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The Tokyo Auto Salon isn’t just about Japanese cars. On the contrary, there’s a large selection of European models, especially thanks to the growing trend for RAUH-Welt Begriff modified Porsches.
Originally a company that modified Toyota AE 86s, founder Nakai-San took his passion for unique style and applied it to classic air-cooled Porsches. So what does the founder of the RWB movement drive? The answer is this machine.
A classic cabriolet model, the Spearmint Rhino car is, understandably, topless. It’s features the usual ultra-wide-body stance, though without the massive rear wing and has been finished in a pristine matte white finish. And even if you’re not a fan of the RWB movement, you simply have to love those wheels.
GALLERY: RWB Porsche
There are tuner shops, and then there are tuner manufacturers. What’s the difference? While a Tuner shop will bolt on spoilers and body kits, and some good tuner shops can even enhance your engines performance; a tuner manufacturer takes a bare shell and makes the entire car themselves to meet their customer’s requirements.
That is exactly what Ruf does. For 34 years, Alois Ruf has been working on Porsches. His process is so thorough, Porsche sends him bare shells of their cars, and everything is then put in place by Ruf technicians. Each car is thus tailor made for its new owner.
While most of Ruf’s creations look like slightly modded versions of the Stuttgart original, in 2007 they unveiled a car that took the tuning game on a whole new level. It was called the CTR3 and it was built using a chassis that had bits of the 911 married to some Cayman structure, wrapped in a Kevlar-carbon composite body-shell. The end result looked like a car Porsche enthusiasts could only dream about, until now.
It’s not all about looks either. Under the rear clamshell you’ll find a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine with two turbo-chargers. Twin-turbo Porsche motors are not that uncommon, but ones that produce 750-hp and 708 lb/ft of torque certainly are. All this power is fed to only the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. Launch it correctly and you’ll cover the sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and onto a top speed of 236 mph. That makes the CTR3 a lot faster than the Carrera GT, the fastest production car Porsche ever made.
If all this sounds irresistible to you (if you’re reading about cars on the internet, it should), you’d be happy to learn that a CTR3 is currently being offered for sale in California by R3 Motorsports. Since their advert was missing some information, we called the owner of the company; Ryan Negry, for some more information on this rare beast. According to Negry, this 2010 example has covered just 300-miles and that it can be yours for just $540,000.
[Source: duPont Registry]
Unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2011 SEMA Show is this very custom Rauh-Welt Porsche 965. The wide fendered, deep dish wheeled, humongously spoilered tuner Porsche is the property of former 0-60 editor Brian Scotto. Recenty Scotto made the switch to work with motorsports personality Ken Block and now runs Block’s “Hoonigan” brand.
What’s Hoonigan? Well, so far it’s just a Facebook page aimed at promoting and enjoying the drive-it-like-you-stole-it lifestyle. But there’s more to it than that, with Hoonigan set to make a big announcement at the SEMA Show.
See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 SEMA Show preview here, with coverage starting Tuesday, November 1st.
GALLERY: RWB Porsche 965
***UPDATE*** AutoGuide.com has been contacted by former “0-60 Magazine” Editor and Brand Director for Ken Block’s new brand “Hoonigan“, Brian Scotto, who has informed us that the car does not in fact belong to Ken Block. There is, however, a connection, with the actual owner being none-other than Scotto himself, who does plan to show the vehicle at SEMA to promote the new Hoonigan brand. Stay tuned for info on the car and more details on “Hoonigan.”
Japanese Porsche tuner RWB (RAUH-Welt Begriff) has earned quite a reputation for building some wild retro German machines. Massive spoilers, bright paint and extreme widebodies are all a part of the plan for a shop that promises exclusivity with only one car per customer.
While still on the fringes of auto culture, RWB is about to get some mainstream attention with news that its latest client is none-other than Gymkhana expert Ken Block.
No details have yet been released, but it’s all but certain that this could be the wildest RWB creation yet. Rumors indicate that Block’s creation could be on display at this year’s 2011 SEMA Show.
GALLERY: RWB Porsches
Everytime we feel that Mansory can’t top its previous creation, it looks like the out-of-the-box vehicle builders have no end of out-of-the-box thoughts. Most recently, they’ve taken their already modified Porsche Panamera creation and have decided to splash a highlighter-bright yellow to its exterior.
Prestige Cars in in the United Arab Emirates will be offering the Bright Yellow Edition Porsche Panamera by Mansory that sports blue carbon fiber accents to contrast the bright yellow. The yellow/blue theme doesn’t stop there either, spreading to the engine bay and the interior.
Just like all the previous Mansory Porsche Panamera Turbo creations, this one received upgraded turbos and an exhaust system, bringing horsepower up to 690-hp and torque to 590 ft-lbs.
GALLERY: Mansory Bright Yellow Porsche Panamera
The Porsche Cayenne is a very accomplished vehicle. Not only can it handle the rough stuff better than most SUVs, but it can also handle tarmac in ways that seems impossible for a vehicle of its girth.
So a perfect all rounder you could say. However, if you’re looking for something that performed like the Cayenne but looked sportier, you’d have previously been out of luck. Not anymore.
Merdad Design, a British tuning firm has created a 3-door version of the Cayenne and are calling it the 902 Coupe, and this model made its first public appearance at the recent MPH The Prestige & Performance Motor Show in London.
The 902 Coupe is based on a shortened version of the latest Cayenne platform, and from what we can see Merdad has done a very impressive job of phasing out the rear doors and making sure all the lines are properly aligned. It looks like something Porsche themselves had built, and that is no easy feat.
Merdad has also created an attractive body-kit for the 902 Coupe and to complete its new sportier looks, it is also available with a choice of two, 22-inch alloy wheels.
The performance specs look impressive too, with tuning on the Turbo model ranging from 550-hp to 750-hp, which is good for a 0-60 mph run in just 4.4 seconds.
As you would expect from such a tuned vehicle, the interior can be trimmed to your liking. So if you’ve been looking for something truly unique, this 902 Coupe might just be the thing for you.
As if Porsche‘s GT2 wasn’t potent enough from the factory, the masterminds at Wimmer RS have taken the factory 620-hp to a fun-filled 703-hp, with 597 ft-lbs of torque to boot. The horsepower boost comes thanks to a new pair of optimized turbochargers, an air intake adjustment, tuning of the throttle valve, a new sport air filter and new exhaust system.
Even more impressive are some of the other numbers Wimmer RS decided to share with the public. Their GT2 RS is reportedly capable of a 0-62 mph time of around 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 221 mph.
We’re pretty sure this is the first example of a modified Porsche GT2 RS, but we can guarantee it most certainly won’t be the last.
GALLERY: Wimmer RS Porsche GT2 RS
Not so long ago we revealed that Merdad was working on a Porsche Cayenne coupe conversion, and now it looks like they’re introducing two renditions of the current-generation Cayenne to the world at the MPH (Prestige & Performance Motor) show.
Merdad will be showing off their new 3-door Porsche Cayenne 902 coupe alongside the Merdad 5-door rendition. No exact details have been disclosed, but they’re telling us to expect anywhere from 550-hp to 750-hp.
“We are very proud that this creation has brought together many British engineers and designers who have contributed to bringing this fantastic beast to the table. We now feel the time is right to unveil the Merdad Cayenne 902 Coupe and the Merdad 5 door to the world at MPH and are excited to see what the visitors to the show think of its unique design and unbelievable power will truly set the show and the rest of the world alight,” stated the founder and creator of Merdad.
We’ll keep an eye out for the debuts in November.
GALLERY: Merdad Porsche Cayenne
Official press release available after the break.
Ruf has just released their newest creation, a 911 Porsche Roadster inspired by Porsche’s 1967 911 Targa. The Ruf Roadster comes fully equipped with an integrated roll cage for extra safety and chassis reinforcement to go along with the versatility of open air driving.
Powered by the six-cylinder boxer engine that pushes out 400-hp, Ruf’s Roadster has been well thought out giving the driver plenty of options to enjoy their sports coupe. You can either opt to drive the vehicle completely closed, completely open, with a closed roof and opened rear window or open roof and closed rear window.
The lower rear window is made of a three layer polyglass with an electric motor to keep it air tight. The removable roof is comprised of two carbon fiber pieces.
Options for the Porsche Roadster include a dual clutch gearbox and four wheel drive. The car is also outfitted with Ruf’s styling kit, which we absolutely love, and 19-inch wheels.
Pricing starts at an impressive $275,000 excluding tax.
GALLERY: Ruf Porsche Roadster
We can’t even imagine what you’re thinking of this if you’re not a fan of the stock Porsche Panamera to begin with. ASMA has taken a car that already had controversial styling and made it into a solidly ugly machine.
Here are our major complaints: ASMA took the Panamera and made it slightly more aggressive with a widebody setup, yet seems to retain a wheel and tire fitment made for a standard Panamera body. And then there’s the front bumper that is so open, loud and obnoxious that we’re not even sure if it belongs on any car. And we don’t even want to mention the rear of the car, which looks like some radically designed spaceship.
It’s a little disappointing because certain aspects of the kit seem promising if at a certain point they just decided to stop adding more lines and vents. The wheels aren’t half bad, we’re guessing they would pair up nicely with a stock body Panamera. But for now we’ll have to give them a big thumbs down for their effort and hopefully one day we’ll stop seeing creations like this from ASMA. Wait, nevermind… we can always use the laugh.
GALLERY: ASMA Porsche Panamera
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Obviously when it comes to modifying cars, there’s a different style and process to building and customizing each project. But at the top of almost everyone’s wish list is an aftermarket suspension, not only lowering the vehicle to give it a more aggressive stance, but to also improve its handling. There are major cons to lowering a vehicle though: a harsher ride and much less clearance between your car’s front bumper and hazards on the road. Those hazards mostly include those pesky curbs and speed bumps, causing us to take each at an angle and as slowly as possible.
Thankfully TechArt has been taking notes and listening to its customers’ demands. They have recently announced their Noselift System that will raise the front end of your Porsche close to 2.4-inch with a quick push of a button. The height adjustment is really quick and quiet, doing what it needs to do, when you need it.
And given TechArt’s track record with their products, we’ll assume it’s of utmost high quality. No pricing has been released yet.
GALLERY: TechArt Noselift System
Official press release available after the break.
Available starting next month is famed Porsche tuner TechArt’s package for the 911 Turbo S. And as with all TechArt tuning packages, we’re thoroughly impressed inside and out with its numbers. Horsepower is increased by 90-hp to 620-hp and torque goes up 89 ft-lbs for an impressive 605 ft-lbs of torque.
Acceleration is clearly at a blistering speed with TechArt’s 911 Turbo S hitting 62 mph in merely 2.9 seconds. A top speed of 207 mph is also possible once the modifications are done. No pricing has been released yet, but the tuning package consists of everything you’d expect: TechArt air filter, manifold, exhaust system and a pair of pressure sensors. While the bolt-ons obviously help let the engine breathe, we’re going to guess a bulk of the performance increase comes from the retuned ECU.
GALLERY: TechArt Porsche 911 Turbo S Tuning Package
Misha Designs has mostly specialized in Porsche spoilers in the past but we’re guessing given the fairly decent success they’ve had with their Mercedes-Benz SL project, the company decided to dabble in producing a full kit for the Porsche 997. Well, we’re finding the result a little less than stellar, but part of it might be attributed to the corny Photoshop work they did for their own press photos.
With a Gemballa-like tuning package, Misha’s GTM Aero Kit makes isn’t as sophisticated as some and makes the 997 Turbo look almost like a toy car.
In the rear, the bumper and diffuser combo has way too much going on with a mash up of vents, lines and angles. But at least it’s in carbon fiber. Our biggest design gripe is with the center of the rear bumper where Misha throws down a lot of straight and angled lines for the license plate area – on a vehicle known for its round shape.
We won’t deny that some may really like the aero kit – we’ve certainly seen a lot worse on various other cars. Perhaps we’re just turned off by the Photoshopped motion blur on the still photos.
GALLERY: Misha Designs GTM Aero Kit for Porsche 997 Turbo
Official press release available after the break.
Ah the luxury of having a Panamera Turbo. How about having the ability to increase horsepower output by close to 80 at the push of a button? TechArt, famed Porsche tuner, has done just that for the new luxury sedan with their Power Kit.
The Power Kit is labeled as TA 070/T1 and empowers the 4.8-liter Twin Turbo V8 to push out 572-hp with 612 ft-lbs of torque, an increase of 79-hp and 96 ft-lbs from the factory spec. We guess we shouldn’t be surprised one bit that TechArt would be developing a product to increase horsepower from the Panamera Turbo, but the ability and ease of use truly redefines luxury performance. Want the extra power? Just simply push the sport button on the center console. Want to save gas and just cruise? Turn it off.
No pricing is available yet, but TechArt promises that it’ll be available in August.
Official press release available after the break.
Vivid Racing is the first to reveal Vorsteiner’s newest creation for the Porsche 997 Turbo, the VRT front bumper. With great success manufacturing some of the highest quality body components for Porsche, BMW, Lexus and more, it’s no surprise Vorsteiner has taken the liberty to take the 997 Turbo to even newer heights.
Now Vorsteiner already has a front bumper available for the Turbo, but it looks like they decided to draw up something slightly more aggressive for the 2007-2011 body. The new design is available in their DVWP or all carbon fiber. What we’re really digging about this front end is the lower front chin spoiler (in carbon fiber of course) that really just adds a sleeker look to the already low-profile Porsche design. The bumper also includes carbon fiber radiator ducts and an OEM GT3 hood grill. You also have a choice of an alternative aftermarket carbon fiber one from Vivid Racing.
We really liked Vorsteiner’s last 997 Turbo aero bits, but this new front end is incredible. From a company that was always best known for its BMW goodies, it seems like Porsche models are becoming the norm.
Hit the link below to see the old Vorsteiner design compared to the new one on Vivid’s site.
[Source: Vivid Racing]
Woah, hold that matte black wrap and throw away those buckets of matte white paint. Platinum Motorsport has just revealed its latest project car, a Porsche Panamera sporting matte blue paint. Platinum took Porsche’s luxury sedan and made it sportier, more exotic and unique than any of us could have envisioned when the car first hit the market.
Like many of their high profile builds, Platinum Motorsport carefully stripped the Panamera to its bare bones chassis, including all the glass, before applying layers of matte blue paint. And once that was done, they didn’t stop there. While much of the interior was reupholstered, of particular note is the blue Alcantara headliner.
With subtle accents, a nice set of wheels and proper lowering job, Platinum Motorsport took this Panamera Turbo to all new heights. There isn’t even a reason to drop a Smurf-related joke. This is just in a league of its own.
Check out the full gallery of pics after the jump:
Even though Porsche‘s move to the Panamera caused some controversy, we think it’s safe to say the model has been well received by the general public and the aftermarket. Tuning programs, body kits, suspension and a load of parts have been unleashed for Porsche’s newest luxury sedan and the newest entry to the field is from Hofele-Design.
Based out of Germany, Hofele-Design’s take on the Panamera is similar to other tuning programs and packages from German aftermarket manufacturers. They touch on every aspect of the vehicle in order to convert it from subtle commuter to exotic street cruiser. The entire exterior is overhauled with all new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and rear diffuser. Obviously the goal was to make the Panamera plenty sportier and Hofele-Design’s body kit does just that, even incorporate a front grille from Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo.
Performance is helped with a quad-tipped exhaust that is naturally made to flow with the body kit. Suspension upgrades come from an electronic lowering module which drops the vehicle around 1.5-inches all around. Larger brakes are available from a four-piston caliper upgrade or a much larger six-piston caliper upgrade. Hofele-Design opted to outfit their demo vehicle with 22-inch wheels but also has different models and 20-inch variants available to the public.
Lastly the interior receives bi-color quilted leather in a variety of color choices. If desired other interior amenities can be re-wrapped to match the color scheme.
Gallery: Hofele-Design Porsche Panamera Rivage GT 970
The official press release is available after the break.
Face lifting and refreshing an older chassis is nothing new to automobile customization. Hot Rodders have been doing it, sport compact tuners are all over it and even European classics are often restored to immaculate conditions for show purposes. None of this is new, but the story behind this Porsche 996 is a tad more interesting – mostly due to its starting price, the process and the end result.
Jordan Paul from Paul Motor Company saw an opportunity where others saw a depreciated hunk of metal. OK so a Porsche 996 C4 isn’t quite a hunk of metal, but with a price tag of $15,000, Paul just couldn’t pass it up. The original article states that it was in “excellent condition” when it was purchased, but we’re a little skeptical at that price tag. Nonetheless, Paul took the 996 C4 and decided to convert it to a TechArt-equipped 997 GT2 look-a-like.
From bumper to bumper, the 996 was stripped and revamped to incorporate every piece to make it look like a 997 GT2. The vehicle was widened with 997 standard pieces including the turbo vents in the rear quarter panels and rear bumper. The front bumper is from TechArt while the wheels are from famed Porsche tuner, RUF. Obviously the front the headlights were converted to match the newer-generation styling with the aggressive and unmistakable TechArt front bumper.
Overall the project is well executed and the idea is interesting. We have no idea what the final price tag was, but we’re sure it wasn’t too cheap. But cheaper than a 997 GT2 from the factory? Surely. Do you get the same thrill in driving it? Probably not. At the end of the day though, it’s not a horrible way to start with a $15,000 project and refreshing it to something that looks current and brand new. Let’s just hope it doesn’t sell for $150,000 to an unsuspecting victim thinking they’re getting the real deal.
GALLERY: $15,000 Porsche 996 to 997 GT2 Conversion
Still, Mansory has your attention and that’s just what they want, because the German exotic car tuner isn’t looking to sell you a widebody kit painted blue – not today. Instead, Mansory is using this “exciting” looking Panamera to introduce its new Power Pack for the car, which increases power to 690-hp and 516 ft-lbs of torque. That’s enough to scoot the swoopy sedan to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 204 mph.
And hey, if you’re in the market for a crazy custom interior and some 22-inch wheels, Mansory can do that too.
GALLERY: Mansory Porsche Panamera Turbo
Official release after the jump:
While Xenatec is dreaming up a Porsche Cayenne pick-up truck, Merdad is doing the opposite offering a true two-door coupe conversion for the Porsche Cayenne. Yes, you can rub those eyes again because they’re not deceiving you, this is no dream concept car.
We don’t know much about Merdad, but the company is owned by someone who worked with Uwe Gemballa for five years. Whether that’s good news or bad news now that Gemballa is defunct may be irrelevant. Merdad is based out of the United Kingdom and this two-door conversion will probably make their name known amongst Porsche enthusiasts.
The conversion will be available for first and second generation Cayennes and is fully complemented with styling accessories. A full body kit with front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheels finish off the outside while the interior is also redone. Though there are no real concrete details, Merdad also throws in power-adders pushing the Cayenne Turbo output to 750-hp.
We’re really digging this sportier Porsche Cayenne, but the interior photo is a little underwhelming. But for anyone interested in form over function, this conversion is a must-have!
GALLERY: Merdad Porsche Cayenne Two-Door Coupe
[Source: Cars Route]
Porsche Tequipment is introducing three new products – all of which are certain to resonate with owners of Germany’s legendary sports cars. Up first is undeniably one of our favorites: Fuchs wheels. These old-school five-spoke black rims with silver lips are certain to differentiate the wanabes from the true enthusiasts. Re-introduced on the 911 Sport Classic model (just 250 of which were built), Porsche is now offering Fuchs wheels in 19×8.5-inch front and 19×11.5-inch rear fitments.
Next is something Porsches have been wanting ever since the introduction of the PDK dual-clutch gearbox – paddle shifters. Well, actually, it’s an entire 3-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters. Regardless, it’s a much preferred alternative to Porsche’s silly toggle switches.
Finally, Porsche has decided to offer a new aero kit, which includes a new front fascia and rear spoiler, to give your Carrera the look of a Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup car.
So far, Porsche has only announced these new parts for Europe, but we have to think they’ll find their way across the Atlantic soon.
For European pricing and more details, see the official release after the jump.
GALLERY: Porsche Tequipment
While the paddle shift wheel is only visible to the driver, owners of a 997 series 911 can share in Porsche’s racing heritage on the outside as well. A new aerokit front fascia and replacement rear wing makes new 911s look like the racers from the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. All of these parts are available in Europe now and should be offered Stateside soon.
Official release after the jump:
While most of the world claims that there are only two things in life that are guaranteed, death and taxes, we’d like to add TechArt customization for every single Porsche model to the list. Anytime there’s a new Porsche you can bet that TechArt will be hot on its heels with upgrades for that particular chassis.
For the current generation Porsche 911 Turbo, TechArt has released two performance kits with part numbers TA 097/T1 and TA 097/T2. The T1 kit is fairly basic but still manages to boost stock horsepower by 70 (from the stock 500) through an upgraded ECU and TechArt Sport air filter.
The latter of the two kits mentioned boasts 620-hp and 605 ft-lbs of torque. It includes the Sport air filter, TechArt exhaust manifolds and a Sport system exhaust. Obviously this frees up the air flow from in-to-out along with the reprogrammed engine management that probably ups the boost and fine-tunes the fuel for the additional airflow.
Best of all, TechArt has had the reputation over the decades of not only fantastic engineering, but over-the-top quality that is fitting for every Porsche owner.
GALLERY: Techart Porsche 911 Turbo Upgrades
For the most part Hennessey is known for their tuning prowess on American vehicles but they have dabbled on plenty of luxury European cars from the Mercedes-Benz SL65 to Audi’s R8 and even Lamborghinis. But now the power-hungry experts at Hennessey have turned their attention to Porsche‘s Panamera.
Starting with a Porsche Panamera Turbo, Hennessey did a baseline dyno, hitting 419-hp at the wheels. Hennessey aims to come close to doubling that number with their highest tier package, but will also offer more reliable and streetable systems. They will be fabricating their own exhaust systems, air induction mods, computer upgrades, turbo upgrades, intercooler upgrades and more. Basically they’ll be going through Porsche’s forced induction system, upgrading anything and everything they can until they’re happy with some vicious horsepower figures.
It’s clear that the Porsche Panamera is doing a fantastic job capturing the aftermarket. This luxury sedan has really garnered the right attention in the market. We can’t wait to see more fully built Panameras come out of the woodwork.
Check out the video of Hennessey dyno’ing the Panamera Turbo after the break.
The carbon fiber experts at Vorsteiner are at it again, this time unveiling renderings for their latest concept car – a modified Porsche Panamera. Here at AutoGuide we absolutely love the Panamera, be it the standard Panamera S, or the monstrously powerful Turbo. But…. and it’s a big but… we just really can’t fall in love with its bodywork.
Thankfully there’s an aftermarket, and the aftermarket loves Porsches. In addition to the pics, Vorsteiner has released, well, nothing. We can gather from the photos there’s a full aero kit, complete with carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts and an aggressive racing-style rear diffuser. Plus, there’s a unique ducktail rear spoiler that really helps improve the car’s sloping rear end.
Vorsteiner is likely just testing the waters with this concept, but we have to think there will be plenty of demand from owners who want their Panamera to look this good.
GALLERY: Vorsteiner VPT Panamera Turbo Concept