Porsche 911

Porsche 911

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In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C . Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."

As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.

Not much gets our blood racing faster than a good dyno test, especially one featuring a new model. This one happens to be with the brand-new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S .

Our friends at dragtimes.com report that Champion Motorsports was given keys to the 911 Turbo S for use in developing its new lineup of go-fast bits for the 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-six. Before Champion could get to work, it borrowed the dynamometer over at HP Logic to get the coupe’s baseline numbers.

Turning all four wheels through the impressive seven-speed PDK transmission, the new 911 laid down a healthy 486 horsepower and 456 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are fairly close to the advertised output of 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, all things considered.

Now we must sit patiently for news to break on what new performance upgrades Champion rolls out for the new-generation 911 Turbo S. Keep in mind, the last 911 its engineers worked their magic on ran the quarter-mile in the high 10-second range. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the updates.

Click past the jump to see the actual dyno sheet and to read more on the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

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TechArt continues to update the new 911 lineup with a new tuning kit based on the Turbo models . It will be unveiled at the Essen Motor Show, and as usual, it includes exterior, interior and under-hood updates. Unfortunately, TechArt is saving the latter updates for a later date.

The body kit offered for the new 911 Turbo is made from a lightweight fiber composite of carbon and polyurethane RIM, and was specially designed to improve the aerodynamic features of the model. It includes a new front spoiler that extends for more effective airflow at the push of a button of speeds under 75 mph, or automatically at greater speeds. It retracts automatically at speeds under 50 mph.

TechArt is also offering a new rear spoiler that improves driving dynamics and stability throughout all driving conditions. There are new aero wings, a new air vent on the front apron, new air-flow-optimized side skirts, a new roof spoiler and a new diffuser trim.

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

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Porsche 550

We heard the first details on the possibility of a new 550 shortly after Volkswagen unveiled the Volkswagen Bluesport concept . Back then, the 550 was believed to be one of the three production models rumored to be based on the Bluesport: one from Audi , one from Volkswagen would have joined Porsche. Unfortunately, that all ended when VW announced that the Bluesport would bot be produced.

Now, new details suggest that the 550 will instead be built as a new Speedster version of the new-generation 911. Reports suggest that it will be built as a tribute to the classic 550 Spyder built from 1953 to 1957. The new model is rumored to be unveiled sometime in 2015, and will be limited to only 550 units.

According to AutoBild, the new 550 will feature hidden door handles — just like the classic 550 — a chopped-down windshield and a fabric top that will reside under a rear cover made from carbon fiber. This makes it possible for the fabric top to be used only when it is absolutely necessary.

Click past the jump to read more about the previous 911 Speedster model.

Source: AutoBild

Can’t get enough of that lime green Porsche is using for its high-voltage hybrid models? Neither can ZR Auto.

Canadian tuner ZR Auto doesn’t always make the headlines. But every so often, the company does find itself making news.

This time around, it’s because of a snazzy dress-up it gave the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder .

If you remember, the 911 Turbo S Edition Spyder was first unveiled a few years ago to give Porsche customers a preview model of the upcoming 918 Spyder. The former was so exclusive that only people with active orders for the actual 918 Spyder could avail of the special edition 911.

To make this car more unique than it already is, ZR Auto saw fit to give it an interesting wrap that features a predominantly black finish on the body to go with lime yellow wraps that starts off subtle on the front before getting some streaks on the side and finishing off with an explosive-looking rear end that justifies its billing as a special edition sports that’s unique among the unique.

No performance upgrades were given, which is a little disappointing, but not enough to dissuade us from giving this ZR Auto-tuned 911 Turbo S Edition 918 Spyder flying marks for overall creativity.

Click past the jump to see the program in detail, as well as read about the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S 918 Edition Spyder

Source: ZR Auto
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Lets face it: a base Porsche Carrera is cool and fun to drive.

But is the cheapest 911 still packing enough aggressiveness versus its hairy competitive set? While Porsche decided to be obedient when designing its Carrera , Vorsteiner decided that if you want a cool sports car... then you should be anything but obedient. Its new V-GT package makes any 911 into a head-turner.

As with pretty much everything else offered by the tuner, the new V-GT kit includes a series of new elements made in carbon fiber. It completely transforms the look of the 911 and in the same time improves its aerodynamics. The V-GT kit includes only four new elements: front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and deck lid spoiler, but it look like these were all the updates needed to completely transform the look of the Carrera.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Carrera V-GT by Vorsteiner.

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There is one month until the 2013 SEMA show opens its gates, but we already have a pretty good idea on a lot of what will be displayed in Las Vegas. Today, Los Angeles based tuner, Misha Designs, released the first images of a pretty cool body kit it prepared for the Porsche 991 and that will be on display at SEMA in November.

As usual, this Misha Designs body kit takes a regular 991 and pushed the sports car’s look to a whole new level of style. The kit includes new front bumper, hood, side skirts, a rear bumper with diffuser and a rear spoiler.

The body kit can be applied to all Porsche 991 models, starting with the 2012 model year, and it can be ordered from the tuner immediately after the show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Body Kit By Misha Designs.

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The swinging 60s just brings up this roasted and muddy air of sex, sweat and drugs. Enough to intoxicate even the plastic hippies among us, the 1960s is rapidly becoming the most profitable segment of the classic supercar market.

And for good reason. Simple leather is mixed with gasoline until emotions boil. This list spans such greats as the Ferrari 250GT California Spider LWB Competizione to the 365 GTB/4 Daytona . And what a long, strange trip it was between those two masterpieces.

The birth of the Porsche 911 , the Aston Martin DB5 , the Shelby Cobra and Ford GT40, the Maserati Ghibli Spyder and many more.

All of the cars from this era are rich in prose. Sean Connery’s name pops up repeatedly, and so does Steve McQueen and Sir Paul McCartney. These were mens’ men in a time of changing morals on a global scale.

But the coupes and ragtops these gents preferred are really fit for the ages. So throw on some Aviators and slip into your slimmest racing loafers.

Click past the jump for a sunny-Sunday donut run in the Top-Ten Best Supercars from the 1960s.

It’s hard enough for people to belt out a fantastically rendered "Happy Birthday" song as a group, but to have cars do it is next to impossible.

Thanks to creative sound engineering, Porsche accomplished by way of all seven generations of the iconic 911 wishing itself a happy 50th. Yep. Add "singing proficiency" to the long list of endearing qualities of the Porsche 911 .

Continuing its 50th anniversary celebration for the company’s most esteemed model, the entire generational lineup of the 911, beginning with the 1963 911 all the way to the 2013 911 , all put their respective engine chords together to sing a pretty cool rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song.

You probably won’t realize it until around the end of the video, but once you do, you’re going to rewind back to the start, watch it all over again, and then see and hear the video for all of its awesomeness.

Happy birthday, Porsche 911!

Click past the jump to read about one of Porsche’s more famous 50th anniversary models, the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition

We can’t even begin to imagine how harrowing an experience it is to crash a car at high speeds. That’s the kind of scenario we wouldn’t wish on anybody, even our worst enemies.

But some people just don’t have the luck, or safety bearings, as other people. In this particular case, it was a combination of both things. At the recent Hellendoorn Rally in the Netherlands, driver Harry Kleinjan was driving a Porsche 911 RSR during the rally when the brakes presumably locked on one bend, sending Kleinjan and his navigator straight into a cement barricade.

But the crash itself wasn’t the scariest thing to happen to the two; it was what happened after it.

Upon hitting the cement barrier, the 911 RSR immediately shot off the ground, smacked the barricade another time sending the wheels off of the race car before flipping over and hurtling straight into a river on its head. It’s the kind of scary crash that you normally see in movie, except that in the latter’s case, those crashes are planned and staged.

Neither happened on this occasion but fortunately, both Kleinjan and his navigator escaped their all-too-real brush with death without any serious injuries.

In the end, that’s the most important thing and given how the 911 RSR pretty much flew off the track, them coming out of the ordeal with their limbs intact was a bigger win than crossing the finish line first.

Click past the jump to read about the newest line of this successful racer, the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Source: YouTube

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