It ‘really’ is another week, another Porsche – since this is the 3rd week in a row that the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer has launched a new product – this time its an all-wheel drive version of the 911 Carerra GTS which went on sale in two-wheel drive form last December.
Another day, another Porsche “special edition”, but haven’t we been here before? Earlier this year Porsche introduced the 911 Black Edition – a base 911 wearing a party frock, then the Boxster S Black Edition with a 10 bhp upgrade over the regular Boxster S and now the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition – which true to form is a slightly more powerful – up to 326 bhp – and much cooler than the regular Cayman S.
After numerous leaks during the past months, most recently of the European price list and official pictures, Porsche have officially revealed details of its 911 GT3 RS 4.0 which will go on sale in July 2011.
After the spec sheet leaked out a couple of weeks ago (see below) on the Teamspeed forums, we’ve now received a batch of official pictures to whet our appetites for the latest – and perhaps greatest Rennsport model from Porsche.
BMW Motorsport claimed victory in today’s season opening VLN race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, finishing first and second overall. Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus and Uwe Alzen drove the winning no.42 BMW M3 GT, whilst Dirk Müller, Dirk Werner and Andy Priaulx brought the no.43 car home second, 51 seconds behind its sister car after four hours of running.
Well, this is a rarity – a special edition Porsche model that costs no more than base model, so it’s little surprise that the availability will be limited. The 911 Black Edition is powered by the 3.6 litre 340 bhp (254 kW) engine from the 911 Carrera combined with a comprehensive equipment package and available in any colour you like – as long as it’s black.
Another year, another GT3 RS and another plethora of Car of the Year crownings. It’s undeniably one of the finest sports cars to ever be produced, but there’s a sense of inevitability and monotony about any group test where it’s a protagonist.
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the most popular race car ever. To date, over 2,000 vehicles have been delivered to customers around the world and compete in both national championships and the F1-supporting Mobil1 Supercup. And now, the 444 bhp GT racer from Weissach joins the official competition cars at the annual Race of Champions, where many of the world’s most talented and famous racing celebrities from diverse disciplines come together to fight for the Nations Cup and individual Race of Champions title.
Apart from beautiful girls (a really common sight in this male dominated sector, honestly) and the jet set lifestyle (regularly taking in glamorous venues…
Time for a bit of gratuitous car porn for no other reason than it’s Friday evening and sometimes we all need a bit of a lift – in spirits. I make a point of watching as many of Porsche’s single-make Cup championships as possible, keeping track of the Carrera Cup GB which runs as a support series to the BTCC and also the Mobil1 Supercup that supports the majority of Formula One races.
We’ve got some great British Porsche drivers, not least Tim Harvey who won this year’s 2010 Carrera Cup GB, but we’ve also been pretty successful in the premier Mobil1 championship with Sean Edwards, Nick Tandy and last year’s Carrera Cup GB champion Tim Bridgman.
Nissan seem to be following in the foot-steps of their arch nemesis, Porsche, with a range of GT-R versions to mark the 2011 model year. Granted, there’s still a long way to go before they catch up with the 26 variants of 911, but if it works for ze Germans, then why not for Japan’s most revered sports car maker.
Uwe Gemballa, CEO of Gemballa Automobiletechnik, famed tuner of Porsche sports cars, was found murdered in Pretoria, South Africa at the weekend.
Mr Gemballa was found murdered in the style of an execution, with his hands tied behind his back and a bullet wound in the back of the head. He was reportedly in South Africa on business looking to close a deal which would see his cars being sold in the region.