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Porsche Adds Panache to Delta Private Jet Service

Not much can top the experience of traveling by private jet, but Delta has figured out how to make your journey even sweeter. All you have to do is fly via one of the American firm’s private jets within the U.S. and you will be transported to the main terminal or connecting flight in a Porsche Cayenne or Panamara.

“Imagine traveling from Louisville to New York via private jet to connect with a commercial flight to Munich, Germany on Delta Air Lines,” said David Sneed, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Delta Private Jets “You will be picked up in a Porsche from the fixed-base operator and transported to the main airport where you will be escorted and expedited through security by Delta agents to your connecting flight, while your luggage is taken care of for you.”

While this service is already available to Delta’s SkyMiles Diamond Medallion customers, it will soon be complimentary for Delta Private Jets Card members as well. Passengers can expect the privilege to launch in these cities: Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, J.F.K. and LaGuardia in New York, Seattle and Kentucky.

And while Porsches are undeniably cool, you might think that a Bentley or Mercedes might seem more fitting for Delta’s target audience of jet-setting elites. However, Porsche maintains that the partnership is symbolic of the harmony between the brands. “That same alignment of superior performance and daily, like-minded application, with the customer at the center,” said Andre Oosthuizen, Vice President of Marketing at Porsche Cars North America.

These connecting flight trips have also been proven to be great marketing opportunities for participating car brands. Actor Kiefer Sutherland – star of “24” – revealed on Top Gear that his decision for purchasing a Porsche Panamera was simply because he was smitten by its charm during a drive to his connecting flight with Lufthansa.

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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Ethical Luxury

The new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid makes its global debut at the upcoming Paris motor show and takes aim at a brand new target for the executive sports sedan.

As we all know, the standard Panamera is billed as an executive car without compromise – i.e., it is as comfortable and spacious as it is fast. With the new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid added to the family, the model has become as sustainable as it is swift. Given the behaviour of automakers in making such claims though, skepticism is perhaps warranted. However, Porsche has already gotten independent verification of some of its claims.

In fact, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for measuring fuel efficiency, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can manage 2.5l/100km. And, it can also cover 50km on zero-emission battery power alone.

However, as well as taking admirably restrained sips of fuel, it also offers keen driving fun. It has four-wheel drive for keeping the back end in check at higher speeds and in the bends, and it needs it. The two motors working together offer 462hp, funnelled to the wheels via an eight-speed paddle-shift gearbox and serves up a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 278km/h.

This performance is thanks to the Porsche 918 Spyder. The company’s hybrid hypercar was essentially a rolling R&D facility and everything that made the 918 phenomenal is now trickling down to other Porsches in the family. Just hit the Spot Plus button for ultimate thrills and spills.

And for those putting responsibility ahead of everything else there is a new ultimate efficiency mode – Hybrid Auto – that ensures the car is using as little power as possible at any moment.

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will cost from €107,553 (roughly $121,180). The Paris motor show opens its doors to the press on September 28 and to the public on October 1.

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How Bill Gates Made Classic Car Ownership Easier

Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates may be best known for creating the Windows operating system, his billions of dollars in the bank and his philanthropic work, but his love of fast cars, and in particular the Porsche 959, led to a legal change that has made it much easier for Americans to own an exotic modern European or Japanese classic.

‘Show or Display’ is an amendment to US federal government vehicle standards that permits an individual to import a rare or exotic car that isn’t sold in the US into the country for private use even if it doesn’t comply with United States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). And this exemption exists thanks to Bill Gates’ lobbying the government for much of the early 1990s so that he could get his Porsche 959 back.

When Porsche took the wraps off the 959 in 1985, it redefined the concept of a supercar. It had an intelligent four-wheel-drive system, a 2.85-liter six-cylinder engine with two turbos attached to it, 450hp on tap and a 314km/h top speed. It was the world’s fastest production car and nothing could come close to it.

So, it’s little wonder Gates bought one. However there was a catch. Porsche only made 329 examples and wasn’t prepared to sacrifice any of them – after all each was worth $300,000. The US government demanded four examples for crash-testing; Porsche said “no” (understandable seeing as it would have been the same as setting fire to $1.2 million) and the car was banned from import into the country. Gates’ car was impounded by US customs and held for 13 years.

However, today the Porsche 959 is legally permitted to take to the road in the US. At this year’s Gooding & Co Pebble Beach auction, a 1988 Komfort edition went under the hammer for $1.3 million. And if the lucky owner is based in the US, he or she will be able to thank Bill Gates that they’re allowed to drive it.

Gates’ lobbying led to the ‘Show or Display’ amendment. It enables the import of rare cars – usually vehicles that had a production run of fewer than 500 examples – if the car in question “Is of such historical or technological significance that it is in the public interest to show or display it in the United States even though it would be difficult or impossible to bring the vehicle into compliance with the federal motor vehicle safety standards.”

Porsche Welcomes Macan Compact SUV Range

The Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance package — to give it its full title — takes the existing Macan Turbo as its starting point but then dials up the power and the performance several notches.

The 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 nestling under its compact hood now outputs 440hp; that’s a 40hp increase, and 600Nm of torque (a 50Nm improvement) in order to get the SUV off the line and on to 100km/h in 4.4 seconds, then on to a 272km/h top speed if the owner is lucky enough to be driving on the Autobahn where speed limits don’t apply.Porsche-macan-suv-interior

However, where restrictions are in place, that extra torque means that there’s still fun to be had. For instance, it can now accelerate from 80km/h to 100km/h (highway overtaking speeds) in just 2.9 seconds. That’s seriously impressive for what is a high-sided vehicle (1.62 meters tall) that weighs 2000kg.

To handle the extra performance, Porsche has upgraded the brakes and chassis and lowered the ride height. It’s also thrown in the Sport Chrono Package that will be familiar to 911 drivers. So there’s a stopwatch for timing laps and an extra driving mode — Sport Plus — that opens the exhaust, opens the taps on the engine and tightens up the dampers, suspension and paddle-shifted gear changes so that the driver can access everything the car has to give.

It’s impossible to exaggerate how important the Macan has become for Porsche’s bottom line since its launch in 2014. It’s well on its way to 1 million sales, and demand for the compact, premium sports SUV is such that owners are finding they can sell theirs on at a premium above the asking price as those that want one aren’t prepared to wait for Porsche to build one.Porsche-macan-suv-back

However, Porsche is not the only German car company that knows about how to make a mud plugger both premium and powerful and so to stop customers decamping to a BMW, Audi or Mercedes showroom, Porsche has added this new model to the lineup, before its competitors have a chance to catch up.

The Macan Turbo Performance Package will cost from €91,000 in Europe when it goes on sale following its official debut at the Paris motorshow, which opens to the public on October 1.

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Can Classic Cars Be Daily Drivers?

Whether it’s something as formidable as a 1960s Ferrari or something as fun as an original Fiat 500, jumping behind the wheel of a classic car can turn any journey into a special event, even the daily commute. But should you give in to temptation and be the owner of the coolest daily drive on the road, or should you leave it in storage for anything other than special occasions?

For James Cottingham, acquisitions director for Ferrari specialists DK Engineering, the answer is simple, resist the temptation at all costs.

“If money were no object and you really had no care in the world, there wouldn’t be anything stopping you from using a classic Ferrari as a daily driver,” he says.

And his response isn’t simply born out of the fact that his company maintains and stores some of the most valuable 1950s and 1960s cars ever made.

“There are certain Ferraris that are more suited than others to regular use but classic cars are meant to be enjoyable,” he explains “And if you were to use one every day you would soon lose the enjoyment.”

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There may be plenty of E-Types on the market but that’s because owners haven’t driven them on a daily basis

The overwhelming majority of cars, not just those from Maranello, built between 1950 and 1980 were built in a period where reliability was a dream, not a reality and where construction techniques meant that vehicles were prone to rust and rot.

“All of the cavities and exposed metal under older cars is what killed them” says Jaguar’s Tony O’Keeffe. “They allowed salt from the road and water to get inside and stay inside, meaning that they corrode from the inside out.”

Even those owners knowing that they might have a future classic on their hands too often made the mistake of taking a car out, getting it wet then parking it up and leaving it for weeks before taking it out again, but in the process allowing rust to start forming.

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Any Porsche from the mid-80s onwards can be driven as an everyday car

California or bust?

This corrosion issue is why California has become one of the world’s most popular hunting grounds for European classic cars of the 50s, 60s and 70s. That regular sun might bleach paint but it also ensures that even classic English sportscars and Lancias remain rust-free.

But for those that still like the idea of having something a little bit different and a little bit fun as their runaround, you can go German. Over 70% of all cars ever built by Porsche are still on the road and often in daily use.

Or for those with a smaller budget, O’Keeffe suggests looking to the late 80s and 90s. For instance the first Jaguar XJ sedans (the X300 series), built under Ford’s watchful eye from 1994-97, are reliable, comfortable, have great leather and walnut trim and can cope with inclement conditions and they won’t break the bank with good examples costing as little as $1,000.

But as for undertaking the daily commute in a Ferrari 250GT California Spider or a Series I E-Type Jaguar? “If there’s salt on the road, would you really take out your classic car? I’d say that with their hand on their heart, most classic owners would say “no” because they want to keep them for as long as possible,” answers O’Keeffe.

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The Jaguar XJ Sedan X300 series from 1994–97 could be a great classic commuter compromise

4 Exotic Cars at Daytona: Charity Drive

Ever wanted to race around a world famous track, have an evening with Hollywood celebs and A-listers, and do a car show all for children’s charity? I had the privilege to attend such an event. Celebration Exotic Car Festival in Florida, gives individuals with exotic cars the opportunity to spend two days on Daytona International Speedway driving the infamous 24-hour circuit. Afterwards we headed to an amazing 5-star wine and dinner cooked by Wolfgang Puck himself.

Of course, to close the fun few days, there was a car show that Make a Wish Foundation had some Wish Kids attend. I’m sure you are all want to know more about the details of the cars well, we had cars such as Pagani Huayra, Bugatti, McLaren P1, Vipers, Ferraris of your calling, along with some race cars.

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Porsche GT4

During the event I had the chance to drive the new McLaren 570s which I won’t go into much as I did a story on the McLaren P1 last month but what a fast, fun, and light little car. I also had the opportunity to drive the brand new Viper ACR Xtreme. This car is pretty much a race car that is street legal. It can produce roughly 800kg of downforce and 650bhp. This thing is quick!

All American muscle with a lot of downforce, the car is a blast and brings me back to what it’s like to be in a real GT race car. The car has set production car track records everywhere it goes. The interior is full of carbon fiber and alcantara and has a great short shift manual 6 speed transmission. I also had the opportunity to take out one of the latest cars out there, the Porsche GT4. This was a fun and tactile machine.

Definitely a great car for the track, but in my opinion, a little underpowered. I think this is probably because of its bigger brother that always has the stage – the Porsche GT3 RS. Give this car 100 more bhp and I think you would have one of the fastest cars on the track. The feedback from the steering was amazing and the balance was on point.

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Dodge Viper ACR Xtreme

I didn’t get the chance to drive the Pagani Huayra, but that car is a work of art as you can see from the photos. I wouldn’t consider it a track car, but more an investment and a beautiful piece of art. Everything about it was beautiful and over the top.

Each year the event has grown tremendously and helped raised over $1 million for children’s charities. Stars from Orange County Choppers, Happy Days, Star Wars cast members have attended, with next year’s special guest to include Mr. Jay Leno. If you ever are in the Central Florida area in early April, be sure to make this an event you attend, as it’s not only for an amazing cause, but also one you will never forget.

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McLaren 570S

 

This article was first published in Palace magazine.

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.

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.