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2012 Porsche 911 Prototype

Without any doubt the Porsche 911 (regardless of generation) was not made for driving through a meter of snow. These spy photos show us a 2012 Porsche 911 stuck in the snow, as the car is undergoing development testing in Scandinavia. Most likely, the driver of the 911 lost control of the car on his way to the ice track and he made a quick stop into a snow bank. Luckily, nobody was hurt but the driver of the Porsche had to wait for a colleague to come with a Cayenne in order to get that 911 prototype out of the snow bank.

2012 Porsche 911 Prototype

The 2012 Porsche 911 will come as standard with the 3.4-liter Boxer engine that will produce 345 hp ( 350 PS / 257 kW), allowing it to do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, onto a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h). The 911 Carrera S will be equipped with a revised 3.8-liter engine that will output 395 hp (400 PS / 294 kW), allowing it to reach 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds and have a top speed of 188 mph (302 km/h).

2012 Porsche 911 Prototype

The upcoming generation of the Porsche 911 will be unveiled later on this year.

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2012 Porsche 911

According to German automotive magazine Autobild, the 2012 Porsche 911 will have more changes than initially expected. From the looks of the spy photo we can see that the car is a little bit longer, but now Autobild has found out the exact dimensions of the car. The 2012 model will be 56 mm longer in comparison to the current generation and will measure 4.49 meters in length. The wheelbase of the 911 will also be 10 mm longer and the car will stand 11 mm shorter. The standard version of the 911 will have the same width, but the Carrera version will have a 60 mm wider rear end.

All of the engines will be completely revised for the 2012 and with the new model; the 911 will come with an entirely new rear axle, especially developed for this model. The entry-level Boxer 3.6-liter power unit will be cut down to 3.4-liters and will output 345 hp (350 PS / 257 kW). With this engine, the 911 will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, onto a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h). The fuel economy will be down by 13% to 27.7 mpg (8.5 liters / 100 km).

The Porsche 911 Carrera S will be fitted with a revised 3.8-liter engine that will produce 395 hp (400 PS / 294 kW). The car will reach 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and will have a top speed of 188 mph (302 km/h). Again, the fuel economy will be reduced by 14% to 25.8 mpg (9.1 liters / 100 km).

The new generation of the 911 will weigh 20 kg less and will come as standard with 19-inch rims while the Carrera S will be fitted with 20-inch wheels.

The official debut of the 2012 Porsche 911 will be made at the Frankfurt Motor Show which will take place in September, 2011.

Source: Autobild

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2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

First seen two months ago at the Paris Auto Show, the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is a rare, fast and expensive car and will be available at the U.S. dealerships in early 2011 at a starting price of $204,400.

This humpbacked 911 is a rear-wheel drive that on paper looks like a 911 GTS Cabriolet but with all the optional features and with a bubbled tonneau cover. If you didn’t know, the GTS packs 408 hp from its 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine. Building on the performances of this car, the Speedster is available with a 7-speed PDK dual clutch transmission, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Sport Chrono Plus.

According to Porsche, the 911 Speedster will do the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.2 seconds. The acceleration of this car is very efficient and ferocious especially with the launch control as well as when the Sport Plus system is engaged.  The wheel spin is electronically limited in order to offer the optimal percentage to the car, guaranteeing fast accelerations.

The ZF gearbox of the Speedster receives all of its power from a larger power unit in comparison to a garden-variety 911 – 3.8-liters versus 3.6-liters. The output of this engine is considerably larger when compared to the 911’s 345 hp or the 911 S’s 385 hp. The Speedster’s 408 hp output at 7,300 rpm is very close to a more powerful model, the GT3 which packs 435 hp. When put side by side with the 911 S, the Speedster’s more powerful engine guarantees a more robust torque curve as well as extra top-end power thanks to the very complex variable intake manifold.

Inside the manifold, six miniaturized furnace dampers channel the air through tuned-length runners in order to optimize the air charge delivery based on the power unit’s speed. In order to further enhance the airflow into the cylinder heads, Porsche hand polished the manifold upstream of the heads. To complete the intake tract, the German engineers equipped the 911 Speedster with direct fuel injectors and variable cam timing while at the same time revising the entire engine electronics in order to make the new intake work properly with the balance of the engine’s hardware.

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

Compared to the 2011 Porsche GTS, the Speedster’s chassis components are exactly the same. However, compared to the S model, the Speedster has a 2 mm front increase and a 32 mm rear track increase due to the additional wheel offset. Speaking of the wheels, the car comes with center-lock rims that measure 19 inches and are equipped with staggered tires that measure 235/35ZR19 for the front wheels and 295/30ZR19 for the rear wheels.

The door skins of the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster are very light and they were taken from the Turbo model. The nose and the front fenders are part of the Sport Design Package which is also used on the 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic. From GT2, the Speedster got its functional side skirts and the widebody rear fenders are identical to all of the ones used on the AWD 911s. Compared to the standard 911, the windshield of the Speedster is 2.4-inches shorter. Customers can get the car with the GT’s rear spoiler, but it does not add any additional downforce, plus it would ruin the special rear profile of the car.

Speaking of the rear profile, the car features an aluminum rear tonneau and similar with the Boxster Spyder, the Porsche Speedster has a Rube Goldberg environmental blocker. The driver of the car must complete 14 steps in order to raise and lower the top, and these steps must be made from the inside of the car and out.

Inside the car you will be invaded by the finest leather quality possible. Even the door pulls and the vent surrounds are covered in this fine material. The sill plates denote the fact that this is a limited edition model and each car has individually numbered plaques that match the number on the dash.

Porsche will be making only 356 units of the 2011 Speedster and 100 cars will be delivered to United States customers. It is estimated that these cars will only be important to collectors and other enthusiasts and only a few of them will be actually driven regularly. The 2011 model will probably have a life similar with the other generations of the Speedster, like the 1953, 1998 and 1993/1994 models.

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2011 Porsche Cayenne

Porsche AG recently said that in the next three years the company is planning on opening new dealerships in China so that the sales will go up by 50%. For 2010, Porsche hopes to sell about 10,000 cars, 10% more than in 2009 and is expecting 15,000 car sales by 2013, according to Helmut Broeker who is the chief of Porsche China.

Back in June, Porsche opened in Sanghai its first company-owned sales unit and according to Broeker, this inauguration led to “a great deal of trust in the brand”. At the beginning of this month, the company opened in Taiyuan a new dealership. The location is a massive coal district, located in the northern province of Shanxi. Porsche’s image in China is well known thanks to the 911 models.

However, in comparison to customers from other countries, the regular Porsche buyer in China does not acquire a sports car like the 911 as he prefers to get the company’s first sport utility vehicle, the Cayenne. Why? – Because the quality of the roads in China is not very good in comparison to European roads for example. According to Broeker, 60% of the cars sold in China are SUVs and at the moment the request for this model exceeds the capabilities of Porsche to deliver the cars.

2011 Porsche Cayenne

The most popular Cayenne in China is a model that is not even available in its native country Germany. We are talking about a 3.0-liter turbocharged TFSI power unit. The powertrain of this type of Cayenne is assembled in Hungary at the Gyor unit. This is a problem for Porsche because at this plant, the company also manufactures the 6-cylinder engines that power the Q7, A6, A7 and the A8 limousine. Because the factory has a limited production, the German manufacturer cannot supply the needed engines for the Chinese cars. For this reason customers in China have to wait about nine months until they can drive their Cayenne.

Usually 9 months is enough to make a customer from China change his mind and try looking for something else, but this is not the situation with the Cayenne customer, because this is the most affordable method to drive a Porsche SUV. The 3.6-liter Cayenne is significantly less expensive than the V8 engine because in China, the Government has a 44% consumption tax for cars that have engine with a 3.0 (max) capacity. Above this figure, clients have to pay a 110% tax – this is the situation for the V8 engine that powers the Cayenne, which is why people are waiting almost an entire year for the 3.6-liter power unit.

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While Porsche can be blamed for many things, including following almost the exact design line for about 20 years or so, you can’t argue that it makes some of the most unbelievable cars which you can still drive everyday, but also take them to the track.

Such is the case with the top-of-the-range 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, which promises to be the definitive road-lega racing car from the German automaker. Powered by an upgraded naturally-aspirated 3.8 liter engine, which delivers 450 HP, it overtakes the GT3 as the definitive enthusiast’s choice from the 911 lineup.

An specially customized six-speed manual gearbox is standard with this model, which was optimized for a shorter gearshift travel, in order to gain even the slightest millisecond. Faster gear ratios are also fitted to this gearbox, thus bringing out all of the power of the car.

An interesting part of this new 911 GT3 RS will be the dynamic engine mounts, which will improve the handling of the model. They change their stiffness depending on the conditions, thus not intruding on everyday drives around the city. Also, if you really want to take weight trimming to the extreme, you can opt to outfit the car with a 10 kg slimmer lithium-ion battery, instead of the normal lead-acid one.

To further highlight the racing potential of this car, the GT3 RS will have a custom PASM suspension, a wider front and rear tracks, as well as a wide body. The low ride height and big carbon fiber rear wing will also make quite an impression on racing fans, alongside the titanium exhaust system.

Look forward to the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS reaching US shores in early spring 2010, for about $132,800. Until then, enjoy this video of this fantastic car.


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Porsche 911 is the first car introduced in the series, with glass area instead of metal or textile roof. Initially this solution has been received with enthusiasm. Although other builders have made this type of roof available, Porsche is the only one that remained faithful even today, 50 years later and they keep Targa models in their offer.

After Porsche presented the facelift for most 911 versions, the time came for Targa to be changed. Besides the obvious visible changes, Targa comes in addition with mechanical improvements. The aesthetic changes consist in a wide glass area, 1.54 m, and more elegant styling. The sliding is done in 7 seconds and will offer passengers 0.54m of sky above their heads. For the days when the sun is burning, the interior can be protected with glass particularly treated against sun radiation or by sunshade which isolates heat perfectly.

There is one little problem. The Targa 4 and Targa 4S reach the first 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5 and 4.7 seconds, 0.4 and 0.2 seconds less than the metallic roof versions. Maximum speed is also lower, the top of the range being able to reach 297 km/h (184 mph) and the base “only” 284 km/h (176 mph). The model will debut at the Paris Motor Show in October and prices will be announced at that time.

Check out more photos after the jump.

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The rumors about the upcoming 2010 Cayman and Boxer appear to be true. The design is, as always, just incremental which, for Porsche, is a good thing. It isn’t sure that this is in fact the official design so there’s no reason to get to deep in to it. Suffice to say it looks good.

The more interesting changes are under the bonnet because, apparently, the S versions of the Boxter and Cayman will be getting Direct Injection, the same as their older brother the 911, which should bump the power up to 320 hp for the Cayman with the Boxter falling 10 hp short. They’ll also be getting Porsche’s new 7 speed semi-auto gearbox the PDK along with a limited-slip differential for good measure.

A 25 hp increase along with a new gearbox doesn’t seem to much performance wise, considering that the 911 will also get them. But the rumor is that the reason the current generation didn’t get LSD even as an option was because it’s performance was to close to the 911 already. Now with the same gearbox, LSD, and almost as powerful engine as the Carrera but on a lighter and nimbler car the Cayman may actually be faster than the 911 while also significantly cheaper. These are just speculations at the moment and the very fact that it may be faster than the 911 with these upgrades make me a little cautious as to the truthfulness of these claims. We’ll have to wait and see but if they are true the Cayman will be one hell of a buy.

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Porsche prepared very well for the upcoming 2008 Motorsport season and announced the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The car is powered by 3.6 liter six-cylinder boxer engine which now develops 420 hp (that’s 20 hp more than the previous model), mated with a sequential six-speed transmission. The car weights only 1,150 kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 2.7 kg per hp.

However, the most significant new feature is the new rear end following the design of the production model, with air venting slits that ensure better dissipation of heat at the rear.

Porsche will produce a record number of 265 units, in the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant and the cars will race in next year’s editions of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup, national Porsche Carrera Cups and GT3 Cup Challenge. There will be 26 models available for the Porsche Supercup, will feature a special exhaust system and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).

View more photos after the jump.


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At next month’s Essen Motor Show in Germany, TechArt will present latest tuning program for the latest Porsche 997 Turbo Cabriolet. The car sports some impressive mechanical modifications, like the improved 3.6 liter boxer engine which now produces 630 hp. This means the performance figures are also impressive: the car does 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.5 seconds and TechArt claims it reaches a top speed of 214 mph (345 km/h). Pretty nice!

Handling was improved by a 25 mm lowered suspension, plus an electronically adjustable PASM shock absorption system equipped with TechArt VarioPlus threaded chassis. The German tuner offers two body kits, the Aero Kit I and Aero Kit II, both featuring a new front spoiler, new bumper, aerodynamic side sills, lowered rear diffuser with additional, lateral air outlets and a completely redesigned wing profile of the extendable rear spoiler.

What can we say…beautiful car, impressive performances, let’s just hope some crazy rich dude won’t get his hands on it and destroy it. So, what do you say about it? (click here to drop a comment).

More photos after the jump.

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This is the latest promo video for the upcoming 2008 Porsche 911 GT2, found on YouTube and upped by the guys at Carscoop. The video shows that the car can be used both for aggressive driving (the RS Spyder is also in the video) and for day-to-day use. Pretty nice. Check it out!


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We’ve got a fresh video for you, of the new Porsche 911 GT2. Released by Porsche, the video show the upcoming car in the factory workshop and then on the streets and, of course, on the track. And with the car going from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds and having a top speed of 329 km/h, believe us, this video is worth it. Enjoy!


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After official pics of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT2 leaked, the German car maker released an official announcement of the car. Powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged boxer engine producing 530 hp (50 hp more than the previous GT2), the rear-wheel-drive GT2 runs from 0 to 100km/h (60 mph) in just 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph).

Now that’s impressive. But that’s not all. The Porsche 911 GT2 features ceramic brakes and Porsche’s PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system comes standard on the GT2, plus new weight-saving titanium muffler and tailpipe setup.

The car will “wear” 19-inch light-alloy wheels and it’ll be priced at $191,700. (more…)

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Set to make it’s first appearance at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 could be a big hit for the German car maker. As these spy shots show, the new Porsche looks great and considering that it will probably be powered by the 500 hp turbocharged flat six engine and with a suspension setup similar to the Porsche 911 GT3, it is fair to say the Porsche 911 GT2 will be a pretty interesting choice. (more…)

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At the Geneva Motor Show 2007, the German tuner TechArt presented the TechArt GTstreet 2007, modified version of the latest Porsche 911 Turbo.

The standard Porsche engine a 3.6-liter twin-turbo flat engine, which develops 480 hp was modified by TechArt and now develops 630 hp at 6,800 rpm. Peak torque increases from 620 Nm to 820 Nm at 4,500 rpm. This makes the TechArt GTstreet one of the world’s fastest sports cars: 0 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds, 200 km/h after just 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 345 km/h. Sounds good.

The optic elements, which look astonishing, were modified for better aerodynamic downforce, minimized drag. So we have to say that the new TechArt GTstreet is a fantastic car, the only thing we don’t know yet is it’s pricing. More photos after the jump. (more…)

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