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Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster

Wallpaper of the Day: 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster

Porsche finally unveiled the new 911 Speedster to the world, reinstating a name that echoes the halls with history and reminds us of great models past. Based on the 991.2 generation of 911, it represents the absolute best the past generation can offer (remember, Porsche just introduced the 992, 2019 Porsche 911 this year). Featuring that unique double bubble rear deck, the new speedster celebrates the 70th anniversary of rear-engined sports cars and harkens back to the original Porsche 356 Speedster. This lady in red really got our engines running, so we figured we’d make it our wallpaper of the day. We don’t have too many wallpaper choices, but we’ve picked out our favorite and added a small gallery to the bottom of this page. Also, if you want to know everything there is to know about the new 911 Speedster, check out our recent 2020 Porsche 911 Speedster Quirks and Features article – we promise that you’ll be happy you did!

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2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S GTstreet RS by TechArt

2019 Porsche 911 Turbo S GTstreet RS by TechArt

TechArt is at it again, making great Porsches even better

TechArt is one of Germany’s top Porsche tuners, and it plans to reconfirm this status by unveiling at the 89th Geneva Auto Show the latest and most insane version of its well-known GTstreet R model, this time based on the Porsche 911 (991) Turbo S and dubbed the RS. In short, it’s an angry green hornet with 760 horsepower on tap, a 0 to 62 mph time of 2.5 seconds, and a top speed limited to 211 mph because that’s as much as the tires can take.

Porsche is one of the of the most popular sports car manufacturers the world over. As such, there are tons of companies that cater to people who want to make their Porsche just a little bit faster and a little bit more special. Then there are firms, like Ruf or TechArt, that are recognized as independent manufacturers and whose creations stretch far beyond the might of the models used as the foundation for their projects.

TechArt’s GTstreet R kit for the Porsche 991-generation of the Porsche 911 has been around for a few years. We reviewed it a couple of years ago when it was fresh out of TechArt’s laboratory and came to the conclusion that "it has some strong competition from Gemballa, but it still possesses an enviable combination made up of an outstanding aero kit, a dressed-up interior, and powerful engine upgrades." Prepare, then, for something even better and much rarer as only ten will be made!

Update 3/12/2019:We’ve updated this review with images of the 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo GTstreet RS by Techart taken during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!

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Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992

Performance Comparison: 2019 Porsche 911 991 vs 2020 Porsche 911 992

The evolution of the legend, in raw numbers

The new-for-2020 Porsche 911 992-gen has finally been unveiled in L.A., and it’s impressive, although you might not be able to tell with the naked eye. That’s why we’re taking a decisively geeky look at the performance stats that make up the 992-generation of, arguably, Germany’s most famous sports car and we pit them against the numbers of the old 991 model. Here’s a hint: the new one is better!

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Apparently Porsche is Considering a 911-Based SUV

Apparently Porsche is Considering a 911-Based SUV

would a high-riding Porsche 911 really work?

Would you be ready for Porsche to make a high-riding 911? Well, it turns out the idea is something being considered, according to a report quoting a Member of the Executive Board of Sales and Marketing.

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The All-New Porsche 911 Proves That The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

The All-New Porsche 911 Proves That The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

That rear section looks pretty special, though

There aren’t that many cars in the world that are as important to an automaker as the 911 is to Porsche. When you think of Porsche, you think of the 911. It comes as little surprise then that Porsche pulled out all the stops when it officially debuted the eighth-generation 911 at the Porsche Experience Center, days ahead of its appearance at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Orders for the eighth-generation Porsche 911 Carrera S are already open, though don’t expect deliveries to take place until the summer of 2019. The price of the 2020 911 Carrera S starts at $113,200, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S will be offered from $120,600. Expect an extra charge of $1,050 to account for delivery, processing and handling fees.

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See the New 2020 Porsche 911 992 In Action Before it Debuts!

See the New 2020 Porsche 911 992 In Action Before it Debuts!

Driven by Mark Webber in Weissach

The upcoming 992-generation Porsche 911 is no longer a mystery design-wise. While we still don’t know much about the oily bits, we’ve already seen the sports car without camouflage in several photos. Now it’s time to see it in action on the race track with former Formula One driver and World Endurance Championship winner Mark Webber behind the steering wheel.

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Watch the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Become the Fastest Road-Legal Car to Tackle the Nürburgring

Watch the Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR Become the Fastest Road-Legal Car to Tackle the Nürburgring

This thing looks blindingly quick

Nürburgring lap records are always en vogue amongst the big sports car makes, but nowadays, their popularity seems to be growing even more. The latest comes from Porsche, which just claimed the title of Fastest Road-Legal Car to ever lap the ‘Ring, with the 911 GT2 RS MR circling the treacherous German racetrack in 6 minutes, 40.3 seconds.

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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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