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A Modern Touch to a Classic Porsche

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Even thought nowadays most of us have GPS capability right at our fingertips on our phones, it’s still nice to have a system that’s integrated right into the electronics of our car. The problem with classic cars is any modern technology generally looks out of place inside the car. But now, Porsche is offering a navigation system that leverages modern technology with classic looks to blend seamlessly into the interior cabin of any 911 built between the 1960’s to the 1990’s.

The navigation system utilizes a smaller 3.5 inch touch screen so as not to look out of place. It is linked right in to the in car entertainment system, has Bluetooth connection, and supports two USB ports. All other trim pieces have been kept simple and black just as it would have come out of the factory.

Porsche will sell the units through its Porsche Classic Partners and will offer the navigation system in 912, 914, 924, 928, 944, and 968 models.


Porsche 911 Turbo Signature Series

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Aircooled Porsche 911’s have skyrocketed in price over the past few years. What was once a $40-$50,000 car only a few years ago is now commanding close to a six figure price tag. Its not that there’s not one to be found, its just the demand for good old analog Porsches is where people’s hearts are at right now.

What you see here is one of the last 50 U.S spec Turbo cars. The car is optioned out with a limited slip differential, electric mirrors, black headliner, and a sunroof. As it stands, this 911 is in a condition better than when it left the factory back in 1979. Really in concourse condition, this particular 911’s restoration had left no stones unturned. With a certificate of authenticity stating it’s rare production number, this 911 is going to command a hefty price.

If you have a wad of cash burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to drop by the Russo and Steele Newport Beach Auction coming up on June 10 and raise up your little bidding paddle.


Porsche 911 GT3 RS Ruined

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I couldn’t go one minute into Instagram today and not see this Porsche all over my feed. It’s such a shame to see an amazing car such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS go to waste in such a dreadful slow death.

Apparently, a mechanic who works at Porsche of Amsterdam is responsible for this carnage. The Gulf themed GT3 RS was dipped half way into the canal having most of the front end submerged under more than questionable waters. According to the dealership, this GT3 RS can still be saved.

The heart of the car, which sits at the back of the 911, was above water which was the saving grace of the accident. The damage sustained to the front of the car is all body or mechanical fixes. Water might have gotten into the fuel tank, but that can be drained. The interior probably soaked up some of that canal water, so scrub and a de-ozone treatment will definitely be in order.


Porsche 911 GT2 RS Spied Winter Testing

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A Porsche 911 GT2 RS prototype was spotted winter testing and wearing some deceiving modified 911 Turbo bodywork (photo cred: Motor Trend). What gives this 911 away as a GT2 RS are those oversized round quad exhaust tips indicating that the new car will likely have an updated and more power engine than its predecessor.

The current generation 911 GT2 is its RS level trim churns out a whopping 620hp. We are expecting the next generation GT2 RS to pump out closer to the 700hp mark. All that said, the car will likely gain some added aero to help keep stable at speeds and on the track. We are expecting a fixed rear wing to be in place, and a generous use of carbon fiber for weight savings.

Like all GT2 and GT2 RS before it, the newest generation vehicles will likely only be produced in limited quantities. We can’t wait for the new GT2 and GT2 RS to makes it’s official debut to the world.


Porsche Will Not Adopt Autonomous Driving

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Porsche CEO Oliver Blume made it pretty clear, “One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself.” With that statement, Porsche lays out it’s plans, or lack thereof, for engineering autonomous driving features into any of their cars.

I don’t think any Porsche enthusiast would’ve ever doubted this direction from the company. Porsche has a rich history in motor racing and has translated much of what they’ve learned on the track to the cars that they build for the road. They build performance cars, and more importantly, they build performance cars for drivers. Although this is one piece of new technology the company is not adopting, Porsche breaks many other technological boundaries. Take for example their 918 which exemplifies modern day racing technology adapted to its truest form for the road.

Another technology Porsche isn’t afraid to take head on is electric power. Blume eventually wants every Porsche in his stable to be available with a hybrid powertrain option and this could become a reality as soon as 2018. Word has been circulating for a while about a possible plug in version of a 911. Taking what they learned from the 918 spyder and adapting it to the 911 platform will make this legendary car even more legendary.


Stella RWB Porsche Gets a New Lease on Life

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Modifying cars typically garners divided opinions, but none divides the line between love versus hate as much as Akira Nakai and his Rauh Welt Begriff (RWB) Porsches. Those who are on the side with Porsche purists condemn this act of sacrilege, while those on the other side praise RWB for pushing modification to a whole new level.

The car you see here was a standard mill Porsche 930. Nakai acquired the car in the late 90’s when it was damaged and under the knife at a body shop. To say this car got a second life is an understatement knowing now what this car stood for and what history is was about to create. The modifying mentality encompassing the RWB house stems from drifting world where every bump, bruise and damage body panel gives the car it’s battle wounds and creates character and soul. Now that’s not to say that RWB cars are half falling apart battle scarred cars. Its far from that.

RWB cars are typically highly modified vehicles where each have a specific spec list depending on the owner’s likes, dislikes, and personality. Each creation is developed to suit the person that owns it. The cars usually are modified in the areas of bodywork, suspension, wheels, and engine. What first captures onlookers is obviously the bodywork. RWB cars start with fender modifications and the rest of the body work is selected to compliment the fender work. Suspension modifications generally come by way of race spec coilovers. However, we are seeing some builds use airride, again to suit the needs and desires of each owner. Last of the visually impactful modifications are the wheels which brings the exterior esthetics all together. Wheel choice varies between RWB builds but generally wheels are 3 piece modular, wide, and low offsets.

Ultimately, the ethos around each RWB build is to put form and function at the forefront. How that ethos is translated to each RWB Porsche owner will differ. I’m not here to persuade you to love these Porsche rather than fight it. I’m simply appreciating these builds for what they are and the F-U attitude it exudes.


991 Gets the Turbo Treatment. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo

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While Porsche has downsized the 911 line’s engines to smaller and more efficient turbocharged motors, only the top of the line model will be blessed with the Turbo name. Porsche unveiled the 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S here at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, rounding out the 991 generation with the most powerful street models in the 911 line.

The 3.8L twin turbo boxer 6 now develops 540hp in Turbo guise, with the Turbo S putting out a whopping 580hp. Changes to attain this horsepower jump includes modified intake ports, new direct injection fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure, while the Turbo S gets an even bigger turbocharger with larger impellers.

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Porsche Announces the New 911 Turbo

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Porsche announces the arrival of their latest iteration of the 911 Turbo.

As confusing as it may seem since today’s entry level 911 already sports a 3.0L turbo motor, the new 911 Turbo is the officially labeled Turbo model in the 911 lineup that will boast a 3.8L flat six motor which produces 540hp (Turbo) and 580hp (Turbo S). With these performance numbers, the Turbo and Turbo S will sprint to 100km/h in 3.0 seconds and 2.9 seconds, and topping out at 320kph and 330kph respectively. The Turbo motor is treated to revised intake ports, and utilizes new fuel injectors working under high fuel pressure demands. The Turbo S motor receives a revised set of turbochargers featuring larger compressors.

The new Turbo lineup will feature exterior enhancements to the front facia which gives the 911 a much wider and aggressive look. A revised engine cover helps channel more air into the intake system. Porsche will continue to offer the Turbo and Turbo S in both coupe and convertible varieties.

We should see these new Porsches on sale across Canada around April 2016.


2015 Mercedes AMG GT. 2014 Paris Motor show

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Being an AMG owner, new cars from AMG always get my attention. The new GT and GT S Model have my attention. Cars always look different in the flesh than do in pictures. This car is no exception to that rule.

When I first saw photos and videos of the GT, I was not impressed by the rear end. Early reports of the development of this car (not a direct replacement for the SLS) suggested that AMG was designing a 911 fighter. To me, the rear looks very Porsche. I don’t know if that was co-incidence or purposeful.

On the way to work the other day, I was behind the latest 911 and I couldn’t believe the resemblance of the GT to it.

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Porsche 911 Targa Already Feels Irrelevant

When I first read that the Targa was the next trim of 911 to receive the 991 update I thought “Okay, whatever”. The 991 GT3 set the bar so high that I’m not sure anything can top it. Certainly not a car that I’m apparently not old enough to appreciate or feel sentiment for. I figured it would be revealed quietly, I’d write a quick article on how it looks just like the other 911s and go about my day. I’d say that it’s a 911 with a front window and a rear window and a removable piece in between the two. The removable piece retracts electronically.

But then I saw it. Porsche managed to take a series of vehicles that all look similar and make one supremely ugly. And useless. Does anybody seriously think that the difference in rigidity between an electronically folding targa and the same convertible is going to be so significant as to justify not spending the extra $1,600 for a cabriolet model? How about the fact that it only comes in AWD? I’m guessing it’s because they couldn’t fit the roof and motors into the narrower fenders of the RWD version, but I feel like if you’re buying a Porsche for that pure visceral driving experience, or whatever it is that old people say, that you’re not going to be buying the AWD version.

So yeah, I don’t know. I’m of the opinion that if you want to rekindle your love of a classic Porsche, you should buy a classic Porsche. They’re not in short supply and can be had for very reasonable prices. If you want modern comfort and convenience with an open roof you can either get a panoramic sunroof which, like me, didn’t exist in the 70s, or a proper convertible. Or you can do what you want and buy a 991 Targa. Just please come back and tell me your thought process so I can better understand.

Check the gallery for evidence that you can give birth to an ugly sextuplet.

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