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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.

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

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.

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

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.

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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

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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.

Test: All Porsche Langkawi Driving Dreams

Nothing says style and luxury quite like Porsche in the world of automobiles. As part of its Driving Dreams campaign, I travelled to Langkawi Island to come up-close and personal with Porsche’s latest crop, a stunning range that runs the gamut from the bachelor-approved 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet to the newest incarnation of the ever-popular Cayenne S. The location was the dreamy Four Seasons Resort, just right by the picturesque and seemingly boundless Andaman Sea, the perfect location considering the occasion at hand. After all, it is entirely acceptable, and common, I’d think, for speed enthusiasts to dream about cruising in a Porsche.

To get behind the mechanics of the latest range, one had to get behind the wheel. I was presented with an incredible collection of cars: 911 Turbo, 911 Carrera GTS, 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, 911 Targa 4, Boxster GTS, Cayman GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Cayenne S, Cayenne Diesel, Panamera S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4, Macan Turbo and Macan S. If you’re car-obsessed, seeing these beauties lined up in a row, one after another, is like waking up on Christmas morning. How can a girl choose? When it comes to Porsche, however, beauty isn’t just skin-deep.

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears Ruched lambskin leather dress with cutouts from Celine
The car featured, is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

“Intelligent performance has been the driving force for Porsche to develop our cars with focus in addressing mobility and connectivity topics. Evidently, Porsche is working on this with the first battery-powered four seat concept car, the Mission E with over 600 hp, over 500 kilometre driving range and around 15 minutes’ charging time to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy,” explained Martin Limpert, the managing director of Porsche Asia Pacific. “With pioneering technologies that combine performance and efficiency, Porsche continues to build the sportiest cars in the segment and strengthening the position as the world’s most successful manufacturer of exclusive sports cars.”

After taking in the splendour of all 14 of the cars before me, it was time to put them to the test. The order of business was to take them across Langkawi Island, a nearly 200-kilometre journey through the villages and past iconic landmarks, from the lighthouse at Pantai Cenang to the breathtaking Gunung Raya, the island’s tallest mountain.

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

The model wears a Cotton-poplin shirt, wool-gabardine blazer, wool-twill tuxedo pants, silk bow and wide-brimmed felt hat from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS and Panamera 4 in Carmine Red

My first model was the Panamera S E-Hybrid. Aside from clean and ultra sleek leather-covered interiors, which is expected, since this is Porsche we’re talking about, the first thing you’d notice is how audibly absent the engine is. You sort of have to check that it’s on and even then you’re unconvinced. That’s the fossil-free battery talking – or rather, not talking – the Panamera S E-Hybrid’s crowning glory that’s not only remarkably quiet, but also lasts up to about 35 kilometres on the road entirely on its own with a maximum speed of 135km/h, all while emitting just 71 grams of CO2 per kilometre. Needing only 2.3 hours to be fully charged, the beauty of the S E-Hybrid is its ability to draw power from conventional sockets.

It takes a longer time, for sure, but it means you get to power up even when you’re away from your garage. Charging when you’re actually on the road works too, owing to the brake energy recovery system and the combustion engine, which is hardly shabby itself, by the way, enabling a maximum speed of 270km/h. When you combine the two, the Panamera goes from 0 to 100km/h in just a little over 5 seconds. The adaptive air suspension made for a soothing ride too, even when it came to the winding roads near the hillier regions of Langkawi Island. The Panamera S E-Hybrid may be the more practical and spacious one of Porsche’s newest offerings, but it still packs power when the time comes for it.

The test-drive with the Panamera S E-Hybrid came to a halt at the Datai Golf Club, one of tumbling pastures with borrowed drama from the rain that had just passed and the lush forests on its periphery, a very fitting scenario for my next model – the Cayenne S. For someone who grew up in SUVs, this one was right up my alley.

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent. The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The model wears a nylon jacket and drawstring trousers from Louis Vuitton; Patent platform stilettos from Saint Laurent.
The car featured is a 911 Carrera GTS in Carmine Red

The Cayenne has remained one of Porsche’s popular kids since its introduction in 2002, and it’s easy to see why. It’s huge on the inside, even more so than the Panamera, but it still behaves like a Porsche. The refreshed version is much sleeker and stylish too, kudos to Porsche, rendering a certain lightness to the stocky car. Like the Panamera, sans the electric motor, the Cayenne S runs on a V6, accelerates to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds and goes up all the way to 259km/h. For its build, it’s an impressive score. You see, speed really isn’t a problem for Porsche, even for the bigger vehicles. The Cayenne S is one of the lucky ones endowed with a Sport Plus button, a feature to remind you that you’re in a sports car. The engine becomes more responsive, the steering more direct, the damping harder. The effect and thrill are immediate. There’s even a performance display on the dashboard to track lap times. What’s perhaps most satisfying about the Cayenne S, to me at least, was how it handled curves, bends and even hills with swiftness and ease, again, rather unexpected for its size.

Alas, my journey across Langkawi Island came to its inevitable end, though not without a little surprise. I was presented with a quiz that would determine my “dream car” from Porsche. My result? The 911 Turbo in Jet Black Metallic, one sick ride that I think even Bruce Wayne would ditch his Batmobile for on an off day. It’s all beautiful curves with a maximum speed of a whooping 315km/h, the fastest of the lot. This was a surprise, considering my affinity with SUVs. (Okay fine, so I tweaked my responses just a bit so that I’ll get something super sleek. But hey, this is about picking my dream car, isn’t it?)

This story first appeared in the December/January 2015 edition of L’Officiel.

Story credits

Text by Candice Chua

Images by Richard Chen

Styling by Wei Lun Tok

Ferrari Berlinetta Drives to Top Lot at Bonhams

British auction house Bonhams is gearing up for the sale of classic cars and motorbikes at the Grand Palais museum this Thursday, February 4. In its sixth year, the auction is expected to fetch millions of dollars where German and Italian models may garner the highest bids. Listed with the highest valuation as the top lot is the 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta. Those looking to own a model that was developed closely by Enzo Ferrari himself can expect to begin their bid at $2.7 million.

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1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta

Joining the Ferrari, is the Mercedes- Benz CLK GTR Coupé from 2000 ($2 million), a 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta ($1 million), a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider with a hardtop ($980,000), a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT ($870,000), and a 1937 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B Berlinette ($810,000).

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1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé

Next in line comes a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ2 Coda Tronca Coupé ($650,000 to €870,000), then a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Coupé ($487,000 to $700,000), a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Berlinette Coda Ronda ($490,000 to $700,000) and a 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina ($490,000 to $600,000).

Among other curiosities, auction-goers will have the chance to bid for a 1967 Citroën DS21 Cabriolet Le Caddy ($270,000 to $380,000) and a 1971 Mercedes 280 SE 3.5l Coupé once owned by Lino Ventura ($98,000 to $130,000).

A total of 250 lots will be up for auction, with 133 cars and 54 motorbikes, including 18 rare Italian motorbikes from the Stockholm Motorbike Museum in Sweden. All of the vehicles for sale will be on show at the Grand Palais exhibition center in Paris on Wednesday, February 3, from 9 am to 5:30 pm and on Thursday, February 4, from 9 am.

The Bonhams auction is being held at the Grand Palais, Paris, on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Visit the Bonhams official website for more information.

Flat Four: Most Powerful Porsche Boxster Ever?

Yes the new Porsche 718 Boxter is a flat-four turbocharged wonder that might just be the most powerful standard production model in its class. Porsche’s new mid-engine soft tops may be missing a couple of cylinders but they make up for it by being the most powerful standard production Boxsters in the range’s 20-year history.

When the 718 Boxster and 718 Boxster S make their global debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, they will do so with new names and totally new four- instead of six-cylinder engines. But before ardent Boxster fans start taking down their posters and researching the merits of a BMW Z4 instead, both cars boast more power, acceleration and torque as well as greater efficiency.

Thanks to very liberal use of turbocharging, Porsche had built a 2-liter flat-four engine that can deliver 300hp and for the S variant, a 2.5-litre unit that can output 350hp, that’s a 35hp increase compared with both outgoing models and a 13% increase in fuel efficiency.

In terms of acceleration, the Boxster goes from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and the S can do it in 4.2 seconds.

As well as the engines, the chassis set-up has received some serious attention so that the car, regardless of engine size, offers more than just handling and poise. For example the Active Suspension Management system can drop the car’s ride height by 10mm or by 20mm for serious performance but it can also be set for comfortable, long-distance touring.

For this reason, the cabin has also taken a step up in terms of comfort. The Porsche Communication Management system is standard for instance.

Porsche is as much a cult as it is a car company. Its fans are devoted followers, but they are also traditionalists that expect certain elements of each model – be it the iconic 911’s engine position or the Boxster’s cylinder count to remain unchanged.

Unfortunately, tougher and tougher fuel economy and emissions rules mean that even the best automotive recipes need to be adjusted for the planet’s future health. And this is why as well as removing cylinders, the company has added the term ‘718′ to the cars’ names. This is to remind ardent fans that Porsche used to build incredible race cars with flat four-cylinder engines and that it’s simply reviving a tradition.

As for external aesthetics, the new cars are the best looking in the Boxster’s 20-year history. Their lines are sharper, more dynamic, giving the vehicles a much wider stance. In short, they finally have their own, clearly defined personality without straying too far from the traditional Porsche design DNA.

Three Seinfeld Porsches Confirmed at Auction

The world famous comedian and avid car collector Jerry Seinfeld could net more than $10 million when three vintage models from his collection go under the hammer at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida in March. No, the car he drove President Obama around in (Obama took the wheel too) is not for sale – anyway that was a 1963 Corvette Stingray.

The cars in question for this news item are a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR and a 1958 Porsche 365 A 1500 GS/GT Carrera Speedster. Each of which is as immaculate as it is rare and highly sought. So much so that any of the cars in question would automatically become the pinnacle of anyone else’s classic car collection.

“We are grateful and honored to be entrusted with these superb examples from the collection of Jerry Seinfeld, these cars epitomize the highest of quality and pedigree,” said David Gooding, President of Gooding & Company. “Jerry’s keen eye for significant Porsches, the care and pride he takes in maintaining his spectacular collection and his enthusiasm and passion for the Porsche marque, makes this one of our most thrilling sales in our company’s history.”

In particular, the 550 Spyder, despite its racing pedigree, is still completely original – engine, body and transaxle all match. And as well as the Seinfeld link, there is also the James Dean connection. The movie star was killed while driving a 550, helping to cement the car’s place in Hollywood as well as automotive history. Little wonder that the estimate slapped on the car is $5-$6 million.

However, Seinfeld insists that parting with the cars has nothing to do with their current value. “I’ve never bought a car as an investment,” he said. “I don’t really even think of myself as a collector. I just love cars. And I still love these cars. But it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.”

As well as these three classics, the March 11 auction, one of the highlights of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, is expected to feature a number of other cars – predominantly of the Porsche variety – belonging to the stand-up comedian although details are currently scarce.

Some have suggested that as much as 10% of Seinfeld’s collection is being sold on to make room for new additions – after all the biggest challenge to maintaining a car collection is finding somewhere to keep it as it starts growing.

Still, one thing is certain: Seinfeld’s 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS will not be one of those cars going under the hammer. “I bought it from a dead guy, and it’s not getting sold again until I’m dead. This car doesn’t change hands without someone dying,” he famously said.

40 for Detroit: New Models Galore at Auto Show

Forget the winter chill: the mood at the Detroit auto show is expected to be bubbling with merriment when carmakers riding high on record US sales reveal their latest wares to the world January 16. We are especially interested in offerings from Mercedes, Porsche and, of all things, Hyundai and Buick!

“The industry is truly firing on all cylinders, and that will be reflected at this year’s show,” said Paul Sabatini, chairman of the North American International Auto Show, also known as the Detroit auto show or Detroit motor show as we are tagging it here.

More than 40 new vehicles will vie for the attention of over 5,000 journalists from dozens of countries during two days of official press previews.

“There are certainly important vehicles there,” Jack Nerad, an analyst with Kelly Blue Book, said in a telephone interview.

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Volvo S90 at Detroit

Chrysler will be unveiling the next generation of its Town and Country minivan while General Motors will reveal its China-made Buick Envision sport utility vehicle. The Buick Avista has already stolen the spotlight ahead of the show and we will be following up with more this model, if it is up our alley.

This is a nice bridge to news that we like very much: lots of activity on the high end. Mercedes will be trying to steal the spotlight by revealing its new E class luxury sedan at a party.

The luxury market is reported to be crowded, with an all-new Porsche 911 Turbo set to debut alongside Volvo’s new S90 premium sedan, Ford’s much-anticipated updated Lincoln Continental and fresh models from BMW and Infiniti. Yes BMW has more to reveal, even after CES in Las Vegas earlier this month.

Korea’s Hyundai is hoping to replicate the success of Japanese rivals Toyota, Honda and Nissan by introducing a separate luxury brand, Genesis.

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Global debut of the Genesis badge by Hyundai at Detroit

Technology will take center stage, said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com. Given that the biggest forward leaps in terms of consumer technology have already been revealed at CES, we are not looking for new developments, just more of the same. In other words, look for more semi-autonomous features.

Press previews were held this week at Detroit’s convention center. The show opens to the public on January 16 and 800,000 people are expected to attend by the time it closes on January 24.

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Record Sale for Joplin’s Psychedelic Porsche

The world’s most famous psychedelic Porsche is now also the world’s most expensive 356 model. The convertible driven by late rock legend Janis Joplin demolished estimates to sell for nearly US$1.8 million in New York December 10 in a frenetic five-minute bidding war, according to auction house RM said.

The custom-painted 356C 1600 Cabriolet model, dating back to 1964 and which had never left the Joplin family, tripled its highest pre-sale estimate of $600,000 in a five-minute sale peppered with applause. The excitement for the sale was palpable even in the lead-up, as we noted in an earlier story.

Joplin — who sang “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes-Benz” — forked out for the Porsche but decided its original white finish too dull.

She had it painted red with a mural that included images of butterflies and jellyfish, as well as of Joplin and her band.

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The auctioneer opened bidding at $300,000 before a packed room in New York with RM Sotheby’s staff manning a bank of phones. In seconds, the price jumped to $600,000.

A ripple of applause broke out when bidding reached $1 million and again at $1.6 million. In just five minutes the car was sold, for $1.76 million, including buyer’s premium.

“Janis Joplin’s 356C is without question one of the most important Porsches of all time,” said Ian Kelleher, managing director of RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division, announcing the sale earlier this year.

“It’s a fantastic automobile that transcends art, pop culture and social movements, and is as groundbreaking and stunning as the renowned singer was herself.”

Joplin constantly drove the car, which was parked outside the Hollywood hotel where she died of an overdose in 1970.

The Porsche has since belonged to Joplin’s family, which lent it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it was on display from 1995 until the family decided to sell it.

It was one of the star lots in the Driven by Disruption auction of sports cars at Sotheby’s in New York.

Porsche Honors 718 with New Boxster and Cayman

The turbocharged engine trend makes its presence felt in these upcoming models from Porsche. A new generation of Porsche Boxster and Cayman models will greet the public in 2016, with a change of name to the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman. This new range pays homage to the Porsche 718, an iconic racing car from the end of 1950s.

Both of these sports cars will have a turbocharged four-cylinder flat engine, replacing the naturally-aspirated six-cylinder engine. Their global launch is expected in 2016, with no more precise details given at the moment. And if you’re wondering what they’ll look like, Porsche has released sketches of their silhouette.

This new 718 range comes in the wake of the highly respected 718 sports car, which was equipped with a version of the four-cylinder flat engine at that time. Between 1958 and 1962, this racing car was successful in prestigious races such as the Targa Florio in Italy and the 12 Hours of Sebring in the US. It also finished first in its class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche 718 even gave rise to a single-seat F1 car.

Porsche OKs First Green Supercar

Automaker Porsche stunned the world with the Mission E concept car at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year and is now sending it into production. Shock and awe are sure to ensue…

Turning the showcar into a production model is going to require €1 billion (USD$1.09 billion) in investment, and the hiring of 1000 new employees. But, by keeping the promises made at the Frankfurt show and going ahead with an all-electric sportscar, “We are making a clear statement about the future of the brand. Even in a greatly changing motoring world, Porsche will maintain its front-row position with this fascinating sports car,” said Dr. Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG.

As for when it will be rolling silently, under electric battery-only power into dealerships, Porsche for now is simply saying “the vehicle is to be launched at the end of the decade.”

Yet when it does, it will officially bring with it the new chapter in automotive history that so many have been waiting for. The Mission E is a four-door, four-seat sportscar that, like all Porsches, has been designed for everyday use and everyday enjoyment. And like other cars in its existing range it can go from 0-100km/h incredibly quickly – under 3.5 seconds – and offers a lot of horses (660).

But what makes it different from any other current model in the Porsche lineup is that all of this performance will come via lithium ion batteries, rather than a flat six-cylinder or V8 gasoline engine. It is a very bold step and one that will, as Porsche says, go down in automotive history if the company gets it right.

But, if it really can deliver on the company’s claims – a driving range of 500km on a single battery charge and just 15 minutes of supercharging to get the battery back up to 80% when flat – the Mission E will be mission accomplished.

“We are resolutely taking on the challenge of electric mobility. Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment,” said Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board, Dr. Oliver Blume.