Aero, Aero, and More Aero: The Porsche 911 GT2RS MR

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If you thought the Porsche 911 GT2RS was enough of a record breaker, think again. If you thought the Porsche 911 GT2RS was enough of a neck breaker, think again. If you think the Porsche 911 GT2RS was limited enough, think again. Presenting the Porsche 911 GT2RS MR, the car you get “when extreme isn’t extreme enough.”

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Manthey Racing (MR) was started by Olaf Manthey back in 1996. Naturally, he set up shop near the Nürburgring, arguably one of the most influential and challenging race tracks in the world. He focused mainly on Porsche race cars, and entered the Porsche Carrera Cup through his self made team, Manthey Racing. With 4 years of winning the Porsche Carrera Cup, not counting 24 hours of Le Mans or 24 hours of Nürburgring, Manthey Racing gained much credibility in the Motorsport world.

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Fast forward 23 years, and he and his team got their hands on the Porsche GT2RS. As if it wasn’t already fast enough around the Nürburgring with a record breaking time of 6:47.25, Manthey Racing now offers the MR package for the Porsche GT2RS. With this $106,814 package, the lap time drops to just 6:40.33. To achieve with blisteringly fast lap time, you get a set of aerodynamic upgrades, stiffer suspension, and a little bit of black magic. There is so much downforce, that you need custom end-plates and brackets on the rear wing to keep the car from literally crushing itself.

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At the front, the addition of 4 canards and an enlarged front splitter help “attack” the air far more aggressively than the “standard” GT2RS. If you optioned your GT2RS with the Weissach package and paid the $46,552 premium for the wondrous weight saving magnesium wheels, make sure you have an eBay account because with the MR package, you get even lighter and more aerodynamic magnesium wheels. The wheels come with an optional aero cover which can coke in Satin Black, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Silver, or Gold. To support these wheels, the package comes with adjustable racing springs.

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Even though this car is so much faster than the standard 911 GT2RS, the same 700 horsepower 3.8L twin turbo Flat 6 is found in the engine bay. To slow this insanely fast car, Manthey Racing has provided new brakes and a brake line set with a stainless steel woven braid. With all of these upgrades, the Porsche 911 GT2RS MR achieved a 6:40.33 lap time around the Nürburgring. With the Manthey Racing Package, you get the true successor to the 997 GT2RS, a real hypercar killer.

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The Porsche 930 Turbo: Birth of an Icon

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Few words go together like Porsche and turbo. Tell anyone that you just bought a turbo, and they’re going to assume you’re referring to a top-the-line Porsche 911. With up to 580 hp on tap in today’s 911 Turbo S, you’re in for a wild ride. 0-60 happens in about 2.5 seconds (reading that line probably took you more time) and the 911 Turbo S keeps pulling all the way to 205 mph! That’s faster than the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 570S. Despite being over 40 years old, the 911 Turbo’s legacy shows no signs of stopping and will likely carry over until the death of the 911.

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The legacy of the 911 Turbo, like any Porsche, started with racing. In the 1970s, turbocharging technology took off in the racing world; famous for its ability to turn a 600 hp engine into a 1600 hp engine. With F1 cars now making 1000+ hp and Le-Mann cars flying down the Mulsanne Straight at speeds close to 400 kph, Porsche decided to buy in to the new trend. Their first real success came with the development of the 917/30, a racecar designed to compete in the popular Can-Am racing series. With 1580 hp on tap thanks to its turbocharged flat 12, the 917/30 whooshed by the competition and outright dominated the Can-Am series.

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With turbocharging having achieved success throughout Porsche’s racing division, it was time for the 911 to get the turbo treatment, and Porsche began development in 1972, to meet FIA homologation requirements for the Porsche 935 racecar. Despite it being intended as a homologation car, the 1975 911 (930) Turbo became a real hit with automotive enthusiasts throughout the world. Like the 911 Turbos of today, the 930 turbo was famous for its mind-bending performance, making 256 hp back in 1975. However, it was also a bit of a handful to drive due to the hilarious amount of turbo lag present. In 1975, there was no such thing as variable-vain turbos or active engine mounts, heck, there wasn’t even traction control meaning that if the boost kicked in mid corner, you were bound to climb a tree at 100 mph.

There is no doubting that the 911 Turbo was a great car, but it did have one problem: it was too docile. Featuring all wheel drive, a nice, luxurious interior, the 911 Turbo was more of a grand tourer designed for places like the Autobahn rather than the Nurburgring. It was quite a shame too, because of the performance potential of turbocharged engines. It took Porsche about 20 years to realize this potential, and once they did, the 911 GT2 was born. To make the 911 GT2, Porsche took the 993 911 Turbo, and put it on a diet. The rear seats were ripped out and Porsche’s sophisticated all wheel drive system was thrown out the window, along with every other “luxury” feature to cut down on weight. As a result the newly created 911 GT2 weighed in at a feathery 2844 lbs, 467 lbs lighter than the current 911 turbo, and was a whole lot faster too. As its name suggested, the 911 GT2 was built to compete in the GT2 which it did very well, not to mention it was a killer road car.

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The 930 Turbo, was just the beginning. After it came the 911 GT2, after the GT2, there was the 911 GT1 that we wrote about last week, and after that, the 911 Turbo S and GT2RS, which are some of the fastest cars on the road today. Like I said, few words go together better than Porsche and turbo.

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The Porsche 997 GT2RS: Supercar Slayer

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A few days ago, I was watching some videos about the new 911 GT2RS, and what a car. With a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat 6 making 700 ps (690 hp) and 553 lb/ft of torque, the new GT2RS skyrockets to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds…and it’s rear wheel drive! 100 mph comes in 5.5 seconds and before you know it, you’re bouncing off the rev limiter at an ELECTRONICALLY LIMITED top speed of 211 mph, mindbogglingly fast. That’s just in a straight line with a massive rear wing slowing you down. It’s even faster on the track. The GT2RS has set the Nurburgring lap record twice (6:47.3 and then 6:40.3). However, it’s not all that surprising. It seems that every supercar nowadays has 700+ hp-you can buy a 707 hp Dodge for $50,000. These straight line figures would have been biblical 5 years ago, but now are just a part of the norm. Competitors like the McLaren 720S and the Ferrari 488 Pista can easily give the GT2RS a run for its money, and sometimes even pass it, if conditions are right. We are now at a stalemate in the supercar world, I’m afraid to say it but I think this new generation of supercars are too fast, and they’ve all lost their “zing” compared to their predecessors.

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Back in 2011, there were the big 4 that determined the gold standard of what a supercar should be. There was the Ferrari 458 Italia, an emotional, passionate, and strikingly beautiful beast, a classic. Then, there was the Lamborghini Gallardo, the little brother, the Ferrari’s evil all wheel drive twin. Next to the Italians were the British in the then called McLaren MP4-12C, a computer on wheels. The McLaren was the poster child of the future, an engineering masterpiece, stuffed with electronic witchcraft and wizardry. The McLaren wasn’t as loud or as fun as its Italian rivals, but it was no less special in its own regard. And last but not least, zooming past them all, was the Porsche 997 GT2RS, a true monster.

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The new 991 GT2RS is no slouch in any way, it can easily keep up with and beat all its rivals, including the big 4. But it was nothing compared to what the 997 GT2RS did back in its heyday. It was only a few days ago that I realized just how fast it really was. Back then, the 458 had 570 hp, the gallardo packed an impressive 552 hp, and the McLaren was pushing an impressive 600 hp. The Porsche however, had 620 hp AND weighed significantly less than all of them. Power came from, a then new, 3.6 liter turbocharged flat 6 engine mated to an old school 6 speed manual which enabled the Porsche to demolish the competition, with twice the fun.

The prime of the 991 GT2RS is living on borrowed time. It’s only a matter of time before Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, or even Porsche themselves make something faster. It is VERY fast, but it’s sadly not an icon. With the 997 however, it’s a completely different story. Not only did it dominate the competition back then, it continues to do so to this day. I was thinking about this a few days ago and decided to do some calculations. From these calculations, I realized that the 997 GT2RS has a lower weight to power ratio than: a Lamborghini Huracan, a Lamborghini Huracan Performante, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Lamborghini Aventador SV, a Ferrari 488 GTB, a McLaren 570 S, and it’s within 0.03 lb/horsepower of a McLaren 650 S. For those of you that don’t know, a lower weight to power ratio means a faster car. In terms of handling, the 997’s 7:18 Nurburgring time is faster than: a Ferrari 488 GTB, a Lamborghini Huracan, a Lamborghini Aventador, the list goes on and on. And the one thing all these cars have in common besides being slower than the 997 GT2RS, they are also ALL newer than it.

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Point proven, the 997 GT2RS is a “good old-fashioned beast,” the Space Captain as Porsche calls it. Like the Porsche 959, it was truly ahead of its time. With only 500 of these monsters ever having been made, values are climbing through the stratosphere. If you think about it, it’s kind of a shame how fast supercar technology is progressing due to the fact that beasts like the 997 GT2RS will likely never be seen again.

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Porsche 992 Drops its Top for More fun in the Sun

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About two months after unveiling the brand new 992 911 to the world in stunning fashion, Porsche recently unveiled the Carrera S and 4S’ cabriolet counterparts, finally expanding the 992 range. Like the Carrera S and 4S coupes, the new cabriolets come powered by Porsche’s brand new 3.0 liter twin turbocharged flat six engine making 443 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque. Also, like their coupe counterparts, both the S and 4S cabriolets’ engines are mated to Porsche’s brand new 8 speed PDK gearbox with the mysterious hole in the middle, suggesting the introduction of a hybrid powertrain in the future. (Read more about the 992 coupes HERE-their interiors and features are the same as the cabriolets)

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The problem with cabriolets is that they tend to add a bit of weight and are slightly less rigid than their coupe counterparts. Although these effects have been minimized, not even the mighty 992 is exempt from these flaws. The cabriolets weigh about 155 lb more than the coupes. As a result they are about 0.2 seconds slower to 60 mph and their top speeds are an entire mph slower. However rigidity seems to not be a problem anymore since the Porsche is offering the new cabriolets with PASM sports suspension for the first time. They didn’t in previous generations due to them being less rigid. The new convertible top also raises and lowers in 12 seconds which is a HUGE improvement from the 991 which took 30 seconds.

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The main downside however, is the pricing. The Carrera S cabriolet starts at $126,100 and the Carrera 4S cabriolet starts at $133,400; this is without options. With options, you can up the price to over $200,000! For $200,000 you can buy almost any 911, including GT3s and even GT2s. As good as it is, is the new 992 cabriolet worth this much? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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The Porsche 992: A Step in the Right Direction

The future is bright…

992 cover newIt’s finally here, the new Porsche 911 is here! The next chapter of Germany’s favorite sports car is here. With almost a complete redesign (for a  911), the new 992 Porsche 911 is an evolutionary step in the right direction, the future is bright.

Starting off with almost complete design overhaul, the new 992 shares only 20% with the previous 991 generation. Everything from the gearbox, engine, software, body panels, and even the direction of the turbos have changed-and for the better.

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Engine and Transmission:

Like the previous 991 generation, the new 992 911 is powered by a 3.0 liter twin turbocharged flat six engine. This new 3.0 liter engine has new turbos, intercoolers, intake valves, engine mounts, and new fuel injectors; bumping up power from 420 horsepower to 443 horsepower and torque from 368 lb/ft to 390 lb/ft.

The PDK dual clutch transmission has also gained another gear (now being an 8-speed instead of a 7 speed) along with a rather odd quirk. Rumor has it that if you open up the new PDK transmission you will find a hole in the middle of it. This is where the electric motor is going to be placed in the upcoming hybrid models I mentioned in my article, “Is a Hybrid 911 all that Bad?” These changes obviously make the new car a lot faster than the old one. 0-60 is now 3.3 seconds on the Carrera S, up from 3.7 seconds in the previous generation. Top speed remains the same at 191 mph.

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Exterior:

Aside from the obvious evolutionary design changes, the new 992 is also 45 mm wider than the 991. With new flared front and rear arches, the 992 looks a lot more aggressive than its predecessor. Also the Carrera S and 4S share the same body-previously, the Carrera 4 and 4S had a wider body than their rear wheel drive counterparts. The one downside of this is that weight is now up 122 pounds: 3,382 lb on the Carrera S and 3,487 lb on the Carrera 4S.

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There is also a new, wider rear spoiler with two settings now instead of one, along with active cooling flaps in the front like on the 918 Spyder. The front is now more squared off and pays homage to the old, air-cooled 911s of the past with its sloping hood-line.

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Interior:

As stated by Carfection’s Henry Catchpole, “The interior is now more horizontal than vertical.” There are now more screens than ever, with a brand new 10.9 inch display screen. The famous 5 gauge design of old 911s is no more, replaced by an analogue rev counter, and 4 digital gauges. The new PDK shifter is now a little stub, making it so you can only shift with paddles. The electric power steering is now 10% sharper too, creating a better driving experience. Overall, the new interior is a great transition onto the digital age.

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Conclusions:

As I said before, the new 992 911 is a step in the right direction. I love that Porsche is keeping the manual transmission and making everything sharper and faster. The engine hasn’t gotten any smaller and the GT3 will likely keep it’s naturally aspirated engine. Basically, it’s a great time to be a Porsche fan.

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Is a Hybrid 911 all That Bad?

Let’s be honest with ourselves, we know it’s coming and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Around 2023 probably, when the new 992 911 gets it’s mid-cycle refresh or even sooner as Porsche might surprise us at the LA Auto Show this year.

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Let’s be honest with ourselves, we know it’s coming and it’s coming sooner rather than later. Around 2023 probably, when the new 992 911 gets it’s mid-cycle refresh or even sooner as Porsche might surprise us at the LA Auto Show this year. But is a hybrid 911 really all that bad?

I think Porsche can take this two ways: they can either keep downsizing and hybridizing until we are left with a rear engined Prius, or they can use this hybridization to keep their beloved naturally aspirated engine alive. I don’t know about you, but I’d take the latter over the former any day. Some might say I’m stretching this a little too far and being too optimistic but hey, it’s all we’ve got. Believe it or not, Porsche did this before with the 918 Spyder. They could have easily put a downsized, turbocharged torque monster in the engine bay, but instead they chose to go with a 9000 RPM screaming V8 and I’m hoping they do the same when a 911 hybrid comes around. The chances are slim however, but I choose to be optimistic.

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But, if Porsche choose to go with the former, it won’t be all that bad either. The turbo engines that we have right now in all the 911 models except the GT3 and GT3RS, aren’t all that bad. From the interior at least, they sound just like any other 911 and those turbos offer a massive torque boost and tuning potential. In any case though, a combustion engine is better than no combustion engine however and a hybrid system will definitely keep the combustion engine around for a lot longer. Either way, now is a great time to be a 911 fan and the future is bright.

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