Porsche 991

Porsche 991

  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.

It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.

These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.

The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

As if the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS story wasn’t complicated enough, a new photo showing a possible scale model of the high-performance sports car just surfaced the Internet to pour more fuel on the fire. It may sound inappropriate for a brand-new vehicle to break cover via a scale model, which is supposed to hit specialized stores and showrooms after the car benefits from the necessary publicity, but it happened before.

For instance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class made it onto the Web in the form of a 1:18 diecast model weeks before the German manufacturer staged its grand unveiling. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Porsche in the adjacent photo is the actual 911 GT3 RS, but we can’t help notice a few details we’re already familiar with.

Firstly, the scale model is clearly based on the latest iteration of the 911 GT3 . Secondly, the wheels are 100 percent similar to those seen in the GT3 RS spy shots we received earlier this year.

Puzzled yet? Well, buckle up because there’s more!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

If there’s one thing the Martini brand is famous for, besides its wide range of vermouths, that would have to be sponsoring several Porsche race cars in the golden era of motorsport. The 917 , the 911 RSR, the 935 and the 936 are only a few of the cars that have won important racing events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans , while wearing the distinctive dark/light blue and red livery.

The Porsche-Martini partnership ended rather abruptly in the late 1970s, but the two companies tied the knot once again in 2013, when a Martini-liveried 911 GT3 raced in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Now, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans right around the corner, a new Martini-striped vehicle is about to leave Stuttgart - the 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition.

Sure, it’s a bit disappointing that no Martini-liveried Porsche 919 Hybrid will hit the Le Mans track this year, but the 911 S Martini Racing Edition is more than just a pinstriped sports car . To begin with, it’s crafted by Porsche Exclusive , the customizing division responsible for a bevy of unique-looking Porsche products. Then there’s the extra amount of standard features that come with it, otherwise not available in the regular 911 S, and production numbers limited to just 80 units.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Carrera S "Martini Racing Edition".

TOPCAR is no stranger to awesome kits for the Porsche 911 , along with other sports cars and supercars . Last year we saw the firm modify both the Carrera and the Carrera 4S with stylish body kits, and now the company has released its new Stinger GTR kit for the 991-generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S.

This TOPCAR kit is more than just your typical body kit, as these new components aren’t made from cheap ABS plastic or fiberglass. Nope, they are made from vacuum-formed carbon fiber and Kevlar. That’s right, these pieces are bulletproof... Okay, maybe they’re not bulletproof, but it sounds damn cool to say.

The reason this is such a big deal is because flowing carbon-fiber into the body of the Porsche 911 is rather tough, but vacuum forming allows TOPCAR to work within very tight tolerances to get the perfect fit. And by the looks of this and all TOPCAR kits, you are in for a treat when you see the finished product in person.

Like most TOPCAR offerings, there are no performance mods added in , meaning you get a 520- or 560-horsepower, twin-turbo flat-six from the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, respectively. If that’s not enough for you, I am certain the experts at TOPCAR will find a tuner kit that will make the engine as wild as the body.

Click past the jump to read more about the 991 Turbo and Turbo S Stinger GTR

While the unveiling of the new 911 GT3 RS is being pushed back due to the faulty 3.8-liter engines that set a couple of regular GT3s ablaze earlier this year, a rumor coming all the way from Britain claims the next GT3 RS may get a turbocharged powerplant. According to Autocar, quoting an unnamed source familiar with the matter, the 911 GT3 fire debacle is the No. 1 reason for the turbocharging idea. According to the report, Porsche engineers are concerned about extracting more power from the naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter inline-six without compromising the unit’s reliability.

The problem with the GT3 RS is that it needs at least 500 horsepower to make it count alongside the regular GT3. Although some 25 to 30 ponies added to the GT3’s substantial 475-horsepower output don’t sound like much in theory, the 3.8-liter all-motor plant will have to cope with an immense amount of pressure. By contrast, a turbocharged engine deals more comfortably with moderate power increases.

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Source: AutoCar

There’s been a lot of talk about Porsche ’s purported plans to drop an electric motor into the 911 , but the Germans are doing a wonderful job at keeping all the details under wraps. In fact, Stuttgart is quieter than a Tesla Model S when it comes to 911 hybridization .

Fortunately, and because we’re living in an age dominated by state-of-the-art technology, Porsche’s steps are carefully monitored by high-performance photo lenses and recording devices. The Nurburgring track is packed with spies waiting to snap shots of the latest prototypes and test cars, so it’s only natural for us to hope for an alert paparazzo to blow the 911 hybrid’s cover.

And although we didn’t expect for that to happen anytime soon, it appears Porsche might be testing a hybrid 911 at the German track as we speak. Spotted earlier this month on the Nordschleife, the 911 shown in the video above looks like any other Carrera S you can buy nowadays. However, a device found on the back seat, as well as the high-pitched noise coming out during shifting accelerating, suggest this is no regular 911.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that the electrical equipment inside the sports car isn’t just a telemetry device, but the unusual noises are noticeable and they must mean something. One thing’s for sure though, if the 911 lapping the ’Ring with that gizmo attached to it is indeed a hybrid, development has barely commenced and there’s plenty of footage to follow.

As a quick reminder, we expect the 911 hybrid to carry a turbocharged, 560-horsepower flat-six engine and an electric motor sourced from the 918 Hybrid supercar , a combo that creates more than 700 ponies. And that’s an upsetting figure for both Ferrari and Lamborghini .

Yes, these are actually spy shots. It seems that the crew at Porsche is getting really smart about disguising its test mules. Thankfully, our shooters are just too eagle-eyed to be caught off guard.

What we appear to be looking at is the upcoming 911 GTS Coupe .

If you remember a few months ago, we actually had spy shots of a convertible doing winter testing that featured a lot of the same identifying features of this two-door. Now from the front, the car appears to be any normal 991-generation Carrera (or nearly any Porsche for that matter), but jump to the rear and things quickly get different.

First, take a good look at that exhaust. There is no Porsche 911 model on sale today with this large, center-mounted, dual-exit design. It actually looks more like the exhaust for the Golf R than a 911. This also leads us to believe that you should look for a more powerful version of the car’s flat-six engine to be hiding inside.

The second giveaway is more subtle, but a close eye will notice that the rear appears to be covered in some sort of weird tape or plastic. There is deformation around the taillamps and the center of the bumper. This is a good indicator of the GTS status, as the last GTS was released as part of the mid-cycle refresh. That tape could be hiding a slightly revised bumper and lighting assembly that will debut on the refreshed car.

Slightly better looking, and slightly faster. It sounds like a win to me.

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British-based owners of the Porsche 911 GT3 are banding together to demand compensation for costs incurred stemming from the recall of the sports car last February after two GT3s caught fire earlier this year. Customers behind the GT3 Worldwide Action Group aren’t too happy that GT3 owners from other parts of the world are getting compensated for their affected cars while those in the UK are getting nothing.

In a letter sent to Porsche AG senior management, the GT3 Worldwide Action Group is demanding a compensation of £145 ($243) per day payable from February 18, the day when owners were first advised by Porsche to stop driving the GT3 because of problems with piston-rod connectors that has forced Porsche to take the unprecedented step of replacing all of the car’s engines .

The compensation being sought by these owners is intended to cover lease costs, deprecation, reduced warranty, insurance costs and lack of intended use. On top of that, the group also wants Porsche to pay &euro100 ($138) a day for customers whose cars are still in production and 50 euros for owners who have paid a deposit but have yet to be given a build slot.

It seems like a fair deal given that according to a statement the group released, U.S. owners of the GT3 are being compensated $2,000 a month for the duration of the recall while owners in Germany are getting &euro175 ($241) a day, the same amount the group is seeking for British-based owners of the sports car. The UK’s Daily Telegraph has even corroborated these claims, saying that it had seen email from Dubai Dubai ’s official Porsche dealer confirming to one GT3 customer that it will pay the owner $12,000 in compensation for the recalled GT3.

But UK customers have so far received nothing in compensation from Porsche, and the group, which represents around 30 to 35 owners in the UK, are rising up to force Porsche to pay them up. “We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets,” Sunil Mehra, the founder of the group, said.

Interestingly enough, one of those British-based customers who was forced to return the Porsche 911 GT3 was McLaren Automotive . Turns out, McLaren brought a GT3 and had plans to use it as it prepared to develop the McLaren P13 , the company’s two-seat sports car that it plans to launch as a direct competitor to the Porsche.

Click past the jump to read about Porsche GT3’s fire problems.

While unhappy Porsche 911 GT3 buyers are still waiting for their sports cars to be delivered following the much-discussed fire debacle , the said vehicle has been named the 2014 World Performance Car during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show .

The 911 GT3 grabbed the coveted award after defeating two equally prestigious sports cars , the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , which was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year, and the more expensive Ferrari 458 Speciale . The winner was determined by a panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that a Porsche -badged vehicle wins the World Performance Car title. The 911 GT3 follows the legacy of the Boxster /Cayman and the 911 Carrera , which were declared winners in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Needless to say, we can’t argue with the results of this year’s World Performance Car awards, but we can’t help but notice the irony of it all. As the fifth-generation 911 GT3 gains even more recognition for its fantastic abilities, current owners had to return their cars for an engine swap, while those that have already ordered one could wait up to six months to enjoy it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 fire fiasco.

Porsche may have recalled each and every 2014 GT3 to replace their engines, but the fire-risk debacle is far from being over. Forced to keep their GT3s in on the sidelines or in Porsche dealerships nationwide until the mill transplants begin, current owners are obviously unhappy.

And we can’t blame them. When you’re spending $130,000-plus on a sports car , the last thing you want is to wait for weeks or even months for the manufacturer to deal with any issue that might occur. Porsche is aware of that and, although it has yet to provide a timetable for this recall , it has notified its customers that they’ll be given compensation for their inability to drive the 2014 GT3s they have purchased.

According to an official letter received by GT3 owners that was published on the Rennlist Forums, Porsche’s first step is to add an extra 12 months (or 100,000 miles) to the Porsche Approved warranty that comes with each 2014 model year GT3. Also, the letter suggests each owner will be compensated for not being able to drive the car while in service, but it does not provide further details.

However, the same owner that disclosed the letter, who was supposed to get his brand-new GT3 a week ago, says Porsche has promised to pay $2,000 per month until the sports car is actually delivered.

While the German automaker is obviously trying to do the right thing, some GT3 customers are still dissatisfied with the likely scenario in which their car will be delivered six months into the model year. More details will become available in the coming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned for further news on the matter.

As a brief reminder, Porsche has notified owners to stop driving their GT3s in February after two vehicles burned to a crisp. The manufacturer discovered that the issue was caused by faulty piston rod screws and decided to install new engines on all 2014 model year vehicles. In addition to recalling cars already delivered to customers, Porsche also ordered dealers to stop selling GT3s until updates are installed.

Click past the jump to read the letter delivered to Porsche GT3 buyers.


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