Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

The extensive 911 range got a little bigger at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, thanks to the introduction of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. The car is aimed at buyers who want more performance and better handling from their 911 but don’t want to go all the way and dip into the domain of the hardcore 911 GT3.

Built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the Targa 4 GTS features a sportier front bumper, wider rear fenders and tinted bi-xenon headlights. The model also has aerodynamic mirrors, a sports exhaust system and gloss black 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.
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TopCar Porsche 991 Turbo Stinger GTR

The Russian tuning company TopCar are offering a drastic full-body makeover for the Porsche 911 Turbo (991 generation). The kit can be fitted to the 911 Turbo or the Turbo S and includes 24 carbon fiber panels. The interior can also be customized to the buyer’s specification.

The body kit comprises of new front and rear bumpers, new wheel arches, a new hood, new side sills and a new rear decklid. In fact over 90-percent of the car’s exterior is modified by the kit, which TopCar says is bonded to the steel body using “hi-tech materials and know how skills” – an ambiguous statement that wouldn’t put me off at all.
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Willys AW 380 Berlinetta

Many automobiles are the result of international collaborations, but few can match the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta in terms of worldwide design and engineering input. Built by two Italian companies – Carrozzeria Viotti and Maggiora (both of which have been around since the 1920s), the Willys AW 380 Berlinetta revives an American company’s Brazilian-built-under-license version of a French-designed sports car. Powering the car is a German engine.

The car’s Renault Alpine A108 looks are not by accident. From 1962 to 1966 Willys’ Brazilian subsidiary built over 800 examples of a sports car called the Interlagos – which was based on the A108. The Interlagos was sold in berlinetta, coup√©, and convertible form.
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Porsche Design Bounce S4 running shoe

If someone told you they had a Porsche for sale and it was only $500 (400 EUR), then chances are they’ve got a rotted out 924 they want rid of. But for the same money you could also buy a brand-new Porsche – in fact a pair of Porsches – if you opt for the Porsche Design Bounce S4 running shoes.

Developed with the help of Adidas, the Porsche Design Bounce S4 trainers are more than just your average running shoe. They feature a carbon fiber baseplate, a lightweight and flexible upper section, a sleek minimalist look, and a clever suspension system designed to transfer vertical impact into forward propulsion.
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Porsche’s Ferrari 458 Italia-beating 988 project

Porsche currently has a gaping hole in its otherwise extensive sports car lineup. The space between the top-of-the-line 911 and the 918 Spyder is huge, and just begging for a good Ferrari-baiting supercar. And according to Autocar Porsche boss Matthias Muller is keen to field something which could go toe-to-toe with the 458 Italia.

Unfortunately it’s not quite that simple, and the business case for such a car still needs to be stated. The project, codenamed 988, is apparently on the to-do list, but it’s not a high priority for the company at the moment as they are more concerned with getting the new Panamera in shape, as well as working on the new Cayenne and refreshing the sports car lineup.
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Australian Police get a brand new Porsche 911

The Australian Police force of New South Wales has just taken delivery of a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera which for patrol duties in the Force’s Harbourside Local Area Command.

Unfortunately, instead of being used for high-speed pursuits and rapid response calls, the Australian Police Porsche 911 will be used more of less solely as a way to help the police force better interact with the public, and especially young adults, at community events.

This is the third year Porsche Cars Australia have partnered with the Australian Police force as part of the Force’s community engagement activities. Since 2012 the NSW police force has used a specially adapted Porsche to attend over 300 community events throughout the state.
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Porsche 913 Supercar Concept

Forgetting the Panamera, Cayenne and Macan, Porsche offer a pretty well-rounded sports car range. Starting with the Boxster and Cayman, and moving up the multitude of variations of the Porsche 911, all the way up to the 918 Spyder supercar. But there is a HUGE price gap between the top of the range 911 Turbo ($250,000 will all the options ticked), to the 918 Spyder ($800,000). Somewhere in that range Porsche could surely offer something to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. Something like the 913 possibly?

Conceived by the fertile mind of Rene Garcia, a professional 3D modeller who has created conceptual vehicles and highly detailed models for some of the biggest movies of the past decade, including the Matrix Trilogy, Transformers, the latest Star Trek thrillers and The Avengers, the Porsche 913 is an exquisitely rendered design in every detail.
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This is the ‘steering wheel’ of the Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 race car

Do you have a multi-function steering wheel in your car? If it’s less than 10 years old there’s a good chance you answered ‘yes’. But the words ‘multi-function’ are pretty vague. In most cases it probably means you can turn the volume up and down on the stereo, set the cruise control, and maybe make and receive phone calls. But in the case of the Porsche 919 Hybrid race car it’s a little more than that.

The multi-function wheel of the Class 1 Le Mans prototypes have 24 buttons and switches on the front, and no less than six paddles on the reverse side. Not only that, it’s not even a wheel. It’s a multi-function rectangle. Porsche say the shape is due to the space required during quick driver changes. A round steering wheel wouldn’t allow enough room for the legs of taller drivers like Mark Webber or Brendon Hartley to fit in easily.

If all the buttons, switches and paddles weren’t enough, the 919 Hybrid’s steering wheel also has a large central display screen which provides data to the driver, including; speed, what gear is engaged, the currently selected motor management, and the charge status of the lithium-ion battery.
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Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition

Porsche 911 S Martini Racing Edition

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 Moncenisio – a helluva expensive Porsche Cayman

StudioTorino Moncenisio

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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