The need for speed

The Porsche 911, one of the most coveted of the supercars since its launch in 1963, is about to be re-launched on July 5th 2008.

Available as Coupe or Cabriolet, with optional six-speed manual gearbox or the PDK transmission, the CO2 emissions will be around 225g/km or VED band F.

The 911’s flat-six engine uses the same direct fuel injection system as the Carrera V-engines which can mean that it is possible to achieve a top speed of 188 mph or 300km/hour.

The Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) uses the double-clutch switching which Porsche started to develop for motorsport almost 25 years ago and which has consistently given acceleration advantage to its users. The engine changes the even gears using one clutch and uses the other to change the 1-3-5-7 gear ratios with a hydraulic control unit synchronising between the two systems.

The interior re-styling has produced a elegant feel, with a large screen featuring touch sensitivity to control the audio and satellite navigation systems.

Prices range from £63,070 to £77,650 before options are added.

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