Like all the other models in Porsche’s lineup, the Cayenne is also about to receive a redesign for 2015. Some of you may believe this is a strange move, considering the second-generation Cayenne was just unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but it looks like the company decided a refresh was needed order to keep the model fresh for the next couple of years.
As you can see, the prototypes caught testing are camouflaged just in the parts that Porsche is updating. This means that the revised Cayenne will receive an updated front bumper and headlamps up front. On the backside the Cayenne will receive new slimmer looking rear lights and a redesigned bumper. Porsche is also offering new wheel designs and small interior changes. It is also rumored that the redesigned Porsche will also be a little bit lighter and will feature revisions under the hood.
Expect the revised Porsche Cayenne to be unveiled sometime in 2014 as a 2015 model year.
Updated 04/05/2013: Today we have created a very cool rendering for the revised Cayenne that has been caught testing the other day. As you probably would have expected, the revised Cayenne will feature design elements we have already seen in the second-generation Panamera, including: redesigned air intakes, new LEDs and headlights.
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LA-based tuner, Misha, is at it again and this time around, a 997-generation Porsche 911 is its canvas. This all-new body kit, dubbed the GTM2, adds even more sportiness and a little more width to the last-generation 911. This kit will fit on any wide- or narrow-body 911 between 2005 and 2011, and it is compatible with both versions of the 997.1 and 997.2 taillights.
The kit includes a new front bumper, a revised hood, a set of side skirts and an all-new rear bumper. Additionally, you get to choose from one of three styles of rear wing, including a sporty-looking duck-tail-style wing. If you need to save a little weight, you can opt for the front bumper lip, the rear diffusor and the wing blade to be made from carbon fiber.
The great thing about this kit is that it bolts directly to the 911’s existing mounting points. This eliminates the need for drilling and potentially ruining the value of your beloved sports car. Additionally, you can buy the entire kit for one bulk price or you can break it up piece-by-piece if money’s a little tight.
In talking to Misha, we found that the entire kit runs $6,795 and if you opt for the carbon-fiber upgrade, it jumps to $8,495. To purchase the components separately, you must contact Misha.
The third-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman siblings have been chosen as the 2013 World Performance Car by the World Car Awards. The award was presented during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show.
The German mid-engine sports car beat out the other finalists, which included the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta and the Scion FR-S / Subaru BRZ / Toyota GT86 (all of which were combined as one entry). The win over two quality sports cars — especially over the Ferrari — really goes to show how far the new Boxster and Cayman have come over the years.
In its base format, the Boxster offers 265 horsepower from the 2.7-liter engine and 315 horsepower from the S model’s 3.4-liter engine. It is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission to help get the power to the back wheels. This allows for a 0-to-60 mph time as low as 4.7 seconds.
The Porsche Cayman is offered with a 2.7-liter powerplant with 275-horsepower as standard and S model provides 325-horsepower out of its 3.4-liter engine. Just like the Boxster, it is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission. When the 3.4-liter engine teams up with the PDK transmission and the Sport Chrono package, the car is capable of a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds.
This marks the third time that the German automaker has won the award and marks back-to-back wins for Porsche. Last year, the Porsche 911 took top honors and the Porsche Cayman won the World Performance Car Award in 2006.
When Porsche announced the initial specifications for the upcoming 918 Spyder, it announced a combined output of 795 horsepower.
Apparently, that was a little bit off, as it is now rumored that the supercar will be significantly better than initially claimed. The output will go somewhere in the 875-horsepower area, the weight will be lower and the Nürburgring time will be under 7 minutes.
Also, one buyer said at the Goodwood Festival of Speed said that he has seen the final production version, and when compared to it, both the LaFerrari and McLaren P1 look “mediocre.” Also, the same buyer claims that while everyone thinks they know how the supercar looks like, we are all in for a huge surprise when the production model drops.
The buyer also stated that the 918 Spyder will be a targa model and "will travel at 150 kms on electric alone." This can be taken one of two ways. The first way is that he means it delivers an electric-only range of about 150 kilometers (93 miles) — a rather stout number. The second meaning is that it has a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).
The new Porsche 918 Spyder will make its world debut in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new-generation Porsche Cayman was officially unveiled back in 2012, but unfortunately, it offered no major surprises. However, it looks like Porsche has learned about our disappointment and it is now considering a high-performance version for the tiny sports coupe.
Andreas Preuninger, chief engineer of the new 911 GT3 confirmed in a recent interview that a track-focused version for the new Cayman is already being tested, but a final decision on a production version is still to be made.
Rumors suggest that this new Cayman version could be in fact a GT3-style model for the mid-engine sports car, but a final name for the car remains a mystery. A slew of names come to mind when you think about it, including: GTS, GT2, GT3 and GT3 RS. One thing is for sure, however, if it makes production, it will be a more powerful, more aggressive and of course more expensive version of the current Cayman.
Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on this track-focused Cayman!
The test season at the Nürburgring is now officially opened and it looks like Porsche has been among the first automakers to take its model on the `Ring for some testing sessions. Our spy photographers have caught the revised Panamera out a spin and, as with the previously seen prototype, it wears almost no camouflage.
On the exterior, the Panamera will get new headlamps and taillights, plus redesigned front and rear bumpers. For the interior, Porsche will add improved materials and new technologies.
As for the engine lineup, you shouldn’t expect any major updates, but it has been rumored that the 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower - an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model — at some point in the future.
Expect the revised Panamera to be unveiled sometime next month.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a unique auto show that highlights more than today’s cars, but also pays homage to some past classics that paved the way for the current model’s to be as esteemed as they are.
For German automaker, Porsche, the 2013 Festival of Speed is an opportunity to showcase one such classic as part of its 50th anniversary: the 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50.
The model is actually a 1965 Porsche 911 that came powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine that produced 130 horsepower, a huge number back in the 60’s. The owner, who actually paid just £3,438 ($5,211) in today’s exchange, was an Italian who eventually sold it and soon thereafter, the car changed owners multiple times. It included a stop in the U.S. where it was soon imported to the UK sometime in the late 90’s where it morphed into a fully restored, FIA-Approved race car by what Porsche says was an "established historic Porsche motor sport preparation company."
In its current guise, the 911 Project 50 looks like it’s still got some legs to challenge in an auto race. At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will make its public debut before embarking on a competition schedule that will include stops at a number of “Masters Series” events to go with appearances at larger festivals, such as the Nürburgring OldTimer and Silverstone Classic.
The car, itself, will be housed out of the company’s UK headquarters in Reading, Berkshire, and maintained by the in-house Porsche Cars GB Motorsport team. We’ll bring you more details as they become available.
Porsche announced a series of upgrades for the 911 GT3 R that will be used during the 2013 racing season. The model receives an improved aerodynamic kit, upgraded suspension and an array of updated electronic driver assistance systems.
The aerodynamic kit includes new front bumper panels, fenders, sill covers, rear panel and a new rear diffuser. The 2013 GT3 R also received an enlarged and repositioned rear wing. The wheelbase grows by 10 millimeters (0.39 inches), and both front and rear axles are increased by 50 millimeters (1.96 inches). The model will be offered with new wheels, now sized 12 inches wide, instead of 10.9 inches.
Under the hood, the model retains the usual 4-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential dog-type gearbox with pneumatic shift system and operated via shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Customers interested can upgrade their older model to the 2013-spec for a price of €45,500 - around $59,000 at the current exchange rates.
Learning how to handle a sports car can be pretty difficult, especially for an inexperienced driver. Lucky for us, most companies that produce such powerful models also offer driving lessons in their particular driving schools.
One such place is the Porsche Sport Driving School where drivers can spend up to three days learning how to properly drive their cars. The school is based in Silverstone and features three levels of training: Precision, Performance and Master. Depending on the one you will opt for, you will have to spend up to three days in the school learning how to behave behind the wheels of a Porsche sports car.
The guys over XCAR were invited by Porsche to follow a Precision course. The course simulates any kind of driving condition, ranging from a hot, sunny day and to bad weather and ultra-slippery conditions. The course also offers one-hour access to the legendary Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
All you have to do is have fun!
Porsche has unveiled a new video featuring its Exclusive program that offers its clients the possibility to customize their cars according to personal wishes and requirements. According to the company, this program will allow you to obtain "a Porsche as individual as your fingerprint. A Porsche like no others: Yours."
The program can be applied to all models in the lineup and will include elements, like: Luxor Beige leather interior; steering column casing; personalized floor mats; carbon-fiber; Alcantara; and decorative trims on the dashboard and door panels. The program also offers special wheels and customized exterior colors, like Cognac Metallic or Platinum Silver Metallic offered exclusively for the Cayman.
The list of choices is pretty much endless, so everyone can customize the car of his dreams.
If you want to read more about the Porsche Exclusive Program, check its personal web page.