Canadian debut of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport and 2017 911 Carrera models
TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2016 /CNW/ - The 911 has been the world's best-selling sports car for decades and the new generation has arrived to further extend this lead. With innovative turbo flat engines, an advanced chassis with even greater spread between performance and comfort, and a new infotainment system it is exceedingly well positioned. Thanks to over four decades of experience with turbocharging – in both racing and production sports cars – the new engines in the latest 911 Carrera set benchmarks in terms of performance, driving pleasure, and efficiency. Rear-axle steering – available on the Carrera models for the first time – further extends the range of driving dynamics.
"For more than five decades, the 911 has offered segment-leading performance, style, innovation, and practicality," said Alexander Pollich, President & CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. "As we open the next chapter in the extraordinary story of this sports car icon, the latest model clearly demonstrates that it will continue this tradition for years to come."
Many exterior features of the 911 Carrera have been visually refined: these range from new headlights to door handles without recess covers, a redesigned rear lid with vertical louvres and new rear lights. Inside the latest 911, the new standard Porsche Communication Management with a multi-touch display offers a considerably expanded range of functions and greatly simplified operation.
The completely new engine generation with bi-turbo charging offers 370 hp in the 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S now delivers 420 hp. In both cases, the three litre flat-six offers an increase of 20 hp compared to the previous 3.4 and 3.8 engines.
The new engines are characterized by significantly increased torque (44 lb-ft and 43 lb-ft) with maximum of 331 lb-ft and 368 lb-ft respectively delivered constantly from a low 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm. At the same time, the motor revs up to a 7,500 rpm redline, which clearly exceeds the top speeds of conventional turbo engines.
This translates into impressive performance: the 911 Carrera Coupé with PDK and Sport Chrono Package sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds –two tenths of a second faster than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package performs this in just 3.9 seconds (also 0.2 s faster). The top speeds of both models have also increased further.
For the first time, the new PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which lowers the ride height by ten millimetres, is a standard on all Carrera models. The active rear-axle steering is a newly available option for the 911 Carrera S adopted from the 911 Turbo and 911 GT3. Also borrowed from the GT3 option list is a now optional hydraulic lift system for the front axle. Pressing a button increases the front ground clearance by 40 mm within 5 seconds.
The new 911 will arrive in Canada next month with manufacturer suggested retail prices starting at $102,200 for the 911 Carrera and $118,200 for the 911 Carrera S.
Using the lightweight Cayman GT4 as the basis, Porsche Motorsport has developed a near-standard racing version. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport celebrated its world premiere at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November.
Just like its race-worthy production sibling, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine. The racing version features a Porsche double clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel and a mechanical rear-axle locking differential. The lightweight suspension strut front axle is taken from its 911 GT3 Cup big brother. The impressive racing brake system is fitted with steel brake discs all round measuring 380 millimetre in diameter. Tipping the scales at just 1,300 kilograms, the Cayman GT4 Clubsport, delivered ex-works with a welded-in safety cage, a racing bucket seat as well as a six-point harness, is truly lightweight.
The new Cayman GT4 Clubsport will be racing in the 2016 season of the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.
Porsche Cars Canada, an independent subsidiary of Porsche AG, imports and distributes Porsche vehicles in Canada. The company employs a team of 33 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, and public relations. Last calendar year, Porsche sold an unprecedented 6,413 units in Canada, up 30% over 2014.
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