2018 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept
Man, I can’t remember the last time I was as stoked about a rally car as I am about this one. Ever since the rally scene migrated from awesome sedans (Lancer Evo, WRX, or that magnificent Skoda Octavia), I was a bit disappointed watching small city cars tackling the courses. They are supremely fast, granted, but lack the drama, or the seriousness of the larger machines. Or sports cars. And that is where the newest Porsche Motorsport Rally concept comes into play. This is the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye Concept. A mouthful isn’t it. Well, after I saw it the first thing I thought about was the 959 Dakar Porsche from the Eighties. It was sublime and, while the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport Rallye isn’t a 918 Rallye, I feel happy to have an opportunity to see it at all.
2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept
Porsche just celebrated 70 years since its very first automobile, the 356 "No. 1," was created on June 8, 1948, and unveiled a speedster model based on the 911. But, while we were expecting a production model this year, the Germans showcased a production-ready concept car.
Developed at the Porsche Motorsport Center in Weissach, which is the birthplace of the 911 GT3, 911 GT3 RS, and the 911 GT2 RS, the Speedster Concept also celebrates the company’s long-standing tradition of making speedster-type roadsters, which don’t have folding roofs and are usually stripped of convenience features. The concept car likely previews a production model, further feeding rumors that a 911 Speedster will follow toward the end of 2018. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this concept car.
2018 Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo Concept
Back in 2015, Porsche unveiled the Mission E concept, an all-electric super sedan that featured drivetrain technology developed for the 919 Hybrid race car. It didn’t take long for Porsche to confirm a production model and the test cars spotted on public roads began to fuel everyone’s dreams of a premium competitor for the Tesla Model S. While the Mission E is still under development, Porsche wants to expand its all-electric lineup with a different model. It’s based on the Mission E design- and drivetrain-wise, but it’s aimed at the booming crossover market. It’s called the Mission E Cross Turismo and previews a production model that will surely become the Porsche Cayenne of the electric market.
Unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the Mission E Cross Turismo is a sporty crossover that combines elements seen on the Mission E sedan, the Cayenne, and the Panamera Sport Turismo. Yes, it’s a shooting brake that rides as high as a crossover, and it previews a competitor for the Tesla Model X. Porsche has already confirmed that a production model is underway, with the release date set sometime in 2019. It’s still one year away, but at least it’ll be here sooner than the Mission E, which took at least three years to become reality. And, by the looks of things, the Cross Turismo concept looks ready to go into production for the most part.
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Until 2009, Porsche had nothing to do with electrification, still using flat-six, V-8, and V-10 engines across its lineup. But in five years, the Germans made a huge leap forward in the hybrid world, launching four models that combined internal combustion engines with electric motors. The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, 2009 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder, and the 2015 Porsche 919 Hybrid all signaled that Porsche is embracing the future, on both the road and the race track. At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche launched its very first full-electric vehicle, in the form of a four-door concept car.
Meet the Mission E, the Porsche that lacks the growl of a race-bred gasoline engine, but delivers outstanding performance that rivals that of the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D.
Futuristic by design, impressively quick, and quite practical thanks to its four-seat configuration and good driving range, the Mission E is the kind of concept I wish Porsche would approve for production as soon as tomorrow. Unfortunately, that’s not likely to happen very soon given the amount of experimental technology it comes with, but it does signal Porsche’s intent to offer an EV at some point. Keep reading for the full rundown.
Updated 03/30/2016: Porsche dropped a new video in which it explains how the Concept Study Mission E was built. Hit "play" to learn more about the concept’s exterior and interior design.
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The Paris Motor Show is just hours away and we are starting to get things all ramped up. Porsche announced that it will be unveiling an all-new production concept when the show opens up, only to shoot out the official details a couple of hours later. This new concept is dubbed the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept and is slated to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake.
The concept is supposed to preview a possible Porsche sports car of tomorrow, which would mean that they are not letting go of the idea that spawned the Cayenne and the Panamera: Parents need speed too.
Rumor has it that this model will debut at some point in the 2013 model year, so the concept model that we see here will most likely be almost identical to its production model.
Update 12/11/12: Porsche has released a sweet video outlining the development of the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept and how it came to life. You can see the video after the jump.
Click past the jump to have a look at the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Concept.
Automakers usually take great pride in unveiling concept cars and while most of them don’t even see the light of production, they make for interesting talking points on what kind of car they could’ve been if they were produced en masse. Very rarely do you see a concept version get sent back under the covers without being seen by the public for the next 25 years.
But that’s exactly what happened last weekend at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance when Porsche brought out what can only be described as the evolutionary concept predecessor of the Panamera, the 928 H50 Concept.
It must be noted that the 928 H50 Concept bears a striking similarity to the 928s that were produced from 1978 to 1995. The overall profile is similar, including the long, sliding hood that harkens back to the aesthetic profile of the 928. There are some awkward lines in there and the front-rear balance appears to be skewed to the former, but for all of its resemblance to the old 928, the 928 H50 Concept has one thing the other doesn’t have: two extra doors.
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The Porsche 918 Spyder has become an extremely sought-after supercar, and considering that it’s still in its prototype stages, it’s become one of the most highly anticipated ones too.
Now we know how automakers are careful with divulging too much with their prototype models so they resort to the tried-and-tested method of dressing these models up in camouflage. Porsche has obviously done this on numerous occasions, but for the 918 Spyder, they’re taking a slightly different route.
Together with long-time partner Martini Racing, the German automaker has revisited the iconic Martini Porsche race cars by dressing up the 918 Spyder Prototype in the legendary Martini livery.
Development of the Porsche 918 Spyder is still ongoing with the car now moving its extensive testing phase to the Nurburgring. Apparently, riding around one of the most famous tracks in the world has conjured up nostalgic emotions and the result is one of the most awesome liveries to ever be dressed on a Porsche.
Hit the jump for more information on the Porsche 918 Spyder Martini Racing Prototype.
The wait is finally over! Porsche’s big surprise in Detroit is the Porsche 918 RSR – Racing Laboratory. Starting with the 918 Spyder, the new 918 RSR Racing Lab concept is inspired by models like the 908 long-tail coupe (1969) and the 917 short-tail coupe (1971).
The 918 RSR is a hybrid racing car that combines a V8 motor with a direct petrol injection engine and two electric motors on the front wheels. Each of these motors delivers an additional 75 kW, adding up to 150 kW. The whole engine setup delivers a total of 767 HP. The engine is mated to a six-speed constant-mesh transmission with longitudinally mounted shafts and straight-toothed spur gears.
The new concept is dominated by muscular wheel arches, dynamic air intakes, and a pulpit-like cockpit. It is painted in a new "liquid metal chrome blue" color combined with typical Porsche hybrid orange color on the brake calipers and the body’s longitudinal stripes.
UPDATE 08/19/2011: Some guy was lucky enough to get an invitation to an event in Carmel where they featured a 918 RSR! Check out the photo gallery to see the goods! (TeamSpeed)
Image Credit: Chulander Photography
UPDATE 09/08/11: Porsche has unveiled a new video of the 918 RSR Racing Lab with Anthony Hatter, Porsche’s design manager for sports cars, taking us through a quick walk-through of some of the key elements of the 918 RSR. It’s a good watch if you’re looking to find out more about the inner workings of the car.
Hit the jump to read more about the Porsche 918 RSR Racing Lab.
When the Porsche Boxster E prototypes were announced back in February, we didn’t think we would hear too much about them for awhile. Prototypes can undergo testing for a long time before the vehicles actually make their first appearance, but Porsche proved that it is yet again ahead in the game by introducing the electric sports car at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Berlin. Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to ride around in the vehicle and it seems that the electric Boxster illustrated that Porsche is fully capable of creating an electric sports car that can still drive like a Porsche. We’re certainly intrigued.
The Boxster E is powered by two independent electric motors - one on the front axle and one on the rear - that develop a total power output of 241 HP and a maximum total torque of 398 lbs-ft at a maximum engine speed of approximately 12,000 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 124 mph, all while producing zero tailpipe emissions.
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Porsche unveiled the Porsche 918 Spyder concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. It is a mid-engined two-seater that combines the performance of a super-sports car with the CO2 emissions of a small compact.
The 918 Spyder is powered by a V8 engine delivering more than 500 hp and three electric motors with overall output of 218hp. The engine emits just 70 grams CO2 per kilometer and has a fuel consumption of just 3.0 liters/100 kilometers (94 mpg imp). Despite this the car’s performances are impressive: the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just under 3.2 seconds, top speed of 198 mph, and a lap time on the Nordschleife of Nürburgring in less than 7:30 minutes, faster than even the Porsche Carrera GT.
The 918 Spyder is inspired by legendary racing cars such as the Porsche 917 Le Mans and the current Porsche RS Spyder. The exterior design is defined by striking rear hoods extending out of the headrests and retractable air intakes with a ram air function. The interior gets sports bucket seats, a touch-sensitive surface for intuitive control of the car’s functions and three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel.
Updated 03/03/2010: Official details, images and video added. Check them out!
UPDATE 06/18/2010: Porsche has announced that they have received a sufficient number of letters of interest to make their decision on whether or not the Porsche 918 Spyder will go into production. If you haven’t guessed, it’s a yes!!
UPDATE 08/13/2010: We were able to get some pics of the Porsche 918 Spyder at a private Porsche event in Monterey. Check them out in the gallery!
UPDATE 08/18/2010: There are rumors circulating about the production Porsche 918 Spyder say that the power and displacement of the petrol engine will be increased. In addition to the increase in power, insiders at the Pebble Beach event also suggest that the 918 is being developed wearing Boxster and Cayman bodies and will be offered in both hard-top and soft-top forms. The changes don’t end there, however. The concept’s 22-inch alloys will be dropped and side mirrors will replace the concept’s camera. The side exhausts will also be moved around to the rear.
Press release after the jump.
The new Porsche Panamera has, without question, received more than its fair share of attention from tuners all over the world since it made its official debut late last year. And while this isn’t TechArt’s first go-round in tuning a Panamera, popular perception seems to think that they’re not getting tired of it anytime soon because they recently announced a new individualization study for the Panamera that will make an appearance at the Geneva Motor Show.
TechArt’s new tuning package is called ’Concept One’ and features a carrara white exterior package that’s fully manufactured from high-quality PU-RIM. The exterior package includes, among other things, a new bonnet with inwrought air outlets, new fenders and side skirts, trim strips and elegant trim frames in the windows, a rear apron with integrated air openings and matching diffuser, a height-adjustable rear spoiler and 22-inch TECHART Formula III forged light alloy wheels.
As for the interior, it comes in a leather finish with a cocoa and white color combination, leather applications on trim parts in cerbero, as well as manually processed decorative stitching in phosphor green. There is also a 3-spoke PDK sports steering wheel with shift paddles, a 10.2-inch ceiling monitor with integrated DVD player, a rear center console and two high-quality folding tables built into the front seats.
Suffice to say, TechArt didn’t seem to leave any stones unturned as far as their new ’Concept One’ tuning package is concerned and if anyone is interested to know more about it, you’ll only need to wait a few more days until the package officially breaks cover in Geneva.
Press release after the jump.
Porsche Cayman is for sure a car every one has hard about, and many have the chance to drive it. But how many of you know about its predecessor, the Porsche 916? However the car never made it to production, and there were only 11 prototypes produced.
The 916 was to be priced at $14,000 - the most expensive Porsche at that time. That was considerably more than the highest priced 911 which cost around $10,000 and with sales declining, Porsche dropped the idea of building it. The Porsche 916 was intended as a competitor for the Ferrari 246 Dino.
The 916 takes over the raw body from the 914/6. The roof is permanently welded to the body. The fenders must be widened to make enough room for the 7-inch wide light alloy wheels. The 916 is also fitted with the brakes and 2.4 litre motor from the 911 S.
The Porsche 989 a four door performance oriented touring sedan that maintained the iconic shape of the 911 Carrera, but unlike the Panamera, never saw production after it was presented back in 1988.
The idea of creating the 989 came as a result of strong 928 sales. Porsche engineer Dr. Ulrich Bez decided to design a four door sporty touring vehicle that could compete with models from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. As a result the Porsche 989 featured a new front-engine, rear-drive platform with a wheelbase of 2826 mm (111.3 in) and was powered by an 80 degree, water cooled V8 engine with a power output of around 300 HP and displaced somewhere between 3.6 and 4.2 Liters.
The German sports car manufacturer Porsche has teamed up with the Schaeffler Group to create a concept Cayenne that focuses on "Friction Reduction in the Powertrain" to not only free up a few extra ponies, but also let the premium SUV roll a little easier and more efficiently. However the best part is that the once over given to the Cayenne CO2ncept-10% by Schaeffler reduces both emissions and fuel consumption by 10%, all without the aid of a heavy gas/electric hybrid module. This just goes to show that there is still a lot more that we can get out of the internal combustion engine by thinking outside the box as opposed to putting more into it.
Porsche and the Schaeffler Group have taken a V8 powered Cayenne and increased the sport utility’s efficiency by a tenth thanks to revised camshaft timing, a low friction valve train, free spinning bearings and by replacing hydraulic components with more traditional mechanical units. According to Dr. Robert Plank, Manager of Corporate Engineering for the Schaeffler Group "This project is a good example of the successful cooperation between automobile manufacturers and suppliers…This is not the end of the line though. CO2ncept-10% is the sum of its components, and these components are only a few from the Schaeffler Group’s portfolio that allow similar levels of energy efficiency optimization to be reached for vehicles from other segments."
Press release after the jump.
Rule changes at the end of the 1972 season left the Porsche 917 obsolete for the World Sportscar Championship. Building a completely new car to campaign in the prototype class, which now counted for the World Championship was not a really an option. These prototypes were basically Formula 1 racers with a two seater body and the only serious competitors were existing F1 teams like Ferrari and Matra, and British teams using the Ford Cosworth DFV engine. With no recent F1 experience, it would have been too much of an effort to build a competitive prototype racer for Porsche.