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Porsche Cayenne

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne was caught testing for the first time back in April and now, Porsche engineers took it out for another testing session. This time around, our photographers caught it on public roads in Germany.

With most of the new 911 family out and official, the Boxster and Cayman fresh out of the box, and the Macan still under development, there is only one model left to work on: the Cayenne .

The second-generation Cayenne was unveiled back in 2010 and it still looks relatively fresh and young, but now Porsche has started to prepare a facelift to keep it fresh for the next couple of years.

The prototype caught testing today wears camouflage only in the parts that are going to be updated: bumper and lights up front, plus new slimmer-looking taillights and a changed rear bumper. The wheels will also receive a new design, and rumors suggest that there are some new engines in the works too.

Expect to see the revised Cayenne sometime in late 2014.

We knew Porsche had been flirting with the idea of returning to Le Mans for a while now, but the debut of the 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer at the Geneva Motor Show put final stamp of assurance on the proposal. What you see here is Porsche’s LMP1 race car with loads of new technologies helping the car compete in some of the toughest endurance racing out there.

Competing in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, against the current stalwarts Audi and Toyota , the 919 Hybrid uses three separate modes of propulsion to help it achieve the best fuel efficiency. In the words of Matthias Müller, Porsche’s Chairman of the Executive Board, “It will not be the fastest car that wins the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, rather it will be the car that goes the furthest with a defined amount of energy.”

Updated 06/11/2014: With days before the official start of the 2014 Le Mans race Porsche unveiled a series of new details on the 919 Hybrid which will enter the race. Check the new details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the company’s history at Le Mans.

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L.A.-based tuner, Misha Designs , is offering some of the greatest tuning kits for basically every Porsche model under the sun. And the Porsche Cayenne 955 and Porsche Cayenne 957 are the latest ones to catch the tuner’s attention.

Misha is offering a wide-body kit that will completely transform the look of your Cayenne . The entire body kit is coated with white primer and is ready for whatever color you want to slather on it. As an option, you can have the front bumper lip and diffuser done up in carbon fiber.

Updates on the exterior include: a more aggressive front bumper; a vented hood; super-wide front and rear fender flares; stylish side skirts; a roof-mounted spoiler; and a rear bumper with matte-black diffuser.

Unfortunately, Misha left the bit and pieces under the hood alone, opting not to go with an engine tune. No worries though, the Cayenne is plenty powerful from top to bottom.

This new kit can be applied to all 2003 through 2010 Cayenne models and is available now.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayenne by Misha Designs.

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Do you remember the RK Coupe unveiled by StudioTorino back in 2006? It was based on the previous-generation Porsche Cayman and developed a total of 440 horsepower.

Now, Studiotorino announced the Moncenisio - a sports coupe based on the new 2014 Porsche Cayman S . First details on the upcoming Moncenisio suggest that it will be heavily revised on both the exterior and interior, but we shouldn’t be too surprised to see some updates under the hood too.

Updates on the exterior will include an extreme aerodynamic kit with all the components made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and seven exclusive colors. For the interior, Studiotorino will offer lots of leather-upholstered components and, of course, special Moncenisio logo.

The new Studiotorino Moncenisio will be limited to only 20 units and will be available starting in November. Prices for the conversion will start from €135,000 (about $180,000 at the current exchange rates).

Click past the jump to read more about the Studiotorino Moncenisio.

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Porsche will continue to celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary the entire year and the next major event will take place at Silverstone Classic, Northamptonshire on July 26th through 28th. At this event Porsche will try to bring together the largest Porsche 911 parade ever. The initial plan was to have 911 of these rear-engine sports cars, but so far, more than 1,000 owners have answered, and there are still 8 weeks to spare.

According to Nick Wigley, the event director, Porsche "feared achieving 911 Porsche 911s might have been a somewhat over ambitious and idealistic target," but now it looks it’s not the case anymore.

The parade will include lots of models, including Carrera, Targa, RS, RSR, Speedster, GT and Turbo variants, but also some very special 911s and Porsche personalities, including racing legends Derek Bell MBE and David Piper. Other names will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

With this parade, Porsche will try to eclipse Jaguar’s parade that brought together a total of 767 E-Types for the car’s 50th anniversary.

Click past the jump to read more about the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition.

Source: AutoCar

From one iconic car model to another, Mini took the rather unexpected but ultimately gracious step in wishing Porsche’s legendary 911 a happy 50th birthday.

Maybe it’s not that surprising, considering that it’s coming from Mini, a company that has made an art out of steering away from the skid. But Mini Mini isn’t just sending birthday wishes to Porsche. No, that would’ve been too easy and not up to the standards of the Mini Way.

What it did was take the time to participate in a dedicated photos shoot that brought together a classic Mini and a first-generation Porsche 911 Targa; two cars that not only defined their respective car markets, but also came to the photo shoot dressed in equal doses of lime yellow.

The move is admirable considering that both companies are owned by different German auto conglomerates (BMW for Mini and Volkswagen for Porsche). It’s also a shrewd move by the British brand that somehow always gets to promote itself when it’s not trying to.

Click past the jump to read the press release and more about the first-gen 911 Targa

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Renault has big plans for Alpine and apparently, it wants its new sub-brand to follow in the footsteps of another automaker: Porsche .

That much was said by Renault’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker, who recently told Piston Heads of the company’s expectations for Alpine.

But before it can get to that level, it needs to have a sports car that can do what the 911 did for Porsche. Lofty goals, but one Renault hopes it can achieve.

"We need to create the 911 of Alpine," van den Acker said. "Then we can do the Panamera and Cayman."

For now, Alpine’s initial plans involve building an entry-level sports car that’s already in the pipeline. Set to be launched in 2016, the car is expected to carry some styling cues from the classic A110 from back in the 60s with an equally possible interpretation on the A110-50 Concept that was launched last year.

No details about the car have been confirmed but there’s word that it will carry a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces about 280 horsepower and mates to either a six-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch EDC automatic. It’s expected to carry a price of about £50,000 ($76,000) per unit.

Click past the jump to read about the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Source: Piston Heads
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It looks like things have turned sour at Porsche headquarters in the past few months. At the beginning of this year, a former Porsche dealer in India, Precision Cars, filed a criminal case against Porsche and the courts in Jaipur decided that Porsche CEO, Mattias Müller, and eight other Porsche execs could be arrested and issued warrants for said arrests .

Now, Porsche’s is facing other difficulties. Ex-finance chief, Holger Haerter, has been convicted of fraud after a court in Stuttgart, Germany proved he provided falsified information back in 2009 when Porsche tried to take over Volkswagen AG. The court decided that Haerter offered inaccurate information when he was working on refinancing French bank BNP Paribas’ part of a €10 billion loan ($13 billion). The biggest issue at hand is that this false information affected Volkswagen ’s stock price and lead to market manipulation.

Reports say that prosecutors wanted him to serve time in jail, but instead he was fined an unspecified amount. Haerter rejected the charges and argued for an acquittal.

Click past the jump to read more about Volkswagen’s takeover.

Source: DetroitNews

With so many anniversary models being released in the past few months, German automaker Porsche wasn’t going to be left out on all the fun.

After all, the company is celebrating an anniversary of its own,; or at least an anniversary for one of its models.

Back in 1963, the world first laid eyes on the 911 . In the 50 years that it’s been in existence, the 911 has not only become a Porsche classic, but it’s also become a global icon, a stature only a handful of cars can claim to have reached.

So with the 911 celebrating its own golden jubilee, Porsche decided to unveil a special edition model for the occasion. It’s called the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition, and as you can expect, it comes with plenty of design characteristics that differentiates itself from any other Porsche 911 today.

The car is expected to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, but this early, the German automaker saw fit to give us an idea of what to expect.

Update 6/4/2013 Porsche has revealed the U.S. model’s specifications, pricing and release time frame. See more after the jump

Updated 10/24/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video featuring Tony Hatter - Porsche Design Manager - whom explains how the traditional design elements of the original 911 can be found in the 911 50th anniversary edition.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S 50 Years Edition

Porsche 918 Spyder

To say that the Porsche 918 Spyder is just another supercar is pretty inaccurate. For one, it’s the most powerful vehicle Porsche has ever built. And another thing: it’s combination of power, speed, fuel economy and low emissions is nearly unrivaled, so much so that even with 918 models priced at over $800,000 a piece, it’s already nearly sold out.

Speaking of sold out, a lot of the customers that paid for the 918 Spyder appear to reside here in the U.S. That’s why Porsche has said that America will receive the biggest allotment of 918 Spyders than any other country with up to 190 models headed our way.

That probably explains why Porsche has taken to great lengths to promote the 918 Spyder in the U.S. Numerous promotional events held in the United States over the past two years, and soon enough, a lot of these actual supercars will be calling the Land of the Free their home.

Click past the jump to read about the Porsche 918 Spyder

Source: Auto News

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