Watch the Porsche Macan Get Dirty During High-Altitude Testing
The Porsche Macan has been in our lives since 2014, and it’s proven to be a wallop for the German automaker. More than 350,000 examples of the baby SUV has sold since it hit the road four years ago, and now, the facelifted model is making its own waves after being captured in camouflaged form in Lesotho as its underbody got acquainted with the salts of the earth at heights reaching 3,400 meters (11,155 feet) above sea level.
The Porsche Taycan Doesn’t Seem to Have Much Soul During These Silent, Slow Passes on the Nurburgring
It goes by the name Porsche Taycan now, though some of you still probably know it by its Mission E designation. Regardless of what you call it, Porsche’s first-ever all-electric vehicle was recently spotted at the Nurburgring, and it sounded about as loud as a church mouse. But don’t worry about what the Taycan can’t do — produce earth-shaking noise — because once this sedan stretches its legs, it’s more than capable of making a lot more noise than you think.
Video of the Day: 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S on the Nurburgring
The 2019 Porsche Carrera 4S was just caught testing at the Nurburgring again and we’ve managed to find a video that we would like to share with you. The most recent comment on the video is that it sounds like a vacuum cleaner, but we’ll let you decide that for yourself. The 2019 model is expected to use the familiar 3.0-liter inline-six that was introduced with the 991.2-gen back in 2016 but it should be tuned to deliver about 430 horsepower – about 10 more than the current model. The non-S version should also receive a bump of 10 ponies up to 380. As a 2019 model, the Carrera and Carrera should debut sometime in the next few months, so be on the lookout. Until then, we’ve listed out speculative review below the video so you can find out everything we know about it and our entire database of 2019 Porsche 911 Spy Shots. Go check them out!
The Porsche Panamera is Loose in the Caboose; Recall and Stop-Sale Initiated
Porsche is known to produce, perhaps, the most reliable cars in the industry today. However, they have been haunted by recalls in the past, and there’s another one yet again; this time affecting certain Panamera models. Porsche has issued a recall for the same and has stopped the sale of the new Panamera models until further notice.
2019 Porsche 911 Speedster
Introduced in 2011, the 991-generation Porsche 911 is slowly moving closer to retirement. The 991.2 facelift is already three years old, and the next-generation 911 was spotted testing on public roads in many versions, so the 992 will probably go into the history books in 2019. But Porsche is not yet done with the current model. Recent spy shots suggest that the final batch of sports cars will include a Speedster model.
The convertible was caught testing in Southern Europe alongside a few 911 GT3s and word has it that an official debut is planned at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. Rumors also claim that power will be provided by the same 4.0-liter flat-six engine in the 911 GT3 so it will be among the most powerful variants of the outgoing 991. Production will be limited to a few hundred cars. The 911 Speedster returns to the market after a seven-year hiatus. The previous Speedster, based on the 997-generation 911, was launched in 2011.
Updated 06/29/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche 911 Speedster out for a new testing session around Nürburgring, and this time wearing absolutely no camouflage.
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The Porsche 919 Just Smashed the 35-Year-Old Nurburgring Lap Record by 51 Seconds
Porsche and race-car driver Timo Bernhard just used the 919 Hybrid to decimate Stefan Bellof’s Nurburgring lap record by 51.58 seconds, at a total time of 5 minutes and 19.55 seconds with an average speed of 145.3 mph. Bellof set his long-standing record way back on May 28, 1983, running a lap of 6:11.13 in a Porsche 956 C. That record has been uncontested since, and this record, sitting at just a hair over five minutes will likely survive for just as long, if not longer.
Porsche Buys Into the Most Unexpected Automaker and it Could Help Improve its Electrification Strategy
Proving that it has established itself as a legitimate company in the auto industry, Rimac Automobili has sold 10 percent of the company to Porsche. Details of the German automaker’s investment in the Croatian electric supercar brand and technology company have yet to be specified, but the writing on the tea leaves point to it revolving around electrification, specifically with high-voltage battery technology and electric powertrains.
Celebrate 70 Years of Porsche with a Porsche 356-Themed 1919 Datetimer Watch
Porsche is throwing another wrinkle to its 70th-anniversary celebrations by creating a limited edition timepiece called the 1919 Daytimer 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition. The commemorative watch is limited to just 1,948 pieces, a nod to the year the German automaker was founded. Each watch costs €2,948, or close to $3,500 based on current exchange rates.
For the past couple of days, the Internet has been swamped with something called the Taycan. Not a common word and certainly a unique name, would not you say?
Only a week ago, as part of the “70 years of Porsche Sports Cars” ceremony, Porsche revealed that their new car, thus far referred to using the Mission E corporate designation, will be called the Taycan. This will be the first all-electric Porsche and an evolved version of the Mission E Concept we learned about on the first public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show three years ago.
If you are wondering why Porsche would want an electric five door superhatch that is a tad smaller than the Panamera, look no further than the Tesla Model S. This project is a Porsche stab at the favourite electric car and now it officially has a new name.
Any numbers in the name? No! Hidden messages? Yes!
How to Pronounce the Taycan name and What Sets the Porsche Apart - Video
2019 Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder
It’s been two years since Porsche updated the current Boxster, also giving it a "718" badge, and it seems that the German firm is finally working on a new iteration of the higher-performance Spyder model. First introduced in 2009 and relaunched in 2015, the Boxster Spyder is a modern tribute to the 718 Spyder of the 1960s, and the upcoming will be the first to actually wear the iconic "718" badge next to the "Spyder" lettering.
Introduced in 2016, the facelifted third-generation Porsche Boxster gained a couple of major changes compared to its predecessor. While the styling and interior didn’t change much compared to the previous roadster, the new Boxster changed its name to the 718 Boxster, a tribute to a sports car from the late 1950s, and switched to turbocharged engines for the first time ever. There isn’t a lot of information to run by as of this writing, but the spyder configuration is pretty obvious in the spy shots. First spotted in snowy weather in northern Europe, the upcoming sports car hit the Nurburgring track for some high-performance testing in April 2018. And we can see a few differences. The soft-top roof is different toward the back, while the engine hood features the famous flying buttresses. I also spotted a few changes front and rear. They’re not massive, but they do make the Spyder a bit more aggressive. Under the hood, it should get the most powerful engine ever fitted in a Boxster, but the nameplate’s switch to turbocharging makes things a bit complicated. We should find out more later this year, but until then let’s have a closer look at the spy shots in the speculative review below.
The new 718 Boxster Spyder could break cover in the summer of 2018.
Updated 06/15/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming 718 Boxster Spyder out for a new testing session, but this time with its top down.
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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.
More Power and New Tech is Coming To the 2019 Porsche 911
Ahead of the next-generation Porsche 911’s hyped debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, we’re learning more details about Porsche’s crown jewel model, including some new technology it’s going to carry to go with power increases across the entire range. It’s easy to assume that this could be the game-changing 911 we’ve all been waiting for. The expected changes and upgrades are all significant, and they paint a mouth-watering picture of what we can expect out of the next version of one of the world’s most iconic vehicles.
2018 Porsche Macan
When Porsche decided to step into the SUV segment with the Cayenne, Porsche purists we’re all that happy, expecting the brand to soldier on with different 911 variants until times end. But, the Cayenne turned out to be a huge success, and the German brand decided to come out with a compact model named the Macan. Originally codenamed Cajun, the Macan hit the market in the spring of 2014 and became an immediate success, being one of Porsche’s most sold models. Be that as it may, the compact luxury segment is intense, so Porsche needs to keep things fresh until the next-gen model comes to be at the turn of the decade.
Now, we’re getting a first look at the facelifted model thanks to a new round of spy shots. There won’t be a whole lot of change on the table, but the headlights and taillights should get a new layout, and it looks like there’s a bigger chin spoiler up front. The interior is set for some minor nips and tucks as well, and the available engines could get some minor retuning to help keep things interesting.
With that said, we know Porsche’s facelifts aren’t typically that in-depth, so there won’t be a lot of significant change, but the subtle things will make all the difference. We expect the facelifted Macan to debut sometime in the next few months and should be sold as a 2018 model, so let’s take a closer look before Porsche spills the beans.
Update 06/12/2108: It’s been a while since we’ve last seen the facelifted Porsche Macan doing cold-weather testing but we’ve finally seen it again, and this time it’s rocking the pre-production green paint that Porsche is known to use just before it goes into production. That means a debut is imminent and there are a few new details to send your way. Check out our spy shots section below to learn all about it.
Porsche Finally Gives the Mission E a Production Name
The Porsche Mission E all-electric sedan has been renamed the Porsche Taycan as the German automaker gears up for the model’s launch in 2019. The production name was announced by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume during Porsche’s 70th-anniversary celebration last week. According to Blume, the name “Taycan” means “lively, young horse,” a reference to the black horse found on the city of Stuttgart’s coat of arms. That same black horse also appears on Porsche’s own logo.
The Porsche Cayenne Coupé Has Finally Been Confirmed
It’s official. After hearing all the rumors surrounding the coupé version of the Cayenne, we finally have the answer. Autocar has learned from the Porsche boss, Oliver Blume, that a Cayenne Coupé is more than just hot-talk, and we might see it hit the roads at some point in 2019. Is it going to be a practical car or just a desirable asset with a heavy depreciation?
Meet the Porsche Speedster Concept, A 500-Horsepower Six-Speed Monster
Can The Porsche 919 Evo Actually Destroy The Nurburgring’s 35-Year Old Lap Record?
Auto journalist Misha Charoudin believes that the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo is not only capable of beating the all-time lap record at the Nurburgring, but with the help of a few calculations, it can actually destroy the record. The auto scribe was at the Nurburgring a few days ago at the same time as the 919 Hybrid Evo, and he was able to see up-close exactly what the record-breaking racer is capable of. With the data that he gathered, combined with a few mathematical computations, Charoudin asserts that in ideal track conditions, the 919 Hybrid Evo would be capable of posting a lap time of under five minutes.
What’s Under the Hood of the 2019 Porsche Macan? It’s not a Diesel, That’s for Sure
The Porsche Macan is about to go through a mid-life cycle facelift, and one of the biggest changes to the model is the complete elimination of diesel engines and the addition of new and updated gas engines. The table of engine options are the biggest changes to the facelifted Macan, but they’re also complemented by updates on the exterior, chassis, and suspension.
The Nurburgring’s All-Time Lap Record Could Be In Trouble
If the Nurburgring’s 35-year old all-time lap record ends up falling, we can point to the Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo as the car that did it. The unrestricted version of the German automaker’s LMP1 racer was recently spotted going full blast at the Nurburgring, fueling speculation that the car is preparing to take down the track’s 6:11.3 lap record that was set in 1983 by Stefan Bellof and his Porsche 956. It’s unclear if the 919 Hybrid Evo’s appearance at the Nordschleife is a sign of things to come, but the car’s recent globe-trotting, record-breaking exploits on other race tracks suggest that it has its sights sets on breaking the world’s pre-eminent lap record.
Two Plug-in Porsche 911 Models Are On The Way
When it comes to the Porsche 911, there’s usually nothing all that surprising about it - engine in the back, familiar fascia up front, and a steering wheel somewhere in between. However, with the up-and-coming 992-generation 911, Porsche might be changing the formula in a big way.
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Video of the Day: Mark Webber Test Drives the Porsche Mission E, Says It Reminds Him of the 919 Hybrid
The Porsche Mission E is on its way from concept to production car and, once it arrives in showrooms, it will be the company’s first all-electric vehicle. Essentially a 911 with four doors, the sleek Mission E uses a 600-horsepower drivetrain and some of the technology found inside the 919 Hybrid race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 and 2017. Not surprisingly, Porsche Team driver Mark Webber, who recently tested the Mission E on the Weissach track, says that the electric four-door feels a lot like the 919 Hybrid.
"It reminded me at times, a lot, of the 919," Webber said after he completed a few quick laps in the Mission E prototype. He also noted that "looking over the front wheel arches looks like a 918 Spyder" and also described the EV as a "game changer."
Unfortunately, the video is only two minutes long and doesn’t provide any additional information on the upcoming Mission E. But the sedan appears to be pretty fast on the Weissach, and Mark Webber seems extremely happy at the end of the run.
The production model is expected to go into production in 2019.