Of course, that’s not really breaking news, but the main point of this post is to document the sad day that is the end of production for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Although some people didn’t think they’d sell them all (see pic below) they did manage it pretty easily, and if you left it too late, you’re out of luck now (which pretty much guarantees the second hand market for these in the current environment will be pretty warm to say the least).
Everyone loves a winner, and this my friends, is a winner (along with the first time I’ve ever lusted after a purple car….)
And as an aside, Chris (and Neil the cameraman) are trying to keep making these videos (and making them free), so would appreciate any support you can provide at this link. It really is the right thing to do if you like the stuff he puts out (and I like it a lot).
The matchup everyones been waiting for (and by everyone, I mean me and probably a couple of hundred 14 year old boys). Enjoy!
Someone got to spend a little time this weekend playing with the new Cayman GT4 in Portugal. Without any major spoilers, it’s pretty fantastic – the video is definitely worth your time.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS breaks down the barrier between road-going sports cars and race cars. It is equipped with the maximum amount of motorsport technology that is currently possible in a street-legal 911 suitable for everyday driving. Extensive modifications to its drivetrain, aerodynamics, and lightweight design take performance to an even higher level than the 911 GT3. With a Nuerburgring Nordschleife lap time of seven minutes and 20 seconds, the new 911 GT3 RS surpasses the 911 GT3 by five seconds, making it the fastest current generation 911 on the famous German racetrack.
The 911 GT3 RS is powered by a four-liter six-cylinder engine developing 500 hp and 338 lb.-ft. of torque, combined with a specially developed PDK transmission. The engine has the largest displacement and most power of any naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection in the 911 family, accelerating the high-performance sports car from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds and propelling it through the quarter mile on the track in 11.2 seconds. Functions such as declutching by “paddle neutral” – which is comparable to pressing the clutch with a conventional manual gearbox – and speed limiting via the Pit Speed button have been adapted from motorsport use. They give drivers more freedom in terms of driving dynamics, while providing them with a maximum level of control and engagement.
For the first time, the roof is made of magnesium; carbon fiber is used for the engine and luggage compartment lids, and other components are made of weight saving materials. This makes the RS model around 22 pounds (10 kilograms) lighter than the 911 GT3. Furthermore, the lightweight roof lowers the sports car’s center of gravity which improves its already excellent lateral dynamics.
The interior design of the 911 GT3 RS with Alcantara® elements is based on the current 911 GT3. One key new feature is the full bucket seats, which are based on the carbon bucket seats from the 918 Spyder. The optional Sport Chrono Package features – in addition to its integrated timers – the Porsche Track Precision app for smartphone use. The Track Precision app can be used to have times automatically measured via GPS, and to log data on a smartphone for many driving parameters such as vehicle speed, lateral acceleration as well as deceleration and acceleration in the driving direction. It manages this data and lets the driver share and compare it with results from other drivers.
The 911 GT3 RS can be ordered now, and it will launch in the U.S. in early July of 2015. In the United States, the MSRP is $175,900.
Well, Porsche finally did what we all wanted them to do ever since the Cayman first graced this world – made a version that was actually faster than a 911. And from the looks of it all, they have done an exceptional job with this GT4 performance version. This is the first Porsche GT sports car based on the Cayman and features components of the 911 GT3. Clocking a lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring, the Cayman GT4 earns the same lap time as the 2011 911 GT3 and positions itself as the new benchmark atop its market segment.
The engine, chassis, brakes, and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics while retaining the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seater Porsche coupe. Powered by a 385 hp 3.8-liter flat-six engine derived from the 911 Carrera S engine, the Cayman GT4 transmits its power solely through a six-speed manual transmission with dynamic gearbox mounts. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 4.2 seconds; its top track speed is 183 mph. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower ride height and a generously sized brake system – consists almost entirely of components from the 911 GT3.
The interior of the Cayman GT4 focuses on maximizing the experience of unfiltered driving enjoyment for both driver and passenger. Standard sport seats, which are upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara®, offer excellent lateral support. The new Cayman GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.
The starting MSRP for the Cayman GT4 is $84,600. If you’re in the market for a new car that can give you huge grins on your commute and at the weekend track visits, I can’t imagine this being very far from the top of your list. Definitely in the want category for me….
Some people have great ideas, and some people implement great ideas. Great job by Tuthill Porsche to pull this thing together. I obviously want one….
So who wouldn’t want an SUV that does 0-60 in less than 4 seconds? And luckily has the brakes to match the push. That’s the acceleration figures quoted for Porsche’s new Cayenne Turbo S model announced this week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Its re-engineered 4.8-liter V8 twin-turbo engine now develops 570 hp and 590 ft.-lb. of torque. A chassis that is tuned for maximum driving dynamics and packs a wide range of control systems also makes the Cayenne Turbo S a genuine top athlete. It can complete a lap of the North Loop of the Nürburgring in 7:59.74 minutes.
The more spontaneous response of the twin-turbo engine is primarily a benefit of the integral turbochargers, which are now housed directly in the exhaust manifolds. This new approach also improves combustion. The high-performance engine offers 20 more horsepower and 37 ft. lb. more torque than the previous engine. The Cayenne Turbo S accelerates from zero to 60mph in 3.8 seconds – which is 0.4 seconds faster than the previous model. Its top track speed is now 176 mph.
The Cayenne Turbo S also underlines its position as a top performer in its chassis systems. Its standard Porsche Composite Ceramic Brakes (PCCB) include 16.5 inch front brake discs and, for the first time, ten-piston calipers. The rear brakes have 14.6 inch discs and four-piston calipers. The active roll stabilization system, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), actively reduces body roll when driving through curves. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) increases dynamic handling and stability by making specific brake interventions at the right or left rear wheel – this noticeably improves steering into curves and steering precision. The active all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM) permanently drives the rear wheels while offering highly variable power distribution to the front wheels. Some advantages of the interplay between all systems: excellent driving dynamics and traction as well as a high level of agility on any road.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S will be launched in the United States in late-April 2015with an MSRP of $157,300. Those soccer moms and dads better get saving the pennies. I think I’ll wait a year or 8 until they hit the second hand market.
Nothing too major in the power and torque increases (15hp and 7 lb-ft) but the right set of options are already selected for you, and the complete package once again adds up to more than it parts.
If you’re still not convinced, take a listen to the video below. The sports exhaust on these things is ridiculously intoxicating.
The perfect car for Colorado? Some would say so, especially as Porsche have decided to release this generation of Targa as 4-wheel drive models only (in both S and non-S form). Gone is the glorified sunroof of recent years, to be replaced by the old fully removable middle bit, but as you can see from the video, with a whole lot more electronics to make it’s removal more of an event. Available in the summer for a $101,600 starting price, or the 4S at $116,200 (plus add another $10k for options of course, given it’s Porsche).