For a lot of folks out there, it’s the same old story. You get up in the morning, shuffle over to the window, and groan as you pull the curtains back to reveal foot upon foot of powder, stretching as far as the eye can see. It lasts for months, and as sure as the Earth keeps spinning, it’ll happen again next year.
But maybe we’re just looking at it the wrong way. Maybe instead of seeing the snow as a hindrance, we should look at it as an opportunity.
That’s what Porsche did recently at Moscow Raceway. The German automaker brought a variety of AWD machinery to play in the low-grip conditions. Attendees enjoyed ice sculpting, dogsledding, ice-skating, inner-tubing, and of course, plenty of test-drives to hone those car-control skills. On loan were a few 911s, Panameras, Macans, and Cayennes.
Even if your ride doesn’t hail from Stuttgart, you can throw your own Winter Festival at home. Just find an empty parking lot devoid of anything terribly solid, set up some orange traffic cones, and have at it. When the cops ask what you’re doing, kindly explain to them “Ich übe mein Russisch. Ist das nicht großartig Winter?”
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Continuing on the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Porsche 911, the German automaker is taking it to a whole new level with the introduction of a unique and Russia-exclusive 911 called the GUM Red Square Edition.
We’re saying it’s unique because the car doesn’t only celebrate the 911’s 50th anniversary. Equally important is the fact that this special edition 911 was also designed to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the GUM department store in, of course, the Red Square.
Looking at the car itself, Porsche decided to dress it up with a Pascha Red color for the body. If you’re not familiar with the shade, don’t feel too bad because it’s a unique color that was used exclusively for this model.
In addition to the fancy color and the inclusion of a new sports exhaust system and a new set of 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels, the 911 GUM Red Square Edition also received some interior enhancements by a Luxor Beige finish. The light and classy trim is further complemented by a mahogany wood trim, a body-color key fob and stainless-steel sill plates that bear an illuminated "GUM Red Square" badge.
No performance enhancements were given to the car, so expect to see the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 400 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. Taking all that into consideration, the 911 GUM Red Square Edition accelerates from to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds in its base setup or 3.9 seconds, if you opt for the PDK transmission.
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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.
Some people just have the weirdest tastes.
Russian tuner, Top Car, has made some of the fanciest tuning programs for Porsche vehicles, but their latest iteration of their vaunted Cayenne Vantage 2 seems to have taken a turn for the lemon.
Commissioned by one of its customers, Top Car was tasked to build a Cayenne Vantage 2, albeit with a colorful dress up along the way. So the Russian tuner acquiesced to the request and built the Cayenne Vantage 2 Lemon.
As the name suggests, the Porsche SUV has been dressed in a special, one-off color - Citreous Lemon - that’s been accented by a special Pearl Lime paint covering various areas of the exterior. Likewise, the interior of the Cayenne also gets black leather perforated seat centers with lime green piping.
The program also includes a new body kit that’s comprised of a new front bumper, wheel arch extenders, side skirts, a new bonnet, kicker plates, a boot lid spoiler, and a diffuser tail. Sounds pretty similar to Top Car’s Cayenne Vantage 2 program, right?
In addition, the Cayenne Vantage 2 Lemon also gets the same performance modification done on the standard model, one that includes a new software engine management system, new air filters, and a new sports exhaust system. All told, the SUV is capable of producing an output of 780 horsepower, a significant increase from the standard model’s 500-horsepower output.
A few weeks ago we brought you Justin Bieber’s completely ruined – chromed – Fisker Karma and we pretty much marked that monstrosity up as the world’s worst car modification. Well, it didn’t take too awful long for something a little more disgustingly over the top to unseat Bieber’s rolling mirror.
This 2005 Porsche 996 Turbo Cabriolet, which we all know and love dearly as the 911 Turbo Convertible, has received some real blingage in the form of gold leaf covering the entire body of this once gorgeous machine. According to rumors afloat around the Interwebz, this debacle of a modification took somewhere in the range of $600,000 to create.
Should you desire to be as conspicuous as possible and snag up this rolling theft bait, you can do so at the tune of just 1.8 million Russian Rubles, which equates to just a tick above $61,000. That price has to be rather disappointing for its owner if those $600,000 build cost rumors are actually true, as that is only about $9,000 less than you can get a mint condition 911 Turbo Convertible with 58,000 km (36,371 miles) for, sans the gold.
With a price that low, there may be quite an interesting back story to this entire sale, given the price is 10% of the initial cost and less than the actual market value of the car. There are no mentions of its mechanical condition, so that could be the reasoning for its low cost, or maybe the owner is tired of panhandlers peeling off sections of his car to pawn.
Here’s to hoping that someone buys this once awesome car and converts it back to its correct form, which shouldn’t be too hard since the interior looks pretty much stock.
Russian tuning company, TopCar, arguably has one of the most extensive programs for the Porsche Cayenne. But it’s one thing to have a tuning program like the Cayenne Vantage 2; it’s a completely different thing to have a special edition version for a tuning program.
That’s what TopCar is presenting with their latest piece of work, called the "Cayenne Vantage 2 Carbon Edition." Decked in a ridiculous aerodynamic kit that’s made completely out of carbon fiber, the Vantage 2 Carbon Edition comes with carbon fiber front and rear bumpers, fenders, door sills, a new carbon fiber bonnet, a new spoiler on the rear trunk, d-shaped exhaust pipes, and a new set of ultralight forged wheels sourced from ADV.1.
Under the hood, the Cayenne Vantage 2 Carbon Edition also gets the same tuning work done on its "non-special edition" brethren. Included in this program is a new software engine management system, new air filters, and a new sports exhaust system that bump up the output from the standard 500 horsepower all the way up to an impressive 780 horsepower.
The Porsche Cayenne Vantage 2 Carbon Edition will be presented at the Top Line 2011 show in Moscow, which will run from December 16 to 19, 2011.
UPDATE 04/16/12: Top Car’s Porsche Cayenne Vantage 2 Carbon Edition will be on display at the 2012 Top Marques Monaco so if you’re in the vicinity of Monte Carlo later this week, be sure to check it out along with the Panamera Stingray GTR 7/25 one-off model!
Few days ago we were speaking about the beginning of the 2008 edition of the Transsyberia Rally. By the end of the leg two of the rally Team Germany 1 car, driven by Armin Schwarz and Andi Schulz, was with five seconds faster than the Porsche Cayenne driven by Denis Levyatov and Sergey Talantsev from Team Porsche Russia 1. On the third place at the end of the second leg of the rally was the Spanish team Paul Soler and Laia Peinado also in a Porsche Cayenne S Transsyberia.
More details after the jump!
If you wake up day after day only to find your bank balance replenished by a few million dollars, chances are at some point, you won’t know what to do with it. Take this Porsche 911 owner for example. He couldn’t find ways to get rid of the fast-accumulating green paper and did this to himself.- A 40- pound pure gold covered Porsche 911.
We find the idea annoying but appreciate the work that has gone into it. The carvings and designs on the surface are brilliant and would have taken weeks to complete by an extremely set of talented and skilled individuals. The polished surface looks nice and should have masked the rear-view mirrors entirely, eliminating the need for a reflective glass and related electronics for adjustments, but maybe next time?!
Driving a Porsche 911 on the streets would grab enough attention leave alone a gold-covered one. Is the Sultan of Brunei reading this?
Have you ever asked yourself what do Russians have and we don’t? Well, according to the latest photos available on the internet it looks like Russian do know how to travel and when they do it, they must use only in luxury cars.
In some recent photos we could see that Russians don’t have the ordinary yellow cabs we are used to see everywhere. Who has the money and can afford it, can choose to travel with a Maybach 62 or the powerful Techart Magnum, based on the Cayenne Turbo. Unfortunately we couldn’t find out what is the rate for a trip with one of the two cabs but for sure this is not for ordinary people.
Due to the high number of millionares in Russia it wouldn’t be a surprise to see in the future some cabs based on sport cars like Porsche, Ferrari or the luxurious Aston Martin, cars that could take you where you need but faster than ordinary cabs.