The next generation of Porsche, successor of the 997 model (2005-2011), internally called 991 will be revealed at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2011. Longer wheel base and central engine are rumored.
The rate at which manual transmissions are slowly being offered in fewer and fewer cars simply blows our minds here at TopSpeed. There are few driving pleasures which can match up to performing a picture-perfect upshift, or even better, performing a perfect downshift with some heel and toe action thrown in. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people are not petrol heads, and only use cars to get from point A to point B.
However, there is a silver lining in this seemingly never ending cloud of darkness. Sources very close to Porsche have leaked to Teamspeed that the upcoming 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 will come standard with a manual transmission, with the technologically-advanced, yet less satisfying, PDK transmission set to be available as an optional extra.
Automotive and Porsche enthusiasts all over the world, you may now take a deep sigh of relief. With some of Porsche’s main competitors including Ferrari and Lamborghini phasing out manuals, we only assumed Porsche would follow suit, but thankfully, we were mistaken.
Don’t get overly excited however, as manual Porsches will eventually be a thing of the past, and if this report holds water, the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 may be the very last Porsche to come with three pedals. If demand is high enough for the manual, Porsche will likely also offer it in the 911 GT3 RS which would likely make a debut 12 to 18 months after the GT3.
So, the moral of the story. Well, if you’re looking for a new Porsche, don’t go with the boring old Carrera or Carrera S, wait for the 911 GT3 to come out and order it in a manual, as we cannot foresee a world without real drivers cars!
Have you ever been in the middle of an awesome dream when all of a sudden it turned into a nightmare? Some Porsche 911 owners are feeling just like that now that Porsche has recalled 1232 Carrera S models over a fuel line issue. Apparently, there is an interference between the coolant line and the fuel line that can cause the fuel line to be disconnected at the quick connector. If the disconnect occurs, a fuel leak may follow causing the sports car’s to stall or misfire. Even worse, a fuel leak combined with an ignition source can start a fire.
We all remember the upheaval caused by the number of Ferrari 458 Italia models that went up in flames due to a faulty adhesive. The last thing we want to see is the sultry and iconic Porsche 911 reach a fiery end. The 911 has been the diamond in Porsche’s lineup since 1963 and the current model is the epitome of getting better with time. The 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that produces 400 HP. This will take the Carerra S from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds when matched up with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission.
As of right now, there is a voluntary recall on the Porsche 911 Carrera S, but a safety recall will take place in April 2012. Porsche will be replacing the fuel line with a brand new one free of charge. Owners of the Porsche 911 Carrera S can call Porsche at 1-800-767-7243 to schedule an appointment.
Recently, Porsche officially confirmed that the new 911/991 Carrera lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 40 sec - about 13 seconds faster than its predecessor - but was still a matter that had yet to be determined. Until now.
An American customer took his new Carrera S to a drag strip in the US to see how fast the car could run the quarter mile. While the result is unofficial, it still stands at an impressive 12.04 seconds. That’s comparable to the current Nissan GT-R which has an official quarter mile time of 12.05 seconds.
The Porsche 911/991 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP. It will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph. By comparison, the current Nissan GT-R is powered by a 4.2L V8 engine that produces 424 HP.
Check out the video to see the Porsche 911/991 in action!
The beautifully exquisite Porsche 911/991 made its debut earlier this year and the number of people wanting to own one probably far outweighs the number of people who have enough money to do so. For the latter, Falken Tire is hosting a huge social media campaign that will see the grand prize winner driving away in a new Porsche 911/991 Carrera. Okay, so technically, the amount of money you make has no influence whatsoever on your chances of winning, but you get our point.
Falken Tire’s sweepstakes will launch today on their Facebook page, marking the beginning of the ALMS 12 Hrs of Sebring race weekend (March 16th-18th, 2012). Falken will actually be competing in the GT Class of the American LeMans Series with a 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR. Veteran Drivers Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers will return to pilot the car.
For a chance to win the 911/991 sports car, all you have to do is head to Falken Tire’s Facebook page and "Like" it. Once that is done, players will be able to compete on a Falken-branded racetrack on CityVille and be entered to win the 911.
This video undoubtedly portrays the race of the month: a new Porsche Carrera S vs. a Ferrari 458 Italia. The video was shot by Youtube user Jorrie2 and he did an amazing job following the famous recipe of German vs. Italian sports cars for his 600th video celebration.
The video starts off with some the driver having a little fun in a red Ferrari 458 Italia and, then shortly thereafter, the Ferrari is joined by a brand new 991 Carrera S. The video continues with more shots of both cars and a little race action, of course.
This video is definitely worth a few minutes of your time as you will thoroughly enjoy it. The only problem you may have is deciding which car you like better! Which car would you choose?
Porsche has always been Gemballa’s favorite automaker, having done plenty of programs for the German brand. And now that Porsche has released the new 911, it was only a matter of time before Gemballa got their hands on one.
So with the new 911 Carrera in their possession, Gemballa set out to create an even more individual appearance for the iconic sports car, one that features a comprehensive aero kit and an impressive performance upgrade.
The Gemballa GT kit is exclusively made from light and strong carbon fiber and includes a new front bumper, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper. All these components have been designed along modular lines so that in the event Gemballa decides to add even more components to the car, they can do so without having to change any of the existing kits installed. Rounding off the exterior modifications are a new set of 21" ultra-light forged alloy wheels, which ironically lessens the overall weight of the wheel set-up despite being bigger than the stock 19" wheels on the Carrera and 20" wheels on the Carrera S.
“Lowering the unsprung weight despite going up a wheel size was a priority," explained Gemballa CEO Andreas Schwarz.
For the engine upgrade, Gemballa added its own exhaust system, complete with six distinctive outlet pipes to help the 911’s respective 340-horsepower 3.4 and 400-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six engines breathe more easily, allowing for increased performance capabilities for the legendary Porsche sports car.
Swiss tuning company, Sportec, is bringing their latest program for the all-new Porsche 911, specifically the Carrera and Carrera S models, to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
While devoid of any aerodynamic enhancements, the tuning company went balls to the wall with a performance upgrade and a new sports suspension system. For the former, Sportec upgraded the engine’s electronics while also putting in new sports catalysts, bumping up the 911’s 3.8-liter flat six engine from the standard 400 horsepower to 420 horsepower. This results in an increased 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
The new sports suspension system Sportec has added lowers the sports car’s ride height by 25 mm, highlighting the new set of 20" aluminum Mono/7 wheels.
The entire program is still far from a finished product as Sportec will use the time after Geneva to add a lighter sports exhaust, further improving the performance numbers of the Porsche 911. On top of that, Sportech will also add new aerodynamic enhancements on both the exterior and interior of the sports car.
Known Porsche tuning extraordinaire, TechArt, has prepared a tuning package for the new generation Porsche 911 that accentuates the vehicle’s individualization potential. Their individualization package includes changes for both the exterior and interior, but the future engine modifications are what will tickle everyone’s fancy once they are revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
For now, the exterior package includes a full carbon fiber body kit and a new set of 20- or 21-inch five-spoke TechArt Formula light alloy wheels. The wheels are combined with large spaces between the spokes that revitalize the look of the car, show off the body color matching calipers, and offer effective heat dispersal. These wheels also create a 15% weight loss for the 911, reducing the rotating and unsprung mass and increasing the driving dynamics. There is also a new set of polished stainless steel sport tailpipes with either a dual oval tube or a round tube.
For the interior, the tuner is offering full leather trim with a decorative stitching in any custom color or in a sporty diamond design. There is also sport steering wheel variations with TECHART paddle shifters and plenty of carbon fiber insertions.
Stay tuned as more details will be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show!
UPDATE 02/27/2012: With Geneva set to open its doors in a week’s time, TechArt has officially taken the wraps off of their new program for the 2012 Porsche 911. The program fits right in the Carrera and Carrera S models and comes with plenty of aerodynamic parts, including a two-part front spoiler with an integrated splitter that fits perfectly into the ergonomics of the 911. The kit also has two aero wings that are integrated into the front air inlet vents, a fixed rear spoiler with a trailing edge, an integrated third brake light, a new rear diffuser, new side skirts, side mirror panels, trim panels for the front headlights, and a new set of either 20" or 21" TechArt Formula five-spoke light alloy wheels.
As far as the Geneva-bound show car is concerned, TechArt opted to show the 911 with a modified interior dressed in black leather and Alcantara with matching matte-painted interior components in racing yellow and black to go with a carbon fiber trim.
UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have added a new set of live images from the car’s official debut in Geneva. Find them in the picture gallery!
If you’re a Porsche fan, then you’ve heard of Champion Motorsport. Along with performance parts, they’ve been producing the RG5 and RG5B forged monolite wheels for Porsche 911’s for years. Now it’s the new 991’s turn to sport these rims, and they look like they were meant for this car. Honestly, Porsche should sell their cars with these wheels already installed.
If you’ve bought a 2010 or newer 911, and you have the centerlock wheels option, then you already know that the RG5 and RG5B rims are out of the question for you. But what you probably didn’t know is that they have a RG5 look-a-like just for you. The RG72 forged monolite wheel has the same classic design as the RG5 with a few styling revisions, and, most importantly, they are centerlock wheels. Champion Motorsport also offers wheels for Cayman, Boxster, Panamera, and Cayenne models.
All Champion Motorsport wheels are made from a single piece of aluminum and forged in an 8,000 pound press. The end result is a 19 to 26 pound wheel, depending on width and diameter, that is much stronger than any multi-piece wheel on the market. Each wheel is finished in Brilliant Silver and features and diamond cut and polished outer lip.
Back in October 2011, Porsche held the Rennsport Reunion IV where Porsche enthusiasts and owners alike gathered to pay tribute to the iconic 911 sports car. More than 60 years of Porsche history was showcased at the event, highlighted by some of the rarest and most powerful Porsche classics in history, but the most anticipated part of the program was the launch of the new and improved Porsche 911/991.
This event was such an outstanding moment in history that Porsche continues to unveil videos showing off the vehicle that brought all of these devoted Porsche owners together to celebrate the sports car by which all others are measured. They’ve even come up with a snazzy tag line.
Our identity, our promise. Forever the sports car.
Of course, Porsche has much to celebrate. Their 911 has been on the market since 1963 with sales and loyalty from owners booming. Their latest iteration is the best ever, powered by 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP, mated to a new, optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). This combination gives way to a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds, or 4.4 seconds when teamed up with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers 400 HP. This, plus the PDK, allows the Carrera S a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.3 seconds (an improvement of 0.2 seconds). That improvement increases when the setup is matched up with the Sport Chrono Package, leaving a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds.
Both models can also be matched up with the standard, and the world’s first, seven-speed manual gearbox.