LA Auto Show 2017: Nerd’s Eye View – Porsche

by Khiem Dinh


I was short on time this year at the LA Auto Show, so I had to do a bit of a blitzkrieg. The one booth I have to visit every year is Porsche because the cars are simply awesome. In addition to the GT2RS, Porsche was highlighting the Cayman and Boxster GTS siblings, 911 Carrera T, and a few 4-door sedans. I got sucked into the GT2RS and almost completely ignored all the other cars. 


Okay, just a quick glance at some of the 4-doors. Porsche is hyping the hybrid stuff, probably because of their parent company issues with Diesel Gate. All the hybrids get the neon snot colored brake calipers and decal highlights. 


This Panamera hybrid has a twin turbo, 2.9L, V6 under the hood along with plastic covering just about everything. The center placard has the neon snot outer highlight to remind you the car is a hybrid. The turbos do appear to reside under the central plastic engine cover assuming those two black tubes are air intake tubes to the compressors. There is a ton of heat shielding on the back firewall indicating that’s where the exhaust comes out of the turbos. This is a Porsche, so even though it’s a hybrid, that doesn’t mean it’s slow. The engine and electric motor have a combined torque output of over 500 lb-ft and the car does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. 


Porsche does it right with the tach right smack in the middle and big. Even in their sedans. And, it still has flappy paddles for manual shifting. You do have to memorize all the buttons on the steering wheel though. There are sooooo many buttons on Porsches, especially on the center console, I don’t get it. They probably have more buttons than a 787 Dreamliner cockpit.


I’m really digging the Sport Turismo body shape. Maybe because I’ve always liked hatchbacks and this is a bit of a morph of hatchback and wagon. There’s a spoiler at the rear of the roof doing aero things and I love the look of the front fender vent. 


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Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:37 AM
The GT2RS looks awesome, but whats up with the hose clamp on the silicone hose? Probably not what will come on production cars.
Thursday, December 07, 2017 8:26 AM
Ha! Yeah, I was surprised to see the worm gear hose clamp too. Usually, the German makes use the fancy expensive clamps. Hopefully it was just a pre-production/show car thing.
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Thursday, December 07, 2017 9:07 AM
They look like the Norma clamps which are awesome, for the most part every bit as good as anything else you can use. They are no perforated and don't screw up the hose, they also have a high clamp load and are stainless.

Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:50 AM
I looked back at the NEV Dale Coyne Indycar article and it looks like this used this particular Norma clamp:

I can't quite match up this GT2RS clamp with a Norma one, but probably pretty close in spec Torro you linked. Well, it probably functions well enough. I just had some serious deja vu talking about worm gear clamps...
Friday, December 08, 2017 10:34 AM
Please stop with the awkward photo angles. Angles representative of standing upright and looking that the car would be appreciated.
Friday, December 08, 2017 11:01 AM
Very cool. The wagon Panamera is awesome, too bad they're $$$. No GT3 coverage? The 991.2 with option for stick or PDK as well as touring pack with smaller wing seems to be an amazing albeit $$$ package. 500hp 9k rpm 4.0L flat 6?!? Lust...
Friday, December 08, 2017 11:16 AM
The clamps are what is currently used on every Porsche model, so yeah, they will stay that way. They aren't crappy homedepot clamps though!

You forgot to mention that the turbos dump straight into a ~5inch cat with a V band clamp.

And yes, it's an EGT probe, regular 991 turbo have it too!
Friday, December 08, 2017 12:53 PM
@SM, the funky photo angles are usually when I'm trying to get maximum car in the frame and don't have room to move around/maneuver to a better spot/angle (other people in the way, etc.).

@Benjamin, thanks for the confirmation on the EGT probe. I'm guess it's to make sure they don't go too high and destroy the VGT. Vanes can get stuck,etc if EGTs go too high.

@turtl, checked out the GT3 last year:

I actually don't remember if they had the GT3 in the booth this year as they had the 911T and the GTS 718s.
Friday, December 08, 2017 6:44 PM
omg fake exhaust tips, what a POS...
Saturday, December 09, 2017 6:41 PM
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