Porsche 911

Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Targa

So, Porsche finally revealed what we all knew was coming — the 2014 911 Targa — at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In years past, we have seen the targa top undergo some changes on the 911 , including the original manual top to the polarizing sliding top in the 1990s and 2000s, so some folks, myself included, had additional questions about

Sure, we can watch all the videos in the world, but they do not show all the nerdy details about the top that I, a self-proclaimed auto nerd, want to know. Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I reached out to Porsche for a little extra clarity on this topic. And they were happy to oblige with a long list of previously unreleased details on the new targa roof.

Click past the jump to read what we learned about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa’s removable top.

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We are all waiting for the new-generation Porsche 911 GT2 to arrive, but until the day comes, German tuner OK-Chiptuning took another look at the "old" GT2. A base 911 GT2 delivered 530 horsepower — 90 horsepower less than the more powerful GT2 RS, which unfortunately was limited to only 500 units.

This is where OK-Chiptuning comes in to help you out, as it takes a standard GT2 and increase its power to beyond the level of a 911 GT2 RS . This tuning kit includes a new Akrapovic racing exhaust system with manifolds and sport catalysts, a high-quality racing clutch from Sachs and modified GT2 RS intercoolers.

With these updates in place, the GT2 equipped with the Clubsport package delivers a total of 680 horsepower — 60 horsepower more than a GT2 RS — and 649 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the 911 GT2 from OK-Chiptuning goes from 100 km/h to 200 km/h (62 mph to 124 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.4 seconds and to 186 mph in about 21.3 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the GT2 RS does the latter two sprints in 9.4 and 24.7 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 997 GT2 by OK-Chiptuning.

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Back in 1984, Porsche looked to be a key part of Group B racing in an effort to develop and explore technology for it’s road-going cars. After a weak start and two years of lackluster performance though, the Rally 959 in 1986 went on to achieve a 1-2 finish at the Paris-Dakar. However with the cost involved with motorsports, the viability of the project, along with the knowledge gained in racing decreasing, the Rally 959’s days of driving over rough dusty terrain came to an end.

Today, almost 30 years later though, with all the speculations about Porsche’s return to rallying with a possible rally version of the 911 to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. it seems we could soon see some new Porsche’s swapping asphalt with rough terrain.

So to visualize what the rumored rally car - dubbed the 911 Safari, could look like, we at TopSpeed decided to prepare a set of renderings for you.

Click past the jump for the complete set of renderings of the 911 Safari

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For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.

Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.

The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.

Updated 01/13/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/20/2014: Porsche unveiled two new promotional video for the new 911 Targa in which it reveals new features from the model. Enjoy!

Updated 02/07/2014: Porsche unveiled a new set of images for its latest addition to the 911 lineup: the new Targa, in both 4 and 4S versions. Check the picture gallery for the new images.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Targa.

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Porsche unveiled a new video featuring the seven-time Pikes Peak Champion, Jeff Zwart, discussing the alter ego of the Porsche 911 — Rallying and Off-Roading.

The video starts with rare footage of Porsche’s involvement in Rally Dakar and continues with some footage showing Jeff attacking Pikes Peak. The video will also bring you to the Porsche Museum where you will see the Paris-Dakar-winning Type 953, the all-wheel-drive 911 precursor to the 959.

In the meantime, rumors suggest that Porsche could unveil a special, off-road version of the 911 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. This new concept is rumored to be called 911 Safari and will be based on the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and will feature an off-road package.

If this rumor becomes a reality, then Porsche is sure to slingshot right to the front of the rally-racing realm. We will find out in the upcoming months if there is any truth to this rumor.

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Porsche unveiled a GTS version for its 911 Carrera back in 2010 and now it looks like the history is about to repeat itself. Our spy photographers sent us some spy shots that seem to reveal more than a simple revision to the latest generation of the Porsche 911 — the 991.

In fact, we believe that this revised Carrera will also get a GTS variant because the prototype caught here features a few telltale signs of the old GTS. First, it has a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper, just like the 2010 GTS did.

Up front, there is a new front bumper with revised air intakes and new, LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the rear end gets a new set of taillights, which lead us to believe that this GTS also carries the changes that we can expect across the entire 911 range — sans the wide-body kit, of course.

The facelifted Porsche 991 Carrera is expected to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015 and the GTS version should arrive during the same period.

Updated 01/02/2014: Based on the latest spy shots, we created a rendering for the upcoming Carrera GTS. Check it out after the jump.

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For those of you who do not know, Singer Automotive is a design company specialized in restoring and modifying old Porsche models. One of its most famous car is the Singer 911 we saw back in 2011.

Until now, this car received no "real" review, but in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage , we had the chance to see what a great car the Singer 911 really is. The car was brought to Jay Leno by Rob Dickinson, creative director of Singer. It was the last stop made in the U.S. before it will be shipped to its new owner in Dubai who paid about $350k for its new toy.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks it worth spending that amount of money just to restore a Porsche 964 . We think it is well worth it, considering all the updates this 911 received, including bespoke carbon-fiber body work, a modified engine, updated interior and a very cool, Gulf livery.

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A few days ago, we brought you the first images of the possible GTS version for the new-generation Porsche 911 . That didn’t come as a surprise, as we’re expecting Porsche to offer more versions of its new 911 lineup.

The biggest surprise arrived in out inbox today, when our spy photographers sent us the first images of a Porsche 911 Turbo sporting what looks to be a facelift. That’s right, we are talking about the same car unveiled three months ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . We know that this is a pretty quick facelift, even for Porsche, but our suspicion is that this model is still at least a year or two out, and Porsche just wants ample time to work out all of the bugs.

The biggest changes that this facelift will bring will be on the front and rear bumpers, and the taillights, which will likely get the same 3D look that we saw on the recently revealed Macan.

We don’t expect to see any changes under the hood, so the revised 911 Turbo should be offered with the same turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder that delivers 520 horsepower in the base version and 560 horsepower in the S version.

Do not expect to see the revised Porsche 911 Turbo until late in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.

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The current Porsche 911 was unveiled in September 2011 and since then it impressed nearly everyone who has had the pleasure of driving it. German tuner KTW, on the other hand, sees a little untapped potential in the 991 Carrera S .

KTW updated the exterior and the interior look of the sports coupe, but it chose to leave the under-hood bits as they were from the factory. It’s not like the Carrera S really needs any more power, as it comes with a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that puts down a nasty 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.

The model revealed by KTW is draped in an elegant white hue combined with a number of black elements and an aggressive body kit developed in cooperation with TechArt. KTW also performed a series of updates on the inside and of course the car rides on a new set of wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Carrera S by KTW Tuning.

The Porsche 911 is a special car; no doubt about that. The 911’s following faithful are a committed group of people who appreciate the 911 for its driving prowess, its handling abilities, and of course, its rich German heritage. The little two-door, rear engine sports coupe has come along way in 50 years, but it has never forgotten where it came from.

Porsche decided to throw itself a little 50th anniversary party with this beautiful example of a 2013 911 Carrera S. Quite a few things are different about the car that make it unmistakably special, but perhaps the most special aspect is its limited production number of just 1,963. Any Porsche fanatic could instantly spot the blatant reference to the year 1963, which is when the 911 was originally introduced.

Porsche decided to switch things up a bit with the 1,963 anniversary edition 911s to be built. They all feature the wide-body work from the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4, but are only rear-wheel drive. The exterior receives a heaping helping of chrome bits not normally found on the Carrera S, while the interior features throwback cues, like houndstooth cloth seats with leather bolsters and green-colored instrument cluster markings. Even the 20-inch wheels pay homage to the original “Fuchs” wheels of the ’60s.

Just like 50 years ago, the horizontally-opposed engine sits out back, however, this example makes a few more ponies – 430 to be exact. Hooked to Porsche’s PDK transmission, the 911 needs only 3.8 seconds to hit 60 mph on its way to a top speed of 185 mph. Upping the exclusivity, the anniversary edition makes even more power than the standard 911. Porsche made the Powerkit standard equipment, including the Sport Chrono Package and sport exhaust system.

Whether you’re a Porsche junkie or not, much appreciation and respect is due towards this 911. It celebrates 50 years of an industry leader - one that kept other companies up at night figuring out how to best such an unbeatable sports coupe.

Click past the jump for more pictures and info on the 50th anniversary 911


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