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997 Rennsport duo to star at Salon Privé 2015 sale

For ten years, Salon Privé has organised one of the most spectacular (and most exclusive) automotive celebrations in the British Isles and, this year, things have gotten a little more exciting with the prospect of two Porsche 997 Rennsport icons going under the hammer.

For 2015, the event has moved to the stunning surroundings of Blenheim Palace to celebrate its tenth anniversary with the show kicking off today. One of the highlights however will be tomorrow when Silverstone Auctions hosts its annual Salon Privé sale.

Leading the way at the auction are two of Porsche’s most recent Rennsport icons with distinctly different flavours: an example of the legendary 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and a fearsome 997 GT2 RS.

Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 interior

One of 600, the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 set to go under the hammer on Friday evening is a left-hand drive car originally delivered to Porsche Centre Syd in Malmö, Sweden.

Number 387 of 600, the RS 4.0 has only covered 3,900 miles during the course of its one-owner life, with none of them on track. The obligatory ECU check confirms that the car has had no over revs in any category.

Finished in the popular Carrara White with white wheels, this 997 GT3 RS 4.0 features a full black leather/Alcantara interior with the Carrera GT-style carbon-backed bucket seats and carries an estimate of £250,000-300,000.

Porsche 997 GT2 RS front

While the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 was made famous as the last Mezger-engined, manual-gearboxed Rennsport, the 997 GT2 RS became a legend thanks to its twin-turbocharged 620bhp (fed exclusively to the rear wheels) and Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of 7m18s.

Only 500 GT2 RSs were built with this Guards Red example on of just 16 right-hand drive cars delivered to the UK. With a little over 2,000 miles on the clock and including the C16 Clubsport pack, this ultimate interpretation of Porsche’s Widowmaker goes under the hammer with an estimate of £300,000-350,000.

Of course, for fans of earlier air-cooled Rennsport 911s, Silverstone Auctions will also look to sell a LHD 964 Carrera RS Touring (estimate of £110,000-140,000) as well as a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring, an almost obligatory lot at any prestige sale. The latter carries an estimate of £450,000-550,000.

For all the latest auction news and results, make sure you bookmark Total911.com.

Porsche 997 GT2 RS rear

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Sales debate: How will Porsche’s decision to go turbocharged affect 991 prices?

We Porsche 911 fans are notoriously set in our ways. The gradual pervasion of the PDK gearbox through the upper echelons of the current 911 range brought many cries of derision (and a hefty price hike on earlier generations of GT3), while some enthusiasts still haven’t come to terms with the switch to water-cooling.

So, how will the almost certain move towards turbocharging on the 991.2 affect prices of the first generation cars in the short term?

“As yet it’s not having an effect,” explains Porsche Bournemouth sales executive Karl Meyer. “I’d say less than 15 per cent of our customers have even asked about it [the new car].”

Meyer points out that, historically, Porsche has always been a master at controlling residual values when a facelift model is released. However, given the huge step-change expected, he wouldn’t be surprised if 991 Gen1 depreciation slowed down a little: “A 991 GTS or 991 C2S could be seen as the last of the naturally aspirated cars,” he points out.

Greig Daly, Sales Director at independent specialist RPM Technik, agrees: “In the short term, it will probably shore up prices of the 991s. I don’t think they will go up in value though as there’s just way too many of them.”

Porsche 991.2 Carrera

Volume is also a key factor in Meyer’s argument, pointing out that, unlike GT3 values, “the [Carrera] market behaves a bit differently.”

“The nearest you can compare it to is the 996. That was the biggest change for the company ever yet 993s continued to fall at the normal rate. People talked but prices didn’t follow,” explains Meyer.

The Porsche Bournemouth expert feels it will take “10, 15, 20 years” until 991 Carreras start appreciating because of the turbocharged effect. “That’s when collectors get their teeth into it,” he points out.

Again, Daly concurs, explaining that, in the short-term, the 991 will continue to depreciate, especially once the first facelifted models begin to trickle onto the second-hand market. RPM Technik’s Sales Director does feel that “Gen1 991s may not depreciate at the savage rates they have been doing” in recent times, though.

In this respect, the next few years may well be a good time to think about getting yourself into a nearly new 911.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.

Used Porsche 991 Carrera

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Video: Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car on ice. Yes, really.

Winter is coming. August may not even be finished yet but Porsche is already looking ahead to its 2015 winter driving camp in Finland and, judging by its recent video, it’s an experience of a lifetime for this involved.

For the most able participants (likely those who have progressed through ‘Camp4: Precision’, ‘Camp4S: Performance’ and ‘Ice Force: Master’ training levels at previous camps) there’s the opportunity to drive a 991 GT3 Cup car. One ice.

If that wasn’t enough, Porsche’s 887hp hybrid hypercar, the 918 Spyder is another potential chariot on the frozen lakes of Levi in Northern Finland. Don’t believe us, type ‘Porsche 918 Spyder on ice’ into YouTube for proof from some of those lucky enough to get behind the wheel. Enjoy.

For more of the latest and best Porsche films, check out our dedicated video section.

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Real-time traffic updates for new PCM system

If you’ve ever wished for live traffic updates from your Porsche Communication Management system, your dreams are soon to become reality as, from September, all new Porsches will come with the ability to relay real-time traffic information.

All new vehicles with PCM 3.1 and the “online services” option (that is now available free of charge in Europe) will be able to connect to the new traffic service via a smartphone for no additional charge.

By simply downloading the Aha Radio app to your iPhone or Android device and connecting it to the PCM, live traffic updates will be displayed on the PCM screen in 14 European countries.

Porsche's updated PCM means you should be spend less time doing this...

While the current PCM traffic updates are processed using data from TMC and TMCpro, the new technology uses a much larger database comprised, in part, of GPS data from numerous mobile phones (hence the necessity for the Aha Radio app).

Collected and analysed by INRIX (a specialist technology firm), this data is relayed to the PCM 3.1 almost continuously, with near constant refreshes providing almost instant updates to the traffic situation on routes programmed into your navigation.

These results are clearly displayed on the PCM map, with green routes providing free flowing traffic, amber routes are stop-go and red routes are reserved for traffic jams.

...and more time doing this.

The real-time nature of these traffic updates mean that the dynamic route calculation of the PCM 3.1 will be improved, minimising delays by avoiding traffic hotspots as they develop.

From 2016, Porsche Tequipment will offer a retrofit solution for vehicles fitted with PCM 3.1 and built after November 2012. If the “online services” option is already installed, the update will cost €232.05 (inc VAT).

For PCM 3.1s without “online services”, the retrofit will cost €351.05 (inc VAT) and will include the latest map data. To discuss your options, contact your local Porsche Centre.

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Full gallery of de-camouflaged Porsche 991.2 Turbo S spy shots

xPorsche-911-Turbo-S-camo-free-1-200x150.jpg.pagespeed.ic.7DrRUm79VNThis week, our Nürburgring Nordschleife spies spotted this Porsche 991.2 Turbo S test mule hacking around the track without any camouflage. Now, you can have a full look around the facelifted forced induction 911 with our full set of spy shots courtesy of CarPix AB.

Get a look inside the next Porsche 911 Turbo with our exclusive spy shots of the facelifted 991’s interior now.

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