It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.
These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.
The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.
Like a lot of the marquee auto brands in the world today, Porsche has taken that dive into the world of in-house customization and recently, it made a rather subdued and under-the-radar release of one 911 model that falls under this program.
Limited to just a handful of examples, this is the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition. Apart from its exclusive quantity, this particular model will only be sold in the United Kingdom, further keeping it away from the hands of customers outside the British isles.
As far as its uniqueness is concerned, the 911 Carrera S Exclusive Edition boasts of some impressive exterior and interior additions, including an exclusive grey exterior finish, a sport design body kit, premium leather upholstery on the interior, and most distinct of all relative to its market, a series of Union Jack (that’s the flag of the United Kingdom) logos on the door entry guards and the center armrest.
The 911 Carrera 4S Exclusive Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 395 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque in its standard setup, but Porsche Exclusive equipped it with a Power Kit to boost its output. Porsche has yet to unveil its total output, but we expect it to fall near the 425- to 450-horsepower range.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Porsche Carrera 4S
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a unique auto show that highlights more than today’s cars, but also pays homage to some past classics that paved the way for the current model’s to be as esteemed as they are.
For German automaker, Porsche, the 2013 Festival of Speed is an opportunity to showcase one such classic as part of its 50th anniversary: the 1965 Porsche 911 Project 50.
The model is actually a 1965 Porsche 911 that came powered by a 2.0-liter flat-six engine that produced 130 horsepower, a huge number back in the 60’s. The owner, who actually paid just £3,438 ($5,211) in today’s exchange, was an Italian who eventually sold it and soon thereafter, the car changed owners multiple times. It included a stop in the U.S. where it was soon imported to the UK sometime in the late 90’s where it morphed into a fully restored, FIA-Approved race car by what Porsche says was an "established historic Porsche motor sport preparation company."
In its current guise, the 911 Project 50 looks like it’s still got some legs to challenge in an auto race. At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will make its public debut before embarking on a competition schedule that will include stops at a number of “Masters Series” events to go with appearances at larger festivals, such as the Nürburgring OldTimer and Silverstone Classic.
The car, itself, will be housed out of the company’s UK headquarters in Reading, Berkshire, and maintained by the in-house Porsche Cars GB Motorsport team. We’ll bring you more details as they become available.
Ewe no, their are thymes when a spellchecker is in order and advertismenting sumthing is Juan of them thymes. Their’s not much worser then misspelling the nayme of the pro-duct you are saling. Welp, it looks like Porsche has decided against spell checking its ads.
Okay, we’ll stop now... but seriously. Every single Porsche Boxster billboard ad in the great city of London has a glaring error in it. It’s missing an “S,” so the sports car is now known as the "Boxter." Granted, the pronunciation is exactly the same, but the spelling is simply horrendous.
Really, how in the world does a professional advertising company, which we only assume Porsche uses, misspell a key word, like the product’s freaking name, on a slew of billboards? To boot, how exactly does Porsche not catch this before having the billboards installed? Yeah, accidents happen, but that’s fine on a single small ad somewhere, not on billboards all across London.
An ad campaign of this magnitude has to cost a load of money and if the ads are up, it means that Porsche apparently approved the final proofs. So the question is how did Porsche approve botched proofs or did the ad company misprint them when they made the billboards?
We tried coming up with a department to call in Porsche’s operation to find out whose error it was, but we came up empty. We are sure that within a matter of days these ads will be fixed up. It’s still worth a good laugh.
Porsche has unveiled a pretty cool video presenting their stand at the 2012 Autosport International Show held in Birmingham, England. Porsche launched the 2012 Carrera Cup GB and GT3 Cup Challenge race series, as well as showed off the 918 RSR and the new 911 Carrera for the first time in the UK.
Porsche’s presence at the Autosport is pretty important considering this event is kind of a kick-off for the motorsport year - an area where Porsche has a lot to say. Our favorite, of course, is the 918 RSR - a race car that will deliver about 600 HP, while hitting a top speed of 200mph and taking off from 0-60 mph in less than 3.0 seconds. The Porsche 918 RSR will begin competing in 2013.
In the wide world of automotive tuning, there’s something to be said for UK tuner Merdad and its penchant for producing new body kits for a number of Porsche vehicles, the most recent of which was a program for the Porsche Cayenne. Now the tuning firm is at it again with a new program for the Porsche 997 Turbo S. Called the 997 650-R SS, the modification program comes with a full Merdad Body styling kit that includes a new bonnet, a new front spoiler, front skirt with air intakes, new side skirts with twin air intakes, wider wheel arches, a new rear bumper, and a set of new 20" alloy forged lightweight wheels that was created exclusively for Merdad.
Merdad-exclusive items have also been added to the 997, including a new super sound exhaust, carbon fiber 2-door guards, and a complete set of Merdad logos and badges.
Performance modifications haven’t been announced yet. That being said, we’d love to see what they have done with the Porsche 911 Turbo’s supercharged flat six boxer engine because, well, we’d expect them to get a lot more than the standard 530hp and 516 lb/ft of torque. If the title says anything about the output - which we hope it does - maybe we are looking at 650hp Turbo?
The whole list of modifications will £19,995, which is around $31,500 based on current exchange rates.
UPDATE 12/05/11: Merdad has updated its gallery of the 997 650-R SS with some cool, new photos. Check out the newly released photos of the finely-dressed sports car in the gallery below!
In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.
For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.
Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman. Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.
On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.
Continued after the jump.
Top Gear USA may be trying to find their way to super stardom, but Top Gear UK has been sitting in the celebrity lounge for quite some time, so when they sit behind the wheel of a sports car and want to tell us about it, we listen. In this review, James "Captain Slow" May takes a drive in a Porsche Boxster Spyder which is probably a little bittersweet considering the famous TV presenter just decided to part with his own beloved Boxster.
The Porsche Boxster Spyder is powered by a 3.4 Liter direct injected flat six ahead of the rear axle that delivers a total of 320 HP, 10 HP more than the current top of the line model in the Boxster lineup, the Boxster S, while still getting as much as 30.4 MPG. Like all the other current Porsche models, the Boxster Spyder comes equipped with a seven speed PDK gearbox and a Sports Chrono Package. This allows the Boxster Spyder to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 166 MPH. On the US market, the model is priced at $61,200.
Check out the video to see what James May has to say about the Porsche Boxster Spyder.
The next Porsche 911 will be revealed next year at the Frankfurt Motor Show and we can’t wait. Until then, we have Autocar to give us a look at what the next 911, codenamed the 991, might look like.
Porsche is hoping to win back a few customers that might have gone off to drive a Ferrari or any other Italian product. This new machine should cement the company’s role with Volkswagen.
The 991 will be a heavily re-engineered product that should go on sale around October 2011 in the United Kingdom. The exterior will get redone – in that typical Porsche way – and there will be a more powerful and more fuel-efficient flat-six motor.
The prices will rise, as the company wants to move the car up in the market in order to make room for a new entry-level model. Porsche engineers hope that this 991 model will be good enough to carry on through 2017, when the next update is due.
It’s been a day full of car videos, but we’re certainly not complaining. And while we’ve been having a steady diet of drag races recently, we’ll take a little break from the tarmac and show you the recent Porsche Carrera GT celebration, which was hosted by Porsche for some of its owners at the Silverstone race track.
It’s about the closest thing we can have to a Porsche Carrera GT overload, which, by no means, is a bad thing. Here we have a video of the Porsche Experience at Silverstone. At this event, owners of the Carrera GT were invited by Porsche to try out the newly-renovated Silverstone track and participate in a number of tests on the purpose-built Porsche test tracks. The video also features an interview with one of the Carrera GT’s designers, Tony Hatter, as he explains the history of the supercar and how it came to be one of the most iconic cars in Porsche’s history. Finally, the video concludes with interviews from some of the owners who participated in the event, most of which attest to the supreme awesomeness of owning a Porsche Carrera GT.
The video’s about four-and-something minutes long, which really is enough time or us to drool over the thought of sitting behind the wheel of one.
Fighting crime and protecting civilians has never been a glamorous job. But just because life as a police officer comes in a perpetual state of danger, it doesn’t meant that the law can’t ride in style.
Imagine being a police officer in the UK and you get handed the keys to an Oakley-designed Porsche Panamera Turbo police car. Yeah, you’d be doing back flips too. Unfortuantely, this Panamera Turbo police vehicle isn’t a legally-sanctioned one but is only a test unit.
But to illustrate exactly how a Panamera can be tuned to become a crime-busting cruiser, Oakley decided to lower the car, strip it down, modify it with carbon fiber, and give it a platter of new features including a brand new titanium exhaust, magnesium alloy wheels and a performance upgrade that boosts the Panamera Turbo’s power to 580hp.
But even if this car isn’t a licensed police cruiser, the mere sight of it out on the road should give would-be speeders second thoughts on putting the pedal to the metal. You wouldn’t want this car to be consistently occupying space on your rear view mirror.
Porsche has not officially pulled the wrappings off the four-door Panamera, but that’s not stopping it from rolling out the sales planning. Porsche’s U.K. office has revealed the base pricing structure for when the cars go on sale on September 12th:£72,266 ($99,237) Panamera S with a 405 hp 4.8-liter V8 £77,269 ($106,107) Panamera 4S with a 405 hp 4.8-liter V8 £95,298 ($130,865) Panamera Turbo with a 500 hp 4.8-liter turbo V8
The PDK double-clutch transmission is available for £2,289 ($3,143).
What is oddly absent from the pricing schedule is the base model which should get a 300 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine. Will the U.K. not get the V6 engine? Historically, the U.S. is the only place that shies away from small engines.
Maybe all will become a little clearer when the Porsche’s sedan makes its official debut next month at the Shanghai Auto Show.
Follow the press release after the jump for the full breakdown.
Two days ago we reported that Porsche will add a new special edition to its Cayman line-up: the Cayman S Sport. And today we bring you the first official image.
The sports car will be priced at £49,890 and will feature Porsche Active Stability Management, 303bhp and that tasty two-tone body/wheel combo. It’s been lowered by 10mm too.
Stay tuned for the official details.
According to Porsche, an official letter sent by TfL and Mayor Ken Livingstone revealed the fact that the request for changing the proposed introduction of a new £25 charge on some vehicles entering London has been rejected. Since the only way to convince them that they are wrong is only the Law Courts, Porsche decided to request a juridicial review.
Porsche UK is offering a Sport Edition version of the Boxster and Boxster S at a MSRP of £36,450 and £43,110. The Sport Edition features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and the SportDesign package. Also the Boxster’s five-speed manual gearbox is replaced with the six-speed manual ’box that’s standard on the Boxster S.