Porsche finds new configuration for four wheels with a pair of street bikes

If you were surprised when Porsche started producing SUVs and four-door sedans, wait until you get a look at these. Following recent bicycles created by (or for) the likes of Mini, Maserati, McLaren and Land Rover, Zuffenhausen's merchandizing division Porsche Design has just added a pair of new bikes to its Driver's Selection range.

The Porsche Bike S is built around an aluminum frame with an 11-speed toothed belt drive system, while the Porsche Bike RS (short for Rennsport) features a carbon fiber frame and 20-speed Shimano XTR gear system. Both pack 29" wheels and hydraulic Magura disc brakes, and an individually-numbered anti-theft label fitted under the paint.

In short, perfect for tossing in the back of your Cayenne Hybrid and heading out to your favorite bike path for a little self-propelled wheeled enjoyment. Follow the jump for the full press release, scope out the high-res images in the gallery and follow this link to the dedicated website for more.
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Uncompromising Porsche: the Bike RS and the Bike S
Around town with no emissions

Stuttgart. From September 2011, Porsche will be expanding its exclusive Driver's Selection range with the addition of two innovative bikes. The Bike RS and the Bike S rely on an uncompromising sporting attitude and the use of state of the art technologies. The two 29" bicycles, built for speed, provide mobility in town and provide sports fans with the opportunity to go touring.

The abbreviation "RS" stands for the most exciting promise at Porsche: Rennsport, or motor racing. The Porsche Bike RS also follows this challenging philosophy. Uncompromisingly designed for performance, the sports bike will impress with its high end carbon frame which offers high stability and extraordinary damping properties thanks to its newly developed modular monocoque construction. The rest of its equipment comes from competition proven race technologies to meet the rider's every desire. The 20 speed Shimano XTR gears and 29" Crank Brothers wheels ensure maximum power performance. Outstanding braking values and maximum safety are guaranteed by the latest generation hydraulic Magura disk brakes which are fitted to the Bike RS together with weight optimised carbon brake levers.

The Porsche Bike S also offers improved performance. The innovative design of its high performance aluminium 7005 frame improves rigidity while providing unmistakeable rider comfort. The toothed belt drive system and 11 speed Shimano Alfine IGH ensure ease of use and minimal slippage. Optimum braking values - in wet or dry conditions - are provided by the latest generation of hydraulic Magura disk brakes. The extraordinary rider comfort is supported by 29" wheels with tyres optimised for rolling and road holding characteristics.

The same applies to both Porsche Bikes: the sum of all the carefully selected parts creates an ultimate riding sensation. The high demands on quality for construction and materials complement each other perfectly. The independent and exclusive frame geometry and the intelligent use of materials give these bikes both superb stiffness and optimum damping, while keeping the weight low.

A further highlight of the Bike RS and the Bike S is the integrated anti-theft protection that comes as standard. An anti-theft label containing an individual code number is located under the paint on the frame and has a surprising effect on theft. By registering the bike on a dedicated website, Porsche Bikes can be reported as stolen at any time and buyers can check whether the bike has been reported as stolen before they buy.

The Porsche RS and S bikes will be launched in worldwide markets from autumn 2011 in sizes S, M and L.

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