After a 16 year absence Porsche will make a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race this year. To mark their return to endurance racing the company has created a special edition version of the 911. Called the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition, the car wears the famous Martini branding which was used on several iconic Porsche race cars in the past. Cars like the 917, which domintaed the World Sportscar Championship in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and the wild 935 “Moby Dick” race car from the late 1970s.
Unlike those cars however, the Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition isn’t meant for the track. It doesn’t mean it can’t go there occasionaly, it’s just it’s probably more at home on the street.
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StudioTorino, an Italian design studio who have a slightly haphazard history of designing eye-catching vehicles, have just put the finishing touches to their latest creation. I say haphazard because sometimes they do great things, other times they do stuff like this.
The new Porsche Cayman based Moncenisio sits somewhere in the middle of StudioTorino’s abilities. It’s certainly not ugly, but it’s also not really an improvement on the already handsome Cayman. But even if you’re a big fan of the design, its asking price is hard to swallow. Priced at $200,000 (£121,000 / 145,000 EUR) the Moncenisio is roughly four times more expensive than a standard Cayman. Or to put it another way, for the same amount you could have a Cayman and a brand new 911 Turbo.
The StudioTorino Moncenisio is based on the Porsche Cayman S and the drivetrain has been left untouched, meaning that it’s still powered by the same 325 horsepower 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine it left the Porsche factory with. So where’s the money been spent?
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The Porsche Boxster and Cayman ranges have both been increased with the addition of new top dog models. Called the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS, the new cars are the most powerful and fastest versions of their respective models yet.
Starting with the Boxster GTS, Porsche’s small roadster has been fitted with a 3.4 litre flat six cylinder engine tuned to provide 330 horsepower, 15 horsepower more than the Boxster S. Torque output has also been increased slightly, rising to 272 ft-lbs (370 Nm).
The Porsche Boxster GTS also features the Sport Chrono package and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), fitted as standard. When fitted with the optional PDK 7-speed double-clutch transmission and the launch control function is activated, the Boxster GTS accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.7 seconds.
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TopCar, a tuning company based in Russia, has just invaded, sorry, modified the Porsche 991 with a new aerodynamic package and performance add-ons.
The TopCar Porsche 991 Carrera Stinger features extensive body modifications, including new front and rear bumpers, wider wheel arches, a new hood, new sideskirts and a larger rear spoiler. All the new components are made from carbon fiber. The kit is designed to fit on all Porsche 991 Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S models.
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The latest 911 is quite possibly the most thoroughly engineered sports car of all time. Honed to its current standard over the last 51 years, it offers performance, reliability, and in its Turbo form, ludicrous speed. There are only a few companies who can improve on what Porsche offer, and TechArt are one of them.
The latest upgrades on offer from TechArt for the 991 Series of the 911 Turbo includes a comprehensive array of aerodynamic upgrades, chassis components, drivetrain enhancements and handcrafted interior trim.
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The Porsche 911 Targa is one of those decidedly niche vehicles, created for drivers who kinda want a convertible, but not so much they’re willing to lose the roof entirely. The 2014 911 Targa is all-new, and it features a unique roof design which gets its inspiration from the original 911 Targa from 1965. Except of course it’s much more high-tech.
The 911 Targa will be available in two versions, the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S. The new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.
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Revealed yesterday at the 2013 LA Auto Show, the Porsche Macan is the sixth model in the Porsche range, and the second SUV. It sits below the Cayenne in terms of size and price, and is available with three different drivetrains – depending on the market.
As the top model in the Macan range, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the first time, develops 400 hp and allows the car to accelarate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, this drops to 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 165 mph, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between 30.7 and 31.7 mpg.
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Starting November 19 (or in other words, tomorrow), Porsche will unveil several world premieres at separate motor shows around the world. The first, and most anticipated, will be the brand-spanking-new Porsche Macan, which will make its debut at the LA Auto Show. It will be accompanied in LA by the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet. Then the 570 horsepower Panamera Turbo S Gran Turismo will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on November 20. And finally the Porsche 918 Spyder will make its first formal public appearance almost simultaneously at the LA Show and in Guangzhou, China.
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According to the folks over at brandpower.com, the perfect car would be a combination of a Citroen DS and a old-school Porsche 911. And whether you agree or not with their choice of mashup, you can’t deny it isn’t an appealing blend.
The project required lots of sketchwork, 3d modeling, and supposedly some stupidly impressive metalwork and fabrication skills. Although to be honest, I’m not entirely convinced the Porsche Citroen 911 DS has actually made the leap from 3D model to production reality. But either way, it’s a fairly awesome project.
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Porsche have just announced details regarding the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet models. The cars are scheduled to make their world debut at the LA Auto Show in November.
The 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet are designed to deliver the same blend of performance, agility and economy as their hardtop siblings. The turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp in the open-top 911 Turbo, and 560 hp in the S model. The cars accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 and 3.2 seconds respectively, reaching a top speed of up to 197 mph. Both new models return 28.5 mpg on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), with CO2 emissions of 231 g/km. When compared against their respective predecessors, the new cars deliver 30 hp more power and are 0.2 seconds faster in terms of 0 to 62 mph acceleration. They are also up to 15% more efficient.
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