Cayenne E-Hybrid: Fuel consumption combined 3.4 – 3.2 l/100 km; CO2emissions 78 – 72 g/km; en-ergy consumption: 20.9 – 20.6 kWh/100 km
911 GT2 RS: Fuel consumption combined 11.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 269 g/km
911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption combined 12.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 291 g/km
911 Turbo: Fuel consumption combined 9,1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 212 g/km
Panamera GTS: Fuel consumption combined 10.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 235 g/km
Panamera GTS Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 10.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 242 g/km
911 Carrera S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 205 g/km
911 Carrera 4S: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 206 g/km
Macan S: Fuel consumption combined 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 204 g/km
718 Boxster T: Fuel consumption combined 8.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 187 g/km
Research and development
World premières in Geneva: Mission E Cross Turismo and 911 GT3 RS
At the 88th International Motor Show in Geneva in March, two Porsche models celebrated their world première: the new 911 GT3 RS and the Mission E Cross Turismo – a concept study for an electrically powered Cross Utility Vehicle (CUV). This all-rounder is perfect for people with active lifestyles and a passion for travel, sport and the great outdoors. The flexible interior will accommodate any type of sports equipment, while modern load-carrying systems are the perfect solution for transporting surf boards and bikes. In October the Porsche Supervisory Board confirmed series production of the Mission E Cross Turismo.
The highlights of this Taycan-inspired derivative are its emotional design with striking off-road elements, as well as the innovative display and operating concept with touchscreen and eye-tracking control. Measuring 4.95 metres in length, the four-door Cross Turismo has all-wheel drive and an 800-volt architecture. Its battery can be charged using the fast-charging network as well as via induction at a charging station or using the Porsche home energy storage system. It has a driving range of more than 500 kilometres (NEDC). Two synchronous motors (PSM) with a system output of more than 600 hp (440 kW) allow the Mission E Cross Turismo to accelerate to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds and to reach a speed of 200 km/h in under 12 seconds. This level of continuous power is also unmatched by any other electric vehicle: multiple accelerations are possible in direct succession without any loss of performance.
The new 911 GT3 RS is currently Porsche’s most powerful road-legal high-performance sports car. Its naturally aspirated four-litre engine develops 520 hp (383 kW), and revs up to 9,000 rpm. As with the heart of the new GT model, the chassis has also been taken straight from the world of motor sport, with uncompromising precision and the added extra of rear-axle steering. The 911 GT3 RS accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 312 km/h.
Safety cars and support vehicles for the FIA WEC
The 911 Turbo is used as the safety car at the FIA World Endurance Championship. Porsche is providing five 911 Turbos between now and 2020. Two of the cars accompany the race cars during the global championship, while three are based permanently in Le Mans. A further eleven Porsche cars are driven by the race doctors, safety teams and other officials. In total, 16 Porsche sports cars from different model ranges are deployed in a variety of functions during the FIA WEC.
The race director sends the safety car out onto the course in the event of a caution period during which the field needs to be brought together. For its part, the 911 Turbo is the perfect vehicle for the job, achieving speeds of up to 320 km/h thanks to its 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine. Meanwhile, the Sport Chrono Package, fitted as standard, ensures optimum mid-acceleration. The all-wheel drive 911 produces 540 hp (397 kW) and can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just three seconds. From a technical perspective, the safety car is predominantly built to the series standard. Racing-specific adjustments, such as the roof-mounted light bar and the radio for communicating with the race director, are add-ons. The car’s braking system and chassis are also optimised for the track. The matt black design with bright red stripes takes its inspiration from the Porsche crest of the works race cars.
919 Hybrid Evo sets record lap times
Porsche has chalked up a new course record at Spa-Francorchamps with an Evo version of the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid. Porsche works driver Neel Jani from Switzerland recorded a lap time of 1:41.770 minutes over the 7.004-kilometre grand prix circuit, shaving 0.783 seconds off the previous fastest time set by Great Britain’s Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid. Jani clocked a top speed of 359 km/h during his record-breaking lap with an average speed of 245.61 km/h.
The 919 is powered by a compact two-litre V4 turbo charged engine and two different energy recovery systems – braking energy from the front axle combined with exhaust energy. The combustion engine drives the rear axle while the electric motor boosts the front axle to accelerate the car with all-wheel drive. At the same time, the 919 allows energy from the exhaust system that otherwise would pass unused in to the atmosphere to be recuperated. The electrical energy generated by the front brakes and the exhaust system is temporarily stored in a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery.
The WEC efficiency regulations limited the energy from fuel per lap by using a fuel flow meter. At the 2017 world championship race in Spa, in the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s final season, the car was permitted to use 1.784 kilograms/2.464 litres of petrol per lap. This took the V4 combustion engine’s output to around 500 hp. Freed from this restriction, and equipped with updated software but running the regular race fuel (E20, containing 20 per cent bioethanol), the 919 Hybrid Evo delivers 720 hp. The amount of energy from the two recovery systems that could be used in Spa 2017 was set at precisely 6.37 megajoules per lap. This was well below the systems’ potential. On his record lap, Neel Jani enjoyed a full boost of 8.49 megajoules – the output increased by ten per cent to 440 hp.
In late June, Timo Bernhard, at the wheel of the 919 Hybrid Evo, lapped the 20.832-kilometre Nürburgring Nordschleife race circuit in 5:19.55 minutes, with an average speed of 233.8 km/h. In so doing, Bernhard beat the previous lap record, set by Stefan Bellof, by 51.58 seconds. Bellof’s 6:11.13 record had stood for 35 years and 31 days. His average speed during his record-breaking lap had been in excess of 200 km/h.
New 911 GT3 RS sets new record time through the ‘Green Hell’
Another fastest ever time for a street-legal Porsche sports car was set by works driver Kévin Estre, once again on the Nürburgring (Nordschleife), the most challenging racing circuit in the world. Driving the new 520 hp GT3 RS, the Frenchman recorded a lap time of 6:56.4, slashing some 24 seconds off the best time achieved with the previous GT3 RS model. Sharing driving duties with Estre was Porsche development driver Lars Kern. After the 918 Spyder and 911 GT2 RS, the new GT3 RS is now the third production Porsche sports car with a notarised lap time of less than seven minutes on the race track formerly known as the Green Hell. The time was measured around the 20.6-kilometre lap.
The plug-in hybrid Cayenne
The new Cayenne E-Hybrid combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency. Its three-litre V6 engine (250 kW/340 hp) and an electric motor (100 kW/136 hp) combine to generate a system power of 340 kW (462 hp). The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed, with a boost strategy to match that of the 918 Spyder supercar. This ensures that the electric engine can be used in all the standard Sport Chrono Package’s driving modes for an additional performance boost. The Cayenne’s plug-in hybrid drive accelerates the car from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in five seconds and hits a top speed of 253 km/h. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 44 kilometres and speed of 135 km/h on electricity alone. With the launch of the hybrid variant, Porsche is expanding its range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series, with additional options such as the new head-up display, massage seats and 22-inch alloy wheels.
While the combustion engine’s performance shows a moderate five kW (7 hp) improvement on its predecessor to 250 kW (340 hp), the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 100 kW (136 hp). Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the electric-power range and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity has been increased about 30 per cent from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh. The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, consists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each. The high-voltage battery is fully charged from a 230-volt 10-amp outlet within 7.8 hours. If the optional 7.2-kilowatt on-board charger and a 230-volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6-kilowatt charger, the battery will be fully recharged in just 2.3 hours.
The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM), and remotely using the Porsche Connect app. Porsche Connect can also be used to find and filter charging stations and set them as a navigation destination. The new Porsche Charging Service allows cross-provider access to public charging stations – without requiring additional registration with the relevant provider. This is billed directly via the Porsche ID account.
Hemmingen and Rutesheim become Porsche sites
During the year under review Porsche acquired the previously leased sites for the two branch offices of the research and development centre in Hemmingen and Rutesheim. There are plans for expansion at both sites in the coming years. This investment forms part of the company’s preparations for its hybridisation and electrification strategy.
Porsche has already been operating its Sport Utility Vehicle development centre in Hemmingen for 20 years. The growing importance of the SUV is also clearly evident from the development of the site. What began as a single building with 200 employees has grown into a site covering 27,000 square metres with 600 staff. The fourth generation of the Cayenne is set to play a major role in Porsche’s long-term e-mobility strategy. As well as the Cayenne, Hemmingen is also home to the Macan. The Rutesheim site was first opened in 2015. The workshop area of some 7,000 square metres is used to prepare vehicles from all of the model series for test drives.
The new 911 GT3 R customer sports race car
Porsche has designed a new customer sports racing car for the worldwide GT3 series: the 911 GT3 R will be lining up on the grid from 2019 onwards. This 911 race car, developed on the basis of the 911 GT3 RS production model, delivers up to 404 kW (550 hp). It boasts a high level of aerodynamic efficiency, improved handling and further optimised safety features. The roof, front cover and fairing, wheel arches, doors, side and tail sections as well as the rear cover and interior trim are made of carbon-fibre composite material (CFRP) and all of the windows are polycarbonate.
Powering the new 911 GT3 R is a four-litre flat-six boxer engine, which is largely identical to the high-performance production engine in the 911 GT3 RS. Direct petrol injection, which operates at pressures up to 200 bar, and variable valve timing technology ensure a particularly efficient use of fuel. The normally aspirated engine also offers significantly better driveability and a broader usable rev range compared with its predecessor. The engine response is more precise due to six throttle butterflies. Power from the rear engine is transferred to the 310 mm-wide rear wheels via a Porsche sequential six-speed constant-mesh gearbox with an electronic shift actuator for particularly fast and precise gear changes. The clutch is electro-hydraulically controlled, which eliminates the need for the clutch pedal and assists quick race starts. The 911’s typical weight distribution ensures excellent traction and braking performance. The spectacular aerodynamics of the 911 GT3 R are also reminiscent of the road car.
The braking system has been further modified to offer even better stiffness and more precise control of the ABS. On the front axle, six-piston aluminium monobloc racing brake callipers combined with ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a diameter of 390 millimetres ensure outstanding braking performance. Fitted at the rear axle are four-piston callipers and discs measuring 370 millimetres.
The development process also focused heavily on the safety features of the GT3 R. In order to improve pit stop performance, the 120-litre FT3 safety fuel cell can now be refilled from the left or the right depending on the circuit layout. The doors and the side windows can be removed. The new racing bucket seat affords drivers even better protection in the event of a collision. The seats are now bolted at six points. In combination with the adjustable pedal box, the driver’s centre of gravity is optimised and offers increased safety in the event of an impact. In addition, the driver is protected thanks to a side impact element positioned in the driver’s door, which consists of a carbon-fibre Kevlar aluminium construction with energy-absorbing plastic foam.
For the first time the 911 GT3 R is fitted with air-conditioning. This ensures ideal interior cooling and, thanks to the direct connection to the seat and driver’s helmet, enables particularly efficient cooling of the driver, which in turn helps maintain concentration and consistent performance throughout the race.
The Speedster Concept: open-top, pure and with over 500 hp
Porsche marked the 70th anniversary of its sports cars in a particularly apt way: the 911 Speedster Concept is a road-ready study of an open-top and particularly exciting sports car. Sure to please the purists, the 911 Speedster Concept reflects the Porsche brand essence with precise clarity, placing the pure driving experience at its heart. The heritage model of the 911 Speedster Concept was unveiled to the public at the official “70 years of Porsche sports cars” celebrations in Zuffenhausen. In October the company then decided to produce a strictly limited run of just 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater in 2019.
The Speedster is the first car to be offered with the new Heritage Design packages. This accessory line by Porsche Exclusive allows for an even higher degree of customisation. In addition to the eye-catching paintwork, 21-inch centre lock wheels are another visual highlight on both axles of this latest concept study. Their cross-spoke wheel design draws on the look of current-day Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R, while the tinted daytime running lights also take their inspiration from current motor sport trends. These are red in this case to complement the car’s paintwork. The two “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – are designed in a gleaming black chrome and platinum. The interior features partly perforated black leather with red accents.
All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept cars are identical. This includes the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows as well as the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.
The broad body of the concept car has been borrowed from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, although the concept’s wings, front bonnet and rear cover are made of lightweight carbon-fibre composite material. The chassis has been borrowed from the 911 GT3. The GT developers also contributed the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission. This similarly applies to the centrepiece of this strictly limited special model: the Speedster Concept’s flat-six boxer engine, which delivers over 500 hp and revs up to 9,000 rpm.
New Macan celebrates world premiere
Porsche launched its new Macan in Shanghai. This compact SUV, which has enjoyed great success since 2014, has been given a full makeover, specifically as regards design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics. The Macan remains the sporty flagship of its segment. In keeping with Porsche’s design DNA, the new model features a three-dimensional LED light panel on the rear of the vehicle. LED technology will also be incorporated as standard into the newly designed main headlights. The most striking innovations inside are the new fully interconnected Porsche Communication Management (PCM) module with 10.9-inch touchscreen, the new-look air vents and also the GT sports steering wheel, famously associated with the 911. The PCM provides access to new digital functions such as intelligent voice control and online navigation, the latter coming as standard.
The list of options designed to enhance convenience has been extended to include a traffic jam assistant, an air ioniser and a heated windscreen. The new traffic assist system uses adaptive cruise control to allow the vehicle to travel at speeds of up to 60 km/h for a more pleasant and relaxing drive. As well as being able to accelerate and brake semi-automatically, the system helps the driver to stay in lane in traffic jams and poor-flowing traffic. The Macan also comes fully interconnected as standard thanks to the Connect Plus module. This includes the Voice Pilot intelligent voice control, real-time traffic information, a connection to the Here Cloud with up-to-the-minute swarm-based traffic data, and the new Offroad Precision app, which documents and analyses the offroad experience.
The optimised chassis showcases Macan’s exceptional status as a sports car in the compact SUV segment. The fine tuning ensures greater neutrality with the same level of driving stability and even greater comfort. Newly developed tyres with improved performance characteristics allow for even better lateral dynamics and create an even more enjoyable driving experience.
Concept study: Cayman GT4 Clubsport
Fans were given a real treat at the ADAC Rallye Deutschland when a very special course car, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, drove out ahead of the starter field. For Porsche, the entry of a concept study for the FIA R-GT category based on the series-production GT circuit race car was a critical test under real conditions.
The Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 283 kW (385 hp) 3.8-litre flat-six boxer engine. The vehicle features Porsche dualclutch transmission (PDK) with shift paddles on the steering wheel. To cope with the rigours of rallying, full underbody protection has been fitted. An energy-absorbing foam element, as used in WRC cars, has been mounted in the doors.
New exclusive Porsche 935
Porsche presented its new 935 model at the Rennsport Reunion in 2018. Around 80,000 Porsche enthusiasts attended this historic motorsport gathering at the Laguna Seca Raceway in the USA, which provided the perfect backdrop for the unveiling of the 935. The new 515 kW (700 hp) racing car has been styled to look like its legendary predecessor, the 935/78. The fact that the vehicle has not been homologated means that the engineers and designers were not bound by the usual regulations and could give free rein to their creativity. There will be a limited production run of 77 units.
The technology behind this racing car designed for club sport events and private racetrack training is based on the high-performance 911 GT2 RS sports car. Like its historic predecessor, most of the body has been replaced or supplemented by carbon-fibre composite parts (CFRP). With its streamlined extended rear, the 935 is 4.87 metres long. The width of the exclusive clubsport racer measures 2.03 metres.
The spectacular aerodynamics are a completely new development and a nod to the Porsche 935/78 Le Mans race car, which fans dubbed “Moby Dick” on account of its elongated shape, massive fairings and white base colour. The distinctive wheel arch air vents on the front fairings, which also feature on the GT3 customer sports vehicle 911 GT3 R, increase downforce at the front axle. Measuring 1,909 millimetres in width by 400 millimetres in depth, the rear wing lends aerodynamic balance.
Many details of the exterior are a salute to winning vehicles from the company’s motor racing history: the aerodynamically capped rims echo those of the 935/78, with the LED rear lights on the rear wing endplates adopted from the 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car. The side mirrors hail from the current Le Mans-winning 911 RSR, with the exposed titanium tailpipes modelled on the Porsche 908 from 1968.
These references are carried through to the cockpit. The knob on the gearshift lever has a laminated wood design and is reminiscent of racers such as the 917, the 909 Bergspyder and the Carrera GT super sports car. The carbon steering wheel and colour display are taken over by the 935 from the 911 GT3 R of model year 2019. A massive safety cage in combination with a racing bucket seat and six-point belts ensures maximum safety. A second seat on the passenger side is available as an optional extra. Air conditioning provides optimal cooling of the interior.
The new 935 is powered by a state-of-the-art 3.8-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo boxer engine, which is largely identical to the high-performance standard unit in the road-legal 911 GT2 RS. Power is transferred to the rear-mounted engine via a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) with rigid gearbox suspension at the 310-millimetre-wide rear axle. As with the GT road models of the 911, the driver changes gears via conveniently positioned shift paddles on the steering wheel. The 911’s typical weight distribution ensures excellent traction and braking performance. Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing callipers on the front axle in combination with internally ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a 380-millimetre diameter provide excellent deceleration values at the front axle. The rear axle is fitted with four-piston callipers and 355-millimetre discs.
Like the road-legal 911 GT2 RS, the 1,380-kilogram 935 is equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Thanks to a map switch on the centre console, these assistance systems can be adjusted separately or switched off completely, depending on the driving situation.
Two new GTS models: two athletes join the Porsche Panamera family
Porsche added two extra-sporty models to its Panamera range during the reporting year: the Panamera GTS and, for the first time, the Panamera GTS Sport Turismo – with a large boot lid, low loading sill, increased luggage compartment volume and 4+1 seating configuration. At the heart of both of the new Panamera GTS models is a four-litre V8 engine with 338 kW (460 hp) of output and maximum torque of 620 Nm, cultivating an emotional sound and driving experience when combined with the standard sports exhaust system. The twin-turbo engine, which features a gasoline particulate filter, outperforms its predecessor by 15 kW (20 hp) and 100 Nm, accelerating the Panamera GTS and Panamera GTS Sport Turismo from zero to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds as it works in conjunction with the standard Sport Chrono Package. The two models achieve a top speed of 292 and 289 km/h respectively. There are no interruptions in tractive force as power is transmitted to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system by the eight-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox.
Designed to reflect the sporting prowess of the Panamera GTS models, the chassis systems are impressively dynamic. The adaptive air suspension with three-chamber technology is fitted as standard, which results in flexible control and optimum spring rate spread. The sports chassis in the two GTS models has been lowered by ten millimetres, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) function has been adapted for an even sportier calibration. The result is outstanding lateral dynamics. Large brakes (390 millimetres in diameter at the front, 365 millimetres at the rear) deliver exceptional deceleration.
Compared with their predecessor, the new Panamera GTS models’ standard equipment package has been significantly upgraded in a number of areas. The Sport Design package with a new black front end, black trim at the bottom of the rear, and a variety of darker accents highlights the more athletic appearance. The GTS models are equipped with 20-inch Panamera Design alloy wheels as standard. The interior features hallmark elements of black Alcantara and anodised aluminium. The standard package also includes a heated multifunction sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles and Alcantara trim, and the Connect Plus module offering a wide range of digital services. With the optional GTS Interior package, drivers can customise their vehicle with various design elements, such as a rev counter, designer seams, and GTS logos in the contrasting shades of Carmine Red or Chalk.
The GTS also features one highlight that is new to the entire Panamera range – the head-up display. Configured by the driver, this display projects all relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight in full colour.
The new Porsche 911: stronger, faster
As part of a spectacular event in Los Angeles, Porsche presented the latest generation 911. The eighth generation of this Porsche icon continues to set the standard in exclusive sports car design: unmistakably committed to the Porsche design DNA, with a much more muscular look, and a completely new interior featuring a 10.9-inch touchscreen monitor, the new 911 is both timeless and contemporary. Intelligent control and chassis elements as well as innovative assistance systems combine the superior, uncompromising dynamism for which the classic rear-engine sports car is renowned with the demands of the digital world.
The next generation of flat-six turbocharged engines has been further developed and is more powerful than ever before, delivering 331 kW (450 hp) in the S models. This is an increase of 22 kW (30 hp) compared with the predecessor model. Both 911 models beat the four-second mark for acceleration from zero to 100 km/h: the rear-wheel-drive Coupé needs 3.7 seconds and the 911 Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive just 3.6 seconds. This makes both cars 0.4 seconds faster than their predecessor. This advantage is increased by a further 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The top speeds are now 308 km/h (911 Carrera S) and 306 km/h for the all-wheel-drive version.
The exterior has been redesigned and underlines the performance leap of the new 911. Above the large wheels with 20" diameter at the front and 21" diameter at the rear, there are significantly wider wheel arches. The rear end is now the same width across all models, highlighting the slimline centre section. At the front, the body is 45 mm wider. The flush integration of the electric pop-out handles in the doors emphasises the smooth, tapered side contour. Between the new LED headlights, a bonnet with a pronounced recess evokes the design of early 911 generations. The rear is dominated on all models by the significantly wider, variable-position rear spoiler and the seamless, elegant light bar. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.
The completely new interior is characterised by the clean, straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central rev counter – typical for Porsche – two thin, frameless freeform displays supply information to the driver. The centre Porsche Communication Management (PCM) screen is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to the new architecture. Located underneath this screen is a compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions. In terms of digitalisation, the 911 takes the next step into the future with permanent connectivity as well as new functions and services. The standard PCM module features include online navigation based on swarm data as well as Porsche Connect Plus.
In a world first, Porsche has developed wet mode, included as standard. This function detects water on the road, prepares the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set up the vehicle for a particular emphasis on safety by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with other vehicles, pedestrians or cyclists, and initiates a warning or emergency braking if necessary. Night Vision Assist with a thermal imaging camera is optionally available for the 911 for the first time. The adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.
New digital tools
With the launch of the new 911, Porsche is also unveiling three exclusive digital tools. Porsche Road Trip helps driving enthusiasts to plan, organise and navigate trips that are just that little bit special. The curated routes feature exclusive recommendations for restaurants and hotels, while points of interest or viewpoints are highlighted en route.
The Porsche 360+ with its central feature, a personal lifestyle assistant, aims to take the Porsche experience beyond the car itself and is available to drivers 24/7. The aim is to make everyday life easier, and to provide access to exclusive experiences.
Porsche Impact is an emissions calculator, which works out the financial contributions that Porsche drivers can pay to offset their carbon footprint. Drivers can choose which internationally certified climate projects to support. These are located right across the world and are focused on wind energy, hydropower and solar energy as well as the protection of forests.
World première of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
Alongside the new 911, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport also celebrated its world première at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Production of this car, which can be driven at clubsport events as well as selected motor racing meets, is limited to 200 units. The technology of the 515 kW (700 hp) strong racing car from Weissach is based on the high-performance sports car 911 GT2 RS – as is the case with the 935 presented a few weeks earlier. Both vehicles share the drive with the road equivalent: a state-of-the-art 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine with biturbo charging. Power is transferred to the rear-mounted engine via a seven-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) with rigid gearbox suspension at the 310-millimetre-wide rear axle. As with all other racing versions of the 911, the driver changes gears via ergonomically positioned shift paddles on the steering wheel. The positioning of the engine behind the rear axle ensures excellent traction and braking performance. Six-piston aluminium monobloc racing callipers on the front axle in combination with internally ventilated and grooved steel brake discs with a 390-millimetre diameter provide excellent deceleration at the front axle. The rear axle is fitted with four-piston callipers and 380-millimetre discs.
Just like the road-legal 911 GT2 RS, the 1,390-kilogram Clubsport version is equipped with PSM (Porsche Stability Management) including traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Thanks to a map switch on the centre console, these assistance systems can be adjusted separately or switched off completely, depending on the driving situation. The carbon steering wheel and the colour display behind it in the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport are taken from the 911 GT3 R of model year 2019. A massive roll cage in combination with a racing bucket seat and six-point belts ensures maximum safety. Air conditioning provides optimal cooling of the interior.
New Macan S
Porsche has expanded its range of compact SUVs with the addition of the powerful Macan S. The new model from the sports car manufacturer features a three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine. It delivers 260 kW (354 hp) and has a maximum torque of 480 Nm, an increase of 10 kW (14 hp) and 20 Nm compared with the previous model. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, the new Macan S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, an improvement of 0.1 of a second. The car’s top speed is 254 km/h. Using the central turbo layout, the turbocharger is located in the inner V; this results in short exhaust gas paths between the combustion chambers and the turbocharger, ensuring outstanding and immediate responsiveness. The new twin-scroll turbocharger provides high torque at low engine speeds. With twin-scroll technology, the exhaust gas flows are continuously fed to the turbine wheel as separate streams, significantly reducing any charge cycle disadvantages. The refined combustion chamber geometry with a central injector promotes efficient fuel mixture formation. In addition to the increase in the power output per litre, from 113 to 118 hp, the emissions have also been reduced. Fuel consumption (NEDC-correlated) is 8.9 l/100 km.
As distinctively sporty as ever, the Macan’s chassis features staggered tyres and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, and has been overhauled and optimised once again as part of this model’s facelift. On the front axle, spring forks made from aluminium replace the previous steel components. The new alloy construction is more rigid and reduces unsprung mass, making the steering on the Macan more precise and improving ride comfort. Newly tuned sway bars also ensure more neutral handling.
A lot of detailed work has also gone into the brakes of the new Macan S, and the driver will notice this most of all in the form of a changed pedal feel. The pedal in question weighs around 300 g less than the previous steel part, and acts on the brake master cylinder via a shortened lever arm. This results in a more immediate brake response, and the driver can also feel a very precise pressure point thanks to the firm connection. The even more sporty approach in the new Macan S is reflected in the larger front brake discs, with disc diameter increased by 10 mm to 360 mm, and disc thickness up by 2 mm to 36 mm. The new brake pads are copper-free. The Macan S can be fitted with the optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB). The Macan S also benefits from all the innovations introduced during the latest facelift, including a three-dimensional rear LED lightbar, and the new fully connected Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system, which features a 10.9-inch interior touchscreen.
Puristic design: 718 T
With the 718 T, Porsche has transferred the puristic design of the 911 T launched back in 1968 to its line of two-seater sports cars. The new model in the Boxster and Cayman ranges combines the 220 kW (300 PS) turbo four-cylinder boxer engine with a particularly emotional Porsche driving experience. The high-performance character of the T models is emphasised by an extensive equipment package, which includes 20-inch alloy wheels, the PASM sports chassis lowered by 20 millimetres – which is being offered in combination with the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for the first time in this line – the shortened gearshift, on which the gears are emblazoned in red, and the Sport Chrono Package. These features can only be enjoyed in combination with the basic engine in the 718 T. Porsche is offering the 718 T with six-speed gearbox and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), including mechanical rear axle differential locking. Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is also available as an option.
Traditionally, “T” stands for “Touring” in Porsche models, and is synonymous with driving pleasure in its purest form. The 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads, offering the joy of dynamic driving as its ultimate goal. The two-seater accommodates this philosophy through a pared down range of features. These include black door pulls in the door panels, as well as sports seats with electric two-way adjustment, black Sport-Tex centre sections, and the embroidered “718” logo on the headrests. The Porsche Communication Management (PCM) module has also been replaced by a large storage compartment, though buyers who do not wish to forgo the entertainment system may order it at no extra charge. Put together, these measures balance out the additional weight of the newly added gasoline particulate filter (GPF).
The exterior of the Porsche 718 T is characterised by its muscular appearance. With 20-inch alloy wheels painted in high-gloss titanium grey, combined with the PASM sports chassis with 20-millimetre lowered body, it simply looks outstanding on the road. Agate grey mirror shells and “718 Boxster T” or “718 Cayman T” logos on the sides identify the particular model, which can also be distinguished from the rear by the centrally positioned sports exhaust with black, chrome-plated twin tailpipes. In terms of exterior colours, buyers can choose from black, Indian Red, Racing Yellow and white, as well as the metallic colours Carrara White, Deep Black and GT Silver. Porsche is also offering Lava Orange and Miami Blue as special colours.
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 9.0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 207 g/km
911 GT3: Fuel consumption combined 12.9 – 12.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 290 – 288 g/km
Macan: Fuel consumption combined 8.1 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 185 g/km