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About a month ago, we showed you a finely crafted, tuned-up Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe courtesy of Merdad. Turns out, the aftermarket company isn’t done with their tool kits just yet. Another modified Porsche Cayenne Turbo has come out of the UK-based tuning shop. This time, it’s a four-door version that has been given its own full-blown Merdad exterior body upgrade.

For this particular version, the aerodynamic upgrades include an electronic lowering model that drops the car’s height by 40mm, a set of Merdad Racing 22” forged rims that come in either black or silver editions, and a Merdad “Super Sound” exhaust system at the exterior. For the interior, Merdad outfitted the Cayenne Turbo with a unique leather interior trim, specially-designed alloy racing pedals, entrance blends, a floor mat set, and steering wheel.

As far as we’re concerned, we actually prefer the Cayenne Turbo Coupe version – mostly because we like black more than white – but it’s not to say that this new project isn’t anything to laugh about. After all, when you’ve done the level of work that Merdad has done with Porsches, you trust these guys to release a product that’s certainly worth their stature in the industry.

The Audi A6 may have bagged this year’s EyesOn Design award at the Detroit Auto Show for “Best Production Vehicle”, but another auto manufacturer is taking home the award for “Best Concept Vehicle”.

That award goes to Porsche ’s stunning 918 RSR Racing Lab prototype. Defined by a design that features muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit, the 918 RSR Racing Lab was the unquestioned showstopper of the 2011 NAIAS. It was even dressed up in a new “liquid metal chrome blue” paint finish to complement Porsche’s now famous hybrid orange finish on the front-to-rear racing stripes.

The 918 RSR Racing Lab wowed the judges comprising of Willie G. Davidson, Harley-Davidson’s EVP & Chief Styling Officer; Tom Matano, the Academy of Art University’s Executive Director of Industrial Design and Jack Telnack, Ford’s now-retired global VP of Design, beating out the likes of Kia’s KV7 Crossover and Ford’s Vertrek SUV for the title.

Congratulations to Porsche for the award! Now let’s see a production version of the 918 RSR Racing Lab!

Until Porsche will finally decide to bring a convertible version for the Panamera , tuners would like to offer us an idea on how a model like this might look like. This project however does not start its life as a Panamera, but as a Nissan 350Z Roadster . The conversion was made by Fairy Design and put on display at the Tokyo Motor Show.

With this project the owner wanted to create something unique that will catch attention at the show. For that simple mods like wheels, body kit and air ride were not enough. So he started to modify the 350Z starting with custom air brushed murals in the hood and side body panels, Panamera inspired headlamps, an impressive white exterior paint and a new set of wheels.

While we are not 100% we agree with his idea, we have to admit: the car is really an eye catcher, and for sure it got lots of attention in Tokyo.

Updated 11/08/2011: Apparently this guy is very proud of his work as be brought this strange looking Panamera in Las Vegas. While deciding on the worst tunings displayed at the SEMA Show, this is definitely one of the cars on our list. See the images we have added in the picture gallery and let us know if you agree.

Source: Jonsibal

When it comes about Edo Competition we are used to hear about tuning packages for supercar models. But this time the German tuner tried to play a little bit with thePorsche Panamera Turbo . Called Moby Dick, their package is mostly focused on improving the car’s performances, but the exterior and the interior also received a series of updates.

A standard Panamera Turbo is powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine that develops a total of 500 HP. Not bad at all for a luxury sedan, but Edo Competition managed to squeeze an impressive 750 HP. For that the tuner made some ECU modifications and added a redesigned exhaust system with four large stainless steel exhaust tips and butterfly valves. With the new numbers, the Moby Dick will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds and will hit a top speed of 211 mph.

The car sits on new 22 inch wheels and comes with a lowering module that offers precise handling and improves the vehicle’s dynamics. For the interior the tuner is offering any combination of leather, fabric, finest wood, lacquer, metal or carbon fiber surfaces.

Press release after the jump.

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Many Porsche lovers may not have been all that excited about the German auto manufacturer’s decision to produce the brand’s first SUV, the Cayenne , but these same people just about screamed when they heard that Porsche was also developing a smaller version of the Cayenne, the Cajun . Sorry to say, but they can’t all be911s , guys. No matter how much we all want them to be.

Still, we’re playing along with the whole Porsche SUV thing because well, as much as we don’t want to admit it, the idea of a speedy people hauler is appealing. And to satisfy this innate need to go fast during "our" time and still be able to transport the kids safely, Porsche is bringing out the Cajun sometime in 2013. This crossover-type model will be based loosely on the Audi Q5, utilizing its chassis, steering, axles, and Quattro drivetrain. It will be powered by a 3.0L V6 engine producing 290hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is just enough for some, but we may need to opt for the Cajun Turbo S which will get a twin turbo 3.0L V6 with 350hp.

Porsche’s goal with the Cajun is to provide an efficient and sporty model that will be all the things we want in a car: lightweight, easy to handle, and agile. It will come out first as a four-seater, but a model set to seat five should debut at a later date.

It may not be a 911, but at least it’s not as confused as the Panamera . Don’t even get us started on that model.

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.

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