Porsche Teases Project Gold's Body

In a new video, Porsche continues to tease its ambiguous Project Gold. The German automaker promises "a classic body is the starting point for a vehicle that will ultimately become a truly unique piece," but what it seems to be so far is a 993-generation 911 Turbo S with a more modern interior and updated wheels. Porsche's Classic division says that this is a special machine that will require at least 18 months of construction, so there has to be something extra special about the car that we haven't been told yet. A standard Porsche 911 takes about 30 hours to build.

The video above shows the dip painting process that gives the shell the same coating as modern Porsches.

The latest teaser reveals the 993 body that forms the basis for Project Gold. The intakes in the rear help identify it as a Turbo S. Contrary to the design sketches in the original teaser Porsche released, it doesn't seem that the development team makes any modifications to the rear section of the roof.

The Project Gold also sports a set of black, five-spoke wheels that have gold accenting the center and around the rim, which should give the Project Gold a rich, handsome look. Inside the cabin, Porsche fitted the seats with perforated leather for the center sections and fine-grained hides for the bolsters. Another touch of gold to be noted is in the stitching of the seams and the "Turbo" embroidery on the headrest.

There is no word on a debut date, but Porsche has promised a new teaser on August 17. Monterey Car Week at the end of August would be a great place to unveil the updated classic because the event is packed with wealthy sports car enthusiasts. On the other hand, rumors suggest that Porsche might debut Project Gold at the Paris Motor Show in October, and having this special car alongside the future generation could be a great photo op. We will see.

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New Look, New V-6s, More Power: 2019 Porsche Macan

The updated 2019 Porsche Macan made its debut in Shanghai. 

There are some significant changes that lie behind the familiar face of the 2019 Porsche Macan. Porsche took the wraps off the updated Macan in Shanghai, giving the world its first look at the revised SUV, which has new engines, a new infotainment system, and a ton of new features.

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Like before, the Macan is based on Volkswagen Group's first-generation MLB modular-longitudinal architecture. The Macan's front-end changes are basically limited to LED headlights and redesigned front air intakes, but the rear gets a new LED taillight strip that stretches across the entire width of the vehicle, thus enhancing the family resemblance with the new Cayenne and the Panamera. Wheel sizes range up to 21 inches, and there are new paint colors and trim options. The Turbo is differentiated with its own fascias and bumpers that won’t be shared with any other version, including the likely GTS variant.

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Inside the cabin, the 7.0-inch infotainment screen has been replaced by a new 11.0-inch touchscreen, with the air vents moving below the screen to make room. The configurable system resembles the Cayenne’s and Panamera’s in design and function. The voice-control function is said to offer improved responses and software.

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The optional Sport Chrono package still brings the somewhat pretentious stopwatch that sits atop the dashboard but now also adds a round switch on the steering wheel for selecting from the available driving modes. In the center is the Sport Response button—as seen in other Porsche models—that sharpens the car’s reactions immediately. The optional GT Sport steering wheel, which is smaller than before, is borrowed from the 911, and the options list also includes an air ionizer for the esoterically inclined.

Porsche hasn’t confirmed the engine lineup for the United States, but we expect the base turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four to get a power jump from the current 252 horsepower to about 300. Both V-6 engines are new to the SUV: The Macan S will get a single-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 making around 350 horsepower, while the Macan Turbo is fitted with a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 that should be good for an additional 90 or so horses. We expect a GTS model in between, and the Turbo could once again be offered with a Performance package for even more power. All engines are mated to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic. Porsche won’t offer a plug-in-hybrid powertrain in the Macan.

When the Macan comes here in late 2018 as a 2019 model, prices should hold close to today’s, which range from $48,850 for the base Macan to $78,250 for the Macan Turbo. The revised Macan will continue to face off against the likes of the Audi SQ5, the BMW X3/X4, and the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and GLC63. 

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Understanding the Porsche 911 Lineup: There's More Than You Think

Choose from nine different power outputs, three body types, and two drivetrains

Saying that you drive a 911 is just about as vague as saying you own a Chevrolet. Porsche currently sells 24 different variations of the iconic rear-engine sports car, and that doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the list of race car variants.

The 911 is an almost 55-year-old icon for a reason. But with so many to choose from, it's easy to lose track of what is available. For clarity, here is a broken-down list of all the different 911s sold today.

Here, we have the 911 divided into five model series with similar qualities and attributes, which, for this sake, we'll call "lines." There's the Carrera, Targa, GTS, Turbo, and GT lines. Cars within those lines are offered with three different bodies (coupe, convertible, targa), rear- or all-wheel drive, and several engines that pack a punch between 370 and 700 hp - not to mention a price spread over $200,000.

The Carrera model line is the largest and least expensive group, with nine variants. Two engine outputs--370 and 420 hp--are available, both coming from a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six. Ranging from the $92,150, rear-wheel-drive Carrera coupe to $125,350 for the all-wheel-drive 4S Cabriolet. there are the two most common versions of the Carrera, and if you drive by a Porsche dealer, these are the cars you'll see on the lot. 

Porsche reintroduced the Targa in 2015 and currently sells three different models, based on engine output, which range from 370 to 450 hp and 405 lb-ft torque. All Targas sold are all-wheel drive and prices range from $111,350 for a Targa 4 to $140,950 for a Targa 4 GTS.

GTS comes next in the range, denoting that these 911s carry the same 3.0-liter turbocharged motor with output bumped up to 450 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between all three body options and both drive options; price starts at $121,750.

Most Porsches are turbocharged now, but fewer actually wear the Turbo moniker. The ones that do boast a boosted 3.8-liter engine making 540 hp, 580 with the Turbo S models. There’s also an "Exclusive" series, which squeezes that same motor for 607 horsepower and comes with a $276,550 price tag. Porsche is only building 500 of those. All Turbo models are all-wheel drive.

Finally, the three GT models: the privileged track rat toys. The GT3 and GT3 RS are the only two offered with non-turbocharged engines; instead a 4.0-liter flat-six spins up to 9,000rpm and makes 500 hp in the GT3 and 520 in the GT3 RS. Because these are racetrack-focused, only the rear wheels are driven. If you have over a quarter million dollars to spend, the GT2 RS reigns supreme for power (700 hp from the 3.8-liter), lap time (6 minutes 47.3 seconds), and superiority arguments at the bar.

So, there you have it. The 24 Porsche variants that are available for sale right now. If your income is among the top 1% of earners, there’s almost certainly a Porsche for you.

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Dynamiq GTT-- The Porsche-Designed Super-Yacht

The Dynamiq GTT is an all-aluminum yacht-- 115-ft in length-- powered by two enormous hybrid engines that produce a top speed of 21 knots at exceptionally low fuel consumption rates. Two MAN V-12 diesel engines are paired to two 20.8 kW electric motors whose combined efforts produce over 12,000 horsepower. The GTT 115 uses Fortjes pods for propulsion, rather than a traditional shaft and propeller system. The maximum cruising range is 3,400 nautical miles—enough to get you from one end of the pacific to the other.

The interior of this beautiful sea machine is laden with luxury. Luxury in the sense of real quality materials and signature designs that only a Porsche designer could produce. Understated marble counters and Minotti furniture are elegantly strewn about the cabin. The dining areas and bedrooms emanate a coziness that you would never expect a boat to capture. The rooms feature decorative aluminum and wooden slats that were inspired by the dashboard of the Porsche Mission E. The 7 foot ceilings and huge windows portray the openness of the sea, but are met with beautiful and subtle comforts for a perfectly serene yacht atmosphere.

“Taking the spirit of high-performance sports car styling to the high seas, the Dynamiq GTT 115 is designed to appeal to car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style, and our philosophy of intelligent performance,” Studio F. A. Porsche CEO Roland Heiler said in a statement. “Our goal was to create a design that not only looks good, but one that surprises and pleases its owner every day,” says Heiler. “We also wanted the Porsche elements to be so subtle that anyone coming aboard doesn’t just see them at first glance.”

They plan to produce seven of these super yachts, with a price tag starting at 16 million. 
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Cops in Porsche's

More Police officers should be driving sports cars. Not only do our boys in blue deserve to ride confidently though the streets, but they additionally could use a little help bridging the gap between themselves and the average youth. Teenagers, some of the riskiest drivers on the road at any given time, are attracted to anything they deem as cool and are still malleable enough to be swayed by a figure of authority. If more cops had apt opportunity to reach the youth of their community, the streets would most definitely be a safer place for everyone.

Donated to the Norfolk Constabulary by the Lind Trust, a charity that supports the development of youths in Norwich and Norfolk in the United Kingdom, the GT4 is a perfect segway for the police department. It will be used to help the public engage with the police about road safety—and in particular, to grab the attention of young drivers.

In a press release, the department said this:

Young drivers are disproportionately represented in fatal and serious collision statistics; in Norfolk over the last five years 61 young drivers have lost their lives while 504 suffered serious injury.

Chief Constable Simon Bailey said: “Engagement and education are vital elements of the work on road safety undertaken by roads policing officers. I’m confident the use of the Porsche will help break down barriers and enable officers to speak with young drivers and provide road safety advice.”

He added: “The GT4 will certainly attract a lot of attention – but that’s the whole idea. We hope the car will act as a conversation starter, which gives us the opportunity to engage with people, but more importantly those hard-to-reach groups like young drivers, and offer practical advice as well as describing what can happen when things go wrong.”

The Norfolk police will be showcasing their GT4 in places where “car enthusiasts are known to gather,” as well as at school and colleges throughout the country in order to maximize awareness.

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Porsche World Expedition 2018

The Porsche World Expedition is a grand opportunity to go out on a magnificent journey over 18,000 miles over the course of 80 days—in the beautiful new Cayenne.  This tour will take you across six continents; where you will encounter a wide variety of enticing new challenge, many memorable moments and great scale of fascinating sights. The countries you pass through will serve to excite and tease you as you experience the drive of a lifetime in a world class SUV.

 “This World Expedition is designed for avid Porsche enthusiasts seeking unique experiences with like-minded people and extreme driving challenges – people who desire an adventure that is truly priceless”, says Catja Wiedenmann, Manager of Porsche Driving Experience at Porsche.

The chosen routes take drivers through a total of more than 20 countries, and the program promises to challenge you. It all begins on May 11, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia and will take you all through the tracks of the Aborigines for over 3,000 miles to Perth.

The next tour starts in June at the North Cape and leads across Europe to its destination in Chamonix, France. Other highly anticipated locales on the Porsche World Expedition 2018 include-- a voyage through Africa: from Johannesburg to the Serengeti, through Central and South America: going from Cancun to the lively Panama City and Lima to Buenos Aires, and Southeast Asia: travelling from Thailands capital, Bangkok to the famed Shangri-La.

Each expedition has room for 28 participants, and it’s going to be priced accordingly high. Booking details and exact specifications can be found here at the Porsche AG homepage.

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The Legacy of the Type 64

The Porsche 64 is considered by many to be the first automobile produced by Porsche as a company. Many of the parts used to make it, however, came from the Type-60 VW Beetle, which is why some purists may be inclined to call it a product of Volkswagen and likewise consider the 356 to be Porsches first. Regardless, the 64 is acknowledged as the “original Porsche”, and the “great-grandfather” of all Porsches to follow.

The body design was made by the Porsche Büro after wind tunnel tests for a planned V10 sports car that never came into existence, the Type 114. The Porsche 64s body may have been constructed from parts of a Beetle, but the shape and style are so unmistakably Porsche that I can’t imagine considering it anything but. The sleek, flat body was designed to be fast, and managed to get up to a top speed of 90 mph with only 50 horsepower. The striking design was unlike anything ever seen before, and it still looks futuristic to this day.

First, there were three cars. All made by hand shaped aluminum and done by the German bodywork company Reutter. Sadly, one of the originals was destroyed early in World War II. The two remaining were used by the Porsche family, as Ferdinand Porsche was an avid lover of the iconic design.  The Porsche family eventually decided to drive just one of the remaining 64’s, and the other was stowed away.

In May of 1945, American troops discovered the one put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until the engine gave up. The Porsche was inevitably scrapped. The last remaining Porsche 64, owned by Ferry Porsche, was restored by Battista Farina in 1947. It was later sold to the Austrian motorcycle racer Otto Mathé, and with it he won the Alpine Rally in 1950. The last time he drove it in a race was at the Monterey Historic Automobile Races in Monterey, California, in 1982.

The last remaining piece of the Type 64 resides in The Allure of the Automobile exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia.

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What is it that makes any given car desirable? Looks are key in first impressions, but a truly appealing car goes beyond that initial attraction and makes you fall head over heels- for life.

To measure owner satisfaction as a whole, J.D. Power conducts an APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study that surveys thousands of new-vehicle buyers following the first 90 days of ownership, gathering responses to inquiries about 77 individual vehicle attributes. Using this information, the company is able to clearly determine which models/brands are the most appealing and satisfying to their owners. An attractive exterior and interior design, engaging performance, day-to-day usability, comfort, and amenities are all considered.

More than 69,000 new car owners took part in this years survey, spanning over 243 models from 33 manufacturers in 10 pertinent categories. This year, a total of 25 models receive an award for their overall appeal.

For the 13th consecutive year, Porsche dominated the survey with the highest overall APEAL index score of 884.

“The aim of our company’s actions is to have thrilled customers”, says Oliver Blume, President and CEO of Porsche AG. “The results of the J.D. Power study give us renewed confidence that we are following the right path with our strategy. It is now clear that alongside the quality of the product, it is also the level of service and communication with our customers that resonates.”

Porsche knows very well that appealing vehicles display attractive exterior and interior design, deliver engaging performance, and are packed with surprise-and-delight features. You can’t argue with the best, and Porsche never intends to be anything less. Take a peek into our vast inventory- and see the best in action for yourself.
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The Fastest Porsche Ever- Coming Soon

Porsches fastest and most powerful street legal 911 ever has just been unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Fastest ever sounds like a stretch, but 700 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of only 2.7 seconds speak for themselves.

The interior of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is endowed with sexy red Alacantara accents, black leather, and carbon fiber trim pieces. Special sport steering wheel shift paddles are also standard.

On the outside, the 911 GT2 RS wears large air intakes and outlets and a large imposing rear wing to improve its aerodynamics and down-force. The 911 GT2 RS has super wide wheels with the widest tires ever on a Porsche, and standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes help to keep the duo under control. The optional magnesium wheels are among the lightest ever produced for the sports car, and can help to achieve its top speed of more than 211 mph. Its titanium exhaust is among the lightest ever made by Porsche; it cuts 15 pounds from the current setup.

Powering the insanity is a 3.8-liter engine twin-turbo flat-six engine, designed like that of the engine that powers the 911 Turbo S. In the 911 GT2 RS, however, the 3.8L engine gets larger turbochargers and a new additional cooling system that sprays water on the intercoolers when the intake air temperature reaches a determined threshold.

The GT2 RS is a go-to car for owning the track, as it has exceptional dry grip thanks to its race-bred chassis with rear axle steering and Ultra High Performance tires. The stability management system is also tuned for spirited driving, but will still do you justice while cruising on the highway.

The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS starts at $293,200, plus a $1,050 delivery fee. The GT2 RS will be arriving at dealerships in early 2018. You can easily inquire for more information/updates on the new Porsche here at our website.
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The Crest

The iconic Porsche crest was created in part by the Czech engineer who originally designed the Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche, partnered with the US importer Max Hoffman in 1952. Xaver Reimspiess, the designer who created the Volkswagen logo, was the one to fine tune and finish the design of the crest. Xaver sketched a magnificent, golden crest that not only symbolized the roots of the company, but expressed the dynamism and quality of Porsche product.

The Porsche crest first appeared in late 1952 in the center of the 356 Pre-A’s steering wheel. The crest now serves as their all-encompassing logo, and can be seen on every Porsche steering wheel, nose, and wheel.The golden logo has been accentuated with stylized black antlers and red and black stripes. The central part of the logo depicts a black horse headlong, meant to be an expression of forward driven power and a connotation of the origin city. Across the application of the Stuttgart horse, the Porsche team created a clear symbol of the relations they built with the city. The crest possesses the outer shape of a coat of arms, while the overarching inscription ‘Porsche’ over the top of the logo deftly seals the strength of the image.

In contrast to the current crest, the Porsche logo on the original crest was only embossed and was not black. In addition, the red elements of the crest were actually more orange in color to reflect the Württemberg-Hohenzollern state colors. The Classic experts charged with reproducing the crest went a lot further than merely ensuring that the colors were true to the original. The crest is produced using special tools based on original drawings. As with the original, it is gold-plated and the color and enameling are meticulously applied by hand.

The traditional Porsche Crest has had to undergo extensive quality testing. This involved an alternating climate test, for example, and a stone impact simulation carried out at a ballistic firing range. All of these challenging tests were passed with flying colors, thus proving its credentials as a genuine quality product, 100 per cent "Made in Germany". This symbol, steeped in history, signals a continued long life for classic Porsche models.

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