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Old 04-05-2004, 07:50 PM   #31
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A personal race car that can compete toe to toe at lemans for a private buyer, and is there really going to be less GT3rs, then CGTs???
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Old 04-05-2004, 08:00 PM   #32
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Old 04-06-2004, 06:33 AM   #33
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Porsche Boxster S

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191 kW (260 bhp) and even more torque

The six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit of the Boxster S develops maximum output of 191 kW (260 bhp) at 6200 rpm, maximum torque amounting to 310 Newton-metres (421 lb-ft) at 4600 rpm. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h comes in 5.7 seconds and top speed is now 264 km/h (164 mph). Despite this increase in power and performance, fuel consumption is down by 2 per cent, mainly thanks to Porsche's new VarioCam technology adjusting the camshaft infinitely up to an angle of 40° and thus helping to further reduce charge cycle losses in the process.




Modified six-speed manual gearbox

The six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard in the Boxster S has been appropriately modified to reflect this increase in power and performance. To efficiently handle the higher torque, the single-plate dry clutch has been reinforced and exerts higher contact pressure in line with the new requirements. The individual transmission ratios, on the other hand, remain the same as before and it almost goes without saying that the Boxster S is available as an option with five-speed Tiptronic S transmission combining supreme comfort with sporting performance on the road.




Reduction of unsprung masses

17-inch light-alloy wheels newly developed last year especially for the Boxster and 18-inch light-alloy wheels introduced originally on the 911 Carrera significantly reduce unsprung masses and, as a result, ensure far more sensitive and precise suspension and shock absorption. The slim spokes bear testimony at very first sight to the consistent application of
lightweight design and technology, the 17-inch wheels fitted as standard on the Boxster S saving 2 kilos versus the former wheels. The 18-inch wheels available as special equipment on both the Boxster S and the Boxster reduce weight by an even more significant 10.8 kg or 23.8 lbs, equal to a weight reduction by 22.1 per cent.




Soft roof with glass window at the rear

The roof now moves down to the rear lid at a steeper angle, closely resembling the aluminium hardtop available as an option. This change in design is the result of a new, fourth roof bracket fitted above the rear window now made of glass. Replacing the plastic rear window on the former models since last year, the new glass rear window naturally comes complete with electric heating, improving not only visibility to the rear, but also motoring comfort in cold and wet weather. And to add some further good news, the glass window at the rear does not change the time required for electrically opening the soft roof, which remains a
record 12 seconds thanks to the new roof kinematics.




Porsche Boxster S:

Even More Powerful, Even More Dynamic

Showing great finesse and attention to detail, Porsche's designers and engineers last year lifted the Boxster to an even higher level, adding more power and carefully modifying the looks of this beautiful car.
Discreet refinement in design is to be admired on the Boxster S and Boxster through the two newly designed cooling air scoops on either side at the front, now curved further to the outside for an even more elegant and dynamic look. This gives the entire front end of the car a more pronounced and distinctive arrow shape, increasing ram pressure at speed and, together with the intake air grids also redesigned and finished in body colour, improving the flow of cooling air. The third air intake scoop in the middle remains the most striking feature at the front end of the Boxster S, as in the past. Greyish-white direction indicators in the rear light clusters, the newly styled twin exhaust tailpipes and, in particular, the two distinctive crossbars give the lowslung rear end a new
look full of power and muscle. Interacting with the slots somewhat higher up, the crossbars at the rear ensure even better exchange of the air heated up by the rear-end silencer. Like on the former models, the redesigned spoiler moves up automatically once the car reaches a road speed of 120 km/h, significantly reducing rear lift in the process. A further
advantage in this context is the improved flow of air to the rear spoiler provided by the modified roof now moving down more steeply to the rear lid and closely resembling the aluminium hardtop available as an option. This change in shape and design is ensured by a new, fourth roof bracket above the rear window now made of glass – and replacing the former plastic window in the soft roof, the new glass rear window naturally comes with electric heating. The overall result is better visibility to the rear and enhanced motoring comfort in cold and wet weather. And last but not least, the glass rear window does not change or extend the time required for opening the roof, which remains a record 12 seconds thanks
to the new roof closing kinematics.


An outstanding performer

In its performance, the Boxster S lives up to its good looks in every respect. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h now comes in a mere 5.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than with the former model. The power providing this kind of performance on the road is delivered by the engine mounted directly behind the cockpit: With its six horizontally-opposed cylinders, the 3.2-litre power unit develops maximum output of 191 kW (260 bhp) at 6200 rpm, with maximum torque of 310 Newtonmetres (228 lb-ft) at 4600 rpm. The result is even better flexibility and a more muscular torque curve providing better acceleration and higher pulling
forces particularly at low engine speeds. Top speed on the road is now 264 km/h or 164 mph. With Porsche more power also means greater fuel economy, fuel consumption according to the EU standard dropping by approximately 2 per cent to 10.5 litres/100 kilometres (26.9 mpg Imp) (Tiptronic S: 11.1 ltr/100 kilometres or 25.4 mpg Imp). This increase in
power and performance combined with greater fuel economy and lower emissions is attributable in particular to VarioCam technology providing infinite adjustment of the camshafts up to an angle of 40° and, as a result, reducing charge cycle losses in the interest of enhanced efficiency.


Sporting comfort with either the six-speed manual gearbox or Tiptronic S

To make full use of the power and muscle offered by the 3.2-litre power unit, the Boxster S comes as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox ensuring outstanding performance on the road. Focusing on the transmission with utmost care, Porsche's development engineers
have harmonised the individual gear ratios to provide a perfect match of speeds and transmission increments, capitalising on engine torque at all times. In practice this means perfect harmony and smoothness when shifting up. The manual gearbox of the Boxster S has been reinforced to cope with the even higher level of engine torque, being modified and exerting higher contact pressure on the single-place dry clutch. The individual gear ratios remain the same as before, giving the car top performance at all speeds. As an option the Boxster S is available with Porsche's five-speed Tiptronic S transmission ensuring supreme comfort and sporting performance all in one. A significant feature of Tiptronic S is interim manual control while driving in the automatic mode: With the selector lever remaining in automatic, the driver is able to shift gears manually via paddles on the steering wheel.


Safe and fast in bends

Spontaneous, direct and precise steering ensures sports handling of the highest calibre, smooth and easy-to-control load change response in bends, a high standard of lateral acceleration as well as body roll, dive and squat reduced to a minimum in bends, when accelerating and applying the brakes. Special Porsche technology keeps stopping distances very short even under extreme conditions, the brakes retaining their full power and grip without fading.
The Boxster model series is fitted with Porsche's well-known four-piston aluminium fixed monobloc brake callipers and inner-vented brake discs both front and rear. Intelligently conceived air flow ensures a perfect thermal balance of the entire brake system, without any undue increase in heat. On the Boxster S the 17-inch light-alloy wheels fitted as standard
provide the space required for Porsche's extra-large Carrera brake discs, now measuring 318 millimetres (12.52”) in diameter and 28 millimetres (1.10”) in width on the front wheels.
At the rear brake disc diameter is 299 millimetres or 11.77”, and the discs are 24 millimetres or 0.94” thick. A further feature is that the brake discs are cross-drilled like on the 911, improving brake response in wet weather by efficiently removing any water between the disc and the brake pad.


Wheels developed consistently in line with lightweight technology

17-inch wheels newly developed last year and 18-inch wheels available as an option significantly reduce unsprung masses and thus provide even more precise, smoother and more harmonious suspension and shock absorption. Available as an option also on the 2.7-litre Boxster, both wheels are designed consistently for low weight visible at very first sight above all through the slim, slender spokes. The 17-inch wheels in 10-spoke design are 5.6 per cent or 2 kilos lighter than the former wheels, the 18-inch wheels already featured successfully with somewhat wider rims (0.5” wider at the front, 1.0” wider at the rear) on the 911 Carrera ensure an even greater reduction of weight: With only 5 spokes on each wheel, overall weight of the four wheels is down by 10.8 kg to a mere 38 kilos or 84 lbs. This is an improvement by 22.1 per cent, giving these cast wheels the same low weight as hollowspoke wheels.


Wide range of standard equipment

Over and above their even higher high level of power and performance on the road, the two Boxsters offer a wider range of standard features including, inter alia, the electric roof, electric window lifts, alcantara seat upholstery, thermal insulation glazing, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, central locking, the electronic immobiliser and, on the Boxster S, an alarm system with full surveillance of the interior. Since last year the standard features have also included a cupholder and remote control opening not only the car itself, but also the front and rear bootlids. Another feature added last year is the illuminated glove compartment with a capacity of five litres fitted beneath the passenger airbag. The glove compartment is lockable and is connected to the car's alarm system.
The most advanced Porsche Communication Management (PCM) available as an option in the Boxster S and Boxster offers the latest achievements in modern communication technology. PCM comprises a double tuner, a CD player, dynamic route navigation, a trip computer
and, as a further option, a GSM dual-band telephone. These individual components are connected with one another by the MOST (Media-Oriented System Transport) databus using lightwave technology transmitting data at a very high speed without the slightest loss of
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Old 04-07-2004, 11:01 AM   #34
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Porsche Boxster S Anniversary Edition



Philosophy

From the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio to the Carrera Panamericana, there was one car which dominated world racing throughout much of the 1950s. The first ever Porsche designed specifically for the racetrack. That car was the 550 Spyder.
When development began on the ‘Type 550’, there was one simple aim in mind: to win races. The means to that end was an open-top two-seater offering speed, agility and intelligent design around a lightweight, mid-mounted engine. This simple concept was so effective that it gave rise to one of the most impressive track records in motor racing history. It was also one of the most important developments in the evolution of the Porsche marque. Since that time, every new Porsche has carried something of the spirit of the 550 Spyder.
In the current Porsche Boxster, this unmistakable genealogy is perhaps more striking than ever. Each individual element supports an integrated whole with one overriding purpose: the experience and enjoyment of pure Porsche performance. Inside and out, the similarities are remarkable, from the sweeping curves at the front and rear to the fundamental layout within. Like its legendary predecessor, the Porsche Boxster is a lightweight two-seater with a powerful mid-mounted engine. In contrast to the austerity of the 550 Spyder, it’s also remarkably practical in everyday road use.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this classic Porsche roadster, we’ve taken the current flagship Boxster – the Boxster S – and created a state-of-the-art tribute to the first racing Porsche:
The 550 Spyder 50th Anniversary Edition


Engine

Fifty years ago, Porsche engineers combined a 110-horsepower, mid-mounted engine with a lightweight streamlined chassis. The result was the 550 Spyder. That same combination of concentrated power and natural agility can be found in today’s Porsche Boxster. Like the Type 550 before it, the Boxster is designed for optimum power-to-weight performance. In the standard Boxster S, the mid-mounted ‘flat-six’ delivers a maximum of 260 bhp. With its free-revving response and generous delivery it is, quite literally, the heart of the Boxster experience.
As a tribute to the racing pedigree of the Porsche roadster, we’ve developed a number of modifications which are unique to the 50th Anniversary Edition: The 3.2-litre engine now offers 196 kW (266 bhp) at 6,200 rpm, enabling a top speed of 266 km/h (165 mph). Maximum torque is equally prodigious, reaching 310 Nm at 4,600 rpm
Another important development can be found on the six-speed manual gearbox, which now has a 15% shorter throwcompared with the standard Boxster S linkage. Further assisted by a shorter lever, each gearshift is now faster and more precise.
If you prefer, you can specify your Porsche with the optional Tiptronic S transmission. This intelligent system combines fully automatic operation with the option of race-style gearshifts and a manual override function via twin wheel-mounted controls. Another important characteristic is the distinctive aural accompaniment from the polished stainless steel tailpipe. Neatly enclosed within the rear apron moulding, this attractive feature adds a key visual highlight to the stylish exterior of the car.


Chassis

While the purity of the Porsche roadster has changed little in 50 years, we’ve made enormous advances in the field of chassis engineering.
Today’s Boxster S, for example, features a specially optimised McPherson-based suspension design. To reflect the racing heritage of the 550 Spyder, the 50th Anniversary Edition rides 10 mm lower than the standard Boxster S.
The stiffened sports suspension provides even greater road holding and enables faster cornering speeds. For added peace of mind, the car is equipped with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) as standard. Equally reassuring are the powerful brakes, which are easily a match for the car’s eager throttle response. The large cross-drilled discs are gripped by four-piston fixed calipers featuring a robust monobloc aluminium construction and cool aluminium paint finish. Each disc and caliper is clearly visible through the larger-diameter 18-inch Carrera alloy wheels. Other visual highlights include a Seal Grey paint finish on the spokes of each wheel as well as matching wheel centres with full-colour Porsche Crest, or if you prefer, the spokes can be finished in silver as a no-cost option.
All four wheels are fitted with 5-mm spacers, creating a more dominant stance on the road.
Together, these modifications constitute a very distinctive tribute to the purity and character of the classic Porsche roadster


Exterior

When the Boxster concept was originally unveiled, we were returning full circle to the legendary 550 Spyder. The essential characteristic of this common genetic thread is the two-seater, mid-engined configuration. Externally, the similarities are subtly reflected in the timeless, race-inspired design.
On the 50th Anniversary Edition, we’ve chosen a silver exterior as a clear visual link to the racing 550. The colour selected – GT Silver Metallic – was originally developed for another mid-engined, race-derived Porsche: the new Carrera GT.
Another feature unique to the 50th Anniversary Edition is the silver-painted grille on the rear apron openings to the right and left-hand side of the tailpipe. This subtle detail emulates the original 550 Spyder with its enclosed and compact tail section. On the boot lid above, the distinctive ‘Boxster S’ logo has a polished, chrome-plated finish.
The harmonious exterior is further enhanced by the standard wind deflector and colour-keyed roll-over bars. Other standard features include Litronic headlights featuring dynamic range control and integrated headlamp cleaning.
The resulting exterior is both an elegant homage to the 550 Spyder and a powerful demonstration of contemporary Porsche design.
The exterior paintwork is elegantly contrasted with a Cocoa Brown fabric hood. Another tasteful reference to classic 50s style, this warming tone was specially developed for the 50th Anniversary Edition. If you prefer, the standard Cocoa Brown can be exchanged for an optional black fabric instead. Whichever colour you choose, the hood is equipped with a heated glass rear screen and requires just 12 seconds to open or close.



Interior

With the 50th Anniversary Edition, we’ve returned to our roots while incorporating the latest technological advances. As a reminder of the interior of the 550 Spyder, the front centre console featured on the standard Boxster S makes way for a special limited-edition plaque. Each one of the 1,953 examples of this unique commemorative model is individually numbered in this way.
With the exception of the black door entry guards with polished ‘Boxster S’ logo, the interior is dominated by two distinct tones: Cocoa Brown and GT Silver Metallic. Not only is this combination unique to this model, it provides a perfect matching complement to the exterior paint finish and hood.
Much of the interior is expertly finished in rich, luxurious leather. This exclusive material provides a further reminder of the car’s classic racing origins. The Cocoa Brown interior extends to the velour carpets and matching floor mats with ‘Porsche’ logo.
The 50th Anniversary Edition includes automatic air conditioning, the Porsche CDR-23 CD radio and the Porsche Sound Package as standard.



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Old 04-07-2004, 09:35 PM   #35
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Wow...this is a fantastic thread. I'm waiting on the 911 stuff. As much as I love Ferraris and Lamborghinis, I think realisitically, a Porsche is the most attainable for me... =)
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Porsche Cayenne V6

Highlights:

That typical Porsche look in an entirely new segment

Introducing a revolutionary Sports Utility, Porsche is taking a new approach in the market whilst nevertheless maintaining the usual standard and look of the Company: The Cayenne boasts clear and distinctive design features clearly betraying the origin of the car. The V-shaped front and rear line as well as the V-shaped engine compartment with its elevated wings, the muscular lines of the wheel arches, the distinctive headlights, and the striking exhaust tailpipes all spell out the name “Porsche" at very first sight. Seen from outside, the Cayenne differs from the Cayenne S through its model designation on the tailgate, the black eloxy brake callipers, and 17-inch light-alloy wheels in 10-spoke design.




Six-cylinder power unit plus the Cayenne technology package

Following the V8 power units in the Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, Porsche is for the first time introducing a V6 in the Cayenne as of autumn 2003. The “youngest" Sports Utility in the range, the Cayenne offers the supreme standard of driving dynamics, safety and offroad qualities which has already given the third Porsche a great name the world over. Like ist sister models, the new Porsche Cayenne ranks right at the top in the SUV segment in terms of engine output and performance: Maximum output of the six-cylinder power unit is 184 kW (250 bhp) at 6000 rpm, maximum torque is 310 Nm (228 lb-ft) between 2500 and 5500 rpm. With this kind of power and muscle, the Porsche Cayenne accelerates from 0–100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and has a top speed of 214 km/h or 133 mph.




New: Six-speed gearbox with Porsche Drive-Off Assistant

The power of the six-cylinder engine is transmitted to the wheels in standard trim by a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox combined with an innovative assistance system: The Porsche Drive-Off Assistant or PDOA for short makes things much easier for the driver when setting out on an uphill gradient, securing the vehicle in position by automatically intervening in the brakes. Once the driver engages the clutch the system takes back brake pressure and the Cayenne sets off smoothly and safely en route to its destination. Porsche's six-speed Tiptronic S transmission is available as an alternative to the manual gearbox.




Most advanced generation of four-wheel drive

All models in the Cayenne range come with numerous highlights in technology to provide an ideal blend of supreme onroad and offroad driving characteristics. These include permanent four-wheel Porsche Traction Management (PTM) featured as standard conveying 62 per cent of the engine's power to the rear and 38 per cent to the front wheels in its basic mode. Depending on driving requirements, up to 100 per cent of engine power may be fed to the front or to the rear for optimum stability and performance. This distribution of power and torque is not based on traction (or the lack of traction) alone, but rather uses sensors to measure the speed of the vehicle, its lateral acceleration, the steering angle and operation of the gas pedal in order to calculate the optimum degree of wheel lock. When driving in rough terrain, the driver is furthermore able, through PTM, to activate a reduction gear in the power divider as well as a 100 per cent front-to-rear differential lock. Also fitted as standard, PSM Porsche Stability Management consistently interacts with PTM but only intervenes when the Cayenne is being driven close to its physical limit.




Agile chassis and suspension

The chassis and suspension of the Cayenne ensure outstanding agility both in sports motoring and on rough terrain. This is guaranteed from the start by the axle concept with the large-size double track control arm axle running on a subframe at the front, whilst the rear axle is an elaborate multi-arm configuration. Long spring travel for offroad purposes is another special feature, with both air suspension and the variable PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system available as an option.




Airbags for extra safety also at the side

The various models in the Cayenne range incorporate a total of six airbags for enhanced occupant restraint: The driver and front passengers airbags are both activated by a gas generator operating in two stages. Then there is the enhanced side impact protection system featuring a thorax airbag integrated at the side in the front seat backrest and a curtain airbag in the roof frame.




Wide range of equipment

Porsche remains true to its style also inside the Cayenne: The ignition lock is naturally to the left of the three-spoke steering wheel, and large circular instruments with a multifunction display in the middle present the most important vehicle data. Standard features in the Cayenne also include an alarm system, central locking with remote control, air conditioning, an on-board computer, electric window lifts and electrically adjustable front seats. The seats–and this also applies to the rear – are incidentally finished in leather.




Electrically retractable trailer towing hook

Never before has it been this easy and convenient to hitch up a trailer: Apart from conventional trailer towing bars, Porsche offers an electrically retractable towing hook as individual equipment for the Cayenne model series homologated to tow up to 3.5 tonnes. All the driver has to do to automatically move the towing hook in or out is press a button in the luggage compartment.




Porsche Cayenne

The First-Ever Porsche V6

Introducing the new Cayenne, Porsche is rounding off its range of Sports Activity Vehicles through the addition of this new, “basic" model. Powered by a sporting V6, the latest Sports Utility in the range offers the same supreme standard of driving dynamics, safety and offroad qualities for which the third Porsche is already acknowledged the world over. In its engine output and performance, the Porsche Cayenne, just like its sister models, offers a supreme standard: Maximum output of the six-cylinder power unit at 6000 rpm is 184 kW (250 bhp), maximum torque is 310 Newton-metres (228 lb-ft) from 2500 – 5.500 rpm. Indeed, the torque curve alone is an outstanding symbol of muscular performance, exceeding the mark of 300 Newton-metres (221 lb-ft) just above 2000 rpm and remaining above this limit all the way to 5000 rpm. The performance this means in practice speaks for itself, the Porsche Cayenne accelerating from 0 – 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, then continuing all the way to its top speed of 214 km/h or 133 mph. This superior power and performance rests on a clear and convincing technical foundation. The new six-cylinder is a 24-valve power unit with cylinders at an angle of 150 and two overhead camshafts adjusted both on the intake and outlet sides in a continuous, infinite process using vane-cell adjusters. This engine concept makes the Cayenne a very fuel-efficient vehicle, returning superior fuel economy of less than 12 litres/100 km or more than 23.5 mpg Imp on the road. According to the EU standard, the Cayenne consumes approximately 10.6 litres of fuel for 100 kilometres outside of town (26.6. mpg Imp), composite fuel consumption under the EU standard also including urban motoring amounting to 13.2 litres/100 km (21.4 mpg Imp) according to provisional measurements.
The basic engine coming from a supplier has been further refined by Porsche's engine specialists and modified to meet the most stringent offroad demands: The engine has been sealed against the entry of water all-round, the oil supply and crankcase venting system optimised to ensure safe and secure lubrication under all operating conditions. At the same time Porsche's engineers have focused on optimising the torque curve at all speeds by developing a new, multi-position intake manifold for the V6 power unit. The cooling system has also received particular attention, the Cayenne being able to tow trailers weighing up to 3.5 tonnes in temperatures of up to 500 C or 122 0 F. Thanks to the use of a high-performance oil/water heat exchanger, oil remains beneath the safe limit of 1500 C or 3000 F even under such extreme conditions.

New six-speed gearbox with innovative Porsche Drive-Off Assistant

The power of the six-cylinder engine featured in the new Cayenne is transmitted in standard trim by a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox. This gearbox is combined with an innovative assistance system helping the driver set off on gradients: The Porsche Drive-Off Assistant (PDOA) secures the vehicle by automatically intervening in the brakes. Then, once the driver engages the clutch, the system takes back the brakes and allows the driver to set off smoothly in his Cayenne. The Cayenne will be available exclusively with Porsche's six-speed Tiptronic S transmission until early 2004. Applying Porsche's usual control philosophy, this specific automatic transmission allows the driver to shift gears manually by means of paddles in the steering wheel. Another option is to shift gears by briefly flicking the selector lever forwards or backwards, a function particularly convenient for shifting gears on rough terrain.

Latest generation of four-wheel drive

The Cayenne comes with a number of highlights in technology providing the ideal synthesis of supreme onroad and excellent offroad driving characteristics, features which made their world debut in the latest range of Porsche models. One example is Porsche's intelligent Traction Management (PTM) providing a 62:38 split of engine power between the front and rear wheels in the basic mode. Then, via a multiple-plate clutch, up to 100 per cent of the drive forces may be fed to the front or rear wheels depending on requirements. In this process PTM does not just respond as a function of traction (or the lack thereof). Instead, sensors also measure the speed of the vehicle, its lateral acceleration, the steering angle and position of the gas pedal, providing better control when driving to the limit. A further feature standard in the Cayenne is PSM Porsche Stability Management, constantly interacting with PTM, but only intervening when the vehicle is driven to the absolute limit under extreme conditions. The Cayenne's utstanding performance on the road is perfectly supplemented by equally superior offroad driving qualities: On rough terrain PTM is able to activate the reduction gear integrated in the power divider as well as a 100 per cent front-to-rear wheel lock should individual wheels lose their surface contact.

Chassis and suspension both for the road and for rough terrain

The chassis and suspension of the Cayenne are configured and designed for supreme driving dynamics combined with outstanding safety and offroad qualities. The front axle is a large-dimensioned double track control arm configuration resting in a subframe held elastically by large-volume rubber mounts. With the track control arms being far apart, forces in the suspension are kept to a minimum. The rear axle is an elaborate multi-arm configuration able to handle both traction forces and any loads the Cayenne may be carrying with absolute ease. Long spring travel for offroad motoring is particularly helpful. With ground clearance of 217 millimetres or 8.54", the embankment angle is 29.10 at the front and 25.70 at the rear. The ramp angle is 20.40, and the vehicle is able to cross bodies of water up to 50 centimetres or almost 20" deep. As an option the new Cayenne is available with the air suspension of the Cayenne Turbo as well as the new PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management damping system.

Superior active and passive safety

The new Cayenne offers superior active and passive safety, again in typical Porsche style. Acting as the ideal partner for the drivetrain, chassis and suspension, 17-inch brakes front and rear with inner-vented 330-millimetre (13.00") brake discs ensure powerful and smooth application of the brakes without fading. The discs come with six-piston monobloc aluminium fixed callipers at the front and four-piston aluminium fixed callipers at the rear. Whether involved in a head-on, a glancing, side-on or rear-end collision, whether in a rollover or hitting a pole, the Cayenne fulfils all legal requirements the world over. The longitudinal and transverse structure of the front end, for example, ensures intelligent distribution of impact forces in a collision. Deformation energy is taken up by three load levels above one another, forces being split up among the stiff chassis legs on floor level, the sill and tunnel area, and the door structure. Ultra-modern multi-phase steel offering the highest strength standard of and stability has been used furthermore on the seat crossbars at the bottom and the rear floor crossbar. The B-pillars, finally, are made of TRIP steel on the inside, as are the reinforcements on the A- and B-pillars serving to enhance safety in a rollover.

Combination of thorax and curtain airbags

The concept of passive safety continues consistently throughout the interior of the Cayenne. The fullsize airbags for the driver and front passenger are activated in each case by a twostage gas generator reducing loads acting on the occupants in the event of a collision. Two sensors fitted in the bumper area serve to detect collisions from the front. The side impact system is made up of a thorax airbag integrated at the side in the front seat backrest and a curtain airbag fitted in the roof frame. Used by Porsche for the first time, the curtain airbag moves down from the roof when inflated, covering the side window area and protecting occupants both front and rear. A further feature is the fitment of three-point seat belts on all five seats, all of which – with the exception of the centre seat at the rear – come with a belt latch tensioner. The front seats also have belt force limiters in order to further reduce any loads acting on the occupants.


Porsche all the way also inside the Cayenne

Inside the Cayenne you will also enjoy that typical Porsche style borne out by features as unmistakable as the ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel, the circular instruments with the multifunction display right in the middle, or the three-spoke steering wheel with Porsche's coat of arms in colour. Other standard features are the alarm system, central locking with remote control, an on-board computer, tinted heat-insulating glass, air conditioning, electric window lifts, and electrically adjustable front seats. It almost goes without saying that the seats – and this includes the seats at the rear – are finished in leather. The steering wheel rim, door closing handles, grab handles in the centre console, and the gearshift lever also come in leather. And last but certainly not least, a CD radio with a doubletuner and 12 loudspeakers is also standard.

A convincing transport concept

The Cayenne's luggage compartment fully equipped with a partition net and roll cover offers a capacity of 540 litres. The rear-seat backrest tilts forward additionally either completely or with a 40:60 or 60:40 split, increasing luggage compartment capacity to a maximum of 1770 litres. A further advantage is the low loading sill for very convenient loading and unloading, the rear window opening upwards to provide yet a further option allowing the driver and his passengers to load small items without even opening the tailgate. Wintersports enthusiasts, in turn, are able to use the ski-bag for through-loading their skis, and sportspeople with really big luggage such as a glider or a sports boat can have their Cayenne fitted additionally with a trailer towing bar for loads of up to 3.5 tonnes. The customer has the choice of two different trailer systems, the first of which is the manually removable version. The second trailer towing system offering a far higher standard of comfort and convenience is a world-first achievement, a towing bar folding down electrically at the touch of a button (not available in the US market). To prevent unwanted operation of this towing mechanism the lowering/lifting process is activated by a toggle switch fitted on the right-hand side of the luggage compartment. And again in the interest of extra safety, the towing bar can only be lowered or lifted with the vehicle at a standstill.

New: Optional PCM with offroad navigation

The new Cayenne comes as an option with PCM Porsche Communication Management comprising a double-tuner, CD player, dynamic route navigation, an on-board computer and, as an option, a DSM dual-band telephone. As a further option the PCM navigation system may be supplemented by a special offroad navigation unit available from Porsche for the first time, offering altitude information, presenting the position of the wheels, and even serving as a compass. A further feature of offroad navigation is the choice given to the user to enter his destination on a map by way of a hairpin finder, and to use the backtracing function memorising the route covered and guiding the driver back on the same route he took to his initial destination.

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Old 04-08-2004, 07:13 AM   #37
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...i know, i know guys...."ähhhh boring Boxster and now Cayenne V6...just start with the decent Porsch´s man :x "



tomorrow we´ll start with the first 911, the 996 C2...promised
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Originally Posted by st-anger
...i know, i know guys...."ähhhh boring Boxster and now Cayenne V6...just start with the decent Porsch´s man :x "



tomorrow we´ll start with the first 911, the 996 C2...promised
Of course everybody is waiting for the 996 line but well, there won't probably be no Porsche as we know it w/o the Cayenne and Boxster
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wow...love the pics!!! txs a bunch!
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Old 04-09-2004, 02:40 AM   #40
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no worries about the v6 cayenne st-anger; its all wonderful to read. keep in mind, my SUV has I-6 4.0 185 hp@4600, and 220 ft. lb @ 2400 which is totally decent, and somewhat comparable to the v6 porsche.... except for normal road charactaristics, and high speed stability. its cirtainly not a poor alternative to the super SUV while it retains better fuel consumption then i get.

again, thanks St. Anger !!!
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Porsche 911 Carrera

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Second-generation design

The second generation of the 996 model series Carrera looks far more powerful and dynamic through its newly designed front end. This improvement is attributable above all to the attractive design of the headlights carried over to the Carrera models from the 911 Turbo. The front end also spells out more power and dynamism, with the air intake openings being almost completely different from the former design. Two oval tailpipes at the rear and the contour line in the lower third of the rear panel are further clear signs of distinction versus the former model.




VarioCam Plus masterminding the new 3.6-litre engine

The six-cylinder horizontally-opposed power unit featured in the Carrera models develops its superior power from 3.6 engine displacement. Maximum output is 235 kW (320 bhp) at 6800 rpm, maximum torque 370 Nm or 273 lb-ft at 4250 rpm. Despite this increase in power and torque throughout the entire engine speed range, fuel consumption under the EU standard compared with the first generation displacing 3.4 litres is down by approximately 6 per cent to 11.1 litres or 25.2 mpg Imp.
VarioCam Plus comprising camshaft adjustment on the intake side and a valve lift switchover function is also featured on the Carrera models. The valve lift adjustment system is made up of two interacting, switchable cup tappets on the intake side of the engine operated by two cams varying in size on the intake camshaft. The two significant advantages of VarioCam Plus are, first, the optimisation of engine output and torque and, second, the improvement of fuel economy, emission control and motoring refinement.




Streamlining enhanced to an even higher standard

Porsche's aerodynamicists have given the second-generation Carrera outstanding qualities also in terms of streamlining. First, they have increased the flow of cooling air through the front section by 15 per cent for even better ventilation of the front wheel arches. The second improvement is the significant reduction of lift forces on both the front and rear axle, and a really remarkable point in this context is the drag coefficient remaining unchanged at a Cd rating of 0.30.




Lateral locking differential at the rear for higher speeds in bends

Starting this model year, the rear-wheel-drive manual gearbox 911 Carrera coupe is available for the first time with a mechanical lateral locking differential at the rear, in conjunction with sports suspension lowering the the entire car by 10 millimetres and featuring 18-inch wheels. Locking action of the mutiple-plate clutch is 22 per cent under power and 27 percent in the overrun mode.




Special light-alloy wheels for even lower weight

In their styling the attractive light-alloy wheels consistently follow the rules of lightweight technology borne out in particular by the very slender spokes. On the 17-inch wheels in 10-spoke design featured as standard, weight is down versus the previous wheels by 9.1 per cent or 3.6 kilos. The difference is even greater on the 18-inch wheels in five-spoke design weighing 10.6 kilos or 23.4 lb less than the former wheels, equal to an improvement by 21.3 per cent.




On-board computer with an extra-large display

Apart from detailed modifications such as the red area on the rev counter, the Carrera models come with the same instrument cluster as the 911 Turbo. The lower third of the rev counter arranged right in the middle houses a large display able to present various messages at the same time. In its basic setting, it presents not only the overall and trip mileage, but also an additional message from the on-board computer such as the outside temperature, navigation or telephone function. The driver also has the choice of varying the messages displayed as required, the on-board computer fitted as standard presenting, say, the outside temperature, the range the car is still able to cover on the fuel in the tank, and your current fuel consumption.




Sophisticated, high-quality interior equipment

Apart from seats finished partially in leather, automatic air conditioning, heat-insulating glass, a CD radio, electric window lifts, electrically adjustable and heated rear-view mirrors, central locking, an electronic immobiliser and an alarm system with interior surveillance, a threespoke steering wheel, a cupholder fitted beneath the centre air nozzle, and an illuminated, lockable glove compartment are all standard features. The glove compartment beneath the passenger airbag is able to accommodate books up to the size of a car atlas.





Porsche 911 Carrera

More Engine – More Sports Car

The 911 Carrera is closer to the 911 Turbo than ever before. In its second generation it has the same headlight styling as its “Big Brother” and an entirely new front-end design. Two oval tailpipes at the rear and a contour line in the lower third of the newly designed rear end are further signs of distinction versus the previous model. Enlarged in size to 3.6 litres, the flat-six power unit develops maximum output of 235 kW (320 bhp), giving the 911 Carrera a top speed of 285 km/h or 177 mph. Acceleration is exactly 5.0 seconds to 100 km/h or 62 mph.

Powerful engine with VarioCam Plus

VarioCam Plus is now also featured on the Carrera models. Supplementing VarioCam adjustment of the intake camshaft by adding adjustment of valve lift on the intake side, the system is made up of switching cup tappets operated by a 3/2-way valve. With different valve contours on the intake camshaft, operation of the cup tappets applies the individual cam configurations and, accordingly, different valve lift curves on the engine. To be specific, the tappets are made up two interacting units hydraulically locked together when required by means of an attachment pin. This connects the inner tappet with the small cam limiting valve lift to 3.6 millimetres or 0.14”, while the outer cam remains in touch with the large cam with maximum valve lift of 11 millimetres or 0.43”. Unlike the system featured on the 911 GT2 and 911 Turbo, this new concept allows variable adjustment of the intake camshaft timing via a wing-cell adjuster connecting the camshaft with the drive gear. VarioCam Plus serves, first, to optimise both output and torque and, second, to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, while at the same time improving the smoothness and refinement of the engine.

Ideal streamlining for supreme performance

Optimising the streamlining of the new model, Porsche's engineers have focused above all on the front end of the car. Naturally taking design and styling requirements into account, the basic design, angles and radii of the front end have been modified versus the previous model to provide an even better flow of air around the front end while at the same time increasing the throughput of cooling air by 15 per cent. The side radii at the front and the wheel arches upstream of the front wheels are designed to ensure an optimum flow of air not reaching the front wheels even at the side, together with a considerably improved flow of air out of the wheel arches. This serves both to reduce air resistance and to minimise lift forces on the front axle. Another new feature serving to minimise lift forces is the addition of flexible spoiler lips on the wheel arches upstream of the front wheels: Apart from slightly reducing air resistance, these spoiler lips significantly cut back lift forces on the rear axle, the drag coefficient of the new model remaining unchanged at Cd = 0.30. Starting this model year the rear-wheel-drive manual gearbox 911 Carrera coupe is available as an option for the first time with a mechanical lateral differential lock at the rear, in conjunction with the suspension lowered by 10 millimetres and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. Locking action of the multiple-plate clutch is 22 per cent under power and 27 percent in the overrun mode.

Special light-alloy wheels serving to minimise unsprung masses

The suspension is based largely on the proven components already featured on the previous model phased out of production in August 2001, now further upgraded and refined thanks to the experience gained with the 911 Turbo and the 911 GT3. As a result, the new models offer an even higher standard of sporting and agile handling combined with a further increase in driving safety. The introduction of weight-optimised light-alloy wheels serves to reduce unsprung masses to an even lower level than before. In their styling these wheels consistently follow the rules of lightweight technology borne out in particular by the very slender spokes. On the 17-inch wheels fitted as standard, weight is down by 9.1 per cent or 3.6 kilos versus the former wheels, on the 18-inch wheels the corresponding reduction is an even more significant 21.3 per cent or 10.6 kilos.
The brakes feature cross-drilled brake discs with four-piston monobloc brake callipers made of light alloy. Comprehensive tests naturally including Porsche's famous fading test have shown that the well-known brake system with discs measuring 318 mm or 12.52” at the front and 299 mm or 11.77” at the rear offer supreme stopping power in every respect.

Superior safety

The foundation for the high standard of passive safety offered by the new Carrera is provided by Porsche's well-known energyabsorbing load-bearing structure conveying loads along specific, predetermined paths with a carefully calculated load distribution strategy in the interest of supreme passenger safety. The allround protection package also includes the doors, the bumper system and, of course, the restraint systems as well as suspension components and other major features within the car. Further important highlights of the restraint system are the driver and passenger airbag as well as the two side airbags. Well-known under its trade name “POSIP” (Porsche Side Impact Protection), the side airbag system is Porsche's own in-house development offering both the driver and passenger truly outstanding protection in an accident, with the two airbags being designed to ensure maximum protection also in an open cabriolet.

Modern PCM and BOSE sound system for extra comfort

With its predecessor already coming as standard, inter alia, with seats partially finished in leather, automatic air conditioning, heat insulating glass, electric window lifts, electrically adjustable and heated rear-view mirrors, central locking, an electronic immobiliser and an alarm system with complete surveillance of the interior, the range of features provided by the 911 Carrera is now even more extensive: Standard equipment now also includes the onboard computer, a three-spoke steering wheel, a CD radio and a cup-holder fitted beneath the central air nozzle and moving out at the touch of a finger. Another new feature is the illuminated glove compartment with a capacity of five litres beneath the passenger airbag.
Porsche’s new Communication Management (PCM) available as an option, linking the double tuner, CD player, trip navigation, trip computer and the optional GSM dual-band Telefone through lightwave technology (MOST databus), also stands out through its new, user-friendly design. One of the particular highlights is the navigation module allowing, inter alia, dynamic navigation, map scrolling and trip planning, with the user entering and recording several destinations in a row.
The BOSE sound system also available as an individual feature is likewise integrated in the MOST (Media-Oriented Systems Transport) databus. With the 10 loudspeakers and the additional subwoofer system being fitted at specific, predetermined points, this hifi system with its 100 Watt TSM switching amplifier guarantees superior sound quality even in a car with the roof open.

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Old 04-09-2004, 09:53 PM   #42
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St-Anger excellent write up on the 911 Carrera. I have a question about the relative performance of the current 996 to prior years 300hp 996 model. Sport Auto's Supertest shows the performance of the new 320 hp model recorded the same lap time on the NS (8'12") and was slower on the Hockenheim (1'17.1" verses 1'15.9"). All this despite all the improvements that you eloquently discussed including 20 more horsepower and larger tires and wheels; offset by 68kg more weight. What do you attribute this too? Could normal production variation account for such a difference?

I was wondering if someone who may have read that article may know if Sport Auto discussed why the newer model didn't demonstrate greater performance on the track? The older car seems to outperform the newer version in the corners while slower on the straights. Obviously the greater weight of the newer 996 hurts it in the corners. Also, I don't know the answer to this but the Pirelli's P Zero's the old 996 rode on may be better than the newer 996's Michelin Pilot Sport.
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Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Highlights

Electrohydraulic roof also opening while driving

The folding roof on the new 911 cabriolet opens – and closes – automatically within just 20 seconds. And now, as a new feature as of this model year, it can also be opened while driving up to a speed of 50 km/h or 31 mph.
The appropriate command can be triggered not just by a switch in the centre console, since Porsche offers the option to open or close the roof automatically by remote control from the ignition key (not available in all countries) or from the key in the door lock.
The easily removable hardtop is included in the price of the car. Despite its very stable doubleshell configuration, the roof including the heated glass rear window weighs a mere 33 kg, allowing easy handling by the driver and his passenger.
The cabriolet versions of the 911 come with a heated rear window made of “real” glass improving not only visibility to the rear, but also motoring comfort in cold and wet weather. The new rear window is also less likely to form scratches when the driver removes ice in winter. A further remarkable feature is the roof's folding system: Like on the Boxster the roof of the 911 cabriolet folds up like a letter Z. The upper side of the roof therefore faces to the outside even when the roof is open, protecting the roof liner from dirt.




Standard: rollbars moving up automatically

In the event of a rollover two rollbars behind the rear seats will efficiently protect all four occupants in the 911 cabriolet. These two bars are forced up by a spring as soon as a roll sensor determines that the car is about to roll over, and are then held securely in position by a mechanical arrest mechanism.




Porsche side airbags also suitable for a convertible

Porsche has developed special side airbags for the 911 and Boxster model series. Thanks to their extra size and geometry, these side airbags ensure efficient protection at both head and chest level, even when driving with the roof and the side windows down. Porsche offers these side as standard on all models.




Drive system of your choice

The Carrera cabriolet is available either with rear-wheel or permanent four-wheel drive, that is the same drive technology as the Carrera coupé or Carrera 4 coupé. And Porsche Stability Management (PSM) is naturally standard also on the Carrera 4 cabriolet. PSM, finally, is also available as an individual feature on the cabriolet with rear-wheel drive.



Supreme performance

The 911 cabriolet is one of the fastest open sports cars in the world. Displacing 3.6 litres and developing maximum output of 235 kW (320 bhp), the six-cylinder horizontally opposed power unit gives the 911 cabriolet a standard of performance only very few production sports cars are able to match. Acceleration to 100 km/h comes in 5.2 seconds, top speed is 285 km/h or 177 mph.




Extra luggage space for travelling in style

With its large luggage compartment at the front able to accommodate the usual commercially available suitcases and ample storage space at the rear with the backrests tilted down, the 911 cabriolet also outperforms most comparable sports cars in terms of its storage capacity.




Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Sporting, Open, Safe

As on the previous model, two rollbars fitted as standard protect the occupants of the 911 Carrera cabriolet should the car ever roll over. Normally discreetly concealed behind the rear seats, the rollbars are actuated by spring pressure and move up immediately as soon as a sway sensor determines the risk of the car rolling. The body structure offers not only a very high standard of stiffness, but is also designed from the start for specific deformation travel in the event of a collision. Apart from full-size frontal airbags for the driver and front passenger, the cabriolet comes as standard with side airbags. The particular forte of these airbags is the comprehensive protection they offer at head, chest and arm level, even with the roof and side windows down.

“Topless” also while driving

The Carrera cabriolet features a fully retractable roof folding away neatly into its own compartment when open. Opening and closing the roof is electrohydraulic and takes a mere 20 seconds. And the operation can be initiated in three different ways: by a button on the centre console, by remote control from the key (not in all countries) or by holding the key in its terminal position. Yet a further option is to open and close the roof not only with the car at a standstill, but also when driving at a speed of up to 50 km/h or 31 mph. The soft roof of the 911 Carrera cabriolet naturally comes in top quality featuring a very elegant but virtually indestructible exterior material. Inside, the roof bars are covered by a roof lining which also helps to reduce interior noise. And then there is the solid, electrically heated glass window in the soft roof improving not only visibility to the rear, but also road comfort in cold and wet weather.

Hardtop fitted as standard

Yet a further standard feature of the Porsche 911 cabriolet is the hardtop made of aluminium, also coming complete with a glass rear window heated electrically. Built as a double-shell structure, the roof with its aluminium parcel shelf ensuring extra stiffness and stability is particularly strong, reduces wind noise to a minimum and weighs a mere 33 kg or 73 lb, meaning that two persons are able to fit and remove the roof with ease. And with just a few minor operations, the roof fits firmly and reliably on to the body of the car, the electrically heated rear window being linked up automatically in the process. A wind deflector for open-air motoring without any annoying turbulence is available as an option. When not required the deflector fits perfectly into a bag within the spare wheel cover. In its basic technical features the cabriolet is virtually identical to its coupé counterpart, sharing the same main body components, the chassis with its light-alloy suspension, the watercooled flat-six power unit and power transmission provided either by a six-speed manual gearbox or Tiptronic S five-speed automatic transmission. Accordingly, the new cabriolet offers all the benefits and fortes of the current 911 model series.

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Old 04-10-2004, 11:05 AM   #44
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Wow, that 's a complete description !! Thank you very much again st-anger ! How many time do you spend to make an article like this one ? Is it taken from an official document from Porsche or do you write it entirely ?
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Again thanks for the updates and hell, the C2 cabrio shots number 7 and 8 with the red one are AMAZING!
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