• 04Mar
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    porsche-50yearsThe Porsche 911 has been the heart and soul of the brand since its birth 50 years ago. The beloved sports car has been an inspiration to generations of car enthusiasts. In celebration of its golden anniversary, the car manufacturer released a gallery of photos that covers the birth of the 911 in 1963 to the newest generation 991.

    So far the 911 has gone through seven generations of redesign and releases. Every time the 911 returns to the design table, Porsche makes sure that the front fenders, side windows, and the roofline will be the main focal points. For the interior, some elements stayed the same through the decades including the position of the ignition key on the left side of the steering column and the layout of the instrument cluster using five gauges.

    In line with its celebration, Porsche will be hosting a good variety of events in honor of the 911 that kicks off with the Retro Classics car show in Germany. Early this March, the car company’s museum will feature four exhibits that will put spotlight on Type 754 T7 that served as the pre-series vehicle usign the chassis design by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, a 1997 released 911 GT1 street version, a 1981 911 Cabriolet concept, and a 911 Turbo Coupe during the early days of the model.

    The German car manufacturer will also send out a 1967 Porsche 911 to different corners of the globe on a tour. This vintage will go to different continents and will visit places like Australia, Paris, UK, Shanghai, and California. The vintage Porsche 911 will be the ambassador of the brand and will grace international auto shows, motor sporting events, and historical rallies.

    The museum of Porsche will also run a special exhibit from June to end of September that will show fans from all over the development and the history of the 911. Come spring, the publishing house of the Porsche Museum will be releasing a book aptly titled, 911×911.

    The first Porsche 911 rolled out in 1963 followed by the G-Series (1973), the 964 (1988), the 993 (1993), the 996 (1997), the 997 (2004), and the 991 (2011).

  • 10Dec

    2013-porsche-911-gt3-cupAfter a few rounds of teasing, Porsche finally unwrapped the cover of the first 991-based race cars. The car manufacturer recently unveiled the 2013 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup during the Night of Champions in Germany, marking the culmination of the motorsport season.

    The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car is considered as one of the most successful vehicles in the automotive world. The carmaker has delivered 2,395 units to different garages since its debut back in 1998. Surely, the newest iteration will be highly sought for.

    Just like its older versions, the one shown here was developed for one-make racing particularly the Mobil 1 Supercup. And just like its previous versions, the 911 GT3 Cup hints of how Porsche will make the street-legal Porsche 911 GT3 cousin.

    The 911 GT3 Cup gets a 3.8L flat six powerplant that can grunt out 460HP while revving at 7,500 rpm or about 10 horses more powerful than its predecessor. The power is sent by a dog-type six-speed gearbox to the rear wheels.

    The Michelin that hugs the rims are also wider. The rear comes 10.6 inches wide while the rubbers in front are measure at 12.2 inches. The designers also equip the car with improved brakes using 15-inch ventilated discs with 6-piston calipers in front and 4-piston caliper for the rear.

    The team also puts emphasis on the safety of the driver. The maker had the safety cage redesigned to better protect the driver in case of a collision or a roll. They also incorporated a safety hatch on the roof so the driver can be given prompt medical attention after a mishap.

    The price of the vehicle is set around $243,245 that’s without taxes yet.

  • 15Oct
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    Stuttgart-based Porsche recently released its top model for the Cayenne series in the form of the Turbo S.

    Just like the Turbo S version of the Panamera, which also sports a V-8 twin turbocharged engine, the Cayenne Turbo S boats of more grunt coming from the engine bay and some custom styling that will separate it from the rest of the Turbo models.

    The engineers at Porsche tweaked the brains of the engine and fitted the turbochargers with turbine wheels crafted from titanium aluminum. As a result the 4.8L poweplant gets a power boost of 49 horses to push its power to 542hp. It also improve the torque of the vehicle by as much as 37 lb-ft making its peak torque 553 lb-ft.

    Considering all the improvements, the Cayenne Turbo S can sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in just 4.5 seconds or about 0.2 second quicker than other Turbo models. It can also go faster with a top speed of 283km/h compared to the 280 km/h of the regular models.

    The powerboost and better overall performance did not affect the fuel economy of the ride and still pegged at 11.5L for every 100 kilometers.

    If you currently own a Cayenne Turbo, you can actually purchase a kit that give your ride a power boost of as much as 40 horses and its torque by 50 Nm. This ups the output to 533 horses and 750 Nm.

    The looks department did not get much of an update. The Turbo S gets a set of 21-inch alloy wheels, rectangular tailpipes, accents on the mirrors and bumpers, and smoked headlamps. The interior gets a dose of carbon fiber for the door panels, center console, and dashboard. The ride also gets a two-tone upholstery made of high quality leather.

    The Cayenne Turbo S sells for about $196,212 in Germany.

  • 13Jul

    porsche-caymanHertz renting out fast cars to consumers is nothing new. You can get from them special edition Corvettes or Mustangs plus their whole line of your usual speed monsters. You can browse their list now and find that you can get a Porsche for affordable daily rates.

    The Prestige Collection of the popular car rental brand already boasts of rides from Lincoln, Infiniti, Volvo, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz. Recently, Hertz added Porsche Panamera to these choices. It is the first Porsche that ever made it to a car rental list in the United States. The company has not revealed the variant of Panamera that you can get bu the price makes everyone speculate that it is something that will sport a V-6.

    According to Hertz during a recent media conference, the company is confident that the Panamera will give consumers craving for performance vehicles another unique riding experience. The company has not confirmed other models yet aside from the Panamera but the list is in plural. Most likely the rest of the gang such as the 911, Boxster, or Cayman will join later.

    As part of the deal, Hertz will be a sponsor for the Porsche racing team that competes in the American Le Mans Series.

    If you are planning to get behind the wheel of a Porsche Panamera, you can make this come true for just $250. The price may vary depending on the demand and the market of course. The Panamera rental will be available in some areas of Nevada, Florida, and California this month.

  • 24Apr
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    porsche-918-spiderYou might raise your brows upon seeing the picture here. It might look crude but this Porsche prototype is set to be the fastest but the greenest Porsche there is today. Meet the Porsche 918 Spyder. The details about this Porsche is very limited as is scheduled to be unwrapped next year but fans and critics of the brand alike know that this supercar hybrid is set to bring the bar to another notch.

    The Porsche 918 Spyder gets its power from three different sources: there is the mid-mounted V8 engine with 4.6L displacement and gives out 425kW, a rear axle hybrid module with an output of 90kW, and a front axle electric motor with an output of 80kW. The combined output of these three sources sum up to 574kW and a monstrous torque of 750Nm.

    The fuel consumption of this Porsche supercar is reported to be at 3 liters per 100 kilomets and an emission of Co2 of just 70 grams per kilometer. The 918 Spyder, with these, numbers, is about 25% greener than the popular Toyota Prius.

    The 7-speed PDK gearbox is inspired by the setup of the 911 Turbo but has been overhauled for this project. The transmission is upside down compared to the position on the 911 in order to improve the center of gravity of the 918 Spyder. The engine and the hybrid module paired with this transmission sends the power to the rear wheels while the motor in front transfers power to the car’s front wheels.

    This Porsche supercar can go from 0 to 100 km/h before the stop watch hits 3 seconds and 0 to 200 in barely 9 seconds. The top speed is pegged at 325 km/h. The pure electric mode can get your 25 kilometers with the acceleration going to 150km/h before the petrol engine enters the picture.

    The 918 Spyder though will not be produced and will only have a very limited run, and all will only be available for left hand drive markets. The tag price of this Targa top convertible 2-seater is expected to be at $1.5 million. It will join the Carrera GT, 911 GT1, 959, Carrera GTS, and the Porsche Turbo in the line up of the brand’s ultimate rides.

  • 24Oct

    German tuning firm edo Competition tweaked and had fun with its Panamera S and turned it into a powerful Hellboy.

    Edo Competition is straight from hell as described by the tuning company trying to rationalize their choice of an odd name for the Porsche. Edo Competition updated the performance of the car as well as enhanced its styling.

    The team worked on the V8 4.8L powerplant of the Porsche Panamera S by changing its exhaust system to a less restrictive sport-type and also reconfiguring the ECU. The result is a boost of 65 horsepower and additional 50Nm of torque, improving the number of the Panamera S to 465 HP and 550 Nm. This enables the Panamera Hellboy to go from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour in a matter of 4.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 305 km/h.

    Edo also worked on the handling of the car and improved it by giving the driver a simple button to push to activate the lowering module the brings the car 30 mm lower while rolling on the 21 inch rims and tires of 265/35 ZR 21 in front and 305/30 ZR 21 for the rear.

    Subtle styling is not in the vocabulary of Edo Competition and the Hellboy Panamera is no different. The aerodynamic package gives the ride carbon fiber elements like the front apron , lip spoiler, rear apron, ducktail spoiler, side skirts, mirror caps, and new daytime lights. You will also not fail to notice the green pin stripes on the body of the car.

    Edo Competition also gives buyers options for the steering wheel, upholstery, and trim for the interior.

  • 07Jul
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    Porsche has its eyes on returning to the 24 Hours of Le Mans where it is considered as the winningest marque. Porsche will be entering the toughest competition of the Le Mans Prototype Class 1 by 2014.

    The German carmaker has maintained its strong presence in the GT class of the classic endurance race for modified sports cars but the brand has not fielded cars to vie for top honors since back in 1998. when Laurent Aiello, Allan McNish, and Stephane Ortelli were behind the wheels of a 911 GT1 for the win. It was Posche’s 16th win out of the 29 years of Le Mans with the first win they bagged in 1970. Audi has won 10 out of the last twelve years.

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  • 12Nov
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    Tuning firm SpeedART known for their works on the speedmonsters of Porsche recently released a 911 Turbo kit that comes with a PDK double-clutch gearbox.

    p11 SpeedART Porsch 911 Turbo

    SpeedART gives the flat 6 3.8L engine with larger intercooler, bigger turbos, new manifold, and a sport exhaust to boost its output by 141 horsepower and its torque by 100 pound feet to 641 hp and a torque of 664 lb-ft. The PDK transmission in the equation of this modified 911 Tubro makes it blast to 124 miles per hour in just 8 seconds and have a top speed of 208 mph.

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  • 17Mar

    Patent drawings of a possible attempt of Porsche to introduce a 4-door convertible Panamera is all over the internet. The drawings show that the architecture has a permanent section of central roofing.

    Porsche insiders recently commented that the plan for the 4-door convertible has been cancelled but the paper trail for patent applications in the United States point in the other direction.

    The design reveals that the new car using a 4-door configuration will need some stiffening on the Panamera’s bulkhead and floorpan so that sufficient integrity and rigidity of the structure can be achieved.

    Porsche Panamera Convertible Drawings

    It will be quite a bold move to bring a four-door convertible to the showrooms. It will be a more daring step than rolling out the usual two-door top down, but it will be giving Porsche an advantage in having unique points to sell to consumers.

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  • 11Feb
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    From the ribs of the facelifted Porsche 911 Turbo comes an even hotter 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S. The 911 Turbo S will be taking the spotlight during the Geneva Motor Show this March. It will be in showrooms by the second half of 2010.

    The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S is engineered for drivers who want the best out of their engines in terms of driving dynamics and power. The new member of the Porsche garage boasts of 530 horsepower and a monstrous torque of 516 pound-feet. The car also comes with the 7 speed PDK dual clutch transmission.

    All the high-tech upgrades you can get for the 911 Tubro comes as standard for the Turbo S version. Aside from the all-wheel drive system and PDK transmission, the 911 Turbo S has dynamic engine mounts and mechanical differential equipped torque vectoring system.

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