2018 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS Exclusive Manufaktur Edition
2018 Porsche 935 Type 991 Gen. 2
The year-long celebration of Porsche’s 70th birthday is just that! When we thought Porsche couldn’t possibly pop up with a new car to celebrate its birthday, after debuting the 919 ’Tribute’ and the 911 (993) ’Project Gold,’ the Germans decided to surprise everyone with a 935 for the modern age that was presented at Laguna Seca.
"This spectacular car is a birthday present from Porsche Motorsport to fans all over the world," said Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars for Porsche AG, upon unveiling this sci-fi-meets-retro-cool creation. "Because the car isn’t homologated for any series, engineers and designers didn’t have to follow the usual rules and thus had freedom in the development." Naturally, no place else was better to show off this limited-edition car - only 77 will be made - than at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rennsport Reunion VI weekend.
Indeed, what we see here doesn’t resemble anything from Porsche’s current fleet of race cars, or road cars for that matter, but it was strongly inspired by a car from Porsche’s past. The inspiration is the 40-year-old Porsche 935/78 known as ’Moby Dick’ for its extra-long rear tail section, which raced only four times in 1978 but its legacy lives to this day.
The original 935, unlike this new model based on the Porsche 911 (991) GT2 RS, was built out of necessity. Porsche needed a car to compete in the new-for-1976 Group 5 rulebook that was introduced in the World Championship for Makes to attract manufacturer interest as the prototype car counts were at an all-time low.
The rulebook allowed for groundbreaking modifications to be done to the bodywork, as long as the roofline, windows, and doors were those of the production 911. With this freedom in mind, Porsche ditched the twin-headlight setup for a slant-nose front end with obvious aerodynamic gains. The widebody that resulted, coupled with the flat-six 2.9-liter engine from the 930, ensured that Porsche was the leader of the pack in 1976 and beyond.
Constant development work saw Porsche roll a new model in 1977, known as the 935/77 and a new one again for 1978, the 935/78, as well as working to benefit customers by updating its original 1976 design and offering it to private racing outfits under the 935/77A, 935/78A, and 935/79 designations.
The cars were so successful that they just about defined what Group 5 was all about: ludicrous silhouette bodywork, immense firepower from the engines - up to 700-horsepower for the later versions - and amazing speeds. Under various guises, the 935 won the 12 Hours of Sebring multiple times, the 24 Hours of Daytona multiple times, the 24 Hours of Le Mans once in the overall classification, and the World Championship for Makes for four years in a row.
A few of the aforementioned privateer outfits, due to their close affiliation with the factory, were allowed to modify the 935 further, according to their own plans. That’s how the Kremer-developed cars were born, as well as those constructed by Joest Racing, Fabcar or AIR. In fact, the Porsche 935 that won at Le Mans in 1979 wasn’t a works entry, Porsche dropping the Group 5 program after it retired the 935/78 from competition, but a privateer one from Kremer Racing with their own 935 K3 which was probably more celebrated in its day than the factory-developed cars.
All these victories, and Porsche’s improvements of its turbocharging technology which led to their domination of Group C in the ’80s, grant the 935 a spot in Porsche’s gallery of legends. It is, then, easy to see why the engineers in Zuffenhausen built this rolling tribute that is the 935 Type 991 Generation 2. This also means that the hype is big and, although it’s not homologated for any racing series, the new 935 has to live up to its predecessors on the race track. That’s why Porsche chose to unveil the car at the Rennsport Reunion VI.
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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T
The Porsche 911 has gone through some big changes in the last couple of years, with the most important being Porsche’s decision to replace all naturally aspirated engines with turbocharged counterparts. While this was rather disappointing to some die-hard fans, it brought enhanced performance and fuel economy across the entire lineup. Porsche also revived the GT2 nameplate after a long absence and created the 911 R, essentially a limited-edition, wingless version of the GT3 for purists. Come 2017 and the German firm is offering yet another model aimed at purists and 911 Classic enthusiasts, but this time around is a significantly more affordable package. It’s called the 911 Carrera T and slots between the base Carrera and the GTS.
Inspired by the 911T, the company’s entry-level 911 between 1967 and 1973, the Carrera T is essentially a base Carrera with features taken off the more performance-oriented GTS. Fitted with a unique design elements inside and out, the Carrera T is also the first Carrera to get full bucket seats and rear-axle steering. The Carrera T is also lighter than the standard model, which makes it the lightest 911 available outside the GT3 and GT2 range. The added features and the lighter curb weight also makes it a tad quicker than the entry-level Carrera, placing it just below the Carrera S model in terms of performance. So while it’s not the least powerful and most affordable 911, as the 911T was back in the late 1960s, it’s a solid proposition for customers who want a no-nonsense Carrera but also desire access to the performance-enhancing features usually offered with the GTS model.
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2017 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition
The 911 Carrera GTS was first introduced in 2011 as a new mid-level version of the sports car placed above the regular Carrera and below the GT3. Equipped with a beefed-up, naturally aspirated engine, and a wider track, the GTS quickly became a favorite among 911 enthusiasts looking for a driver’s non-turbo Porsche. The GTS was redesigned in 2014 for the 991-generation 911 and updated again in 2015 when it ditches the naturally aspirated flat-six for a twin-turbo 3.0-liter unit. Come 2017, and Porsche used the GTS to launch the British Legends Edition, a 911 that pays tribute to the company’s success at Le Mans.
Designed around the 911 Carrera 4 GTS, the British Legends Edition is dedicated to three British drivers that won the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Developed by Porsche Cars Great Britain and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, this limited-edition GTS comes in three forms, each dedicated to race drivers Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, who each took wins at Le Mans for the factory Porsche team in 1970, 1982 and 2015, respectively. For each driver there is a unique coupe identified by the number of their winning Porsche racing car and its color scheme incorporated into the livery. Let’s have a closer look at them below.
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2018 Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package
Say what you will about Porsche’s tendency to get a little carried away with its niche variants for the 911, but credit should be heaped on the company for being aware of what customers want. Take the Porsche 911 GT3 for example. By every sports car metric, the 911 GT3 is a shining example of the best of Stuttgart engineering. The only problem with it is that it’s far from being the most understated 911 in the market, no thanks to its attention-grabbing aero bits. Then there’s the 911 R, the answer to prayers coming from Porsche purists who were crossing their fingers for a manual transmission 911. The 911 R was the answer to those prayers, except it was limited to just 991 units. Enter then the Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. Think of it as the love child between the 911 GT3 and the 911 R, carrying elements from both models and wrapping them all up in one scintillating package.
The car’s name may not roll off the tongue as smoothly as I’d like, but remember, there is a precedence in Porsche’s history of the “Touring” name being used on a 911, specifically the 1973 Porsche Carrera 911 RS Touring. So we’ve established the roots of the 911 GT3 Touring. But far more than just being a product of Porsches-gone-by and previous iterations of the current-generation 911, the 911 GT3 Touring is a car of its own devices, understated in appearance yet ferocious in performance. In my view, this is the Porsche 911 variant that purists have been waiting for.
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Porsche 911 GT3 Goes Stealth Mode In Frankfurt
With its enormous rear wing and track-bred attitude, the Porsche 911 GT3 is not traditionally the sort of car you want if you’re looking to fly under the radar. Now, however, Porsche is offering a stealthier alternative in the form of the new Touring package for its high-strung two-door. Following in the foot steps of the updated 2018 911 GT3 introduced earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, the Touring package promises a purist’s approach to going quick. For starters, the old look-at-me aero in back was replaced with a far more understated trailing lip, drawing its design inspiration from the 911 Carrera. Inside, there’s oodles of leather added everywhere. What’s more, the GT3 Touring is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission. Cue enthusiast celebration.
This latest Touring Package is a nod to the past equipment package offered on the 1973 Carrera RS, but adds a touch of modernization on top. “This variant is aimed at fans of high-quality sports cars who particularly value an understated appearance and classic driving enjoyment,” says Porsche. The GT3 Touring Package is offered in conjunction with practically every other option on the 911 GT3 table, with the exception of the Clubsport and Alcantara lines. That means the branded ceramic brakes, Chrono Package, wheel options, and similar stuff is all fair game. The Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Package is available now for 152,416 euros in Germany, or $143,600 in the U.S., matching prices for the standard model.
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2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series
The Porsche 911 has always been and will always be one of the most coveted sports cars on the market. Badges don’t matter. Names don’t matter. Heck, power and performance don’t matter. There are only a handful of cars that are above all of that, and the 911 is one of them. So, can you imagine what happens if Porsche decides to break out a special edition 911 Turbo S that’s not only super limited in number, but is also described as the “most powerful and unique 911 Turbo S ever created?” Well, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is happening and it’s everything the 911 should be, and then some.
On the surface, the timing of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series’ release is a bit surprising considering the height of auto show season has just concluded. But the beauty of this release is the surprise that comes with the timing. Porsche isn’t launching the limited edition 911 Turbo S for no other reason than to celebrate the renaming of Porsche Exclusive to Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Naturally, such an occasion deserves a physical manifestation of its significance and since Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur was heavily involved in creating this limited-run 911 Turbo S, it’s only right that the car is released to coincide with the start of a new era for Porsche’s in-house personalization division. Prepare yourselves, because the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series just might be the most desirable 911 ever created.
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Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive Gets Red For The Holidays
Powered by big engines with loads of horsepower and torque, and featuring extra legroom in the rear, cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive are insanely cool. Essentially, you can have fun in both the driver’s seat while flooring the gas pedal or resting comfortably and enjoying all the tech available in one of the rear seats. However, this German sedan comes with two downsides. The most obvious of them is the sticker. Priced from $160,000, the Panamera Turbo Executive costs more than the Mercedes-AMG S63 and it’s nearly as expensive as the S600 and Maybach S550 versions of the same sedan. The second one, in my opinion, is that almost all standard colors are either white, gray, silver, or black.
Granted, you can also opt for Sapphire Blue, Night Blue, and Mahogany (brown), but the first option is the only one that stands out as a bright, colorful hue. If you want something different, say a flashy shade or red, you’re pretty much forced to either pick one of the $3,300 optional colors or take it to Porsche Exclusive for an even higher sticker. Which brings me to the slightly bespoke Panamera Turbo Executive that Porsche Exclusive rolled out just in time for the holidays. It’s finished in Carmine Red, features the SportDesign package, and it’s drop dead gorgeous. By far the flashiest color available for the Panamera Turbo, Carmine Red gives the sedan a unique appearance that you can’t usually find on big sedans on the streets. For some reason, most people opt for either black and dark shades of gray or go with white or silver.
Maybe this is the exact reason why Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi don’t offer brighter colors for the large sedans, but whatever the case, it’s a big shame that these cars don’t hit the streets in flashier paints more often. The fact that this Porsche Exclusive machine also features blacked-out exterior elements only makes it that much more interesting. Not to mention that the predominantly black interior has red trim on the dashboard and door panels instead of wood and can be had with matching red seats.
I bet this is one of those cars that Santa would drive if all of his reindeer caught the flu all of a sudden.
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2017 Porsche 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute Edition
The Porsche 911 R caused quite a stir when it made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show back in March. It was, in a lot of ways, the 911 variant that Porsche purists had been clamoring for. It may not be the fastest and most powerful variant of the 911 – take a bow 911 Turbo S, that’s still you – but in terms of pure driving pleasure, the 911 R holds a backseat to no one. Alas, Porsche only released 1,000 units of the special edition 911 R and you’d be hard-pressed to find one in the market today. Fortunately, one of the original owners of the 911 R has decided to make it even more special by turning it into a personal tribute to Steve McQueen and sending it back to the German automaker to have it auctioned. And so, here it is, the 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute, a one-off creation that pays homage to arguably one of the most iconic Hollywood leading men and professional racer in history.
The super exclusive 911 R comes with a host of unique features, not the least of which are specific details attributed to McQueen himself. It also gets a lot of love from Porsche Exclusive with the myriad of options and accessories that were given to it. Suffice to say, this unique 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute was designed to be a legitimate one-off. About the only downside, if you can even call it that, is that it doesn’t receive any power enhancements. Would’ve been nice to have more power to play with for a true and legitimate driver’s car.
Oh, and don’t expect the 911 R Steve McQueen Tribute to come cheap. It’s unclear if it can fetch the same $184,900 price tag of a brand new 911 R since it already has a previous owner. But taking into account its one-off exclusivity and the name attached to it, I expect this particular 911 R to breeze past the $200,000 barrier when it’s auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s on February 8, 2017. The good news is that 25 percent of the car’s auction price above its €25,000 ($26,120) minimum reserve will be given towards research for curing cancer in children.
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2017 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package
The Porsche Macan came to be in 2014 and arrived in dealerships as the company’s second SUV, after the Cayenne. Aimed at the luxury compact crossover market, the Macan is Porsche’s answer to the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, sharing the same platform with the latter. Produced alongside the Cayenne and Panamera in Leipzig, the Macan is available in many drivetrain configurations. The range begins with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder model, the first in the modern era before the Cayman and Boxster received their new flat-four mills, while the S and GTS feature 3.0-liter V-6 units. Porsche also offers a diesel powered by a V-6, while the Turbo gets a larger 3.6-liter V-6. Come 2016 and the Germans introduced a new range-topping model, called the Performance Package.
Based on the Turbo model, the Performance Package is the most powerful Macan to date and also comes with a number of unique features inside and out. Besides a more powerful version of the twin-turbo, 3.6-liter V-6 unit, it also sports an updated chassis with an enhanced braking system and a sport exhaust system. There’s no word as to whether the Performance Package is limited-edition only or will become a permanent member of the Macan lineup, but the good news is that it’s available in the United States. Granted, it’s name is rather uninspired when Porsche could have used the Turbo S moniker, but who are we to argue company naming and marketing schemes.
Bottom line is, Porsche has a bonkers crossover for its customers at a time when no other automaker is able to offer a similar vehicle with more than 400 horsepower. Touché, pussycat!
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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition
Porsche considers the 911 Targa a “modern classic,” and as such, it should come as no surprise that Porsche Exclusive has come up with a special edition for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix that is taking place at the Nürburgring between August 12 and August 14. As is the usual case with Porsche special editions, there isn’t really a whole lot of standout changes, but there are some subtleties that make it special in its own way. The biggest highlight is the Etna Blue finish that was used as the standard color for the 1960 and 1961 T5 356 B.
What really makes the car stand out more than anything, really, is the fact that once it is assembled, it is shipped off to Zuffenhausen to have all the fine details hand finished before heading to its new owner. Furthermore, when purchased, the car comes with its own indoor car cover and a bound photo album the provides full documentation of the car’s entire development process. Of course, that is the least Porsche can do given the fact that it will probably come at a pretty hefty premium over the cost of the standard 911 Targa.
Well, before I ramble on too much here, let’s take a closer look at the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition.
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2016 Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition
Introduced in 2002, the Cayenne was Porsche’s first-ever SUV, and despite being heavily criticized for going against the company’s tradition as a sports car manufacturer, the performance people hauler is credited for saving Porsche from financial downfall. The popular SUV was redesigned in 2010 and the second-gen model received its mid-cycle facelift for 2015, when all models, including the hybrid, gained updated or brand-new drivetrains. For 2016, Porsche is expanding the Cayenne lineup with the Platinum Edition.
Available for the base Cayenne and the S E-Hybrid version, the Platinum package gives the crossover a sportier appearance by means of
spec wheels, beefier fenders, blacked-out chrome, and a special color palette. Inside, it adds more features to the usual standard equipment list, enhancing comfort and safety. Both models carry the same engine as their standard siblings under the hood, but that’s far form surprising given the recent update. With 300 and 416 horsepower at their disposal, respectively, that’s hardly an issue.
Both vehicles will arrive in U.S. showrooms in 2016, expanding the North American Cayenne lineup to no fewer than eight models.
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