Published on 12-02-2011 10:30 PM
This is a very well done concept and we kind of wish it was the real thing. Students at the Institut Superieur de Design in France put this video together of their take on a future Porsche. They see the future Porsche sports car as having a carbon fiber body, mid engine, and turbine power. There is a bit of the Porsche 918 influencing this as well as the Jaguar C-X75. Very well done by the students overall. ...Published on 12-01-2011 02:58 AM
The Panamera Turbo is a great sedan. Difficult to improve on but Porsche has managed to do exactly that with the Panamera Turbo S. It has another 50 horsepower over the standard turbo as well as another 74 pound-feet of torque in overboost mode. This extra power coming from larger turbochargers with titanium wheels that Porsche says spool faster. Maximum boost pressure is 13.5 psi for the S versus 12.1 for the standard turbo. This results in an 11.8@118 in the 1/4 mile with 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. ...Published on 11-28-2011 02:56 AM
Porsche Design does some very cool things. They seem to do just about everything from bars, to water-pipes, to now buildings. This 57 story Porsche Design Tower condo complex will feature an elevator system that does not force one to leave their car until they literally are inside their home. No pricing information has been released but this development will likely be an attractive to car guys who no longer will have to wonder if anyone is dinging up their car in the parking garage. ...Published on 11-26-2011 12:21 AM
Gemballa seems to be set on making a comeback despite company founder Uwe Gemballa being murdered earlier this year. Like it or not, Gemballa is a major name in tuning and investors want to continue to use it. Case and point, the new 2011 Gemballa Tornado based on the 958 Cayenne Turbo. The black body panels you see are carbon fiber. The Tornado package consists of those panels plus a new front bumper with LED's, side skirts, rear exhaust with matching diffuser/bumper, hood, spoiler, rear lights, and wheels. Power output is claimed to be in between 675-700 but there is nothing to support this claim. Only 30 Tornados will be made with a price no doubt fit for a Sheikh. ...Published on 11-24-2011 01:50 AM
Here are the first performance numbers for the brand new 991 Carrera S. The car has a 394 horsepower 3.8 liter flat 6. The vehicle tested had the 7 speed manual transmission and put up a very respectable 12.7@113. This puts it just slightly ahead of an E92 M3 even with DCT. We expect a PDK version of the 997 Carrera S to run mid to low 12's at around 115 mph meaning in a straightline the vehicle should be just as capable as a standard 996 generation turbo. Impressive? Absolutely. ...Published on 11-22-2011 09:22 PM
We were not expecting Porsche to reveal the cabrio versions this fast. The Carrera and Carrera S cabrios share their coupe siblings underpinnings which means they have the same transmission and motor options. The main difference is the folding soft top which we are glad Porsche chose to keep weight down. Set to go on sale in the spring of 2012, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet MSRP is $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet MSRP begins at $108,000. ...Published on 11-21-2011 07:59 AM
Most of our Southern California members are familiar with the 110 and 405 freeway junction. Porsche is set to open a driving experience center in that area that will be one of 5 in the world and only the second in North America (the other under development in Atlanta, Georgia). The idea is to offer a massive test track on an area of about 53 acres where customers and potential customers can experience what a Porsche vehicle is truly capable of. There will also be off-road areas to test out the abilities of a Cayenne off the payment. We can not wait for the grand opening in 2013 which we will be sure to attend. ...Published on 11-20-2011 08:17 PM
The new 911 Carrera S is a very impressive vehicle. It is not far off the pace of the 997 GT3 which is incredible in of itself. The vehicle tested had PDK, PCCB brakes, and PASM with the -20mm suspension option. What is very telling is the numbers around the tight Hockenheim circuit which match a 997.2 GT3 with a 1:10.4 laptime. Around the ring Sport Auto tested it at 7:44 which is as fast as they tested an R8 V10, Pagani Zonda S, and it is faster than the 996 GT2. Impressive? You bet. ...Published on 11-20-2011 12:11 AM
We are not big fans of hybrids. We do not like the Prius. We do not like Prius owners. We like cars that make the ground shake, tires smoke, and scare the elderly as well as small children. Porsche however has managed to make a car that can do all that previously mentioned while being eco friendly and badass at the same time. Introducing The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid 2.0 sporting an awesome 672 horsepower.
...Published on 11-18-2011 07:16 PM
There was much more going on in the Porsche Hall (yes, Porsche rents out their own private hall as they have for years, awesome) than just the Panamera GTS reveal. In our opinion, Porsche had the best showing out of any of the German makes. The new 991 Carrera and Carrera S were there along with several other models. Not to mention an awesome open bar and buffet setup. Porsche really knows how to throw a party. ...Published on 11-17-2011 01:26 AM
This was a nice little surprise at Porsche's section. The Panamera GTS is based on the 4S so it has all wheel drive. It also has the same 4.8 liter direct injected naturally aspirated V8 but with a 30 horsepower bump to 430. The body is lowered 10mm and the wheels gets 5mm spacers. The 4S also gets the Panamera Turbo brakes as standard. The extra horsepower is what one is really paying for here and it is achieved by a new tune, higher redline by 400 rpm to 7100, and new valve springs to go along with those additional revs.
...Published on 11-15-2011 09:54 PM
This clip is from Jeremy Clarkson's new Powered Up DVD. Nice to see a drag race between these two cars but the GT2 RS is launched rather poorly and simply gets creamed. The straightline difference between the cars is not this large as the trap speeds in most tests show simply that the Porsche is much, much harder to launch properly. It is rather amusing how Clarkson refers to the GT2 RS as a Volkswagen and well, he's kind of right.
...Published on 11-15-2011 12:43 AM
Early 911's are not exactly heavy cars. The lightest examples tip the scales at around 2400 pounds. DP Motorsport shaves around 450 pounds from that for a vehicle that weighs under 2000 pounds. How do they do it? Well, starting with a 1973 911 as a base the carbon fiber body kit replaces bumper, hood, fenders, spoiler, and even the roof panel. They also replace the windows with plexiglass. The interior is stripped out leaving a vehicle with a weigh of only 870 kilograms, impressive.
...Published on 11-12-2011 11:22 AM
Well, so much for VW holding Porsche back to protect Audi. The Detroit Bureau reports Porsche is intent on growing as large as possible as fast as possible setting a very loft goal of doubling global sales by 2015. To do that in just 4 years would be absolutely incredible but Porsche is the most profitable automaker on the planet. The numbers look possible as they want to go from about 97,000 vehicles to 200,000+. The Cajun entry level SUV and the entry level roadster are the models Porsche is betting on that will push the sales numbers to their goal.
...Published on 11-11-2011 10:30 AM
Prior Design makes a lot of nice body kits for a variety of cars. This one is a bit different than their other offerings as it is designed to update a 996 to look like a 997. This updated version of the kit looks better than what was posted previously as the wing make the rear of the car look cleaner and flow better which not something a large wing often does. Overall, we still think the best thing to do with a 996 that an owner wants to look like a 997 is to trade it in for one.
...Published on 11-09-2011 12:11 PM
The Cayman is an absolutely awesome drivers car. The only downside has really been that Porsche protects the 911 at the Cayman's expense and that the looks were somewhat feminine with the previous generation. Well, the new 981 generation is coming as a 2013 model and these spyphotos reveal a much more aggressive and larger looking car. The rear of the car being the major improvement. Will Porsche let this vehicle evolve more this time around? They will probably still guard the 911 gravy train but the next generation Cayman is shaping up nicely thus far.
...Published on 11-06-2011 01:57 AM
This is the new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. This is what customer racing teams can buy for a cool 500,000 Euros. It is 48 millimeters wider than the previous model along with new aerodynamics. The vehicle has a 4.0 liter motor fitted with air restictors that can be changed depending on the series it is being raced in. The motor is mated to a 6 speed sequential transmission. Car will be ready for delivery in January, who else wants one?
...Published on 11-04-2011 02:53 AM
Well, SEMA 2011 is over with for us. We have tons of photos and will be splitting our BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes coverage up along with some bonus coverage. The show overall was great and seemed busier than last year. The photo equipment from last year is much improved but some photos are dark due to mistakes choosing the correct settings on the camera and flash. We promise to improve, enjoy the photos and commentary.
...Published on 10-31-2011 01:21 AM
Who is ECU Tuning Group? Well, we don't really know as they seem to be the new name/label of Singh Autosport as that is the name still included on the dyno sheet. Regardless, they are claiming huge gains on the Panamera Turbo of 129.75 horsepower and 95.88 pound-feet of torque. The dyno is a European Cartec dyno so it at least appears Singh is reselling or modifying a European Tune. When we see a graph from overseas from a tuner based in the US it does not leave us all that confident. Show us the dynojet, mustang, or dyno dynamics numbers to prove a car in the USA on our fuel has been tuned making these gains and then we'll talk.
...Published on 10-26-2011 01:07 AM
We like that Porsche covers just about everything. Their cars are amazing and their Porsche design studio produces some very cool and interesting (and expensive!) stuff. Case and point, this Johnnie Walker Blue Label private bar of which only 50 will be made for a cool $150k. The chiller can be purchased for just $375 and the cube for $770. Not cheap, but a heck of a lot less than $150k for what is an awesome way to display some prized liquor.