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We are all waiting for the new-generation Porsche 911 GT2 to arrive, but until the day comes, German tuner OK-Chiptuning took another look at the "old" GT2. A base 911 GT2 delivered 530 horsepower — 90 horsepower less than the more powerful GT2 RS, which unfortunately was limited to only 500 units.

This is where OK-Chiptuning comes in to help you out, as it takes a standard GT2 and increase its power to beyond the level of a 911 GT2 RS . This tuning kit includes a new Akrapovic racing exhaust system with manifolds and sport catalysts, a high-quality racing clutch from Sachs and modified GT2 RS intercoolers.

With these updates in place, the GT2 equipped with the Clubsport package delivers a total of 680 horsepower — 60 horsepower more than a GT2 RS — and 649 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the 911 GT2 from OK-Chiptuning goes from 100 km/h to 200 km/h (62 mph to 124 mph) in just 5.1 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 8.4 seconds and to 186 mph in about 21.3 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the GT2 RS does the latter two sprints in 9.4 and 24.7 seconds.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 997 GT2 by OK-Chiptuning.

Porsche Cayman GTS

Patience is great, but perseverance and a keen eye sometimes nets better results, and that is exactly how our spy photographers managed to snatch up our first spy shots of the upcoming Cayman GTS. The prototype that our guys caught out in the light snow was nearly undisguised, but that’s no surprise, considering drumming up images of a Cayman GTS doesn’t take much brain power.

As expected, this hot Cayman sports a revised front bumper and new LED lights, The new bumper and its splitter help add a more aggressive look to the Cayman and likely add some downforce to the front axle. Around back, we can see that the GTS package will add a new diffuser.

What you can’t see in these images is what Porsche did under the hood. Under here, we expect to see a 15-horsepower bump over the Cayman S’s numbers, netting the Cayman GTS 340 horsepower from its flat-six engine. Not too shabby for the Boxster ’s hard-topped sibling.

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Back in 1984, Porsche looked to be a key part of Group B racing in an effort to develop and explore technology for it’s road-going cars. After a weak start and two years of lackluster performance though, the Rally 959 in 1986 went on to achieve a 1-2 finish at the Paris-Dakar. However with the cost involved with motorsports, the viability of the project, along with the knowledge gained in racing decreasing, the Rally 959’s days of driving over rough dusty terrain came to an end.

Today, almost 30 years later though, with all the speculations about Porsche’s return to rallying with a possible rally version of the 911 to be unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show. it seems we could soon see some new Porsche’s swapping asphalt with rough terrain.

So to visualize what the rumored rally car - dubbed the 911 Safari, could look like, we at TopSpeed decided to prepare a set of renderings for you.

Click past the jump for the complete set of renderings of the 911 Safari

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For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.

Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.

The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.

Updated 01/13/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/20/2014: Porsche unveiled two new promotional video for the new 911 Targa in which it reveals new features from the model. Enjoy!

Updated 02/07/2014: Porsche unveiled a new set of images for its latest addition to the 911 lineup: the new Targa, in both 4 and 4S versions. Check the picture gallery for the new images.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Targa.

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In the latest episode of Head 2 Head, Jonny Lieberman from Motor Trend took two of the most powerful sports sedans out there — the Audi RS7 and the Porsche Panamera Turbo — to see which one was the best on the road.

According to him, the Porsche Panamera was always one of Motor Trend’s favorites, but the new Audi RS7 is also a pretty surprising ride. In fact, it was such a shock to the automotive world, that only the Panamera Turbo could compete with it.

To be honest with you, the RS7 is definitely our favorite, as it is not only more powerful — 560 vs. 520 horsepower — but it also looks better than the Panamera in our opinion. Check out the video to see which one did better in the latest test, which took place both on the track and a canyon road.

Let us know in the comment section below which of the two models you would choose for a daily driver.

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On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker was involved in a horrific crash that cost him his life. Back then it was not known how Roger Rodas — the driver at the time of the accident and former race car driver — lost the control of the Porsche Carrera GT . It was pretty clear that speed was the main factor, but there was no official cause provided by the police.

Now, according to the final report from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office, it looks like the Carrera GT was driving at more than 100 mph before the moment of impact. Police officials said that the car was headed east on Hercules Street "at an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph," lost control for some "unknown reasons," and hit both a tree and a light post. The car then spun around another 180 degrees, hit another tree and burst into flames.

The same report stated that Rodas was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

After his death, Universal Studios announced that the release date for the new series in the Fast and Furious franchise was moved from July 2014 to April 10, 2015.

This final piece is hopefully the final piece of news regarding this tragedy and serves as a reminder that no matter how good of a driver you are and how awesome the car is, always save the crazy driving for the race track...

Click past the jump to watch a cool tribute to Paul Walker.

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Porsche unveiled a new video featuring the seven-time Pikes Peak Champion, Jeff Zwart, discussing the alter ego of the Porsche 911 — Rallying and Off-Roading.

The video starts with rare footage of Porsche’s involvement in Rally Dakar and continues with some footage showing Jeff attacking Pikes Peak. The video will also bring you to the Porsche Museum where you will see the Paris-Dakar-winning Type 953, the all-wheel-drive 911 precursor to the 959.

In the meantime, rumors suggest that Porsche could unveil a special, off-road version of the 911 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. This new concept is rumored to be called 911 Safari and will be based on the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and will feature an off-road package.

If this rumor becomes a reality, then Porsche is sure to slingshot right to the front of the rally-racing realm. We will find out in the upcoming months if there is any truth to this rumor.

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Porsche unveiled a GTS version for its 911 Carrera back in 2010 and now it looks like the history is about to repeat itself. Our spy photographers sent us some spy shots that seem to reveal more than a simple revision to the latest generation of the Porsche 911 — the 991.

In fact, we believe that this revised Carrera will also get a GTS variant because the prototype caught here features a few telltale signs of the old GTS. First, it has a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper, just like the 2010 GTS did.

Up front, there is a new front bumper with revised air intakes and new, LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the rear end gets a new set of taillights, which lead us to believe that this GTS also carries the changes that we can expect across the entire 911 range — sans the wide-body kit, of course.

The facelifted Porsche 991 Carrera is expected to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015 and the GTS version should arrive during the same period.

Updated 01/02/2014: Based on the latest spy shots, we created a rendering for the upcoming Carrera GTS. Check it out after the jump.

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Porsche Cayenne

Porsche engineers have had a pretty busy 2014 so far, as our spy shooters caught the revised version of the Cayenne testing in the cold. The prototype wears only a bit of camouflage on the areas that Porsche is updating.

Up front, we expect to see some changes on the front bumper and the headlights, while the backside will get taillights that feature a slimmer look and 3D styling, like on the recently revealed Porsche Macan , and a revised rear bumper. The new Cayenne will also feature a selection of revised wheels and a slightly updated cabin.

Porsche may offer some updates for the engine, and a plug-in hybrid version could also be in the works for the Cayenne .

Considering Porsche has been testing the Cayenne for quite some time, we expect to see it in the dealerships sometime in late 2014 as a 2015 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne.

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Gemballa reminds me of some of the most hideous looking tuning jobs ever, but, once in a while they do make proper supercars stand out from the crowd. Gemballa also specialize in tuning Porsches .

One of the very popular models they have worked upon is the Carrera GT. Gemballa created a handful of unique special editions based on the Porsche supercar and called the Gemballa Mirage GT .

These one-off cars were sold out almost instantly and being unique pieces of German engineering, Gemballa made few bucks on every car sold. Now, a Gemballa Mirage GT ’Special Edition’ is up for sale in Germany.

Given the standard car would have cost about $450,000 in the U.S., the used Gemballa Mirage GT has a price tag of $780,000. That is a lot of money even for a Carrera GT that has been tweaked to produce 650 horsepower and is painted black with orange accents. The car has 12,000 miles on its odometer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Gemballa Mirage GT


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