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2011 Porsche 911 "Gulf Racing" by Oxigin

2011 Porsche 911 "Gulf Racing" by Oxigin

The two-tone, baby blue and orange "Gulf Oil" livery is about as iconic a color configuration as any other kind of hue in the auto industry. What’s more, there’s also much to be said when you take into account its significance when used on a Porsche.

German aftermarket company, Oxigin, understands the connection between the two and to pay honor to it, they decided to give a modern-day (actually, it’s the previous generation model) Porsche 911 the iconic Gulf Racing livery.

If retro looks could kill, then you better start calling 911; this Gulf Racing-inspired 911 already has us sprawled on the floor, wishing we could get to sit behind its wheel before we move on from this world. That’s how much we dig this sporty beast.

Heck, it even has some fancy alloy wheels dressed in the same baby blue color of the body’s foil wrap. Oxigin has yet to provide additional information on the project, but judging from the looks alone, we’re already smitten beyond rationale explanation.

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2011 Porsche 911/997 F900 by Switzer

2011 Porsche 911/997 F900 by Switzer

On the surface, Switzer performance’s Porsche 997 F900 is the kind of car that petron-heads and environmentalists will both fawn over; it’s a low-emission, 900 horsepower, flex-fuel monster of a Porsche that epitomizes the kind of esteem the Ohio-based tuner has earned in its years in the business.

But the 997 F900 wouldn’t have been built were it not for another Switzer-tuned Porsche that ended up becoming the precursor for the 997 F900. This car was the Switzer Sledgehammer, a 1,000-horsepower, 997 Turbo that made its legend for nine-second passes and standing mile top speeds of close to 200 mph.

Impressive to say the least.

Eventually, the Sledgehammer gave way to a host of other specially-tuned Porsches, culminating in the 997 F900.

This 900-horsepower beast was born from the mind of one of Switzer’s clients from Canada, who, incidentally, already had a Sledgehammer 997 in his hands. Maybe he wanted something different, or maybe he just woke up one day with a renewed sense of responsibility to Mother Nature, but this Canadian client had an idea - or maybe a new fascination - that he wanted Switzer to build.

Thus, the Porsche 997 F900 Turbo was born.

Find out more about the Porsche 997 F900 Turbo after the jump.

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2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Brumos Racing Edition

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Brumos Racing Edition

The link between Brumos and Porsche dates back to the 1950s, when it was one of the first Porsche dealers to purchase cars from Porsche of America. In the 1960s, Brumos, under the direction of its new owner, took the company from a dealership to the top of the racing world with its high-performance Porsches.

Brumos went on to become one of the most successful racing teams in road racing history and in Porsche history. In 2011, Brumos had yet another great racing season, taking home the Rolex GRAND-AM GT Championship and adding to its legacy. In commemoration of this victory, Brumos is having five special edition 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racecars manufactured and they will offer them for sale in their dealership in Jacksonville, FL.

This just isn’t any old GT3 Cup car that a racing team can order from Porsche. This one is special in many ways, including a nice bump in power and some special styling specially ordered by Brumos. The big question is whether this is a true performer on the track or if this is nothing more than a pretty trailer queen to haul to car shows.

Click past the jump to read our full review on this special edition 911 GT3 Cup and find out the answer to that important question.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Track Pack vs Porsche 997 Turbo S

Video: Nissan GT-R Track Pack vs Porsche 997 Turbo S

Chris Harris decided to put two of the greatest competitors - the Nissan GT-R and the Porsche Turbo - face to face in an epic battle for supremacy. To make it even better, he brought out the GT-R Track Pack and the most powerful version from the Turbo line-up: the Turbo S.

So in yet another battle in the ongoing war started in 2008 when the GT-R appeared on the market, which car will pull ahead for the time being? Well, Harris claims that the Nissan GT-R Track Pack is worth the extra cash, while the Porsche 911 Turbo S’ place is not on the track! Ouch, that’s got to hurt Porsche!

What do you think? Is the Nissan GT-R really better than the Porsche 911 Turbo? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Chris Harris tests the BMW M3 GTS, Mercedes C63 AMG Black, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Chris Harris tests the BMW M3 GTS, Mercedes C63 AMG Black, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

In what can only be described as a truly incredible and informative review, Chris Harris recently pitted the BMW M3 GTS, Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 against each other for the Drive network and has delivered yet another piece of automotive art.

All three cars, particularly the BMW and Mercedes-Benz are aimed at a very small, niche segment of the market where prospecting buyers want cars which can perform equally well on the track as they do on the road. The 911 on the other hand, is for all intents and purposes, a full-on race car converted for road use and carries much greater expectations.

This may surprise some, but all of the aforementioned cars were priced fairly similarly when they first hit the market and even though the BMW M3 GTS is no longer produced, it’s as relevant as it was back in 2010 immediately after its launch.

Sure, more fun can be had in other cars than in these three, with Harris highlighting the fact that an Ariel Atom could be purchased for the same money but that of course, doesn’t work on the road like a truly incredible car should. As a result, Harris assembled these three cars to test both their on-track and off-track capabilities while also seeing which promotes the greatest amount of hooliganism.

We won’t spoil the end result for you, but needless to say, this is one of the very best ways to spend 25 minutes.

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Video: Nissan GT-R Black Edition vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

Video: Nissan GT-R Black Edition vs Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ever since Nissan unveiled the GT-R sports car, there’s been nothing but a growing rivalry between it and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Every time Nissan GT-R broke a record, the Porsche 911 Turbo was right behind it, trying to one-up its efforts. The same can be said when Porsche succeeded at breaking a record; Nissan was right there with their GT-R trying to get one in over Porsche.

With a heated rivalry forging on, the new 2013 Nissan GT-R Black Edition went up against its twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive rival, the 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S courtesy of MotorTrend’s Head 2 Head show. With more than 500 HP under their hoods, both supercars annihilated California’s canyon roads, then squared off for an epic quarter-mile drag race.

We have to admit, this is one of the most impressive video we have ever seen featuring these two sports cars. Let us know in the comments section below what you think about it.

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2012 Porsche VRS 997 GT3 by Delavilla

2012 Porsche VRS 997 GT3 by Delavilla

While we are all waiting for the new generation Porsche GT3, French tuner Delavilla has unveiled a very cool upgrade package based on the current 997 GT3 at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco. While the standard GT3 delivers a total of 435 HP, the French tuner has found a wayn to increase the total output to an impressive 530 HP. The only problem is that we’ll have to pay 126,000 euro (about $166,000 at the current exchange rates) if you want to drive one.

The package includes four vertically superposed exhaust pipes, a reworked chassis with specific dampers, an active suspension, and, of course, a new set of wheels offered in any color desired by the customer. The Porsche 911/997 GT3 on display is painted in a very cool yellow color, but customers can choose between 21 color options. The interior can be dressed in the same color as the exterior with a combination of Alcantara and carbon fiber.

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Video: Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sound check

Video: Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 sound check

We get pretty excited when we see a plethora of supercars in the same video, so when we saw models like the Mclaren MP4-12C, the Koenigsegg CCXR, and Agera R all put together, we just had to take a look. Then we found out that the star of the show was actually the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 - and there wasn’t just one but a bunch of examples of this awesome sports car.

The cars were caught by Youtube user jorrie2 during a Nurburgring testing session and next to very impressive driving shots, the video also reveals just how cool this car’s engine sounds.

As a reminder, the GT3 RS 4.0 is powered by a 4.0 liter engine producing an incredible 500 HP and 339 lb-ft of torque. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

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Video: Porsche 911 Turbo breaks 212 mph at Texas Mile

Video: Porsche 911 Turbo breaks 212 mph at Texas Mile

Whether the Porsche 911 is called a supercar or not, one thing we do know is that it can hit insane speeds when called upon.

At a recent Texas Mile event, one particular 911 validated its status as a supercar after posting a ridiculous - for its standards, at least - top speed of 212 mph. Consider that a 911 Turbo can hit a top speed of 194 mph, we beg the question as to where that extra 16 mph came from. Add that to the fact that it can hit the quarter-mile in just 10.61 seconds and surely, something must be cooking under that hood that isn’t of stock production.

Whatever performance enhancements that 911 Turbo carried, the feat nonetheless remains incredibly impressive. Reaching 200 mph on a 911 Turbo is impressive in itself. But hitting 212 mph?

That’s over-the-moon amazing. Respect, indeed.

Check out the video above and watch this 911 Turbo destroy Texas Mile on its way to 2-1-2.

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2011 Porsche 911 TT Cabriolet VR-T by Vorsteiner

2011 Porsche 911 TT Cabriolet VR-T by Vorsteiner

The wonders that tuning programs can do to sports cars never cease to amaze us. This particular one, a current generation Porsche 911 Twin-Turbo Cabriolet, comes courtesy of Wheels Boutique and Vorsteiner.

Taking the German sports car, Vorsteiner’s dealership in Florida built a program that consists of the German tuning firm’s V-RT program. Made mostly out of carbon fiber, Vorsteiner’s V-RT program includes a new front bumper that enhances the body lines of the svelte-looking 911. The front bumper comes with larger carbon air intakes for the radiators while ridding the car of the factory fog lights and the headlight washer bezels. Moving to the rear, the 911 Cabriolet was also fit ted with a new rear bumper that has been designed to provide the sports car with a wider stance. Enlarged side intercooler extraction vents are also part of the program, while a new molded carbon fiber rear diffuser with integrated twin aero fins rounds and a heavily modified rear deck lid and wing round out the aero modifications on the German sports car.

No performance modifications were added, but even if the new 911 Cabriolet has just been unveiled, the current model still packs a meaty punch in the form of a 3.8-liter six-cylinder twin-turbo horizontally-opposed engine mated to a six-speed manual transmissionthat packs 500 horsepower. It possesses a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 193 mph.

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2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 SP 525 by Sportec

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 SP 525 by Sportec

Sportec’s involvement at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show involves the introduction of a couple of Porsche programs, one of which is for the limited edition 911 (997) GT3 RS 4.0.

We all know that Porsche is only making 600 of these bad boys so if any of the owners have dreams of having a program done on their baby, then Sportec has all your needs spoken for.

The program, which is called the ’SP 525’, comes with aerodynamic components such as a new carbon fiber bonnet that cuts down on the car’s overall weight. In addition, Sportec also added windscreen viewing bars, an Sportec optical package, an optional video box, and a new set of 20" large Mono/7 wheels with central locking, wrapped in Michelin PS2 Cup tires.

Performance enhancements are also part of the SP 525 program. For this particular project, Sportec installed sports catalytic converters and an Akrapovic exhaust system, as well as reprogrammed the 911 GT3 RS 4.0’s ECU unit. The result is an increase in output for the sports car’s 4.0-liter engine from 500 horsepower and 339 lb/ft of torque to 525 horsepower and 354 lb/ft of torque. The increased output results in a faster 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds - an improvement from 3.9 seconds - with a top speed of 195 mph.

UPDATE 03/06/2012: Sportec’s new SP 525 package made its debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. Check out the picture gallery for a set of live images from the show!

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Video: Porsche crashes Mercedes' party at gas station

Video: Porsche crashes Mercedes’ party at gas station

YouTube member, Jorrie2, struck gold when he encountered aMercedes C63 AMG, a Mercedes SLS AMG, a Mercedes CLK63 AMG Black Series, and the lone Porsche 997 GT2 as they were topping off at a gas station. And, as a bonus, the CLK63 AMG Black Series left the gas station in quite a bit of hurry, accelerating rapidly and leaving some tread marks on the road!

Following the Mercedes CLK63 AMG were the 997 GT2 and the C63 AMG, which also took part in a little acceleration action, producing some lovely exhaust notes for our hearing pleasure.

As a reminder, the CLK 63 AMG Black Series is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine that delivers a total 507 HP and sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. The Porsche 997 GT2 is powered by a 3.6-liter boxer engine that produces 530 HP at 6500 rpm and 502 lb-ft of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 204 mph.

The Mercedes C63 AMG is powered by the usual 6.2 liter V8 engine producing 457 HP. This power output can be increased to 487 when equipped with the AMG performance package. The Mercedes SLS AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 engine located front-mid that develops 563 HP and 479 lbs-ft of torque. The engine will help sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, while top speed will go up to 197 mph.

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