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    by Ashfaaq, on October 14, 2010, 13:38
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There's a New Porsche Design Studio Inside a Chinese Mall!

There’s a New Porsche Design Studio Inside a Chinese Mall!

It’s 1,700 square feet big and it has everything a Porsche fanatic would want

If you’re a company that’s raking in the big bucks in a market like China, you can get creative in how you want to offer your vehicles in that market. Take Porsche, for example. The German automaker considers China as its biggest market and it has 100 sales locations throughout the country to show for it. The newest of these locations is a studio the company just opened inside a shopping mall in Guangzhou, China. Yep, that’s how Porsche rolls in China these days.

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Porsche Will Sell Watered Down Versions Of These Models In China

Porsche Will Sell Watered Down Versions Of These Models In China

Like just about every automaker in the industry, Porsche counts China as one of its biggest and most important markets. The German automaker admittedly hasn’t reached the heights it wants in the country, so to remedy that, it’s planning to offer cheaper and less powerful versions of the latest Boxster and Cayman models.

The move comes in the wake of tepid sales for the German automaker’s sports car line, a far cry from the popularity of the Cayenne SUV in the market. Speaking with Automotive News Europe, Jan Roth, the head of Porsche’s 718 model line, lamented that the company’s primary issue involves the pricing of the two models. The flat-six version of the Cayman, for example, was priced at 700,000 renminbi, which converts to about $105,000 based on current exchange rates. But according to Roth, Chinese customers are more inclined to purchase a sports car that sells for less than 600,000 (about $90,000), calling the amount the “magical threshold for customers in China.”

So to appease the market, Porsche is planning to develop “China-specific” Boxster and Cayman models to persuade reluctant buyers to consider the two models. Not much is known about how the company plans to specifically package these models, but one certainty is that both base versions of the Boxster and Cayman will utilize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine that produces 250 horsepower. It’s a slight drop in power from the traditional, 275-horsepower base Cayman model that all other markets will have, but it could spell the difference between attracting more Chinese customers to the table, especially if Porsche prices it right at the level that customers are willing to spend for the car.

That’s going to be the big question now that Porsche appears to be gearing up for this move. How much will these two base Boxster and Cayman models be priced? If Roth’s comments are any indication, somewhere in the 600,000 renminbi range is as good a guess as any at this point.

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2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary Edition

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary Edition

Porsche entered the Chinese market back in 2001 and to celebrate its 10th anniversary, the company has announced a special edition Porsche Turbo S. There will only be 10 units produced, each priced at 3,488,000 RMB, or about $540,000 at the current exchange rates. Sales will begin in June 2011.

The new 911 Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary Edition will be distinguished by a Gold Bronze Metallic exterior paint job with contrasting accents in matte carbon and high-gloss black on the 19" Sport Classic wheels. The car’s aerodynamics will be improved by an Aerokit front spoiler, front lid, and black matte carbon fiber exterior mirrors. The black matte carbon fiber can also be seen on the upper part of the rear spoiler. Each model will be identified by a unique number placed on the right side wheel arch.

The interior pays tribute to Porsche’s motorsport heritage. It combines black leather with carbon insertions and Alcantara, and also features black instrument dials with a golden insertions.

In addition to the Turbo S 10 Year Anniversary model, Porsche will also be opening three new Porsche Centers in Taizhou, Zhengzhou, Haikou, and Chengdu Airport, as well as hosting a number of events across the country, to celebrate their ten years in the Middle Kingdom.

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup Asia

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera Cup Asia

Porsche Asia have quietly announced the launch of a limited edition Carrera Cup model – with just 30 units on offer exclusively for the growing Chinese market.

Like most special Porsches, the limited Carrera Cup Asia, makes absolutely no effort in hiding its performance heritage or close relationship to the race track. The available color schemes further emphasize this point – Guard Red, Carrera White, and black all come with in-your-face Porsche Racing decals and painted, lightweight 19” wheels. Let’s just say you’ll never mistake it in traffic or on the track for that matter.

Power is the same as the “normal” Carrera S at 385HP and 420Nm whilst the 0-100km/h sprint time is improved to 4.3 secs (from 4.6) due to more clever shedding of weight without compromising on comfort. They are only available with the 7 speed PDK transmission though – a bummer if you’re a serious driver wanting total control, but don’t let that deter you one bit as it’ll still hit 300km/h. This is still a Porsche and a drivers’ one at that.

Inside you’ll find special alcantara Recaro seats that are bespoke to the car, with the option of carbon fiber backrests for that racy feel - not that they’re necessary. There are red signatures spread throughout the cabin that stir the blood, of which our favorite being the illuminated Carrera S logo housed in the carbon fiber door sill. Who wouldn’t want to spend all their time in here?! The limited edition plaque on the inside completes the unique experience: “whoever drives this car is amongst the winners” You can be certain of that!

Remember, you saw it here first!

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Porsche to use 3.0-liter V6 in Chinese Cayenne

Porsche to use 3.0-liter V6 in Chinese Cayenne

Porsche’s performance SUV, the Cayenne, is usually equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 as standard, but things will be a bit different in China because of the country’s tax laws.

According to Motor Authority, the base Cayenne will arrive in China with the motor from the Audi S4, a 3.0-liter supercharged TFSI V6. For those of you who are unaware, this is the same motor that is used in the Cayenne S Hybrid.

The reason that China will be getting this model is due to its displacement. In China, any cars that are between 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter are subject to a 40 percent tax. This could mean a massive penalty for those of us in the U.S and Europe. Thankfully, the new TFSI V6 is really a 2,995cc motor, so it gets a 25 percent tax, not the massive 40.

Yet, will smaller be better? We all know how good the Audi motor is and it might actually help the Cayenne perform better than it does here. The 3.0-liter V6 puts out 333 horsepower, 33 more than in the 3.6-liter. Not to mention the smaller motor should get better fuel economy.

So, despite their massive tax, China seems to be getting the better of the two engines. No word on if Porsche will share their new Cayenne 3.0 with us in the United States, as it would probably hike up the price of the $47,000 SUV.

Yet, as is the way with these things, the 3.0-liter will probably remain in China, as Porsche will likely keep it there, for fear that a more powerful and fuel-efficient Cayenne would hurt sales of the hybrid model.

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