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Archive for the ‘Porsche 911’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Looking For A Porsche 911 GT3? How Does A Fleet Of 18 Never-Driven Examples Sound?

We like the Porsche 911 GT3 – quite a lot, actually. It’s purposefully built, looks great, and goes like stink. However, this classified ad seeking a buyer for 18 fresh in-the-box examples looks to be a whole new level of devotion to the Stuttgart superstar.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The Porsches are completely identical and come draped in white paint”

Sometimes when I get takeout, I like to buy a lot – you know, like three or four meals at a time, just to have ’em chilling in my fridge, ready to go in case I get hungry later on. This is kinda like that, except with high-powered six-figure German sports cars. You know, just in case.

The ad comes from a classifieds website in the Netherlands called Marktplaats, and appears to show 18 brand-spanking-new 2015 Porsche 911 GT3s, all lined up and parked in a giant warehouse. The whole lot of ’em are up for sale, but buyers can snack on just one, or binge on all 18, if the mood strikes them.

The Porsches are completely identical and come draped in white paint. Apparently, each has never been driven, either, and each also comes with the optional Club Sport Package.

For reference, the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 makes 476 horsepower thanks to a rear-mounted all-atmosphere flat-six engine, with power routed to the rear axle by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The equipped Club Sport Package also makes them track-ready, throwing in goodies like an external fuel tank, six-point harnesses, black bucket seats, and a roll cage. It also appears as though they come with steel brakes, rather than Porsche’s carbon ceramic units.


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“Why would anyone buy a fleet of 18 GT3's to simply park 'em? One Twitter user suggests they were originally intended for use on a race track that was never actually built, which makes sense”

So then, what’s the story here? Why would anyone buy a fleet of 18 GT3’s to simply park ’em? One Twitter user suggests they were originally intended for use on a race track that was never actually built, which makes sense.

For us, though, this feels like the Costco of top-shelf sports cars. We just wish there were more free samples to go with it.

Unfortunately, there’s no Costco-esque pricing here, as each unit is going for 134,500 euros (around $162,000), while all 18 are going for a cool 2.4 million euros (roughly $2.9 million). And that’s kinda pricey, as the same models would have gone for about $130,000 a pop here in the states.

But we wanna know – what would you do with 18 brand-new Porsche 911 GT3s? Let us know in the comments section below!

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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Porsche 911 Magazine Shows Some Incredible Stories Behind Porsche’s History

The Porsche 911 video magazine really is something else. It’s essentially an episodic web series that talks about Porsche. Each episode runs nine minutes and 11 seconds long because, well, that shows up as 9:11 on the time bar. Beyond the cute allusion to the 911 name, the episodes are rich in stories about the German automaker and everything about it.

Volume 5, or episode 5, of the 911 Magazine is no exception. The episode carries the theme, “Dreams,” and is divided into five different sub-episodes, beginning with Patrick Dempsey taking a trip to the island of Sylt in northern Germany with a 911 Carrera. The episode mostly features Dempsey taking in the scenery of the island and enjoying the picturesque sights with one of the finest Porsche 911 models ever built. From there, the episode dives into the racing success of the Porsche 956, the creation of the most improbable Porsche in history, a Porsche drifting in the snow, and an inside look at the TraumWerk, Hans-Peter Porsche’s incredible toy museum.

The third and fifth sub-episodes are the best ones of Volume 5. The former talks about the story of two twins — Knut and Falk Reimann — who lived in the communist-run GDR and, against all odds, managed to build their own homemade Porsche with some assistance from no less than Ferry Porsche himself. The latter is a treat to watch itself as it features Hans-Peter Porsche showcasing one of the most expansive and incredible toy collections in the world. Take the time to watch this episode of the 911 Magazine. You’re not going to regret it.


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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Introduced the 911 GT3 Touring Package In Response To 911 R Resale Prices

Remember the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package that Porsche released a few months ago? Turns out, Porsche had reasons for releasing that version of the 911, and it had nothing to do with adding another iteration for the sake of having one. According to 911 boss August Achleitner, the 911 T was created in part as a response to the ridiculous second-hand price the Porsche 911 R is going for these days. It’s rare for an automaker like Porsche to bother itself with what’s happening in the second-hand car market, but, apparently, the bigwigs at Stuttgart didn’t like how flippers have gone amok over the super rare 911 R by jacking up its price to seven figures. So, it responded with the 911 GT3 Touring Package, a more affordable version of the 911 R that’s cheaper and has no set production number.


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“It’s rare for an automaker like Porsche to bother itself with what's happening in the second-hand car market”

You can argue that this is something exotic automakers should have done a long time ago to combat flippers who have little interest in the beyond making money out of it. But, the truth is, doing something like this usually doesn’t make sense from a business perspective. Costs run up, workers work more, and there’s a chance that the exclusive model loses its exclusivity.

Yet, despite those reasons, Porsche still went ahead and released the 911 GT3 Touring Package. August Achleitner explained the company’s reason for releasing the 911 GT3 T, telling Road & Track that if the car can help keep the prices a “little bit lower for the average customers of cars, it’s better.”

Achleitner added that Porsche was willing to sacrifice the happiness of its high-end customers who bought the 911 GT3 for their use because the company doesn’t like the fact that other people bought the car just to make money out of it.


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So the company decided to release the 911 T with the purpose of having a lot of similarities to its 911 R counterpart. That said, the two cars aren’t identical either. The 911 R, for example, uses carbon fiber for its hood and fenders and has magnesium for its roof. The 911 T doesn’t have those specs, but it does have a new 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces the exact 500-horsepower as the 911 R, but with an extra 500 more usable revs at its disposal.

Only time will tell if this strategy ends up being a good one for Porsche, but it is refreshing to see an exotic automaker that still has the sensibilities to listen to the cries of its frustrated fan base. Here’s to hoping that the arrival of the 911 GT3 Touring Package works out well for everyone involved.

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PostHeaderIcon The Porsche 911 T Goes on a Diet, Proves Porsche can Reshuffle its Deck

The phrase “less is more” applies to a lot of things in this world. It doesn’t, however, apply to the Porsche 911. In this case, “more is more” is a better way to describe the 911, and, for its part, Porsche is giving the people what they want with the arrival of the 911 Carrera T. The arrival of the 911 Carrera T comes at a time when Porsche is doing right by its loyal fan base by living up to its promise of introducing more “pure” iterations of the iconic sports car. The 911 R and the 911 GT3 are already around to tickle the purist’s fancy. Now it’s being joined by a new derivative that’s almost 50 pounds lighter than the standard 911. Happy days are ahead for Porsche 911 fans because the 911 Carrera T has arrived.


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“The Carrera T weighs just 3,142 pounds. That’s almost 50 pounds lighter than the standard 911 Carrera.”

Weight-savings is a big deal in the world of sports cars, and we see that on full display in how the Porsche 911 Carrera T is packaged. The model actually starts off as a standard Carrera unit, but in the name of cutting weight, the rear seats and the infotainment system are taken out. There is an option for these parts to be put back in, but that defeats the purpose of cutting weight, doesn’t it? In any case, the Carrera T weighs just 3,142 pounds. That’s almost 50 pounds lighter than the standard 911 Carrera.

Beyond the cut in weight, the 911 Carrera T also features a 3.0-liter biturbo flat-six engine that produces 370 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque, exactly the same amount of power that the base Carrera has. But since the Carrera T is a weight class lower than its standard counterpart, it’s capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds. That’s 0.1 seconds quicker than the standard model. The top speed for this new variant sits at 182 mph with the standard manual transmission and 180 mph with the optional PDK unit.

At the end of the day, any sports car’s value is largely dependent on its actual value. The Porsche 911 Carrera T does well for itself in that regard because it starts at $102,100. Sure, it’s $11,000 more than the standard 911 Carrera T, but with all of its improvements, I’d say it’s worth the extra $10K. Should you agree and you’re looking to get one, orders for the newest 911 derivate are already being taken. Sign up for one, and you can expect yours to be delivered sometime in the middle of 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 By Singer Vehicle Design

Founded in 2009 by British musician Rob Dickinson, Singer Vehicle Design is a California-based customization and restoration shop that specializes in 964-era Porsche 911s. In the past, we’ve seen loads of lust-worthy cars from Singer, but this latest example bests them all. Commissioned by client Scott Blattner, the goal was a lightweight, high-performance revamp of Blattner’s 1990 911, but the end product goes above and beyond in just about every single way. For starters, Singer sourced input with some of the biggest names in Porsche performance, including motorsport engineer Norbert Singer, engine specialist Hans Mezger, and racing driver Marino Franchitti, not to mention automotive journalist and Top Gear host Chris Harris. Big-name companies like Michelin, Brembo, and BBS Motorsport also got in on the mix, while Williams Advanced Engineering (yep, the F1 folks) played a major role in the vehicle’s technical development. The project took two years to complete, but the results are staggering. Dubbed the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study, or DLS, every part of the 911 was tweaked, and Singer is so happy with it, the tuner is now offering special DLS services to select customers.

Blattner explains – “The question became… what if Singer worked on restoring and modifying my beloved 27-year old Porsche 964, with the assistance of an engineering concern born from the world of F1. How would such a car look and how would it perform?” Read on to find out.

Continue reading to learn more about this Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design.

Exterior


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“The 911 you see here manages to strike a balance between looking good and going fast”

From the off, there’s obviously something very special about this 964. While it might have the same general shape as its factory siblings, the reworked DLS gets a slew of tasteful enhancements that not only make it look incredible, but upgrades the performance potential as well.

Let’s start off with the styling, which comes draped in a unique shade of green Singer is calling “Absinthe.” While not necessarily understated, the color isn’t in some retina-searing red or yellow, and it gives the whole thing an exclusive feel very much in line with the rest of build. The fenders also get substantial flares front and back, which help to house the mammoth tires mounted in the corners. Chrome detailing can be found around the headlight housings and the window surrounds, while both the front and rear bumpers get a reshape.


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“Chrome detailing can be found around the headlight housings and the window surrounds, while both the front and rear bumpers get a reshape.”

Speaking of the bumpers, the 911 you see here manages to strike a balance between looking good and going fast, which means that jaw-dropping aesthetic is matched with a litany of nerdy details to help it warp the atmosphere to its advantage. For example, check out the carbon underspoiler in front and the side skirts in the flanks, plus the integrated rear spoiler and intricate composite diffuser in the tail.

Those components are the product of extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis, courtesy of Williams Advanced Engineering with consultation from Norbert Singer. Rest assured – this thing is functional, from the new intakes in the nose, to the ram air element in the rear side windows, to the rounded vents in the taillights.


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And oh yeah, did we mention how good it looks?!

Finally, rounding it out is a set of wheels from BBS Motorsports. Rocking a classic deep-dish, five-spoke 911 design scheme, these 18-inch rollers are made from forged magnesium and utilize a monobloc construction for superlative low weight, plus a race-inspired center-locking mechanism to keep them in place.

We could talk about the details on this thing for days, but it’s probably better if you see them for yourself in the photo gallery. Just be ready to have a new desktop wallpaper after you’re done.

Interior


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“Once again, the attention to detail is astonishing”

Unsurprisingly, the interior of this 911 is extensively customized as well, with an utterly breathtaking design that has us drooling for more. Following the lightweight theme, carbon fiber is used extensively, and can be found on the dash, door inserts, central tunnel, steering wheel, and seat backs. Bare metal finished in the same Absinthe color scheme joins the composites, while the rest of it gets hide coverings done in Blood Orange.

Once again, the attention to detail is astonishing. Everywhere you look, there’s something interesting to inspect. For example, the steering wheel is a custom three-spoke unit, while the pedals are made from brushed metal. The dash design is simplified and clean, and Singer maintained the rear seats with bits of hide as well. There’s even an exposed shift linkage in the central tunnel.


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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – who doesn’t like an exposed shift linkage? Bad people, that’s who.

Drivetrain


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“This screamer pumps out as much as 500 horsepower when you press the long skinny pedal on the right”

Like any proper enthusiast tribute to the 911, this custom 964 comes with an air-cooled flat-six powerplant mounted out in the rear. Standout features include four camshafts and natural aspiration. Developed with technical input from Williams Advanced Engineering, plus consultation from none other than Hans Mezger, the same German mastermind who made the type 804 flat-eight for Formula 1, the Le Mans-winning Porsche 917, and the M96/72 dry sump engine derived from the 911 GT1 EVO, this screamer pumps out as much as 500 horsepower when you press the long skinny pedal on the right. Routing the muscle to the rear wheels is a lightweight six-speed manual transmission, which is carved from magnesium to help shave substantial pounds.

Singer has declined to provide further specs or performance figures, but considering this bespoke 964’s ultra-wide rubber and drastically reduced curb weight (more on that in a bit), you can bet this thing is an absolute rocket ship. If we had to guess, we’d say it probably does the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the low-3-second range, possibly breaking into the 2’s if driven to its maximum.

Chassis And Handling


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“The DLS uses plenty of titanium, magnesium, and of course, carbon fiber.”

Given this car’s laser-like focus on cutting out every undesirable pound possible, Singer went to town with the exotic materials. As such, the DLS uses plenty of titanium, magnesium, and of course, carbon fiber. The final result of the diet is a dry weight of just 2,180 pounds.

To make the most of the extensive lightening, this 964 incorporates a variety of suspension modifications. Again, Singer doesn’t go into detail, but does mention stuff like “enhanced geometry” and “improved adjustability.”

Headlining the parts list in this area are new dampers from EXE-TC, a U.K.-based company that offers a variety of products for sharpening many a 911’s performance. Meanwhile, Michelin provides the tires, with a Pilot Sport Cup 2 compound customized for this specific application. Finally, the brakes are from Brembo, incorporating lightweight monobloc calipers, plus rotors made from a carbon composite material.

Prices


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To keep the DLS series of vehicles somewhat exclusive, Singer will only build 75 examples, each of which will be a unique creation custom tailored to the whims of the client, from a stripped-down performance beast, to a cushier touring machine, and everything in between. Singer chose not to divulge exact pricing, but it’s expected the final figure will depend on the level of modification and restoration desired. If we were to guess, we’d say this particular example probably comes close to the seven-figure mark.

All DLS Singer vehicles will be built in the U.K. at the tuner’s newest factory at the Williams campus in Oxfordshire.

Competition

Eagle Spyder GT


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Old-school cool, new school engineering. That’s what makes the above-featured 911 so amazing, and indeed, it’s the same stuff that went into the Eagle Spyder GT. Built on the bones of an original Jaguar E-Type, the Eagle Spyder GT comes with a modernized interior, an all-aluminum 4.7-liter XK six-cylinder engine, and updated independent four-wheel suspension, not to mention 330 horsepower at the rear wheels.

Read our full review on the 2017 Eagle Spyder GT.

Conclusion


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“You can feel the passion that went into this car just by looking at it.”

We here at TopSpeed have seen more than our fair share of custom cars, but this one in particular stands out in a number of ways. First off, it looks gorgeous, but not in an overly flashy kinda way. It’s got all the style as the factory car, but with just enough extras to make it look unique and sleek. Secondly, the interior is quite well executed, with a bevy of details that match the exterior’s nonchalant awesomeness. Finally, it’s got tons of power and performance, boasting development input from a veritable who’s-who list in the world of automotive performance – it’s got aero designed by an F1 team, an engine by Hans Mezger, and driving dynamics designed to make Chris Harris smile.

Even Singer Vehicle Design Founder and Creative Director, Rob Dickinson, is impressed, saying, “On a technical level, the study has been fascinating and has resulted in an incredible restoration with the benefit of top drawer resources and modern science. Artistically it has been a second chance to connect with the machine on a new level.”

He continues, “Aesthetically, I’ve been working closely with friend and creative sparring partner Daniel Simon and a great team here in California to present ideas that work functionally as well as emotionally for our clients.”

You can feel the passion that went into this car just by looking at it. This is a 911 for enthusiasts, by enthusiasts. All we can say is – wow.

  • Leave it
    • Absurdly expensive
    • Begs to be driven, but do you dare to take it out of the garage?

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PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo to Get GT2 RS Engine Parts, up to 630 HP

The next-generation Porsche 911 has been spotted testing on public roads numerous time since 2016, and more recently it was joined by the Turbo version. Along with the first spy shots also came the first rumors, which claim some pretty impressive performance figures. According to Autocar, while Porsche is planning to offer a hybrid model for the first time, electrification will occur in the non-Turbo variants. The latter will remain gasoline-only cars, mostly because Porsche wants to keep weight low and improve the power-to-weight ratio in its attempt to better compete with the Ferrari and its incredible 488 GTB. Output will also increase significantly by means of engine parts sourced from the GT2 RS.

Yup, Porsche is going all extreme with the Turbo and Turbo S using what it learned from developing the 911 GT2 RS, a car that lapped the Nurburgring in an incredible 6:47.3 minutes. There’s no specific word as to what parts will be borrowed, but recent reports claim that the 911 Turbo will arrive with close to 600 horsepower, while the 911 Turbo S will get a whopping 630 horsepower. With this in mind, let’s see how the new 911 Turbo will compare to the outgoing model.

Continue reading for the full story.

A lot of extra oomph


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“As for the 911 Turbo S, a 630-horsepower rating means that output jumps by a solid 50 horses”

The revised twin-turbo, 3.8-liter flat-six (or will it be a 4.0-liter?) will crank out an extra 61 horses in the upcoming 911 Turbo. As for the 911 Turbo S, a 630-horsepower rating means that output jumps by a solid 50 horses. This new rating not only makes the Turbo S the most powerful not-GT 911 ever built but also brings it within only 30 horsepower of the Ferrari 488 GTB. The car will become quicker to 60 mph too. The Turbo S will probably do it in less than three seconds for the first time at 2.9 clicks, while the Turbo S should go below the 2.8-second mark with Sport Chrono, which will make it faster than the Ferrari. Both cars should be able to exceed 200 mph, while the Turbo S will probably hit close to 210 mph.

New Chassis


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“Combined with new active aerodynamics, the entire package should push the 911 Turbo even more into supercar territory”

The enhanced drivetrain will benefit from a revised version of the MMB chassis. It will provide a wider track for increased stability and will shave a significant amount of pounds by more extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum. Combined with new active aerodynamics, the entire package should push the 911 Turbo even more into supercar territory. Which is a good thing as the next-generation GT2 RS is quite a few years away.

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PostHeaderIcon Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting For An Electric Porsche 911

Our friends over at Autocar recently had a chance to sit down with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume and talk about the brand’s future. During the interview, Blume divulged that while an electrified 911 was indeed on the table, it likely wouldn’t see the light of day for at least a decade.


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Rumor has it the next-gen 911 is already well on its way, and according to Blume, it’s being developed with the possibility for electrified power. However, that doesn’t mean it’ll definitely come with a plug-in point, as Blume also reiterated that the 911 won’t ditch internal combustion altogether for at least another 10 to 15 years. That said, Porsche is definitely taking the idea quite seriously, and a hybrid might arrive sooner than that. “When customers want it to be electric, we can be ready,” Blume said.

““When customers want [911] to be electric, we can be ready,” Blume said.”

But if the new 911 does have the potential for hybrid power, why not just release it now? After all, hybrid sports cars are uber popular these days, right? Blume didn’t say exactly why not, but odds are it needs a good deal of development before the brand feels comfortable with such a major change to its number-one iconic model. Weight is likely a major issue, as is the unending rage of Porsche purists who still can’t get over the fact 911’s are no longer air-cooled.

That said, the purists are gonna need to get over it, as the momentum is most definitely behind electrification. Volkswagen is hoping to have electric and hybrid variants across its range by 2030, including those in the Porsche stable. Throw in the fact Porsche took victory at Le Mans with the hybrid 919, plus the inevitable release of the Mission E and the success of hybrid variants of the Cayenne and Panamera, and the pure-ICE 911’s days are numbered.

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PostHeaderIcon Watch A Brutal Crash At The ‘Ring Involving Over A Dozen Cars: Video

We all know the Nurburgring is one of the most dangerous tracks in the world. Mixing maximum speed with huge elevation changes, blind corners, and highly technical challenges, it’s no wonder Jackie Stewart dubbed this place The Green Hell. Throw in a slick racing surface and open lapping with amateurs, and things can get really ugly. Case in point, this 2-minute, 8-second video showing a first-person perspective of an incident that occurred earlier in the month, wherein a group of cars create a massive pileup around a fast section leading to Hatzenbach. After spotting cars stopped on track and a huge cloud of smoke, the driver shooting the video pulls off to the outside of the track, exiting his vehicle before attempting to flag down incoming cars and warn about the impending parking lot. Some cars manage to avoid crashing, while others spin out helplessly. One Porsche even slides backwards into the stationary racer that the cameraman had exited just moments prior.

The video was originally posted to Facebook by RE FS420, and has been making the rounds on the internet ever since. According to BridgeToGantry.com,
the original cause of the incident was a blown coolant hose on a 911 GT3 RS, which spilled fluid on the track, resulting in several drivers losing control. In total, 14 cars were involved, with two drivers requiring hospitalization, one of which needed to be cut free from his Audi and airlifted to emergency care.

It’s a chilling reminder of what can go wrong when pushing a car to its limits. Stay safe out there, folks.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT2 Tests Top Speed On The Autobahn: Video

We love videos like this. They just feel right – Stuttgart’s performance superstar going flat-out on an unrestricted stretch of the autobahn? Yes, please! Assuming the starring role is a 991-era GT2 RS, which was introduced just a few months back rocking an incredible 700 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to a twin-turbo, 3.8-liter, flat-six powerplant hanging out back. Properly applied, Porsche says it’s enough motivation to push the German powerhouse to 211 mph. That’s blisteringly quick but, as evidenced by the above-featured 3-minute, 22-second video, the 911 GT2 RS might go much, much faster.

After some nice establishing shots showing a selection of 911s out on the track, plus a silver GT2 RS filling its tank at a gas station, the video moves to an angle of the gauge pod, where we watch the machine accelerate from a standstill. The driver engages launch control and takes off like a scalded cat, very quickly passing the ploddingly slow speed limits we must endure here in the U.S. The driver stays in it, maxing out the revs in every gear before eventually topping out at an incredible 356 kph (221.2 mph) as indicated by the onboard speedometer. Apparently, a separate GPS device recorded 342 kph (212.5 mph), which is still pretty damn quick, if you ask us. Either way, it’s impressive to watch as this track-bred piece of precision engineering is taken to the limit. There are even some ending glory shots of the GT2 RS paying its respects at Porsche headquarters.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 Carrera T

2018 Porsche Carrera T

The Porsche 911 has gone through some big changes in the last couple of years, with the most important being Porsche’s decision to replace all naturally aspirated engines with turbocharged counterparts. While this was rather disappointing to some die-hard fans, it brought enhanced performance and fuel economy across the entire lineup. Porsche also revived the GT2 nameplate after a long absence and created the 911 R, essentially a limited-edition, wingless version of the GT3 for purists. Come 2017 and the German firm is offering yet another model aimed at purists and 911 Classic enthusiasts, but this time around is a significantly more affordable package. It’s called the 911 Carrera T and slots between the base Carrera and the GTS.

Inspired by the 911T, the company’s entry-level 911 between 1967 and 1973, the Carrera T is essentially a base Carrera with features taken off the more performance-oriented GTS. Fitted with a unique design elements inside and out, the Carrera T is also the first Carrera to get full bucket seats and rear-axle steering. The Carrera T is also lighter than the standard model, which makes it the lightest 911 available outside the GT3 and GT2 range. The added features and the lighter curb weight also makes it a tad quicker than the entry-level Carrera, placing it just below the Carrera S model in terms of performance. So while it’s not the least powerful and most affordable 911, as the 911T was back in the late 1960s, it’s a solid proposition for customers who want a no-nonsense Carrera but also desire access to the performance-enhancing features usually offered with the GTS model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 Carrera T.

Official video

Exterior


- Optimized spoiler lip

- Agate Gray highlights

- Lightweight rear windscreen and side windows

- Lowered suspension

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“Up front, the 911 T is identical to the entry-level Carrera save for the aerodynamically optimized spoiler lip”

A 911 Carrera at heart, the T model has a hard time standing out in a pack of base 911 sports cars. Up front, the 911 T is actually identical to the entry-level Carrera save for the aerodynamically optimized spoiler lip. And even though it may sound fancy, this feature is actually not so different design-wise, which makes it difficult to spot. But there is one way to tell that a T isn’t a regular 911 Carrera, even when looking at the front end: the SportDesign mirrors are finished in Agate Grey, whereas the standard Carrera has them painted in the same color as the body.

More hints that this is a different model can be found on the sides, starting with the 20-inch, Carrera S wheels in Titanium Grey with a stripe bearing the “T” designation. A black stripe just above the side skirt contains “911 Carrera T” lettering. Finally, the coupe sits nearly half an inch closer to the ground thanks to the standard PASM sport suspension, but this isn’t exactly noticeable.


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“The rear windscreen and rear side windows are made of lightweight glass”

A few extra features can be spotted around back as well. The louvers of the decklid grille, the badge, and the “911 Carrera T” lettering are all finished in Agate Grey, while the sport exhaust system has black tips. The rear windscreen and rear side windows are made of lightweight glass. Granted, the latter doesn’t change the way this 911 looks, but makes quite a different in the power-to-weight department. But more on that in the “Drivetrain” section below.

Paint options for the 911 Carrera T are as varied as they get and include Lava Orange, Black, Guards Red, Racing Yellow, White and Miami Blue. Metallic colors like Carrera White, Jet Black, and GT Silver are optional. It’s pretty cool that Porsche is offering Lava Orange, a color first launched with the GT3 RS, for 911 Carrera model.

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Interior

  • Optional bucket seats with rear-seat delete
  • Lightweight door handles and insulation
  • Shorter gear lever
  • GT Sport leather steering wheel

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“It's the first 911 Carrera available with the Full Bucket Seats package”

The interior of the 911 Carrera T is actually a bit more exciting than the exterior, combining a range of race-inspired features that you can’t get on the standard Carrera. The coupe comes equipped with Sport Seats Plus as standard. These four-way electrically adjustable seats are finished in black, have “911” logos embossed on the headrests, and center sections made of Sport-Tex. But the big news lies in the fact that you can order the Full Bucket Seats package, a first for the 911 Carrera designation. The option also comes with a rear-seat delete to save even more weight.

Speaking of weight-saving measures, the standard door handles have been replaced with fabric loops. The cool thing about these is that they also give the door panels a race-inspired look. Further weight is saved by use of thinner sound insulation under the skin. This is Similar to the 911 GTS and yes, it makes the cabin a bit louder. But hey, it’s a sacrifice you have to make if you want a quicker Carrera without the GTS premium.


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“A shorter gear lever with embossed shift pattern in red is standard”

Porsche also added a GT Sport steering wheel with leather rim and a switch for driving mode selection, as well as a shorter gear lever with embossed shift pattern in red. The trim on the dashboard and doors is black, which isn’t particularly exciting, but the Carrera T Interior Package adds contrasting colors in Racing Yellow, Guards Red or GT Silver. The latter add colored accents to the seat belts, the “911” logo on the headrests, the door opener loops, and the Sport-Tex seat surfaces.

Drivetrain

  • Standard rear differential lock
  • 11 pounds lighter than base model
  • A tenth-second quicker to 60 mph
  • Optional rear-axle steering

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“The Carrera T needs only 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph a tenth-second quicker than the base Carrera”

The Carrera T draws its juice from the same 3.0-liter flat-six unit as the base 911 model. The turbocharged engine cranks out 370 and 332 pound-feet of torque, which is again identical to the entry-level model. Well, comparing specs on Porsche’s American website actually revealed there’s an extra pound-foot for the Carrera T, but that’s either a typo or it doesn’t make a difference in terms of performance. However, the standard manual transmission has a shorter constant transaxle ratio, while the mechanical rear differential lock is included at no extra cost.

What’s more, the Carrera T tips the scales at 3,142 pounds due to the weight-saving measures, which makes it 11 pounds lighter than the base Carrera and the lightest non GT 911 model available. Combined with the revised transmission, the PASM sport suspension, and the slightly lighter curb weight, the Carrera T needs only 4.3 seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, a tenth-second quicker than the base Carrera. Top speed is rated at an exciting 182 mph.


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“Unlike the 911 Carrera, the T model can be equipped with the optional rear-axle steering”

When equipped with the optional PDK transmission, which also adds a launch control feature, the Carrera T completes the same benchmark in four seconds flat, which is not only quicker than a similarly equipped base Carrera, but also a tenth-second faster than the more powerful Carrera S with a manual transmission. Top speed for this model sits at 180 mph, a tad lower than the manual version.

Unlike the 911 Carrera, the T model can be equipped with the optional rear-axle steering, which is a cool thing to have on a non Turbo car.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine 3.0-liter flat-six
Horsepower 370 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 332 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph 4.3 seconds
Top Speed 182 mph
Weight 3,142 LBS

Prices


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Pricing for the 911 Carrera T, which went on sale for the 2018 model year but won’t hit dealers until March, starts from $102,100, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee. That’s a $11,000 premium over the base 911 Carrera, which is reasonable given all the extra features. The T is also only $3,000 less than the Carrera S, which might be a problem if you like all that extra power. But hey, you’re getting a lot of GTS-specific stuff for nearly $19,000 less.

Porsche 911 Carrera T Manual $102,100
Porsche 911 Carrera T PDK $105,830

Competition

Mercedes-AMG GT


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Although it’s an entirely different animal as far as drivetrain layout goes, with the engine being mounted in front of the cabin, the AMG GT was developed as a competitor for the Porsche 911. While modern to look at, the coupe also has a vintage vibe to it reminding of the Mercedes-Benz grand tourers of the 1960s. So it’s actually very similar to the 911 from this standpoint. The interior is of the same variety, blending race-inspired features with luxurious amenities, fine materials, and a wide range of options. Under the hood, the German two-door hides a twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8. Upgraded for the 2018 model year, the base AMG GT comes with 469 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which is significantly more than the 911 Carrera T. With almost 100 extra horses at its disposal, you’d be tempted to think that the AMG GT is significantly quicker, but the difference is far from overwhelming. The sprint to 60 mph takes 3.9 seconds, which is only a tenth-second faster than the Carrera T with the PDK. Of course, we’re talking about four tenths if compared to the manual variant, but you need to consider that the Merc is some $10K more expensive at $112,400.

Read our full story on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT.

Jaguar F-Type


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Although not exactly a full-fledged competitor for the 911, the F-Type has what it takes to give Porsche’s finest a run for its money. The exterior design, credited to have helped revive the brand, is aggressive and downright gorgeous, while the interior is packed with premium features and state-of-the-art tech. Sure, it doesn’t have rear seats, but given that the Carrera T can be had with a rear-seat delete, I think it’s a pretty fair comparison. Much like the 911, the F-Type can be had with a wide selection of drivetrains. In the U.S., the range begins with a 2.0-liter four-pot that cranks out 296 horsepower. That’s obviously not enough for the Carrera, especially since this model is significantly slower from 0 to 60 mph at 5.4 seconds. To get something closer, you have to go with the coupe fitted with the 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 400 horses and AWD. This one needs 4.9 seconds. Sure, it’s still slow, but the F-Type that’s next in line uses a massive 5.0-liter V-8. This one cranks out 550 horses and gets to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The good news is that this model retails from $99,900, which makes it a bit more affordable than the 911 Carrera T.

Read our full review of the 2017 Jaguar F-Type.

Alpine A110


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Much like the F-Type, the A110 plays in a different league. Alpine did aim at Porsche with this car, but the smaller 718 Cayman. The reason why I’m including it here it’s because the A110 is a proper, no-nonsense sports car created specifically for the purist in you. Not only does it pay tribute to one of the greatest European sports car ever built, it also combined classic heritage with carbon-fiber, premium features, and a lightweight construction that puts a Porsche to shame. Tipping the scales at an incredible 2,381 pounds, the A110 is some 800 pounds lighter than the 911 Carrera T. Power is provided by a turbocharged, 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of twist. This may not seem like a lot compared to the 911 Carrera, but the solid power-to-weight ratio enables the A110 to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. That’s still slower than the Porsche, but not by much. The good news is that the Alpine is significantly more affordable at under €60,000 (around $70,400 as of October 2017) in Europe, but the bad news is that it’s not available in the United States and there’s no word as to when it will cross the pond.

Read our full story on the 2017 Alpine A110.

Conclusion


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Diversification is key to success nowadays and it’s probably why I’m not surprised that Porsche rolled out yet another version of the 911. However, I’m not really sure that the Carrera T was a necessary addition to the lineup. Sure, having a base Carrera with some GTS features is a cool idea that should appeal many enthusiasts in need of a purist sports car, but I have strong doubts that the Carrera T will be a high seller. Linking this coupe to the 1968 911T is also a nice thing to do, but it’s not exactly very similar to its ancestor. While the 911T was the entry-level 911, the new Carrera T slots between the base model and the GTS and costs almost as much as the Carrera S. But I guess these details don’t make much of a difference since the 911T isn’t among the most iconic versions of the 911.

  • Leave it
    • Almost as expensive as the Carrera S
    • Do we actually need the Carrera T?

Porsche 911T History


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“The 911T is known for having helpted Porsche become the first German manufacturer to comply with strict U.S. exhaust and emission control regulations”

Introduced in 1967, there years after Porsche had launched the iconic nameplate, the 911T was the most affordable version of the 911. The concept wasn’t exactly new. When production of the 356 came to an end in 1965, Porsche noticed that there was still a market for a four-cylinder car, especially in the United States, so the German firm created the 912, a 911 with less equipment and the 356’s 90-horsepower engine. The 912 was kept into production until 1967, when it was replaced by the 911T, which slotted under the 911L and later the 911E.

Unlike the 912, the 911T used a flat-six engine. The first version was sold with the base 2.0-liter rated at 110 horsepower, but a 1969 upgrade replaced it with a 2.2-liter mill that generated 123 horses, 30 horsepower less than the 911E and 57 less than the 911S. The engine was again upgraded for all models, including the 911T, to a 2.4-liter unit in 1971. But unlike the 911E and 911S, which used mechanical fuel injection, the 911T was carbureted. However, this wasn’t the case in the United States, where regulations forced Porsche to also add fuel injection to the T model. The output was rated 130 horsepower in Europe, while the fuel-injection U.S. model came with 140 horses on tap. In January, 1973, North American 911T engines were switched to Porsche’s then-new K-Jetronic Continuous Fuel Injection system from Bosch. These CIS-powered cars are were among the last 911Ts built and are usually referred to as 1973.5 models by enthusiasts.


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While not as iconic as other versions of the classic 911, the 911T is known for having helpted Porsche become the first German manufacturer to comply with strict U.S. exhaust and emission control regulations. The 911T is somewhat widely available in the U.S. right and if often considered a great starting point for collectors that want a first-generation Porsche 911. Prices vary depending on mileage and condition from as low as $40,000 to more than $120,000.

References

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Passport: The Smart Way to Overpay for your German Car Addiction

We’ve heard the story before, and for some reason, the idea keeps coming around. So what is it that I’m talking about? Well, I’m talking about car subscription services. And, the latest to jump into the ranks is Porsche with a new program that will let you pay a monthly fee for access to cars like the Porsche 718 Boxer, Cayman S, Macan S and the Cayenne. The monthly fee? Oh, just $2,000. For that $2,000 you get access to a total of eight different cars. If you want more, you can level up from the “launch” package to the “accelerate” package for an extra $1,000 – bringing the monthly total to $3,000. With that subscription, you’ll get access to models like Macan GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S, and the Carrera S. Basically, “Launch” gives you the basic, entry-level models while “Accelerate” gives you access to the higher trim levels.

Now, the first thought that really comes to mind is that the price seems quite high, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a wrong thought, but it does include at least some incentives. First off, the subscription includes vehicle tax and registration, insurance, maintenance, and detailing. It’s all based on a mobile phone app, and there is a one-time activation fee of $500 as well. Plus, you’ll have to pass a credit and background check too. Once users receive their first vehicle same day or future vehicle exchanges can be requested via the app. For now, the program is available to those residing in the metro Atlanta area and is made available through a collaboration between Clutch Technologies LLC and Porsche Passport. So, how does this subscription service stack up against purchasing your own Porsche? Well, let’s take a look.

You Might be Overpaying


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“For that $2,000 you get access to a total of eight different cars”

Now, the nice thing about this subscription is that you don’t have to pay for insurance, registration, plates, or even cleaning and maintenance. However, that $2,000 package gets you a base level model, so let’s take a look at the base, 911 Carrera. Priced at an entry-level price of $91,100, you might think you’ll be paying a ton, right? Well, with the standard $9,215 down, you can get a 36-month lease, with 15,000 miles per year for 3 years for roughly $1,152 a month – that’s $848 less than that “launch” package above. Will insurance and maintenance allow you to keep your total monthly expense below $2,000? I don’t know, I’ve never insured a Porsche, but I’m sure it varies by location as it does for any other vehicle. If you decide to purchase a base 911, you’re looking at $1,499 with the same down payment, which would put you a little closer to that $2,000 per month bracket with insurance. But, with that in mind, you can also do with the car as you wish, so it may be a fair tradeoff.


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“This model will set you back a minimum of $112,000 on the sticker, but with $11,305 down, you can lease one for $1,555 a month or purchase one for $1,840 a month”

Now, let’s talk about the Carrera 4S – one of the same models you get in the $3,000 package and the best Carrera (outside of the cabriolet with the same badge) that you can get. This model will set you back a minimum of $112,000 on the sticker, but with $11,305 down, you can lease one for $1,555 a month or purchase one for $1,840 a month – both significantly cheaper than the $3,000 a month subscription fee even if you cover insurance and maintenance yourself.

Of course, I won’t forget that the program also includes detailing, which can set you back every month or so, if you don’t take care of your own vehicle. And, you can swap out your car for any other of the Porsche lineup (if you have the “Accelerate” package, anyway) so maybe the pricing isn’t all that bad. But, if you’re interested in driving a certain model on a regular, it will most certainly be cheaper to actually buy or lease the car than to opt for this kind of subscription.


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“If you’re interested in driving a certain model on a regular, it will most certainly be cheaper to actually buy or lease the car than to opt for this kind of subscription.”

Now, the question is… What do you think? If you had pockets deep to shell out $2,000 or $3,000 per month, would you do it? Let us know what’s on your mind in the comments section below.

References

Porsche 718


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Porsche 911


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Read our full review on the 2017 Porsche 911.

PostHeaderIcon The 911 GT2 RS Lapped the Nurburgring How Fast?

I knew that the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS was amazing fast, but boy, I certainly didn’t see this coming. The German manufacturer just posted the car’s official lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and it turns out that the 911 GT2 RS almost set a new world record at six minutes and 47 seconds. Porsche actually claims it is a new world record, but this depends on whether we take the NextEV Nio EP9’s lap of 6:45.90 minute into account. Either way, the 911 GT2 RS is the quickest Porsche ever and the fastest gasoline-powered vehicle on the “Green Hell.”

Less than two seconds slower than NextEV’s all-electric sports car, the 911 GT2 RS completed the Nordschleife almost a second quicker than the Radical SR8LM, which held the record for a whopping seven years. More impressively, it lapped the German course almost five seconds quicker than the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and almost 10 clicks faster than the Porsche 918 Spyder! This amazing benchmark took even Porsche by surprise, with the company’s vice president of motorsport and GT cars claiming the Germans set a target of “less than seven minutes and five seconds.” Beating it by almost 18 seconds is quite the achievement.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Fastest Porsche Ever Built!

This new lap time not only puts the 911 GT2 RS at the top of the all-time Nurburgring benchmarks but also speaks volumes of the car’s performance. Let’s face it, GT2 and GT3 Porsches have always been among the fastest road-legal sports cars, but to be quicker than the 919 Spyder and supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador SV, Nissan GT-R Nismo, and Gumpert Apollo Speed places you in a whole new league. And unlike some of the records out there, Porsche ran this impressive lap with a stock car. Now that’s a record that’s tough to beat, and it will probably take a successor to the 919 Spyder to do it.

10 fastest cars around Nurburgring

References

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PostHeaderIcon Is There A New King Of The ’Ring?

When you’re a car that holds the distinction of being the most powerful Porsche 911 ever built, there is an inherent pressure that comes with trying to live up to the claim. The new 911 GT2 RS knows this all too well because it is the most powerful 911 ever created. It has 690 horsepower on tap. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. And it has a top speed that can break 200 mph. All these numbers are rightfully impressive, but how do they help justify the GT2 RS’ billing? Bring it to the Nürburgring.

A fresh report from Bridge to Gantry confirmed the 911 GT2 RS did put in a few laps around the track recently. More importantly, though, the same source is reporting that the most powerful 911 actually did more than just go a few laps around the famous race track; it actually posted a sub-seven-minute lap time around the Nordschleife. Granted, there’s no confirmation from Porsche or any other source that the 911 GT2 RS actually did this, but Bridge to Gantry believes that the sports car accomplished this, even going so far as to show two separate photos of the car on the same turn (Turn 13) with less than seven minutes between them, as shown by timestamps on both photos. So did the Porsche 911 GT2 RS really blitz the Nordschleife in scintillating fashion, or is there more to these claims than meets the eye? The evidence does look circumstantial at best, but still, I wouldn’t put it past the 911 GT2 RS to do it. After all, it is the same model that hit 209 mph at the ‘Ring last July.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Let’s see the run already


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I cop to being a bit of a snob to the Nürburgring production car lap record, but I will admit that I’m looking forward to seeing the Porsche 911 GT2 RS hit the Nordschleife to do its official lap time. Part of my interest is because I just want the lap time to be over and done with so we can stop speculating on whether it can or can’t do it. But another part of me is legitimately intrigued about the prospect of seeing the sports car try to wrestle the record away from the Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

“If the 911 GT2 RS is capable of posting a sub-seven-minute lap time, it would become just the fourth production car to ever do it”

If the 911 GT2 RS is capable of posting a sub-seven-minute lap time, it would become just the fourth production car to ever do it, joining the Huracán Performante, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. Even if it does do less than seven minutes easily, it’ll still have to go at least eight seconds ahead of that time to beat the Huracán Performante. That’s no small feat even for a car that’s as vaunted as the Porsche.


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That said, I still want to see it, largely because everyone seems to think that the GT2 RS can do it. The car showed it had the pace to tackle the ‘Ring when no less than Mark Webber confirmed that the 911 hit 209 mph at the race track. For some context, the Lamborghini Aventador SV – the same car that posted a lap time of 6:59.73 – topped out at 202 mph while the reigning record-holder, the Huracán Performante, only reached 189 mph on the back straight of the Nordschleife.


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There are tests and numbers that point to the 911 GT2 RS’ chances of staking its claim as the new King of the Nürburgring. These photos from Bridge to Gantry add even more fuel to that fire to the point that the only thing that really needs to be down is to unleash the 911 GT2 RS and see what lap time it can really pull out.

The time for talking and gossiping is over. It’s time, Porsche. Bring the car to the ‘Ring and see if it can deliver.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package

Say what you will about Porsche’s tendency to get a little carried away with its niche variants for the 911, but credit should be heaped on the company for being aware of what customers want. Take the Porsche 911 GT3 for example. By every sports car metric, the 911 GT3 is a shining example of the best of Stuttgart engineering. The only problem with it is that it’s far from being the most understated 911 in the market, no thanks to its attention-grabbing aero bits. Then there’s the 911 R, the answer to prayers coming from Porsche purists who were crossing their fingers for a manual transmission 911. The 911 R was the answer to those prayers, except it was limited to just 991 units. Enter then the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. Think of it as the love child between the 911 GT3 and the 911 R, carrying elements from both models and wrapping them all up in one scintillating package.

The car’s name may not roll off the tongue as smoothly as I’d like, but remember, there is a precedence in Porsche’s history of the “Touring” name being used on a 911, specifically the 1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring. So we’ve established the roots of the 911 GT3 Touring. But far more than just being a product of Porsches-gone-by and previous iterations of the current-generation 911, the 911 GT3 Touring is a car of its own devices, understated in appearance yet ferocious in performance. In my view, this is the Porsche 911 variant that purists have been waiting for.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package

PostHeaderIcon Porsche 911 GT3 Goes Stealth Mode In Frankfurt

With its enormous rear wing and track-bred attitude, the Porsche 911 GT3 is not traditionally the sort of car you want if you’re looking to fly under the radar. Now, however, Porsche is offering a stealthier alternative in the form of the new Touring package for its high-strung two-door. Following in the foot steps of the updated 2018 911 GT3 introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Touring package promises a purist’s approach to going quick. For starters, the old look-at-me aero in back was replaced with a far more understated trailing lip, drawing its design inspiration from the 911 Carrera. Inside, there’s oodles of leather added everywhere. What’s more, the GT3 Touring is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Cue enthusiast celebration.

This latest Touring Package is a nod to the past equipment package offered on the 1973 Carrera RS, but adds a touch of modernization on top. “This variant is aimed at fans of high-quality sports cars who particularly value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment,” says Porsche. The GT3 Touring Package is offered in conjunction with practically every other option on the 911 GT3 table, with the exception of the Clubsport and Alcantara lines. That means the branded ceramic brakes, Chrono Package, wheel options, and similar stuff is all fair game. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package is available now for 152,416 euros in Germany, or $143,600 in the U.S., matching prices for the standard model.

Continue reading to learn more about the Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package.

PostHeaderIcon A Sad Sight: Cars Victimized by Mother Nature as Hurricane Harvey Ripped Through Texas

News surrounding Hurricane Harvey has been constantly flowing since the Category Three storm poured trillions of gallons of rainwater onto the coast of Texas over several days. Metro Huston and its surrounding areas are among the hardest hit. Among the more than 66 people dead and an estimated 44,000 homes flooded, nearly a million vehicles were lost to flood waters.

Images tell the clearest story, with photos of submerged cars lining once-busy Interstates and the aftermath of muddy water soaking into every nook and void within a car’s interior. Of the photos we’ve seen, the saddest are of antique and performance cars, including a vintage Porsche 911, several Corvettes and Vipers, and even a few late-model Ferraris. Of course, a flooded vehicle is legally required to be listed as such on its title, warning would-be buyers about its time under water. While we’re happy to see vintage and high-dollar vehicles get restored and retitled appropriately, some flood cars will be shadily repaired and sold on the pre-owned market with no indication to the buyer. This is most commonly done with average vehicles like pickups, SUVs, and family cars. The most recent large-scale case of this happening was Hurricane Sandy that hit New York and New Jersey in 2012. Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly see the same illegal activity in its wake.

Unfortunately, we expect to see similar photos from Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

PostHeaderIcon Missed Out on the Cool Porsche 911 R? You’ll be Able to Buy One Soon

Introduced in 2016, the 911 R is arguably one of the greatest sports cars Porsche has ever built. Essentially a wingless GT3 with a manual transmission, it was designed as the ultimate purist 911 and it was received with great enthusiasm. Interest was so high that all 911 units were sold before the car’s official launch, despite a $184,900 sticker that was $9,000 higher than that of the 911 GT3. What’s more, the 911 R began to fetch more than $1 million on the used-car market after only a couple of months on the road. All told, it was way too exclusive to become a proper purist sports car since only a few rich customers had access to it. But things could change in the near future.

According to Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner, the German firm plans on launching a purist version of the 911 with a regular production run. Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the new Cayenne, he said that Stuttgart sees “potential for more purist versions of sports cars with no limitation” on production numbers. This could mean that Porsche might introduce a model similar to the 911 R as a regular member of the Porsche family instead of a highly limited edition that would send prices through the roof and leave many enthusiasts out of the picture.

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PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

We love it when we get our hands on a fresh batch of renderings. Sometimes, it’s lifelike speculation on some hotly anticipated next-gen model, while other times, it’s an imaginative mash-up of the unexpected. This particular set of renderings (nine of ‘em total) falls firmly into the latter category, mixing everyday rides like the Toyota Prius and classic Ford Mustang with the styling cues inspired by Formula 1. The images come courtesy of our friends over at Budget Direct, and long story short, we think they look awesome.

Of course, this opens up possibilities to a whole range of F1-themed rides. Never before has a Smart car looked so good, or a Jeep looked so quick, or a Prius looked so desirable. Of course, there are a few sports cars tossed in for good measure, like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX, all of which make the transition into the world of high-performance a little more easily. Read on for a breakdown on each, and don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments below, plus your suggestions for other street models that need the F1-treatment.

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PostHeaderIcon Expensive Braided Carbon Wheels for Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

As if Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, costing several hundred thousand Euros including an 80 grand paint job, wasn’t exclusive enough, the German sports car maker announced the launch of a new high-end option for this model. It’s a set of 20 inch braided carbon fiber wheels, available as an option from the beginning of 2018 for 15,232 EUR!

You don’t spend that 15 grand on looks, that’s for sure. We know of 500 Euro rims that look nicer than these things. No, with braided carbon fiber wheels you pay for technical excellence, namely less weight and greater strength. The wheels in the20 inch set built for Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series are around 8.5 kilograms lighter than standard alloy wheels, which is a reduction of 20 per cent. They are also 20 per cent stronger, meaning they provide better grip and stability greater agility, and improved acceleration and braking performance.

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Though its technologically advanced, Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series’s braided carbon wheels are structurally simple. It all comes down to material really. You got the rim base which is made from braided carbon fibre by what is currently the world’s largest carbon fibre braiding machine with a diameter of approximately nine metres, and the wheel centre  made from carbon-fibre fabric featuring cutting and assembling over 200 individual components. The assembled wheel is impregnated with resin and pre-hardened at high pressure and high temperatures. After it’s properly cooled, the center lock is assembled and a protective layer of lacquer is applied. The new carbon wheel is made from a total of 18 kilometres carbon fibre or eight square metres of carbon-fibre fabric.

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PostHeaderIcon Would You Pay Nearly $100,000 For A Paint Job?

The price for vanity can run deep, especially when we’re talking about a car like the Porsche 911 Turbo S. The base price for one here in the U.S. already adds up to $190,700, and that’s without all the bells and whistles that can run costs up to comfortably north of $200,000. Now if you really want your 911 Turbo S to stand out, there is a color option called Phyton Green “Chromaflair” that will no doubt get the job done. The only caveat is that availing of this color option will set you close to an extra $100,000. Do the math and that price tag is more than half the cost of the actual 911 Turbo S. Vanity, ladies and gentlemen.

Porsche Exclusive didn’t say how it got to that specific price tag for the paint job, nor will it ever, given the number of trade secrets that are likely involved in creating that exclusive color. What we do know, thanks to an Instagram post by PTSRS, is that the “Chromaflair” treatment is also available in three other color variants, including blue, gold, and violet. According to PTSRS, the violet Chromaflair version had been on display in the past at Porsche’s factory in Zuffenheisen, joining the Phyton Green version that was showcased at the Nurburgring recently. These exclusive paint finishes may not be the most expensive add-ons in the market – imagine the options Bugatti’s offering for the Chiron – but they’re no less going to burn serious holes in your wallet.

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