Lamborghini’s senior executive Stephan Winkelmann has hinted at the company’s plans of adding another model to the Lamborghini line-up. Going by what he has said, a third model in the line up would fit Lamborghini very well. Though not many details have been revealed, it is expected that the new vehicle would be a four-door car.
Dream car. But what if your wallet doesn’t support such a dream? The best way is to go weird! You have been hoping to drive the 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS but then don’t have the money to get one. All you can do is to make one yourself. The racecar gone street legal, which could cost $150,000, could be yours if you have the will.
Nay, we aren’t talking of the model that Porsche has built. Instead you could drive a look alike, well almost, if you have some extra time and creative skills. All you need would be some colored paper and bit of home engineering skills. An almost functional model is what you would end up making, and driving too. Once you have done that, you will have all the right to scream, “Here I come girls, driving my own Porsche! Take a look and DIY.
It doesn’t come in as a surprise that car manufacturers are trying to make their cars faster, yet more fuel efficient. A great example is the 2011 Porsche Panamara that has been announced to feature brake energy recovery systems as a standard on all future models.
According to official numbers, the new tech is going to help the Porsche Panamera Turbo to reduce fuel consumption by 0.7-liters / 100 km. And add the new low roll-resistance, all-season 19-inch tires, and you’re going down another 0.2-liter / 100km. The new brake energy recuperation system is going to help the Panamera S and 4S models to increase their fuel efficiency by 0.5-liters / 100km.
Good job Porsche, we’ll now wait patiently for a V8 engine to actually go below the 10% fuel consumption. Think that’s possible?
For those of you who have a Porsce 911 Turbo in their garage (lucky bastards), the guys from TechArt have come up with an engine performance kit that promises to take your monster to new heights. Available in two versions, the fir package (TA 097/T1) adds a revised ECU and a high-flow air filter that helps the 3.8-liter engine output 370hp (up by 70hp) and allows it to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 3.2seconds on its way to a max speed of 324km/h. Then there’s the second package (TA 097/T2) that includes a sport air filter, new manifolds, a custom exhaust, and a reprogrammed ECU. All these for an 120hp upgrade to a total of 620hp, that allows it to reach 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and to reach a max speed of 333km/h. Not bad .. eh ?
For those who think the Porsche 911 GT2 is not badass enough, we have news for you, the RS version just made an early appearance at a dealer event. Guilty for grabbing a few pictures with the 911 GT2 RS are the folks from Autoblog and TeamScoop, who mentioned the fact that, indeed, the new model will be a true racer that brags to sweep away even the best track times. Word is that the Porsche 911 GT2 RS will feature a roll cage for more protection, an active suspension and adjustable aerodynamics. The most interesting part is that under the hood there’s a little monster that churns 550 hp (or 620hp according to TeamSpeed), that helps the four-wheeler go naught to 100km/h in a mere 3.2 seconds. Price wise, we’re looking at a highly expensive vehicle — it will cost some $320,000 and only 300 units will ever be built. [via TeamSpeed]
Toyota will be heaving a huge sigh of relief knowing that other famous brands will also recall some of their vehicles. Joining the bandwagon, Porsche is going to recall 11,324 Panameras (2010 models) as the automobile manufacturer discovered a seat belt related flaw during internal testing. Porsche detailed that accelerating and reversing repeatedly could cause the seat-belt to release. While this is no major problem, Porsche intends to fix the Panameras when they are taken to a dealership for scheduled maintenance. I think we can start making bets to find out who’s next in the recall saga. Who do you think they are?
Porsche has certainly made its presence felt in the automotive world and for the moniker, the journey of success has spanned over a period of 60 years. To mark the completion of 6 decades, brand Porsche is hosting a special exhibition in the Porsche museum.
The extravaganza will showcase a series of early production photographs along with the first 356 Coupe built in Zuffenhausen. For brand Porsche, it all began in 1938 when the Design and Construction office was moved from Stuttgart to a number of buildings in the District of Zuffenhausen. The World War II dented Porsche’s early ambitions but things got back on track in 1950 when the first Stuttgart-built 356 rolled off the assembly line. The special event marking 60 years of success will run from March 20 to May 9.
Check out the press release after the break
Porsche staged the 918 Super Hybrid Spyder at the Geneva Auto Show with no intentions to mass produce it in the near future but, the success of the electric Spyder at the Geneva event has got Porsche thinking. It was an instant hit at the motor show and that is why Porsche is now considering manufacturing the Spyder which has even got the employees excited as they wish to build it in future. If the production nod ahead is given, the 918 Spyder should start selling in the next five years where Porsche will first make the buyers sign intent letters to purchase the semi-electric commuters. The current 918 model that was showcased at the Geneva gathering features a combination of a V8 engine and three electric motors which together managed a credible 708hp.