With the redesigned 992-generation Porsche 911 Coupe and Cabriolet body styles now widely available, and plenty of trims such as Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, and Turbo S already on offer,…

Porsche unveils its new 2021 911 Targa 4 and 4S

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Anyone familiar with Porsche’s iconic 911 will immediately know this is the new Targa, complete with a classic silver roll hoop and curved rear glass.

With the redesigned 992-generation Porsche 911 Coupe and Cabriolet body styles now widely available, and plenty of trims such as Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, and Turbo S already on offer, it was only a matter of time before a fresh new Targa appeared.

While originally sporting a silver roll hoop and large, curved rear window (although the first 1967 model, first introduced at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show, had a removable rear window made from plastic that was replaced with fixed glass in 1968), its roof has gone through a variety of changes. The roll bar wasn’t always wrapped in silver stainless steel as on the first generation, and the initial removable roof panel morphed into a power-sliding glass roof that tucked under the rear window on 1996–1998 993 models, this resulting in new sweptback C-pillars and similarly angular rear quarter windows.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4
From side profile it’s easier to see the differences between the Carrera coupe and this new Targa.

Porsche revived that Targa design for the 2006–2012 997 version of this model, while adding hatchback access to the rear glass, but abandoned it for the 2016–2019 991.2 Targa which received a power-operated retractable hardtop-style roof mechanism that lifts the entire rear deck lid before hiding the roof panel below. This also allowed for a return to the original silver roll hoop Targa design, all of which carries forward into the all-new 2021 911 Targa. Lowering or raising the sophisticated roof takes a mere 19 seconds, incidentally, meaning that it’s easily accomplished while waiting for a red light.

Below the beltline the new Targa benefits from most of the new 992-generation Carrera Coupe and Convertible design cues, which means its hood and lower front fascia say goodbye to the outgoing 911’s combination of mostly body-colour oval shapes and hello to a nearly straight-cut, horizontal slit separating the former from the bodywork below, plus a broad, black rectangle on the latter becomes the first visual clue to its 992 designation that oncoming Porschephiles will take notice of.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
This is the best angle to see the Targa’s main changes, all of which are above the beltline.

Such gives the entire car a wider, more assertive stance, while the more angular hood now integrates classically tapered creases at each side of its indented centre, much like the original 911’s hood, albeit without a vented end. As for Porsche’s ovoid multi-element four-point LED headlamp clusters, they appear very similar to the outgoing model.

Thanks to the same three vertical slats on the new Targa’s B pillars, which also wear the classic scripted “targa” nameplate, the old and new cars’ profiles look almost identical at first glance. Closer inspection shows front and rear fascias that wrap farther around the side bodywork, slightly more upright headlamps, taillights that extend forward similarly to the rear bumper vents, modified front side marker lights, new chiseled wheel cutouts, fresh mirror caps, more sharply angled flush-mounted door handles that extend outward when touched (replacing the old model’s more classic rounded door pulls), and a much smoother rear deck lid, resulting a modern take on classic 911 Targa styling.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
The Targa top provides the benefits of a convertible, and then 19 seconds later is as tightly enclosed as the 911 Carrera Coupe.

Those taillights come into clearer view when seen from behind, with the new model building on the old 991’s narrow dagger-like LED-infused lenses and even slimmer body-wide light strip by extending the latter farther outward to each side, and then grafting in some 718-sourced 3D-like graphics at centre, these above seemingly open vent slats below, while chiseling out even more linear lines for the outer lamps. 

Like the Carrera, the Targa’s diffuser-infused lower rear bumper is bigger, bolder and blacker than before, plus it feeds exhaust tips from within rather than forcing them to exit underneath, while hidden beneath the new 911’s gently flowing rear deck lid, just above the aforementioned light strip and below a row of glossy black engine vent strakes, is a much wider and larger active spoiler featuring multiple positions for varying levels of rear downforce.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
The new Targa gets all the same classic 911 design elements as the new Carrera.

Excluding the bumpers, all 911 Targa body panels are now made from lightweight aluminum, while the front fenders were significantly lightened and the underlying body structure more than halves its steel content from 63 to 30 percent, with the 70 percent remaining now fully constructed from aluminum. All this dieting helps to improve structural rigidity, handling, fuel efficiency, and more.

New 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels come standard with the Targa 4, the former on 235/40 ZR-rated rubber and the latter on a wider set of 295/35 ZRs, while the Targa 4S receives staggered 20s and 21s wrapped in 245/35 ZRs and 305/30 ZRs respectively.

Like the Carreras and Turbos that launched earlier, the new Targa boasts an interior inspired by 911 models from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and even the ‘90s, particularly the wide, horizontal dash design to the right of the traditionally arcing instrument hood, the former even incorporating a narrow shelf mimicking the lower edge of the original dashboard.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
The new 911’s interior combines styling cues inspired by classic Porsches from the past with ultra-advanced tech.

The gauge cluster follows Porsche’s classic layout, or at least this mostly digital design appears to. As it is, there’s only one mechanical dial at centre, the tachometer as always, with the four surrounding instruments integrated within two large TFT/LCD displays that can also show route guidance, audio, trip, and cruise information, etcetera. Specifically, the right-side display is for multi-information use as with the outgoing 991, while the left side includes a conventional looking speedometer in default mode or alternatively a number of new advanced driver assistive systems such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, and more.

The aforementioned horizontal dash design houses a 3.9-inch larger 10.9-inch high-definition Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment touchscreen with much greater depth of colour than its predecessor, as well as updated graphics, enhanced performance, and more functions from fewer physical buttons, plus most everything else already included with more recently redesigned Porsche models.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4
If you want a 911 you won’t be seeing around every corner, the Targa is for you.

As far as trims go, the outgoing 911 Targa was available as a 4 and 4S throughout its tenure, plus as a Targa 4 GTS from 2017–2019, so it comes as no surprise that Porsche would choose to introduce the new 2021 Targa in 4 and 4S trims as well. While a more potent version will no doubt be on the way soon, for now the Targa 4 utilizes the 911’s 3.0-litre twin-turbo horizontally opposed six making 379 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, plus Porsche’s eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) automated gearbox with steering wheel paddles as standard equipment (this new automatic improved by one forward gear over the previous Targa’s seven-speed PDK), resulting in 4.4 seconds from standstill to 100 km/h in base trim or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package.

A seven-speed manual transmission is available as an option when choosing the Sport Chrono Package in the new 911 Targa 4S, which together with a more formidable 443 horsepower 3.0-litre six boasting 390 lb-ft of torque only manages to match the less powerful Targa 4’s 4.4-second sprint to 100 km/h due to the more efficient PDK transmission, but when the more powerful car is hooked up to its dual-clutch automated gearbox the Targa 4S is good for much more lively acceleration equaling 3.8 seconds in base trim and 3.6 with its Sport Chrono Package.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4
Just in case you missed the previous profile shot, here’s one of the other side.

Just like the new all-wheel drive Carrera 4 and 4S models introduced earlier this year, the new Targa 4 and 4S use an innovative water-cooled front differential that incorporates reinforced clutches to increase load capacities and overall durability. When combined with standard Porsche Traction Management (PTM), the updated front axle drive system enhances the two Targa models’ traction in slippery conditions, while also improving performance in the dry.

Additionally, all 2021 911 Targa owners benefit from a new standard Wet mode added to the updated steering wheel-mounted drive mode selector, the unique technology automatically maintaining better control over watery or snowy road surfaces when engaged.

All new 911s receive standard autonomous emergency braking with moving object detection as well, improving safety further, while a high-definition backup camera and rear parking sensors are also on the standard equipment list.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4
Feast your eyes, the new 911 Targa is one beautiful sports car.

Additionally standard, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) includes electronically variable dampers with both Normal and Sport settings, while Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), standard with the Targa 4S, is now optional with the Targa 4, and features an electronic rear differential lock with fully variable torque distribution.

The Targa 4’s standard brake discs measure 330 millimetres front and rear, and feature black-painted monobloc fixed calipers with four pistons up front, whereas the Targa 4S model’s 350-mm calipers get a coat of bright red paint and utilize six pistons at the front. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system is optional, as are staggered front to rear 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels.

The all-new 2021 Porsche Targa 4 starts at $136,000 plus freight and fees, while the 2021 Targa 4 S can be had for $154,100. Both can now be ordered at your local Porsche retailer.

To learn more about all the 2020 Carrera models and 2021 Turbos, check out CarCostCanada’s 2020 Porsche 911 Canada Prices page and 2021 Porsche 911 Canada Prices page (the 911 Targa and 2021 Carrera models will be added when Canadian-spec details are made available), where you can configure each model and trim with available options, plus find out about valuable rebate info, manufacturer financing and leasing rates (currently available from zero percent), and otherwise difficult to ascertain dealer invoice pricing that could save you thousands.

Story credits: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

Make sure to check out our gallery above, and the following four videos (Dreamcatcher filmed in Vancouver) that show the power-operated roof (and car) in action:

 

The new Porsche 911 Targa (1:07):

 

 

The new Porsche 911 Targa – Dreamcatcher (1:21):

 

 

Virtual world premiere: The new Porsche 911 Targa (3:53):

 

 

The 911 Targa – the timeline of a Porsche legend (2:15):

 

Porsche introduced its 2021 911 Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet just two months ago, and now we’re getting a look at what’s in store for 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera 4S trims. The latter two S…

Porsche updates 911 Carrera for 2021

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S
911 Carrera S and 4S models will be available with a 7-speed manual for 2021.

Porsche introduced its 2021 911 Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet just two months ago, and now we’re getting a look at what’s in store for 911 Carrera, Carrera S, and Carrera 4S trims.

The latter two S trims will finally be getting a seven-speed manual gearbox, which by 2019 standards would mean these models will be dropping in price by $3,660, being that 2020 models made the new eight-speed dual-clutch automated PDK transmission standard, but European models will merely make the manual a no-cost option, so we’ll have to wait until Porsche Canada announces pricing in a few months to find out which direction they’ve chosen.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet
InnoDrive adaptive cruise control will be available for 2021.

Speaking of PDK-equipped 911s, Porsche will offer 2021 examples InnoDrive adaptive cruise control that, in addition to being able to follow the vehicle ahead without the driver needing to manually modulate speed, can also maintain set speed limits automatically and slow down autonomously when approaching corners.

A tire temperature readout gauge for the Sport Chrono Package is also new for 2021, as is Smartlift, an available front axle-lift feature that will raise the 911’s front end in order to clear large speed bumps and steep driveways. Better yet, Smartlift gets its intelligent name from having a memory feature capable of storing a location where the front end has been lifted and then remembering to do so again automatically next time you arrive.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera
Want a quicker, better handling 911? Coupe models will be available with new lightweight window glass for 2021.

Additionally, just in case you weren’t quite sure whether Porsche was still a purist’s sports car brand and not just another luxury carmaker, you can now order your 2021 911 Carrera with a lightweight glass package that reduces mass up higher in the car and therefore lowers its centre of gravity to improve handling. This said you could choose thicker insulated glass instead, which has been designed to reduce interior noise for a more comfortable drive.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
A new Smartlift system will automatically raise the front suspension to overcome steep driveways and large speed bumps.

A new retrospective leather upholstery upgrade package should also be popular for both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles, as it pulls styling cues from the now classic 930-era 911 Turbo. Porsche introduced it as standard equipment for the aforementioned 2021 Turbo S.

To make the ordering process easier to understand, Porsche renamed its seven-colour Light Design Package to the more self-explanatory Ambient Lighting Package, while Python Green has joined the Carrera’s exterior paint palette for 2021, this colour previously available for the 911 Turbo S and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0.

Story credit: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

No other automaker has sold more hybrid electric vehicles than Toyota, the brand having initiated the electrification revolution way back in 1997, and now it’s surpassed 15 million units globally. It…

Toyota passes 15-millionth hybrid vehicle sales milepost

2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e
The Prius, now available with AWD, has been the world’s best-selling hybrid since day one.

No other automaker has sold more hybrid electric vehicles than Toyota, the brand having initiated the electrification revolution way back in 1997, and now it’s surpassed 15 million units globally.

It took three years to get a slightly updated version of the first-generation Prius to North America in 2000, but four generations and some interesting side roads later (notably the subcompact Prius c hatchback and tall wagon-like Prius v) Toyota’s dedicated Prius hybrid has long become legend. It has sold more examples than any other electrified car in history, but Toyota has plenty of additional hybrids to its name.

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The RAV4 Hybrid will be available in plug-in Prime form for 2021.

Along with the plug-in Prius Prime that allows for more EV-only range, Toyota most recently added the all-new 2020 Corolla Hybrid to its gasoline-electric lineup, while the Camry Hybrid has long been popular with those needing a larger sedan. We don’t get the Avalon Hybrid here in Canada, but the RAV4 Hybrid more than makes up for the large luxury sedan’s loss, and next year it arrives as the 2021 RAV4 Prime plug-in too, whereas the Highlander Hybrid remains the only electrified mid-size SUV available in the mainstream volume-branded sector. Additionally, Toyota offers one of the only hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles available today, its innovative Mirai taking the hybrid-electric concept into completely new territory.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
The new Corolla Hybrid should sell very well.

Of note, Toyota’s 15-million hybrid milestone was partially made up by its Lexus luxury division, which adds seven more gasoline-electric models to Toyota’s namesake range of eight, including (in order of base price) the entry-level UX 250h subcompact crossover SUV, the NX 300h compact SUV, the ES 300h mid-size sedan, the the RX 450h mid-size SUV, the RX 450h L three-row mid-size SUV, the LC 500h personal sport-luxury coupe, and finally Lexus’ flagship LS 500h full-size luxury sedan (Lexus previously offered the HS 250h compact sedan, the CT 200h compact hatchback and the GS 450h mid-size sport sedan).

2020 Lexus UX 250h
Lexus has always been strong on hybrids, and its all-new UX 250h is starting to sell well.

While 15 hybrid models from two brands is impressive, outside of Canada Toyota and Lexus provide 44 unique hybrid vehicles, while hybrids made up 52 percent of Toyota’s overall volume in Europe last year. What’s more, Toyota accounts for 80 percent of all hybrid sales globally.

Despite recently dropping the Prius v and Prius c models, Toyota shows no signs of slowing down hybrid integration, or continuing to develop its hydrogen fuel cell and full electric programs moving forward. Back in June last year, Toyota Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi announced that half of the automaker’s global sales would be electrified by 2025, which is five years more aggressive than previously planned. This would likely be a mix of hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and fully electric (BEV) vehicles, but Terashi was clear to point out that an entirely new line of BEVs would be designed for global consumption, and while Toyota had previously spoken of 2020 for the launch of its first BEV, our current global health problem and concurring financial challenges will likely interfere with this plan.

Story credit: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Toyota

Although there has recently been talk about reopening our economy, for the most part we’re still in voluntary lockdown throughout most of Canada. While this is certainly better than the mandatory lockdown…

Infiniti turns to Japanese origami to provide ‘Carigami’ modelling fun

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
Why not make an Infiniti Carigami Q50 S with the kids during voluntary lockdown?

Although there has recently been talk about reopening our economy, for the most part we’re still in voluntary lockdown throughout most of Canada. While this is certainly better than the mandatory lockdown conditions many other parts of the world are enduring, it’s left the majority of Canadians looking for things to do in order to bide their time.

Enter Japanese luxury carmaker Infiniti, a brand well respected for building cars and SUVs with entertaining driving characteristics. Now, instead of supplying thrills on the road, it’s slicing and dicing up some very unique paper artwork in the spirit of origami.

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
Just print off the templates with instructions and have fun.

This said, the only traditional origami-style paper folding is used for the rear section of the Q50 S sport-luxury sedan scale model, as well as the separate wheels and tires and tabs necessary for gluing everything together. Nevertheless, Infiniti’s Carigami model is definitely a fun way to pass the time.

Infiniti will soon follow up its Carigami Q50 S model with one for the long-discontinued first-generation FX crossover SUV, showing that the enthusiast heart of this performance-oriented brand is still beating at a high rate, while another fan favourite, the current full-size off-road capable QX80 SUV that’s based on the legendary Nissan Patrol (Armada in North American markets), will come next.

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
If you don’t have a colour printer, break out the crayons or paints.

The models will all be in 1:27 scale, and all you’ll need to put one together is a printer (preferably colour, or you can add crayons to this list), seven sheets of paper (two for templates and five for instructions), a craft knife, some glue, and a little patience.

While a first for Infiniti, the luxury brand’s parent previously commissioned a full 1:1 scale origami version of the funky Nissan Juke subcompact crossover for its fifth birthday in 2015.

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
All the wheels and tires need to be made separately and added at the end.

To learn more, watch a high-speed video of the model being constructed, and/or download the templates and instructions go to Infiniti.com, or you can go directly to the Carigami download page here, but keep in mind this is the brand’s US site and therefore any further investigation into real Infiniti models for purchase in Canada should be done at Infiniti.ca.

Better yet, go to CarCostCanada to check out the latest 2020 Infiniti Q50, Q60 and Q70 sport-luxury cars, plus Infiniti’s lineup of SUVs that include the QX50, QX60 and QX80. You can access all the same pricing information as the manufacturer’s website, and even build out each model, plus you’ll find out about all the latest manufacturer rebates, financing and lease rates, and dealer invoice pricing that can save you thousands when negotiating your deal.

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
The step-by-step instructions are easy to follow.

For instance, CarCostCanada claims you can save up to $5,550 in additional incentives on a 2020 Infiniti Q50, while those wanting a 2019 Q50 can access factory leasing and financing rates from zero percent. Interested in a Q60 instead? How about $5,350 off of this luxury sport coupe for the 2020 model or $9,000 in incentives for a 2019? If you want a large sedan, Infiniti is offering up to $8,000 in additional incentives for its 2019 Q70 and long-wheelbase Q70L (there won’t be a 2020 for this flagship four-door).

Infiniti Carigami Q50 S
After a little bit of work and plenty of fun, you’ll have an Infiniti Carigami Q50 S just like this.

As for Infiniti SUVs, those wanting the new QX50 compact crossover can save up to $5,250 for a 2019, $2,000 on a 2020, and zero-percent factory leasing or financing for the fresh new 2021 model, with average member savings said to be $3,250 no matter the year purchased. As for the mid-size three-row QX60, buyers wanting a 2020 can access up to $5,400 in additional incentives while the 2019 model has zero-percent factory leasing or financing on offer. Lastly, the big QX80 can be had with zero-percent leasing or financing on the 2021, up to $5,050 in additional incentives for the 2020 model, and $10,000 in incentives for the 2019.

Story credit: Trevor Hofmann

Photo and video credits: Infiniti

If you’ve been mostly at home with your children, like so many Canadians in recent months, you can breathe a sigh of relief that Porsche has taken the time to develop a new Porsche 4Kids website that’ll…

New Porsche website features online and downloadable games and activities for stuck-at-home children

Porsche 4Kids website
A new Porsche 4Kids website offers children of all ages plenty of online and downloadable games and activities to fill their stay-at-home day.

If you’ve been mostly at home with your children, like so many Canadians in recent months, you can breathe a sigh of relief that Porsche has taken the time to develop a new Porsche 4Kids website that’ll keep your little (and bigger) ones entertained for hours, and maybe even days.

Porsche4kids.com has plenty of fun online games, cool challenge videos plus virtual Porsche museum tours, a children’s fitness program, a dad jokes section (the kids will love them too), and a page for downloading additional games such as scattergories, and crafts like a build-it-yourself paper 911, fill-in-the-talk-bubble comic strips, colouring pages of everyone’s favourite road-going and Formula E Porsche models, plus more.

Porsche 4Kids website
There’s no shortage of things to do on Porsche4Kids.com.

You and your kids will be guided through the Porsche 4Kids website by two animated characters named Tom Targa and Tina Turbo (you can even download their employee name tags and print them out), while real Porsche employees help in the museum tour and more. Additionally, once this pent-up-at-home era is history, your family can join Tina and Tom at one of the Porsche 4Kids Game Stations (consider them mobile science/driving/amusement parks) in Germany (and in some other countries too).

The Porsche 4Kids website is really fun for the entire family, as it was developed for children aged 5 to 13 years, plus teenagers, their parents and grandparents (this writer had plenty of fun resourcing the story), so be sure to check out Porsche4kids.com to learn more.

Story credit: Trevor Hofmann

Photo credits: Porsche

3D printing is nothing new in the auto industry, but customizing form-fitted sport seats for customer racers is an innovative way to test out a potential new personalization product. Then again, Porsche…

Porsche creates innovative new 3D-printed sport seats for 911 and 718

Porsche 3D-Printed Bodyform Full-Bucket Seat
Porsche’s new “3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat” uses sandwich construction for form-fitted comfort. (Photo: Porsche)

3D printing is nothing new in the auto industry, but customizing form-fitted sport seats for customer racers is an innovative way to test out a potential new personalization product.

Then again, Porsche has long used motorsport to hone its road cars, so the act of creating 40 prototypes of its “3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat” for some European-based 911 and 718 client racers isn’t too much of a stretch. 

Porsche Tequipment will start producing the new six-point safety belt-equipped “bodyform” driver’s seat prototypes in May 2020, and after it receives enough feedback from those customers, which will be incorporated into the seat’s development, it will start making them available to road car customers in soft, medium and hard firmness levels and various colours though its Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur division from mid-2021.

“3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat”
The coloured components in the 3D-printed “lattice structure” give the seat a wholly unique look. (Photo: Porsche)

Just to be clear, custom-fitted driver’s seats have been part of the motorsports world for almost as long as car racing has existed, but 3D-printing technology will allow the same level of personalization in Porsche’s road cars, as long as enough owners expressed an interest.

Together with a driver’s seat specifically designed around an individual customer’s body contour, the new 3D-produced seats would allow for “an extended range of colours” so that owners could match their cars’ interiors to Porsche’s available “Special” colour palette, and their “Custom Colour” requests.

Porsche 3D-Printed Bodyform Full-Bucket Seat
Porsche produces this “lattice structure” in a 3D printer and then incorporates it into the seat. (Photo: Porsche)

Along with the ergonomic fit for enhanced comfort and control, the new 3D-printed bodyform driver’s seat will allow for a totally unique interior design, plus lowered weight, and even “passive climate control” says Porsche, the latter due to the seat’s sandwich construction.

The base support, which is produced from expanded polypropylene (EPP), gets bonded to a “breathable comfort layer consisting of a mixture of polyurethane-based materials.” The external skin, made out of “Racetex,” features a perforation pattern that allows for climate control, while “window panels” expose the coloured components in the 3D-printed “lattice structure” and therefore give the seat a completely original look.

Porsche 3D-Printed Bodyform Full-Bucket Seat
The breathable material allows for “passive climate control”. Photo: Porsche)

“The seat is the interface between the human and the vehicle, and is thus important for precise, sporty handling. That’s why personalized seat shells customized for the driver have been standard in race cars for a long time now,” commented Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche. “With the ‘3D-printed bodyform full-bucket seat’, we’re once again giving series-production customers the opportunity to experience technology carried over from motor sports.” 

Due to all automakers’ capabilities in product development and production, many have been called into action to help stop the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading farther, and now Porsche is considering…

Porsche amongst automakers committing money and resources to fight COVID-19

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board
Oliver Blume, the chairman of Porsche’s Executive Board, is directing the German automaker to donate funds and manpower to help eradicate COVID-19. (Photo: Porsche)

Due to all automakers’ capabilities in product development and production, many have been called into action to help stop the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus from spreading farther, and now Porsche is considering the employment of its 3D printers to produce critical medical products.

Before this it donated five million euros to “people in need as a result of the virus” and also spent 200,000 euros on food donations to charitable organizations.

“Porsche already supports a large number of charitable initiatives and we are significantly extending this commitment during the coronavirus crisis,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board. “There are people who urgently need help and we are concentrating on providing humanitarian aid. We can overcome the pandemic only if we work together and show solidarity.”

Additionally, Porsche is deploying its specialist staff, such as its medically experienced personnel and IT experts, to fight against COVID-19, plus the German luxury brand is supporting its Porsche employees to carry out voluntary work.

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche
“We are supporting the food banks at our locations this year with 200,000 euros,” said Blume.

What’s more, the premium automaker is assisting with technical materials and supplies, like procuring personal protective equipment (PPE), plus it’s deploying its vehicles and providing logistics operations in the event of specific supply bottlenecks and transport requirements, while using its media presence to assist in the communication of appeals and important messaging as well, and finally Porsche is making donations and grants to various organizations in need of support due to COVID-19.

“We are supporting the food banks at our locations this year with 200,000 euros,” continued Blume. “In addition, we have made an offer to certain charitable organizations to provide vehicles with drivers, perhaps where there is a bottleneck in the transport of relief supplies or people. We have also increased donations from Porsche AG by five million euros. This amount will be used to support local organizations and people who are in need as a result of the coronavirus crisis. Our employees also help personally and voluntarily with the charitable organizations at our locations.”

As noted earlier, Porsche is considering the production of medical products too, which could be produced by the brand’s many 3D printers.

Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche
“We are currently clarifying with the state government which components are required,” added Blume regarding the production of PPE. “They range from protective goggles to respiratory masks.”

“We are currently clarifying with the state government which components are required,” added Blume. “They range from protective goggles to respiratory masks. For highly specialized medical products, you have to comply with the legal requirements and certifications. Here, the lead must lie with the medical technology specialists, who could then delegate orders to the automotive industry. Our 3D printers are available in any case. As a first step, we have already forwarded protective clothing from our stocks to the state government. And together with our parent company, Volkswagen, we are participating in the procurement of further equipment on a large scale, especially from China. We must also ensure that we look beyond the medical sector and recognize where our help is needed.”

All of these efforts have been put forward despite Porsche halting production on March 21st for an initial period of two weeks.

“We are assessing the situation as it presents itself,” Blume said. “The most important thing for us is that the supply chains can be rebuilt as soon as possible. We are less dependent on China than we are on our European neighbours. In this respect, I hope that we as a society will manage to contain the coronavirus and that we will then receive a signal at European level as to when we can all restart production.”

Like most automotive brands, Porsche Canada has also started to experience a dramatic downturn in sales, with its March 2020 deliveries reduced by 42 percent compared to the same month last year. It’s quite possible April will be worse, so kudos to Porsche for giving back in this time of need.

The Geneva Motor Show may have been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China), but that hasn’t stopped automakers from making their big reveals…

Porsche reveals most powerful, fastest 911 Turbo S yet

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The new 911 Turbo S is more powerful and much faster than its predecessor. (Photo: Porsche)

The Geneva Motor Show may have been cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan, China), but that hasn’t stopped automakers from making their big reveals online, and therefore Porsche has pulled out all the stops with the most exciting version of its all-new 992 yet.

The 2021 911 Turbo S just hit the web with a 61-horsepower bump over its much-revered 580-hp predecessor, which means it now makes a staggering 641-horsepower from an identically sized 3.8-litre six boosted by two VTG (variable turbine geometry) turbochargers. What’s more, the horizontally opposed engine also puts out an additional 37 lb-ft of torque for a total of 590, so be glad it comes standard with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive that can transfer up to 369 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels when required.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
New functional styling makes the upcoming Turbo S more aggressive looking. (Photo: Porsche)

The 3.8-litre turbo-six, which is based on the latest 911 Carrera engine generation, has been completely redesigned. It gets a new charge air-cooling system and new, larger VTG turbochargers in a symmetrical layout that feature electrically adjustable waste-gate flaps, while piezo injectors are said to significantly improve “responsiveness, power, torque, emissions, and revving ability.”

The standard gearbox is an upgraded Turbo-specific eight-speed dual-clutch PDK automated design, which allows for a shockingly quick sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds over its predecessor, while zero to 200 km/h arrives in a scant 8.9 seconds, this being a full second faster than the outgoing Turbo S.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The new Turbo S will be available in Coupe and Cabriolet body styles. (Photo: Porsche)

To put the new 911 Turbo S into perspective, it’s a tenth of a second quicker from zero to 100 km/h than the current GT2 RS (soon to be replaced by one based on the new 992), a 700-horsepower monster. Those choosing the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet will lose a tenth of a second in the other direction, but that makes the drop-top as quick as a GT2 RS, so it certainly hasn’t lost face in this regard. No doubt the convertible would be best for hearing the new sports exhaust system, which features adjustable flaps that promise the kind of distinctive sound only a Porsche flat-six can deliver.

An American performance spec worth noting is 10.5 seconds over the quarter mile on the drag strip, which is no small feat, while those lucky enough to test one out on the Autobahn will potentially be able to achieve a maximum speed of 330 km/h (205 mph) in either coupe or convertible model.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
The new Turbo S is wider and therefore should be even more stable than the previous version. (Photo: Porsche)

Hauling the Turbo S back down to reality are standard carbon-ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers, while control is further enhanced via a larger rear wing that, together with the pneumatically extendable front spoiler, delivers 15 percent more downforce than the outgoing model.

The new car is also wider than the outgoing 911 Turbo S by 45 mm (1.8 inches) above the front axle, measuring 1,840 mm (72.4 in) across, and 20 mm (0.7 inches) over the rear axle, spanning 1,900 mm (74.8 in), which should improve stability, while Porsche has tweaked its active suspension management system’s (PASM) software and hardware, lowering it by 10 mm (0.4 in) and providing “faster and more precisely controlled dampers,” stated Porsche in a press release, to enhance “roll stability, road holding, steering behaviour and cornering speeds.”

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Porsche has made many improvements to its latest 911 interior, and the Turbo S gets all these and more. (Photo: Porsche)

The numerous functional vents added to the Turbo S’ front fascia and rear fenders are more about engine and brake cooling, however, not to mention design aggression, with those added to the rear valance especially eye-catching. Additionally, special rectangular exhaust tips protrude from the outer edges of the black centre diffuser, while the entire Turbo S design gets rounded out by a set of staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear lightweight alloys wrapped in respective 255/35 and 315/30 Pirelli performance tires.

Inside, the new Turbo S is as livable as any other 911 and even more upscale thanks to a full leather interior with carbon trim and Light Silver accents, plus a GT sports steering wheel, a large 10.9-inch infotainment touchscreen at dash central, a newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app within that centre display that comes as part of the Sport Chrono package, a Bose surround-sound audio system, and leather-upholstered 18-way power-adjustable sport seats.

The new 911 Turbo S will be available to order in April of 2020, with deliveries expected later this year. Pricing for the 911 Turbo S coupe starts at $231,700 plus freight and fees, while the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet starts at $246,300. To order yours, contact your local Porsche retailer.

Until it arrives, enjoy the few videos Porsche supplied.

 

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S: The peak of driving emotion (2:28):

 

 

The all new Porsche 911 Turbo S. Relentless. (1:02):

 

 

Livestream: new Porsche 911 Turbo S Premiere (14:56):