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2012 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR

2012 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR

On August 29th, the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2012 kicks off and it is scheduled to run through September 9th. For this upcoming show, TOPCAR has put together an entrant in the form of a 2012 Porsche Panamera customized to the gills. This Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR is actually the 9th edition of 25 upcoming Stingray GTR models.

We are not necessarily huge fans of the Panamera and even less of fans when it comes to customized models. So many companies tend to go way overboard restyling the Panamera and they actually end up taking away the little character that this Porsche sedan actually has.

TOP CAR has taken to this Panamera from top to bottom, decking out its interior, exterior, engine, and even the brakes in an attempt to not just make it look better, but run with the best of them. Can TOP CAR really pull off the nearly impossible by handing us a well-designed Panamera with accents where they need to be, or did they just roll out another Panamera hack-job like we usually see?

Click past the jump to read our full review to see how it stacks up.

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1987 Porsche 928 H50 Concept

1987 Porsche 928 H50 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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Video: Porsche Museum Secrets Part Two

Video: Porsche Museum Secrets Part Two

We pretty much just finished the Museum Secrets Part One video and Porsche has already graced us with part two of this awesome series. The Museum Secrets series is outlining the new storage facility for the Porsche Museum and also showing us a glimpse of some of the most awesome cars that pass through the museum.

Part One focused mainly on the storage facility and Porsche’s overall history, then showed us just one car, which was the first ever 911 Turbo. Part two, thankfully, focuses a lot more on the storage facilities contents – a ton of rare Porsches. The guys at Porsche outlined seven cars for us, some of which we never knew even existed.

The video’s pretty sweet and the cars are absolutely awesome, so check out the video. If you would like a quick peak at what’s in the video, click past the jump and you’ll see our quick summary on each car shown.

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Lindsay Lohan Crashes a Porsche... Again

Lindsay Lohan Crashes a Porsche... Again

Okay, there comes a time in a person’s life when they need to put the keys down and take the bus around town. That usually happens sometime around the age of 70 or 80 years old. You know, your vision deteriorates, your hearing is not what it once was, your reaction times are slower, etc., so it’s just time to give it up.

Well, Ms. LiLo (Lindsay Lohan to those non-TMZ readers) is not yet out of her 20s and it’s time to get rid of those keys. Just weeks after famously crashing a rented Porsche 911, while forbidden to drive, she has yet again crashed. To boot, it is yet another Porsche. Okay, before we get all dramatic on you and say she mangled a test mule 918 hybrid, we’ll let you know that it was only a minor fender bender and the Porsche in question is just a Panamera and not a 911.

According to the report, Lohan barely nipped a Ford Mustang, putting a minor scratch on it. The Mustang driver was told that Lohan was being chased by the paparazzi and that’s how she hit him. Fortunately, the Mustang driver seems more proud of the scratch than his car, as he said he would use the scratch as a selling point, by saying "You see that scratch right there? Lindsay Lohan hit my car and didn’t total it!"

Still, she is forbidden to drive by her employer’s insurance company. You know, the employer that is likely paying her in excess of $100K per episode to be in a series about Elizabeth Taylor’s rocky life. In addition, where did this girl learn how to drive? She is in several accidents every year and they are almost always – or at least appear to be – her fault.

On behalf of all drivers on the road, we would like to request that Lindsay Lohan find her way to the closest bicycle store and purchase a nice 10-speed to get her around.

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1979 Porsche 928 "Risky Business"

1979 Porsche 928 "Risky Business"

Way back in 1983, we all knew and loved a far less creepy and odd-acting Tom Cruise, who was best known for movies like "Top Gun" and "Risky Business," and less known for being love-drunk crazy on the Oprah Winfrey Show. In the 1983 Warner Brothers’ classic, “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise’s character, Joel Goodsen, drove a gold-colored Porsche 928. Now the Profiles in History auction group is offering up the car that Cruise drove on the set for auction.

Actually, there were three cars driven on set, but this 1979 928 saw far more screen time and seat time with Cruise than the other two drive cars. We know that the 1979 Porsche 928 is one of the least desirable Porsches ever built, falling just short in undesirability to the 924, but c’mon, Tom – freaking – Cruise learned how to drive a stick shift in this car.

So, how has this car held up after Cruise was finished burning up, err, learning to use the clutch? What is a car like this selling for? Is it really worth my money?

For the answers to these questions and more, you’ll have to click past the jump to read our review.

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2011 Porsche Panamera

2011 Porsche Panamera

Porsche has made headlines in the industry with its Panamera 4-door sedan since it hit the market in 2009 as a 2010 model. Contrary to many of the company’s other models, the Panamera had many critics. Not only did the idea of a 4-door Porsche rustle purist’s feathers, but the design and styling left many scratching their heads. From some angles the car is impressive and echoes the sports car heritage that made the company famous, but when viewing the rear it’s hard to imagine exactly what the designers were thinking.

Design aside, the Panamera puts up startling performance figures in Turbo trim and made the automotive press take a step back to examine it further. Three models were offered for 2010, each with a V8 engine under the hood pushing 400hp and the Turbo at 500hp. New for 2011 will be the addition of two V6 models with the engine being designed by Porsche specifically for duty in its flagship sedan. The increased fuel economy and lower sticker price are the main reasons driving Porsche to offer this model.

With the strong performance of the 500hp Turbo model being much of the reason why enthusiasts gave the car a second look, can a V6 Porsche sedan keep up with the pack?

UPDATE 07/15/2011: Porsche recently set out to the Shanghai International Circuit with the Panamera Turbo to break the lap speed record for a four-door production car. They succeeded with a lap time of 2:29.640 minutes, but we can’t find any mention anywhere of the original record. Was the Panamera a Turbo the maiden four door vehicle? That’s what it looks like, leaving Porsche to look a little silly for the announced "achievement." THat being said, a record is a record, so check out the video to watch it in action!

Hit the jump for more details on the 2011 Porsche Panamera.

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Long wheelbase Porsche Panamera in the works

Long wheelbase Porsche Panamera in the works

In the short time that it has been out on the market, the Porsche Panamera has evolved into one of the brand’s most popular models. So much so, in fact, that Porsche is already working on producing an extended wheelbase version to cater to those who have been clamoring for one.

Details behind the extended wheelbase version of the Panamera are still a little murky at this point, but with demand in the US and China for an extended Panamera in the uptick – at least according to Porsche’s research department - the German automaker could be looking into breaking into a market that already features luminaries like the Audi A8 L, the Mercedes S-Class, and the BMW 740Li.

In the event that an extended Panamera gets the green light for production, you can expect it to stretch all the way up to the 120-inch range, up from the current Panamera’s length of 115 inches.

The release of the extended wheelbase version of the Panamera is still being pegged down the road - possibly around 2012 - so don’t expect it anytime soon. Having said that, customers that have been demanding for a longer Panamera should be happy knowing that Porsche is definitely listening to their client’s requests. Sooner or later, their demand for an extended wheelbase Porsche Panamera will come to life.

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Porsche Cayman shooting brake is a hoax

Porsche Cayman shooting brake is a hoax

The staff of summer inters at TopGear America pulled a fast one on us. Remember the very strange looking Porsche Cayman shooting brake test car that was shot with a camera phone in some Italian back street? Well it was actually shot in an alley in Brooklyn, the car was a computer generated image that was created with Maya 3D drawing software, stitched together with Photoshop and then edited on Final Cut Pro to look like video from a mobile phone. They even went as far as to include a little hint that apparently no one caught on to, a Stig helmet tucked back behind the rear window.

There were three main masterminds behind the scheme. First was former TopGear.com America editor, Jared Holstein along with the renderings of Matt DuVall, a digital arts student at Savannah College of Art and Design and left to manipulate the media was Jon Masters, a master’s student in media studies at the New School in New York City. Holstein guided DuVall through some very meticulous details, like official Porsche development wheels, a front bumper that mimics the Porsche mule car as well as the same license plate number that the German automaker uses.

Once the digitally enhanced video was produced, Holstein planted it on the TopGear.com America web site while summer intern, Jon Masters, began to post links in various Porsche enthusiast sites as well as the major Automotive online media. Masters then went so far as to create a fake screen shot from Forza 3 and then linked that to other videogame websites, “It was originally posted on a Czech Forza fan site — in Czech to add a layer of deception and plausibility,” Mr. Holstein said. The group claim to have been testing the abilities of digital media as a way to introduce new designs and get a public reaction to a new figure that would traditionally take an automaker a lot of time, money and research to figure out. We’re still saying that they were trying to pull a fast one on us.

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