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  •   Richard Meaden reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    The new mid-engine roadster with a four-cylinder engine: #Porsche-718-Boxster / #Porsche-718 / #Porsche / #Porsche-718-Boxster-S / #2017 / #Porsche-718-Boxster-S-982

    Kuala Lumpur. Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer of Porsche in Malaysia, introduced the new 718 Boxster on 2nd August 2016 at the Glass House, Kuala Lumpur.

    “The new 718 Boxster models offer a significant leap in power and performance compared to the previous generation. It is a mid-engine sports car that combines the sporting spirit of the legendary 718 race car with that of the sports car of tomorrow,” said Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP at the launch.

    The centrepiece of the new model series is the newly developed four-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging. With a 2.0-litre engine, the 718 Boxster develops 300 horsepower, while the 718 Boxster S employs a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry, generating 350 horsepower from 2.5 litres of displacement. In the S-model, Porsche also uses a turbocharger with Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). In fact, Porsche is now the only manufacturer to offer VTG technology in production cars with petroldriven engines, both in the 911 Turbo and in the 718 Boxster S. Impressive here is the considerable power gain of 26 kW (35 hp) compared to the previous Boxster models and the greater efficiency of the new turbo engines. The new 718 Boxster models have fuel economy improvements of up to 13 per cent.

    The rear of the new models, meanwhile, is a strong expression of the superlative sporty performance that they are capable of. The cleanly-defined lines and two slim taillights that are connected by a solid accent trim are all designed to add width and prowess to the sleek overall silhouette of the new 718 Boxster models. A quintessential Boxster characteristic, the fabric roof, can be opened and closed in just 9 seconds up to a speed of 50 km/h.
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  •   Richard Meaden reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Outside Line Richard Meaden by #Drive-My

    Money no object. Three words, endless possibilities for the imaginative petrolhead. Meaden gets the ball rolling with his perfect flight of fantasy.

    Thinking. Always a dangerous pastime. Especially when you’re a freelance journalist who has turned procrastination into an art form. Still, what is life without daydreams? That’s what I say. Especially when you can turn a few hours of staring out of the window and drinking copious cups of coffee into a long-overdue evo column. I blame my erstwhile colleagues Nick Trott and Jethro Bovingdon for prompting my latest catastrophic distraction and litany of missed deadlines. The former for asking us to concoct our ultimate McLaren Special Operations (MSO) project a few issues back, the latter for reminding me of his N24 drive in Jim Glickenhaus’s eponymous home-brewed racer.

    Where am I going with all this? Rather pleasingly, the haphazard wiring in my brain has taken these random sources of diversion and arrived at what is surely one the most pressing questions of any petrolhead’s life. Namely, what would you commission as your one-off supercar?

    As is always the case with these flights of fantasy, money has to be no object. Likewise, I rarely allow my tenuous grip on engineering to inhibit my desires. In any case, if anyone dared say something wasn’t possible, I’d refer them back to the ‘money-no-object’ bit, for as Bugatti proved with the Veyron, unlimited budget is the ultimate engineering solution.

    So, the six million dollar (or in all likelihood, rather more) question is: what to build? After considerable deliberation, a number of blind alleys and one or two changes of heart, I’ve settled on… a Porsche. Surprise, surprise, I hear you cry, but incredibly, given you’re reading evo, it has nothing to do with a 911. You see, while I have major lust for Stuttgart’s rear-engined icon, I’ve got a real thing for Porsche’s early sports prototype racers. Naturally this includes the #Porsche-917 , but the true apple of my eye is the unspeakably gorgeous #Porsche-908/01 from 1968.

    Why? Years ago I had the immense privilege of driving one of the original factory 908/01s during a trackday at the Nürburgring. Given the very same car raced in (but sadly retired from) the 1968 Nürburgring 1000km, this was truly a day to remember.

    The beauty, delicacy, speed and exquisite engineering of this fierce and fragile machine stuck with me, only to return to the forefront of my mind during my aforementioned daydream.

    Imagine, I thought, what it would be like to make a modern homage to the 908/01, in much the same manner Jim Glickenhaus did with his spectacular Enzo-based, Pininfarina-designed P4/5. Initially I thought a 918 Spyder would be the ideal basis. But then I had to concede it would be too big and complex. And even if you could junk the batteries and motors, it would have a V8 when the 908 had a jewel-like 3-litre air-cooled flat-eight good for 350bhp. It’s at this juncture I should give special mention to evo’s resident curmudgeon, Stuart Gallagher, for his enduring tirade against the 718 Cayman’s less-than-sonorous flat-four. I’m not a great fan of the engine myself, but if two were joined at the crank I reckon I’d have the perfect modern flat-eight. Strip away the turbos, drop in some high-compression pistons and prickly cams, have a play with the firing order and speak to Mr Akrapovic and my project has a suitably special motor.

    The 908 was built around a spindly alloy tubular spaceframe, which the bodywork wraps like an eggshell, only thinner. My 908 will have a chassis made from tubes, but ones fabricated from carbonfibre, perhaps collaborating with a bicycle manufacturer, as they understand the material. The body would also be carbon, the contours of which would be shaped by Rob Dickinson, obsessive genius behind Singer Vehicle Design. Not only would the panels be flawless, but Dickinson’s eye and lightness of touch would capture the essence of the 908/01’s perfect proportions while adding a contemporary twist to elevate the car from re-creation to 21st century tribute.

    Naturally my 908 would have a manual transmission, complete with birch gearknob, and the finished car would be painted white, like all Porsche’s factory prototypes, perhaps with a flash of red or blue around the nose. It would have 600bhp and weigh less than 1000kg. It would be road-legal but track-capable; trimmed for minimalist comfort, but well suited for long European drives. The trouble with this kind of fantasy is the whole process gets rather addictive. Indeed, as I prepare to conclude this column, I’m thinking the perfect accompaniment to the #Porsche-908 would be a more ambitious, #Porsche-917LH -inspired machine. Perhaps powered by an 8-litre, 1000bhp flat-12 made from a spliced pair of #Porsche-911-GT3-RS motors. It needs more thought, obviously, but I’m sold on the idea. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’d best make myself another coffee.

    ‘Initially I thought the #Porsche-918-Spyder / #Porsche-918 would be the ideal basis, but it’s too complex’

    Richard is a contributing editor to evo and always the last columnist to deliver his words / @ DickieMeaden / #Porsche / #2017 / #1968 /
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    / #2017 / #Porsche-911-RSR / #Porsche-911-RSR-991 / #Porsche-911-991 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-991 / #Porsche-911-RSR-991.2 / #Porsche-991.2 / #Porsche /

    There were tears in the paddock when Porsche arrived at Le Mans in the summer only to discover Ford had been sandbagging in the opening rounds of the 2016 World Endurance Championship with its new GT racer.

    For 2017, then, Porsche has thoroughly redeveloped its 911 RSR to provide its factory team with the best possible GT racer for tackling the challenge from Ford and others. Changes include a new midmounted (yes, a 911 that’s not rear-engined) normally aspirated, 503bhp 4-litre flat-six engine.

    Meanwhile, the aero design of the carbonfibre bodywork – including a sizeable rear diffuser – is claimed to be on a par with that of the Le Mans-winning LMP1 919 Hybrid. There is also a radar-based ‘Collision Avoid System’ to detect fastapproaching LMP cars and warn RSR drivers of potential danger. Porsche anticipates entering 19 races with the RSR in 2017, debuting at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.
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  •   Lester Dizon reacted to this post about 4 years ago

    Closely based on the #Porsche-Sport-Turismo-Concept , on sale in #2017 / #Porsche-Sport-Turismo / #Porsche-Panamera-Sport-Turismo / #Porsche-Panamera-II / #Porsche-Panamera / #Porsche

    Porsche's stunning #Panamera Sport Turismo concept is go for production. First seen at the 2012 Paris motor show, the 'Shooting Brake' style Sport Turismo will be part of an all-new Panamera family, due to go on sale early next year.

    As our spy images show, #Porsche has delivered not only on the elongated roof line of the 2012 concept, but also much of the detailing. That starts with more sculpted, shapely hips over the rear wheel arches compared to the current Panamera. The character lines that flow into the front wing vents are sharper and bolder, too, just like the Sport Turismo.

    What can't be seen, at least not in full, are the front and rear light clusters. However, just visible through the camouflage stickers are horizontal internal headlight graphics that look a dead ringer for those on the concept. The rear clusters on the test mule are more thoroughly obscured. However, it was the Sport Turismo that previewed the so-called '3D' rear clusters now seen on the latest 911 models and the Macan. Prototypes of the standard fastback version of this new Panamera model have clearly also taken cues from the Sport Turismo.

    Inside, the revolution continues. While the original Panamera's body styling met with mixed reviews, its classy, high-quality cabin received universal praise. With the new Panamera, Porsche is upping its incar ante even further. The biggest change addresses arguably the Panamera cabin's one weakness, namely the explosion of buttons on the central console above the transmission tunnel.

    In their place is a slick, flush-mounted panel that massively reduces visual clutter. But here's the clever bit. Instead of physical buttons, the panel uses capacitive touch technology just like a modern smartphone or tablet. However, it's not clear yet whether the panel is underlayed with full LCD displays or merely backlit status lights.

    Either way, just above the console is a new high resolution touchscreen which is thought to share its core technologies with upcoming models from sister brand Bentley. That's because the “the next-generation Panamera” is based on a platform that will also sire new Bentley models. That said, the Panamera's multimedia functionality is likely to mirror the latest #PCM system in the latest #Porsche sports car models with Real Time Traffic, Google Earth and other connected features in the mix.

    All of which just leaves the minor matter of powertrains. The diesel and petrol models, including the mighty Turbo, will again be offered and no doubt with more power and performance than ever. But it's probably the hybrid models that will offer the most technical intrigue.

    The existing Panamera E-Hybrid has already evolved from mild hybrid to offer plug-in charging capability. For the new range, expect a boost in electric power from the outgoing model's 95hp, plus pure- EV range extended beyond 22 miles.

    What's more, odds are Porsche will create more than one hybrid model. Like the combustion powered models, hybrid technology will be offered with differing price and performance mixes. As for pricing, a modest up tick from today's £63,913 base model is a given.

    A launch at the Paris motor show later this year would make for a neat four-year cycle from concept to production. So, we'll put our money on that and sales starting early in 2017. Predicted sales? Well, if it looks half as good as the concept, it should be a winner.

    Worth digging out the concept pics again we think. The Sport Tourismo, as shown at the Paris motor show in 2012 was one of Porsche’s more dramatic styling efforts, and is now certain to reach production.

    Spy shots show the Panamera Sport Tourismo testing. It is clearly very similar to the prototype, with just a false rear panel to put keen-eyed car spotters off the trail.

    PURE-ELECTRIC PANAMERA? / #Porsche-Panamera-Electric / #Porsche-Panamera-Pure-Electric /

    With multiple hybrid models likely to be in the next-generation Panamera model mix, can we expect to see a pure-electric Panamera at some point in its life cycle? In a word, no.

    For a pure-electric Porsche, you'll have to wait until 2020 and the launch of an all-new production car inspired by the recent Mission E concept. That's because the engineering requirements for pure-electric cars are so radically different, a bespoke platform is required. That platform, to be shared with the next-generation VW Phaeton which will also be all-electric, is currently being engineered for use across the entire VW Group of brands.

    Still, Mission E should be worth waiting for. If it looks anything like the concept, it'll be a stunner. And with 600hp and a range of around 350 miles, Mission E is certainly more mile muncher than milk float.
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