Porsche 911

Porsche 911

With so many anniversary models being released in the past few months, German automaker Porsche wasn’t going to be left out on all the fun.

After all, the company is celebrating an anniversary of its own,; or at least an anniversary for one of its models.

Back in 1963, the world first laid eyes on the 911 . In the 50 years that it’s been in existence, the 911 has not only become a Porsche classic, but it’s also become a global icon, a stature only a handful of cars can claim to have reached.

So with the 911 celebrating its own golden jubilee, Porsche decided to unveil a special edition model for the occasion. It’s called the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition, and as you can expect, it comes with plenty of design characteristics that differentiates itself from any other Porsche 911 today.

The car is expected to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, but this early, the German automaker saw fit to give us an idea of what to expect.

Update 6/4/2013 Porsche has revealed the U.S. model’s specifications, pricing and release time frame. See more after the jump

Updated 10/24/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video featuring Tony Hatter - Porsche Design Manager - whom explains how the traditional design elements of the original 911 can be found in the 911 50th anniversary edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S 50 Years Edition

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This year, the Porsche 911 will celebrate its 50th anniversary and to mark the event, Porsche Great Britain launched "Project 50," which is a historic race that will take tons of 911 models on some the most famous racetracks in Europe, like Silverstone and Nürburgring.

In fact, "Project 50" started back in March when Porsche announced a special 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50 . The Project 50 is powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 130 horsepower and will surely be one of the 911 models to be raced during this historic race.

This video will help you to discover the roots of Project 50, as introduced by Porsche Cars GB Marketing Director, Ragnar Schulte. Enjoy! Also, be sure to check the Porsche 50 race dates so you can now when to stay online for new details.

Click past the jump to learn which are the Project 50 history race dates.

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The Porsche 911 started its run back in 1963 - and oh what a run it is -, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a GT3 version was offered up for our ravenous consumption. It came to complete the series of performance vehicles that started back in 1973 with the 911 RS, a model that was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 13 seconds.

Why the short history lesson? Well, the new generation GT3 has just made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and would be nice to make a comparison between the things that were and the things to come.

The new GT3 is lighter and more powerful than the model it replaces, and it brings innovative features like the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. There is a bad news too unfortunately: the new GT3 will only be offered with a PDK transmission - at least for now!

Update 05/20/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new video further detailing the GT3’s technical highlights. Enjoy!

Update 6/14/2013: Chris Harris was one of the first journalists to get his hands on the all-new 2014 911 GT3. As always, he released a video with his full review. Check it out, after the jump.

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche GT3.

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The Porsche 911 is in its sixth generation (991) , but for most Porsche fans the real 911 is the 996 series - especially if you consider the body hasn’t changed that much since then and that was the first 911 with a water-cooled engine.

With this in mind, German tuner OK-Chiptuning unveiled the Manta Porsche tuning kit. If you were wondering where the name comes from, the answer is rather strange: the kit was inspired by the cult classic model Opel Manta developed between 1970 and 1988.

The kit is based on a 996 Turbo model, which in standard form, delivers a total of 360 horsepower. However, for the Manta Porsche kit, the tuner managed to squeeze an amazing 650 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque from its six-cylinder engine.

In order to obtain this amazing increase, the tuner offers a K24-Turbolader, a GT2-RS air cooler, larger injection valves and a higher-flow fuel pump. There is also a Sachs-Performance-clutch and an exhaust system with continuous 70 mm (2.75 inches) tubes.

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

The world of motor racing has seen many cross-industry partnerships, but when it comes to Porsche’s racing history, there are two brands that are normally associated with it: Gulf and Martini.

The latter, in particular, has had a long partnership with the German automaker that dates back to 1968. Since then, Porsche racecars dressed in the iconic Martini Racing livery has become the stuff of legends.

With the Italian multinational alcoholic beverage company celebrating its 150th anniversary, it was only right to bring back its racing colors and return to racing.

And it did so with the return of the Martini livery on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup when it competes in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Barcelona, Spain. The car itself will be driven by nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb . Loeb will compete in the first two races, while a still-to-be-determined driver will take the reins of the Porsche racer at a third race later this year.

It goes without saying that Martini Racing’s involvement is not only a way of celebrating its esteemed history as one of the premier alcoholic brands in the world, but also as a hat tip to the bygone days when the two companies won multiple titles together, including a handful of Le Mans 24 hours victories.

As for the car itself, the 911 GT3 Cup is a bonafide bad-boy, built and designed for racing purposes and anchored by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 460 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque while mated to a six-speed "dog type" transmission. The racecar’s performance numbers allow it to hit 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 193 mph.

Click past the jump to check out other vehicles dressed up in Martini Racing livery

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LOMA is best known for its work on the C6 Corvettes , but recently the German company has decided to turn its sights on Porsche. Because of the company’s location, all of the parts in the kit are made in Germany using carbon fiber, which is something a Porsche owner will prefer.

The 911 GT3 RSR is one of the most awesome Porsches ever built, but it’s not built to handle daily driving nor is it priced for the average Porsche buyer. To help satisfy your urge to own one, LOMA decided to make a kit to allow for you to turn your 997 into an RSR.

The 911 retains the stock engine that produces at least 325 horsepower, but LOMA offers a sports exhaust system to give the car more of a racecar soundtrack. The suspension and brakes also stay the same as the stock car, so the car doesn’t ride any lower than stock unless you decide to lower the car yourself.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 RS1 by LOMA.

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The new-generation Porsche 911 GT3 made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but there is still plenty of time before the new sports car hits showrooms, leaving plenty of time for some extreme testing.

These past few days, Porsche has taken advantage of this time by bringing a new GT3 prototype to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for some hard testing sessions. All we can say is that the 3.8-liter boxer engine found under the hood sounds like music to our ears! Watch the video (above) if you don’t believe us!

The new 911 GT3 delivers a total of 475 horsepower, which is enough to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 195 mph. The problem is that Porsche decided to only offer a PDK gearbox, with no manual alternative being offered for those with a true driving spirit.

According to reports, the new 911 GT3 ran the Nürburgring Nordschleife in under 7:30 minutes.

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Porsche 911 Turbo

It started with the 2014 911 GT3 , and a report from Road and Track claims that Porsche decided that the new-generation 911 Turbo will also be offered only with a PDK gearbox. So those of you who were hoping for a manual 911, you’ll have to hurry and snag one up in the current generation.

Along with the transmission shift, the report also claims the new 911 Turbo will offer lots of innovations, like a computer-controlled center differential, water-cooled Haldex unit and rear active steering for more maneuverability. Also, when compared to a base 911 , the new-generation Turbo will be about 2.8 inches wider and, for the first time, the car’s roof can either be painted or made in glass or carbon fiber.

The base Turbo model will deliver a total of 520 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, while in the S version it will be increased to 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Top speed will be limited to 196 mph, but if the tires could handle it, it could have been easily increased to 207 mph. Fuel consumption has also been lowered by 13 percent.

We have kept the best for last. The current 911 Turbo lapped Nürburgring in 7:39 (7:37 for the S version) and rumors now point to the new Turbo to coming in at way under 7:30. Could it beat Carrera GT’s 7:25? We’ll see.

Click past the jump to read more about the 911 model

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Tiff Needell has put face to face two models that have kept themselves in headlines in the past few months: theJaguar F-Type and the new-generation Porsche 911 Cabrio . To keep the battle fair, Needell had to opt for the F-Type V6 S version; a model that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque.

Even so, the 911 Cabrio has quite a disadvantage, as it only delivers 345 horsepower - 35 horsepower less than the F-Type. But the F-Type is about 353 pounds heavier, so it looks like we are in for quite a fair fight, or are we? Check out the above video to see which of the two roadsters is the fastest!

Regardless of which one wins, we wouldn’t mind having either one at our disposal, despite the fact that we definitely prefer the looks of the F-Type. Enjoy!

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Porsche scored amazing results with its 911 GT3 RSR race car, so it is no surprise that the company developed a GT3 RSR based on the new 991 generation . The 991-Series 911 GT3 RSR has been unveiled just in time to celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911.

The new 911 RSR received a series of updates that make it ready for any competition around the world. These updates include a new wishbone front suspension replacing the previously used McPherson struts and a particularly lightweight racing gearbox. Under the hood the racing version keeps the same 460 horsepower 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine as it predecessor.

With the new RSR model, Porshe paid extra attention to a more evenly balanced weight distribution. Lots of aerodynamic components are now made in carbon fiber, like the front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches and rear wing. The same material has been used on the interior for the dashboard and the center console.

Exterior updates include new air ducting, a centrally-located radiator, while the front end, front lid and rear panel are fitted with quick release systems and can be replaced within seconds.

During the 2013 racing season, the 911 RSR will be wearing starting number 92 and will be driven by Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

Updated 04/23/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new promo video for the new-generation 911 RSR that shows the car testing on the racetrack. Enjoy!


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