The Porsche 911 has remained true to its roots for many years; fans of the 911 argue that this is what makes it so special. When you consider the early design sketches that were penned by Ferdinand Porsche in 1959 and examine the most recent revision of the Porsche 911 it is astonishing to note how little the basic design has changed since the 1960’s. Of course when you consider the graceful curves and angles of the Porsche 911 it is easy to see how it takes many of its design cues from the Volkswagen Beetle, and whilst it may have been designed as a sportier version of the popular Beetle it has since redefined the notion of the supercar by building upon previous generations of the car year after year.911 has become a term that is synonymous with quality, performance and style, however this was not the original designation for the vehicle. Originally Porsche had named it the 901, however Peugeot began to protest rather vocally due to their exclusive rights to naming cars in France using sets of three digits with a zero in the middle. In order to avoid any legal problems Porsche decided to re-brand the entire vehicle and thus the 911 that we know and love was born. Full production began in 1964 and the first Porsche 911 sold in the US fetched the princely sum of $6,500.If you are the proud owner of a Porsche 911 classic then you will no doubt want to keep it in pristine condition, these cars are rare and should be lavished with love and attention in order to keep them properly preserved for future generations to enjoy. The simplest way to protect your vintage Porsche 911 is to invest in a sturdy, durable car cover, preferably one sold on a website dedicated to the Porsche 911 such as 911 Car Covers. A well made car cover snow will protect your Porsche 911 from the harmful effects of the wind and the rain, and also prevent the suns damaging UV rays spoiling the paint work on your vehicle.The car was initially displayed at Geneva Motor Show in the year 1999 before hitting the world market. The car was offered with an integrated dry sump flat six engine. Oil tank of this model was built externally. The original GT3 version produced up to 355 hp of power in comparison to its previous 996 version with 296 hp performance. Another notable feature of this model was the crankcase parting line on the crankshaft center-line. The GT3 model also was offered with water jackets separately in each side of the crankcase to cool 3 cylinder bank of the engine. Moreover, water was pumped by means of a radiator for the whole engine processing. Hence, Porsche 911 GT3 car engine was considered similar to the water cooled engine of 962 model racing car. However, 911 GT3 model differs from 962 models due to its two cylinder heads along with each covering 3 cylinders unlike six individual cylinder heads in 962 model cars.In this new designed version, the external air cooled remnants were eliminated without changing its internal design. Moreover, Porsche 911 GT3 was offered with manual gearbox with an air cooled 911 heritages. The gearbox was equipped with interchangeable gear ratios to make it a pure racing car.
The New Porsche 911 Turbo With 520 Horsepower and Forged Wheels
One of the most iconic super cars and sports cars ever made is the Porsche 911 Turbo. The rear-engined super car has become the benchmark for performance for automakers around the world since it was first made back in 1974. Forty years later, the German super car is still considered the pinnacle of performance around the world, with companies constantly trying to make a better sports car. After the new 991-generation Porsche 911 was unveiled in 2012, the German automaker has been working on the Turbo version of the chassis, and it has finally broken cover. The new Porsche 911 Turbo boasts a large amount of advanced technology and impressive performance thanks to its 520 horsepower engine. It also features a unique look, shape, and accessories such as forged wheels, lighting, and more.At the rear of the Porsche 911 Turbo sits a new direct injection 3.8-liter flat-six engine that is very efficient and powerful. Two variable vane turbochargers feed boosted air into the engine and help it to produce an astonishing 520 horsepower from 6,000 to 6,500 RPM and 487 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,950 to 5,000 RPM. The engine is also capable of sending a total of 524 lb.-ft. of torque to all four forged wheels from 2100 to 4250 RPM thanks to the Overboost function in the Sport Chrono package.An all-new, advanced all-wheel drive system and rear-wheel steering system allows for all of the power to be put to the road and greater handling dynamics to be achieved. Thanks to a few new components including a new cooling system that allows for more power to be sent to the front axle, the 911 Turbo can accelerate quicker than ever before. As all four forged wheels claw at the pavement, the 911 Turbo goes from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 195 mph. The new rear wheel steering automatically alters the angle the rear wheels turn, depending on the speed to virtually extend the wheelbase and improve handling in turns.The design of the Porsche 911 Turbo helps to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. The body of the super car is now 28 mm wider than the Carrera 4 models, and gives the 911 Turbo a muscular and powerful stance. New two-tone 20-inch forged wheels with optional center-locking mechanism help to reduce weight at the wheel hub and can withstand the added power that the car produces. A new LED lighting system is used for the headlights and daytime running lights to provide efficient and bright views of the road ahead. Active aerodynamics at the front and rear automatically deploy and extend in various modes of performance to help generate over 300 lbs. of down force at speed for better stability, handling, and efficiency.
Porsche 911 Carrera S Driving Experience
I may have trouble with one horse power (horseback riding), but give me 355 horses and I am on my way. The Palace Luzern, in conjunction with Porsche, makes available, for the price of the gas, a Porsche for guests staying at the hotel to drive. You only need to provide your signature, acknowledging the insurance responsibility, and you are presented the keys and a map for your drive around the breathtaking area surrounding Lucerne, Switzerland. As any good race car driver or actually any driver would do, I had to check out all the features available to me for my drive. So, what did I have to work with?I made sure to kick each of the 19” Carrera S light alloy wheels as I walked around ‘my’ RED (of course it had to be red, what other color equates power and speed for a car) 911 S (I was now on a first name basis). I familiarized myself with the plush interior starting with the 3-spoke sport leather covered steering wheel, eyed the on-board gauges for mileage, time and speed, and the on-board navigationsystem, which conveys direction via the voice of a beautiful woman (ok, I am not sure what the woman looks like behind that great voice, but this was the onlytime that I listened to a woman when she gave me directions) directing me throughout my journey, and of course there was all the other great toys such as a 9 speaker Bose surround sound system that delivered the ‘beautiful woman’s’ voice to me during the navigational requirements, a sunroof, and on and on, but let us stay focused, this is a 911 S we are talking about. The only thing I was missing was a 3 point harness for the seats, a flashback to my racing days. So, with the beautiful Debra C. Argen beside me, and the unknown woman navigating, I was off to the races, so to speak. The weather was favorably warm for a late October journey through Switzerland, so of course we had the sunroof open and we enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. Lucerne is located in such a beautiful location with the mountains and the lakes surrounding it, although having traveled a bit of Switzerland I guess that this statement would fit most of Switzerland. It was a bit hard taking in the scenery when most of the surroundings are a blur, but we did slow down as we passed through the many charming towns. Short shifting and powering through turns, downshifting for speed so we could watch the cars in our rearview mirror; I believe that Debra had wished we had a 3 point harness for a seatbelt. We cruised a few hours north of Lucerne before doubling back to meet with a friend in the town of Willisau where we went on a tour of the Diwisa Distillery where they make Xellent Swiss Vodka. I, being of sound mind, body, and remembering the insurance note I signed regarding the Porsche, did not partake in any of the samples. Recalling my physics classes, “two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time,” translated, that is what the accelerator pedal was for; I used this feature to its proper functionality. The navigation system worked to perfection as it told me in a calm and engaging voice ‘where to go,’ and I enjoyed it.The navigation system came alive, so to speak, when I made a few wrong turns; it was great as it calibrated the change in location and then proceeded to inform me what I needed to do to return to my proper course, and there was no one telling me to get out of the car and ask for directions. I had an exceptional time driving around the back roads and byways around Lucerne, Switzerland, and you could do the same when you stay at the incredible Palace Luzern.