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Porsche Macan

Things are going really well for Porsche these days. At the opening ceremony for the new Porsche Macan plant in Leipzig today, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said he expects the automaker to break the 200,000-unit sales mark, partly in thanks to exploding interest in its small crossover, the Macan.

New for 2015, the Macan is based on the Audi Q5 and is Porsche’s second go in the SUV class. Its wildly popular Cayenne has been a great seller for the company since its introduction back in 2003. "We’re transferring the genes of the Porsche brand into a new market segment," Mueller said. "Porsche will remain a manufacturer of very exclusive premium cars."

What we take away from that quote is that Porsche will pander to the vogue SUV and crossovers of today, but will never abandon the classic sports car on which their brand, reputation, and faithful following is based upon.

To that end, Mueller continued saying in regards to future Macan models, "GTS versions have a tradition at Porsche. We haven’t made a final decision yet regarding the Macan, but I’m sure it makes a lot of sense." Sorta sounds like the Macan GTS’ first public teaser to us.

Until we hear more official words, we’re left to speculate. One thing is sure, however, and that’s Porsche’s certainty its all-new Macan will be a hit. Mueller continued in his speech saying Porsche is ready to push production beyond the 50,000 units currently being planned if demand for the sporty crossover continues in its skyward direction.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Porsche Macan GTS.

If exclusivity is your fancy, then a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo might suit your needs. But if that level of exclusivity isn’t exclusive enough, then the kind folks at Porsche have an answer: Porsche Exclusive.

That’s right, contact Porsche and for the right price, they’ll build your sports car almost any way you like it through their in-house customizing division. Case in point, this 2014 911 Turbo painted in a unique shade dubbed Lime Gold Metallic. The paint, however is only the starting point with this car. Blacked-out bi-xenon headlights and clear taillights, along with a deeper tint on the windows help move this 911 further away from normalcy.

Inside the story is much the same. The owner wanted everything finished in a deep chocolate brown contrasted by seats finished in the same Lime Gold Metallic hue the exterior is treated to. Talk about melting in your mouth…

Porsche will happily take your custom order with the help of two U.S. salesmen – one on each coast – who’s sole job is helping Porschephiles make their German sports car or SUV a personalized statement of their individualized taste.

Mechanically, this 911 Turbo is bone stock. Its 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six still produces a monstrous 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels. Zero to 60 mph times are laughably quick at 3.2 second, while the quarter-mile will likely scare you as the 3,500-pound car rockets past the line in a hair’s breath over 10 seconds. Phenomenal.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche 911 Turbo.

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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?

With due respect to some of the best interior tuners in the industry, Russia’s TopCar can make its own claim as one of the best.

It’s got a long history, not to mention an inventory, of some pretty impressive programs and while it may be cause for it sit on its laurels, TopCar isn’t doing any of that. Instead, it built another version of its universally lauded Stingray GTR program for the Porsche Panamera .

We’ve seen this before, only this time, TopCar is taking the interior treatment to a whole new level with a new dress-up for the cabin. Brace yourselves, this is one for the record books.

Traditional two-color treatments are normal for this kind of business. But a combination of purple leather and gold inserts? That’s definitely a new one, and something TopCar worked effortlessly into the cabin of the Panamera .

The purple theme of the interior is actually made from genuine crocodile leather with matching diamond stitching. That’s the kind of leather you don’t want to stand away from. And the purple is really subtle, not some eggplant-looking eyesore that will drive rats away. Very classy and very elegant, kind of like what you’d expect royalty would wear.

And here’s the coup de grâce: those gold inserts on the pedals, cup holder, gear lever area, and door handles provide a nice clash to the subtlety of the purple leather. The luster is pretty sweet to look at, and might we add, fun to be around with when driving this Stingray GTR Panamera.

Speaking of which, the sports sedan also received a new body kit as part of TopCar’s renowned program, including new bumpers, a redesigned hood, updated wings and doors, and a new set of lightweight forged ADV.1 Wheels.

All that, and we still can’t get our eyes off of that interior.

Click past the jump to read more about this new Stingray GTR program TopCar built for the Porsche Panamera

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A few days ago, we brought you the first spy shots of the revised Porsche 911 Convertible and today, our spy photographers also managed to catch the standard 911 out playing in the snow.

Just like with the convertible model, the coupe version also wears little camouflage because changes on the exterior will be minimal. The revised 911 Carrera will be offered with a new front bumper with different air intakes and DRLs, and a new rear bumper with new taillights.

Just like on the convertible version, the rear bumper will feature additional air outlets on the sides, which is a clear indication that Porsche will use a new turbocharged engine under its hood. This smaller turbocharged, six-cylinder engine with will help Porsche to lower the CO2 emissions and improve fuel consumption of the 911.

Expect the revised 911 Coupe to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015.

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

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Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche surprised the automotive world when it took the first prototypes of the revised 911 Turbo out for some tests just a few weeks after the new-generation 911 Turbo hit the market. And now our spy photographers have managed to spot yet another prototype out for a new testing session during cold winter conditions.

The prototype is wearing nearly no camouflage, as the changes made will be minimal and will include revised front and rear bumpers, and new taillights that will likely get the same 3D look revealed by the Macan .

We don’t expect any changes under the hood, so the 911 Turbo will likely keep the same engine as the new-generation 911 Turbo : a turbocharged, 3.8-liter, six-cylinder with direct fuel injection that delivers 520 horsepower in the standard model and 560 horsepower in the S version.

Expect to see the revised Porsche 911 Turbo sometime in late 2015.

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German tuner TechArt is already on its second revision for the latest-generation 911 Turbo and with every new tuning kit released, the car is looking better and better. While the first details on this kit from TechArt will be released today, the final performance specs will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show .

Despite the lack of performance details, TechArt did announce that the kit will include a new sport exhaust system with valve control and a muffler kit sport and a new power kit that will give the 911 Turbo some more ponies.

For the exterior, the tuner prepared a stylish aerodynamic kit made from lightweight composite of carbon-fiber and polyurethane RIM. TechArt draped the body in a sleek white with blue and gray racing stripes that run the entire length of the car. A new set of wheels in a five-twin-spoke design completes the picture.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo by TechArt.

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Last year, our spy photographers caught a strange-looking 911 Carrera testing in the wild. Rumors suggested that this prototype could reveal either a facelift for the current 911 Carrera or a GTS version .

Today, however, it’s time for the revised 911 Convertible to go out testing near Porsche’s factory in Stuttgart. The revised 911 Convertible will be offered with a new front bumper with different air intakes and DRL, new rear lights and also a new bumper.

What’s even odder is that this prototype gets air outlets on the sides of the rear bumper, a clear indication that Porsche will indeed offer a new turbocharged engine. This smaller six-cylinder engine will help Porsche lower its CO2 emissions and with this smaller engine producing more heat, the extra holes in the rear were a must.

Expect the revised 911 Convertible to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015.

Updated 08/27/14: A new batch of photos of the Porsche 911 Convertible have been leaked out. Check them out in the gallery!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 991 Carrera Convertible.

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The 100th episode of Ignition comes with a special test, as Carlos Lago was invited to Spain to test the new Porsche 918 Spyder . The test was made at the famed Valencia circuit where it looks like the 918 Spyder offers fuel economy results comparable to the Toyota Yaris Hybrid’s, despite its impressive performance figures.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid system that combines a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 608 horsepower with two electric motors: one powering the front axle and one the rear axle. With a combined output of 887 horsepower and a peak torque rating of 940 pound-feet, the 918 Spyder will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

Check out the video to see how this immensely complex hypercar work and what the guys over MotorTrend think about it.

Porsche 911 Targa

So, Porsche finally revealed what we all knew was coming — the 2014 911 Targa — at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In years past, we have seen the targa top undergo some changes on the 911 , including the original manual top to the polarizing sliding top in the 1990s and 2000s, so some folks, myself included, had additional questions about

Sure, we can watch all the videos in the world, but they do not show all the nerdy details about the top that I, a self-proclaimed auto nerd, want to know. Well, being the inquisitive person that I am, I reached out to Porsche for a little extra clarity on this topic. And they were happy to oblige with a long list of previously unreleased details on the new targa roof.

Click past the jump to read what we learned about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa’s removable top.


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