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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 08:15

Special Porsche 911 GT3 for a special customer

Painted with "war colors" as worn in 1985 by the racing Porsche 956B with which Klaus Ludwig, Louis Krager and Paolo Barilla won the Le Mans, the Porsche 911 GT3 was ordered and bought by one of the mentioned - Paolo Barilla.

At Porsche, they have once again shown that, if money is not an issue, there are no wishes they cannot fulfill in their latest department for the richest and most spoiled customers.

The last extraordinary job was commissioned by former Italian racer Paolo Barilla who wanted a 911 GT3 in the colors that adorned the 1985 Porsche 956B racing private team New-Man Joest Racing with which Barilla (along with Klaus Ludwig and Louis Krager) reached the top podium at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

Three years passed from the idea to the realization of the project, because Barilla waited for Porsche to make a new GT3 based on the 992 Series, and the final result is a unique Coupé in the colors of the winning 956, which, among other things, bears the starting number (7) who was carrying a Porsche race car from the then C1 class.

In addition to the colors on the body, the details that make the Barillin 911 unique are the plates with its signature on the B-roof rack, a sketch of the track in Le Mans sewn on the headrests, sill plates, a newly designed rear spoiler and a magnesium gear lever modeled on the lever from Porschea 956B.

With the Porsche 911 GT3 that will "associate it with the thunder of Le Mans", Paolo Barilla celebrated his 60th birthday. The price of the "story" was not published, but it is clear that money was not a limiting factor for another man of the famous Italian food factory, because according to Forbes magazine, his wealth exceeds 1.39 billion dollars.


Porsche is preparing three more new versions of the 911 model

The offer of the current generation of the immortal "elf" will soon be expanded with three new versions with which Porsche will once again look back on its glorious past.

The latest example of Porsche's look back was the extraordinarily thought-out 911R (991), with an atmospheric boxer engine from the 911 GT3 RS and a manual transmission, the "R" numerically limited. arrived to insure their copy paid much more than its official price.

According to some American media reports, Porsche is preparing three special models based on a similar recipe based on the current generation (992) of the immortal "elf", and the first of them in the name should have the addition of Sport Classic, which would hide the 911 Turbo engine. S, rear-wheel drive and manual transmission Unofficially, the Porsche 911 Sport Classic will be produced in 250 units.

The next version will be called 911 ST and should be associated with the eponymous track-facing Porsche model from the early seventies. Like the original, the 992 ST should get significantly expanded fenders, and it will be powered by an additionally enhanced 4.0-liter boxer "atmospheric" from the current GT3.

At the end of the planned series is the 911 RS, with which Porsche will mark half a century since the introduction of the first RS, and the reminder of the famous ancestor will be based on the 911 GTS model, which will (expectedly) be much lighter and more powerful.

One thing is for sure, all the mentioned numerically limited models will be sold out in record time.

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Monday, 08 November 2021 07:26

A flawless replica of the 1961 Porsche Zagata 356

What you see here is a replica of the 1961 Porsche-Zagat 356 Carrere Coupe ‘Sanction Lost’. However, this is not just a simple recreation of the Italian bodybuilder; there is also an interesting story, with a history dating back to the late 50s.

The original car was owned by Porsche driver Claude Storez. The runner, who was considered the ‘Prince among runners’, turned to Zagata in 1957 to make a special aerodynamic bodywork for his Porsche 356 Carrera Speedster. After a year, the company delivered a finished body with a one-piece curved windshield and the iconic red longitudinal Zagato fins. Before returning the car to Storez, Porsche finished the job by adjusting the mechanics, Jutarnji.hr writes.

The Porsche-Zagato Speedster then raced in the Tour De France Automobile stage race in September 1958, and is believed to have finished second carrying number 139. Storez then joined the French Rally in February 1959 where he was killed in an accident, after which his the destroyed Porsche loses all trace.

This story served as inspiration for American collector Herb Wetanson to order a Porsche-Zagato 356 Speedster that is identical to Storez’s car. Zagato agreed, calling the recreation ‘Sanction Lost’, instead of the typical ‘Sanction II’ that was never found.

Zagato used the latest photometric technology to scan photos of the original speedster, allowing the company to digitally recreate the design. However, Zagato unveiled a concept drawing for the Zagato Porsche Carrera Coupe during the ‘Sanction Lost’ process, which led them to decide to create 18 units in memory of Storez’s Speedster - nine speedsters and nine coupes.

All 18 units are made from the original Porsche 356, but only two coupes and one speedster use Carrera engines. Of those three, only one of each body type is finished in Bianco Gardenia shades with red accents. Both are sold on RM Sotheby’s auction platform, and are expected to fetch between $ 550,000 and $ 650,000.

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Thursday, 16 September 2021 06:56

New Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo 2021 review

With a lower price tag and more boot space, the all-electric Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo is the perfect all rounder 


There are very few chinks in the armour of this more affordable Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo. It’s still more than fast enough, handles beautifully, balances this with plenty of comfort and refinement, and offers plenty of tech. It’s still a pricey machine in isolation, but the quality of the driving experience, the interior and the technology live up to expectations – and in a more practical estate body style with even more comfort, the Taycan has never been so appealing.

We’ve sampled Porsche’s more practical, slightly more rugged Taycan Cross Turismo electric car in high-performance (and pricey) Turbo form, but as is the way with the German brand, more affordable models always follow close behind – and so it is that we’re driving this less powerful ‘4S’ version of the Taycan Cross Turismo.

More affordable is a relative term given it costs from £88,270, and with the test car we tried coming in at £102,961 with options. But nonetheless, at £117,960 for the Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo, and £140,360 for the Turbo S, this 4S certainly lowers the barrier to Taycan CT ownership.

For that price you still get the 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus, which offers a maximum claimed range of 277 miles. With up to 270kW DC charging capability, if you can find a point fast enough, a five to 80 per cent charge will take less than 23 minutes thanks to the Taycan’s 800v electric architecture. You can also opt for a 22kW AC on-board charger for an extra £1,179, but given an 11kW charger is standard, we wouldn’t bother.

The mid-speed punch is still incredibly rapid and is controlled by a chassis that is sublime. It proves electric cars needn’t all be the same to drive; the Taycan in all its forms reinforces that EVs can have character and be enjoyable, and in the Cross Turismo it’s even better. This stems from the slightly raised ride height, by 20mm compared with the standard Taycan saloon, or 30mm on our test car that was equipped with the £1,161 Off-road Design Package.

This extra suspension travel for the adaptive air system means that, even on 20-inch alloy wheels, the Porsche rides beautifully over torn country roads and at low to medium speed in built up areas, where the near-silent powertrain also means refinement is excellent. In fact, even on the motorway the Taycan is superbly quiet – doubly impressive given the Cross Turismo has a big hatchback compared with the standard saloon. 

Sometimes at higher speed over sharp crests in the road the suspension’s fluidity breaks down, causing a noticeable thump, but this is rare – and even when it does the Cross Turismo controls its weight relatively well. You’re always aware of its mass, but the chassis contains it and delivers reassuring handling; only when you really start to push does the car struggle to cope. And the Cross Turismo does invite you to push, because the steering is the best of any electric car. All Taycans offer a wonderful weight, beautifully direct response and even a hint of feedback.

 There is one drawback to its dynamic ability though. While the power delivery is mostly smooth, if you ask for maximum acceleration coming out of a slow corner you can feel the rear-mounted two-speed transmission drop down into its lower ratio before the Cross Turismo thrusts forward. It’s far from frustrating, but in a machine whose engineering is otherwise incredibly highly polished, it’s an odd anomaly.

This feeling of polish extends to the cabin, as like the Taycan saloon, the three-screen set-up is crisp, quick to respond and looks great. It marries this easy-on-the-eye appearance with strong functionality, too.

Unlike the Taycan saloon the Cross Turismo is more of a shooting brake estate, with a hatchback that reveals a 446-litre boot, making it a more practical option. There’s an 84-litre storage compartment in the front for charging cables, too. Space in the rear is great despite the low roofline; there’s a chunky sill to climb over, but once you’re sitting back there, head and legroom are fine.

Combined with efficiency of more than four miles/kWh over a mixed test route that explored the Taycan’s performance frequently, it’s even efficient, so at least the running costs should be easy to bear – and you can’t say that about many £90,000 estate cars with this level of performance.

Model: Porsche Taycan 4S Cross Turismo
Price:  £88,270
Battery/motor:  93.4kWh, 2x electric motors
Power/torque:  563bhp/650Nm
Transmission:  Two-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
0-62mph:  4.1 seconds
Top speed:  149mph
Range/charging:  277miles/270kW DC (5-80% 23mins)
On sale:  Now


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Wednesday, 15 September 2021 08:11

2022 Porsche Macan S Inherits 375 Horsepower

A shuffling of the Macan lineup gives the S some serious firepower.

Life in the middle isn't easy, just ask any child with older and younger siblings. While the others get all the parental attention, living in the middle can feel like you're overlooked. In the middle of the 2022 Porsche Macan lineup, sandwiched between the 434-hp GTS and the 261-hp base model is the Macan S. But Porsche hasn't forgotten about the S—for 2022 the S is getting a very desirable hand-me-down.
The gift from above comes from a shuffling of the Macan lineup. Last year's Macan S had a 348-hp engine, but for '22 the S inherits the 375-hp turbo V-6 from the old GTS. In our last test of the 375-hp Macan GTS, it hit 60 mph in a life-affirming 3.9 seconds. If you opt for the Sport Chrono package ($1220) that adds launch control, the new Macan S should be just as quick. Other additions include more standard equipment including adaptive dampers (PASM), the Porsche Dynamic Light System, and 20-inch wheels.
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Changes to the exterior design make the Macan look more like the Cayenne. Inside, the button-filled center console has been swapped out for a new flush, haptic panel that requires a firm touch. Though not as tactile as its predecessor's metallic switches and toggles, the surface does help simplify the interior. However, the plastic panel will inevitably be smudged with fingerprints—bring wipes.

The view from the driver's seat is classic Porsche, with a large, centrally positioned analog tachometer with a speedometer next to it, just like you'd find in a 50-year-old 911. In the center console, there's Porsche's latest 10.9-inch multimedia touchscreen equipped with now-standard wireless Apple CarPlay.

There's virtually nothing dull about how the Macan S drives. The steering enjoys an intuitive connection between the driver's palms and the road surface below. Acceleration from the twin-turbo V-6 is brisk, turbo lag is minimal, and it snarls pleasingly. A strong shove is available throughout the rev range, as 383 lb-ft of torque are available from 1850 to 5000 rpm. Dial into Sport mode, and transmission and throttle response become more aggressive and the adaptive dampers stiffen up. Downshifts come sooner, upshifts later, and the buttery smooth gearchanges become a little sharper.

Our Macan S came equipped with the air springs option ($1390) and provided a supple ride that damped most road irregularities but firmed up when hustling through corners. Despite the high seating position and tall roofline, body control is kept in check. The higher-profile SUV height is quickly forgotten. The Macan handles so well that someone trading out of sports car or sports sedan will feel at home. It has ample cornering grip, chest-cavitating acceleration when using launch control, and big brakes to bring it all to a fade-free stop. The GTS might be quicker, but it's also far more expensive.

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A top-of-the-line GTS (it replaces the Turbo for 2022) starts at $81,250, which makes the Macan S's base price of $66,750 relatively attractive. And, while the new Macan S is $5200 more than last year's model, don't forget about the increase in standard equipment and the 27 extra horsepower. The Macan S might be a middle child, but drive one and it'll get your attention.
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Saturday, 11 September 2021 09:33

Porsche Taycan "Extrem" Aero Kit by DMC

* German tuner DMC has prepared a new "Extrem" Aero Kit for the electric Porsche Taycan, at a price of 5,990 US dollars

* Ultra-light carbon fiber elements include front spoiler, sill set, as well as a striking rear spoiler

* There are also new aluminum wheels, rear emblem with lighting, as well as a personalization program for the interior (carbon fiber, crocodile or other leather ...)

* Complete DMC package for Taycan (Aero Kit, wheels, modified interior ...) can cost up to $ 24,990 depending on the client's wishes


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Tuesday, 07 September 2021 08:28

Porsche Mission R Concept

Last month, Porsche announced that it would exhibit a new concept car at this year's Munich Motor Show.

That is what happened today, so we have before us the Porsche Mission R Concept, their first electric race car that is described as a futuristic study that hints at the future of mobility. Also, with this study, "Porsche is looking to the future, with state-of-the-art technology combined with a breathtaking design."

Either way, the Mission R Concept is powered by two electric motors with a combined 800 kW / 1088 hp, acceleration to 100 km / h takes just 2.5 seconds, and top speed is 300 km / h. The news also points out that 75% of the battery capacity can be recharged in just 15 minutes.

The package also includes a plastic body reinforced with natural fibers (the same material is in the interior), a protective cage, all-wheel drive, 18-inch magnesium Cup wheels, Michelin tires, as well as a braking system with 380 mm front and 355 mm discs back.

In terms of dimensions, the Mission R Concept is 4326 mm long, 1990 mm wide, 1190 mm high, the wheelbase is 2560 mm, while the vehicle weighs around 1500 kg.

Unofficially, there is talk of a potential racing series in the future, although there are no concrete details for now.

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Thursday, 02 September 2021 07:26

2022 Porsche Macan Does More with Less

Even in its base four-cylinder form, Porsche's updated compact SUV is a joy to drive.

There is plenty to love about the starter Macan, and we're not alone in thinking so. Most Macans you'll see on the road will be this four-cylinder model. Porsche says the proportion of customers choosing the base model over the more powerful S and GTS (and previous Turbo) has been about 60 percent, and the automaker expects that trend to continue. While the performance models offer more power, plus a few cosmetic changes not available on the base version, you'll get the same wide-hipped, athletic stance no matter which Macan you pick—and if our parking-lot admirer was any indication, all of them are head turners.

It impresses on the road too. Backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and standard all-wheel drive, the entry-level turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes 261 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, increases of 13 horses and 22 lb-ft over the 2021 model. Porsche made a lot of engine changes to free up those ponies. The new mill is fed air by a larger turbo and a redesigned intake designed to diminish turbo lag. It also has a higher-pressure fuel-injection setup, a new timing chain, and different pistons and rings. Reduced internal engine friction may not be your usual topic of conversation with the other parents in the school parking lot, but now it could be. Leave the bragging about acceleration times to the folks with the V-6 models, though. Even with its baker's dozen of extra horses, the four-cylinder Macan should reach 60 mph in a relatively tame 5.5 seconds, and that's with the optional performance boost of launch control from the $1220 Sport Chrono package. That was about the only option our test car didn't have, so we avoided late-night street races in favor of sunrise in the hills above Malibu, California. It may not be a straight-line rocket, but the Macan is delightful when lines on the map get squiggly.

2022 porsche macan base
On the two-page options list for our example, one item we would spring for is the adaptive air springs, a $2750 add-on that includes Porsche's PASM adaptive dampers. Various suspension and drive modes are expected in many vehicles these days, yet often they don't seem to do much other than satisfy a desire to click buttons. But the Macan's settings result in noticeable changes to its character on the road. The standard damper setting is soft enough to allow some wallowing around turns and absorb every bump like ciabatta soaking up olive oil. Click over to Sport Plus, and the Macan straightens up like a slouching schoolboy whacked with a nun's ruler. Now it's paying close attention, and all the sponginess is gone. Rough spots of pavement make their way through the steering wheel with soft thumps, enough to communicate a sense of the road but nothing that would turn your cream to butter on the way home from the grocery store. A lot of cars claim to deliver both comfort and handling. The Macan makes good on that promise, and it comes to a stop with the same smooth confidence with which it turns. The base model features conventional cast-iron rotors clamped by four-piston calipers in front and single-piston floaters at the rear, but the S model's upgraded tungsten-carbide-coated brakes are an option for those who are fond of white calipers and minimal brake dust.
2022 porsche macan base
Inside the cabin, away from dust of any kind, the Macan employs Porsche's minimalist interior decor with mixed results. What works in the smaller cockpit of a 911 feels sparse in the larger space of an SUV. Even with $3880 worth of extra red and black leather on the doors and dash, the interior feels underdone, with an odd jumble of touch-sensitive controls on the console and a slimmed-down but somewhat old-fashioned shifter jutting up by the cupholder. The gauges and infotainment screen were similarly split in design focus. The gauge cluster, with its sweeping physical needles, was refreshing, but the 10.9-inch center touchscreen was so small that Apple CarPlay may show up larger on your iPhone. And Android Auto? Still not supported. Storage compartments, usually the shining glory of an SUV, are as scaled down as the center display.

The Macan's back seats provide ample legroom, but the gently sloping roofline limits headroom. This also necessitates a deeper reach to help small children in and out of the back, but the seats themselves—heated on our car, via the $2240 Premium package—are comfortable and feature a fold-down armrest, cupholders, and USB ports. While the tallest adults might not want to spend much time back there, most family-oriented buyers should be adequately pleased. As expected from a compact crossover, the Macan's 17-cubic-foot cargo area isn't move-a-couch large, but who wants to move a couch? Groceries, coolers, suitcases, pool floaties—the Macan can easily carry any combination of them, and it offers several handy tie-downs and an underfloor storage compartment.

2022 porsche macan base
While many SUVs are seemingly designed more for comfort and utility than driver entertainment, the Porsche Macan is still all about the view out the windshield, whether that's on an early-morning run up a winding road or a nimble dance through the moving chicanes of a strip-mall parking lot. Even in its most rudimentary form, Porsche's compact crossover is an enthusiastic partner through all the unexpected twists of a day on the go. Let buyers of other more capacious SUVs lumber through town in their big seats, staring at their expansive infotainment screens, sucking down to-go drinks from cupholders large enough to house a koi pond. We're going to weave through them until the scenery is open road. The base Macan proves that you don't need to have the most horsepower to have a great drive.
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