718 Boxster GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 205 – 186 g/km
718 Cayman GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 205 – 186 g/km
718 Boxster S: Fuel consumption combined 8.1 – 7.3 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 184 – 167 g/km
911 Carrera: Fuel consumption combined 8.3 – 7.4 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 190 – 169 g/km
911 Carrera GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 8.3 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 212 – 188 g/km
911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 8.4 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 214 – 190 g/km
911 Carrera 4 GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 8.5 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 216 – 192 g/km
911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.7 – 8.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 220 – 196 g/km
911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.7 – 7.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 199 – 174 g/km
911 GT2 RS: Fuel consumption combined 11.8 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 269 g/km
911 GT3: Fuel consumption combined 12.9 – 12.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 290 – 288 g/km
911 GT3 mit Touring-Paket: Fuel consumption combined 13.3 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 302 g/km
911 GT3 R: Fuel consumption combined 12,4 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 289 g/km
911 Carrera T: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 8.5 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 215 – 193 g/km
911 Targa 4 GTS: Fuel consumption combined 9.7 – 8.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 220 – 196 g/km
911 Turbo S: Fuel consumption combined 9.1 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 212 g/km
911 Turbo S Exclusive Series: Fuel consumption combined 9.1 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 212 g/km
Cayenne: Fuel consumption combined 9.2 – 9.0 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 209 – 205 g/km
Cayenne S: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 9.2 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 213 – 209 g/km
Cayenne Turbo: Fuel consumption combined 11.9 – 11.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 272 – 267 g/km
Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition: Fuel consumption combined 9.7 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 224 – 217 g/km
Panamera Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 217 – 176 g/km
Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 180 – 178 g/km
Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 2.6 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 59 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 15.9 kWh/100 km
Panamera 4S Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 8.3 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 189 – 187 g/km
Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 217 – 215 g/km
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: Fuel consumption combined 2.9 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 66 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 16.2 kWh/100 km
Panamera Turbo: Fuel consumption combined 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km; CO₂ emissions 214 – 212 g/km
New 911 GTS models
Porsche has continued to expand its 911 product range by adding five GTS models. The 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive and the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive are both available as a coupe and cabriolet. The 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive has also joined the portfolio. Newly developed turbochargers for the 3.0-litre flat-6 engine raise its performance to 331 kW/450 hp. The drive system has 22 kW/30 hp more than the 911 Carrera S and 15 kW/20 hp more than the previous GTS model with a naturally aspirated engine.
World premieres in Geneva
Porsche ushered in the spring with three spectacular world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Panamera Sport Turismo gives the Panamera family a new body version. Based on the successful sports saloon, the new model’s unique design makes a new statement in the luxury segment. Generating up to 404 kW/550 hp, the four-door Sport Turismo is also more versatile than any other member of its class. With a large tailgate, low loading sill, larger luggage volume and 4+1 seating concept, this new car meets high demands for everyday usability and flexibility.
One special feature is its adaptive roof spoiler – currently the only one in its segment. Depending on the driving situation and vehicle settings, the spoiler can occupy one of three levels and generate up to 50 kilos of additional downforce on the rear axle. At speeds of up to 170 km/h this aerodynamic guide element – a key system component of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) – remains retracted at an angle of minus seven degrees which reduces drag and thereby optimises fuel consumption. Above 170 km/h the roof spoiler automatically extends to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, where it enhances driving stability and lateral dynamics.
The car comes in four model versions: the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, Panamera 4S Sport Turismo and Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo.
The second hybrid version of the Panamera is the first plug-in hybrid to be positioned at the top of a Porsche model line, reflecting the great importance that the company attaches to electromobility. The new 500-kW/680-hp Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid adds an electric motor to the 4-litre V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo. This generates overall system performance of 500 kW/680 hp and impressive power development with 850 Nm of torque available at just above idling speed. This in turn enables acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and a peak speed of 310 km/h. The boost strategy for this flagship Panamera model with all-wheel drive comes from the 918 Spyder super sports car. Average fuel consumption in the New European Driving Cycle is 2.9 l/100 km, and the fully electric range can reach 50 kilometres. The electric motor is powered by a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14.1 kWh. Integrated into the rear of the car, the high-voltage battery can be fully charged in six hours using a 230-volt 10-amp connection. With the optional 7.2-kW on-board charger and a 230-volt 32-amp connection instead of the standard 3.6-kW system, the Panamera’s battery can be fully charged in 2.4 hours.
The 911 GT3 presented by Porsche in Geneva is a racing-based two-seater with systematic lightweight construction that is ideal for both motorsport and everyday use. The heart of the 911 GT3 – its flat-6 engine with 368 kW/500 hp – have been completely redesigned by Porsche Motorsport and is already being used in adapted form in the 911 GT3 R, 911 Cup car and 911 RSR. The newly conceived variable intake system made of lightweight synthetic material has two integrated resonance butterflies compared to just one in the predecessor model. Depending on load and engine speed, these open singly or simultaneously to enable a considerably higher torque curve than before. One beneficial side effect consists of efficient load alteration that enhances fuel consumption. Both the reworked chassis with rear-wheel steering and the systematic lightweight construction are designed to convert engine power into outstanding driving dynamics.
Luxurious: the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
In the summer Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, a limited edition of 500 cars. The coupe generates 446 kW/607 hp, or 27 hp more than the standard 911 Turbo S. Its 3.8-litre bi-turbo flat-6 engine with an exclusive power kit has a peak torque of 750 Nm that is available between 2,250 and 4,000 rpm. The Turbo S sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds, with a peak speed of 330 km/h. Its combined fuel consumption, which does not differ from the standard model, is 9.1 l/100 km and corresponds to 212 g/km of CO₂ emissions.
Impressive features of the 911 Turbo S include its unique design, luxurious details and higher-grade materials. The sports car is finished by hand with meticulous craftsmanship at the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur workshop in Zuffenhausen. In addition to producing limited-edition series, this in-house workshop specialises in personalising Porsche cars. Customers can choose from a large number of specially developed optional features.
Carbon wheels: exclusive innovation
Porsche is the world’s first car manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fibre. They are available as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The high-tech carbon material’s characteristic black colour is shown to full advantage under a protective clear coating.
The innovative wheels weigh a total of approximately 8.5 kilos, or 20 per cent less than the standard lightweight alloy wheels, and are 20 per cent stronger at the same time. This lower unsprung weight enables the tyres to trail the surface of the road better and transfer longitudinal and lateral forces in optimised form. Lower rotating masses also mean greater spontaneity in both acceleration and braking, which in turn enhances driving dynamics and pleasure.
The new Porsche 718 GTS models
Porsche has added the new 718 Boxster GTS and 718 Cayman GTS two-seaters to its family of mid-engine cars. A newly developed intake duct and an optimised turbocharger have increased performance to 269 kW/365 hp, so the 2.5-litre flat-4 engine generates 11 kW/15 hp more output than the 718 S model and up to 26 kW/35 hp more than the previous GTS models with naturally aspirated engines.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) lowers the body by ten millimetres. Peak torque of up to 430 Nm enables even better acceleration and flexibility values. It is available between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm. Together with a Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package, the GTS models race from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The peak speed is 290 km/h.
The GTS cars stand out in the 718 model line in technical but also visual terms. The new Sport Design front apron accentuates their sporty character. Their front light modules and bi-xenon headlights are tinted black in the typical GTS manner.
New Cayenne celebrates world premiere
Porsche held a spectacular event in Zuffenhausen in August to present the third generation of the Cayenne. More than 770,000 cars in this model line have been sold since 2002. The completely redeveloped third generation of the SUV is more precise, elegant, athletic and expressive, and influenced strongly by the 911. It now offers mixed tyres and rearaxle steering for the first time. Despite an expanded range of standard equipment, it weighs up to 65 kilos less thanks to intelligent lightweight construction. Its exterior shell is made entirely of aluminium, as is its floorpan assembly, front section and nearly all of its chassis components.
Of special technical note is its innovative lithium-ion polymer starter battery, which alone makes the car ten kilos lighter than the previous model. This new-generation line was launched with two newly developed six-cylinder petrol engines that generate 250 kW/340 hp in the Cayenne and 324 kW/ 440 hp in the Cayenne S.
The Cayenne has been thoroughly digitalised and networked. Its expanded range of performance from sportiness on the one hand to comfort on the other is due not least of all to the new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. Shorter response times and sportier ratios in the lower gears enhance both on-road performance and off-road capacities. At the other end of the expanded range, the long-transmission eighth gear ensures low rpm levels and optimises fuel consumption on leisurely drives.
Shortly after the world premiere, Porsche presented the Cayenne Turbo. The new flagship of this SUV generation, it significantly raises the standard for sporty performance in its segment yet again. Its four-litre bi-turbo V8 engine generates 404 kW/550 hp. Innovative technologies like the active aerodynamics including a roof spoiler, the controlled three-chamber pneumatic suspension, mixed tyres and a new high-performance braking system combine to lay the foundation for even better driving dynamics.
Porsche Connect Plus
Porsche has raised connectivity to a new level in the new Cayenne. The many different options are a key component of Porsche Connect Plus, which is standard in the new SUV generation. Drivers can now use Porsche Communication Management (PCM) to access Amazon Music, smart-home services from Nest, and Radio Plus, an intelligent combination of conventional and online radio reception. An integrated LTE-compatible SIM card enables the new Cayenne to be permanently online, which is also a standard feature. In addition, Porsche has developed a simplified smartphone app for the main Connected Car functions. And Amazon Music subscribers can enjoy one of the most popular streaming services in the Cayenne directly via PCM. Amazon Music offers not only a wide range of music but also other entertainment services in Germany such as live audio streaming of Bundesliga football matches.
The further developed online navigation system with real-time traffic information is now even simpler, faster and more comprehensive. A central “finder” – whose icon is a magnifying glass in the PCM’s header – makes it easy to search for destinations. The finder also offers a lot of additional information such as petrol prices, locations of parking garages including their prices and opening times, and user reviews of hotels and restaurants. The new Voice Pilot function makes it just as simple to give spoken commands to the navigation system. Porsche’s voice control has again been further enhanced. Online speech recognition makes voice input more intuitive than before. For example, destinations can be entered without all the details in the address.
The route calculation system has also been optimised, thanks to simultaneous processing of on-board and online information. It calculates routes both internally in PCM and online. PCM automatically selects the best route, but always starts with the one calculated first. The navigation system also uses the new Risk Radar service to process swarm data: this data has been gathered and transmitted anonymously by vehicles equipped with special sensor systems to detect conditions like fog, slippery driving surfaces and accidents. The new Cayenne can therefore help to reduce risks and prevent accidents.
GT2 RS is the fastest 911 of all time
The Festival of Speed in Goodwood (United Kingdom) provided the setting for the world premiere of the 911 GT2 RS – the fastest and most powerful 911 of all time. The heart of this high-powered sports car is a bi-turbo flat-6 engine with 515 kW/700 hp that accelerates the 1,470-kilo two-seater with a full tank of fuel from zero to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. Its peak speed is 340 km/h. The 911 GT2 RS set a new record for road-authorised sports cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (Nürburgring north loop) with a time of 6:47.3. As usual for record laps, this was measured on the 20.6-kilometre circuit. The average speed was 184.11 km/h.
Premiere at the IAA: 911 GT3 with Touring Package
The 911 GT3 with Touring Package joined the ranks of purist high-performance sports cars with its debut in September at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main (IAA). The car only comes with a manual six-speed gearbox, and has a variable rear spoiler. Its four-litre naturally aspirated racing engine generates 368 kW/500 hp and develops 460 Nm of torque. With optimal gear shifting, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package powers from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and has a peak speed of 316 km/h.
The “Touring Package” name recalls a set of equipment for the 911 Carrera RS from model year 1973. Then, too, the focus was on purist 911 design and classic interior features. The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package picks up on and modernises this idea. In keeping with the character of a purist GT car, high-grade leather features prominently in the interior. Smooth-grained leather lines the steering wheel with a 12-o’clock marker, shift lever, door-panel arm rests, storage compartment cover on the central console and door handles.
The 911 GT3’s body has impressively large air inlets in its specially designed front end, as well as the model’s typical air outlet in front of the luggage compartment lid. Forged lightweight metal wheels with central locking dominate the side view. With the body 44 millimetres broader at the wheel arches than the 911 Carrera, the tyres leave a powerful impression. The body has also been lowered by 25 millimetres, which accentuates the broad appearance. This car appeals to fans of high-calibre sports cars who have a strong predilection for understatement and classic driving pleasure.
Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur refines the most powerful Macan
Porsche presented the Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition, an especially elegant variant of the flagship Macan model, in October. This Edition model is based on the Macan Turbo with Performance Package, which has a 3.6-litre V6 turbocharged engine that generates 324 kW/440 hp. The car is only available in selected markets. Exclusive design features on both the exterior and interior accentuate the especially sporty character of this most powerful derivative in the model line.
This “sports car among SUVs” is meticulously hand-finished in the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur workshop at the Leipzig production site. The Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition’s unique appearance is based on the standard Turbo exterior package, which includes 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels with spokes painted high-gloss black on the sides, LED main headlights and tinted rear lights.
The car’s exclusive character is emphasised by design highlights created solely for this model, such as Carmine Red elements on the front spoiler, rear apron and sideblades. The “Macan Turbo” model designation also appears in Carmine red below the Porsche insignia in high-gloss black at the rear.
Stuttgart hosts global electromobility conference for first time
Stuttgart holds global electromobility conference for the first time The International Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition (EVS30) was held for the first time in Stuttgart in October. As the electromobility industry’s largest and leading event worldwide, it attracts experts from around the globe who report on the latest technologies, developments and trends. Porsche was both a sponsor and an exhibitor at the EVS30.
The technological changes brought about by electromobility require a wide range of new strategies and solutions. Major topics included new approaches to products and production, regional mobility strategies and solutions, and mass market access. Some 250 experts gave talks on the latest developments in fuel cell and battery research as well as charging technology, electricity sources and supply, integrated product solutions, digitalisation including intelligent charging infrastructure, and connected approaches to mobility. Porsche was represented by ten speakers at the symposium, and presented three major exhibits: the 919 Hybrid that won Le Mans, the Cayman evolution as a “research lab on wheels” and the high-speed charging system known as Porsche Turbo Charging which celebrated its premiere at the EVS30 and will be installed worldwide starting in autumn 2018.
Less is more – the new Porsche 911 Carrera T
In October, Porsche presented the 911 Carrera T, a new take on the purist 911 T of 1968 – lower weight, shorter transmission ratios for the manual gearbox, and rear-wheel drive with a mechanical rear differential lock. Based on the 911 Carrera, this new model has its own visuals and delivers 272 kW/370 hp. The 911 Carrera T – “T” stands for Touring at Porsche – has additional elements not found in the 911 Carrera. These include PASM sports suspension with a 20-millimetre lowered body as a standard feature, a weight-optimised Sport Chrono Package, shortened gear lever with a red shift diagram, and Sport-Tex seat centres. The 911 Carrera T also has optional rear-axle steering, which is not available for the 911 Carrera. All the features are designed to enhance sportiness and lower the weight. Sound insulation is reduced to a minimum. The car does not have rear seats or Porsche Communication Management (PCM), although both are available at no extra cost if desired. With an empty weight of 1,425 kilos, this two-seater is 20 kilos lighter than a 911 Carrera with comparable systems.
Worldwide innovation: New PSCB brake for greater performance and sustainability
Porsche places the highest priority on safety for its own products and especially for everyone on the roads. The company has therefore always devoted special attention to developing and continuously improving its braking technologies. With the latest generation of the Cayenne, Porsche has introduced an innovative grey-iron brake disc that sets new standards worldwide in performance and sustainability. The Porsche Surface Coated Brake (PSCB) features discs with an extremely hard coating made of tungsten carbide along with specially developed pads. This new system has considerably better properties than conventional grey-iron brakes. In addition to unique visuals, these include further optimised responsiveness and very high fading stability also under extreme conditions. As for sustainability, the PSCB breaks new ground with considerably less wear than conventional uncoated brake discs. Brake service lives are thereby lengthened by at least 30 per cent, or even more depending on usage. In addition to significantly reduced wear, the brake produces around 90 per cent less of the usual dust. This means lower particulate levels and better environmental compatibility – coupled with better performance. Thanks to its innovative coating, the new brake is absolutely corrosion-free and shows constant friction values throughout its entire service life. The PSCB is standard in the Cayenne Turbo and an option for all other Cayenne models. Plans call for rolling it out to additional model lines.