- Porsche 911 Black Edition caught on camera
- Craig Stanton: Rolex 24 Preview
- Road Review: S4 Mileage Update
- Porsche 911 Black Edition special edition
- TECHART GrandGT Carbon Kits available for the Porsche Panamera
- Skoda models ready for E10 fuel
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 08:46 AM PST
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 08:23 AM PST
The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the biggest race on the Grand-Am schedule. Hear what Craig has to say about some of the changes that occurred, as well as what he is looking forward to this time around.
Live television coverage of The Rolex 24 at Daytona begins this Saturday, January 29th, at 3:00 PM ET on SPEED. We will be covering it live on the site.
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 07:00 AM PST
The gas mileage started out a little rough. It was tough to crack 18 MPG. After talking to several people about the issue I was able to resolve it by using high-grade gasoline. I was using Hess 93 and soon found it be the problem. After switching to Shell V-Power I can easily achieve 25-29 MPG on the highway.
I wish that was the case while driving in the city. After pulling out of my driveway down a few side-roads and onto the main commute stretch the car is averaging about 8 MPG. That is with very light throttle and low RPMs. This car is heavy and it shows. After a few minutes on the main stretch I will see about 16-18 MPG trying to get through all the stop-and-go traffic. I've started to keep track of my weekly consumption here. It has been rough but that's due to the wonderful traffic in Boston.
Have an S4? How are your MPG numbers?
- Mike J.
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 06:45 AM PST
In spring 2011, the world of the 911 will become even more attractive. Porsche is offering an extremely attractive special edition based on the 345 hp (254 kW) Carrera with a 3.6 litre engine. The 911 Black Edition features a particularly comprehensive equipment package, available as a Coupé or Cabriolet – and only in black of course. Exclusivity and price make this 911 Carrera all the more attractive. The 911 Black Edition is limited to 1,911 units and costs exactly as much as the Carrera basic models: In Germany that is 85,538 Euros for the Coupé and 96,843 Euros for the Cabriolet, including value-added tax in both cases. The market launch gets underway in April 2011.
The 911 Black Edition is painted in plain black as standard, with basalt black metallic also available as an option. The Cabrio hood is principally of black cloth. With the Black Edition, the colour highlights are provided by the 19 inch 911 Turbo II bi-colour wheels, their dichroic effect ideally complementing the discreet elegance of the exterior colour. In addition, the rims provide an unobstructed view of the brakes, naturally with black, four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers. The grey top-tint in the windscreen is standard in the 911 Black Edition, rounding off the overall impression on a harmonious note.
The “Black Edition’s” black lettering on the stainless steel door entry guards provides a first hint of the high-quality interior design concentrating on purist sports car values.
The interior continues the exterior color scheme. Already equipped as standard with high-quality partial leather seats, the 911 Black Edition can of course be upgraded with the option of an additional leather interior. Also included in the series version is a sports design steering wheel. The instrument cluster naturally remains in black. On the glove compartment lid, a badge testifies to the 911 Black Edition’s limited production run. Conversely, the decorative moulding on the dashboard, gear lever or selector and air vents provide a contrast with their aluminum look paint. The rear centre console is painted in the exterior color.
An acoustic highlight of the 911 Black Edition’s enhanced equipment is the BOSE® Surround Sound-System, fitted as standard. It was specially coordinated with the interior of the 911 Carrera models and comprises 13 loudspeakers (twelve in the Cabriolet) including active subwoofer and centre speaker as well as a seven channel digital amplifier with a total output of 385 W for a brilliant sound experience. Coupé and Cabriolet are equipped with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), as are 911 Carrera models. The GPS navigation module comes as standard in the 911 Black Edition as does the universal audio interface in the central console’s storage compartment. The 911 Black Edition’s enhanced equipment package also includes parking assistant, cruise control, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and a rain sensor.
The 911 Black Edition’s technology conforms to the high Carrera standard: Under the rear lid is to be found the typical Carrera flat-six cylinder engine, producing 345 hp (245 kW) at 6,500 rpm from 3,614 cubic centimeters. Coupled with the six-speed gearbox, this output enables the Carrera to achieve a top speed of 289 km/h (180 mph) in both body versions. At its maximum acceleration the Coupé reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, the Cabriolet in 5.1 seconds. Despite the impressive performance figures, fuel consumption remains moderate: The Coupé consumes a total of 10.3 litres of fuel (NEDC) per 100 kilometers (27.43 mpg imp.), the open top Carrera needs only a tenth of a litre more.
The 911 Black Edition enjoys all the same technical special equipment options that are offered for the Carrera models. First and foremost the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), that found its way into the worldwide sports car segment in the 911. The 911 Carreras with PDK turn in record performances thanks to their seven gears and quick gear changes with no interruption to the power flow. On the one hand fuel consumption: At 9.8 l/100 km (28.82 mpg imp.) and 9.9 l/100 km (28.53 mpg imp.) for the closed and open-top 911 respectively, the Carreras dip under the magical 10 litre limit. On the other hand dynamics: With PDK, the Coupé accomplishes the sprint in only 4.7 seconds, the Cabrio in 4.9 seconds. Responsiveness can also be further enhanced by the Sport Chrono Plus package, available as an option. It features the additional “Launch Control” function for the fastest possible acceleration from a standing start allied with a gearshift strategy for extremely sporty driving that enables very fast gearshifts. Launch Control shaves a further 0.2 seconds off the acceleration times of vehicles equipped with PDK.
The 911 Black Edition’s sportiness and comfort can be enhanced yet further if so desired. For example by means of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and as an additional variant for the Coupé the PASM sports chassis with bodywork lowered by 20 millimetres and mechanical rear differential lock. To further optimize braking performance, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) with ceramic disc brakes is offered as an option.
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 06:17 AM PST
The TECHART GrandGT – extraordinary, confident and uniquely sporty. As of now exclusive Carbon Styling Kits are available for the distinctive individualization program for the Porsche Panamera. For highest demands on quality, design and sportiness.
Carbon fibre components convince with extraordinary product properties such as an impressive dimensional stability, a great strength and a low intrinsic weight. The selected exterior components, which are made of carbon fibre, create unique highlights at the entire car. The front apron with the front grill insert and splitter in carbon fibre shows the viewer the dynamic and sporty design approach of the TECHART GrandGT. Even at the rear of the Panamera, the high-tech material is used in a generous way at the diffuser as well as at the gurney flap of the dominant rear spoiler. Refined air ducts at the flanks of the car complete the carbon fibre components in the exterior of the 4-seater.
With the Carbon Interior Kit the driver can experience the sportiness and elegance of the TECHART GrandGT also in the inside of the car. Carbon fibre trims at the dashboard, the door panels as well as the center console panels in carbon fibre and the illuminated door entry guards in a carbon fibre look ensure a high presence of the material also in the interior.
Posted: 25 Jan 2011 05:42 AM PST
All current gas engine models by the Skoda brand are able to utilize the new E10 fuel. Skoda thus contributes to reducing the environmental impact and to further decreasing CO2 emissions. The new E10 fuels contain a 10 % bio-ethanol admixture and have been offered at gas stations throughout the EU since the beginning of this year.
The E 10 operability (in accordance with the German standard DIN 51626-1 and the European standard EN 228) applies to all gas engines of the MPI, FSI, TSI, and TFSI types that are used in Skoda vehicles. The only exception is the Skoda engine 1.3l OHV (40 and 50 kW), which was used in the model Felicia during the production years of 1994 to 2001 and before. In case of need, these engines can be retrofitted.
All models by the Skoda brand can be operated without any problems using a fuel that contains a bio admixture of five percent (E5).
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