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Porsche Powers into New York

Now available in Canada starting at $163,300, the latest GT3 has been extensively lightened with a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.86 kg/hp thanks to it 4.0-litre, “boxer” six-cylinder engine with 500 hp .

  • 911 GT3

NEW YORK, NY: Porsche powered into this year’s New York International Auto Show with four of its most potent models including the 500 hp 320 km/h 911 GT3.

Now available in Canada starting at $163,300, the latest GT3 has been extensively lightened with a power-to-weight ratio of just 2.86 kg/hp thanks to it 4.0-litre, “boxer” six-cylinder engine with 500 hp that sees it accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. With its standard seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK), it has a top speed of 318 km/h.

Fitted with an optional six-speed manual transmission, sprint time to 100 km/h is 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 320 km/h.

The chassis and suspension incorporates lessons learned by Porsche from it’s full-race GT3s including active rear-axle steering that, depending on speed, steers either in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels resulting in improving the vehicle’s agility and stability.

Adding to the response is a rear differential lock.

You can’t mistake the GT3 for anything else starting with the huge carbon fibre rear wing complemented by a lightweight front end and front spoiler optimized for slicker airflow.

Porsche offers two additional seat variants for the 911 GT3. The adaptive Sports seats Plus boast electrical adjustment of all seat functions (18-way). The full bucket seats are made from light carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in carbon-weave finish.

Also on the Porsche stand is the brand’s new flagship, the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 with electric motor producing a combined 680 hp and 626 lb/ft or torque.

That endows it with a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.4 seconds, the same as the GT3.

panamera turbo S E-hybrid

Starting at $209,800 for the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and $221,700 for the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, they feature Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design.

The basic package also contains auxiliary air-conditioning, adaptive aerodynamic elements and three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

The new Sport Turismo is the first Panamera to feature three rear seats.

porsche panamera sport turismo

The two outside seats take the form of individual seats thus resulting in a 2+1 configuration at the rear. The Panamera Sport Turismo is also available in a four-seat configuration option with two electrically adjustable individual rear seats.

Prices start at $109,700 for the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo (330 hp), $118,600 for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo (462 hp system power), $124,500 for the Panamera 4S Sport Turismo (440 hp), and $175,600 for the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (550 hp).

Rounding out things for Porsche New York was the 2018 911 GTS.

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