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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 20th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 20, 2010 911 Turbo on a power trip THE price of power in a Porsche has just jumped as high as $442,800. That s the bottom line on the 911 Turbo S convertible, which will be unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show before local sales in September. The force-fed droptop, which also comes as a coupe for $423,300, has had a major power boost from the regular 911 Turbo s 368 kiloWatts to a full-house 390 --- with 700 Newton-metres of torque. Porsche says the extra punch drops the 0-100km/h sprint time to 3.3 seconds and lifts the top speed to 315km/h. The Turbo S comes standard with Porsche s Sport Chrono package, including launch control, as well as paddles to shift the PDK seven- speed, dual-clutch gearbox. It s the first new Turbo S model from Porsche in five years and comes with traction management, all-wheel-drive and a mechan- ical rear-differential lock. Porsche says it has also improved ef- ficiency with fuel economy of 11.4 litres/ 100km, no more than the regular 911 Turbo. Hot hybrid has Porsche in spin ENERGY BOOST: The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid is fitted with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System developed for Williams Grand Prix. A hybrid with a real twist is about to hit the road. Paul Gover reports T HE potent Porsche 911 is currently a track car only, but the technology that gives it a boost comes straight from Formula One and has clear potential for go-faster road use. The latest GT3 R Hybrid is fitted with the Kinetic Energy Recovery System developed by Porsche for Williams Grand Prix, though it was not used by the F1 team before KERS was outlawed at the end of the 2009 system. Now Porsche has picked it up for its flagship endurance racer and, if it works well, it could easily go into the next generation of 911s. ''At the moment, nobody knows what is going to happen,'' admits the head of Porsche Cars Australia, Michael Winkler. ''The intent, truly, is to gain some real experience with that system. That's both in terms of performance, but also reliability, and then'' make a determination from that on what's applicable for the road cars. Porsche's KERS package is a compact, high- speed flywheel that can store and release a massive amount of energy. It spins at up to 40,000 revolutions and is recharged whenever the driver hits the brakes. It differs from conventional hybrids --- like the Toyota Prius and Porsche's upcoming Cayenne SUV --- because there is no battery pack. The hybrid GT3 R can boost the car's 353 kiloWatts with an extra 120 from a pair of electric motors hooked to the front wheels. So, exiting corners, the car becomes an all-wheel- drive hybrid with a 30 per cent power boost. The KERS system is charged the same way as most other hybrids, including the Prius, storing braking energy in the flywheel as it spins. It also brings fuel economy as the 911 does not need as much petrol power for acceleration, and the fuel tank can also be smaller. ''This is a different sort of system. Essentially, the hybrid technology as it stands today is suitable for cars that have the space for the components and a large and heavy battery,'' Winkler says. ''A sports car is more about simplicity and the power-to-weight ratio. This is a first approach to see if it works for a sports car.'' He says there is currently only a single GT3 R. It is a full factory car and it is not for sale. ''There are a few GT3 Rs on order for Australia, but this car is not for sale. It will run in some small events and then the 24-hours at the Nurburgring later this year to test its reliability.'' 2009 & 2008 AUSTRALIA S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $30,0001 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL SMALL CAR TO OWN AND RUN2 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR3 >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.2L /100km^ >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control with Traction Control >> ABS with EBD >> Glovebox drinks cooler >> Full size spare s E FR $ 9 990A R E AWAY FR $20 990B R E AWAY 20 0 E A STRA A'S FA R TE T AR* FR $ 2 990 R E AWAY 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR4 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL LIGHT CAR TO OWN AND RUN5 >> 6.1L / 100km^ >> Bluetooth >> Full size spare >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Air Con with pollen filter ET E Y RA E T 5 R F R ST $ 000 RE Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 28th February 2010. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reser ves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2009 & 2008 Australia s Best Mid Size Car under $30,000 awarded by Australia s Best Cars to i30 SX . 2. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2009 awarded by RACT to i30 petrol. 3. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car - Small Car under $26,000 awarded to i30 SX CRDi. 4. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car -- Light Car under $21,000 awarded to Getz SX. 5. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Sur vey for Getz 1.4 S. 6. Awarded to i30cw wagon CRDi by ECO Car magazine. *Source VFACTS January 2010. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. , registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Campaign price for i30 SX hatch petrol manual. B) Campaign price for MY10 i30 2.0L SX manual. C) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. D) Campaign price for i30cw wagon 2.0 SX manual. HMCA1085/HPC/HM hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 '09 E R T >> 6 airbags MOTORS PT Y LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 FR $22 990 R E AWAY >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.3L /100km^ >> 1,395L of luggage space >> Roof rails >> Luggage net >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control >> 6 Airbags w ha h wagon 2009 ECO CAR OF THE YEAR6
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