Until now, the new-generation Porsche Boxster hasn’t had a special edition released, but the first one has been announced today and it comes from Netherlands. This special model is called Red 7 and, as you probably have guessed it by its name, it is all about the color red and will be limited to only seven units.
The model has been designed by Porsche Exclusive Course and features a very cool Indian Red exterior paint combined with matte Platinum on the hood and trunk lid. The interior combines very cool black leather with Guard Red inserts and a special "personally built for 7" logo. Each customer will also get a matching protective cover and a coffee-table book with photos of the production process.
The new Red 7 will also be offered with a sports suspension that lowers the car’s ride and a sports exhaust system.
Hit the jump to read more about the standard Porsche Boxster.
What is sports car manufacturer Porsche to do when it becomes bored with its own testing grounds, Weissach, and the Nürburgring just doesn’t allow its cars to reach their full potential? Buy a new testing facility, silly… Yup, Porsche lumped down an undisclosed sum of money – which is certainly more than we could imagine earning in a lifetime – to purchase Europe’s longest circular track, and everything else that comes with it.
That’s right; Porsche has officially purchased the Nardò Technical Center in Italy, which houses not only a 7-mile, four-lane oval track whose banks allow for speeds of up to 240 KM/h (149 mph), but also seven additional tracks that test various parts of vehicle, including: dynamics, multiple pavement response (cobblestone, potholes, uneven, etc.), high-speed noise, handling, off-road performance, and braking.
This really puts Porsche in a position to not only beat out its competition while saving money on testing fees, but it also allows it to better hone other brands that it is linked to, like Volkswagen, Lamborghini, and Bugatti. This also gives Porsche yet another revenue stream, as Nardò is one of the more popular testing tracks in Europe.
The thing about Porsche vehicles is that though they are much faster than your average cars, they are not about top speed, when compared to the likes of Lamborghini, Ferrari, and McLaren. Could this mean that Porsche may start pushing the limits on its upcoming vehicles and maybe flirt with the 200 mph mark? Not likely, but it is definitely a sweet idea to consider. Likely, this track is going to be the testing home for racing models, but we may catch the occasional 911 stretching its legs a little.
How do you write the word "Porsche," and make that word over 475 feet long? Well, obviously there is only one way; you take 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge Brazil race cars and line them up accordingly beside a massive Brazilian flag. Where do you accomplish something like this? On the finishing straight at Estoril Circuit in Portugal, of course.
This is exactly what happened on March 15, 2012. 180 people from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil team and the Portuguese staff of Estoril Circuit came together before the season opening race to get the perfect shot. The entire shoot took 23 hours, and the end result was this 3 minute 30 second video which includes helicopter shots and a time-lapse of the shoot. All that was left to do was write "Porsche" with rubber by having all 48 cars do simultaneous burnouts!
Check out the video to see the whole event take place, and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments section below.
This is why you have to be careful when you let your friends borrow your prized possessions. Especially when it’s a car like a Porsche 911 Turbo, which isn’t easy to replace in the event that your buddy messes it up.
Unfortunately for the owner of this beautiful sports car, the ramifications of letting his buddy take his 911 Turbo for a spin proved to be far more expensive than he initially thought.
What exactly did his buddy do? No, he didn’t crash it into a traffic pole. He didn’t get caught for speeding. He didn’t even use it to entertain some lady friends.
By comparison, all of those things would have been understandable compared to driving the sports car into the Rhine river in Switzerland, which, unfortunately, is exactly what the friend did.
Judging from the video featuring the Porsche getting lifted off of the river, you take one look at it and you already know that the car has been reduced to a scrap piece of metal.
The question now is what’s going to happen to the idiot friend when the owner finds out what happened to his 911 Turbo.
Porsche Centrum Gelderland (that’s in the Netherlands) is celebrating five years of its history with the unveiling of a special edition 911, appropriately called Gelderland. It will be limited to only 5 units and will be available in targa, coupe, and convertible versions.
Each unit will be identified by a unique number, which will be found on the dashboard and the sill of the car. However, the biggest change in the car will comes from a special edition IWC Big Pilot watch that has been designed with the same color as the paint and leather from the interior. It also contains a special dial featuring a red number 5, a reference to the anniversary. The watch gets a unique number and Porsche Centrum Gelderland logo engraved on the back.
The watch itself is priced at about 40,000 euro ($56,000 at the current exchange rates) and is part of this special edition. The price of the car was not released at this time, but it will be on display this weekend at the dealer in Hesteren.
The most successful race car of all time is set to meet some of the most successful race drivers of all time at this years’ Race of Champions. The event is an absolute riot of fun and includes cars and bikes from all forms of FIA Motorsport. At the end of every year, newly crowned Champions of their respective disciplines are pitted against each other in head to head battle. Drivers are asked to step out of their comfort zone by performing on a make-shift course in cars they don’t usually drive – which makes for interesting and entertaining racing. Not to mention the fact that all around driving skill is absolutely pivotal to success. Ever wondered how Sébastien Loeb would fare against Michael Schumacher, both driving Porsche GT3 Cup cars? Well come November 27th-28th in Dusseldorf we’ll find out.
The 3.8 liter 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup will be one of many uber cool cars being used at this years’ event and American Le Mans winner and ROC newbie, Jeroen Bleekemolen, will hope that he can drive as many heats as possible behind the wheel of his Porsche to gain an advantage over the superstar lineup. Drivers will experience superb handling and 8500RPMs of aural pleasure that is rivaled by few other cars. Traditionally, the course is tight and will allow the GT3’s handling ability to come to the fore. We look forward to all the action.
Hit the jump for the ROC 2010 trailer video.
Driving a powerful car is a challenge in extreme weather conditions, and now that Europe is about to embark on a pretty scary winter season, Porsche has decided to train its customers for the rough months ahead with driving courses specifically designed for winter driving. Customers can register for these diverse winter driving courses at the Porsche Sport Driving School and the Porsche Travel Club, from January to March 2011.
The course includes three sequential training levels – precision, performance, and master - where participants will learn how to better master their vehicles by driving in icy, yet controlled conditions. Performance and master level training courses will take place on an ice race course in Finland. This course will allow customers to learn how to handle their Porsche in icy and snowy conditions. Correct steering, braking, and reaction techniques, among other skills will be learned to ensure that Porsche’s customers will ride safe this winter season.
Press release after the jump.
The League of Extraordinary Auto Spies - yeah, we made that up - are at it again and they have a new goldmine to show us: the 2012 Porsche Boxster that’s supposed to be unveiled next year at a still-to-be-decided international auto show.
In this video, a number of Porsche engineers were caught on film recently testing the next generation of the Boxster in pretty cold weather conditions. While the styling cues of the 2012 Boxster looks to be the same as its predecessor, we’re venturing a guess that what’s underneath that hood is far different from the Boxsters that are out on the street these days.
Aesthetically speaking, Porsche has pretty much stuck to a tried-and-tested formula, albeit a few minor tweaks here and there. But even if the car’s look a little too similar for our own liking, Porsche is expected to have the 2012 Boxster be lighter than the old model, which would then equate to better handling and a more fuel-efficient engine.
Below standard driving conditions are always dangerous for cars to get involved in. For those that have been involved in a crash of some sort because of poor road conditions caused by unpredictable weather, you probably know what we’re talking about.
Then again, you can only warn people so many times. The rest, as they say, is up to them.
And unfortunately, the driver of this Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet had to find out the perils of driving in bad conditions the hard way. Details are scarce as of now, but the photos clearly show that the 911 Turbo Cabriolet hit a bus as it – probably – lost control while driving at high speeds.
Of course, the details are all based on speculation, but at the end of the day, those pictures say a thousand words and the only word that can really encompass the magnitude of the crash to the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is ‘ouch’.
If you weren’t alive in 1979, then you probably have no idea who Vlada Vasiljevic is. But for those who know of this guy’s back-story, then you either consider him as crazed lunatic or a cult hero and nothing in between.
It’s also fitting that on the 30th anniversary of Vasiljevic’s exploits, a new film about the man people have come to know as ‘the Belgrade Phantom’ was recently premiered in Amsterdam.
Vasiljevic’s rise to fame – or infamy – started after he stole a white 1979 Porsche 911 and spent the next ten days running all over the streets of Serbia at a time when the country was still under communist rule.
After stealing the 911, Vasiljevic earned a lot of support from thousands of people for his buccaneering ways. Not content with the white 911 Targa he stole, Vasiljevic decided to steal more white Porsches and taunt the police over the radio as he did them. In the end, he was eventually arrested after a couple of people snitched on him, after which he was sentenced to five years in prison. Vlada Vasiljevic was killed during the 80s after crashing his car into a trailer. And no, he wasn’t riding a Porsche when he lost his life.
There’s no word yet as to when – or if – the Belgrade Phantom is going to be shown here in the US, but if you happen to be in Amsterdam, then you can check it out at the International Documentary Film Festival.
The holidays are on the way and as you can expect, the sweet treats are coming in abundance. One car manufacturer that takes the ‘sweetness’ factor to a new level is Porsche.
One Porsche dealership in the Netherlands has a brand new 911 Carrera S on display. The only thing is, this car is covered in milk chocolate. Sweet ride, don’t you think?
As you can expect, the car is not for sale and is only there for exhibit purposes. Nevertheless, the chef in-charge of covering the Carrera S in chocolate used about 175 kilos of the sweet treat – they also covered the Carrera S in plastic before dipping the chocolate - which is about enough chocolate to satisfy our sweet tooth cravings for more than one lifetime. In addition to that, the chef also used a few pounds of white chocolate to design the lights and fine trims of the 911 Carrera S.
Since the car will be on display until the end of the year, the dealership has, in effect, set a standard temperature of 27 degrees Celsius at all times, to ensure that the chocolate doesn’t melt.
So if you’re in Netherlands at any point this year, be sure to head out to the Porsche Centrum Gelderland to catch a glimpse of the chocolate Carrera S.
Video: Walter Rohl and Autobild take the new 911 Turbo out for a spin around the Estoril circuit in Portugal
One of Germany’s premier motoring magazines, Autobild, recently took Porsche’s latest 911 Turbo model to Estoril circuit in Portugal for a little fun on the track. Although we didn’t understand much of the German commentary, the new boosted 911 is synonymous with the words performance and beauty in any language. Besides, anytime you can get the legendary racing driver Walter Rohl behind the wheel good things are bound to happen, especially when you consider the 3.8 Liter flat six complete with a pair of Variable Turbine Geometry snails that is capable of producing a maximum output of 500 HP and a peak torque of 516 lb-ft that allows the rear engine super car to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 194 MPH.
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Porsche announced today the European pricing for the 2008 911 Turbo Convertible, and the pricing went beyond any imagination. After yesterday when Porsche has announced new prices for all the sports car (the prices for 911 Turbo went to 140.152 euro), today Porsche priced the 911 Turbo Convertible at 210.950 euro! Its Italian competitors, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spider are priced at 243.658 euro and the Ferrari F430 Spider at 232.273 euro.
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