Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
In its inimitable fashion, Porsche blasts open-air sports car driving to the next level with the introduction of the 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. This third generation, or 997, Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is Porsche's most powerful, nimble and environmentally friendly convertible to date. Embodying the soul of Porsche, this latest open-top Turbo bristles with the carmaker's most sophisticated technologies, delivering a level of road-going performance commensurate with its status as the pinnacle of the Cabriolet model range.
Like the two generations before it, the latest Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet shares its essential architecture with the latest 911 Turbo Coupe, most critically, that car's 3.6-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with twin variable-vane turborchargers and its all-wheel drive.
As configured in the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, that engine develops 480 bhp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque while meeting LEV-II emissions standards and being fuel efficient enough to not be penalized as a gas guzzler. The EPA rates the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet at 15 mpg in the city. The manual gearbox delivers 24 mpg on the highway test, and the Tiptronic S version 23 mpg.
Like the Turbo Coupe, the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is available with the optional Sports Chrono Package Turbo with its overboost feature that allows bursts of an additional 45 lb.-ft. of torque as desired by the driver.
As the spiritual descendants of the legendary 356 Speedster and 550 Spyder, the Porsche Boxster and Boxster S carry the company's torch of affordable, open-top driving excitement. After receiving power boosts last year, the mid-engine roadsters go into 2008 with minor refinements.
Efficient mid-engine roadster configuration
As proper roadsters, the Porsche Boxster and Boxster S have been designed to accommodate two people and a modicum of cargo in a small, agile, open-top, and powerful sports car. As part of the Porsche family, the Porsche Boxster and Boxster S have their six-cylinder horizontally opposed engines mounted behind the passenger cabin. In fact, the chassis is a true mid-engine design for the optimum balance needed for superb road holding and response.
Both Porsche Boxster and Boxster S share a hot-galvanized all-steel body on a monocoque structure. The Boxster roadster's low, lithe body has a coefficient of drag of just 0.29 when equipped with manual gearbox, 0.30 with Tiptronic S. The Porsche Boxster S, with its wider wheels and tires, has a Cd of 0.30 in manual trim, 0.31 with Tiptronic S. Among the cars' aerodynamic attributes is the combination of high-speed stability and superior drivetrain and brake cooling.
Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder (2008)
The 2008 model year marks the launch of the second generation of the Porsche Cayenne, the Porsche of SUVs, and the new Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo back up their aggressive new design with larger and more powerful - but also more fuel-efficient - engines.
With a striking new face that features a dramatic new headlight design and with a wide and muscular new body accented by broad wheel arches, the 2008 Porsche Cayenne's newly sculpted sheetmetal provides vivid visual testimony to the vehicle's enhanced technical features.
As you would expect from Porsche, the new Porsche Cayenne not only looks more powerful, it is, with engines offering as much as 500 horsepower, and with new dynamic technologies that allow the Porsche of SUVs to perform more like a nimble sports car, yet be fully capable of towing a trailer or blazing along unpaved terrain and through inclement weather.
Direct Fuel Injection
All three 2008 Porsche Cayenne models feature engines that for the first time boast direct fuel injection, a technology that enhances fuel efficiency as well as power production.
For the 2008 Porsche Cayenne Turbo, that means a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 that pumps out an astounding 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Flowing through a six-speed Tiptronic S transmission, that power feeds all four wheels and propels the five-passenger sports machine from a standing start to 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 4.9 seconds. Top speed on the test track has been recorded at 171 mph (275 km/h). And yet, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo qualifies as an LEVII (low-emission vehicle) and in preliminary fuel economy testing the Porsche Cayenne Turbo showed the benefits of the direct fuel injection technology with an improvement up to 11 percent in highway driving compared to the previous generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo. The estimated EPA fuel economy values are 13 mpg for city driving and 20 mpg on the highway.
Porsche Cayenne Diesel
For the first time Porsche is expanding its model range with a new model powered by a diesel engine - the Porsche Cayenne Diesel entering the market in February 2009 with its ultra-modern V6 diesel power unit.
This combination of Porsche's highly versatile sports utility with the economy and high torque of a diesel is simply ideal for long distances of up 1,000 kilometres or 620 miles, the Porsche Cayenne Diesel offering ideal qualities for towing a trailer of up to 3.5 tonnes. Added to this there are all the outstanding qualities of the Cayenne in terms of driving dynamics, safety and offroad driving abilities already lauded the world over.
From outside the new model comes with the same look as the Cayenne with its V6 petrol engine, likewise bearing the "Cayenne" model designation on its tailgate.
But once you open the engine compartment, all these similarities come to an end: The shape of the engine cover and the model designation "3.0 V6 Turbo Diesel Injection" leave absolutely no doubt as to what this engine is all about. Running smoothly and quietly, this outstanding six-cylinder diesel develops maximum output of 240 bhp (176 kW) from three litres engine capacity, sufficient for a top speed of 214 km/h or 133 mph.
The engine's torque curve is even more remarkable, reaching its impressive peak of 550 Nm/405 lb-ft at just 2,000 rpm. And when it comes to acceleration, the new Cayenne fitted as standard with Tiptronic S again has nothing to hide, sprinting from a standstill to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds in Porsche's usual style.
Porsche Cayenne GTS
Introducing the GTS, Porsche is supplementing the Cayenne range with a particularly sporting and dynamic model, the Porsche Cayenne GTS is standing out in particular through its chassis and suspension developed specifically for this model variant: This is the first Cayenne to combine steel springs with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, a suspension concept so far reserved exclusively to Porsche sports cars in this combination.
New intake system and more power
The even more powerful eight-cylinder normal-aspiration engine with DFI Direct Fuel Injection is one of the main factors contributing to the impressive driving dynamics of the Porsche Cayenne GTS. With the intake system being upgraded and enlarged, the 4.8-litre power unit now offers maximum output of 405 bhp (298 kW) at 6,500 rpm. Maximum torque of 500 Newton-metres/369 lb-ft, on the other hand, comes at 3,500 rpm. Pressing the Sports Button featured as standard the driver is able to give the engine, the automatic transmission and the vehicle's control systems an even more dynamic, sportier response.
For supreme performance - six-speed transmission and all-wheel drive
The supreme power of the V8 power unit is transmitted to the wheels by a six-speed manual gearbox also featured as standard on the Cayenne S. To enhance agility to an even higher level, the final drive ratio on the Porsche Cayenne GTS has been reduced from 3.55:1 to 4.1:1, PTM Porsche Traction Management with permanent all-wheel drive ensuring optimum distribution of drive power on all four wheels. When changing lanes at high speeds or when driving on a slippery surface, for example, PTM ensures a very high standard of active safety at all times.
Porsche Cayenne Hybrid (2008)
Porsche Cayenne Turbo
More powerful in every respect - that is how the second generation of the Porsche Cayenne is entering the market: With a striking face upfront on a wide and muscular body, with headlights in brand-new design, and with broader, even more powerful-looking wheel arches, the optimised body makes a clear testimony to the Cayenne's upgraded technical features.
All three model variants feature even more powerful engines beneath the engine compartment lid, and for the first time boast direct gasoline injection. Engine size has been increased, and the eight-cylinder models feature Porsche VarioCam Plus variable valve control as another first-time achievement. The result is an increase in engine power to 290 bhp (213 kW) on the six-cylinder and 385 bhp (283 kW) on the eight-cylinder. Maximum output of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, in turn, is now exactly 500 bhp (368 kW).
Enhanced performance on less fuel
The introduction of Direct Fuel Injection and the significant improvement of aerodynamics with a drag coefficient of Cd = 0.35 on all three models benefits both performance and fuel economy, as well as other features, on all versions of the Cayenne. Top speed of the Cayenne is 227 km/h or 141 mph. The Cayenne S moves up this speed level quite significantly, reaching a top speed of 252 km/h or 156 mph. And at 275 km/h or 171 mph, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is clearly the leader.
Porsche Cayman S Porsche Design Edition 1 (2008)
Porsche 911 Carrera
The very first sports car to bear the Porsche name was introduced to the world in June, 1948. Therefore, as the proud, independent Swabian automaker celebrates sixty years of sports car excellence, it is only fitting that it has a new Porsche 911 Carrera - for many the quintessential Porsche-to help mark the milestone.
This latest Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and its higher-performance variant, the 911 Carrera S Coupe, are the most sophisticated, potent and environmentally friendly Porsche 911 Carrera models that Porsche has ever offered.
Despite their abundance of 21st century technologies, the 2009 911 Carrera Coupe and Carrera S Coupe clearly trace their engineering and aesthetic roots to the seminal Porsche. That original car evolved over fifteen years from the highly coveted 356 to the first 911 when, at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show, the ground-breaking 1964 911 Coupe debuted. As a testament to the genius of its design, after more than forty years of development and six generations of engineering improvements, the 911 Carreras still showcase a horizontally opposed, rear-mounted six-cylinder engine carried in a distinctive and instantly recognizable body.
Less Fuel In, More Power Out
Though the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and 911 Carrera S Coupe are each propelled by Porsche's familiar horizontally opposed, six-cylinder "boxer" engine, and despite the fact that both engines carry the same displacement designation as their immediate predecessors, both are substantially different than in 2008 model year.