New 2012 Porsche 911 gets screen time in first official TV ad (+video)

August 31st, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The all-new 2012 Porsche 911 has been big news in the past weeks with specifications, photos and info slowly released (read news). But until now, we haven’t seen the latest incarnation of this iconic sports car in action.

The first of many TV ads has been released on YouTube and shows an inspiring view of the new 911 Carrera S. There’s various angles, aural delights and plenty to give Porsche fans a feel for the new 911.

Check out the video below. Continue reading “New 2012 Porsche 911 gets screen time in first official TV ad (+video)” »

2012 Porsche 911 gets officially revealed

August 24th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After plenty of rumours, spy shots and leaked photos, Porsche has officially unveiled it’s 2012 911 (991) model.

While it may look very similar the new 911 has grown, with a wheelbase 100 mm longer than it’s predecessor. It also has a wider track at the front and a body made of aluminum-steel for reduced weight and greater rigidity. Standard wheel fittment is 20-inch rims and the side mirrors have moved to the top of the doors.

In the cockpit the reworked interior combines elements of the Porsche Panamera with the outgoing 997 model. The major changes here include a more pronounced, downward sloping centre console and entirely new switchgear.

The official word on power figures pegs the 3.4 litre boxer engine in the entry-level Carerra at 257kW. The higher-spec Carrera S uses a 3.8-litre motor that’s good for 294kW. Torque figures haven’t been released. Continue reading “2012 Porsche 911 gets officially revealed” »

First official photos of 2012 Porsche 911 now online

August 18th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Following teaser videos and plenty of spy shots the first press photos of the new 2012 Porsche 911 have been leaked on to the Internet before the model’s official debut at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As expected the all-new 911 (code name 991), has a very familiar look and shows only subtle styling changes from the outgoing 997. Porsche purists will be kept happy with the iconic model’s classic lines and proportions being kept intact.

The most obvious cosmetic changes are the LED running lamps and revised air intakes at the front, the door-mounted wing mirrors on the flanks and the thinner LED tail lamps that grace the 991′s sculptured rear end.

Away from the design, the most significant changes come with the new 911′s increased size. The car is about two inches longer than the current model with a four inch longer wheelbase.

In terms of power the new entry-model Carrera will use a 3.4-litre direct-injected flat-six, producing 261kW, the Carrera S will be powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine producing around 300kW. Both engines will be mated to either a seven-speed manual or a PDK dual-clutch transmission. Continue reading “First official photos of 2012 Porsche 911 now online” »

Porsche profits up a massive 59 percent

August 2nd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Despite the global recession and continued economic uncertainty, the world’s premium car brands are enjoying big sales and profits. The reason comes from the emerging markets such as China and Russia where expensive luxury and performance cars are in hot demand.

Ferrari, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz have all announced record profits recently, and now Porsche is joining the fray with the announcement that its profits are up a staggering 59 percent compared with the same period last year.

In the first half of 2011, Porsche was busy generating an operating profit of $1.54 billion USD. There was a 26.3 percent increase in sales to 56,272 vehicles, and with the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 expected later this year, sales figures are expected to continue to climb. Continue reading “Porsche profits up a massive 59 percent” »

2012 Porsche 911 teased in video before Frankfurt debut

July 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Porsche fans can begin counting down to the release of the next-gen 911 which is scheduled for a September debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Porsche is in the final stages of testing its new sports car and has released the first official video of the new 911 shot during hot weather testing in South Africa.

Although the 911 is still partially disguised in the clip, its obvious that this new model will look like the many before it. The 911′s evolution looks set to continue without major disappointment or radical new design cues.

That said, the next 911 will be slightly bigger, roomier and on a longer wheel base than the current version. The engine will also continue to slowly creep forward. The new 911 will be made available with more fuel efficient and greener engines which include a smaller displacement 3.4-litre flat-six producing around 260kW for the Carrera /4, and a larger 3.8-litre flat-six producing around 300kW for the Carrera S/4S. Continue reading “2012 Porsche 911 teased in video before Frankfurt debut” »

Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman

June 27th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

After getting a drive in the Porsche Cayman S, Car and SUV became a big fan of the model and the platform-sharing Boxster. It’s no surprise that we aren’t alone with news that Porsche has ticked up 300,000 sales of the Cayman and Boxster models.

It’s taken 15 years to reach this milestone since the very first Boxster roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. Most of the vehicles have been in convertible Boxster form with the hard top Cayman not contributing until the 2006 model year.

To celebrate Porsche dressed up the 300,000th vehicle real pretty. It’s a Boxster Spyder with a Platinum Silver paint job and Carrera red leather trim. This hot ride is most likely set to be sold to a lucky local owner in Germany.

We’re big fans of Porsche’s Boxster and Cayman, and it appears we’re not alone. Porsche is celebrating 300,000 Cayman and Boxster models sold, almost exactly 15 years after the first roadster left the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant in Germany. The lion’s share of those sports cars have been convertibles – the hard-hatted Cayman didn’t join the party until 2005 as a 2006 model. Continue reading “Porsche celebrates 300,000 sales of Boxster/Cayman” »

Lumma Design gives Porsche Cayenne major makeover

June 15th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The styling of Porsche’s high-riding Cayenne has never appealed to all tastes and this has made it suitable fodder for every aftermarket tuner who wants a crack. The latest attack on the model’s bulky lines comes from Germany’s Lumma Design who is an old hand at reworking German performance sedans but is new to the Cayenne.

The result is called the CLR 558 GT, and sees the Porsche receive a full body kit including a new front end with spoiler, larger air intakes and integrated LED running lights, a rear diffuser, flared wheel guards and side skirting. The stock bonnet has been scrapped and replaced with a ventilated carbon-fibre job and the exhaust is now a triple-tipped stainless system system. New wheels are required with any tuning job and Lumma Design has opted for huge 22-inch modulars with colour-coded surrounds.

The interior hasn’t escaped unscathed either with some special touches like rubber and aluminum pedals, custom door sills, leather-trimmed floor and cargo area mats. Continue reading “Lumma Design gives Porsche Cayenne major makeover” »

Porsche GT3 styling gets blended into new VW Beetle

June 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

For all those Porsche haters out there who say the 911 is nothing more than a hotted-up Beetle, this news is for you. The VW enthusiasts at VWvortex were lucky enough to get early access to the new 2012 Beetle for a little visual tuning and came up with the machine pictured.

The upgraded Beetle clearly draws inspiration from the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, including the hot-right-now bright orange 20-inch alloys and matching decals with the words Beetle RS, just like on the Porsche. The look is finished with some blacked-out chrome detailing.

There’s not much in terms of mechanical upgrades except a 14″ brake discs package from Brembo. Apparently VWvortex will be waiting for the new Beetle to begin rolling off the production line before it starts tweaking the engine. But once it does, mods like a turbocharger upgrade, new exhaust and even a locking diff are planned. To cap off the Beetle/911 look a full size GT3 RS-style rear wing is also expected. Continue reading “Porsche GT3 styling gets blended into new VW Beetle” »