Published on 09-21-2011 09:01 AM
This... is impressive. 7:40 out of the new Carrera S? That is about a 13 second improvement on the previous model which is a very large jump for a car that did not exactly get a huge horsepower bump. To help put this time in perspective AutoBild hit a 7:40 in the Mercedes SLR. Horst von Saurma hit 7:40 in the 997.2 GT3 for Sport Auto. Autobild got a 7:40 out of the Murcielago LP-640. So yes, this is a blazing fast time. We assume the PDK gearbox used and the new hydraulically activated roll bar system played a huge roll.
...Published on 09-21-2011 01:01 AM
Prior Design has released their Porsche Panamera body kit. It basically consists of carbon fiber add on pieces and is fairly restrained, not being over the top like many Panamera kits. There is a carbon front spoiler, carbon rear spoiler, front light covers, and a piece for the front intakes. Overall nicely executed adding a degree of aggression while not taking away from the car or ruining it like some of the other kits (Hamann).
...Published on 09-19-2011 03:57 PM
The Porshce 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is a ridiculously awesome machine. It's light, fast, and features the best naturally aspirated 6 cylinder Porsche has ever produced. The video below shows just how stunning the acceleration of the 4.0 liter car is. In addition to the amazing acceleration the sounds coming from the motor provide aural satisfaction which rivals the best symphonies. Check out the video below.
...Published on 09-13-2011 09:00 AM
Hamann has a lot of love it or hate it body kits. They seem to be really going overboard as of late though for whatever reason. The Panamera is already a car that styling wise has people in the same love it hate it camp and we do not think this body kit is going to help bring those on one side to the other. Hamann modifies the Panamera fenders, adds LED's (enough with the LED's already!), a huge wing, new front bumper, and simply overdone hood to make the Panamera Paragon. How much is this thing? Who knows, we wouldn't buy it anyway.
...Published on 09-11-2011 06:32 AM
Techart will be officially revealing this car in the next few days. They sent out a little teaser press release though it only had one small photo. Techart tunes the motor to 720 horsepower with their powerkit. Additionally, the package includes a body kit and a suspension system with a lifting option. 20 inch Techart Wheels complete the look although we doubt they are all that light. Clearly a choice based on looks. Expect more details soon.
...Published on 09-07-2011 07:55 PM
Ok, we know the new 911 (991) turbo is coming. Porsche has been teasing the new 911 ahead of the official Frankfurt reveal and with the official pictures already available we decided it would be great to take a stab at what the new 911 turbo will look like. Our graphic designer Wild-Speed did a great job with his interpretation showing aggressive vents but not going overboard. The new 911 turbo will no doubt have a PDK gearbox in addition to a slight horsepower bump to the twin flat-6. Check out the pictures.
...Published on 09-06-2011 06:33 AM
Many of you probably do not know yet that Apex Speed Technology does the tuning for the Singer Porsches. We'll let Apex tell you the story in their own words:
Last week Tim and I went to Cosworth in Torrance, CA to setup and being tuning on the Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911 motor, using Pectel Engine Management. It was a great project, and we got to work with a lot of really smart people. These days chassis dynos are so common people seem to forget the value of a proper engine dyno. Last week was a good reminder.
...Published on 09-05-2011 08:34 AM
Fabspeed has released two sets of headers for the Porsche 997.2 Carrera and Carrera S. The sport header has an integrated 200 cell cat. The race header is catless. Gains for the sport headers are 12 horsepower at the wheels which is very respectable. No gains were stated for the race headers although if you look at the cat placement on the sport the catless race version should provide a few more horses without that early restriction. Completely bolt in application made with T304 stainless steel.
...Published on 09-03-2011 07:43 AM
These pictures look official but we can not confirm if these are real or not. Basically, we just happened to stumble upon these on Twitter and decided to share them here. The front almost looks like the 997 factory aerokit which is not a bad thing but also is not necessarily innovative. The rear ducktail spoiler is very nice but that has also been done. Is this the real deal or just someone playing a joke? We will have to wait to find out.
...Published on 09-03-2011 12:42 AM
To be clear, this was not originally an X50 or K24 car. K24 turbos were added to this car aftermarket. The baseline tune you see here is a factory similar Porsche X50 map with around 1 bar of boost. This map was then taken to 1.1 bar and the redline was also raised to 7000 rpm. Peak gains are 55 horsepower at all four wheels as well as 50 wheel torque. All pulls were on 91 octane pump gas. This car belongs to professional race car driver Carl Rydquist.
...Published on 08-30-2011 06:51 AM
The Panamera Turbo S is an incredibly fast sedan. It is also incredible expensive. Insideline tested the new Panamera and hit 11.9@117 which is quick although we expected more. The CTS-V on the other hand hit 12.4@114 which also seems to be off pace. When one factors in the price for both cross shopping between the two will likely not be happening with the Panamera Turbo S over $100k more at $173,200 base price versus $59,995 base for the CTS-V. The Cadillac also ran a faster MPH through the slalom than the Panamera. We would honestly keep the $100k but there are people out there with money to burn apparently.
...Published on 08-26-2011 10:36 PM
Ok, the Porsche 911 was revealed officially just a couple days ago. You all saw the pictures and specifications. Porsche has now released the official preview video for the new 911. The car looks and sounds great. LED's in the front bumper are becoming a bit played out but they work well with the car. The side profile of the car is much sleeker and the rear of the car is obviously a huge improvement. Expect more after the official public reveal in Frankfurt next month.
...Published on 08-24-2011 09:23 PM
No surprise that Techart was going to release a bunch of body pieces of for the new 958 Cayenne. This is the entry level kit so to speak and the no doubt ostentatious "Magnum" kit will be revealed in Frankfurt. This Type I kit features a 3 piece front spoiler with integrated LED's. It also functions as a daytime running light system. Side skirts are also featured in the kit along with a new rear apron and roof spoiler. The material used for the body pieces is polyurethane. Techart wheels are also available in sizes up to 23 inches to complete the look.
...Published on 08-23-2011 08:55 AM
Well, it seems Porsche could not wait until the Frankfurt Auto Show and decided to reveal the brand new 2012 Porsche 911 early. Nothing wrong with that and we certainly do not mind. The new car looks great, sleeker, and more modern. The front really isn't all that different which is not surprising considering the uproar when Porsche goes too far switching away from the classic circular headlights. The tail looks very edgy and modern now though, definitely a step forward. The side profile is also more aggressive.
...Published on 08-11-2011 10:09 AM
Porsche released a press release a little while ago detailing the Porsche GT3 R 2.0 Hybrid. The new car will make its race debut on September 17 at Laguna Seca. This car is not eligible for any championship points with hybrid technology not being part of the GT class rules, Porsche plans to test the car in an ALMS race setting. It will be interesting to see how the car will do with its dual 100 horsepower electric motors powering a car that is 110 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Its predecessor of course scoring the first victory for a hybrid earlier this year.
...Published on 08-10-2011 08:02 AM
In an interview with Car and Driver Porsche CEO Matthias Muller confirmed that a new mid engine sports car to be positioned between the 911 and 918 is coming. Well, we know the cars in the segment Porsche is aiming at and the main rivals are the 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C. It would not be surprising to see this car share a platform with whatever Lamborghini calls the Gallardo successor. The name of the car will likely be 961 which was the race car in the famous Group B based on the Porsche 959 supercar. The car may bow in as early as 2013.
...Published on 08-03-2011 05:35 AM
Here is the official trailer for the 2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel. On the European cycle the Diesel Panamera gets 44.4 MPG which we do not think would translate into the same style of US MPG numbers. Still, the car is quite fuel efficient. The Panamera Diesel features a 3.0 V6 turbo diesel with 250 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. What is also interesting to note is that the Panamera Diesel is only available in rear wheel drive. Will it come to the USA? We do not know at this point but it definitely should. We are sick of getting the short end of the stick on diesels.
...Published on 08-02-2011 03:57 AM
First of all, these are all absolutely awesome cars. It's kind of hard to pick a winner and a loser in this bunch Car and Driver did just that. The car picked last was the 997 GT2 RS. Although the GT2 RS is the second fastest, pulls the most on the skidpad, and has the fastest slalom time they rated it negatively for the turbo lag and harsh ride. Uh, it's a GT2 RS. It is made to perform not cushion your old behind. The 458 Italia is actually rated negatively due to sticker gouging? Oh, so it is the cars fault it is so awesome it can command a huge premium? Get real. The MP4-12C wins which is odd considering they say it lacks soul. It also goes against most of the tests up until this point that still pick the Italia.
...Published on 07-31-2011 11:26 PM
It is always a lot of fun to see bikes and cars go at it. This race is interesting as it is a long race (1 mile) but it also starts from a dig. Longer races due tend to favor cars but this a tuned version of a bike that is very fast to begin with. We will not spoil it for you but the 1/4 mile and mile trap speed differences really tell the whole story. Great race and both are very, very fast.
...Published on 07-31-2011 01:26 AM
The Cayman R with the PDK is pretty darn quick. Motortrend hits 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and goes through the 1/4 mile in 12.7@111 mph. Remember, Autocar stated the 1M coupe is much faster than the Cayman R in a straight line. We would put our money on the PDK Cayman R in a drag race. Check out the full review video from Motortrend (the narrator does not seem all that excited) below.