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Ok, we get it now. Apparently, 1963 was a pretty big year for the auto industry, the kind of eventful 12 months that eventually deserved 50th anniversary celebrations.

Well that time has come and fittingly enough, we’ve been besieged with so many of these anniversary news that it’s becoming hard to keep track of all of them.

The latest to hop on the growing trend is Porsche . While they’re not really celebrating their 50th year in existence (they already did that in 1981), they are celebrating the golden anniversary of their most iconic model, the Porsche 911 .

Obviously, a car of the 911’s stature deserves the best kind of happy birthday events and it appears that Porsche isn’t about to let its baby down. The German automaker recently announced a string of special events dedicated to the 911, beginning with the ‘Retro Classics’ automobile show in Stuttgart. It’s going to be at this exhibit where Porsche will exhibit four of the most iconic 911 models in history, including the pre-series Type 754 T7, considered as the core of the first ever 911 that was designed by founder Ferdinand Porsche.

From there, the 1967 model 911 will embark on a year-long world tour that will take it to five continents, and appear in motorsports events and exhibits in California, China, Paris, Australia and the UK.

Another exhibit, called the "50 Years of the Porsche 911", will be open from June 4 to September 29 2013. Concluding the anniversary extravaganza is the publishing of a new “911×911″ anniversary book that chronicles the entire history of Porsche’s most legendary model.

Most of are likely focusing your attention of the 2013 Chicago Auto Show set to open tomorrow, but in people Europe are pretty busy preparing for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show set to start next month. The German tuner SpeedART has just revealed the first details on the SP81-CR, which is a tuning kit based on the new-generationPorsche Cayman .

The package starts with an aggressive body kit that includes a new carbon-fiber hood, new front spoiler, a new bumper, rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing. For the interior, customers can choose between numerous leather and Alcantara elements.

Under the hood, the flat-six-cylinder engine has been tricked to deliver 345, 360 or 400 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes. To make the engine sound even better than it already does, SpeedART also installed a center-mounted dual-exhaust system.

The final piece of the puzzle is a set of 21-inch wheels and an adjustable sports suspension.

Prices will be announced during its world debut in Geneva.

Back in 2011, we brought you a 16-minute long compilation of the Porsche 911 GT3 rally car in the 2010 German Rally Championship. This time around, we are going a step further by bringing you 30 minutes of non-stop Porsche 911 GT3 rallying that highlights the best of the 2011 and 2012 rally seasons.

This video is really all you would expect of one highlighting such a great car, as the camera operators managed to get u some fantastic shots and tons of quality audio. In every single shot, you get a healthy dose of that 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine working its backside off through the gravel, dirt, mud and sometimes tarmac.

So, if you have 30 minutes to spare and a safe place to crank up the volume to hear this internal combustion orchestra, we definitely recommend it. We promise you, it is well worth the time to see this $200k machine playing in places its mommy said it’s not supposed to.

Marc Lieb has scored some pretty impressive stats -including three overall wins - during his 10 years of experience with the Porsche Racing team. However, when it comes to road driving, Lieb is pretty much like any other driver and apparently he has problems with reverse parking. Or at least this is what Porsche wants us to think!

The company is preparing a series of videos that will present us the real challenges of its drivers. You can imagine they have a lot to work, considering they have to participate in up to 25 races a year. According to Porsche, each driver needs to have "talent, learning aptitude, speed, stamina, discipline and flexibility.” Each day they need to prepare so they can adapt to fast changing situations on the race track!

Oddly enough, we guess Porsche doesn’t require their drivers how to park their Porsche…

We know that the 2013 Geneva Motor Show is still more than a month away, but there are makers out there that have already announced their lineup for the show. For example, Fab Design will unveil its Emperor II tuning kit for Porsche Cayenne S Diesel .

The wide-body kit includes a new front spoiler with oversized air intakes, a carbon-reinforced hood and two ventilation ducts. The kit continues with new wings, side skirts, a carbon rear spoiler with integrated diffuser, and numerous other carbon-fiber elements. The tuner also installed a new exhaust system with four trapezoid end pipes. However, if you are interested you will have to pay a total of €16,490 (about $23,000 at the current exchange rates) for this kit.

The tuner is also offering a set of multi-part forged wheels in ten double-spoke design and sized 10-by-22 inches up front and 12-by-22 inches on the rear. For the interior, the tuner used high-quality leather for the seats and dashboard, and numerous other insertions in double clear-coat finish, leather, carbon, or Alcantara.

Fab Design also made a few updates under the hood where it installed a sports exhaust system, sports air filter, and an optimized engine electronic system. The result is an extra 48 horsepower and an extra 60 pound-feet of torque to the V-8 diesel engine. This bumps the SUV’s top speed to 257 km/h (159.7 mph) and gets its o to 100 km/h (62 mph) time down to just 5.4 seconds.

Porsche’s racing history is, to describe in a word, illustrious. The German automaker has produced some of the finest and most powerful race cars in the world and one of them happens to be the `70s 911 Carrera RSR.

Having participated in a number of GT-class competitions, the 911 RSR was by far one of the most storied models in the German automaker’s racing lineup, amassing three international and seven German wins in its first year of competition.

So with the 1973 RSR model celebrating its 40th anniversary, the German automaker decided to feature the car in its Porsche Museum Treasures videos.

Check out the video of the 1973 911 Carrera RSR getting introduced to a new generation of motorsports aficionados. Back then, it was one of the most feared racers in the circuit. Today, it’s one of the most iconic race cars in the Porsche Museum.

Then and now, this race car still captures the hearts of a lot of people.

Source: Porsche
Porsche Panamera

It’s been a while since we brought you any news on the revised Porsche Panamera , but today the car has been caught during cold-weather testing. The prototype caught testing today dropped more of its camouflage, offering us a good look at the new rear lights.

The second-generation Panamera is still years away, so a slightly sleeker shape and different graphics on the current model freshen it up enough to keep us satisfied for the next few years. We have included a photo where you can compare the old and new design, but of course you’ll need a keen eye to notice the differences.

It has also been rumored that the revised version of the Panamera will get a front end inspired by the Sport Turismo Concept , so our fingers are crossed!

Rumors also suggest that the updated 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor new, twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower - an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model.

When you work with people - and we can’t honestly find any segment of the industry that does not require it - there will always be at least one person not happy with the things you do or decide. Exactly the same happened to Porsche in India where apparently they managed to get their former dealer - Precision Cars - very angry.

In fact, things are very complicated as Precision Cars filed a criminal case against Porsche and the courts in Jaipur decided that Porsche CEO, Mattias Müller, and eight other Porsche execs can be arrested and issued warrants for said arrests.

In 2003, Porsche announced that Precision Cars would be its local distributor of cars in India. However, all of that changed in May of last year, as Porsche selected Volkswagen Volkswagen to be their distributor instead. Now Precision Cars claims they were not notified of the change and that leads to a breach in the contract.

Along with the criminal case against Porsche execs, the dealer also asked Interpol to help them attempt to apprehend "the bad guys." We highly doubt that Mr. Müller is sweating over this ordeal, as reports say that Porsche’s official response was “Good luck with that.”

It is pretty funny on one hand, but on the other hand, Porsche will have a lot to lose if they are forced to stop their activities in India, considering it has been a growing market in the past few years.

We’re going to make some popcorn and continue to watch this circus unfold…

Source: Jalopnik

Most of you know that Porsche is preparing a new sports car that will take on models from Ferrari, which is evident by its internal name of "FeFi" ("Ferrari fighter"). Previous rumors suggested that the next 960 will be offered with a high-output flat-six engine with an output of 600 horsepower, but new details suggest that Porsche will move upmarket and target models like Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Lamborghini Aventador.

In order to deliver the extra power, Porsche decided to use a boxer eight-cylinder engine featuring four turbochargers, two intercoolers, four adjustable camshafts, a complex multistage intake manifold and dual-stage exhaust. As a result, the engine will likely deliver 650 horsepower. Sure, that’s a little less than the 740 horsepower offered by its Italian competitor, but maybe Porsche will find a solution for this problem.

The engine will be mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and will sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in a rumored 2.5 seconds.

The next 960 will featuring an aluminum-intensive architecture combined with carbon fiber, magnesium, titanium and much more in an attempt to keep weight down to about 3,000 pounds.

Porsche plans to build 3,000 to 4,000 units a year and production will start in 2017.

In 2006, Porsche added the Turbo S trim level to its Cayenne lineup, which brought the sport SUV’s already impressive output up to 520 horsepower. The 2007 model year was a one-year break for the Cayenne and when it returned in 2008, the Turbo S was not offered, but it did return again for the 2009 and 2010 model years. It looks like Porsche is going to try again, as it just announced that the Turbo S will make its triumphant return in the 2013 model year.

Much like the 911 Turbo S , the Cayenne Turbo S will share most of its styling and DNA with the step-down Turbo model. The biggest changes between the Turbo and Turbo S models will be some basic creature comfort additions, handling and braking changes, and most importantly, more power!

With the world of performance SUVs starting to get slightly crowded, how well can the top-line Cayenne Turbo S do in this quickly flooding marketplace? Does it really have enough additions over the Turbo model to constitute a price hike and how much is the price hike?

These questions and many more will be answered in our full review.

Updated 10/18/2012: Porsche has unveiled a very cool trailer video for their latest Cayenne Turbo S featuring the SUV in action on the track. Watch Gordon Robertson, Chief Driving Instructor testing the car on the track at its birthplace in Leipzig.

Updated 01/22/2013: Porsche USA has finally announced prices for the top version Cayenne Turbo S. Hit the jump for a full pricing and options list.

Click past the jump to read the review of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S.

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