Paris Motor Show | Porsche Hybrids the Centre of Attention
After Porsche’s canny stunt of driving its Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid around London alongside the new Panamera E-Hybrid, the Paris Motor Show’s focus for Porsche was very much on this technology. Making its global debut at Paris, the E-Hybrid uses technology created for the 919 to deliver increased range, better performance and greater fuel efficiency than the previous generation car.
Power and efficiency
As is characteristic with all Porsches, power and a dynamic driving experience is firmly top of the list with the Panamera E-Hybrid. The new 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6 that nestles under the bonnet is the same new-generation unit that the standard car gets. Developing 330hp and 332 ft lb of torque, it is aided by a 136hp electric motor, bringing the E-Hybrid’s total output to 485hp and 627 ft lb. Side by side, the two motors enable the car to hit 62 in 4.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 173mph. Air suspension and Porsche’s usual array of acronyms ensure that the ride remains compliant and the handling on the right side of entertaining.
The car’s performance credentials can’t really be questioned, but as with any hybrid the acid test is in its ability to function on pure electric power. Porsche has certainly upped its game in this area; the new E-Hybrid has a realistic range of 30 miles from battery power alone, and can happily attain motorway speeds in this mode. Electrical assistance has enabled the Panamera to achieve 113mpg on the official combined cycle with emissions of just 56g/km. Of course, achieving this in day-to-day driving is highly unlikely, but it does bode well for a fast, yet highly efficient car.
New GT3 Cup Car Hints at 911 Facelift
Alongside the E-Hybrid and 919 Hybrid on the Porsche show stand was the brand new 911 GT3 Cup racing car. It has been completely reworked by the Porsche motorsport department to fall in line with the newest generation of production-style GT racing across the globe. Weighing in at 1,200kg and powered by a naturally aspirated four-litre flat six, it produces 485hp and, thanks to a redesigned aerodynamics package, is already producing faster lap times than its forebear.
This latest 911 GT3 Cup car takes on a line of success which started with the 996 in 1998 since which some 3,031 units have been delivered. Significantly, the new car as shown at Paris hints at what a road-going facelift car might look like.
COYS Auction Brings Classics to Paris
Auctioneers, COYS, were also attending the Paris Motor Show and they had with them a number of interesting Porsches going under the hammer. At the lower end of the price spectrum and expected to sell for between £6,000 and £9,500 is a Guards Red 2.5-litre Porsche 944 from 1987. It looked very straight on the outside with only minor wear inside. Treated as a ‘starter’ Porsche, it’ll do someone proud.
Next up in the value stakes with an estimate of between £72,000 and £86,000 is a 1970 Signal Orange 914/6 convertible. Having spent most of its life in the USA before being repatriated to Germany in 2008, the car has only had light restoration including a respray and engine rebuild. With many of the original documents in place, it’s a neat looking car. Another classic Porsche convertible is offered in the shape of a Red 1958 356.
Another car that spent most of its life in the warm climes of the USA, this highly original, matching number example has been restored mechanically, leaving the exterior and interior wonderfully original. It’s estimated at between £138,000 and £164,000.
One of the newer cars for sale with COYS is a white 964 Speedster. One of only 936 such cars produced, the iconic double hump is present and correct, and with a huge number of invoices and history, this looks like a lot of car for the estimated £104,000 to £138,000.
Last up of the cars we saw on the COYS stand is a black 1989 911 Turbo S “Sonauto”. Number 7 of just 10 ever produced, the Sonauto performance kit brought 330hp, Bilstein suspension, wider rear track and a different interior. On sale, it cost 40% more than a standard 930 Turbo. Today, the asking price is between £445,000 and £482,000.