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1993 - 1998 Porsche 911 (993)

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The last of the air-cooled models, the 911 (993) remains an icon to this very day. Check out our historical review at TopSpeed.com.
  • Porsche 911 (993)
  • Year:
    1993- 1998
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    272 @ 6100
  • MPG(Cty):
    15
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    243 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.4 sec.
  • Quarter Mile time:
    13.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    168 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    12.4 sec.
  • Price:
    70000 (Est.)
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The last of the air-cooled Porsches, the 993 generation of the iconic 911 is seen by some hardcore Porsche purists as the last truly great model in its long lineage, despite the fact that in terms of performance, comfort and safety it has been obviously surpassed by all subsequent generations. Launched at the end of 1993, it was the third all-new 911 in the history of the Zuffenhausen sports car maker, albeit it did feature some carryover parts from the 964 generation.

Penned by Tony Hatter, who is still working at Porsche and recently penned the second-generation Cayman, the 911 (993) brought an air of modernism at the German carmaker, especially when seen from the rear. Featuring wider wheel arches but a much more subdued and somewhat slippery overall look, the model was still very much part of the classic 911 lineage in terms of styling, although sprinkled with many contemporary design motifs. It was under the body shell where most of the novelties resided, with the model featuring a revised flat-six engine lineup and an entirely new suspension that worked to reduce much of the snap-oversteer tendencies of its predecessors.

Built over a span of just under five years, the 993 family featured three body styles, two types of traction and at least six official engine variants. The base model, christened 911 Carrera Coupe, was equipped with an evolution of the 3.6-liter, boxer engine from the 911 (964), first offering 272 horsepower and then 285 horsepower after Porsche upgraded its induction system to VarioRam in 1995. The most powerful variant of this flat-six was found in the hardcore GT2 and the 911 Turbo S, which came with a more-than-satisfying 450 horsepower.

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The Porsche 911 T Goes on a Diet, Proves Porsche can Reshuffle its Deck

The Porsche 911 T Goes on a Diet, Proves Porsche can Reshuffle its Deck

Another lightweight version of the 911 has arrived to tickle our fancies

The phrase “less is more” applies to a lot of things in this world. It doesn’t, however, apply to the Porsche 911. In this case, “more is more” is a better way to describe the 911, and, for its part, Porsche is giving the people what they want with the arrival of the 911 Carrera T. The arrival of the 911 Carrera T comes at a time when Porsche is doing right by its loyal fan base by living up to its promise of introducing more “pure” iterations of the iconic sports car. The 911 R and the 911 GT3 are already around to tickle the purist’s fancy. Now it’s being joined by a new derivative that’s almost 50 pounds lighter than the standard 911. Happy days are ahead for Porsche 911 fans because the 911 Carrera T has arrived.

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T

Base Carrera with GTS features, inspired by the original 911T

The Porsche 911 has gone through some big changes in the last couple of years, with the most important being Porsche’s decision to replace all naturally aspirated engines with turbocharged counterparts. While this was rather disappointing to some die-hard fans, it brought enhanced performance and fuel economy across the entire lineup. Porsche also revived the GT2 nameplate after a long absence and created the 911 R, essentially a limited-edition, wingless version of the GT3 for purists. Come 2017 and the German firm is offering yet another model aimed at purists and 911 Classic enthusiasts, but this time around is a significantly more affordable package. It’s called the 911 Carrera T and slots between the base Carrera and the GTS.

Inspired by the 911T, the company’s entry-level 911 between 1967 and 1973, the Carrera T is essentially a base Carrera with features taken off the more performance-oriented GTS. Fitted with a unique design elements inside and out, the Carrera T is also the first Carrera to get full bucket seats and rear-axle steering. The Carrera T is also lighter than the standard model, which makes it the lightest 911 available outside the GT3 and GT2 range. The added features and the lighter curb weight also makes it a tad quicker than the entry-level Carrera, placing it just below the Carrera S model in terms of performance. So while it’s not the least powerful and most affordable 911, as the 911T was back in the late 1960s, it’s a solid proposition for customers who want a no-nonsense Carrera but also desire access to the performance-enhancing features usually offered with the GTS model.

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Porsche Passport: The Smart Way to Overpay for your German Car Addiction

Porsche Passport: The Smart Way to Overpay for your German Car Addiction

For this kind of money you can lease a very nice vehicle... or maybe two

We’ve heard the story before, and for some reason, the idea keeps coming around. So what is it that I’m talking about? Well, I’m talking about car subscription services. And, the latest to jump into the ranks is Porsche with a new program that will let you pay a monthly fee for access to cars like the Porsche 718 Boxer, Cayman S, Macan S and the Cayenne. The monthly fee? Oh, just $2,000. For that $2,000 you get access to a total of eight different cars. If you want more, you can level up from the “launch” package to the “accelerate” package for an extra $1,000 – bringing the monthly total to $3,000. With that subscription, you’ll get access to models like Macan GTS, Cayenne S E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S, and the Carrera S. Basically, “Launch” gives you the basic, entry-level models while “Accelerate” gives you access to the higher trim levels.

Now, the first thought that really comes to mind is that the price seems quite high, and that wouldn’t necessarily be a wrong thought, but it does include at least some incentives. First off, the subscription includes vehicle tax and registration, insurance, maintenance, and detailing. It’s all based on a mobile phone app, and there is a one-time activation fee of $500 as well. Plus, you’ll have to pass a credit and background check too. Once users receive their first vehicle same day or future vehicle exchanges can be requested via the app. For now, the program is available to those residing in the metro Atlanta area and is made available through a collaboration between Clutch Technologies LLC and Porsche Passport. So, how does this subscription service stack up against purchasing your own Porsche? Well, let’s take a look.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition

Your chance to own a piece of Le Mans history!

The 911 Carrera GTS was first introduced in 2011 as a new mid-level version of the sports car placed above the regular Carrera and below the GT3. Equipped with a beefed-up, naturally aspirated engine, and a wider track, the GTS quickly became a favorite among 911 enthusiasts looking for a driver’s non-turbo Porsche. The GTS was redesigned in 2014 for the 991-generation 911 and updated again in 2015 when it ditches the naturally aspirated flat-six for a twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit. Come 2017, and Porsche used the GTS to launch the British Legends Edition, a 911 that pays tribute to the company’s success at Le Mans.

Designed around the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, the British Legends Edition is dedicated to three British drivers that won the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Developed by Porsche Cars Great Britain and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, this limited-edition GTS comes in three forms, each dedicated to race drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, who each took wins at Le Mans for the factory Porsche team in 1970, 1982 and 2015, respectively. For each driver there is a unique coupe identified by the number of their winning Porsche racing car and its color scheme incorporated into the livery. Let’s have a closer look at them below.

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Porsche Builds Its One-millionth 911

Porsche Builds Its One-millionth 911

Still popular as ever, the Stuttgart superstar continues to impress

First put into production in 1963, the Porsche 911 is one of the most iconic and easily recognizable sports cars in the world, acting as ambassador to Germany’s special brand of engineering and speed making for nearly 55 years now. In that time, we’ve seen innumerable iterations, body styles, and configurations, from the classic air-cooled 911s of the past, to modern, PDK-equipped, barely street legal GT racers. Now, Porsche has announced that its one-millionth 911 has officially rolled out from its factory in Zuffenhausen, celebrating a monumental achievement in the world of automotive performance.

The specific 911 in question is a Carrera S, which arrives draped in a special Irish Green paint job. Rather than heading out to a customer, the one-millionth 911 is instead slated for a world tour, with stops including the Scottish Highlands, a jaunt around the Nurburgring, the U.S., and China. In an age where the latest innovations usually take priority over the tried-and-true, it’s great to see Porsche’s famous two-door still going strong.

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New Porsche 911 GTS Now Has Turbochargers, Gets More Power

New Porsche 911 GTS Now Has Turbochargers, Gets More Power

Bittersweet to see that naturally-aspirated engine go

You can make a good case that the Porsche 911 family already has enough models. Then again, it’s the Porsche 911, arguably the most iconic model in the entire auto industry and considering its status in the business, there really aren’t enough 911 versions to go around. Good news then for 911 aficionados because the updated version of the 911 GTS, and all of its subsequent variants, finally arrived at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

The big news with the new range of 911 GTS models comes in two fronts. The first is the car’s styling, which benefits from the aesthetic updates that was first introduced in the facelifted 911. The updated headlights and taillights are the most prominent of these upgrades, but they’re not the only ones either. The new 911 GTS also features a new SportDesign front splitter, a larger rear spoiler, smoked headlight lenses, a cosmetic stripes between the taillights, and a new set of 20-inch, center-locking black wheels for rear-wheel drive versions of the car. Likewise, the interior also gets a serving of tweaks, including four-way electrically adjustable seats and splashes of Alcantara spread throughout the cabin’s surface.

A new engine with a pair of turbochargers is the other notable update for the new 911 GTS. Whereas pre-facelifted versions of the car came with naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produced 420 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, Porsche ditched the whole engine entirely and replacing it with a smaller, albeit turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six that packs a total output of 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That not only represents power gains amounting to 20 ponies and 62 pound-feet of twist, it also helps round out Porsche’s 911 range with a family of variants that can now sit between the Carrera 4 lineup and the range-topping 911 Turbos.

That’s the obvious appeal of having updated versions of the 911 GTS. The fact that the model is also getting an updated design and a new turbocharged engine is proof enough that there really can’t be too much 911s in the market today.

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1981 Porsche 924 GTR

1981 Porsche 924 GTR

The ultimate 924, up for sale

Back in the Porsche 924mid-’70s, Volkswagen contracted Porsche to develop a car based on parts already available from Volkswagen. As the project came closer to completion, Volkswagen canceled it, blaming certain financial setbacks as the reason. Ultimately, Porsche bought the rights to the design and produced the car now known as the 924. Over the years, the 924 spawned a number of different variants, such as the 924 Carrera GT and the 924 GTS, but neither were as potent (or as rare) as the 924 GTR. Only 17 examples of the GTR were built, with more than half of them racing or qualifying at Le Mans. Other models were raced in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, but there was one example of the GTR that was practically unaccounted for on the race track, and that’s the example you see in the pictures here.

The 924 GTR was derived from Porsche’s factory development strategies and featured a number of enhancements over other 924 models. One of the first things Porsche did was enlarge the intercooler and move it to the front of the vehicle – leading to the need for a much taller front fascia with a huge air dam. Furthermore, there was a special suspension system, performance brake system, some serious engine modifications, and a roll cage to help keep the driver safe should it go belly up during an unfortunate incident on the track. We’ll talk more about that a little later, so keep reading to learn more.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition

Paying tribute to Porsche’s 17 wins at Le Mans

The latest-generation Porsche 911 was launched in 2011. Codenamed 991, it replaced the 997 and gained an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 911 was introduced in 1963. Much like its predecessor, it has an evolutionary exterior design and a restyled interior with finer materials and sporty accents. Both the naturally aspirated 3.4-liter and the turbocharged 3.8-liter were upgraded for more power. In 2016, the entire lineup was updated to 991.2 specs. The facelift’s biggest changes is the new twin-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six engines in the Carrera and Carrera S models. In short, the 991.2 marked the end of the naturally aspirated 911 outside the track-prepped GT3 model.

With the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans right around the corner, Porsche has released the 911 Endurance Racing Edition. Based on the current Carrera S, it comes with extra features inside and out, a Sport Chrono package, and a special livery that pays tribute to the race-spec Porsche 919 Hybrid. Unveiled at the Circuit de la Sarthe before the big endurance race, the special-edition 911 pays homage to the company’s success on the race track and the record 17 victories at Le mans.

The sports car is available to order as we speak, but only in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Pricing is a bit steep compared to the standard Carrera S, but Le Mans enthusiasts will probably be more than happy to pay the premium for a piece of Porsche history. Find out more about it below.

Updated 07/13/2016: Porsche dropped a new video featuring Jeff Zwart behind the wheel of a 911 Carrera S Endurance Racing Edition at the 2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Hit "play" to watch him explaining his 50-year passion for Porsche.

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2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS Targa

2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS Targa

Update brings GT3-inspired visuals and a turbocharged engine

The 991-generation Porsche 911 was launched in 2011 as a replacement for the 997-gen model, which was produced between 2004 and 2012. Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, it features an entirely new platform, only the third since the original 911 came to be in 1963. It’s also the first all-new 911 platform since 1999. Major changes compared to the previous version include a longer wheelbase, a new transaxle, and lighter aluminum and composite materials. As always, the exterior design remained evolutionary, borrowing cues from previous generations. The Targa variant returned in January 2014 and by the end of 2015, Porsche launched several models, including the track-oriented GTS.

With the entire 911 lineup set to receive its mid-cycle facelift by the end of 2016, the German brand is preparing to launch the 991.2-gen GTS Targa. The updated sports car was recently tested on the Nurburgring track and our paparazzi were at the right place at the right time to take a few snaps. Fortunately, there’s not an inch of camouflage obscuring the test car, so we can have a close look at the upcoming GTS Targa.

Much like other 991.2-gen models, visual modifications are far from dramatic. However, more significant changes are expected to occur under the hood, including a switch to forced induction and notably more output. Find out more about that in our speculative review.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S by McChip

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S by McChip

Modest upgrades for a modest price

The current Porsche 911 received its first official facelift in 2015 when the 991.2 was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 991.2 received a handful of updates, the most notable of which was Porsche’s decision to drop the naturally aspirated engines in favor of a turbocharged version that came with modified compressor wheels, a specific exhaust system, and a revised engine management system. Needless to say, the updated 911 immediately became the apple of the eye of aftermarket companies.

One tuner that has taken a particular interest in the updated 911 Carrera S is McChip, the same tuning company that has developed programs for BMW, Audi, and Porsche sports cars. The obvious popularity of the new 911 made it a no-brainer for McChip to develop this kit, which puts on enough power to compete against similarly tuned versions of the BMW M4.

Granted, it’s not the most powerful upgrade in the market for the 911 Carrera S, but it still packs enough punch to be taken seriously. Plus, it’s cheap as heck, and ultimately, that’s the kind of thing that can trump whatever perceived misgivings customers may have for the program.

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Carfection Takes The Turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera S Out For A Spin: Video

Carfection Takes The Turbocharged Porsche 911 Carrera S Out For A Spin: Video

Was it a good idea for Porsche to go turbo on the Carrera?

A lot has been said about the Porsche 911 Carrera S packing a pair of turbochargers. Purists have scoffed at it in large part because they’ve remained loyal to the naturally aspirated engines. But even if the 911 Carrera S did buck against tradition, does that automatically make it an inferior car compared to its predecessors?

Carfection host Alex Goy sought to answer that question by taking the 911 Carrera S out for a spin. Granted, his time behind the wheel of the turbocharged Carrera – still feels weird typing that – didn’t come in the best of conditions as the slippery roads prevented him from really pushing it to its limit. But despite not having the most ideal test drive in history, Goy still managed to infuse the episode with some nuanced points that reflect the advantages of a turbocharged Carrera and the perceptions surrounding its new 3.0-liter turbo flat-six engine.

The drive turned out to be as pleasant as it could’ve been, at least under those slippery conditions. So while it’s understandable for old-school thinkers to brush off the 911 Carrera S as a product of Porsche adhering to the natural evolution of the industry, it’s unfair to sell the car short because of tradition.

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1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR

1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR

One of only 15 special-edition RSRs built for Roger Penske

In October 1973, twelve of the top drivers in the world were invited to compete in IROC, the International Race of Champions, an event penned by the legendary Roger Penske. The drivers were selected from the four major racing series at the time, Formula One, NASCAR, SCCA, and USAC, and included names such as Mark Donohue, George Follmer, A.J. Foyt, Richard Petty, and Bobby Unser. All were to drive the same car, as the goal of the event was to reduce variables such as the vehicle and its modifications and to put emphasis on the skill and race strategies for the drivers. Penske’s vehicle of choice was the Porsche 911 RSR.

Based on the RS 3.0 road car, the RSR had a wide body that allowed for Fuchs wheels shod in fat tires and a large, fiberglass whaletail instead of the ducktail seen on the stock models. The 3.0-liter engine was tweaked to deliver 315 horsepower instead of 231, but the standard five-speed transmission was preferred to the close-ratio units used on the racing versions. Only 15 were built and unleashed in a series of four races held at Riverside Raceway and Daytona Speedway in 1973 and 1974. The championship was won by Mark Donohue, who scored a $54,000 prize, the equivalent of nearly $300,000 today.

Most IROC-spec Porsches were sold following their service in the IROC series, including this bright yellow example that has spent its recent years in Jerry Seinfeld’s collection. A fervent collector of Porsche-badged vehicles, the actor decided to part with this rare IROC racer, which was auctioned off for more than $2 million by Gooding & Company on March 11th, 2016.

Updated 03/14/2016: Jerry Seinfeld sold his Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 IROC RSR at the 2016 Amelia Island Auction for the amazing price of $2.31 million.

Note: All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company

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2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S For Sale

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S For Sale

If you happen to be browsing Cars.com for a new Porsche this time of year, you’re going to find one really interesting example of a 2008 Porsche 911 Carrera S. From the outside, the car doesn’t look that much different from any other 997-generation Carrera S, but when you look inside, you’ll be surprised to see just one front seat..

Sure one of the front seats has been removed, but as you can see from the images, it isn’t what you might think. This car has been modified by Centro 911. The company specializes in centralizing the driver seat inside 997 generation Carreras. This isn’t the only model out there like this. A quick online search yields a few stories of different 997-gen Carreras that have been modified like this. The idea is based off some McLaren designs like the 1993 McLaren F1, for example.

The most notable thing about the car isn’t actually the seating configuration. Sure a central front seat in a 911 is a bit of a rarity, but the work that went into making the car look as stock as possible on the inside is absolutely astounding. As you can see, the instrument cluster, driver portion of the dash and the center console have all been moved over. To make up for the portion of the dash that had to be removed, Centro 911 actually put in some amazing carbon fiber work to make the interior look good. Apparently, the seat even slides to one side to aid entry and exit. We’re not sure what this kind of conversion costs, but you can buy the example on Cars.com for $77,500, with just over 30,000 miles.

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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera By Porsche Exclusive

2017 Porsche 911 Carrera By Porsche Exclusive

The facelifted 911 is set to be put on sale in the next few months, and with it comes just mild updates to the interior and exterior. The real updates took place behind the metal, with changes made to the chassis, upgraded technology, improved dynamics, and even rear-axle steering. The most prominent of all changes, however, comes in the form of forced air induction – a first for the Carrera.

Porsche’s motto is “individuality straight from the factory,” and that motto has been reinforced by Porsche Exclusive since 1986. As Ferry Porsche put it: “We believe in quality, not quantity when it comes to building cars,” and as you can see from these new 911 Carrera models created by Porsche Exclusive, that is taken very seriously.

Granted, you can’t get your hands on one of the new Carrera’s yet, but that might be a good thing if you’re planning on asking Porsche Exclusive to customize it for you. These models created by Porsche Exclusive symbolize at least some of the options you’ll be able to choose when you go through the order catalog. That said, let’s take a look at why these Porsche Exclusive Carreras are so special, and why it is worth the wait to let Porsche Exclusive customize your next Carrera.

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1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

1976 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera

Porsche did not invent turbocharging. It didn’t even make the first production car with a rear-mounted air-cooled turbocharged flat-six; that honor goes to the Chevrolet Corvair. But while many of the early cars that used turbocharges had them as a substitute for a bigger engine (something that is currently happening again), the Type 930 911 was given a turbocharger in order to turn what was already a very fast and capable car into something even faster. It wasn’t a replacement for displacement, it was in addition to displacement. The 930 took turbocharging to a new level of performance for road cars, one that would go unmatched for nearly a decade.

The 930 is the only turbocharged 911 model to have a number designation that is different from the rest of the generation that it is based off of, as it was seen at the time as being such a radically different product. And it must have been especially impressive to those who first saw this particular 930, as this is would be one of the first 930s imported to America. U.S.-market 930s are also the only turbos in 911 history to have been badged as a "Turbo Carrera", making it that little bit more special.

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2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S by Porsche Tequipment

2011 Porsche 911 Carrera S by Porsche Tequipment

For 20 years now, Porsche’s Tequipment program has earned its keep as the official go-to retrofitter of pre-owned Porsche models. This program has been doing this since 1995, and to commemorate this anniversary, Tequipment is partaking in a project to restore a used 2011 Porsche Carrera S back to look brand-spankin’ new, complete with some of the new digs and accessories being offered by the program.

The restoration of the Carrera S actually goes beyond showcasing the Tequipment brand. It’s also meant to highlight the breadth of the accessories program and its capacity to handle any retrofitting task for all Porsche models. In this particular instance, the 2011 Carrera S was completely overhauled to make it more modern and up-to-date.

In a lot of ways, Tequipment’s true strength lies in its ability to take an older Porsche model and overhaul its exterior, interior, and engine so that it doesn’t get left behind by the steady advancements in automotive technology. Whether it’s adding carbon fiber on the body or dressing up the steering wheel in Alcantara, Porsche Tequipment is brimming with new components that can be added into the car.

Porsche Equipment is an available program in any Porsche center all over the world.
To date, there are 86 of these centers in Germany alone and 811 all over the world. So wherever you are in this planet of ours, as long as there’s a Porsche center near you, the Tequipment program is also close by, as it has been for the past 20 years.

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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!

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2016 Porsche 911 Convertible

2016 Porsche 911 Convertible

Just ahead of its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt International Auto Show, Porsche has dropped details on the latest mid-cycle refresh for the drop-top 911, and it comes with a few new exterior styling tweaks, the latest infotainment and driver’s aides, and most notably, a smaller, turbocharged engine.

It appears as though Porsche is moving to widen the appeal of the 911 Convertible, which makes sense given the automaker’s lineup of hardcore, track-oriented models. However, purists will still inevitably complain about the boosted cabriolet’s engine, despite it bringing more power and greater efficiency.

The car is even quicker, with performance figures seeing improvements across the board and new standard features that enhance its race-inspired capabilities even further.

Porsche says the car blends “performance and everyday usability,” a combination the brand is well established for delivering.

Updated 09/28/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition

Porsche unveiled the first GTS version of the 911 Carrera in 2010. That’s might not be long enough to consider the 911 GTS a classic, but the GTS moniker is an important part of the brand’s heritage, as it harkens back to the 904 GTS race car of the mid-1960s. Designed to bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera and the track-ready GT3, the 911 GTS quickly made a name for itself as a purist’s car by ways of a more powerful, naturally aspirated flat-six and various special features inside and out.

Discontinued in 2010, after only two years on the market, the GTS didn’t return when Porsche launched the 991-generation 911. Its comeback took place in 2014, when it received a 430-horsepower engine and a racier look. However, the arrival of the 991.2 facelift, which replaced the Carrera’s all-motors with a turbocharged units, made the GTS’ future rather uncertain. No longer available on the company’s North American website, the GTS will either go turbo or disappear altogether.

But while Porsche has yet to say what fate awaits the GTS, it did launch a special-edition model for the 2015 Rennsport Reunion V. Meet the GTS Rennsport Reunion Edition, probably the last naturally aspirated GTS sold in the U.S.

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2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS

2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS

While the GTS moniker used to be reserved for only a handful of Porsche sports cars in the past, starting with the mid-2000s it began to transform into a trim level. So it happens that, aside from the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and the 2015 Porsche Macan, every modern Porsche has a GTS version now.

In the 911 lineup, the GTS models had the same engine as the standard Carrera S, but with the normally optional power package fitted in standard, giving them 30 horsepower extra. Now that both the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera and the Carrera S facelifts have switched to a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, flat-six, the 911 GTS 991.2 is more than likely to jump on the same bandwagon. If the same strategy as the one used on the pre-facelift model is kept, the new GTS will probably deliver approximately 450 horsepower, which, along with the massive torque increase, should make it almost as fast as the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 in a straight line.

Naturally, a new powerplant won’t be the only difference between the 991 GTS and the 991.2 GTS, which is why I decided to speculate further in the following review. The model should be only a couple of months away from its official unveiling, and a non-camouflaged prototype has already been spotted on the Nurburgring.

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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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James May's 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Will Be Put At Auction

James May’s 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Will Be Put At Auction

A car having had a celebrity owner is a pretty dubious way for the value to be inflated. But when that owner is one of the most famous automotive journalists in the world, it might be worth taking another look. This 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera is currently owned by none other than James May, a man who was, until very recently, a presenter on BBC’s Top Gear. As such, it’s a pretty good bet that it has been well taken care of, and any doubts about whether May really owns it can be assuaged by the fact that he has driven the car on TV.

This isn’t just any 911 either; this is the final incarnation of the original 911 before it was replaced in 1989 by the Type 964, the Carrera 3.2. As May points out in the press release, it is a supremely ’80s car, wearing Guards Red paint and the giant “whale tail” spoiler for which ’80s 911s are justly famous. The stereo currently has a CD player installed, but if you want it, May has a cassette player that he’ll throw in so that you can get a more complete ’80s experience.

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Steve McQueen's 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Will Be Auctioned In Monterey

Steve McQueen’s 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Will Be Auctioned In Monterey

Before he passed away in 1980, Steve McQueen ordered the above-pictured 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera, and now, the car will be auctioned off at the Mecum Auctions during the upcoming Monterey Car Week in August. The car features a slew of special custom touches as executed by the legendary actor/racer/all-around badass McQueen, and is expected to cross the block for well over a million dollars. 

As anyone familiar with McQueen will tell you, no vehicle in the man’s extensive collection of machinery could be seen as “run-of-the-mill,” and such is the case with this 930 Turbo. The exterior is painted in a special-order Slate Gray, while the engine is an early production, non-intercooled 3.0-liter unit, making for what’s considered to be one of the more rare and pure iterations available. Grip is assisted thanks to positraction in the rear. 

Also included is a sunroof and dual side mirrors, while the interior is draped in black and is equipped with sport seats. McQueen swapped out the old wheels in favor of +1 rollers measuring 8 inches up front and 9 inches in the back. There’s also a switch on the dash to kill the rear lights in the event of a high-speed chase down Mulholland Drive. Did I mention McQueen was a badass?

“The car is rich in history. This is the last of the McQueen cars, really,” says McQueen’s son, Chad. 

A portion of the proceeds at auction will be donated to The Boys Republic, a non-profit treatment community for troubled youth based out of Chino, California. McQueen was a 1946 alumnus of the organization and attributes it with being the one place that turned his life around.

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Simon Hsieh Meets The New 911 Carrera GTS: Video

Simon Hsieh Meets The New 911 Carrera GTS: Video

After just recently showing a video that highlights its entire lineup of current GTS offerings, Porsche has just released another one that focuses on the origin of this mid-level, performance-minded trim, the 911 GTS. This time, Porsche showed off the 911 GTS in one of the best ways possible: by letting a Porsche enthusiast do all the talking and driving.

That lucky enthusiast was Simon Hsieh, a Taiwanese architect and Porsche 911 collector, who talked about what makes the 911 Carrera GTS so special, and he does so while driving the car along some amazing twisty Taiwanese roads. Fittingly, Hsieh says that the GTS offers a “perfect combination” of precision that gives drivers a direct feel from the tires to the driver’s hands.

The current 911 Carrera GTS is positioned between the 911 Carrera S and the 911 GT3 in terms of price, performance and power. The 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS starts at $114,200, with 430 horsepower and a 0-60 time as fast as 3.8 seconds. That’s 0.5 second faster than the 400-horsepower 911 Carrera S that starts at $98,900, and it is 0.5 seconds slower than the 475-horsepower 911 GT3 priced at $130,400.

Based on this video, it would be easy to assume that Porsche is preparing individual videos for the rest of the GTS lineup (Cayman, Boxster, Cayenne and Panamera) ahead of what we can only imagine is the eventual introduction of the all-new Macan GTS.

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Porsche Carrera GTS Goes From Racetrack To The Road: Video

Porsche Carrera GTS Goes From Racetrack To The Road: Video

It’s difficult to look at the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS without thinking that it exists solely because of Porsche’s obsessive need to make a car for every hyper-specific budget and taste. And the truth is that’s probably was why it was created, but that doesn’t matter, because Porsche has still made an excellent car. Slotting in between the S and the GT3, the GTS actually hits that sweet spot between race car and street car, which the S falls short of and the GT3 overshoots. But this is something that not a lot of people are aware of, thanks to the fact that not counting special editions, there are now 25 different variations of the 911 and you need to be quite the fanboy to keep them all straight.

Porsche has put out this video, seemingly just to remind us of just what the GTS is and why it exists. It’s the sort of thing that would be entirely unnecessary for a lot of automakers, but is a logical move for Porsche, and it’s not as though we could ever object to well-produced footage of a 911 on a race track.
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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."

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Three NFL Players Will Win Custom Porsche 911 Carrera With Cheetah Graphics

Three NFL Players Will Win Custom Porsche 911 Carrera With Cheetah Graphics

Being the fastest runner in the NFL Scouting Combine sure has its advantages. Besides bragging rights, prospects with faster 40-yard dash times usually get picked higher in the draft and are subsequently rewarded with more lucrative contracts, but sporting apparel maker Adidas is sweetening the deal for this year’s participants. In this case, the three NFL prospects with the fastest 40-yard dash times will each receive a “custom” Porsche 911 Carrera. But, as with everything else in life, there’s a catch.

In order to win these white 911s with gold wheels and their questionable cheetah wraps, the prospects must first sign an endorsement contract with Adidas before the combine takes place later this month. Those who choose to sign with Adidas (and are one of the top three sprinters) are then eligible to lay claim to one of these Porsche coupes. USA Today reports that last year’s fastest man, Brandin Cooks (now wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints), received $100,000 from Adidas for his 4.33-second 40-yard time. Just for comparison, a base 2015 911 Carrera costs $84,300, but that doesn’t include the gold wheels or the cheetah plastered on each side of the car, which is probably enough to leave Ricky Bobby and his “ME” cougar a little jealous.

In the end, the car and the giveaway are aimed at creating a little buzz for Adidas’ latest football cleats, the Adizero 5-Star 40. The cleats weight just 4.7 ounces and make use of high-strength, low-weight materials.

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1993 - 1998 Porsche 911 (993)

1993 - 1998 Porsche 911 (993)

The last of the air-cooled Porsches, the 993 generation of the iconic 911 is seen by some hardcore Porsche purists as the last truly great model in its long lineage, despite the fact that in terms of performance, comfort and safety it has been obviously surpassed by all subsequent generations. Launched at the end of 1993, it was the third all-new 911 in the history of the Zuffenhausen sports car maker, albeit it did feature some carryover parts from the 964 generation.

Penned by Tony Hatter, who is still working at Porsche and recently penned the second-generation Cayman, the 911 (993) brought an air of modernism at the German carmaker, especially when seen from the rear. Featuring wider wheel arches but a much more subdued and somewhat slippery overall look, the model was still very much part of the classic 911 lineage in terms of styling, although sprinkled with many contemporary design motifs. It was under the body shell where most of the novelties resided, with the model featuring a revised flat-six engine lineup and an entirely new suspension that worked to reduce much of the snap-oversteer tendencies of its predecessors.

Built over a span of just under five years, the 993 family featured three body styles, two types of traction and at least six official engine variants. The base model, christened 911 Carrera Coupe, was equipped with an evolution of the 3.6-liter, boxer engine from the 911 (964), first offering 272 horsepower and then 285 horsepower after Porsche upgraded its induction system to VarioRam in 1995. The most powerful variant of this flat-six was found in the hardcore GT2 and the 911 Turbo S, which came with a more-than-satisfying 450 horsepower.

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1995 - 1996 Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

1995 - 1996 Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

No water cooling and analog everything; that was the beauty of the Porsche 911 Carerra RS (993)

It’s been over 15 years since Porsche started selling 911 with radiators, but now, perhaps more than ever, the simple, mechanical nature of pre-996, air-cooled 911s is more desirable than ever. In world of sports cars with numb electro-hydraulic steering racks, hybrid drivetrains and idiot-proof chassis management systems, an old 911 offers a purity of purpose that’s extremely desirable and increasingly hard to find in a new car.

The 993 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 3.8 is arguably the logical and ultimate conclusion of this philosophy. We automotive journalists like to throw around the term “racecar for the road,” but in this case, it’s justified. A direct ancestor of modern RS Porsches, the Euro market-only Carrera RS 3.8 is based on the Carrera Cup competition car and was built as a homologation special to allow the enlarged 3.8-liter engine to be fitted to the 911 RSR racers competing throughout Europe in the late 1990s.

This is no boulevard cruiser. Porsche engineers put the Carrera RS 3.8 on a ruthless crash diet by removing the headliner, electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, intermittent windshield wipers, radio speakers, power-adjustable seats, rear defroster, airbags and sound insulation. By comparison, it makes the amenities available for modern GT3s and GT3 RSs look like a Maybach. It’s a car for driving for the sake of driving.

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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera NSW Police Car

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera NSW Police Car

When it comes to police cars, Dubai is by far the city with the coolest fleet of paddy wagons. The local police department is packed with vehicles such as the Aston Martin One-77, Brabus G63 AMG, Lamborghini Aventador and the Ferrari FF. Definitely not a city in which you would want to break the law or attempt to evade the boys in blue. But Dubai isn’t the only municipality patrolled by sports cars or insanely-fast sedans. Italy has a police-spec Lambo Huracan, and the Brits use a Lotus Evora S and a McLaren 12C.

Australia, who has its own cool police cruiser in the Holden Commodore-based HSV GTS, has just received a brand-new toy in the form of a Porsche 911 Carrera. Provided by the company’s Australian arm as part of a partnership with the New South Wales Police Force, the German sports car won’t be used for highway duties, as its performance numbers might indicate. Instead, it will be used to raise awareness among younger drivers and as a show car during various events. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s a shame this gorgeous sports car won’t get some proper highway action.

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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.

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Video: Porsche Tells the Story of the 911 Carrera GTS B59 Edition

Video: Porsche Tells the Story of the 911 Carrera GTS B59 Edition

Liveries and sponsors are an important part of motorsport. No wonder certain models are best recognized when wearing the colors of Martini, Gulf Oil or even Coca Cola. Take Porsche for instance; the Germans have scored some of their most important racing wins while wrapped in Martini, Gulf and Rothmans liveries. The 911, 935, 936, 956 and the 962 are all related to these brands. But there’s a certain livery that’s often overlooked when it comes to Porsche. The white, red and blue of Brumos Racing, a team established by Peter Gregg in Florida, in 1971.

A race driver himself, Gregg took on the IMSA GT Championship with sponsorship from Brumos Porsche, a dealerships that had been importing rear-engined sports car into America since 1959. Granted, Brumos never reached the heights of the Gulf- and Rothmans-sponsored Porsches, but it did win the 24 Hours of Daytona four times. Its first success dates back to 1973, while the most recent win occurred in 2009. Brumos’ career also includes appearances in the Can-Am series with the incredibly fast 917. Although the company folded in 2013, its white cars adorned by red and blue stripes remained iconic figures among endurance racing aficionados.

To honor Brumos Porsche and its successful track record, the Germans launched a special-edition 911 Carrera GTS in 2012. Dubbed B59, it consisted of only five bespoke units that came in Carrara White with the famous Brumos stripe design. These sports cars also payed tribute to Hurley Haywood, who raced Porsches for around 20 years and played a big part in Brumos’ success. All five were delivered to the United States, where they found homes in collectors’ and Brumos enthusiasts’ garages. Some keep them alongside other Porsches, while others store them in garages that also include British vehicles and pure American muscle cars.

They all share a common passion that has been captured brilliantly in the video above. Hit the play button to meet the owners and the story behind Brumos and Hurley Haywood.

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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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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.

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Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S v Carrera 2S

Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S v Carrera 2S

The battle between Porsche’s RWD 911 Carrera S and AWD Carrera 4S is one of the enthusiast’s longest running matchups. Fans of the basic RWD configuration claim it delivers a more pure and raw driving experience, while fans of the 4S claim that AWD is necessary to help balance out the 911’s rear-engine placement.

EVO decided to take this argument to the physical space in an episode of its Track Battle series. In this video, we have a blue Carrera 4S lineup up against a yellow C2S, and they are going to try and decide which one is best.

I am not completely satisfied with the car selection as they are not speced quite the same. The RWD car has the PDK automatic and the enhanced suspension package, while the 4S gets the three-pedal option and the standard suspension. They both have ceramic brakes and the upgraded engine horsepower options.

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but there is plenty of drifting from both of the German machines. When you finish watching, sound of below about the conclusion. Did EVO get it right, or should the other car have won?

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Spy Shots: Facelifted Porsche 911 GTS or Speedster Caught Testing

Spy shots of the facelifted Porsche 911 were sent to us by our trusty spy photographer, although this time something about the prototype caught our attention that could point to a different, and potentially more powerful 911. Take a closer look at these photos and you might notice that instead of the quad exhausts of the 2015 911, this particular model is sporting a pair of center-mounted exhaust pipes, similar to the setup used on the 2014 911 GT3.

So what could this interesting little nugget mean? Our best guess is a revival of the GTS, something we haven’t seen from the 911 since the 2011 Carrera GTS arrived in the scene back in 2010.

Another potential model is the 911 Speedster, and the bulging rear end — a little more so than the standard 911 Convertible at least — could be a clue that points in that direction. The canvas roof and the windshield looks unchanged though, and if this is the Speedster, it’s probably an early prototype that will undergo some changes before a production model rolls out.

Either way, what we’re looking at here is a new trim of the 911 that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Our hunch is that this is the 911 GTS, and if it is, it’s definitely a welcome addition to the already growing 911 family.

Let us know in the comments what you think this model is.

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Video: Chris Harris Tries to Settle the C7 Corvette or 911 Carrera S Debate

Video: Chris Harris Tries to Settle the C7 Corvette or 911 Carrera S Debate

The Corvette/Porsche 911 debate has been ongoing for many years and almost rivals the Camaro/Mustang debate. Sure, the Corvette has recently kept pace with the 911 Carrera lately, but the 911 always has been a more sophisticated and better handling car. On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S is significantly more expensive than the Corvette ever has been and ever will be.

Well, Chris Harris decided to put these two in a head-to-head matchup, as put the Corvette Stingray and the new-generation 911 Carrera S on the track and let their performance do the talking.

As a reminder, the new Corvette Stingray is powered by a 6.2-liter, small-block, V-8 engine dubbed the LT1 that produces 460 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 465 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine pushes the car from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

On the other hand, the 911 Carrera S gets a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. The Carrera S goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 180 mph.

Check out the video to see what Harris thinks: which is better German or American sports car?

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Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S vs Corvette Stingray vs Ferrari F12berlinetta

Video: Porsche 911 Carrera 4S vs Corvette Stingray vs Ferrari F12berlinetta

In the last episode of "Head 2 Head," Carlos Lago and Randy Pobst from Motor Trend had the chance to test drive three of the best sports car currently available on the market, including the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S that won magazine’s "Best Driver’s Car" competition last year, and two new additions: the new Corvette Stingray and the Ferrari F12berlinetta.

Initially, the three cars were taken to Laguna Seca and had their lap times tested. The best lap time came from the F12berlinetta, as expected, with a lap time of 1:38.04. After that, all the three cars were put to the quarter-mile test, much to the delight of our senses.

The most powerful car tested was the F12berlinetta, with it 6.3-liter, 731-horsepower, V-12 engine. As no surprise, the Italian beast delivers an amazing driving experience and the two guys seemed to have all the fun in the world testing it. Who wouldn’t after all. Oh, and the engine sounds beyond awesome!

The Stingray is also a pretty good car to drive, thanks to its 6.2-liter, V-8 engine hat kicks out 460 horsepower.

Pulling up the rear in the power department is the Carrera 4S, which puts down only 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque from its 3.8-liter, flat-six engine.

Keep in mind, the "Best Driver’s Car" is not always the one with the most power... Enjoy the video!

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2013 Porsche 991 Carrera 4S Stinger by TopCar

2013 Porsche 991 Carrera 4S Stinger by TopCar

TopCar announced its participation in the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a pretty cool tuning kit based on the new-generation Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. The kit is called Stinger and for customers interested, it can be ordered at a price of €14,280 (about $19,000 at the current exchange rates).

The new Stinger kit is mainly focused on updating the exterior look of the 911 Carrera 4S, and offers a sporty and powerful aerodynamic kit. Thanks to all the changes it received, the 911 Carrera 4S Stinger does not only look more aggressive and speedy, but also sits lower and wider, thanks to the new shape of the front and rear bumpers.

The kit also includes a new hood, some extra spoilers, plus some updates to the interior, depending on the personal taste of the customer. The car sits on new wheels from ADV.1.

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Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar F-Type V8 S, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and Porsche 911 S Convertible

Video: Chris Harris Tests the Jaguar F-Type V8 S, Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster and Porsche 911 S Convertible

As you likely already know, Chris Harris is certainly one of the best in the biz at video reviews various sports and super cars. Well, Mr. Harris is at it again with this latest video (above).

Harris put face to face three of the greatest drop-top sports cars out there. The list includes a Jaguar F-Type V8 S, an Aston V8 Vantage Roadster and a Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible. In total the three sports cars develop a total of 1,315 horsepower (495 for the F-Type, 420 for the Vantage and 400 for the Carrera S).

Just the cars alone make the 24-minute-long video enticing, but getting to watch Chris beat the daylights out of them around whatever random track he happens to be on today. Needless to say, there is plenty of drifting going on and lots of beautiful engine noise.

So, which one does Chris prefer? Well, we’re not going to spoil the surprise for you; you’ll have to watch the video yourself.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Cars of the Year

Video: Jay Leno Reviews the 2013 Cars of the Year

In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno had to review Robb Report’s 20th annual Car of the Year: the Porsche 911 Carrera S. Along with it, he also reviewed the Morgan 3 Wheeler - a car aimed for those with lots of money to spent, but came in dead last in a group of 13 cars.

The new-generation 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine that delivers a total of 400 horsepower. When equipped with the PDK gearbox, the new Carrera S can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Porsche also offers a Sport Chrono Package that improves the sprint time to 4.1 seconds.

Check out the video to see what Leno has to say about the new generation 911. Also, see if he agrees that the Morgan 3 Wheeler is just a money burner.

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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S by Eibach

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S by Eibach

The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S was unveiled with a series of updates that made it even better than the previous generation. Even so, when a tuner comes with some updates we can be nothing but happy.

German suspension expert, Eibach, is offering its Pro-Kit Performance Springs that lower the new 911 Carrera’s center of gravity, offers improved handling and gives it a more balanced appearance. With the new springs, the car’s ride was lower by 40 mm (1.57 inches), giving the Porsche a more aggressive stance.

The tuner is also offering a pro-spacer kit made from high-tensile-strength aluminum alloy that widens the car’s stance for added stability and a more aggressive appearance. These new wheel spacers also weigh significantly less than steel wheel spacers.

Eibach’s offerings for the 911 end there, but the new suspension kit may just be the perfect addition for the Carrera 4.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

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Porsche Recalls Carrera and Carrera 4 Over Faulty Exhaust

Porsche rarely ever has a recall, but today it has issued one because of a faulty exhaust system that can result in other drivers being in danger.

Porsche North America has issued a voluntary recall for 2012 to 2013 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 vehicles manufactured from March 7, 2012 through November 12, 2012 and equipped with a standard (not sport) exhaust system. According to the recall report, the tailpipe may crack, which can result in the pipe breaking free from the muffler and fall onto the road while you are driving, In such a case, the 911 may become a hazard for other vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

Porsche announced that each owner will be notified and local dealers will replace the rear mufflers free of charge. Still, if you drive such a model you are being advised to contact Porsche at 1-800-767-7243.

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Video: Porsche Asks Fans to Design Special 911 Carrera 4S

Video: Porsche Asks Fans to Design Special 911 Carrera 4S

Porsche is celebrating 5 million Facebook fans with a special invitation: fans are invited to design a special 911 Carrera 4S. Fans will have to vote for different elements to be used on the interior and exterior of this special 911.

Fans will have to choose between black headlights, a sports package that includes a new front apron and a rear spoiler at the back. This rear spoiler is called "duck-tail" and you probably remember it from the 1973 RS. There is also an electronically controlled sunroof, an aero kit featuring a different front and rear spoiler featuring a ducktail with a wing on top of it. Final element is a new sport exhaust system that will amazingly transform the sound of the engine.

This week’s fans will have to vote upon the character of this special 911. Follow the source link if you want to vote.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S by TechArt

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S by TechArt

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.

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Video: Making of the New 911 Carrera 4 Films

Video: Making of the New 911 Carrera 4 Films

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!

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2013 Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S

2013 Porsche Carrera 4 and 4S

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.

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Video: Porsche 911 Carrera S laps the Nurburgring in 7:37

Video: Porsche 911 Carrera S laps the Nurburgring in 7:37

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!

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Porsche Spreading the Rev-Matched Downshifting Love

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.

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Photo of the Week: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

Photo of the Week: 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7

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.

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2013 Porsche Exclusive 911 Carrera S

2013 Porsche Exclusive 911 Carrera S

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.

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2013 Porsche 911 Club Coupe

2013 Porsche 911 Club Coupe

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.

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Patent images reveal new Porsche 911/991 Aerokit and SportDesign packages

Patent images reveal new Porsche 911/991 Aerokit and SportDesign packages

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.

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Video: Porsche 911/991 Carrera S runs the quarter mile in 12.04

Video: Porsche 911/991 Carrera S runs the quarter mile in 12.04

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!

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Video: Porsche 991 Carrera S vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Video: Porsche 991 Carrera S vs Ferrari 458 Italia

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?

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Video: Porsche invasion at the Nurburgring

Video: Porsche invasion at the Nurburgring

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!

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