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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Porsche Classic's "Project Gold" Brought in $3 Million at Auction - All For a Good Cause

Porsche Classic’s "Project Gold" Brought in $3 Million at Auction - All For a Good Cause

It was sold within ten minutes!

Porsche turned 70 this year, and the automaker decided to celebrate it by auctioning off the Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series - a collection of 51 vehicles - at RM Sotheby’s "The Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction 2018” event. The highlight of the auction was a 993 that was finished in flashy Golden Yellow Metallic paint. After nearly 40 bids, it’s destined to go to a new home with a price tag of €2.7 million or about $3.1 million at current exchange rates.

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Lanzante's Next Resto-Mod Project Involves 930 Porsche 911s

Lanzante’s Next Resto-Mod Project Involves 930 Porsche 911s

This iconic car project will drop your jaws

Lanzante’s claim to fame was its restoration work of the McLaren F1 that won the Le Mans in 1995. Lanzante was recently working on creating a road-legal and longtail variant of the McLaren P1 GTR track car; but for this project, they’ve gotten their hands on the icon of the 1970’s and 80’s – The 930 Porsche 911 Turbo; and not just one, 11 of them. What’s the mod, you ask? They will be fitted with TAG-Porsche Formula 1 engines!

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1988 Porsche 911 Turbo 'Ruf CTR'

1988 Porsche 911 Turbo ’Ruf CTR’

The giant-killer from Pfaffenhausen which was faster than an F40

The original RUF CTR, commonly known as the “Yellowbird”, outran the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959 from 0 to 100 mph and kept going all the way to a top speed of 213 mph. It was the fastest car of the ‘80s and, arguably, the most extreme road-going interpretation of the Porsche 911 Carerra at the time.

As a follow-up to the vicious BTR, the RUF CTR was even more insane. It used parts from the Porsche 962 Group C prototype racer, had lightened body panels, a gearbox built just for it, tires similar to those on the spaceship that was the 959 and a bright yellow paintjob that made it stand out and earned its nickname: Yellowbird.

Before Alois Ruf and the team set about building the CTR, the world’s fastest car was the Lamborghini Countach. Surely, with all the wings it had grown by the time it received four valves per cylinder in 1985, it looked the part. Sadly for the Italians, the more understated Ruf CTR blew by the Countach, and the Testarossa, and the 288 GTO and just about any other supercar you can think of. And Ruf themselves thought that they could’ve eeked more with longer gears.

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1985 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

1985 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

A true historical icon

The Porsche 930 Turbo was a turning point for the German manufacturer as it debuted turbocharging for the public rich enough to afford it. Debuting in the mid-‘70s, it took a turn towards flamboyance in the ‘80s with the Slant Nose version which, in its rarity, is as era-defining as the Ferrari Testarossa or the Lamborghini Countach. Early turbo-lag freights never looked this wacky!

The 930 Turbo, or rather the Turbo Carerra as it was sold in the US, was Porsche’s first stab at turbocharging a car for the public roads. Sure, they weren’t the first of the European manufacturers to do it, with BMW launching the 2002 Turbo three years prior in 1972, but the Turbo from Stuttgart had substantially more grunt which made it a bit of a menace.

From the get-go, a Turbo’ed 911 had over 250 horsepower making it the fastest car Germany could offer. It also had an unmistakable look with the black graphics on the lower sides and the enlarged whaletail wing that aided in both cooling and downforce. The German manufacturer had loads of experience with turbocharging on the racing front, debuting the 917/10-TC in 1972 and sweeping the Can-Am title with it. Then came the 917/30 which was even more dominant, to the point that it killed off the series, and then the 911 Carerra RSR Turbo which was based on a road-going 911 albeit with countless modifications.

That purpose-built prototype that looked like your streetwise 911 is the father of the 1975 930 Turbo which was unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 1974. For 1975, Porsche put out just 400 Turbos to meet homologation requirements for their next racecar, the 934. Unlike the previous homologation special, the Carerra RS 2.7, the Turbo really caught on, and by 1976 it became available in the United States.

The one-off, road-going 935 replica ordered by McLaren backer Mansour Ojjeh, then president of TAG, sparked an interest among well-to-do Porsche customers for a 930 with the nose flattened. The German manufacturer duly listened to the wishes of its customers and the Slant Nose – Flachbau in German – was born.

The design proved polarizing, and with an MSRP in the period of $29,000, which increased the cost of a 930 Turbo by almost 60%, less than 1,000 Slant Noses were made beginning in 1981. This special optional extra was also available in the US under the 930 S moniker.

After its production had ended, the 930 Turbo remained a cult classic with the Slant Nose the rarest version of them all. It’s a testament of the times and quite a bit more than that, as the racing-inspired modification actually aided handling and acceleration.

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We Just Caught the 992-Gen, 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio with Its Top Down!

We Just Caught the 992-Gen, 2019 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio with Its Top Down!

The day of reckoning is slowly approaching

It’s not often that we get to see a car testing with its top down, and things get much more interesting when the car in question is Porsche’s new 911 Turbo. The 992-generation model is still months away from release but power output is said to be in the 600-horsepower region, and those beefy hips make us enjoy what we see so far.

Porsche’s been racking up the miles on their 992 test mules for well over a year now. We’ve seen them testing out in the Eiffel Mountains, on the Nordschleife to be precise, on the snow, and on the open road. What we hadn’t seen, though, was the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet with the soft top folded. Now that we’ve also ticked that, there’s not much else we would ask for before release aside, maybe, for a spec sheet?

The current 991 Turbo S packs quite a mean punch with its 580 horsepower, so a break into 600-horsepower territory wouldn’t be wishful thinking for the new car. What we’re sure of, in any case, is that we’d love to be in the place of that test driver and enjoy the last warm days of 2018 aboard a 911 Turbo, be it a factory test car.

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Porsche Gold Is Porsche Restoration Done The OG Way

Porsche Gold Is Porsche Restoration Done The OG Way

Porsche Classic is taking the lead in this one

Classic Porsches are often the most restomodded vehicles in the industry. Between companies like Singer, Canepa, and even Paul Stephens, restoring classic Porsche has become its own business. Still, nobody does it better than Porsche itself, and the automaker’s latest project, called Project Gold, is slowly taking shape. Porsche Classic is at the front and center of the project and, while we still don’t know the full scope of the build, a few teaser videos have come out, giving us a taste of what’s to come.

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2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Going topless in Stuttgart’s performance star

Porsche is currently gearing up for the release of the next generation 992-era 911, offered as a follow-up to the current 991-era 911. Per usual, Porsche will offer a variety of body styles and equipment levels, including high-end speed and unlimited headroom with the up-and-coming 911 Turbo Convertible.

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2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo is getting faster and more powerful

The 991.2-generation Porsche 911 may be just a year old, but the German company is already working on the next iteration of the iconic sports car. Likely to be called the 992, the upcoming 911 is already being tested on public roads according to our paparazzi, who just sent us the first pictures with the coupe. Although the 992-gen 911 looks identical to the current model, that’s not to say that the upcoming sports car will carry over unchanged on the outside. The reason for the similar looks is that the 992 is still in its early stages of development, and thus Porsche uses the body of the current model, albeit with some modifications.

We don’t know much about the next-generation 911, but Porsche is working on a brand-new platform and new version of the existing engines. Alongside the standard model, Porsche will also launch a new Turbo variant, which will be sportier and will use a more powerful drivetrain. There’s no official word as to when it will arrive, but I expect it to break cover sometime in 2018. However, we should see an update model with the new styling features on the road by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, find out what we already know about the upcoming 911 Turbo in the speculative review below.

Updated 04/17/2018: The next generation Porsche 911 Turbo was caught testing once again around the famous Nurburgring race track.

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Porsche 911 RSR and Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 Get Immortalized in LEGO

Porsche 911 RSR and Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 Get Immortalized in LEGO

Ad goes the Night of the Museum route

They say that advertisements have the power to make or break a brand. If that’s the case, Porsche’s new advertisement highlighting LEGO’s new Speed Champions line just made me want to buy the brick versions of the Porsche 911 RSR and the Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0. They’re the latest Porsche models to be immortalized in LEGO and, to commemorate their release, an ad was shot at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart starring the cars and their respective drivers taking a tour of the museum from the confines of their own race cars.

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Wannabe Burglars Crash Truck into a Porsche Dealership, Leave on Foot

Wannabe Burglars Crash Truck into a Porsche Dealership, Leave on Foot

PSA: No 911R were injured in the attempt

Crimes never pays. Okay, well sometimes it does if you’re really good at it, but most people aren’t. Such is the case with three men that attempted (and failed miserably, I might add) to steal the safe from a Porsche dealership in Houston, Texas. In what is known as a “smash-and-grab,” three men drove their pickup into the Porsche dealership, wrapped a 50-foot chain around the safe, then attempted to pull a Fast-5 move and drag the safe from the building. It might have worked, but the bumper of the Silverado used go stuck on the door frame, leaving the would-be thieves no choice but to leave on foot. Not only did they fail miserably, but they lost their vehicle and was apparently caught on camera. We couldn’t make this stuff up. Oh, and the damages – those are pretty extreme considering the damaged cars in the showroom. Keep reading to find out and see some photos from the failed burglary.

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Next-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo to Get GT2 RS Engine Parts, up to 630 HP

Next-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo to Get GT2 RS Engine Parts, up to 630 HP

Quicker than the Ferrari 488 GTB!

The next-generation Porsche 911 has been spotted testing on public roads numerous time since 2016, and more recently it was joined by the Turbo version. Along with the first spy shots also came the first rumors, which claim some pretty impressive performance figures. According to Autocar, while Porsche is planning to offer a hybrid model for the first time, electrification will occur in the non-Turbo variants. The latter will remain gasoline-only cars, mostly because Porsche wants to keep weight low and improve the power-to-weight ratio in its attempt to better compete with the Ferrari and its incredible 488 GTB. Output will also increase significantly by means of engine parts sourced from the GT2 RS.

Yup, Porsche is going all extreme with the Turbo and Turbo S using what it learned from developing the 911 GT2 RS, a car that lapped the Nurburgring in an incredible 6:47.3 minutes. There’s no specific word as to what parts will be borrowed, but recent reports claim that the 911 Turbo will arrive with close to 600 horsepower, while the 911 Turbo S will get a whopping 630 horsepower. With this in mind, let’s see how the new 911 Turbo will compare to the outgoing model.

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In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe's Supercars

In-Depth Comparison – Corvette ZR1 Vs. Europe’s Supercars

It’s a red-white-and-blue track killer, but can it hang with the stars from across the pond?

Chevy just unveiled its incredible new Corvette ZR1 over the weekend, and while we have yet to get every single nitty gritty detail, our first look at the spec sheet reveals that yes, this thing is indeed a complete and utter monster. It’s a bit like the Z06 – that is, if the Z06 trained like it had the Superbowl on Sunday and a championship MMA fight on Monday. All told, the ZR1 is the fastest, most powerful production car Chevy has ever created, with all the right equipment needed to make it a full-fledged supercar. And when you consider that, it makes sense Chevy first pulled the sheets in a private event in Dubai, a town that could very well lay claim to the title of supercar capital of the world (seriously, just check out the Dubai police force!). So then, the question is this – how does the ZR1 fair when challenged by Europe’s idea of a supercar?

To find out, we’ve put together the following comparison, which will dive into the exterior, interior, drivetrain, and chassis specs of the ZR1 to see how it lines up. Playing the part of the rivals is the McLaren 570S, Porsche 911 Turbo S, and Mercedes-AMG GT S, each of which carries some serious weight in the world of top-shelf performance (not to mention a top-shelf price tag as well). Can the ‘Vette rebuff the European onslaught? Read on to find out.

Continue reading for an in-depth comparison between the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Europe’s supercars.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Blue Arrow by Edo Competition

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Blue Arrow by Edo Competition

German tuner gets serious on Porsche’s resident superstar

Just in case it isn’t abundantly clear by now, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is a legend. It’s regarded as one of the most iconic models in history, as it has been ever since it was launched in the market 54 years ago. The sports car’s appeal is unlikely to lose its luster anytime soon, and it’s that particular timeless quality about it that has made the 911 such a popular model in the aftermarket tuning circle. The current-generation 911 has seen its fair share of programs from tuning heavyweights like TechArt, TopCar, and Gemballa. Now it’s edo competition’s turn to get in on the action and the German tuner didn’t disappoint with a 675-horsepower creation called the 911 Turbo S Blue Arrow.

It’s a fancy name for a fancy tuning program for a fancy sports car. It also happens to be potent beyond words, not to mention capable of achieving incredible amounts of speed and power that fits into the performance legacy of the Porsche 911. It’s fitting, too, that this program comes from edo competition, the same tuner that’s responsible for some of the most impressive tuning creations in history. Remember what it did to the Ferrari Enzo all those years ago? I don’t expect this creation for the 911 Turbo S to match that in power and performance, but I do know that it doesn’t need to. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is its own unicorn, and edo competition did it a solid by sprinkling its pixie dust all over it.

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2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Limited-run 911 Turbo S has an easy path to collectible status

The Porsche 911 has always been and will always be one of the most coveted sports cars on the market. Badges don’t matter. Names don’t matter. Heck, power and performance don’t matter. There are only a handful of cars that are above all of that, and the 911 is one of them. So, can you imagine what happens if Porsche decides to break out a special edition 911 Turbo S that’s not only super limited in number, but is also described as the “most powerful and unique 911 Turbo S ever created?” Well, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is happening and it’s everything the 911 should be, and then some.

On the surface, the timing of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series’ release is a bit surprising considering the height of auto show season has just concluded. But the beauty of this release is the surprise that comes with the timing. Porsche isn’t launching the limited edition 911 Turbo S for no other reason than to celebrate the renaming of Porsche Exclusive to Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Naturally, such an occasion deserves a physical manifestation of its significance and since Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur was heavily involved in creating this limited-run 911 Turbo S, it’s only right that the car is released to coincide with the start of a new era for Porsche’s in-house personalization division. Prepare yourselves, because the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series just might be the most desirable 911 ever created.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt

This is the 911 Turbo S kit for serious 911 Turbo S owners

The business of tuning Porsche sports cars is a big one. It can also be an expensive one depending on where you go. Still, Porsche owners, particularly those who have the 911, have shown little hesitation in giving their sports cars these programs, partly because of the need to unlock the car’s full potential and partly because, well, they can. One tuner that has proven its worth in this regard is TechArt, the same German aftermarket company that recently gave us this beauty of a tuning kit for the Porsche 718 Cayman. Seems fitting then that with that upgrade comes another one for the 911, and it’s one that most of us are all too familiar with. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the new Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt.

The GTStreet program goes back a long way with some of the earliest iterations developed for previous-generation 911 models. This new one, though, is for the incumbent model, the same 911 Turbo S that tuning rival Gemballa used to develop its own new version of the Avalanche program. In a lot of ways, there are some shared similarities between what Gemballa’s Avalanche program is offering to that of TechArt’s GTStreet R kit. There’s the obvious power enhancement, which in the case of the latter, can go up to as much as 720 horsepower. There’s the unmistakable aerodynamic kit, which, as you can see in the photos, is as audacious as it is mesmerizing.

Best of all, there’s the unmistakable attention-to-detail that only a tuner like TechArt can provide. The company, after all, made its bones developing aftermarket kits for Porsche models and this new GTStreet R program is just the latest example of that peerless drive to be the best in its market.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S GTStreet R by TechArt.

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2017 Porsche 911 Avalanche By Gemballa

2017 Porsche 911 Avalanche By Gemballa

There’s a steep price to pay to get the 911 fitted with the newest Avalanche program

It’s been a while since we last heard from Gemballa, but like most tuners who’ve been around for as long as Gemballa has, these prolonged times out of the spotlight often lead to something worth waiting for. And so, the German tuner took its time to release its new program, but now here it is, the latest iteration of the Avalanche program that Gemballa has been building since 1985 for the Porsche 911. Gemballa’s extended experience with the 911 has yielded impressive results in the past, so it’s not at all surprising to see the latest member of that lineage come with plenty of aftermarket features, including power gains for the current-generation 911 amounting to an impressive 820 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. And that’s just the start of it because, well, it’s Gemballa.

True, the company has had some issues in the past, but none of those controversies has stopped it from being one of the best Porsche tuners in the business. That’s been the case then, and it continues to be the case with this new Avalanche program. You only need to take a look at the finished product to see how sophisticated this new program is. It has a rear wing and a rear spoiler, the exhausts look like jet turbines, and there’s even a GT-style fin at the back. How often do you see a Porsche 911 carrying a fin that big?

There’s obviously more this new Avalanche program than meets the eye. Most of the components on the exterior are more than just cosmetic upgrades. Even the interior has been dramatically altered, albeit for reasons that I’m going to expound on later. And let’s not forget about those massive 21-inch gold wheels. They’re a little tricky to pair on a car given their ostentatious look, but Gemballa makes it work, largely because of the aggressive aerodynamic bits that help jolt some intensity into the iconic Porsche nameplate.

In keeping with the tradition of its past programs, Gemballa’s new Avalanche kit for the Porsche 911 isn’t for the weak of bank accounts. But if anybody decides to make this rather extravagant splurge, it’s coming with a reworked Porsche 911 that borders on automotive insanity.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible By Wimmer

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible By Wimmer

German tuner drops a can of horses on the drop-top 911 Turbo S

On the surface, Wimmer’s program for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible oozes with flamboyancy, largely from the bombastic orange paint finish of the sports car and the litter of graphics and liveries attributed to the German tuner and its partners. It’s not a very pleasing sight if it were any other car. But it’s a 911 Turbo S Convertible, a car that in itself is filled to the brim with flash and attitude. It’s still largely an acquired taste, but it still grabs your attention, for better or worse. And so, like it or not, this is Wimmer’s new program for the 911 Turbo S Convertible. Good thing then that it also has a massive engine upgrade in there to the tune of 828 horsepower and 634 pound-feet of torque.

The power increase is massive and I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo S Convertible is capable of squeezing as much out of it as it possibly can. The performance numbers validate it too because this tuned 911 is ridiculously fast, possibly even faster and more powerful than a limited edition supercar like the Ferrari F12tdf. The paint job and stickers might not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying that Wimmer has a program here that will make owners of the drop-top 911 Turbo S stand up and take notice, at least until they hear about how much it’s going to cost.

Ultimately, this is the biggest sticking point for a lot of customers who are interested in getting aftermarket upgrades for their cars. Wimmer’s asking price is no different since it’s charging a whopping €310,000 ($327,300) to present would-be customers a Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible that’s unlike any other.

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2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Stinger GT3 Gen.2 By Top Car

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S Stinger GT3 Gen.2 By Top Car

Russian tuner works up some magic with new 911 Turbo S program

Subtlety has never been one of TopCar’s most enduring characteristics and over the years that it’s been active, the Russian tuner has never once apologized for it. Not that it needs to because we all need a little dose of mental from time to time. This brings us of course to TopCar’s latest piece of work, a new tuning program for the range-topping Porsche 911 Turbo S called the Stinger GTR Gen.2. Oh, and it packs a scintillating 750 horsepower – 170 ponies more than the sports car’s standard output of 580 horses.

The power surge is the obvious highlight of the kit, but it’s not the only one that’s worth the hard-earned money of 911 Turbo S owners. The Russian tuner also added a bespoke body kit that essentially transforms the Turbo S into something that looks more like the 911 GT3 RS. That was TopCar’s objective from the onset and from how those glam shots of the sports car look, it appears that the tuner really had to do some serious work on getting the look it desired.

The 911 Turbo S Stinger GTR Gen.2 just made its debut at the 2016 Moscow International Motor Show and by TopCar’s own admission, it’s one of the most “complicated projects” it has ever built. It’s hard to argue against that claim given the complex and sophisticated finished product that we’re all looking at.

Is it the best tuning program available for the 911 Turbo S? That’s still debatable. But at the very least, it’s certainly one of the most eye-catching we’ve seen in a long time.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S by TechArt

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo S by TechArt

Both the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the 911 Carrera 4S are recipients of this well-thought out program

The Porsche 911 Turbo S needs no introduction so let’s skip the pleasantries and jump ahead to something owners will find mighty interesting. There’s a new program out for both the 911 Turbo S and the 911 Carrera 4S. It’s made by TechArt, which is famous for being one of the most Porsche-focused aftermarket companies in the business. Not one to diminish its own reputation, TechArt’s new engine upgrade package for the 911 Turbo S comes with a power increase that takes the output of the sports car’s 3.8-liter turbocharged flat-six engine from the standard 540 horsepower and 533 pound-feet of torque to 640 horses and 649 pound-feet of twist.

As I mentioned, there’s also a separate program for all variants of the 911 Carrera S and 4S. Sure, these engine upgrades don’t reach the levels of the 911 Turbo’s output increase, but TechArt still managed to get 480 ponies and 428 pound-feet of torque out of them. That’s a nice bump up from the 420-horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque output of the standard Carrera. Other than the engine upgrades, the kit also includes plenty of aerodynamic parts for both 911 variants and a tailor-made interior that offers detailed elements of style and craftsmanship.

The tuner is also offering suspension improvements and a new set of wheels, finishing off what can only be described as one of the most comprehensive aftermarket programs for two of the current-generation Porsche 911’s most high strung models.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

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

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

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

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2012 Porsche 997 Turbo By Wimmer RS

2012 Porsche 997 Turbo By Wimmer RS

Porsche ended production for the 997 Turbo Cabriolet back in 2012, having replaced it with the current generation 991. But, even if it has been close to four years since we last saw the 997 Turbo Cabriolet, German tuner Wimmer RS still took time to build an impressive kit for the previous-generation 911. If you think about it, any kit that promises up to 840 horsepower of performance is incredible, even if the model has been gone for a long time.

That’s what we have here with this kit from Wimmer. It’s not one of those overblown kits that come with a grocery list of aerodynamic components and interior upgrades. In fact, it has neither of those things. But, anybody who does avail of this program will have no trouble accepting the absence of these items because the engine upgrade that it does have has the capacity to bring the car’s performance capability to a whole new stratosphere.

Think this Wimmer kit is dated? Let me be the first to tell you that you’re not going to feel that way once you step inside a 977 Turbo Cabriolet with this program firmly entrenched in it. On the aesthetic side, it even has a unique body wrap that’ll ensure that all eyes will be glued to this 977 Turbo Cabriolet when it’s on the road.

There are a lot of things to like about this program for the 997 Turbo Cabriolet by Wimmer RS. I’m sure those who end up getting it will have no problems agreeing with that sentiment.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

The Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Audi R8 V10 Plus may be distant cousins, but there’s no mistaking that the two everyday supercars regard each other as the other’s biggest rival. On the technical side, both the 911 and the R8 V10 have their advantages. The R8 V10, for instance, has more power at its disposal with 602 horsepower on tap. The 911 Turbo S, on the other hand, isn’t quite there at “just” 552 horsepower.

But if this comp is based this strictly on output, then what’s the point of continuing, right? The truth is that picking between the 911 Turbo S and the R8 V10 Plus is like picking between two equally potent exotics. You really can’t go wrong with either one, but in case you’re struggling to make a choice, the latest episode of Evo’s “Deadly Rivals” series should give you a clearer idea on what both cars have to offer.

Evo road test editor Dan Prosser takes the helm on this episode and put both the 911 Turbo S and the R8 V10 on a gruelling test run. Both left impressionable marks on the Prosser, resulting in what can only be described as a dead heat comparison. If you want something that’s a little more refined, the 911 Turbo S can fill that void. But if you’re looking for something that’s a little edgier to drive, the R8 V10 Plus is as good a supercar as any to get you where you need to go.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video

Porsche 911 Turbo S Driven On The Anglesey Circuit: Video

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

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

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

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Porsche 911 Turbo S Burns Like A Bonfire

Porsche 911 Turbo S Burns Like A Bonfire

It’s not everyday that you see a supercar burning on the side of the road, but when you do, we’re used to it being either a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. Not this time though, as the footage above depicts a flaming Porsche for a change, filmed while it combusted in a Costco parking lot not far from the Hot Rod Magazine offices.

Bystander Robert Radke, who owns the coincidentally named mefiburn.com and also drives a Porsche, was on hand to capture the burning 911 Turbo S with his smartphone. "The car started smoking a few rows downwind of where I parked, I moved my car upwind of it and saw the flame action." Radke told Hot Rod Magazine. It seems that the owner of the smoking and then flaming Porsche came out of the store just a few minutes later, but the fire department couldn’t do much more than dowsing the flames and pry open some body parts to check for more hot spots.

The 560-horsepower sports car was obviously totaled. So far, the cause of the fire is a mystery, since the 2014 Turbo S involved has a different engine than the 911 GT3 models that were recalled for engine fire risk in 2014.

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Porsche 911 Turbo Interior: Spy Shots

Porsche 911 Turbo Interior: Spy Shots

We know that a new 911 Turbo is coming soon, and we already have a pretty large collection of spy shots of the various mules running around. One thing we never managed to get a good shot of though, was the car’s interior. That all changes today, thanks to our crafty spy photographers. They caught one of the Turbo test cars parked after some cold-weather testing and got close enough to get a really crisp shot of the cabin.

The changes seem subtle, but they could have an impact on ergonomics and usability. The infotainment system looks like it is getting an overhaul, and the control layout of the sport functions may see its first major change in a decade.

If you want to take a closer look at what changes are coming, continue reading for more photos and our in-depth analysis of what we can see different.

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Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video

Maria Sharapova Stars In New Porsche 911 Turbo Commercial: Video

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

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

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

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2015 Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit

2015 Porsche 911 Turbo And Turbo S Aerokit

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

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

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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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Lamborghini Huracan Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo Vs. Audi TT RS: Video

Lamborghini Huracan Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo Vs. Audi TT RS: Video

It’s been only a few months since the first 2015 Lamborghini Huracans were shipped to their owners and the Gallardo’s successor has already made its first appearance on the drag strip. If you were anxious to find out what this entry-level supercar is capable of on the quarter-mile, I have the perfect video for you.

The Huracan you’re about to see above is bone stock and pitted against two vehicles that are less powerful on paper. The first one is a 997-generation 911 Turbo that had its engine tweaked to generate 600 horsepower, while the second one an Audi TT RS with 530 horsepower at its disposal. For reference, the stock Huracan’s 5.2-liter V-10 cranks out 610 ponies and 413 pound-feet of torque for a 0-to-62 mph sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of more than 202 mph.

It’s all good for the Huracan on paper, but is it enough against a pair of highly modified cars specifically designed for the drag strip? I’m not going to spoil the video, so you’re going it to have to watch it to find out. Be prepared for an unexpected outcome though.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo Caught In Pre-Production Form

Spy Shots: 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo Caught In Pre-Production Form

Porsche is intensely working on its upcoming 911 facelift, a statement backed by the numerous spy shots we’ve received in August 2014. We’ve already seen the regular Convertible model and the more exotic Targa, but now it’s time to have a look at the more powerful 911 Turbo. Much like its siblings, the Turbo also made a big step towards the assembly line, being spotted by our paparazzi in pre-production form. No longer just a mule, the 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo is finally showcasing its updated bodywork.

Naturally, it’s yet another case of "nothing to see here, move along." Of course, I’m overreacting, there is something to see, but, as history has taught us, 911s don’t change that much visually. That being said, our best look yet at the new 911 Turbo brings us what we’ve already seen on the regular 911, plus the turbo intakes, a rear spoiler and a different rear apron with quad exhaust tips. Familiar revisions include updated bumpers, reshaped door handles, a new engine cover, new LED taillights, and new parking lights, all seen on previous 911 test vehicles.

As with the rest of the lineup, the 911 Turbo will also carry the 992 denomination, with an official introduction to take place by the end of 2014.

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1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador

1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador

Introduced for the 1976 racing season, the Porsche 934/935 was the factory-racing version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. Mainly prepared for FIA Group 5 rules, a liberal silhouette formula from 1976 to 1982, the 935 is also known for racing in the IMSA GT championship and the DRM series. The 935 went on to win no less than 123 races through 1986, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 1,000 km Nurburgring, becoming one of the most successful Porsches ever created.

The Porsche 935 can still be seen on the track throughout the United States and Europe in historic racing events. Still a crowd-pleaser, as it has always been, one of the only 31 935s ever built is about to cross the block during an auction event hosted by Mecum in August 2014. A rare occurrence for such a prestigious race car, one that classic race car collectors are likely looking forward to.

What you’re looking at is a 1976 Porsche 934/935 dressed in 1981 Daytona livery and upgraded to twin-turbo specifications. It’s lightning-fast, light as a feather, and ready to storm the track. Unfortunately, this is a vehicle we can’t borrow for a test drive, but we’re more than happy to review it 38 years after leaving the Porsche factory.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition

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

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

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

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

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Video: Meet Porsche's First 911 Turbo

Video: Meet Porsche’s First 911 Turbo

The Porsche Museum in Stuttgart, Germany holds many of the automaker’s treasures. The likes of which we won’t see any where in the world. One of them is Louise Piëch’s 911 Turbo, which was given to her as a birthday present. And the above video puts this car in the spotlight.

Who is Louise Piëch, and why is her 911 Turbo in the Museum?

First of all, Louise Piëch is the daughter of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche. She is also the mother of current Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piëch, making her a pretty big deal inside Porsche’s world.

So why is her 911 Turbo so special? It’s because that specific 911 Turbo is considered the very first example of the model.

It was produced in 1973, one year before Porsche officially released the 911 Turbo. The 911 Turbo has since become the crown jewel of a lineup that has no shortage of awesomeness.

This video is the story of the first 911 Turbo, a car that ironically didn’t have a Turbo badge because Piëch apparently didn’t want to draw any attention to it. She also didn’t like anything obstructing her natural view of the environment; so at her behest, Porsche didn’t add tint on the car’s windows.

One thing she didn’t mind about the 911 Turbo was the power, as its 3.0-liter engine packed a healthy 260 horsepower. On top of that, the first 911 Turbo has quite the reputation for being rather challenging to handle, thanks to the slow spool and instant-on power once the turbocharger gets moving.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S Stinger GTR By TopCar

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S Stinger GTR By TopCar

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

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

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

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

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

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Porsche Plans 700-Horsepower, Hybrid Version of the 911 Turbo S

Porsche Plans 700-Horsepower, Hybrid Version of the 911 Turbo S

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

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

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S By Edo Competition

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S By Edo Competition

There aren’t a lot of aftermarket companies that know the ins and outs of Porsche models quite like edo competition, so it’s only fitting that the German tuner has already lined up a new program for one of Stuttgart’s finest. In this particular instance, edo competition set its sights on a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo. And as soon as work began, magic started happening.

The objective of this program wasn’t so much to reinvent the 911 Turbo as it was giving it a more distinct character that hits all the right notes with a customer’s desire for individuality with their cars. With this objective in mind, the builders set out and completely put its stamp on the Porsche sports car, outfitting it with a combination of exterior, interior, and performance modifications.

This is the kind of work that really brings out the best in the 911, not only because of the comprehensive upgrades given to it, but because it combines all of edo competition’s mastery of aftermarket Porsche programs with the standard of excellence the Porsche 911 has come to be known for.

Some tuners might consider a project like this as the crown jewel of its business, but for this German tuner, it’s all in a day’s work.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet by Porsche Exclusive

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet by Porsche Exclusive

With up to 560 horsepower pushing it from the back, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo is the kind of sports car you’re just dying to take for a spin around the Nurburgring. Opt for the Convertible, and you’re off to a great summer to say the least.

Although the latter is available in about 14 exterior colors, including the special GT Silver Metallic and Lime Gold Metallic hues that will relieve buyers of $3,140, we know for a fact that some customers are a bit more pretentious and need more than that. They need exclusivity, they’re after a 911 that’s like no other.

Our best advice to them is that they take it to Porsche Exclusive, Stuttgart’s in-house customizing team (similar to Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke and BMW’s Individual brands). Responsible for creating the stunning Lime Gold 911 Turbo a couple of months ago, Porsche Exclusive just rolled out another unique sports car, this time adding some bells and whistles to the Turbo Convertible.

As with most Porsche Exclusive models, no power-enhancing updates were operated under the hood, where the 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six is just as it left the factory. No need to be disappointed though, this convertible has what it needs to stand out in a 911 crowd.

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Spy Shots: Revised Porsche 911 Turbo Hits the Roads of Europe

Spy Shots: Revised Porsche 911 Turbo Hits the Roads of Europe

This isn’t an April fools joke, but Porsche already seems focused on the next iteration of the 911 Cabriolet, despite the refreshed version just hitting the market for 2014. What you see here is a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet dressed in very light camo as it rolls down a sleepy European road. And because the new car smell has yet dispersed from the 2014 911, we’d expect Porsche to hold off until 2016 for another refresh, at the earliest.

The noticeable changes include reshaped turn signals up front, new rear heat extractor just aft of the rear tires, reworked taillights, and possibly revised styling on the louvered rear deck lid as evidenced by the metal grates covering them.

Those front turn signals look quite similar to the one found on the 911 we spotted cold-weather testing earlier this year. The shape is just different enough from the current model to be new, yet it still holds that iconic 911 look. Around back seems to be the most heavily modified. It’s hard to tell from these shots, but it appears the heat extractor just behind the rear wheels have been reworked. Instead of the large grille of the current model, these seem to just be slats in the bumper. However, the slats could just be a clever camouflage of the vents underneath.

The taillights look revised as well. Just like the front turn signals, they are covered in a transparent film with oval shapes to break up any discernible pattern underneath. The way the taillights meet the bumper may also be revised since it’s covered in tape. Lastly, metal grates camouflage the louvers over the engine bay. It appears the louvers have been turned to face outward rather than rearward as before.

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Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Porsche 911 Turbo

Video: Porsche 918 Spyder Vs Porsche 911 Turbo

For my money, the Porsche 918 is one of the most exciting and important cars to be released in the last 25 years. Since it was introduced as a concept in Geneva in 2010, I have gobbled up every morsel of information and video of it in motion. The latest entry into my vault of Porsche knowledge is this video from the Nurburgring.

What we get to see is a track-side video showing a 918 wearing the Martini livery chasing after a new 991-generation 911 Turbo. It mates a 4.6-liter V-8 to a pair of electric motors for a combined power output of nearly 900 horsepower. The 991 Turbo is the latest in a long line of forced-induction 911s. the 2014 911 Turbo uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 560 horsepower, enough to launch the 911 to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.1 seconds.

As this is a standard test session there are very few cars on track, and aside from one slow moving BMW, the video is pure Porsche.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Lime Gold by Porsche Exclusive

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Lime Gold by Porsche Exclusive

If exclusivity is your fancy, then a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo might suit your needs. But if that level of exclusivity isn’t exclusive enough, then the kind folks at Porsche have an answer: Porsche Exclusive.

That’s right, contact Porsche and for the right price, they’ll build your sports car almost any way you like it through their in-house customizing division. Case in point, this 2014 911 Turbo painted in a unique shade dubbed Lime Gold Metallic. The paint, however is only the starting point with this car. Blacked-out bi-xenon headlights and clear taillights, along with a deeper tint on the windows help move this 911 further away from normalcy.

Inside the story is much the same. The owner wanted everything finished in a deep chocolate brown contrasted by seats finished in the same Lime Gold Metallic hue the exterior is treated to. Talk about melting in your mouth…

Porsche will happily take your custom order with the help of two U.S. salesmen – one on each coast – who’s sole job is helping Porschephiles make their German sports car or SUV a personalized statement of their individualized taste.

Mechanically, this 911 Turbo is bone stock. Its 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six still produces a monstrous 520 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels. Zero to 60 mph times are laughably quick at 3.2 second, while the quarter-mile will likely scare you as the 3,500-pound car rockets past the line in a hair’s breath over 10 seconds. Phenomenal.

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Spy Shots: 2016 Porsche 911 Playing in the Snow

Porsche surprised the automotive world when it took the first prototypes of the revised 911 Turbo out for some tests just a few weeks after the new-generation 911 Turbo hit the market. And now our spy photographers have managed to spot yet another prototype out for a new testing session during cold winter conditions.

The prototype is wearing nearly no camouflage, as the changes made will be minimal and will include revised front and rear bumpers, and new taillights that will likely get the same 3D look revealed by the Macan.

We don’t expect any changes under the hood, so the 911 Turbo will likely keep the same engine as the new-generation 911 Turbo: a turbocharged, 3.8-liter, six-cylinder with direct fuel injection that delivers 520 horsepower in the standard model and 560 horsepower in the S version.

Expect to see the revised Porsche 911 Turbo sometime in late 2015.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo By TechArt

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo By TechArt

German tuner TechArt is already on its second revision for the latest-generation 911 Turbo and with every new tuning kit released, the car is looking better and better. While the first details on this kit from TechArt will be released today, the final performance specs will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Despite the lack of performance details, TechArt did announce that the kit will include a new sport exhaust system with valve control and a muffler kit sport and a new power kit that will give the 911 Turbo some more ponies.

For the exterior, the tuner prepared a stylish aerodynamic kit made from lightweight composite of carbon-fiber and polyurethane RIM. TechArt draped the body in a sleek white with blue and gray racing stripes that run the entire length of the car. A new set of wheels in a five-twin-spoke design completes the picture.

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Video: Chris Harris puts Porsche 911 Turbo S next to McLaren 12C

Video: Chris Harris puts Porsche 911 Turbo S next to McLaren 12C

In the latest episode of Drive, Chris Harris put face to face two of the latest sports cars: the new Porsche 911 Turbo S and the McLaren MP4 12C. Why this strange choice? Well, because the new Turbo S is a very expensive car, and, according to Harris, it "probably needs to fend-off more exotic machinery like a yellow McLaren."

As a reminder, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 197 mph. On the other hand, the MP4 12C gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 with an output of 616 horsepower. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and up to 207 mph.

Check out the video to see which of the two sports car was the best according to Harris.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo by TechArt

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo by TechArt

TechArt continues to update the new 911 lineup with a new tuning kit based on the Turbo models. It will be unveiled at the Essen Motor Show, and as usual, it includes exterior, interior and under-hood updates. Unfortunately, TechArt is saving the latter updates for a later date.

The body kit offered for the new 911 Turbo is made from a lightweight fiber composite of carbon and polyurethane RIM, and was specially designed to improve the aerodynamic features of the model. It includes a new front spoiler that extends for more effective airflow at the push of a button of speeds under 75 mph, or automatically at greater speeds. It retracts automatically at speeds under 50 mph.

TechArt is also offering a new rear spoiler that improves driving dynamics and stability throughout all driving conditions. There are new aero wings, a new air vent on the front apron, new air-flow-optimized side skirts, a new roof spoiler and a new diffuser trim.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Turbo by TechArt.

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2012 Porsche 997 Turbo S by McChip DKR

2012 Porsche 997 Turbo S by McChip DKR

Porsche already unveiled the new-generation Porsche Turbo, but German tuner McChip DKR decided to focus on the 997 generation. Today, the tuner announced a new tuning kit that will considerably improve the look and output level of the 997 Turbo S.

McChip DKR did its most important work under the hood of the Porsche. as it installed a Stage-3-Kit that includes modified engine management with software adaptation, and an exhaust system with sports cats and new headers. As a result, the car’s standard 530 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque jump to 600 horsepower and 601 pound-feet. The price for this upgrade is &euro8,499 — about $11,300 at the current exchange rates.

Other performance upgrades include a new set of GT2 RS rims with Michelin Cup tires and PASM coilovers from the Bilstein company.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 997 Turbo S by McChip DKR.

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Video: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Easily Passes its Claimed Top Speed

Video: 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Easily Passes its Claimed Top Speed

Don’t you just love when the automakers have no idea what their new cars really are, and they end up posting specifications that are not even close to the real thing?

Porsche did exactly this with its 2014 911 Turbo S. The company reported a top speed of 197 mph and a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds. Well, Christian Gebhardt from sportauto.de proved that these numbers are slightly off-base, in a good way.

In a recent test drive, he managed to take the new Turbo S up to a top speed of 333 km/h (206 mph). If we were Porsche, we would have loved to brag that our car is capable of cresting the 200 mph barrier. In the same test, the new Turbo S hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than the time reported by the Porsche.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Despite Porsche unveiling the 911 Turbo Coupe earlier this year, Porsche decided to make us wait a little bit longer for the Convertible version. We’re not too sure why Porsche waited so long, but to no surprise, the convertible version features the same design language and features as the Turbo coupe.

Just like with the coupe, the new 911 Turbo Convertible will be about 1.1 inches wider than the base 911 Carrera 4 and will receive a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering and adaptive aerodynamics. The main difference is, of course, the fabric top that opens and closes in just 13 seconds.

The new 911 Turbo Convertible will be put on sale early next year at a starting price of $160,700 for the Turbo version and $193,900 for the Turbo S version.

Updated 09/23/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2010 Porsche BTR-II 600 EVO Ultra Edition by SpeedART

2010 Porsche BTR-II 600 EVO Ultra Edition by SpeedART

Do you remember the 997 Turbo BTR-II 650 EVO SpeedArt unveiled back n 2010? Today the same tuner turned its attention to the BTR-II package one more time and came up with a new version. This time around, the kit is called BTR-II 600 EVO Ultra Edition and unfortunately, it is a little bit less powerful than the first edition, but one benefit it that the tuner applied the kit to a convertible model.

This tuning kit pushes the Porsche’s engine to 600 horsepower — 50 horsepower less than the BTR-II 650 EVO model. To achieve this output level, the tuner installed its Powerkit III system, a sports exhaust system with a sound switch, 200-cell sports catalytic converter and 84 mm tailpipes. Peak torque was also increased to 590 pound-feet. This represents a significant increase over the base 500 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque delivered by the 997 Turbo.

Next to the extra power, the BTR-II 600 EVO Ultra Edition received an adjustable sport suspension with PASM and air lift for more ground clearance and a meaner appearance.

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo

The new-generation 911 Turbo was caught testing many times, but today the Stuttgart-based company decided to finally drop the official details on the new model.

The exterior brings no major changes, but we have to admit it is the best looking model from the new generation 911. It received a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering and adaptive aerodynamics among many other new features. The new 911 Turbo also features the widest body of all 911s, as it is about 28 mm (1.10 inches) wider than the 911 Carrera 4 models.

As previously rumored, the new 911 Turbo will only be offered with only the PDK gearbox.

The 911 has taken a lot of heat from plenty of manufacturers as of late, including a relative newcomer to the realm – Nissan – so buyers now have more choices than ever. Is the 911 Turbo still the king of the hill?

UPDATED 05/03/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

UPDATED 07/31/2013: Porsche unveiled a new motivational video featuring its latest 911 Turbo. According to Porsche, with the new 911 Turbo it "pushed the boundaries of what is possible in order to break new ground." Do you agree with that?

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