There is a big difference between a supercar and a hypercar in terms of performance, and drag races are quite revealing when it comes to acceleration and speed.
The video you’re about to see stars one of the hottest vehicles of this decade, the Porsche 918 Spyder. The German hybrid goes up against an Italian exotic, the Lamborghini Aventador Roadster, which may be a dying breed considering the fact that it still has a naturally aspirated V-12 engine under its hood.
Trying to find out which one is faster between the two is not rocket science. You have the Lamborghini Aventador, with its mid-mounted 690-horsepower engine, AWD, and a 7-speed single-clutch semi-automatic transmission. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint takes three seconds and top speed stands at 230 mph.
On the other hand, the Porsche 918 Spyder uses a 4.6-liter V-8 mill and two electric motors for a combined output of 887 horses. The oomph also hits all four wheels, but through a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK. Charging from 0 to 62 mph takes only 2.5 seconds and it can go up to a top speed of 217 mph.
On paper, the German hybrid is the clear winner here. But is the Porsche the quicker supercar in the real world? Hit play to find out.
The world of rally racing experienced a golden age in the 80s thanks to the loose constraints of Group B regulations. These days, most fans can only relive that bygone era through grainy footage, but what if you were looking for something more substantial? Well, this Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 might be the ticket. You might think buying an old rally car is just for wealthy collectors who want to brag to their rich friends, but you’d be wrong – this particular example can be had for less than the price of a new VW Golf.
Believe it or not, this garage-kept Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 is currently up for sale with an asking price of just 18,000 euros ($20,200). It’s been completely restored over the last 10 years, and it’s only had two previous owners. It also comes with all the original documentation and road registration.
Originally produced in 1985, this small racer is equipped with a 1.8-liter engine mounted in the rear for better weight distribution and improved handling. The exterior is in mint condition, and includes body graphics, rear privacy glass, side air intakes, and an old-school wheel design. The interior doesn’t look half bad either, with a 3-spoke steering wheel, water and oil gauges in the middle of the dashboard, and that all-important roll cage to keep you safe. The front trunk houses a spare wheel.
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The 2016 Subaru Forester is officially here, well sort of. This is a specialized JDM version that will only be sold in Japan. The crossover is being placed into the spotlight ahead of its public debut, which will take place at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The new model brings several updates for the exterior and interior compared to the previous model year.
Subaru upgraded some of the technical parts of the model and we hope to see similar changes to the U.S. version as well. The modifications are minimal, however, and constitute more of a facelift than an entirely new model.
The upgrades include better driving dynamics with refined powertrains, more standard safety equipment, and improved NVH levels for smoother driving.
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The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport is officially confirmed for production. The new sports car will make its public debut in just a month, during the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, and it should put the current Cayman GT4 into the shadows.
However, don’t forget that the Porsche Cayman GT4 is a “driver’s car” and it is capable of some pretty amazing performance, while having an aggressive appearance and some internals borrowed from its larger brother, the 911. Some enthusiasts went as far as to say that this will cannibalize the 911, but true connoisseurs aren’t worried at all.
But enough with the Porsche Cayman GT4. This article isn’t about it anymore, but about the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It may wear a similar name, but it will be such a different ride, and it will be only aimed toward track-day events and various motorsport competitions, because its future owners will not be able to drive it on public roads.
Note: Porsche Cayman GT4 pictured here.
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