Porsche 911

Porsche 911

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The new-generation 911 Turbo was caught testing many times, but today the Stuttgart-based company decided to finally drop the official details on the new model.

The exterior brings no major changes, but we have to admit it is the best looking model from the new generation 911. It received a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering and adaptive aerodynamics among many other new features. The new 911 Turbo also features the widest body of all 911s , as it is about 28 mm (1.10 inches) wider than the 911 Carrera 4 models .

As previously rumored, the new 911 Turbo will only be offered with only the PDK gearbox.

The 911 has taken a lot of heat from plenty of manufacturers as of late, including a relative newcomer to the realm – Nissan – so buyers now have more choices than ever. Is the 911 Turbo still the king of the hill?

UPDATED 05/03/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATED 07/31/2013: Porsche unveiled a new motivational video featuring its latest 911 Turbo. According to Porsche, with the new 911 Turbo it "pushed the boundaries of what is possible in order to break new ground." Do you agree with that?

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Porsche continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary 911 in some of the coolest ways imaginable.

It’s already checked the special-edition 911 Carrera off its list. Now, it’s taking a completely different approach by hosting a record-breaking parade of Porsche 911 sports cars at the Silverstone Grand Prix over the past weekend.

All in all, 1,208 classic and modern 911s attended the event, all squeezing into what eventually became a completely packed and cramped Silverstone race track. It’s hard enough to see hundreds of 911s in one location but to see well over 1,000 in one location was a completely surreal sight.

Porsche Club GB and Silverstone Classic took center stage in organizing the event and while it was initially pegged to attract hundreds of 911s to the event, not a lot of people expected to hit 1,000, let alone exactly 1,208 Porsche 911s that all trooped over to Silverstone to attend the record-breaking gathering.

If you’re a Porsche aficionado, this is like heaven on wheels. There are classic Carreras, 911 RSs, RSRs, 911 GTs, Speedsters, Targas, and 911 Turbos.

Needless to say, the expectations for the gathering were far exceeded, something Mark Porsche, the son of Porsche 911 designed founder Ferdinand Alexander ‘Butzi’ Porsche, said meant a lot to his family.

“Of course, the 911 means a great deal to me as it’s my father’s big design and it will always have a special place in my heart,” he said.

“It’s been a family member over all the generations of the 911 series and I’m very proud to be here today to represent the Porsche family at this great event. I think that to have these 1,200 cars on track is the attention that the 911 deserves for its 50th birthday. I can’t thank the Porsche Club GB enough for making this event possible.”

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Following up on its initial Porsche 911 4S offering at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, aftermarket extraordinaire TechArt is back with a new version of this program.

This time, the German tuner took the task of dressing up the 4S Cabriolet with a similar kit, all built and developed to give the 911 4S Cabriolet the kind of aerodynamic upgrade that customers of the German sports car will undoubtedly appreciate.

It’s times like this when a tuner like TechArt has a program that’s absolutely to-die-for that we hope to have a 911 4S in our garage. We can’t say enough good things about the sports car, especially its combination of looks and performance that makes for a compelling version of the iconic 911 heritage.

It’s safe to say that the 911 4S packs quite a mean punch, a treat it owes to its 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 400 horsepower and chalks 0-60 mph in just 4.1 seconds to go with an impressive top speed of 185 mph.

But far more than just being a performance maven, the 911 4S is also 143 pounds lighter than the standard 911. The variant also comes equipped with Porsche’s AWD Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system and has 22 mm (0.87-inch) wider rear wheel arches than the standard 911.

With all these features packed in a package as impressive as the 911 4S, it’s no secret that this Porsche 911 variant has all sorts of fans from all corners of the world. Having a noted tuner like TechArt give it a comprehensive and new aero program only adds to its appeal.

Click past the jump to read about what TechArt did to the Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet

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Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

With the arrival of the Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe , the official debut of the convertible version is imminent. Instead of sitting around and waiting, our spy photographers caught it testing one more time. This time around, our spy photographers caught is lapping the famous Nürburgring race track.

To no surprise, the model wears no camouflage, as everything we needed to see it was revealed by the coupe version. Both models will share exterior design language and technical figures, except the convertible version’s retractable top.

Under the hood, the 911 Turbo Convertible will come with a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers 520 horsepower in the base version and 560 horsepower in the S version. However, for the drop-top version, the performance figures will be slightly decreased due the weight gain caused by installing the convertible equipment.

Expect the new 911 Turbo Convertible to drop cover in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show .

Continuing on the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Porsche 911 , the German automaker is taking it to a whole new level with the introduction of a unique and Russia-exclusive 911 called the GUM Red Square Edition.

We’re saying it’s unique because the car doesn’t only celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary. Equally important is the fact that this special edition 911 was also designed to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the GUM department store in, of course, the Red Square.

Looking at the car itself, Porsche decided to dress it up with a Pascha Red color for the body. If you’re not familiar with the shade, don’t feel too bad because it’s a unique color that was used exclusively for this model.

In addition to the fancy color and the inclusion of a new sports exhaust system and a new set of 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels, the 911 GUM Red Square Edition also received some interior enhancements by a Luxor Beige finish. The light and classy trim is further complemented by a mahogany wood trim, a body-color key fob and stainless-steel sill plates that bear an illuminated "GUM Red Square" badge.

No performance enhancements were given to the car, so expect to see the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Taking all that into consideration, the 911 GUM Red Square Edition accelerates from to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds in its base setup or 3.9 seconds, if you opt for the PDK transmission.

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Now that we have already seen the new-generation Porsche 911 Turbo , Porsche took out the hardcore version out for a testing session. A 911 GT2 prototype - also known as the "Widow maker" - was caught testing today on the Nürburgring test track.

As you can see, the prototype is almost undisguised and we can clearly see the wider wheel arches in the front and the much wider rear fenders with massive air intakes from the 911 Turbo . Nice attempt at hiding the GT2’s real air intakes, but we see through your sneaky disguise, Porsche. The GT2 will also get a center-mounted dual-exhaust system, which is inspired by the GT3 version, and a big fixed rear spoiler.

Under the hood, we expect to see Porsche install a turbocharged 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine that will deliver 560 to 570 horsepower to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With this drivetrain in tow, we expect the GT2 to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds and up to a top speed of about 200 mph, making it the fastest production 911 in its storied history.

Updated 07/08/2013: Based on those latest spy shots we have created a rendering for the upcoming 911 GT2. We hope you like it!

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The Porsche 911 is a classic piece of German engineering. That’s why it’s also an aftermarket favorite. In the year or so that the current generation has been around, we’ve seen numerous tuning programs built for the German supercar, including one from TechArt , Caractere Exclusive , 9ff , RUF , and Anibal Automotive Design .

Now, it appears that the latest aftermarket program for the 911 has arrived, courtesy of Russian tuner, TOPCAR.

Surely, when you have a vehicle as universally loved as the Porsche 991, you need to be extra careful in providing the right kind of aftermarket work that will keep the iconic look of the sports car. That’s what Topcar was able to do with the 911 Carrera Stinger.
There’s plenty of carbon fiber used in the program, which is hardly surprising considering that TOPCAR has been known to have quite a fondness for the exclusive material.

All in all, the 911 Stinger definitely speaks for itself, a testament to the kind of reputation TOPCAR has established in all the years that it’s been working on Porsche’s in the industry.

Click past the jump to read about what constitutes Topcar’s 911 Stinger

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Hertz may not be the first company you think of when conversations turn to granting wishes, but the rental company effectively did just that with the launch of its "Dream Car Program".

For a world-renowned car rental company that typically offers the usual cadre of midsize econo-boxes, Hertz’z decision to finally add a list of exotic and luxury cars to its collection of thrashed rental buckets is the kind of thing that excites Average Joes like us.

With the "Dream Car Program," Hertz is set to offer some pretty interesting models, almost all of which we’d love to get our hands on if only we had the financial resources to do so. There’s a Lamborghini Gallardo , a Porsche 911 , a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG , and a Ferrari F430. , among other exotics.

For only $395, you can get your hands on either a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. If you’ve got $1,000 at your disposal, you get to whip an R8 or a Vantage . Tack on another $500 and you can level up to the Italian exotics.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

Granted, a lot of car rental companies are already offering supercar rentals like the one Hertz is dipping into, but none of them have the mainstream cache as this company. So, if you’re interested in renting any of these exotics, Hertz’s rental program will be implemented in 35 markets across the US, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. You can see all of the available cars and the markets they are available in on the Hertz Dream Car site.

Click past the jump to read about some of the hottest cars that are now part of Hertz’s "Dream Car Program"

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The concept of parkour can be summed up with a quote: "When an obstacle gets in your way you can hold fate responsible. We prefer to think of it as a gift. That is our freedom: overcoming the obstacle together." So, what does this have to do with Porsche ? Pretty much nothing, but Pascal Lemoine decided to put four parkour guys against a 997 Carrera GTS .

The four parkour guys were put against the 997 Carrera GTS in the beautiful French Alps. The four guys are Clément Dumais, Nicolas Mathieux, Paul Roux Dit Buisson and Léo Rubin and behind the wheel was Hervé Hernandez.

For those of you who do not remember, the Carrera GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter engine that delivers a total of 402 horsepower and 310 pound-feet at 4,200 rpm. The GTS can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph. That’s a whole lot of car to overcome with parkour.

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While the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro scored an overall victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race, the 911 RSR finished first and second in GTE-Pro class. This result was a pretty successful one for Porsche , especially when you consider that this marks the company’s first run in Le Mans since 1998.

The 911 RSR that took first place in the GTE-Pro class was entered by the Porsche AG Team Manthey and was driven by Porsche factory drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). The second 911 RSR was driven by Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France). The Porsche team had strong opposition from Aston Martin , Chevrolet , Ferrari and SRT .

There was a third 911 RSR entered by Porsche customer team, IMSA Performance Matmut, and driven by Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl-Vernay and Christophe Bourret.

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