Archives for November 2014

Porsche 911 GTS

Porsche_911_Carrera_GTS_front_three_quarter_actionIt used to be that Porsche waited until the end of the model before the GTS showed up, but earlier with the Cayman/Boxster and now with the 911, they’re popping up only 2 years or so into the models life. Not that I’m complaining – they’ve consistently been the best version (outside of the GT3 or maybe Turbo variants) that you can buy, so the earlier the better.

Porsche has revealed the second generation of 911 Carrera GTS models. The GTS models are available as coupe and cabriolet versions, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. These new models bridge the gap between the 911 Carrera S and race track tested 911 GT3. Several technical features heighten dynamic performance and driving pleasure, including the 430 horsepower engine from the Carrera S Powerkit which incorporates the Sport Chrono package and Sport Exhaust. The standard PASM active damper system lowers the ride height by 10 mm compared to the 911 Carrera.

2014_Porsche_911_Carrera_GTS_interiorWhen equipped with PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung dual-clutch transmission), the 911 Carrera GTS sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds (Cabriolet: 4.0 seconds) – which is one-tenth of a second faster than the S model. Top track speeds for the GTS models range from 187 to 190 miles per hour, depending on drivetrain and transmission. Despite quicker acceleration and higher top speeds, the GTS versions retain a similar level of efficiency as the 911 Carrera S models.

Added performance and an extended range of standard features make the new models attractive in price as well. Standard equipment includes Bi-Xenon™ headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and the Sport exhaust system, which delivers an unmistakable GTS sound. The Alcantara® interior features leather-trimmed sport seats with center panels made of made of Alcantara® – a traditional feature of all Porsche GTS models.
The exterior of the new GTS models differs significantly from the other Carrera variants. All GTS versions are based on the 911 Carrera 4 body with flared rear wheel arches and a wider track.

2014_Porsche_911_Carrera_4_GTS_rear_three_quarter_actionAlso standard are 20-inch center lock wheels, painted in an exclusive gloss black. Special trim elements and tinted Bi-Xenon™ headlights accentuate the front end, while black trim strips on the customized GTS air intake and black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes distinguish the rear of the Carrera GTS models.

Jaguar F-Type – Available in 4-wheel drive soon

286422_ftype-awd_carJust in case you lived in somewhere like say Colorado, and weren’t quite sure all that nice, noisy power was appropriate for our winter months, Jaguar has kindly helped address your concerns with the announcement of a shiny new 4-wheel drive version.

“Our target with engineering the all-wheel-drive F-TYPE was to maintain the engaging rear-drive character that’s so important to Jaguar sports cars, yet offer even greater dynamic capability.” – Ian Hoban, Vehicle Line Director, Jaguar

More Sema 2014 Pics

More form wild and wacky world of SEMA in Vegas this year. 285461__DSC4099 285535__DSC4148 285551__DSC4171 285573__DSC4180 286133_king-cobra-mustang-01 286287__DSC4297 286361__DSC4331 286393__DSC4394 286870__MG_4266 286878__MG_4268 286890__MG_4280 286898__MG_4288 286910__MG_4294 286922__MG_4313

SEMA 2014

It’s always a weird and wonderful time at SEMA – all the tuners do their best to make perfectly beautiful cars that little bit crazier or uglier (or so it seems). But there is some good stuff in there too. If I had of paid a little more attention, I might have planned things a little better to actually get out there myself, but luckily I have some contacts who are sending back a few shots. Here’s the first batch – hopefully I’ll get some more over the coming days so stay tuned.

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Nurburgring Sold (again)

Probably, maybe – let’s hope it’s for the best, and doesn’t go the way of TVR when some rich Russian guy bought that….