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Review: Porsche 911 Carrera S

Since Porsche created the 911 more than 50 years ago, it’s been an evolutionary process, more than a revolution. The model generally changes shape minimally and the way it generates its power comes from a flat 6, horizontally opposed, hung out over the rear axle. A layout that shouldn’t work, but does. In the standard Carrera model, you could maybe name a handful of major changes to the car since its creation. Most notably being the switch from air cooled to water cooled in the late 1990’s when the 993 gave way to the 996. The change caused stir with 911 purists, however the result was one of the most popular 911 models of all time and a far more efficient power delivery system. Having owned a 996, I can honestly say the car was bullet proof.

As the 996 gave way to the 997 and then on to the 991 v1, few changes were made with the engine, until now. For the 2017 991, Porsche has launched all Carrera models with a turbo charged engine. A company first. Typically, only models with the designated turbo badge in the 911 range have a turbo engine. However, in a move which we are seeing across the industry, manufacturers are downsizing and adding turbos to make their cars more energy efficient, while at the same time generating more horsepower and torque. Have turbos killed the legend?MIAMI_BLUE_CARRERA_S_036

I had the opportunity to try out the new model. A rear wheel drive Carrera S model with a downsized 3.0 litre engine displacing 420 HP, 500 Nm of torque and equipped with a revised 7 speed PDK gearbox. From the outside there’s relatively few changes from the previous 991 and the new 991. Like most Carrera facelifts, unless you really know what to look for, they can be difficult to see. To name a few, if the sports exhaust is fitted, it now features two mid mounted pipes, somewhat similar to the GT3.

Also, to get air to those twin turbos, the air flows through vents above the engine and small vents that can be found near the splitters at the back of the rear wheels. On the inside, a steering wheel similar to a 918 and a revised multimedia interface with Apple Play is now available.MIAMI_BLUE_CARRERA_S_027

From the moment you climb into the sumptuous cockpit, you instantly begin to recognize why this is such a useable sports car. It’s comfortable, has all the latest gadgets, yet remains so very driver focused. Even with the improved interior quality over the years, you always know you’re in a 911. It feels so familiar every time. Those 5 dials with the large rpm gauge centrally mounted, calling at you that this car means business.

In historical Le Mans starting fashion, the ignition is still on the opposite side of the steering wheel to the gear lever. As I insert the car-shaped key and turn, the familiar flat six sound burbles to life. Instantly my heart starts to race. We pull away, I start to flip through the driver settings on the steering wheel, until I reach sport and then sport +. Suddenly the exhaust gets louder, the suspension sharper, the gearshifts quicker. Yes, I think that’ll do.

There’s a gap in the traffic, I blip down a couple gears, the exhaust crackling and popping with each downshift. It’s time to go. Whoosh! I’m instantly pushed back in my seat. First gear, second gear, each change coming with racing like millisecond precision. The engine revving to just over 7k and the rear mounted spoiler rising just before I hit third gear. Turbo lag is non-existent and the response is effortless. 0 – 100 km/h on this Carrera S model is clocked at 3.9 seconds by Porsche, however they tend to state slower times then what the car can actually do. I wouldn’t be surprised if this model can hit 100 km/h in 3.6 or 3.7 seconds. It definitely felt like it.

I reach a long sweeping bend. The electronic steering which was so heavily criticized in the 991 v1, now has so much feel that I really couldn’t tell that it wasn’t hydraulic. Within a matter of seconds, we are back in traffic and I get the opportunity to try out the huge rotors equipped to the 305 rear and 245 front Pirellis. The stopping power is immense. No matter how much larger the 911 gets, it’s still feels light and on its toes when you need it to be, while being extremely planted at speed.MIAMI_BLUE_CARRERA_S_007

I have few complaints about this car, I do miss the higher revving naturally aspirated engine. The sports exhaust does help and the new car is definitely faster and more efficient, but it may have lost a little bit of its soul. I’m sure as we get more used to it, the turbos won’t come into question anymore, a bit like how hydraulic steering no longer seems an issue. Also, the rear seats, while still useable, haven’t really changed much since the first time I went in a 911, which was an early 1980’s 911 SC. Other than that, this car will be hard to beat by any of its nearest competitors. It deserves 5 stars. Porsche has managed to retain most of the 911’s core personality traits, while keeping in line with the government imposed industry trend. It will be interesting to see how the new V8 R8 by Audi and Aston Martin’s next generation Vantage stand up to the German benchmark.

Specifications:

Engine 3.0 liter twin-turbo horizontally opposed six
Horse Power 420 @ 6,500rpm
Torque 500 Nm @ 1,700rpm
0-100 km/h 3.9 (official)
Top Speed 307 km/h

This article was first published in Palace.

Paul Newman Porsche at Pebble Beach Auction

A 1979 Porsche 935 racing car driven by movie icon and race team owner Paul Newman at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is going under the hammer on August 20.

The car, which Newman raced for the Dick Barbour team, is one of the best race cars that Porsche has ever created, regardless of the movie-star connection.

The 935, which is being auctioned by Gooding & Company as part of its Pebble Beach sale (one of the highlights of Monterey Motoring week), also won the 1981 24 Hours of Daytona and the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring, though without Newman behind the wheel.

Restored to concourse condition in 2006 by Porsche specialist Paul Wilson, this 935 won best in class at the 2007 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance; what’s more it has a further claim to fame. In 1980 the car was sponsored by Apple for the making it the first, and to this day, only racecar the company has ever sponsored.

Icon Reinvented: Porsche 718 Boxster

The Porsche Boxster has long been the quintessential roadster with its soft top, two-seater interior and six-cylinder engine that powers its rear-wheel drive. So just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Porsche has gone ahead and done just that with the Boxster 718.

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The most notable improvement comes from within; its euphonic six-cylinder engine has been replaced by a newly-developed turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that supplies a good 296 bhp to the normal 718 Boxster, compared with its predecessor’s 261bhp. The 718 Boxster S – a sportier iteration – receives a 2.5-liter vomeengine that powers a heftier 345bhp to the car, a remarkable improvement to the previous 311 bhp. The result is two Boxsters that are now faster than ever before. The entry-level 718 sprints zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, shaving off 0.8 seconds off the older model.

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The S variation will do the same in 4.2 seconds with a 0.6 second improvement, thanks in part to the PDK gearbox and Sport Chrono pack. And if you’re wondering how it’d fare on a drag strip, the 718 has a top speed of 170mph, while the S version, 177mph. The optional Sport Chrono Package now comes with three settings: Normal, Sport and Sport Plus. Cars with the PDK will also have a Sport Response Button that enables a boost in responsiveness for a period of time.

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Appearance-wise, the new 718 Boxster sees a broader masculine front and a more dynamic side profile, thanks to its larger wheel arches and contoured doors that direct headwind into air intakes for more efficient power generation. Other upgrades include a reconfigured power steering that is now 10 percent more direct (read: more agile, easier to steer) and the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that gives a ten millimetre lower ride height.

Prices of the new 718 Boxster start from S$258,788, while the 718 Boxster S will set you back by at least S$316,588.

Sports Sedan Reborn: New Porsche Panamera

Having contributed to record sales for the German automaker since 2009, it was only high time the trusty Porsche Panamera got the facelift it deserved. This year, the liftback-style sedan replaces the previous model with a sportier façade and amped-up specs.

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While maintaining the Panamera’s recognizable silhouette – long bonnet, distinct shoulder line and large alloy wheels – the new iteration is also now 35mm longer, 5mm wider, 5mm taller, and with a lower, more curved roofline, creating a flyline that harks back to the iconic 911. Its wider wheelbase, now 30mm longer, also serves to accentuate the car’s sporty disposition.

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The new Porsche Panamera will launch with three engine options; the most powerful 4.0-liter V8 Turbo’s 550 hp will power the car to 60mph in 3.8 seconds, or 3.6 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono pack. Porsche’s brand new 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 in the 4S model will get you 434hp (20hp more than before) of driving pleasure, and is capable of hitting 60mph from rest in 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono pack, and the Panamera 4S Diesel’s V8 (fastest diesel car in the world, Porsche claims) will equip your ride with 416hp and hit a top speed of 177mph, going from nought to 60 in 4.3 seconds.

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Otherwise, the four-wheel drive model is also equipped with Porsche’s eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shift gearbox, automatic rear wing and next-generation air suspension for an even smoother ride. But what is a fantastic ride without all the nifty gadgets we’ve come to expect from the luxury-grade vehicles of today. Drivers of the new Panamera will work with the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit, equipped with thermal imaging cameras and InnoDrive, an adaptive cruise control. The improved UX features two new 7-inch displays in place of dials, with a 12-inch touchscreen that has all the works – online sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and an updated voice control system.

“Its strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses eradicated and above all its character preserved,” said Michael Mauer, Head of Style Porsche AG. If you’re still not convinced, Porsche has created a video that will surely seal the deal:

 

Porsche, Chopard Honor Le Mans With Limited Editions

The Le Mans 24-hour race is possibly the ultimate on-track test for drivers out there – forcing them to undergo intense non-stop racing in order to challenge the endurance of both man and machine. Speaking on non-stop, Porsche has been enjoying a non-stop winning spree here for a long time already, enjoying a record-breaking 18th victory at this year’s race. Coupled with that win, though, Porsche and their official timing partner Chopard are announcing limited editions inspired by endurance racing. One of this is the limited edition called the Porsche 911 Endurance Racing Edition, and the other is the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition.

The Porsche 911 Endurance Racing Edition

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Since 1964, the Porsche 911 has always kept its basic outline and engine position, proving that it maintained an enduring appeal and stature from the very start. Even then, the special exclusive arm of Porsche aimed to create a model that can enjoy the best possible track performance on the road. In other words, the goal was always to create a race car that was also road-legal. A sneak peek was offered at Le Mans but it will be properly showcased at next weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Taking the Carrera S as a starting point for further modification, it keeps the stock 3-liter flat-six twin turbo powerplant. This gives it 420hp as well as a 191mph top speed; power and the acceleration are improved via a revised chassis.

The model rides 20mm lower than standard, and comes with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control and Active Suspension Management systems. With this, power is always going to the wheel with the most traction, and wheels can be pushed up or down to either ensure contact with the road, or cancel out excessive force. It also introduces rear-wheel steering as standard. This provides quite a bit of flexibility in the various scenarios encountered on the road.

There’s also the Sports Chrono package, allowing the owner to time laps, perform racing starts, and even have a ‘boost function’ at their command. This function is entitled the “Sports Response” and will push out everything the engine’s got in one 20-second blast upon activation.

The interior will be fitted with black leather and subtle red accents, as well as carbon fiber. For the sake of the driver, there are quite a few comforts such as a sliding sunroof and parking sensors. Even more of a joy for serious drivers though, is the inclusion of seven-speed manual transmission as standard.

The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition

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As the official timing partner for Porsche, Chopard aims to celebrate their legacy of speed with their own Superfast watch collection. The Black Edition is a 100-piece limited series exclusively available at their boutiques. It combines the aesthetic codes of the new Porsche prototype with the special precision for which the watch company is well known.

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A sleek 45mm diameter case made of titanium houses the Chopard Calibre 03.05M. This mechanism was desgined like an authentic engine and features a self-winding chronograph movement delivering a substantial 60-hour power reserve. It also features a flyback function. To further improve on its endurance, the case has also been bead-blasted and blackened by a DLC (diamond-like carbon) treatment – ensuring scratch-resistance. It is water resistant to 100 meters so you can go swimming with it quite safely.

This standout chronograph is designed mainly for the passionate racer in mind, even coming with a black rubber strap inspired by slick competition racing tires. No doubt Chopard Co-President Karl-Frederich Scheufele’s own love of racing played a part in the development of the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition.

Here’s a video that describes the relationship.

Singer Reimagines Porsche 911 at Goodwood

Improving upon a classic such as the Porsche 911 is a tough proposition but that is exactly what Singer Vehicle Design claims to have pulled off. Singer Vehicle Design has given the first details about its latest reimagined Porsche 911, which will be making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The car is called ‘Newcastle’ as that’s where its owner lives, and is based on a 1990 Porsche 911 coupé. Ok so we can’t really call a 1990 model of any kind a “classic car” but you can’t argue that it isn’t a “classic.” For those who are unfamiliar, Singer is a relatively new firm, founded in 2009, that specializes in restoring and modifying the 964 version of the Porsche 911. Founder Rob Dickinson might be familiar to some readers as a rock star formerly of Catherine Wheel and cousin of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. Dickinson channeled his passion for the 911 model – and the air-cooled era – into the Singer Vehicle Design company.

Just like each of the company’s meticulously redeveloped cars, the attention to detail is phenomenal — for instance, the carbon fiber bumperets have been nickel plated, and the quality of the interior, which includes folding rear seats for extra space, could give Rolls-Royce a run for its money.

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However, it’s the engine that sets this car apart, even from other Singers. It is the most powerful naturally aspirated engine the company has ever developed for one of its cars. Built in partnership with Ed Pink Racing Engines, it has a 4-liter capacity, outputs 390hp and that power runs to the back wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

“Receiving a nod from [Goodwood Festival of Speed founder] Lord March, for not one – but two years in a row – provides some sense of arrival within one of the most valued communities of the motorsports world,” said Dickinson. “To partake in such a highly visible and globally recognized event is indeed an honor, and we are proud to be here and share the vision of our client’s desires, as well as our very own personalized approach to creating a true celebration of the Porsche 911.”

The car will be racing in the Hill climb event and will be driven by Chris Harris, motoring journalist, Porsche fan and BBC Top Gear co-host.

The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed runs June 23-26.

This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report and an official press release

Porsche Teases New Panamera

For hardcore Porsche purists, there are a number of faults to levy at the existing Porsche Panamera, despite the overwhelming success of the model  – the main gripe being the optics. Even CEO Matthias Mueller admitted to that back in 2014, in an interview with Motoring. With this peek at the new-generation luxury sports GT, though, those worries seem to have been put to rest. It is both a car that’s great on paper and one that keeps its crisp personality on the exterior.

Beyond just a cleaner form overall, with sharper lines, the Porsche Panamera also has much more entertaining V8 and V6 powertrains. Judging from the sketches, the wheelbase is also bigger, leaving more cabin space for front and rear passengers. Though, being only a sneak peek, there are still many more questions to be answered before we know whether it is a definitive model to get your hands on.

At the very least, Porsche has also confirmed that the performance will definitely upgraded, when compared with its predecessor because of the lighter and stronger materials used. There is also the five years of engineering innovations that the brand has made, since the first Panamera went into production. It is also worth remembering that a four-door sedan Porsche has come a long way from its days as a concept in the 1980s. While there are no details yet on this upgrade, we think it is safe to say that the luxury trappings of the Panamera are here to stay, as is the engine position (although that one is a lot less certain).

Beyond the sketches, you can also look at the video below that Porsche released, teasing the new model. (Spoilers: unfortunately, the car isn’t revealed)

Art of Living by Aston Martin

A reflection of Aston Martin’s dedication to exclusivity and craftsmanship, Art of Living by Aston Martin is a curated series of experiences, objects and events that the company hopes will integrate into its clients’ lifestyle.

While luxury goods such as silk scarves, luxury watches and Marma London eyewear are part of the deal, the company’s clients will now also enjoy an exclusive Le Mans experience. This includes being flown to and from the event via the convenience of a helicopter ride, getting direct access to Aston Martin’s race team and retiring to a private chateau at the end of it all. To sweeten the deal, the British luxury car manufacturer also has exclusive visits to the Goodwood Revival – a gastronomic tour of California’s best vineyards and behind-the-scenes tours of Paris fashion houses – in the works.

Aston Martin isn’t the first in providing alternative services and goods besides its cars. Land Rover has previously ventured into bespoke holiday tours with Abercrombie & Kent while Porsche’s design studio, Porsche Design, has been offering clients products such as redesigned BlackBerry handsets bookshelves made of sportscar spoilers. Porsche has even launched an exclusive collection of clothes endorsed by current Manchester United manager José Mourinho.

Managing Director of Aston Martin Brands Katia Bassi said: “The Art of Living portfolio of products will be delivered with the same care and quality that would be expected of a bespoke Aston Martin sports car. This programme provides us with the opportunity to engage with our customers on a new level. We want them to share in the Aston Martin lifestyle.”

 

 

 

Porsche Digital Races into Action

While we often hear about innovations in the automotive industry, most of it is incremental. An excellent case in point is Porsche, which made a name for itself in creating sportscars that changed ever so slightly from year-to-year. In the digital era though, Porsche has decided to gear up and accelerate to top speed by starting its own digital division.

The AFP reports that Porsche Digital will have offices in Berlin, Silicon Valley and China. It is tasked with ensuring that regardless of technological changes, Porsche will stay in pole position when it comes to digital mobility in the higher echelons of the automotive market.

“Our business environment is changing ever more dynamically,” said Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Supervisory Board chairman of Porsche AG of the decision to start the new subsidiary company. “We are combining the traditional Porsche spirit with the power of new technologies.”

The new subsidiary will focus on new customer services and experiences and new products. “Digitization is leading to the renaissance of the automobile and is making it the central element of our digital lifestyle,” said Thilo Kozlowski, who will be Porsche Digital’s managing director. “We will create digital customer experiences typical of Porsche which are fascinating and intelligent – both inside and outside the vehicle.”

However, the business will also be focused on other companies, institutions and even individuals. And that’s because like a host of other car companies, Porsche is realizing that as consumers become more digitally connected and as new mobility trends develop, that it will need to work with tech companies in order to continue to understand customers’ future needs.

Porsche Digital is therefore being positioned as a link between the Porsche Car Company and innovators around the world that can help the car maker open up a lead in areas such as smart mobility and autonomous driving.

“Innovation does not emerge by itself. It is all about developing ideas systematically,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume. “Porsche has many ideas. The challenge is to think across functional divisions, use external resources, and take concrete action very rapidly — especially in the digital environment.”

This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report.

Interview: Racing Couple Yuey Tan, Claire Jedrek

Porsche Carrera Cup racer Yuey Tan and wife, Claire Jedrek, Singapore’s only female racer, tell Men’s Folio why they love life in the fast lane.

What drew you to this adrenaline-pumping, tire-burning sport?
Yuey Tan: I’ve always had a huge love for cars since I could walk and talk. However, it was in Adelaide, from 1985 to 1995, where I saw many world champions crowned, including my childhood idols Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher. That was the golden era of Formula 1. Shortly after, I started to race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in 2008. Also, when there was talk of the Marina Bay Singapore Grand Prix in 2006, it got me excited to be a part of the big leagues. To race that circuit was merely a dream and it made me more determined than ever to try and get into Asia’s Premier Motorsport series.
Claire Jedrek: I think many sports that push the edge are personality based and I am always up for a good challenge. I started racing much later than most and it is not always easy But racing appeals to me, and the opportunity to do so came in 2013.

What’s the best part about racing?
CJ: The excitement and possibly the uncertainty. The amount of work you put in doesn’t always yield the perfect results. There’re so many things – weather, the setting of the car, your mental state – that can either go right or wrong. All these can affect how well I do that day. But having the knowledge, honing it, and using it is exciting to me.

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Any life lesson learnt on the racetrack?
YT: Never give up! A very famous quote from one of Formula 1’s commentators Murray Walker is “Anything can happen in motor racing. And it usually does.” The combination of a complex machine and an even more complex human being can make many variables go wrong, so making sure that nothing goes wrong isn’t easy! Random stuff happens all of the time, so never give up because you never know what will happen next

Is life equally exciting off the racetrack?
YT: Absolutely! There are so many fantastic thing about life, and if you don’t stop to enjoy them, they will be gone before you know it. We only live once, so it’s important that we enjoy life inside and outside of the car. I like to play all sorts of sports and take part in all sorts of competition. I am extremely lucky to have the opportunity to race professionally.
CJ: Life is what you want it to be. For me, it’s exciting and I’m enjoying every bit. I’ve learnt to treasure the quiet moments alone with Yuey, friends, and family. Things are fast paced, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t think we have time to mull around and we make sure that we keep ourselves busy.

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What’s in the pipeline?
CJ & YT: Soon, we will be hosting and driving together in Cambodia for a true Porsche experience with the Porsche Adventure Drive. It will be where drivers get to push the limits of Porsche Cayenne and Macan in extreme off-road conditions. It’s such a treat, and we are very excited to be a part of it.

Story Credits
Text by Lance Lim
Photography by Ivanho Harlim & Shysilia Novita
Styling by Titien Wang

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio

Interview: Martin Limpert for Porsche Asia-Pacific

Martin Limpert, managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific, shares his take on the luxury market and how the brand is working to strengthen its presence in the region.

You’ve been in the luxury business for quite a number of years. How has the market evolved, what has changed?

We’ve definitely seen changes. It doesn’t just apply to the automotive industry; the fashion industry has changed, and even our general perception of luxury lifestyle has changed. For example, we have more options in terms of luxury goods, that’s probably one of the biggest changes in the market. There’re more and new brands entering the market vying for a piece of the luxury pie in the segment, while existing brands try to secure a bigger footing by expanding their portfolios with more products targeting the well-heeled consumers. Moving beyond premium quality materials, companies are offering more personalization services and options to customize your vehicle. At Porsche, we want to offer the option for our customers to personalize his/her car. From colors to equipment options and accessories, this so-called “made-to-measure” service is becoming very popular in the automotive industry.

The word “luxury” gets tossed around quite frequently, and gets tagged on to practically every product and service. What’s your take on luxury?

I think the concept of luxury varies from one person to another. Personally, I think it’s the ability to express yourself, whether in the consumption of good and services, or doing what you like. It could be in the form of a reward. We’ve seen people who have achieved success reward themselves with things that they might not have indulged in previously, from the types of products and/or services they consume to embarking on a certain lifestyle. Luxury is also having the means to satisfy certain needs or desires.

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Let’s talk about the Asia market, despite the slowing down of demand in this part of the world, particularly China, the numbers for Porsche remain optimistic. As a luxury brand expands, volume increases, and luxury goods become abundant. Is there such a thing as mass luxury?

That’s a very good question. If we look at the overall market, it’s estimated that 70-80 million cars are sold in the market worldwide. As for us, we have slightly below 200,000 cars last year. We are in the vicinity of 0.025 per cent of the overall market worldwide, and there’s potential for growth. Besides my take on luxury is about having the means to fulfill one’s desire. It doesn’t matter if you are at the point in life when you’ve just acquired your first Boxster or Macan, you are fulfilling something at that point in your life. Exclusivity is a part of the luxury equation. It’s not only defined by numbers but really by a lifestyle.

Even if a brand is at a level to achieve a certain volume, we have stepped up the experience with possibilities to personalize your vehicles. For example, you can choose to match the color of your car to that of your wife’s nails or choose the stitching inside your Macan. You can also splurge a little and opt for a bigger turbo engine with an output of 400hp. There are actually no limits for exclusivity even on the entry models, or any of the Porsche products.

The Volkswagen Group is a dominant player in the automotive industry, each of the brands under the group’s portfolio have expanded its offering to fill certain niches in the market. What’s your strategy to strengthen the brand’s standing in the market?

Porsche has a long history and success building luxury sports cars. Our approach is to offer the sportiest car in whatever segment we are present. It doesn’t matter if it’s the two-door rear-engine segment with the 911, the two-door mid-engine segment with the Boxster Cayman, or even our smaller SUVs like the Macan. This is in our genetic code – we are born on the racetrack. This is part of our strategy. We have the expertise, technology, and know-how to prove that you can have “the cake and eat it”. Performance and sustainability doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. The Porsche 919 Hybrid is a case in point. We are able to transfer the knowledge that we gain on the racetrack into our production cars across all models.

Our philosophy at Porsche is “Car for life, Customer for life”, so whenever somebody steps into the world of Porsche as a customer, let’s just say we want to keep them for life. Say, someone new to the brand enters into the Porsche world with a Boxster, as he moves up in his career, and decides to reward himself, we have the Boxster S waiting, followed by the 911, etc. This is how we keep up with them and keep them for a very long period of time. In a different scenario, someone – like a young, urban professional, or a young married couple – can pick our entry model Macan as their first luxury SUV. It is a vehicle that would fit their lifestyle – weekend golfing, hiking, or biking. But as their families grow with kids, they can upgrade to a Cayenne. And when their kids grow up, they might want to go back to a nice luxury sedan like the Panamera. It’s a long-term plan, and we are ready for it.

 

 

This article was originally published in Men’s Folio Magazine April 2016

Porsche Turns in Heroic 6 Hours of Spa Race

It looks like Porsche is well placed to take the lead for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 after managing to finish the incident-strewn 6 Hours of Spa. Audi, who won the race, is the main threat now.

After clocking an impressive opening race in Silverstone, in which Brendon Hartley clocked the fastest lap of the race, the Porsche team clinched the surprising second place at the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Spa on 7 May 2016 despite several technical difficulties. Technical difficulties is putting it mildly of course.

Basically, the No. 2 Porsche 919’s hybrid system failed at the start of the race but somehow it managed to cross the line in second place anyway. This means Porsche somehow ran more than 5 hours of the 6-hour race on half the power it had and still managed the beat everyone other than Audi.

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Acknowledged as one of the finest in the world, the Spa-Francorchamps track, or “Toboggan of the Ardenes”, is extremely technical with its straight lines and rapid curves. Jacky Ickx, a longstanding Chopard ambassador, is one of the only two drivers to have won on both the old 14.1km and the new 7km circuits at Spa-Francorchamps.

As track temperatures rose to a scorching 50ºC, the warmer conditions provided the team an opportunity to prepare for the gruelling 24 hours at Le Mans. Five hours in, the number 66 GTE Pro Ford GT, driven by Stefan Muecke, suffered an awful crash while exiting Eau Rouge towards Raidillon, the track’s infamously dangerous section. The spin left him impacting the tire barriers at high speed, and fortunately the passenger’s side of the car took the heaviest damage.

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Brandon Hartley led comfortably in the early stages of the race, but his teammates weren’t as fortunate. Timo Bernhard picked up a puncture from debris and had to cruise back to the pits and Webber suffered the same fate in his number 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Even with an electrical issue, the number 2 Porsche team of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb managed to finish an impressive second behind the race-winning Audi.

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Official timing partner of Porsche Motorsport, Chopard, is also confident of Porsche Motorsports’ abilities to perform at the French race. To date, the German racing team brags the most wins at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition

Don’t let its tough exterior fool you – the Cayenne is Porsche’s gentle giant. During its debut in 2002 as Porsche’s first-ever SUV, the model stood out like sore thumb amongst the German automaker’s sleek sports cars. The irony, then, is that the Cayenne was responsible for turning Porsche’s fortunes around during a period of stagnation but that is a story for another time. The point is that this Cayenne may well be the coolest one ever created.

Kitted out with either a 3-liter 262hp V6 engine or a 416hp gasoline/electric hybrid powertrain, the Platinum Edition’s upgrades are more than skin deep. The 20-inch RS Spyder alloy wheels (previously 21-inch 911 Turbo design) on the all-wheel drive are designed for sports performance and a refined drive through urban spaces.

The 5-door SUV also boasts one of the best infotainment units around, with a Bose sound system as standard and Power Steering Plus with ParkAssist that works together with the infotainment system’s display.

While both versions come standard with privacy glass and anti-glare mirrors, only the hybrid version enjoys stationary air conditioning and heating – a very useful feature in hotter countries with which drivers can cool or heat the cabin remotely. Yes, this means you can prep the car for your arrival without actually being at the wheel.

Inside, electrically operated leather and Alcantara sports seats provide a high-level of ergonomics, each one embellished with Porsche crests on the headrests. The stainless steel doors are backlit while a special analogue clock completes the dashboard.

The Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid Platinum Edition offers a combined fuel economy of 3.4-3.3l/100km (47mpg) and will cost €90,298 in Europe ($81,600 in the US, plus delivery and handling fees) when deliveries commence in June, 2016.

Meanwhile, the diesel edition manages 6.8-6.6l/100km and will cost €74,352. A lack of interest in diesel power in the U.S. means that Porsche will be offering its U.S. customers a 3-liter 300hp gasoline V6 option at $65,600 instead. Both versions will be available in black, white as standard, though a variety of five metallic colors are also available.

 

This story was written in-house, based on an AFP report.

Porsche Cayman Boosted to 718 in Beijing

When the Cayman came out in 2005, it was seen as a ‘lower-tier’ model, if such a thing can be said for a marque like Porsche. This was probably a reaction to the Cayman’s accessibility than anything else. Over time, Porsche has tailored it into a model more than able to hold its own. Now, at the Beijing Auto Show, the 718 (a similar uplift was done on the Boxster) is the version of the Cayman that keeps itself affordable, while still providing the best specs. The car will go on sale September, and will cost €51,623 (a price sitting below the Boxster), while the special S variant will cost €64,118.

First thing to note is the exterior, which features sharpened lines and a redesigned nose for larger air intakes. The sills are etched deeper and the side vents are bigger and boomier. There’s a new diffuser and exhaust design on the back. All this keeps in with a keener and more developed muscularity to the whole frame.

On the other hand, like the Boxster, the Cayman’s had its insides turned-out as well. The flat-six has been swapped out with a more environmentally adequate (no internal combustion engine could be called eco-friendly) flat four-cylinder turbocharged unit. Rest easy though, speed freaks, because the car is even faster than before. The base 2-liter model offers 300hp, a 0-100km/h time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 275km/h when specified with Porsche’s PDK paddle-shift transmission. If you want a slightly sportier thrust, the S version will have a 2.5-liter engine and a variable geometry turbo, delivers 350hp, a 0-100km/h time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 285km/h via a PDK transmission. This speed combines with sharper steering, wider rear wheels for grip, an upgraded suspension, and a powerful braking system as standard.

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On the interior tech front, the Cayman sports an infotainment system with all the latest gen features, such as extensions for smartphones, and access to Apple CarPlay as well as Porsche Car Connect. For those that want to tick all the option boxes, they can add the Sport Chrono Package and the active suspension management system – their controls are now mounted on the steering wheel as a rotary dial, just like on the 918 Spyder hypercar.

All this bodes well for the Cayman, at least on paper. When it ships, we’ll see whether the verdict is justified.

 

This story was written in-house, with an AFP story as the source and AFP images.

4 Cars to Watch at Techno-Classica 2016

Techno-Classica makes its mark again this year as the largest classic car show in the world. Until April 10, 1,200 exhibitors will have 2,500 cars spread out across 20 halls at the Messe Essen in Essen, Germany. Of course, such a volume of exhibits going on makes it hard to know exactly what to focus on. These are some of the cars to look out for in the event:

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

The restored Porsche 911 S/T

Among some of the cars Porsche has lined up are the 944, 928, and also the 914. Yet, the main star still happens to be a restored 911 S/T that took two years to return to its former glory. This was the 911 that won its Le Mans class in 1972.

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

A 1966 Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider

For BMW’s centenary, the company will be marking out milestone models throughout their history, including a 502 “Barockengell,” the 1600 that repositioned the company on the automotive map in the 1960s, and the very first M car, the original M1. Alfa Romeo, too, will be celebrating an anniversary, with its 50th happening this year. They’ll be honoring their Duetto – the two-seat drop top immortalized on screen in the movie The Graduate. Other milestones to be celebrated includes the 50th anniversary of Ford’s 1-2-3 Le Mans finish, and the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

This 1978 BMW M1 is to be auctioned at the 2016 Techno Classica.

Land Rover will be launching its “Reborn” restoration and sales initiative. Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “[It] represents a fantastic opportunity for customers to own a valuable and collectable automotive icon. Reborn showcases Land Rover Classic’s expertise in restoring and maintaining our loyal customers’ prized Land Rovers.”

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I 'Reborn.'

Techno Classica will mark the world debut for Land Rover Series I ‘Reborn.’

Alongside the shows, the show auction is also a notable event held by COYS on Saturday April 9. This year’s lots have a combined potential value of €15 million and potential highlights include a pristine 1978 BMW M1 (estimated at €550,000- €650,000), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GT/C (€600,000 – €700,000) and a 1929 Lancia Lambada.

With all that running on, the Techno-Classica show is the perfect spot for classic car fans who prefer nostalgia to high-end gadgetry. They’ll have much to gaze and wonder at.

Porsche Macan Drops at New York Auto Show

German purveyor of speedy devils Porsche has chosen the New York Auto Show for the global reveal of the latest addition to the Macan SUV range. The show, which opens to the public March 25, is also the venue for the North American debuts of the Boxster 718 and the 911 R. We previously covered the 911 R here, when it debuted in Geneva,

At just $47,500 excluding delivery and handling fees (a price that has us turning green with envy here in Asia), the new Macan will be the most affordable model in the nameplate’s short history. The company has achieved some savings by ditching the usual six-cylinder engine in favor of a four-cylinder turbo; nevertheless, the car is still good for a 0-100km/h time of 6.7 seconds (6.5 seconds with the optional Chrono pack). Porsche has left the cabin untouched so that it still feels premium in all other aspects.

Going from one extreme to the other, the 911 R is one of the most powerful and pure sportscars that Porsche has ever built, and it is also going to be one of the rarest. Only 911 examples of the 500hp, 200mph striped back street legal racer will ever be built.

Completing the new car lineup will be the all-new Boxster mid-engine convertible which, like the new Macan, has a four- rather than six-cylinder engine but thanks to clever turbo charging is the fastest, most powerful and most fuel-efficient model to date.

Porche Boxster 718

Porche Boxster 718

This story was written in-house, with an AFP story as the main source

9 Stars of Geneva Motor Show

With the Geneva Motor Show over, the array of cars that were on display were bound to have the heart of any collector or enthusiast pounding. Still, there are those that simply have a greater pull than others, especially for models coming from well established companies such as Porsche, Bentley, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce. Let’s take a look at the main stars of the show:

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Bugatti Chiron

“It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records,” said Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer.

The record-breaking Chiron was probably the leading headliner amongst all models shown in Geneva. Boasting 1600hp and a top speed of 261mph (420kmh), the Chiron takes pole position as the world’s fastest production car, with specifications outstripping its predecessor – the Veyron.

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Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin tried to close the gap between itself and its competitors, such as Ferrari and McLaren, with the high-end luxury supercar – the Aston Martin DB11.

“A brand new bonded aluminum platform, clever aerodynamics, a new characterful twin-turbo V12 and class-leading infotainment systems are just a few aspects which make this the sports car that will proudly spearhead Aston Martin’s second century plan,” said company CEO Dr. Andy Palmer, summarizing the main traits of this contending powerhouse. Either way, the DB11 re-stoked great expectations for the company.

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Porsche 911 R

Porsche was all about stripping down and streamlining with their new 911 R as a part of a strategy to appeal once again to the purist fans alienated by previous creature comforts and technological aids. It weighs 3,020 pounds and maxes out at 201mph with 500hp.

With sporty performance back at the forefront, hopefully the fans are placated.

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Rolls-Royce Black Badge Series

A bespoke range of Rolls-Royce Wraiths and Ghosts appeared at Geneva to appeal to edgier and younger customers. The Black Badge series is finished up with a black gloss (right down to the Spirit of Ecstasy donning the hood) while the interior was spruced up with a darker palette, all blacks and purples.

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Lamborghini Centenario

The limited edition Centenario made an appearance at Geneva before disappearing into the mist given that all 40 models of this anniversary model were sold out already. Imbued with 770hp and a smooth tasteful geometric design, this little tease broke the hearts of countless expectant collectors at the show and beyond.

 

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Maserati Levante

Despite the surprise being spoilt by internet leaks, Maserati launched its Levante crossover with an Italian flair, rivaling the likes of others such as the Porsche Cayenne and the Bentley Benteyga. The first SUV in the company’s hundred-year history aimed at breaking into the premium crossovermarket with sophisticated technological features and performance.

Arash AF10

Opposing the Chiron in output figures (though not speed), the British-built Arash AF10 takes some beating. With four electric motors plus a V8 it has 2080hp on tap and despite being built for the track is road legal. At £1.1 million, it is also cheaper than a Bugatti.

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Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner

This bespoke stretch limousine that was built for a certain anonymous client inches out the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman as the world’s longest and most comfortable passenger car. With the high-craftsmanship of the interior and various luxury additions like a bottle cooler and a soft drinks cabinet, Bentley sought to prove the sheer capability of their in-house coachbuilder, Mulliner, in tailoring to the demands of their customers.

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The Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Now replacing the Ferrari FF comes the four-seat GTC4Lusso, which also happens to be the first production Ferrari to boast of having both all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. When you mix a high quality ultra-intuitive infotainment system with a significant power boost to the FF package, the result is a whole luxurious package wrapped up in one excellent shooting brake bound to impress with a younger crowd.

Porsche 911 R Goes for Pure Racing Pedigree

Weighing in at 3,020 pounds, the 911 R (‘R’ for Racing) cuts 110 pounds from the next lightest 911 variant. This bid for cutting down the weight is all a part of Porsche’s vision for bringing back a good old pure sportscar in a bid to no longer alienate the hardcore fans, after being forced to add turbochargers and paddle-shift gearboxes to keep with the times or environmental legislation. The 911 R was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show.

The naturally aspirated 4-liter flat six-cylinder engine pumps out 500hp to propel this lightweight speedster from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, maxing out at 201mph. This new lighter body results from racing design choices such as ripping out the rear seats, using carbon-fiber for the bonnet and front guards, a magnesium roof, and aluminum everywhere…

With paddle-shift transmission gone, what’s there instead is a proper six-speed manual gearbox. The idea is that the driver is completely involved in every aspect of the car’s performance and it’s for this reason that, although the new car clearly stands out visually from any other 911, it doesn’t do so because of side skirts, front aprons or huge rear wings. Porsche also carried over two recent technological innovations. The first is rear-wheel steering to keep that pendulous back end in check, and the second is huge carbon ceramic brakes.

With its unassuming white colors though, little indicates the car’s powerful capabilities except for the twin red racing stripes detail that run from nose to tail. The 911 R is the model that puts the sporty performance back to the forefront, limited to just 911 numbered examples worldwide.

Images courtesy of Porsche

5 Menswear Looks to Match 5 Porsches

The clothes horses at Men’s Folio also love fast cars. They put together five looks to go along with five Porsche models and got their ambassador, actor Lawrence Wong, to anchor this lovely spread. He kicks things off with the Porsche Cayman GTS (above), featuring himself in a Givenchy leather jacket, acetate sunglasses from Porsche Design and wool sweater and wool pants from Saint Laurent.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Contrary to popular belief, the name of the car does not refer to the Caribbean islands. Instead, Cayman is an alternative spelling of caiman, a Latin American alligator. When the first Caymans arrived at dealerships for sale, the automaker adopted four caimans at Stuttgart’s Wilhelma Zoo. Lawrence Wong fronts this shot in a three-piece suit from Dior Homme.

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Specs:

Output: 340hp

0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds

Top speed: 285km/h

Porsche Panamera GTS

The Porsche Panamera production model was unveiled at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show on April 2009. Since its debut, the full-size luxury car has become one of the best sellers of its class and has attracted some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Matthew Perry, Lindsay Lohan, and Ryan O’Neal. Lawrence Wong puts together the appropriate look with an all-Saint Laurent affair, from wool sweater and wool pants to leather jacket and leather boots. The acetate sunglasses are by Porsche Design.

Specs:

Output: 310hp

0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds

Top speed: 257km/hPorsche-Panamera-GTS-911-Carrera-GTS-Cabriolet-MF-Dec-Jan

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

The iconic 911 has long been a favorite among the who’s who including Ralph Lauren and Jerry Seinfeld, who have owned rare 911s. In the shot above, it peeks out from behind the Panamera.

Specs:

Output: 430hp

0-100km/h: 4.6 seconds

Top speed: 304km/h

Porsche Cayenne S

It was possibly the most talked about model in the Porsche portfolio. Porsche enthusiasts weren’t exactly sure what to make of luxury SUV from the celebrated sportscar maker. However, it has become one of the most sought-after luxury SUVs on the market, and its success silenced its critics. Today, some of the most prestigious sports carmakers are jumping on the bandwagon to produce their version of SUVs including Bentley and Lamborghini. Lawrence Wong is dressed to match in a Versace polyester jacket and wool pants, with leather boots by Saint Laurent.Porsche-Cayenne-S-MF-Dec-Jan

Specs:

Output: 420hp

0-100km/h: 5.5 seconds

Top speed: 259km/h

Porsche Boxster GTS

The Boxster’s name is derived from the word “boxer”, referring to the vehicle’s horizontally opposed or boxer engine. Right from the start, it was an instant hit, just four years after the Boxster’s debut in 1996, its sales volume had almost quadrupled to nearly 56,000 units. Lawrence Wong owns this look with a Saint Laurent wool jacket and Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 edition.Porsche-Boxster-GTS-MF-Dec-Jan

Specs:

Output: 330hp

0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds (PDK)

Top speed: 279km/h

Story Credits

Text by Lance Lim

Photography by Richard Chen

Grooming by Sam Ong using colors from Sephora

Outfits by Porsche Design; Givenchy; Dior Homme; Saint Laurent; Versace; Chopard

This story first appeared in Men’s Folio.

Pagani Elevates Huayra to BC Levels

Why simply produce a rare hypercar when you can have an even rarer production run of said rare hypercar? Our guess is that Pagani was thinking exactly that when deciding to build the Huayra BC — a very special and very limited production run of the fully sold out Huayra. Those familiar with the extended run of the Zonda will be completely unsurprised by this news. Indeed, we started thinking that the brand name was Pagani Zonda!

The Italian hypercar firm – still just called Pagani – promises to deliver a car that is as remarkable as a Ferrari or Porsche sans the hybrid trickery — now that is some serious shade. The current vanilla Huayra has a six-liter V12 twin turbocharged Mercedes-AMG engine that can demolish the 100 km/h mark in three seconds. With 720 horsepower, and a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h), we do understand why this is not simply super but hyper. At a cool million pounds, the exterior of the car is woven from a combination of titanium and carbon fiber (for an excellent power-to-weight ratio) while the interior boasts intricate leather and metalwork.

The new production is dedicated to multimillionaire Benny Caiola who enabled the firm to achieve success when he could have invested in a competitor. As such, Pagani is dedicating what promises to be their fastest, most extreme and most exclusive vehicle, to his memory. Caiola was reportedly Pagani’s first customer so the connections are powerful here. The Huayra BC (no prizes for guessing what that stands for), of which only 20 will be built, is available if you have £2.35 million to spare. The update promises to deliver somewhere between 740 to 800 horsepower bringing you to 100km in slightly under 3 seconds. Given that the car uses the same powerplant, the improvement in speed can be mostly attributed to the lighter package Pagani has deployed here.

But that’s just the start; although the new car and the existing Huayra look almost identical, save for the large rear spoiler, Pagani claims that every external panel has been redesigned to cut weight, aid downforce or improve aerodynamics. It is also why the suspension components have been made from aluminum alloys and why the usually opulent interior has been slightly pared back, to boost the car’s power to weight ratio and its ability to continue slicing through the air as acceleration increases.

The result is a car that should perform on the road and on the track but, sadly one that will most likely be put into storage the moment it is delivered. Even sadder for you, dear reader, is that all 20 models are reportedly sold out. Take heart though because the Geneva Motor Show will also see the debut of the roadster version of the Huayra BC.