Porsche Releases 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition
Porsche is celebrating the past 47 years of participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with three 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition. The cars feature special livery, Alcantara interior, and center locking wheels as part of the package. They will only be sold in the UK market. Starting prices range from £122,376.00 (Guards Red) to £123,210.00 (Sapphire Blue and Carrara White).
Each British Legend Edition pays homage to the historic race car that won in Le Mans. The 1970 winner is clad in Guards Red with Porsche Salzburg red and white livery. The driver, Roman Attwood, completed the race in a Porsche 917. For the 1982 winner, the 911 BLE sports a Sapphire Blue metallic with Rothmans blue, white, gold, and red livery. The 1982 Porsche 956 champion was operated by Derek Bell. And for the 2015 winner, Carrara White metallic paint with DMG MORI white, grey, and black livery is taken from the famous Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 driven by Nick Tandy. All three are British drivers, hence the name.
Since 1970 Porsche has won Le Mans 19 times, and since 2015 they've won three in a row. All that extra funding from Macans and Cayennes is really paying off.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS models are all-wheel-drive with a twin turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six producing 444 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. If equipped with the 7-speed PDK gearbox, it completes its sprint from zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Orders for the 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition begins October 9, 2017.
Well it's not a Mission E, but it's definitely related. Showcased at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (Porsche being the main sponsor), the Cayman e-volution uses an 800 volt charge voltage system for a zero-to-100 kmh run in 3.3 seconds while featuring a 200 km (124 mile) max range. Just 40 km short of the 2018 Nissan Leaf.
The purpose of the Cayman e-volution showcase, besides looking gorgeous, is to hint at the 2019 Mission E sports car. The Mission E is said to have a range of 500 km (310 mile) and charge to 80% battery in 15 minutes - a massive gulf over the electric Cayman. Porsche Engineering and ADS-TEC are collaborating to make it a reality. We say when Porsche talks performance they're usually the ones to underestimate. The 911 GT2 RS lap record is a good example. It's not like Porsche to disappoint. Plus the knowledge gained from the LMP1 hybrid has proven to be valuable to the development of electric power. They are the current reigning champions after all.
The Cayman e-volution can be seen at the Electric Vehicle Symposium in Stuttgart from October 9 to 11, 2017 at the Porsche exhibit where the company will be giving talks and sharing expertise on electric mobility.