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Porsche Considering BMW 5 Series Competitor

The German sportscar company is considering a move into the premium mid-size executive sedan market where the BMW 5-series is currently king.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive

In fact, it is one of the most competitive market segments in the automotive world. As well as the 5-Series, the Porsche would have to do battle with the Mercedes E Class, Audi A6, a host of Lexus models and the new Maserati Ghibli.

However the company has never been scared of a challenge and has been debating a move into the segment since 2012. As Porsche boss Matthias Muller told Autocar: “Speaking very frankly, I can say this is one of many ideas we have, to build a car below Panamera.”

Porsche is playing its cards close to its chest and makes it clear that as well as a car to match the 5 Series, it is also considering a host of different markets.

However, making a car similar in status to its Panamera sedan but smaller seems the most logical next step for the company. Also adding weight to the rumors is the fact that as part of the Volkswagen group, Porsche is currently helping to develop a new platform that will support rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles and that will be used for the next-generation Bentley.

That said, if Porsche does decide to build a BMW beater, the car will have to be incredible.

The current 5-series is pound-for-pound the best car that money can buy. It offers an unequalled mix of performance, practicality, comfort, quality, and high-tech active driver assistance features.

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Porsche 911 Targa leaked

A picture of the Porsche 911 Targa has leaked onto the web, just days ahead of its official reveal at the Detroit Motor Show next week.

A semi-open-top version of the seminal sportscar will be retracting its roof in public for the first time at the North American Auto Show, which starts on January 13.

Porsche 911 Targa

Although the company isn’t releasing any teaser images, Porsche is promising that the new Targa, the latest edition to the seventh-generation 911 lineup, will be returning to its styling roots.

Recent Targas have featured a glass roof panel that retracts into a space between the rear seats and rear windshield for a ‘shielded’ open-top driving experience but the new model will see a return of the original Targa bar and distinctive wraparound rear window that debuted on the original 1965 model.

1965 Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche will be streaming the launch live via www.porsche.com/detroit.

Porsche Reveals Platinum Edition Cayenne

Cayenne Platinum Edition

Porsche is offering a new special series known as the Platinum Edition Cayenne and Cayenne Diesel which feature many of the most-requested options as standard.

The vehicles, which will be available to order for a limited period boast an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission, Park Assist, privacy glazing and the Porsche Communication Management in-car infotainment system including the seven-inch HD touch screen and 11-speaker stereo all as standard.

But as well as toys, the cabin features prodigious use of leather and a two-tone color combination reserved exclusively for the model.

Cayenne Platinum Edition Interior

The air intakes, window trims and spoiler tips are finished in platinum metallic paint as standard and while owners can specify all paintwork in the same hue, the range of colors on offer includes monotone paint finishes in black and white, or metallic Meteor Grey, Basalt Black and Mahogany.

For those willing to pay a little more, exclusive Carrara White Metallic paint is also available, as is a full, rather than partial, leather interior.

The six-cylinder petrol version of the Cayenne Platinum Edition will cost €66,379 while at €67,212 the diesel version will cost a little more when it becomes available for order in January.

The Porsche Macan gets its global reveal

Porsche Macan SUV

Porsche has unveiled the new Macan, its second SUV and fifth model on sale overall. The company claims that the car will set new “standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment.”

The range will initially consist of three models, the entry-range S1 (3-liter V6 biturbo engine, 340bhp); S Diesel (3-liter V6 turbo diesel and 258bhp); and the top of the line, spills and thrills Turbo which has a 3.6-liter biturbo V6 engine that can churn out 400bph and a 0-100km/h time of just 4.8 seconds.

Impressive stuff on flat surfaces, but if the Macan is to hold its own, it had better be good off road as well as on the track or the highway.

In this regard, all models have permanent four-wheel drive, a seven-speed paddle shift gearbox, and something called Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus which as a cost option will vary the amounts of torque to each of the rear wheels and works with the rear-axle differential lock.

Porsche Macan interior

Standard kit keeping the wheels turning when the going gets tough includes traction management, automatic brake differential (which limits the speed of individual wheels) and anti-slip regulation. Simply hit the off-road mode button and the car should turn from a racer and into a jeep.

However, the emphasis is still on performance; the cabin is best described as elegant yet sporty thanks to body-hugging seats, a multi-function steering wheel not dissimilar to that found in the 918 Spyder and the addition of a Sport Mode button.

The base Macan S is expected to cost €57,930 in Europe ($52,000 in the US) and the Macan Turbo €79,826 ($75,000 in the US). The first European deliveries will take place on April 5, 2014.

Porsche Macan

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive

New Porsche Panamera Turbo S unveiled

Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive

The German manufacturer is expanding its Panamera line with a new version of the Turbo S grand touring sedan, which now has an additional 20hp under the hood for a total power of 570hp.

Powered by a 4.8L V8 biturbo engine, the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and can reach top speeds of around 310km/h. Porsche announces the car’s fuel consumption at 10.2L/100km, which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 239g/km.

Among the standard features on the new Turbo S, Porsche provides a number of its latest driving aids and technologies, such as Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). On the inside, drivers and passengers can stay cool thanks to ventilated seats and ride in style on two-tone leather upholstery.

In addition to the standard version of the new Porsche Panamera Turbo S, an Executive edition will also be available, with a wheelbase expanded by 15cm for enhanced comfort. The two new models will be available from early 2014 at $180,300 and $200,500 respectively in the US.

The Panamera line also includes Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which arrived at dealers over the summer of 2013.

This more eco-friendly Panamera consumes just 3.1L/100km over the European driving cycle, resulting in CO2 emissions of 71g/km. The model is available from $99,000 in the US, or €112,309 in Europe.

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40 years of the Porsche 911 Turbo

2013 Porsche 911 Turbo S

The original 911’s half century in production might be the event that’s garnering all of the attention but this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show also represents a major milestone for its turbocharged, faster sibling.

1974 Porsche 911 Turbo

1974 Porsche 911 Turbo

When this silver prototype was unveiled at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show it caused a stir, and not least because of its huge whale tail spoiler – which would become synonymous with future models – it was because of the ‘Turbo’ motif scrawled on the rear engine cover.

Porsche had been experimenting with force-feeding its engines for the Can-Am race series and the results were so impressive the company decided to bring them to bear on its road-going cars.

Despite only having a 2.7-litre, flat six engine, in prototype form it had 280ph on tap and a top speed of 160mph. It went on to sell 2,876 examples globally.

1977 911 Turbo 3.3

1977 911 Turbo 3 3

Like its normally aspirated brother, the Turbo’s design has always been one of slow, glacial evolution rather than of revolution. Even the biggest aficionado of the marque would need a spanner to show how it differed from the mark one, but differ it did.

Engine capacity went up to 3.3-litres, the turbo got an intercooler and the disk brakes from the 917 sports racer. As a result it stayed in demand and in production until 1989 when it also got a five-speed gearbox as a retirement present.

1990 911 Turbo Type 964

1990 911 Turbo Type 964

The 911 Turbo returned in 1991, with a bigger engine, better aerodynamics and power steering. It was also the first iteration of the car to be sufficiently ventilated and soundproofed to be driven around town as well as the track. It was finally housetrained in other words.

1995 911 Turbo Type 993

1995 911 Turbo Type 993

What do you do when you can’t ever change the exterior design of a car? Get creative with everything that can’t be seen. The 1995 Turbo got two turbochargers, an engine management system, 408hp and, so the driver didn’t end up wrapping this monster around a tree, four-wheel drive.

Also keeping the car on the straight and narrow was an ABS braking system and a six-speed gearbox. Many of the car’s cutting-edge features came courtesy of Porsche’s now mythical 959 supercar.

2000 911 Turbo Type 996

2000 911 Turbo Type 996

Porsche claims that the 2000 model was all-new. Not a single element of the car came from an earlier 911 platform, except of course its silhouette. It was the first Turbo with a water-cooled engine capable of hitting 200mph aligned to a computerized stability management program.

2006 Porsche 911 Turbo 997

2006 Porsche 911 Turbo 997

The next iteration got a 3.8-litre 500hp engine, a twin clutch, paddle shift gearbox and cemented the car’s reputation as the ‘everyday’ supercar, comfortable and practical enough to drive in any conditions and at any speed, so long as the law allowed. An ‘S’ model followed which had even more power and was capable of the 0-60mph dash in a scarcely believable 3.3 seconds.

2013 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2013 Porsche 911 Turbo S

The latest generation car continues the tradition of getting faster and faster and faster while, in terms of design, appearing to stand still. It can lap the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 7 min 27 secs – almost one minute faster than the 1997 version – and is the world’s first production car to feature a pneumatically-powered variable front spoiler which adjusts based on the car’s speed.

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Facebook fans design their own Porsche 911

Facebook Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Porsche recently reached 5 million fans on Facebook, and to celebrate the milestone, the German automaker launched a campaign that allowed its fans to customize a 911 Carrera 4S.

The finished result is an aqua or ‘Facebook’ blue 911 with black and white racing stripes and a fixed rear spoiler. It sits on white 20-inch white alloys and its doors are embellished with the words “5m Porsche Fans”. Inside the illuminated door sills and the aluminum dashboard trim both feature the phrase “personally built by 5 million Porsche fans.”

Porsche claims that 54,000 Facebook fans took part in the design process and, now, the company is launching another competition which will give 1 fan the chance to drive it at UK race circuit Silverstone.

The winner will be the Facebook-using registered Porsche fan who has the largest number of official Porsche-loving friends and will be named on August 18.

Facebook Porsche 911

Porsche Go Kart

Porsche launches children’s go-kart

Porsche Go Kart

A pedal-powered car built by German motoring icon Porsche is a steal at just $900.

The Porsche Driver’s Selection Go-Kart features composite alloy wheels complete with inflatable tires, a proper sports seat and a handbrake for evasive maneuvers that the driver can use in conjunction with the back-pedal coaster brake.

Weighing in at a mere 25kg, the kart should be nimble and quick off the mark, even if it is only being propelled forward by the driver’s own power; however, the lack of a serious six-cylinder race-tuned engine should make it more, rather than less appealing to safety-conscious parents.

Porsche claims that the kart is suitable for all young drivers aged five and over, weighing no more than 50kg and no more than 1.5 meters tall.

However, many parents will claim that the Go-Kart is a vaguely concealed attempt to strengthen the Porsche brand with the next generation of drivers, before they’re even old enough to travel in a car without some form of bolster cushion.

And while there is clearly an air of marketing about the Go-Kart, it does provide serious fun at a serious price of $900.

Porsche launches anniversary edition 911

The 911 50th Anniversary Edition will be unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motorshow, the venue where the original Porsche 911 made its official debut in 1963.

The special edition will boast a 400hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine enabling a 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds with a manual transmission and in 4.3 seconds with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch paddle shift system. The car will top out at 186mph (300km/h).

Porsche 911 50 years edition

Clearly conceived and built for 911 purists, the 911 50 Years Edition will forgo four-wheel drive — despite the power on tap — in favor of rear-wheel drive.

However, keeping that pendulous back end in check are a number of physical, mechanical and electronic systems, including active sports suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential.

In terms of outward appearance, the anniversary model combines the best design elements from the current Carrera S model but is 44mm wider across the wheel arches (like the 4-wheel drive Carrera 4).

Porsche 911 50 years edition interior

Other unique exterior touches include specially built 20-inch diameter, five-spoke alloy wheels, chrome trim on the engine compartment grille plus enhancements to the front air inlets that will tell those in the know that this is not an everyday 911.

Available in specially mixed (light) Geyser Grey, (dark) Graphite Grey, or black, each of the 1963 examples that rolls off the production line will carry a numbered plaque, prominently displayed in the interior, and a 911 50 badge on the rear engine lid.

The 911 50 Years Edition is available to order now for delivery in September. Prices start at $140,000.

Porsche 911 50 years edition back

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Sharapova Named Porsche Ambassador

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For the next three years, 26-year-old tennis champion Maria Sharapova will be the brand ambassador for German car manufacturer Porsche.

Russian sports personality Maria Sharapova is already familiar with the brand since she won a 911 Carrera S Cabriolet at the Stuttgart Tournament in 2012.

The CEO of Porsche, Matthias Mueller, is full of praise for the former world no. 1, who has won all four Grand Slams: “Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars.”

The extensive campaign centered on the sportswoman will be unveiled in the near future.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche adds plug-in Panamera hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Just before it presents its new generation saloon at the Shanghai Auto Show 2013, Porsche has unveiled its first rechargeable hybrid car, the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The electric motor alone provides 95hp and it is powered by a new lithium-ion battery. If it is plugged into an industrial power source via the on-board charger, the car can reach full charge within two and a half hours. In a domestic mains socket, this charging time will not exceed 4 hours.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid goes from 0 to 100km/h, from a standing start, in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 270km/h. On average, it only consumes 3.1L/100k.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Panamera Diesel are the only two new models within the range that have an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S.

This new-generation Panamera will be launched in July 2013, and the Panamera S E-Hybrid is priced at 110,409 euros. The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive will be on the market in 2014.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Exclusive Edition

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche has announced a special edition 911 Club Coupe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche club scene.

Representative of the 13 original Porsche drivers who founded the world’s first Porsche Clubs in Germany, only 13 units will be built and they will be available exclusively to Porsche Club members.

However, Porsche will keep one of the 911 Club Coupes for itself. Porsche Club members now total more than 181,000 members worldwide.
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