Porsche At The Paris Motor Show

Porsche Cayman

Porsche Cayman

Porsche will present four new models at the Paris Motor Show “Mondial de l’Automobile” (September 30 - October 15). The 911 Targa 4 (and 4S), the 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman and the Boxster (and Boxster S) with new engines will be making their debuts.

With the 911 Targa 4 (239 kW/325 bhp) and the 911 Targa 4S (261 kW/355 bhp), Porsche is displaying two new versions of the classic sports coupe. For the first time, the Targa is being offered exclusively with permanent all-wheel drive and a body that is 44 millimetres wider at the rear. Like their predecessor (the Type 996), these elegant sports cars have a large retractable glass roof and an opening rear window. The Targa 4 and 4S will reach UK dealers on 4 November.

From October, the 911 GT3 RS will be launched on the European market. This purist variant of the GT3 is particularly suited to use on the track, and stands out due to its performance and the undiluted driving experience of a racing car. The exceptionally high-revving engine of the RS has a displacement of 3.6-litres and produces 305 kW (415 bhp) at 7,600 rpm. The maximum engine speed is 8,400 rpm.

The Boxster and Boxster S started the new model year (from August 1, 2006) with increased performance and torque. The 2.7-litre engine in the Boxster now develops 245 bhp (180 kW), representing an increase of 5 bhp. The torque has increased to 273 Nm, available from 4,600 rpm. Meanwhile, fuel consumption and emissions have been reduced. The Boxster S engine, whose displacement has been increased from 3.2 to 3.4-litres, develops 295 bhp (217 kW) at 6,250 rpm - 15 bhp more than the previous model. The 3.4-litre engine has 340 Nm of torque.

On July 29, the new Cayman went on sale. The two-seater sports coupé has a 2.7-litre horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine that develops 245 bhp (180 KW). Following the successful market entry of the Cayman S in spring 2005, the Cayman completes the Porsche sports car range.

Wolfgang Dürheimer, Executive Vice President Research and Development, commented: “We are delighted to be represented in Paris by these top-class new vehicles. The wide scope of the products shows that we are always working on further developing our sports cars and are continually searching for improvements.“

Published 23 September 2006 Melanie Carter

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