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This UK Company Wants To Give Your Old Boxster A New 911 Makeover

It takes a good sense of self to admit that we’re not getting any younger. The world takes its toll on our bodies, minds, and occasionally fitness. We can’t run as fast as we used to, and usually don’t look as good as we used to. Our style has changed, and what was once fashionable is now dated and embarrassing to be seen wearing in public. There are a few ways to deal with this, you can accept your fate and age gracefully, or completely change your appearance and personality in an attempt to stay young. It’s rare that it works in humans, and even more rare that it works in cars.

If you’re the owner of a 986 or 987 generation Porsche Boxster, you’ve dealt with the fact that it’s a dated and out-of-touch design in today’s car market. My own Boxster, a 1997 model, looks like it was designed in the early 1990s, because it was. A Nu Dimension, a company in the UK which claims to have more than a decade of experience creating replica bodywork, has crafted a set of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) body panels to transform the look of your old base-model drop-top into a modern 911 widebody coupe. It’s truly a strange proposition, but somehow it works kind of nicely.

A Nu Dimension calls the conversion a « GT Boxster », and it incorporates some aspects of Porsche’s 991 GT3, and others from Porsche’s 991 Turbo. The kit starts at around $7,000, which includes a huge list of parts (below).

The kit includes:
Front trunk lid
Front fenders
Front bumper
Door sills
Rocker covers
Rear quarter panels
Roof panel
Trunk lid
Aero-kit-style spoiler
Bodywork internals
Updated mirror housings (designed to keep the factory motors)
Wheel arch liner extensions
Rear quarter engine ducts
Window rails
and all hinges and brackets.

An additional kit of optional components is available to make the interior look a bit more finished. This kit costs about $450.

While the only completed car appears to be the white Porsche shown in photos here as the company’s display piece. It appears to be nicely done, and likely took hundreds of hours of sanding, paint preparation, and installation. We’d love the opportunity to get up close and personal with one for a few hours if someone here in the U.S. has a kit or a complete finished product. I’m particularly interested in seeing if this body weighs any less than the original steel and aluminum. Are the original rear quarter panels simply cut out, or are they still underneath the wider bodywork? What do the panel gaps look like up close?

What do you think? Would you consider making your great handling Boxster look more like a 991 amalgam? Interestingly, the wheelbase of the two models is only about 1″ different, with the 991 being a bit longer than the original 986. There are quite a few giveaways that prove to anyone who knows that this isn’t a 991, especially if they look at the interior to see the original rollbar still there, with a bulkhead behind the seats instead of a rear seat passenger compartment (luggage shelf).

Obviously this kit does nothing to modify the performance of your old Boxster, so if you’re okay with a car that looks like a 991 Turbo which only produces between 201 and 291 horsepower, more power—or actually less?—to you.

Source: motoringresearch.com

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Un marchand sans pitié vend une 993 Carrera pour 125 000€

Temps de lecture estimé: 2’20 De toutes les 911, la 993 fait partie de celles dont la cote d’amour ne cesse de s’accroître tant elle se bonifie avec l’âge. Sa ligne n’a pas pris une ride, et elle reste aujourd’hui l’une des 911 les plus réussies de l’histoire. A tel point que des modèles exclusifs … Lire la suite Un marchand sans pitié vend une 993 Carrera pour 125 000€

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Wing-a-ling Dragon: Porsche Offers Aerokit for 911 Turbo and Turbo S

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The masses went agog yesterday for the debut of the Porsche Cayman GT4. In some corners of the internet, the commentariat noted that Porsche and Ford had cued up a replay of the late 1960s/early 1970s at Le Mans, stealing the Ferrari 488GTB‘s thunder with the 3.8-liter mid-engined, manual-only GT4 and the hairball new Ford Focus RS. But Porsche’s not quite done with the new stuff, having also announced a new Aerokit for the 911 Turbo and Turbo S, courtesy of its Porsche Exclusive program.

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Because the planet-inhaling Turbo and Turbo S simply aren’t capable enough, Porsche’s engineers decided to see if they could preserve the cars’ coefficient of drag while adding downforce. Spoiler ahead: Yes, they managed to do it. The package consists of a new front spoiler and rear decklid, available color-matched to the car’s body or finished in gloss black.

To our eyes, the rear wing, with its black insert and winglets, recalls the whale-tail and tea tray units bolted the bums of Neunelfers from the 1970s dawn of the impact-bumper era to the birth of the 964, which ushered in the era of the retractable spoiler. Here’s the thing, though, the new Aerokit combines both of those eras. That black piece adjusts itself for maximum dynamism und efficiency, varying its angle of attack to increase or decrease downforce as required.

 



In the Speed setting, the new bits increase downforce at 186 mph by 37 pounds, to 57. In Performance, downforce increases by 40 pounds and brings the additional pressure on the wheels to 330 pounds. And because it’s a Porsche Exclusive component, the Aerokit won’t void your factory warranty. Adding it to a Turbo at the time of purchase will add $6950; if you’d like it retrofitted to your existing 991, bring more money. You’ll shell out $6885.95 for the bits, but you’re also on the hook for installation and any required paintwork. Splash out the extra coin to figure out how to make it all work on a 912E and you’ll be our hero forever.

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Porsche 991 Turbo and Turbo S get Exclusive Aerokit

Porsche’s 991 and 991 Turbo S are cars with such prodigious grip and poise we have never wanted more downforce when behind their respective wheels. However, as Lee pointed out, we have sometime bemoaned their slightly tame looks.

All that can be changed now with Porsche Exclusive launching a new Aerokit for the latest range-topping Porsche 911s, featuring a distinctive front spoiler and revised rear wing assembly.

Unlike previous generations of 911 Turbo Aerokit, which featured a fixed rear wing, the 991 Turbo Aerokit retains the standard car’s active aerodynamics, with the new rear wing featuring an adjustable angle of attack.

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This means, in the full-bore ‘Performance setting’ downforce has been increased by 18kg, providing an Aerokitted 991 Turbo (or Turbo S) with 150kg of downforce at 300kph (189mph).

The fixed front spoiler features two side winglets, reminiscent of the Porsche 993 Carrera RS Clubsport, providing much greater visual drama, while the rear wing also gains a fixed element with striking reverse-swept endplates.

Painted in either body colour or gloss black (as are the sideskirts and decklid grill), the Aerokit can be retrofitted to existing Porsche 991 Turbos and Turbo Ss by Porsche Tequipment. To fit to a new car, the latest Turbo Aerokit costs €5,355 via Porsche Exclusive.

To ensure you don’t miss the latest Porsche 911 news, reviews and updates, make sure to bookmark Total911.com now.

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Geneva 2013: Gemballa GT Porsche 991 Convertible Aerokit

Gemballa have a white version of the Gemballa GT Porsche 991 Convertible Aerokit on display at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. We’ve previously only seen and driven a Grey version of the Gemballa GT Porsche 991 Convertible Aerokit before. We …
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