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VIDEO: Porsche in Geneva 2013, Designing a new 911 GT3

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In this video, Michael Mauer explains the philosophy that went into the creation of the new 911 GT3. Follow all the news from Geneva here: http://www.porsche.com/geneva

 

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Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 911 with a new GT3, World premiere at the International Motor Show in Geneva

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Porsche celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 911 with a new GT3

Stuttgart. The sportiest 911 will have its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show: the new Porsche 911 GT3. In the 50th anniversary year of the 911, Porsche is now set to open a new chapter in race track performance sports cars. The fifth generation of the 911 GT3, a complete new development, will take the pole position among the thoroughbred Porsche sports cars with naturally aspirated engines.

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Boxer engine and transmission, as well as body and chassis are completely new and constitute a further development of the 911 GT3 concept with an impressive performance leap. Power: 475 hp. Power to weight ratio: 3.0 kg/hp. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: in 3.5 seconds. Top speed: 315 km/h.

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Lap time Nürburgring Nordschleife: under 7:30 minutes. As a technical highlight, it features the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. As well as the optional full LED headlights. The new 911 GT3 keeps all the successful properties of a sports car suitable for racing, with even more driving dynamics, more sophisticated practicality – and a highly emotional fun factor.
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The powertrain of the new 911 GT3 is composed of a 3.8-liter boxer engine yielding 475 hp (350 kW) at 8.250 rpm, a Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and a high-traction rear-wheel drive. The six-cylinder engine is based on the same engine as the 911 Carrera S, although they share only few common parts.

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All other components, particularly the crankshaft and valve gear, were specially adapted or designed for the GT3. For instance, Porsche designed titanium connecting rods and forged pistons. The basic modifications set the stage for an extremely high-speed engine that reaches up to 9.000 rpm. The Porsche dual-clutch transmission was also specially developed; the characteristics are directly based on a sequential gearbox from motor racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamics advantages to the driver.
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For the first time, Porsche is using active rear wheel steering in order to achieve even higher precision and lateral dynamics. Depending on the speed, it steers in the same or opposite direction of the front wheels, improving stability and agility.

Other new modules improving driving dynamics are the electronically controlled, fully variable rear differential lock, and the dynamic engine mounts. The newly developed all-aluminium chassis can still be adjusted by height, toe and camber. Contact with the road is made by the new 20-inch forged alloy wheels with central locking.
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The 911 GT3 is based on the light, yet stuff body of the current generation 911 Carrera in hybrid steel-aluminium construction, however, it comes with independent front and rear parts. In addition, the 911 GT3 is 44 millimetres wider than a 911 Carrera S in the area of the rear axle. Another clear recognition feature is again the large, fixed rear wing. This makes a decisive contribution to the exemplary aerodynamics of the new 911 GT3, which combines low air resistance with even more power.
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As a result, the new 911 GT3 sets new performance records. At full acceleration from standstill, the 100 km/h mark is breached after 3.5 seconds, and 200 km/h are reached in less than twelve seconds. The top speed is 315 km/h in the seventh, top gear of the completely newly adapted PDK transmission. The lap time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, which the new 911 GT3 manages in under 7:30 minutes, is even more impressive.
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The new Porsche 911 GT3 will be launched on the market from August 2013 on, and will cost in Germany 137,303 Euro including VAT and national specifications.

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SOURCE: PORSCHE AG MEDIA DATABASE

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TECHART presents Porsche 911 Carrera 4 models at world premiere Geneva Motor Show, March 5th – 17th, 2013

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Leonberg, February 2013 – TECHART Automobildesign presents its personalization program for Porsche 911 Carrera 4 models.

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In line with this premiere the new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes as well as the TECHART Noselift front axle lift system make their debuts. As a tribute to the Porsche models of the 1970s TECHART shows its interpretation of the 400 hp Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in legendary Emerald Green colour to public at 83rd Geneva International Motor Show from March 5 to 17 2013.

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Design.

The new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes replaces Porsche’s standard exhaust system and gives the car a more aggressive and sporty look, which reminds of RSR models.

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Controlled by the sport button at centre console the acoustic performance of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S becomes clearly more sonorous and throaty.

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The exhaust system is also drivable in closed condition. As sole manufacturer TECHART currently offers this valve-controlled exhaust system with double centre tailpipes for all Porsche 911 Carrera S models.

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Also available: TECHART sport end mufflers Racing and sport exhaust system with valve control in combination with double flow TECHART Sport Tailpipes. Both systems are recognizable by black chromed or polished TECHART Sport Tailpipes in typical double-oval design.

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TECHART Sport Tailpipes are also available for the standard exhaust system of Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S, as well as for the Porsche sport exhaust system of all current 911 Carrera models.

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By pressing a button at centre console the TECHART Noselift System enables 60 mm more ground clearance at front spoiler by raising the vehicle level. System can be activated when stationary and during the ride. Above 60 km/h the vehicle lowers again automatically. Due to the hydraulic unit’s compact construction boot capacity remains the same.

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At speed of 140 km/h the two-piece TECHART Front Spoiler I with integrated splitter reduces lift on front axle of the Porsche 911 Carrera models by 5 kg. At same speed the TECHART Rear Spoiler II (out of three versions in total),

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in combination with the TECHART Diffuser, generates additional 17.5 kg down force at the vehicle’s rear. Up to top speed this figure increases to 76 kg.

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Two Aero Wings, integrated into the front air inlet vents lend the 911 Carrera models a dynamic shaft outline. TECHART Side Skirts as well as trims for headlights and side mirrors set visual highlights all-around.

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For Porsche 911 models TECHART offers the TECHART Formula 5-spoke light alloy wheel in 20- and 21-inch sizes, as well as the TECHART Formula III 5-twin spoke forged light alloy wheel. A weight advantage of up to 15 % compared to a cast wheel and thus a reduction in unsprung mass contributes directly to an increase in driving dynamics. Beside standard and individual colours, the TECHART Formula III forged wheel is also available in new bi-colour design and burnished glossy smooth finish.

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Interior.

The TECHART in-house manufactory transfers the prestigious exterior colour of the Carrera 4S with precise craftsmanship into the vehicle’s interior. Whether door sills and back rests for black-leathered sport seats Plus in Emerald Green or door panels in black leather and green decorative stitching, all vehicle details take up the colour theme consistently. As it is for the ergonomically shaped TECHART

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3-spokes sport steering wheel. Covered by black leather and Alcantara with green stitching, as well as integrated TECHART paddle shifters in black matt finish with green symbols, it forms a visual symbiosis with black and green TECHART Dials for instruments and Sport Chrono.

Technical data (exhibition vehicle RHD) – world premiere

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TECHART Aerodynamic Program for Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes

TECHART Front Spoiler I with integrated splitter in glossy black colour and Aero Wings

Bonnet and roof in glossy black colour

TECHART Headlight Trims in glossy black colour

TECHART Side Mirror Trims in glossy black colour

TECHART Side Skirts

TECHART Rear Spoiler II in Emerald Green colour

TECHART Rear Diffuser in glossy black colour

TECHART Roof Spoiler in glossy black colour

TECHART Spacer Kit

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Suspension / Wheels

TECHART Noselift front axle lift system

TECHART Formula III 5-twin spoke forged light alloy wheel 21-inch glossy black with outer rim in light green colour

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Interior

Leather equipment black with green decorative stitching

TECHART 3-spokes sport steering wheel in black leather, black Alcantara, green decorative stitching

TECHART Paddle Shifters in black matt finish and green symbols

TECHART Instrument Dials in black and green colour

TECHART Sport Chrono Dial in black and green colour

TECHART Back Rests for Sport Seat Plus in Emerald Green colour

TECHART Door Panels in black leather with green decorative stitching

TECHART Aluminium Sport Pedals hard anodized, titanium colour

TECHART Aluminium Foot Rest hard anodized

TECHART Door Sills in Emerald Green and black

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Press Release: World Premiere TECHART for 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART 911 Carrera 4S

TECHART Automobildesign presents its personalisation program for Porsche 911 Carrera 4 models. In line with this premiere the new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes as well as the TECHART Noselift front axle lift system make their debuts.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

As a tribute to the Porsche models of the 1970s TECHART shows its interpretation of the 400 hp Porsche 911 Carrera 4S in legendary Emerald Green colour to public at 83rd Geneva International Motor Show from March 5 to 17 2013.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

Design. 
The new TECHART Exhaust System Racing with valve control and double centre tailpipes replaces Porsche’s standard exhaust system and gives the car a more aggressive and sporty look, which reminds of RSR models.

TECHART Noselift System

TECHART Noselift System

Controlled by the sport button at centre console the acoustic performance of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S becomes clearly more sonorous and throaty. The exhaust system is also drivable in closed condition. As sole manufacturer TECHART currently offers this valve-controlled exhaust system with double centre tailpipes for all Porsche 911 Carrera S models.

TECHART Noselift System

TECHART Noselift System

Also available: TECHART sport end mufflers Racing and sport exhaust system with valve control in combination with double flow TECHART Sport Tailpipes. Both systems are recognizable by black chromed or polished TECHART Sport Tailpipes in typical double-oval design. TECHART Sport Tailpipes are also available for the standard exhaust system of Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S, as well as for the Porsche sport exhaust system of all current 911 Carrera models.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

By pressing a button at centre console the TECHART Noselift System enables 60 mm more ground clearance at front spoiler by raising the vehicle level. System can be activated when stationary and during the ride. Above 60 km/h the vehicle lowers again automatically. Due to the hydraulic unit’s compact construction boot capacity remains the same.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

At speed of 140 km/h the two-piece TECHART Front Spoiler I with integrated splitter reduces lift on front axle of the Porsche 911 Carrera models by 5 kg. At same speed the TECHART Rear Spoiler II (out of three versions in total), in combination with the TECHART Diffuser, generates additional 17.5 kg down force at the vehicle’s rear. Up to top speed this figure increases to 76 kg. Two Aero Wings, integrated into the front air inlet vents lend the 911 Carrera models a dynamic shaft outline. TECHART Side Skirts as well as trims for headlights and side mirrors set visual highlights all-around.

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

TECHART Carrera 4S Interior

For Porsche 911 models TECHART offers the TECHART Formula 5-spoke light alloy wheel in 20- and 21-inch sizes, as well as the TECHART Formula III 5-twin spoke forged light alloy wheel. A weight advantage of up to 15 % compared to a cast wheel and thus a reduction in unsprung mass contributes directly to an increase in driving dynamics. Beside standard and individual colours, the TECHART Formula III forged wheel is also available in new bi-colour design and burnished glossy smooth finish.

TECHART Carrera Seats

TECHART Carrera Seats

Interior.
The TECHART in-house manufactory transfers the prestigious exterior colour of the Carrera 4S with precise craftsmanship into the vehicle’s interior. Whether door sills and back rests for black-leathered sport seats Plus in Emerald Green or door panels in black leather and green decorative stitching, all vehicle details take up the colour theme consistently. As it is for the ergonomically shaped TECHART 3-spokes sport steering wheel. Covered by black leather and Alcantara with green stitching, as well as integrated TECHART paddle shifters in black matt finish with green symbols, it forms a visual symbiosis with black and green TECHART Dials for instruments and Sport Chrono.

Source: Techart Media Press

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2013 in Autos & Vehicles, Porsche, Techart

 

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VIDEO: PORSCHE 918 SPYDER EXCLUSIVE PARTY RELEASE EVENT

Private release NYC Party inside Canoe Studios in New York, for the “production” version of the 918 Spyder.

A video posted on Youtube by Canoe Studios in New York City has prematurely revealed the production version of the Porsche 918 Spyder, a hybrid supercar that was developed as a successor to the Carrera GT.

According to Youtube user liquidsk8s, the video was shot at a private ceremony where would-be owners were shown the car before the general public.

 

As expected, the 918 Spyder is nearly identical to the show car that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2010. Compared to the concept the production version of the car is fitted with bigger mirrors, different door handles and side marker lights that are integrated into the front and rear bumpers. It is also a little longer than the concept that inspired it in order to accommodate a roomier cabin.

An official set of technical details has yet to be released but if the rumors are true, the 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that is mated to two electric motors. One of them is mounted on the front axle and the other on the rear axle.

Porsche claims that the 918 Spyder delivers more than 770 horsepower while still logging up to 78.4 miles per gallon if driven conservatively.

The Volkswagen-owned company’s new flagship hits 60 mph from a stop in about three seconds and goes on to a top speed of over 200 mph.

Power from the V8 is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Power from the electric motors is controlled by computer and sent directly to the front wheels.

The 918 Spyder has several drive modes, offering different levels of performance and efficiency. E-Drive minimizes fuel consumption by using the batteries to power the car for up to 16 miles. Hybrid mode uses both electric and gas power for a blend of efficiency and longer range. Sport Hybrid adds torque vectoring for more performance-oriented driving. And, lastly, Race Hybrid maximizes both gas and electric output, without regard for efficiency.

Porsche will reportedly build just 918 examples of the hybrid sports car. Pricing information will be revealed closer to its launch.

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Porsche 918 Spyder Prototype Goes For a Test Drive

The Porsche 918 Spyder is coming.

Production of the most anticipated Porsche starts at the company’s Stuttgart plant on Sept. 18, 2013 with only 918 units to be produced. Porsche will start selling the car for a starting price tag of $845,000 and the first customer cars will begin arriving in the United States near the end of 2013.

That’s quite a bit time. But before all that happens, Porsche decided to give a select few a first ride in a very early prototype for the 918 Spyder.

A ride in a 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder prototype, the only one in the world at a remote test track, a gaggle of Porsche engineers are at work, surrounded by all sorts of data-logging equipment. And there, in the middle of it all, is the 918.

The first ever Porsche 918 Spyder to run under its own means is nothing more than a rolling chassis pieced together so engineers can test its gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain.

Partly covered in modified Porsche 911 body panels and flaunting outrageous exhaust pipes that sprout up from the engine bay at the rear (a feature we’re assured will be retained for production), it is a long way from the 918 Spyder concept that basked in the spotlight at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show.

“The production version will be very similar to the concept car in overall appearance,” Frank Walliser, chief engineer for the 918 program.

“There will be some changes, like these tailpipes. This is really just a systems mule that we’re using to sort the various gasoline-electric hybrid components and its electronics package before we begin construction of road-going prototypes back in Weissach (Porsche’s research and development center in Germany).”

As we know the Porsche 918 Spyder by now. Mere months after its unveiling, Porsche confirmed it would put the supercar into production as a successor to the celebrated Carrera GT, starting on September 18, 2013.

Just 918 examples are planned, each running down a dedicated line that is being established in a former paint shop at the car maker’s Zuffenhausen headquarters in Germany. It is the same factory that builds the latest Boxster and 911 — a holy grail to true Porsche fans, no less.

Waking Up the Engine
The Porsche engineers make some adjustments to the prototype’s electronics, which are housed in a makeshift aluminum box strapped to an area that will eventually be occupied by the production car’s rear spoiler. Walliser’s boss, Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s chief of research and development, slides down into the driver seat and twists a key in the left-hand-mounted ignition. Odd whirring sounds rise up from underneath before the gasoline engine catches and fills the garage with a deep pulsating blare of exhaust from those prominent tailpipes.

The centerpiece of the new Porsche is its mid-rear-mounted V8 gasoline engine, seated on traditional rubber mounts (rather than the hydraulic mounts used on the 911) within a carbon-fiber cradle that is attached to the back of the main tub by six prominent mounting points.

Similar to the 90-degree V8 used in the Porsche RS Spyder successfully campaigned in the American Le Mans series between 2005 and 2008, the engine has gained 1.2 liters of displacement, going from 3.4 liters in race trim up to 4.6 liters in this application.

Walliser describes the engine as “entirely new,” noting that it features an all-new crankcase, cylinder head design and low-reciprocating-mass internals, plus that radical exhaust system that sees two pipes exit just behind the integral carbon-fiber roll hoops. The point of this arrangement is to keep hot exhaust gases well away from the car’s heat-sensitive battery pack mounted down low directly behind the tub.

Let’s Talk About the Numbers
The revamped V8 has been tuned to rev to a dizzying 9,200 rpm (though in its current state of tune, it has a lower redline), and owing to its racing gene, Walliser promises it will deliver the same razor-sharp throttle response as the Carrera GT’s 5.7-liter V10. Porsche engineers tell us the V8 makes about 562 horsepower.

But the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder is a hybrid, remember, so it also has a pair of synchronous electric motors — one mounted up front acting exclusively on the front wheels with 107 hp, and a second, 121-hp motor attached to the rear of the gasoline engine providing drive to the rear wheels. We’re told total system power will be in the neighborhood of 759 hp, with 568 pound-feet of torque.

Barely containing his delight at finally getting to show off the 918 Spyder to someone other than an engineer, Hatz gingerly guides the prototype out of the garage. After prodding the throttle a couple times to release some heat into the engine and its peripheries, he speeds off into the distance. We scramble back into the Multivan and catch up with the prototype at the end of an immense test track. The engineering team has spent the 10 days here at the track methodically running through the first systems test of the new car.

This car will offer five driving modes. There’s “e power” for all-electric operation, a “hybrid” mode that allows either electric or gasoline operation, followed by “sport hybrid,” which is the first of three performance-oriented gasoline-electric modes. Beyond that, “race hybrid” calls up even further levels of performance, while “hot lap” unleashes all the battery’s remaining power for short periods of what Walliser describes as overboost.

How Quick Is It?
Nothing is official just yet, but Porsche is aiming for a curb weight around 1,700 kg (3,747 pounds), with 0-62-mph acceleration in less than 3 seconds.

Officials also hint at a 0-124-mph time of less than 9 seconds and zero to 186 mph in less than 27 seconds — quicker than the Carrera GT. Top speed, achieved with the help of a series of active aerodynamic functions including diffuser elements behind the front wheels and a multistage rear wing that extends to a maximum height of 4.7 inches, is pegged at 202 mph

The Chassis
The 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder prototype rides on a unique chassis made almost entirely from cast-aluminum components. The suspension is a combination of double wishbones at the front and a multilink setup in back, but unlike the system on the Carrera GT, which used a racecarlike pushrod system attached to the unit-body, the 918 has conventional springs and dampers sited outboard near the center-lock-style wheels, which measure 20 inches up front and 21 inches in the rear and are wrapped in 265/35R20 and 325/35R21 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubber.

Computer simulations suggest the production car will be capable of generating up to a 1.4g on the skid pad (though that’s a maximum figure, rather than the average lateral acceleration we customarily report). He also drops a Nurburgring claim: Porsche is targeting 7 minutes, 22 seconds on the Nordschleife — still well short of the Dodge Viper’s 7:12, but moving nonetheless.

Even in early prototype form, the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder is hugely impressive. There’s still a long way to go — another 18 months of intensive development, no less. But as our ride comes to an end, we’re struck by just how far Porsche’s engineering team has come during just 10 days of development work on the rolling chassis.

In the next phase, Porsche will build 23 road-going prototypes. Stay tuned.                          Read the original:
Porsche gives some a first ride in the 918 Spyder prototype …

What have we seen so far?

 evo’s Editorial Director and Founder Harry Metcalfe has a look at the future of the supercar.

  • From Top GearThe performance headlines are this. Acceleration from 0-62mph in ‘less than three’ seconds. Zero to 125mph in a time that almost matches a Bugatti Veyron. And a Nürburgring lap time (so far verified only on Porsche’s supernaturally accurate simulators), of 7.22. That’s 10 seconds faster than the old Carrera GT, and 10 seconds.

  • From AutoWeekAs if that’s not enough, Porsche also says its new supercar will boast a combined city/highway fuel-consumption figure of more than 78.4 mpg (U.S.) on the current European cycle. By comparison, the Carrera GT returned just 13.2 mpg (U.S.) under the same test procedure.

  • From WiredPorsche pulled a variant of the 4.6-liter V8 originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder. That engine put out a comparatively paltry 503 horsepower, but fitted to the 918, output is up to 570 hp. That figure is before you account for the 918′s two electric motors, and it’s also where the similarities to past supercars ends.

 

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Internet Public Auto Award for Porsche’s Gran Turismo at Geneva Motor Show

  Porsche Panamera is Europe’s most popular car for the second time  

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Stuttgart. The Porsche Panamera has won the Internet Auto Award in the higher and luxury class.

Users of Internet portal AutoScout24 gave pride of place to the Gran Turismo for the second time since 2010.

Dr. Gernot Döllner, Director Product Line Panamera, accepted the evening award on behalf of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart at the Geneva Motor Show.

 

“The Panamera offers the ideal combination of sportiness and practicality,” said Dr. Döllner.

“With a choice of nine different Panamera models, we offer a model diversity unrivalled by any other competitor in this segment,” Dr. Döllner continued.

The offering comprises economical six-cylinder vehicles, a particularly fuel-efficient diesel and a full-hybrid version, which can be driven on purely electric power. These are complemented by the sporty S, GTS, Turbo or Turbo S models.

The power range extends from 250 hp to 550 hp. The Panamera is available with rear or all-wheel drive, manual transmission, eight-speed automatic transmission or Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK).

Europe’s largest Internet public award offered a choice of 351 models in ten vehicle categories.

Approximately 162,000 online users from eight European countries took part in the ballot.

Source: Porsche AG Media Database

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