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Porsche's most diverse line-up yet: More models on way for SA

2017-12-13 12:15

FASTEST PORSCHE YET! The new 911 GT2 RS with a three-year Drive Plan is now available for order in South Africa, with prices starting at R4 411 000.Image: Porsche

Dubai - Representing a year of major milestones for Porsche Middle East and Africa, 2017 saw the kick-off of an unprecedented product offensive, with several new sports cars.

The last 12 months saw the arrival of the new generation Panamera, including the fastest model in the series, the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The brand’s iconic 911 range saw new additions in the form of the 911 GTS range, 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and 911 GT3. 

Flurry of models for 2018

Several new models are set to arrive in 2018, including the highly anticipated third generation Cayenne, the record-breaking 911 GT2 RS, an all-new Panamera Sport Turismo, 718 GTS range as well as the refined 911 Carrera T. 

One of the first models on the list of new arrivals in showrooms across the Middle East will be the new Cayenne range, a continuation of Porsche’s most prevalent success stories to-date. With more than 770 000 units of previous generations sold worldwide, the arrival of the models commence a new chapter in the brand’s history. 

Available for order in three versions, the new Cayenne features powertrains that produce between 250kW and 404kW of output and introduce a new eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox. Top of the SUV line and premiered at this year’s Dubai International Motor Show is the Cayenne Turbo, which delivers a maximum torque output of 770Nm and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds, when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package.

Combining typical Porsche performance, design and versatility, the latest Cayenne range features up to 65kg less weight, along with innovative chassis systems, wider rear tyres and rear-axle steering. Going off-road is now even easier, as the driver can choose between five pre-programmed drive and chassis modes, depending on the terrain. A completely new interior showcases the Porsche Advanced Cockpit concept. 

Also arriving across the region in 2018 will be the all-new Panamera Sport Turismo models. Initially presented as a concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and officially unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the all-new Panamera Sport Turismo, signalled an expansion of Porsche’s successful sedan range. A versatile and practical sports car in the luxury segment, the Panamera Sport Turismo can accommodate five passengers and up to 520 litres of luggage, as well as featuring a completely redesigned rear exterior.

 With its 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and all-wheel drive as standard, the new model will be available in five derivatives, including the (500kw) strong Turbo S E-Hybrid version. 

In keeping with Porsche’s tradition of developing and refining its most iconic sports car, the 2018 arrival of the fastest and most powerful road-legal 911 is sure to generate high levels of interest. Debuted at the Festival of Speed in Goodwood, the 911 GT2 RS features a 515kW, flat-six biturbo engine and weighs in at 1470 kg with a full fuel tank. The lightweight rear-wheel drive two-seater coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and achieves a top speed of 340 km/h with its motorsport-derived drive technology.

Reinforcing the benefits of implementing key learnings from motorsport into its road cars, the 911 GT2 RS has set the fastest lap time for a sports car on the famous 20.6km Nürburgring Nordschleife, achieving a time of 6 minutes, 47.3 seconds.

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