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Singer Vehicle Design restores this Porsche 911, giving it 500 horsepower but with less weight

Singer Vehicle Design is one of the few companies that have a reputation for making some of the coolest machines out there, including the air-cooled Porsche 911s. They collaborated with Williams Advanced Engineering, which is popular for having injected some pretty advanced technology into the classic coupes, further improving these cars’ performance. The image you are looking at now is that of the very first model to benefit from these improvements, finished in an Absinthe green exterior, contrasted with the Blood Orange leather covering the cabin.

The owner of this car is a guy named Scott Blattner who asked for his 1990 Porsche 911 to be a lighter but more powerful car. Because of this, the tuner worked with Williams Advanced Engineering so that they could focus on the dynamics and the study to produce an extremely lightweight car. Overall, the reimagined 911 only weighs a total of 2,180 pounds (990 kilograms), despite the fact that it carries a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat-six engine that packs 500 horsepower (372 kilowatts), and is capable of revving to over 9,000 rpm.

Rob Dickinson, founder of Singer said in his statement that it took them a lot of effort to combine services to highlight both “bewitching individual componentry” with a “viscerally compelling driving experience”.

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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo is transformed into 828-hp wide-body Gemballa GT Concept

A Porsche 911 Turbo turns heads not just because of its elegantly sporty looks, but also for its spectacular performance. Now, Gemballa has created its own version of the 911 Turbo which boasts an appearance and performance that offer much more impact than a regular model. This version – the Gemballa GT Concept – has made its debut at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

Gemballa is nothing new to the world of customizations. In fact, the tuning company in Germany has been involved in individualization and customization of Porsche – as well as McLaren – sports cars in more than 30 years. Its latest project shows that Gemballa still got what it takes to bring a Porsche sports car to a whole new level.

The Gemballa GT Concept is essentially a turbo version of the Porsche 911 Turbo. In its standard form, the biturbo 3.8-liter boxer engine of the 911 Turbo is tuned to generate up to 540 hp (397 kW) of output and up to 710 Nm (523 lb.-ft.) of torque. Gemballa, however, reworked this already powerful engine to develop remarkable 828 hp (609 kW) of max output at 7,000 rpm and 952 Nm (702 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available from 5,200 rpm.

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Aftermarket HRE Performance P200 wheels give aggressive vibe to Porsche Panamera

One of the nicest things about buying a brand new car is that it's already reasonably packed with all the great features--- oftentimes even with the latest styles and technologies available. So let’s just say your car is neither plain nor boring but you want it to appear a little different.

Something that adds more punch and that shouts out “hey look at me” to let it rise above the special bunch of supercars you see out on the street. If there’s a feature that has somehow caught your fancy then maybe it’s time to drive to your preferred aftermarket tuner and let them do what they do best.

The owner of this Porsche wanted to spice up the latest Panamera model by replacing the factory wheels with some new ones. Wheels Boutique, the largest HRE wheels and Vorsteiner Aeroparts dealer, has equipped this 2nd generation Porsche Panamera with the HRE Performance P200. The Panamera has been equipped with custom wheels that now flash rims at the front measuring 22 x 10 inches each and another set of rims measuring 22 x 12 inches at the rear.

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Porsche continues diesel-car production but aims to set the bar when it comes to electrification

Today, Porsche is definitely one of the top car manufacturers when it comes to technological advancements in the automotive industry is. Not only do they offer some of the quickest cars, but they also recently came out with what we would consider as the most beautiful hybrid vehicle to date. And that is the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. In their most recent announcement, the German automaker said that they have no plans on changing even if it is one of their biggest challenges - and they are referring to electrification.

Luz Meschke, Porsche’s finance chief, explained in a recent interview with Automotive News that they will continue working on their electrification, and that their goal is to remain hugely profitable during this process. Right now, the company is benefiting from a 15 percent profit margin.

To be able to do this, Meschke says that the company has created a strategic target. He further expounds by saying that they have to manage the company a certain way for them to be able to continuously maintain the 15 percent profit margin. However, this figure sometimes fluctuates due to several factors like exchange rates and economic crisis.

Read the entire article Porsche continues diesel-car production but aims to set the bar when it comes to electrification

The 1995 Porsche 928 was the automaker’s last grand-touring coupe that had an engine up front, and ever since then, they have not had one yet. And it seems unlikely for one to be added to the lineup anytime soon, at least in real life. But no one can stop artists from rendering a virtual one. As seen in the images, Automedia came up with a digital version of a modern day 928 that they call the Porsche 929, and you can tell that it is based on a Panamera.

One could easily just take out two doors off the existing Panamera and call it a modern day 928, but instead, the artist gave the coupe a number of style upgrades. Starting off with the B-pillar, unlike the usual, it does not extend all the way to the roof, leaving a bit of the side glass exposed - so it uses one piece of glass instead of two.

It was also designed with a downward sweeping roof with a large glass panel that seems to give good rear visibility, while the tail looks like it had taken inspiration from the Porsche’s existing sedan. We think that the 929 definitely can fit in the rest of the company’s lineup, if an actual model was made. However, we don’t really see what’s on the inside of the Porsche 929. But based on what we could see from the rear window, it seems to have a 2+2 layout.

Read the entire article This Porsche 929 rendering is a revival of the 928

Gemballa can be a bit too outrageous when it comes to tuning Porsches, and its latest package only proves that it never ceases to surprise its clients. Speaking of which, Gemballa introduces the GTR 8XX Evo-R BiTurbo tuning kit with a high dosage 828 hp. The tuning house made this exclusively for the already powerful Turbo and Turbo S Porsche 911s and according to them, the Evo-R can accelerate in 2.3 seconds at 62 mph (100 km/h) before hitting the quarter mile in 7.5 seconds at 124 mph (200 km/h).

Overly impressed? Well, what they did to come up with such monstrosity is they added some larger valves and reinforced connecting rods to the 911’s 3.8-liter biturbo flat-six engine. The special tuning package also includes the installation of new turbochargers to provide an added boost, including an updated exhaust system and a few modifications to the intake system to handle all that extra power. To ensure that everything works accordingly, Gemballa has made some changes on the 911’s gearbox and ECUs as well.

Interested Porsche 911 owners can avail this new package for more or less $59,000 or 49,800 euros which could already afford you a brand new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat by the way. Say, if the Hellcat packs 707 hp, and the Porsche 911 costs a little over 190,000 USD, which one would you buy instead? The package does not even include interior modifications or any upgrades for the wheels and brakes but they do offer personalization to that extent. Also, Gemballa’s claimed performance figures are quite really impressive, making it even harder for anyone to decide.

Read the entire article Gemballa GTR 8XX Evo-R BiTurbo based on 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S

It isn’t the first time that luxury automakers have collaborated with a smartphone company. In fact, we have seen a lot of them from way back, and we all know that these phones are very pricey. Porsche Design now has introduced another smartphone, the Mate 10, just after introducing the Huawei-based phone that we know as the Mate 9, which had a 1,395 euro ($1,500) price tag. This time, the automaker promises that the new model, which acts like a second instalment for the Mate 9, will be different than any other phone - they always say that though.

The new smartphone not only has an appealing design, but also has an impressive performance. That does make it sound similar to a supercar rather than a smartphone. All sides of the phone’s exterior are covered in a tough, sleek glass casing that is finished in what they call a “Diamond Black” hue. Similar to the Mate 9, the front bit gets a 3D curved glass design too, featuring what seems like a borderless or infinity FullView smudge-proof screen.

Inside, it has been equipped with a built-in dedicated AI processor, with as much as 6GB RAM and 256GB ROM. Among the whole Huawei Mate 10 series, it probably has the largest memory cortex. There is also a self-adjusting 12 megapixel RGB camera, as well as a 20 megapixel monochrome camera lens. Both of these were developed by Leica Camera optics expert along with a Pro mode photography feature.

Read the entire article Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10 smartphone has lenses from Leica, priced at $1,500

Porsche has promised that they will begin introducing “pure” models like the 911 R and the 911 GT3 Touring. And finally, they have announced that there will be another derivate. What makes this even better is that it will be more affordable because it will be based on the Carrera. To cut off some of its weight, the automaker will take out the rear seats as well as the infotainment system, but if you want those features back, they’ll put those parts back without the additional cost. Sweet deal, huh?

But before you get too excited, Porsche will not reinstall the sound absorbing material that was also taken out to cut down on weight. By removing all those unnecessary parts, the company has helped reduce 20 kilograms (44 pounds) off of the 911 (991) Carrera T. After the modifications, it now weighs down to 1,425 kilos (3,142 pounds), and its current equipment is still comparable to that of the standard model.

Interestingly, the Carrera T (Touring) has an advantage over the regular Carrera. It can be fitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that lowers the car by 20 millimeters. In addition, the new Touring also gets a “weight-optimized” Sport Chrono Package. It now has a shortened shift lever for the manual gearbox and the shortened transmission ratios. And what’s even better is the fact that you can add an optional rear-axle steering, which can’t be done on the standard model.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera T drops weight, gets more goodies

Porsche already has the Performance Package for their range-topping Macan Turbo, which is currently available in some countries. Soon, this model will be dethroned by something even fancier by the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur department at their Leipzig factory. This Porsche Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition has been fitted with all the hardware bits you can think of that the automaker can cram into the performance SUV.

Starting off with the exterior, the SUV sits on a set of 21-inch 911 Turbo Design wheels with glossy black lateral spokes for extra flair. The package comes standard with front and rear LED lights, as well as the accents on the front spoiler, side blades, and rear apron, all in Carmine Red. To match all this, the Macan Turbo lettering gets the same hue of red, contrasting the blacked out “Porsche” badge.

This special edition Porsche Macan can already be ordered in Germany starting at 116,091 euros, making it 4,000 euros more expensive than the base models, and 24,000 euros more expensive than the Macan Turbo with the Performance Package.

Read the entire article Porsche Macan Turbo Exclusive Performance Edition looks gorgeous, costs a lot!

It’s not as if the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman are not already impressive cars. The automaker has just given us more reasons to love the twins. The 2018 model year will come with a new GTS variant – for both the 718 Boxster GTS and the 718 Cayman GTS. Both models come with a number of visual and performance upgrades, one of which is additional 15 horsepower - thanks to the new intake plenum and tweaked turbocharged 2.5 liter flat four, now giving it as much as 365 horsepower, that is 35 HP more than the previous GTS models.

Of course, torque also increases to 317 pound feet, from 1,900 up to 5,000 revs. Both models come standard with a six speed manual transmission, but customers could opt for an optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

In just 3.9 seconds, the 2018 GTS models can hit 60 miles per hour from a standstill, before continuing to a top speed of 180 miles per hour. With new features like the Active Suspension System and Porsche Torque Vectoring with a mechanical rear differential, performance for both models is pushed to their limits. The Sport Chrono package adds a couple of driving modes including Sport, Sport Plus, Launch Control (PDK only), and active driveline mounts.

Read the entire article Porsche reveals GTS versions of 718 Boxster and Cayman for 2018 model year

From 2013 to 2015, only 918 examples of the Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid hypercar were built, and each one of them has an asking price of about $847,000. Among all the examples, there’s nothing like this factory-finished VooDoo Blue unit. That’s why when this unique model was announced to be put up for auction, not a few collectors and auto aficionados paid attention.

This 918 hypercar will soon be brought to the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale alongside the Shelby GT500 Super Snake, as well as a Clarion Builds Acura NSX. Currently, Barrett Jackson has not listed the price of the 918, but with its rarity, it will easily go over seven figures. It is not just the VooDoo Blue paint job that makes it special. It also has Martini livery in black, white and grey that reminds you of the legendary Le Mans race cars, a nice set of silver wheels, and a glossy black rear wing.

A couple of 918 Spyders have been painted in Porsche’s standard Mexico Blue shade, but do not mistake that for the VooDoo blue. There’s a distinct difference and if you ask us, the latter definitely stands out more.

Read the entire article Barrett-Jackson auction offers one-off VooDoo Blue Porsche 918 Spyder

Ever since, Porsche has had an impressive history when it comes to endurance racing - having several wins and a lot of memorable finishes. But three of the most important ones for the company were in 1970 with Richard Atwood, 1982 with Derek Bell, and 2015 with Nick Tandy. To celebrate the success of these British drivers, Porsche developed a unique 911 Carrera special edition that fans will definitely drool over.

The 911 Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition is made exclusively to honor the performances of Attwood, Bell and Tandy, as well as the vehicles they used when they took the championship, including the 917, 956 and the 919 Hybrid LMP1. Each of them won at the Le Mans 24 hour race. The 911s were developed at the Porsche headquarters in Stuttgart, and it was Porsche Great Britain that developed the unique 911s for the UK.

Each one of the 911 has their own unique number and livery that represents the driver’s winning Porsche racing car. The livery and cabin both have the Union Jack symbol displayed all over them. What’s new with the 911 are features like the Satin finish black door mirrors, carbon floor mats with Alcantara edging, and Alcantara steering column casing.

Read the entire article Special edition Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS is released in honor of British racing legends

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest, undefeated king of the ring for having settled a new record at the Green Hell - at least with regards to rear wheel drive road legal cars lately. The objective was to set a new record in Nurburgring-Nordschleife’s 20.6 km (12.8m) course for less than seven minutes and five seconds. Porsche instead proved it can do so much better by beating the record and being faster by 17.7 seconds.

Porsche factory test drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy of Great Britain made the new record on September 20 for beating the previous 6:52.01 minute log. Using two different Porsche 911s, both drivers took off, each making 5 laps all in less than six minutes and fifty seconds. Eventually, German driver Lars Kern made the fastest lap by reaching the finish line with a very impressive 6:47.3 recorded minutes. Kern runs at an average speed of 114.4 miles per hour (184.11 kph).

Kern’s excellent performance aboard the 911 GT2 RS defies the Porsche 918 Spyder by nearly ten seconds. This happened four years after Marc Lieb, also from Porsche, achieved a lap record of six minutes and fifty seven seconds on September 4th, 2013. In short, we now confirm that the 911 GT2 RS is faster than the 918 Spyder by at least ten seconds.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS breaks Nurburgring RWD record with 6:47.3 lap time [w/video]

The Porsche Panamera sporty sedan offers a dynamic drive and comfortable ride, with the capability to accommodate up to four occupants. While the Porsche Panamera is a healthy proposition for North American drivers who wanted a performance-laden sedan, it does discourage potential customers looking for a sedan that could to ferry up to five occupants at a time.

Now Porsche is looking forward to win back those customers in the United States. Klaus Zellmer, chief executive of Porsche Cars North America, told Automotive News at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the German sports car maker is making available an optional rear bench. With this option, the Porsche Panamera sedan could accommodate five occupants, instead of the usual four. However, the bench option would be made available next year, so for now, Panamera sedan customers would have to settle for the four-seater.

As designed, the Porsche Panamera sedan carries two occupants on the front (driver and front passenger) and another two on the rear cabin (individually seated rear passengers). The individual seats on the front are separated by a center console, and so are the individual seats on the rear. This basically rules out the existence of a fifth passenger in the Panamera sedan.

Read the entire article Porsche confirms Panamera sedan would soon feature rear bench seat for fifth passenger

Everybody’s favourite long roof from Porsche has now been given the hybrid treatment and is now dubbed the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. It had recently been given an additional 136-horsepower electric motor like that of the standard Panamera E-Hybrid Turbo. It’s combined to an already powerful 4.0 liter biturbo V8 with as much as 550 horsepower. Overall, it now produces a combined output of 680 horsepower, making it the most powerful long roof out there. Let us not refer to it as a wagon or an estate since Porsche refuses to call it that. Rather, it’s referred to as the Sport Turismo.

With regards to the efficiency of the 918 hypercar’s hybrid powertrain that has been used here, it is apparently on par with the 3.0 liter version of the Panamera even if it has way more power. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that you can drive this model for as far as 31 miles on a rate of 87 miles per hour without having to use a drop of gasoline. But depending on the type of connection being used, the charging time may vary from 2.4 to 6 hours.

According to the automaker, the hybrid Sport Turismo will be able to hit 60 miles per hour in only 3.4 seconds. To be honest, it doesn’t take as fast for many people to say the full name of the car. What may be a little confusing is the fact that the automaker lists the same acceleration figure for the regular Turbo S Sport Turismo. That’s because a downside of the hybrid powertrain is that it adds considerable weight to the unit.

Read the entire article 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers top performance for $223,530

If you search for the word "grille" on the dictionary, what you will get is a definition that says "a grating forming a screen or barrier, or an ornamental one found at the front end of the automobile". Depending on who you are talking to, some would say that modern cars can have one or two grilles, one on top of the other.

But if you speak with Porsche, they will say that the grille refers to the upper part, while the lower one is called the air intake. And if there’s only one section then that is an air intake. With that being said, does it mean that all Porsche cars do not have grilles?

During the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Road and Track magazine had the chance to speak with Volkswagen's head of design, who is also Porsche's chief designer Michael Mauer. While being interviewed, Mauer dropped a bombshell that was in relation to the grille. He mentioned that all Porsche vehicles only have air intakes, instead of grilles, because there is only one structure. Apparently, if there is only one opening on the car’s face, this automatically becomes the “lower” section, making it an air intake.

Read the entire article Porsche says it never had grilles, just air intakes

Around two weeks after Porsche unveiled the third generation of the Porsche Cayenne in Stuttgart, Germany, the sports car maker has taken the wraps off the turbo version of the sporty mid-sized SUV around 140 miles to the north in Frankfurt – the new 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

Simply speaking, the new generation of the Cayenne Turbo is Porsche’s mid-sized SUV on steroids. Compared to the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne that were recently unveiled, the Cayenne Turbo represents a big boost in power. The 2019 Cayenne is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine delivering 340 horsepower of max output and 332 pound-feet of torque, allowing the base Porsche mid-size SUV to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The Cayenne S, meanwhile, employs a bi-turbo 2.9-liter V6 mill delivering up to 440 hp of output and up to 406 lb.-ft. of torque – good for a 0-100 km/h dash of 4.9 seconds. Top speeds for the next-gen Cayenne and Cayenne S are at 152 mph and 165 mph, respectively.

Read the entire article 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo offers more power, active aerodynamics and better brakes

Porsche is boosting the appeal of its new Porsche 911 GT3 sports car by unveiling a Touring Package at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new 911 GT3 with Touring Package is simply the adoption and modernization of a concept that dates back to the touring variant 1973 911 Carrera RS. Now, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package is targeted towards the customer who places a great value on classic driving enjoyment with understated looks.

Compared to the standard 911 GT3, the version with the Touring Package features a body that is basically the same, saved for the rear end where the fixed rear wing has been replaced by a variable rear spoiler like on the 911 Carrera. This variable rear spoiler features an additional aerodynamic tear-off edge – also known as Gurney flap – in body color. The “GT3 touring” logo could be found on the rear lid grille. The rear end of the new 911 GT3 with Touring Package also reveals sports exhaust system tailpipes, silver-colored side window strips, headlight washer system covers and the Porsche logo.

Nevertheless, the 911 GT3 with Touring Package remains a high-performance sports car. The front end still features the large air intakes while luggage compartment lid is marked by an air outlet in front. In addition, both the front and rear lights of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package are the same as those on its standard sibling, although the ones on the new variant don’t feature dark tints. Black-tinted front and rear lights are specified in the “Black Exterior Touring Package” equipment option, which transforms a number of elements to have a black finish.

Read the entire article Porsche introduces 911 GT3 with Touring Package at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

On August 29, Porsche finally revealed the 2019 Cayenne in Germany, as the third generation of the SUV. This time, it comes with a facelift, more cabin space, and a lower curb weight.

The Cayenne was first introduced in 2002, and since then, around 760,000 units have been sold worldwide, making it one of the most important cars in the company. Around 500,000 of the examples sold are of the second-generation model.

With all the new features, expect the 2019 Cayenne to start at $65,700 and the Cayenne S at $82,900. Both variants are expected to have a $5,000 increase from the outgoing model. Customers can expect to see them in showrooms by mid-2018.

Read the entire article 2019 Porsche Cayenne is unwrapped in Germany

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne made an appearance sooner than we expected to see it. This is because photos of the SUV have been leaked online by AutoExpress. The leaked images show both the interior and the exterior of the SUV, and you can clearly tell that the design has been updated from its predecessor, as seen on spy shots and teasers before it.

The front part of the 2018 Cayenne does not get a major facelift, but the center grille has been made larger instead and are surrounded by two smaller vents on both sides. The side profile, on the other hand, still looks the same from sketches we have seen before. But this time, the SUV will be riding on a new set of wheels.

What sets the 2018 Cayenne apart from its predecessor is that the rear that has been completely upgraded, now with a sleek light bar like the Panamera that replaces the bulky tail lights from the outgoing model. It seems to be following other Porsche models like the 911 and the Macan. It also gets a more pronounced rear spoiler that looks good. What remains from the outgoing model is the rectangular exhaust tips of the lower-level trim, while the higher trims should get a quad exhaust setup.

Read the entire article Leaked: Welcome the 2018 Porsche Cayenne
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