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Porsche 911

You’re not seeing double – This is the second camo-covered 2015 Porsche 911 we’ve brought you today, though this one is the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, instead of the 2016 911 Turbo . What this 911 does have is a reworked, more aggressive front fascia with more angular air inlets under the headlights. The turn signals appear to have the same design as the upcoming 911 Turbo S we caught testing, yet still similar to the current 911. And though it’s hard to tell from these new pictures, the previous set of spy shots show three bars lying horizontally across the inlets. Also very apparent on this test mule is the radar-based cruise control mounted in the center grille.

Out back, things look very similar to the 2015 911 Cabriolet we caught testing in January. Quad exhaust pipes protrude from the lower fascia, while what appears to be camouflage covers up the rear air extractors just aft of the rear wheels. The taillights are covered in the same transparent covering with the oval shapes to throw off any signs of reworked shapes underneath. Lastly, the engine bay louvers are hidden behind the same black metal mesh, protecting their appearance for a latter date.

Unlike in January, this test mule has its top down. The ragtop material is hidden nicely within the rear deck lid. Giving away its Carrera S status are the grey, 10-spoke, aluminum-faced wheels and round exhaust tips — providing Porsche keeps the same combinations currently found on the 2014 911.

It’s doubtful Porsche will change too much with the 911 Carrera S’ 3.8-liter powertrain. Naturally aspirated and making 400 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque, the current 911 Carrera S scoots to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds. The possibility always exists for Porsche to increase the 3.8-liter’s outputs, however.

Click past the jump to read more about the facelift Porsche 911.

This isn’t an April fools joke, but Porsche already seems focused on the next iteration of the 911 Cabriolet, despite the refreshed version just hitting the market for 2014. What you see here is a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet dressed in very light camo as it rolls down a sleepy European road. And because the new car smell has yet dispersed from the 2014 911, we’d expect Porsche to hold off until 2016 for another refresh, at the earliest.

The noticeable changes include reshaped turn signals up front, new rear heat extractor just aft of the rear tires, reworked taillights, and possibly revised styling on the louvered rear deck lid as evidenced by the metal grates covering them.

Those front turn signals look quite similar to the one found on the 911 we spotted cold-weather testing earlier this year . The shape is just different enough from the current model to be new, yet it still holds that iconic 911 look. Around back seems to be the most heavily modified. It’s hard to tell from these shots, but it appears the heat extractor just behind the rear wheels have been reworked. Instead of the large grille of the current model, these seem to just be slats in the bumper. However, the slats could just be a clever camouflage of the vents underneath.

The taillights look revised as well. Just like the front turn signals, they are covered in a transparent film with oval shapes to break up any discernible pattern underneath. The way the taillights meet the bumper may also be revised since it’s covered in tape. Lastly, metal grates camouflage the louvers over the engine bay. It appears the louvers have been turned to face outward rather than rearward as before.

Click past the jump for more info on the spied 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

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It’s Thursday, which means it is time once again for the TopSpeed.com Podcast! In this week’s Weekly Wheels, I drove the 2014 Toyota Tacoma , Mark talks about the 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe and Justin brings us tales of his week with the 2014 Kia Cadenza .

Honda Civic Type R Concept

After that we head straight into the news starting with the big Formula One race from Austalia that happened on Sunday, in which I get to have a moment of confusion and silliness as I forget Lewis Hamilton’s name. We also touch on the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Riccardo. We spend some time talking about Porsche’s new GTS model Cayman and Boxster followed by a quick look at the flambé edition 911 GT3. The Honda Civic Type R and the M5 Competition Package also make an appearance in our show.

We finish our show by covering some of the questions and comments all of you lovely listeners gave us from last week’s show. We all hope you enjoy the show and we apologize for any quality issues on this cast. We are bringing in some new equipment to provide an even better podcast than we are now, and there are still one or two bugs to iron out.

As always, thank you for listening and feel free to let us know how we are doing in the comments below. You can also reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com.

Click play to listen now. See you next week.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb

Weekly Wheels: Toyota Tacoma, Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Santa Fe


We’ve been keeping a close eye on the roasting Porsche GT3 debacle unfolding over the last month or so with little information to go on. However, Porsche has unofficially announced the findings from its investigation and the company’s apparent remedy to the conundrum. Porsche will be replacing every 2014 GT3’s 3.8-liter engine.

A GT3 owner posted a letter from Porsche on an owner forum explaining the issue and Porsche’s plan to rectify it. According to the letter, damage is caused by “loosened piston rod screw connection which damaged the crankcase,” in the case of at least two GT3s. The letter continues saying a new screw connection is currently being tested.

In our estimation from the statement above, the 3.8-liter flax six threw a rod that damaged the crankcase and resulted in a fire. Perhaps shrapnel from the exploding block ripped through a fuel line, resulting in the blaze seen in the picture above.

When Porsche concludes the updated hardware will work, “we will be installing new engines with optimized piston rod screw connections in all 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 vehicles.” The letter goes on to say the Porsche will begin scheduling services and owners will be getting more information within the next three weeks.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed for any breaking news on this story.

Click past the jump to read Porsche’s letter and more about the Porsche 911 GT3 and to read the letter from Porsche.

Source: Rennlist
Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Spy shots of the facelifted Porsche 911 were sent to us by our trusty spy photographer, although this time something about the prototype caught our attention that could point to a different, and potentially more powerful 911. Take a closer look at these photos and you might notice that instead of the quad exhausts of the 2015 911, this particular model is sporting a pair of center-mounted exhaust pipes, similar to the setup used on the 2014 911 GT3 .

So what could this interesting little nugget mean? Our best guess is a revival of the GTS , something we haven’t seen from the 911 since the 2011 Carrera GTS arrived in the scene back in 2010.

Another potential model is the 911 Speedster , and the bulging rear end — a little more so than the standard 911 Convertible at least — could be a clue that points in that direction. The canvas roof and the windshield looks unchanged though, and if this is the Speedster, it’s probably an early prototype that will undergo some changes before a production model rolls out.

Either way, what we’re looking at here is a new trim of the 911 that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Our hunch is that this is the 911 GTS, and if it is, it’s definitely a welcome addition to the already growing 911 family.

Let us know in the comments what you think this model is.


Buzzkill alert, folks...

It looks as if the report that Porsche would reveal the 911 Turbo Targa was not true. AutoBlog had a conversation with Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communication Manager, about the report, and he said that the report is "Totally False."

Turns out that all we’ll see at Geneva is Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR race cars. Sure those are both really cool, but nowhere near as awesome as a Targa variant of the 911 Turbo.

Despite the report that Porsche will not release this heap of turbocharged, roofless hotness, we still think that one will eventually make its way onto the market. With that said, we present to you the TopSpeed rendering of the 911 Turbo Targa, courtesy of our rendering extraordinaire, Pratyush Rout.

Creating the rendering wasn’t too hard, as we simply took the 911 Targa , and added in the typical Turbo design cues, including the wider hips, rear air intakes, and a few other tasty bits. This gives the 911 Targa the bad-ass look it deserves, so we can only hope that Porsche decides to release it in the near future.

Click past the jump to read why I think Porsche should/shouldn’t release the 911 Turbo Targa and a little about the existing 911 Targa.

Source: Auto Blog

Hit-and-runs are no joking matter. It’s one of those things that can be clearly avoided if a driver is responsible enough to watch what the road while he’s driving. That and not driving while intoxicated. Very important to remember.

Even if there are a plethora of ways to prevent hit-and-runs from happening, the sad truth is they still happen. Far too often than it should.

Take this video for example. An indistinguishable hatchback appears to run over a motorcycle and like the idiot that he is, he tries to run away like nothing happened. Fortunately, a Porsche 911 sees the entire thing happen and decides that justice had to be served.

So the driver of the 911 chases down the culprit. It made for an interesting chase that involved a number of other cars and in the end, the offending driver gets cornered into coming out and facing the wrath of those understandably peeved drivers who witnessed the dramatic crash.

Good for these guys who did the right thing. Hopefully, the offending driver gets his comeuppance in the form of justice being served.

Source: Importbible
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The 911 Targa came, and we loved what we saw. With 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque in tow, however, there was lots of room to grow. According to sources in the know, the 911 Targa Turbo will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show .

This means that the removable-top sports car is primed to receive a 520-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, and may even hit 360 horsepower if Porsche gives the Targa treatment to the Turbo S model. Now this is what we have been waiting for!

There is no confirmation of the 911 Targa Turbo , but according to Jalopnik, the source reporting this news is quite reliable. We’ll keep an eye on the 911 Targa Turbo , and pass more information on once we get some more in-depth information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Turbo and about the current 911 Targa.

Source: Jalopnik
Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche has now issued a recall for all 2014 911 GT3 sports cars due to the risk of fire. We reported last week that Porsche issued at stop sale on all GT3s pending the automaker’s investigation. At that time, five vehicles had already caught fire with seemingly no warning or reason. Thankfully, no injuries or traffic accidents were associated with the roasting Porsches.

Porsche is currently contacting all 785 worldwide owners with recommendations to stop using their GT3 until the problem is sorted out. The company is offering to pick up the vehicles for delivery to a dealer for inspection and possible service. Porsche is still unsure of what’s causing the fires, but know the fires are originating with the 3.8-liter, flat-six engine.

With at least one of the incidents, the owner reported a loss of oil pressure followed by unusual noises and smells, followed then by smoke before the rear-engine sports car engulfed itself in flames.

Stay posted to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you any developing information as Porsche releases it to the media and its consumers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3.

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If you happen to be the proud owner of a 991 generation Porsche 911 GT3 , don’t go anywhere near it. There have been a few reports of the car suddenly bursting into flames, and now it seems that Porsche has put a Stop Sale on the model.

Now most of this information is not confirmed, but the Axis of Oversteer team has one hell of a record behind it.

The latest GT3 in question was spending some on the road, as most cars do, when the owner noticed the low oil pressure warning. Then noises, smells and finally smoke. The 911 then proceeded to burst into flames and was destroyed.

This is the 5th incident of self-immolating GT3s in Europe and AoO is reporting a full dealer stop-sale for the time being. Now, the stop sale is not officially confirmed, and Porsche has yet to issue any kind of recall, but we are keeping our ears open.

If you have any extra details to help flesh out this story, feel free to contact us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3.


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