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Daimler CEO Names His Four Automotive Icons, Do You Agree With His Picks? 19
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Ford, Ford Mustang, Jeep, Jeep Wrangler, mercedes, Mercedes SL, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 19th, 2018


When Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveiled the 2019 G-Class in Detroit last weekend, the executive revealed he only believes there are four "automotive icons" that can withstand the test of time.
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Kia Now Compares Stinger GT To Porsche Panamera And BMW 6-Series 17
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in BMW, BMW 6-Series, BMW Videos, Film, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Videos, video on 01 17th, 2018


The Kia Stinger is a more affordable alternative to cars such as the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and Audi A5 Sportback, undercutting the latter in the USA by over $10,000 in base form.
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Porsche 9e1 Study Envisions An All-Electric Future Hypercar 15
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in concepts, porsche, Porsche Concepts, Porsche-911, Renderings on 01 15th, 2018


Porsche has said it won’t do another hypercar until the technology has developed to mark a significant leap forward from the 918 Spyder. With the 918 being a hybrid, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect its replacement to be powered by an all-electric drivetrain.

One take at the 918 successor is the 9e1, a study from French designer Romain Gauvin, who has drawn inspiration from the inimitable shape of the 911 and applied it to a futuristic electric hypercar concept.

That includes design cues such as a pair of round headlights, a gently rounded nose, a long front hood, an upright windscreen and a rear end sloping down to an enveloping strip of taillights. The muscular rear haunches also look like a suitable evolution of the 911, and Gauvin has even gone so far as to envision placing the main battery pack all the way at the back to preserve the 911’s signature position of the engine.

All in all, it’s futuristic design is definitely suitable for a future hypercar. On the other hand, Porsche prefers evolution rather than revolution, although its designers obviously have more freedom with hypercars than with the glacially evolving 911.

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An Electric McLaren Sedan Would Be An Interesting Porsche Mission E Fighter 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mclaren, porsche, Renderings on 01 14th, 2018


McLaren is adamant that they won’t build an SUV, as sports cars and supercars are what their brand is all about, but what about a four-door model?

Such a vehicle would inevitably become a more expensive alternative to the Porsche Panamera, or, if it gets a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Mission E.

A rendering, posted by Jose Rodriguez Nebreda, shows us how a hypothetical four-door McLaren would look like, and the result is quite good, actually.

Notice that it doesn’t have a lot in common with the new 720S, adopting a unique styling with muscular lines, a very long hood and headlights inspired by the ones in McLaren’s Sports Series range.

If McLaren decides to enter the all-electric super-saloon segment it will have to do battle not just with the Mission E but Aston Martin’s RapidE , too, and of course the all-conquering Tesla Model S. Well, Elon Musk’s company has had the segment to itself for quite some time, so it could use some competition…

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An Electric McLaren Sedan Would Be An Interesting Porsche Mission E Fighter 14
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, mclaren, porsche, Renderings on 01 14th, 2018


McLaren is adamant that they won’t build an SUV, as sports cars and supercars are what their brand is all about, but what about a four-door model?

Such a vehicle would inevitably become a more expensive alternative to the Porsche Panamera, or, if it gets a zero-emission powertrain, the upcoming Mission E.

A rendering, posted by Jose Rodriguez Nebreda, shows us how a hypothetical four-door McLaren would look like, and the result is quite good, actually.

Notice that it doesn’t have a lot in common with the new 720S, adopting a unique styling with muscular lines, a very long hood and headlights inspired by the ones in McLaren’s Sports Series range.

If McLaren decides to enter the all-electric super-saloon segment it will have to do battle not just with the Mission E but Aston Martin’s RapidE , too, and of course the all-conquering Tesla Model S. Well, Elon Musk’s company has had the segment to itself for quite some time, so it could use some competition…

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Porsche Sold More Cars Last Year Than All Its Main Rivals Combined 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in porsche, Reports on 01 11th, 2018


It’s been another record year of sales for Porsche, which delivered 246,375 vehicles over the course of 2017.

That’s a four-percent increase over the previous year, which had seen a far greater leap from 187,208 vehicles in 2015 to 225,121 in 2016.

More impressive, though, is how quickly the German automaker – once a fringe player – has doubled its output. Just six years ago in 2011 (when it still reported its sales by fiscal year, not calendar), it’s worldwide total came to 116,978 units… or less than half of what it moved last year.

So what gives? The Macan, that’s what. Porsche introduced the compact crossover in 2014, and it’s since grown to become its biggest seller. It sold over 97,000 of them last year alone, which is about how many vehicles it sold in total as recently as 2010, which nearly matched the best sales year it had until then (98,652 in 2008).

The Panamera more than held its own last year, the introduction of the new model boosting sales by a massive 83 percent to 28,000 units. It sold about 25,000 of the 718s and over 32,000 of the 911, with Cayenne ostensibly accounting for the remaining 64,000.

China stands as the automaker’s largest single market, where sales rose by 10 percent to 71,508 units compared to a two-percent increase in the United States (at 55,420) and a three-point drop in Germany to 28,317.

By comparison to Porsche’s total of 246,375, rival Aston Martin sold just 5,117 last year (representing an increase of 58% over 2016 and a nine-year high). Despite a broader product lineup, Jaguar still hasn’t matched Porsche’s sales (with 178,601 vehicles moved last year). And Maserati? It has yet to publish its sales for 2017, but sold a record 42,100 vehicles in 2016. In fact it only sold its 100,000th vehicle in its entire history less than a year ago – which is only slightly more than all the Porsche Macans sold in 2017 alone.

Add all those numbers up – even throw in the few thousand that McLaren sold last year and that Ferrari and Lamborghini are each expected to report – and still Porsche delivered more cars than its chief rivals combined. That’s pretty darn impressive… but the competition is working hard at catching up.

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Porsche Working On An EV Supercar Platform Called SPE 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Electric Vehicles, Lamborghini, porsche, Reports, VW on 01 11th, 2018


Porsche is reportedly developing a platform dedicated to electric sports cars and supercars that will be shared with Lamborghini and Audi.

The new EV-specific architecture will be the third one VW Group creates and will go by the name SPE, Automotive News reports.

The first indication of the new EV supercar platform came as a footnote in a capital markets presentation by VW Group last November.

Aside from Porsche’s high-performance EVs, the new SPE platform could be used in future models like the replacement of the electric Audi R8 e-tron as well as in a possible new Lamborghini. After all, the Italian supercar maker did unveil the Terzo Millennio concept recently, as an electric supercar from the future.

A senior VW executive confirmed to AutoNews that Porsche is indeed developing an EV platform for two-door sports cars and supercars, with a spokesman saying that it’s too early to provide further details. “We do not want to comment on future projects in detail at the moment,” he said.

Information on the planned electric sports cars and supercars is really limited at the moment, with the first SPE-based models expected to hit the roads after 2025.

Note: Lamborghini Terzo Millenio concept pictured

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Guntherwerks 400R Is A Wide-Body Porsche 993 With GT3 RS Levels Of Performance 11
Jan
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Film, porsche, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, tuning, video on 01 11th, 2018


Remember the Guntherwerks 400R? Well, even if you don’t, it’s time to find out if this Porsche 993 restomod drives as good as it looks.

Matt Farah had a go in the 993-based Guntherwerks 400R, giving us the opportunity to learn more about this wide-bodied beauty that wants to make an impression in the Porsche world, in much the same way Singer Vehicle Design does with their 964-based works of art.

Guntherwerks trimmed all of the 993’s fat, opting for a full carbon-fiber bodywork, minus the door skins, while the cabin was stripped and redone in Alcantara, lightweight fabrics and leather. Not a single surface was left untouched, with the seats now being carbon fiber buckets and the driver’s gauges featuring machined bezels.

The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter engine in the 400R is based on the 3.6-liter unit originally found in the 993 Carrera and is tuned by Rothsport Racing to produce up to 430hp. With the car now weighing just 2,660lbs (1,206kg) wet, the power-to-weight ratio beats that of the current 991 GT3 RS.

Combine this with a properly sorted chassis that brings the best out of the 993, and what you have is probably one of the best 911 restomods out there.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS By McChip Looks Like A GT3 RS, Has It Licked On Power 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mcchip, porsche, Porsche-911, tuning on 01 10th, 2018


One could say that, with the 991.2 Targa 4 GTS, the Weissach-based automaker combines elements from all the versions, as it offers (partial) open-air driving plus the performance and handling you expect from a driver-focused, but non-Porsche Motorsport developed, 911. Even so, there will always be people who want more, and this is McChip DKR’s offering.

By replacing the aprons on both ends, front bumper and rear side panels with original Porsche parts, the tuner claims that this sports car now has “a 991.1 GT3 RS-look” that’s enhanced by the 20-inch rims wrapped in 265/35 and 325/30 front and rear tires respectively.

The interior features a few upgrades of its own, and even though the list is rather short compared to the exterior modifications, Porsche fans will probably appreciate the classical check pattern on the seats and door panels.

It’s not all show and no go either – not by a long mile, as the engine has been modified to produce 575PS (567hp) and 675Nm (498lb-ft) of torque. That’s 125PS (123hp) 125Nm (92lb-ft) more than the stock GTS, achieved thanks to a software optimization, upgraded turbochargers and a Capristo valve exhaust system with GT3 RS-like tailpipes.

Why, it even beats the real RS, which boasts 500 hp and 338 lb-ft. Good thing it has been fitted with height-adjustable KW tread springs and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, then, to keep all that power under control.

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Porsche’s Zuffenhausen Employees To Stop Work This Week Over Pay Dispute 9
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Reports on 01 9th, 2018


Workers at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant are preparing to briefly walk off the job this week on the back of pay rise demands from major German labor union, IG Metall.

Stuttgarter Nachrichten reports that IG Metall is encouraging its members to down tools for one hour this week.

This move has been spurred on by requests for a six per cent wage increase for its 3.9 million members in the metal and engineering sectors. Additionally, the union is seeking a shorter working week.

In a statement, Porsche works council chief Uwe Hueck said employees deserve a share in the profits made in the metal and engineering industries.

“The current stance of the employers’ lobby is a provocation to workers. The metal and engineering industry has never before made so much profit. That’s why there is only one appropriate response: Warning strikes.”

Certain employers believe that the pay rise demands are excessive and in response, have offered a 2 per cent rise and a one-off payment of roughly 200 euros ($271).

Pay negotiation talks are penciled in for this Thursday.

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The Ultimate Porsche 964 Collection Is Coming Up For Auction 9
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche-911 on 01 9th, 2018


Are you a fan of the 964? You know, the version of the Porsche 911 made in the early 1990s. Well if you are, does RM Sotheby’s have an auction in store for you.

At Amelia Island this coming March, the Canadian automotive auction house will sell off no fewer than 12 of the second-generation German sports car – and not your garden variety, either: we’re talking Turbos and RS 3.8s here.

Top of the heap, in fact, are a Carrera RS 3.8, an RSR 3.8, and a Turbo S “Leichtbau” – all of them in yellow from the 1993 model year. RS is valued at $1.25-1.5 million, the RSR at $1.2-1.4 million, and the Turbo at $1-1.2 million.

Those are some big bucks for an early-90s Porsche, and if they’re too rich for your blood, the rest carry six- (not seven-) figure price tags. There’s a red flat-nose ’89 Turbo, a yellow ’91 Turbo 3.3, a silver ’92 Carrera RS, another silver ’93 Carrera RS America, a yellow ’94 Speedster, and a yellow ’94 Turbo 3.6 – each valued at $200-250k.

In between there’s a pair of flat-nose ’94 Turbo S models – one in silver for $500-650k and one in (yep) yellow for $600-800k – along with a white ’91 Carrera Cup ($250-325k).

RM Sotheby’s photographer Patrick Ernzen has beautifully captured what’s billed as “Exclusively Porsche: The 964 Collection” in the gallery below (presented in the order mentioned above), so have a look. If you like what you see (and have the budget to spend), the Ritz-Carlton will be the place to be come March 10 during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

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Pamper Your Loved Ones With 18 Porsche 911 GT3s That Are Up For Sale 8
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche-911, used cars on 01 8th, 2018

Anyone remember Mr.Deeds? The movie where Adam Sandler’s character inherits a lot of money and buys a Chevrolet Corvette C5 for everyone in his town? Well, here’s your chance to play that scene out in real life with 18 never-driven Porsche 911 GT3s. But, of course, apart from a really caring person, you’ll also have to be really affluent.

According to Road & Track, someone in the Netherlands is selling 18 Porsche 991.1 GT3s that have never been driven. The price for all of this? A reasonable $2.9 million.

For the wealthy individuals out there that aren’t interested in sharing the love, the price for one of the track-ready 911s is $162,000. That’s a little more expensive than a 2018 911 GT3 that starts at $143,600.

All of the GT3s for sale at 10 years or 120,000 miles, and you could practically create your own racing series with one heck of a performance car. Just make sure that you have found a racetrack first, will ya?

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Porsche Sets U.S. Sales Record In 2017 Shifting 55,420 Vehicles 7
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Cayenne, porsche cayman, Porsche Macan, Porsche Panamera, Porsche-911, Reports on 01 7th, 2018


Porsche has posted record sales figures in the United States for 2017, as last year it sold a total of 55,420 vehicles, a 2.1 per cent increase over the previous year.

The brand’s most popular model in the U.S. was, once again, the Macan, with 21,429 sales, a significant increase over the 19,332 sold in 2016. The Cayenne was the second-most-popular vehicle with 13,203 examples delivered, followed by the 911 with 6,731 sales.

As for Porsche’s premium sedan, the Panamera, 6,731 examples were sold last year, while the Boxster and Cayman duo racked up 5,087 sales.

In a statement, Porsche Cars North America president and chief executive Klaus Zellmer said this is the brand’s eighth consecutive year of increased sales in the United States.

“Demand for four-door and two-door Porsche sports cars allowed PCNA to achieve another annual record in 2017, making it the eighth consecutive year of increased sales. The Macan and Panamera model lines posted double-digit growth, and we can expect an additional boost with the arrival of our all-new Cayenne in the second half of the year.”

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2019 Bentley Bentayga V8 To Rated At 550 HP, Could Use Cayenne Turbo Engine 5
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Bentley, Bentley Bentayga, porsche, Porsche Cayenne, Reports on 01 5th, 2018


Last week reports surfaced that Bentley was preparing to offer a twin-turbo V8 engine in the Bentayga.

That rumors has apparently been confirmed as Autoguide has unearth documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reveal the 2019 Bentayga will be available with a new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 550 PS (404 kW). The document doesn’t reveal much else but it seems like the Bentayga will use the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine that resides in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

In the Porsche, the engine produces 550 PS (404 kW) and 770 Nm (567 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 286 km/h (177 mph).

For comparison, the Bentayga’s 6.0-liter W12 engine develops 608 PS (447 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. The mill allows the luxury crossover to run from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.1 seconds and top out at 301 km/h (187 mph).

Initial reports suggested the V8 variant will be launched in July and it will be joined by a plug-in hybrid model which is slated to debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Facelifted Porsche Macan Getting Ready For Its Big Day 5
Jan
Posted by Brad Anderson in Film, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche Scoops, Porsche Videos, Reports, Scoops, video on 01 5th, 2018


The facelifted Porsche Macan is edging closer to its reveal this year and was recently snapped on film with very little camouflage.

To the casual observer, this black Porsche is just any old Macan. However, a closer look reveals that it has hints of camouflage on the headlights and taillights, identical to the touches applied to previous prototypes.

Alongside the revised lights and obligatory new bumpers, our sources suggest that the refreshed Macan will also receive an LED strip running the width of the rear that connects the taillights, just like the latest Porsche Panamera.

Interior changes are expected to be minor and will likely consist of Porsche’s latest infotainment system with touch capacitive surfaces.

A premiere in the first half of the year is to be expected.

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