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50 Years of the Porsche 911, a sports car celebrates a special anniversary

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50 Years of the Porsche 911

 

Stuttgart. For five decades, the 911 has been the heart of the Porsche brand. Few other automobiles in the world can look back on such a long tradition and such continuity as the Porsche 911. It has been inspiring car enthusiasts the world over since its debut as the model 901 at the IAA International Automotive Show in September 1963. Today it is considered the quintessential sports car, the benchmark for all others. The 911 is also the central point of reference for all other Porsche series. From the Cayenne to the Panamera, every Porsche is the most sporting automobile in its category, and each one carries a piece of the 911 philosophy.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé

Over 820,000 Porsche 911s have been built, making it the most successful sports car in the world. For each of its seven generations the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach have reinvented it, time and time again demonstrating to the world the innovative power of the Porsche brand.

Porsche 911 S 2.7 Coupé, 1974

Porsche 911 S 2.7 Coupé, 1974

Like no other vehicle, the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality. It is no wonder that each generation has written its own personal success story.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Ferry Porsche best described its unique qualities: “The 911 is the only car you could drive on an African safari or at Le Mans, to the theatre or through New York City traffic.”

Type 911 T8, 1964, Prototype 901-1

Type 911 T8, 1964, Prototype 901-1

In addition to its classic yet unique lines, the Porsche 911 has always been distinguished by its advanced technology. Many of the ideas and technologies that made their debut in the Porsche 911 were conceived on the race track.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The 911 was committed to the performance principle from the start, and motor racing is its most important test lab. From the very beginning it has been at home on circuits all over the world, earning a reputation as a versatile and dependable winner. Indeed, a good two thirds of Porsche’s 30,000 race victories to date were notched up by the 911.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

How Porsche celebrates the anniversary
For Porsche, the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car is the central theme of 2013. There will be a wide variety of anniversary events, starting with the “Retro Classics” automobile show in Stuttgart.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

From 7 to 10 March the Porsche Museum will ring in the anniversary year with four special exhibits, an early-model 911 Turbo Coupé, a 911 Cabriolet study from 1981, a 1997 street version 911 GT1 and the pre-series Type 754 T7. This chassis by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was a milestone on the way to the 911 design.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The company is also sending an authentic 1967 model 911 on a world tour. Over the course of the year, this vintage nine-eleven will travel to five continents where it will be shown in places like Pebble Beach CA, Shanghai, Goodwood UK, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this vintage 911 will be in attendance at many international fairs, historical rallies and motor sport events. Fans and interested individuals can follow the car’s progress at http://www.porsche.com/follow-911 (end of February).

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupé and Porsche 911 2.0 Coupé (Model Year 1964)

The Porsche Museum is celebrating “50 years of the Porsche 911” from 4 June through 29 September 2013, with a special exhibition featuring the history and development of the nine-eleven.

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8, 2005

Porsche 911 Carrera S 3.8, 2005

In the spring the museum’s own publishing house, Edition Porsche-Museum, will publish an anniversary edition entitled “911×911.”

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet, 1990; (first: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet; second: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Targa; third: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Coupé)

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet, 1990; (first: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Cabriolet; second: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Targa; third: 911 Carrera 4 3.6 Coupé)

The generations
The First 911 (1963) – Birth of a Legend
As the successor to the Porsche 356, the 911 won the hearts of sports car enthusiasts from the outset. The prototype was first unveiled at the Frankfurt IAA Motor Show in 1963 as the 901, and renamed the 911 for its market launch in 1964. Its air-cooled six-cylinder boxer engine delivered 130 hp, giving it an impressive top speed of 210 hp. If you wanted to take things a little slower, starting in 1965 you could also opt for the four-cylinder Porsche 912. In 1966 Porsche presented the 160 hp 911 S, which was the first to feature forged alloy wheels from Fuchs. The 911 Targa, with its distinctive stainless steel roll bar, made its debut in late 1966 as the world’s first ever safety cabriolet.

The semiautomatic Sportomatic four-speed transmission joined the lineup in 1967. With the 911T of the same year, and the later E and S variants, Porsche became the first German manufacturer to comply with strict US exhaust emission control regulations. The Porsche 911 became more and more powerful as displacement increased, initially to 2.2 litres (1969) and later to 2.4 (1971). The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 with 210 hp engine and weighing less than 1000 kg remains the epitome of a dream car to this day. Its characteristic “ducktail” was the world’s first rear spoiler on a production vehicle.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupé, August 1972, test logo

Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupé, August 1972, test logo

The G-Series (1973) – The Second Generation
Ten years after its premiere, the engineers at Porsche gave the 911 its first thorough makeover. The G model was produced from 1973 to 1989, longer than any other 911 generation. It featured prominent bellows bumpers, an innovation designed to meet the latest crash test standards in the United States. Occupant protection was further improved by three-point safety belts as standard equipment, as well as integrated headrests. One of the most important milestones in the 911 saga was the 1974 unveiling of the first Porsche 911 Turbo with a three-litre 260 hp engine and enormous rear spoiler. With its unique blend of luxury and performance, the Turbo became synonymous with the Porsche mystique. The next performance jump came in 1977 with the intercooler-equipped 911 Turbo 3.3. At 300 hp it was the best in its class. In 1983 the naturally aspirated 911 Carrera superseded the SC; with a 3.2 litre 231 hp engine, it became a favourite collectors’ item. Starting in 1982, fresh air enthusiasts could also order the 911 as a Cabriolet. The 911 Carrera Speedster, launched in 1989, was evocative of the legendary 356 of the fifties.

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.8 Coupé, 2005

Porsche 911 Carrera 3.8 Coupé, 2005

The 964 (1988) – Classic Modern
Just when automotive experts were predicting the imminent end of an era, in 1988 Porsche came out with the 911 Carrera 4 (964). After fifteen years of production the 911 platform was radically renewed with 85 percent new components, giving Porsche a modern and sustainable vehicle. Its air-cooled 3.6 litre boxer engine delivered 250 hp. Externally, the 964 differed from its predecessors only slightly, in its aerodynamic polyurethane bumpers and automatically extending rear spoiler, but internally it was almost completely different. The new model was designed to captivate drivers not only with sporty performance but also with enhanced comfort. It came with ABS, Tiptronic, power steering, and airbags, and rode on a completely redesigned chassis with light alloy control arms and coil springs instead of the previous torsion-bar suspension. A revolutionary member of the new 911 line right from the start was the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model. In addition to Carrera Coupé, Cabriolet and Targa versions, starting in 1990 customers could also order the 964 Turbo. Initially powered by the proven 3.3 litre boxer engine, in 1992 the Turbo was upgraded to a more powerful 360 hp 3.6 litre power plant. Today, the 964 Carrera RS, 911 Turbo S, and 911 Carrera 2 Speedster are particularly in demand among collectors.

The 993 (1993) – The Last Air-Cooled Models
The 911 with the internal design number 993 remains the one true love of many a Porsche driver. The remarkably pleasing design has much to do with this. The integrated bumpers underscore the smooth elegance of its styling. The front section is lower-slung than on the earlier models, made possible by a switch from round to polyellipsoid headlights. The 993 quickly gained a reputation for exceptional dependability and reliability. It was also agile, as the first 911 with a newly designed aluminium chassis. The Turbo version was the first to have a bi-turbo engine, giving it the lowest-emission stock automotive powertrain in the world in 1995. The hollow-spoke aluminium wheels, never before used on any car, were yet another innovation of the all-wheel drive Turbo version. The Porsche 911 GT2 was aimed at the sports car purist who cherished the thrill of high speeds. An electric glass roof that slid under the rear window was one of the innovations of the 911 Targa. But the real reason dyed-in-the-wool Porsche enthusiasts still revere the 993 is that this model, produced from 1993 to 1998, was the last 911 with an air-cooled engine.

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé, 1986

Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3 Coupé, 1986

The 996 (1997) – Water-Cooled
The 996, which rolled off the assembly line from 1997 to 2005, represented a major turning point in the history of the 911. It retained all the character of its classic heritage, but was an entirely new automobile. This comprehensively redesigned generation was the first to be driven by a water-cooled boxer engine. Thanks to its four-valve cylinder heads it achieved 300 hp and broke new ground in terms of reduced emissions, noise, and fuel consumption. The exterior design was a reinterpretation of the 911’s classic line, but with a lower drag coefficient (cW) of 0.30. The lines of the 996 were also a result of component sharing with Porsche’s successful Boxster model. Its most obvious exterior feature were the headlights with integrated turn signals, at first controversial but later copied by many other manufacturers. On the inside, drivers experienced an entirely new cockpit. Driving comfort now also played a greater role alongside the typical sporty characteristics. With the 996 Porsche launched an unprecedented product offensive with a whole series of new variations. The 911 GT3 became one of the highlights of the model range in 1999, keeping the tradition of the Carrera RS alive. The 911 GT2, the first car equipped with ceramic brakes as standard, was marketed as an extreme sports vehicle starting in the fall of 2000.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.4 Coupé, 1998

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.4 Coupé, 1998

The 997 (2004) – Classicism and Modernity
In July 2004 Porsche unveiled the new generation 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S models, referred to internally as the 997. The clear oval headlights with separate blinkers in the front apron were a visual return to older 911 models, but the 997 offered more than just style. It was a high-performance vehicle, with a 3.6 litre boxer engine that turned out out 325 hp while the new 3.8 litre engine of the Carrera S managed an incredible 355 hp. The chassis was also substantially reworked, and the Carrera S came with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard equipment. In 2006 Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo, the first gasoline-powered production automobile to include a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. A model update in the fall of 2008 made the 997 even more efficient thanks to direct fuel injection and a dual clutch transmission. Never before had the 911 series made such extensive allowances to suit drivers’ individual preferences, and with Carrera, Targa, Cabriolet, rear or all-wheel drive, Turbo, GTS, special models, and road versions of GT racing cars, the 911 family ultimately comprised 24 model versions.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 4 3.4 Coupé, 1999

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 4 3.4 Coupé, 1999

The 991 (2011) – Refined by Experience 
This car, known internally as the 991, represents the greatest technical leap in the evolution of the 911. Already the class benchmark for decades, the new 911 generation raised performance and efficiency to new levels. A totally new suspension with a longer wheelbase, wider track, larger tyres and an ergonomically optimized interior – it all adds up to an even sportier yet more comfortable driving experience. Technically, the 911 is the epitome of Porsche Intelligent Performance – even lower fuel consumption, even higher performance. This is due in part to the smaller 3.4 litre displacement in the Carrera basic model (yet developing 5 hp more than the 997/II), and to its hybrid steel/aluminium construction, which significantly reduces curb weight. Other innovations include Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the world’s first seven-gear manual transmission. The design of the 991 has likewise met with high critical acclaim. With its flat, stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details, the seventh generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera remains unmistakably a 911 that has once again succeeded in redefining the standard for automobile design. It is the best 911 of all time – until the next generation.

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.6 Coupé, 1994

Porsche Type 911 Carrera 3.6 Coupé, 1994

Source: Porsche AG Media Database,

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Communication Porsche AG

 

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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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Posted by on August 4, 2012 in 918 RSR Concept, Geneva Motor Show

 

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World’s largest Porsche Design Store in SoHo – 2nd store in New York

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Press Release

January 20th, 2012


Porsche Design opens second New York location in Lower Manhattan

World’s largest Porsche Design Store in SoHo

Stuttgart. The Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft

mbH & Co. KG), Stuttgart, opened a new Porsche Design store in

New York’s SoHo district. The new store is located in a typical

cast-iron building on West Broadway and displays the entire

product range of the Porsche Design luxury brand in a space of

more than 250 square metres.

The SoHo boutique therefore is not only the world’s largest

Porsche Design store but also offers a unique shopping experience

as there will simply be no other Porsche Design store with a

comparable shop concept: including amongst others an inimitably

equipped shop floor, an especially designed wall showcasing

the brand’s history of almost 40 years of “Iconic Style” as well as

an exclusive 50 square metres VIP shopping area.

“With the store in SoHo we are taking the Porsche Design luxury brand to the next level – not only in New York City and the United States of America but globally”, says Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

“Porsche Design SoHo is the world’s largest store and brings our philosophy of ‘Iconic Style’ alive. The boutique will not only set its footprint within Lower Manhattan but also become a landmark for shopping enthusiasts around the world. The idea behind that new store and our whole lifestyle matches perfectly with the Manhattanites’ lifestyle.”

The new store on West Broadway offers the entire range of Porsche Design

products, from luggage and eyewear to watches, jewellery,

smoking accessories, mobile phones and writing tools.

However, the brand new SoHo store particularly highlights the

Porsche Design Fashion Collection for women and men.

It not only includes the men’s collection and much extended ladies’

collection with leather jackets, premium jeans and upper wear but

also includes an exclusive and specially developed SoHo Collection.

The store concept offers a separate area for watches also,

and a lounge area invites customers to spend some time

and brings the luxury brand to life through a LCD screen.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a particular focus on

technically inspired products. The brand was established in

1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.

The company’s products stand for functional, timeless and

purist design, with convincing technical innovations. The product

portfolio includes watches, sunglasses, luggage, electronic

products, a men’s fragrance line as well as sports apparel

and a fashion collection. All of the brand’s products are

designed in the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See,

Austria, and sold worldwide in the company’s own stores,

franchise stores, shop-in-shops, high-end department stores

and exclusive specialist retailers.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a particular focus on

technically inspired products. The brand was founded in

1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.

The company’s products stand for functional, timeless

and purist design, with convincing technical innovations.

The product portfolio includes watches, sunglasses,

luggage, electronic products, a men’s fragrance line as

well as sports apparel and a fashion collection. All the

brand’s products are designed in the Porsche Design-Studio

in Zell am See, Austria and sold worldwide in the company’s

own stores, franchise stores, shop-in-shops, high-end

department stores and exclusive specialist retailers.

Porsche Design Store at 
456 W Broadway Soho
New York, NY 10006
USA

SOURCE: Porsche Design Media Database Press  

Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Porschestraße 1
74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Germany

 

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Italian Porsche Artist – Alessandro Gedda – Cayman Skyscraper

ITALIAN ARTIST ALESSANDRO GEDDA HAS A PASSION FOR FAST CARS AND IN PARTICULAR FOR THE PORSCHE

Porsche “My passion,” he says..

Fancy painted Cayman lifted onto a building.  A crane lifts a covered Porsche with a cloth, it does a fly over one of the most beautiful buildings in Milan and then laid gently on the Terrace Downtown.The curtain falls and reveals a Porsche Cayman completely customized by the brush of Alessandro Gedda.  The man seems to be a perpetual motion machine. Italian artist Alessandro Gedda radiates a dynamic energy that finds expression in his brilliantly hued, powerful paintings.

Cayman Skyscraper

Cayman Skyscraper

 

 

Cayman Skyscraper

With his zest for art, photography, and design, Gedda has gained an international reputation. His works have been exhibited in Rome and Milan and will be shown in Monaco, New York, Miami, and Moscow this year alone. One of the dominating themes of his work:

Porsche. “My passion,” he says.

A passion the forty-year-old Gedda is not content to express solely in his art: Last year, he pursued it for 50,000 kilometers (about 35,000 miles) on real-life roads. His current love is a 911 Carrera 4 in Seal Gray. Che bella macchina, as the Italians like to say. Gedda says he soaks up the various impressions he gains on these drives, unfiltered, so to speak, to later capture them on canvas. These fleeting impressions range from the typical anarchy of an Italian roundabout to a speedy highway jaunt to a stop by the side of beautiful Lake Como.

Gedda lives only about ten miles from Lake Como, in a sixteenth-century manor house in Appiano Gentile.

“I only keep a few of my canvases at home,” he says. “The others are in private collections. Two were recently bought by American gallery owners. Actually, when I think about it, selling one of my pictures is always a highly emotional experience. It means parting with one of your creations. It will travel new roads without you—but it carries your mark out into the world, the mark of passion.”

Alessandro GeddaAlessandro Gedda

How did it all start?

“I was six years old, and we were living on a country estate in Tuscany. Friends of my father would often drop by before taking part in a rally on the island of Elba. And there was this one car that caught my fancy more than anything else,” Gedda says. “A Porsche. I especially remember the big headlights and the inimitable sound. I drew a picture of it—and from that moment, I knew I wanted to own a Porsche myself one day.”

Just one Porsche? Actually… no.

Gedda’s current Porsche is his fourth. He started out with a 911 SC 3.0, then he fell in with a 911 RS, then he set his sights on a 911 Carrera, before ultimately falling for his current “baby.”

Gedda’s relationship with his Porsches is a close one. He even talks to them. He remembers how he once got up early so he could have a heart-to heart with his 911 RS and beseech it to climb the Cisa Pass “like only this 911 could.” The pass crosses the Apennines to link the Emilia-Romagna region with Tuscany.

“The Porsche replied in its own language, the musical tones of its flat-six engine.”

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Talking to your car sounds a little crazy?

Well, maybe this kind of dialogue is less surprising when one considers that Gedda studied communications in New York City, and for the past thirteen years has headed an agency devoted to communications in the broadest sense of the term.

Alessandro Gedda has always liked to test limits, including his own—whether it’s parachuting (when he was with the police in the 1980s), deep-sea diving, or pursuing his passion for Porsche. In that respect, his current pet project fits the bill perfectly. It seems space will be getting a little tight in his studio soon. Besides his large canvases, Gedda will have to make room for a Porsche 356. He plans to restore the vintage machine—in 356 days, to be precise.

Source: Christophorus 315 – Mauro Gentile

Photos: menstyle.it

Be sure to visit his website:http://www.alessandrogedda.it

 

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