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Porsche To Showcase New Models - At Two Shows

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Porsche To Showcase New Models - At Two Shows

Geoff Maxted
November 10, 2013

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Porsche is celebrating two world premieres and three North American debuts at the 2013 Los Angeles Motor Show in a few short weeks. The much anticipated Porsche Macan SUV, the car maker’s fifth model line, will be unveiled to an international audience at the L.A. Convention Centre during the Porsche press conference on Wednesday, 20th November.

Further world debuts include the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet models. These top-of-the-line, open air sports cars accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively, culminating in a top speed of up to 195 mph.

Additionally, the Porsche 918 Spyder will be shown for the first time at an car show in North America. This plug-in hybrid sports car carries the traditional Porsche DNA into a ground-breaking concept. Designed from the start to be a high-performance hybrid, the 918 Spyder offers an unprecedented combination of performance by combining the 887hp output of a super sports car and the virtually silent propulsion of an electric vehicle. The 918 Spyder is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.8 seconds and offers extraordinary low fuel consumption.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive models will also be on display shortly after their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show the very same day. The Turbo S models are the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious models in the Panamera range, offering power output of 570 hp and a top speed of 192mph, plus an extensive range of technology and luxury features. For the first time ever, an Executive version of the Panamera Turbo S is available with a wheelbase that is extended by 5.9 inches.

The Los Angeles area is not only home to one of the most important motor shows of the year, it is also Porsche’s most important market with seventeen percent of all cars sold in the U.S. Given the Los Angeles area’s proximity to such a large number of Porsche customers, the company is currently building a first of its kind experience centre in the area. At the end of next year, the new Porsche Experience Centre Los Angeles will offer a world class test track and handling course; including special surfaces which replicate inclement weather conditions where customers and enthusiasts can hone their driving skills and try out the latest Porsche models. The Centre will be located in Carson, California and will also be the new home of Porsche Motorsport North America, currently located in Santa Ana, California.

It is madness that organisers allow major events to clash in this way. The Los Angeles and the Tokyo Shows are on more or less at the same time. The result is that, in this case, Porsche, have to spread their new products more thinly. Too many car shows spoils the magic.

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