The Base Carrera’s Identity Crisis

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As of this writing, there are over 30 different variations of Porsche 911. You have the Carreras, the Turbos, GT3s, GT2s, then cabriolet versions, and then all wheel drive versions of cabriolets, the list goes on. But, at the very bottom of the list lies the humble 911 Carrera. Sadly, time has not been so kind on this amazing sports car.

Back during the 996, the base Carrera was the fastest 2 wheel Carrera model you could buy; the only S model was the 4S. And compared to the other 996 cars, the base Carrera was a very respectable car. Towards the end of its, life-cycle, it was making around 320 hp, only weighed around 3,000 lbs, it was nimble, responsive, a great car to drive. Then with the 997 generation, the gap started to widen. The Carrera came powered by the same M96 motor as the 996, except this time making 325 hp (wow, 5 hp, I know) while the Carrera S got the 3.8 liter M97 motor with 355 hp along with all the suspension upgrades, bigger brakes, and performance goodies we’ve come to expect from the S. The Carrera was still very enjoyable, but now there was a very viable reason to go for the S.

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Fast forward to the 992 generation and it seems like Porsche has all but abandoned this once loved sports car. The 992 Carrera still gets a 3.0 liter twin turbo flat 6 but with a lack luster 379 hp, that’s 10 more than the previous 991.2 and over 70 hp LESS than the 450 hp Carrera S. And for the base model, you get the tiny steel brakes, smaller 19/20″ staggered rims which looks way worse than the S rims, and you don’t even get the option for a manual anymore. When I used to work in Beverly Hills, I’d see base Carreras all the time which were probably just leases that people who could care less about cars drove just to show off. And with the 992, it’ll likely be even more so.

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I understand that this makes them money, and that enthusiasts can just buy the S but that’s not what Porsches are about. They’re drivers cars, meant for tearing up Angeles Crest on a cool Sunday morning, not sitting in traffic on Wilshire Blvd. And it’s not like the 911 is that good of a daily driver, they’re way too stiff to drive on a daily basis. But I’m not one to just sit there and complain, I do have a solution.

If Porsche wants to be in the luxury car market, they should, just not with the 911. Would it be a problem, if Porsche saved the 911 for the enthusiasts and made a purpose built luxury coupe? Perhaps a revival of the 928? I mean, it wouldn’t require too much engineering, they’d just have to shorten the Panamera into a 2 door and use the same engine like what Mercedes and BMW do. That way, they’d have a proper daily drivable luxury car so the soccer moms of Beverly Hills can enjoy their daily commute while us car enthusiasts can have our beloved 911 for the weekends. What do you think?

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The Porsche 718 GTS 4.0: What a True GTS Should Be

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When the 718 Cayman and Boxster debuted a few years back, I really wasn’t that impressed. Sure they were fast and all, but their turbocharged flat fours really didn’t impress me, journalists seemed to agree. I have to say though, after having driven a 718 Boxster S, it was way more fun than I expected, but the engine note left lots to be desired. Everyone, and I mean everyone, begged and begged for a flat 6 in the 718. We missed the sound and the emotion of those beautiful engines in the 981 generation. And Porsche, I’m still surprised they did this, actually listened. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0.

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I guess Porsche wasn’t kidding when they said they were going to use their modified 9A2 engine from the GT4 and Spyder in other cars. Both the Boxster and Cayman GTS 4.0 come-as their name suggests-powered by a slightly detuned version of the 4.0 liter naturally aspirated flat 6 from the GT4 and Spyder. In the GTS, this engine makes a healthy 394 hp and 309 lb/ft of torque, which is 29 hp more and a few lb/ft of torque less than the outgoing 4 cylinder; not to mention, this thing revs all the way to 7,800 RPM. The even better news, is that it all comes standard with Porsche’s signature 6 speed manual. 0-60 happens in just 4.3 seconds and the cars top out at 182 mph, which is no joke. A PDK however, has not been announced (probably because it would be faster than the manual only GT4 and Spyder). Pricing is high though with the Cayman coming in at $87,000 while the Boxster will charge a hefty $100,450. I guess fun isn’t cheap.

Aside from being literally one of the best cars Porsche has made in years and setting a precedent for the automotive community for brands to listen to their customers (I’m talking to you BMW, no one likes big kidney grilles), the 718 GTS 4.0 did something else that could change Porsches forever.

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See, the GTS nameplate started off back in the early 2010s when Porsche revealed the first ever 911 Carrera GTS as a last hurrah for the 997.2 911. This “special” moniker has now become a staple of every single car Porsche has made to this day as the bridge between the S models and the higher Turbo or GT3 models. The GTS is literally just a fully loaded S with some unique badging and a cheaper price for said options. Those who have driven GTS cars say you barely notice the differences on the road. But with the 718 GTS 4.0, there’s now a legitimate reason to buy the GTS trim other than to show off to your friends. Of course, you get all the goodies like the old ones but this time you get a new engine, it’s a completely different car. Personally, I hope this trickles down to the 911 too so maybe we’ll get a 4.0 liter naturally aspirated 992 GTS? Maybe?

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Anyway, regardless of what Porsche does to their next GTS cars, the 718 GTS 4.0 is definitely a keeper. It combines the excellent driving dynamics of a 718 with a proper flat 6. What’s not to love?

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The Most Important Porsches of the 2010s

With the start of 2020 comes not only a new year, but an entirely new decade. The roaring 20s are back and the cars of the 2020s are just getting started. But as we step into this new era, it’s important to take a look at the past just to see how far we’ve come. Here are the most important Porsches of the 2010s.

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997.2 911 Turbo

Introduced back in 2009, the 997.2 generation 911 is arguably the brand’s best. With gorgeous, modern styling and old fashioned Porsche driving dynamics, it’s really hard to hate the 997.2. What’s important about this generation’s 911 Turbo in particular, is that this was the last 911 Turbo to feature a 6 speed manual. That’s right, back in 2010, you could pick up a 911 Turbo with a 3.8 liter twin turbo flat 6, 500 hp, and 6 speed manual. What a day that would be, huh?

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997.2 911 GT2RS

Today, the 911 GT2RS is more like a GT3RS with a 911 Turbo engine. It’s refined, fast as can be, and relatively easy to drive. Well, back in the day, the GT2RS was basically a 911 Turbo with the dial cranked up to 11; simple, yet so amazing. With a 3.6 liter twin turbo flat 6, 620 hp, rear wheel drive, and a curb weight of 3,020 pounds, the 997.2 GT2RS demolished the competition of its day, not to mention it has no trouble leaving modern supercars in the dust. The 997.2 GT2RS was also the last GT2 to come with 3 pedals, long live the manual.

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997.2 GT3RS 4.0

Dig around in any Porsche forum, and you’re bound to hear the name, “Mezger.” Well, Hans Mezger has designed most, if not all of Porsche’s greatest engines. His work with the 911 was most notably the engines in the 996 and 997 GT and Turbo cars. This man is a true genius and his last masterpiece when it came to 911s was the M97/74 engine, also known as the 4.0 in the 997.2 GT3RS 4.0. Making 500 hp, and weighing less the 3,000 lbs, the 911 GT3RS 4.0 was a real treat, a legend among legends basically. In my opinion, the GT3RS 4.0 is the greatest 911 ever made, not to mention it was the last Porsche with an RS badge to have a manual transmission.

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Macan

Taking a break from sports cars, I think it’s very important that we recognize the Porsche Macan. Since it was introduced around 2015, the Macan has consistently been Porsche’s best selling model. This is important because a lot of the money used to fund research for Porsche’s sports cars likely came from Macan sales. So, as long as Porsche has the Macan, it will have a consistent stream of income, which is nothing to complain about. I think we owe a thank you to this little crossover.

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918 Spyder

The Porsche 918 Spyder needs no introduction. When it first debuted, it was one of the fastest, and most technologically advanced hypercars ever made. The 918 was a leading pioneer in hybrid technology among performance cars, not to mention it was the first ever production car to lap the Nurburgring in under 7 minutes. With a 4.6 liter naturally aspirated V8 and two electric motors, the 918 made 887 hp, 944 lb/ft of torque and could launch to 60 mph in as little as 2.2 seconds! Even with today’s advances in technology and design, the Porsche 918 still remains a force to be reckoned with.

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981 Cayman GT4

Matt Farah (@thesmokingtire) has a distinct term for what Porsche has been doing to the Cayman and Boxster. The theory is, that no matter how good the Cayman and Boxster get, Porsche always makes sure that the 911 is better. And up until the GT4, we had every reason to believe this theory which was called the “Cayman Complex.” But when the Cayman GT4 first came out, it left the world speechless. The 981 GT4 was the first time that Porsche’s GT Division had gotten their hands on a Cayman, and it was arguably one of the best sports cars ever made. It was light, small, fun to drive, and not too expensive either. It also came stock with GT3 suspension and a 911 motor which made the GT4 VERY fast. it drove all the 911 enthusiasts nuts!

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991.1 911 R

I mentioned earlier that the 911 GT3RS 4.0 was the last Porsche RS car to have a manual transmission. This was due to the fact that Porsche thought its customers did not want manuals, and that they only wanted the fastest car possible. The 911 R proved them wrong. With today’s Porsche’s there is a trend which involves bringing back the manual transmission. Well, it all started back with the 911R. The 911R was essentially a GT3RS, without all the aero and the PDK. It was what Porsche had always intended the 911 to be, a bare bones, driver focused sports car. It was brilliant, and its resale value proved it.

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991.2 911 Carrera Models

As much as I love the 911, I can’t lie to myself and say that the car radically changes every generation. The concept of evolution rather than revolution is what’s defined the 911 over the years, but I think the most important change with the 911 of this decade came with the 991.2 Carrera models. This change came in the form of a 3.0 liter twin turbo flat 6. It was with the 991.2 generation that all 911 models except the GT3 and GT3Rs became turbocharged, and it was controversial to say the least. Numbers wise, this new engine was better in every way, but it just lacked the sound and emotion of its naturally aspirated predecessor. So for the future, I’m just glad the 911 has a flat 6, but if I were to choose one, I’d go for an NA motor.

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718 Spyder

With the 981 generation of Caymans and Boxsters, it was only the Cayman GT4 that got the true “GT treatment.” The 981 Boxster Spyder was kind of left out in that regard. This was not the case with the 718 Spyder. The new 718 Spyder is the first ever Boxster created by Porsche’s GT division and is miles better than its predecessor. With its naturally aspirated 4.0 liter flat 6 and its 8,000 rpm redline, there really isn’t much to complain about. It’s a phenomenal car, and a true GT Porsche.

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Porsche Taycan

Out of this entire list, I feel that the Porsche Taycan is the most important. Like it or not, electric cars are the future, and Porsche’s first ever electric car is a HUGE deal. Despite its inefficiencies and astronomical price tag, the Taycan is an amazing car. It brings top tier luxury, and Porsche performance to a segment that desperately needed it. The Taycan is Porsche’s first step into the future, and there is lots more to come.

Which Porsches do you think were the most important of this decade? Were there any that I missed? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Happy New Year!

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Porsche’s Mistake With The Taycan

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To start off, I would just like to point out that I am not the biggest fan of electric cars. I don’t think they’re very fun to drive compared to gas powered cars and I think they take away the passion from driving. That said, I am a huge fan of Porsche, and given that, I certainly want them to succeed in all that they do. This would include the Porsche Taycan. For what it is, I think the Porsche Taycan is a phenomenal car, bringing top quality tech, craftsmanship, and performance to the electric car world. So let’s just say that if I was to buy an electric car, I’d prefer it to be a Porsche.

Now, recently, the EPA came out with official range estimates for the Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S and they have not been kind to put it lightly. According to their testing, the Porsche Taycan Turbo has an estimated range of 201 miles averaging 69 MPGe (an electric car’s equivalent of miles per gallon) while the faster Turbo S has an even smaller 192 mile range and 68 MPGe. This makes the Taycan Turbo S the least efficient electric car on sale, period. As much as I would love to have a justification for this or a reason to defend Porsche, I don’t. The numbers just aren’t there.

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If you were to dig further, it would only get worse for Porsche. Not only does the Tesla Model S Long Range (the Taycan’s biggest competitor) have nearly DOUBLE the range of the Taycan Turbo S (373 miles vs 192 miles) but it also has more range “per pound,” let me explain. The Porsche Taycan Turbo weighs about 5,132 lbs and gets about 201 miles of range whereas a Tesla Model S Long Range weighs just 4,883 lbs and has a range of 373 miles. If you were to do the math, the Porsche would need to have an additional 1,189 lbs of battery to have the same range as the Model S Long Range. All of this basically means, that improving on the Taycan’s range is going to be really hard because of the fact that it’s so heavy and inefficient to begin with.

Along with its weight, the Taycan is also inefficient because of its battery capacity. More specifically, the way it’s used. And this is important because it really highlights a key difference in the design philosophies of Porsche and Tesla. For those that don’t know, the Tesla Model S uses a 100 kWh battery with no limit on charging capacity. Customers can charge their Model S to their hearts’ content. Now this presents a problem because if a battery is constantly charged to 100%, it will degrade much faster hence why Tesla only recommends charging above 90% for road trips. The Taycan on the other hand uses a 93.4 kWh battery but only allows you to use 83.7 kWh, essentially restricting 12% of the battery (note that this is also a big reason for its abysmal range). This makes it so that not only does your battery last longer, but it takes much longer for battery degradation to impact your range. Basically, more than 12% of your battery would have to be gone in order for you to notice a range penalty in the Taycan whereas you would instantly notice it in the Tesla. The difference in philosophy is that Porsche is more focused on consistency and driving feel rather than outright range and numbers.

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Porsche’s emphasis on consistency is shown even more with its regeneration system for the battery. In a Taycan, the brake pedal controls the regenerative braking whereas in a Tesla, the throttle controls it. By allowing for the brake pedal to control regeneration, you gain a more consistent, braking feel at the cost of efficiency. Sure the Tesla’s system can recover more energy, but that means that the car will brake differently at different temperatures and battery levels.

In the end, I think this mistake goes to show that Porsche is just too focused on the driving experience when it comes to the Taycan. They sacrificed so much efficiency for the sake of the driving experience for people who probably wouldn’t notice the difference. let’s be honest, if you wanted an engaging driving experience, you would get a 911. So in the end, the Taycan may be more fun to drive, but in terms of raw numbers, I’m sad to say that Tesla may have made the better car.

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A special thanks to Engineering Explained for providing the inspiration for this article. Click on this paragraph to watch his full video on this topic. He can explain it much more in depth than I can.

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Should All Porsches Come With Manual Transmission Options?

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Considering the fact that it’s 2019, and almost every mainstream sports car and literally every supercar has abolished the manual transmission, I’d say Porsche is doing pretty good with its efforts to “save the manuals.” As of this writing, there are only 4 Porsches (excluding non-sports cars) that don’t come offered with a manual transmission. It just so happens that these 4 models are arguably the best models Porsche has to offer. I’m talking about the 911 Turbo, Turbo S, GT3RS, and GT2RS. So what do you guys think, should these cars come with a manual option? If so, which one, and to what extent?

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The Case for the Turbos

Since 1975, the Porsche 911 Turbo has served as the pinnacle of Porsche technology and performance. With its high tech engine, sophisticated all wheel drive system, race tuned suspension, and everyday drivability, the 911 Turbo has evolved into one of the best supercars money can buy.

The last 911 Turbo to be offered with a manual was the 997.2 911 Turbo (the Turbo S was PDK only). The likely reason why Porsche stopped offering the manual on the 911 Turbo was because of the very nature of the car. As fast as it was, the 911 Turbo was aimed to be more of a nice, comfortable, GT car rather than an all out track monster (that’s why we have the GT3). On top of this, the 911 Turbo was also meant to showcase the best Porsche had to offer, hence, all the tech and the turbos.

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It was in the 997.2 generation, where Porsche had finally come up with a faster transmission than its old 6 speed. Before the PDK, Porsche used its sluggish Tiptronic transmissions as the automatic options for its sports cars, the 911 Turbo included. The Tiptronic was literally just a torque converter automatic that let you choose gears easier (it’s no wonder resale prices for Tiptronics are so low), and it was slower and heavier than the manual. Keep in mind that when I say the Turbo had a manual transmission, it was not nearly as raw and driver focused as a GT3’s transmission. It was nice, comfy, smooth, and had a very light clutch. So when Porsche finally developed the PDK, it only made sense to replace the 6 speed which was slower, and less comfortable than it. Porsche’s advanced, superfast flagship could only come with the fastest and most advanced transmission, that was just the way of things.

Despite all this, I still think a manual could do the 911 Turbo way more good than harm, hear me out. The biggest problem with today’s 911 Turbo is that it’s come so far in terms of performance and ease of use, it’s gotten rather boring a dull to drive compared to its competition. The engine note is very muffled compared to say, a GT3, it’s steering is really good, but still a bit dull, and it’s gotten heavier and heavier with every generation. In theory, it’s the perfect GT car, but I strongly feel that if it had a manual option, it would be more engaging and more fun to drive like the Turbos of old. You’d be surprised how much a manual can change a car.

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The Case for the RS Models

As much as I love manuals, and as important as I think they are, there is no denying that a dual clutch is faster. In every way shape and form, a car with a dual clutch transmission is faster than the same car with a manual. This was the reason why Porsche’s RS models don’t come with a third pedal.

Porsche’s last RS cars to get manuals were the 997.2 GT2RS and GT3RS 4.0 (arguably the 2 best 911s ever made might I add). Note that there is some contradiction here. Why would Porsche not offer their newly introduced PDK on their “fastest, no compromise” supercars? My guess was that the PDK was so new, Porsche’s GT division probably did not have enough time to test it and modify it for its cars, it was also a lot heavier than a 6 speed. But by the time the 991 911s had come along, it seemed that Porsche had perfected the PDK because that’s all they had on their RS models.

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Forgive me, but I think this actually makes sense to a certain end. Porsche’s RS cars, are meant to be the fastest track cars in the world. Performance comes before anything else with these cars; if you don’t believe me, just sit in one and you’ll know. And as I said before, in the performance world, a dual clutch is superior. But I don’t think it should end there.

If you ask me, I think that the GT3RS should come with a manual, but the GT2 RS shouldn’t. I say this becuase the GT3RS is a bit more driver friendly than a GT2RS per say. The 2RS is more hardcore, more track focused I feel, hence the no nonsense turbo engine. It’s angrier, it’s tougher, it’s more of a racecar. So if you want an extreme track monster, buy a GT2RS with a PDK, but if you want to go to the track and focus more on having fun, a GT3RS with a manual would be hard to beat.

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A Recap of the 2019 LA Autoshow

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Ah, the LA Autoshow, the most wonderful time of the year. To me, nothing beats getting to run around a giant convention center surrounded by the coolest cars of the year, you can imagine the smile on my face. This year, there weren’t as many reveals from enthusiast brands, but it was still something, and totally worth my time. Here are some of the highlights of the 2019 LA Autoshow.

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Audi RS6 Avant

As enthusiasts, I think we can agree that there are few things cooler than a really powerful wagon. The all new Audi RS6 Avant is no different. For the first time, us Americans have access to Audi’s famed super wagon. Powered by a 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 (no surprise there) and assisted by a mild hybrid system for efficiency, the new RS6 Avant makes a whopping 591 hp and 590 lb/ft of torque. Combine this with a lightning quick 8 speed automatic transmission, and you get a 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph, in a family station wagon. How cool is that? Not to mention it looks gorgeous with its sleek lines and low slung chassis, this thing is ready to gap supercars while the AC blasting and your kids jamming out in the back seats.

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BMW M8 and M2 CS

It’s no secret that I’ve become a rather passionate BMW fan recently. After driving my friend’s E36 M3, my whole perspective of the brand changed. I’m proud to say that the BMW section this year was by far my favorite at the Autoshow. Sure, there was the stunning M8 Competition (the cabriolet has a very VERY low windshield I found out) and your host of M5s and I8s and X6 Ms, but what really stole the show for me was the M2 CS. Ask any BMW fan and they will most certainly tell you that the Bavarian marque is not what it used to be in terms of making sports cars. Sure, the new M5 is amazing and the M4 is faster than ever, but it seems that BMW is shifting further and further away from making sports cars. That’s exactly why I love the M2 CS so much. It is simply the closest BMW has been to recreating the legendary E46 M3, which most say was the peak of BMW. The small, nimble 2 series chassis combined with BMW’s S55 engine (a proper M engine) gives us one of the purest driving experiences you can buy today. Not to mention the CS now makes 450 hp and comes standard with a 6 speed manual. What a car.

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C8 Corvette

Along with being one of the most anticipated cars of 2019, the C8 Corvette was a complete showstopper this week, drawing in crowds from all over the convention center. On display were both the coupe and convertible versions of the new corvette. I’m happy to say that both trims looked just as good in person as they did in their reveal pictures, although they are a bit wider than you’d think. Also, if I’m not mistaken, I believe this was one of the first, if not the first, public car show for the C8 Corvette Convertible, which is basically a Coupe with an automatic targa top. I look forward to seeing how the C8 compares to other sports cars and even supercars as GM has made some very bold claims about the future of their flagship sports car.

 

 

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Mustang Shelby GT500 and Mustang Mach E

I think it’s safe to say that this year, Americans dominated the LA Autoshow. Ford this year, proudly displayed their new “Mustang” Mach E on the podium. This is all while the GT500 was placed just like another car in the showroom. Say what you want about the Mach E, but there’s no denying that Ford is very passionate about their new model, and by the looks of it (as much as it pains me to say it) so was everyone else. I think we’ve all heard enough about the Mach E, but thankfully, the new 760 hp Shelby GT500 did not disappoint. This thing is mean and ready to take names.

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Toyota Supra

I never thought I’d get to see the day where a Supra was an actual part of the LA Autoshow and not just in the aftermarket section. This was my first time seeing a Supra in person and it’s a lot bigger than one might expect. The interior is also VERY BMW which is not necessarily a bad thing, but I expect more Toyota in a Toyota Supra (they also locked the hood so no one could see the BMW B58 engine which I thought was pretty funny).

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Porsche

Although Porsche had no new reveals aside from the entry level Taycan 4S, the Porsche section was pretty good this year. There were plenty of racecars and 2 992s, one of which was sporting the new Sport Design Package which looks really nice in person. There was also the all new Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid which was menacing as ever. The all new 718 GT4 and Spyder were there too, and it pains me to say that they were rather disappointing. In pictures, these cars are some of the nicest Porsches that have ever been made, yet they were rather lackluster in person. The lines and the proportions for the lights were just not there and they looked too similar to base 718 models. I’m glad their 8,000 rpm redlines make up for it though.

The Verdict

As I said before, there really wasn’t anything too special at the Autoshow, not for enthusiasts at least. But, the tuner hall was really cool this year and we also got to see our friends from Malibu Autobahn at their own stand which was very nice. Overall, I still had lots of fun and am very glad to have gone.

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The Ducktailed 992 Turbo: New Option or New Model?

What do you think this mysterious ducktailed 911 is?

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For years, the Nurburgring Nordschleife has been known as the “gold standard” as far as tracks go. It has everything from high speed corners to tight second gear turns, combined with banks and elevation changes. This 16.12 mile stretch has become the ultimate measure of a car’s handling; it’s no wonder so many Porsches have been caught testing here.

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Earlier this week, a mysterious 992 prototype with a very unique ducktail spoiler was caught tearing up the track in typical Porsche fashion. Now, ducktail spoilers have been on 911s since the very beginning, so it was only a matter of time before the 992 got the ducktail treatment right? Well, not exactly. The weird thing about this car was that it was unmistakably a 911 Turbo, now that is something we have never seen before.

At face value, this could just be a new option for the Turbo lineup, but rumor has it that this new 911 could in fact be an all new model; supposedly called the 911 Turbo GTS. For those that don’t know, Porsche’s current 911 Turbo lineup consists of two main models, the base 911 Turbo and the more powerful 911 Turbo S. Both cars come powered by a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat 6 making 540 hp in the base model and 580 hp in the S (these power figures are expected to rise significantly with the upcoming 992 models).

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If this prototype is a Turbo “GTS,” expect a slight bump in power from the S, along with a bunch of optional extras that will come as standard since Porsche’s GTS models have always been about getting a bunch of options for a cheaper price.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of a brand featuring lots of models just for the sake of having more cars. Take the BMW Gran Coupes for example, they literally have no purpose other than to cannibalize the sales of proper BMW sedans like the 3 series and 5 series. The same goes for Porsche having over 30 different 911 models, I just think it’s pointless. If it were up to me, I would only have one Carrera model (equivalent to a Carrera GTS), a Carrera 4 model (equivalent to a Carrera 4 GTS), a Targa model (equivalent to a Targa 4 GTS), a 911 Turbo (equivalent to a Turbo S), a GT3, GT2, and their RS counterparts. The GT3 Touring can stay too.

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But regardless of what I think about Porsche’s model expansion, I think we can all agree that whatever this new car is, it will be fast, sexy, and a joy to drive; a supercar worthy of the Porsche name.

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