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New 911 GT3 ditches clutch pedal for better performance

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As much as it pains us to admit it, the traditional manual transmission is antiquated technology. While no paddle shifter will ever give the gratification of perfectly nailing a 3-4 shift, automakers continue to trot out automated manual transmissions that are capable of making that very same 3-4 shift more quickly and consistently than any human driver can.

With the debut of the all-new 911 GT3, Porsche has placed another nail in the clutch pedal’s coffin by offering the high performance GT3 exclusively with the company’s PDK automated manual transmission.

Producing 475-horsepower, the 911 GT3’s 3.8-liter flat-6 engine is based upon the unit in the 911 Carrera S; however, it only shares a handful of common components. With forged pistons and titanium connecting rods, the GT3’s flat-6 engine shrieks all the way to a 9,000-rpm redline.

With seven gears to play with, Porsche redesigned its PDK transmission for the race-ready GT3. Like automated manual transmissions from performance-minded competitors, drivers of the GT3 can engage neutral by simultaneously grabbing the left and right paddles located behind the steering wheel. Drivers can also use the shift lever to engage gears. Unlike other Porsche models, the company designed the GT3’s PDK shift lever to mimic a Formula 1 car, and requires drivers to push the lever forward for downshifts and pull the lever backwards for upshifts. Whichever way a driver chooses to shift gears in the 911 GT3, he or she will be greeted with shift times of less than 100 milliseconds.

Yet, quick shift times and lots of horsepower are only one part of the 911 GT3’s performance equation. In order to maximize the 911’s performance capabilities, Porsche has added distinct bodywork that helps the GT3 better manage airflow around its body, which has been lowered by 30 millimeters and includes a rear end that measures 43.2 millimeters wider than the standard 911 Carrera’s.

Underneath those widened haunches sits an active rear wheel steering system. Able to vary the angle of the rear wheels by up to 1.5 degrees, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds below 50 km/h and steers the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels at speeds exceeding 80 km/h. Porsche says the system helps the GT3 “achieve even higher steering precision and improved lateral dynamics,” helping the GT3 perform better both on the road and track.

Capable of reaching 314 km/h and lacking a clutch pedal, the new GT3 is truly a car that you can race on Sunday and comfortably drive to work on Monday. And if a clutch pedal is the only way you’ll be caught in a Porsche, the company still offers the old school manual transmission in its mainstream Boxster, Cayman and 911 models. To learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 and the rest of the Porsche lineup come by South Centre Porsche today.

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Automobile Magazine Enjoys the Winter Wonderland of Camp4

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Prepare to be jealous. Last September we told you about Porsche’s Camp4 and Camp4S driving schools that take place about an hour north of Montreal. Besides getting to sample a variety of different Porsche models, Camp4 and Camp4S are also schools designed to improve your winter driving skills.

Automobile Magazine went up to Canada to participate in Camp4 for no other reason but to “bash around other people’s expensive toys…[and] see how the new [911] 4S performs.”

According to the magazine the 911 Carrera 4S handled Camp4 quite well impressing them with its “ability to maximize grip” with a demeanor that is “less skewed to AWD understeer and more like a sled with an afterburner. It pops out of corners with aplomb.”

To read about the magazine’s entire experience at Camp4 head over to automobilemag.com, where close to 50 pictures from Camp4 have been posted. Be sure to sign up for next year’s event so you don’t have to look back in anger again.

Stop by South Centre Porsche to get a head start on getting into next year’s Camp4 and Camp4S events or any other Porsche Driving Schools you’d like to attend.

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Porsche Unveils New 911 Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S

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For many enthusiasts the 991-series Porsche 911 Carrera and 911 Carrera S are perfect as is. Other Porschephiles need the capability of all-wheel-drive, or yearn for the wide rear end and red light band that sits pleasantly between the 911’s two taillights. For those enthusiasts Porsche is releasing the new 991-series 911 Carrera 4 and 911 Carrera 4S in both coupe and convertible form in the beginning of 2013.

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With a weight deduction of 143 lbs. (almost 65 kg.) over the previous 997-series 911 Carrera 4, the new model also manages to improve gas mileage over the previous Carrera 4 by as much as 16 percent. In the U.S., Carrera 4 coupes equipped with the 7-Speed PDK transmission can muster an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway from the rear-mounted 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter flat six that ultimately takes the car to a top speed of 177 mph (approximately 285 km/h). The 400 horsepower 3.8-liter Carrera 4S coupe brings top speed up to 185 mph (approximately 298 km/h), and achieves a still respectable EPA-rating of 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with the PDK transmission.

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Porsche will officially reveal the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S at the Paris International Motor Show in September, where the cars extra 44 millimeters of rear end width and iconic light band will be displayed with the rest of the Porsche lineup.

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Panamera S Hybrid and 911 Carrera Take First & Second Place at Michelin Challenge Bibendum

The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is the world’s premier forum for sustainable road mobility. Since 1998, Challenge Bibendum has showcased technological advances and test-driven the latest and fasted in clean vehicles all over the world. Held in Berlin this year, the new Porsche Panamera S Hybrid and the 911 Carrera captured the two top spots. The double win by the two Porsche models demonstrate that the optimum blend of efficiency and driving dynamics is capable of winning even a competition with a sustainability criteria. It’s no surprise that, with its parallel full hybrid drive system, the Panamera S Hybrid won the intercity rally and the second place finish of the 911 Carrera with a conventional combustion engine proves that Porsche models are fundamentally efficient vehicles.

The two Porsches were pitted against 14 other contestants in the combustion engine driven production vehicle category that judges both vehicles with conventional diesel and gasoline engines as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Acceleration and lap times on the 300 km (186 mile) course were measured as well as fuel consumption. There were also a number of regularity tests performed along the way.

With CO2 emissions of 159 g/km, the 380 hp Panamera S Hybrid boasts the lowest emissions of any model in the entire Porsche lineup. That equates to fuel consumption of 6.8 l/100 km based on the European rating. These values were achieved with optimized rolling resistance Michelin tires, which are available as an option. But even with standard tires, the new Porsche hybrid model’s fuel consumption is at an unprecedentedly low level in its class at 7.1 l/100 km, again, based on the European rating.

Read more about the Michelin Challenge Bibendum to learn more about about its goals and initiatives. Follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook community to keep up with the latest updates. Also, contact us today to book a test drive of either the Panamera S Hybrid or the 911 Carrera, or maybe even both!

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