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 Mercedes AMG E63S: A Beauty And A Beast

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The AMG E63S. It’s a car that won’t break necks unless you’re a car enthusiast due to it’s subtle styling, but has the power to break necks with its savage 4.0L biturbo V8. A huge thank you to David Behdazi (@siramg_) for letting us review his tuned E63S (and his 718 Boxster which you can read here). 

When the AMG E63S debuted, it was miles different than the outgoing E63. For starters, it came with all wheel drive and a new turbocharged 4.0L V8 with 603 horsepower and 627 lb/ft of torque. Not to mention the new pair of 12.3 inch screens for the infotainment system. David decided the power figures weren’t enough and tuned the car, which now produces 730 horsepower and the Meisterschaft exhaust gave it the roar that it deserved. We can’t thank him enough for that.

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I have never experienced more savage launch control in my life. It really, really moves for a sedan that weighs 4,587 pounds, plus the 4 occupants in the car. The car launched so quickly, everything in my frame of vision became blurry and it genuinely felt like a scene out of Back to the Future. My reaction time couldn’t keep up with the car and I had to use left foot braking to stop the car before the stop sign. 

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Which brings me to the brakes. The 6 piston brakes are a massive 360mm which are internally vented and perforated. That means I stopped about 2 car lengths behind the stop sign. It’ll pull your head back and forth with painful G forces. But the suspension system couldn’t be better. This car will accelerate and brake fairly flat. With a push of a button it’ll turn the suspension from a comfortable luxury Mercedes to a hardcore AMG monster.

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The steering is precise, considering it’s a modern car. It’s nicely weighted where you can genuinely feel where the car is going. It’s not making you guess where the wheels are turning. Speaking of the wheels, the new aggressive 20 inch AMG wheels will show people that this definitely isn’t your grandma’s E300.

 

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The looks of the car though, are quite subtle considering the fact that it’ll happily demolish supercars in a drag race. The E63 S boasts larger front vents, a wider and lower stance, and aggressive quad exhausts at the rear. David’s sponsors, Mode Carbon, added a lip to give it that extra kick of aggressiveness. He also installed a chip that will allow the car to lower itself, giving the E63S a menacing stance when parked. 

 

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My conclusion is, the E63S is an insane performance sleeper that you can still daily without sacrificing practicality. It genuinely shocked me with the performance and handling but still redeemed its luxury with the signature Mercedes interior and the configurable suspension system. Once again, a huge thank you to David and we look forward to working together in the future!

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The Porsche 912: The Original “Poor Man’s Porsche”

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In 1965, the Porsche 912 was introduced to the world as an entry level 911. Because the 911 was still a fairly new product replacing the Type 356, Porsche needed a cheaper version of their 911 in order for it to appeal to the general public. Through this strategy, the 912 was a hit and initially outsold the 911. 

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The 912 looked the same as a 911, but it had a horizontally mounted 4 cylinder engine which was a tweaked version of the 1.6 liter Type 616 engine used in the 356. This new engine had 5 less horsepower than the 356 but still delivered the same number of torque. It produced 102 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 91 lb/ft of torque at 3,500 rpm instead of 4,200 rpm in the old 356. The new body style paired with the tweaked engine resulted in better weight distribution, better handling, and better range than it’s Flat 6 counterpart, the 911.

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In order to keep the price down, the 912 had less standard features than the 911 along with 2 missing cylinders. However, because of the same styling and similar performance, the 912 seemed like a good purchase to make, to new and previous Porsche clients. Porsche outsold their own 911 with the 912, making about 30,000 coupes and 2,500 Targas throughout its 5 year run. 

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The 912 was discontinued due to the 911 gaining popularity, but was reintroduced to the US market only as the 912E six years later. They only built about 2,000 912Es (10,000 911s to compare) but the 912E was a solid $3,000 less than the $10,000 911S. The 912E used a Porsche revised version of the VW Type 4 engine which boasted a 2 Liter Flat 4 instead of the VW’s 1.7 Liters. The new 912E was a perfect grand tourer, with its 30mpg, 20 gallon fuel tank, and a 600 mile range. The 912E has the same chassis as the 911 but because of the less weight over the rear axles, it was much less prone to oversteer.

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Ultimately, the 912 is the less known, “poor man’s” 911. If Porsche was to introduce a new 912 that looked like a 911 but was cheaper with a tuned Cayman 4 cylinder, would you be interested in buying one? Let us know in the comments!

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The 1st Generation Cayenne S: A Luxury Bargain With V8 Power

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The 2004 Porsche Cayenne S. The very car that saved Porsche from its impending doom in the 90s and 2000s. With the economy souring in the 90s, sports car sales were falling rapidly and Porsche had no other option but to make their own Sport Utility Vehicle. The Boxster helped in some way but the Cayenne nearly fixed Porsche’s debt of $128 million. Two thirds of Porsche buyers owned 2 or more cars, one being an SUV. Therefore there was no reason for Porsche to let its rivals take away a major market from them. With German rivals such as BMW and Mercedes hopping on the SUV craze early on with the X5 and M class respectively, Porsche knew it had to be done. 

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The Porsche Cayenne was developed hand in hand with the Volkswagen Toureg, making development costs cheaper by spreading it over 2 companies. To make sure people knew it was a true Porsche, they opened a $124 million plant in Leipzig to show that the Cayenne was proudly made in Germany. Porsche didn’t want its car to be labeled as an upscaled Volkswagen so only some parts of the drivetrain and minor parts were shared. The engine, styling, and interior was undoubtedly Porsche.

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My Porsche Cayenne is the S model, meaning it has a 4.5L naturally aspirated V8. The V8 makes 340 horsepower and 310 lb/ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. And what a V8 it is. The exhaust sounds like a mix of an Italian sports car and the muscle of a German V8. For weighing almost 5,000 pounds, the car still has some grunt to it. It’ll do 0-60mph in 6.8 seconds. However, in traffic, it’ll easily overtake anyone with a flick of the throttle. An SUV from 2004 has tiptronic paddle shifters on the steering wheel. It has a maximum towing capacity of 7,716 pounds which means it’s on par with the Chevrolet Suburban, Dodge Durango, and Toyota Land Cruiser. I love this powertrain, but the gas mileage is by far the worst of any car I’ve driven. It has a 27 gallon tank and only gets 14mpg city. A full tank in that car costs about $120 in California. 

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The styling of the first generation Porsche Cayenne was very controversial. Porsche tried to keep the signature styling but apply it to a larger body. Stretching the already ugly 996 only made it worse and many agree the Cayenne looks like a bloated frog. On the other hand, the interior is a masterpiece in my eyes. Every possible surface is covered in leather. The steering wheel is covered in leather, the door panels, the center console, even the dashboard. Some cool quirks and features of the car’s interior are that it has 5 sun visors, two for the windshield, two for the windows, and one for the rear view mirror. A car from 2004 has parking sensors in the front and rear. 2004! It even has a cooled glovebox. Most new luxury cars don’t even have that. It comes with a built in ski bag that goes through the trunk into the rear passenger room. It also has privacy shades for the rear passenger windows.

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My favorite feature of the car is the sound system. It has 15 Bose speakers throughout the car. It is by far one of the best sound systems I’ve ever heard in ANY car. It will blow any new BMW or similar out of the water. The infotainment screen isn’t that dated being from 2004. It’s a 7 inch screen that has all of your basic necessities, such as a navigation system, a trip monitor, and various settings. The car has a 6 CD changer in the trunk as well as AM/FM radio. Being from 2004, it doesn’t have neither aux or bluetooth, meaning you have to buy CDs to run your own music. That was almost a deal breaker for me. 

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In the end, I’d say this car is an amazing bargain for what you get. People think it costs a lot more than what it really is worth and it’s great for a tight budget. If you ignore gas prices it is a great daily driver and I suggest it to everyone looking for an SUV. The powertrain is perfect and merciless when you put your foot down, all while the beautifully crafted leather interior cocoons you in comfort. My 2004 Cayenne S is for sale for $12,000. It has just hit 81,000 miles and I’ve put a brand new driveshaft into it. It is a great car and a very memorable one at that. The price is negotiable and the location is in Burbank, CA. Please dm @rsreportblog on instagram for more information or if you are interested!

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Lotus Evija: The Future

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Last Wednesday, we had the honor to visit Galpin’s Debut of the all new Lotus Evija, all thanks to David Gonzalez. A massive thank you to him for inviting us to this memorable event. This blog post will be a mixture of news and a hands on car review. So to the people who expected a Porsche post today, we’re sorry. This event was too important to pass.

The Lotus Evija is Lotus’ version of the rebirth of their company. Lotus is known for their renowned lightweight sports cars such as the Exige, Elise, and Evora. However, with this new Evija, Lotus is jumping headfirst into the Electric Hypercar market, going head to head with automakers like Rimac and Pininfarina, with the C_Two and Battista, respectively. The Lotus has significantly higher numbers. Is this the new Holy Trinity?

However, what makes this Lotus so special is it’s 4 engines producing a record breaking 2,000 horsepower. Keep in mind this car is going into production. The engines are supplied by a company many have heard of, Williams. They might be known more by their Formula 1 legacy, but they want to dive into the Formula E series because of obvious reasons (They’re failing in Formula 1). Developing a car with the same batteries helps the company test durability under extreme conditions. There are 4 motors, one powering each wheel.

The Aerodynamics of this car are like no other. This car even has DRS, borrowed from Formula 1, similar to Ferrari’s system on the LaFerrari. There is an active wing along a flap in the diffuser that raises and lowers depending on how much downforce is needed. There is a huge canal that reaches from the side of the car all the way to the rear for air to pass through. Anthony and I experimented with this canal and got some great photos.

Onto the interior. There is an unbelievable sense of simplicity while still being practical. The center console is perfectly laid out, with all the buttons on a seamless gloss black piece with an interesting pattern. The gauge cluster is one big hexagonal shaped screen. The steering wheel is reminiscent of those in Formula 1, being a small rectangular shape with many high quality components.

There is not a single piece of plastic in the interior. Absolutely everything is covered in Alcantara or carbon fiber. Did I mention there was no dashboard at all? The absence of mirrors is also noticeable. There are 3 very high definition screens showcasing what the conventional mirrors would, but with a better angle of view.

After experiencing all 3 of the Electric Hypercars, I would definitely take the Lotus Evija in a heartbeat. The design in the rear of the car is so unique, the numbers are insane, and it has been developed by a Formula 1 team. I am looking forward to seeing what these can do on the track and to see the reliability. Lotus took a jump, not a step, in the right direction, and I think we can all agree that they did a fantastic job.

The Porsche 911 GT3 Turns 20

With the 996 GT3 introduced in 1999, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the GT3. If that black hunk of metal with a wing running round the Nurburgring means anything, we can expect the 992 GT3 to be released at this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow just in time for the 20th anniversary.

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The 996 generation wasn’t received too well by 911 enthusiasts. The new water cooled Mezger engine simply didn’t have the signature whirr of the belt driven fan of the air cooled engine. However, as many enthusiasts will tell you, the 996 GT3 has so many beautiful engine sounds that you’ll forget about what cools it. Despite base Carrera owners being unimpressed by their new 996s, GT3 owners were happy to report that it had great weight distribution and amazing throttle response due to the super light flighwheel. With max torque at 5,000 RPM, and max horsepower at 7,200 RPM, this new water cooled engine was definitely happier close to redline, which was almost 8,000 RPM.

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The 997 GT3 took the standard set by the 996 to an even higher level. An increase of .2 L brought the 997 to a 3.8L Flat 6 which now made 415 hp (435 hp for the 997.2 GT3), a huge jump compared to the 996’s 375 hp. With the updated design came a more modern nose an a much sharper rear, making the GT3 look as slick as it performed. The newly designed wing also looked much more efficient than the 996 generation. Also, the 997 GT3 was the first GT3 to have PASM, also known as Porsche Adjustable Suspension Management.

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Even though many praised the system, some enthusiasts were fearful that the 911 was creeping farther and farther from its roots since it now used an electronic suspension system. I have one thing to say to these people. Get with the times. If you want an air cooled 911 with ancient underpinnings then go ahead and buy a 930 or a 964. Porsche can’t stay behind the competition just to please the purists. And this is coming from a purist!

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The 991 GT3 still maintained it’s “GT3ness” despite major updates from the 997. Among other things, the new car came only with a PDK; the first GT3 with a dual clutch transmission. It also had rear wheel steering, making it the ultimate track toy anyone could ask for. The 991.1 had a 3.8L 475 horsepower Flat 6 but the face lifted 991.2 brought it home with a 4.0L Flat 6 making a clean 500 horsepower. The facelift brought back a manual option at no extra cost! The touring package was first offered on the 991.2 which removed the rear wing to give the GT3 a more subtle look. You can read our review of the 991 GT3 here. It’s truly the perfect balance of both track and road use. That flat 6 makes heavenly noises all throughout the rpm spectrum.

As the 992 GT3 roams around the Nürburgring, we can only wonder what Porsche has in store for us. Will there be a hybrid system? Will it have active aero? Will it be lighter and more hardcore? We can only wonder. One thing is for sure though. The GT3’s legacy will live on for many years to come!

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As always, THANK YOU FOR READING and come back next Sunday for a brand new article. Don’t forget to follow us on WordPress and share this article with your friends! Follow us on Instagram at rsreportblog and check out our Facebook Group, Porsche Enthusiasts United. Feel free to suggest new topics in the Contact Page. Newly added on the contact page is a link to the Porsche Club of America website which you should definitely check out HERE! Thank you for reading and don’t forget to come back next Sunday!