Entry-level 911 set for 2.7 litre turbo

2012 Porsche 911 (991)

When Porsche gives the 991 911 its mid-cycle facelift it will replace the normally aspirated 257kW 3.4 litre engine in the entry-level Carrera model with a turbocharged 260kW 2.7 litre engine.

Similarly, the Carrera S will switch from a normally aspirated 3.8 litre to a turbocharged 3.0 litre engine. Power will increase from 294kW to 320kW.

This news comes from the mouth of none other than Walter Röhrl who revealed Porsche’s plans in a discussion with Wheels magazine. The legendary Röhrl spoke quite freely about the future plans of Porsche, giving insights into future Boxster/Cayman models and the forthcoming 911 GT3 RS.

“I’ve driven the new 911 and they will be 2.7, and 3.0 litres in S form,” said Röhrl. “At least it’s not a four-cylinder turbo like in the next Boxster. That sounds like a Volkswagen Beetle, I’m not kidding you! I tell the guys, ‘You’re joking with this sound, right?’ But they just say they are working on it. I’m sure they will get it right.

“We need to go to turbocharging to reduce emissions. How else can we get CO2 levels below 95g?

“But no matter how good a turbo engine is, it can never have the pure response of a naturally aspirated engine. This is the reason I bought a Boxster Spyder, because engines like this won’t be made anymore.”

Walter signed off by saying the GT3 RS, which will make its show debut in Geneva, will be normally aspirated and will also offer a manual transmission option.

[Source: Wheels]


VIDEO: 2014 Porsche 911 GT2 spied at the Ring

2014 Porsche 911 GT2 prototype

What do you get when you cross a Porsche 911 Turbo with a 911 GT3? A 911 GT2! That’s the simple explanation anyway.

Under the hood, sorry, in the boot, you’ll find a 3.8 litre flat six twin turbo offering up 412kW to the power gods, while the handling demons get to revel in a chassis inspired by the always sublime GT3.

As you will see and hear from this spy video the GT2 looks awesome, sounds awesome and most probably will be awesome.

Due to its rear-wheel drive only drivetrain and stonking power the GT2 is nicknamed the “widow maker”. We’d really like to put that reputation to the test one day!

[Thanks to John for the tip]


It’s just a flattened Beetle

1968 Porsche 911T

Here at AUSmotive you might have guessed we like most things Porsche. Mostly our passion is for Porsche’s current day cars which are, in our experience, close to perfection. That said, there is something unique about classic cars and, we imagine, that would very much be the case in this 1968 911T featured by Petrolicious. Its Italian owner, Donato Maniscalco, tells us what it’s like to own such a car in the land of prancing horses.


Porsche planning to repeat 911 Speedster

Porsche 911 Speedster

Perhaps because they made such a hash of the arse on the 997 version (above), Porsche is reportedly readying itself to give the world another 911 Speedster.

It’s due in 2015, according to Auto Bild, and where the previous 911 Speedster paid respects to the 356, this new one will honour the 550 Spyder. As such production will be limited to 550 cars.

The 550 is one of the best looking cars Porsche has ever made, but you’ll forgive us if we don’t hold out much hope that the 991 911 spin-off will reach the same heights.

Apparently the 991 911 Speedster will feature shaved door handles, a lower windscreen and a fabric roof limited in function in much the same way we saw on the Boxster Spyder.

[Source: Auto Bild via Autoblog]


Petrolicious does the Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS

Petrolicious makes fine automotive videos. They cover all sorts of cars, although most are old skool hero cars, which are being given a new lease of life thanks childhood dreams now having adult budgets to go with.

Here’s a trio of videos featuring the Porsche 911; old Porsche 911s, when water only cooled the driver.

[Thanks to Adam for the tip]

Citroen Porsche

If it’s too good to be true, it usually is

911 DS

The Porsche 911 and the Citroën DS: one can lay claim to being the most iconic sportscar ever made and the other is, plainly, one of the coolest cars ever made.

So imagine if you combined the two into an orgy of retro perfection. It would be one mankind’s greatest built achievements, right. Well before you start dancing around your lounge room naked at the sight of these pics just stop, put your pants back on, and consider what you’re looking at here is little more than an experiment in visual communication.

At least, that’s the tagline from Brandpowder, where the images were sourced from. And, of course, any close scrutiny of the photos will likely have you screaming: “This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.”

So, rather than being a real fun creation, it’s simply a virtual fun creation, with a back story to try and make it look legit. It’s still damn cool, though!

[Source: Brandpowder via Jalopnik]


Design philosophy of the 911 50th Anniversary edition

Porsche 911 50th anniversary edition

Porsche has released this short video with Tony Hatter, Design Manager, talking about the very cool 911 50th anniversary edition. We just wish we could borrow one from work too.


Mark Porsche reflects on his old man’s car

1963 Porsche 911

At the Godwood Revival this year Porsche recreated its 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show stand to honour the 50th anniversary of the 911. Mark Porsche, son of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche—designer of the original 911, talks about the car and what his father would be thinking today.


Porsche sings happy birthday to the 911

Eight generations of Porsche 911

Another high profile 50th birthday bash is being celebrated this year, for the Porsche 911. To help get you in the mood for singing happy birthday to the world’s favourite rear-engined sportscar Porsche has employed a member of each generation to sing you a tune.


A brief history of the Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo

With its all-new 911 Turbo enjoying the limelight at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show Porsche has taken the opportunity to bring us up to speed on the history of its iconic Turbo range.

The first 911 Turbo was released in 1974 under the watch of Ernst Fuhrmann (Porsche chairman 1972–80). In the press release below it’s stated: “Fuhrmann insisted the character of the Turbo – quiet, relentless, enormous power – lent itself to a true high performance GT with every creature comfort Porsche could conjure, and at a premium price tag. This ‘turbo template’ has been followed for every generation of 911 Turbo since.”

Porsche 911 Turbo

  • 1974 – (930) 3.0 litre, 190kW
  • 1977 – (930) 3.3 litre, 220kW
  • 1990 – (964) 3.6 litre, 235kW
  • 1995 – (993) 3.6 litre, 300kW (all-wheel drive introduced)
  • 2000 – (996) 3.6 litre, 309kW (twin-turbo and water cooling introduced)
  • 2006 – (997) 3.6 litre, 353kW
  • 2013 – (991) 3.8 litre, 383kW

Did you buy a Porsche 911 in 1970?

Porsche 911 factory in 1970

If you did can you see it in this photo? This very cool shot was taken in 1970 at Porsche’s 911 factory in Stuttgart.

Do you think the workers knew then what an iconic and much loved model the 911 would become?

[Source: History in Pictures]

Accessories & Tech Porsche

This is one angry sounding 911

Porsche 911 with HMS exhaust

It’s rare that we highlight aftermarket goodies here on AUSmotive, not because we don’t love a bit of post-factory indulgence, mainly because there’s just so much out there we simply don’t have the time to keep up to date. However, this video we could not let slip.

The car is a Porsche 991 911 Cabriolet and it’s been fitted with an HMS exhaust. And it sounds insane! The only shame of this clip is that there’s a bit of distortion about three quarters the way through. When you hear it you won’t be surprised there’s distortion, either.

If only all cars sounded as good as this! Eleven: turn it up…

[Thanks to Marko for the tip]