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Porsche already has the 918 Spyder and the 918 RSR Racing concepts making headlines and winning over the crowd like only a Porsche can, but we can’t seem to forget that the German auto manufacturer has already announced plans to replace the old Carrera GT with a brand new supercar, and we aren’t the only ones either. Teamspeed Junior member, zbaums, has stripped the RSR Racing concept of all its racing propaganda to reveal a rendering of what could be the future Porsche 918 Porsche 918 Coupe. With such an exciting future for Porsche and the increasing number of eagerly waiting fans, speculations are on high for this possible production version 918 Coupe, and we can’t help but join in on the fun.

Our speculations start off at a basic level as we imagine Porsche will be taking the concept and just adapting it for the streets. We believe the hybrid drivetrain will more than likely be dropped in favor of a more conventional engine for the top version, but we are not excluding the possibility of seeing a hybrid version offered as an alternative. Regardless of what engine they choose, we are confident that the Porsche’s numbers will exceed all of our imaginations.

Hit the jump to read more about a possible production version Porsche 918 Coupe.

Source: TeamSpeed

D2Forged Wheels is an American wheel tuning shop that’s considered as one of the best in the industry. Recently, the boys at D2Forged presented their latest creation for the Porsche 997 Turbo , aptly called “The White Darkness”.

These guys are no strangers to outfitting cars with the best rims in the game, as evidenced by their previous work on an Aston Martin V8 Vantage . So it only seems right that their latest piece of work would come in the name of Porsche – a 997 Turbo, to be exact.

On it’s own, a Porsche 997 Turbo is already a car that packs a very mean wallop with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produces 500 horsepower. You add that powertrain and the iconic 997 aesthetic design with D2Forged’s set of special MB1 Titanium Graphite 20” wheels they affectionately call “The White Darkness” and you have the makings of a stunning sports car that only adds to the American wheel tuning company’s already impressive line-up of state-of-the-art rims.

Sure we all want to take our turn driving around in the new 2011 Porsche GT2 RS . Unfortunately, with a limited run of 500 units and the fact that they have all been sold out already, chances of that happening are about slim to none. What makes the situation even more unfortunate for us is the fact that TechArt has already found a way to improve on Porsche’s most powerful street-legal model ever. Yeah, they are that good.

To make our faces a darker shade of envy green, the German tuner has added a new set of their newly introduced Formula Race lightweight forged centerlock wheels and a new Noselift system to allow the Porsche to get safely over those pesky speed bumps. No need to enter your dipped driveway at an angle anymore - owners of low ride height vehicles know exactly what we mean - TechArt has made it so the front end of the 911 GT2 RS gets an additional 60mm of ground clearance with a touch of a button. This system also features a trouble-free backfitting, a rapid height adjustment of approximately 10 mm/s with particularly silent operation as well as fully integrated operation via a button with a status indicator at the roof console.

Man, and we were banking on the fact that one of these owners would ding the front of their car and sell it to us for a cheaper price. There goes that idea! Nice work, TechArt . Another tuning job well done!

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

Top Gear USA is starting to really come around as the US version of the famous car show heads towards the end of its very first season. Eventually we see the trio of Adam Ferrara, Ruttledge Wood, and Tanner Foust coming into their own and not constantly being compared to Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but that’s still a long ways off. The US hosts need to spend a lot more time in the hot seat before they can rid themselves of the constant criticism and ridicule. Nonetheless, we’re beginning to love the show and most of the hosts. Sorry to say, we still love to hate Adam Ferrara.

Episode Eight of Top Gear USA was just jam-packed with goodies, as Tanner and Ruttledge try to figure out if its faster to fly or drive from LA to Las Vegas, Bret Michaels takes a turn on the Top Gear test track, Rutt and Tanner review a Porsche Panamera Turbo and a BMW X6M , respectively.

Hit the jump to get all of the details on Top Gear’s eighth episode.

We kind of get the feeling that 2011 is going to be a big year for automakers. We don’t have a tangible explanation for it, but there’s something about the air this year that feels like the next 12 months will be filled with more ups than downs and, hopefully, a lot less recalls than 2010.

We’re barely a few days into the new year and we’re already getting excited over the first major event for 2011, the North American International Motor Show . All the happenings will take place at the Cobb Center in Detroit on January 10, 2011 so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what to expect when the floor opens.

The list of vehicles we’ve included on the list are cars that have officially - and unofficially - punched in their tickets for Detroit. Some cars that will appear are still being withheld for suspense purposes, but what’s the fun in having a preview if we can’t dig up the cars that want their presence to be a surprise?

Either way, we’ve included all of these models so head on over past the jump to see which cars to expect when the NAIAS opens its doors next week.

Watching a rally and feeling the adrenaline involved in that action is always pleasant. But this time we are talking about something special. It not only about 16 minutes of high quality driving; its not even about the good music on the sound of thePorsche GT3 ’s engine. This time is about a GT3 rally action with a very special ending for the co-driver, a girl that never imagined what the end of the race will bring her: a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, the driver of the car.

The video was shot at the 2010 German Rally championship series. So, sit back, turn up your volume and enjoy! Also have patience until the video ends to see what the girl’s answer was. We can assure you that the video worth every second of the 16 minutes!

A few months ago, Merdad – one of our favorite tuning firms in the world – unveiled the first details on their new project for the Porsche Cayenne . Chopping off two of its doors, Merdad turned the Cayenne into a sharper looking coupe by making the necessary adjustments to compensate for the loss of the two doors.

The Cayenne 902 Coupe is not different. As with a lot of their recent works with the Cayenne , Merdad used a comprehensive styling kit with new aerodynamic parts that are complemented by an electronic lowering module and accentuated by a set of 22” alloy wheels that comes in a choice of either black or silver colors. Merdad also took the Cayenne’s interior and dressed it up to the nines by adding black leather and red Alcantara with new trims and a sports steering wheel.

The UK-based tuning firm also tweaked and fine-tuned the Cayenne’s engine with a variety of engine upgrades, bumping up the SUV’s output – depending on the program – to 550 horsepower and all the way up to 750 horsepower. The top-end version of the Cayenne 902 is expected to hit a staggering 0-60 mph time of just a little over four seconds – 4.4 seconds, to be exact.

The Russian automotive beauty experts, TopCar , are taking yet another opportunity to remodel the new generation Porsche Cayenne by providing another package with exterior and interior updates. It is called the Vantage 2 and is basically the non-GTR version of the Vantage GTR2 provided by the same tuner.

For the exterior, the package adds a long list of carbon fiber elements, including a new front spoiler bumper, front fender extensions, and a new bonnet. More carbon can be found on the side skirts, rear spoiler, roof spoiler, rear fender wings, and diffuser with LED brake light strip. The package also includes a new set of wheels available in either 22" or 23" dimensions. The interior only gets cleaned up with hand-crafted leather and different aluminum insertions.

However, the most impressive changes were made under the hood. Much like its GTR partner, the Vantage 2’s 4.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 version has been tweaked to deliver 760hp, up from the standard 500hp. Mum’s the word on the new performance numbers as of yet, but we’ll pass them along as soon as we get them.

The new Porsche 911 GT3 made its debut last year at the Geneva Motor Show and it is now on sale at a price of $112,200. beside a few exterior changes, the 911 GT3 comes for the first time, with a particularly sporting variant of PSM Porsche Stability Management, offering the option to deactivate both Stability Control (SC) and Traction Control (TC) in separate steps.

The 911 GT3 is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine that develops maximum output of 435 bhp, up 20 bhp over its predecessor. It offers even better grip and stability also at high speeds, specific modifications of the car’s aerodynamics increasing down-forces both front and rear to such an extent that the overall pressure pushing down the car is more than twice as great as on the former model. At the same time the new Aerodynamics Package gives the GT3 a brand-new look further accentuated by the new bi-xenon headlights, LED rear light clusters, as well as modified air intakes and outlets.

The GT3 holds an interesting place in the lineup because it is the fastest naturally-aspired car Porsche makes (aside from the track-only GT3 RSR ), and some drivers prefer the GT3 over turbo models. This GT3 makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in four seconds and has a top speed of 194 mph. This represents only 0.3 of a second slower to 60 mph and is one mile per hour faster than the current 911 Turbo . Some of Porsche’s professional drivers have felt that the marginal power loss was worth the predictability that was gained by having a non-turbo engine.

UPDATE 12/28/2010: Want to catch over 16 minutes of awesome rally car action? Check out the video after the jump to see Pro rally team Olaf Dobberkau and Alexandra König drift, slip, and slide through the track while enjoying the glorious sounds of the 911 GT3’s beautiful engine and exhaust. Enjoy!

Press release after the jump.

Doing our usual internet surfing, we came across a very interesting little project by Renntech. Known for overhauling the insides and outsides of Mercedes models, the Florida-based tuning house took a walk on the wild side by turning their attention to the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet . Together, Renntech and newly minted partner, Akrapovic, have brought out the beast in this Porsche with a spectacular engine upgrade.

Renntech began by providing an ECU modification for the 911 Turbo Carbio, and then Akrapovic took over by adding a new sports exhaust system. These additions got the the standard 500hp up to a much faster 600hp and 660Nm of torque. Nothing was said as to how this boost improved the Porsche’s performance numbers, but we can only imagine that a 100hp jump makes a big difference.

Check out the video after the jump to see and hear the new power in action. From the angles provided, we can’t really tell if any extensive exterior modifications were made, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the usual bumper, wing, and wheel upgrades were done as well.

Source: Renntech

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