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Added: 03 Nov 2008
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THE old adage about not being able to afford the wheels on some cars may be true in the case of the Porsche 911 Turbo.

The company has added the option of new wheels styled on those from the RS Spyder that recently won all titles in the American Le Mans Series for the third consecutive year and also clinched the winner's title in the European Le Mans Series.

Now the car's distinctive wheels are being offered as an option on Porsche's fastest road car, the 193mph Porsche 911 Turbo - but they're not cheap.

Costing the best part of £10,000 per set, they have seven U-shaped double spokes and because they are so valuable Porsche says it has developed a unique central locking device to prevent them from being stolen.

Instead of the wheel nuts generally used in motor sport, these wheels come with bolts to fasten the 19-inch RS Spyder rims on to the wheel hub.

The security mechanism on the hub has a cartridge fitted with spring-mounted security bolts, which Porsche is hoping will be foolproof against thieves intent on pinching a set of wheels that are worth more than most people's cars. The average value of two thirds of the cars on UK roads is £6,850.

The 911 Turbo costs £101,830 and generates 480bhp from its six cylinder 3.6-litre twin turbocharged engine sitting over the rear wheels to endow the car with a 0-60mph acceleration time of 3.7 seconds.

The new wheels will be available on models from January.

Words: Steve Hughes

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