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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 Rules Out Electric 911 For At Least 10 Years 22
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, porsche, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 22nd, 2017


An all-electric Porsche 911. It has the potential to be automotive sacrilege. Fortunately, Porsche doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to make this happen.

Speaking with Autocar, company chief executive Oliver Blume said that the ever-popular 911 will retain an internal combustion engine for at least the next 10 or 15 years.

“With the 911, for the next 10 to 15 years, we will still have a combustion engine. We have combustion engines, then plug-ins as intermediaries, then full EV later on.

“The future concept of 911 will have plug-in built in, but it’s not decided yet if we offer it: 911 is a core business and we need it to be a pure sports car. When customers want it to be electric, we can be ready,” Blume said.

Porsche’s first all-electric car, the Mission E sedan, is expected to arrive in 2019. Consequently, it’s reasonable to assume that Porsche has the technology to create an electric 911 within two years. Fortunately, it’s apparent that the German marque is aligned with the sentiments of its customers, refusing to create such a model until it receives requests to do so.

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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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Porsche Dealers To Begin Using Smart Glasses To Speed Up Vehicle Repairs 20
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in porsche, Tech on 11 20th, 2017


Augmented reality is become increasing popular in vehicle design and Porsche is bringing the technology even further by announcing plans to begin using it in vehicle service departments.

Following a successful pilot program at eight dealerships, Porsche will begin using lightweight smart glasses at dealerships in Canada and the United States.

The glasses work in conjunction with “Tech Live Look” software and they feature a high-resolution, auto focusing camera which can see fine details like the threading on screws. The glasses have also been equipped with powerful LED lights which can be used to illuminate dark areas such as the engine compartment.

The glasses are more than just a high-tech toy as the company explains a service technician in Los Angeles can be looking at a component while the company’s technical support team in Atlanta can be seeing the same thing even though they are 2,200 miles (3,540 km) away. Porsche says this will allow them quickly identify and resolve technical issues and this has the potential to reduce service times by up to 40 percent.

The smart glasses offer more than just a video conferencing capability as Porsche also notes they can be used to take screenshots and display service information – such as technical bulletins or instructions – on the projection surface of the glasses.

The glasses will be used at dealerships beginning next year and Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer said “Tech Live Look allows us to be more efficient and helps get vehicles back in the hands of our customers faster, all while still delivering exceptional service quality.”

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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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Porsche 911 Hybrid Appears To Be Moving Forward, Engineers Targeting 43 Mile Electric-Only Range 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 17th, 2017


The Porsche 911 rumor mill is back in action as Bloomberg is reporting the next-generation model could be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

According to the report, the plug-in hybrid variant would be a high-performance model that would sit at the top of the 911 lineup. The publication goes on to suggest the car could be introduced a few years after new 911 debuts in late 2018.

Insiders said Porsche wants the 911 Hybrid to have an electric-only range of 70 km (43 miles) and engineers are working to reduce the weight of the car’s battery so it doesn’t adversely affect the car’s handling.

Porsche declined to confirm plans for a 911 Hybrid but a spokesperson told Bloomberg the next-generation model will allow for the “integration of an electric powertrain and the manufacturer is keeping all options open regarding engine specifications.”

The report went on to suggest Porsche could offer a Macan EV sometime after the production version of the Mission E is launched in 2019.

If the report is correct, it likely means Porsche was able to solve several of the problems that August Achleitner mentioned to Car and Driver earlier this year. At the time, the head of 911 development said plans for a hybrid variant were axed because the added weighy would limit the car’s dynamic capabilities and it wouldn’t be as profitable as more conventional variants. In summation, Achleitner stated the “disadvantages outweighed the advantages.”

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Deal Or No Deal? 1995 Porsche 968 With Corvette V8 Transplant 17
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Classics, Corvette, porsche, tuning, used cars on 11 17th, 2017


What makes this Porsche 968 different than most out there is that instead of its stock 3.0L boxer four, is has a 1994 Corvette LT1 V8 engine, complete with short ratio gear set.

Playfully called Gunther, it’s for sale on Cars for $13,000, has covered approximately 153,000 miles (246,230 km), although the owner says that its Corvette V8 unit has done less than that.

So if you’re the type of person who appreciates a big V8 over a 3.0-liter straight-four (which is what powered the 968 originally), then perhaps you and good old Gunther here could get along quite well.

Aside from adding the Albins short ratio gear set to its 6-speed manual transmission, the owner of the car also replaced the entire ignition system and installed a new water pump.

As for the interior, while the sole picture doesn’t really give us much to go on, it looks pretty clean from a distance, and those after-market sports seats certainly look as though they would offer a lot more support than the 968’s stock seats.

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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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New Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Comes Out With Hardly Any Camo 15
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Cayman GT4, Porsche Scoops, Scoops on 11 15th, 2017


It looks like Porsche has begun testing the new 718 Cayman GT4 on public roads, and unlike earlier this month, there’s no doubt we’re looking at the real thing.

On top of that, the car is hardly wearing any camouflage, which is both surprising and greatly appreciated, since we can see pretty much everything except for the interior.

On the outside, all the proper GT4 parts are there to see in plain sight, including the aggressive rear diffuser, fixed wing, and large front bumper, which by the way looks chunkier than it did on the previous car.

Now, while the current 718 Cayman is powered by a turbocharged flat-four, the GT4 will reportedly get a de-tuned version of the high-revving 4.0-liter six-cylinder unit found on the latest 911 GT3, and since the previous GT4 (Cayman sans the 718) put down 385 PS (379 HP), expectations are that the new one will exceed 400 horses, controllable with the help of a manual gearbox or an optional PDK transmission.

With the automaker sending this prototype out in the wild looking the way it does, it’s possible that the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is only months away from its public debut.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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Singer And Williams Reveal Their Breathtaking 500HP Porsche 911 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CFD, DLS, featured, Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche-911, Singer, tuning, Williams on 11 15th, 2017


Singer has been working with Williams Advanced Engineering for their latest project which is a rather stunning reimagined 911 that received newly-developed lightweight and high-performance modifications.

The project was born under the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) name, with Singer partnering with Williams and other world-renowned specialists, including Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport.

It’s hard to choose a highlight on this magnificent creation, but if you have to pick one it has to be the new four-valve, four-camshaft naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine with 500hp, developed by Williams with consultation from none other than Hans Mezger, the legendary Porsche engineer.

Other details include the new underbody and surface aerodynamic enhancements, again by Williams and Porsche Motorsport legend Norbert Singer, via computational fluid dynamics (CFD). If you take a closer look at the renderings, you’ll notice that even the taillights now feature air outlets, not to mention the rear diffuser and the various scoops everywhere.

The new car is also lighter thanks to the increased use of exotic materials like magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber. The end result is a staggering minimum vehicle weight of 990kg/2180lbs.

The new DLS package is completed by the improved suspension, which is now lighter and offers better adjustability and enhanced geometry. Features like the bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the lightweight 18-inch BBS-Motorsport forged-magnesium alloys, carbon Brembo brakes, the bespoke EXE-TC dampers and a special lightweight six-speed manual transmission made out of magnesium from Hewland can also be specified should the customer wants to.

Only 75 cars will be built at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus in the UK, with the company having racing driver Marino Franchitti and Top Gear presenter Chris Harris serving as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers.

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Singer And Williams Reveal Their Breathtaking 500HP Porsche 911 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in CFD, DLS, featured, Galleries, new cars, porsche, Porsche-911, Singer, tuning, Williams on 11 15th, 2017


Singer has been working with Williams Advanced Engineering for their latest project which is a rather stunning reimagined 911 that received newly-developed lightweight and high-performance modifications.

The project was born under the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) name, with Singer partnering with Williams and other world-renowned specialists, including Michelin, Brembo and BBS Motorsport.

It’s hard to choose a highlight on this magnificent creation, but if you have to pick one it has to be the new four-valve, four-camshaft naturally aspirated 4.0-liter flat-six engine with 500hp, developed by Williams with consultation from none other than Hans Mezger, the legendary Porsche engineer.

Other details include the new underbody and surface aerodynamic enhancements, again by Williams and Porsche Motorsport legend Norbert Singer, via computational fluid dynamics (CFD). If you take a closer look at the renderings, you’ll notice that even the taillights now feature air outlets, not to mention the rear diffuser and the various scoops everywhere.

The new car is also lighter thanks to the increased use of exotic materials like magnesium, titanium and carbon fiber. The end result is a staggering minimum vehicle weight of 990kg/2180lbs.

The new DLS package is completed by the improved suspension, which is now lighter and offers better adjustability and enhanced geometry. Features like the bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, the lightweight 18-inch BBS-Motorsport forged-magnesium alloys, carbon Brembo brakes, the bespoke EXE-TC dampers and a special lightweight six-speed manual transmission made out of magnesium from Hewland can also be specified should the customer wants to.

Only 75 cars will be built at a dedicated Singer facility housed on the Williams campus in the UK, with the company having racing driver Marino Franchitti and Top Gear presenter Chris Harris serving as consultants and vehicle dynamics development drivers.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Looks Stunning In British Racing Green 13
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 911 GT2, Porsche-911 on 11 13th, 2017


In case its blistering Nurburgring lap time hadn’t already made you fall in love with the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS, this particularly special example may convince you of the car’s greatness.

Recently delivered in Nuremberg, Germany, this GT2 RS benefits from the firm’s Paint to Sample programme and is finished in British Racing Green, without a doubt one of the most evocative car colors on earth.

Like the original silver show car, the owner of this car also opted for the stunning matte gold wheels which work beautifully with the paint scheme. The desirable Weissach Package has also been specified, as evidenced by the two sections of exposed carbon fiber on the hood.

As deliveries of the new GT2 RS continue around the world, we’re looking forward to seeing more unique examples hitting the streets.

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You Can Now Get A Porsche 911 R For Under $400k; Is The Bubble Bursting? 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, porsche, Porsche-911, used cars on 11 11th, 2017


In the months following the Porsche 911 R’s premiere at 2016’s Geneva Motor Show, prices for the limited-run sports car skyrocketed.

From the factory, U.S. customers had to part with at least $185,950 for the 911 R. In mid-to-late-2016 prices for used examples edged towards the $1 million mark. But, as many expected, such prices weren’t sustainable and it appears as though the bubble just might be starting to burst.

We recently stumbled upon two examples, including a beautiful black and red 2016 Porsche 911 R for sale in California from iLusso with an asking price of $428,900. While that’s still a huge premium over the sports car’s original sales price, it’s about 30 per cent less than some examples have traded hands for.

Beyond the paint finish, this 911 R will prove enticing to prospective buyers as it has just 140 miles (225 km) on the odometer, effectively making it brand new.

 Too pricey? Then how about the white and red example with only 80 miles on the odo from Porsche of South Shore in NY that’s listed for $389,900? That’s actually the cheapest out of the 10 models we found on Autotrader, with the most expensive listed at $479,991. Just this past July, out of the 3-4 911 Rs on the same site, the lowest asking price was $470,000.

One possible reason for slightly declining 911 R values is the launch of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3, now available with a six-speed manual, a car apparently better than the R and roughly $40,000 less from new.

It remains to be seen where 911 R prices will settle in the coming two years but we wouldn’t be surprised to see values fall to the low or perhaps even under the $300,000 range. In 20 or 30 years, they may creep into the seven-figure mark, depending partly on how future collectors view the vehicle’s significance.

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Ultraviolet Porsche 911 GT3 RS Poses With Pink Wheels 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, tuning, Wheels on 11 11th, 2017


Ultraviolet Purple is one of the wackiest colors offered by Porsche and works beautifully with the flowing design of the 911 GT3 RS. However, that doesn’t mean the paint scheme can’t be messed up with a set of wheels.

The latest project from ADV.1 Wheels, this GT3 RS has been equipped with ADV5.2 M. V2 Advanced Series wheels measuring 20×9.5 at the front and 21×12.5 at the rear. With a Brushed Pink and Gloss Clear finish, they’d worked nicely with Paris Hilton’s pink Bentley, but the same cannot be said about this 911.

For starters, pink and purple simply do not go well together in a car. Secondly, the bright yellow brake calipers and RS logos across the sports car further clash with the wheels, creating a mish-mash of really awkward proportions.

Fortunately, this GT3 RS isn’t beyond repair. In fact, all it needs is for the wheels to be resprayed black, silver or grey and the car would be returned to its former glory.

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