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The SRT Viper ACR: A Supercar Turned to 11

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My friend, Kourosh (@f8_green.gt), organized a Coronavirus Awareness Drive to bring awareness to how severe this pandemic is and to advise everyone to stay home and be safe during this unique time. All jokes aside, we just got extremely bored during the quarantine and decided a drive was long overdue. Since this was such short notice, we just texted our friends and got nearly 20 cars to join us. 

At 11 PM the night before, I decided to take my chances and text Andre (@suited.racer) and invite him to join us in his insane 900 wheel horsepower Viper ACR with 2 bottles of Nitrous stuffed in the trunk. He said he’d try his best to show up and I didn’t think much of it till the next day while we were parked and I heard a very distinctive 8.4 Liter V10 rumble up the street. He even got a friend of his to join us as well in a tastefully modified M4 Competition (@comp.m4). Even though most of us were in the usual BMW or muscle car that most Burbank Highschool car guys have, he still treated us on the same level. Andre showed us around the car, popped the hood, and showed us the extremely grippy tires and nitrous bottles. Eventually, the cops showed up and decided this was a “social gathering” so we got ready to leave. As we were leaving, I asked Andre if he would mind me riding passenger. Even though we are going through this weird time in a pandemic he still decided to share this experience and I will never forget it. Thank you Andre! 

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One thing I should note about the viper is that the cabin is TINY. It was one of the hardest cars to get in and out of. Even the McLaren Senna seemed more comfortable! The moment we got on the main road, I realized what a track focused car the ACR was. It was definitely the most stiff suspension I have ever felt, and I’ll go into detail about that in a minute. We hopped onto the 5 freeway and that V10 was no joke. Andre shifted through the gears one after the other, and we were overtaking cars so fast it was reminiscent to Back to the Future. 

At one point, Andre decided to point out the 2 massive nitrous bottles between our heads, and began to activate them. He showed me the beautiful red button on the side of the shifter and even let ME activate the nitrous, and boy you can really feel the difference. It’s like a turbo, without the lag. There’s just instant power and torque no matter where in the rev range you are. It was such a unique experience and I’m glad I got to experience Nitrous in such an already crazy car. 

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As we merged onto the 101, Andre mentioned that this was his favorite stretch of the Mexican Freeway. As our speed began to climb higher and higher, we sped past the pack and I attempted to wave at them as we flew past. Key word: attempted. Holding your hand out into ”65” mph winds is not a good idea. My wrist snapped and I had to pull my arm back into the car. Then, the surface of the freeway drastically changed, and there was a minuscule hump. However, hitting a minuscule hump at 65mph versus “65”mph changes a hump into a jump. We caught air for what seemed like an eternity and I can’t even remember if my head hit the ceiling of the tiny cabin. Because of the crazy amount of downforce being produced by the massive wing, rear diffuser, splitter, and canards, the car SLAMMED back down onto the ground with so much force it bottomed out. What did Andre do in this situation? He shrugged and said, “sounds like I need a new $8,000 diffuser,” downshifted, and kept accelerating as if nothing happened.

Of all the cars I’ve ever experienced, this Viper was by far the most “Racecar” of all of them. The 458 seemed like a Rolls Royce compared to this. The GT3RS seemed like an S2000. The only car that I can think of that can give Andre’s Viper a run for its money is Cody’s monstrous Gemballa 911 Turbo. With nearly 1000 horsepower on tap and AWD, it’s extremely fast. But it’s still insulated and comfortable on the inside like a regular 911 Turbo. The Viper is track focused in every aspect. When you hop into it, you notice that long bulging hood housing the 8.4L V10 and the low seating position that tells you the center of gravity in this car is serious.

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As a kid, the Need For Speed nitrous seemed like a gimmick, but once I experienced it in real life, I’m very tempted to attach a 250 shot to my Cayenne and see what happens. Watch my reaction to the Viper on Andre’s Youtube channel, Suited Racer starting April 1! Thank you to Andre again for joining us and providing some fresh content during this time! We appreciate everything you’ve done for us and it was a pleasure to see you again. We look forward to working with you in the future.

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The Coronavirus Finally Takes Its Toll On Porsche

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As many of us have been recently informed of, the COVID-19 virus has taken over nearly every aspect of our lives. It has halted our economy, our jobs, our commutes, and our social lives. It has also halted what we hold very dearly to our hearts: the beautiful automobile. Production has ceased worldwide due to this COVID-19 outbreak, and Porsche is no exception to this. Due to a foreseeable decrease in demand, the entire Volkswagen Group, including Porsche has halted production for 2 weeks, as of now. 

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What does this mean? It doesn’t necessarily mean anything terrible, it’s just a way for Porsche to deflect any sort of loss in the company, so they don’t have to pay any of the workers on the production line. Porsche has also halted any business trips to decrease the amount of contact between their employees. By employing these extreme measures, Porsche has secured financial stability through this challenging and unique time in the world. 

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“With these measures, our company contributes to the protection of the workforce and the reduction of the spread of the coronavirus. The actual consequences are not yet predictable. It is therefore too early for forecasts. What is clear is that 2020 will be a very challenging year,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “We can only overcome the pandemic together and by taking rigorous measures.” 

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Because of the virus and our weakening economy, a decrease in demand was inevitable. They can’t just make a new Boxster and Cayenne and call it a day because those cars saved them when they were nearing bankruptcy. A decrease in demand means every single car. 

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There’s a two way street to this situation. No production might save Porsche’s financial situation, but the RS Report situation won’t fare that well. There will be a decrease in what we can write about in our articles so we want to hear about what you want to read! Please leave suggestions in the comments, no request will go unnoticed. More car reviews? Some history about rare and forgotten Porsches? Maybe some production numbers and special editions? Let us know!

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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Hans Mezger

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If you’ve ever been on a Porsche forum, or to a Porsche meet, or anything regarding Porsches, you’ve probably heard the name, Mezger. People love to go on and on about how their cars have the “legendary Mezger engine.” I’ve seen so many vanity plates for 997 GT3s and Turbos just by driving around LA. The name has been thrown around so much that I think few people even know where it comes from. Let’s talk about Hans Mezger.

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Mezger began working for Porsche in 1957 and his work ended up making Porsche what it is today. Don’t believe me? He was designed the 911’s (then called 901) original 2.0 liter flat 6 engine! Yeah, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mezger’s greatest contribution came in the form of the Porsche 917. The flat 12 that brought Porsche its first victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans was designed by none other than Mezger.

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His two part aluminum crank case design became the base of all the 911s with “Mezger” engines; that’s where the name comes from. The Mezger engine represents arguably the best of the best for the 911 in terms of performance and reliability. The original design for this particular engine originated from the 911 GT1, and it was then carried over to all the 996 and 997 GT and Turbo cars.

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In it’s ultimate spec, Mezger’s 911 engine took the form of that found in the 911 GT3RS 4.0. Making 500 hp without forced induction is a strong feat even today, let alone back in 2012. The 3.8 liter version of this street engine ended up winning 13th overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans (in street legal 997.2 GT3RS’ might I add). So long story short, Mezger’s a pretty cool guy with some incredible achievement under his belt. Thankfully it was Porsche that took him in and not Ferrari.

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The Porsche 918’s Successor May Be Coming Sooner Than We Thought

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The 911 is what makes Porsche Porsche. For over 50 years, this iconic, rear engined sports car has been redefining the performance car industry unlike anything else. But every 10 years or so, Porsche decides to go all out. Forget the 911 here, I’m talking about Porsche’s mid engined supercars. It started with the 959 (which is rear engined, but still), then the 911 GT1, followed by the Carrera GT, and finally the 918 Spyder. All of these cars were among the fastest cars of their day, introducing revolutionary design, engineering, and performance which other cars wouldn’t be able to match for generations. Every 10 years or so, Porsche makes one of these “halo cars” and it’s without a doubt that the next one will be electric.

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Now, after the reveal of the 918, Porsche made it very clear that they were in no rush to make a successor since battery technology was not advanced enough to create a proper, lightweight supercar. This still applies today. Although batteries have gotten better, today’s electric hypercars are still very heavy compared to their gas powered competitors. Granted they make around 2000 hp (I’m talking to you Lotus Evija) but that’s not what Porsche is looking to build. Based off of this, I think it’s safe to assume that Porsche’s next halo car is more than a few years away. But think again.

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All electric cars from the Nissan Leaf to the Rimac Concept One are powered by lithium ion batteries, the best of which are pretty heavy and only have about 300 miles worth of range in them. Samsung however, recently made a discovery. Using a type of battery called a solid state battery, they were able to create a longer lasting, more energy dense battery that could potentially power an EV for 500 miles. Not to mention, it would have a lifecycle 1000 charges-that’s 500,000 miles on one battery pack! Cool stuff, I know, but how does this apply to Porsches?

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Well, if automakers choose to adopt and further develop this technology, Porsche could finally have the lightweight batteries they have been looking for to put in the 918 successor. Now obviously this is all speculation and we have some years left before this tech gets approved for use in EVs, but it’s a good sign that things are improving. Progress is being made people and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if we get our next halo car a few years early.

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There’s a Reason We Haven’t Seen the Base 992 Turbo Yet…

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This week was quite a big week for Porsche. For those that didn’t read our previous article, let me catch you up. On Tuesday, Porsche finally revealed the 992 Turbo S in all its glory. 3.8 liters, two turbos, 640 hp, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, it’s a lot to take in. The 992 Turbo S is looking to be a true force to be reckoned with. Now, what we didn’t see was the base model Turbo, and it seems that there’s more than meets the eye as to why. Let me explain.

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When we didn’t see the base Turbo at the reveal, I thought nothing of it. I just thought that Porsche was going to do what they did with the 992 Carrera and Carrera S by revealing the S first and then the base model a few months later. I mean, there’s no problem with that, but still, it’s just whatever. But, what I found out a few days later put a big smile on my face.

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As it turns out, Porsche is using all of the criticisms it got from the previous generation Turbo to make some huge changes between the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. As fast as it may be, the 992 Turbo S, and all recent Turbo S models as a matter of fact, have not been very light. Weight is the enemy of performance cars and the fact that the 992 Turbo S is almost 100 lbs heavier than its predecessor is not very impressive or desirable. And I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo is not the drivers’ car that it once was. It’s become more of a super fast luxury car that helps hedge fund owners commute to Century City rather than a daily drivable supercar slayer that’s just as fun tearing up a racetrack as it is carving up scenic canyon roads. Well, according to Auto Express, that’s what the base 911 Turbo will be all about. Weight savings and a thrilling driving experience will be the differentiation between the two models (also, what if that mysterious ducktail 992 Turbo we saw a few months back was actually the base model?). This is amazing.

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Finally we’ll have an old school 911 Turbo, one that rips racetracks to shreds while also being the perfect date night cruiser. One that looks just as good as it drives, it’s about time. Dare I say it, but I think I have to here, what if, just what if they bring back the manual for the 911 Turbo. Law of Attraction, do your thing here because this is one thing I NEED in my life. I mean, if a car is being built with “an even more thrilling driving experience” in mind, why not add a clutch pedal to a 600 hp, all wheel drive, lightweight, Porsche supercar?

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But even if this doesn’t happen, I’ll still be happy because it has been confirmed that Porsche will be adding a “lightweight sports package” to the current 992 Turbo S. From the looks of it, it seems that the Turbo might finally be stepping out of the GT3’s shadow. It’s time to make the turbos great again, and I think Porsche has taken a proper first step.

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The 992 911 Turbo S: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

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After a year and a half of waiting, speculating, and deliberating, the 992 Turbo is finally here in all its glory.

We kind of already knew what the new Turbo was going to look like based on some leaked images, and I stand by what I said before. Everything looks great except the front is a bit too basic for me. It needs to stand out more. Other than that, everything is there. The massive side intakes and swooping lines are all very Turboish. Not to mention the car is now 1.8 inches wider at the front and 0.78 inches wider at the rear. The new fixed wing also adds about 15% more downforce than before which is a very nice touch.

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Interior wise, nothing has really changed over the 992 Carrera, just some little touches here and there along with a bit more leather. The new Turbo looks very comfortable if you ask me.

Now here’s where it gets good. With 640 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque, the 992 Turbo S is now the most powerful Turbo ever! This power jump of 60 hp is also the biggest we’ve ever seen from Porsche which is not a bad precedent. Power comes from a brand new 3.8 liter twin turbo flat 6 which has been based off of the new 3.0 992 Carrera motor. This then gets routed through a model specific 8 speed PDK gearbox (there’s no manual unfortunately). Honestly though, I think the lower 700s would have been more appropriate for the new Turbo S given its competition nowadays, but I guess they’re saving that for the GT2…we’ll see.

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But don’t get me wrong though, this thing is FAST, like almost hypercar fast. Porsche, who is regularly known for underestimating their figures, says that the new Turbo S coupe hits 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds which is 0.2 seconds faster than the 991.2 Turbo S which could regularly run 2.5 seconds to 60 in the real world; I wonder how fast the 992 really is. And the Turbo keeps pulling with 124 coming in just 8.9 seconds (a full second ahead of the 991.2 Turbo S) and the quarter mile in 10.5 (keep in mind these are likely underestimated figures). But don’t let the speed and agility fool you, this car is a real bruiser weighing in at a hefty 3,636 lbs, 108 lbs heavier than the 991.2 Turbo S. Top speed stays the same at 205 mph.

As if this car wasn’t fast enough, the Turbo S also comes with PASM that can lower the ride height an additional 0.36 inches along with a sports exhaust system so everyone can hear you running sub 3 second 0-60 times.

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All this speed and tech is cool, but it does come at a price. For now, we only have the 911 Turbo S and Turbo S Cabriolet (the base Turbo will be revealed later) and they are not cheap. The coupe starts at $203,500 while the cabriolet starts at $216,300; that’s without options keep in mind.

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Not Even Coronavirus Can Stop The 992 Turbo

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For those that didn’t know, shortly after another 992 Turbo leak surfaced last week, the Geneva Motorshow was cancelled due to the recent coronavirus outbreak. And Porsche, who was set to reveal the 992 Turbo at the show announced that the Turbo would still break cover, regardless of the situation. Porsche has stated that they will reveal the new 992 Turbo via livestream on Tuesday, March 3 at around 10 am CET hence why our article this week has been slightly delayed. Make sure to come back on Tuesday at 3 pm sharp for we will be uploading all the news about this hotly anticipated reveal!