The Singer 911: All You Ever Wanted to Know [Chris Harris on Cars]
To some people, mainly Porsche people, this is the most desirable car you could own. Its creators are a bunch of zany, brilliant Porsche-files who have invested their lives in re-imagining the classic Porsche 911 shape for the year 2013. We tour the factory, speak to the team and drive it on road and track.
The all-new 911 GT3 Cupis powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with 453HP (460PS), 10HP more than the 997 GT3 RS-based model it replaces, delivered 1,000 rpm lower, at 7,500. Power is directed to the rear wheels via a six-speed dog-type gearbox developed by Porsche Motorsport that, for the first time in a Porsche Cup car, is operated by paddle shifters.
Camouflaged prototypes of the road-going GT3have already been spottedwith a PDK dual-clutch semi-auto so, pending further information from Porsche, it’s possible that the dog-clutch transmission has been exclusively developed for the Cup version.
The racer’s single-piece race wheels have a center mount and they are wrapped in Michelin slicks that measure 27 cm at the front and 31 cm at the rear, making them 20 and 10 mm wider respectively than the 997-based GT3.
The new GT3 Cup also features a new race braking system, with 380 mm slotted and inner-vented steel front rotors and six- and four-piston calipers front and rear respectively.
Like its predecessor, the GT3 Cup is assembled at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Stuttgart alongside the road-going models. It then gets its set-up for the circuit and a test drive by a professional race driver at the Motorsport Center in Weissach before being delivered to customers.
The latter will have to shell out €181,200 (US$234,250) excluding country-specific taxes and they can have it in any color they like, as long as it’s white.
Nissan GT-R vs Porsche 911 Carrera S! [Head 2 Head Episode 18]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Carlos Lago takes a closer look at the technology that makes the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Carrera S go around corners as fast as they do. Does technology take away from the driving experience or can it actually improve it?
In factory trim, the €237,578 (about US$310,300 at today’s rates) was blessed with a 3.6-liter flat-six engine boosted by two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry allowing for an output of 612hp (620PS) a peak torque of 700Nm (516 lb-ft).
The extensive engine tune brings into the picture a pair of optimized turbochargers together with an ECU re-flash, sports camshafts and crankshaft, timing chains, machined cylinder heads, pistons and connecting rods, a fuel pump unit, two manifolds with bypass and twin 200-cell sport catalysts.
After these upgrades, the six-cylinder boxer unit delivers an output that exceeds 1,006hp (+1,020PS) at 7,340 rpm and peak torque of 1,108 Nm (817 lb-ft) at 5,680 rpm.
While the Wimmer RS model completes the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint in the same time as the stock model does at 3.4 seconds, the 200km/h (124mph) mark comes quicker at 8.7 seconds (vs. 9.8 seconds) as does the 300km/h (186mph) at 15.5 seconds (vs. 28.9 seconds).
The only other modifications made to the car are a set of custom-designed 19-inch wheels, a 3-way adjustable Competition-suspension from KW and a foil wrap sporting the colors of Wimmer RS.
New Porsche 911 (991) vs. Boxster S - Showdown [Car and Driver: Abroad]
The Porsche Boxster S has always been considered the poor man’s Porsche, though the latest iteration gives its big brother, the Porsche 911 991, a run for its money on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Abroad.