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Don’t you just love when the automakers have no idea what their new cars really are, and they end up posting specifications that are not even close to the real thing?

Porsche did exactly this with its 2014 911 Turbo S . The company reported a top speed of 197 mph and a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds. Well, Christian Gebhardt from sportauto.de proved that these numbers are slightly off-base, in a good way.

In a recent test drive, he managed to take the new Turbo S up to a top speed of 333 km/h (206 mph). If we were Porsche, we would have loved to brag that our car is capable of cresting the 200 mph barrier. In the same test, the new Turbo S hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than the time reported by the Porsche.

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There is one month until the 2013 SEMA show opens its gates, but we already have a pretty good idea on a lot of what will be displayed in Las Vegas. Today, Los Angeles based tuner, Misha Designs, released the first images of a pretty cool body kit it prepared for the Porsche 991 and that will be on display at SEMA in November.

As usual, this Misha Designs body kit takes a regular 991 and pushed the sports car’s look to a whole new level of style. The kit includes new front bumper, hood, side skirts, a rear bumper with diffuser and a rear spoiler.

The body kit can be applied to all Porsche 991 models, starting with the 2012 model year, and it can be ordered from the tuner immediately after the show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 Body Kit By Misha Designs.

When it comes to unheralded tuning firms, one company that can lay claim to being underrated is Prior Design.

Sure, it doesn’t have the kind of performance modifications you’d expect from an aftermarket name as visible as Prior Design, but when it comes to aero upgrades, this company knows what it’s talking about — and then some.

One of its latest works is for the stunning Porsche Panamera , the German automaker’s luxury sports saloon. Since it first entered production a few years ago, the Panamera has become one of the most popular Porsche models in the market, and those that already have one to call their own should pay careful attention to Prior Design’s new PRIOR600 body kit.

The kit is as comprehensive as anything Prior Design has done in the past. The company also made use of a Dura-Flex Fiber Reinforced Plastic, a material that’s characterized by an excellent surface finish, providing sufficient flexibility with high stability that should improve the Panamera’s handling characteristics.

A new front bumper is one of the highlights of the PRIOR600 program, completely retooling the Panamera’s looks, while also adding a larger grille that sends more air to the engine. The rear bumper is also new, serving equal purpose as its front counterpart, while a new hood, side skirts and a rear spoiler round out all the aero changes Prior gave the German brand’s resident luxury vehicle.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera

It’s hard enough for people to belt out a fantastically rendered "Happy Birthday" song as a group, but to have cars do it is next to impossible.

Thanks to creative sound engineering, Porsche accomplished by way of all seven generations of the iconic 911 wishing itself a happy 50th. Yep. Add "singing proficiency" to the long list of endearing qualities of the Porsche 911 .

Continuing its 50th anniversary celebration for the company’s most esteemed model, the entire generational lineup of the 911, beginning with the 1963 911 all the way to the 2013 911 , all put their respective engine chords together to sing a pretty cool rendition of the "Happy Birthday" song.

You probably won’t realize it until around the end of the video, but once you do, you’re going to rewind back to the start, watch it all over again, and then see and hear the video for all of its awesomeness.

Happy birthday, Porsche 911!

Click past the jump to read about one of Porsche’s more famous 50th anniversary models, the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition

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Just a few hours after the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show , the company announced it broke the world-record lap time on Nurburgring . With a lap time of 6:57, the 918 Spyder became the fastest road-going car, beating the previous record by 14 seconds.

The model that established the record was equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and now the tire company has revealed a video (above) that offers us a closer look at the new Nurburgring record. The video also includes interviews from the car’s project manager Frank Walliser, Michelin’s Cornelis Ter Braakm and Walter Rohrl, and the driver responsible for the record, Marc Lieb.

As a reminder, the 918 Spyder is powered by a hybrid powertrain that combines a a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine with an output of 608 horsepower with a 154-horsepower electric motor powering the rear axle and a 127-horsepower electric motor on the front axle. This system generates a total of 887 horsepower and helps the 918 Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 211 mph.

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What is the appeal of a really hardcore performance sedan ? There are a dozen valid reasons, and most car guys will not need much persuading to get on-board. Killer pace starts from the new Panamera Turbo ’s projected 3.2-second blastoff to 60 mph.

The ingredients for the recipe are deceptively simple: big power all over the rev dial, rear-drive bias strongly preferred, and a manual box unless the automatic is absolutely state of the art.

The last and least important part? Those rear doors. Buyers of the hottest full-size performance sedans typically do not mind a tiny back seat. After all, the best possible passengers back there will probably be adoring ladies in thousand-dollar outfits.

So, megalux atmosphere back there is more important than true comfort and versatility. After all, you cannot take three beautiful and giggling best friends for a windows-down, radio-up spin in the hills without a swanky coupe-like sedan.

Even better is a stomping acceleration soundtrack and real panache outside the hottest bars and restaurants. No longer just Euro exclusives: all the cars on this list can be bought or ordered right here in the U.S. for 2013 or 2014.

Representatives from BMW , Mercedes, Lexus , Jaguar, Audi and Cadillac are also proudly represented in this market for $50,000-plus super sedans.

Click past the jump for the current Top Ten Best Performance Sedans, with a few in there you might not have expected.

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In the last episode of "Head 2 Head," Carlos Lago and Randy Pobst from Motor Trend had the chance to test drive three of the best sports car currently available on the market, including the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S that won magazine’s "Best Driver’s Car" competition last year, and two new additions: the new Corvette Stingray and the Ferrari F12berlinetta .

Initially, the three cars were taken to Laguna Seca and had their lap times tested. The best lap time came from the F12berlinetta, as expected, with a lap time of 1:38.04. After that, all the three cars were put to the quarter-mile test, much to the delight of our senses.

The most powerful car tested was the F12berlinetta, with it 6.3-liter, 731-horsepower, V-12 engine. As no surprise, the Italian beast delivers an amazing driving experience and the two guys seemed to have all the fun in the world testing it. Who wouldn’t after all. Oh, and the engine sounds beyond awesome!

The Stingray is also a pretty good car to drive, thanks to its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine hat kicks out 460 horsepower.

Pulling up the rear in the power department is the Carrera 4S, which puts down only 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from its 3.8-liter, flat-six engine.

Keep in mind, the "Best Driver’s Car" is not always the one with the most power... Enjoy the video!

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Porsche Macan

Last time we caught the 2015 Porsche Macan , Porsche was testing around the Nurburgring race track. This time around, Porsche tested it in a more natural habitat: on the streets of Germany. The model that our spy photographers caught this time appears to be the standard version, not the Turbo one they caught last time.

The upcoming Macan will be a smaller alternative to the very successful Cayenne . Additionally, much of the Macan’s design language and technological features will be shared with its big brother.

What will be slightly different is the engine lineup, as Porsche will focus on making the Macan efficient rather than powerful and fast. This means it will be offered with a four-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower for the base, while the Turbo version will get a twin-turbo 3.0-liter, V-6 rated at 370 horsepower.

Rumors suggest that the new Porsche Macan will be unveiled in November at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show .

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Porsche Macan.

We can’t even begin to imagine how harrowing an experience it is to crash a car at high speeds. That’s the kind of scenario we wouldn’t wish on anybody, even our worst enemies.

But some people just don’t have the luck, or safety bearings, as other people. In this particular case, it was a combination of both things. At the recent Hellendoorn Rally in the Netherlands, driver Harry Kleinjan was driving a Porsche 911 RSR during the rally when the brakes presumably locked on one bend, sending Kleinjan and his navigator straight into a cement barricade.

But the crash itself wasn’t the scariest thing to happen to the two; it was what happened after it.

Upon hitting the cement barrier, the 911 RSR immediately shot off the ground, smacked the barricade another time sending the wheels off of the race car before flipping over and hurtling straight into a river on its head. It’s the kind of scary crash that you normally see in movie, except that in the latter’s case, those crashes are planned and staged.

Neither happened on this occasion but fortunately, both Kleinjan and his navigator escaped their all-too-real brush with death without any serious injuries.

In the end, that’s the most important thing and given how the 911 RSR pretty much flew off the track, them coming out of the ordeal with their limbs intact was a bigger win than crossing the finish line first.

Click past the jump to read about the newest line of this successful racer, the 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

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Like a lot of the marquee auto brands in the world today, Porsche has taken that dive into the world of in-house customization and recently, it made a rather subdued and under-the-radar release of one 911 model that falls under this program .

Limited to just a handful of examples, this is the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition. Apart from its exclusive quantity, this particular model will only be sold in the United Kingdom, further keeping it away from the hands of customers outside the British isles.

As far as its uniqueness is concerned, the 911 Carrera S Exclusive Edition boasts of some impressive exterior and interior additions, including an exclusive grey exterior finish, a sport design body kit, premium leather upholstery on the interior, and most distinct of all relative to its market, a series of Union Jack (that’s the flag of the United Kingdom) logos on the door entry guards and the center armrest.

The 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 395 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque in its standard setup, but Porsche Exclusive equipped it with a Power Kit to boost its output. Porsche has yet to unveil its total output, but we expect it to fall near the 425- to 450-horsepower range.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S

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