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Just the other day, we were able to snag a spy video of the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder at the Nurburgring race track in Germany, but now it looks like the hybrid sports car has found its way to Valencia, Spain where not one, but three 918 Spyder prototypes were caught testing. One of the three prototypes appear to be the exact prototype our spy photographers caught testing at the Nurbrugring, but the addition of two other prototypes means that Porsche is extensively testing their next halo car before launching it on the market in September 2013.

The production version of the 918 Spyder will combine a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. On the US market, the model will be priced at $845,000 and the European market will be able to snag it up for 645,000 Euro. The only problem is that there will only be 918 units of the Spyder built and they are already sold out!

Way back in 1983, we all knew and loved a far less creepy and odd-acting Tom Cruise, who was best known for movies like "Top Gun" and "Risky Business," and less known for being love-drunk crazy on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In the 1983 Warner Brothers’ classic, “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise’s character, Joel Goodsen, drove a gold-colored Porsche 928. Now the Profiles in History auction group is offering up the car that Cruise drove on the set for auction.

Actually, there were three cars driven on set, but this 1979 928 saw far more screen time and seat time with Cruise than the other two drive cars. We know that the 1979 Porsche 928 is one of the least desirable Porsches ever built, falling just short in undesirability to the 924, but c’mon, Tom – freaking – Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift in this car.

So, how has this car held up after Cruise was finished burning up, err, learning to use the clutch? What is a car like this selling for? Is it really worth my money?

For the answers to these questions and more, you’ll have to click past the jump to read our review.

Back in the early years of Porsche , technology was very limited and cars were, of course, far simpler than they are today. This meant that they also typically had much less power than today’s cars. There is no better example of said simplicity than looking at a Porsche from the 1950s and comparing it to today’s Porsches.

The most beloved Porsche of the `50s is far and away the 1600 Sportster. This compact roadster was far from fast, but it was always regarded as a nimble a fun-to-drive car. The 356A Sportster of the late 1950s is actually given a lion’s share of the credit for revolutionizing the sports car realm and showed that a car doesn’t need to be high-powered to be fun to drive.

With only 2,922 Speedsters ever built, it has become a true collector’s item that garners a ton of attention and money, especially when one hits the auction block. Well, that is exactly what we have, as RM Auctions is selling off a 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster in Monterey, California on August 17th and 18th, 2012.

Click past the jump to read all about this model being auctioned off.

A few days ago, we brought you a new series of spy shots for the upcoming Porsche 918 Spyder and today, two new videos have popped up that show the car in action at the famous Nurburgring race track. These two videos may be short, but they do provide a good idea as to how cool the 918’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting ’top pipes’ exhaust system." Sales will begin at the end of 2013 at a starting price of $845,000.

Hit the jump for the second video.

With Volkswagen buying out the rest of Porsche , there are definitely some changes afoot, but for the most part, the changes are going to be the same as we have known since before the buyout, err, “corporate restructuring.” The production line, fortunately, will not change under the new ownership, and we felt it was time to outline what Porsche has in store for us in the coming years.

The Pajun has been one of the most on-and-off models recently, as was the baby Boxster . The baby Boxster is all but eliminated from consideration, but the Pajun looks to be a distant possibility. Also in design and testing phase are the 918 Spyder and Macan models.

In planning we have “Project 960 ,” which is Porsche’s potential answer to Ferrari. This is far and away the most intriguing of the group, as it’s something that Porsche has lacked since its inception.

While many Porsche enthusiasts may complain about their beloved automaker expanding its lineup, it is clear that this expansion is to allow the super-exclusive automaker to hit its goal of 200,000 new vehicle sales by 2018. That is a rather lofty goal, but with controlled lineup expansion and no reduction in quality, this is attainable.

Click past the jump to read a more detailed summary on all of Porsche’s upcoming plans.

Now that Mercedes has officially launched their new Shooting Brake, a few more automakers have announced their interest in developing such a model. The first rumors suggested that McLaren would bring a MP4-12C Shooting Brake , but now German magazine Autobild suggests that Porsche will also be offering a Panamera Shooting Brake version as a direct response to the recently announced Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake .

Before getting too excited about this, know that such a model wouldn’t arrive until the next generation 2015 Panamera, which would mean that a Shooting Brake version wouldn’t arrive until 2016.

The Panamera Shooting Brake will address those customers who are looking for the same level of luxury offered in the Panamera, but with a little more practicality. The Shooting Brake version will be identical to its sedan version, except of course for its wider shoulders and the larger trunk. Porsche will also be working on making the next Panamera lighter than the current model, so expect its total curb weight to drop about 330 lbs. The model will also be switched to Volkswagen’s new Modular Standard Platform and will adopt a series of more fuel efficient engines.

Source: Autobild
Porsche 918 Spyder

Porsche ’s next halo car, the 918 Spyder , just got done running some laps at the Nürburgring for the first time, and lucky for us, our spy photographers were right there to take advantage of the glorious opportunity. As you can see, this prototype went from the classic black exterior paint to a very cool white combined with some Martini stickers - a first for the 918.

The Porsche 918 Spyder will be powered by a race-derived 4.6-liter V8 engine combined with two electric motors for a total output of 762 HP and 552 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered with "spectacular solutions such as a full carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque with unit carrier, fully adaptive aerodynamics, adaptive rear-axle steering, and the upward-venting “top pipes” exhaust system." For interested customers, Porsche will also be offering a Race Track package .

The new Porsche 918 Spyder is set to be unveiled in September 2013 with the first deliveries to be made by the end of the same year. The model will be priced at $845,000 in the U.S., but only 918 units will be produced.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S

When you pay a lot of money for a brand new car, you don’t expect to have any problems with it at all. In the real world, however, bad things can happen, even for high performance vehicles from Porsche . The Stuttgart based company has announced a pretty serious recall for their Panamera and Cayenne Turbo models (all 2012 Cayenne models and Panamera Turbo and Turbo S models from 2011 and 2012), to the tune of 270 US units.

The recall was issued because the turbine wheels from the turbocharging system may fracture under certain conditions. Such a fracture can cause a chain reaction in which the turbine shaft cracks, oil is sucked into the exhaust system causing smoke, and possibly a fire.

The problem was detected when a series of fires started in Syria in October and later on a racetrack. During some X-ray inspection, Porsche discovered a series of 37 worldwide failures of the turbine wheels, including three in the U.S.

Porsche is advising the clients with the affected vehicles to take them to the nearest dealership where they will have the turbine replaced, at what we are assuming is free of charge.

Lindsay Lohan was Not Permitted to Drive When She Crashed a Rented Porsche

So there have been a few new details to emerge about Lindsay Lohan’s rented Porsche turned derby car since we last paid the story a visit, so we figured we should package it all up nice and neat, and let you know what’s up.

It all begins with Lohan driving a Porsche 911 , which was rented, to the studio where her newest TV show was being filmed. In the process, she managed to position the front end of this beautiful piece of German engineering firmly under the tail end of a semi-truck. Shortly after that, we found out that the insurance company insuring the TV show she is in strictly prohibits her from driving while the show is being filmed, thanks to her many run ins with the boys in blue while behind the wheel.

TMZ, our leading informant on this topic, then dug up a report that Lohan was claiming that the brakes on this nearly brand new Porsche failed to stop the car when the 18-wheeler [ahem] “cut her off.” So it couldn’t have been her fault, right?

It just so happens that Porsche decided that it needed to find out what was wrong with the brakes on this flagship sports car, so Porsche investigators called up the rental company that owns the car and had it shipped to a testing facility so the investigators can check the brakes. The investigators tested every inch of the braking system trying to find the root cause of his high-profile Porsche smash-up job.

There was just one problem with the tests... The brakes passed all of Porsche’s tests with flying colors! So, now Lohan is caught in a boldface lie and has officially garnered a large portion of our attention to see what kind of boneheaded excuse she can come up with next.

As we said before, we highly doubt that this is the end of this story and we anticipate a lot more information coming out soon. As soon as we get wind of anything else, we’ll let you know.

Source: TMZ

The two-tone, baby blue and orange "Gulf Oil" livery is about as iconic a color configuration as any other kind of hue in the auto industry. What’s more, there’s also much to be said when you take into account its significance when used on a Porsche .

German aftermarket company, Oxigin, understands the connection between the two and to pay honor to it, they decided to give a modern-day (actually, it’s the previous generation model ) Porsche 911 the iconic Gulf Racing livery.

If retro looks could kill, then you better start calling 911; this Gulf Racing-inspired 911 already has us sprawled on the floor, wishing we could get to sit behind its wheel before we move on from this world. That’s how much we dig this sporty beast.

Heck, it even has some fancy alloy wheels dressed in the same baby blue color of the body’s foil wrap. Oxigin has yet to provide additional information on the project, but judging from the looks alone, we’re already smitten beyond rationale explanation.


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