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Porsche 911 GT3

The new generation Porsche 911 GT3 is set to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but we’ll be able to see plenty of pictures ahead of its debut thanks to our spy photographers. Our guys snagged up a few more images of the prototypes testing, this time with a clearer look at the future sports car.

The new 911 GT3 will feature the same exterior updates as all of the other models in the 911 line-up , but Porsche’s main focus will be to reduce the car’s overall weight. Rumors say that the car will be about 180-200 lbs lighter than the current model.

Under the hood, Porsche will be working with a normally aspirated 3.8-liter flat six engine with an output of 450 HP, a 15 HP increase over the current model. With the extra 15 HP and the decrease in weight, the upcoming 911 GT3 will get closer to a top speed of 200 mph. The model will also only be offered with a PDK seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic, no manual for this baby.

Sales for the new Porsche 911 GT3 will begin in late 2013.

In the mid-1990s, Porsche unveiled the 911 GT1 - a race car specially developed for the GT1 class of sportscar racing. Despite being called a "911," the GT1 had very little in common with the 911: only the frontal chassis was shared with the 993 911 , while almost every other element was borrowed from the Porsche 962 , including the flat-six engine.

During its first appearance at the 1996 Le Mans, the GT1 walked away with a second and third overall finish, as well as first and second in class. Despite these finishes, Porsche still wanted more, so in 1997, they came up with the GT1 Evo - a model that featured aerodynamic tweaks to the bodywork and a revision of the suspension. These changes helped the GT1 score more victories, including a one-two finish at Le Mans in 1998, where it beat out teams from McLaren, Toyota, and Panoz.

Not willing to let the fun rest solely on the track, Porsche set out to make a street-legal version of the award-winning GT1, which is then dubbed the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion. The model was limited to only 25 units and cost a cool $912,000.

Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion.

Source: RM Auctions
Volkswagen's Takeover of Porsche is Complete

Finally! After a long and drawn out process, the corporate restructuring that brings full control of Porsche’s automotive side under Volkswagen Volkswagen ’s control is approved and official. The deal sent 4.49 billion Euros and one voting share of VW stock from VW and Porsche SE to Porsche AG, the latter item being simply a concession to avoid paying a load of taxes and was left out of VW’s press release.

This officially gives Volkswagen AG 100 percent holdings in Porsche and effectively gives VW the ability to do whatever it wants with the famed sports car builder. We have already alluded to the possibility of VW overriding Porsche’s CEO and continuing on with the “Baby Boxster” project that gained notoriety lately. That possibility was given more solid ground with a statement released by VW CEO, Martin Winterkorn.

Winterkorn was quoted saying “The path is now finally clear for a bright future together. Even closer cooperation will enable us to significantly strengthen Volkswagen and Porsche, and further expand the group‘s product portfolio with fascinating new vehicles.”

You see, it is that last section about bringing new models that really drives home the possibility that VW may be about to force Porsche to build a lesser-priced version of the Boxster . We see that as making perfect business sense because if Porsche buyers can accept a sedan and a pair of SUVs, why can’t they accept a lower-priced Boxster?

Either way, congrats to both sides and we are glad to finally see this issue laid to rest.

Click past the jump to read the full press release.

With 250 HP, the Panamera Diesel isn’t the most powerful model in the line-up by a long shot. By comparison, the Panamera Turbo doubles this output (500 HP) and the Turbo S goes to 550 HP. Lucky for us, McChip DKR has revealed an impressive upgrade package to help the diesel engine out just a little bit.

The engine modifications prepared for the Panamera Diesel increase its 3.0 L V6 engine’s output to a total of 285 HP and 442 lbs-ft of torque. As a result, the sports sedan’s top speed can now go up to 152 mph with an undoubtedly faster 0-60 mph sprint time (no official time provided).

Next to the engine update, McChip-DKR is also offering a new set of performance springs from H&R which lowers the big Porsche by about 30 millimeters, as well as a new set of 22" wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx GT high-performance tires.

It may not be the power and performance provided by the Turbo and Turbo S models, but this extra little boost to the Panamera Diesel may just be enough to make some Porsche customers happy.

The past few weeks have been a blur of spy shots and teaser images for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder , in prototype form anyway. Porsche even released official images of their cool 918 Spyder prototype in Martini Racing livery , but since the official debut for the production model isn’t going to happen until late in 2013 (supposedly), hopes for production model images are not as high as we would like them to be.

Then there’s Youtube user liquidsk8s who claims to have a video of the first production ready 918 Spyder during an event hosted for its release at Canoe Studios. We are a little skeptical about this being the final production model, especially since the video even states that "Up until this point the exhaust had been on the sides." The car shown is also different than the ones we have seen in the spy shots, with the exhaust pipes on the engine cover, new side air intakes, exterior mirrors, and door handles. The car also has the same set of wheels as the concept car had, which is a very unlikely move for Porsche.

Give us your thoughts! Is this the production 918 Spyder or just another prototype? Hit us up in the comments section below!

German tuner Anderson Germany hasn’t been in the news lately, but for better or worse, when they do have a program, it makes headlines. Their latest project for the Porsche Panamera is called the White Snow and as its name suggests, it’s really powdery white. Maybe even a little too powdery.

Along with the White Snow finish, Anderson Germany gave the Panamera a comprehensive bodykit that includes a wider bumper spoiler, new air intakes, and two new ribs taking the place of where the bay fog was. We’re not exactly big fans of this, if we’re being honest.

From there, the German tuner also built borders surrounding the headlights, fitted a new set of 22" wheels, and added a lightweight spoiler, a rounded rear bumper with unique designs of their own, and a new dual-pipe exhaust system.

Inside, Anderson Germany dressed up the Porsche Panamera with a unique combination of carbon fiber, beige leather, Alcantara, and suede. Combine all of that with the "White Snow" exterior, and you have a German luxury sports saloon that doesn’t strike us the way Anderson Germany normally does. We just needed more of a fiery tuning program in the middle of the Summer.

Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake

From a company that at one point produced tractors and military tanks, we guess it isn’t all that crazy to see Porsche expanding their automobile lineup to include SUVs and sports sedan models, but somehow the thought still sends shudders down the spines of select Porsche lovers. Well, get ready for those chills because the German sports car maker is preparing an estate version of their Panamera sedan and, according to Autocar, we’ll be seeing it in concept form at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. If enough people show interest in the concept, Porsche will eventually offer a production version for it as part of their plan to see 200,000 units by the middle of the decade.

The future Panamera Estate will be built in cooperation with Bentley, meaning that we could see a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 petrol engine in the upcoming Porsche model. Sin Sin ce this estate version is planned for 2016, expect it to carry design features from the future Panamera generation, which Porsche aims to be about 330 lbs lighter than the current model.

In addition to the Panamera Estate, Porsche is also planning on adding a coupe and a convertible version to their lineup.

Source: AutoCar
Porsche Macan

In the past few weeks, Porsche has been busy developing both the 918 Spyder and the upcoming Cayenne Junior - aka Macan . Today, our spy photographers have caught the car testing one more time, and luckily, they have also managed to take the first shots of the interior.

The interior images aren’t as clear as all of us would like them to be, but they are still enough to see that the next Macan will be stuffed with all of the latest technology. Some of these elements may even be borrowed from the new Boxster’s interior, including the information on the on-board computer, communication, audio settings, and the navigation system being displayed on a high-resolution TFT color screen. Other elements include a 3-spoke sports steering wheel and all kinds of leather goodness.

As for the engines to be used in the next Macan, Porsche has already confirmed that the SUV will get a 370 HP 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Turbo version, as well as a new four-cylinder engine with an output of about 220 HP. There will also be a diesel version for markets like Europe, and a hybrid version that could combine a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor.

The new Porsche Macan will go into production in 2013, so we should get tons more information before that time comes. Stay tuned!


800 HP, carbon fiber composites, an amazing look, and much, much more. Sounds like the description of an amazing supercar, but it’s actually the description of the smallest coupe in Porsche ’s line-up: the Cayman . Of course, this extraordinary vehicle only began as a Cayman . Then, Alpha-N Performance got their hands on it and transformed it into the new and improved Alpha One.

For starters, the tuner replaced the car’s original body panels with new ones made of carbon fiber composites. The front panels actually resemble the ones from the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder , but other than that and the Cayman’s body line flowing through the doors and roof, everything else is new.

The tuner hasn’t revealed any other details on the upcoming Alpha One, but it is clear that the tuning package will make the Porsche Cayman longer, lower, and wider. Then, of course, there’s that 800 HP just waiting to be thrashed around in a sports car that only weighs 2820 lbs. The suspension on this thing better be killer because standard issue just isn’t going to cut it.

Let’s just say, we can’t wait to see what other details are in store for all of us when the Alpha One makes its debut in the upcoming weeks.

Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype

Even though the Nürburgring is hanging on by a loosely tied thread at this time, it is still the setting where cars are made or broken, which is partly why we are all so confused as to why it is in financial ruins. Despite now owning its own track, Porsche is still looking to the `Ring to help build more excitement around its upcoming 918 hybrid model.

Porsche has just officially debuted its 918 Martini Racing wrap and has also announced that it expects big performance from its 918 model. This performance comes in the form of an expected lap time around the Nürburgring of less than 7:22.

That seems like an extremely fast time, we know, but that is also very conservative, considering the less powerful Porsche GT2 RS completed a lap around the famed raceway in 7:18. We anticipate a time nearer to the 7:15 mark than the 7:22 mark and we expect it to turn this lap time with some consistency.

Regardless of how far under the 7:22 mark the 918 comes, there is only one thing to say and that’s “Dayum, that’s fast.” Sub-7:22 times are only achieved by a small handful of cars, like the Viper ACR , Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition and Gumpert Apollo Sport . That’s some pretty impressive company to keep for a newcomer onto the supercar scene, especially one that boasts an anticipated 78 mpg rating.

Hit the jump to read the official press release.


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