Porsche 911 (997)

Porsche 911 (997)

Whether the Porsche 911 is called a supercar or not, one thing we do know is that it can hit insane speeds when called upon.

At a recent Texas Mile event, one particular 911 validated its status as a supercar after posting a ridiculous - for its standards, at least - top speed of 212 mph. Consider that a 911 Turbo can hit a top speed of 194 mph, we beg the question as to where that extra 16 mph came from. Add that to the fact that it can hit the quarter-mile in just 10.61 seconds and surely, something must be cooking under that hood that isn’t of stock production.

Whatever performance enhancements that 911 Turbo carried, the feat nonetheless remains incredibly impressive. Reaching 200 mph on a 911 Turbo is impressive in itself. But hitting 212 mph?

That’s over-the-moon amazing. Respect, indeed.

Check out the video above and watch this 911 Turbo destroy Texas Mile on its way to 2-1-2.

The wonders that tuning programs can do to sports cars never cease to amaze us. This particular one, a current generation Porsche 911 Twin-Turbo Cabriolet , comes courtesy of Wheels Boutique and Vorsteiner.

Taking the German sports car, Vorsteiner’s dealership in Florida built a program that consists of the German tuning firm’s V-RT program. Made mostly out of carbon fiber, Vorsteiner’s V-RT program includes a new front bumper that enhances the body lines of the svelte-looking 911. The front bumper comes with larger carbon air intakes for the radiators while ridding the car of the factory fog lights and the headlight washer bezels. Moving to the rear, the 911 Cabriolet was also fit ted with a new rear bumper that has been designed to provide the sports car with a wider stance. Enlarged side intercooler extraction vents are also part of the program, while a new molded carbon fiber rear diffuser with integrated twin aero fins rounds and a heavily modified rear deck lid and wing round out the aero modifications on the German sports car.

No performance modifications were added, but even if the new 911 Cabriolet has just been unveiled, the current model still packs a meaty punch in the form of a 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo horizontally-opposed engine mated to a six-speed manual transmissionthat packs 500 horsepower. It possesses a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.

Sportec’s involvement at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show involves the introduction of a couple of Porsche programs, one of which is for the limited edition 911 (997) GT3 RS 4.0.

We all know that Porsche is only making 600 of these bad boys so if any of the owners have dreams of having a program done on their baby, then Sportec has all your needs spoken for.

The program, which is called the ’SP 525’, comes with aerodynamic components such as a new carbon fiber bonnet that cuts down on the car’s overall weight. In addition, Sportec also added windscreen viewing bars, an Sportec optical package, an optional video box, and a new set of 20" large Mono/7 wheels with central locking, wrapped in Michelin PS2 Cup tires.

Performance enhancements are also part of the SP 525 program. For this particular project, Sportec installed sports catalytic converters and an Akrapovic exhaust system, as well as reprogrammed the 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s ECU unit. The result is an increase in output for the sports car’s 4.0-liter engine from 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque to 525 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque. The increased output results in a faster 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds - an improvement from 3.9 seconds - with a top speed of 195 mph.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: Sportec’s new SP 525 package made its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. Check out the picture gallery for a set of live images from the show!

YouTube member, Jorrie2, struck gold when he encountered aMercedes C63 AMG , a Mercedes SLS AMG, a Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series , and the lone Porsche 997 GT2 as they were topping off at a gas station. And, as a bonus, the CLK63 AMG Black Series left the gas station in quite a bit of hurry, accelerating rapidly and leaving some tread marks on the road!

Following the Mercedes CLK63 AMG were the 997 GT2 and the C63 AMG, which also took part in a little acceleration action, producing some lovely exhaust notes for our hearing pleasure.

As a reminder, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total 507 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The Porsche 997 GT2 is powered by a 3.6-liter boxer engine that produces 530 HP at 6500 rpm and 502 lb-ft of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 mph.

The Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by the usual 6.2 liter V8 engine producing 457 HP. This power output can be increased to 487 when equipped with the AMG performance package. The Mercedes Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 563 HP and 479 lbs-ft of torque. The engine will help sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed will go up to 197 mph.

Being able to catch a Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 testing around the Nurburgring race track isn’t something that happens all of the time. Lucky for us, SpotterGijs was able to catch not one, not two, but three (two white and one black) GT3 RS models looping around the race track in superb fashion.

The Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque, a 50 HP and 22 lb-ft increase over the standard GT3 RS model. This added power will allow the GT3 RS 4.0 to get to the 62mph mark in a killer 3.9 seconds and up to 124 mph in under 12 seconds. The car already clocked an impressive 7:27 around the famous Nurburgring track, but that time may be just the beginning if this video is representative of anything!

Sit back and enjoy, the video is really worth every second!

In the wide world of automotive tuning, there’s something to be said for UK tuner Merdad and its penchant for producing new body kits for a number of Porsche vehicles, the most recent of which was a program for the Porsche Cayenne . Now the tuning firm is at it again with a new program for the Porsche 997 Turbo S . Called the 997 650-R SS, the modification program comes with a full Merdad Body styling kit that includes a new bonnet, a new front spoiler, front skirt with air intakes, new side skirts with twin air intakes, wider wheel arches, a new rear bumper, and a set of new 20" alloy forged lightweight wheels that was created exclusively for Merdad.

Merdad-exclusive items have also been added to the 997, including a new super sound exhaust, carbon fiber 2-door guards, and a complete set of Merdad logos and badges.

Performance modifications haven’t been announced yet. That being said, we’d love to see what they have done with the Porsche 911 Turbo’s supercharged flat six boxer engine because, well, we’d expect them to get a lot more than the standard 530hp and 516 lb/ft of torque. If the title says anything about the output - which we hope it does - maybe we are looking at 650hp Turbo?

The whole list of modifications will £19,995, which is around $31,500 based on current exchange rates.

UPDATE 12/05/11: Merdad has updated its gallery of the 997 650-R SS with some cool, new photos. Check out the newly released photos of the finely-dressed sports car in the gallery below!

This is Mayhem. Mayhem is a bright, flat-red Porsche 997 that has been tuned to high-heavens by Evolution Motorsports. The Arizona-based tuning company has cultivated a reputation as one of the premiere American tuners of German cars with Mayhem being the latest one of ’em.

So how exactly did this particular 997 earn the nickname ’Mayhem’? Apart from the carbon fiber accents, this Porsche doesn’t look like it got so much of an aerodynamic and performance upgrade treatment from the people over at Evolution Motorsports. That is, until you look for the ’EVT 1500’ stickers found on the bottom of the doors. What looks to be a standard Porsche 997 is anything but.

That ’1,500’ figure is actually the amount of output this car is capable of. That’s right, folks. This particular 997 has an ungodly total of 1,500 ponies under its hood. To achieve that number, Evolution Motorsports took the stock 997’s 3.6-liter engine and modified it to obtain an extra .4 liters of displacement, turning it into a 4.0-liter twin-turbo H6.

As a result of of the modifications, ’Mayhem’ turned out to be one of the stars at the recently-concluded Texas Mile in March 2011. At the event, Mayhem, with all of its 1,500 horsepower ready to pounce, ran a face-splitting 234.6 mph. Welcome to the big leagues, Mayhem.

Check out the video of the Mayhem’s run by clicking on the picture above, then click next to see the Porsche’s prep work before the race!

Now that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, it goes without saying that the event was arguably the biggest and most successful auto show since the 2009 IAAs in Frankfurt, Germany.

Some might contend that, but as far as we’re concerned, its been a while since we had an auto show that has been as widely attended by almost all automakers in the world quite like what we saw in Geneva.

And while we may have been introduced to a lot of the cars that were launched in Geneva beforehand, there were still some models, mostly of the concept variety, that took us by surprise.

Most of these models weren’t previewed before the event so when the Geneva Motor Show opened its doors, just about everybody in attendance and those keeping tabs over the Web didn’t see these cars coming.

But now that they’re here, we can take a look at the models that made the 2011 Geneva Motor Show that much more interesting.

Check out the list after the jump

Porsche is currently working its automotive fingers to the bone designing the future generation 911 , but it seems as if they mustered just enough strength and time to bring out a special edition model to pacify the crowd until we all get to see the new 911 on the market. This new special edition is based on both the coupe and cabrio versions of the 911 Carrera and will be limited to only 1,911 units. The U.S. will see prices ranging from $81,300 to $85,320 for the Coupe and $91,300 to $95,320 for the Cabriolet. Sales will begin in April 2011.

As its name suggests, the Carrera Black Edition comes painted in black, plain as standard or basalt black metallic as an option. This blackout continues for the convertible’s top and for the interiors of both versions. This special edition is based on a standard Carrera, with 345 HP under the bonnet and will be offered with the same technical special equipment options that are offered on the Carrera models.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche Carrera Black Edition.

Source: Porsche

D2Forged Wheels is an American wheel tuning shop that’s considered as one of the best in the industry. Recently, the boys at D2Forged presented their latest creation for the Porsche 997 Turbo , aptly called “The White Darkness”.

These guys are no strangers to outfitting cars with the best rims in the game, as evidenced by their previous work on an Aston Martin V8 Vantage . So it only seems right that their latest piece of work would come in the name of Porsche – a 997 Turbo, to be exact.

On it’s own, a Porsche 997 Turbo is already a car that packs a very mean wallop with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 500 horsepower. You add that powertrain and the iconic 997 aesthetic design with D2Forged’s set of special MB1 Titanium Graphite 20” wheels they affectionately call “The White Darkness” and you have the makings of a stunning sports car that only adds to the American wheel tuning company’s already impressive line-up of state-of-the-art rims.

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