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!

 

The 992 Turbo Has Been Leaked!

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Porsche has been teasing us time and time again with the upcoming 992 models. First, the GT3s spotted at the Nurburgring, then the Turbos, then the GT3 Touring and that one weird 911 Turbo with a ducktail (still don’t know what that is). They finally gave us something with the 992 GT3 in their Superbowl commercial but then went back to radio silence after that. But now, NOW we finally have something.

Just weeks before its official reveal at the 2020 Geneva Motorshow, pictures of the new 992 911 Turbo S have been leaked, and it’s very interesting to say the least.

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Now don’t get me wrong. I think that in person especially, the 992 is a very beautiful 911. From some angles, I think it even looks better than my personal favorite, the 997.2. However, the biggest problem with the 992 design in my opinion was that it’s design was too fine tuned in a way for the Carrera models. It’s like the color black and yellow. Both can be amazing colors for cars, yet more cars can look good in black whereas only a few can look just as good in yellow. The 991 design (especially the 991.2) is a perfect, jet black metallic. It’s beautiful in all variations, has very clean lines, width, everything. The 992 on the other hand, seems more like a Dakar Yellow for all you BMW fans out there. It looks great as a Carrera, or Carrera S, but I’m not so sure about a Turbo or GT3.

I mean, judge for yourself, but I just don’t think the 992 Turbo is as jaw dropping as a 991 Turbo. The front is too pointy, and the squared edges don’t do service to the Turbo’s elegant curves and menacing stance. The side profile however, which I think is the 992 does best, is very pleasing; it’s very “Turbo” like along with the rear, which is much less bulbous that the 992 Carrera. The front just kills in in my opinion.

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The 992 design language does raise questions though about more extreme models, like the GT3 per say. The way the 992 is designed points more towards subtlety rather than the extravagance that we see with the GT models. Wings and aerokits just don’t seem to be the 992’s thing, I mean, just look at the 992 Carrera S with the aerokit…it’s hideous.

I hope Porsche takes this into account with the design of their GT cars because if not, we’re going to have some really fast, but really ugly cars. I guess it’s all about what’s on the inside now.

What do you think, are we being too harsh on the 992 Turbo? What do you think of the new 992 design? We’d love to hear what you think!

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The C7 Corvette: Bargain of the Century

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Before I start this article, I would first like to thank @roman_radenski for trusting us with his beautiful C7. Thank you so much Roman for taking to time out of your day to let us review your car and for just being a cool guy in general. You rock!

I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of American cars. I don’t fit in them very well, and I don’t think they drive that well compared to European cars. There are exceptions though, aka the Mustang GT350; I LOVE that car. That being said, it would be safe to say that I don’t really like the Corvette and if we didn’t review the C7, you would be right. I would say they are too cheaply made and the engineering is about as advanced as the computer I’m writing this article on (hint: it’s a literal dinosaur). But today, everything changed. We finally drove a Corvette, and what a car.

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Specs

First let’s get the specs out of the way and then I’ll tell you why I LOVE this car almost as much as a GT350 (did I mention I’m in love with the GT350?). Stock, the C7 Corvette Stingray comes powered by a naturally aspirated 6.2 liter V8 called the LT1 that makes a very respectable 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. Since it only weighs about 3,300 pounds, 60 mph happens in just 3.7 seconds and the Vette will happily shove its way up to 186 mph if given enough tarmac. Not bad at all I might say, this is a pretty fast car.

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Looks and Interior

Except for the C4 and C5, Corvettes have been pretty good looking cars. The C7 is no different. I loved the lines, the angles, everything on this car was crisp and clean as can be. Especially in red.

But the interior was what really impressed me. I have been making fun of GM and their cheap scratchy plastic interiors for as long as I can remember. I was ready to have the time of my life when I saw @roman_radenski’s beautiful C7. I was wrong, very wrong. Roman’s car was equipped with the LT3 interior package and I’m proud to say that the interior of the C7 is a very nice place to be. The cockpit was draped in beautiful red leather, contrasted stitching, and great materials. My only gripe though was that the infotainment looked a bit cheap, but I’ve seen worse on more expensive cars. Also, the instrument cluster and heads up display is up there with that of a Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Well done GM.

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How it Drives

For a pure weekend only sports car, the Corvette is not what you want; get a Porsche 911. But if you want the most fun daily driver, the Vette is your car. It’s comfy, it’s fun to drive, spacious, and that LT1 V8 sounds ungodly. This car will put a smile on your face. The only problem with the Vette as a daily driver is that it gets horrible gas mileage; I frankly don’t care.

The engine is responsive, and there’s so much torque. When you accelerate, it’s like your being pushed into another dimension. You get captivated by the engine’s growl, the revs start to climb, you get pushed back into your seat, and the next thing you know, you’re going 100 mph on the street.

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The steering is electric, you can feel that, but when the C7 is in track mode, the EPAS system is among the best. With the Z51 package, you get stiffer suspension and some amazing Brembos to stop you right in place. The car changes direction with such ease, it’s truly amazing. One gripe I have though is that the Corvette is not, and does not feel like a small car. It’s no land yacht, but it’s no 911 either.

My other gripe is with the transmission. This goes back to the Vette being a great daily driver. Roman’s Corvette was equipped with GM’s new 8 speed automatic gearbox. When in drive, shifts are smooth and fast, no problem what so ever. But when in manual mode, there is some delay between clicking the paddle and actually upshifting or downshifting. The transmission also feels rather sluggish; it’s great for a daily, but if I’m driving it on the weekends, I’d personally take a manual.

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Why You Should Buy One

From what I’ve said during this article, it would seem like the Corvette is a good sports car, not great, but good. Now let me tell you why all the problems I mentioned are irrelevant and why the Corvette is not good, or great, but amazing.

The C7 corvette starts at $55,000 plus $5,000 for the Z51 Package which you should definitely buy. So for about $60k, you get a good sports car with a great engine, and a good driving experience. A Porsche 911 on the other hand (a great car with an amazing driving experience) starts at over $97,000 dollars. For less that $10,000, you can eliminate ALL the flaws I listed with the Corvette and then some. Basically, a manual transmission and some weight reduction will take the Corvette from good to AMAZING.

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Roman’s Vette had some insane bolt on upgrades, a exhaust straight from God himself, and one of the nicest body kits I’ve seen on a production car. His car made about 550 hp to the crank (100 hp more than stock) and drove like a monster. With all the money he spent on mods he would still have more than $20,000 to spend before he could buy a base 911 with no options. The Corvette is ALL about performance, and it’s an incredible bargain.

I have nothing but respect for it.

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