2016 Porsche 911 Carrera revealed

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

Porsche has gone live with the first details for its facelifted 991.2 range, showcasing the now all bi-turbo 911 Carrera models.

Let’s get the key numbers of these new turbo engines out of the way. For starters both the entry-level Carrera and the up-spec Carrera S 3.0 litre flat-six engines.

Receiving a literal and metaphorical boost for both power and torque compared with the first-gen 991 models the Carrera now has 272kW/450Nm, while the Carrera S has 309kW/500Nm to play with. That represents a steady 15kW increase in peak power for both models.

To achieve the extra power for the Carrera S, Porsche says it has modified the turbos, uprated the exhaust and refined the engine software.

The new Carrera models are available for order in Australia now, with deliveries due in March 2016. For more details read the introductory press release available below.

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera

  • Engine: 3.0 litre bi-turbo flat six
  • Peak power/torque: 272kW/450Nm
  • 0–100km/h: 4.2 seconds (with PDK and Sports Chrono pack)
  • Top speed: 295km/h

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera S

  • Engine: 3.0 litre bi-turbo flat six
  • Peak power/torque: 309kW/500Nm
  • 0–100km/h: 3.9 seconds
  • Top speed: 308km/h

2016 Porsche 911 Carrera Australian list pricing*

  • 911 Carrera Coupe – $217,800
  • 911 Carrera S Coupe – $252,800
  • 911 Carrera Cabriolet – $239,300
  • 911 Carrera S Cabriolet – $274,300

More pics to follow.

UPDATE: 11 new pics, 2 videos and 1 press kit added below.

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Porsche 991.2 911 facelift leaked

2016 Porsche 911 facelift

The last visual details of the forthcoming 991.2 facelift for the Porsche 911 have been revealed in a video leaked to Porsche-based Rennteam forum.

In the grainy video stills we can see the BBQ-style rear air intake at the rear and, for the first time, the Macan-like rear light detail.

Official pics and information is due for release in the coming days, ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Source: Rennteam | Thanks to Wayne for the tip]

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TVR rebirth well on track

TVR relaunch rendering

The latest attempt to make TVR viable, which involves design legend Gordon Murray, is going gangbusters with reports the company has sold out its first year of production. That’s to say they have around 250 deposits of £5000.

Those on the waiting list will have some waiting to do because the return to production is not scheduled until 2017. Publicly, at least, details for the new TVR line up are still vague. There’s talk of four new models, with Cosworth-developed V8 engines and, of course, Gordon Murray’s involvement in the engineering as well.

“We’ve been totally blown away by the reaction to the new car,” claims John Chasey, Operations director. “Our phonelines and online inquiry system went into meltdown when the news was announced, and we decided that we must begin to bring a structure to the inquiries and build a delivery pipeline well in advance of production.

“Volumes in year one will be limited as we ramp up production, so this allows us to reward those individuals prepared to make a financial commitment at this early stage.”

[Source: Car | Pic: Autocar]

Who knew rhubarb and custard drove so well?!

Bugatti EB110 SS

When I was a young lad my lovely grandmother introduced me to the delights of rhubarb and custard. And now, some decades later, Chris Harris has given me a whole new appreciation.

I always thought the Bugatti EB110 was a bit fugly and so it never really resonated with me; I was too busy going gaga over F40s and McLaren F1s.

Turns out I might have missed a pretty special boat. But at least I’ll always have my granny’s dessert.

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Making a McLaren F1 GTR look shiny and new

1995 McLaren F1 GTR 06R

Detailing cars is a dirty job, it’s hard work and can be pretty boring. Perhaps working with some of the world’s most desireable and exclusive cars makes it all worthwhile.

That seems to be the case for Richard Tipper, who recently had this 1995 McLaren F1 GTR in his possession. Yep, it’s chassis #06R and it finished the 24 hour classic on the podium in third place.

We thank Richard for sharing these pics and making the F1 look better than new.

[Source: Twitter]

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Speed 7 retro rocket set for reality

Kahn Design Speed 7

This seriously cool looking Speed 7 is little more than a sexy rendering at this stage. But if Afzal Kahn gets his way his Kahn Design business will be making these retro racers for real.

Finished with an aluminium or carbon composite body the Speed 7 is designed for track day racers. It’s very much pie in the sky at the moment with the release below stating:

“Kahn is currently inviting discussion with British firms interested in taking part in the project and with a passion for classic motorsport. Collaboration in the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing and associated services is particularly welcome.”

Keep your fingers crossed though, because Kahn wants to get this project off the drawing board this year. We wish him well.

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Mark Webber wins at the Nürburgring again!

Mark Webber maiden wins at the Nurburgring

Mark Webber must love the Nürburgring. Back in 2009 he cracked his maiden Formula 1 victory in the Eifel mountains and early this morning he, along with his Porsche teammates, won the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. It was Mark’s first WEC race win.

It was a huge day for Porsche too, who dominated with 1–2 victories in both the LMP1 and GTE Pro categories.

Full results available HERE.

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Mark buys himself a Porsche 918 Spyder

Mark Webber's Porsche 918 Spyder

It was Mark Webber’s birthday during the week. He turned 39 and, according to Porsche, he “gave himself” a new 918 Spyder.

You can see it pictured here in its sexy Salzburg red paint scheme, based on the 1970 Le Mans winning 917. Obviously, it looks sensational, we’re sure you’ll all agree.

Follow the link below for a brief video. And, if Mark bought himself a 918 for his 39th, how is he going to top that for his 40th?!

[Source: Porsche]

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Porsche extends LMP1 program until 2018

2015 24 Hours of Le Mans

Success breeds success and Porsche is hoping to live that mantra after extending its LMP1 program until at least the end of the 2018 season.

The news follows the company’s 17th Le Mans victory in June and ahead of this weekend 6 Hours of Nürburgring.

“Motorsport is an important part of Porsche’s brand identity—but not an end in itself,” said Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Racing has got to help the technology of future road going sports cars. It was the revolutionary efficiency regulations that convinced us to return to top-level motorsport for the 2014 season.

“That we have managed to take the crown jewels of endurance racing in only our second year, with a one-two result in Le Mans in 2015 with our highly innovative and complex 919, is an outstanding testimony to the people in the Weissach research and development centre.

“The competition bears fruits and we see further potential for future synergy between the racing and road car programs. This is why we have extended the program.”

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Elvis lives and he’s a BMW 507!

BMW 507 'Elvis'

Elvis lives! We all knew his death back in 1977 was a conspiracy, but few knew he’s being reincarnated as a true thing of beauty—a BMW 507.

Actually, this is not entirely true, but there is a connection between Elvis Presley and the 507, specifically the car carrying chassis #70079. This was the car which Elvis used during his time in the US Army while stationed in Germany in 1959.

After some searching, the once white sports coupé was uncovered with red paint and in desperate need of restoration. BMW Classic is now undertaking that process and we’re sure the finished article will be number one with music fans and BMW fans alike. Follow the links below for more.

[Source: BMW Classic & Bimmer Mag]

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NSW Police score an Audi RS4 Avant cop car

NSW Police Audi RS4 Avant

The NSW Police Force has just taken delivery of a brand new Audi RS4 Avant. Fitted with a 331kW/430Nm 4.2 litre V8 engine the latest cop car on the streets can hit 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.

Despite this it won’t be used as a pursuit vehicle, rather it will fill a “community and youth engagement” role with the Lake Illawarra Local Area Command.

“The Audi RS 4 provides an exciting and visible platform for our community and youth engagement activities,” said Superintendent Wayne Starling, Commander of Lake Illawarra LAC.

“Our use of the RS 4 will encourage people of all ages to introduce themselves to local police, using the car itself to help start up a conversation.”

The car is on loan NSW Police, who will retain custody of the RS4 Avant for 12 months. The striking livery was selected by around 800 fans in a competition run on the Audi Australia Facebook page.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé revealed

2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

The wraps have finally come off the Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupé and here it is! The overall shape of the C Class Coupé is proving to be a bit of an oddity here at AUSmotive HQ.

From most angles the shape looks very good. But from the three-quarter rear it just looks wrong—a bit too much like a GLE Coupé. And if there’s one thing a sporty Merc shouldn’t look like, it’s a bloated SUV.

That aside, the new C63 Coupé kicks goals everywhere else, mostly thanks to its 4.0 litre V8 biturbo. We’ve seen it already in the saloon and estate models and there’s been no tweaks to the key specs. That means the C63 Coupé has 350kW/650Nm and the C63 S (pictured) has 375kW/700Nm. They’re huge numbers!

This coupé is not exactly light, flirting with 1800kg, yet it can still reach 100km/h in only 3.9 seconds (C63 S). Top speed is limited to 250km/h, but can be raised to 290km/h with the optional AMG Driver’s Package (presumably that’s not an extra large set of balls).

As far as styling goes the C63 Coupé has had its wheel arches pumped up. They’re 64mm wider at the front and 66mm wider at the rear. The increased track affords improved handling as well as beefy looks.

Grip is provided by 255mm tyres up front and 285mm at the back. You get 10-spoke 18″ alloys as standard on the C63 and 5-twin-spoke 19″ wheels on the C63 S.

Rear traction is aided by an old skool mechanical limited-slip diff on the C63, while the C63 S gets electronic trickery. Mercedes-AMG says the rear axle has been redesigned for the C63 Coupé and the electronic diff yields more sensitive and faster responses compared with the mechanical version.

The Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 15 September. European sales release will commence from March 2016.

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991.2 Porsche 911 Turbo S spied

991.2 Porsche 911 Turbo spied
991.2 Porsche 911 Turbo spied

It’s been a bit over a month since we got an unhindered look at the facelifted Porsche 911 Carrera. Now, we’re getting a look at the 991.2 911 Turbo S, seen here driving around the Nürburgring.

There’s revised styling at the front compared with the 2013 911 Turbo (pictured below), along with updated styling and cooling vents at the rear.

The updated 991.2 range will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (17–27 September). You can probably expect some official details from Porsche a few days or so before.

[Source: Autoblog]

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