The 2013 Geneva Motor Show is the next show of the year, and each day we get more details on the models to be displayed at the show. For example, German tuner, TechArt, announced a pretty cool upgrade kit for the new-generation Porsche Carrera 4S.
Although the tuner only announced upgrades for the exterior and the interior, all of these additions transform it into an even cooler sports car.
Upgrades for the exterior include the addition of a new nose-lift system that adds 60 mm (2.36 inches) more ground clearance. This system can be activated when stationary or while driving, and at speeds above 37 mph, the vehicle lowers automatically. The tuner adds a new front spoiler that adds 11 pounds of downforce to the front axle at speeds of 86 mph, a rear spoiler and a new diffuser adds another 36 pounds of downforce to the vehicle’s rear axle. The kit also includes two aero wings and new side skirts. The car sits on a set of alloy wheels sized 20 or 21 inches and are offered in a five-spoke design.
TechArt also offers a new racing exhaust system with valve control and double center tailpipes that offer a more aggressive exhaust sound.
For the interior, the tuner is offering black leather sport seats plus numerous elements in black leather and green decorative stitching. There is also a three-spoke sport steering wheel wrapped in black leather and Alcantara with green stitching, paddle shifters in black matte finish with green symbols, and green TechArt Dials.
Prices for the new kit will be announced during its official debut in Geneva.
We all loved the promo video Porsche unveiled for its latest-generation Carrera 4, but have you ever wondered what the technology behind the video was? If you have, Porsche has unveiled a new video explaining how those four video were made.
You probably remember that the promo video was shot during all four seasons, so how was this possible? You can easily imagine Porsche didn’t wait for the seasons to change; rather, it filmed all the shots in just six days.
To create the right environment the company used: 14, 832 cubic-feet of artificial snow, 2,641 gallons of rain, 22,954 cubic-feet of artificial fog and 4,857,166 autumn leaves. This was the recipe for having the right season at your fingertips!
Along with this impressive amount of artificial phenomena, Porsche also used lots of cars, lots of people, computers and much, much more! So you see, creating the right video is not always that easy!
After testing the all-wheel drive version of the new generation Porsche 911 Carrera for quite some time, Porsche has finally dropped the official details on the new Carrera 4 and 4S models. The new models will make their world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and will be put on sale at the end of the year. Prices for the German market will start from 97,557 euro ($122,300 at the current rates) for the coupe and 110,290 euro ($138,200 at the current rates) for the convertible model.
The new Carrera 4 is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 HP, while the 4S version gets a 3.8 liter engine that produces 400 HP. The standard version can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds, while the 4S will do the sprint in 4.1 seconds. Top speed for the 4S coupe version goes up to an impressive 185 mph.
Next to being more powerful than the previous generation, the new Carrera 4 and 4S models are about 143 lbs lighter. The two models have also been equipped with the AWD Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system and feature 22mm wider rear wheel arches when compared to the standard Carrera.
UPDATE 12/19/2012: Porsche has unveiled a new video for its latest Carrera 4 in which it explains the heritage of all-wheel drive on the 911, looking at the origins of this system and how it’s developed, with a special look at the technological masterpiece of the 959. Enjoy!
Hit the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Carrera 4 and 4S.
Porsche has unveiled a very cool video featuring the new Porsche 911 Carrera S during a very hot lap around the Nürburgring track. With racing driver Timo Kluck behind the wheel, the car managed an impressive lap time of 7:37.9 minutes. This an impressive result considering, at the vehicle’s official launch, Porsche had announced that the car could lap the ’Ring in 7:40.
The Porsche Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400HP and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds or 4.1 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. The Carrera S can hit a top speed of 180 mph.
Enjoy one lap of the Green Hell in a Carrera S, but make sure you turn up those speakers first!
Rowing your own gears is an artwork that takes years to gain a firm grasp of and many people never truly master it. Heel-to-toe downshifting, which is essentially the replacement for “double clutching” in older transmissions, allows you to match the engine speed to the transmission speed on the downshift. This speed matching helps eliminate embarrassing and lap-time-killing bucking as the synchros attempt to match up the speed of the engine and transmission. On top of that, it can also help extend the life of the synchros.
In most cars, heel-to-toe shifting takes careful placement of your right foot, so you can press the brake pedal and still tap the throttle lightly to increase the engine speed just before releasing the clutch. This takes loads of practice to master, if you can ever master it. If executed perfectly, your car eases into the downshift more smoothly and accelerates out of it much quicker.
Well, Porsche is now making this heel-to-toe shifting almost autonomous on several of its vehicles. We already learned that the Sports Chrono package on the 2013 Carrera 4 and 4S will boast this feature, but now reports are saying that this system will also come to the Boxster and Cayman lineups.
On the downside, you cannot fine-tune this system to meet your driving styles, like you can on the Nissan 370Z, as Porsche assumes its engineers are good enough to develop this system to cover just about any driver. Given all of their past ventures, we don’t doubt their ability one bit.
With this new addition, the Porsche lineup is showing that it is dead set on allowing its drivers to have maximum fun with minimal effort.
When it comes to sports cars that have remained true to their heritage, there’s no other name more noteworthy than the Porsche 911.
After being in production for upwards of 50 years, the 911 continues to be the sports car benchmark of which all other manufacturers aim to trump. This particular unit, the stunning Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, is the epitome of what the 911 represents.
Delivering an impressive 210 HP when new, which is more than both the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ, the Carrera RS 2.7 featured revised, stiffened, and more aggressive suspension and debuted with a revolutionary ducktail spoiler which remains one of the Porsche’s most iconic components fitted to any of their cars ever.
The following photo helps to capture the true beauty of the Carrera RS from ’73 with this stunning green example arguably being one of the very best examples produced by the German brand.
Taken by Alexis Goure, the stunning lighting of this photo combined with the incredible reflection helps to cement it as one of our very favorite photos of the RS we’ve seen to date.
Hat tip to Goure for allowing us to use the photo, and be sure to check out their website here.
If you are not completely satisfied with the new 400 HP Porsche Carrera S, the company is now offering a new power enhancement kit developed by the Porsche Exclusive department. The new kit will increase the 3.8-liter boxer engine’s output from the standard 400 HP up to 430 HP. As a result, the 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in just 4 seconds and top speed will go up to 190 mph with the PDK tranny and 191 mph with a seven-speed manual gearbox.
In order to obtain these impressive updates, as well as keep the same fuel economy, Porsche added different camshafts and an entirely new variable resonance intake system design with six air flaps and a resonance flap. A Powerkit can be activated at the push of a button, making the two exhaust lines merge and generating a powerful engine sound.
Next to these changes, the new Porsche Exclusive 911 Carrera S also comes with a series of exterior updates. These changes will include a new front apron with powerful air intakes and a fixed rear spoiler in legendary "ducktail" form. For customers who want even more, Porsche is also offering an Aerokit Cup which includes an additional fixed rear wing over the rear spoiler and a special front spoiler lip with additional air intakes. The interior will receive lots of decorative trims, including brushed aluminum and carbon.
Porsche built its first model back in 1948 and the first Porsche Club arrived four years later. Today the company is celebrating "60 years of Porsche Clubs" with the unveiling of the special edition Porsche 911 Club Coupe. The model is based on the 911 Carrera S and will be limited to only 13 units. Prices for the US market start at $175.580.
This special edition comes offered in a very special "Brewster Green" exterior paint combined with trim strips in a high gloss finish. The model will be offered with a standard Sport Design Package that includes a distinctive front with front spoiler and a rear spoiler derived from the classical "duck tail". A new set of 20-inch SportTechno wheels completes the exterior look.
The interior gets Luxor beige leather and embossed lettering "911 Club Coupe" as well as the illuminated door entry guards painted in Brewster Green with an inlay made of brushed stainless steel.
Under the hood Porsche has placed the same engine as in the Carrera S, but equipped with a newly developed Powerkit upgrade that helps the engine to develop a total of 430 HP (a 30 HP compared to the 911 Carrera S). This extra power helps the car to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds.
Bad news is that the new Porsche 911 Club Coupe will be limited to only 13 units.
According to Carscoop, a series of new patent images are tipping customers off on new styling packages for the new Porsche Carrera and Carrera S models. The Aerokit Cup, SportDesign front apron, and SportDesign packages will be available in European markets for a starting price of €2,380.04 for the SportDesign front apron, €4,186 for the SportDesign, and €4,993.30 for the Aerokit Cup. No information has been revealed as to whether these news styling packages will be finding their way to the US just yet.
These new styling packages haven’t been fully revealed yet so details on the exact additions are a bit sketchy. From what we can tell, accessories for each of them will include a fixed rear wing, a different front bumper with an apron, and an overall sportier look. Expect to see a few changes for the interior as well, but there’s no way to confirm that at this point.
That’s it on the details for these new package, but considering these images are already out, expect to see the new packages revealed soon.
Recently, Porsche officially confirmed that the new 911/991 Carrera lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 40 sec - about 13 seconds faster than its predecessor - but was still a matter that had yet to be determined. Until now.
An American customer took his new Carrera S to a drag strip in the US to see how fast the car could run the quarter mile. While the result is unofficial, it still stands at an impressive 12.04 seconds. That’s comparable to the current Nissan GT-R which has an official quarter mile time of 12.05 seconds.
The Porsche 911/991 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 HP. It will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 189 mph. By comparison, the current Nissan GT-R is powered by a 4.2L V8 engine that produces 424 HP.
Check out the video to see the Porsche 911/991 in action!
This video undoubtedly portrays the race of the month: a new Porsche Carrera S vs. a Ferrari 458 Italia. The video was shot by Youtube user Jorrie2 and he did an amazing job following the famous recipe of German vs. Italian sports cars for his 600th video celebration.
The video starts off with some the driver having a little fun in a red Ferrari 458 Italia and, then shortly thereafter, the Ferrari is joined by a brand new 991 Carrera S. The video continues with more shots of both cars and a little race action, of course.
This video is definitely worth a few minutes of your time as you will thoroughly enjoy it. The only problem you may have is deciding which car you like better! Which car would you choose?
Spending the day at the Nurburgring race track can be a dream come true and if you get the chance to see the coolest cars together as they whip around the track, then that dream intensifies to another level. You don’t have to take our word for it, though. Just take a look at this video.
A very lucky Youtube member, SpotterGijs, was at the right place at the right time. More precisely, he was at the Nurburgring race track on a day when a ton of Porsche models decided to meet for a "little" reunion. This gave him the opportunity to catch all of them creating an amazing engine symphony in one amazing video. The list of cars includes: 964 Carrera RS, 996 GT2,996 GT3 RS, Carrera GT, Cayman R, 997 GT3 RS, 997 GT2, and lots more. We hope you’ll enjoy the video!