Being that Porsche has successfully created the most powerful street-legal model Porsche has ever built in the form of the GT2 RS, the guys over at AutoCar decided to put this beast to the test alongside one of its more standard brothers: the Carrera.
To figure out that the GT2 RS is faster and more powerful than the Carrera is a no brainer. It pushes out 620hp, and pushes it out quickly with a 0-60mph time of just 3.5 seconds. Stand that next to the Carrera’s 345hp and 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds, and you begin to question why the heck this comparison was even done. But there is actually a reason behind this seemingly simple comparison. Sure, the GT2 RS is faster, but is it fast enough and powerful enough to substantiate the gargantuan price difference of $100,000 between it and the Carrera? Check out the video and find out!
The new Porsche Carrera GTS is no doubt a car for serious racers, so what does a five-time American Le Mans Series champion think of it?
During the Carrera GTS’ press launch down in Palm Springs, Florida, Joerg Bergmeister was asked to hop into the sports car and take it for a little test driving fun. Not only does the champion tell us what he thinks about the car, he even goes as far as comparing it to his very own 911 Carrera S and Flying Lizard 911 GT3 RSR car.
The new Carerra GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter flat engine delivering 408 HP and 420 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds for a GTS Coupe with PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode, and the top speed goes up to 190 mph.
All you have to do is sit back, relax, and take the time to learn a little from a professional.
The entire Porsche establishment in Stuttgart are mourning the death of legendary racer and Porsche brand ambassador, Paul Ernst Strähle. He was one of the most successful and best-known racing drivers during the 1950s and 60s. Strähle died of natural causes last Wednesday at the age of 83 in Schorndorf, his place of birth.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Executive Vice President for Research and Development at Porsche, paid tribute to the deceased racing driver: “Paul Ernst Strähle was one of the most important and most versatile motorsport pioneers in post-war Germany. Through his success in numerous international races, he became a leading ambassador for German autosport. Porsche has lost a long-standing friend and companion who actively supported the company and particularly our motor sports department from its beginnings up to the present day.”
Paul Ernst Strähle was the son of the Swabian aviation moghul Paul Strähle. After the end of the Second World War, he successfully completed a mechanical apprenticeship in his parents’ car and motorcycle business which he then built up into a successful Volkswagen and Porsche dealership a few years after.
Jamiroquai is a British jazz funk and acid jazz band formed in 1992 that just so happens to have a car-loving fanatic as a lead singer. Jay Kay is the proud owner of many luxury rides including a Lamborghini Miura SV, an Aston Martin DBS, and a Ferrari Enzo, to name a few. This little hobby is why their latest, and appropriately named "White Knuckle Ride" video taken from the new album, "Rock Dust Light Star" features a Porsche 911 Carrera RS and a Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter.
The chance to see a video of a Carrera RS and a helicopter is enough to give this one a go, but adding a chase scene that takes the machines through the dry scenery of Spain is more than enough to hit play right now.
And if you just so happen to enjoy a good jazz funk song, then this video is also for you, and so is Jamiroquai’s latest album which hits stores on November 1st.
Porsche Asia have quietly announced the launch of a limited edition Carrera Cup model – with just 30 units on offer exclusively for the growing Chinese market.
Like most special Porsches, the limited Carrera Cup Asia, makes absolutely no effort in hiding its performance heritage or close relationship to the race track. The available color schemes further emphasize this point – Guard Red, Carrera White, and black all come with in-your-face Porsche Racing decals and painted, lightweight 19” wheels. Let’s just say you’ll never mistake it in traffic or on the track for that matter.
Power is the same as the “normal” Carrera S at 385HP and 420Nm whilst the 0-100km/h sprint time is improved to 4.3 secs (from 4.6) due to more clever shedding of weight without compromising on comfort. They are only available with the 7 speed PDK transmission though – a bummer if you’re a serious driver wanting total control, but don’t let that deter you one bit as it’ll still hit 300km/h. This is still a Porsche and a drivers’ one at that.
Inside you’ll find special alcantara Recaro seats that are bespoke to the car, with the option of carbon fiber backrests for that racy feel - not that they’re necessary. There are red signatures spread throughout the cabin that stir the blood, of which our favorite being the illuminated Carrera S logo housed in the carbon fiber door sill. Who wouldn’t want to spend all their time in here?! The limited edition plaque on the inside completes the unique experience: “whoever drives this car is amongst the winners” You can be certain of that!
The new Carrera GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter flat engine delivering 408 HP and 420 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds for a GTS Coupe with PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode and top speed goes up to 190 mph. It will be distinguished by a SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge, painted in black, special side skirts, also in black, and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color.
So, sit back, turn up your volume, and enjoy the thee minute show!
Porsche has unveiled today details on the most powerful Carrera in the line-up: the Carrera GTS, offered in both coupe and convertible versions. The car will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October.
The new Carerra GTS is powered by a 3.8-liter flat engine delivering 408 HP and 420 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.2 seconds for a GTS Coupe with PDK and a Sport Chrono Package Plus in Sport Plus mode and top speed goes up to 190 mph.
The GTS version is distinguished by a SportDesign front apron with spoiler edge, painted in black, special side skirts, also in black, and the Carrera GTS logotype on doors and rear lid, in black or silver depending on the body color. The interior gets black Alcantara and high quality materials on the new three-spoke SportDesign steering wheel and on the gear and handbrake levers.
Updated 11/08/2010: We have added dull details, new images and full US pricing list for the new Carrera GTS. On the US market the Coupe version is priced at $104,050 and the convertible version at $113,850. The Sport Chrono Package Plus is priced at $960. Check out the picture gallery to see the new images we’ve just added.
It’s time for another round of which car is better and, this time, AutoCar has chosen to compare the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the 911 Carrera 4S. This test may not be quite as exciting as other face to faces and, quite frankly, it may seem like a very strange comparison considering one is an SUV and the other is a coupe, but begin two Porsches makes them worthy of a side by side. Honestly, we would rather just have them both; one for off-road drives and the other for the long summer rides.
The Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 4.8-liter V8 biturbo with an impressive 500 hp. On the other hand the 911 Carrera 4S is powered by a 3.8-liter power unit that delivers 385 hp. Taking their sizes into consideration this comparison is much like comparing David to Goliath!
We have to wonder why the British magazine chose to compare these two vehicles. These cars seem worlds apart except for the Porsche logo on the front of both. So, why did they put together this test? Check out the video to get your answer!
Porsche has announced the launch of a special edition 911 Carrera S Centurion Edition that celebrates the Centurion’s 10th anniversary. This special edition was unveiled in Hong Kong and it will be limited to only 3 units. The sports car is offered only for American Express Centurion members and card holders.
Until July 31, members will be able to place their orders for this special edition. Each units will be priced at $ 256,000, with all assets going to UNICEF.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S Centurion Edition will be distinguished by black leather, Alcantara and genuine carbon fiber, "Carrera S Centurion Edition No.1 of 3" badges on both front door panels and outer door-sill guards in stainless steel, and "Centurion From American Express" logo. The whole package will be finished by 19 inch wheels.
It will be powered by a 3.8 liter boxer engine that delivers 385 HP at 6,500rpm and is mated to a seven-speed, paddle-operated automatic double-clutch gearbox. It makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 186mph.
MINI’s challenge of Porsche to a race at Road Atlanta is technically supposed to happen in a day’s time, but it’s far more complicated given that Porsche has yet to answer MINI’s invites, not the least of which include a number of hilarious videos courtesy of MINI USA’s big boss Jim McDowell, a parody of Rocky IV, an online petition, and even a flying a private plane with a banner on it over Porsche’s US headquarters in Atlanta.
So with a race set to take place without an opponent yet, MINI has gone into complete overdrive in luring Porsche into accepting their challenge. The latest twist in this oddball saga has MINI offering about 400 people to watch the whole spectacle and they’re bringing in their own fully-spec’d Porsche 911 Carrera S. The only problem is, Mini doesn’t know who they can get to drive that Porsche and also, what does Porsche think of having one of their signature models in a MINI event with no company sanction whatsoever. Can you say hissy fit?
We don’t know what’s going to come out of this, but we do know that fireworks will fly. That’s how MINI’s done it before and there’s no doubt in our minds that it’s how they will do it again. We are sure they’ve got something planned that’s going to take Porsche and everybody else by surprise.
Then again, Porsche should just accept the challenge, throttle MINI at the race, and get it over with. Right?