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Porsche Motorsport. Inside and out.Porsche unveils new Cayenne GTS Medical Car for V8 Supercars Championship

The 2013 Cayenne GTS Medical Car: A moving illustration of Porsche motorsport achievement.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic 911 sports car – the model that has given Porsche more race victories around the world than any other in its deep and proud motorsport history.

In celebration, the Porsche Cayenne GTS Medical Car for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship is draped in emotive tributes to Porsche’s glorious motorsport era of the 1960s and 1970s.

Heritage posters of victory in the snow and slush of the Rallye Monte Carlo to triumph on the twists and turns of Targa Florio to outright speed and reliability in the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race skin the sporty Porsche SUV.

“This year celebrates fifty years of the sports car legend that is the 911,” says Porsche Cars Australia Managing Director, Michael Winkler.

“There will be a number of celebrations both globally and in Australia throughout the year to mark the occasion, and the skinning of the Cayenne GTS Medical Car for the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship is certainly a creative way of paying tribute to the 911 icon.”

The eye-catching Cayenne GTS replaces the Porsche Panamera 4S previously tasked with Medical Car responsibilities in the V8 Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and before that a V8 Cayenne S in 2008 and 2009.

The Cayenne GTS will transport the Chief Medical Officer, Medical staff and medical equipment at all V8 Supercars and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia events as the first response vehicle to serious on-track incidents.

Lurking beneath the colourful collage is an SUV that thinks it’s a sports car: all-wheel drive traction, body-gripping sports seats and a 309 kW (420 hp) naturally aspirated 4.8-litre V8 engine with eight speed Tiptronic gearbox – good enough to propel the Cayenne GTS from zero to 100 km/h in a sharp 5.7 seconds on the way to a top speed in excess of 260 km/h.

Despite its staggering performance the Cayenne GTS has a combined on-road NEDC fuel consumption figure of 10.7 litres / 100 kms.  The Cayenne GTS retails for $164,400 plus on-road costs.

Porsche’s latest Medical Car will make its debut at the opening round of the 2013 V8 Supercars Championship and Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 28 to March 03.