Porsche GT2

Porsche GT2

Just because thePorsche 911 GT2 RS is already a powerful car in its own right, it doesn’t mean that people will shy away from giving it higher levels of performance.

At the Geneva Motor Show, German tuning firm Sportec showed that even a car as powerful as the 911 GT2 RS can still be tweaked to become more beastly than it already is. Taking a second upgrade program - the SP 800R – for the 911 GT2 RS, Sportec gave the Porsche ’s 3.6-liter V6 boxer engine a thorough modification program featuring new sports camshafts, bigger air coolers, a new engine software, hybrid turbochargers, and a titanium exhaust system with a customized manifold. All these changes translate to an increased output of 800 horsepower and 900 Nm of torque. Mighty impressive, dare we say.

The glorious performance modifications weren’t the only things Sportec worked on with the 911 GT2 RS. Addressing the need to give the car an aerodynamic boost, the German tuner also gave it new front and rear spoiler lips and a set of 20” seven-spoke black alloy wheels.

All told, Sportec’s SP 800R program slashes four-tenths of a second off of the car’s 0-60 mph time time – 3.5 seconds to 3.1 seconds – while also ratcheting up the speed to 231 mph, which, if you don’t know, is nearing the stratosphere occupied by the McLaren MP4-12C and its 240 mph top speed.

Sure we all want to take our turn driving around in the new 2011 Porsche GT2 RS . Unfortunately, with a limited run of 500 units and the fact that they have all been sold out already, chances of that happening are about slim to none. What makes the situation even more unfortunate for us is the fact that TechArt has already found a way to improve on Porsche’s most powerful street-legal model ever. Yeah, they are that good.

To make our faces a darker shade of envy green, the German tuner has added a new set of their newly introduced Formula Race lightweight forged centerlock wheels and a new Noselift system to allow the Porsche to get safely over those pesky speed bumps. No need to enter your dipped driveway at an angle anymore - owners of low ride height vehicles know exactly what we mean - TechArt has made it so the front end of the 911 GT2 RS gets an additional 60mm of ground clearance with a touch of a button. This system also features a trouble-free backfitting, a rapid height adjustment of approximately 10 mm/s with particularly silent operation as well as fully integrated operation via a button with a status indicator at the roof console.

Man, and we were banking on the fact that one of these owners would ding the front of their car and sell it to us for a cheaper price. There goes that idea! Nice work, TechArt . Another tuning job well done!

2010 has been quite a year for the auto industry’s sports car segment. With auto brands becoming more and more aggressive in their pursuit of power, speed, and consumer preference, sports cars have become about as popular in 2010 as Justin Bieber’s hairdo.

So with all these choices, one can just imagine the painstaking labor we went through in determining our choices for the 2010 Sports Car of the Year. Of all the categories, this one was, without question, the hardest to agree on, especially when the multitude of choices available are considered.

In the end, we did find a common ground in selecting the five best sports cars of the year, despite the fact that there were some arguments along the way. Of the five that we chose - one of them is a one-off sports car - four of them came from Europe whereas the only non-European sports car on the list calls the Land of the Rising Sun as its home.

Head over to the list after the jump.

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!

So you want realism on your GT5 (or Forza) racing experience? Let’s face it, controllers are alright, but they don’t really generate that same amount of unbridled realism that force-feedback steering wheels come in. That’s why we don’t hold anything back on our racing game accessories, especially when it comes to the steering wheel.

Fanatec’s new – and officially licensed – Porsche 911 GT2 racing wheel sells for $250, but actually feels like it costs more than that. On sheer aesthetics alone, the wheel has been dressed in the same Alcantara leather that’s found on the 911 GT2. With the controls, this officially licensed Xbox 360 wireless steering wheel has 14 hidden buttons, a 900-degree steering angle, and a USB cable that you can connect to the PS3 and the PC. Yeah, an Xbox-licensed accessory that works on the PS3. Pretty cool huh?

Here’s where it gets even more interesting: if you want a full-scale upgrade on the wheel, there’s a $250 added charge that will get you the Clubsport Edition that includes a stick shift, carbon fiber paddle shifters, and high-end adjustable aluminum pedals.

Just like the real thing.

Source: Engadget

In a year that has been full of uncertainty, recalls, and what-have-you, at least one brand is ending it on a really high note.

For better or for worse, Porsche has had a really good year and their fortunes haven’t gone unrecognized by a lot of their peers. The automaker from Stuttgart, Germany is being recognized by a variety of media outlets for a year where it has released a steady diet of high-performance and ultra-popular cars. While some people might think that the company was lucky to have the year it has had, the folks at Porsche would prefer to describe it as “business as usual”.

Over in their homeland of Germany, the Deutsche Automobil Treuhand (DAT) listed three of Porsche’s sports as having the best value retention with the Porsche 911 leading the pack, followed by both the Boxster and the Cayman . Thee cars in the top-three. Pretty impressive.

On the other side of the world in the Land Down Under, a jury comprising of eleven motor journalists from the “Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age” and “drive.com.au" chose the Porsche Boxster as the best convertible of 2010 and more importantly, giving it the “Drive Car of the Year Award” for the second year in a row.

Continued after the jump.

Source: Porsche

The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.

When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.

With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.

In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?

Check them out after the jump.

Source: Top Gear

We feel for the folks over at Fifth Gear. Really, we do. Lost in the enormous shadows cast by its British rival Top Gear, Fifth Gear has been trying to gain some ground on its competitor, but with all the attention Top Gear is getting these days, nobody seems to have given them the time of day.

Not us. We get our digs out of these guys, and anytime they come out with a new video, we’re all over it. This time around, Jason Plato gets behind the wheel of the most powerful Porsche ever built – that’s saying something considering they’ve built some pretty whacked out machines in the past – the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS . With 620 HP under the hood, the RS sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph in just 9.8 seconds, and 0 to 186 mph in 28.9 seconds. Top speed is 205 mph. The sports car also delivers a power-to-weight ratio of 4.9 lb per horsepower and has a reported Nurburgring time of seven minutes and 18 seconds. Compared to a standard GT2, the RS model is more powerful and lighter.

So what does Plato think of the 911 GT2 RS? Well, he loves it enough that he even compared it to his favorite sports car these days, the Ferrari 458 Italia . That’s some pretty impressive company right there.

Check out the video and watch Plato give the 911 GT2 RS a firm shakedown. Again, don’t mistake this Fifth Gear for being just a step-below copycat. These guys know what they’re talking about and we show them a lot of love for that.

Maybe all of you guys should start doing so too.

Unless you were one of the lucky 500 that was able to make reservations for the 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS , then this post will be all about looking at what could have been if we only had the money to actually buy one.

With a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 620 horsepower already prowling units its hood, the 911 GT2 RS already packs a very mean and powerful punch. But for some people, 620 horsepower just isn’t enough, so they set out to build a performance package for the Porsche beast to make it even more powerful.

Believing that the new 911 GT2 RS could still improve in the performance department, German tuning house Wimmer RS upgraded and remapped the engine controller, retooled the turbochargers, installed a new sport air filter and air intake, and added a valve-controlled sport exhaust system with sport catalysts.

The resulting upgrade is stunning to say the least. From 620 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds, and a top speed of 205 mph, the Wimmer RS-tuned GT2 RS now comes with 703 horsepower with 597.5 lb/ft of torque, a 0-62 mph time of 3.3 seconds, and a top speed 221 mph.

Wimmer RS’s program doesn’t include a whole lot in the way of aesthetic upgrades, but it really doesn’t matter at this point, especially when you have a 911 GT2 RS that already packs 703 horsepower. We figure that none of the 500 soon-to-be-owners will care too much about the relative lack of interior upgrades on the super sports car.

If you wanted a Porsche GT2 RS for Christmas then, we’re sorry guys, but we have some bad news for you. Porsche has just announced that the most powerful and high-performance road-going sports car in their history has sold out, despite the car’s $250K pricetag.

News of the 500 units already being scooped up shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody. The GT2 RS is more powerful and lighter compared to a standard GT2 because of the 154lb decrease in weight and the extra 90hp getting squeezed out of the engine. Anyone with a certain degree of infatuation over a 0-62mph sprint made in 3.5 seconds, a top speed of 205mph, and a Nurburgring time of seven minutes and 18 seconds was sure to be one of the first people in line with their cash or check in hand, and there seems to be at least 500 people with this type of passion.

Press release after the jump.

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