A cult classic, the 911 Targa was phased out with the 964 generation, after living a long life that started in 1965. Rumors have been swirling around about its resurrection and our spy photographers have even caught this machine on the road a few times, but it was donning a not-so-impressive disguise: a canvas coating on the roof that made it appear to be just a simple convertible model.
Today, our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 Targa for a second time. Unfortunately, it is still wearing its convertible disguise, but it is easy to spot the separation where the removable top is. The official details on the 911 Targa are still completely unknown and we are not too sure if it will be offered as a two-wheel- or four-wheel-drive model, or possibly the option of both.
You can expect to see the 911 Targa unveiled sometime later this year and it should be in stores in time to make it a 2014 model year.
Last year, Gemballa unveiled the Aero 1 tuning kit based on the new Porsche Cayenne. For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the tuner upgraded the kit and transformed it into Aero 2. The new kit adds a new aerodynamic package that increases the presence of the Cayenne.
The new kit includes all the elements offered in the Aero 1, like front bumper and spoiler, the rear bumper and the side skirts, but adds new wheel arch extensions and new side sills that made the Cayenne even wider. All the elements are made in carbon fiber. The new Aero 2 kit is offered with 22-inch forged wheels that weigh about the same as the factory 20-inch wheels. If you want to pay less, you can order the new wheels in a cast version.
The interior is also modified when compared to the Aero 1, and what we like the most are those yellow insertions.
Unfortunately, this is purely an aesthetic package, so there are no under-hood modifications.
German tuner, RUF, unveiled the RT-35 to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Now, for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show the package has been transformed into the RT-35s - a kit that adds even more power and an updated look.
While the standard version delivered a total of 630 horsepower, the new RT-35s is based on the new-generation Porsche 991 and delivers an extra 20 horsepower. The model is also equipped with a seven-speed manual gearbox. We are not very sure if the extra power made any improvements on the car’s performance figures, but a 205 mph top speed is already quite enough for a Porsche 911.
For the exterior, the new RT-35s received a new front spoiler and a standard Porsche “ducktail” that offers double downforce. As with most other tuning kits, the new RT-35s is offered with new wheels to help lighten the unsprung weight and add a little more rubber-to-road contact. The car is painted yellow, which a tribute to the first Porsche tuned by RUF. For the interior, the tuner added a new roll cage and an Alcantara trim.
German tuner, RUF Automobile, unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show an updated 3800S kit based on the the latest-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman models. The kit includes both exterior and engine upgrades and it is available now.
Under the hood, the model received an updated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 420 horsepower at 7,400 rpm and 332 pound-feet of torque at 5,600 rpm. The engine is mated to a double-clutch transmission and sends its all power to the rear wheels.
Once the job under the hood was done, the tuner continued with updating the exterior look. RUF is offering an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and an updated rear diffuser. The last piece of the tuning is the new set of alloys in a five-spoke design and painted in black.
The interior can also be upgraded with better quality materials, like Alcantara or carbon fiber.
Prices for the new kit will be announced at a later date.
Porsche is already preparing a facelift for the Panamera luxury sedan. The car has been caught testing many times, but this time the car was caught testing with almost no camouflage. Our spy photographers caught both standard and Turbo version, so you can easily see the changes featured on both models.
As you can see, the revised Panamera will receive new headlamps and taillights, plus redesigned front and rear bumpers. Porsche will also redesign the interior with improved materials and new technologies.
We expect some upgrades regarding the engine and transmission, so you can expect the new Panamera to deliver improved fuel economy and better performance. Rumors suggest that the 4S version will drop the current V-8 engine in favor of a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that will deliver about 420 horsepower - an increase of 20 horsepower over the current model.
We expect the new Porsche Panamera to be unveiled in April 2013.
Falken Motorsports announced the first details on its upgraded Porsche 997 GT3 R that will be raced in this year’s VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours events. The driver lineup will remain unchanged and will include: Sebastian Asch, Peter Dumbreck, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger.
The 2013 GT3 R has been upgraded with a new aerodynamic package that includes wider wings, new splitter and double canards, plus a larger rear wing that helps increase downforce. Falken Motorsports also installed enlarged cooling vents around the front, while the wheel arches have also been enlarged to allow the car to ride on larger wheels and tires when compared to last year.
Under the hood, the car will keep the usual 4-liter, flat-six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower.
First tests of the car will be made at the March, 16th at the annual VLN setup day.
Porsche is celebrating the 911’s anniversary with two surprises prepared for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, and the German automaker describes one of them as "very exciting." No other details have been offered, but Porsche did confirm that it will offer "new engineering highlights, plus driving dynamics and driving excitement at an even higher level than before."
In its 50 years of production, the Porsche 911 delivered impressive result on both the road and the race track. With a total of 820,000 units built during this period, the 911 is the world’s most successful sports car ever.
Alongside these two new special editions, Porsche will also unveil the new-generation 911 GT3 Cup, which is "the best-selling and most successful sports car in the world."
Full details on these two new models will be unveiled during their official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show on March 5th. Stay tuned for more!
British tuner, Kahn Design, has prepared quite a surprise for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show: a super sport wide-body kit for the Porsche Cayenne.
The kit starts with numerous upgrades for the exterior. The Cayenne receives vented front and rear wide wheel arches with integrated front and rear air dams, a lower boot-lid spoiler and Kahn enamel wing shields. The car sits on a set of RS 600 wheels sized 9.5-by-22 inches up front and 10.5-by-22 inches at the rear combined with brake calipers finished in liquid gold. The SUV also receives sport-tuned lowering springs and a stainless-steel quad crosshair exhaust system.
For the interior, the tuner uses a very nice combination of black and carbon for the front and rear seats and the center glove box. The package also includes vented foot pedals in machined aluminum, speedo and rev counter fascias in red and cream, floor mats and Kahn logos. Alongside these updates, the tuner also offers its clients the possibility to opt for a very wide list of colors and materials.
Porsche rarely ever has a recall, but today it has issued one because of a faulty exhaust system that can result in other drivers being in danger.
Porsche North America has issued a voluntary recall for 2012 to 2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012 through November 12, 2012 and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. According to the recall report, the tailpipe may crack, which can result in the pipe breaking free from the muffler and fall onto the road while you are driving, In such a case, the 911 may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.
Porsche announced that each owner will be notified and local dealers will replace the rear mufflers free of charge. Still, if you drive such a model you are being advised to contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.
Even if out of production for more than five years, Porsche Carrera GT remains one of the most appreciated models in Porsche’s lineup. So, it’s no wonder why a private customer asked the guys over Atelier Zagato to customize his Carrera GT to his specific needs.
When compared to a standard Carrera GT, this one-off edition received a different engine cover, racing-style rims with blue/red nuts, different exhaust pipes and rear diffuser, and some other changes. All these updates give the Carrera GT a more fluid look.
As far as we know, this one-off Carrera GT received no updates under the hood, but the standard engine is quite enough. For those of you who do not remember, the Carrera GT is powered by a 5.5-litre V-10 normal-aspiration engine that delivers a total of 612 horsepower and a peak torque of 435 pound-feet. Its top speed is an impressive 205 mph.
Hit the jump to watch this one-off Porsche Carrera GT by Zagato.