expected as a baseline for conducting business. The Porsche Premier Dealer Award program is dedicated to rewarding Porsche dealers that routinely go above and beyond these demands in their devotion to the brand and their customers.
According to a statement released by Porsche, “A Premier Dealer is a champion of the brand who ‘lives and breathes’ Porsche. Premier Dealers set themselves apart by exhibiting an entrepreneurial spirit in their approach to customer service that epitomizes the independent mindset of Ferdinand Porsche himself. Recognition as a Porsche Premier Dealer bestows the pride and prestige of being named one of the most highly regarded Porsche dealerships in North America.”
Since 1963, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Since its release, it has become an icon where few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and with such continuity as the Porsche 911. It first debuted as the Type 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September of 1963 and has been inspiring car enthusiasts around the world ever since. Not only that, every Porsche series, from the Cayenne to the Panamera, each carries an element inspired by the 911.
Over the decades, more than 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built and over the 7 generations, Porsche engineers have demonstrated the innovative power of the brand; each release has been reinvented, time and time again, bringing together what would seem like contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and acceptance, as well as design and functionality. It comes to no surprise that each generation has its own personal success story to tell.
To commemorate the special occasion, Porsche has planned a variety of anniversary events to celebrate the iconic sports car. Celebrations will kick off with the Retro Classics show in Stuttgart which runs from March 7th till the 10th. There will be four special exhibits at the Porsche Museum which will include an early-model 911 Turbo coupe, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street-version 911 GT1 and a pre-series Type 754 T7 which “was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.” In addition, from June 4 – September 20, 2013, the museum will be celebrating “50 Years of the Porsche 911” with a special exhibition that will chronical the history and development of the 911.
Porsche will also be sending a vintage 1967 model 911 on a world tour, traveling five continents where it will make an appearance at events, including Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Good Festival of Speed, and places like Shanghai, Paris, and Australia. To follow the tour, go to http://porsche.com/follow-911.
Every week, over the course of the next few weeks, Pacific Porsche will feature milestones of each generation leading up to the new Porsche 911 GT3 which will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show this month. We are honored to be recognized as one of Porsche’s Premier Dealers among the top 25 in the United States and the only one in LA. The designation is rewarded to those Porsche Dealerships that best represent the Porsche Business Model. So stay tuned as we continue to bring you the latest news and announce the arrival of the GT3 in our showroom!