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Porsche revs up the Kuwait Motor Show November 30, 2003 - Hot Cayenne versions and new 911 stars lead the Porsche brand wagon

Behbehani Motors are parading a big line up from the Porsche stable at this year’s Kuwait Motor Show, including several of the latest models to reach the shores of the Middle East. The Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo, the most powerful four wheel drive vehicle, along with the 911 Turbo Cabriolet are the latest models from Porsche to join this show’s line up. The 2004 versions of the other 911 models and the Boxster and Boxster S will also be on the stand.

Nabil Al Saadni, general manager, Behbehani Motors, said the Porsche brand has been ingrained in the psyche of car enthusiasts here in the region for a long time, especially as Kuwait was the first market in the Middle East to sign up as an official importer of the Porsche brand, in 1954.

"Our line-up reflects the growing needs of the market," Mr. Al Saadni said. "The Cayenne has given us an entry in a new market segment to go with our classic sports cars. Sharing the limelight, however, will be the other successful models from our stable, all of which remain leaders in their segments worldwide and here in Kuwait."

Porsche’s participation at the Kuwait Motor Show, their second, affords greater joy this year as Behbehani Motors Company, sole distributors for Porsche in Kuwait, will soon open their new 'Porsche Centre Kuwait', a dedicated Porsche facility and the first of its kind in the region.

The Cayenne is the first Porsche since the 928 to offer a V8 engine. There are now three versions: the Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. A 250-horsepower V6 powers the base model Cayenne, while a 4.5-liter V8 engine rests under the hood of the Cayenne S and Turbo models.

With its 340-horsepower normally aspirated V8, the Cayenne S can do the 0-100 km/h jaunt in 7 seconds. The Turbo version makes 450 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. Porsche says this is good enough to propel the SUV from 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds.

As a luxury SUV, Porsche has equipped the Cayenne with a full complement of features. The Cayenne seats five, leather is standard, and the backseats fold down to reveal a decent amount of cargo space. The four-wheel-drive system is electronically controlled and the division of power between the front and rear wheels is not determined by the lack of traction alone but rather by sensors measuring road speed and driver inputs.

Going off road? The transmission offers a reduction gear for improved ascent and decent performance and a 100-percent front-to-rear differential lock for maximum traction. Turbo models also come with an air suspension that can raise and lower the ride height for better low and high-speed performance; it's optional on other the Cayenne S.

As for safety, all three versions come with a full complement of airbags and standard
Porsche Stability Management. In addition, the Turbo comes with a bi-HID headlight
system that can aim its light into a bend, thereby improving illumination when cornering.

A timeless sports car that has successfully met the ever-increasing needs of drivers while showcasing the latest developments in Porsche technology, the 911 has emerged as a true icon of automotive design since its debut in 1963. It is, this year, celebrating its fortieth birthday – forty years of the flat-six power units fitted consistently at the rear of this outstanding sports car.

The powerful temperament of the Porsche 911 is reflected in the car’s technical data. The boxer engine, for example, displaces 3.6 litres to develop 320 horsepower and 370nm of torque giving it a uniquely agile ride with exceptional active safety. Equally compelling is the car’s powerful braking system. With its outstanding straight-line stability, it is one of the most capable systems ever featured on a standard production car.

And for the first time in 14 years, the topless beauty, the 911 Turbo is available once again. A dizzying power output of 415 horsepower, accelerating to 100 km/h in a mere 4.3 seconds, this turbocharged superstar has a top speed of 305 km/h. The roof folds away in less than 20 seconds, even at speeds of 50 km/h. This dream car alone is worth visiting the show to have a long look-see.

Meanwhile, the Boxster seeks not only to thrill through its styling, but is also a good
example of modern body design. With a drag coefficient of just 0.31 as well as lift
forces on the front and rear axles reduced to a minimum, the Boxster sets new standards in terms of aerodynamics.

In mechanical terms, the motive force behind the Boxster is a powerful six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine mounted low within the body of the car. This mid-engined layout imparts a natural agility while creating generous front and rear loadspace. In historical terms, the essence of the Boxster can be found in the earliest examples of the Porsche roadster: the original 356/1 from 1948 and the legendary 550 Spyder.

Report from 16/03/2004