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Speed:Sport:Life — A very Porsche weekend

SSL-East is off to Summit Point this weekend to shake down a 2012 Carrera S. Follow us at @SpeedSportLife and @SSLByron for updates and impressions throughout the weekend, and stay tuned for a full road and track test from Zerin and Byron. As usual, if you’re in the area, feel free to drop by and check out the 991 in person.

Don’t have access to a 911 of your own to drive? Fret not. All you need is an XBOX 360. Remember, the Porsche pack for Forza Motorsport 4 will be available starting Tuesday. $20 gets you 30 iconic Porsches and some new track configurations. Don’t miss out.

Name for new Porsche SUV is Macan

Porsche announced today that their new SUV model will wear the name Macan.  The word Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger which Porsche says “combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics.”  Macan will be smaller than the Cayenne SUV and is the fifth model in Porsche’s expanding product line.  The Porsche Macan will start rolling off the production line in Liepzig in 2013.

Michael Mills’ New Chariot Hath Arrived

S:S:L test driver extrordinaire, Michael Mills, took delivery of his new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car yesterday in Atlanta.  The car as shown here is literally as fresh off the boat from Germany as they come with all the tags in tact and rear wing still in the box.  The car has to undergo some modifications from its current form to meet the IMSA GT3 Challenge specifications and be setup in time to make the winter tire test at Sebring in a few weeks.  Lots of work to be done but we’ll be covering the transformation as much as we can.  For those of you who don’t remember, Michael won his first IMSA GT3 Challenge race in the Gold class on his first attempt at Petit Le Mans last year and placed 2nd by a very close margin during the second race.  This year Michael will be competing in the Platinum class with this brand new car and S:S:L be along for the ride for the entire season.    We can’t wait to see this thing on the track!

Michael Mills at the 2011 Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

Porsche To Unveil New 911 Cabrio at 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Porsche has confirmed that they will be unveiling the Cabrio version of the new 911 sports car for the first time at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.  After a long absence from the Detroit show, Porsche rolled out the 918 RSR Concept last year and is keeping their word of Detroit being an important show for them with the unveiling of the new 911 Cabrio.

We’ll be reporting from the show floor next week with live pictures and thoughts of the new models as they reveal them.  Be sure to follow us on twitter for real-time updates from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show at http://www.twitter.com/speedsportlife .

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2011 LA Auto Show – Porsche Panamera GTS

Porsche has updated the Panamera line with the Panamera GTS, which sits above the 4/4S models and below the Turbo models in performance and pricing.  Porsche says that GTS stands for Gran Turismo Sport and finds it’s beginning on the historic 1963 904 Carrera GTS.  The Panamera GTS has been lowered by 10mm and features air suspension with the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).  To differentiate the Panamera GTS in the looks department, Porsche has given it a unique front fascia with black headlights, black rocker panels, and an updated rear area.  The interior has been updated with leather and Alcantara surfaces exclusive to the GTS.

Power for the Panamera GTS comes from a modified 4.8-liter V8 engine which deliveres 430 hp at 6,700 rpm, which is a bump of 30 hp over the Panamera 4/4S model.   Torque has also been increased from 369lb-ft to 384lb-ft.   Power gets to all four wheels by way of a PDK transmission which allows the Panamera GTS to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 4.5 seconds and onwards to a top speed of 179 mph.

The PASM suspension has been designed to be firmer, making the Panamera GTS more agile than the 4/4S models, while the rear axle track width has been increased by 10mm overall.  The braking system on the Panamera GTS comes straight off the Panamera Turbo.

On paper, this looks like one hell of a fun package and we can’t wait to drive one.  The Panamera GTS goes on sale in February 2012 with a price tag of 116.716 €.

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