Dubai. Porsche Middle East & Africa FZE (PME) officially launched the new 911, in two versions, during an exhilarating drive event for the regional media at the Dubai Autodrome this week. The 911 Carrera with the 325 hp, 3.6 litre boxer engine and the 911 Carrera S, powered by a newly developed 3.8 litre engine, which delivers 355 hp, were revealed before the press were given a quick driving lesson and then a drive on the track to test the unique functions and features of the vehicle.
Said Mark Bishop, managing director of Dubai-based PME, “Here in the Middle East, we hope to sell 300 units of the new 911s, starting from the middle of this month when the cars will be in the showrooms.”
Bishop stated that for Model year 2004, the regional office sold 2,392 vehicles in the GCC and Levant markets. It is now expanding its territorial coverage even further with the addition of two new markets, the Yemen and India. PME is now Porsche’s 5th largest subsidiary worldwide, after traditionally big volume markets for Porsche which include the US, Germany, the UK and Japan.
Bishop stated that with a torque of 400 Newton meters, the S model surges from zero to 100 kph in 4.8 seconds. The Carrera does this in exactly five seconds. Top speeds for the Carrera and Carrera S are 285 kph and 293 kph respectively.
The design of the Porsche 911 is a logical continuation of the 911 story, now over 40 years old. The result of the new exterior design – including a wider track and more emphasis on the waist – is a 911 which is even more dynamic, clear,
powerful and, at the same time, elegant. Other striking features of the evolutionary design are the new circular headlamps with separate additional headlamps in the nose area, more prominent fenders, dual-arm exterior mirrors, altered seam characteristics and a more aerodynamic rear spoiler.
Both 911 models have a newly developed six-speed gearbox and a reworked chassis, which includes active suspension as standard in the S model. For the 911 Carrera, this chassis, called “Porsche Active Suspension Management”, can be supplied on request. In the “normal” position, PASM provides a sporty and comfortable balance to the suspension; pressing the “sport” button, however, makes the suspension firmer which enables the car to be driven in a particularly agile and sporty way. In addition to PASM, a further option for both models is sports suspension, which is lower by 20 mm, with a mechanical rear inter-wheel differential lock.
The format of the wheels and tyres has also evolved: the 911 Carrera now has, as standard, 8J x 18 size wheels with 235/40 ZR tyres (front axle) and 10J x 18 with 265/40 ZR 18 tyres at the rear. The Carrera S is equipped with 19 inch rim/tyres, size 8J x 19, with 235/35 ZR 19 (front axle) and 11J x 19 with 295/30 ZR 19 (rear axle).
The GCC retail price for the 911 Carrera is US$ 70,194 and for the 911 Carrera S US$ 80,089. Prices at authorized dealers are harmonised across the region and in addition to the already very complete European standard equipment, the GCC price will also include zone tinted front windscreen, electric sliding roof, Homelink - integrated remote garage door opener, and cruise control.
Report from 06/09/2004
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