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Ohio-based tuner Switzer Performance has unveiled a new tuning package for the Porsche 997 Turbo . The tuner worked on reprogramming the Porsche’s transmission control unit (TCU) software to increase the torque limits, but they needed more than that if they wanted to obtain a total of 700 HP.

Switzer disassembled, upgraded, and rebuilt the Tiptronic transmission to meet customer demands for higher hp projects. The first builds produced transmissions that were stronger and sharper than the factory unit, but not strong enough to contain Tym’s hard-hitting P800. So the tuner kept on working. They added more clutches to eliminate slippage, additional friction surfaces to ensure more efficient power delivery, a modified valve body to improve shift speed, and (last, but not least) another round of transmission programming which enabled the Tiptronic to have a tremendous boost in power and live up to its potential.

The result? A sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds on standard tires and standard air pressure while running on pump gas. The price for the package is $7990.


The Porsche Turbo 997 is no stranger to the push and pulls of everyday tuners. There are so many tuning packages available for this vehicle that a consumer can pretty much take a name out of a hat and that particular tuning form will have a package for this incredible vehicle. Now, in the midst of all those packages, APS Sportec has revealed the SP580 tuning package for the new Porsche Turbo 997 . The tuning package is available for both six speed manual or PDK variants and is priced at £9,400.

Thanks to some ECU updates, ignition and turbo boost parameters, a new stainless steel sports exhaust system with high flow catalytic converters, and two 70mm ‘twin’ tailpipes, the engine’s output has been increased to an impressive 580 HP at 6500 rpm and 800 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 197 mph.

The package also includes forged alloy wheels, suspension, and braking upgrades.

Even with all of these engine modifications, the SP580 tuning package is still a little shy of the massive 700hp obtained by the tuning firm, 9ff, for their rendition of the Porsche Turbo 997 . This just means we have yet to find a package to outrun 9ff’s model. Keep trying, folks!


Porsche is about to replace the 997 , so one might ask why we even bother talking about the old Porsche 996? Well, that’s easy. We talk about it because it is a very cool car and tuners are still into it.

In fact, Switzer is offering a new tuning package for the 996 Turbo called the P700 and its name is sure to give away the fact that Switzer has been able to pump out 700HP on the good old 996. The P700 can turn out such impressive power thanks to new, billet-wheel K16 turbo upgrades. It even runs on 93 octane pump gas!

Other features included in the Porsche 996 P700 package are a Switzer Performance exhaust, a high flow BMC air filter, Iridium spark plugs and a high flow fuel injector system. It also features a Switzer silicone hose kit, billet diverter valves, HD wastegate actuators, and an electronic boost controller.

The Porsche 996 P700 is priced at $8,995. A fair price for all that equipment.

See the P700 package on the dyno in the video after the jump.

It wasn’t long ago that the creative minds over at TechArt unveiled the Aerodynamic Kit I for the Porsche Turbo and, already, they have brought out another from under their sleeve. TechArt has just released the official details on their new Aerodynamic Kit II for the Porsche 911 Turbo that is said to bring out the "sporty and masculine features of the car".

The Aerodynamic Kit II includes the engine package TA 097/T1 or TA 097/T2 that add an extra 70 HP and 120 HP, respectively, to the series model from the 480 HP the Porsche 911 Turbo brings to the table straight from the factory. It includes front and rear aprons, front and rear spoiler, and aerodynamic side skirts. Illuminating the Porsche 911 Turbo are the daytime running lamps, position light, parking light ,and direction indicators in one LED system unit and a common housing. All components are made out of high-grade materials such as lightweight carbon fiber and hard-wearing polyurethane-RIM.

This Aerodynamic Kit brings a little more exterior shaping than the first package provided by TechArt back in March. The better choice would depend solely on the driver’s preference over looks or speed even though there isn’t much of a dramatic change in appearance from one kit to another. We would opt for speed, of course.

Press release after the jump.

Porsche has unveiled a new promotional video for the new 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S that will go on sale this May.

The commercial is a rather impressive marketing stint consisting of two Turbos resting somewhere near a beautiful mountain. The detail that should not go unnoticed is the two eagles soaring above the parked cars. At the end of a nice and easy ride around the edges of the mountain, the two Porsches park once again amidst a breathtaking view of the snow-capped mountain. The eagles are gone, but the metaphorical replacements sit in their abundant beauty.

A commercial like this could only be matched up with the exquisite and sporting nature of the Porsche Turbo S. The Turbo comes with an increase of 30 HP, for a total of 530 HP. The speed upgrade is thanks to a six cylinder boxer boosted by a pair of turbochargers. The turbochargers are complete with Porsche’s variable turbine geometry that reduces lag and increases performance. As a result, the Turbo S will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.3 seconds and go from 0 to 200 km/h (124 MPH) in only 10.8 seconds. Top speed is achieved at 195 MPH.

Sportec has prepared a new tuning package for the facelifted version of the 997 Turbo , both Coupe and Cabriolet versions. The tuner is offering two performance stages and a wide range of wheels.

In stage one the performance optimization was obtained with an ECU reprogramming and a new sport air filter. The result is 550 hp at 6400 RPM and a peak torque of 750 Nm at 3400 RPM. Top speed has increased to 200 mph while the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.2 seconds.

In stage two performance optimization was obtained by combining ECU reprogramming with a sport air filter, a high performance exhaust system with high-flow catalytic converters, sound throttles incl. controller, and two 70mm double endpipes. The result is 580 hp at 6500 RPM and a peak torque of 800 Nm at 3400 RPM while top speed remains at 200 mph.

Customers can also choose between 19" or 20" wheels in different colors and designs.

Compared to the tuning package provided for the Porsche by Tech Art , this package falls a tad short. TechArt allowed for more horsepower and even included some aesthetic changes to the vehicle, but at least with Sportec you get to choose lots of different wheels (insert chuckle here).


The German tuner, 9ff revealed a new customization program for the 2010 Porsche Turbo. Called the 9ff DR700, the package delivers a total of 700 hp and 870 NM. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in 9.4 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 23 seconds. Although not as visually appealing as the customization brought to us by SpeedArt, 9ff delivers when it comes to horsepower with about 20hp more than SpeedArt’s program for the Turbo.

To obtain these impressive performances the tuner added a 9ff valve adjustable sport exhaust system including: 9ff design tail pipes, 9ff sport catalytics & air filter, 9ff intercoolers & intake hoses, 9ff exhaust headers, 9ff ECU (in exchange), 9ff Turbochargers DR700 (in exch.), 9ff Camshafts & connectings rods, 9ff Intake manifold, 9ff Torque optimized PDK, and 9ff Clutch (only manual shifted cars).

Hit the jump for a video of the exhaust system.

Next to the GT Street based on the 996 Turbo coupe, TechArt is also offering a cabrio version. The exterior gets a new front bumper with its large air intakes, side skirts, side air intakes, rear bumper spoiler, and the Type I or Type II turbo rear wing and 5-spoke monoblock light alloy wheel in either 18", 19" or 20".

The TECHART programs come with the TECHART coil-over suspensions, Vario, Vario GT2, Vario Racing . And for maximum deceleration, TECHART features a sport brake system in yellow. It owns six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 350 x 34 millimeter discs on the front axle. The rear axle is fitted with 330 x 28 millimeter discs and four-piston fixed calipers.

For the engine the tuner modified the cylinder heads, a new sport exhaust system with racing kats in stainless steel and modified the ECU. The result is an output of 734hp.

The interior gets modifications of leather, carbon, brushed aluminum and stainless steel.

While most of you are familiar with the TechArt GTStreet based on the 997 Turbo, the company also offers a GTStreet program for the 996 Turbo. Starting with the exterior the GTStreet adds: large front air intakes, carbon splitter, side skirts, side air intakes, rear bumper spoiler, carbon diffuser, and adjustable racing wing with carbon lip.

In order to improve the car’s performances TechArt added a stainless performance exhaust and sport cat. The result is a maximum output of 640 hp, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 223 mph.

The interior gets alloy pedals, ergonomic steering wheel, Alu Line interior accents, door sills and floor mats.

The whole package is finished by Formula wheels 18" - 19" and a coil-over suspension Vario.

You might say that a car like Porsche 911 Turbo has enough power from factory and its look needs no improvement. But as when we are talking about cars the word "enough" is not in our dictionary we present you the TechArt Aerodynamic Kit I for Turbo Cabriolet.

Starting with the exterior the tuner added: a new front spoiler that smoothly integrates into the shape of the bumper and embodies pure sportiness at the first glance.; side skirts and a new rear diffuser with its additional side air outlets as well as anewly-shaped automatic raising wing element of the rear spoiler make a unique body.

As for the engine, thanks to a TECHART short-throw shifter and a valved exhaust system, the output has been raised to 660 hp at 6,800 rpm, compared to 480 hp of the basic vehicle Porsche 911 Turbo. At the same time, the peak torque increases from 620 Nm to 860 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 214 mph.

The interior gets a hand-made ergonomic sport steering wheel, custom leather-trimmed floor mats, aluminum anodized pedals, footrest, gear shift and stainless-steel door sills with illuminated TechArt logo.

Continued after the jump.


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