In very well articulated English, Mercedes has revealed the specifications of the new powerplant that will be installed in the AMG GT, the company’s new Porsche 911 fighter. As a replacement for the outgoing SLS AMG, the AMG GT has some pretty big shoes to fill in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio. So, how does the new twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 stack up against the retiring 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the SLS?
As production of the SLS AMG winds down, it’s hard not to be a little downtrodden about word of another sports car with a snarling V8 under the hood being put out to pasture. Fortunately, the loss of the SLS is simply a means of making way for another, even more sharply focused sports car destined for the Mercedes-Benz catalogue in the form of the Mercedes-AMG GT.
Not long ago, the Boxster and Cayman got saddled with the reputation as the Porsche 911 for buyers who couldn’t quite afford a Porsche 911. When the latest generation of the 911’s mid-engined little brother was unveiled two years ago, that conversation started to change – in some ways, the Boxster and Cayman were seen as even better handling cars than their 911 brethren. Still, a lack of horsepower and the sophisticated technologies offered on 911 has kept the Boxster and Cayman a notch below in the Porsche lineup. However, that line is starting to blur with the introduction of the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.
Starting with a 964-era Porsche 911, Singer Vehicle Design takes what is arguably the best platform from Porsche’s air-cooled era and reconstructs the 911 from the ground up, mixing parts from various eras and types of 911s as well as uprating various mechanical components to create what they’d consider the finest example of a “pure” 911 experience.
Set to debut in the 2014 calendar year, the new Audi TT is setting its sights squarely on the Porsche 911 this time around. Riding on an all-new and lighter platform to go along with its roster of engines due for a freshening, including the especially-potent 380 horsepower unit used in the TT RS, dreams of going toe to toe with Porsche’s nearly untouchable sports car might not be pipe dreams anymore.
A new report out on Autocar is shedding light on some terrific news for the Audi faithful—the company is reportedly working on a lightweight, hardcore version of its TT sportscar, akin to the pared-down GT3 variant of the Porsche 911.
The interwebs have been awash this morning in exciting news about the upcoming C7 Chevrolet Corvette. And now we have even more good news to share—the steady handed spy shooters over at Autoblog recently posted photos of the droptop version of the next Corvette.
As automotive writers, we sometimes get to drive cars we’d previously only dreamed of. Still, we’re bound by law (and in many cases by wives/girlfriends) to follow the rules of the road. That means, even if we have a Nissan GT-R or some super example of a Porsche 911 at our disposal, we can’t drive them they way we do in our automotive fantasies. The elation of getting behind the wheel of a favorite car, thanks to that fun governor called “reality,” is often tinged with a bit of sadness when we think about the driving experience that could have been.
We’ll consider style, toughness, guts, and since many trucks now serve as primary family vehicles, we’ll look at interior appointments as well. That means everything on the list will be a full-blown four-door pickup. Everything will have four-wheel drive, and though flat-out performance isn’t a key point in this contest, we’ll still be aware of machines that make us grin. We’ll stick with half- and three-quarter ton trucks since they represent the majority of truck sales, and we’ll showcase both gasoline and diesel options.
With subtle styling that has evolved glacially over the its 50-plus-year history, the Porsche 911, even when it is a brand new model of Porsche 911, is really designed to be the kind of performance car that walks softly and carries a big stick. Unless the 911 in question happens to be given over to tuners TechArt, in which case it’s more likely to be running, screaming bloody murder, and thrashing its big stick wildly through the air.
We’ve just finished two thousand miles in the 2011 Porsche GT3 RS 4.0. They were two thousand mind-searingly memorable miles, in part because they were on some of our great western roads, including Rt. 4 in New Mexico, Rt. 145 in Colorado, and Rts. 95 and 24 in Utah, to name a few. And memorable, in no small part, because this is the last of the 997-generation Porsches, and when Porsche gives a going-away present to its owners, they do it in style.
The Porsche 911 looks and handles great, but a big part of the car’s iconic appeal it in its outright speed. For most practical purposes, we measure speed in acceleration, usually some 0-60 figure. When we want to measure a car’s upper limits, though, we like to look at its top speed.
Lotus is different. And, if we’re completely honest about it, Lotus is mostly better, too. Not better as a manufacturer, or as a “brand,” or as a cultural force; though the company could probably make interesting claims on all three of those fronts as well. No, Lotus is better at building engaging, high-performing, exactly-as-you’d-build-it-yourself-if-you-could sports cars.
Yep, summer has officially started, which means that if you haven’t made some serious driving plans yet, you had better get a move on. We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which cars they thought were the very best for driving during the warm months. The answers were mostly convertible based, which is good, but a few, inspiring coupes snuck in for good measure, too.