Porsche Carrera

Porsche Carrera

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".

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.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 GTS Coupe.

The battle between Porsche’s RWD 911 Carrera S and AWD Carrera 4S is one of the enthusiast’s longest running matchups. Fans of the basic RWD configuration claim it delivers a more pure and raw driving experience, while fans of the 4S claim that AWD is necessary to help balance out the 911’s rear-engine placement.

EVO decided to take this argument to the physical space in an episode of its Track Battle series. In this video, we have a blue Carrera 4S lineup up against a yellow C2S , and they are going to try and decide which one is best.

I am not completely satisfied with the car selection as they are not speced quite the same. The RWD car has the PDK automatic and the enhanced suspension package, while the 4S gets the three-pedal option and the standard suspension. They both have ceramic brakes and the upgraded engine horsepower options.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but there is plenty of drifting from both of the German machines. When you finish watching, sound of below about the conclusion. Did EVO get it right, or should the other car have won?

Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Spy shots of the facelifted Porsche 911 were sent to us by our trusty spy photographer, although this time something about the prototype caught our attention that could point to a different, and potentially more powerful 911. Take a closer look at these photos and you might notice that instead of the quad exhausts of the 2015 911, this particular model is sporting a pair of center-mounted exhaust pipes, similar to the setup used on the 2014 911 GT3 .

So what could this interesting little nugget mean? Our best guess is a revival of the GTS , something we haven’t seen from the 911 since the 2011 Carrera GTS arrived in the scene back in 2010.

Another potential model is the 911 Speedster , and the bulging rear end — a little more so than the standard 911 Convertible at least — could be a clue that points in that direction. The canvas roof and the windshield looks unchanged though, and if this is the Speedster, it’s probably an early prototype that will undergo some changes before a production model rolls out.

Either way, what we’re looking at here is a new trim of the 911 that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Our hunch is that this is the 911 GTS, and if it is, it’s definitely a welcome addition to the already growing 911 family.

Let us know in the comments what you think this model is.

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The Corvette /Porsche 911 debate has been ongoing for many years and almost rivals the Camaro /Mustang debate. Sure, the Corvette has recently kept pace with the 911 Carrera lately, but the 911 always has been a more sophisticated and better handling car. On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S is significantly more expensive than the Corvette ever has been and ever will be.

Well, Chris Harris decided to put these two in a head-to-head matchup, as put the Corvette Stingray and the new-generation 911 Carrera S on the track and let their performance do the talking.

As a reminder, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block, V-8 engine dubbed the LT1 that produces 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S gets a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. The Carrera S goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks: which is better German or American sports car?

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In the last episode of "Head 2 Head," Carlos Lago and Randy Pobst from Motor Trend had the chance to test drive three of the best sports car currently available on the market, including the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S that won magazine’s "Best Driver’s Car" competition last year, and two new additions: the new Corvette Stingray and the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

Initially, the three cars were taken to Laguna Seca and had their lap times tested. The best lap time came from the F12berlinetta, as expected, with a lap time of 1:38.04. After that, all the three cars were put to the quarter-mile test, much to the delight of our senses.

The most powerful car tested was the F12berlinetta, with it 6.3-liter, 731-horsepower, V-12 engine. As no surprise, the Italian beast delivers an amazing driving experience and the two guys seemed to have all the fun in the world testing it. Who wouldn’t after all. Oh, and the engine sounds beyond awesome!

The Stingray is also a pretty good car to drive, thanks to its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine hat kicks out 460 horsepower.

Pulling up the rear in the power department is the Carrera 4S, which puts down only 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from its 3.8-liter, flat-six engine.

Keep in mind, the "Best Driver’s Car" is not always the one with the most power... Enjoy the video!

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TopCar announced its participation in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a pretty cool tuning kit based on the new-generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4S . The kit is called Stinger and for customers interested, it can be ordered at a price of €14,280 (about $19,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new Stinger kit is mainly focused on updating the exterior look of the 911 Carrera 4S , and offers a sporty and powerful aerodynamic kit. Thanks to all the changes it received, the 911 Carrera 4S Stinger does not only look more aggressive and speedy, but also sits lower and wider, thanks to the new shape of the front and rear bumpers.

The kit also includes a new hood, some extra spoilers, plus some updates to the interior, depending on the personal taste of the customer. The car sits on new wheels from ADV.1.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Carrera Stinger by TopCar.

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As you likely already know, Chris Harris is certainly one of the best in the biz at video reviews various sports and super cars. Well, Mr. Harris is at it again with this latest video (above).

Harris put face to face three of the greatest drop-top sports cars out there. The list includes a Jaguar F-Type V8 S , an Aston V8 Vantage Roadster and a Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible . In total the three sports cars develop a total of 1,315 horsepower (495 for the F-Type, 420 for the Vantage and 400 for the Carrera S).

Just the cars alone make the 24-minute-long video enticing, but getting to watch Chris beat the daylights out of them around whatever random track he happens to be on today. Needless to say, there is plenty of drifting going on and lots of beautiful engine noise.

So, which one does Chris prefer? Well, we’re not going to spoil the surprise for you; you’ll have to watch the video yourself.

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In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno had to review Robb Report’s 20th annual Car of the Year: the Porsche 911 Carrera S . Along with it, he also reviewed the Morgan 3 Wheeler - a car aimed for those with lots of money to spent, but came in dead last in a group of 13 cars.

The new-generation 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. When equipped with the PDK gearbox, the new Carrera S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Porsche also offers a Sport Chrono Package that improves the sprint time to 4.1 seconds.

Check out the video to see what Leno has to say about the new generation 911. Also, see if he agrees that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is just a money burner.

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The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S was unveiled with a series of updates that made it even better than the previous generation. Even so, when a tuner comes with some updates we can be nothing but happy.

German suspension expert, Eibach, is offering its Pro-Kit Performance Springs that lower the new 911 Carrera’s center of gravity, offers improved handling and gives it a more balanced appearance. With the new springs, the car’s ride was lower by 40 mm (1.57 inches), giving the Porsche a more aggressive stance.

The tuner is also offering a pro-spacer kit made from high-tensile-strength aluminum alloy that widens the car’s stance for added stability and a more aggressive appearance. These new wheel spacers also weigh significantly less than steel wheel spacers.

Eibach’s offerings for the 911 end there, but the new suspension kit may just be the perfect addition for the Carrera 4 .

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.


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