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Another Thursday afternoon means another TopSpeed.com Podcast . You can click play here for audio, or look after the jump for a FULL video podcast.

This week sees the return of Justin after his vacation, lots of cars with manual transmissions and a few automotive farewells.

Our weekly wheels for this week include the Honda Accord Touring from Justin and the Chevrolet Silverado High Country from Mark. I am a sad boy this week and have no new cars to talk about. Cue the sad trombone.

To make myself feel better, we cover a whole host of bad-ass car news. We start with the announcement of a manual transmission for the F-Type . We move to more fun cars with the Cayman GT4 spy shots , and the final edition of the Cadillac CTS-V . Cadillac gets some more love with the ELR-V and we finish with the BMW i8, the future of the M1 and round things out with a special edition Audi R8 .

We wrap up the show with a trio of questions from you, our wonderful listeners, and an Own, Drive, Burn made entirely of Corvettes.

We had one final viewer question, but it was a long one, so we decided to tackle it as a special "after-show bonus" so feel free to stick around after the closing music to catch that. We discuss what you should buy if you are sitting on $30k and want a performance car.

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Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Honda Accord, Chevy Silverado

The Porsche Cayman topic is hotter than ever with a new, range-topping GTS model getting ready to hit dealerships and an even more powerful GT4 version under development. Still shrouded in mystery, the latter has been been spotted earlier this week wearing its 911 GT3 -like rear wing and lower stance.

If the batch of spy shots sent to us by our skilled photographers weren’t enough to quench your Cayman GT4 thirst, then this new video that surfaced the web should provide you a lot more joy. Unfortunately, the sound isn’t too revealing in regard to what engine might be lying at the rear and the sports car was taking a leisurely stroll rather than attacking the Ring.

Details aren’t likely to arrive anytime soon, but word has it the GT4 will benefit from up to 400 horsepower. Word has it the oomph may come from a hybrid powertrain that will include either an updated 3.4-liter inline-six or a four-cylinder unit.

If the rumor proves to be true, Porsche will finally deliver a true mid-engine sports car that will step into 911 territory as far as performance is concerned. No need to worry though, the 911 won’t be rendered useless, as the iconic vehicle is also set to receive a hybrid version that will have more than 700 horsepower at its disposal.

This is starting to make us wonder if there is something in the mix for the Boxster too — the Cayman’s topless sibling.

One of the most notable and memorable of the early Porsche cars is the Speedster . This car actually came into existence at the insistence of U.S. distributor Max Hoffman. He was able to convince Ferdinand Porsche that there was a market for a “stripper” car. A stripper is essentially a barebones Roadster that could be easily converted into a racing specification car without too much trouble. The low level of standard equipment also kept prices low, leaving you more budget for race gear and modifications.

This particular Black Speedster here carries a particularly special heritage. It was owned by none other than James Dean, twice. Dean bought the car to race in SCCA competition, but after a few years he sold it to a car collector named Bruce Meyers. Later in 1974 Dean bought the car back from Bruce. This particular model does not wear a Speedster badge as Dean had it removed from the car during his first ownership.

Porsche dropped the Speedster model from the 356 lineup in 1959 in favor of building the newer Convertible D cars. Only 3,122 of Speedsters were ever constructed.

When the cars first entered production there were powered by a 1.5-liter flat-four engine that produced 64 horsepower. Before the production ended, you could order a race-ready Carrera spec model with 128 horsepower. With the proper gearing in the transmission, a Speedster could reach speeds of over 125 mph, making it one of the fastest cars of the era.

Dean’s car here was a mid-range “Super” model that managed 88 horsepower from its 1.6-liter engine. The car is still in Dean’s family under the ownership of his son, Chad.

We all knew that this would happen eventually. The only question was when it was going to go down. Six months after Paul Walker and Roger Rodas lost their lives in a car crash involving the latter’s Porsche Carrera GT , Rodas’ wife, Kristine Rodas, has filed a lawsuit against Porsche claiming that the design of the rare supercar contributed to the high-speed accident that caused the car to go up in flames.

In her lawsuit, Rodas argued that the Carrera GT was, for all intents and purposes, unsafe for its intended use "by reason of defects in its manufacture, design, testing, component and constituents." Rodas also contends that her husband was driving the car at only 55 mph at the time of the accident, contrary to the Los Angeles County Sheriff department’s investigation , which found the accident to have been caused by speed with investigators estimating that Roger Rodas was driving at speeds between 80 to 93 mph before the crash.

Shortly after the crash, Porsche even sent its engineers to investigate the Carrera GT’s remains only to find that the car itself had no problems.

It’ll be interesting to see whether Kristine Rodas’ lawsuit against Porsche has a leg to stand on. We are by no means trivializing the situation and we’re not going to disrespect her for taking this step. We just don’t see her winning this suit based on the results of the police’s investigation.

Maybe Porsche will just avoid the whole thing with an out-of-court settlement. We don’t know if she’s going to accept those terms, but at this point, you might have to take what you can get.

Click past the jump to read more about Paul Walker’s crash.

Source: Sky News

Remember last week’s report claiming Porsche is working on a Cayman model that will slot above the already exciting GTS? The rumor surfaced only one month after the Cayman GTS was unveiled to the world, making it seem a bit suspicious, but it appears it wasn’t just tittle-tattle.

We’ve received confirmation for Motor Trend’s piece straight from our spy photographers stationed in Germany, who have captured the sports car while being driven on the country’s public roads.

Design-wise, the GT4 — the name has yet to be confirmed — isn’t astonishingly different when compared to the Cayman GTS, but some new elements are there to point out that we’re dealing with a completely new version. For starters, check out the cool wing mounted at the back, making this sports car the GT3 of the Cayman lineup.

Then there’s the revised front bumper. Although it carries styling cues seen on the GTS, the intakes are rather raw in appearance, lacking the beauty elements seen on the current range-topping model. Getting back to the car’s rear fascia, the wing isn’t the only addition. A new, protuberant spoiler has been attached between the taillights, reminding us of the 911 GT3 RS.

The engine that will be motivating the Cayman GT4 is a mystery, but it appears Porsche has already decided to go with a hybrid powertrain. It’s not clear whether the Germans will pair the electric motor with a four-cylinder or an inline-six engine, but the consensus is that the outcome will depend on the 919 Hybrid ’s performance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.

Output is expected to sit around 400 horsepower, while pricing is rumored to be set at $125,000, a whooping $50,000 more than the Cayman GTS and only $5,000 below the 911 GT3. This may seem a little counterproductive for Porsche, considering it will outmatch the 911 Carrera S in nearly every measurable, but there is a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 in the works that is rumored to crank out over 700 ponies and the Turbo S with 560 ponies, giving buyers plenty of options to choose from in both the Cayman and 911 lineups without rendering the 911 obsolete.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Porsche Cayman GT4.

Well we know it is coming, but we finally have the first solid, rolling evidence of the new four-cylinder Porsche Boxster .

Our spy photographers have captured a new mule doing the rounds at the Nürburgring. While there are no visual cues that this taped up convertible is only running on four-cylinders, our spies report that the exhaust note was anything but the traditional flat-six wail the usually exits the rear of the Porsche .

While there have been some rumors that the upcoming four-banger Porsche may be using a more traditional in-line design engine than a flat-four setup, our spies were only able to catch it for two laps, so there was not enough listening time accurately gauge the engine note.

Beyond the engine note, this appears to be a fairly standard Porsche Boxster with some tape and sensors collecting loads of fancy data for the German engineers to salivate over.

If you ever really doubted all of Porsche’s plans to bring a four-cylinder car to market, this should finally put all those doubts to rest. We may even get shots of the new four-banger Cayman soon as well.

Expect to see a full announcement before the end of the year, with an on-sale date early in 2015.

Click past the jump for more photos of the new Porsche Boxster

There aren’t a lot of aftermarket companies that know the ins and outs of Porsche models quite like edo competition , so it’s only fitting that the German tuner has already lined up a new program for one of Stuttgart’s finest. In this particular instance, edo competition set its sights on a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo . And as soon as work began, magic started happening.

The objective of this program wasn’t so much to reinvent the 911 Turbo as it was giving it a more distinct character that hits all the right notes with a customer’s desire for individuality with their cars. With this objective in mind, the builders set out and completely put its stamp on the Porsche sports car, outfitting it with a combination of exterior, interior, and performance modifications.

This is the kind of work that really brings out the best in the 911, not only because of the comprehensive upgrades given to it, but because it combines all of edo competition’s mastery of aftermarket Porsche programs with the standard of excellence the Porsche 911 has come to be known for.

Some tuners might consider a project like this as the crown jewel of its business, but for this German tuner, it’s all in a day’s work.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S By Edo Competition.

With Mercedes-Benz already testing the production version of its brand-new Concept Coupe SUV , we were wondering which automaker will jump on the coupe-like crossover bandwagon next. Well, it appears that the BMW X6 ’s second competitor will also spawn from Stuttgart, the city that’s home to the headquarters of both Mercedes and Porsche .

The latter company, who has reached great automotive heights since it launched the Cayenne , is reportedly planning on expanding that model’s lineup by adding a sportier, coupe -like SUV . The vehicle will carry the Cayenne Coupe moniker and will look identical to its full-size cousin, save for a fast, sloping roof line, Autocar reports.

Naturally, the interior will also be shared with the regular Cayenne, as will the V-6 and V-8 engines, but it’s too early to speculate on any of those matters as the Coupe won’t arrive until the third-generation Cayenne is launched sometime in 2017. The Coupe is rumored for a 2018 introduction, allowing the Germans to expand production capacity at their Leipzig facility, without which the new SUV couldn’t be built alongside the best-selling Cayenne.

"We have been considering launching a more sporting derivative of the Cayenne for some time now. The problem has been the production capacity at our Leipzig factory and the strong sales of the regular Cayenne," an unnamed senior Porsche official told Autocar, adding that the Cayenne Coupe has yet to receive the green light.

When it arrives, the brand-new sports utility coupe is likely to be priced around 15 to 20 percent higher than the current Cayenne, which fetches at least $49,600.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Cayenne.

Source: AutoCar

We actually don’t know who made out better between Mark Webber and Maria Sharapova. On one hand, the tennis star had an opportunity to ride shotgun in a Porsche 918 Spyder with one of the best race car drivers in the world behind the wheel. On the other hand, Mark Webber got to drive with Maria Sharapova. See where the struggle comes in?

That being said, it was pretty neat to see two star athletes from different sports share in the experience of enjoying one of the most exotic cars in the world today. The promotional drive happened during the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, and by the looks of things, both Webber and Sharapova seemed to enjoy the experience of being inside the 2014 918 Spyde r and all the things that’s made it into a modern-day icon in its own right.

Maybe her experience in the 918 Spyder motivated Sharapova to beat Ana Ivanovic to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. She also received a Porsche 911 Targa for her victory, although after watching this video, she probably would have no problem trading the 911 up for a 918 Spyder.

A quick reminder that the 918 Spider is the newest hybrid supercar from Porsche that cranks out an amazing 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque. This allows it to hit a top speed of 211 mph (93 mph in full-EV mode) and 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Few companies cater to the petrol-head quite like Porsche . Sure Ferrari provides excitement, and Lamborghini is the maestro of theater, but Porsche has cornered the market on feel and precision.

Beyond that, Porsche also seems to demonstrate a peculiar, un-German ability to create cars that are very pretty. Not the sensual beauty the Italians have mastered, but still pretty.

Late last year the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh decided that Porsche had done so much in the field of design, that it deserved to be recognized. They then began the laborious task of collecting an eclectic assortment of metal from the brand’s storied history; from the Type 64 of 1938 up to the 911 GTS R Hybrid race car .

As a man with a slight fetish for German autos, the exhibit intrigued me. The NCMA is only a six-hour drive from my house, through some of the most beautiful roads and scenery in the U.S., and I had just been granted the keys to a 2014 Porsche Cayman S .

It was a recipe that sounded like a Porsche enthusiast’s perfect weekend.

Read on to find out more about my journey, the Cayman S and the NCMA exhibit.


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