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Porsche unveiled a new video featuring the seven-time Pikes Peak Champion, Jeff Zwart, discussing the alter ego of the Porsche 911 — Rallying and Off-Roading.

The video starts with rare footage of Porsche’s involvement in Rally Dakar and continues with some footage showing Jeff attacking Pikes Peak. The video will also bring you to the Porsche Museum where you will see the Paris-Dakar-winning Type 953, the all-wheel-drive 911 precursor to the 959.

In the meantime, rumors suggest that Porsche could unveil a special, off-road version of the 911 at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April. This new concept is rumored to be called 911 Safari and will be based on the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and will feature an off-road package.

If this rumor becomes a reality, then Porsche is sure to slingshot right to the front of the rally-racing realm. We will find out in the upcoming months if there is any truth to this rumor.

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Porsche unveiled a GTS version for its 911 Carrera back in 2010 and now it looks like the history is about to repeat itself. Our spy photographers sent us some spy shots that seem to reveal more than a simple revision to the latest generation of the Porsche 911 — the 991.

In fact, we believe that this revised Carrera will also get a GTS variant because the prototype caught here features a few telltale signs of the old GTS. First, it has a wider body and some additional air outlets in the rear bumper, just like the 2010 GTS did.

Up front, there is a new front bumper with revised air intakes and new, LED daytime running lights. Additionally, the rear end gets a new set of taillights, which lead us to believe that this GTS also carries the changes that we can expect across the entire 911 range — sans the wide-body kit, of course.

The facelifted Porsche 991 Carrera is expected to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015 and the GTS version should arrive during the same period.

Updated 01/02/2014: Based on the latest spy shots, we created a rendering for the upcoming Carrera GTS. Check it out after the jump.

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Porsche Cayenne

Porsche engineers have had a pretty busy 2014 so far, as our spy shooters caught the revised version of the Cayenne testing in the cold. The prototype wears only a bit of camouflage on the areas that Porsche is updating.

Up front, we expect to see some changes on the front bumper and the headlights, while the backside will get taillights that feature a slimmer look and 3D styling, like on the recently revealed Porsche Macan , and a revised rear bumper. The new Cayenne will also feature a selection of revised wheels and a slightly updated cabin.

Porsche may offer some updates for the engine, and a plug-in hybrid version could also be in the works for the Cayenne .

Considering Porsche has been testing the Cayenne for quite some time, we expect to see it in the dealerships sometime in late 2014 as a 2015 model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche Cayenne.

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Gemballa reminds me of some of the most hideous looking tuning jobs ever, but, once in a while they do make proper supercars stand out from the crowd. Gemballa also specialize in tuning Porsches .

One of the very popular models they have worked upon is the Carrera GT. Gemballa created a handful of unique special editions based on the Porsche supercar and called the Gemballa Mirage GT .

These one-off cars were sold out almost instantly and being unique pieces of German engineering, Gemballa made few bucks on every car sold. Now, a Gemballa Mirage GT ’Special Edition’ is up for sale in Germany.

Given the standard car would have cost about $450,000 in the U.S., the used Gemballa Mirage GT has a price tag of $780,000. That is a lot of money even for a Carrera GT that has been tweaked to produce 650 horsepower and is painted black with orange accents. The car has 12,000 miles on its odometer.

Click past the jump to read more about the Gemballa Mirage GT

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Porsche in collaboration with Spotlight Cinema Networks launched a video contest where contestants had to illustrate "Thrilling Contradictions" through the art of film. Of course lots of people submitted their video, but the winner of the contest was Ross Cohen whom submitted a video inspired by the new Porsche Panamera .

His idea was to made a sculpture using fire and ice and, as you probably imagine the sculpture was a Porsche Panamera luxury sedan. All we can say is that the final work is a masterpiece and that we really have to appreciate all the hard work Ross Cohen did in creating this video!

For sure it was a very nice way for Porsche to end a great year for the company. All we can say is that we would really like to see some similar ideas coming in the upcoming months. Fingers crossed!

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For those of you who do not know, Singer Automotive is a design company specialized in restoring and modifying old Porsche models. One of its most famous car is the Singer 911 we saw back in 2011.

Until now, this car received no "real" review, but in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, we had the chance to see what a great car the Singer 911 really is. The car was brought to Jay Leno by Rob Dickinson, creative director of Singer. It was the last stop made in the U.S. before it will be shipped to its new owner in Dubai who paid about $350k for its new toy.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks it worth spending that amount of money just to restore a Porsche 964. We think it is well worth it, considering all the updates this 911 received, including bespoke carbon-fiber body work, a modified engine, updated interior and a very cool, Gulf livery.

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This time around, Jay Leno was faster than Chris Harris, as he was the first one to test the new Porsche 918 Spyder . Regardless of who came first, we still bet that Chris Harris gives the 918 a more proper thrashing than Jay, and that’s no slight to Jay, as Harris is simply the best at pushing supercars to their limits.

The test took place at the Valencia circuit in the winter, which makes the test even more interesting, thanks to a cold set of tires.

The 918 Spyder is powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 608 horsepower and two electric motors — one with 154 horsepower and other with 127 horsepower. With a combined output of "nearly 900 f*#king horsepower," to quote Chris, — 887 horsepower to be exact — the 918 Spyder can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph. Top speed is limited to 93 mph in E-Power mode.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks about the 918 Spyder and why he considers it a very special car. One thing is for sure, Harris did a great job behind the wheel, as always.

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A few days ago, we brought you the first images of the possible GTS version for the new-generation Porsche 911 . That didn’t come as a surprise, as we’re expecting Porsche to offer more versions of its new 911 lineup.

The biggest surprise arrived in out inbox today, when our spy photographers sent us the first images of a Porsche 911 Turbo sporting what looks to be a facelift. That’s right, we are talking about the same car unveiled three months ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . We know that this is a pretty quick facelift, even for Porsche, but our suspicion is that this model is still at least a year or two out, and Porsche just wants ample time to work out all of the bugs.

The biggest changes that this facelift will bring will be on the front and rear bumpers, and the taillights, which will likely get the same 3D look that we saw on the recently revealed Macan.

We don’t expect to see any changes under the hood, so the revised 911 Turbo should be offered with the same turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder that delivers 520 horsepower in the base version and 560 horsepower in the S version.

Do not expect to see the revised Porsche 911 Turbo until late in 2015.

Click past the jump to read more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.

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TOPCAR is no stranger to modding high-end cars, with some of its favorites hailing from Porsche. Well, it didn’t take the tuner too long — it’s only been about a month since its official unveiling — to get to work on the Macan , as it has released a sweet aesthetic kit for the upcoming SUV. Sure, these images are all simply renders, but they are enough to keep our attention turned to our friends from Russia to see just how the final product turns out.

TOPCAR left the under-hood bits alone, but we’re pretty sure these performance mods will come at a later date. As for the exterior, TOPCAR left no stone unturned, as it completely transformed the look of the Macan .

The aerodynamic updates includes new bumpers, spoilers, side skirts and diffusers. All the new elements are made from a combination of carbon fiber and Kevlar — typical TOPCAR quality, of course — and, according to the tuner, these mods will significantly improve the driving dynamics of the Cayenne ’s little bro, likely from the added downforce and reduced weight.

TOPCAR also announced that a series of updates for the interior, plus some updates for the engine lineup are also under development and should be ready for the spring of 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Macan by TopCar.

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When Gemballa unveiled the GTP 700 tuning kit for the Porsche Panamera we didn’t payed much attention to it, as we saw it as just another kit for the luxury German sedan . After all, other than the 700 horsepower on tap, the kit did offer much else.

Well, it looks like Gemballa decided to prove us wrong in thinking this was "just another kit, as the new GTP 700 just became the fastest sedan in the world to weight over two metric tonnes (4,400 pounds).

After making its world debut at the 2013 Essen Motor Show, the new GTP700 was taken to the Nardo high-speed track for a test drive. Gemballa said that the record was an accident, because the car was not prepared in advanced for this achievement. It was just a customer-ready GTP 700, equipped with 22-inch wheels and checking in at 2,045 kg (4.508 pounds) — 2,225 kg (4,905 pounds) with the driver and the fuel included.

With this "equipment," the Panamera GTP 700 hit a top speed of 338.8 km/h (210.5 mph). Additionally. the GTP 700 can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.3 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 9.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 26.5 seconds.

Click past the jump for the video.


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