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Touchdown in Frankfurt for Porsche's latest fastest pair


Living up to its promise of introducing more purist focused cars as reported last week, Porsche has revealed a new take on the 911 GT3, as well as officially debuting the latest generation Cayenne Turbo.

911 GT3 Touring Package

A moniker last used for a version of the Carrera RS in 1973, the GT3 Touring takes after the limited run 911 R launched earlier this year, in that it dispenses with forced induction and the PDK gearbox for a pure driving sensation.

Losing the standard GT3's rear wing for a so-called Gurney flap, the only other exterior differences consist of silver side window trim, sports exhaust, headlight washers and the GT3 Touring logo on the back. A Black Exterior Touring Package that finishes the mentioned elements in black can also be had, as well as dark tinted front and rear lights.

The subtle changes continue inside with the Alcantara trim making way for leather, the seat centre being finished in black cloth with the Porsche crest embossed on the headrests, and most of the trim pieces being made from brushed black aluminium.

Mechanically, the Touring remains unchanged from the standard GT3 with the 4.0-litre flat-six engine still cranking out 368 kW and 460 Nm of torque, allowing it to dispatch the 0-100 km/h mark in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 316 km/h.

Order books for the GT3 Touring Package have already opened with the model commanding a sticker price of R2 750 000, which includes a three year Drive Plan.

Cayenne Turbo

With the standard Cayenne and more powerful S making their respective debut last week, Porsche has now taken the covers off the flagship Turbo it claims once more raises the bar in the performance luxury SUV stakes.

To this end, the Cayenne now comes underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform also used by the new Audi A8, Q7 forthcoming new Volkswagen Touareg and Bentley Bentayga, that makes extensive use of aluminium to cut weight by 65 kg in standard guise.

Boasting a new three-chamber air suspension setup with Active Shock Absorbers, Active Torque Vectoring and Surface Coated Brakes outfitted with a tungsten carbide coating, the Turbo also comes equipped with Dynamic Chassis Control now using a 48-volt electrical system as opposed to hydraulics.

Motivating the Turbo is a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 which ups power by 22 kW to 404 kW, and torque by 20 Nm for a total of 770 Nm. Connected to a eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox, the Turbo will race from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, and top out at 286 km/h although model fitted with the optional Chrono Sport Package will get to 100 km/h 0.2 second faster.

Confirmed to reach South Africa in June next year, orders for the Cayenne Turbo have already opened in Europe with pricing from €138 850 (R2 175 619).

Article written by Autodealer
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