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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 935 Type 991 Gen. 2

The year-long celebration of Porsche’s 70th birthday is just that! When we thought Porsche couldn’t possibly pop up with a new car to celebrate its birthday, after debuting the 919 ’Tribute’ and the 911 (993) ’Project Gold,’ the Germans decided to surprise everyone with a 935 for the modern age that was presented at Laguna Seca.

“This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world,” said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars for Porsche AG, upon unveiling this sci-fi-meets-retro-cool creation. “Because the car isn’t homologated for any series, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development.” Naturally, no place else was better to show off this limited-edition car – only 77 will be made – than at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rennsport Reunion VI weekend.

Indeed, what we see here doesn’t resemble anything from Porsche’s current fleet of race cars, or road cars for that matter, but it was strongly inspired by a car from Porsche’s past. The inspiration is the 40-year-old Porsche 935/78 known as ’Moby Dick’ for its extra-long rear tail section, which raced only four times in 1978 but its legacy lives to this day.

The original 935, unlike this new model based on the Porsche 911 (991) GT2 RS, was built out of necessity. Porsche needed a car to compete in the new-for-1976 Group 5 rulebook that was introduced in the World Championship for Makes to attract manufacturer interest as the prototype car counts were at an all-time low.

The rulebook allowed for groundbreaking modifications to be done to the bodywork, as long as the roofline, windows, and doors were those of the production 911. With this freedom in mind, Porsche ditched the twin-headlight setup for a slant-nose front end with obvious aerodynamic gains. The widebody that resulted, coupled with the flat-six 2.9-liter engine from the 930, ensured that Porsche was the leader of the pack in 1976 and beyond.

Constant development work saw Porsche roll a new model in 1977, known as the 935/77 and a new one again for 1978, the 935/78, as well as working to benefit customers by updating its original 1976 design and offering it to private racing outfits under the 935/77A, 935/78A, and 935/79 designations.

The cars were so successful that they just about defined what Group 5 was all about: ludicrous silhouette bodywork, immense firepower from the engines – up to 700-horsepower for the later versions – and amazing speeds. Under various guises, the 935 won the 12 Hours of Sebring multiple times, the 24 Hours of Daytona multiple times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans once in the overall classification, and the World Championship for Makes for four years in a row.

A few of the aforementioned privateer outfits, due to their close affiliation with the factory, were allowed to modify the 935 further, according to their own plans. That’s how the Kremer-developed cars were born, as well as those constructed by Joest Racing, Fabcar or AIR. In fact, the Porsche 935 that won at Le Mans in 1979 wasn’t a works entry, Porsche dropping the Group 5 program after it retired the 935/78 from competition, but a privateer one from Kremer Racing with their own 935 K3 which was probably more celebrated in its day than the factory-developed cars.

All these victories, and Porsche’s improvements of its turbocharging technology which led to their domination of Group C in the ’80s, grant the 935 a spot in Porsche’s gallery of legends. It is, then, easy to see why the engineers in Zuffenhausen built this rolling tribute that is the 935 Type 991 Generation 2. This also means that the hype is big and, although it’s not homologated for any racing series, the new 935 has to live up to its predecessors on the race track. That’s why Porsche chose to unveil the car at the Rennsport Reunion VI.

Keep reading to find out more about the 935 Type 991 Gen. 2

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT2 RS – From 444 to 700 Horsepower

Porsche has been offering high-performance versions of the 911 since the early 1970s, with the most iconic model being the Carrera 2.7 RS. But once the Germans adopted turbocharging, the traditional RS stepped down, making room for a new range-topping sports car, the 911 GT2. First introduced in 1993, the GT2 is now in its fourth generation, which is based on the 991.2 model. It’s faster, more powerful, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, while also boasting more technology than ever. Thenew GT2 RS is a massive departure from the first GT2 from more than two decades ago under the skin, and we’re going to look at those changes in a drivetrain comparison for all four generations.

The GT2 was born out of the 993-generation 911 as a homologation vehicle for motorsport purpose. Built to meet GT2 class regulations, the road cars were named accordingly and the nameplate survived to this day. The first GT2 was discontinued in 1998, but Porsche revived the badge in 2002 for the 996 model. After three years, it was again discontinued, only to return as the 997 GT2 in 2008. The 997 was also the first GT2 to get an RS designation, which was offered in very limited numbers from 2010 to 2012. Come 2017 and the GT2 returns to the market as an RS model only. Since 1993, the drivetrain not only swapped air-cooled for water-cooled engines, but also gained more displacement a lot more power. Let’s find out more about that below.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo

The 991-generation 911 was launched in 2013 on an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 1963 Porsche 911 (901) was introduced. But, despite being less than three years old, the current 911 is set to receive a facelift in 2015. The update will include the entire lineup – although the 2016 GT3 RS will carry over unchanged for at least a couple of years – but it seems as if the non-Turbo models are the ones to benefit from the more important upgrades. At least under the hood.

As for the 2015 911 Turbo and Turbo S, both will get minor tweaks inside and out, and we now know that they get a bump up in power output as well. Expect the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S to officially debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 11th. With that debut right around the corner, Porsche has finally filled us in on what we’re going to see on the updated models. Keep reading to see what you can expect when they land in Detroit early next year.

Updated 01/20/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which it highlights the 911 Turbo’s new PTV Plus – system that actively enhances vehicle dynamics and stability. Hit “play” to learn more about it.

Continue reading to find out more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911

After months of speculation and tons of spy shots including camo-free, pre-production models, the facelifted 991-generation 911, also known as the 991.2, has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

At first glance, the updated 911 confirms what we already suspected: updates inside and out are rather mild, while the highlight of this facelift lurks under the hood. Rumors about Porsche’s plans to turbocharged the entire lineup (save for the GTS and GT3, at least for now) have become official and the Carrera gained forced induction for the first time in its five-decade career.

Tubocharging aside, the new Carrera also comes with an updated chassis, improved dynamics, upgraded in-car technology, and rear-axle steering, an option previously available only with the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.

The 991.2 is set to arrive on U.S. soil in the first quarter of 2016 for the 2017 model year. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at its new features and performance figures in our review below.

Updated 10/20/2015: Porsche dropped two new video of its new 911 Carrera. These two new video highlight the car’s new high performance systems and its new front-axle lift system – that raises the front end by approximately 40 millimeters (1.5748 inches).

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Porsche 911.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 991 Vs Porsche 991.2

It’s been four years since its introduction at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) has just received it mid-cycle facelift. Much like all 911 facelifts from 1990 onward, this update brings small, evolutionary changes to the sports car’s appearance, and new convenience features and tech on the inside. However, the 991.2, as Porsche officially calls this facelift, is a whole different car under the hood, which isn’t exactly ordinary considering Stuttgart’s take on previous mid-cycle updates.

And I’m not talking about increased outputs or different displacements for the engines. Nope, this time around Porsche stripped the 911 Carrera of of its naturally aspirated units and planted a turbocharged mill between the rear wheels — a change that’s almost as big as going from air-cooling to water-cooling, which happened in 1998 and caused quite a commotion among 911 purists. But most of us got over it.

The new switch is already a subject of controversy, with fanatics sobbing over the death of the all-motor Carrera, and turbo fans cheering over having the option to purchase force-fed 911s without having to pay those expensive stickers that come with the Turbo and the Turbo S.

Because the 991.2 is such a big deal compared to its predecessor, I decided to have a closer look at what sets the two versions of 991-generation 911 apart.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo

The 991-generation 911 was launched in 2013 on an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 1963 Porsche 911 (901) was introduced. But, despite being less than three years old, the current 911 is set to receive a facelift in 2015. The update will include the entire lineup – although the 2016 GT3 RS will carry over unchanged for at least a couple of years – but it seems as if the non-Turbo models are the ones to benefit from the more important upgrades. At least under the hood.

As for the 2015 911 Turbo and Turbo S, both will get minor tweaks inside and out, and we now know that they get a bump up in power output as well. Expect the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S to officially debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 11th. With that debut right around the corner, Porsche has finally filled us in on what we’re going to see on the updated models. Keep reading to see what you can expect when they land in Detroit early next year.

Updated 12/01/2015: Porsche has finally unveiled official pictures and specifications of the updated Turbo and Turbo S!

Continue reading to find out more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.


PostHeaderIcon Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video

It’s obvious from just looking at the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS that it is a machine that means business. But in order to get a complete picture of just how serious a machine it really is, one needs to see it on the track and in the hands of a professional. And while the word “professional” is entirely inadequate for someone of Walter Rohrl’s skill level, you get the idea. In this video we can see him taking the car around a track, and from the occasional sounds of protest coming from the tires, it’s safe to assume that he’s got it right at the edge.

The video gives us a few different views of the action, so as to form a more complete picture. Possibly the most entertaining of these is when we get a look at Rohrl’s face as he’s driving, betraying no emotion whatsoever. Then again, for someone like him, this isn’t exactly a difficult task. Perhaps the lack of a third pedal made him bored. The other views show some pretty impressive laps, although the video description doesn’t say which track it is.

Continue reading for more info.

Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 28 May 2015 16:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video

There’s always a car of moment, and right now the moment belongs to the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the fastest car in the 911 hierarchy before you get to all-out racers like the GT3 R and GT3 RSR. After seemingly years of teasing and spy shots, Porsche has finally released the 991 911 GT3 RS into the wild. Noted Porsche fanatic and red shorts wearer Chris Harris recently got to spend some time behind the wheel on both road and track.

Not surprisingly, he really likes it, and how could he not? With a high-revving 4.0-liter flat-six cranking out 500 horsepower anda wide-body shell that’s about 20 pounds lighter than the normal GT3, the RS is a rear-engined ball of aggression. It devours the smooth German roads and autobahn near Porsche’s headquarters, and at the same time is just as usable as any other 911 in the range. But, it really comes alive on Porsche’s Weissach test track, where Chris does his best to set fire to the enormous 325/31 ZR 21 rear Michelins. Pretty much his only criticism is that it’s not available with a manual transmission.

Chris has quite a history with the GT3 RS. In 2010, he and teammates Roland Asch, Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma drove what was essentially a bog-standard 997 GT3 RS on slick tires to an amazing 13th place finish at the Nürburgring 24, beating out countless purpose-built GT3 class racers in the process. Shortly after that, he owned a 997 GT3 RS 4.0 for a few months, one of only 600 ever built.

Side note about the shirt he’s wearing in the second half of the video: Some time ago, Chris bet Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz that the company would not be able to sell all 918 units of the 918 Spyder. Chris lost the bet and held up his end by wearing an apology T-shirt.

Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 22 May 2015 18:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition

What makes a German luxury car even cooler? Adding “Black” somewhere in its name! And that is exactly what Porsche has done with the 911 Carrera Black Edition.

So what exactly is a “Black Edition” 911? Well, it’s black inside and out, for one. Therefore, for those of you living in SoCal, Florida, Arizona, or any other areas where the sun feels like it is approximately three inches from your nose nine months out of the year, this may not be the car for you. Unless you enjoy intoxicating scent of searing hamstrings on a hot summer day, that is.

Other than its oh-my-god-that’s-hot, black-on-black color scheme, the 911 Black Edition gives buyers a few exclusive bits and a ton of features for only a fraction of the price if you ticked them manually at the dealership. By my count, you save about two-thirds the amount by opting for the Black Edition when compared to going through the options list on a base 911 Carrera and adding all of the features.

So, do all of these discounted standard features make it worth owning this Porsche Easy Bake Oven?

Continue reading to find out.

Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 22 May 2015 17:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 991 Facelift Testing Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

Launched in 2012 on an entirely new platform that was only the third since the original 911, the 991-generation 911 is about to receive a facelift for the 2016 model year. Porsche has been working on a revised sports car for over a year now, and although most details surrounding the drivetrain are still under wraps, the 991.2 is no longer a mystery on the outside. And we have our trusty paparazzi, and the fresh batch of spy shots they just sent our way, to thank to that.

Stuttgart’s new sports car came out for yet another testing session on both the public roads around the Nurburgring track, as well as on the track itself. The good news here is that the camouflage is finally gone, providing us with our best look yet at the updates Porsche has given the car on the outside.

Expect the full details to break cover later this year, as the facelifted 911 is rumored to be making its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Until then, let’s have a closer look on what sets the 991.2 apart from its predecessor in terms of styling.

Keep reading to find out more about the Porsche 991.2 911

Porsche 991 Facelift Testing Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911

We’re still four months away from seeing the facelifted Porsche 911 (991.2) in the metal at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but a new prototype that was caught testing at the Nurburgring revealed everything there is to know about its exterior design. As expected, the facelift is rather mild, with just a few minor modifications setting it apart from the outgoing model. With the styling out of the way, two questions remain unanswered. What will change inside the cabin and will the naturally aspirated Carrera models switch to forced induction?

If that last part turns out to be true, the 991.2 will basically revolutionize the 911 Carrera we all know, which, for the first time ever, will no longer use an all-motor flat-six. Such a move might upset 911 purists, but that won’t stop Porsche from moving on with its plan. Turbocharging is becoming the norm in the auto industry and it seems not even the iconic 911 will manage to survive this new trend.

Continue reading to find out more about the 2015 Porsche 911.

Porsche 911 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 11:30 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video

You would think that with hardcore models like the 918 Spyder, 911 GT3, and more recently the 911 GT3 RS, most Porsche aficionados would have forgotten about what used to be the big dog in the carmaker’s lineup, the 911 Turbo S. But it still is the 911 version with the most horsepower. EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon, who recently took the Turbo S around the scenic Anglesey Circuit in Wales for a couple of hot laps, is certainly more than excited with the model. Did I say “hot laps?” Because they were downright scorching if we take a look at the resulting times.

Consider yourself spoiler-warned, but the completely stock Turbo S is apparently faster on the Anglesey Circuit than the more track-focused Ferrari 458 Speciale, despite delivering 45 horsepower less and carrying around 500 pounds more. It seems that its intelligent all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-steering system, coupled with active engine mounts and a lightning-fast, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, can work wonders with the porkier and slightly less-powerful Porsche.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter, flat-six, the 911 Turbo S delivers 560 horsepower and up to 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to an overboost function. According to EVO, those numbers translate into a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of 6.2 seconds, or enough to keep you pinned into its seats into triple-digit speeds. Jethro concludes that the 911 Turbo S could be “the best all-purpose, all-weather car that’s ever been,” and I am more than inclined to agree, at least until the facelifted version arrives.

Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 26 April 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Mark Webber Takes The Porsche 991 GT3 RS For A Spin On The Nurburgring

What’s this? The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS lapping the Nurburgring? Again? Why would Porsche bring the GT3 RS back to the Green Hell more than a month after unveiling it at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and why is former F1 driver Mark Webber behind the wheel? Well, for a moment there I thought the Germans were looking to set a new track record, but, according to the car paparazzi who sent us these spy shots, it turned out that Porsche and Webber were just making a promotional video for the new sports car.

The scenario makes sense given the GT3 RS is painted in the new and flashy Lava Orange, the nameplate’s new presentation color. Also, Webber’s presence for the shooting isn’t surprising considering the Australian has been a Porsche works driver in the World Endurance Championship since 2014.

There’s no word when this new video will hit the Interwebz, but, until then, there’s plenty of fun you can have in the car’s newly launched online configurator. The GT3 RS goes on sale later this year, from $175,900.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Mark Webber Takes The Porsche 991 GT3 RS For A Spin On The Nurburgring originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Cayman GT4 Star In Latest Promo: Video

Already off to a great start in 2015, following the introduction of the 911 GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4, Porsche just released a short promo in order to build more hype around its new sports cars. The video begins with the two vehicles being put through their paces on a twisty road, but the footage quickly moves onto the race track, where the GT3 RS and the GT4 battle for supremacy under full throttle. In short, Porsche is simply bragging about having two new track-focused sports cars on their way to dealerships and asks viewers which one would they prefer. Make sure you watch the video above and then drop me a line about which of the two you would prefer in the comments box below.

To make things fair I’ll go first and pick the Cayman GT4. Why? It’s quite simple. As much as I love 911s in general and the GT3 in particular, I also love to row my own gears. As you’re probably aware, the GT3 RS is a PDK-exclusive machine, and that’s exactly what makes it less appealing for me. The Cayman GT4, on the other hand, is equipped with a six-speed manual that makes driving it a much more engaging experience, especially on a twisty race track. Problem is I can’t afford it just yet, so if any of you has some $90K to spare I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands.

And do you imagine that it’s coincidence that the 911 passes the

Cayman but not vice versa? Uh-huh. I think the Cayman driver just didn’t want to lose his job.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Cayman GT4 Star In Latest Promo: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 28 March 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche's Plans Don't Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV

With the last 911 GT2 having been introduced in 2010 — in RS trim and based on the previous 997 generation of the 911 — it seems that Porsche doesn’t plan on reviving the model anytime soon. At least this is what Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s R&D chief, seemed to suggest at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The main reason for a lack of a 991 GT2 would be that the new 911 GT3 RS is in a similar ballpark, performance-wise.

As far as rumors of expanding the GT name across other models, Car and Driver recently talked to Andreas Preuninger, who is in charge of the GT division, at the Cayman GT4 international press launch. Preuninger sounded firm when saying that we may never see a Cayenne or Panamera GT version. “I cannot imagine it,” he said. “We have so many ideas for projects and lots of ideas to make even more GT sports cars. I think a GT car should have motorsport siblings. And as long as we don’t do any motorsport activity with the Cayenne I can’t see any credible reason why it should be made into a GT car. Look at the Cayenne GTS – that’s GT enough.”

With the Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS keeping the GT division’s standards as high as they come, it will be interesting to see what new models Preuninger is referring to. My guess would be an ultra-light Boxster Spyder.

Continue reading to learn more about Porsche’s future GT plans.

Porsche’s Plans Don’t Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 12 March 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The 911 GT3 nameplate was introduced in 1999 as a spiritual successor to the 1973 911 RS. The RS name was first revived in 2003 as a more powerful and track-focused version of the 996-generation GT3. At first motivated by a 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 381 horsepower, the RS gained 415 ponies when the 997-gen version was launched. Updated for 2009, the 997 RS received a 3.8-liter six-cylinder with 450 horses. For 2011, Porsche launched the GT3 RS 4.0 with a 4.0-liter engine and 500 ponies, putting an end to the 997-generation RS. In 2015, four years since the last RS rolled off the assembly line, the nameplate is making a comeback for the 991-generation 911. Preceded by the 475-horsepower GT3 in 2013, the new GT3 RS broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with updated styling and technology.

The big news is Porsche’s range-topping, road-legal racer retains its traditional naturally aspirated status. Although previous rumors claimed the Germans would drop a turbocharged flat-six behind its rear hood, it turns out rear fenders are the only elements the GT3 RS received from the 911 Turbo. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 03/03/2015: Porsche unveiled the all-new 911 GT3 RS at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 3 March 2015 11:30 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video

Some know tennis megastar Maria Sharapova for her aggressive style of play and somewhat exaggerated grunting, while others also see her as one of the most formidable women tennis players in history. Either way, she is an exceptional, athlete and her association with Porsche as a brand ambassador is not surprising at all. Regardless, you might agree that her speech in this Porsche commercial lacks enthusiasm, and takes some of the gravity from the “outperform yourself” message.

Sharapova is ruminating about how her only opponent is actually herself, during which she is either driving a blue Porsche 911 Turbo S or training on the beach. While in the beginning of the ad we see her completely focused, whether she is driving into the night or stretching before a run, the end shows her smiling for the first time, just as the sun comes up. The commercial is not exactly bad per se, but other than the beautiful shots of the 911 Turbo S (enough by itself, says I), I wasn’t too impressed.

As some of you know, Maria Sharapova signed a three-year deal with Porsche to be its brand ambassador back in 2013, and this is not the first time that she has been linked with a global campaign for the sports car maker. Hopefully, for her next one she will show a bit more fervor with her acting.

Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 21 February 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit

When it comes to customizing their Porschesports cars by adding body kits and powertrain upgrades, customers have several tuning shops to turn to. On the flipside, there’s Porsche’s very own Exclusive division, which offers a range of subdued transformations that mostly include bespoke colors, various body trims, exclusive wheels, smoked tailights, and slightly improved interiors. This has been business as usual for Porsche Exclusive for quite a few years, but Stuttgart’s bespoke department also developed various aerodynamic kits for the 911. For 2015, the brand introduced the Aerokit Turbo for the forced-fed versions of the 991-generation 911.

As the name suggests, the Aerokit focuses on improving aerodynamics and increasing downforce, but it also helps the 911to stand out in a crowd. Keep reading to find out what sets this package apart from other Porsche Exclusive offerings.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit.

Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 14 February 2015 06:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Video: Carrera GTS Is The Best Porsche 911 According to XCAR

The “GTS” badge has become a mid-level trim in the current Porsche lineup, and at least one reviewer thinks of the 911 Carrera GTS as the best 911 of the range. Alex Goy of XCAR recently proclaimed the RWD and PDK-equipped GTS he drove as “the ultimate 911 model.”

According to him, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are too fast for normal consumption and the 911 GT3 is simply too hardcore as a daily driver, while the base 911 Carrera is a bit too… tame. His answer to “What is the best 911 out there?” is therefore the GTS. Every current Porsche sans the 918 Spyder is also featuring a GTS version. In fact, the first car to bear the GTS moniker in modern Porsche history was the Cayenne, a model that has almost nothing in common with the original Porsche 904/Carrera GTS or even the later 928 GTS.

Don’t think that I’m in any way against the 911 GTS though, as the model is actually more than welcome in my fantasy car garage. It’s just that from some perspectives, it is just a nicer-looking Carrera S with the Powerkit and some standard features that would cost extra on lesser models. In other words, it doesn’t seem special enough to justify it being called “best 911 version.”

Click past the jump to learn more about the 911 Carrera GTS.

Video: Carrera GTS Is The Best Porsche 911 According to XCAR originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 08:00 EST.

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PostHeaderIcon Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 033 LIVE

Well that wraps up another episode of the TopSpeed Podcast. We hope everyone enjoyed listening to us for another hour.

For Episode 033 we start things out with a band by giving a shout-out and congratulations to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team on their first ever Constructors’ Championship. We immediately jump into our Weekly Wheels which is full of three cars that are actually fun and exciting. Mark has been driving the Lexus GS350 F Sport, Justin had the only crossover worth buying, the Mazda CX-5, and I was bombing around in the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.

For news we have a full collection of exciting stories. There is video evidence of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS on U.S. soil, the new Aston Martin Vantage has been spied on the Nurburgring, and we discuss our super cool new renders of the upcoming Corvette Zora ZR1. On top of that, we spend some time speculating about a new Acura ILX, the new Ferrari 458 turbo, and the potential for a Hyundai sports car. We can’t forget about Mark, who spent time in basically every SUV and truck you can buy in the States today, as well as his recent drive of the new Toyota Yaris, Camry and Sienna.

Our Questions & Answer section is full of some great stuff from you guys. We get to talk about the potential for Ford to put a diesel in the F-150, the sports car we would buy for under $100,000, what car we would make with the Lamborghini Asterion’s drivetrain and we finish with a quick question about video games.

In traditional TopSpeed Podcast fashion, we wrap the show up with an Own, Drive, Burn. This week’s choices are a trio of super sedans from Aston Martin, Mercedes and Dodge. We hope everyone had a great time watching, and we can’t wait to see you next week. Don’t forget to leave comments, questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for us to use over the next few shows.

If you want to reach any of us directly, you can find us all on Twitter. The podcast account is @TopSpeedPodcast, I am @Moeferd, Justin is @TheCarJunkie and Mark is @MarkMcNabb.

Have a safe weekend, and we will be back next week. Same TopSpeed time, same TopSpeed channel.

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 033 LIVE originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:00 EST.

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