Porsche at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show posted on 01 September 2011
- New 911 makes world premiere on Porsche stand in Hall 3.0, Stand A12 on September 13
- New generation of benchmark sports car is lighter, more powerful and efficient – see it in action for the first time in the accompanying film
- Latest expressions of Porsche Intelligent Performance on display include prototype electric Boxster E
The new Porsche 911 Carrera celebrates its world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show (September 13 – 25) and headlines an impressive range of models the sports car manufacturer will display in Hall 3.0, Stand A12.
The new 911 Carrera
The sports car icon is stepping into the limelight in Frankfurt. True to the 911 tradition, the distinctive Porsche design language exudes power and elegance. The unmistakable silhouette still catches the eye while incorporating new, exciting contours and precisely designed details.
The familiar athletic appearance of the 911 is given further dynamism with a 100mm longer wheelbase, reduced height, and up to 20-inch diameter alloy wheels.
Setting the standard in its class, as it has for generations, the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S raise the performance and efficiency standard to new levels. Fuel consumption and emissions of all versions are up to 16 per cent lower compared with its predecessors.
For example, the 911 Carrera with the new 350 hp 3.4-litre, flat six, direct injection engine and optional seven speed PDK transmission returns 34.4mpg Combined based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – 6mpg more than its predecessor. Also, at 194 g/km CO2, it is the first Porsche sports car to sit below 200 g/km CO2. In the case of the Carrera S, with its 400 hp 3.8-litre, flat six, direct injection engine, economy when paired with the optional PDK is increased by 14 per cent, or 5 mpg, to 32.4mpg Combined despite 15 hp more power. That equates to CO2 emissions of 205 g/km.
Principle among the innovative steps forwards is the all-new, lightweight body, featuring intelligent aluminium-steel composite construction. It is responsible for a significant proportion of the vehicle weight reduction of up to 45 kg. New active chassis systems elevate driving dynamics to an unprecedented level. The new electro-mechanical power steering offers the typical precision and feedback expected of a Porsche, and also helps to economise on fuel. Moreover, the world’s first seven-speed manual transmission is featured as standard. Additional systems and functions such as auto start/stop, thermal management and electrical system recuperation further enhance the efficiency of the new Carrera.
The new 911 will be in UK Porsche Centres from December 17. The 911 Carrera costs from £71,449 and the Carrera S from £81,242.
Also celebrating a world premiere at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show is the Panamera Diesel, the Porsche Gran Turismo which combines impressive efficiency without compromising sporting performance. The Panamera Diesel offers a highly appealing driving range of more than 745 miles on one 80-litre tank, emits 172 g/km and delivers a Combined fuel economy of 43.5mpg. With the optional lower rolling resistance tyres, efficiency improves further still, to 167 g/km and 44.8mpg on the Combined cycle.
The new Panamera Diesel is powered by a smooth-running, 3.0-litre V6 developing 250 hp and maximum torque of 550 Nm. Power is handled by an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. The Panamera Diesel is priced from £62,134.
911 GT3 RS 4.0
The 911 GT3 RS 4.0, which makes its first appearance in front of an international public in Frankfurt, brings together in a road car all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a regular winner on the race track. Limited to 600 examples and already sold out, the car features a 4.0-litre version of the flat six engine, with the largest displacement ever featured in a production 911. Producing 500 hp, equivalent to 125 hp per litre, the 4.0-litre engine is also the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine. This can propel the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife circuit in 7:27 minutes.
Cayman S Black Edition
The Cayman S Black Edition is limited to 500 units and also celebrates its debut in Frankfurt. The all-black, mid-engine Coupé offers increased performance over the Cayman S, and higher equipment levels. The Cayman S Black Edition is powered by a 3.4-litre flat six engine with power output increased by 10 hp to 330 hp. The greater power feeds directly into the performance of the two-seater. Acceleration from 0-62 mph is improved by a tenth of a second to 5.1 seconds with the six-speed manual transmission, and to 5.0 seconds with the optional PDK. The Cayman S Black Edition is priced from £50,420.
Tradition and future of Porsche Intelligent Performance
The world premieres are accompanied by two vehicles which provide impressive proof of the tradition and future of Porsche Intelligent Performance. The Boxster E and the legendary ‘Semper Vivus’ (‘Always Alive’), the world’s first fully-functional, full-hybrid car.
The Boxster E, with one electric motor apiece on front and rear axles, runs on purely electric power with four-wheel drive and is equivalent to a Boxster S in terms of driving dynamics. Together with two other Boxster Es, in which an electric motor drives only the rear wheels, the prototype is being used to explore the everyday practicality of all-electric vehicles and how they are used, especially in terms of driving and battery charging.
‘Semper Vivus’ – ‘Always Alive’
The faithful reconstruction of the ‘Semper Vivus’ pays tribute to the visionary invention of Ferdinand Porsche, who in building it in 1900 created the first ever functional vehicle with a series hybrid drive. The faithful replica, the forward-looking design of which impresses to this day, was the outcome of a collaboration between Porsche Engineering and Karosseriebau Drescher, a coachbuilding company based in Hinterzarten (Germany).