The BMW Z3 M Coupe:A Tiny Car With A Big Attitude

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The BMW Z3 Roadster started off as BMW’s answer to the Mazda Miata. It was a small, lightweight, retro roadster designed to be a fun little sports car. Aside from it being very light, it wasn’t anything special. But the head of the Z3 project, Mr. Burkhard Göschel, wanted something more, something faster. A flimsy roadster was not the way to go, he needed a rigid coupe; so he made one, literally. The Z3 Coupe M Coupe started its life in the shadows, being secretly developed by Göschel and his team of engineers. And the car that started as a secret skunkworks project by a group of BMW engineers was unveiled at the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show, with the M Coupe arriving shortly after in 1998. To add to the story, very few were ever made, the car we reviewed was 1 of just 26 black on black slick tops.

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The Looks

You can tell right away from the outside that the M Coupe is an “engineer’s car.” With its long hood and shooting brake body style, to the flared rear fenders and that unique smile, you either love it or you hate it. Seeing the car in pictures, I thought it looked pretty stupid, not gonna lie. In pictures, the car just looks awkward; its proportions are weird, its stance is too high, it’s just not a pleasant sight. Then I saw it in person, and I’m glad to say that the design is really starting to grow. It’s such a tiny car yet its design is so big and flamboyant, I can’t help but to fall in love with it. Long story short, don’t buy this car for Instagram.

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The Interior

You’re going to hear me say the word “cool” a lot to describe the M Coupe and for good reason. It’s just a really cool car. This applies to the interior especially.

Open the door and you’re greeted with one of the most badass car interiors I’ve ever seen. Everything from the heavily bolstered seats to the little chrome trimmed dials on the center console is perfect for the car. And the gauges, how could I forget those? They’re so elegant, yet so smooth. The first thing you see is the beautiful chrome trim and then you see the words “M Coupe” written under the rev counter; you know you’re in something special.

The interior quality is exactly what you would expect from a top of the line BMW. The materials are great, the leather is in perfect shape, it’s just a great place to be.

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How It Drives

Now that we’ve gotten through all the boring stuff, it’s about time I tell you how this thing drives. The car I drove was had BMW’s S52 inline 3 engine. With 240 hp and 236 lbs/ft of torque, this 3.2 liter engine feels a lot stronger in an M Coupe than it does in an E36 M3 since the M Coupe weighs in at just 3,064 lbs (over 100lbs lighter than the M3). When I say this car is a pocket rocket, I mean it. The gearing is short, meaning 60 mph comes in just over 5 seconds but the tops speed is rather low at 136 mph.

The best way I can describe the driving feel is that it’s the love child of an E36 M3 and a 986 Boxster. It’s such a small car, and you’re reminded of that every time you put your foot down or send it into a corner; it’s as nimble as any mid engined sports car. But then you have that amazing engine, which is so crisp, and so beautifully connected to that 5 speed manual transmission, it’s like nothing else.

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Now the M Coupe has amazing handling, don’t get me wrong, but this thing will drift. My friend Billy (the owner) comapares it to an old Porsche 911 in that aspect. This car will spin its tires like there’s no tomorrow. First gear, second gear, on dry roads too. You have to know what you’re doing if you want to go fast.

And then there’s the sound, oh that glorious sound. As you climb up the rev range, you get that signature mechanical song of a proper BMW inline 6. Around redline, it kind of howls like a Porsche too which is an added bonus.

Things like steering feel and seating position are so nice compared to newer cars. You can actually feel the road when you drive, and you feel like you’re actually in the car rather than on top of it. It’s no Porsche, but boy does it get close. The ride is great too, I would not mind dailying this car at all.

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Verdict

I think I’ve made it very clear that the M Coupe is one of my favorite cars. It looks great, sounds great, drives great, what’s not to love? When you drive one, you know you’re driving a piece of BMW history; I mean, you’re literally in something that wasn’t supposed to exist. It’s just so cool, and such a blast to drive, it’s no wonder they’re shooting up in value.

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Living With The Volkswagen GTI

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The humble Volkswagen Golf has been around since 1974 and is currently in its 8th generation-not bad I must say. It’s small, practical, cheap, and pretty reliable if you treat it right. Now take this little economy car, strap a turbo to it, and you get the GTI; this little pocket rocket is bound to make you smile.

Thanks to our friend, Lorenzo (@thespeedyguidy) we have been able to live with a very special GTI for the last week, and the car has been very impressive to say the least. Definitely not what we expected.

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The Looks and Interior

Judging by the looks, the GTI just looks like a tastefully modified VW Golf. Now, that’s not a bad thing; the 7th Generation Golf is rather handsome for what it is, but it’s not very eye catching if you know what I mean.

Interior wise though, things start to get good. Keep in mind that this is a Volkswagen, not a Rolls Royce, but if you option leather seats-which our car had-the interior is a very nice place to be. The seats are comfortable for long road trips, yet they still manage to hold you very tight when you decide to do some spirited driving.

Keep in mind, the car is German so everything is pretty easy to find and operate. However, I do have one gripe with the interior, the infotainment in particular. Now I don’t know if this is because there is a flaw or because Lorenzo’s car just didn’t like me, but the bluetooth audio decided to mute my music every time I got a notification on my phone, and didn’t raise the volume back up. That got really annoying really fast. Also, I couldn’t really figure out how to switch off the car’s hillstart assist which is not a deal breaker by any means, but it took some getting used to.

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Practicality

I’ll say it right now, if you want a fun, cheap, practical daily driver, the GTI is easily one of your Top 5 best choices, probably Top 3 if you’re looking for a new car. It’s spacious, comfortable, and very easy to drive. Lorenzo is a man of taste so he got his car with the 6 speed manual, and I know what it’s like to daily a manual in LA traffic so trust me when I say this is the lightest clutch you’ll ever operate. The car is so easy to drive and with that hill assist, traffic jams are a breeze. It’s also got plenty of space to take friends, pets, groceries, you name it; this is a great daily driver. Plus, it’s only a 4 cylinder so you can get great gas mileage, 24 city/34 highway.

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How It Drives

This is where the fun begins. For those that don’t know, the GTI is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine that pushes out 217 hp and 258 lbs/ft of torque; Lorenzo’s car has the performance package which boosts power up to 227 hp (torque stays the same). I know, it really doesn’t sound like much, but the key word here is, “turbo.” I said the GTI was fun, not fast, but when that turbo spools up, I found myself grinning from ear to ear. It’s so funny because under normal load, it’s just like any boring old 4 cylinder but when you get on the throttle, this thing flies. The turbo lag is so atrociously bad that you can’t help but laugh and do it again. This thing picks up speed too once that turbo gets going (I’m smiling right now just thinking about it).

For what it is, the driving feel is not bad at all. Sure the engine revs drop too slow to shift fast and the driving feel is nothing compared to say a Porsche, but for a FWD hatchback, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Again, I would like to thank Lorenzo for lending us his car to review. Lorenzo has been there for us since the very beginning and we can’t thank him enough for this opportunity. We really owe him one. Aside from being a great guy and passionate enthusiast, Lorenzo also has an Instagram page (@thespeedyguidy) and a YouTube channel where he uploads amazing car reviews (The Speedy Guidy). I would definitely recommend checking it out. He also has a cool podcast (@comininclutchshow).

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The SRT Viper ACR: A Supercar Turned to 11

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My friend, Kourosh (@f8_green.gt), organized a Coronavirus Awareness Drive to bring awareness to how severe this pandemic is and to advise everyone to stay home and be safe during this unique time. All jokes aside, we just got extremely bored during the quarantine and decided a drive was long overdue. Since this was such short notice, we just texted our friends and got nearly 20 cars to join us. 

At 11 PM the night before, I decided to take my chances and text Andre (@suited.racer) and invite him to join us in his insane 900 wheel horsepower Viper ACR with 2 bottles of Nitrous stuffed in the trunk. He said he’d try his best to show up and I didn’t think much of it till the next day while we were parked and I heard a very distinctive 8.4 Liter V10 rumble up the street. He even got a friend of his to join us as well in a tastefully modified M4 Competition (@comp.m4). Even though most of us were in the usual BMW or muscle car that most Burbank Highschool car guys have, he still treated us on the same level. Andre showed us around the car, popped the hood, and showed us the extremely grippy tires and nitrous bottles. Eventually, the cops showed up and decided this was a “social gathering” so we got ready to leave. As we were leaving, I asked Andre if he would mind me riding passenger. Even though we are going through this weird time in a pandemic he still decided to share this experience and I will never forget it. Thank you Andre! 

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One thing I should note about the viper is that the cabin is TINY. It was one of the hardest cars to get in and out of. Even the McLaren Senna seemed more comfortable! The moment we got on the main road, I realized what a track focused car the ACR was. It was definitely the most stiff suspension I have ever felt, and I’ll go into detail about that in a minute. We hopped onto the 5 freeway and that V10 was no joke. Andre shifted through the gears one after the other, and we were overtaking cars so fast it was reminiscent to Back to the Future. 

At one point, Andre decided to point out the 2 massive nitrous bottles between our heads, and began to activate them. He showed me the beautiful red button on the side of the shifter and even let ME activate the nitrous, and boy you can really feel the difference. It’s like a turbo, without the lag. There’s just instant power and torque no matter where in the rev range you are. It was such a unique experience and I’m glad I got to experience Nitrous in such an already crazy car. 

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As we merged onto the 101, Andre mentioned that this was his favorite stretch of the Mexican Freeway. As our speed began to climb higher and higher, we sped past the pack and I attempted to wave at them as we flew past. Key word: attempted. Holding your hand out into ”65” mph winds is not a good idea. My wrist snapped and I had to pull my arm back into the car. Then, the surface of the freeway drastically changed, and there was a minuscule hump. However, hitting a minuscule hump at 65mph versus “65”mph changes a hump into a jump. We caught air for what seemed like an eternity and I can’t even remember if my head hit the ceiling of the tiny cabin. Because of the crazy amount of downforce being produced by the massive wing, rear diffuser, splitter, and canards, the car SLAMMED back down onto the ground with so much force it bottomed out. What did Andre do in this situation? He shrugged and said, “sounds like I need a new $8,000 diffuser,” downshifted, and kept accelerating as if nothing happened.

Of all the cars I’ve ever experienced, this Viper was by far the most “Racecar” of all of them. The 458 seemed like a Rolls Royce compared to this. The GT3RS seemed like an S2000. The only car that I can think of that can give Andre’s Viper a run for its money is Cody’s monstrous Gemballa 911 Turbo. With nearly 1000 horsepower on tap and AWD, it’s extremely fast. But it’s still insulated and comfortable on the inside like a regular 911 Turbo. The Viper is track focused in every aspect. When you hop into it, you notice that long bulging hood housing the 8.4L V10 and the low seating position that tells you the center of gravity in this car is serious.

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As a kid, the Need For Speed nitrous seemed like a gimmick, but once I experienced it in real life, I’m very tempted to attach a 250 shot to my Cayenne and see what happens. Watch my reaction to the Viper on Andre’s Youtube channel, Suited Racer starting April 1! Thank you to Andre again for joining us and providing some fresh content during this time! We appreciate everything you’ve done for us and it was a pleasure to see you again. We look forward to working with you in the future.

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The 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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The Mercedes AMG E63S: A Beauty And A Beast

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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