The future and the present: Two high-calibre drive concepts celebrate their world premiere
Porsche at the Geneva Motor Show 2018
Mission E Cross Turismo – this is the name of the spectacular study from Porsche that is being presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. This vehicle represents the near future of e-mobility. But the present state of mobility is no less attractive: One of the most radical high-performance sports cars available makes its world premiere today in the form of the new 911 GT3 RS.
Mission E Cross Turismo: An electrifying study of a CUV
The Mission E Cross Turismo is the first Cross-Utility Vehicle (CUV) from Porsche and builds on the concept of the Mission E electric sports car. With its synthesis of typical Porsche sports car design and off-road features, it is a crossover vehicle that unites a host of concepts in one – including an electric drive. The Mission E Cross Turismo is just as suitable for everyday driving as it is for adventurous pursuits like mountain biking, surfing or winter sports. The vehicle's high-quality equipment is equally versatile. E-mobility from Porsche is once again synonymous with high performance in the Mission E Cross Turismo, as this vehicle delivers an output of 440 kW (600 hp), a range of over 500 kilometres and the ability to recharge for a further 400 kilometres in around 15 minutes. Like all concept vehicles from Porsche, the CUV provides an insight into a potential derivative of the Mission E saloon.
A clear focus on motorsport: The new 911 GT3 RS with 520-hp naturally aspirated engine
Traditionally, the Geneva Motor Show for Porsche has always been the pit lane from which new high-performance sports cars make their way to the start line. And this will continue in 2018: With the debut of the 911 GT3 RS, Porsche is presenting its most powerful, road-approved track sports car yet with a naturally aspirated engine. The six-cylinder flat engine with four-litre displacement produces an output of 383 kW (520 hp) with a speed range of up to 9,000 rpm. Just like the engine at the heart of the new GT model, the chassis with rear axle steering, tuned for uncompromising precision, also comes directly from motorsport. Offering even power delivery across an extreme engine speed range, lightweight body designed for optimum aerodynamic downforce and outstanding lateral dynamics, the new 911 GT3 RS is the ideal car for achieving the fastest lap times.
The Swiss market: Customers continue to favour sporty models in 2017
Last year, Porsche Schweiz AG, with its headquarters in Rotkreuz, delivered 3,621 vehicles to Swiss customers. The top-end Porsche models were particularly popular, and the Macan GTS was the most sought-after Porsche model in Switzerland. Since its market launch, the Porsche Macan remains the most successful model line in the land of the Alps with a total of 1,516 deliveries in 2017. In terms of sports cars, the high-performance GTS models were also the most popular, with the 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupé and cabriolet versions and the 911 GT3 attracting the most buyers. For the Gran Turismo models, Porsche fared well with its performance-focused hybrid technology, with 35 per cent of Panamera models delivered being ordered as plug-in hybrids.
Seventy years ago, while still a very new company, Porsche presented its first-ever Porsche model before the Swiss Grand Prix at the start of July – the car was the 356-001, the mid-engine sports car that Ferry Porsche built as the first Type 356 between 1947 and 1948. This first Porsche prototype as well as the subsequent five series-production sports cars went to Switzerland. And at the Geneva Motor Show one year later, the brand celebrated its first appearance at a motor show as an automotive manufacturer.