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?
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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.
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!