2014 Porsche 911 GT3

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  • Porsche 911 GT3
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
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  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    PDK
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    475 @ 8250
  • Torque @ RPM:
    324 @ 6250
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    195 mph
  • Price:
    130400
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The Porsche 911 started its run back in 1963 - and oh what a run it is -, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a GT3 version was offered up for our ravenous consumption. It came to complete the series of performance vehicles that started back in 1973 with the 911 RS, a model that was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 13 seconds. Why the short history lesson? Well, the new generation GT3 has just made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and would be nice to make a comparison between the things that were and the things to come.

The new GT3 is lighter and more powerful than the model it replaces, and it brings innovative features like the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. There is a bad news too unfortunately: the new GT3 will only be offered with a PDK transmission - at least for now!

Updated 09/16/2014: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new 911 GT3 in action on the track. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche GT3.

 

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2018 Porsche 935 Type 991 Gen. 2

2018 Porsche 935 Type 991 Gen. 2

The Celebratory car of celebratory cars

The year-long celebration of Porsche’s 70th birthday is just that! When we thought Porsche couldn’t possibly pop up with a new car to celebrate its birthday, after debuting the 919 ’Tribute’ and the 911 (993) ’Project Gold,’ the Germans decided to surprise everyone with a 935 for the modern age that was presented at Laguna Seca.

"This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world," said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars for Porsche AG, upon unveiling this sci-fi-meets-retro-cool creation. "Because the car isn’t homologated for any series, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development." Naturally, no place else was better to show off this limited-edition car - only 77 will be made - than at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rennsport Reunion VI weekend.

Indeed, what we see here doesn’t resemble anything from Porsche’s current fleet of race cars, or road cars for that matter, but it was strongly inspired by a car from Porsche’s past. The inspiration is the 40-year-old Porsche 935/78 known as ’Moby Dick’ for its extra-long rear tail section, which raced only four times in 1978 but its legacy lives to this day.

The original 935, unlike this new model based on the Porsche 911 (991) GT2 RS, was built out of necessity. Porsche needed a car to compete in the new-for-1976 Group 5 rulebook that was introduced in the World Championship for Makes to attract manufacturer interest as the prototype car counts were at an all-time low.

The rulebook allowed for groundbreaking modifications to be done to the bodywork, as long as the roofline, windows, and doors were those of the production 911. With this freedom in mind, Porsche ditched the twin-headlight setup for a slant-nose front end with obvious aerodynamic gains. The widebody that resulted, coupled with the flat-six 2.9-liter engine from the 930, ensured that Porsche was the leader of the pack in 1976 and beyond.

Constant development work saw Porsche roll a new model in 1977, known as the 935/77 and a new one again for 1978, the 935/78, as well as working to benefit customers by updating its original 1976 design and offering it to private racing outfits under the 935/77A, 935/78A, and 935/79 designations.

The cars were so successful that they just about defined what Group 5 was all about: ludicrous silhouette bodywork, immense firepower from the engines - up to 700-horsepower for the later versions - and amazing speeds. Under various guises, the 935 won the 12 Hours of Sebring multiple times, the 24 Hours of Daytona multiple times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans once in the overall classification, and the World Championship for Makes for four years in a row.

A few of the aforementioned privateer outfits, due to their close affiliation with the factory, were allowed to modify the 935 further, according to their own plans. That’s how the Kremer-developed cars were born, as well as those constructed by Joest Racing, Fabcar or AIR. In fact, the Porsche 935 that won at Le Mans in 1979 wasn’t a works entry, Porsche dropping the Group 5 program after it retired the 935/78 from competition, but a privateer one from Kremer Racing with their own 935 K3 which was probably more celebrated in its day than the factory-developed cars.

All these victories, and Porsche’s improvements of its turbocharging technology which led to their domination of Group C in the ’80s, grant the 935 a spot in Porsche’s gallery of legends. It is, then, easy to see why the engineers in Zuffenhausen built this rolling tribute that is the 935 Type 991 Generation 2. This also means that the hype is big and, although it’s not homologated for any racing series, the new 935 has to live up to its predecessors on the race track. That’s why Porsche chose to unveil the car at the Rennsport Reunion VI.

Keep reading to find out more about the 935 Type 991 Gen. 2

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS - From 444 to 700 Horsepower

Porsche 911 GT2 RS - From 444 to 700 Horsepower

A history of GT2 drivetrains

Porsche has been offering high-performance versions of the 911 since the early 1970s, with the most iconic model being the Carrera 2.7 RS. But once the Germans adopted turbocharging, the traditional RS stepped down, making room for a new range-topping sports car, the 911 GT2. First introduced in 1993, the GT2 is now in its fourth generation, which is based on the 991.2 model. It’s faster, more powerful, and more aerodynamic than its predecessor, while also boasting more technology than ever. Thenew GT2 RS is a massive departure from the first GT2 from more than two decades ago under the skin, and we’re going to look at those changes in a drivetrain comparison for all four generations.

The GT2 was born out of the 993-generation 911 as a homologation vehicle for motorsport purpose. Built to meet GT2 class regulations, the road cars were named accordingly and the nameplate survived to this day. The first GT2 was discontinued in 1998, but Porsche revived the badge in 2002 for the 996 model. After three years, it was again discontinued, only to return as the 997 GT2 in 2008. The 997 was also the first GT2 to get an RS designation, which was offered in very limited numbers from 2010 to 2012. Come 2017 and the GT2 returns to the market as an RS model only. Since 1993, the drivetrain not only swapped air-cooled for water-cooled engines, but also gained more displacement a lot more power. Let’s find out more about that below.

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DMC Tuning Offers New Aero Kit for the 911 Range

DMC Tuning Offers New Aero Kit for the 911 Range

Moar wing and moar carbon!

What is it about the 911 that makes it so darn perfect to kit out? Maybe it’s the timeless design, a look that’s seen only the slightest revisions over the decades, offering up a blank slate for tuners to play with. Maybe it’s the car’s illustrious racing legacy, the kind of history that makes enormous GT-style aero not only appropriate, but attractive as well. Or maybe it’s the popularity – with so many examples on the road, standing out can be a priority to certain owners. Whatever the reason, German tuner DMC is offering a new aero kit for the Stuttgart superstar.

DMC was founded seven years ago, at which time its primary focus was on Lambos like the Diablo, Murcielago, Gallardo, and Aventador. Also popular in Hong Kong and the Middle East, DMC is now turning its attention to the 911.

The new kit is available for both the base 911 and the GT3 RS. The biggest addition is the gargantuan GT-style rear wing, which features carbon fiber end plates and matte black risers punched by the tuner’s trademark lion design. This piece comes with three angle settings – “City,” “Cruise,” and our favorite, “Insane” (that escalated quickly). The wing can be installed on the GT3 RS without additional mods, but regular-911 owners will need to swap their old deck lid for DMC’s carbon fiber unit.

The wing is complemented by new pieces for the front bumper, rear bumper, and side skirts as well. Each features more carbon fiber tastiness, with a jutting front splitter and a dramatic rear diffuser.

Unfortunately, this package looks like it’s all about style, and not necessarily performance. Which is fine if the look clicks with your aesthetic, but if you need wind-tunnel-tested and track-ready, then you should probably go somewhere else.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 991-generation 911 was launched in 2013 on an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 1963 Porsche 911 (901) was introduced. But, despite being less than three years old, the current 911 is set to receive a facelift in 2015. The update will include the entire lineup – although the 2016 GT3 RS will carry over unchanged for at least a couple of years – but it seems as if the non-Turbo models are the ones to benefit from the more important upgrades. At least under the hood.

As for the 2015 911 Turbo and Turbo S, both will get minor tweaks inside and out, and we now know that they get a bump up in power output as well. Expect the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S to officially debut at the Detroit Auto Show on January 11th. With that debut right around the corner, Porsche has finally filled us in on what we’re going to see on the updated models. Keep reading to see what you can expect when they land in Detroit early next year.

Updated 01/20/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which it highlights the 911 Turbo’s new PTV Plus - system that actively enhances vehicle dynamics and stability. Hit "play" to learn more about it.

Continue reading to find out more about the revised Porsche 911 Turbo.

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2017 Porsche 911

2017 Porsche 911

After months of speculation and tons of spy shots including camo-free, pre-production models, the facelifted 991-generation 911, also known as the 991.2, has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

At first glance, the updated 911 confirms what we already suspected: updates inside and out are rather mild, while the highlight of this facelift lurks under the hood. Rumors about Porsche’s plans to turbocharged the entire lineup (save for the GTS and GT3, at least for now) have become official and the Carrera gained forced induction for the first time in its five-decade career.

Tubocharging aside, the new Carrera also comes with an updated chassis, improved dynamics, upgraded in-car technology, and rear-axle steering, an option previously available only with the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2014 Porsche 911 GT3.

The 991.2 is set to arrive on U.S. soil in the first quarter of 2016 for the 2017 model year. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at its new features and performance figures in our review below.

Updated 12/09/2015: Porsche dropped a new commercial for its latest 911. Called "Compete" the new video is based on the idea that greatness comes from within, from pitting you against you. You will get to see how Muhammad Ali, Maria Sharapova and Magnus Carlsen can compete with themselves. Hit "play" to watch the commercial!

Continue reading to find out more about the 2017 Porsche 911.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4

The updated Porsche 911 family is finally coming together. Fresh off the release of the 2017 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the fine folks from Stuttgart wasted little time pulling the covers off the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 variants of its most iconic model. Both sports cars are expected to make their official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but luckily, we still get an early look at the next line of Porsche 911s slated to hit showrooms in 2016.

Thought it carries a similar design to the new 911, the Carrera 4 has its own unique features, the most obvious being an AWD system hooked up to its new turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine. Additionally, the Carrera 4 gets a spate of new goodies, including a unique taillight section, and an updated infotainment system that brings the sports car’s connectivity to a whole new level.

The new 911 Carrera 4 will be available in the U.S. beginning April, 2016.

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2015 Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe

2015 Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe

The first official Porsche Club of America meeting was organized by founding member and commercial artist Bill Sholar in September of 1955 in Washington D.C. Unofficially called “the gripe group,” the club agreed to have its first official meeting at a local spot called Blackie’s House of Beef. Thirteen prospective members rolled into Blackie’s parking lot, but one was asked to leave because he was driving a Volkswagen. Fast-forward 60 years, and the PCA now has 140 local regions in the U.S and Canada and boasts well over 100,000 members, making it the largest single-make car club in the entire world. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by Porsche, and in recognition of the PCA’s continuing loyalty, Porsche has introduced the extremely blue 911 GTS Club Coupe at its brand new U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

It’s the spiritual successor to the 997-based 911 Club Coupe introduced back in 2005 to honor the club’s 50th anniversary, but this time it’s based on the swifter, sportier Carrera GTS. It uses the same 430-horsepower engine as the Carrera GTS, but has several visual upgrades, some more obvious than others, which I’ll get to shortly.

Only 60 examples of this very special GTS Club Coupe will be built and all are destined for North American shores. PCA members will have first dibs to buy 59 of them through a lottery, while the remaining example will be given away to one lucky PCA member in a contest, the details of which are forthcoming.

Updated 10/05/2015: Five lucky owners - members of the Porsche Club of America had the chance to take delivery of their five brand new GTS Club Coupe directly from the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen. Take a look at the delivery event in this new video!

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe.

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Porsche 991 Vs Porsche 991.2

Porsche 991 Vs Porsche 991.2

It’s been four years since its introduction at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) has just received it mid-cycle facelift. Much like all 911 facelifts from 1990 onward, this update brings small, evolutionary changes to the sports car’s appearance, and new convenience features and tech on the inside. However, the 991.2, as Porsche officially calls this facelift, is a whole different car under the hood, which isn’t exactly ordinary considering Stuttgart’s take on previous mid-cycle updates.

And I’m not talking about increased outputs or different displacements for the engines. Nope, this time around Porsche stripped the 911 Carrera of of its naturally aspirated units and planted a turbocharged mill between the rear wheels — a change that’s almost as big as going from air-cooling to water-cooling, which happened in 1998 and caused quite a commotion among 911 purists. But most of us got over it.

The new switch is already a subject of controversy, with fanatics sobbing over the death of the all-motor Carrera, and turbo fans cheering over having the option to purchase force-fed 911s without having to pay those expensive stickers that come with the Turbo and the Turbo S.

Because the 991.2 is such a big deal compared to its predecessor, I decided to have a closer look at what sets the two versions of 991-generation 911 apart.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 991.2 Unveiled - Entire Lineup is Turbocharged

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera 991.2 Unveiled - Entire Lineup is Turbocharged

Porsche decided to unveil all the major details about its 2016 Porsche 911 mid-cycle refresh approximately one week before the range will have its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. As expected, both the 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S have received an all-new, turbocharged, boxer engine. This is the first time that a non-GT2 or Turbo 911 will have a turbocharged six-cylinder in over half a century.

With a displacement of 3.0 liters, the new flat-six delivers 370 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in the standard 911 Carrera, an increase of 20 horsepower and 44 pound-feet over the pre-face-lift model. The updated numbers translate into a 0-62 mph acceleration of just 4.2 seconds for a 911 Carrera Coupe equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package. Those that find themselves wanting more can opt for the face-lifted 911 Carrera S, whose turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-six deliver 420 horsepower and 369 pound-feet, also an increase of 20 horsepower and 44 pound-feet over the previous model. They are also responsible for giving the face-lifted 911 Carrera S with PDK and the Sport Chrono Package a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds – the first time that a 911 Carrera goes under the four-second mark from the factory.

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Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video

Walter Röhrl Drives The New Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Video

It’s obvious from just looking at the 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS that it is a machine that means business. But in order to get a complete picture of just how serious a machine it really is, one needs to see it on the track and in the hands of a professional. And while the word “professional” is entirely inadequate for someone of Walter Rohrl’s skill level, you get the idea. In this video we can see him taking the car around a track, and from the occasional sounds of protest coming from the tires, it’s safe to assume that he’s got it right at the edge.

The video gives us a few different views of the action, so as to form a more complete picture. Possibly the most entertaining of these is when we get a look at Rohrl’s face as he’s driving, betraying no emotion whatsoever. Then again, for someone like him, this isn’t exactly a difficult task. Perhaps the lack of a third pedal made him bored. The other views show some pretty impressive laps, although the video description doesn’t say which track it is.

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Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video

Chris Harris Drives The Porsche 991 GT3 RS On Road And Track: Video

There’s always a car of moment, and right now the moment belongs to the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the fastest car in the 911 hierarchy before you get to all-out racers like the GT3 R and GT3 RSR. After seemingly years of teasing and spy shots, Porsche has finally released the 991 911 GT3 RS into the wild. Noted Porsche fanatic and red shorts wearer Chris Harris recently got to spend some time behind the wheel on both road and track.

Not surprisingly, he really likes it, and how could he not? With a high-revving 4.0-liter flat-six cranking out 500 horsepower anda wide-body shell that’s about 20 pounds lighter than the normal GT3, the RS is a rear-engined ball of aggression. It devours the smooth German roads and autobahn near Porsche’s headquarters, and at the same time is just as usable as any other 911 in the range. But, it really comes alive on Porsche’s Weissach test track, where Chris does his best to set fire to the enormous 325/31 ZR 21 rear Michelins. Pretty much his only criticism is that it’s not available with a manual transmission.

Chris has quite a history with the GT3 RS. In 2010, he and teammates Roland Asch, Patrick Simon and Horst von Saurma drove what was essentially a bog-standard 997 GT3 RS on slick tires to an amazing 13th place finish at the Nürburgring 24, beating out countless purpose-built GT3 class racers in the process. Shortly after that, he owned a 997 GT3 RS 4.0 for a few months, one of only 600 ever built.

Side note about the shirt he’s wearing in the second half of the video: Some time ago, Chris bet Porsche’s Wolfgang Hatz that the company would not be able to sell all 918 units of the 918 Spyder. Chris lost the bet and held up his end by wearing an apology T-shirt.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition

What makes a German luxury car even cooler? Adding “Black” somewhere in its name! And that is exactly what Porsche has done with the 911 Carrera Black Edition.

So what exactly is a “Black Edition” 911? Well, it’s black inside and out, for one. Therefore, for those of you living in SoCal, Florida, Arizona, or any other areas where the sun feels like it is approximately three inches from your nose nine months out of the year, this may not be the car for you. Unless you enjoy intoxicating scent of searing hamstrings on a hot summer day, that is.

Other than its oh-my-god-that’s-hot, black-on-black color scheme, the 911 Black Edition gives buyers a few exclusive bits and a ton of features for only a fraction of the price if you ticked them manually at the dealership. By my count, you save about two-thirds the amount by opting for the Black Edition when compared to going through the options list on a base 911 Carrera and adding all of the features.

So, do all of these discounted standard features make it worth owning this Porsche Easy Bake Oven?

Updated 07/27/2015: Porsche unveiled a very cool promo video showing how the special edition 911 Carrera Black Edition comes to life from black ink. Enjoy!

Continue reading to find out.

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Porsche 991 Facelift Testing Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

Porsche 991 Facelift Testing Free Of Camouflage: Spy Shots

Launched in 2012 on an entirely new platform that was only the third since the original 911, the 991-generation 911 is about to receive a facelift for the 2016 model year. Porsche has been working on a revised sports car for over a year now, and although most details surrounding the drivetrain are still under wraps, the 991.2 is no longer a mystery on the outside. And we have our trusty paparazzi, and the fresh batch of spy shots they just sent our way, to thank to that.

Stuttgart’s new sports car came out for yet another testing session on both the public roads around the Nurburgring track, as well as on the track itself. The good news here is that the camouflage is finally gone, providing us with our best look yet at the updates Porsche has given the car on the outside.

Expect the full details to break cover later this year, as the facelifted 911 is rumored to be making its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Until then, let’s have a closer look on what sets the 991.2 apart from its predecessor in terms of styling.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video

Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video

You would think that with hardcore models like the 918 Spyder, 911 GT3, and more recently the 911 GT3 RS, most Porsche aficionados would have forgotten about what used to be the big dog in the carmaker’s lineup, the 911 Turbo S. But it still is the 911 version with the most horsepower. EVO’s Jethro Bovingdon, who recently took the Turbo S around the scenic Anglesey Circuit in Wales for a couple of hot laps, is certainly more than excited with the model. Did I say "hot laps?" Because they were downright scorching if we take a look at the resulting times.

Consider yourself spoiler-warned, but the completely stock Turbo S is apparently faster on the Anglesey Circuit than the more track-focused Ferrari 458 Speciale, despite delivering 45 horsepower less and carrying around 500 pounds more. It seems that its intelligent all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-steering system, coupled with active engine mounts and a lightning-fast, seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission, can work wonders with the porkier and slightly less-powerful Porsche.

Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter, flat-six, the 911 Turbo S delivers 560 horsepower and up to 553 pound-feet of torque thanks to an overboost function. According to EVO, those numbers translate into a 0-60 mph time of 2.6 seconds and a 0-100 mph time of 6.2 seconds, or enough to keep you pinned into its seats into triple-digit speeds. Jethro concludes that the 911 Turbo S could be "the best all-purpose, all-weather car that’s ever been," and I am more than inclined to agree, at least until the facelifted version arrives.

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Mark Webber Takes The Porsche 991 GT3 RS For A Spin On The Nurburgring

Mark Webber Takes The Porsche 991 GT3 RS For A Spin On The Nurburgring

What’s this? The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS lapping the Nurburgring? Again? Why would Porsche bring the GT3 RS back to the Green Hell more than a month after unveiling it at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and why is former F1 driver Mark Webber behind the wheel? Well, for a moment there I thought the Germans were looking to set a new track record, but, according to the car paparazzi who sent us these spy shots, it turned out that Porsche and Webber were just making a promotional video for the new sports car.

The scenario makes sense given the GT3 RS is painted in the new and flashy Lava Orange, the nameplate’s new presentation color. Also, Webber’s presence for the shooting isn’t surprising considering the Australian has been a Porsche works driver in the World Endurance Championship since 2014.

There’s no word when this new video will hit the Interwebz, but, until then, there’s plenty of fun you can have in the car’s newly launched online configurator. The GT3 RS goes on sale later this year, from $175,900.

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Porsche 911's Downsized Turbo Engines Come Into Focus

Porsche 911’s Downsized Turbo Engines Come Into Focus

As some of you know, the Porsche 911 Carrera will switch to an all-turbocharged engine lineup when the 991’s mid-cycle facelift is introduced later in 2015. More details surrounding the upcoming engines have been spilled by the Aussies from Motoring, who recently spoke to the man in charge of the GT department at Porsche, Andreas Preuninger, and a Porsche Product Line Director. It seems there will be two different turbocharged flat-sixes, one for the base 911 model and the other for the 911 Carrera S.

The current, 3.4-liter, flat-six in the Porsche 911 Carrera will be replaced by a turbocharged, 2.7-liter flat-six that delivers at least 400 horsepower, or as much as the current 911 Carrera S. There is no mention of torque figures, but they are expected to drastically increase while also providing the model with an improved fuel economy. The 911 Carrera S will switch from a 3.8-liter flat-six to a turbocharged, 3.4-liter, flat-six with around 430 horsepower, or about the same as the current 911 Carrera GTS.

Despite going through a mid-cycle refresh as well, the 911 Turbo and the Turbo S will still feature the old, twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter engine, revised for more power and improved fuel economy. While the 991 generation of the 911e has been package-protected to also feature a hybrid system in case the need (e.g. market demand) arises, the upcoming facelift will not feature any type of hybridization.

Continue reading to learn more about the facelifted Porsche 911 lineup.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Cayman GT4 Star In Latest Promo: Video

Porsche 911 GT3 RS And Cayman GT4 Star In Latest Promo: Video

Already off to a great start in 2015, following the introduction of the 911 GT3 RS and the Cayman GT4, Porsche just released a short promo in order to build more hype around its new sports cars. The video begins with the two vehicles being put through their paces on a twisty road, but the footage quickly moves onto the race track, where the GT3 RS and the GT4 battle for supremacy under full throttle. In short, Porsche is simply bragging about having two new track-focused sports cars on their way to dealerships and asks viewers which one would they prefer. Make sure you watch the video above and then drop me a line about which of the two you would prefer in the comments box below.

To make things fair I’ll go first and pick the Cayman GT4. Why? It’s quite simple. As much as I love 911s in general and the GT3 in particular, I also love to row my own gears. As you’re probably aware, the GT3 RS is a PDK-exclusive machine, and that’s exactly what makes it less appealing for me. The Cayman GT4, on the other hand, is equipped with a six-speed manual that makes driving it a much more engaging experience, especially on a twisty race track. Problem is I can’t afford it just yet, so if any of you has some $90K to spare I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands.

And do you imagine that it’s coincidence that the 911 passes the
Cayman but not vice versa? Uh-huh. I think the Cayman driver just didn’t want to lose his job.

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Porsche's Plans Don't Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV

Porsche’s Plans Don’t Include New 911 GT2, Nor a GT SUV

With the last 911 GT2 having been introduced in 2010 — in RS trim and based on the previous 997 generation of the 911 — it seems that Porsche doesn’t plan on reviving the model anytime soon. At least this is what Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s R&D chief, seemed to suggest at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The main reason for a lack of a 991 GT2 would be that the new 911 GT3 RS is in a similar ballpark, performance-wise.

As far as rumors of expanding the GT name across other models, Car and Driver recently talked to Andreas Preuninger, who is in charge of the GT division, at the Cayman GT4 international press launch. Preuninger sounded firm when saying that we may never see a Cayenne or Panamera GT version. "I cannot imagine it," he said. "We have so many ideas for projects and lots of ideas to make even more GT sports cars. I think a GT car should have motorsport siblings. And as long as we don’t do any motorsport activity with the Cayenne I can’t see any credible reason why it should be made into a GT car. Look at the Cayenne GTS - that’s GT enough."

With the Cayman GT4, 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS keeping the GT division’s standards as high as they come, it will be interesting to see what new models Preuninger is referring to. My guess would be an ultra-light Boxster Spyder.

Continue reading to learn more about Porsche’s future GT plans.

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2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The 911 GT3 nameplate was introduced in 1999 as a spiritual successor to the 1973 911 RS. The RS name was first revived in 2003 as a more powerful and track-focused version of the 996-generation GT3. At first motivated by a 3.6-liter flat-six rated at 381 horsepower, the RS gained 415 ponies when the 997-gen version was launched. Updated for 2009, the 997 RS received a 3.8-liter six-cylinder with 450 horses. For 2011, Porsche launched the GT3 RS 4.0 with a 4.0-liter engine and 500 ponies, putting an end to the 997-generation RS. In 2015, four years since the last RS rolled off the assembly line, the nameplate is making a comeback for the 991-generation 911. Preceded by the 475-horsepower GT3 in 2013, the new GT3 RS broke cover at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show with updated styling and technology.

The big news is Porsche’s range-topping, road-legal racer retains its traditional naturally aspirated status. Although previous rumors claimed the Germans would drop a turbocharged flat-six behind its rear hood, it turns out rear fenders are the only elements the GT3 RS received from the 911 Turbo. Keep reading to find out more.

Updated 03/06/2015: Porsche unveiled a new video featuring the all-new 911 GT3 RS in action on the Nardo race track. Enjoy!

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Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video

Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video

Some know tennis megastar Maria Sharapova for her aggressive style of play and somewhat exaggerated grunting, while others also see her as one of the most formidable women tennis players in history. Either way, she is an exceptional, athlete and her association with Porsche as a brand ambassador is not surprising at all. Regardless, you might agree that her speech in this Porsche commercial lacks enthusiasm, and takes some of the gravity from the "outperform yourself" message.

Sharapova is ruminating about how her only opponent is actually herself, during which she is either driving a blue Porsche 911 Turbo S or training on the beach. While in the beginning of the ad we see her completely focused, whether she is driving into the night or stretching before a run, the end shows her smiling for the first time, just as the sun comes up. The commercial is not exactly bad per se, but other than the beautiful shots of the 911 Turbo S (enough by itself, says I), I wasn’t too impressed.

As some of you know, Maria Sharapova signed a three-year deal with Porsche to be its brand ambassador back in 2013, and this is not the first time that she has been linked with a global campaign for the sports car maker. Hopefully, for her next one she will show a bit more fervor with her acting.

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2015 Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit

2015 Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit

When it comes to customizing their Porschesports cars by adding body kits and powertrain upgrades, customers have several tuning shops to turn to. On the flipside, there’s Porsche’s very own Exclusive division, which offers a range of subdued transformations that mostly include bespoke colors, various body trims, exclusive wheels, smoked tailights, and slightly improved interiors. This has been business as usual for Porsche Exclusive for quite a few years, but Stuttgart’s bespoke department also developed various aerodynamic kits for the 911. For 2015, the brand introduced the Aerokit Turbo for the forced-fed versions of the 991-generation 911.

As the name suggests, the Aerokit focuses on improving aerodynamics and increasing downforce, but it also helps the 911to stand out in a crowd. Keep reading to find out what sets this package apart from other Porsche Exclusive offerings.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit.

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Carrera GTS Is The Best Porsche 911 According to XCAR: Video

Carrera GTS Is The Best Porsche 911 According to XCAR: Video

The "GTS" badge has become a mid-level trim in the current Porsche lineup, and at least one reviewer thinks of the 911 Carrera GTS as the best 911 of the range. Alex Goy of XCAR recently proclaimed the RWD and PDK-equipped GTS he drove as "the ultimate 911 model."

According to him, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are too fast for normal consumption and the 911 GT3 is simply too hardcore as a daily driver, while the base 911 Carrera is a bit too... tame. His answer to "What is the best 911 out there?" is therefore the GTS. Every current Porsche sans the 918 Spyder is also featuring a GTS version. In fact, the first car to bear the GTS moniker in modern Porsche history was the Cayenne, a model that has almost nothing in common with the original Porsche 904/Carrera GTS or even the later 928 GTS.

Don’t think that I’m in any way against the 911 GTS though, as the model is actually more than welcome in my fantasy car garage. It’s just that from some perspectives, it is just a nicer-looking Carrera S with the Powerkit and some standard features that would cost extra on lesser models. In other words, it doesn’t seem special enough to justify it being called "best 911 version."

Click past the jump to learn more about the 911 Carrera GTS.

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS To Get A Brand New Engine

Porsche 911 GT3 RS To Get A Brand New Engine

With the 911 GT3 in RS spec getting ready to be officially unveiled in the near future, information regarding its propulsion is bound to take a lot of Porsche fans by surprise. According to Porsche’s chief of R&D Wolfgang Hatz, the upcoming 911 GT3 RS will be powered by an all-new, naturally-aspirated, flat-six engine. In an interview he gave the Brits from Auto Express at NAIAS 2015 in Detroit, Hatz let it slip that the new hardcore Porsche model will be the first car to feature the new powerplant, with the engine eventually working its way into other 911 variants.

Recent reports about the 911 range getting some new turbocharged engines with four and/or six cylinders are still on the table, but Porsche’s R&D chief apparently insisted that those will only be used on lesser models. In other words, the Boxster, Cayman and a yet-to-be-confirmed 912 entry-level version of the 911 will be the only ones receiving them.

Getting back to the 2016 911 GT3 RS, it seems that although a manual transmission hasn’t been completely ruled out, the PDK dual-clutch transmission from the regular GT3 will be the only gearbox available in the beginning, with Hatz even quoting some pleased GT3 customers which said that they have been converted. Unlike the normal GT3, which is also mildly comfortable when required, the RS variant should literally feel like a racing car for the road. "Performance has to be the main objective. Customers love the current GT3. The RS has to be the peak. The 991 GT3 was very much a surprise for everybody because it’s a very useable car for every day. The GT3 RS will be more extreme," Wolfgang Hatz told Auto Express.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

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2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche has a very predictable model lineup. For decades, the German company has released a 911, then followed that with a set of variations that alternate between coupes, convertibles, rear-wheel-drive models, all-wheel-drive models models, Targa, Turbo and various horsepower iterations of standard, S and GTS. Despite a wide array of models, one 911 that has never existed is a Targa version of the powerful naturally aspirated 911 GTS with all-wheel drive. That all changed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with the 911 Targa 4 GTS.

The Targa 4 GTS 911 is exactly as it sounds. Porsche has taken the classic Targa with its removable roof panel, but has fitted it with the powerful 430-horsepower, flat-six engine and Porsche’s advanced AWD system. The GTS is a great model for buyers who want the roofline and strength of a coupe, but want the open-air experience afforded by a convertible.

Thanks to a host of included bonus options inside and out, the new Targa 4 GTS is the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious naturally aspirated Targa 911 you can buy as of 2015.

Updated 02/02/2015: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new Targa 4 GTS in action. Enjoy!

Continue reading to find out more about the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.

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Brumos Racing Livery Back in Action for 2015

Brumos Racing Livery Back in Action for 2015

Brumos Racing is back! Following an almost two-year absence from endurance racing, the iconic red and blue racing stripes will once again grace the bodywork of a Porsche 911 in competition as Patrick Dempsey and the newly formed Dempsey/Wright Motorsports will run the classic Brumos livery this season at Daytona and Sebring.

This news isn’t entirely a surprise, though, as Dempsey surrounded himself with plenty of Brumos talent last year. Brumos Porsche vice president and legendary endurance racer Hurley Haywood joined the team as a racing consultant, while former Brumos driver Andrew Davis – who was on the 2011 GT Championship team – joined Dempsey Racing as a driver in 2014.

When it comes to the 2015 livery, the Brumos-sponsored Dempsey/Wright Motorsports race car will wear the No. 58 instead of the usual Brumos Racing No. 59, and it will make its big debut this weekend at the Roar Before the Rolex 24. The car will then mark its return to racing, by competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month, and this paint scheme will also be used for the 12 Hours of Sebring in late March.

Dempsey will share seat time with established racers Phillip Eng, Madison Snow and Jan Heylen. The combination of Brumos Racing, Dempsey Racing and Wright Motorsports brings together a wealth of racing knowledge, Porsche heritage and, most importantly, consistent success.

Be sure to follow Wright Racing (@WrightRac1ng) on Twitter for up-to-date info and images on the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche 911.

Click past the jump to read more about Brumos Racing.

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2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Delivered Without its PDK Sport Button

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Delivered Without its PDK Sport Button

The 911 GT3 has been under a lot of scrutiny lately, given its tendency to, you know, catch on fire... But with deliveries back on schedule and 2015 models finding homes in owners’ garages, all is fine in the world of Porsche, right? Well, not quite, as apparently some of the workers at Porsche’s assembly plant felt that certain owners didn’t need a PDK Sport button (AKA the "go-fast" button).

That’s right, a 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 that an owner just picked up reportedly lacks one of the model’s key features. The news comes from a claim made by Rennlist user dadams1598, who got his beloved sports car home just to notice the PDK Sport button was missing. He even snapped a picture of the console (after the jump), which is where the button is supposed to be.

The missing button was discovered on December 14, 2014 and on December 24, the dealer made things right by special ordering the correct console with the PDK Sport button. Once the dealer receives the new console, it will install it and perform all of the necessary mapping to get his GT3 to its full potential. There’s still no explanation as to how the button got overlooked, but I’m certain Porsche will figure it out and fix the issue immediately.

What’s more, for those of you who think this is an isolated incident, there was a second claim made in the same thread of a missing PDK Sport button. The second issue has yet to be validated or resolved as of December 30, 2014, but I am sure he will get the same treatment as the first.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3.

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2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Vs. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Video

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Vs. 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28: Video

Even though not many people would ever consider cross-shopping the two, the bonkers Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and the fantastic Porsche 911 GT3 (991) actually have much more in common than meets the eye. They are both mean the meanest track weapons you can buy from each of their brands’ stables and both can come with carbon ceramic brakes, dry-sump lubrication and bodykits inspired by thoroughbred racing cars.

Each is built according to a very different philosophy though, with Porsche’s result being the equivalent of modern laser surgery while the Chevy is like a lobotomy performed with a spoon. Still, despite using highly contrasting methodologies, both the 911 GT3 and the Camaro Z/208 aim to arrive at the same results: being road-going racing cars.

This type of titanium scalpel vs iron sledgehammer comparison is bound to upset a lot of fans from both the Chevy and the Porsche camps, especially since the track missile from Zuffenhausen costs almost twice than the muscle-car-turned-track-monster from Detroit. Not to mention that the Camaro is also more powerful and much more torquey for way less moolah.

Still, it’s not that hard to see where most of the extra money went into the GT3, as the model comes with features like a near-perfect PDK seven-speed dual clutch transmission, electronically-controlled rear-wheel steering and active engine mounts, all of which add up with a much better interior, a lower weight and faster lap times when the situation requires it. Despite knowing first hand which car will win the rather unequal comparison, Carlos Lago’s review of both models above must be watched even if it’s just for the amazing exhaust sounds and the gratuitous shots of both cars jumping over a crest in the road.

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Porsche 911 GT3 (991) Reviewed by Carlos Lago: Video

Porsche 911 GT3 (991) Reviewed by Carlos Lago: Video

Introduced back at the 2013 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, the latest Porsche 911 GT3 (991) brings quite a hefty amount of curious novelties compared with its previous generations, which were always known as the most racing-like 911s in the Porsche lineup at any given time. Things like active engine mounts are now accompanied by an electronically-controlled rear-wheel steering system and - for the first time ever – there is no manual gearbox, nor an electro-hydraulic steering.

While old-school Porsche purists probably frowned at the aforementioned additions, just like how many of them cancelled Porsche’s man card when the 911 finally switched to water-cooled engines, the truth is that the latest GT3 is still every bit of a man’s car. Sure it’s much less of a widow-maker than ever before, but by making it less dangerous, Porsche certainly didn’t make it less scary.

Its 3.8-liter flat-six now offers a banshee scream up to its stratospheric 9,000 rpm redline, while the rear-biased weight is still making it act like a pendulum during rapid left/right maneuvers.With 475 horsepower on tap from a naturally-aspirated engine which is paired with arguably the best dual-clutch transmission out othere, the new 911 GT3 is once again showing Porsche’s motorsport prowess in a road-going package. Sure, the model’s early 2014 recall for fiery engines put a slight dent in the model’s image, but this is still one of the most desirable Porsches in the current lineup.

Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago seems downright amazed by both the model’s capabilities and that amazing flat-six howl at higher rpm, while Randy Pobst’s GT3 shakedown on the Willow Spring circuit will probably fill you with joy as it achieves a lap time not much slower than the bonkers 918 Spyder. Isn’t this a great era for performance cars?

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10 Best Cars of 2014

10 Best Cars of 2014

With 2014 coming to an end in just a couple of weeks, we figure now is as good a time as any to reflect on the outgoing year and check out the best new cars of the past 12 months. Times of reflection on the past — or in this case, the very near past — are always food for thought, as they provide a more objective angle of approach toward a certain subject.

As the automotive industry is obviously a global entity, we decided to pick 10 of the best new cars that were launched in 2014 all over the globe, based on the impact that each has had in its segment, respectively.

Considering the name and overall editorial direction of TopSped.com, one may expect the following list to be filled to the brim with supercars, sports cars and hypercars, but that would not be very constructive, would it now?

Click past the jump to the 10 most important new vehicles of 2014 from our perspective, and in no specific order.

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Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Driven

Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Driven

After my recent review of the 2014 Porsche 911, I feel that it is safe to say that I am a true convert. Despite being the most basic model of Porsche’s legendary machine, I loved every second I had with it. But Porsche has a whole collection of faster and more exciting cars that wear the 911 badge. The newest is the 911 GTS. On the surface it looks like Porsche has taken their track-day GT3, softened it up a little bit, and slapped a new badge on the nose. For me, this sounds like a near perfect car. But how is it really?

Well the team at AutoCar recently spent some time with it and posted up a full video review. They bring up a lot of fair points regarding its position to the GT3, and where it fits into the greater 911 lineup. The model they tested was a fully tarted-up Carrera 4 GTS with the PDK. That is the most expensive version of the Carrera GTS that you can get, and it is dangerously close in price to the faster GT3. The verdict is good, but there are concerns about why it exists when the GT3 already is such a great car. For me the issue comes from the model they tested. I would take a GTS over a GT3, simply because it’s sold with a manual transmission.

It is a fun watch and there is plenty of eye candy as well as aural joy. From sharp banked curves to tunnel blasts, there is something here for everyone. As a bonus, the car they got to test is a Guards Red model; the best color for a 911.

Let us know in the comments if you agree with their criticisms and decision. Is the GTS a great car? Is too close to a GT3? Should everyone just buy a 911 Turbo S? Sound off!

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 035 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 035 LIVE

The TopSpeed Podcast is always full of fun and exciting stuff, but this week we really blew things out with a huge amount of news and questions. And we did it all within our usually scheduled hour time limit. This is Episode 036 and it is awesome.

First things first, thanks to everyone who stepped up and gave us a question for this week’s show. We all really appreciate it, and every question was great. It added some great content to the show. Keep it up this week.

We get the show started with our usual Weekly Wheels segment. Mark comes in hot and heavy with the exciting and angry Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG. We spend a fair bit of time discussing this awesome little machine, and then we touch on my next press car, the Volvo S60 for just a moment.

From there we jump straight into the news with my recent test of The Crew video game beta. From video game fantasy we move to real world fantasy with the official details of GM’s incredible ATS-V Coupe. At least 450 horsepower, and three pedals; what a dream machine. Somehow, we don’t spend the entire show talking about the ATS, and we move on to the death knell of the rotary engine, the Lexus LF-C2 Concept and the new naming scheme for Mercedes-Benz. Mark also takes some time to talk about the potential revival of the GMC Jimmy (never gonna happen, Mark). We even find some time to touch on the DirtFish Rally School, the Rolls Royce Wraith Sport spy shots, and the spy shots of the upcoming Maserati Levante mule.

I told you, there was a lot of stuff to cover.

Again, thanks to you awesome listeners, we had a nice full Questions and Answers segment that involved a look at our favorite cars form the 90s, how we would spend 20 grand to have a race car, the most beautiful engine bays we have ever seen, and we have a discussion about high-end tuned cars versus showroom racers. Oh, we also take a quick look at Volkswagen’s awesome 268 horsepower TDI engine and the 10-speed DSG gearbox.

We wind out our show with a nice Own, Drive, Burn that features a trio of fast small cars; the A45 AMG, Audi RS3 and the BMW 1 Series M.

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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera - Driven

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera - Driven

For more than five decades there has been one car that has continually defined what the term “sports car” meant. It is a name that has created legends, won races and taken lives; and now it was parked in my driveway. I was going to drive the holy grail; I was handed the keys to a Porsche 911.

This model was a base 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 2. That means 350 horsepower, rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed manual transmission.

I have driven tons of incredible cars and even a few Porsches, but for some reason the keys to the 911 had always eluded me. This car was one of my all-time favorites; it was practically an idol to me, even when on paper it doesn’t seem very impressive. With only 350 horsepower and a quoted 0-to- 60 sprint of just 4.6 seconds, it is no faster than a V-8 Mustang, but it costs more than $90,000.

Is this a case of never meet your heroes? Can the 911 live up to the decades of hype that has been plastered across magazine pages and computer screens since I learned to read? It was a slightly cool and rainy Tennessee afternoon when the Guards Red coupe trundled softly into my drive. I calmly shut down the computer, put on my favorite driving shoes and went out to greet this legendary machine. It was mine for seven days and I intended to make the most of it; for better or for worse.

Read on to find out more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera

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Porsche GT3 RS Leaked Through Scale Model, Likely to Remain Naturally Aspirated

Porsche GT3 RS Leaked Through Scale Model, Likely to Remain Naturally Aspirated

The upcoming Porsche 991 GT3 RS, still a mystery as far as technical data goes, has returned to our attention as a scale model. Yes, it happened again, as the sports car’s exterior design has also been revealed by a miniature collectible earlier in 2014. This time around though, the model car reveals and brand-new color is being added to the RS’ palette. According to Autogespot, who first published the sole photo of the GT3 RS model, claims the bright-orange hue the miniature Porsche is painted in will be launched as Java Orange. What’s more, it is very likely the Germans will use the same color to showcase the sports car at an upcoming auto show.

Now you might be wondering why would we trust a scale model of unknown origin. As a model car collector, I can confirm the box in the background is the exact same package all diecast manufacturers have been using to wrap their dealer edition Porsche models. Unlike regular models, dealer edition collectibles are sold almost exclusively in dealerships — often offered as gifts to customers — and represent all sorts of particular versions of a certain car. They usually include launch versions or certain colors promoted in various events. As far as I’m concerned, we are looking at the upcoming GT3 RS and the exterior paint we will see it in the first batch of official photos. Also, the vehicle depicted on the box is the actual car, albeit the background is likely an added effect.

What the scale model doesn’t say, but Autogespot reports, is that the 911 GT3 RS is likely to remain naturally aspirated. There’s been a lot of talk about whether the GT3 RS will get forced induction or not, mostly because the vehicle sports the Turbo-specific intakes on its rear fenders. The naturally aspirated 3.8-liter’s engine-fire issues resulted in talks that turbocharging may be the only way to extract the power the GT3 RS needs to trump the GT3 without posing a greater combustion risk. However, other than the turbo intakes, we have yet to stumble across solid proof in that direction. Maybe Stuttgart isn’t planning on developing a new GT2 and it is only using Turbo imagery to cement the GT3 RS’ position as the new range-topping version of the 911 lineup.

Either way, we’ll find out soon enough.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 991 GT3 RS.

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Video: Motor Trend's 2014 Best Driver's Car

Video: Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car

Motor Trend has released a video chronicling their search for the best driver’s car of 2014. It’s an epic, hour-long odyssey to find the ultimate ride in a stacked field of top performers, and it’s filled to the brim with gorgeous footage of the latest and greatest sports cars at the limit. Contenders for this year’s title include: the Alfa Romeo 4C, the BMW i8, the BMW M4, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, the Nissan GT-R Nismo, the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the Subaru WRX STI, and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The review is broken into two parts, as each car is put through its paces on twisty bits of California Highway 198 and flung down the corkscrew at the world-famous Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hosted by Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago and touring car champion Randy Pobst, the finer points of driving each on the road and track is thoroughly dissected and examined. This isn’t a numbers game; winners and losers are determined by traits like ride stability, steering feel, power delivery, balance, and driver engagement. It’s really all about that ultimate intangible for a car: how it makes the driver feel behind the wheel.

Did Motor Trend nail it? Miss the mark? Which car do you think deserves the win? We want to read your thoughts in the comments below.

Click past the jump to see a list of the participants.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 033 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 033 LIVE

Well that wraps up another episode of the TopSpeed Podcast. We hope everyone enjoyed listening to us for another hour.

For Episode 033 we start things out with a band by giving a shout-out and congratulations to the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team on their first ever Constructors’ Championship. We immediately jump into our Weekly Wheels which is full of three cars that are actually fun and exciting. Mark has been driving the Lexus GS350 F Sport, Justin had the only crossover worth buying, the Mazda CX-5, and I was bombing around in the Porsche 911 Carrera 2.

For news we have a full collection of exciting stories. There is video evidence of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS on U.S. soil, the new Aston Martin Vantage has been spied on the Nurburgring, and we discuss our super cool new renders of the upcoming Corvette Zora ZR1. On top of that, we spend some time speculating about a new Acura ILX, the new Ferrari 458 turbo, and the potential for a Hyundai sports car. We can’t forget about Mark, who spent time in basically every SUV and truck you can buy in the States today, as well as his recent drive of the new Toyota Yaris, Camry and Sienna.

Our Questions & Answer section is full of some great stuff from you guys. We get to talk about the potential for Ford to put a diesel in the F-150, the sports car we would buy for under $100,000, what car we would make with the Lamborghini Asterion’s drivetrain and we finish with a quick question about video games.

In traditional TopSpeed Podcast fashion, we wrap the show up with an Own, Drive, Burn. This week’s choices are a trio of super sedans from Aston Martin, Mercedes and Dodge. We hope everyone had a great time watching, and we can’t wait to see you next week. Don’t forget to leave comments, questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions for us to use over the next few shows.

If you want to reach any of us directly, you can find us all on Twitter. The podcast account is @TopSpeedPodcast, I am @Moeferd, Justin is @TheCarJunkie and Mark is @MarkMcNabb.

Have a safe weekend, and we will be back next week. Same TopSpeed time, same TopSpeed channel.

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Refreshed Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Going Turbo

Refreshed Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Going Turbo

Depending on how you feel about the Porsche 911, this next piece of news could be the best thing you have ever heard, or the absolute worse. According to CAR magazine, the refreshed Porsche 911 coming next year will add forced induction to basically every single variant in the lineup. That means no more raspy, naturally aspirated flat-six engines in the Carrera or Carrera S models.

With this addition of forced induction also comes news of smaller engines. CAR claims the base 911’s 3.4-liter flat-six will drop in displacement to 2.9-liters, but the turbochargers will see horsepower boosted to 400 ponies with a matching 400 pound-feet of torque. Considering the base Carrera only has 350 horsepower right now; that is a huge jump. Even more impressive is the news that apparently the Carrera S will keep its 3.8-liter engine, but the turbos will see power increase to 530 horsepower and 520 pounds of twist. That makes it even more powerful than the current 911 Turbo.

There is no word on what will become of the current Turbo and Turbo S models, but this rumor lends more credence to seeing a high-end hybrid system hit those models to increase power and performance above the 600-horsepower mark.

If you are more like me, and you hate the idea of every Porsche 911 coming with turbo power, there seems to be one last chance for you. CAR says the GT3 will still remain a naturally aspirated car, and it will focus even more on decreasing weight to increase performance.

The big question for most people about this news is “why,” and the answer to that is simple: emissions and fuel-economy regulations. Smaller engines use less fuel, and less fuel means less harmful emissions. The turbochargers are there to keep power levels where Porsche buyers expect them. We won’t have a cheap naturally aspirated 911 anymore, but at least we still have our manual transmissions.

Click past the jump to read more about the refreshed Porsche 911.

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2015 Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

2015 Porsche 991 Carrera GTS

Porsche unveiled the first GTS version of the 911 Carrera sports car in 2010. Based on the 997-generation Carrera, the GTS slotted between the regular Carrera models and the track-ready GT3 in terms of output, being launched with an upgraded 3.8-liter flat-six engine that cranked out 408 horsepower. Initially a rear-wheel-drive model only, the GTS gained an AWD version in 2011. The model was discontinued in 2012, when the 997-generation 911 was replaced by the 991. As we move towards the 2015 model year, the GTS returns to bridge the same gap in the 911 range.

Now in its second generation, the GTS borrows the familiar styling cues of the current 911 and the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine motivating the Carrera models. The GTS stands out in a pack of regular Carreras thanks to its specific exterior features, which include flared rear wheel arches, unique wheels, smoked headlamps, and an uprated powerplant. Output sits at 430 ponies, making the GTS the second most powerful naturally aspirated 911 after the GT3. Unlike the GT3, however, you can get the GTS with three pedals.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS.

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2014 Porsche 911 GT3

2014 Porsche 911 GT3

The Porsche 911 started its run back in 1963 - and oh what a run it is -, but it wasn’t until 1999 that a GT3 version was offered up for our ravenous consumption. It came to complete the series of performance vehicles that started back in 1973 with the 911 RS, a model that was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 13 seconds. Why the short history lesson? Well, the new generation GT3 has just made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and would be nice to make a comparison between the things that were and the things to come.

The new GT3 is lighter and more powerful than the model it replaces, and it brings innovative features like the first active rear wheel steering in a production Porsche. There is a bad news too unfortunately: the new GT3 will only be offered with a PDK transmission - at least for now!

Updated 09/16/2014: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new 911 GT3 in action on the track. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the next generation Porsche GT3.

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Video: Sabine Schmitz Compares Her 997 GT3 RS to a 991 GT3

Video: Sabine Schmitz Compares Her 997 GT3 RS to a 991 GT3

Sabine Schmitz is a name you might recognize; she is a professional driver who is referred to by many as the “Queen of the ‘Ring.” She was one of the first head drivers of the Nurburgring taxi service, and if you have ever watched Top Gear, she is the excitable young German lady that took a Ford Transit van around the Green Hell in Series 6. She also hosts German automotive television show, D Motor. To say she knows cars is quite an understatement, and that is what makes this video so interesting. Sabine owns a 997-generation 911 GT3 that she has driven for more than 12,000 miles on the Nurburgring alone, and she is set to compare it to the all-new 991-generation 911 GT3. You know, the one that Porsche stopped selling because it caught on fire.

With Sabine’s intimate knowledge of the older GT3, it is really interesting to hear her take on the new car. She has the ability to really pick out the subtle things that make each car feel and perform differently. Now this is only a short performance test and drive time on a closed airfield, not a blast down the Nordschliefe, so Sabine can only say so much about the way the car drives, but she still seems impressed.

Click play to watch Sabine beat on both her personal 911, the new 911, and as a bonus you get to hear lots of angry Porsche flat-six wail as she drags both cars screaming to their redlines. It a glorious thing, so turn that volume up.

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5 Best Sport Coupes for 2014

5 Best Sport Coupes for 2014

In the wild-and-crazy world of the automotive enthusiast, there are all shapes, sizes and manners of ways to have fun. You can climb up a mountain at 3 mph in a modified Jeep, you can blast across the dessert at insane speeds in a Baja truck, or you can fling a small roadster like the Miata at your local autocross. Despite all of this, there is still one true “enthusiast” machine that stands above all; the sports coupe.

Two doors of sexy, fast, and exciting have long defined the term sports car. There have been many great coupes over the decades, but it seems to me that now is about the best time in our history to be a lover of the coupe.

To celebrate this pinnacle of fun and performance I have gathered together a quick list of what I think are five of the best sports coupes that exist today. As always, make sure you hit those comments when you get done reading. Let me know what I got right, what I got wrong, and what I was missing. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Continue reading to find about the 5 Best Sports Coupes

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Video: BMW i8 Vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S

Video: BMW i8 Vs. Porsche 911 Carrera S

The BMW i8 is the first sports car to come from Munich in a very long time. But is the hybrid a true sports car? According to its output and performance figures, as well as its 3,200-pound curb weight, it is. It’s actually lighter than the Porsche 911, the benchmark of all sports cars, but how does this German machine stack against its Stuttgart-built rival in a straight line? Well, that’s what the folks over at Evo wanted to find out by pitting the i8 and the 911 Carrera S against each other on an airfield.

As we’ve previously mentioned, the i8 weighs in at around 3,200 pounds and benefits from 357 hybrid horses and 420 pound-feet of torque, which travel to all four wheels. The Porsche, on the other hand, sits better on the horsepower front with 430 ponies, but it has deficiency of 100 pound-feet of torque when compared to the Bimmer. It’s also slightly heavier and has a rear-wheel-drive configuration. Sounds like a close call, and indeed it is. The winner is only 0.3 seconds faster in the quarter-mile and 0.8 seconds quicker in the standing-kilometer run.

We won’t spoil the outcome, so you just head above and hit the play button for a full-throttle, straight-line comparison.

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Spy Shots: Porsche 911 Convertible Goes Out for More Testing

Spy Shots: Porsche 911 Convertible Goes Out for More Testing

Our spy photographers have again caught Porsche testing the upcoming 911 Convertible, though this time things look a little more production-ready. As evidenced by the lack of major camouflaging, this test mule may actually be closer to a pre-production unit. What’s more, it’s painted a grey metallic color rather than Porsche’s always-black early test beds.

The lack of heavy camo and a lighter paint color affords us our best look yet at the new 911. Reshaped door handles, a more throwback style on the engine cover, and the conformation of air ducts aft of the rear tires are the three biggest fresh updates. These changes join other reshapings we’ve already seen, including a new front bumper with its active air ducts, new parking lights, and new LED taillights.

Since this is likely a few steps away from being production ready, we wouldn’t be surprised to find the new Porsche parked at the LA Auto Show come November. In that case, the new 911 will likely be slotted for release in the 2016 model year.

Also unconfirmed but harder to prove is the theory Porsche will use turbocharging on all its Boxer engines across the board. This would help the German automaker reduce emissions and while still making appropriate power. Also likely is a smaller, six-cylinder, turbo engine for the 911, along with a four-cylinder turbo for the Boxster and Cayman cars coming in the near future.

Lastly, rumors suggest Porsche will codename this 2016 911 the 992 rather than 991.2, as previously thought by some. Rumors are rumors though, so we’ll have to wait for Porsche to make an official move before we know anything solid.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Convertible

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Video: 2015 Porsche GT3 RS in Action on the Nurburgring

Video: 2015 Porsche GT3 RS in Action on the Nurburgring

Looks like the engineers at Porsche are testing out the latest version of the mighty 911. This is likely the upcoming 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The test mule is sporting those signature 911 Turbo air intakes on the side fenders, the same wheels we saw on the 911 GTS RS scale model that leaked last month, and that massive rear wing.

Rumors suggest the 911 GT3 RS will have a turbocharged version of the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder likely making just over 500 horsepower. A PDK transmission will also be a part of the GT3 RS, giving drivers lightning-fast shifts. With a 0-to-60-mph time estimated around three seconds and a top speed just under 200 mph, the RS version of the 911 GT3 will definitely be a superior performer.

This particular test mule is fitted with an internal roll cage and several layers of body cladding, the first designed to protect the occupants and the latter designed to preserve the new Porsche’s true identity. There’s no covering up that beautiful exhaust note, however. It bellows from the tailpipes with a fierceness as the PDK slams into the next gear.

Video evidence like this makes us look forward to hearing official words from Porsche on its upcoming model. Be sure to check out the short video above.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition

It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.

These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.

The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.

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2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaked as Scale Model

2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Leaked as Scale Model

As if the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS story wasn’t complicated enough, a new photo showing a possible scale model of the high-performance sports car just surfaced the Internet to pour more fuel on the fire. It may sound inappropriate for a brand-new vehicle to break cover via a scale model, which is supposed to hit specialized stores and showrooms after the car benefits from the necessary publicity, but it happened before.

For instance, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class made it onto the Web in the form of a 1:18 diecast model weeks before the German manufacturer staged its grand unveiling. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Porsche in the adjacent photo is the actual 911 GT3 RS, but we can’t help notice a few details we’re already familiar with.

Firstly, the scale model is clearly based on the latest iteration of the 911 GT3. Secondly, the wheels are 100 percent similar to those seen in the GT3 RS spy shots we received earlier this year.

Puzzled yet? Well, buckle up because there’s more!

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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S "Martini Racing Edition"

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera S "Martini Racing Edition"

If there’s one thing the Martini brand is famous for, besides its wide range of vermouths, that would have to be sponsoring several Porsche race cars in the golden era of motorsport. The 917, the 911 RSR, the 935 and the 936 are only a few of the cars that have won important racing events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, while wearing the distinctive dark/light blue and red livery.

The Porsche-Martini partnership ended rather abruptly in the late 1970s, but the two companies tied the knot once again in 2013, when a Martini-liveried 911 GT3 raced in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Now, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans right around the corner, a new Martini-striped vehicle is about to leave Stuttgart - the 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition.

Sure, it’s a bit disappointing that no Martini-liveried Porsche 919 Hybrid will hit the Le Mans track this year, but the 911 S Martini Racing Edition is more than just a pinstriped sports car. To begin with, it’s crafted by Porsche Exclusive, the customizing division responsible for a bevy of unique-looking Porsche products. Then there’s the extra amount of standard features that come with it, otherwise not available in the regular 911 S, and production numbers limited to just 80 units.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S Stinger GTR By TopCar

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S Stinger GTR By TopCar

TOPCAR is no stranger to awesome kits for the Porsche 911, along with other sports cars and supercars. Last year we saw the firm modify both the Carrera and the Carrera 4S with stylish body kits, and now the company has released its new Stinger GTR kit for the 991-generation 911 Turbo and Turbo S.

This TOPCAR kit is more than just your typical body kit, as these new components aren’t made from cheap ABS plastic or fiberglass. Nope, they are made from vacuum-formed carbon fiber and Kevlar. That’s right, these pieces are bulletproof... Okay, maybe they’re not bulletproof, but it sounds damn cool to say.

The reason this is such a big deal is because flowing carbon-fiber into the body of the Porsche 911 is rather tough, but vacuum forming allows TOPCAR to work within very tight tolerances to get the perfect fit. And by the looks of this and all TOPCAR kits, you are in for a treat when you see the finished product in person.

Like most TOPCAR offerings, there are no performance mods added in , meaning you get a 520- or 560-horsepower, twin-turbo flat-six from the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, respectively. If that’s not enough for you, I am certain the experts at TOPCAR will find a tuner kit that will make the engine as wild as the body.

Click past the jump to read more about the 991 Turbo and Turbo S Stinger GTR

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Next Porsche 911 GT3 RS Could Be Turbocharged

Next Porsche 911 GT3 RS Could Be Turbocharged

While the unveiling of the new 911 GT3 RS is being pushed back due to the faulty 3.8-liter engines that set a couple of regular GT3s ablaze earlier this year, a rumor coming all the way from Britain claims the next GT3 RS may get a turbocharged powerplant. According to Autocar, quoting an unnamed source familiar with the matter, the 911 GT3 fire debacle is the No. 1 reason for the turbocharging idea. According to the report, Porsche engineers are concerned about extracting more power from the naturally aspirated, 3.8-liter inline-six without compromising the unit’s reliability.

The problem with the GT3 RS is that it needs at least 500 horsepower to make it count alongside the regular GT3. Although some 25 to 30 ponies added to the GT3’s substantial 475-horsepower output don’t sound like much in theory, the 3.8-liter all-motor plant will have to cope with an immense amount of pressure. By contrast, a turbocharged engine deals more comfortably with moderate power increases.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

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Video: Possible Porsche 911 Hybrid Caught on the Nurburgring

Video: Possible Porsche 911 Hybrid Caught on the Nurburgring

There’s been a lot of talk about Porsche’s purported plans to drop an electric motor into the 911, but the Germans are doing a wonderful job at keeping all the details under wraps. In fact, Stuttgart is quieter than a Tesla Model S when it comes to 911 hybridization.

Fortunately, and because we’re living in an age dominated by state-of-the-art technology, Porsche’s steps are carefully monitored by high-performance photo lenses and recording devices. The Nurburgring track is packed with spies waiting to snap shots of the latest prototypes and test cars, so it’s only natural for us to hope for an alert paparazzo to blow the 911 hybrid’s cover.

And although we didn’t expect for that to happen anytime soon, it appears Porsche might be testing a hybrid 911 at the German track as we speak. Spotted earlier this month on the Nordschleife, the 911 shown in the video above looks like any other Carrera S you can buy nowadays. However, a device found on the back seat, as well as the high-pitched noise coming out during shifting accelerating, suggest this is no regular 911.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that the electrical equipment inside the sports car isn’t just a telemetry device, but the unusual noises are noticeable and they must mean something. One thing’s for sure though, if the 911 lapping the ’Ring with that gizmo attached to it is indeed a hybrid, development has barely commenced and there’s plenty of footage to follow.

As a quick reminder, we expect the 911 hybrid to carry a turbocharged, 560-horsepower flat-six engine and an electric motor sourced from the 918 Hybrid supercar, a combo that creates more than 700 ponies. And that’s an upsetting figure for both Ferrari and Lamborghini.

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Spy Shots: Porsche 911 GTS Coupe Caught Testing

Spy Shots: Porsche 911 GTS Coupe Caught Testing

Yes, these are actually spy shots. It seems that the crew at Porsche is getting really smart about disguising its test mules. Thankfully, our shooters are just too eagle-eyed to be caught off guard.

What we appear to be looking at is the upcoming 911 GTS Coupe.

If you remember a few months ago, we actually had spy shots of a convertible doing winter testing that featured a lot of the same identifying features of this two-door. Now from the front, the car appears to be any normal 991-generation Carrera (or nearly any Porsche for that matter), but jump to the rear and things quickly get different.

First, take a good look at that exhaust. There is no Porsche 911 model on sale today with this large, center-mounted, dual-exit design. It actually looks more like the exhaust for the Golf R than a 911. This also leads us to believe that you should look for a more powerful version of the car’s flat-six engine to be hiding inside.

The second giveaway is more subtle, but a close eye will notice that the rear appears to be covered in some sort of weird tape or plastic. There is deformation around the taillamps and the center of the bumper. This is a good indicator of the GTS status, as the last GTS was released as part of the mid-cycle refresh. That tape could be hiding a slightly revised bumper and lighting assembly that will debut on the refreshed car.

Slightly better looking, and slightly faster. It sounds like a win to me.

Click past the jump to read more about Porsche 911 GTS Coupe.

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UK-Based Porsche GT3 Owners Looking for Compensation for Recall

UK-Based Porsche GT3 Owners Looking for Compensation for Recall

British-based owners of the Porsche 911 GT3 are banding together to demand compensation for costs incurred stemming from the recall of the sports car last February after two GT3s caught fire earlier this year. Customers behind the GT3 Worldwide Action Group aren’t too happy that GT3 owners from other parts of the world are getting compensated for their affected cars while those in the UK are getting nothing.

In a letter sent to Porsche AG senior management, the GT3 Worldwide Action Group is demanding a compensation of £145 ($243) per day payable from February 18, the day when owners were first advised by Porsche to stop driving the GT3 because of problems with piston-rod connectors that has forced Porsche to take the unprecedented step of replacing all of the car’s engines.

The compensation being sought by these owners is intended to cover lease costs, deprecation, reduced warranty, insurance costs and lack of intended use. On top of that, the group also wants Porsche to pay &euro100 ($138) a day for customers whose cars are still in production and 50 euros for owners who have paid a deposit but have yet to be given a build slot.

It seems like a fair deal given that according to a statement the group released, U.S. owners of the GT3 are being compensated $2,000 a month for the duration of the recall while owners in Germany are getting &euro175 ($241) a day, the same amount the group is seeking for British-based owners of the sports car. The UK’s Daily Telegraph has even corroborated these claims, saying that it had seen email from Dubai’s official Porsche dealer confirming to one GT3 customer that it will pay the owner $12,000 in compensation for the recalled GT3.

But UK customers have so far received nothing in compensation from Porsche, and the group, which represents around 30 to 35 owners in the UK, are rising up to force Porsche to pay them up. “We are massively disappointed by the way the manufacturer has conducted itself with its lack of transparency and blatant discrimination between markets,” Sunil Mehra, the founder of the group, said.

Interestingly enough, one of those British-based customers who was forced to return the Porsche 911 GT3 was McLaren Automotive. Turns out, McLaren brought a GT3 and had plans to use it as it prepared to develop the McLaren P13, the company’s two-seat sports car that it plans to launch as a direct competitor to the Porsche.

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 Porsche 911 GT3 Named 2014 World Performance Car

Porsche 911 GT3 Named 2014 World Performance Car

While unhappy Porsche 911 GT3 buyers are still waiting for their sports cars to be delivered following the much-discussed fire debacle, the said vehicle has been named the 2014 World Performance Car during a ceremony at the New York Auto Show.

The 911 GT3 grabbed the coveted award after defeating two equally prestigious sports cars, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year, and the more expensive Ferrari 458 Speciale. The winner was determined by a panel of 69 automotive journalists from 22 countries.

This is the third consecutive year that a Porsche-badged vehicle wins the World Performance Car title. The 911 GT3 follows the legacy of the Boxster/Cayman and the 911 Carrera, which were declared winners in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Needless to say, we can’t argue with the results of this year’s World Performance Car awards, but we can’t help but notice the irony of it all. As the fifth-generation 911 GT3 gains even more recognition for its fantastic abilities, current owners had to return their cars for an engine swap, while those that have already ordered one could wait up to six months to enjoy it.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 GT3 fire fiasco.

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Porsche Offering Compensation for Delayed GT3s, but Some Buyers Still Not Happy

Porsche Offering Compensation for Delayed GT3s, but Some Buyers Still Not Happy

Porsche may have recalled each and every 2014 GT3 to replace their engines, but the fire-risk debacle is far from being over. Forced to keep their GT3s in on the sidelines or in Porsche dealerships nationwide until the mill transplants begin, current owners are obviously unhappy.

And we can’t blame them. When you’re spending $130,000-plus on a sports car, the last thing you want is to wait for weeks or even months for the manufacturer to deal with any issue that might occur. Porsche is aware of that and, although it has yet to provide a timetable for this recall, it has notified its customers that they’ll be given compensation for their inability to drive the 2014 GT3s they have purchased.

According to an official letter received by GT3 owners that was published on the Rennlist Forums, Porsche’s first step is to add an extra 12 months (or 100,000 miles) to the Porsche Approved warranty that comes with each 2014 model year GT3. Also, the letter suggests each owner will be compensated for not being able to drive the car while in service, but it does not provide further details.

However, the same owner that disclosed the letter, who was supposed to get his brand-new GT3 a week ago, says Porsche has promised to pay $2,000 per month until the sports car is actually delivered.

While the German automaker is obviously trying to do the right thing, some GT3 customers are still dissatisfied with the likely scenario in which their car will be delivered six months into the model year. More details will become available in the coming weeks, so make sure you stay tuned for further news on the matter.

As a brief reminder, Porsche has notified owners to stop driving their GT3s in February after two vehicles burned to a crisp. The manufacturer discovered that the issue was caused by faulty piston rod screws and decided to install new engines on all 2014 model year vehicles. In addition to recalling cars already delivered to customers, Porsche also ordered dealers to stop selling GT3s until updates are installed.

Click past the jump to read the letter delivered to Porsche GT3 buyers.

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