Gemballa Porsche Mistrale and Tornado

On April 20, 2011, in CARS, DWU, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
2012 Gemballa Tornado
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Despite losing its founder under suspicious circumstances last year, German tuning house Gemballa is back with a vengeance at this year's Top Marques Monaco show. To help celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is rolling out two new models: The Porsche Cayenne-based Tornado and the Porsche Panamera-based Mistrale. Both of Gemballa's new models sport extensively reworked bodies, which Gemballa says shave nearly 150 pounds off each car. The weight savings come thanks to carbon fiber body panels made in-house by Gemballa. Both cars' front fenders, hood, doors and front valance get replaced with new bespoke units made entirely of the black stuff. Gemballa also unleashed its expertise underhood. In Stage 1 trim, the Tornado delivers 580 horsepower and the Mistrale pushes 610. If that's not enough, Gemballa is happy to oblige with Stage 2, which takes either car to 700 hp and 737 lb.-ft. of toque. Keeping all that grunt in check is a set of enormous Brembo clamps developed specifically for Gemballa. No matter which car you choose, you get a set of 410-mm, six-piston discs up front with 380-mm, four-piston units out back. The new brakes exert stopping power on a set of forged 22-inch Gemballa wheels. Despite their size, Gemballa says the forged rims are lighter and stronger than the stock Porsche units. Inside, the cars get Gemballa's signature Alcantara and quilted leather treatment. If either of Gemballa's new rockets floats your boat, we'd suggest getting in line now, as the company says it will only build 30 examples of each. Check out the full press release after the jump. [Source: Gemballa] Continue reading Gemballa shows Mistrale and Tornado at Top Marques Monaco
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Porsche opens 918 Spyder plug-in supercar pre-orders, $845,000 gets you a ticket to ride
It isn't quite as hot as the 918 RSR, but it is at least street legal. Or, will be, anyway. It's the 918 Spyder, one of the hottest hybrids we've ever seen, and Porsche has now opened the doors for those who want to order them.

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Porsche Panamera coming in 2012

On February 14, 2011, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Autoblog
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2010 Porsche Panamera - Click above for high-res image gallery
Is Porsche getting ready for Extenzify its Panamera sedan? According to Autoweek, the German automaker is currently developing a long-wheelbase Panamera for the North American and Chinese market to satiate demand for increased rear legroom. The report states that Porsche is planning to increase the currrent 115-inch wheelbase by five inches, bringing the long-wheelbase Panamera out to - carry the one... - 120 inches. This means larger rear doors and a larger rear entryway will be fitted, making ingress and egress an easier task. There has always been talk of further Panamera variations, which include a possible shooting-brake and four-passenger convertible. Anything other than the standard and long-wheelbase sedans have been put on hold until the Panamera enters a second generation around 2015. All Photos Copyright (C)2011 Michael Harley/AOL [Source: Autoweek]
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2012 Porsche 911 Black Edition – Official Photos and Info

On January 25, 2011, in CARS, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver
If an entry-level special-edition 911 floats your boat, hopefully you like black. As the Porsche 997 is entering the autumn of its life cycle—we expect its successor, the 991, to debut this September at the Frankfurt auto show—the marketing team in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen still is coming up with ways to keep the current model attractive. Keep Reading: 2012 Porsche 911 Black Edition – Official Photos and Info
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Porsche Officially Confirms Cajun SUV for Production

On November 29, 2010, in CARS, DWU, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: MOTORTREND
porsche-cajun-crossover-front-illustration Rumors of a small Porsche SUV have been floating for months on end, but the Stuttgart automaker officially announced today it has given the go-ahead to build the so-called Cajun crossover. porsche-cajun-crossover-rear-illustration Earlier today, Porsche's supervisory board voted in Stuttgart to widen the company's product portfolio, starting with an SUV model slotting in beneath the larger Cayenne model. That's a bit of a turnaround from remarks made by new CEO Mathias Muller earlier this year. At the time, Muller wasn't completely sold on the idea of endlessly expanding Porsche's portfolio, and placed new programs on hold until a solid business case could be established without sacrificing Porsche's premium image. We'll have to assume the second criterion has been met, but it's hard to argue that another SUV model doesn't make sense for the company. Although purists bemoan a sports car manufacturer producing vehicles like the Panamera and Cayenne, such vehicles significantly help bolster the company's bottom line. Presently, the new 2011 Cayenne is Porsche's best-selling model (especially in North America), and a smaller crossover vehicle could help the company reach its annual sales goal of 150,000 vehicles sold worldwide by 2013. Early estimates suggest Porsche could move roughly 50,000 examples of the new SUV on an annual basis. Like the larger Cayenne, the new Porsche crossover will share its architecture with other Volkswagen Group products. In this instance, the Cajun will be built upon the Audi Q5's platform, although Porsche's take will likely carry a sleek shape with a wider stance. We hear both two- and four-door versions are under consideration; Audi executives are pushing for a two-door model to avoid cannibalizing Q5 sales, but Porsche leaders are looking for the sales volumes associated with a traditional four-door model. The Cajun will likely utilize Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system, but Porsche may supply most -- if not all -- of the engines fitted underhood. Base models will reportedly receive a new 3.0-liter V-6, producing nearly 290 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A Cajun Turbo S model would reportedly bolt a pair of turbochargers on the same engine, boosting its output by roughly 50 horsepower. A diesel V-6 is also likely to be added to appease European consumers, but it could also make its way to North America. Timing, pricing, and even the finalized model name, however, are still up in the air. We wouldn't be surprised to see the baby Porsche SUV priced between the Q5 ($35,550) and the Cayenne ($46,700), and launch in late 2011 or early 2012. Although officials have previously referred to the vehicle as the Cajun, Porsche notes the name is simply a working title, and may change before reaching production. Source: Porsche
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Award-winnning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo (née Shaffer Smith)--whose new album Libra Scale will be released November 22nd-- is among the top innovators across a variety of industries who will be recognized as a Black Enterprise Intelligent Performer on Monday, November 15, 2010. The Black Enterprise Intelligent Performers are top entrepreneurs, leading corporate executives and outstanding professionals who have used hard work, innovation, business savvy and a hunger for excellence to achieve wealth, influence and power. The Intelligent Performers, presented by Black Enterprise in partnership with Porsche, will be honored at an exclusive gathering at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa and the Porsche Sport Driving School in Leeds, Alabama, where they will enjoy the Porsche high-performance driving course package and experience two days of networking. Meet the Black Enterprise Intelligent Performers. Ne-Yo, principle of Compound Entertainment music production company and the nonprofit Compound Foundation, has excelled as a R&B singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. Since breaking into the recording industry as a songwriter, penning the "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario, Ne-Yo has had five top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 as a lead artist and two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200. He's also established a significant catalog of hit songs written for other artists. The mission of Ne-Yo's Compound Foundation "is to increase the awareness of the status of children in the child welfare system in America." The foundation works with residential care facilities through programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills to empower children to become productive, successful and independent adults. Initially launched at www.Blackenterprise.com/intelligent-performers, the project showcases men and women who have demonstrated innovation and passion. Some manage million- or billion-dollar divisions of leading publicly traded corporations while others own and operate BE 100s companies, the nation’s top-grossing black-owned businesses. The list includes: Larry Barkley, Senior Vice President of Retail, Tourneau; Rosalyn Brewer, EVP and President, Wal-Mart; Tilmon F. Brown, CEO, New Horizon Baking Co.; Gwendolyn Butler, President & COO, Capri Capital Partners LLC; Matthew Carter, President 4G, Sprint Nextel; Keith Clinkscales, SVP, Content Development & Enterprises, ESPN; Janice Bryant-Howroyd, CEO, Act-1 Group; Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments; Charles H. James III, Managing Owner, C.H. James Restaurant Holdings, LLC; David Jones, President & CEO, CastleOak Securities L.P.; Derrick Jones, President, Brand Nice/United Camps; Terry L. Jones, Managing Partner, SYNCOM Venture Partners; Christopher J.W.B. Leggett, M.D., F.A.C.C, Interventional Cardiologist, Cardiovascular Institute of Georgia; William Lewis Jr.; Co-chairman Investment Banking, Lazard; Donahue Peebles, Chairman & CEO, The Peebles Corporation; Lisa Pickrum, Executive Vice President & COO, The RLJ Companies; James Reynolds Jr., Chairman & CEO, Loop Capital Markets, LLC; Ray Robinson, President, Eastlake Golf Club; Kevin Warren, President, U.S. Solutions Group, Xerox Corporation; Roderick K. West, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Entergy; Bart Williams, Partner, Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP; Christopher C. Womack, Executive Vice President & President, External Affairs, Southern Company; and Shaffer "Ne-Yo” Smith, entrepreneur and recording artist, Compound Entertainment/Compound Foundation. The Intelligent Performers are also featured in Black Enterprise magazine and at BlackEnterprise.com, and promoted via traditional media and across social media sites including Twitter and Facebook. Check back with BlackEnterprise.com for exclusive videos, pictures and other coverage of the Intelligent Performers event.

2011 Porsche Panamera 4 – Short Take Road Test

On October 27, 2010, in CARS, LUXURY, RIDES, Syndicated, by SOURCE: Car and Driver
The V6 Panamera may have two fewer cylinders, but it doesn’t skimp on much else. Sticking a 3.6-liter V-6 engine into the Porsche Panamera’s ample frame would seem to be as good a performance recipe as chopping off a couple of engines from a Boeing 747, but in reality the base Panamera is still plenty fast. Okay, so it doesn’t leap off the line and hurtle toward the horizon like its Turbo sibling, but our all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 still posted a 0-to-60-mph time of 5.0 seconds and covered the standing quarter-mile in 13.8 seconds. Those are great numbers, and they’re backed up by a 70-to-0-mph braking figure of 158 feet and skidpad grip of 0.96 g. For comparison, the BMW 740i takes 5.1 seconds to reach 60 mph, manages 0.88 g, and stops from 70 mph in 163 feet. Keep Reading: 2011 Porsche Panamera 4 – Short Take Road Test Related posts:
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