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It Took Two Porsches To Set This Latest Nurburgring Lap Record 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, Record, video on 12 10th, 2017


Another week, another Nürburgring lap record. This one has been set in a Porsche, but it comes with a larger qualification than just about any we’ve seen to date.

Though not (as far as we can tell) officially verified, this video posted by vehicle trailer manufacturer Moetefindt Fahrzeugbau shows a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo lapping the Nordschleife in 12:06 – while towing a trailer.

That time in and of itself wouldn’t be nearly enough to steal the wagon record from the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, which lapped the circuit in 7:45.19 several weeks ago. But then the Benz wasn’t towing a trailer.

Behind the wheel, in case you were wondering, is one Patrick Simon. One of three German racing brothers, Patrick won the Formula Le Mans class championship in the 2011 Le Mans Series with Pegasus Racing.

Oh, and inside the trailer? Another Porsche, of course! Specifically, a vintage Porsche Junior 108 farming tractor – which would likely take a lot longer to mow the Green Hell under its own power than it took to get around with the Panamera doing the heavy work. Now if we could just see Zuffenhausen’s turbo wagon repeat the feat without the tractor/trailer, Mercedes might have a real challenger on its hands.

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Chris Harris Can’t Get Excited About The Tesla Model S P100D 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chris Harris, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, Top Gear, video on 12 9th, 2017


Our favorite Top Gear presenter finally gets a go in Tesla’s Model S P100D, giving us some of his thoughts on arguably one of the most hyped automobiles out there.

It’s easy to understand why the Model S P100D created such a huge ripple effect in the automotive scene, as it’s basically a long-range electric vehicle that can accelerate faster than almost anything in the market right now.

It’s also a really good road car, offering plenty of room for five or seven passengers and their luggage as well as tons of grip and near-silent comfort, not to mention that it’s supported by the most complete charging infrastructure out there.

Despite all the amazing credentials Tesla’s ultra-fast Model S comes with, and unlike other reviewers, Harris wan’t that impressed by it and makes some very interesting observations, as you can see in the video that follows.

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Chris Harris Can’t Get Excited About The Tesla Model S P100D 9
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Chris Harris, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, Tesla, Tesla Model S, Tesla Videos, Top Gear, video on 12 9th, 2017


Our favorite Top Gear presenter finally gets a go in Tesla’s Model S P100D, giving us some of his thoughts on arguably one of the most hyped automobiles out there.

It’s easy to understand why the Model S P100D created such a huge ripple effect in the automotive scene, as it’s basically a long-range electric vehicle that can accelerate faster than almost anything in the market right now.

It’s also a really good road car, offering plenty of room for five or seven passengers and their luggage as well as tons of grip and near-silent comfort, not to mention that it’s supported by the most complete charging infrastructure out there.

Despite all the amazing credentials Tesla’s ultra-fast Model S comes with, and unlike other reviewers, Harris wan’t that impressed by it and makes some very interesting observations, as you can see in the video that follows.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS And Lamborghini Huracan Performante Battle It Out On The Track 8
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Lamborghini, Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Videos, porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 12 8th, 2017


Every self-respecting supercar manufacturer must have at least one hardcore version of its best-seller nowadays. Even though you are spoiled for choice in Porsche, the GT2 RS is without a question the top 911 money can buy, while Lamborghini launched the Huracan Performante last summer.

You don’t need to be a genius to figure out that these two are obvious rivals, but how can you determine which is the best? Why, you take both of them out to the track and time the laps, that’s how.

The venue that was chosen by SportAuto was Hockenheim, but before checking out the video, let’s talk numbers.

The 911 GT2 RS has 690 horses and 553 pound-feet (750Nm) of torque from a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, needs 2.9 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration, and maxes out at 212mph (340km/h).The Huracan Performante, on the other hand, is powered by a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10. It might lack turbochargers, but it puts out a respectable 631hp and 443lb-ft (600Nm) of torque nevertheless, which allow it to sprint to 62mph (100km/h) in 2.9sec and reach a top speed in excess of 202mph (325km/h).

So, they are quite evenly matched, and even if the Porsche having a power advantage and can boast about being the fastest RWD production car at Nurburgring, the most extreme version of the Huracan is no pushover, thus their duel on a track that, refreshingly, isn’t the ‘Ring, is quite a spectacle, as you can see in the video that follows.

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New Porsche Cayenne Turbo Tears Up The Roads Of Greece 5
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, reviews, video on 12 5th, 2017


The latest-generation Porsche Cayenne looks a hell of a lot better than its predecessor. But do its driving characteristics match the sleek looks?

Carlos Lago from Edmunds recently headed to Greece to jump behind the new Cayenne in Turbo trim and as you’d probably expect, was full of praise for the SUV.

Sitting at the heart of the new Cayenne Turbo is a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine delivering 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are slightly greater than they were with the previous-generation Cayenne Turbo but that is far from the whole story.

Rather than simply making the new Cayenne Turbo faster in a straight line, Porsche has ensured that it is better in all areas, therefore installing an advanced air suspension system that adapts to the driving conditions.

Additionally, the Turbo includes a similar rear-wheel steering system to other Porsche models, allowing the SUV to take tight corners with ease while offering excellent stability at high speeds.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S Nearly As Fast As 918 Spyder Around Big Willow 27
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 27th, 2017


Isolated stats give us an indication as to what a vehicle is capable of – but they only tell part of the story. To find out what it can really do, you need to take it out on the track and see how its lap times compare.

For Motor Trend, that usually takes place at the Willow Springs circuit outside of Los Angeles. That’s where the publication puts performance cars to the test, and the latest lap time posted by the Porsche 911 Turbo S tells a very interesting story.

Randy Pobst hustled the flagship Elfen around Big Willow in a scant 1:24.26. (That’s the same guy in the same car, incidentally, at Laguna Seca in the video below.) Compare that to the 1:27.81 posted in the previous Turbo S, or the 1:27.22 by the last GT3, and you get an idea of just how impressive the latest upgrades really are.

Even more telling, though, is how the new Turbo S compared to the 918 Spyder: the times were less than a second apart, the hybrid hypercar having posted a top time of 1:23.54 – only 0.72 seconds quicker. (That was, by the way, the fastest Pobst has ever gone around the track. The record stands at 1:21.24, posted two years ago by FCA’s own Chris Winkler in a Dodge Viper ACR.)

That’s mighty impressive, considering that – even with 580 horsepower – the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six in the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S still doesn’t kick out as much as the the 4.6-liter V8 in the 918 Spyder. And that’s before the latter’s pair of electric motors is taken into account, bringing output up to 887 hp… and with so much torque available right off the line.

No wonder, with the 911 performing that well, that Porsche isn’t planning a successor to the 918 until there’s some technological breakthrough that’d justify the expenditure – on the manufacturer’s part as well as the customer’s. Because compared to the 918’s sticker price of $847,000, the Turbo S seems like a relative bargain at $190,700 – or less than a quarter the price.

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Is The BMW M4 CS A Rival To Porsche’s 911 GTS? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW M4, BMW Videos, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 23rd, 2017


If you were to forget the truly absurd price of the BMW M4 GTS, the hardcore M division product could be considered an impressive sports car. However, with its price rivaling that of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, it simply doesn’t make sense to anyone but the BMW faithful.

Fortunately for those in the market for a two-door, German sports car wanting more performance than a standard M4, the recently-released CS is a new option.

Designed to slot between the M4 Competition and the M4 GTS, the M4 CS delivers 454 hp from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and features numerous suspension tweaks and weight-saving measures to distinguish itself from lesser variants. Are these modifications enough to allow it to rival the mighty Porsche 911 GTS?

Jonny Lieberman and Jethro Bovingdon from Motor Trend headed to Germany to pit the two against each other. In the process, the duo tackled the Autobahn and Nurburgring to fully explore what these two sports cars are capable of.

Which do you think will come out victorious?

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Mercedes-AMG G63 Battles Porsche 718 To Prove It’s More Aerodynamic Than A Brick 22
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Videos, porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017


While the AMG-powered G-Wagen may have plenty of grunt at its disposal, it’s not exactly the type of car you want to be in if quick acceleration is your main priority.

It’s true that certain SUVs can actually keep up with a sports car like the Porsche 718, however, we’re talking about models that aren’t as heavy as the G63, have more power, and aren’t shaped like a gondola cabin.

As for what the numbers tell us, well, the Mercedes has more power and torque than the Porsche, sending its wheels no less than 570 PS and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft).

The 718 Boxster S on the other hand, packs 350 PS and 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) of torque, though weighs a lot less. In fact, the G63 is heavier by over a tonne, which does nothing to favor its power-to-weight ratio in this particular matchup.

Keep in mind however that this race features a rolling start, which sometimes can help cars that are at a weight disadvantage.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Further Detailed In 59 Images – And A Video 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 22nd, 2017


Porsche invited journalists to Portugal to put the new 911 GT2 RS through its paces on the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, in Portimao.

In the presence of Walter Rohrl, Mark Webber and Hans-Joachim Struck, and accompanied by various other Porsches, including the 918 Spyder, the journos had their first taste of the fastest and most powerful stock 911 ever.

Powered by a 700PS (690hp) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, which is mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, the latest GT2 RS needs just 2.8sec to sprint from rest to 100km/h (62mph), and reaches a top speed of 340km/h (212mph).

Thanks to its massive output and clever engineering, which includes a new aero agenda and weight saving in addition to rear-axle steering and a variable locking rear differential, the German supercar stole the Nurburgring Nordschleife lap record from the Lamborghini Huracan Performante with the company’s test driver, Lars Kern, behind the wheel.

Interested parties are no longer, however, able to buy a new 911 GT2 RS straight from Porsche, as all 1,000 units were already spoken for, but we’re pretty sure it won’t be long before they start popping up in the “used” supercar market – accompanied with a premium, of course…

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Cheapest Cayenne Turbo In The U.S. Costs Just $6,100 And Is Still Going Strong 18
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Porsche Videos, reviews, used cars, video on 11 18th, 2017


Even though YouTuber Tyler Hoover usually jokes about his compulsion to purchase old premium cars, it seems that there really are some good investments out there.

This 2004 Porsche Cayenne Turbo joined his fleet about six months ago and has been driven for 6,000 miles (9,656 km) across five states. To everyone’s surprise, not a single thing has gone wrong as the car has proven to be remarkably reliable.

Hoover thinks that the first-generation Cayenne Turbo is an inherently reliable car because Porsche actually “overbuilt” it, making sure the powertrain was very solid all round.

In a way, it makes sense, seen as how this car needs to be able to handle the 450 horses it puts down via its turbocharged V8 engine, while also staying ready for any off-road excursion. Besides, Porsche really are known for engineering their cars properly.

This Cayenne has also received some mods along the way, such as the upgraded air suspension, which helps it have a more slammed look thanks to the longer rods that connect the height sensors to the axles.

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Rohrl Suggests Porsche 911 GT2 RS Is Almost Too Fast For The ‘Ring 16
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Nurburgring, porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 16th, 2017


Porsche development driver Walter Rohrl has suggested that the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is almost too fast for the Nurburgring.

During a recent interview with Drive, the rally legend said he requested not to be involved in the car’s lap record attempt, partially due to concerns about the risk of a high-speed crash.

“You have no room for mistakes, that’s the bad thing. On the speeds like in this car (GT2), you go Schwedenkreuz at 295km/h and Fuchsrohre at 270km/h, and I know all the accidents which have been on these places in the last 20 years.

“If you come to Fuchsrohre at 270, I always think one of the test drivers from Bridgestone, he broke the [wheel] rim…,” Rohrl said.

Rohrl cited the low downforce of most production cars as a reason why Nurburgring laps are becoming increasingly dangerous. The new GT2 RS has a respectable 416 kg of maximum downforce but compared to a racing car, that’s not much.

Despite the challenges presented by the circuit, Porsche’s head of motorsport and GT road cars development, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, said the German carmaker will continue pushing the limits of lap times at the circuit.

“Mankind developed all the time going faster. Why not keep the engineering challenge on? There’s no reason to stop the competition,” he said.

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This Is What 212MPH Feels Like In The New Porsche GT2 RS 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, video on 11 10th, 2017


Newly-released onboard video demonstrates just how fast the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is on a straight line, hitting its 212mph top speed with uncanny ease.

The baddest Porsche 911 has returned stronger and more capable than ever, packing 700PS and all the aero trickery imaginable. More impressively the car weighs almost the same with the GT3 model, so performance is understandably mind-blowing.

As a testament of the new 911 king’s abilities, the new GT2 RS managed to lap the Nurburgring in a ridiculous 6:47.3, making it the fastest rear-driven production car in the world on the relevant charts.

Features like the rear-steering, a specially calibrated PSM, a crazy aero agenda and super-sticky tires help the GT2 RS to become less of a widow-maker and more of a race car with number plates.

0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 2.8 seconds, with 124mph (200km/h) in 8.3 seconds and a top speed of 212mph (341km/h). That last part was GPS-verified by Sport Auto, which took the car on a top speed run on the German Autobahn and showed how crazily quick it can hit this sort of speeds.

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1958 Porsche 550A Spyder Races From Podium To Auction Block 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017


Classic Porsches are increasing in value as rapidly as they pick up pace. Most don’t approach the levels you’d expect of, say, a classic Ferrari – but this one likely will.

It’s a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder – one of just 40 made, and it has quite a race history.

Nicknamed the “giant killer” because of its small size, engine, and penchant for hunting down much bigger and more powerful machinery, the 550A (like the preceding 550 immortalized by James Dean) packed a tiny 1.5-liter boxer four engine.

Chassis number 0145 pictured here placed second in its class (fifth overall) at Le Mans and took class victories at the Nürburgring, Reims, Zandvoort, and the Dutch Grand Prix – believed to be the only 550A to compete in a grand prix race.

It’s now consigned for Bonhams’ upcoming auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, slated for this coming January. The auctioneer isn’t saying how much it expects this most desirable of Porsches to sell for, but 550s like this one have been known to fetch millions. And given this one’s pedigree, we wouldn’t expect any less.

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The More The Porsche 911 Changes, The More It Stays The Same 7
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 7th, 2017


When it comes to redesigning an automobile, carmakers can take an evolutionary approach or a revolutionary one. When it comes to the 911, Porsche has unapologetically adhered to the former approach.

Sure, the 911 has changed over the years. It’s bigger and heavier. It’s packed with new technologies. Almost every version is turbocharged by now, and air cooling has long since been replaced.

But a 911 is still a 911: small and nimble, with a boxer six in the back. And no one is more capable of illustrating that commonality as Porsche itself.

Just watch this minute-long video, juxtaposing a 911 2.2 S Targa from 1970 with a new 2017 Carrera S. 47 years separate the two, over the course of which the model (like its manufacturer and the industry around it) has evolved considerably, to say the least. But it’s still unmistakably a 911.

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Is The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS Everything We Thought It’d Be? 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 11 7th, 2017


We know that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the world’s fastest globally-homologated production car at the Nurburgring. But, is it a one-trick pony?

To find out, Autocar jumped behind the wheel of the new car at a technical handling circuit, far removed from the Nordschleife and its dozens of high-speed corners.

The GT2 RS has a long reputation as being dangerous, hence its ‘Widowmaker’ nickname. However, it appears as though the carmaker has dialed down the hilarity of the previous-gen car for one that is far more precise, capable, and refined when pushed to its limits on a racetrack.

Some Porsche fans may be disappointed to hear this but as is the way with most supercars nowadays, they need to do everything well. Whether that’s cruise through tight city streets, blast down the Autobahn or set record-breaking lap times, the GT2 RS has it handled.

However, as amazing as the new car is, we’d still take a 2018 GT3 with a six-speed manual.

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