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Archive for the ‘Porsche 911’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo

The 991.2-generation Porsche 911 may be just a year old, but the German company is already working on the next iteration of the iconic sports car. Likely to be called the 992, the upcoming 911 is already being tested on public roads according to our paparazzi, who just sent us the first pictures with the coupe.

Although the 992-gen 911 looks identical to the current model, that’s not to say that the upcoming sports car will carry over unchanged on the outside. The reason for the similar looks is that the 992 is still in its early stages of development, and thus Porsche uses the body of the current model, albeit with some modifications.

We don’t know much about the next-generation 911, but Porsche is working on a brand-new platform and new version of the existing engines. Alongside the standard model, Porsche will also launch a new Turbo variant, which will be sportier and will use a more powerful drivetrain. There’s no official word as to when it will arrive, but I expect it to break cover sometime in 2018. However, we should see an update model with the new styling features on the road by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, find out what we already know about the upcoming 911 Turbo in the speculative review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche introduced the 911 GT2 in 1992, on the 993-generation sports car. It was initially built to meet homologation requirements for motorsport and it featured wider fenders and a larger rear wing compared to the standard model. Unlike the RS and the GT3, the GT2 used a turbocharged engine. Discontinued in 1998, the GT2 returned on the 996 generation between 2002 and 2005, and was resurrected once again on the 997-gen 911 in 2008. In 2010, two years before the GT2 was again retired, Porsche launched the 911 GT2 RS. Much like the GT3 RS, the GT2 RS weighed less and had a more powerful engine than the non RS version.

Development of the GT2 RS began in 2007, one year before the 997 GT2 was unveiled, as a skunk-works effort. It was dubbed “project 727,” a number based on the Nissan GT-R’s 7:26.7-minute lap time around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. In 2010, the GT2 RS beat the GT-R’s time by an impressive nine seconds, stopping the clock at 7:18. Although Nissan improved the GT-R’s time in 2011 and 2013, it didn’t manage to overtake the GT2 RS until 2015, when the Nismo-prepped version lapped the German track in 7:08.

When it was launched at the 2010 Moscow Auto Show, the GT2 RS marked the absolute climax of the 911 range, becoming the fastest, lightest, and most powerful road-going Porsche to have ever been created. Production was limited to only 500 units, which gave the GT2 RS collectible status as soon as it hit the streets.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt

The business of tuning Porsche sports cars is a big one. It can also be an expensive one depending on where you go. Still, Porsche owners, particularly those who have the 911, have shown little hesitation in giving their sports cars these programs, partly because of the need to unlock the car’s full potential and partly because, well, they can. One tuner that has proven its worth in this regard is TechArt, the same German aftermarket company that recently gave us this beauty of a tuning kit for the Porsche 718 Cayman. Seems fitting then that with that upgrade comes another one for the 911, and it’s one that most of us are all too familiar with. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the new Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt.

The GTStreet program goes back a long way with some of the earliest iterations developed for previous-generation 911 models. This new one, though, is for the incumbent model, the same 911 Turbo S that tuning rival Gemballa used to develop its own new version of the Avalanche program. In a lot of ways, there are some shared similarities between what Gemballa’s Avalanche program is offering to that of TechArt’s GTStreet R kit. There’s the obvious power enhancement, which in the case of the latter, can go up to as much as 720 horsepower. There’s the unmistakable aerodynamic kit, which, as you can see in the photos, is as audacious as it is mesmerizing.

Best of all, there’s the unmistakable attention-to-detail that only a tuner like TechArt can provide. The company, after all, made its bones developing aftermarket kits for Porsche models and this new GTStreet R program is just the latest example of that peerless drive to be the best in its market.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Avalanche By Gemballa

It’s been a while since we last heard from Gemballa, but like most tuners who’ve been around for as long as Gemballa has, these prolonged times out of the spotlight often lead to something worth waiting for. And so, the German tuner took its time to release its new program, but now here it is, the latest iteration of the Avalanche program that Gemballa has been building since 1985 for the Porsche 911. Gemballa’s extended experience with the 911 has yielded impressive results in the past, so it’s not at all surprising to see the latest member of that lineage come with plenty of aftermarket features, including power gains for the current-generation 911 amounting to an impressive 820 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. And that’s just the start of it because, well, it’s Gemballa.

True, the company has had some issues in the past, but none of those controversies has stopped it from being one of the best Porsche tuners in the business. That’s been the case then, and it continues to be the case with this new Avalanche program. You only need to take a look at the finished product to see how sophisticated this new program is. It has a rear wing and a rear spoiler, the exhausts look like jet turbines, and there’s even a GT-style fin at the back. How often do you see a Porsche 911 carrying a fin that big?

There’s obviously more this new Avalanche program than meets the eye. Most of the components on the exterior are more than just cosmetic upgrades. Even the interior has been dramatically altered, albeit for reasons that I’m going to expound on later. And let’s not forget about those massive 21-inch gold wheels. They’re a little tricky to pair on a car given their ostentatious look, but Gemballa makes it work, largely because of the aggressive aerodynamic bits that help jolt some intensity into the iconic Porsche nameplate.

In keeping with the tradition of its past programs, Gemballa’s new Avalanche kit for the Porsche 911 isn’t for the weak of bank accounts. But if anybody decides to make this rather extravagant splurge, it’s coming with a reworked Porsche 911 that borders on automotive insanity.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Avalanche by Gemballa


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3

Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 has finally returned into dealerships with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the track-prepped 911 is making a comeback after nearly two years with revised styling, a retuned chassis, and more importantly a new drivetrain.

Not surprisingly, the race-bred coupe didn’t change much inside and out, and most of the new stuff is borrowed from the regular 911 that was upgraded in 2016. However, the revised chassis brings new dynamics, while the troublesome 3.8-liter flat-six was replaced by the slightly bigger, 4.0-liter unit from the GT3 Cup race car and the range-topping GT3 RS. The really big news about the new 911 GT3 is that Porsche finally brought the manual transmission back, giving enthusiasts a new reason to celebrate.

Developed on the same test track and manufactured on the same production line as the 911 race cars, the GT3 returns to a market that has a brand-new competitor, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. Launched in 2016, the AMG GT R is the first track-prepped car to actually compete in the same niche, something that hasn’t happened in quite a few years. Will the 911 GT3 continue to dominate this demanding segment? Let’s find out in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche's Top 5 Rarest Factory Models As Told By The Man Who Takes Care Of Them

Creating a “Top Five” or “Top 10” list is always an exercise in caution because these rankings are largely of the subjective variety. One person can have a his top five on a specific topic only to see another person with a different top five of his own. In such instances, we usually rely on persons of authority to make these definitive calls. When it comes to making a legitimate top five list on the rarest Porsche factory models no person is better suited for the task than Dieter Landenberger, the manager of Porsche’s own Historical Archives.

The latest episode of Porsche’s always fun and informative “Top Five” series brings us to the Porsche Museum where Landenberger is its chief archivist. As somebody who knows pretty much knows as much about Porsche as anybody alive today, Landenberger is the perfect person to make a list of the rarest Porsche factory models in the world. The list itself is indicative of Porsche’s long and proud history and all the cars that Landenberger named each carried a storied history behind its exclusivity.

It’s fitting too that Landenberger’s choices come from a number of different Porsche generations spanning over 50 years of Stuttgart’s finest creations. Most of us probably know what the number one spot on this list is, but watching the episode and seeing Landenberg pull the sheets off of each of the cars that comprised the top five also made us realize just how awe-inspiring this museum is and just as important, how incredible Porsche’s history really is.

So without further adieu, check out the top 5 rarest Porsche factory models in the eyes and words of no less than Dieter Landenberger himself.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911

It hasn’t been long since the 991-generation 911 received its mid-cycle facelift in 2016, and it appears that Porsche is already working on the next-generation sports car. Our paparazzi spotted several 911 prototypes being tested on public roads in recent months, and even though the model looks similar to the current-gen 911, we’re quite sure the Germans are actually testing underpinnings for the upcoming model, due to arrive sometime in 2018.

Very little is known about the next-generation 911, but word has it that the biggest changes will occur under the skin. Besides the all-turbo lineup — the Carrera gained forced induction with the 991.2 facelift — the 911 is also set to receive a hybrid drivetrain for the very first time. Although this rumor has yet to be confirmed by Stuttgart, hybridization is a natural step for the 911 — given Porsche is already offering hybrid versions of the Panamera and Cayenne, as well as the 918 supercar and the 919, Le Mans-winning race car. Of course, the gasoline powerplants will get their fair share of updates too.

The 911 will also gain a new modular platform with more flexibility as far as drivetrains go. Word has it the new architecture will also be used in the next-generation 718 Boxster and Cayman, as well as in the next-gen Audi R8 and upcoming Lamborghini models. Keep reading to find out more about the next-generation 911 and stay tuned for more updates.

Updated 03/28/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 out for a new testing session at Nurburgring.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Porsche 911.


PostHeaderIcon The Battle For German Sports Car Supremacy Is Heating Up

The launch of the Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show brought the total number of GT models to six. That’s a lot of models to have in a range when you consider that the first of these performance cars, the AMG GT, was only unveiled in 2015. But success breeds success and by and large, the Mercedes-AMG GT line has been just that for the German automaker. There’s no question about that, but what can be argued is the AMG GT’s place in the segment, or to be more specific, it’s status compared to that of the current king of the sports car business: the Porsche 911.

(It’s also worth mentioning that Porsche also unveiled the new 911 GTS at the same venue, so the timing for this comparison is appropriate.)

So here’s the question: has Mercedes-AMG created a line of GT sports cars that can realistically challenge Porsche’s own family of 911 models for sports car supremacy?

It’s an interesting question to ask because there can be legitimate answers from both sides. If you’re on the side of Mercedes, you can point to the GT sports cars as fresh and compelling choices in the market. Mercedes-AMG, after all, has done a remarkable job building the brand up, as shown by its ever increasing portfolio. There’s a healthy market for the GT today and Mercedes is smart to capitalize on that interest.

On the flip side, Porsche purists are also not wrong for scoffing at the question because it’s the 911 we’re talking about here. The model is without question one of the most iconic nameplates in the history of the auto industry, so before some kind of young whippersnapper can puff its chest and stare down the 911, maybe it should show some kind of longevity first.

Clearly, there are no right or wrong answers here because this whole comparison can be shaped and reshaped depending on the narrative that’s being thrown out. But with the success of the Mercedes-AMG GT line, that earlier question about the GT challenging the 911 is fair game and we’re going to try to find out whether there’s more to it than what meets the eye.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute Edition

The Porsche 911 R caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show back in March. It was, in a lot of ways, the 911 variant that Porsche purists had been clamoring for. It may not be the fastest and most powerful variant of the 911 – take a bow 911 Turbo S, that’s still you – but in terms of pure driving pleasure, the 911 R holds a backseat to no one. Alas, Porsche only released 1,000 units of the special edition 911 R and you’d be hard-pressed to find one in the market today. Fortunately, one of the original owners of the 911 R has decided to make it even more special by turning it into a personal tribute to Steve McQueen and sending it back to the German automaker to have it auctioned. And so, here it is, the 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute, a one-off creation that pays homage to arguably one of the most iconic Hollywood leading men and professional racer in history.

The super exclusive 911 R comes with a host of unique features, not the least of which are specific details attributed to McQueen himself. It also gets a lot of love from Porsche Exclusive with the myriad of options and accessories that were given to it. Suffice to say, this unique 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute was designed to be a legitimate one-off. About the only downside, if you can even call it that, is that it doesn’t receive any power enhancements. Would’ve been nice to have more power to play with for a true and legitimate driver’s car.

Oh, and don’t expect the 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute to come cheap. It’s unclear if it can fetch the same $184,900 price tag of a brand new 911 R since it already has a previous owner. But taking into account its one-off exclusivity and the name attached to it, I expect this particular 911 R to breeze past the $200,000 barrier when it’s auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on February 8, 2017. The good news is that 25 percent of the car’s auction price above its €25,000 ($26,120) minimum reserve will be given towards research for curing cancer in children.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible By Wimmer

On the surface, Wimmer’s program for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible oozes with flamboyancy, largely from the bombastic orange paint finish of the sports car and the litter of graphics and liveries attributed to the German tuner and its partners. It’s not a very pleasing sight if it were any other car. But it’s a 911 Turbo S Convertible, a car that in itself is filled to the brim with flash and attitude. It’s still largely an acquired taste, but it still grabs your attention, for better or worse. And so, like it or not, this is Wimmer’s new program for the 911 Turbo S Convertible. Good thing then that it also has a massive engine upgrade in there to the tune of 828 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.

The power increase is massive and I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo S Convertible is capable of squeezing as much out of it as it possibly can. The performance numbers validate it too because this tuned 911 is ridiculously fast, possibly even faster and more powerful than a limited edition supercar like the Ferrari F12tdf. The paint job and stickers might not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying that Wimmer has a program here that will make owners of the drop-top 911 Turbo S stand up and take notice, at least until they hear about how much it’s going to cost.

Ultimately, this is the biggest sticking point for a lot of customers who are interested in getting aftermarket upgrades for their cars. Wimmer’s asking price is no different since it’s charging a whopping €310,000 ($327,300) to present would-be customers a Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible that’s unlike any other.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible by Wimmer.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible By Wimmer

On the surface, Wimmer’s program for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible oozes with flamboyancy, largely from the bombastic orange paint finish of the sports car and the litter of graphics and liveries attributed to the German tuner and its partners. It’s not a very pleasing sight if it were any other car. But it’s a 911 Turbo S Convertible, a car that in itself is filled to the brim with flash and attitude. It’s still largely an acquired taste, but it still grabs your attention, for better or worse. And so, like it or not, this is Wimmer’s new program for the 911 Turbo S Convertible. Good thing then that it also has a massive engine upgrade in there to the tune of 828 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.

The power increase is massive and I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo S Convertible is capable of squeezing as much out of it as it possibly can. The performance numbers validate it too because this tuned 911 is ridiculously fast, possibly even faster and more powerful than a limited edition supercar like the Ferrari F12tdf. The paint job and stickers might not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying that Wimmer has a program here that will make owners of the drop-top 911 Turbo S stand up and take notice, at least until they hear about how much it’s going to cost.

Ultimately, this is the biggest sticking point for a lot of customers who are interested in getting aftermarket upgrades for their cars. Wimmer’s asking price is no different since it’s charging a whopping €310,000 ($327,300) to present would-be customers a Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible that’s unlike any other.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible by Wimmer.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Debuts with New Engine and Aerodynamic Enhancements

In its never-ending search for quicker and quicker lap times, Porsche has updated the highly popular 911 GT3 Cup racing car with a new, more powerful engine, enhanced reliability, and extra aerodynamic tricks along the body panels.

The update coincides with the release of the second-generation 991, a.k.a. the 991.2. Porsche unveiled the 991.2 last year, but the GT3 Cup stands apart from its road-going brethren as the track-only, race-ready variant aimed at hitting the starting grid right out of the box.

Per usual, you’ll find a flat six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear. This time around, the powerplant comes packing with direct fuel injection, an even four liters of displacement, and 100 percent naturally aspirated induction (cue cheering fan boys).

The 4.0-liter powerplant replaces the outgoing model’s 3.8-liter flat-six, with peak output rated at 485 horsepower – an increase of 25 ponies. Not bad for a car that weighs less than 2,700 pounds.

In addition to being more powerful, the 4.0-liter six-cylinder is also more reliable, offering a valve drive with rigidly mounted rocker arms and a central oil feed – a first for the model. There’s also an integrated oil centrifuge for enhanced oil defoaming, and a more rigid crankshaft.

Making the most of the newfound power is upgraded aero, which takes a few cues from the most recent 911 facelift. There’s a new front bumper apron, and a new rear end. Porsche declined to specify exactly how it managed to “improve” the aero, but did mention “enhanced traction and performance,” so I’m guessing there’s just more downforce. Meanwhile, you’ll find the same rear wing as the outgoing model, measuring in at 184 cm in width. That’s over six feet, by the way.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Mecum Monterey Auction – Preview

Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.

Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.

TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.

Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

Porsche considers the 911 Targa a “modern classic,” and as such, it should come as no surprise that Porsche Exclusive has come up with a special edition for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix that is taking place at the Nürburgring between August 12 and August 14. As is the usual case with Porsche special editions, there isn’t really a whole lot of standout changes, but there are some subtleties that make it special in its own way. The biggest highlight is the Etna Blue finish that was used as the standard color for the 1960 and 1961 T5 356 B.

What really makes the car stand out more than anything, really, is the fact that once it is assembled, it is shipped off to Zuffenhausen to have all the fine details hand finished before heading to its new owner. Furthermore, when purchased, the car comes with its own indoor car cover and a bound photo album the provides full documentation of the car’s entire development process. Of course, that is the least Porsche can do given the fact that it will probably come at a pretty hefty premium over the cost of the standard 911 Targa.

Well, before I ramble on too much here, let’s take a closer look at the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Left a Funny Message for Acura in the Porsche 911 GT3

It’s no longer a secret that many automakers anonymously buy cars from other companies to benchmark while they are developing a new vehicle. We’ve seen many big brands to that, including Cadillac, BMW, and Lexus, and there’s a big chance others are doing it without drawing attention to themselves. Honda, on the other hand, was caught red-handed by Porsche for buying a 911 GT3 to benchmark against the new NSX hybrid sports car.

Although Honda most likely purchased the car like a regular customer, the German company found out about it after the GT3 was recalled to fix an issue with the engine connecting rods. How is that possible? Well, high-profile sports cars are basically equipped with “black boxes” that provide the manufacturer with all sorts of data as to how the vehicle is being used. The folks over at Porsche likely spent some valuable time to put the pieces together, but as soon they were sure it was Honda’s car, they decided to pull a prank on the Japanese maker.

According to the NSX’s dynamics project leader Nick Robinson, the 911 GT3 returned with a note that said “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side” under the engine cover. Someone at Honda had a good laugh — and probably spilled some coffee in the engine bay — over this…

Interestingly enough, Honda was also busted by McLaren for using a 12C to benchmark the NSX. But, instead of leaving a note, the Brits wanted to know “where did you go 205 mph? What track?” according to Robinson.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Bisimoto 911BR "One-of-a-Kind"

In the 1971 film Le Mans, Steve McQueen delivers one of his all-time most memorable quotes: “When you’re racing, it’s life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.” That attitude wasn’t just a figment of McQueen’s onscreen character – the man really did live to go fast. When he wasn’t acting, McQueen participated in a variety of professional racing series, and when he was acting, he regularly performed his own stunts behind the wheel. The Porsche you see here is a rolling tribute to the McQueen mythos, a customized one-off creation packed to the brim with performance-enhancing modifications and polished subtlety. If style were a liquid, this thing would be an ocean, and next month, it’s going to the highest bidder.

Slated to hit the block at the 2016 Mecum Collector Car Auction in Monterey, California, the Mecum website describes the 911BR as “a no expense spared bespoke Porsche” that “reflects [McQueen’s] personality and penchant for straight line performance, cornering prowess and understated appearance.”

Proceeds will go to benefit Boys Republic (hence the “BR”), a non-profit organization in Chino, California that serves troubled adolescents. Since 1907, Boys Republic has helped more than 30,000 at-risk teenagers, including McQueen himself, who credited Boys Republic with refocusing his life towards success.

So what makes the 911BR worthy of association with the King of Cool? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Don't Expect This Variant Of The Porsche 911 Anytime Soon

Electrification has been one of the auto industry’s biggest buzz words in recent years and, as more automakers continue venturing into the path towards electrification, expect to see a growing number of EV models hit in the market. But, there is one model that isn’t ready to go electric just yet. That model is the Porsche 911 and, if this new report is to be believed, it’s going to be a long time before an electric 911 finds its way into a dealership.

Speaking with August Achleitner, the brains behind the development of the 911 and the Porsche 718, Drive is reporting that contrary to the long-held belief that Stuttgart is pushing to develop a battery-powered 911, there aren’t any plans to dive into those waters, at least not yet. According to Achleitner, the current layout of the 911 isn’t suited for an EV version because the result would be an incredibly heavy car that would impede its power and performance capabilities. That, in turn, would be harmful to the model if Porsche forced the situation.

That said, Porsche isn’t ruling out an all-electric 911 altogether. It could still happen, but sometime farther down the road. Holding off on such an action gives Porsche enough time to layout its plan on how it wants to tackle the situation and, if there’s a model that needs to be planned out thoroughly, it’s the 911. Rushing it just doesn’t make sense.

In the meantime, Porsche is focusing its EV attention on the Mission E sports sedan, which it’s already developing as a model that will launch the company into the world of all-electric vehicles without having to compromise the performance integrity of the rest of its lineup. If the technology developed for the Mission E proves to be successful, it could eventually translate into the rest of the lineup, including the 911 and the 718 sports car.

Just don’t expect it to happen overnight.

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PostHeaderIcon Used Porsche 911 R Selling For More Than $1 Million

Porsche has just revealed pricing for the brand-new 911 R, but the official $184,900 sticker is just a tiny fraction of what some enthusiasts will have to pay to take one home. According to supercar finance experts Magnitude Finance, the sports cars are now commanding a premium of around £800,000 on the used-car market. That’s the equivalent of about $1.05 million, which means that a used 911 R can cost as much as $1.3 million.

At least that’s what Tim Marlow, head of Magnitude Finance, says after talking to several Porsche specialist dealers: “They confirmed the cars are commanding close to £1 million but they can’t list them at this amount,” he added, suggesting that the 911 Rs are sold through deals that are taking place behind closed doors.

Marlow also thinks that the 911 R set a new “record level of appreciation for a new car based on a percentage of its original value.” Although there aren’t any statistics available, the statement makes a lot of sense given that the price has increased sevenfold in just a couple of months. Needless to say, the fact that the 911 R is limited to just 991 units and most (if not all) of them were sold before the official unveiling, also helped prices go through the roof.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3

Sold out since early 2015, the current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 will return in dealerships sometime in 2017 with updates similar to the 991.2 911. Although Stuttgart has yet to confirm this scenario, an early prototype of the 991.2 GT3 was spotted on the Nurburgring track recently, meaning that the revised sports car should be ready for a public debut by the end of 2016.

Not much is known about the upcoming 911 GT3, but if previous 911 facelifts are any indication, the 991.2 GT3 should get mild revisions inside and out, a more powerful engine, and a revised chassis for enhanced performance at the track. A manual transmission could also be in the books after many Porsche enthusiasts have complained that the PDK-exclusive GT3 is no longer a driver’s car.

There’s no word whether the GT3 will be followed by an updated GT3 RS, but recent reports and spy shots have suggested that Porsche is actually working on a new, turbocharged GT2 RS. Keep reading to find out what we already know about the upcoming GT3 and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 07/20/2016: If a few days ago we brought you the first leaked patent images of the upcoming 911 GT3, today we decided to create a rendering of the sports car to help you make an idea what a cool car it will be. Let us know in the comments section below what do you think about it.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Porsche 911 GT3.


PostHeaderIcon Petrolicious Showcases Spike Feresten's 1968 Porsche 911L: Video

It has to be said. Petrolicious can make a case for being the best car channel on YouTube. The production value of these episodes is absolutely top quality and the content always brings something new and fresh to the table. That’s the case with the latest episode, featuring Spike Feresten and his rare 1968 Porsche 911L.

As with most episodes from Petrolicious, Feresten’s story with his 911L is a rich one that dates back to his days as a writer for David Letterman. As Feresten puts it, Letterman’s own car collection spurred him to contact a dealership in Georgia, which then sent him a beat-up Porsche with 300,000 miles and had what he describes as “the worst color in Porsche history.” Unflattering as the description sounds, Feresten immediately fell in love with and thus began his love affair with the German automaker.

Today, Feresten owns his share of Porsches, the most significant of which is the 1968 911L, a factory race car built in period for Trans-Am competition that has since been configured to be street legal. The car is also famous for a number of reasons, something that will be best explained by Feresten himself.

It’s the kind of story that will make you look back on younger days when all you had were dreams and car posters. It’s also a good reminder that the world is smaller than we think and that dream cars, no matter how old we get, are still attainable.


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