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Plug-In Hybrid Porsche 911 To Be Released In 2023

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We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the plug-in hybrid Porsche 911, but none have been confirmed for quite some time. However, it looks like the plug-in hybrid is all but confirmed for production as Porsche is gearing to bring the company to new heights in 2023.

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume allowed that little tidbit to slip during the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show. Apparently, an electrified version of the iconic sports car will make its debut around five years from now.

The comments were made to Automotive News. The plug-in hybrid of the Porsche 911 is set to be released after the launch of the next-generation car, which will make its debut by the end of 2018. If you will recall, there was a plan from Porsche to make an electrified version of the current generation 911, but the plans were scrapped and no word has been made about another plan to do so.

Blume said the decision to pull the plug from the earlier project was because the performance of the car might be compromised because of battery weight. Fast-forward today, Porsche finally managed to engineer a platform that would not compromise the performance of an electrified Porsche 911.

The Porsche chief said the 911 plug-in hybrid still needs approval from the company’s board but in his opinion, the company needs to push through with the project to keep up with the demands for electrified luxury supercars.

Previous reports about the electrified version of the 911 said it will be released as a range-topping model quite like the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. The electrified hatchback, thanks to electric motor and batteries, is able to produce 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque.

For the Porsche 911, the company hopes to reach a 43-mile all-electric range, which will be made possible by the next-generation batteries. Blume added that the batteries will allow for lighter weight.

 

Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder Will Inherit the 911 GT3 Engine

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The upcoming Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder will feature a more powerful engine. The car will receive the 4.0-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine found in the latest 911 GT3.

It should be noted that the current top of the line 718 Boxster carries a 2.5-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The output of the unit is 350 hp and it has a top speed of 177 mph. The zero to 60 mph acceleration of the car is at 4.3 seconds.

Replacing the engine with the 4.0-liter unit of the 911 GT3 will bump the output of the Boxster Spyder to 500 hp. However, analysts projected that the power unit of the Boxster Spyder might be detuned to produce a lower output than the more expensive 911 GT3.

The previous version of the Spyder was equipped with a 3.8-liter flat six taken from the 911 Carrera of its time. The output of the unit was at 375 hp. The latest Boxster GTS with an inline-four engine produces 366 hp. Since the 718 Boxster Spyder sits on the top of the Boxster range, it will likely have an output of 430 hp.

The car will have a six-speed manual gearbox as a standard fit. For customers looking to get most out of the auto, they can upgrade it to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

The 718 Boxster Spyder is closely related to the Cayman GT4 of Porsche. Therefore, it is expected to get many styling elements and configuration available in the Cayman GT4, including a very prominent rear wing.

According to the interview of Andreas Preuninger, head of GT car development at Porsche, having a natural aspiration engine is one of the unique selling points of their cars.

Top 3 Things to Look Forward to in the New Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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The prototype for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS was spotted cruising the roads of Germany in a series of spy shots.

After unveiling the new Porsche 911 GT3 at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, we are in for another treat again from the German automaker. Latest spy shots reveal that a Porsche 911 GT3 RS is in the works.

What have we learned so far and what can we expect from the upcoming sports car? Here are the top three things to look forward to when it comes out in the market:

1. Design Changes

From the looks of it, the next 911 GT3 RS is just a cosmetically enhanced version of the 911 GT3. The car has wider fenders with new air intakes at the rear part, revised front bumper, updated headlamps and added vents on the hood.

The interior of the 911 GT3 RS might see subtle upgrades compared to the standard 911 GT3. It’s hard to tell for now basing from the angle the spy pictures were taken. It should get new sporty leather trims as well as new pedals and steering wheel.

2. Engine Boost

The major change should come from the sports car’s power unit. Currently, the 911 GT3 is packing 500 hp. The 911 GT3 RS is expected to get an extra 20 hp to 40 hp in its flat-six engine compared to its standard version. The power of the car will probably be complemented with a manual transmission gearbox to attain optimum performance.

3. Arrival

Looking at the spy images, the prototype is almost in its final stage of development. Therefore, the possible debut of the vehicle is in September of this year. The likely venue for its world premiere is at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, since that is the major auto show coinciding with that period.

Photos

Check out the recent spy shots of the upcoming Porsche 911 GT3 RS while it was being tested in Germany in the gallery below:

Top 3 Features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

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The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is making its way at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The Targa is one of the most expensive cars of Porsche with a starting price of $138,200.

Is the car worth that much?

Check out the top 3 features of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS based on the information provided by its maker:

1. Engine

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS offers more performance and efficiency. The car is equipped with Porsche’s new 3.0-liter straight-six rear engine with twin turbochargers. The unit can produce up to 450 hp and 550 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with an all-wheel drive system and 7-speed manual transmission.

The power of the car allows it to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. Its top speed is electronically-limited at 308 km/h.

The improved fuel efficiency ratings of the auto show a 9.7 l/100 km combined fuel consumption and 220 g/km carbon dioxide emissions.

2. Exterior

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS measures 1,291 mm in height, 1,852 mm in width, 4,528 mm in length and 2,450 mm in wheelbase. The car displays an imposing front end, sporty air inlets, Bi-Xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and LED DRLs, black 20-inch wheels, black roll bar and convertible top.

3. Interior

The cabin of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS combines a classy and sporty appeal thanks to its Alcantara surfaces. The driver can choose four driving modes to improve driving experience based on the preferred level of comfort or performance. Navigation is also improved due the car’s Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allowing multi-touch gestures and voice control.

Photos

Below are some official photos of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS:

Where Can You Find the Car in the Show?

Those who want to see the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS in the flesh can visit the booth of its maker at Stand 1050 during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

Spy Shots Of 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 Leaked

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Everyone thought that Porsche was testing a more extreme version of the latest 911 GT3 when spy photos of a new prototype resembling the car came out. However, the company clarified that it’s an early tease for the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2.

Andreas Preuninger, 911’s chief engineer, confirmed through a report that the 911 GT2 will be part of the 991-series 911 family. The company, in fact, already has mules out on the streets for the next generation car.

At the front, this car would most likely have a larger intake than those on the GT3 RS while at the rear, the hidden vents are on either side of the bumper, typically indicating a turbocharged engine. These cannot be found on the GT3 RS.

We can expect the GT2 to have the same engine as the 911 Turbo, albeit with more power. If it will have the latest Turbo S, which can now deliver 580 horsepower from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six, then the GT2 could crank up to 620 hp.

The release of a GT2 would be late, in all honestly, so some are even expecting Porsche to just skip ahead to the GT2 RS. If the brand does this, it should be ready to power the GT2 RS with a capacity of 660 hp. The previous GT2 RS already had 620 hp, remember.

All of this power can be found on the rear wheels, and via a most likely seven-speed manual clutch transmission. Since the 911 models have four-wheel steering system, the GT2 will probably also come packed with this feature.

There were talks that the GT2 would officially come to the end of its production, especially because the Turbo models are offering better performance than previous GT2s. The rear-wheel-drive layout of the GT2 can also be a challenge for some people, but aren’t we glad Porsche didn’t give in to the temptation.

The GT2 will be released in 2018.

2017 Porsche 911 R Is The 911 GT3 We’ve All Been Waiting For

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Porsche’s 911 GT3 was welcomed with a lukewarm response despite having one of the best automatic transmission ever built mainly because Porsche purists are looking for a track-ready Porsche 911 with a manual gearbox.

Although the Porsche 911 GT3 shifts amazingly quick and was tuned to deliver fast lap times around the race track, there was still nothing better than a car with three pedals and a stick. Thankfully, the new Porsche 911 R is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show today.

New images have already been leaked of this manual transmission 911 R, but there’s also another that set this thing apart from the 911 GT3—the 911 R has no rear wing.

In terms of exterior, these two exteriors are identical to each other except for the fact that the Porsche 911 R has no rear wing. But overall, they have the same bumpers, rear fenders, wheels, side skirts and mirrors.

The only thing that sets the 911 R apart is the engine lid, which has a conventional grille and retractable spoiler taken from the Porsche Carrera models. It also has a redesigned front spoiler lip and rear underbody diffuser.

Inside, the 911 R features a sporty interior with few comfort features just like the standard 911. Some other interior elements are bucket seats, Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, and lightweight door panels.

For the 911 R, Porsche used the larger, 4.0-liter in the GT3 RS. The output is similar to the RS with 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The biggest change, of course, is that the 911 R shifted to a manual gearbox with no option for an automatic transmission.

The Porsche 911 R is made for race track purists, but the manual transmission came with disadvantages, too. The 0-60 mph is achieved in 3.7 seconds. This falls behind the GT3 and GT3 RS, which can complete it in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds, respectively.

The Porsche 911 R will probably sell for $120,000. Only 600 units will be produced.

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