Porsche 911

Porsche 911

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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!

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT2.

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.

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

The Mazda MX-5 is a fantastic entry-level sports car. It’s been around so long that you have to treat it with the proper amount of respect.

All things considered, however, it doesn’t have the pace of a Lamborghini Gallardo or even a Lotus Elise .

But if you cleverly manipulate the race; well, that opens up some possibilities, something the MX-5’s power retractable folding hardtop was quick to take advantage of.

The car’s roof setup can go from top-down to top-up in just 12 seconds, giving the car a decisive advantage over the rest of the competition. The simulated rain from Mazda definitely helped, giving the MX-5 five full seconds to get its gears up over the Porsche 911 , the next fastest car to get its roof in closed position and down the 1/4-mile track.

It’s a pretty fun video to watch, unless you’re Lotus, who probably didn’t find the whole thing funny. WE definitely giggled like little kids at a fart joke over the poor Lotus…

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Porsche will continue to celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary the entire year and the next major event will take place at Silverstone Classic, Northamptonshire on July 26th through 28th. At this event Porsche will try to bring together the largest Porsche 911 parade ever. The initial plan was to have 911 of these rear-engine sports cars, but so far, more than 1,000 owners have answered, and there are still 8 weeks to spare.

According to Nick Wigley, the event director, Porsche "feared achieving 911 Porsche 911s might have been a somewhat over ambitious and idealistic target," but now it looks it’s not the case anymore.

The parade will include lots of models, including Carrera, Targa, RS, RSR, Speedster, GT and Turbo variants, but also some very special 911s and Porsche personalities, including racing legends Derek Bell MBE and David Piper. Other names will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

With this parade, Porsche will try to eclipse Jaguar’s parade that brought together a total of 767 E-Types for the car’s 50th anniversary.

Click past the jump to read more about the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition.

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From one iconic car model to another, Mini took the rather unexpected but ultimately gracious step in wishing Porsche’s legendary 911 a happy 50th birthday.

Maybe it’s not that surprising, considering that it’s coming from Mini, a company that has made an art out of steering away from the skid. But Mini Mini isn’t just sending birthday wishes to Porsche. No, that would’ve been too easy and not up to the standards of the Mini Way.

What it did was take the time to participate in a dedicated photos shoot that brought together a classic Mini and a first-generation Porsche 911 Targa; two cars that not only defined their respective car markets, but also came to the photo shoot dressed in equal doses of lime yellow.

The move is admirable considering that both companies are owned by different German auto conglomerates (BMW for Mini and Volkswagen for Porsche). It’s also a shrewd move by the British brand that somehow always gets to promote itself when it’s not trying to.

Click past the jump to read the press release and more about the first-gen 911 Targa


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