Posts Tagged ‘Porsche’
Beauty and the Beasts: Porsche’s 911 GT2 meets the Dodge Viper ACR and the Mazda MX-5 Cup. What price track track-star heaven?
One hundred and ninety-three grand. That’s what a 530-hp Porsche 911 GT2 costs. Even if you were born on top of a pile of diamond-encrusted Krugerrands and wore solid-gold booties to your baptism, this is not an insignificant amount of money. Many things can be bought for less cash. Things like college degrees. And houses. Heck, if you’re south of the border and feeling saucy, you could probably even snag yourself a whole freakin’ Mexican village.
Yes, this is a Porsche that is better with an automatic tranny.
We love manual transmissions in this office, so it’s tough to admit that there is one of the vehicles in the fleet this week that would be better off with an automatic: the Porsche Cayenne GTS. Yes, you heard that correctly, this is a Porsche that is better with an automatic tranny. The Cayenne’s gearbox is imprecise, and it makes the whole driving experience cumbersome. It’s great that Porsche now offers a manual gearbox with the V-8 engine, but we’d recommend the six-speed automatic if you’re looking for a thirsty, heavy, yet still quite nimble SUV. Plus, the slightly tweaked V-8 in the GTS does sound very nice.
Nissan GT-R, Mazdaspeed 3, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, Pontiac G8 GT – Giant Killers
Although they may be humble in some respects, they all five turn, stop, and go – particularly, go – with the brio of competitors costing thousands or, in some cases, tens of thousands more.
The five cars on these pages are kindred spirits in overachievement. Although they may be humble in some respects, they all five turn, stop, and go – particularly, go – with the brio of competitors costing thousands or, in some cases, tens of thousands more. In honor of their heroic, giant-killing performance, we salute these scrappy street fighters that punch out mega performance for something less than mega dollars. We do it as the dark clouds of sharply higher gasoline costs gather over the land, casting into doubt the duration of this golden age of horsepower. These cars are helping to democratize performance, putting major muscle into the hands of the many. Grab yours now, before the days of attainable speed once again slip into our collective rearview mirror.
Two new engines and an all-wheel-drive system cribbed from the 911 Turbo make a good thing better.
The Porsche 911 is a lot like a Coke bottle. (Follow me on this one, please.) Think about it: Both have shapely, wider-at-the-hips figures. Both have evolved over the years for purposes of weight savings and to stay fresh. And, when opened up, both provide a distinctive sensory experience.