Porsche celebrated its 50th anniversary with a special sculpture at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Now, a new sculpture inspired by the one unveiled back in 2013 will be seen on Porscheplatz. According to the German company, the new sculpture will sit at the roundabout in the centre of the intersection controlled by traffic lights on Porscheplatz, at its headquarters in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen.
Porsche aims to achieve a visual link with the Porsche Museum and create a scenic impression. With a height of 24 meters and about 10 meters around its base, the sculpture includes three steles, each of them having a Porsche 911 perched on its top.
As expected, the vehicles are various model years of the Porsche 911. The German manufacturer is planning to perform work on its new sculpture outside peak traffic times and during the summer holidays in 2015.
Currently, Porsche is working with the City of Stuttgart in order to provide general preconditions relating to planning law. Porsche is planning to inaugurate its new sculpture next autumn.
No matter where one looks, the stylistic evolution of the Porsche 911 Carrera is pretty obvious. Looked at from the side, the combination of the large alloy wheels, new style, and windscreen made more convex resulted in this new model having jauntier, as well as a more coupé-like, quality. The front section has been made wider and redesigned to have larger side air intakes while also having new headlights. On the rear, the variably extending spoiler is wider and highlights the greater power output of the new 911 Carrera.
All of these, along with the other various aerodynamic optimizations, guarantee a lift that is significantly lower. At the same time it continues to have a good Cd value. Rounding off the profile in the rear are the narrower and redesigned LED technology lights. Complementing the optimized fuel consumption of the new Porsche 911 Carrera is none other than the Porsche-style downsizing.
Take the new 3.4-liter engine for example. It is able to deliver more power despite having a displacement of 3.6 liters, smaller compared to the previous engine. Fitted with the seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or PDK, it becomes the first sports car from the brand to have CO2 emissions under the 200 g/km limit. Porsche revealed that the new 911 Carrera will also be the first-ever sports from the brand to come fitted with the auto start/stop function.
With this function, the system can save as much as 0.6 liters for every 100 kilometers, under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). This auto stop/start function is paired with both the manual transmission and the PDK. There is also the joint thermal management system for the vehicle’s engine and transmission and combined with the on-board electrical system recuperation lowers the fuel consumption by an additional 0.35 1/100 km.
Additionally, a new cooling design ensures that there is no need for any ventilation openings in the vehicle’s underbody. This also brings with it advantages in terms of aerodynamics and thus boost performance. It is important to note that the Porsche Intelligent Performance brings new benchmarks for the new 911 Carrera. The use of the cutting-edge lightweight aluminum-steel body mixed in with a wide array of new functions and components benefits not just the driving dynamics but also its efficiency.
Another first for the new 911 Carrera is that it will be the world’s first passenger car to be fitted with the manual seven-speed transmission as standard. This transmission is based on the module of the seven-speed PDK, which is offered as an option. Since the first six gears have a close ratio, it allows the driver to experience exceptional acceleration capability.
Meanwhile, the quasi overdrive qualities of the seventh gear allow further scope for the fuel economy. For models that have the optional PDK transmission fitted, it will come with the “sailing” function, the first time in a sports car. This particular function saves as much as 1 liter for every 100 kilometers of fuel under a daily drive.
As soon as the driver stops pressing the accelerator, the system instantly disengages the engine from the transmission. The 911 Carrera then moves forward even with the engine idling. When running at higher speeds, this particular function helps get that added potential fuel economies.