Porsche 911 Speedster Is Officially Going into Production

To celebrate its 70th birthday, Porsche produced a concept study of a 911 Speedster. Now, we have learned that this beautiful concept is going into limited production. Porsche will produce exactly 1,948 units of the open-top model.

911 Speedster - Gossett VW Porsch - Memphis, TN

This number celebrates the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that got its operating license on June 8, 1948. Porsche will begin production of the celebratory model in 2019 and it will be the first model to offer the new Heritage Design Packages. These packages give buyers even more options for customization.

The 911 Speedsters will all come with Guards Red exterior paint, which looks back to the 1988 911 Speedster. In addition, they will feature 21-inch cross-spoke wheels and a perforated black leather interior with red accents.

To make this limited-edition model a true performance machine, its body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. Many body parts are made using lightweight carbon fiber composite and its exhaust system is completed with titanium tailpipes.

Powering the Speedster will be a naturally-aspirated flat-six that will produce more than 500 horsepower and will be capable of producing engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm. The engine will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

To learn more about the limited-edition Porsche 911 Speedster, stop into Gossett VW Porsche.

New Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sets Nürburgring Lap Record

The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a tried-and-true racehorse. The track-designed model was meant to impress bystanders and set records, and it recently did both of those things at the legendary Nürburgring.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS Sets Nürburgring Lap Record - Gossett VW Porsche - Memphis, TN

Driver Kevin Estre got behind the wheel of the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS and set a new track record, tackling “The Green Hell” in just 6:56.4 minutes, besting the time set by the previous GT3 RS by an unbelievable 24 second margin. That lap time makes the 2019 911 GT3 RS the third Porsche to ever run a lap at Nürburgring in under seven minutes.

“No other Porsche model gets as close to racing as the new GT3 RS. Many innovative ideas from top-level motorsport were transferred, for example, from the 911 GT3 R,” said Frank Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars.

This sub-seven-minute lap time wasn’t just a fluke either. Estre completed four laps in under seven minutes with just tenths of a second between them. That consistency is a testament to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s performance and drivability.

The new track-ready model features a 520-horsepower naturally aspirated engine. It races from zero to 60 mph in just three seconds and boasts a top speed of 193 mph. While you likely won’t be able to test the 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS on a track as challenging as Nürburgring, you can still make it yours at Gossett VW Porsche.

Most Powerful Porsche 911 Turbo S

Porsche 911 Turbo S

The Porsche 911 is already known as a high-powered sports car that’s both stylish and comfortable. Now, though, the brand is going the extra mile to blow enthusiasts away. The new Porsche 911 Turbo S will be the most powerful model to date, but there’s a catch.

The upcoming 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will feature a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine that delivers 607 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The standard seven-speed PDK transmission allows for optimized shifting. That combination brings the car’s 0-to-60-mph time to just 2.8 seconds, giving the upcoming 911 Turbo S a track speed of 205 mph.

However, not everyone will be able to get one.

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe will be limited to a production run of just 500 units. Porsche Design will commemorate the car with a Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series titanium-cased watch. The watch is only available to the 500 lucky owners of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe.

We here at Gossett Volkswagen Porsche are pumped to see Porsche once again pushing the limits of the road!

New Porsche 911 GTS Horsepower Rated at 450 Ponies

Porsche 911 GTS driving on the coast
The 911 GTS*

Despite not going to the North American International Auto Show this year, Porsche still managed to kick up a stir of its own by hosting an off-site event that revealed the brand’s lineup of five new GTS variants on the 911 Carrera family. The models included in the event were the 911 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet, Carrera 4 GTS Coupe and Cabriolet, as well as the Targa 4. In addition, all of them had the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine under the hood. It was announced at the event that the Porsche 911 GTS would be good for 450 horsepower with the twin-turbo engine.

All of these 2017 models, according to Porsche, have a top speed of over 186 mph, but the fastest by far is the Carrera 4 GTS, which can reach up to 193 mph thanks to its innovative 7-speed manual transmission. Additionally, both of the GTS coupe models outmatch their non-GTS counterparts when it comes to going from 0 to 60 mph, shaving 0.2 seconds of their time. Of course, Porsche has taken the time to add some extra, luxurious cosmetic touches to the GTS models as well in order to give them a bit of high-end flair.

The Porsche 911 GTS horsepower rating isn’t the be-all, end-all of what the new 2017 GTS model lineup has to offer. Check out everything they provide when they go on sale in the US this upcoming April.

*2015 model shown

Porsche 911 Named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year Finalist

2017 Motor Porsche 911- Trend Car of the Year FinalistThe Porsche 911 just keeps getting better and better—and it looks like Motor Trend magazine agrees. This popular automotive magazine recently announced that the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. This is thanks to its well-rounded performance, iconic style, and unbeatable ride.

While discussing why the editors at Motor Tr22end chose this sports car as a finalist, the magazine stated, “Porsche keeps polishing its jewel. Just when you think the engineers in Weissach couldn’t make one of the world’s definitive sports cars any better, they roll out a 911 that does just that.”

Porsche 911 Features

One of the features that received the most complimentary attention from the magazine was the 911’s chassis. No matter the speed—even on base-level wheels—this chassis managed to impress the editors with its communicative and adjustable nature. Because of this, the magazine has declared the 911.2 “the nicest most user-friendly in 911 history.”

Along with its superior ride and performance, the Porsche 911 manages to impress with its style. Despite the fact that a 911 redesign is typically constrained due to its iconic style cues, the 911.2 managed to refresh this legendary sports car to make it better proportioned, turning it into a modern and beautiful machine.

You may wonder why the Porsche 911 is a 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year finalist. Come see this renowned sports car at Gossett VW Porsche.

2017 Porsche 911 Spotlight

2017 Porsche 911The gutsiest Porsche is better than ever this year. The all-new 2017 Porsche 911 is ready to take on the open road with you behind the wheel. Check out some of the best parts of the Porsche 911.

Performance

With the 911, you’ll start with stellar performance. A max horsepower of 370 will get you going from the start, zipping from zero to sixty in just 4.4 seconds. With a top track speed of 183, the Porsche 911 will leave everything in the dust.

Technology

Don’t think that stellar performance means you won’t get stellar technology, too. On the inside, you’ll find an incredibly innovative infotainment system that gives you your favorite driving music and online navigation to get you where you need to go.

Design

The Porsche 911 is sharper than ever thanks to bold three-dimensional taillights and new front and rear design that’ll turn heads as you rip up the pavement.

Racetrack Sound

With the new optional sport exhaust system, the 911 gets central tailpipes that make its arrival heard.

Curious? Keep your eyes peeled for the all-new 2017 Porsche 911 at Gossett VW Porsche!

Fastest Porsches of All Time

Porsche knows speed and style, and the brand’s vehicles never lack in performance. Curious as to just how elite these cars are? Here are five of the fastest Porches of all time:

  1. Porsche 911 GT2 RS – This car has a top track speed of 205 mph and can move from 0 to 60 in a mere 3.4 seconds.
  2. Porsche 918 Spyder – This takes a slight silver medal to the 911, topping at 202 mph. It goes from 0 to 60 in under 3.0 seconds.
  3. Porsche Carrera GT – Originally produced between 2004 and 2007, this Porsche was a game-changer with a top speed of 201.5 mph. It was one of Sport Car International’s top cars of the decade and eighth in the magazine’s top cars of all time.
  4. Porsche 911 Turbo S – A top speed of 196 mph might not hit the 200 mark, but its impressive 0 to 60 time of 3.1 seconds turns heads.
  5. Porsche 911 GT3 – Yes, another 911! This car goes a top speed of 194 mph, and has always been a favorite.

    2016 Porsche 911 GT3
    2016 Porsche 911 GT3

Spotlight on the All-New 2016 Porsche 911 R

Porsches are for racing–but they’re for the road, too! The all-new 2016 Porsche 911 R reflects exactly that. After its premiere at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, it was clear that Porsche was tipping its hat to its past.

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

The first road-homologated race car bore the “911 R” name in 1967 (The “R” stands for “Racing”). The original was entered in rallies, in world record runs, and in the Targa Florio. Porsche hopes to continue that tradition with the 2016 911 R.

This car is more lightweight than ever, and is actually the lightest version of the 911 R available, weighing in at only 3,021 pounds. This car is truly “unfiltered” and you wouldn’t believe how streamlined it is.

This light, simplified 911 R comes without the “luxuries,” so there is neither air conditioning nor radio! But don’t worry, those can be added right back in, for free, at the customer’s request. Even the inside door handles are gone! Technically, they’re not gone, but there are door-opening loops instead.

This lightness means it can go up to 200 mph. So, if you want a lightweight race car, the new Porsche 911 R is the one for you.

‘Maria Sharapova and Friends, Presented by Porsche’ Brings Tennis Back to LA

Porsche 911 Carrera
Current Porsche 911 Carrera

Late in 2015, Porsche partnered with tennis superstar Maria Sharapova to create a unique tennis-themed event.

Maria Sharapova and Friends, presented by Porsche took place from December 12-13 and featured an all-star assembly of tennis greats including Andy Roddick and Kei Nishikori, as well as less well-knowns like American player Madison Keys.

The event featured a two-day tournament between the players and included Andy Roddick and Michael Chang, both of whom came out of retirement briefly to participate. Sharapova wanted to get players ready for the Australian Open in a more serious exhibition match than usual.

Porsche officials expressed excitement at the partnership with Sharapova for the event, saying the “power and elegance” of the sport and of Sharapova herself are “the exact characteristics that are conveyed in our sports cars.”

The 2017 Porsche 911 Carrera was present at the tournament, highlighting the connection to sportiness and athleticism the brand aims for. The 2017 Carrera is more powerful than ever, with an even higher horsepower than previous models, bringing it up to 370 hp.

Porsche Mission E Design: 600 Horsepower of All-Electric Energy

2016 Porsche 911
2016 Porsche 911 – Available at Gossett VW Porsche

Because Porsche is known for its high-performance 911 models, it came as a surprise to many that the brand recently announced it would be creating over 1,000 jobs to build the new Porsche Mission E. This all-electric model is well-known for its quick charge times and advanced technologies.

The Porsche Mission E design is drawing attention as an alternative for gasoline-powered high-performance models. While there are some models out there like it, including the Tesla and BMW i8, the Mission E has a whopping 600 hp and charges to 80% in 15 minutes, according to iDigital Times. You heard right!

“Digitization will be growing up with us,” said Uwe Huck, Deputy Chairman of the Porsche AG Supervisory Board. “And Factory 4.0 will be a major challenge for the workforce, trade union and employer. We will be taking new approaches but not giving up on the social aspects. With this decision, Porsche is driving flat out with no speed restrictions into the automotive and industrial future.”

Though many thought the Mission E might just be a cool concept car, Porsche’s announcement that it would be setting aside resources for 1,000 new jobs to make the car drew astonished reactions. This model could just redefine the way we think about cars.