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Porsche’s Development Boss Hints At An Electric Crossover With 310+ Mile Range 24
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, porsche, Porsche Macan, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 24th, 2017


Porsche is gearing up to launch the production version of the Mission E concept and it will reportedly become the first in a long line of electric vehicles.

According to Automotive News Europe, Porsche expects more than half of its sales will come from electrified vehicles by 2025. In order to hit this ambitious target, the company will add another electric vehicle to its lineup and rumors have repeatedly suggested it could be an electric version of the Macan.

Porsche’s head of research and development, Michael Steiner, declined to confirm the company’s second electric vehicle will be based on the Macan but he hinted it won’t be based on the Panameara or a sports car. As Steiner explained, “We’re starting with a sporty four-door concept in the Mission E, positioned between the 911 and the Panamera, so it’s logical that we will look to balance our lineup with a product in a different segment such as an SUV.”

When pushed for more details, Steiner suggested an electric crossover could have a range in excess of 500 km (310 miles). He also hinted the model may be offered in multiple configurations with larger or smaller batteries that offer a longer or shorter range.

The report goes on to say the next-generation Porsche 911 will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2018 and it has been designed to accommodate a small plug-in hybrid powertrain. There have been conflicting reports on whether or not Porsche will actually offer a plug-in hybrid variant but Steiner told the publication “If we do a hybrid then naturally it has to be very dynamic – the priority is not how far its electric range extends, rather it must bring an advantage in terms of performance.”

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Next-Gen Porsche 911 Turbo S Could Have 630 HP 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 24th, 2017


Porsche’s next-generation 911 Turbo S could have as much as 630 hp, pushing the hypercar-slayer to entirely new performance heights.

Autocar reports that Porsche engineers will modifying the car’s existing 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine with components from the GT2 RS, resulting in a 50 hp bump over the current 911 Turbo S.

If such a figure is reached, the new Turbo S will easily be the quickest Turbo ever produced. As it stands, the 991.2 Turbo S is one of the most accelerative cars on the planet, despite having significantly less power than some of its rivals, including those from McLaren, Lamborghini, and Ferrari.

Set to arrive in 2019, the 992-generation Porsche 911 promises to be a significant improvement over the current car. Beyond bumps in power and torque across all variants, the 992 will include a new chassis and improved suspension components. Additionally, the 992 will be the first 911 generation to offer a plug-in hybrid model.

Alongside all of the mechanical developments, the new sports car will be adorned in bespoke bodywork and receive taillights inspired by the Mission E Concept.

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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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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 718 Boxster Spyder To Get GT3’s Flat-Six 21
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 21st, 2017


Sticking to its promise of creating more enthusiast-focused vehicles, Porsche Motorsport is said to be developing a new 718 Boxster with the naturally-aspirated flat-six engine of the 911 GT3.

Autocar reports that the next-generation Boxster Spyder will be heavily related to the new Cayman GT4 and ditch the car’s existing turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four. Keen to give Porsche enthusiasts what they’ve been begging for, the motorsport-related six-cylinder of the GT3 promises to transform Porsche’s entry-level model.

Fittingly, it seems inevitable that power from the flat-six, rated at 493 hp in the GT3, will be slightly reduced for use in the Boxster Spyder, perhaps nearer the 425-450 hp mark. Mated to the engine will be a six-speed manual transmission but a dual-clutch, seven-speed PDK will also be offered to customers looking for slightly more convenience.

Beyond its new powertrain, Porsche will look to strip out any unnecessary weight and potentially ditch the likes of air conditioning, radio and sound insulation. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are expected to come standard and like previous iterations of the Boxster Spyder, the folding soft top will be replaced by a manually removable fabric top.

A debut in 2018 seems likely.

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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.”

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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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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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Stunning 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 Could Sell For Over $1 Million 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Classics, porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 10th, 2017


A pristine white 1996 Porsche 911 GT2 will cross the auction block at RM Sotheby’s New York sale in December and is expected to sell for between $1.1 million and $1.4 million.

Sources vary on how many 993-generation 911 GT2s left Porsche’s factory but we understand this is just one of 57 units produced.

This GT2 was originally specified for Germany with the optional stronger battery, tinted windscreen, air conditioning, power windows, front airbags and no radio. Since leaving the factory, however, the car has been equipped with a radio and Clubsport steering wheel.

RM Sotheby’s says the car was acquired by a customer in Japan about 13 years ago and has 11,470 km on the odometer. It retains the original tool roll, jack, air compressor, and space-saver spare tire and has been “meticulously maintained.”

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Porsche’s Next 911 GT3 RS Won’t Get A Manual ‘Box 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Porsche-911, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


The minds of diehard Porsche fans were blown when the carmaker re-introduced a manual transmission to the facelifted GT3. Unfortunately, the track-focused GT3 RS won’t follow suit.

Recently speaking with Car Advice about the possibility of offering new RS models with manual transmissions, the head of Porsche GT’s road car development programme, Andreas Preuninger, said it won’t happen.

“RS means Renn Sport, which means it has to be quick on the track, that it’s all about fast times on the track, and that means the PDK.

“The PDK has advantages on the track that can’t be beaten by a manual, and the ones who prefer the manual transmission are not typically the track rats as we call them, but they are those who like to enjoy their cars on the normal public roads. I would say a GT2 RS with a manual option would have a four or five percent share of the market, we couldn’t justify that,” he revealed.

As disappointing as this is, the popularity of the new GT3 with the manual transmission should ensure such vehicles remain in Porsche’s line-up for quite some time.

According to Preuninger, the carmaker believes approximately 30 per cent of 991.2 911 GT3s built will be equipped with the six-speed manual instead of the PDK. By comparison, approximately 23 per cent of 2016 Corvettes were equipped with traditional stick shifts, proving just how many driving enthusiasts are Porsche customers.

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Miami Blue 2018 911 GT3 Is The Ultimate Driver’s Porsche 7
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in porsche, Porsche-911 on 11 7th, 2017


If you’re in the market for a breathtaking sports car better than anything else on the market, the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 is the car to choose.

Fitted with a 4.0-liter straight-six engine sharing components with 911 racing cars, the facelifted GT3 made headlines follow Porsche’s decision to bring back the six-speed manual transmission. The results are phenomenal, as reviews have revealed.

Many people buy Porsche’s because they are quite understated compared to their rivals but for those that want to make a statement, we can’t imagine anything more eye-catching than this Miami Blue GT3, currently for sale in Pasadena, California.

Interestingly, Miami Blue is one of 15 different colors and shades offered as standard for the GT3 and doesn’t have to be ordered through the Paint to Sample program. Nevertheless, it’s still quite pricey, costing $4,220.

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