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Facebook fans design their own Porsche 911

Facebook Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Porsche recently reached 5 million fans on Facebook, and to celebrate the milestone, the German automaker launched a campaign that allowed its fans to customize a 911 Carrera 4S.

The finished result is an aqua or ‘Facebook’ blue 911 with black and white racing stripes and a fixed rear spoiler. It sits on white 20-inch white alloys and its doors are embellished with the words “5m Porsche Fans”. Inside the illuminated door sills and the aluminum dashboard trim both feature the phrase “personally built by 5 million Porsche fans.”

Porsche claims that 54,000 Facebook fans took part in the design process and, now, the company is launching another competition which will give 1 fan the chance to drive it at UK race circuit Silverstone.

The winner will be the Facebook-using registered Porsche fan who has the largest number of official Porsche-loving friends and will be named on August 18.

Facebook Porsche 911

Porsche Go Kart

Porsche launches children’s go-kart

Porsche Go Kart

A pedal-powered car built by German motoring icon Porsche is a steal at just $900.

The Porsche Driver’s Selection Go-Kart features composite alloy wheels complete with inflatable tires, a proper sports seat and a handbrake for evasive maneuvers that the driver can use in conjunction with the back-pedal coaster brake.

Weighing in at a mere 25kg, the kart should be nimble and quick off the mark, even if it is only being propelled forward by the driver’s own power; however, the lack of a serious six-cylinder race-tuned engine should make it more, rather than less appealing to safety-conscious parents.

Porsche claims that the kart is suitable for all young drivers aged five and over, weighing no more than 50kg and no more than 1.5 meters tall.

However, many parents will claim that the Go-Kart is a vaguely concealed attempt to strengthen the Porsche brand with the next generation of drivers, before they’re even old enough to travel in a car without some form of bolster cushion.

And while there is clearly an air of marketing about the Go-Kart, it does provide serious fun at a serious price of $900.

Porsche launches anniversary edition 911

The 911 50th Anniversary Edition will be unveiled this September at the Frankfurt Motorshow, the venue where the original Porsche 911 made its official debut in 1963.

The special edition will boast a 400hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine enabling a 0-62mph (100km/h) acceleration in 4.5 seconds with a manual transmission and in 4.3 seconds with Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch paddle shift system. The car will top out at 186mph (300km/h).

Porsche 911 50 years edition

Clearly conceived and built for 911 purists, the 911 50 Years Edition will forgo four-wheel drive — despite the power on tap — in favor of rear-wheel drive.

However, keeping that pendulous back end in check are a number of physical, mechanical and electronic systems, including active sports suspension and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential.

In terms of outward appearance, the anniversary model combines the best design elements from the current Carrera S model but is 44mm wider across the wheel arches (like the 4-wheel drive Carrera 4).

Porsche 911 50 years edition interior

Other unique exterior touches include specially built 20-inch diameter, five-spoke alloy wheels, chrome trim on the engine compartment grille plus enhancements to the front air inlets that will tell those in the know that this is not an everyday 911.

Available in specially mixed (light) Geyser Grey, (dark) Graphite Grey, or black, each of the 1963 examples that rolls off the production line will carry a numbered plaque, prominently displayed in the interior, and a 911 50 badge on the rear engine lid.

The 911 50 Years Edition is available to order now for delivery in September. Prices start at $140,000.

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Sharapova Named Porsche Ambassador

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For the next three years, 26-year-old tennis champion Maria Sharapova will be the brand ambassador for German car manufacturer Porsche.

Russian sports personality Maria Sharapova is already familiar with the brand since she won a 911 Carrera S Cabriolet at the Stuttgart Tournament in 2012.

The CEO of Porsche, Matthias Mueller, is full of praise for the former world no. 1, who has won all four Grand Slams: “Maria Sharapova is an exceptional athlete. She combines top performance in her sports with elegance and power. These are precisely the qualities that are embroiled in our sports cars.”

The extensive campaign centered on the sportswoman will be unveiled in the near future.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche adds plug-in Panamera hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Just before it presents its new generation saloon at the Shanghai Auto Show 2013, Porsche has unveiled its first rechargeable hybrid car, the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The electric motor alone provides 95hp and it is powered by a new lithium-ion battery. If it is plugged into an industrial power source via the on-board charger, the car can reach full charge within two and a half hours. In a domestic mains socket, this charging time will not exceed 4 hours.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid goes from 0 to 100km/h, from a standing start, in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed of 270km/h. On average, it only consumes 3.1L/100k.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Panamera Diesel are the only two new models within the range that have an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S.

This new-generation Panamera will be launched in July 2013, and the Panamera S E-Hybrid is priced at 110,409 euros. The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive will be on the market in 2014.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Exclusive Edition

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche has announced a special edition 911 Club Coupe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche club scene.

Representative of the 13 original Porsche drivers who founded the world’s first Porsche Clubs in Germany, only 13 units will be built and they will be available exclusively to Porsche Club members.

However, Porsche will keep one of the 911 Club Coupes for itself. Porsche Club members now total more than 181,000 members worldwide.
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Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

Porsche 918 Spyder prototype

First seen as a concept at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid supercar that will enter production at the end of September 2013.

The new 918 Spyder is built around a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic monocoque and features fully adaptive aerodynamics and an adaptive rear-axle steering.

Porsche has announced that the production version will feature an enlarged 4.6-liter V-8 engine pumping out close to 570 horsepower.
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World Performance Car finalists 2012

Porsche 911 becomes 2012 World Performance Car

World Performance Car finalists 2012

An international panel of automotive journalists has voted the Porsche 911 the 2012 World Performance Car in New York.

The World Performance Car Award is presented by the World Car of the Year organization in recognition of a new car with ‘a specific and overt sports/performance orientation’.

The Porsche 911 was chosen from an entry list of 19 cars from all over the world and beat fellow finalists the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 and the McLaren MP4-12C.
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Porsche Macan SUV

New Porsche SUV called ‘Macan’

Porsche Macan SUV

Porsche‘s new compact SUV is to be called the Porsche Macan, derived from the Indonesian word for ‘tiger’, the luxury German automaker confirmed February 16.

Releasing the first teaser sketch and video for the model, Porsche also confirmed that it will begin production in 2013 as the fifth Porsche model line, following in the footsteps of the larger Cayenne SUV.

The firm’s first impressions show a low, sleek model which is known to be based on the Audi Q5 platform, with a sportier styling and premium interior.
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