New Porsche 911 GTS Now Has Turbochargers, Gets More Power
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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First introduced in 2002, the Cayenne is one of the premier vehicles to blend high-performance speed with the stance and road presence of an SUV. Despite rapid growth and growing popularity in the segment, Porsche remains a leader by staying one step ahead, a move embodied by the introduction of the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S.
With an official reveal at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the new top-range Cayenne features an updated twin-turbo, V-8 engine and a chassis capable of slinging around 5,000 pounds like a Wii controller in the hands of a hyperactive kid.
The company claims every vehicle it makes is a “genuine sports car”, even if it happens to weigh two and a half tons. It doesn’t really matter if you agree with that statement or not, because when it comes down to it, the Cayenne Turbo S is more than capable of producing numbers that even some of the most track-oriented vehicles in the world have a tough time besting.
Here’s a number for you: a lap around the North Loop at the Nürburgring under eight minutes, at 7:59.74. Here’s another: 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. Clearly, mass is no object when it comes to the engineers from Stuttgart.
With a launch date in the U.S. scheduled for late April, the new Cayenne looks to set a new pace in the world of fast, luxury SUVs. It’s a mind-bending automobile, and for those folks who want it all, including comfortable seating for four passengers, and a 0-to-60 time faster than a 911 Carrera 4S, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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Since 2002, Porsche has offered the Cayenne as a means to turn the laws of physics into so much chewed bubble gum. Now, the crew from Stuttgart has unveiled an updated variant of this performance behemoth at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and it’s more powerful, more capable in the bends, and more likely to embarrass sports cars bearing half its curb weight.
Nothing backs a claim to racing intent like a solid lap time, and the 2016 Cayenne Turbo S has one: 7:59.74 minutes for the North Loop of the Nürburgring, to be exact. That’s the same territory where you’ll find the Alfa Romeo 4C, Dodge Viper SRT-10, and Porsche’s own Cayman S, all of which may run into difficulty seating four passengers and hauling some groceries.
The most important update is in the 4.8-liter, twin-turbo V-8, which gets a bump in output to 570 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, an additional 20 horses and 37 more pound-feet of torque compared to the previous engine. The double boost snails are now integrated inside the exhaust manifold for a sharper throttle response. These updates produce a 0-to-60 time of 3.8 seconds, cutting 0.4 seconds from the previous model’s time. Top speed is clocked at a ludicrous 176 mph.
Throw a ton of power at something, and it’ll go fast in a straight line. However, encouraging a substantial amount of mass to change direction in a corner is far more complicated. To solve the issue, Stuttgart took out its jug of branded go-faster acronyms and poured out every last drop.
Slowing the speed are Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) that use 16.5-inch front discs and simply outrageous 10-piston calipers (yes, 10 friggin’ pistons). Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) actively counters body lean, while Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) applies brakes to either the left or right side of the vehicle for crisper handling. The permanent all-wheel-drive system works in tandem with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) to get the nearly 600 horsepower cleanly onto the pavement.
At $196,244, the Cayenne Turbo S is far from cheap, but it’s a price that covers any and all revisions you may make to Newton’s laws of motion while driving about. A German launch date is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
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For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.
Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.
The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.
Updated 01/13/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 01/20/2014: Porsche unveiled two new promotional video for the new 911 Targa in which it reveals new features from the model. Enjoy!
Updated 02/07/2014: Porsche unveiled a new set of images for its latest addition to the 911 lineup: the new Targa, in both 4 and 4S versions. Check the picture gallery for the new images.
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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.
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As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.
Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.
All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.
This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.
Check out the list after the jump.
We kind of get the feeling that 2011 is going to be a big year for automakers. We don’t have a tangible explanation for it, but there’s something about the air this year that feels like the next 12 months will be filled with more ups than downs and, hopefully, a lot less recalls than 2010.
We’re barely a few days into the new year and we’re already getting excited over the first major event for 2011, the North American International Motor Show. All the happenings will take place at the Cobb Center in Detroit on January 10, 2011 so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what to expect when the floor opens.
The list of vehicles we’ve included on the list are cars that have officially - and unofficially - punched in their tickets for Detroit. Some cars that will appear are still being withheld for suspense purposes, but what’s the fun in having a preview if we can’t dig up the cars that want their presence to be a surprise?
Either way, we’ve included all of these models so head on over past the jump to see which cars to expect when the NAIAS opens its doors next week.
As you know Porsche will be unveiling a new supercar concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and although we believe this may just be a photoshop of the future vehicle, this is said to be the first image of the Porsche.
All we know about this concept at the moment is that it is closely related to the 918 Spyder concept from which it takes key components, including elements of its platform.
In an official statement Porsche said: "Porsche will be giving a new model its world debut – and various other models their first showing in the USA. . The show in the traditional venue of Detroit, nicknamed ’Motor City’, is regarded as a leading international marketplace and forum for trends and opinions that is particularly relevant for the North American market. Porsche has been experiencing rapidly growing demand among its US customers over the past few months, especially for the new Panamera car line and the new generation of the Cayenne sporty off-roader."
After a four-year absence, Porsche will be making a comeback to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show with a "spectacular new concept that points towards a future road going model." This new concept car is closely related to the918 Spyder concept from which it takes key components, including elements of its platform.
"Porsche’s return demonstrates the relevancy of the Detroit show for luxury manufacturers," said Rebecca Lindland, an analyst at IHS Automotive in Lexington, Mass. "They target a very specific audience with their cars and the U.S. market is incredibly important for Porsche."
The German publication, AutoZeitung, suggests that this new model is known as the 929 and that it will be revealed sometime in 2013. A hybrid drivetrain that will combine a 4.8 liter V8 Biturbo engine with three electric motors, something similar to the 918 Spyder, is expected to be found under the hood.
"We’ll have something spectacular to show there," Hans-Gerd Bode, a spokesman at the Stuttgart-based carmaker, said in an interview. "You’ll have to wait and be surprised."
Rendering credit AutoZeitung.
The last time Porsche made an appearance at the Detroit Auto Show, George W. Bush was still the president of the United States, Michael Jackson was still alive, and Cash for Clunkers was still a thing of the imagination. All of these things might seem like ages ago, but the truth is, we’re only talking about the past three years.
Yep, 2007 was the last year Porsche was seen on the grounds of the Detroit Auto Show, but all that’s about to change this year after the German sportscar maker announced their intention to return after being conspicuously absent for the past three years.
We figured that at some point, this would happen. We just didn’t expect it to be this long. After all, the Detroit Auto Show is one of the biggest of its kind in North America and traditionally, or at least before the financial crisis struck, all the big brands always made certain of having their presence known during the event.
And now that the auto industry has rebounded nicely, it looks like we’re going to be seeing the heavyweights – with Porsche being the first - book their return tickets to Detroit.
It seems that some people got a little trigger-happy and released the pics and info about the Porsche Panamera before the Monday’s press embargo expired. That just means some early fun and speculation for us about Porsche’s first sedan.
The car sits on a 9.6 foot long wheelbase, and the total dimensions should be 16.3 feet long, 6.3 feet wide and 4.6 feet tall. The sedan should have optional PDK dual-clutch transmission as well as all-wheel drive. Although engine specifications have not yet been confirmed, what we do know is the front-engine Panamera will likely start out with a power range of about 300 to 500 hp through a range of V6 and V8 engines. A hybrid powertrain and diesel version may also be in the works.
The car will be seen in the flesh in January at the Detroit Auto Show. We will have plenty of updates until then, but for now enjoy some closure from all the speculation and renderings (AutoBild got it pretty close) with some official pics.
After giving the 911 Carrera, Carrera 4S and Targa a minor facelift (as well as a through reworking), Porsche is now focusing on touching up the 911 Turbo.
Although the world debut will be made in January at the Detroit Auto Show, we can already see that the new turbo will get the same front and rear bumper treatment of the lesser 911s. Also, the "whale tail" spoiler that has always distinguished the turbo model will be reduced in size and distinction. The new upgraded turbo engine, probably displacing 3.8-litres, is said to make an extra 20hp from the previous generation (and will likely make the Nissan GT-R tremble).
Porsche has announced today that the company is no longer expected to attend the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As part of the general reduction in trade-fair appearances which began two years ago, in favor of greater emphasis on direct contact with potential customers, motor show activities will in future be concentrated in the main sales areas of Porsche Cars North America (PCNA). Of the North American trade fairs in 2008, Porsche will among others be attending those (...)