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Here's Why Porsche will Bring back the 959 in 2019

Here’s Why Porsche will Bring back the 959 in 2019

Reviving an old icon

In 2018, Porsche took us by surprise with a 935 race car for the modern era. Although based on the existing 911 GT2 RS and built using parts from the 919 Hybrid, 911 RSR, and 911 GT3 R, the modern 935 looks incredibly similar to its sibling, produced between 1978 to 1981. With Porsche now making tribute cars from the past, what if Porsche decides to create a modern rendition of the 959 in 2019?

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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The ultimate Porsche 911!

The Porsche 911 has stood as the ultimate sports car for more than 50 years, but the latest 991 body style is proof that Porsche still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. With the debut of the refreshed 991.2 in late 2015, the automotive world is now finally witnessing the return of the extreme 911 GT2 RS. As is typical for any factory-built, race-ready sports car, the previous Porsche 911 GT2 RS made strong impressions when it splashed down in 2011, and as evidenced by the current 991 lineup, it’s definitely one of the best 911’s ever created. That winning streak now continues with the latest GT2 RS, which was just unveiled this year at E3. Slated for sale for the 2018 model year, the new Stuttgart track star comes equipped with a whopping 700 horsepower, complemented by beefy new aero, a competition-ready chassis, and rear axle steering.

Treading the line between track machine and street prowler, the new GT2 RS is a surefire winner amongst 911 enthusiasts. It does everything you’d expect, minus the frills and distractions. Not only is it capable of obliterating lap times, but the fact you can drive it to and from the track makes it more than just a toy. Read on for specs on this Teutonic terror.

Updated 09/19/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show where the 911 GT2 RS made a very impressive appearance.

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Missed Out on the Cool Porsche 911 R? You'll be Able to Buy One Soon

Missed Out on the Cool Porsche 911 R? You’ll be Able to Buy One Soon

Porsche planning "purist" 911 for regular production

Introduced in 2016, the 911 R is arguably one of the greatest sports cars Porsche has ever built. Essentially a wingless GT3 with a manual transmission, it was designed as the ultimate purist 911 and it was received with great enthusiasm. Interest was so high that all 911 units were sold before the car’s official launch, despite a $184,900 sticker that was $9,000 higher than that of the 911 GT3. What’s more, the 911 R began to fetch more than $1 million on the used-car market after only a couple of months on the road. All told, it was way too exclusive to become a proper purist sports car since only a few rich customers had access to it. But things could change in the near future.

According to Porsche R&D boss Michael Steiner, the German firm plans on launching a purist version of the 911 with a regular production run. Speaking to Autocar at the launch of the new Cayenne, he said that Stuttgart sees “potential for more purist versions of sports cars with no limitation” on production numbers. This could mean that Porsche might introduce a model similar to the 911 R as a regular member of the Porsche family instead of a highly limited edition that would send prices through the roof and leave many enthusiasts out of the picture.

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2020 Porsche Macan GT3 RS

2020 Porsche Macan GT3 RS

Stuttgart’s baby SUV hits the gym and takes all the supplements

“GT3 RS” is a unique series letters that carries a whole lotta weight when it comes to the Stuttgart faithful. This is the label used for Porsche’s homologation efforts, harkening back to 911’s of old where speed potential and track readiness were maximized for the ultimate in mean-machine German street offerings. Less weight through extensive use of composite materials and plastic windows, bigger, purposeful aerodynamic enhancements, wider, grippier tires, and of course, an extra splash of power are all expected when those five little letters are in play. Whether it’s prowling the highways or attacking the Karussell at the Nurburgring, the GT3 RS is not to be trifled with. Which makes it a strange thing to see when it’s plastered on a tall-bodied SUV, no? How could such a thing exist without diluting the nameplate for future hardcore models?

That’s a difficult question to answer, but Porsche certainly isn’t afraid to ask it. After all, this is the same company that brought us the Cayenne, considered to be one of the first in a wave of performance SUVs to hit the U.S. in the past decade and a half. What’s more, the competition has caught scent as well. Consider such outrageous creations as the Range Rover Sport SVR, Mercedes-AMG GLE63, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. In company like this, why not make a hell-bent, track-ready, monster Macan?

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2018 Porsche Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera

The Panamera has finally evolved, and is a welcomed improvement over the previous generation

The Panamera has been around since 2009, when it arrived as Porsche’s first four-door sedan. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera was developed to help the brand expand into new segments, attract a new category of buyers, and finance the costly development of range-topping supercars such as the 918 Spyder. For the 2017 model year, Porsche is ushering in a new generation for the Panamera, complete with a new exterior design, new interior design, a new engine lineup, and plenty of little goodies like LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of available equipment and personalization options. Porsche has unveiled two models today – the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 440 horsepower and the Panamera Turbo that uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that delivers 550 horsepower.

According to Porsche, the Panamera is “proof on four wheels” that sportiness and comfort can come in the same package. Dr. Gernot Döllner, the Head of the Panamera Model Range, said, "This diversity is what makes the vehicle unique, and that is what guided us with the new Panamera as well. Nevertheless, we took many courageous steps and developed not only the new body, new powertrain and new chassis but also a completely new overall vehicle. Through all the changes, however, the Panamera remains faithful to its original conceptions."

And, that is what Porsche says the Panamera is all about – Courage. It took courage to change, and change is what the Panamera did. A new look, new engines, and new approach should all make the Panamera even more marketable for the 2017 model year. We’ve seen the spy shots, and the leaked photos, but now we’re finally getting to look at the official release images. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Panamera.

Updated 07/19/2016: Porsche dropped details on its new "Connect" system that will be offered as standard equipment on the new generation Panamera. Check the "Interior" section for the full details on it.

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2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS

2017 Porsche 991.2 Carrera GTS

While the GTS moniker used to be reserved for only a handful of Porsche sports cars in the past, starting with the mid-2000s it began to transform into a trim level. So it happens that, aside from the 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder and the 2015 Porsche Macan, every modern Porsche has a GTS version now.

In the 911 lineup, the GTS models had the same engine as the standard Carrera S, but with the normally optional power package fitted in standard, giving them 30 horsepower extra. Now that both the 2016 Porsche 911 Carrera and the Carrera S facelifts have switched to a turbocharged, 3.0-liter, flat-six, the 911 GTS 991.2 is more than likely to jump on the same bandwagon. If the same strategy as the one used on the pre-facelift model is kept, the new GTS will probably deliver approximately 450 horsepower, which, along with the massive torque increase, should make it almost as fast as the 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 in a straight line.

Naturally, a new powerplant won’t be the only difference between the 991 GTS and the 991.2 GTS, which is why I decided to speculate further in the following review. The model should be only a couple of months away from its official unveiling, and a non-camouflaged prototype has already been spotted on the Nurburgring.

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Porsche's GT5 Trademark: What Could It Be?

Porsche’s GT5 Trademark: What Could It Be?

News that Porsche was given a trademark for the GT5 name in May 2015 gave birth to rumors that Weissach might be planning to launch a new high-performance model in the future. The big question here is what Porsche model will get the GT5 badge?

It’s quite the mystery, as the iconic 911 has had the GT3 name for more than a decade, and the Cayman has just received a GT4 version. Moreover, the Boxster, also rumored to get a GT variant, regained its Spyder iteration, which is pretty much a GT4 without a rear wing. Squeezing a Boxster GT4 into the current lineup would be next to impossible. This leaves us with only three existing models that have yet to spawn GT versions, none of which are sports cars. I’m obviously talking about the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne and Macan SUVs.

But do any of these performance family cars really need a GT5 version with a bigger focus on track performance? After all, the Panamera and the Cayenne are already available in GTS specification, while the Macan is likely to get one too.

Could Porsche use this new trademark for a brand-new nameplate or an upcoming four-cylinder version of an already existing car? Obviously, there’s more than just one scenario here. We decided to have a closer look at them and decide which might make better sense for the GT5 trademark. Also, each of the speculative models below come with their very own rendering courtesy of our talented artist.

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2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

A more affordable, mid-engined proposition to the 911 GT3

The second-generation Porsche Cayman was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and released as a 2014 model in the spring of 2013. Although redesigned from the ground up, the new mid-engined coupe remained recognizable as a Cayman and as a Porsche sports car in general. The interior also received new features and updated tech, while both the 2.7-liter and 3.4-liter flat-six engines were revised. A facelift unveiled in 2016 brought new turbocharged, flat-four powerplants and a name change that revived the classic 718 name.

Equally important is that the second-generation Cayman spawned the GT4, the first track prepped version of the mid-engined coupe and a proper equivalent to the already iconic 911 GT3.

Attention performance purists: your savior from Stuttgart has arrived. Porsche just unveiled the latest member of its GT family, officially inducting the Cayman into that illustrious batch of performance vehicles distilled to offer the most essential of driving characteristics. Unsurprisingly, this feat is accomplished with components pulled from the track-bruising 911 GT3, following the mid-engine sports-car formula perfected by cars like the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT, and 2014 918 Spyder.

Those are tough acts to follow, but the Cayman GT4 is no slouch. Porsche is claiming a lap around the North Loop of the Nürburgring in seven minutes and 40 seconds, placing it alongside the 2011 911 GT3 around the iconic German racetrack.

However, despite such a blistering pace, Porsche says it developed the engine, chassis, brakes, and aero to perform without hindering the overall utility expected of a two-seater sports coupe. That means this weapon of velocity should be somewhat drivable on surfaces without rumble strips and apex markers.

The rumor mill predicted everything from a turbocharged four-cylinder to a hybrid drivetrain for the Cayman GT4, but such complications remain mere hearsay. Read on to learn more about this latest mid-engine monster.

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2018 Porsche 988

2018 Porsche 988

Get out your salt shakers friends, we have a big bowl of rumor soup that needs some seasoning. Autocar is reporting that Porsche is readying a mid-engined coupe, codenamed 988, with a flat-eight engine as a direct competitor to the Ferrari 458 and Lamborghini Huracan. Autocar is claiming that with the power output of the current flat-six reaching its theoretical maximum, Porsche needs to look to more cylinders to keep pushing performance. With Porsche already using eight cylinders to power its new range topping 918, there is some credence to this claim.

The move makes a certain level of sense. With the 918 being a limited production model that is more a science experiment than a viable long-term model, Porsche will be looking to fill the gap with something that is cheaper to produce. This new model is expected to birth an entirely new era at Porsche with an all-new platform and a new engine architecture that will expand to every mid- and rear-engine car the company makes.

If the claims about this new super Porsche hold true, the world of sports cars is about to get a lot better.

Updated 07/08/2014: We have created a very cool rendering for the future Porsche 988. We hope you like it!

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Spy Shots: Revised Porsche Cayenne Caught Testing Almost Naked

Spy Shots: Revised Porsche Cayenne Caught Testing Almost Naked

It’s been about three months since the 2015 Porsche Cayenne revealed its facelifted front end, and we are finally able to have a closer, all-around look at the updated SUV, as our skilled spy photographers caught a pair of test vehicles wandering about somewhere in Germany.

As we’ve previously noted, the Cayenne’s new face is distinguished by a more rectangular grille and slightly smaller side air inlets. The turn signals are now placed upward into the bumper, being mounted right above the air intakes, while the fog lamps gained reshaped surrounds. The headlamps have also been subjected to a redesign, but the new units aren’t too different when compared to the old ones.

Around back, the only noticeable novelties are the reworked bumper, the enlarged exhaust pipes and a new pair of taillights. The latter are still hidden behind semitransparent plastic wraps, but it appears that they are slightly slimmer as far as shape goes.

Our paparazzi weren’t able to zoom their lenses into the cabin, but it’s not like they missed anything. We don’t expect major improvements in the facelifted Cayenne aside from a reconfigured steering wheel and additional trimming options.

More important changes are likely to occur under the hood of the Cayenne S, where a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V-6 engine rated around 420 horsepower is set to replace the current 4.8-liter V-8. Naturally, both the entry-level diesel and the range-topping Turbo models are in for power output updates, while the hybrid version will borrow the gasoline-electric drivetrain available in the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

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2016 Porsche 718

2016 Porsche 718

Note: Porsche 550 rendered here.

The rumors about Porsche’s baby-Boxster roadster are swirling up again with new reports coming out of Germany. This time, the news suggests the new car will surface for the 2016 model year and sport two versions of a flat-four engine. Dubbed the 718, this rumored roadster will slot under the Boxster in terms of price, horsepower, and weight, while still offering plenty of go-fast performance for buyers looking to spend less than the Boxster’s $63,000 asking price.

The report from Focus pins the 718’s two four-cylinders as displacing 2.0- and 2.5-liters with horsepower outputs of 282 and 355, respectively. Porsche will combine these engines with a DSG gearbox and manual transmissions that will drive the rear wheels. The combination of a lighter, mid-mounted, four-cylinder engine and a lighter chassis means the 718 will surely be a hot performer.

Rumors also claim that Porsche engineers are using a modified Boxster platform with a reduction in mass coming from extensive uses of aluminum. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the new Roadster also use lots of carbon fiber, as the cost of CF production keeps falling and becomes more pervasive in the industry.

Though the official word isn’t out yet, experts say the car will cost roughly $53,000 — a solid $10K less than the base Boxster. That said, the 718’s upper trim level, which includes the 355-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, will probably only undercut the Boxster by a few thousand. Either way, we appear to be getting a more pure drop-top from Stuttgart by 2016.

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Porsche Plans 700-Horsepower, Hybrid Version of the 911 Turbo S

Porsche Plans 700-Horsepower, Hybrid Version of the 911 Turbo S

If you’re a regular listener to our TopSpeed Podcasts, you’re likely familiar with our affinity with high-tech halo cars and the benefits they bring to less expensive, more everyday cars by technology trickle-down. Well, it appears Porsche is planning to share a few of the 918 hybrid hyper car’s parts with an upcoming version of the 911 Turbo S, and the Panamera Turbo S.

Why add a hybrid system to a car as seamless as the 911? The benefits are numerous and often obvious, but sometimes can be more obscure. The easiest positive to recognize is more horsepower. Adding the 918’s 156-horsepower electric motor to the 911 Turbo S’ 560-horsepower flat six results in a possible 716-horsepower hybrid drivetrain. That would help the 911 run the ‘ring with the latest Lamborghinis and Ferraris out there.

On the more obscure side, adding a plug-in hybrid system would allow the 911 to drive within Europe’s future Zero-Emissions Zones where conventional engines are banned in congested urban environments. Switch to full-electric mode, and the car becomes legal to drive downtown.

What’s more, it shouldn’t be difficult for Porsche to tailor the e-Hybrid system for not just the 911 and Panamera, but for other vehicles in the future. It’s possible for the trickle-down to continue further into even more affordable vehicles like the Cayman and Boxster, but only after the development and hardware costs come down. This not only helps Porsche’s overall CAFE ratings, but helps boost horsepower ratings and performance standards as well.

It sounds like a win-win to us.

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The Cayman GT4 May be the Best Driver's Car Porsche has Ever Built

The Cayman GT4 May be the Best Driver’s Car Porsche has Ever Built

If you pay any attention to the TopSpeed Podcast, it will have become abundantly clear that we all like Porsches, and that the Cayman is top on our list for greatest driver’s cars. With the recent spy shots of the Porsche Cayman GT4, we thought it was time we took a quick look at what makes the new potential Cayman special, and what it may mean for the rest of the Porsche family.

The birth of the Cayman was purely to fill a gap in Porsche’s lineup. It was an artificial car with artificial specifications. It had an engine, horsepower rating, top speed and price, that was exactly between the Boxster and the 911.

Thanks to its mid-engine design the Cayman has always felt like the better handling car, but Porsche refused to let it eclipse the power or performance of the 911. That seems until now, anyways. If the rumors about the GT4 Cayman are correct, it is positioned to be a better car than the base 911 Carrera, and potentially even the RWD Carrera S. If true, this could make the GT4 Cayman one of the best driver’s cars Porsche has ever created.

Read on to find out what makes the Porsche Cayman GT4 so special

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2015 Porsche Boxster Four-Cylinder

2015 Porsche Boxster Four-Cylinder

Well we know it is coming, but we finally have the first solid, rolling evidence of the new four-cylinder Porsche Boxster.

Our spy photographers have captured a new mule doing the rounds at the Nürburgring. While there are no visual cues that this taped up convertible is only running on four-cylinders, our spies report that the exhaust note was anything but the traditional flat-six wail the usually exits the rear of the Porsche.

While there have been some rumors that the upcoming four-banger Porsche may be using a more traditional in-line design engine than a flat-four setup, our spies were only able to catch it for two laps, so there was not enough listening time accurately gauge the engine note.

Beyond the engine note, this appears to be a fairly standard Porsche Boxster with some tape and sensors collecting loads of fancy data for the German engineers to salivate over.

If you ever really doubted all of Porsche’s plans to bring a four-cylinder car to market, this should finally put all those doubts to rest. We may even get shots of the new four-banger Cayman soon as well.

Expect to see a full announcement before the end of the year, with an on-sale date early in 2015.

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Porsche Pondering Cayenne Coupe

Porsche Pondering Cayenne Coupe

With Mercedes-Benz already testing the production version of its brand-new Concept Coupe SUV, we were wondering which automaker will jump on the coupe-like crossover bandwagon next. Well, it appears that the BMW X6’s second competitor will also spawn from Stuttgart, the city that’s home to the headquarters of both Mercedes and Porsche.

The latter company, who has reached great automotive heights since it launched the Cayenne, is reportedly planning on expanding that model’s lineup by adding a sportier, coupe-like SUV. The vehicle will carry the Cayenne Coupe moniker and will look identical to its full-size cousin, save for a fast, sloping roof line, Autocar reports.

Naturally, the interior will also be shared with the regular Cayenne, as will the V-6 and V-8 engines, but it’s too early to speculate on any of those matters as the Coupe won’t arrive until the third-generation Cayenne is launched sometime in 2017. The Coupe is rumored for a 2018 introduction, allowing the Germans to expand production capacity at their Leipzig facility, without which the new SUV couldn’t be built alongside the best-selling Cayenne.

"We have been considering launching a more sporting derivative of the Cayenne for some time now. The problem has been the production capacity at our Leipzig factory and the strong sales of the regular Cayenne," an unnamed senior Porsche official told Autocar, adding that the Cayenne Coupe has yet to receive the green light.

When it arrives, the brand-new sports utility coupe is likely to be priced around 15 to 20 percent higher than the current Cayenne, which fetches at least $49,600.

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2010 Porsche Cayenne 2

2010 Porsche Cayenne 2

Latest spy shots revealed that Porsche is already working on a new generation Cayenne that is set to be released in 2010. As usual it will compete with the next generation Touareg that will be revealed at the end of 2010 and the next generation Audi Q7 that will debut sometime in 2013.

The 2010 Cayenne will be shorter than the current model and will look less like an SUV and more like a Porsche. It will have a more muscular and elegant appearance, and in the same time will feature a more steeply raked windshield, shorter greenhouse and blacked-out B- and C-pillars.

Under the hood Porsche will place the same engine line-up as in the current model, with the top version to get around 500 hp. There will also be a hybrid version, that is supposed to have a fuel economy of 26.8mpg.

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2010 Porsche Roxster

2010 Porsche Roxster

We know Porsche said there won’t be a baby Cayenne in the future. And we also know they denied the Roxster name. But we want to take our chances and bet on a future baby Cayenee and even more on the "Roxster" name.

Even more if you take a look on the market and on the history a small SUV from Porsche is the most normal thing to happen. For instance, Porsche, Volkswagen and Audi have an SUV built on the same platform: the Cayenne, the Touareg and the Q7. Now, from the things we know there will be the Q5 and the Tiguan built on the same platform. And taking a look on the market: BMW has a small SUV: the X3 and also does Mercedes: the next MLK-Class. As a result we are sure that the baby SUV is going to happen, and will happen quite soon: two years after the Q5 will be launched.

The Cayenne is a real success on the SUV market, but Porsche also needs a small SUV for that part of the customers that prefer luxury, SUV and compact car all in only one model.

The upcoming baby Cayenne was already named by the Autobild magazine Roxster. It will share many of its components with the upcoming Audi Q5 and Volkswagen Tiguan. The Roxster will be a luxury car with sporty handling characteristics and high achievement. Sportier than the current Cayenne, it will feature muscular line contours, LED headlamps and taillights.

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2008 Porsche Boxster

2008 Porsche Boxster

As we are used by now, Porsche’s model follow a certain order, being restyled and updated every few years. And of course the Boxster is no exception. In 2008 Porsche will unveil a new Boxster with subtle styling changes and incremental boosts in power. It will come to compete with models like BMW Z4 and Audi TT.

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2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

2009 Porsche 911 Carrera S

Porsche is preparing a facelift for all the 911 models. The design will be inspired by the one used in the newly-launched Cayenne. The 2009 Carrera will compete with the latest model from Maserati, the GranTurismo, and also with the Aston Martin V8 and BMW M6.

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2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible (997)

2008 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible (997)

At New York International Auto Show, Porsche will unveil the 997 Generation of its 911 Turbo Convertible model. It will go on sale this year at a price of $130.000 and will compete with Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Aston Martin V8 Convertible and Ferrari F430 Spider.

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