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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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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The 997.2 911 GT3RS: Analog Perfection

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Before I start, I would first like to thank @lennsport for taking the time out his busy day to make this review possible. He is a true car enthusiast and just a great guy to be around. This wouldn’t have been possible without him.

As time has progressed, so have cars. Cars today are in every way faster and more efficient than they were 10, 20, and 30 years ago. With fancy turbocharged engines, lightning fast dual clutch transmissions, crazy suspension, and carbon ceramic brakes the size of my boxster’s wheels, it’s no surprise at all. But notice how I said “faster” instead of “better.” This is because as we have seen, faster, does not necessarily mean better. I am a firm believer that there is such thing as too much horsepower when it comes to how fun a car is. That is why I firmly believe that the 997.2 GT3RS is the best driver’s car money can buy, period.

Don’t get me wrong, the new GT3RS is a phenomenal car (if you don’t believe me click on this sentence to see our review of one) but it is nothing compared to the 997.2 in terms of driving pleasure.Let me explain.

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The Looks and Interior

Looks are subjective, I’ll agree to that. Some people don’t like the look of Porsche’s GT cars with their flared wheel arches and monstrous wings, heck, some people don’t like the look of the Porsche 911 as a whole; I am not one of those people. In my humble opinion, the 997.2 generation is the best looking 911 out there. It has perfect proportions, subtle yet noticable lines, and those perfect tail lights. Combine this subtle, yet special body with the wing and flares of a GT3RS and you get pure perfection, I mean just look at it. It’s not wide like a 4 lane freeway, but it’s not a motorcycle either. If there is a “Goldilocks 911,” this is it. Also it’s the only car in the history of mankind to look good in red wheels which is a plus in my book.

The interior is probably the least special thing about this car and that’s saying something. It’s just as refined and high quality as any 997 with touches of red alcantara and fabric door pulls to make you feel a little special. The seats though are something else. Those buckets are straight out of a racecar and they hold you in like one; they are not for people with back pain.

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The Acceleration

Thanks to you guys, I’ve been lucky enough to experience a variety of supercars and sports cars in my life with the 997.2 GT3RS being one of them. And if you’re all about specs and 0-60 times, I’m afraid you’ll be disappointed, this is not the car for you. With 450hp coming out of its 3.8 liter flat 6 and a 3,020 lb curb weight, the 997.2 GT3RS is no slouch, but it’s not at the level of today’s supercars, and quite frankly, I don’t really care. After driving a Ferrari 458, I learned what it means to have too much power. The GT3RS is riding this fine line where it’s blisteringly fast, but not too fast to be unusable. Also, one thing that I noticed was just how linear the power delivery was. They weren’t lying when they said they’d put a racing engine in the GT3RS, that Mezger motor is true to a racecar, much more so than the engine of a 991 GT3RS.

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The Sound

Speaking of that glorious Mezger flat 6, one thing that makes the GT3RS so enjoyable is its sound. In a world of muffled, turbocharged, souless, engines, the song of the 997.2 GT3RS is a true gem. The sound is just so raw and unfiltered, it makes the new GT3RS sound like a Tesla. As you climb through the revs (and oh does this engine like to rev), the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you hear the cams, valves, and exhaust all working in perfect unison up to its 8400 rpm redline. Even at startup and idle, it sounds special with its vibrating flywheel making it sound like a cammed V8 at idle. Long story short, the 997.2 GT3RS is loud and proud, with no compromises what so ever.

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The Way It Drives

Everything I’ve mentioned so far: racecar looks, the racecar seats, the racecar engine, and the racecar sound lead up to the 997.2 GT3RS being one of the best, if not the best driving cars ever made. This is largely in part because everything is connected together by a perfect, 997 era 6 speed manual transmission complete with a factory short shifter and tightened gear ratios. The manual is what really brings this car together, and it’s what sets it apart from the competition. Combine this beautiful setup with perfect hydraulic steering feel and some racecar suspension as a nice little cherry on top and you get the 997.2 GT3RS. You know it’s special just by looking at it and after one mash of the throttle pedal, you know you’re in for a treat. The car just grips and grips and grips, just like the new GT3RS’ of today. That suspension gives you a tough time on the street but when you’re going fast, that equates for ZERO body roll. This thing truly corners like it’s on rails. I said before that this car’s acceleration makes it feel outdated, but that is NOT the case with the handling, if anything, it feels much faster than any new supercar.

The Verdict

Going in to this review, I thought the 997.2 GT3RS would feel like a more powerful and slightly sharper version of my 997.1 Carrera. I didn’t think for a second it would be on par with the new supercars of today. Thankfully, I was wrong, this is in every way, a tried and true supercar (scratch that, racecar, this is a racecar). And after reviewing it, I know why they’ve become so expensive. There simply is nothing like it on the road today, and there probably never will be ever again. The 997.2 GT3RS was the last supercar of the Golden Age.

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The 997 911: The First Choice for a Second-Hand Porsche

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Porsche enthusiasts are a very unique group of people. These people are so passionate about the brand that it often leads to bitter conflicts among them. But, one consensus that they all seem to agree on was that the 997 was a pretty good 911. The water cooled fans generally agree that it provided the perfect combination of luxury and driver engagement and air cooled purists seem to agree that it was the best that a water cooled Porsche could offer. Unlike with air cooled 911s, the market seems to be rather less sympathetic towards the 997 since one could easily pick up a Carrera model for anywhere from $25,000-$60,000; which is well within the reach of the average sports car enthusiast. That brings us to this, 997.1 911 Carrera which shows that although the 997 is getting old, it still remains to be the best 911 for the price.

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Styling

In my opinion, the 997.2 generation is the most beautiful 911 ever made. The size, the curves, the lines, everything is just perfect. And although the 997.1 is not as beautiful as its successor, it’s not a bad looking car. It’s got the classic 911 silhouette, it’s not too big, it doesn’t have the much disliked fried egg headlights of the 996, there’s really no bad angle for the car. The 997.1 also looks relatively modern considering it’s almost 15 years old.

Interior

Looks wise, the interior is what stands out on the 997.1. It’s simple, elegant, and driver focused. The seats are in the right place, the center console isn’t cluttered with unnecessary bluetooth and wireless calling options. It’s a sports car and the interior reflects it. The 997.1 is also a Porsche keep in mind so everything short of the volume and tuner dials for the radio are built with the utmost quality. There’s lots of nice leather, there’s no scratchy plastic like in the 996, it’s a very nice place to be.

Reliability

In general, Porsches are very well built cars, especially the newer ones. Sadly though, the 996 generation that preceded the 997 was not one of these newer ones. Of all the things wrong with that car, the most notable was the reliability of the M96 engine that powered it. For those that don’t know, the M96 was notorious for its IMS and RMS failures, it was by far one of the worst engines Porsche had ever built. And that M96 engine was unfortunately carried over to the 997 Carrera, Carrera 4, and Targa 4. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel since the M96s fitted to later 997.1 models, like the 2007 Carrera we tested, had been cleared of most of these problems. The Carrera we tested had almost 50,000 miles on it and ZERO mechanical problems. The car ran like a clock and showed no signs of stopping anytime soon. Honestly though, as long as you treat the engine well i.e. change the oil frequently, let it warm up before pushing it, etc. you should be fine.

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How it Drives

As of this writing, it’s been almost a year since RS Report was started. In that year, I’ve had the honor of being able to review so many amazing cars so trust me when I say that the 997.1 Carrera that we reviewed is the Goldilocks of performance cars. The steering feel is light enough to make quick maneuvers yet heavy enough to feel the road. With the sport chrono package (which is a must), the throttle response in “Sport Mode” is perfect for shredding through a canyon, and perfect for everyday driving in comfort mode. Everything in this car seems to be just right. But don’t let this commentary fool you into thinking that the 997.1 Carrera is a slow car, by any means.

The “base” model that we tested made 337 hp (325 hp stock) and 273 lb/ft of torque while weighing in at just 3,075 lbs. This power to weight ratio can still compete with the 991 Carrera, BMW M4, and all the new sports cars of today. This is a fast car, plain and simple. This low weight makes cornering a breeze, the car is very quick on its feet in the canyons and stable on the straightaways.

The 6 speed manual in our car was amazing as well. The clutch was perfect for fast upshifts and the engine revved so perfectly for the downshifts. The shifter is so perfect and precise, it’s like operating a rifle bolt.

And the sound, oh that beautiful sound. Each section of the rev range is accompanied by it’s own symphony. From 1,000-3,000 rpm you get the angry base tone of an old RSR racecar. From 3,000-5,500 rpm the angry base crescendos into a violent roar and right at 5,500 rpm, you get this beautiful resonance that marks the transition to that signature Porsche howl all the way to redline. Finally, you shift gears and get the encore you’ve been waiting for all the way to this car’s 177 mph top speed.

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The Verdict

The 997.1 911 is easily the best sports car under $60,000. Also keep in mind that our review was conducted in a non S Carrera without PASM or carbon ceramic brakes. Just imagine what those would add. Driving this car was an experience, the dazzling looks, the eviscerating sound, the smell of the leather, it all combined to make the ultimate driving experience. The 997 911 is without a doubt, the BEST sports car under $60,000.

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The Ferrari 458 Spider: Stupid Fast

In May, we had the honor of attending a super exclusive car show called cars and jets (@carsandjetsofficial). Cars and Jets took place in a private hangar, and consisted of some really nice cars and some really nice people all spending the day together. What was special for me was that it was my first time riding in a super car. I had the honor of riding shotgun with @gadautobody in his 991.2 GT3RS-up until then, the fastest car I’d ever sat in was a 997.1 Carrera. Long story short, it was one of the best days of my life. Up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t think life could get much better than that day, I was wrong. On Saturday, September 7, @carsandjetsofficial hosted another Cars and Jets, and I got to drive an automotive legend, the Ferrari 458 Spider…what a car.

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The Looks

Let’s start on the outside, and just look at it. The 458 is Pinnanferina design at its finest. The lines, the curves, the shapes, it’s absolutely beautiful. Nothing looks out of place, it’s not too wide, not too narrow, not too low, everything is just right. With our car being a spider, we got those signature “double bubble” rear deck lid; we drove with the roof down of course.

The Interior

I’ll be honest, Italian cars are not my favorite. I think they’re too flamboyant and unreliable to be proper drivers’ cars, but damn do they have good interiors. Everything from the steering wheel to the air vents was driver oriented. Not to mention, covered in beautiful Italian leather. The seats, the dashboard, the steering wheel, even the door pockets were leather. Where there was no leather, there was Alcantara. The seat fit you just right, the pedals were all in the right place, the paddles made such a satisfying “click,” you’d think it was a Porsche from how perfectly engineered everything was.

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The Way It Drives

When I was little, I would always ask my dad car questions. “Why do you like Porsches? How come you didn’t buy a Turbo? Did you know the Turbo can go from 40 to 60 mph in 1 second?!?!?!” I’m honestly surprised he didn’t just sock me in the face after the first 10 questions. Anyway, the thing was that whenever I would ask him about a supercar, he usually responded with, “I probably wouldn’t buy that car, it’s too fast.” I was baffled. My 10 year old brain couldn’t even begin to grasp the concept of a car being “too fast.” How could ANYONE think a car is too fast? My brain was still baffled up until I drove that beautiful Ferrari because trust me, it was way too fast.

As I was getting used to the car, I could literally feel the power at the throttle pedal. I don’t know how to describe it. It was like I could open the floodgates of hell with a pedal. It was tempting me, the car was tempting me, daring me to floor it, to unleash the 570 horses crammed into the middle. After a solid 5 minutes of resistance, I gave in, I couldn’t take it anymore. I buried my foot into the accelerator, in first gear mind you; I unleashed the beast. Little did I know that the beast would be way too much for the cold tires to handle. The road turned to ice for a second. I only thought that was possible in Forza. This car was too fast.

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The way that Ferrari accelerates is beyond belief. The force it pushes you back in your seat with is other worldly. It’s addicting, it really is. The beauty of it is that it’s so balanced as well. The sharpness, the agility, the seating position, everything is made for that one moment where you have an open road ahead of you and nothing but time.

The car turns with ZERO body roll, and GT3RS like precision. The steering feel is just as perfect as a 997 and the transmission shifts like a PDK. Going through a corner is like drawing a line through the laws of physics.

And the sound, did I mention the sound? It’s eviscerating. There’s nothing quite like the howl of 8 cylinders screaming at 9000 rpm. Every crackle, every downshift, is just intoxicating. I would give anything to hear it again.

My favorite part about the 458 is not it’s speed or its looks, but how it makes you feel. Driving the 458 made me want to be a better driver. It makes you want to tame the beast inside, to max it out, to reach the limit. It really does bring out the best in you. The 458 gives you just the right amount of confidence and fear to make you the best. And that for me is truly special.

They say you never forget your first Ferrari, and they’re right. What s car.

I would like to thank GAD Auto Body again for truly one of the greatest days of my life, I didn’t think Cars and Jets could get any better. GAD will take care of all of your bodywork, towing, and vinyl wrapping needs. Their shop is located in Glendale, CA. They also do supercar rentals! Most importantly though, the guys at GAD are true craftsmen and their passion for what they do clearly shows in their results. Click on this paragraph to visit their Instagram Page.

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The Porsche 718 Boxster: The Next Generation of Fun in the Sun

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Ah, the Porsche 718 Boxster, a very interesting car to say the least. Back in 1997, this was the cheapest Porsche money could buy. It also wasn’t very fast, it didn’t look all that great, but it was a joy to drive. It originally came powered by a 2.5 liter flat 6 that made about 201 hp, which is a rather conservative amount if you ask me, but it did sound pretty good. Anyway, as the years went by the engine became bigger, those ugly fried egg headlights disappeared, and the Boxster grew up to become very respectable, fun to drive sports car. Then in 2016, Porsche did arguably the worst thing one could do to a sports car, they exchanged the 981 generation’s beloved flat 6 in favor of a turbo charged flat 4, creating what we now know as the 718 Boxster. To be completely honest with you, I hated it. I thought Porsche had ruined the Boxster. Sure it was faster, but there was no emotion, no passion behind a flat 4. It seemed that Porsche had given up its pursuit of the ultimate driver’s car in favor of chasing 0-60 times and gas mileage. I seemed to have forgotten what my friend Billy had always said, “Anyone who hates a sports car, has obviously never driven one.” Well, I finally drove one, and it was a hell of a lot of fun to say the least.

Technical Specifications 

Since everything seems to be a numbers game these days, let’s start off with the specs. In S form, the 718 Boxster is powered by a turbocharged 2.5 liter flat 4 that churns out a very respectable 350 hp and a muscly 309 lb/ft of torque. With all this power, a 7 speed PDK gearbox, and curb weight of 3054 lb, the 718 Boxster S sprints from 0-60 in 4 seconds flat (0.1 seconds slower than a Carrera GT might I add) and tops out at a 911-like 177 mph. Don’t let the hate fool you, the 718 is a fast car, like a REALLY fast car; much faster than the previous generation Boxster too.

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Interior/Build Quality

One of the biggest drawbacks of the 986 (first generation) Boxster was its interior quality, or lack thereof. The interior was cheap, rattly, and just a bad place to be even for a 90s car. Thankfully, one of the biggest improvements of the Boxster over the years-aside from its power gain-has been the quality of the interior. The 718’s interior is filled with high quality leather and contrasting stitching, all the buttons are in the right place, and nothing is cheap, you feel like you’re in a $80,000+ car. Unlike previous Boxsters, the 718 also comes with enough tech to make you feel old and you can tell the interior was designed with the driver in mind. Everything fits and everything makes sense, typical Porsche.

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How it Drives

Now the 718 may have killer looks, a boat load of power, and a comfy interior, but honestly, who cares? This is a sports car, and by definition it’s sole purpose is to be driven for “performance at high speeds.” As I said before, the 718 does not disappoint. The car just grips and grips and grips, there’s no better way to put it. The power, the balance, the chassis, it all feels right when going through a turn. You don’t have to wrestle it through high speed corners like you have to do in my 986 and you don’t have to worry about any under or oversteer like you would in a 911.  

Not to mention, the brakes are amazing too. These things stop you almost as fast as the car accelerates. They really give you the confidence to push the more powerful engine.

Aside from being my first time driving a 718, this was also my first time driving a Porsche with a PDK. Long story short,  I was VERY impressed. The PDK was so engaging and so blisteringly fast, I honestly didn’t think a manual would have made the drive any better, especially with that kind of power. Having a PDK meant I could focus on driving, on going even faster, it also meant launch control. And let me say, all that torque from the turbo does a really good job of turning your 718 into a racing yellow cruise missile; it’s really out of this world.

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The Sound

Going in, I thought that the 718 would be a lackluster car mostly due to the sound. But after driving it, I’m glad to say that the sound did not bother me at all. It’s really not that bad if I’m being honest. I know it’s not a flat 6 but it’s not a Honda either and hearing the turbo blow off through the side intake really put a giant smile on my face. But do I wish it had a flat 6? Yes. Will it keep me up at night though? Not at all.

 

The Verdict

Now nothing is perfect, we all know that. But when the only drawback of a car is the steering feel, you know you’ve got something special. The 718 is a real joy to drive, plain and simple. Everything feels right, everything looks right, and everything drives right. It has a 4 cylinder, so what? That just means you get a whole lot more torque thanks to that turbo. I’m happy to say that Porsche really got it right with something that could have gone so horribly wrong. Long live the sports car and long live the 718!

A special thank you to @siramg_ for letting us review his gorgeous yellow Boxster S, and for just being a really cool guy overall. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to make mine one of the best I’ve ever had, it really means a lot. 

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The Acura NSX: A Truly Underrated Supercar

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Ever since its reveal in 2016, the Acura NSX has been called many things and I think it’s safe to say that most of these things haven’t been positive. Sales of the NSX haven’t been too positive either considering Justin’s 2019 NSX was number 2,043-the car has been on sale for almost 4 years and production is NOT limited. Having heard these stats before, I wasn’t really expecting much when I first sat in the NSX, but boy was I blown away; this thing is truly mental.

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Design

Let’s be honest with ourselves, the Acura NSX is a really beautiful cars. In pictures, it’s a stunner and that only gets better when you see the car in person. From the way the lines cut across the body to those perfectly proportioned air intakes to the subtle yet gorgeous flying buttresses, this car really has no bad angle. The NSX easily stole the attention of spectators away from the 950 hp Gemballa Turbo S (1 of 88 need I mention) that it was following. I know it doesn’t look like its predecessor but I honestly don’t care. This car is here to show us the future and if this is what the future looks like, count me in!

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Interior

The exterior is beautiful, I already knew that. But something that I constantly heard journalists barking about was the quality of the interior. Based on my experience, these jounalists were either completely blind, or they were acustomed to zuch a high level of quality that they would never be satisfied. Long story short, the interior was miles better than the car’s exterior and that’s saying something. Littered with Alcantara and leather, the cockpit of the NSX was a very pleasant place to be. The buttons felt nice, everything worked, the controls were in the right places, not to mention the seats were comfortable-miles better than the GT3RS we reviewed a few months ago. The interior was the perfect blend between a racecar and a Rolls Royce, I was VERY impressed.

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Acceleration

For those that don’t know, the NSX has 4 (a 3.5 liter twin turbo V6 accompanied by 3 electric motors) motors which produce a combined output of 573 hp and 476 lb/ft of torque which isn’t much until you realize that this torque comes in at 0 rpm. That’s right, thanks to those electric motors you have all wheel drive with 0 rpm torque, and that V6 engine, no turbo lag what so ever which had me smiling all day long. You can also get 30 mpg on the highway which I don’t think anyone will complain about. The launch is brutal. You put your foot down, and the car is gone, with no fuss about it. It was so fast, I laughed when I learned that the car was 3,878 lb, this thing pulled just like a GT3RS despite being more that 800 lb heavier, not to mention it kept up with a 950 hp Turbo S from 0-30 mph which is no small feat.

This thing stopped too. With massive carbon ceramic brakes, this monster came to a stop almost as fast as it accelerated. Now that’s not to say that these are Porsche brakes, the GT3RS and Turbo S definitely stopped faster, but the NSX’s brakes were still more than enough to get the job done.

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How it Drives

The biggest thing that journalists complained about was the way the NSX drove; not necessarily how well it handled but how it felt to drive. The wired steering and braking were said to take away from the driving experience. Despite this, Justin had no complaints about the driving feel, he was engaged in the experience just as much as he would have been driving any other supercar.

The NSX was also surprisingly comfortable. The powertrain was smooth as silk and it took bumps like a champ. The suspension seemed to have a split personality because when you hammered it, the car stiffened up like a true racecar, it really was the best of both worlds.

The sound wasn’t bad either. In fact, the twin turbo V6 sounded more like the muffled howl of a  Porsche 911 Turbo rather than the angry vacuum of a Nissan GTR. It was quiet but nice, nothing a good aftermarket exhaust couldn’t fix.

What really shocked me though was the sheer amount of grip this car had. In a GT3RS, you have miles of grip  but it’s not hard at all to get the car loose; this was NOT the case for the NSX. When I say this thing was glued to the road, I mean it. It did not lose traction once. No launch or full throttle turn was able to turn this thing loose, I would have believed you if you said it was on rails.

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The Verdict

As I said before, I really didn’t expect much with the NSX. I expected it to be a lame driving experience, with mediocre sound, and lackluster handling. I’m glad to say that what I got was the complete opposite. The Acura NSX is engaging, fun to drive, beautiful to look at, and fast as hell. There really isn’t anything on the market that gives you the reliability, practicality, and the performance of the NSX. It really is a shame there aren’t very many on the road because the more we hate on hybrids like the NSX, the more car makers lean towards soulless electric cars. The NSX is our friend, it is our beacon of hope in a land of darkness. It’s something to be cherished and enjoyed, something Ayrton Senna would’ve been proud of.

We would like to thank Cody and Justin for giving us an unforgettable experience that Saturday morning. When the ACR cancelled on us that morning, Cody came to the rescue by inviting Justin and his NSX. It was a pleasure to be able to review these cars with such kind owners.

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Ferrari Portofino: The Compromised GT

What makes a car great? It is the question every automotive journalist thinks they know the answer to but alas, they’re all wrong. I’m going to tell you what it is…
Just kidding! I don’t have the first clue. What may be phenomenal and adrenaline-rushing to me might be scary and obnoxious to you. Fact is, we’re all different. Different strokes for different folks—you ever hear that one? That one liner sums up the automotive community perfectly. It is the exact reason why you see people with chromed-out Lamborghinis, hotrods with hydraulics, and JDM racers with a muffler that sounds more like a popcorn maker than an exhaust note.
They are all car aficionados or automobile enthusiasts and/or purists as many of them would describe themselves. All with separate takes on what a truly great car looks and sounds like.portofino 1This brings me to the Ferrari Portofino; the marque’s latest and greatest drop-top coupe. With 600 horsepower, 650 some-odd pound feet of torque from its 3.9L V8, and looks that will make you say minchia, it certainly seems to have all the ingredients of a real Ferrari.
So, end of essay. Just kidding again.
The Portofino is what you get when you try and please everyone. It has to be a luxurious cruiser but also maintain the heart and soul of the prancing stallion. A tough feat, but it’s been done before. Can the Portofino do it?
Well, let’s start with the acceleration because that is probably the first facet of the vehicle that will stand out immediately to the driver (apart from its looks which I’d give a solid 7/10). The 488-derived twin-turbocharged V8 is utterly magnificent. Ferrari really has nailed the whole turbocharging thing. They give it the characteristics of a naturally aspirated engine (fruity at high RPMs and with a linear power delivery) with the upsides of a forced-induction engine (better fuel economy and higher output).portofino 2.pngLet me make myself clear: the Portofino is fast. It is faster to 60 mph than the Ferrari Enzo—A MODEL WHICH WAS NAMED AFTER THE MAN HIMSELF AND IS WORTH OVER A MILLION DOLLARS TODAY. That’s real-world speed right there, folks.
What the Portofino doesn’t have is that banshee V12 noise though. The valves stay closed until 3,000 RPM and if you’re cruising in 5th, 6th, or 7th gears, it’s completely void of cool noises. I have a problem with that because ever since I was a little boy, I could tell which cars were Ferraris solely based on the noise. Now, little kids will have to decipher whether they’re hearing a BMW M3 or a Portofino. That is sad. It’s not to say that the noise isn’t good but it’s certainly not great. And in a convertible Italian “supercar,” you want noise that will make you scream: bellissima! portofino 3.pngI apologize, but I’m afraid it gets worse from here because aside from the brakes, the Portofino’s dynamics are lacking to say the least. Ferrari’s newest electric-assisted steering gives zero road feel. Mid corner grip seems to be absent. To top it all off, that huge amount of power can get you sideways in an instant if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’ve never driven a car with such snap oversteer in my life. All is hunky-dory with the top down, the wind in your hair, and next thing you know, your 250,000-dollar GT car is in the trees. (Not that I know from experience or anything.)
This takes us back to the part about compromise. The Portofino was not designed to rip up canyons or backroads. Instead, it was designed for a person who could drive it to and from work everyday with little effort so the steering had to be light. Being a Ferrari though, people tend to drive it in a sprightly manner which exposes its inherent weaknesses. Ergo, what I did.portofino 4The 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is speedy but not up to par with Porsche’s PDK transmission just yet. Upshifts are instantaneous but downshifts could be better.
The last downside I’ll mention is about the infotainment. Yes, it is better than, say, the California that came before it but even a Smart car has more intuitive controls than that. The touch screen in the Portofino is laggy, cumbersome, dreary, and worst of all, will disconnect your iPhone if you much as drive over a pea-sized pebble. And for whatever reason, I couldn’t seem to get the temperature controls right in the cabin. It was either too hot or too cold. I was never comfortable with the folding top up.portofino 5Despite all the downsides of the Portofino, people are still going to gob them up like a fat kid eating mojos at Shakey’s Pizza. Why? Because it is the best sporty GT on the market right now.
But what about the SL63 and Bentley Continental? Both are fabulous GT cars in their own right but neither sound or handle as well as the Portofino. Not to mention the extra flair the stallion brings to the party.
How about the Aston Martin DB11? I’ve never been a fan of the styling of that car or with the way it drives–something is just off. It seems to be overshadowed by the fabulous DBS (which is in a different league).portofino 6Customers, or clienti as Ferrari calls them, will love the Portofino. It will do everything they want—all whilst carrying that hallowed cavallino badge on the hood. The Portofino wasn’t engineered with my demographic in mind. I’m better suited to the manic 812 Superfast (if only I could afford a $450,000+ super-GT than I would). So, who am I to say that this car isn’t great? I’m just some punk wearing Pumas.
So in short, the Portofino is a mesmerizing, tantalizing, alluring, eye-wateringly beautiful, car. Just not through these eyes.portofino 7.pngGrazie per averci visitato!
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