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Winged Wonder: UT Models 1995 Porsche 993 GT2

To satisfy the die-hard sports car purists, for whom there can never be enough power, Porsche engineers in Weissach developed a new “winged creature” in 1995 capable of going from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and reaching speeds nearing 300 km/h. This new winged wonder was the Porsche 911 (993) GT2. After all-wheel drive (AWD) systems were ...

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Retro-Modern Roadster: Maisto 1989 Porsche Speedster

In 1989, Porsche designers lopped off the top of their popular 911 model, added a distinctive low-cut windshield that is laid back five more degrees than the standard 911’s, added the 930 Turbo’s fender flares, added a shell with humps that almost look like a pair of headrests to cover the space behind the front seats, and then called it ...

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Audi Gradually Restarts Auto Production in Europe

Audi in the coming weeks will gradually resume producing cars at its plants in Europe after having suspended its operations in mid-March because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ingolstadt, Germany-based automaker suffered bottlenecks in its supply chain and saw a drop in demand as the pandemic broke out in Europe. Production at Audi’s plants in Europe will ...

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Scaled Down Super Porsche: Tonka 1986 Porsche 959

Sports car enthusiasts consider the 1986-1993 Porsche 959 as one of the top supercars to come out of the Stuttgart factory gates in the mid ‘80s. The 959 was initially built as a Group B rally car but was later built as a series production car to satisfy FIA homologation regulations that requires the factory to build at least 200 ...

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Viva Roma! 2019 Cavalcade Classiche Ferrari in Rome

Ciao, bello! Here’s something to beat the home quarantine blues: a cache of photos featuring stunning Ferrari sports cars of various vintage participating in the Cavalcade Classiche Ferrari held in Rome, Italy in September 20 to 22 last year. Over 80 classic Ferraris were driven by their enthusiastic owners around Rome, the first time that a large number of Ferrari ...

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Miniature Porsche Legends: Tomica Carrera RS 2.7 and 930 Turbo Plus Hotwheels 934 Turbo RSR and 934/5

I have to admit – I am a huge Porsche fan. I’ve been in love with the Porsche 911 ever since I can remember. Butzi Porsche, the grandson of Porsche AG founder, Dr. Ing. Ferdinand Porsche, sketched and then created a teardrop-shaped rear-engine sports car in 1963 that defined their car company for decades and got a lot of car ...

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2020 Porsche Cayenne: We Drive Zuffenhausen’s Sportiest SUV

With the current COVID-19 pandemic and the government-mandated lockdown to curb the spread of the Corona virus, we at Power Wheels Magazine initially found it a bit inappropriate to publish our pending test drive reports. But after 36 days in Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), some of our regular readers have been asking us to post stories that they can enjoy ...

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The Duck Before The Wasp: Maisto 1945 Piaggio MP5 Paperino

At the end of World War II, much of Europe needed to mobilize and get back on their feet. In Italy, Enrico Piaggio, whose helicopter factory was closed by the Allied Forces, was driven to start up production at his factory in Biella by offering a low-cost vehicle to the widest possible market. With this idea in mind, Piaggio rallied ...

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Missing My Boxer Cup Replika: New-Ray 2003 BMW R1100S

In September 2003, I went to Autohaus BMW (now RSA Autohaus) in Libis, Quezon City to collect a media test unit. I was given the privilege of being the very first Filipino motoring journalist to ride a brand new 2003 BMW R1100S  Boxer Cup Replika. Before I rode out, Eymard Aquino, who was then the Vice President of the dealership, ...

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Minichua Hachiroku: Toyota Trueno AE86 Sprinter & Initial D Toys

When Shuichi Shigeno agreed to have his “Initial D” manga serialized in Kodansha’s Young Magazine in 1995, little did he know that it would become a worldwide hit.  After it was adapted into a long-running anime series and a live action film, it gained global popularity and promoted drift racing as well as made a cult car out of the ...

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