Sources have recently confirmed reports that Porsche is preparing a limited edition supercar that will be a direct rival to McLaren's F1 and Ferrari's F50. Our sources report that the Porsche 980 (as it will most likely be named) will be powered by a twin turbo V8 that will produce around 700hp. Top speed is set to be as high as 360km/h (220mph) !
This is the first look on what is set to be one of the fastest cars of all times and certainly the fastest Porsche of all times. Production date will most probably be sometime in 2003.
The Boxster is a mid-engine roadster with a design that echoes such classic mid-engine Porsche sports/racing cars as the 550 Spyder and RS60. The Boxster gets its name from a combination of the classic Porsche horizontally opposed six-cylinder boxer engine and its roadster body. The Boxster is powered by a 2.7-liter, 217-horsepower engine with a two-stage resonance intake system, VarioCam® variable valve timing and an E-Gas electronic (drive-by-wire) throttle. The powerplant can accelerate the Boxster from zero-to-62 mph (zero-to-100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds.
A five-speed manual transmission is standard, and the Porsche Tiptronic S five-speed automatic is available as an option. Light weight combined with a broad torque curve and a roomy, comfortable interior make the Boxster the ideal sportscar for everyday driving. The standard power convertible roof features a cloth headliner for a quiet ride and lowers in just 12 seconds. An aluminum hardtop is optional.
Safety technology in the Boxster includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, inertia-reel three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). Boron steel tubing reinforcements inside the windshield header and A-pillars and supplemental safety bars behind the seats help provide protection in rollover accidents. The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is also available as an option.
The Boxster gains new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, plus interior enhancements and a new optional Bose® digital sound system. The trunk adds an internal anti-entrapment release. The remote entry system now controls seat memory function when the optional power seats are ordered. When the optional onboard computer is ordered, it is accompanied by a new LCD multifunctional display inside the instrument cluster. Interior switches get a matte finish and the keys have a color Porsche Crest®. The exterior color palette adds Black, Carrera White, and Basalt Black Metallic for 2002.
ATLANTA Porsche last year introduced an all-new 911® Turbo with a 415-horsepower twin-turbo engine, advanced all-wheel drive and exclusive styling. For 2002, Porsche offers an optional engine enhancement performance package to boost horsepower from 415 to 450. As well as offering more power, the Turbos standard equipment list also expands with a Bose® high-end digital audio system and other additonal luxury features. In addition, the 911 Turbo adds new front seat belt pretensioners and force limiters to its extensive roster of safety technology, and the trunk now includes an anti-entrapment release with internal handle.
The 911 Turbo has become a modern sportscar legend and remains a performance and technology benchmark, said Frederick J. Schwab, president and CEO, Porsche Cars North America.
A racecar-derived 3.6-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine gives the 2002 911 Turbo staggering performance capability. The engine produces 415 horsepower (309 kW) @ 6,000 rpm and sustains 415 lb.-ft. (560 Nm) of peak torque from 2,700-4,600 rpm. Power drives through a standard six-speed manual transmission. The new-generation model was the first 911 Turbo to offer the advanced Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission as an option.
Porsche builds the 911 Turbo on the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera® 4 platform, a practice it began with the previous-generation 911 Turbo in 1996. All-wheel drive, the Porsche Stability Management system (PSM), and 18-inch wheels combine to make the new-generation 911 Turbo the best-handling version in the models history.
With power characteristics of a far larger engine, the 911 Turbo can accelerate from zero-to-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 4.2 seconds. On the test track, the 911 Turbo will sprint from a standstill to 100 mph (160 km/h) in only 9.2 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 189 mph (305 km/h).
The 911 Turbo adds an optional engine enhancement performance package that increases horsepower to 450 (331 kW) @ 5,700 rpm and sustains 457 lb.-ft (620 Nm) of peak torque from 3,500 4,500 rpm. The new package includes modifications to the turbo charger, air intake cooler, electronic control unit, exhaust system and a strengthened transmission. This option cannot be retrofitted to the standard 2001 and 2002 911 Turbo.
The 911 Turbo features the new Bose system as standard equipment, while other Porsche models offer a Bose system as an option. Each Bose audio system has been custom-engineered for a particular Porsche model.
The new Bose automotive music systems combine balanced stereo, a panoramic soundstage, deep bass and smooth frequency response to produce lifelike music reproduction even in the challenging environment of a car. Digital amplifiers provide clean, uncolored sound at any listening level. In the 911 Turbo, 12 advanced loudspeakers and a subwoofer blend seamlessly into cabin trim, raising and widening the sound stage and ensuring balanced stereo.
Porsche designed the 911 Turbo not only for high performance, but to provide long-distance comfort, as well. In line with that mission, the car adds several new comfort and convenience features for 2002, including auto-dimming inside and outside mirrors with integrated rain sensor windshield wipers. Other interior changes include redesigned center vents and matte-surface switches, which improve tactile feel. A new lockable glovebox adds to interior storage. The center dash gains an integral cupholder. The car keys now have a color Porsche Crest®.
While the new-generation 911 Turbo inspired the front-end redesign of the 2002 911 Carrera, the 911 Turbo retains many exclusive body parts and design elements. Three large intake grills dominate the lower front fascia and provide cooling air to the cars three radiators. Compared to the 911 Carrera models, the 911 Turbo has a wider stance, particularly at the rear, where the 911 Turbo is 2.6 inches (65 mm) wider to accommodate the standard 18-inch alloy wheels and massive 295/30 ZR18 tires.
Air scoops integrated into the leading edges of the rear fenders channel air to the turbocharger intercoolers, while louvers in the sides of the lower rear cover exhaust air from the intercoolers. The engine compartment lid carries a two-piece rear stabilizer wing, the upper part of which automatically raises at speeds above 75 mph (120 km/h) and lowers at 50 mph (80 km/h).
In addition to the standard Bose digital audio system, the 911 Turbo adds several luxury features over and above the standard equipment on the 911 Carrera models, including full-power adjustable leather seats for the driver and passenger (with drivers side memory). The 911 Turbo also comes with a standard programmable remote entry and security system with alarm and immobilizer. The driver can control the seat memory and open the luggage compartment with the remote control. In addition, customers may choose one of the metallic paint options at no extra cost.
The 911 Turbo engine is based directly on the 3.6-liter engine from the GT1 racecar that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998. (The engine is not a turbocharged version of the new 3.6-liter unit used in the 2002 911 Carrera models.) To accommodate the high boost pressure produced by its dual turbochargers, the engine features a 9.4-to-1 compression ratio, compared to 11.3-to-1 for the 911 Carrera models.
Intake air enters through louvers in the engine lid, flows into a joint air filter housing and then into the turbochargers. The turbos compress the air to a maximum of 11.76 psi (0.8 bar over atmosphere). From the turbos, the intake air flows through dual intercoolers (one mounted in each rear fender) and then into the induction system.
Like all current Porsche engines, the 911 Turbo features double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. The new-generation 911 Turbo introduced a new version of the Porsche VarioCam® valve timing system. Called VarioCam Plus, the new system provides continuously adjustable valve timing by using two camshaft profiles and two sets of tappets to vary both valve lift and duration. The system helps boost low-end and mid-range torque. Dual valve springs ensure reliable, high-performance operation.
Sequential multi-port fuel injection features separate fuel mixture control for each cylinder bank and a coil-on-plug (distributorless) ignition system provides quick response and reliable operation. The ME 7.8 engine control module incorporates the E-Gas electronic throttle. In place of a conventional throttle cable setup, E-Gas electronically transmits pedal position to the engine control unit. The new system provides even sharper throttle response and ensures low emissions.
The current-generation 911 Turbo uses an all-wheel drive system based on a viscous multi-plate clutch located directly behind the front differential. Weighing just 120 pounds (54 kg), the all-wheel drive system in the 911 Turbo qualifies as one of the lightest such systems in the industry. The all-wheel drive system directs torque to the front wheels at a rate of five-to-40 percent, depending on available traction and power applied. The viscous unit compensates for differing wheel speeds during cornering. The 911 Turbo exhibits outstanding traction on all road surfaces. However, Porsche did not intend the all-wheel drive system as an all-weather traction assistant.
The four-wheel independent suspension features a Porsche-optimized MacPherson-strut design in front and a multilink setup in the rear, both with aluminum suspension components to reduce unsprung weight. Front and rear stabilizer bars and gas-charged shock absorbers provide flatter cornering. Standard power rack-and pinion steering yields a quick 2.98 turns lock-to-lock and a tight 34.8-ft. (10.6-meter) turning circle.
A staggered wheel/tire array (wider wheels and wider, lower-profile tires on the rear) contributes to neutral handling. The standard aluminum alloy wheels measure 18 x 8 inches in front and mount 225/40 ZR18 tires; the 18 x 11-inch rear wheels mount 295/30 ZR18 tires.
The 2002 911 Turbo employs the four-wheel vented disc brakes derived from the Porsche GT1 racecar. One-piece (monoblock), four-piston brake calipers reduce unsprung weight and improve heat dissipation. The front and rear discs measure 13.0 inches in diameter (330 mm), but differ in thickness 1.34-inch (34 mm) in front and 1.1-inch (28 mm) in the rear. The cross-drilled discs dissipate heat to maintain braking performance and brake feel even under hard usage.
Porsche equips the 2002 911 Turbo with the Porsche Stability Management system (PSM), an innovation the automaker first introduced on the 1999 911 Carrera 4. Using data from several sensor inputs, PSM can detect a loss of grip at the front or rear and reduce instability by applying braking to individual wheels and, if necessary, altering engine power. PSM can help keep the 911 Turbo going in the direction the driver steers, especially on slippery roads.
The PSM system operates so quickly that most drivers likely will not feel it making corrections, and the system operates whether or not the driver is using the brakes. The driver can disengage PSM with a dashboard switch, but, for safety, PSM will engage under braking and then disengage when the driver lifts off the brake. While the system provides dynamic handling aid, Porsche cautions drivers that PSM cannot counteract the laws of physics.
The 911 Turbo offers a choice between a precise-shifting standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual features a dual-mass flywheel for low vibration and a hydraulic clutch for consistent performance. With the advanced Tiptronic S, the driver can place the shift lever into D and let the transmission do the shifting, or shift into M and control gearshifts with steering wheel-mounted thumb switches.
In automatic mode, Tiptronic S uses infinitely variable shift points to respond to the driving circumstances and the driving style. During leisurely driving, Tiptronic S will upshift early to provide a quiet ride and the best fuel efficiency. With quicker gas pedal action, the transmission responds by raising shift points to hold each gear longer for crisp response and power. The Tiptronic S transmission draws from among 250 different shift maps to provide optimal performance at all times.
Even while in automatic mode, the computer-controlled Tiptronic S responds like a driver working a manual transmission, downshifting or holding lower gears when cornering and driving on hills. Tiptronic S allows the driver to select manual mode by pressing an up- or downshift button, even with the shift lever in the D position.
With the high performance potential of the 911 Turbo comes a high level of occupant protection. A patented crumple zone body structure protects a reinforced passenger compartment. Supplementing the three-point inertia-reel seatbelts, the 911 Turbo gains new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters for 2002. All Porsche for 2002 models include dual front airbags plus the Porsche Side Impact Protection System that includes boron-steel door reinforcement beams, energy-absorbing door panels, and door-mounted side airbags. The 30-liter capacity sidebags provide additional protection for the chest, head, and pelvis.
At a customers request, a U.S. Porsche dealer can install a system that deactivates the passenger airbags when a U.S. Porsche-approved child seat is used. The system features a cross brace with belt lock in front of the passenger seat. Buckling the special child seat into this brace deactivates the airbags. To install the system, the dealer also must reprogram the airbag control module.
The 911 Turbo comes equipped with a full slate of standard luxury and security
Anti-theft system with engine immobilizer and alarm
Automatic climate control with dust/pollen and activated charcoal odor filters
Bi-xenon headlights (xenon high-intensity discharge lights for the low and high beams)
Bose digital audio system with six-channel amplifier and 12 speakers
Heated power sideview mirrors
Heated windshield washer nozzles
Leather-covered telescoping three-spoke steering wheel with Porsche Crest
Power opening for the luggage and engine compartment lids
Power windows with one-touch up/down
Power-adjustable full leather seats with drivers seat memory
Programmable remote locking system
The remote entry system allows the driver to open the luggage compartment lid and operate the seat memory function.
Porsche Cars North America offers customers in the United States and Canada the opportunity to personalize their cars through two option-selection channels. Together with the choice of limited-availability special paint colors, the special options allow a customer to make a Porsche into a truly one-of-a-kind car.
The Porsche Exclusive program offers a wide array of optional features installed at the factory. Options include custom interior trim packages and individual trim items. The Porsche four-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty covers all Exclusive options, and Porsche dealers can include the cost of the options in the lease or finance contract.
The Tequipment® (Tech-quipment) program offers a line of accessories available only from authorized Porsche dealers. Tequipment options include such items as special wheels, a new-for-2002 aerobody kit, instrument panel trim kits, CD changers, and custom floormats. Customers can order Tequipment options at the time of purchase or return to the dealership for installation later. While installation of Tequipment may require some modifications to the car, such modifications do not affect the standard limited warranty. Tequipment items come with a two-year warranty when installed by a certified technician at an authorized Porsche dealership.
In addition to the limited-availability special paint colors, Porsche will even paint a 911 Carrera to match a sample from the customer. The Porsche 26-step corrosion protection and paint process ensures that the custom paintwork meets the same quality standards as a regular production paint color. The Porsche three-year/unlimited mileage paint finish and 10-year/unlimited mileage corrosion perforation warranties apply to any custom color.
Porsche began using turbochargers in the 917 racecar in the early 1970s and introduced its first 911 Turbo model in 1974. The 911 Turbo arrived in the United States for model-year 1976, and with its 234-horsepower engine (U.S.-spec) could achieve 0-60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds. From the beginning, Porsche designed the 911 Turbo as a fully equipped grand touring car with a high level of standard luxury features.
Porsche introduced innovations that increased the reliability of turbocharging, including the exhaust wastegate to regulate boost pressure and intercoolers to reduce the temperature of the compressed intake air. Porsche pioneered the all-wheel drive supercar with the limited production 959 of the mid-1980s. Although not imported to North America, the turbocharged 959 became a Porsche legend and paved the way for the first standard-production all-wheel drive Porsche 911 Turbo, which arrived in the U.S. for 1996.
Every new model-year 2002 Porsche car sold in the United States and Canada is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile (80,000 kilometer), bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, which includes Porsches roadside assistance program. The galvanized body and 26-step paint and anti-corrosion process enable Porsche to warrant each car against rust perforation for 10 years and unlimited mileage. In addition, Porsche guarantees the paint finish for three years also without a mileage limitation.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is the exclusive importer of Porsche cars for the United States. A wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs some 200 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, marketing and training for its 205 dealers in North America. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.
Porsche has significantly enhanced the 911 Carrera models for 2002, their fourth model year, giving them a larger, more powerful engine and a new look inspired by the 911 Turbo. The line includes the 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet and the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. A new version of the 911 Carrera 4 Coupe will be released later in the model year. While keeping their unmistakable 911 profile, the 2002 models adopt the headlight design of the 911 Turbo, plus a newly shaped front end, widened rear quarter panels, and redesigned oval exhaust tailpipes.
All models benefit from a strengthened body structure, which enhances handling, ride quality and safety. The design changes benefit performance, increasing airflow to the radiators by 15 percent and reducing aerodynamic lift on both the front and rear suspension. The Bi-Xenon gas-discharge headlights that are standard on the 911 Turbo are a new option for the 911 Carrera models.
Porsche enlarged the displacement of the six-cylinder boxer engine in the 911 Carrera models to 3.6 liters from 3.4 liters and increased horsepower to 320 from 300. Peak torque increases to 273 lb.-ft. at 4,250 rpm from 258 lb.-ft. at 4,600 rpm, and the torque curve is now broader overall for enhanced response at all speeds. The new VarioCam® Plus valve timing and lift system similar to that used on the 911 Turbo helps boost torque. Porsche optimized suspension tuning for the enhanced performance, and new-design Carrera II 17-inch alloy wheels reduce unsprung weight.
The 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet all-wheel drive system uses a viscous multi-plate clutch mounted just behind the front differential. The Cabriolet features a fully automatic power roof, an automatic deploying supplemental safety bar structure, and a standard removable aluminum hardtop. A glass rear window with integral defroster replaces the polycarbonate window in the Cabriolet. Safety technology includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The Porsche Stability Management System (PSM) is standard on the 911 Carrera 4 and optional for the 911 Carrera.
The 911 Carrera models gain new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters. A three-spoke sports steering wheel replaces the previous four-spoke wheel, and the center vents have also been redesigned. The remote entry system now controls memory function when the optional power seats are ordered. A new optional Bose® digital sound system replaces previous sound system upgrades. The newly standard onboard computer uses an LCD screen in the tachometer to display information including fuel consumption and driving range, engine oil level, outside temperature and 35 different warning messages in plain text. New exterior colors include Black, Basalt Black Metallic and Carrera White.
The Boxster S builds on the foundation of the popular Boxster model and offers an even higher level of performance and standard features. A 3.2-liter engine, exclusive to this model, produces 250 horsepower and 225 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Power-boosting technology includes a dual-resonance air intake and VarioCam® variable valve timing. The engine produces 85 percent of its peak torque at just 2,000 rpm, giving the Boxster S outstanding response even at low speeds. To handle the extra power, the Boxster S is equipped with a version of the six-speed manual transmission and the larger cross-drilled brake discs from the 911® Carrera®. Standard 17-inch wheels and tires and sport chassis tuning enhance handling. The Porsche Boxster S can accelerate from zero-to- 62 mph (zero-to-100 km/h) in just 5.9 seconds (versus 6.6 seconds for the standard Boxster model). A third radiator augments the standard models two to handle cooling for the larger engine, and its central air intake quickly identifies the Boxster S.
Distinctive titanium-color exterior trim sets the Boxtser S apart from the standard Boxster. Inside, the Boxster S features unique instrument panel gauges with aluminum-color trim and gray faces. Aluminum-look door and luggage compartment handles, shift lever, and shifter bezel reinforce the classic sports car appearance. The standard power convertible roof lowers in just 12 seconds, and its cloth headliner ensures all-season comfort. Safety technology includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, inertia- reel three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and integrated supplemental safety bars. The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system is available as an option.
The Boxster S enters its third model year with new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, plus interior enhancements and a new optional Bose® digital sound system. The trunk adds an internal anti-entrapment release. The remote entry system now controls seat memory function when the optional power seats are ordered. When the optional onboard computer is ordered, it is accompanied by a new LCD multifunctional display inside the instrument cluster. Interior switches get a matte finish and the keys have a color Porsche Crest. The exterior color palette adds Black, Carrera White, and Basalt Black Metallic for 2002.
ATLANTA, September 20, 2001 --- Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) today announced it will delay the start of The Porsche 50-State Drive For Hope, its record setting challenge to benefit The Hope Foundation. Originally scheduled to begin Sept. 20, it has been delayed until Oct. 18, due to the national tragedy that occurred Sept. 11.
Other elements of the event will continue as before, and several new elements will be added to benefit the victims of terror attacks in New York and Washington, DC. The new elements will be announced at a later date.
Yahoo! Inc., a leading global communications, commerce and media company, has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the 50-State Drive for Hope and will provide online marketing support for the event. In addition, Yahoo! Auctions will serve as the official auction site for the 50-state drive. Beginning Sept. 12, 2001, one opportunity to drive a leg of the challenge will be up for auction along with an official challenge 2001 Porsche 911 Turbo, a Drive for Hope special edition Gibson Custom Edition Les Paul guitar and other Porsche memorabilia.
Porsche is committed to helping The Hope Foundation raise the level of awareness and support for cancer research, said Fred Schwab, PCNA president and CEO. The endurance test our drivers will experience in this challenge cant compare to the sheer test of strength cancer patients face daily. Theyre the real winners in this event.
The challenge will begin in Honolulu on Oct. 18, 2001. After the initial drive, the three all-wheel drive Porsche 911 Turbos will be loaded onto a cargo jet where official transportation partner, Pacific Air Cargo, will fly the sports cars to Los Angeles to continue the nine-day, around-the-clock adventure. Yahoo! will also equip each car involved in the record-setting challenge with eLink service Fortified with Yahoo! from Motient Corporation on RIM Wireless Handhelds from Research in Motion (RIM). With eLink service Fortified with Yahoo!, driving teams will be able to communicate in real time using Yahoo! Messenger and Yahoo! Mail with those following the event everywhere they go. Those wanting to follow the event daily can visit here.
Porsche and The Hope Foundation have created a unique event that promises to raise community awareness and support for cancer research across the U.S., said Rich Godwin, senior brand manager, Yahoo! Inc. Yahoo! is proud to join Porsche in the fight against cancer.
As the official transactions partner of the 50-State Drive for Hope, iBill (Internet Billing Company), the global leader in online transaction processing, will provide the technology necessary to accept online donations directly through The Hope Foundation Web site. iBill will also promote the event through its own Web site, recently named by Forbes Magazine as the 5th Most Visited B-2-B Site on the Web.
Throughout the record-setting event, each 911 Turbo will travel on Continental® ContiSportContact 2 tires provided by Charlotte-based Continental Tire North America Inc., which is a group company of Germany-based Continental AG.
Exclusive sponsors of the 2001 Drive for Hope include Amgen, AstraZeneca, Aventis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, CitiCorp, Eli Lilly, Gibson, Hyatt, Ortho Biotec and Roche. Each has pledged $1 per mile for every mile driven by the team.
Also participating in the event is Porsche Club of America (PCA), With more than 45,000 members, PCA is the worlds largest club dedicated to a single brand of car. Five club members will be taking the wheel during the marathon drive.
Established in 1992, The Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, supports the increasing financial and awareness needs for the cancer research and trials of the Southwest Oncology Group. As a result of continually decreasing funds available from the federal government, the role of The Hope Foundation has and will become even more vital to the longevity and success of clinical cancer research. The mission of The Hope Foundation is to bring greater financial resources and awareness to the Southwest Oncology Group's efforts. The Foundation's vision is to continue efforts to support the prevention, treatment and eventual cure of all cancer.
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