Three Porsche Firsts to Be Shown at the Greater New York International Auto Show
NEW YORK--In 2003, many pundits speculated that Porsche’s move into the Sport Utility field would herald the end of the brand and the sports cars with which its name is synonymous. This year’s press day’s display at the 2008 Greater New York International Auto Show proves once and for all that every drop of that sports car DNA flows strong through the veins of every vehicle Porsche makes, today and in the future.
In 1960, Porsche earned its special place in motorsports history when the relatively small displacement Type 718 RS 60 Spyder took Porsche’s very first International endurance win at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Overnight, Porsche became “The Giant Killer” having knocked off its bigger-bore, higher horsepower competition, including several factory Ferrari, Maserati.
To pay homage to that “Giant Killer,” Porsche will introduce the Limited Edition Boxster RS60. With over 300 horsepower and a number of special “Boxster RS60” features, this commemorative sports car promises to capture the legacy of its forefathers in a package you can drive everyday.
Since the first Cayenne was introduced in 2003, Porsche has worked tirelessly to improve the breed. The latest of the new generation Cayennes is the 405 hp GTS. This vehicle proves that once again, Porsche has elevated the standard by which all other SUVs will be judged. The Porsche Cayenne GTS, which has been called “the best handling SUV in the world,” will be on display with its Porsche siblings.
For those who continue to insist in the face of overwhelming facts that Porsche has lost its focus on its core business, sports cars, Porsche will be displaying the ultimate 911 – the 530 horsepower, 505 lb. ft. of torque, 200+ mph Porsche 911 GT2. The GT2 demonstrates how Porsche is continuing to refine, improve and invest in its core sports car business.
In 2007, the Porsche RS Spyder proved once again that Porsche’s heritage as a giant killer is alive and well. The Penske Team went to battle against the previously all-dominating Audi LMP1s with a lighter, more nimble, more fuel efficient, smaller displacement LMP2 car. The results will stand as one of the most spectacular seasons of racing seen in North America in decades. Taking 11 of 12 class victories and a stunning 8 overall victories, Porsche once again demonstrated its technological prowess and re-enforced its reputation for winning.
Last weekend, the RS Spyder once again proved the name “giant killer” remains appropriate by not only winning its class at Sebring, but winning the overall victory over more powerful competition in America’s most famous sports car race. The 2008 Porsche RS Spyder will be on display at the Porsche booth for the duration of the Greater New York International Auto Show.
The Limited Edition Boxster RS 60, Cayenne GTS, 911 GT2 and the RS Spyder are currently on sale in the United States with a base price of $64,900, $69,300, $191,700 and $1,500,000 respectively.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc., based in Atlanta, GA, and, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., based in Mississauga, Ontario, are the two importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada respectively. Each is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. Combined, these two subsidiaries employ approximately 250 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for 200 U.S. and 12 Canadian dealers. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.