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The Mercury Cars Guide : August 15th 2009
20— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Porsche sure new 911 will lift market Just threenumbersareenoughto makethe heart ofmostcar enthusiasts beat faster—911. NeilMcDonaldreports T HE global financial crisis has caused some heartache for German carmaker Porsche. Over the past year, the brand has taken a big sales hit internationally as cashstrapped buyers withdraw. Even local sales have plunged 23 per cent this year. However, Porsche Cars Australia managing director Michael Winkler is confident the newest Turbo and GT3 will resuscitate buyers. The just-unveiled 997-series Turbo arrives in January with the GT3 beating it by a couple of months. ‘‘The bottom line here in Australia is that we’re a topend market with the 911,’’ Winkler says. ‘‘We always do very well with GT3, GT2s, and very well with Turbos. ‘‘So I would expect that between thenewGT3andnew Turbo we will end up with about 40 per cent of all 911 models next year. ‘‘It always goes in those cycles.’’ The latest Turbo is lighter and faster, yet more fuel efficient. Porsche says the Turbo’s boxer-six is the first entirely new engine in its 35-year history. For the first time too, Porsche’s seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox is available, joining the six-speed manual. LOOKS AND PACE: The Porsche GT3 hits 100km/h in 4.1 seconds. The bottom line here in Australia is that we’re a top-end market with the 911 ‘ Engine capacity has increased from 3.6-litres to 3.8-litres and the Turbo gets twin turbo-charging with variable turbine geometry, as well as direct fuel injection and a new expansion intake manifold first seen on the GT2. The supercar develops 368kW at 6000 revs and 650Nm from 1950 revs to 5000 revs with an overboost function that lifts torque to 700Nm. Fuel economy has been trimmed to 11.4 litres/100km for the seven-speed PDKequipped model, based on European figures. ’ With a top speed of 312km/ h, the Turbo matches the GT3 and is the second quickest Porsche after the GT2. With the standard six-speed gearbox, the Turbo is quicker to 100km/h than the GT3. It will hit 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds — versus 4.1 seconds for the GT3. With the optional PDK and Sport Chrono Package, which includes dynamic engine mounts and overboost function the 100km/h sprint drops to 3.4 seconds. Both the manual and PDK reach 200km/h in less than 12 seconds. As a nod to the planet, the latest Turbo produces up to 275g/km less harmful CO2 emissions, 18 per cent less than its predecessor. The newest Turbo arrives early next year withapricetag expected to be slightly more than the current car’s $361,100. Winkler is cautious with sales expectations and does not expect the car to peak with 100-odd sales in its first year. ‘‘Times are different now,’’ he says. All up there are about 250 911 Turbos on Australian roads. ‘‘We sold about 100 the first year, about 75 the second year and 50 the third year,’’ Winkler says. ‘‘I wouldn’t be so bold to say that we’re going to immediately have a record year again.’’ The Turbo debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 17. BMW rolls out a softer look for its 5 Series A SOFTER, smoother new BMW 5 Series is heading to showrooms. Just as the German brand’s 7 Series flagship was eased back last year from the brutality of the 1990s, the upcoming 5 will ease away from the hard edges of the current E60 model when it hits the road next year. The first clear pictures of the 2010 5-Series have emerged from the Carparazzi cameras in Europe, complete with the signature psychedelic swirls now used to camouflage every new BMW model. The car, codenamed the F10, could be presented as early as the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The biggest change is coming at the front of the 5-Series, where new pedestrian-impact regulations will give it a much softer look. But the twin-kidney grille contin- ues and the front overhang will be reduced. TONED DOWN: The Carparazzi shot of the new BMW 5 Series. Picture: CARPARAZZI. Carparazzi sources say the F10 will have a significantly larger cabin, with the wheelbase stretched by nearly 10 centimetres and the track also widened. The body will only be around two centimetres longer, while height will be cut a fraction. A new design of 17-inch alloy wheel will be standard, with 18 and 19-inch wheels as optional. The mechanical package is likely to pick up variations of the existing 5-Series engines, but with tweaking for better economy and emissions. The starting motor is expected to be a 2.5-litre inline six and the top models will continue with a V8. There is no news yet on the Formula One-inspired V10 fitted to the M5 sedan, or whether BMW is likely to swing the hybrid powertrain it is fitting to the X6 SUV across to the mide-sized Five. For more pictures of the 5 Series and more Carparazzi scoops: www.carsguide.com.au PAUL GOVER Saturday, August 15, 2009 DRIVE AWAY NO MORE TO PAY! $8.00 per day† $8.25 per day† Only 31,000km 1.4 litre automatic, six airbags, 6 disc CD, alloys. Stock No. 321713 08 NISSAN Micra City $15, 490 DRIVE AWAY 1.8 litre automatic, dual airbags, ABS, reef blue. 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