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From the outside, the Porsche Classic house appears to be a minimal warehouse. But step inside, and Six 959s, a Carrera GT, a 550 Spyder, an Abarth 356, a Super 90, to name a few, can be found on the floor. Interestingly enough, every one of the cars in the facility were sold to consumers, driven around the world, and eventually found their way to the Stuttgart sanctuary.

Porsche Classic itself is a division of Porsche AG that manages and caters to, well, owners of classic Porsche models. It offers components to customers looking to restore their old Porsches street cars of ten years old or more, along with in-house restoration services.

And in terms of longevity statistics, just over 70 percent of all Porsche models ever built are still registered on the road — which speaks volumes in terms of value and owner care. Porsche owners from all over the world will even send their classics to the Porsche Classic house for routine maintenance, or even to be fully restored.

But if sending a Porsche to Stuggart for fixing up seems a tad steep, all Porsche dealers possess allocation to order whatever part a classic Porsche owner needs— a selection of roughly 35,000 parts. Though if sending the classic model over is an absolute must, owners can rest assured that their car will be carefully, thoroughly, and passionately touched up by workers who share the kind of devotion and affection for the brand that exceed expectations — some with over forty years of experience in the company — with specialists for just about everything imaginable when it comes to the Porsche family.

Just how thorough and intricate is the restoration process? It’s so detailed, that Porsche even revisits the old manufacturing processes and tooling used relevant  to whatever model being maintained or restored. And in doing so, the model in question actually retains its value greater than a typical, random shop job. And that alone makes Porsche Classic amazingly special.

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Porsche Engineering Group has recently announced that it will be taking over responsibility of the Nardò Technical Center automotive proving ground in Apulia in southern Italy from Prototipo SpA. This is the same facility Porsche showed off a prototype variant of its upcoming 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar.

With more than 80 years experience in engineering services, the hundred per cent subsidiary of Porsche AG will be further optimising the test facilities and making them available to its clients for testing and trials purposes.The facility itself is slightly larger than than 700 hectares in the province of Lecce, Italy, with the test ground consisting of a 6.2 kilometre long handling circuit, a 12.5 kilometre long high speed oval circuit (easily seen from the photo above) and additional facilities for simulating different road surfaces and changeable weather conditions.

“The Nardò proving ground with its high-speed and vehicle handling circuit ideally complements our facilities in Weissach. With the systematic development of the company in Nardò as part of Strategy 2018, Porsche is proving to be a reliable employer and business partner in Apulia as well,” said Matthias Müller, President and CEO of Porsche AG.

“With its rich array of facilities, from dynamic surfaces to acoustic and off-road sections coupled with the numerous workshops, our clients can continue to make extensive use of Nardò for their vehicle trials in the future as well,” said Malte Radmann, CEO of Porsche Engineering. Thanks to the mild climate, the Nardò proving ground can be used throughout the year in three shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

Together with the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach near Stuttgart, Germany, the Porsche Engineering Group has been offering Porsche’s extensive development expertise as a service to its clients from the automotive industry and other sectors worldwide, from renting test rigs to developing complete vehicles.

When finished, the production version will tip the scales at less than 1,678 kg, nearly 80-percent of the weight is below the centerline of the car, giving the 918 a fantastically low center of gravity. Additionally, the entire chassis is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, including the passenger compartment and associated crash structure, which weighs in at a mere 220 kg.
Carbon fiber assembly has come a long way since Porsche Carrera GT (which also utilized a carbon fiber tub). 10 years ago, it took Porsche took five days to make the GT’s chassis. Today, Porsche and birth up to five 918 tubs a day thanks to new innovations in composites and assembly methods.
When powertrain development of the 918 Spyder is completed, Porsche says that the 918′s 4.6-liter V8 (originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder) will produce an amazing 570 hp. Add the power of the front-mounted 80 kW motor and the rear-mounted 90 kW motor, and the 918 produces 770 hp. Seven hundred and seventy horsepower. From the factory.

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Despite being roughly under two years away, Porsche was still confident enough to show off its upcoming revolutionary supercar, the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid. This event, held at the recently acquired Nardó test track in Italy, featured only the most prestigious of automotive publications. A few weeks back, we shared with you the thoughts of Britain’s EVO Magazine, but this week features the thoughts and insight of Motor Trend, one of the biggest auto enthusiast outlets in the world.

Notably, the crudely pieced 918 Spyder prototype is far from looking, feeling, or driving like it will during completion. But progress on the 770 horsepower triple-powered super hybrid is very apparent. When finished, the 918 Spyder will look nearly identical to the concept car that was unveiled a few years ago during the Geneva Motor Show.

What makes the upcoming 918 so special is that it promises to do feats that were thought impossible just a few years ago. Things like achieving 145 km/h without using a single drop of fuel, while possessing the capability to reach speeds of 325 km/h. This is made possible by utilizing one of the most advanced drivetrains the world has ever seen: a 500-horsepower V8 working with not one, but two electric motors producing an additional 218 hp or 160kW of output to all four wheels, with the ability to travel 25.7 km on electricity alone.

For better cooling, the V8′s titanium exhaust outlets send spent hydrocarbons out and over the engine into a muffler fitted atop the engine. This method ensures that heat in the engine compartment is kept to a minimum and – serving both form and function.

When the finished product makes its way to market, here’s what to expect:

  • A sky-high $800,000 price (USD), and $200k deposit
  • There will be over 50 CPUs in controlling the vehicle’s functions
  • The electrical system alone took 9 months to develop
  • Every single light in the 918 will be an LED, from the headlamps to the interior and everything between
  • The passenger sits 20mm further forward than the driver — for better weight distribution
  • The seven-speed PDK transmission is shared with the new 911 — but has been flipped upside down to fit the 918
  • Every body panel is carbon fiber, except the bumpers — for weight reduction
  • There’s a “Manufactured in Flacht” sticker on the back as a reminder that Porsche Motorsport is the main developer
  • Two detachable carbon fiber targa panels will be utilized in the design.

So, what made Porsche take this route of super high performance and super high efficiency? By watching the video above, which features and interview with Wolfgang Hatz, Porsche’s head of Research and Development, some answers can be found.

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Porsche has long been a brand that offers many variants of any model it brings to market. Take a look at the 911, for instance. To the untrained, a 911 is a 911. But those in the know recognize the huge differences between a 350-horsepower 911 Carrera, and a 400-horsepower 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Ultimately, it’s the driver who is rewarded with their choice. And with the driver in mind, Porsche has put its efforts into developing an SUV for the driving connoisseur. That SUV is the all-new Cayenne GTS.

Porsche developed the 2013 Cayenne GTS for those who are looking for sheer, unadulterated driving pleasure with the practicality of a sport utility vehicle. This expressive, 420 horsepower SUV carries performance figures that will rival lithe sports cars.  Porsche managed to wring out 20 more horses (compared to the Cayenne S) from GTS’ V8 under the hood to bring matters to 420 horsepower. For aerodynamic improvements, Porsche lowered the chassis of the GTS by 20 mm and installed a lower final-drive ratio. Channeling all of the power of the Cayenne GTS is Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S paddleshift gearbox.
For improved fuel economy, stop-start is standard.
On the business end of things, the 2013 Cayenne GTS will rocket from 0-100 kph in a scant 5.7 seconds, and will gallop all the way to 261 kph. For the sake of comparison, that’s a click faster than the all-new Boxster.
To give the Cayenne GTS a unique and distinguishable look, Porsche outfitted the SUV with unique side skirts and wheel arches, and can be colored either Peridot Metallic or Carmine Red paint. Unique 20-inch wheels round out the exterior enhancements and eight-way adjustable GTS seats can be found inside. There’s an available Sport Chrono package for track days, as well.

For those who can’t go without a Porsche Cayenne GTS in their life, Porsche has priced the super SUV at $93,600 in Canada. It will go on sale around August 2012. In the video above, the new Cayenne GTS in Peridot Metallic can be seen sprinting through the mountains, engine bellowing and yelling all the way.

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Porsche has long been celebrated as the premier European sports car brand. And with precision performance machines like the Boxster, Cayman and 911, it’s hard to argue that. But Porsche also makes a fine Sport Utility Vehicle in the Cayenne. Currently, the Cayenne line is as diverse as it is efficient. From the 300 horsepower base Cayenne, which seats up to five, to the 500 horsepower Cayenne Turbo, which can rocket from 0-100 km in 4.7 seconds, there seemed to be a Cayenne for everybody. But there hasn’t been a diesel offering in the North American market. Until now, that is.

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Porsche announced that its champion SUV will be available with a turbo-diesel V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive and a staggering 554.5 NM of torque starting with the 2013 model year. Appropriately christened the Cayenne Diesel, the torque rating is enough to power the exotic SUV from 0-100km in a mere 7.6 seconds, all the way up to 220 kph. There are few other SUVs besides the Cayenne that can make such a claim.

Fuel economy numbers for Canada have yet to be announced, but Porsche says the diesel’s estimated fuel economy numbers are 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway on the United States cycle. That roughly equates to 11.76 L/100km extra urban and 8.4 L/100km urban. For a performance SUV, that’s top-tier.

This is by the virtue of not only the diesel engine, which is more efficient than a comparable gasoline engine, but also the advanced 8-speed Tiptronic transmission its mated to. The powertrain is also fortified with an Auto Start/Stop function and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), as well as improved engine acoustics and low vibrations for smooth engine running.

Starting in Canada at $64,500, keen eyes can identify the latest Cayenne variant by the “Diesel” badges behind the front wheel wells. Also for the 2013 model year, Porsche included a few interior changes, including a new standard analog clock on the dashboard, new door lock buttons placed near the front door handles, and the European Factory Delivery program offered for all models. Sales are expect to begin later this year.

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Porsche has launched an app for all smartphone-using Porsche owners to tap into the social networking realm with the Drive + app for the Apple iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

With the Drive+ app, Porsche owners can upload media of taking Porsche out for a spin, while viewing a new model at an auto show, or even watching a Porsche race around a track. This brings the Porsche community together in ways that were previously unimaginable.

There are several functions to the app, including:

– Upload multiple photos and videos
– Live feed
– Beautiful Dashboard
– Recent Activity, Popular and Featured Views
– Full web version
– Integrated Facebook and Twitter

Picture quickly slicing through the mountain roads in an all-new 2013 Porsche Boxster S, stopping for a meal somewhere in between. Using the Drive + app, a photograph can be taken and uploaded, while sending out a message seeking out other Porsche drivers who would like to join in on the fun.

Perhaps it’s a track day with the new 911. A video of the high-velocity excitement can be taken and then uploaded in between hot-laps, along with a status update inviting friends to come on out. We’ve all thought it would be cool to integrate social media into such a hobby as driving. Now through Porsche, we can.

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When Porsche first revealed its conceptual 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid supercar at the 2010 Geneva Motor Expo, media and patrons alike were absolutely taken aback by it. Not only was the Porsche absolutely beautiful and aggressive while maintaining hints of traditional styling, but it had something the world had never seen before: a 500-horsepower V8 working with not one, but two electric motors producing an additional 218 hp or 160kW of output to all four wheels, with the ability to travel 16 miles on electricity alone. Better yet, it could move. Fast.

Porsche claimed that the 918 Spyder possesses the capability to launch itself from 0-100 km/h in a blistering 3.2 seconds. And because of its moonshot of a drivetrain, it could return an incredible 3.0 L/100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). These seemed like numbers only a concept car could produce. But Porsche left everyone with a feeling of excitement, and amazement when the company announced that it will build the 918 Spyder just like the concept. 

Fast forward to today, where select members of the automotive media at-large were invited to Nardo, Italy, for a sneak peek look at how Porsche’s progress of the world’s first supercar that can be plugged into a wall outlet is coming along.

No. This Mad Max-inspired mashup featured in the video done by EVO Magazine of mismatched 911 paneling for a body is not the finished product. Far from, in fact.

To point, the powertrain of the upcoming 918 was only configured at the time to produce 50-percent of what’s available – which still equated to 400 hp and a redline of 6,000 rpm. And because of the raw presentation, the top speed was limited to just 80 mph.

When the finished product makes its way to market, here’s what to expect:

  • A sky-high $800,000 price (USD), and $200k deposit
  • There will be over 50 CPUs in controlling the vehicle’s functions
  • The electrical system alone took 9 months to develop
  • Every single light in the 918 will be an LED, from the headlamps to the interior and everything between
  • The passenger sits 20mm further forward than the driver — for better weight distribution
  • The seven-speed PDK transmission is shared with the new 911 — but has been flipped upside down to fit the 918
  • Every body panel is carbon fiber, except the bumpers — for weight reduction
  • There’s a “Manufactured in Flacht” sticker on the back as a reminder that Porsche Motorsport is the main developer
  • Two detachable carbon fiber targa panels will be utilized in the design.
When finished, the production version will tip the scales at less than 1,678 kg, nearly 80-percent of the weight is below the centerline of the car, giving the 918 a fantastically low center of gravity. Additionally, the entire chassis is a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum, including the passenger compartment and associated crash structure, which weighs in at a mere 220 kg.
Carbon fiber assembly has come a long way since Porsche Carrera GT (which also utilized a carbon fiber tub). 10 years ago, it took Porsche took five days to make the GT’s chassis. Today, Porsche and birth up to five 918 tubs a day thanks to new innovations in composites and assembly methods.

When powertrain development is completed, Porsche says that the 918′s 4.6-liter V8 (originally fitted to the three-time ALMS LMP2 Championship-winning RS Spyder) will produce an amazing 570 hp. Add the power of the front-mounted 80 kW motor and the rear-mounted 90 kW motor, and the 918 produces 770 hp. Seven hundred and seventy horsepower. From the factory.

If there’s enough power in the  liquid-cooled, lithium-ion batteries,the 918 can achieve 145 km/h without using a single drop of fuel, rocketing all the way to 325 km/h.

For better cooling, the V8′s titanium exhaust outlets send spent hydrocarbons out and over the engine into a muffler fitted atop the engine. This method ensures that heat in the engine compartment is kept to a minimum and – serving both form and function.

The first of 918 production examples are expected to launch September 18, 2013.

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When it came down to the Porsche 911 and Boxter, the demographics have traditionally been split. Whereas men preferred the power and presence of the 911, more often than not the stereotype has been that women enjoyed the zippy driving style and sleek curves of the Boxster. But with the Boxster being all new for the 2013 model year, do men, should men be wary of their appearance if they were to own one? According to famed British automotive critic Chris Harris, the answer is a definite ”no”.

Not only does the 2013 Porsche Boxster carry broader shoulders, a wider footprint, and more power with less weight, but its handling characteristics are so competent, so agile, that Harris himself is torn between whether or not he would approve the new, more powerful 911 over the lithe new Boxster. It’s that good.

Both the Boxster and more robust Boxster S models are powered by flat-six engines with direct fuel injection enhanced by electrical system recuperation, thermal management and a useful start/stop function for more impressive fuel efficiency. These features can be found in the Boxster’s new base engine, which delivers 265 hp from a 2.7 liter displacement – translating to a ten hp improvement over its larger displacement predecessor. As for the Boxster S, the displacement increases to 3.4-liters, while the power jumps to 315 hp — a five hp improvement over the last Boxster S.

The interior concept offers the occupants more space and reflects the new Porsche outline with a raked center console, which, originating with the Carrera GT ensures improved ergonomics in all models. As such, the passengers are enclosed by the completely redesigned, fully electric top, which now dispenses with a convertible top compartment lid. As Harris points out in the video, the leather accents are something to be fond of.

Both models feature a manual six-speed gearbox as standard — a favorite among traditional enthusiast drivers — with the seven-speed double-clutch transmission (PDK) available as an option for those who prefer more precise, mechanical shifts. Both sports cars achieve their best fuel consumption and acceleration performance with the PDK.

With the re-engineered design, driving dynamics of the new Porsche Boxster are a vast improvement from the old model, with the Boxster accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, while the the Boxster S does the same in 4.7 seconds.

The new Boxster models are expected in U.S. showrooms in early summer 2012. The basic list price iwill be $49,500 for the Boxster and $60,900 for the Boxster S, not including a $950 destination charge. Look for it.

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Porsche Trio Sweeps GT Podium At Daytona

by Sales Team on February 19, 2012

Kicking off the 2012 racing season was the grueling, unrelenting and infamous Rolex 24 hours of Daytona, and 2012 marked the race’s 50th anniversary. The Grand-Am Racing series is the proud torch-bearer of the race, with 60 cars separated among distinct racing classes, and even more drivers accepting the 24 hour challenge.

In the GT class, things went better than great for Porsche. In fact, the end result for the storied German brand was absolutely exceptional. Austrian driver Richard Lietz, sharing the #44 Magnus Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car with John Potter, Andy Lally, and Rene Rast, took over the driving duties with less than two hours left to go at the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona. He then guided his car through two pit stops and to the GT victory for the Salt Lake City-based team owned by Potter and led a clean-sweep of the GT podium by Porsche.

In second-place was the TRG Porsche driving team of Steve Bertheau, Marc Goosens, Wolf Henzler, Spencer Pumpelly and Jeroen Bleekemolen. Finishing the sweep was the #59 Brumos Porsche with drivers Leh Keen, Hurley Haywood, Andrew Davis, and Marc Lieb. Both teams led for substantial lengths of time during the 24-hour event, but, in the end, both the cars couldn’t catch the Magnus Porsche.

““With both our customer race car owners and our factory drivers, we have the best people in the motorsports business associated with Porsche, and they are a key part in making our street cars and race cars great,”” said Jens Walther, who has been president of Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. since 2010.

Look for more Porsche racing action in the Rolex Grand-Am Series on March 30th-31st, at the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.

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1st Drive With The Refurbished Targa Top

by Sales Team on July 7, 2011

I will be attending the monthly Porsche Club meeting this evening so I was able to drive Domino this morning. New Targa roof refurbishing by Chinook Upholstery has cut the wind noise down by 80%. Looks great as we used the original German vinyl and replaced the headliner/underlying foam and new Porsche hardware. Now I just have to adjust the Targa seals to the windows and that should take care of the rest.

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