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Just when you thought Porsche's 911 range couldn't be expanded further, the German marque has managed to squeeze another model into the lineup. The latest addition isn't another road-going special, however. Instead, Porsche has taken the production 911 GT3 RS and turned it into a fully-fledged GT3 racer, designed to be quicker and easier on the wallet than the car it replaces.

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One of the world’s most exclusive and tradition-steeped events for historic cars and motorcycles takes place on the shores of Lake Como next weekend (22-24 May). Here's our guide to what to you can see at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what's for sale at RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview where 15 vehicles are expected to sell for more than $1 million each, and two cars are likely to move into the 20 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, both fetching more than $10 million.

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In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating. Read More
While the fashion in high-tech automotive developments might lean towards hybrids and electric vehicles at the moment, there’s still plenty of scope to improve the good old internal combustion engine and one of the holy grails of such development is the creation of a viable variable-compression-ratio system. Now Porsche is working on just such an engine, revealed in the form of a newly-published patent, which will be able to alter its compression ratio. Read More
Porsche drivers tend to have an aversion to change for change's sake, so when the new Porsche Boxster Spyder made its debut at this year's New York International Auto Show, it was with the purists in mind. The first new version of the mid-engine roadster since the 2012 model, the Boxster promises "traditional sports-car driving experience, but with contemporary performance." Read More
The full glory of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star was on display at Bonhams' second annual classic car auction for the marque in Stuttgart on the weekend. Held at the Mercedes-Benz Museum, six individual cars sold for more than a million dollars, with the highlights being a 1931 model 770 Cabriolet D which sold for EUR€2,311,500 (US$2,516,987), a 1938 540 K Cabriolet A which sold for EUR€2,760,000 (US$3,005,357) and a fully-functioning 115-year-old Benz Ideal Vis-a-Vis Motor Carriage which fetched EUR€212,750 (US$231,663). Read More
The four-door Panamera may not have sat well with purists when it was introduced in 2009, but it's sold well enough, especially in China, to keep the company happy. So following in the footsteps of various iterations, including the Turbo S, the S E-Hybrid and long-wheelbase Exclusive, Porsche is rolling out three new additions, with more standard equipment and tweaked styling aimed at both the Western and Asian markets. Read More
While this month's news of plans for an electric-powered Porsche sent the traditional car press into a frenzy of speculation there’s been little substance behind the talk of which direction an all-electric model might take, with many suggesting the company will opt for a Panamera-like Tesla rival. But a spate of patent applications from the firm reveal that in fact it may be working on something far more like a battery-powered 911 – right down to the trademark rear-mounted powerplant. Read More
Countless make and model records were broken at all three of the Amelia Island Concours elite collectible car auctions on the weekend, with a 1960 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Cabriolet fetching US$6,380,000 and becoming one of the top 100 cars ever sold at auction, 23 cars selling for more than a million (RM-Sothebys 13, Gooding seven and Bonhams three), and $101 million worth of cars sold in three days. Testimony to the buoyancy of the market were the sell-through rates – Bonhams 78 percent, Gooding 89 percent and RM-Sotheby's 98 percent. Read More
Porsche has used the 2015 Geneva Motor Show to unveil its most track-ready, stripped-back 911 yet – the 911 GT3 RS. Powered by a a 4.0-liter flat six engine that develops 373 kW (500 hp) and 458 Nm (338 lb.ft), the new generation RS is 0.8 seconds faster to 60 mph than the outgoing GT3 RS 4.0, with a sprint time of 3.1 seconds on the way to a top speed of 193 mph. Read More
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