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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for May 12, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

2018 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 mule spied

A mule for the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 has been spotted undergoing testing on the Nurburgring Norschleife. The mule has a more aggressive aero kit, including a large rear wing, cross-drilled brakes, and extensions to the wheel arch lips In an interview Car and Driver, Andreas Preuninger, director of special vehicle projects at Porsche, noted "natural aspiration is one of [the] main selling propositions" of Porsche's GT-branded vehicles...

CarAdvice podcast 51: We interview Nissan Australia boss Richard Emery

James Ward and Mike Costello join Mandy Turner this week. Hear the latest car news, including 2017 pricing and specs of the Nissan X-Trail, Kia Picanto S, Volkswagen Golf 7.5 and Isuzu MU-X. Also, Mazda declared Australia’s most reputable car company, Kia Australia aims to get the Stinger sound right, and Mike covers April new car sales...

Audi and Porsche partner up for next-gen vehicle platforms

German stablemates Audi and Porsche have announced they'll collaborate on the development of a shared next-generation vehicle architecture for future mobility including autonomous driving, electrification and digitisation...

Porsche 911 GT2 spied at the Nurburgring

A pre-production prototype of what could be the next Porsche 911 GT2 has been spied in and around the iconic Nurburgring circuit, giving us an early glimpse of the hottest version of the German sports car. Wearing a disguise akin to the bodykit on the racy 911 GT3, this development vehicle features a number of unique components that set it apart from its 'lesser' sibling...

Porsche SUV sales doubled sports cars in 2016

If Apple is now a phone company, the past year has seen Porsche become an SUV brand. Together, the Macan and Cayenne duo have outsold the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman twins, along with the 911 and Panamera - by more than double - in 2016. The company is unlikely to fazed by this new image, however...

2018 Porsche range: More power and new kit for 911 S, price hikes across most Porsche lines

Porsche has announced availability of a new Porsche Exclusive upgrade for 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S and 911 Targa 4S models, delivering GTS-rivalling power. The announcement is joined by news that Australia's Porsche Connect Plus package has scored an important update, gaining the LTE telephone module that compatibility requirements had previously kept from local buyers...

2018 Porsche 911 GT3: Manual back but customers still choosing PDK

Last week's 2017 Geneva motor show debut of the updated 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 signalled availability of a manual gearbox to the enthusiast-focussed model for the first time since the 997.2 GT3. Now though, it seems, despite the reintroduction of a manual option, buyers are still favouring Porsche's self-shifting PDK transmission...

Porsche Mission E to feature drivetrain options, over-the-air updates

Details about the production version of the Porsche Mission E have been divulged by the company's CEO, Oliver Blume. At the 2017 Geneva motor show, Blume told Auto Express that the Porsche's first dedicated EV will be sized below the Panamera, the current generation of which measures just over five metres in length...

Porsche working on 'Mark Webber mode' for autonomous cars

When the age of autonomy comes to Porsche, the company is set to have an intriguing option for buyers to experience: a racing driver that can take over when you hit the track. Imagine this: It's 2020 and you own the latest Porsche model, which features some handy autonomous driving technology...

2018 Porsche Cayenne range to be topped by Turbo S E-Hybrid model

There's an all-new Porsche Cayenne SUV coming in 2018, and the flagship model in the range is set to be a hybrid. Not just any hybrid, though: the 2018 Porsche Cayenne will follow a similar path as the 2017 Porsche Panamera, with a Turbo S E-Hybrid version to sit atop the range. The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is powered by the same 4...