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Pens and accessories to accompany your Porsche

26 Sep

Ballpoint pens with technology inspired directly from the racetrack. Athletic shoes with a suspension. Glasses with six hinges instead of the normal two. Does it sound outrageous and somewhat ostentatious? Well, it is.

While attending the 2011 Online News Association conference in Boston this week I stumbled upon a Porsche Design store in a local high-end shopping mall. Upon entering it became apparent the high levels of engineering and design Porsche continually incorporates into their vehicle have carried over to other product lines. Oh, did I mention price, those have carried over too.

A pen, what many could consider a very basic writing utensil, Porsche regards as a stylish piece of contemporary design. Because of this the bodies of their ballpoint, mechanical, and fountain pens are all composed of a material called TecFlex. TecFlex is essentially an interwoven piece of stainless steel brake line that has been adapted to hold ink as opposed to brake fluid.

When it comes to race-inspired products, the P’5510 Bounce S athletic shoes are similarly over-engineered and over-the-top. In-store prices ranged from $480.00 for the mesh version, or $600.00 for the leather-covered equivalent, these are far from a run-of-the-mill pair of Nike Shox. They might look like the Nikes, but closer inspection reveals a series of actual “shocks” on the bottom of the shoe, giving these kicks a suspension setup that would rival a F1 car. With the price reaching such levels one should be more concerned with twisting a part of the suspension than your own ankle.

Ok, so the pens are made from stainless steel brake line, and the bottoms of the shoes resemble something capable of taking on the Nurburgring. However the most useful piece in the store was probably the reading glasses. No, these are not something your grandmother would wear while reading the morning newspaper. These have a total of six hinges, allowing the eyewear to fold neatly into a carrying case. Not only are these available while prescription lenses and different magnifications, they’re also practical. Their ability to fold to next to nothing makes them easy to place in your pocket or center console.

If the Porsche Design store represents anything it’s the expansion of auto manufacturers. No longer are companies simply creating cars, trucks and SUV’s. Brands have branched out to create entire lifestyles for their owners and followers. From clothing and sunglasses to kitchen knives and luggage, it’s hard to find something a marque like Porsche hasn’t thought of. If your like me, you might not be able to buy a Porsche, but you can possibly buy a pen.

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Porsche Carrera 4 GTS unleashed

12 May

By Matt McCarron

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe and cabriolet: Courtesy Porsche North America

The 997 model line of the Porsche 911 will be coming to an end this September at the Frankfurt Auto Show. However, that didn’t stop Porsche from adding one more version to their ever-expanding lineup of 22 different 911 models.

Porsche unveiled the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, adding a four-wheel-drive variant to the recently released Carrera GTS. The Carrera 4 GTS has an additional 23 hp over a standard Carrera 4S. This is made possible by internal changes to the 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine including: a special resonance intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled tuning flaps and a sports exhaust system with four black tailpipes finished with polished, nano-coated inner shells.

This added horsepower enables the GTS to accelerate from 0-60 mph, 0.1 second quicker than the regular 4S. The optional PDK transmission and Sport Chrono Package Plus enables the GTS to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The manual coupe GTS also and has an increased top speed of 187 mph (186 with PDK).

The exterior and interior accents are primarily black. The exterior is adorned with black side skirts from the 911 GT2, a black panel between the rear tailpipes and 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels, painted in high-gloss black. The interior is covered in black Alcantara on the center sections of the standard sport seats and on the rim of the three-spoke steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.

The Carrera 4 GTS will go on sale starting in the fall.  The Carrera 4 GTS coupe will have a base MSRP of $110,200, with the Carrera 4 GTS cabriolet starting at a slightly higher base price of $120,100.

Carrera 4 GTS 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine: Courtesy Porsche North America

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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

28 Apr

By Matt McCarron

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Courtesy Porsche North America

Car manufacturers often make special or limited production vehicles. However, very few take it to the level and extreme Porsche has. First they released the model 997.2 GT3, then the critically acclaimed and even more extreme GT3 RS. But now they’ve really done it. Porsche has taken the GT3 model line to the very limits of what seems possible with a flat six-cylinder engine, producing what could be, the very essence of a street and track car.

Enter the GT3 RS 4.0. The vehicle, which will be limited to only 600 units worldwide, has the largest displacement engine ever offered in a 911, a 4.0-liter flat six punching out 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 337 lb/ft at 5,750 rpm. That’s 50 horsepower more than the GT3 RS with a 3.8-liter flat six. In addition to having the largest engine the GT3 RS 4.0 has the most powerful output per-liter of any 911 engine ever produced, with 125 horsepower per liter.

All of this horspower, and a power to weight ratio of just 5.99 lbs/hp allows this special 911 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, unchanged from the regular GT3 RS. However, while the 0-60 times might be the same, the difference in track times between the GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack are drastic. The GT3 RS 3.8 recorded an official time of 7 minutes and 33 seconds, while the 4.0 lapped the famous “Green Hell” in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Six seconds might not seem like a lot, but in the world of motorsports it’s a lifetime.

This improvement is possible because of weight reduction. With carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid the GT3 RS 4.0 weighs in at only 2,998 lbs (full tank of fuel). Other cosmetic changes include large rear wing and speical “4.0” badging on the engine lid and lower left-hand corner of the doors. The GT3 RS 4.0 also has a unique gray line, with red accents running from the nose of the hood all the way back to the rear.

The GT3 RS 4.0 is available in Carrera White and will go on sale in the U.S. beginning in late 2011 at a base MSRP of $185,000 (plus destination).

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