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Old July 7th, 2003, 05:15 AM   #1
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Porsche Unleashes 2 More Special 911s

“Stronger than ever,” Porsche unleashes two more special 911s.
by Ian Norris 7/6/2003

Porsche “Stronger Than Ever Before,” Says Wiedeking

Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, President and CEO of Porsche, says the company is in excellent shape to steer through the weak economic times it is currently experiencing in its two most significant markets, Germany and the U.S., “without taking undue harm.” In a statement issued to press attending the launch of the company’s new Carrera 4S Cabriolet, Dr. Wiedeking attributes Porsche’s good shape to the fact that it is no longer solely a sports car manufacturer, a position he compared to “standing on one leg.”

The introduction of the Cayenne SUV last fall has more than made up for the decrease in sales of the company’s 911 and Boxster two-seaters. In the period from August to April of 2003, Porsche sold 22,931 911s and 15,454 Boxsters. These figures are down on the same period in 2002, when sales were 24,084 and 17,344 respectively. This year, however, the losses were counterbalanced by sales of 12,973 Cayennes. Cayenne production was estimated at 25,000 units for its first year, and currently production rates are ahead of that projection.

Selling in 75 markets around the world – compared with 40 ten years ago – Porsche still sends the greatest part of its production to the U.S., where sales of its sports models have slowed and a weakening dollar/euro relationship could present problems. The effects of the problems are being minimized by the extra sales generated by the Cayenne in a market segment new to Porsche and the fact that the company’s dollar earnings have been hedged at a favorable rate until 2006.

“Today we (Porsche) are stronger than ever before,” Dr. Wiedeking said. “Even though we are now facing a somewhat stronger headwind after years of a powerful tailwind driving us forwards, we will not allow any resistance to put us off course.”

Porsche Offers Something for the Racers

Porsche is about to introduce a version of its high-performance 911 GT3 model designed especially for competition drivers – but it will be totally road-legal too. The new 911 GT3 RS brings back a model name with a fine history behind it. The initials RS – from the German “Renn Sport” or Racing Sport – have traditionally been attached to cars designed to let Porsche customers take part in international races. The Carrera RS 2.7 of 1972 and the 911 SC RS of 1984 were both built, like the new car, as homologation specials, cars manufactured in limited numbers but in sufficient quantity for them to be accepted as production cars by the international racing authorities.

The 911 GT3 RS is intended for use in international GT racing, and as was the case with its predecessors, most of those sold will be turned into track cars. There will be a few, however, that will go to owners who just want an ultimate road car – these will be the cars that Porsche freaks of the future will treasure as collectors’ cars.

The GT3 RS uses the 3.6-liter flat-six engine of the production 911 Carrera, but it is tuned to provide 381 horsepower as against the 320 of its lower-powered stablemate. Coupled with other performance-enhancing modifications to the body and chassis, this gives the GT3 RS the ability to cover zero to 60 mph in a shade under 4.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 191 mph.

The body is extensively lightened, and the competition car weighs in at 2998 pounds with a full tank of gas. That’s 110 pounds less than the standard GT3. Along with the other competition-oriented features, such as a lightweight acrylic rear window and carbon-fiber front hood and rear wing, the GT3 RS has a built-in safety cage to full racing specification.

The car is available in any color you want so long as it is white, but there is a choice of red or blue for the now-traditional RS graphics along the lower flanks.

source: The Car Connection

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Old July 7th, 2003, 09:27 AM   #2
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Hmmm, no news on any new Boxsters?

I thought the new model should be out by now? And no news on the Boxster RS neither. If there is one, hopefully it will be more affordable than the GT3RS.
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