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As you know Porsche will be unveiling a new supercar concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and although we believe this may just be a photoshop of the future vehicle, this is said to be the first image of the Porsche.

All we know about this concept at the moment is that it is closely related to the 918 Spyder concept from which it takes key components, including elements of its platform.

In an official statement Porsche said: "Porsche will be giving a new model its world debut – and various other models their first showing in the USA. . The show in the traditional venue of Detroit, nicknamed ’Motor City’, is regarded as a leading international marketplace and forum for trends and opinions that is particularly relevant for the North American market. Porsche has been experiencing rapidly growing demand among its US customers over the past few months, especially for the new Panamera car line and the new generation of the Cayenne sporty off-roader."

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Being that Porsche has successfully created the most powerful street-legal model Porsche has ever built in the form of the GT2 RS , the guys over at AutoCar decided to put this beast to the test alongside one of its more standard brothers: the Carrera .

To figure out that the GT2 RS is faster and more powerful than the Carrera is a no brainer. It pushes out 620hp, and pushes it out quickly with a 0-60mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Stand that next to the Carrera’s 345hp and 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds, and you begin to question why the heck this comparison was even done. But there is actually a reason behind this seemingly simple comparison. Sure, the GT2 RS is faster, but is it fast enough and powerful enough to substantiate the gargantuan price difference of $100,000 between it and the Carrera? Check out the video and find out!

In the aftermath of thePorsche Boxster being one of the top three vehicles in Europe to have the best value retention for 2010, Hofele Design has decided to jazz up the first generation Boxster 986 with a cool new Speed GT package. For the front of the car, the Boxster 986 gets a new front bumper with lamellas in the outer air intakes and mesh insert in honey-comb style in the middle air intake. Optional air intakes can be inserted into the out air intakes. The rest of the car features a restyled rear bumper (in a "2010-Design Look") with side air vents and a diffuser, side skirts, and a big rear wing which they say imitates the Porsche 911’s wing. The exterior package is completed by side graphics with the "Speed" logo and a new set of 18-inch "Silverstone" alloy wheels.

The interior gets "Bi-Colour" leather throughout with the middle area of the seats getting stitched in the classic diamond pattern (similar to Bentley ). The leather continues on through the middle areas of the doors. All of the leather can be requested in different colors and combinations.

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The Porsche 911 has been around for what seems like forever, but there’s a reason for that. This model has been Porsche’s chameleon, turning into anything Porsche has needed to keep the sales coming. Now, after five distinct generations, Porsche is turning out a successor for the model. Codenamed the 998, this next 911 will focus on improving the current model’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Yes, Porsche has to jump on the bandwagon just like everyone else. It’s not such a bad thing, though. The Porsche 998 will allow the German high performance automaker to move forward with the times and ensure its continued success, both on the road and the track. The 2012 Porsche 998 will be their next step towards this future.

Of course, just because the 998 is the 911’s successor, doesn’t mean that it will borrow all of its elements from it. We haven’t seen too many spy shots or renderings for the model, so we were happy to put out this latest artwork illustrating the longer and wider stance of the 998 as well as the design elements borrowed from the Panamera and 918 Spyder Concept . This will allow the 998 to feature a whole new exterior and interior, and hopefully make it Porsche’s next superstar.

Under the hood, Porsche will keep the same flat-six engine with modifications made to succeed at improving the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The 3.6-liter flat-six engine delivers up to 365bhp and 400Nm of torque and 415bhp and 440Nm of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in around 4.5 seconds, while top speed goes up to 185 mph.

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.

For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.

Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman . Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.

On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.

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Gemballa hasn’t exactly had the best year, to say the least, in 2010. Earlier this year, the company’s founder, Uwe Gemballa mysteriously disappeared only to be found a few months later in South Africa, a victim of an apparent murder orchestrated by people that he may have had some prior involvement with.

Then in February, German police officials closed down the company’s tuning shop only to be re-opened a few months later when the company officially re-opened under new leadership with CEO Andreas Schwarz and Investor Steffen Korbach taking the reins and assuming full control of the company.

So after a tumultuous year, the new Gemballa is poised to enter 2011 on a positive note by announcing their latest project, the Tornado Porsche 958 Cayenne .

It may have taken longer than anyone would have liked, not to mention the tragic circumstances surrounding the untimely death of its founder, but the new company is trying to make sure that some semblance of normalcy returns after the year they’ve been through.

And, really, what better way to do that than to announce the development of a new and awesome project.

UPDATE 05/04/11: Here’s something you don’t see at an auto show: The Cayenne-based Gemballa Tornado made its official debut at the recently concluded 2011 Top Marques Monaco and before anybody else could take the SUV out for a test run at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, an Arabian sheik bought the SUV 16 seconds after the show opened its doors. 16 seconds, people. That guys scooped up the Gemballa Tornado faster than it takes for us to drink our coffees in the morning.

Check out details for the Tornado Porsche 958 Cayenne after the jump.

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The end of the motorsport season is here and Porsche has gone out with a bang as they have introduced their 2011 GT3 RSR at the “Night of Champions” party held at the R&D Center in Weissach. The GT3 RSR will join the911 GT3 R and the911 GT3 Cup in competing in the 2011 GT racing. Teams interested can be had for 410,000 Euro ($543,000 at current rates) plus country-specific value added tax.

The new GT3 RSR is powered a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder boxer engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. This combination delivers 455 HP at 7,800 rpm and a max 450Nm of torque. That’s five horsepower more than the GT3 Cup, but 25 less than the GT3 R. The power increase was possible thanks to an engine management system, a redesigned exhaust system, and a modified air intake housing. Stopping power comes from single-piece six-piston aluminum fixed calipers in the front and single-piece four-piston aluminum fixed calipers in the rear. Taking that power to the pavement will be three-piece BBS light-alloy wheels, 12J x 18 ET 34 in the front and 13J x 18 ET 12.5 at the rear.

The Porsche GT3 RSR has a monocoque body (basis GT3 RS) of hot-galvanised steel and receives a new front lip, wider front wheels, a modified rear wing, and a redesigned rear lid for optimized air ducting. Taking its cue from the 911 GT3 Cup and the GT3 R, the RSR has been LED rear lights taken from the latest 911 road-legal cars.

Press release after the jump.

A few weeks ago, German tuner 9ff unveiled the GTurbo tuning package, but while the most powerful version developed 1,000 HP, 9ff pulled the GTurbo 1200 straight out of a hat during the Essen Motorshow. For those not packing much common sense, that’s a model developing a spectacular 1,200 HP.

The GTurbo 1200 is based on a Porsche GT2 model, but is modified to be made lighter. There are a series of carbon fiber elements, along side and rear windows that have been replaced by Macrolon items. There is also a new set of 19" wheels.

After 9ff added titanium connecting rods, 9ff cylinder head with bigger valves and ports, 9ff camshafts, and 130mm intercoolers, the twin-turbo engine now develops an impressive 1200 HP and 1100 NM of torque. The car can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds and will hit an impressive 248 mph. The whole package is finished by a new titanium exhaust system that has adjustable valves for a quiet, sportier sound. The car is currently available for sale at a price of 219,000 euro (around $285,000).

UPDATE 12/13/2010: The monsieur’s over at OptionAuto were given the chance to take the 9ff GTurbo 1200 for a test run – lucky, lucky, lucky – and did they take the hammer down on this bad boy, documenting the whole escapade in a five-part video that you can find after the jump.

Specifications after the jump.

Over the years we’ve encountered some people who seem to take great pride and joy in turning their cars into replica exotics. Some have done a piss poor job at it while others have been good enough to make their cars ‘resemble’ these exotics, forgetting the fact that if any of the onlookers would dare lift the hood, the vehicle would be exposed as the fraud that it is.

Earlier reports have said that a replica Veyron was done using a Porsche Boxster platform. But we’ve since gotten clarification that the photo we showed you is actually a real Veyron with no hint or trace of copycat-ism on it. Must’ve been why it looked too good to be a replica.

Having said that though, having said that, there really is a project being undertaken by "Orlando M." to make a replica Veyron using a Boxster platform that’s going to look impeccably like the real deal. The project is still being undertaken and unfortunately, it’s going to be for Orlando M’s personal use only. You can check out how the process is done in these videos that we’ve been given. Take a look!

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No, you are not seeing double. We did in fact feature some of these same photos a few days ago when we brought you Promotive’s 900 HP package for the997 Turbo , but pop open the hood of these cars and what you’ll find is a completely different setup. While the previous package for the Porsche pumped out 900 racing ponies, this new package by Arkansas-based Porsche tuner, Protomotive, delivers a much tamer 750hp. Okay, tame may not be a suitable word for an engine that produces 750hp, but this engine setup does provide for a more leisurely ride than the first one, so the use is validated.

In order to obtain the 750 HP output, the tuner is offering less drastic modifications with a modified VTG, custom engine tune, custom transmission tune, TUBI exhaust, and FABSPEED air intake. Next to the engine update, Protomotive also fixed up the exterior with a new wing, air side inlets, new mirror caps, a new front spoiler, grills, and gas cap, all made in carbon fiber.

Carbon fiber is also offered for the interior with the back seat cover, A/C surround, center console, and door panels covered in the stuff.

New performance numbers for the Porsche 997 Turbo haven’t been announced yet, but we can’t imagine that a modified 3.8 liter flat-six engine producing 250 more horsepower than its standard brother would make for a small jump in performance.

Source: Protomotive

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