New Panamera and 911 models celebrate world première
Porsche at the Geneva Motor Show 2017
Geneva. Porsche launches into spring 2017 with three spectacular world premières. At the 87th Geneva International Motor Show (March 7 to 19, 2017), the sportscar manufacturer presents the Panamera Sport Turismo – a new body version of the Gran Turismo family and a first in the segment. With a unique design, more space for passengers and luggage as well as a larger tailgate, the model line increases the spread between sporty elegance and practical everyday usability. The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid represents another highlight. With the second hybrid version of the Panamera (system power 500 kW/680 hp), Porsche positions a plug-in hybrid as the top model of a model line for the first time. Power as passion is also a key feature of the motorsport-derived 911 GT3. In the new generation of the radical 911, the connection between everyday driving and the racetrack is even more intense. The central focus of the enhanced model is the newly developed high-revving naturally aspirated engine with 368 kW (500 hp). The 911 GTS models also celebrate their first exhibition appearances.
New sportscar line with additional usability: Panamera Sport Turismo
Porsche continues to develop the Panamera idea. The Panamera Sport Turismo celebrates its world première as the second body version of the line. The four-door model combines the Porsche design DNA with an increased multi-use space. Leading back from the B-pillar, the roof line of the Sport Turismo is straighter than that of the coupé-style sports saloon. The elegant appearance of the vehicle thus encompasses more room for passengers and luggage (4+1 seating concept). Thanks to the large, electronically controlled tailgate, the new version is easily able to hold large sports equipment as well as luggage for the holidays. Meanwhile, the sportscar character of the Gran Turismo remains unaltered – both body lines build on the same technical basis. The market launch of the Panamera Sport Turismo is scheduled for autumn 2017. The model range initially comprises five powertrain and output types: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo.
With the concept of the 918 Spyder: Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
The combination of powerful V8 engine and high torque electric drive made the Porsche 918 Spyder the fastest super sportscar on the Nürburgring in 2013. Now the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is taking over this concept and with it the current pole position as the most powerful hybrid saloon in the world. The combined power of the eight-cylinder engine (404 kW/550 hp) and the 100-kW (136-hp) electric motor stands alongside an average fuel consumption (NEDC) of 2.9 l/100 km and electricity consumption of 16.2 kWh/100 km. Its acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds ranks it in the top class of sportscars, while at the same time the fully charged plug-in hybrid can glide in fully electric mode for up to 50 km. In terms of the chassis, the skill of the top Panamera extends from the dynamic cornering of a sportscar to the comfort of a luxury saloon. The principle of spread pushes its boundaries in many directions at once. With the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche makes it clear that electromobility is a firm factor in the continuing development of peak sports performance. The new top model of the Panamera model line will offer the choice of two wheelbases right from the start, and its market launch is in July 2017.
From everyday driving to the race track: The new 911 GT3 with 500 hp
More power, more speed, more precision: With the 911 GT3, the Porsche motorsport department has created a new ruler of the racetrack, which, thanks to being road-approved, can roll up under its own power. At the heart of the radical 911 is the new four-litre flat engine with 368 kW (500 hp), a virtually unaltered racing engine from the 911 GT3 Cup. A feature that will be important to purists is the optional six-speed sports transmission, available for the first time in addition to the standard Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK). In a further improvement to the driving dynamics, the responsiveness of the PASM chassis with rear axle steering has again been optimised. With PDK, this model accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. Its top speed stands at 318 km/h, and with manual transmission at 320 km/h. Visually, the 911 GT3 is the opposite of shy and retiring: The dominant rear wing stands higher than ever in the air flow and large air intakes and outlets in the front, bonnet and rear end are testament to consistent motorsport aerodynamics. The market launch of the new 911 GT3 begins from mid-June 2017.
More sports power: The new Porsche 911 GTS models
For 911 customers particularly looking for power, Porsche adds another chapter to the history of the GTS sportscar with five new models. They comprise a coupé and cabriolet with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive as well as the 911 Targa 4 GTS. All share an enhanced engine achieving 331 kW (450 hp), the wide body of the all-wheel model, the PASM sports chassis and a specially designed interior. Newly developed turbochargers raise the power of the three-litre six-cylinder by 22 kW (30 hp) in comparison to the engine of the 911 Carrera and Targa S models. A low front spoiler and increased rear spoiler extension height further reduce the lift forces on the front and rear axle compared to the Carrera S models. Black design elements and the likewise black painted 20-inch wheels with central lock, as well as GTS lettering on the doors, characterise the unique appearance of the new models. Delivery of the first 911 GTS is beginning now.
Exclusive new model for China: Panamera Executive
With the start of the Geneva International Motor Show, Porsche is also extending the Panamera Executive model range in China: Exclusively for the Chinese market, from October 2017 there will be a rear-wheel-drive long version of the successful sports saloon Panamera. The new Panamera Executive with three-litre V6 turbo engine (243 kW / 330 hp) offers Chinese customers an attractively priced entrance into the highly luxurious versions of the Gran Turismo with long wheelbase (an increase of 150 millimetres). Together with the equally new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, the model complements the Executive versions in China: the Panamera Turbo Executive (404 kW / 550 hp), the Panamera 4S Executive (324 kW / 440 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (340 kW / 462 hp) and the Panamera 4 Executive (243 kW / 330 hp).
Porsche in Switzerland: Another consecutive record year
Porsche has been selling sportscars in Switzerland for 65 years – a lasting friendship that always brings new highlights: In 2016 the company delivered 3,970 vehicles, almost four per cent more than in the previous year and a new record. The most successful model line was the Macan with 1,650 new vehicles, followed by the 911 with 1,050 units. On the classic market for all-wheel-drive vehicles, the 911 Carrera 4S was particularly in demand. In addition, the Swiss customers of Porsche demonstrated that they are open to plug-in future technology: Nearly 30 per cent of the 682 Cayennes delivered were sold with hybrid drive.