Known Porsche tuning extraordinaire, TechArt, has prepared a tuning package for the new generation Porsche 911 that accentuates the vehicle’s individualization potential. Their individualization package includes changes for both the exterior and interior, but the future engine modifications are what will tickle everyone’s fancy once they are revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
For now, the exterior package includes a full carbon fiber body kit and a new set of 20- or 21-inch five-spoke TechArt Formula light alloy wheels. The wheels are combined with large spaces between the spokes that revitalize the look of the car, show off the body color matching calipers, and offer effective heat dispersal. These wheels also create a 15% weight loss for the 911, reducing the rotating and unsprung mass and increasing the driving dynamics. There is also a new set of polished stainless steel sport tailpipes with either a dual oval tube or a round tube.
For the interior, the tuner is offering full leather trim with a decorative stitching in any custom color or in a sporty diamond design. There is also sport steering wheel variations with TECHART paddle shifters and plenty of carbon fiber insertions.
Stay tuned as more details will be revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show!
UPDATE 02/27/2012: With Geneva set to open its doors in a week’s time, TechArt has officially taken the wraps off of their new program for the 2012 Porsche 911. The program fits right in the Carrera and Carrera S models and comes with plenty of aerodynamic parts, including a two-part front spoiler with an integrated splitter that fits perfectly into the ergonomics of the 911. The kit also has two aero wings that are integrated into the front air inlet vents, a fixed rear spoiler with a trailing edge, an integrated third brake light, a new rear diffuser, new side skirts, side mirror panels, trim panels for the front headlights, and a new set of either 20" or 21" TechArt Formula five-spoke light alloy wheels.
As far as the Geneva-bound show car is concerned, TechArt opted to show the 911 with a modified interior dressed in black leather and Alcantara with matching matte-painted interior components in racing yellow and black to go with a carbon fiber trim.
UPDATE 03/07/2012: We have added a new set of live images from the car’s official debut in Geneva. Find them in the picture gallery!
If you’re a Porsche fan, then you’ve heard of Champion Motorsport. Along with performance parts, they’ve been producing the RG5 and RG5B forged monolite wheels for Porsche 911’s for years. Now it’s the new 991’s turn to sport these rims, and they look like they were meant for this car. Honestly, Porsche should sell their cars with these wheels already installed.
If you’ve bought a 2010 or newer 911, and you have the centerlock wheels option, then you already know that the RG5 and RG5B rims are out of the question for you. But what you probably didn’t know is that they have a RG5 look-a-like just for you. The RG72 forged monolite wheel has the same classic design as the RG5 with a few styling revisions, and, most importantly, they are centerlock wheels. Champion Motorsport also offers wheels for Cayman, Boxster, Panamera, and Cayenne models.
All Champion Motorsport wheels are made from a single piece of aluminum and forged in an 8,000 pound press. The end result is a 19 to 26 pound wheel, depending on width and diameter, that is much stronger than any multi-piece wheel on the market. Each wheel is finished in Brilliant Silver and features and diamond cut and polished outer lip.
Back in October 2011, Porsche held the Rennsport Reunion IV where Porsche enthusiasts and owners alike gathered to pay tribute to the iconic 911 sports car. More than 60 years of Porsche history was showcased at the event, highlighted by some of the rarest and most powerful Porsche classics in history, but the most anticipated part of the program was the launch of the new and improved Porsche 911/991.
This event was such an outstanding moment in history that Porsche continues to unveil videos showing off the vehicle that brought all of these devoted Porsche owners together to celebrate the sports car by which all others are measured. They’ve even come up with a snazzy tag line.
Our identity, our promise. Forever the sports car.
Of course, Porsche has much to celebrate. Their 911 has been on the market since 1963 with sales and loyalty from owners booming. Their latest iteration is the best ever, powered by 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP, mated to a new, optional Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). This combination gives way to a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds, or 4.4 seconds when teamed up with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers 400 HP. This, plus the PDK, allows the Carrera S a 0-62 mph sprint time of 4.3 seconds (an improvement of 0.2 seconds). That improvement increases when the setup is matched up with the Sport Chrono Package, leaving a 0-62 mph time of 4.1 seconds.
Both models can also be matched up with the standard, and the world’s first, seven-speed manual gearbox.
The newest generation Porsche 911 is quickly becoming a tuning favorite in the industry. So much so, in fact, that most tuners have no problem releasing preview images of the sports car even if the program itself isn’t complete yet.
We’ve already seen SpeedArt and TechArt take this route and now it appears that Vosteiner is jumping on this growing trend with a preview of their newest program, the 911 V-GT.
The mostly aesthetic V-GT program involves the addition of a front add-on spoiler with integrated brake duct collectors. The package also comes with a front GT replaceable center splitter for additional downforce, side skirt panels with integrate carbon fiber blade extensions, and a new and re-sculpted carbon fiber bonnet.
Over at the back, Vorsteiner added a new diffuser with integrated aero fins, a ducktil wing spoiler, a lightweight carbon fiber roof panel, and a choice of either stainless or titanium sport exhaust systems. Rounding off the changes are 20" or 21" forged aluminum wheels.
There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the 2012 Porsche 911 is a tuning magnet all its own. That’s why when the car was first introduced late last year, tuners from all corners of the world began racing to build the first program for the new 911.
At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, we’re going to see a couple tuning firms present their first program for the 911, one of them being Lumma Design.
Their very first program for the new Porsche 911 is called the Lumma CLR 9 S. Made up of an attractive aerodynamic package that includes exterior and interior modifications, the CLR 9 S represents the latest chapter in Lumma Design’s growing fascination with Porsche vehicles. As part of the exterior aero package, Lumma added its own advanced aerodynamic body kit CLR, consisting of a front spoiler lip that emphasizes the sportiness of the new integrated Cupspoilerschwert "Elfers." The program also has a new CLR frame front grille design, as well as refined headlights, an expansive rear fender, a three-piece spoiler lip that ensures more downforce on the rear axle, and a new set of 20" Technikrad LUMMA sport wheels Edition "GS / R" that can be color customized upon request.
As far as the interior goes, Lumma Design dressed up the 911 with a bevy of high-quality materials, traditional craft saddlery, and the finest workmanship you’ll ever see in a German sports car, highlighted by a full red leather interior complemented by black Alcantara. The seats also have embossed carbon leather while the rest of the interior parts, including the dashboard, steering wheel, headliner, door panels, and the center console, all have generous headings of Alcantara. Rounding out the interior modifications are aluminum door sills, floor mats with leather welt suede, and embossed carbon leather interior trim.
We’ve seen a number of vehicles taken out for test drives during these dreary winter conditions, so it’s not in the least bit surprising that Porsche is taking advantage of the mounds of snow at its disposal to test their future 911 Turbo Convertible. The new 911 Droptop was caught playing around in the snow near the Arctic Circle, proving that Porsche takes its testing very seriously.
Just as with the standard models in the new generation 911, the new Turbo version will receive updates on the exterior, as well as in the engine department. Not much of the exterior will be changed, but Porsche has done just enough to make the car sportier and more aerodynamic than ever.
As for the engine, the new 911 Turbo Convertible will be powered by the same 3.8L turbocharged flat six engine, but tricked to deliver more than the current 500 HP for the standard Turbo and 530 HP for the Turbo S.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and Convertible are said to be unveiled next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned!
The 911 is the most successful model in Porsche’s history. It started its long history back in 1963 and since then Porsche has offered five distinct generations: 911 classic, 964 Series, 993 Series,996 Series, and 997 Series. After a long wait and a hi-jacking of the official images, Porsche has revealed its sixth generation ahead of its official debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
It may be a little unorthodox for Porsche to be bringing out a new generation 911 despite the fact they just revealed a facelift version, but the requests keep changing and Porsche must answer the call of duty. Their latest target is improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The sixth generation 911, or the 991, will be a completely new vehicle, even though everyone will recognize it as a 911 model. Shortly after the launch of the 998 911, Porsche will also be releasing the Turbo, GT2, and GT3 in 2012.
UPDATE 02/08/2012: The new generation 911 is now officially on sale on the US market, with prices starting from $82,100 for the Carrera and $96,400 for the Carrera S (excluding destination fees). "Whether this will be a customer’s first or just their latest Porsche 911, it’s going to be the most invigorating ownership experience yet," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. "The 911 Carrera and Carrera S are the ultimate choices for drivers who want the fun and excitement of a true benchmark-setting sports car week in and week out, not just for show or play during the weekends."
UPDATE 03/19/2012: An American customer took his new Carrera S to a drag strip in the US to see how fast the car could run the quarter mile. While the result is unofficial, it still stands at an impressive 12.04 seconds. That’s comparable to the current Nissan GT-R which has an official quarter mile time of 12.05 seconds. Hit the jump to check out the video of the 911/991 on the drag strip!
More details on the 2012 Porsche 911/991 after the jump.
The Porsche 911 Speedster is a rare variant with only three generations notched onto its belt. The first was provided for the 911/930 from 1975-1989 and the second was built from the 911/964 generation from 1990-1994. After 16 years of dormancy, the 911 Speedster arrived at the tail end of the 997 series, more than likely to allow the generation to go out with a bang, but we would have much rather Porsche held out for the 991 generation.
If they had held out, we would expect the
911 Speedster to be the last variant to show up on the 911 roster, sometime in 2013. Like the current model, Porsche would focus on making the car lighter and more powerful: the current version uses a 3.8-liter flat six engine that produces 408 HP. Of course, the model would also be a limited edition, so many of us would be unable to get our hands on one.
That may not matter though. When taking history into account, the odds of Porsche bringing the 911 Speedster back only a few years after the previous version are slim to none, but we couldn’t help thinking of what the model would look like if they did.
Following the spy shots revealed yesterday of the upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo playing in the snow is a fantastic bit of news about what it will be carrying under that luscious hood. Turns out, the 911 Turbo will be powered by a 3.8 liter, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, but not equipped with a twin-turbo system as one would expect. Instead, Porsche is following in BMW’s footsteps by offering a tri-turbo system.
This system is currently in the final phase of development and, according to the first details, will help raise the engine’s output from the current 495 HP to somewhere in the region of 525 HP — or the same as that of the current 911 Turbo S. It will include the usual twin turbochargers found in the current engine, but will get a smaller unit mounted close to the engine to boost low-end response. This system will also improve fuel economy and reduce CO2 emissions.
Once this tri-turbo system is complete, not only will it fit in with the 911 Turbo, but will also get dropped in the next-generation 911 GT2 and GT2 RS.
Lately, all of Europe has been under piles of snow and, for some automakers, this means that it’s the perfect time to test the capabilities of their newest models. The upcoming Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe is now joining the long list of models taken out to play in the snow. Although the model has dropped some of its camouflage since the last time it was caught on camera, the bumpers and the air intakes on the side are still well hidden, completely hiding their real shape.
Just like the standard 911, the new Turbo version will adopt a sportier appearance, as well as a powerful engine. It will be powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that will deliver about 550 HP. The engine will be mated to an improved manual gearbox as standard, or an optional PDK gearbox. The PDK will have with no less than seven forward gears, combining the driving comfort of a converter automatic transmission with the dynamic gearshift of a sequential racing gearbox. The Porsche will also feature brake regeneration and stop start systems.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe is expected to make its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March and go on sale later in the year.
We all know that the 2012 Porsche 911 is going to be a bonafide seller when the car hits the market soon. But for a car to already have a tuning program waiting in the wings before it makes its world premiere just speaks as to how anticipated this brand-spankin’ new 911 really is.
It’s no surprise that the tuning firm that released this package is SpeedArt, one of the best Porsche aftermarket specialists in the world. As part of their ’SP91-R’ program, SpeedArt is preparing an extensive project that will include a new aerodynamic kit, a wheel upgrade, and a performance kit.
As part of the aero kit, SpeedArt is giving the new 911 a front chin spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, and a set of 21" LSC-Forged wheels on the exterior. This all lead to minimal changes in the interior, with special leather and Alcantara trims being the only additions. There’s also a new suspension set-up which owners can have the option of using for street and track purposes.
As for the performance upgrade, SpeedArt will be installing a new power kit that bumps up the output of the 911’s 3.4L direct-injected flat-six engine from the standard 350 horsepower all the way up to 435 horsepower.
Obviously, there are no official photos of the car yet seeing as it’s only going to make its world debut in Frankfurt in a few weeks. For their part, SpeedArt is looking at introducing the SP91-R at the 2011 Essen Motor Show later this year.
That should give us plenty of time to hype up the first tuning program for the all-new Porsche 911.
UPDATE 1/17/12: SpeedArt’s program for the new Porsche 911 was previewed back in September and it’s only now that the tuning company has divulged the event where the sports car will be unveiled. Circle your calendars for this coming March because SpeedArt will be bringing their new 911 program to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
UPDATE 04/08/12: SpeedArt has come out with new photos of their SP91-R program for the 911. You can check them out in the gallery after the jump.
Now that Porsche has unveiled the new generation 911/991 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company has started to test the convertible version. Obviously, the two models will more or less be the same, but the Cabriolet will feature a canvas soft-top - and not the folding hardtop previously suggested.
Like with the coupe version, the 911/991 Cabriolet will receive an updated exterior featuring an even more muscular stance, a new headlamp design, remodeled exterior mirrors, and new wheels. The interior will be more driver-focused and will offer better technology.
As for the engine line-up, the standard Carrera will get a 3.4 liter direct-injected flat-six engine that will deliver a total of 350 HP, while the S version will feature a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine delivering a raised output of 400 HP. Performance times would obviously suffer just a tad with the added weight of the soft top, but shouldn’t be too far off of the 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds for the Carrera and 4.3 seconds for the Carrera S.
UPDATE 01/09/2012: The new 911 Cabriolet made its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show allowing Porsche to unveil a new promo video for the sports convertible. Enjoy!