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 |  Dec 29 2011, 7:00 PM

CEC Wheels has long been an authorized distributor of high-end TechArt products for various Porsche models, but it appears that’s no longer the case.

They are currently liquidating their TechArt inventory at deeply discounted prices – so now would be a great time to snag some TechArt goods if you’ve been in the market for some.They stated that effective immediately they are no longer affiliated with TechArt and will be replacing their Porsche tuning programs with a new company shortly. Regardless, give CEC a call at 800-766-0064 to see what genuine TechArt products they have left for your Porsche.

 |  Sep 15 2011, 10:00 AM

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Unlike American auto shows where where tuners are segregated off into some basement hall, at the Frankfurt Auto Show they’re invited to join in on the action. Sharing hall space with the likes of Land Rover, Lotus and Jaguar, tuners such as Brabus, Mansory and TechArt. Highlights include the new Brabus 800 ‘Rocket’, the TechArt GTStreet RS based on the new GT2RS and of course there’s always the selection of ridiculously modified Mansory machines. Check out all the modified luxury and exotic models in the gallery below.

GALLERY: Tuner Cars of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show

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Click here to see all of AutoGuide’s 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

 |  Sep 12 2011, 7:30 PM

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Techart’s latest GTStreet based on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful car to ever leave their facilities, cranking out 710-hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Techart then backs up its great performance figures with an aggressive styling kit packing plenty of carbon fiber. The power increase comes from Techart’s TA 907/T2.2 power kit, giving the GT2 RS a 0-62 mph time in just 3.3 seconds and a top speed close to 219-mph.

For the outside, the front bumper now features a carbon fiber splitter with an adjustable splitter constructed from polyurethane-RIM for additional downforce. The rear spoiler is made entirely of carbon fiber while the rear apron now sports a carbon fiber diffuser. Techart also has its Noselift System available for the GT2 RS allowing owners to adjust the height of their Porsche by about 0.4-inches at the push of a button. And of course a huge collection of Techart wheels are at your disposal with 20×8.5-inch in the front and 20×12-inch in the rear recommended by Techart.

No pricing was announced by Techart on their GTStreet program for the 2012 911 GT2 RS.

 |  Aug 27 2011, 10:00 AM

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TechArt has finally officially unveiled its new styling package for the third generation Porsche Cayenne, with no real surprises. The front chin spoiler has been designed in true TechArt fashion while the LED lighting enhancements and halogen headlights are almost standard issue with any other TechArt styling package. The rear roof spoiler, rear apron and diffuser adds sportiness to the entire SUV while TechArt’s exhaust system is sure to give the Cayenne a whole new rumble.

For wheel options, TechArt is offering their Formula, Formula II or Formula III wheels with sizing varying from 20- to 23-inch depending on the model. Performance upgrades have already been established from TechArt for the new Cayenne, with the Turbo model getting a boost up to 560-hp through a TA 058/T1 kit.

TechArt is also offering interior upgrades to the Cayenne with complete leather interior packages and in-car-entertainment options of integrated screens in the headrests and an elegant center console  with a spacious bar and storage compartment in Alcantara.

It might not be terribly original, but it certainly looks impressive.

GALLERY: TechArt Porsche Cayenne

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 |  Jul 07 2011, 1:49 PM

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TechArt has revealed their tuning kit for the new-generation Porsche Cayenne Diesel, increasing horsepower output from 240-hp to 280-hp. The power increase comes courtesy from their Techtronic power kit line, (part number TA 058/D1) which is essentially an intelligent engine management system that puts power boost at the push of a button. In addition to the Techtronic power kit, TechArt offers a sport exhuast system for the Cayenne Diesel.

Torque is increased from 405 lb-ft to to 457 lb-ft helping give the Cayenne Diesel’s 0-62 mph time to 7.2 seconds and a new top speed of 145-mph. As with all Techtronic units, this TechArt tuning program is backed by a warranty on engine and transmission.

No pricing was announced for the tuning package.

GALLERY: TechArt Porsche Cayenne Diesel

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 |  May 03 2011, 3:10 PM

Finally, a Techart for the rest of us: those who can’t afforrd their hyper-fast, garishly-colored, modded Porsches.

Well, this model is modded and garishly-colored too: it’s a 1/43 scale die-cast model of the Techart GTStreet, finished in black and California Orange. Top speed? Limited to how fast you can wheel it across a hardwood floor. And like all Techart models, this one’s a limited edition—production is set at 300 examples, individually numbered in a glass box. Price? Approximately $89, or still pretty up there in the model car world. This isn’t Hot Wheels or Maisto, buddy. Techart Über Alles!

[Source: Carscoop]

 |  Nov 10 2010, 9:33 PM

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Those who just can’t wait for 2011 to come, German Porsche tuner TechArt has given you just another reason to look forward to the New Year. Available in a limited quantity of 2,000 the calendar is nicely sized at 50 x 70 cm (rougly 20 x 28-inches) and is priced at around $41 shipped.

The calendar features 12 images of various TechArt modified Porsches ranging from their Panamera to their 997 variants. The calendar starts shipping around December and can be ordered now.

Maybe, just maybe, TechArt will send us one for the office… like they did last year.

Hit the link below to view a few more teasers and to order yours.

[Source: TechArt]

 |  Sep 05 2010, 9:33 AM

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

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 |  Aug 19 2010, 1:14 PM

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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

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 |  Jul 31 2010, 8:34 AM

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.

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 |  May 07 2010, 10:34 AM

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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

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 |  Apr 20 2010, 3:22 PM

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Just when we thought the matte black fad (or style) was starting to fade, TechArt introduces the Porsche Panamera Black Edition to the world. Porsche’s entry to the luxury sedan market has been well received so far, combining Porsche performance with traditional comforts that drivers and passengers are used to seeing in say, a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7-Series. TechArt, a Porsche-exclusive tuner, has been merging design with functional technology since 1987.

TechArt’s newest tuning program for the Panamera gives a full car option – the Panamera Black Edition – available for just shy of $300,000 U.S. The base Panamera Turbo gets a complete overhaul inside and out, starting with traditional TechArt-styling with their aerodynamic kit. Accenting the new aesthetics is a set of 22-inch wheels in black and trendy LED daytime running lights. Engine modifications are light, with the Panamera sporting a new exhaust.

The Black Edition-theme continues onto the interior, with black leather and Alcantara seats and TechArt repainting everything possible in the interior to matte black: dash, door panel trim, center console, air vents, cup holders, etc.

For close to $115,000 U.S. over retail pricing (in Germany), the Techart Black Edition carries a real premium price tag. Chances are all the modifications could be had for less, including the paint job, but for those distinguished enough to even consider it, chances are they’ll pay for the convenience to just have it delivered complete and ready to be driven in.

The official press release is available after the jump.

GALLERY: Techart Porsche Panamera Black Edition

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 |  Mar 01 2010, 1:18 PM

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With most of the German tuning companies in attendance at the Geneva Auto Show, we were able to get a good look at most of their creations before the show officially kicks off tomorrow (March 2nd). Along with the more typically-TechArt GT Street R, it was interesting to look at the Porsche tuner’s Panamera-based Concept One.

Looking just like a manufacturer concept car (minus the Lambo doors of course), the Concept One has an extremely unique interior with funky materials and designs. The entire cabin is all black and white, except for some minor lime-green detailing. There’s even a 10.2-inch LCD screen in the rear. Outside, the car gets plenty of unique options, like 22-inch wheels and a widebody kit. The purpose of the Concept One is to highlight TechArt’s individualization program, which it offers to clients. And as much as this looks like a concept, TechArt isn’t the sort of company to toss it’s money around needlessly and so you can be sure that as wild as the Concept One looks, it likely belongs to a customer who actually intends to drive it.

We also managed to snag quite a few photos of the GT Street R, a significantly modified version of the new 2010 911 Turbo, with 660-hp and 635 ft-lbs of torque. This model is more in line with TechArt’s usual creations, delivering incredible amounts of power in a show car package. We particularly like all the dry carbon body parts and the massive (and adjustable) rear spoiler. Much like the Concept One, the interior of the GTStreet R is also a work of art, but on a more realistic level with bountiful amounts of carbon fiber, black leather and red stitching.

Importantly, the GTStreet R, it is intended to be a serious performance machine (on the street or the track), delivering a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed o 214 mph – autobahn anyone?

GALLERY: TechArt Concept One

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GALLERY: TechArt GTStreet R

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 |  Feb 26 2010, 1:34 PM

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German Porsche tuner TechArt has two new projects in store for the Geneva Auto Show, one powerful and traditional, and one that takes the tuner in a whole new direction. First up is the Concept One, based on the Panamera Turbo. Looking quite like a concept, particularly on the inside, where unique materials and funky designs meet up with a black and white canvass highlighted by lime-green detailing. There’s even a 10.2-inch LCD screen in the rear. Outside, the car gets plenty of unique options, like 22-inch wheels and a widebody kit. The purpose of the Concept One is to highlight TechArt’s individualization program, which it offers to clients. And as much as this looks like a concept, TechArt isn’t the sort of company to toss it’s money around needlessly and so you can be sure that as wild as the Concept One looks, it likely belongs to a customer who actually intends to drive it.

Next up is the GT Street R, a significantly modified version of the new 2010 911 Turbo, with 660-hp and 635 ft-lbs of torque. This model is more in line with TechArt’s usual creations, delivering incredible amounts of power in a show car package. We particularly like all the dry carbon body parts and the massive (and adjustable) rear spoiler. Much like the Concept One, the interior of the GTStreet R is also a work of art, but on a more realistic level with bountiful amounts of carbon fiber, black leather and red stitching.

Importantly, the GTStreet R, it is intended to be a serious performance machine (on the street or the track), delivering a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed o 214 mph – autobahn anyone?

See here for AutoGuide’s live 2010 Geneva Auto Show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.

GALLERY: TechArt Concept One

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GALLERY: TechArt GTStreet R

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 |  Mar 30 2009, 3:18 PM

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The 2009 SEMA Show is still over half a year away but contrary to popular belief, not every vehicle is assembled in a mad rush at the last minute. Wheel manufacturer iForged has already released details of what its big SEMA project will be and after last year’s 996 to 997 Porsche Turbo conversion, complete with GT3 RS green paint and TechArt goodies, we would expect nothing less than a serious performer.

Company owner Vincent Wong posted on his personal blog that the 2009 SEMA iForged project is a convertible (or roadster) version of the SL65 AMG Black Series. To be more accurate though, the vehicle will actually be an SL65, but will be converted with all the necessary bodywork to resemble the Black Series. But that’s not all.

IForged will also work with JE and Crower to build up the bottom end of the 6.0-liter V12 engine and Artisan Performance will assist with some larger turbos. The final engine output numbers are expected to be in the 1,000hp range.

Fox Marketing is also getting involved in the project, likely taking care of the body modifications. We just hope they can resist the temptation to paint the SL bright orange.

[Source: VincentWong.com]