Porsche Denies Rumors About a New Halo Hypercar, But That Doesn’t Mean It Isn’t Happening
Porsche’s sports car lineup is quite diverse, having numerous high-performance models based on both the 911 and 718. That said, the German carmaker currently doesn’t have a proper flagship model. Previously that role was filled by the hybrid 918, but its production was ended back in 2015. Of course, Porsche brought back the 911 GT2 RS, which was based on the 991 and they even did a homage to the 935 Moby Dick, based on that GT2 RS. With this in mind, we’ve been getting mixed reports about a potential “GT1 successor,” some of which are quite interesting.
Bugatti Merges with Rimac to Become Bugatti - Rimac, Riding on the Back of Porsche
We have been following this story (Bugatti-Rimac merger) for a while now at TopSpeed and the day has finally come. Porsche and Rimac , the Croatian EV performance automaker, have agreed to form a joint venture that will include Volkswagen’s high-performance marque; Bugatti .
Porsche Will Now Build You A Custom One-Off - If You’re Willing To Pay For It
Having the ability to customize your car brings a special degree of exclusivity to one’s ownership experience. Porsche is not new to the car customization scene, but in recent years, the company has limited itself to simply giving us limited versions of their cars. That’s not to say they are bad, on the contrary, actually, but bespoke features were left in the past.
Porsche and Ford Team Up to Build a New Luxury Pickup Truck
As if the world hasn’t been turned upside down as it is, we’re now receiving word that Porsche is actually developing a pickup truck through its newly announced partnership with Ford. This pickup truck will actually be positioned in the lower range of Porsche’s offerings and is expected to slot somewhere below the Macan – and you thought 2021 couldn’t get any worse.
Porsche Won’t Build the Renndienst Minivan Because Sports Cars
Concept cars are tricky to digest. On one hand, they delight the eyes as they preview a carmaker’s (often spectacular) path for the future and on the other, they most often than not leave us disappointed at their lack of fruition. Most concept cars do not get turned into road-going cars. Sadly, that is the case of the Porsche Renndienst minivan. And the reason is simpler than you would imagine.
Porsche’s Huge $83 Million Investment In Rimac Could Make For An Interesting Future
Porsche has raised its ownership stake in Rimac, going from owning a minority share of 15.5 percent to 24 percent. The deal cost Porsche €70 million, or around $83.2 million based on current exchange rates. This is the third time the German automaker has invested in its Croatian company. Back in 2018, Porsche secured a 10 percent minority stake in Rimac before that share grew to 15.5 percent in 2019. Other automakers have also bought into Rimac, specifically Hyundai and Kia. The two Korean brands invested €80 million, or around $95.1 million, as part of a technical partnership that would give birth to a pair of high-performance electric vehicles.
Porsche’s New Partnership with PUMA is all the Sneaker Hype You Need on a Monday
The Porsche 911 Turbo is arguably one of the most iconic cars in history. A car of that stature doesn’t just stay a car; its name lives on in other ways like, say, a limited-edition sneaker line that comes courtesy of Porsche’s partnership with sports apparel company PUMA.
The two German brands are teaming up to create this line of special edition shoes to celebrate the legend of the 911 Turbo. Only 500 pairs of shoes will be created across the entire size range, and if you’re looking to score a pair, you best be quick about it. The range will launch on November 17, 2020, and if it’s as hyped as we think it is, those 500 pairs will be gone faster than the 992-generation 911 Turbo can hit a quarter-mile. That’s 10.1 seconds at 137 mph, by the way.
Porsche Should Build a High-Performance Van Already
Porsche recently unveiled several concept cars that it has kept out of sight over the last 15 years. Among them, there’s the Vision Renndienst, an all-electric van that pays tribute to the old vans that Porsche used as support vehicles for its racing program back in the 1950s and 1960s. They were mainly first-generation Volkswagen Microbus vans, usually painted red and labeled "renndienst," which is German for "racing service." The van concept looks surprisingly hot, and given that Porsche already built something similar in the past, maybe it’s time Stuttgart rolls out a production van. Of the high-performance variety, of course.
The Porsche Vision 920 Is the Street-Legal Le Mans Racer That Could Have Been
Porsche just published "Porsche Unseen," a book that showcases design studies and never-before-seen concept cars from 2005 to 2019. The release unveils a few spectacular designs, including the 919 Street, a road-legal version of the incredible 919 Hybrid race car. But apparently the 919 Street wasn’t Porsche only idea for a streetable hypercar. Porsche also envisioned the Vision 920, a Le Mans racer for the road, also described as its "most extreme vision of a super sports car."
Porsche Almost Revived the Iconic 904 with a V-2 Diesel Engine
Porsche recently unveiled several design studies and concept cars it has created over the past 15 years, and some of them, including the 904 Living Legend, are downright impressive. Created in 2013, the 904 Living Legend is a tribute to the iconic 904 sports car of the 1960s. Design-wise, the 904 Living Legend is a combination between the modern Cayman and the classic 904, but the drivetrain underneath that sleek body is surprising, to say the least.
Porsche Should Be Ashamed Of Not Producing These Unseen Concept Cars
Be it a futuristic design, a pre-production model, or a technological showcase, the concept car is now a major part of the automotive world. Tens of concept vehicles are being released every year and many of them are downright spectacular. But the concept cars we see are just a fraction of the concept vehicles that are being designed or built behind closed doors. If you need proof, Porsche just published "Porsche Unseen," a book that showcases design studies from 2005 to 2019. Three of them have been released online as well, and they’re as spectacular as they get.
Porsche Has An Interesting Idea to Save Old Cars As The Electric Apocalypse Inches Closer
The majority of cars in production in 2020 still feature internal combustion engines, but this may change in 20 years. Classic cars may still be allowed to use their gas and diesel engines, but the amount of time you will be allowed to drive them on public roads may be strictly regulated.
Retrofitting such cars with electric motors will be difficult and expensive and at least one carmaker is looking for a solution. Porsche things that synthetic fuel may solve this problem and keep valuable classics on the road.
Bentley Could Soon Sell, Essentially, Rebodied Audis and Porsches
The Volkswagen Group is currently busy deciding what to do with some of its brands. Bugatti is rumored to be sold off to Rimac, while the fate of [Lamborghini and Ducati could be decided next month.>art189736] Now, it seems that the Bentley brand will also be repositioned within the group. Currently placed directly under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, Bentley is rumored to be taken over by Audi, which also oversees the Lamborghini, Ducati, and Italdesign Giugiaro brands.
Your 2008-2013 Porsche Panamera or 911 Might Have Been Molested
Dieselgate has, for the most part, come and gone, but now it looks like there might be another scandal on the horizon – this time involving the gasoline-powered engines found in the 2008-2013 Porsche 911 and Panamera. As of now, Porsche won’t say for sure, but it has launched an internal investigation and alerted the proper authorities.
Porsche Looks to Save Naturally Aspirated Engines With Electric Motors
The automotive world is on the brink of losing two elements that turned so many people into car nuts and kept them there: the manual transmission and the aspirated engine.
We live in the era of the turbo mill. Naturally-aspirated engines are rare birds these days, and in an ironical twist of fate, some carmakers are offering manual gearboxes as optional features (some at no cost, like Porsche does for the current 911). And speaking of Porsche, hear this out: the sports car manufacturer actually believes naturally-aspirated engines can be saved by the electric motor.
The Porsche 911 Basically Prints Money, and That’s Why Porsche Can Sell the Taycan At a Loss For Now
Back in the 1990s, Porsche 911 sales were so slow that the German carmaker had to develop an SUV, the Cayenne, to return to profitability. Come 2020, and the Porsche 911 is the most profitable car in the world. According to Bloomberg, the 911 accounted for nearly 30 percent of total Porsche earnings in 2019, even though it made up only 11 percent of the company’s sales.
Sorry, Folks, But a Naturally Aspirated Porsche 911 Carrera Isn’t Going to Happen
With the recent return of naturally aspirated engines to the 718 Boxster and Cayman lineup, it has raised the question of whether or not Porsche will offer a turbo-free 911 Carerra. It could, considering its new 4.0-liter engine (currently found in the Cayman GT4, Boxster Spyder, Cayman GTS, and Boxster GTS) would be a good fit in theory, but there’s a lot more to it than that.
The Porsche 911 Carrera Already Gets An Update For 2021
Porsche announced that the 911 Carrera S and 4S can be fitted with a seven-speed manual as an alternative to the slick-shifting eight-speed PDK dual-clutch. The best thing about the news is that customers who opt for the manual won’t be charged extra, says the carmaker.
Porsche Tries to Justify the Taycan’s Laughable Range By Saying It Doesn’t See Tesla As a Rival
Porsche introduced its first all-electric car, the Taycan, in 2019, and it’s planning to expand the lineup with a crossover. Later on, it will also launch an electric SUV, as well as an EV version of the 718. Porsche’s recent and aggressive campaign into EV territory suggests that the German automaker is going after Tesla, especially since the Taycan is actually a high-performance model. However, Porsche says that it does not consider Tesla to be a direct competitor.
Porsche Had You in Mind When it Made the 2020 911 Turbo S So Powerful
The 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo S didn’t evolve a lot in terms of design. It never does, really. For the most part the 911 has gone through minor changes since it was introduced some 70 years ago. And, while that may have held true for the new 911 Turbo S, there’s something that did evolve drastically, and that’s its overall performance. In fact, without moving to a bigger engine or going hybrid, Porsche managed to give the new Turbo S the largest increase in power its ever seen – this is how Porsche did it and why.
The Porsche Taycan Turbo S Is Rated at 194 Miles? It Doesn’t Stand a Chance
You know, I like the Porsche Taycan. I think it’s relatively sport for what it is while still featuring the family friendliness of four-doors and plenty of cargo room. Sure, it kind of looks like a deformed, partially aborted 911 with too much DNA, but that’s a conversation for another day. What I can’t get past, though, is the fact that Porsche has seriously dropped the ball when it comes to EV range. Where the Porsche Taycan Turbo is rated at 201 miles, the Taycan Turbo S garners just 194 on a full charge.