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Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche has now issued a recall for all 2014 911 GT3 sports cars due to the risk of fire. We reported last week that Porsche issued at stop sale on all GT3s pending the automaker’s investigation. At that time, five vehicles had already caught fire with seemingly no warning or reason. Thankfully, no injuries or traffic accidents were associated with the roasting Porsches.

Porsche is currently contacting all 785 worldwide owners with recommendations to stop using their GT3 until the problem is sorted out. The company is offering to pick up the vehicles for delivery to a dealer for inspection and possible service. Porsche is still unsure of what’s causing the fires, but know the fires are originating with the 3.8-liter, flat-six engine.

With at least one of the incidents, the owner reported a loss of oil pressure followed by unusual noises and smells, followed then by smoke before the rear-engine sports car engulfed itself in flames.

Stay posted to TopSpeed as we’ll bring you any developing information as Porsche releases it to the media and its consumers.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3.

World-famous tennis star and Porsche Ambassador Maria Sharapova took a trip to her hometown of Sochi, Russia where the Winter Olympics are currently under way to show off her bespoke Porsche Panamera she helped design through the Porsche Exclusive program.

The Porsche Panamera GTS , appropriately named the Porsche Panamera “by Maria Sharapova,” is coated in a unique cream white paint accented by tinted exterior lights, black tailpipe covers, and 20-inch Panamera sport wheels also finished in black. The deeply tinted front LED lights include the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, or PDLS+ in acronym speak.

Inside, the custom Panamera features body-colored instrument gauges and a key fob while cream stitching weaves its way throughout the leather-lined cabin. Adding further levels of custom work, the front and rear headrests are embossed with the Porsche crest and the armrests have “Panamera GTS” logo affixed to them.

“Creating and specifying a very personal Porsche Panamera was such an exciting undertaking, Sharapova told the media in Sochi. “It opens the door to a whole new design sensibility and allowed me to bring my own personal aesthetic.”

From the press materials, her Panamera appears to be mechanically stock – and that’s not a bad thing. The Panamera GTS is powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 that kicks out 440 horsepower. Zero to 60 mph comes in a quick 4.2 seconds on its way to a 179 mph top speed. The base price for all that fun is $113,400, not including all the optional extras Sharapova put on her’s.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera GTS.

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If you happen to be the proud owner of a 991 generation Porsche 911 GT3 , don’t go anywhere near it. There have been a few reports of the car suddenly bursting into flames, and now it seems that Porsche has put a Stop Sale on the model.

Now most of this information is not confirmed, but the Axis of Oversteer team has one hell of a record behind it.

The latest GT3 in question was spending some on the road, as most cars do, when the owner noticed the low oil pressure warning. Then noises, smells and finally smoke. The 911 then proceeded to burst into flames and was destroyed.

This is the 5th incident of self-immolating GT3s in Europe and AoO is reporting a full dealer stop-sale for the time being. Now, the stop sale is not officially confirmed, and Porsche has yet to issue any kind of recall, but we are keeping our ears open.

If you have any extra details to help flesh out this story, feel free to contact us.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3.

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Now that Porsche has revealed the full line of specifications for the new generation 911 family, creative types are busying themselves with the different variations up the brand’s sleeve. We just revealed our thoughts on the next gen 911 Turbo and then we found PS-Garage’s take on the future GT3 RS .

The Porsche 911 GT3 RS is the perfect sports car for those looking for true racetrack performance in a street car. The RS version will be the next logical step after the new 911 GT3 is revealed sometime in 2013, and while the new standard GT3 will deliver somewhere in the neighborhood of 480 HP, the RS version will be working with about an 20 HP. Unlike other 911 models, the GT3 RS will be offered exclusively with Porsche’s new seven-speed manual gearbox.

The new GT3 RS will bring in some of the usual upgrades such as an improved suspension, better aerodynamics, and an extra-large carbon-fiber rear wing serving as a reminder of its racing connections.

Updated 02/20/2014: British magazine AutoCar reports that the new generation 911 GT3 RS will be powered by a naturally aspired engine with an output of at least 500 horsepower. With this amazing output the GT3 RS should go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 or 3.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph.

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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