Porsche Says Nothing New Coming to New York Auto Show
The GT3, Panamera Sport Turismo, Turbo S E-Hybrid, and 911 GTS models will make a North American debut. Yawn. When will we see that secret project unveiled?
According to Porsche's newest release, they're using the New York Auto Show this week to showcase models that have previously launched, including the trio that launched at Geneva; 911 GT3, Panamera Sport Turismo, and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. They will also be promoting the new 911 GTS lineup of cars, which are scheduled to reach dealers this month (orders can be placed now). Porsche decided not to show anything at the Detroit Auto Show and was even surprisingly light on cars at the Chicago Auto Show. The company mentioned late last year that they would be concentrating efforts on the New York and LA auto shows. Has their strategy worked?
Here is what Porsche has to say about each of the models they are bringing to NYC.
Panamera Sport Turismo
With a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume, and seating for five, the all-new Panamera Sport Turismo is one of the most versatile models in its class. Four different versions are available to order in the U.S.: Panamera 4, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and the Panamera Turbo. The Panamera Sport Turismo models will be available with the corresponding four engines from the sport sedan: The Panamera 4 Sport Turismo is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 generating 330 hp, and will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds with launch control. The Panamera 4S Sport Turismo reaches 60 mph (with launch control) in 4.0 seconds and is powered by a 2.9 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine having 440 hp. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is powered by the same combustion engine as in the 4S, and has an additional 136-hp electric motor, which in combination propel it from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds. The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo reaches 60 mph (with launch control) in 3.4 seconds and is powered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 generating 550 hp.
The Panamera Sport Turismo models are expected to arrive in the United States at the end of 2017. Suggested retail prices will start at $96,200 for the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, $104,000 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo, $109,200 for the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo, and $154,000 for the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo, in each case excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.
The centerpiece of the latest 911 GT3 is the new naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine which produces 500 hp and 339 lb.-ft. of torque. This new, high-revving power plant is based on the one now used in 911 race cars, including the 911 GT3 R and 911 RSR. Thanks to a power-to-weight ratio of 6.4 pounds per hp, the 911 GT3 feels very much at home on the track. With the standard seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) –– specifically constructed and tuned for the GT3 –– the 3,153-pound two-seater accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds with a top track speed of 197 miles per hour. For purists, Porsche will offer the 911 GT3 with a six-speed manual transmission. The 911 GT3 is scheduled to reach U.S. dealers in fall 2017. The base MSRP will be $143,600, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.
Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
After the successful debut of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – which uses a twin-turbo V6 engine combined with an electric motor – the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology. Combining the 4.0-liter V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo with an electric motor, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid delivers a total output of 680 hp and 626 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is expected to reach U.S. dealers by the end of 2017. It will also be offered in an Executive version with a 5.9 inch longer wheelbase. The base suggested retail price for the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will be $184,400, while the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive will start at $194,800. These prices exclude the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.
Porsche is expanding the 911 model line with five new GTS models: the 911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, the 911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive — both available as a Coupe and Cabriolet — and the 911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive. The 3.0-liter flat-six cylinder with larger turbochargers delivers 450 horsepower, which is 30 horsepower more than the current 911 Carrera S and 20 horsepower above the previous, naturally-aspirated GTS model. All GTS variants are equipped as standard with a seven-speed manual transmission. The seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is available as an option. The 911 GTS delivers 405 lb.-ft. of torque –– 37 lb.-ft. more than the Carrera S –– which further improves acceleration and responsiveness. Maximum torque is available between 2150 and 5000 rpm. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is included as standard on all GTS models.
The 2018 911 GTS models are available to order now and are scheduled to arrive at dealers this month. The suggested retail prices start at $120,700 for the 911 GTS, $127,600 for the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, $133,000 for the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, $139,900 for the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, and $139,900 for the 911 Targa 4 GTS. All prices exclude the $1,050 delivery, processing, and handling fee.
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