Kuwait. Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, hosted the first ever Porsche World Roadshow to take place on a track in the country, giving Porsche enthusiasts the opportunity to get behind the wheel of models from the brand’s diverse line-up and as a result experience 70 years of Porsche performance heritage come to life.
Taking place between January 31st – February 6th, the special event was the first of its kind to be held by an automotive manufacturer at the Kuwait Motor Town Circuit. The state-of-the-art facility, with its unique FIA grade 1 track, offered guests a controlled environment to experience the unrivalled credentials and driving dynamics of Porsche’s two-door and four-door models. Attendees were put through their paces with a range of driving scenarios and skill-based exercises both on and off the track.
Hany Marie, Brand Manager of Porsche Centre Kuwait, said: “Driving a Porsche is a unique feeling that needs to be experienced first-hand. We are delighted to have been able to bring the Porsche World Roadshow to hundreds of passionate brand enthusiasts here in Kuwait, giving them the opportunity to get behind the steering wheel of our latest model range in an environment where they were born to thrive – the racetrack. Over the seven days, participants were able to witness the dynamic performance of our line-up, whilst also enhancing their driving skills, with the Kuwait Motor Town Circuit providing the perfect backdrop for such an exhilarating experience. We are proud to be the first automotive manufacturer in the country to invite the people of Kuwait to this new exciting state-of-the-art motorsport destination.”
During the event a selection of two-door and four-door sports cars from every Porsche series were made available for attendees to drive, including the latest addition to the brand’s SUV line-up, the Macan S. The new model boasts a new three-litre V6 turbocharged engine, delivering 354 hp and a maximum torque of 480 Nm, representing an increase of 14 hp and 20 Nm over the previous model. Completing the SUV line-up at the Porsche World Roadshow in Kuwait was the top variant in the Cayenne line-up, the 550 hp Cayenne Turbo.
Driving models from the 911 range gave participants the opportunity to see how Porsche’s most iconic sports car offers a combination of outstanding performance and everyday usability, as it continues to inspire generations of enthusiasts. The 911 GT3, developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as GT3 Cup race cars, proved a real highlight of the event. In order to showcase the capabilities of this motorsport-inspired, road-legal model, attendees were given an unfiltered experience in the form of passenger laps. With a Porsche certified driving expert behind the wheel, passengers were taken on exemplary laps of the circuit, with the 500 hp engine which propels the model from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, unleased to demonstrate Porsche’s unrivalled track performance.
Also available to participants at the event were the 718 Boxster and Cayman series. Developed in homage to the legendary 718 race cars of the past, both mid-engine models further demonstrated Porsche’s racing credentials thanks to turbocharged flat-four engines that range from an output of 300 hp to 365 hp.
Porsche’s E-Performance capabilities were presented at the event in the form of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, as well as the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – a four-door saloon capable of covering up to 50 kilometres and reaching a maximum speed of 140 km/h in all-electric mode. The event emphasised that whether two-door or four-door, every vehicle in Porsche’s product portfolio is first and foremost designed as a sports car.
The event programme also included sessions where Porsche certified personnel guided participants through several driving exercises including braking, handling and slalom. The instructors were also on-hand to share practical advice with those attending the event; including selecting the correct seating position, maintaining complete control of the car at all times and general safety tips.
Alongside highlighting the performance credentials and practicality of Porsche sports cars, the event gave attendees some insight into individualization options with the display of a personalised Cayenne. Created by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the brand’s in-house workshop located at its headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany has specialised in customising Porsche models for more than 30 years.
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