Is Porsche Making a 718 GT4RS?

 

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Ah, the Nurburgring. Automotive heaven to some while a critical testing site for others. For Porsche, it’s the latter. Nearly every Porsche has been seen testing here, from the GT2RS to the Panamera, and even the new Taycan. This week though, a heavily modified Cayman was spotted swerving around the track. For those that haven’t seen it, this new Cayman looks like a track focused version of the new GT4, could this perhaps be the long awaited 718 GT4RS?

If it is though, I’m honestly not surprised, I’m sure you’re not either. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wanting and expecting a GT4RS ever since I found out about the long gearing and de-tuned engine on the 981 gen GT4. Could it be that Porsche is finally turning the Cayman into a proper supercar? But would they even consider it?

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It’s no secret that Porsche has been holding the Cayman back from reaching its full potential. Just look at my Boxster, that thing has a 2.5 liter flat 6 that barely makes 200 hp and keep in mind, the 911 that had the same M96 engine made 300 hp in 1999. If you want a more recent example, look at the gearing on both of the Cayman GT4s. 1st gear takes you up to about 46 mph while second hits the limiter at something like 81 mph! I remember Motor Trend did a calculation back in the day, that said if the 981 GT4 had Porsche’s typical 30 mph for 1st and around 60 mph for second, the 0-60 time would have gone from 4.1 seconds to around 3.6. Guess what, that’s faster than EVERY 911 short of the GT3; coincidence, I think not.

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Like every other RS car, this new GT4RS features the whole 9 yards of Porsche aero upgrades. It’s got NACA ducts, louvers on the rear window to cool the engine, what looks to be small front fender vents, and its party piece, that monstrous rear wing. I don’t care how much power they suck out of the engine or how long they make the gearing, this thing will be glued to the track.

Speaking of power, Porsche has made it very clear that they intend on using the current GT4’s 4.0 liter flat six in other cars. And the current engine for the GT4 is the naturally aspirated beauty we’ve been waiting for, it’s literally just a giant middle finger to turbo charged engines…I love it. What Porsche did is that they took the 911’s 3.0 liter twin turbo flat 6, they bored it out to 4.0 liters, they changed a bunch of internals, and they cut off those soul sucking turbos just like God intended. To add some insult to injury, they also raised the engine’s redline to 8,000 rpm; this thing is a screamer. Now the question is, how much power will they extract from it, because they’ve also made it very clear that the GT4’s engine is performing far below its potential. Realistically, I’m placing my bets at around 460 hp, which is enough to make the GT4RS insanely fast, but not faster than Porsche’s precious GT3.

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Or what they could do, and this is a stretch, is make the GT4RS the long awaited mid engined supercar I’ve always wanted, AKA the Porsche 960 we never got. Who knows though? All we do know, is that there are going to be some fast Caymans loose on the streets. Watch out!

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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 Taycan: A Future to Believe In

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On July 1, 2003, a man named Elon Musk started a revolution; he started Tesla Motors. Tesla Motors was created with the objective of making the electric car a viable, affordable, and reliable method of transportation. Much like Nicola Tesla revolutionized electricity, Musk wanted Tesla Motors to revolutionize the car industry. But as with any startup, progress was slow to say the least. When they finally unveiled their first car, the Tesla Roadster, in 2011, it was pretty cool, but not very significant. Then, about a year or so later, the Tesla Model S emerged and the rest is history. The Model S made such an impact in fact, that car companies big and small began to take notice. Porsche was one of those companies.

The Porsche Taycan started life as a stunning concept revealed in 2015 called the Mission E (aka the Tesla killer). The Mission E was a HUGE leap forward in terms of technology. The concept was powered by an 800 Volt battery, promised over 600 hp, and a Tesla crushing 310 mile range. The world was shocked, and eager for more. Well fast forward to about 4 days ago and Porsche unveiled the Mission E production car to the world under the name, Taycan.

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After months of spy shots and speculation, the Taycan is here, in the flesh, and ready to take down the Model S. At launch, Porsche revealed the range topping Taycan Turbo and Turbo S models (your guess is as good as mine as to why they named it Turbo); they look very promising to say the least.

The Pros

First off, I personally think the car’s beautiful. Sure it doesn’t have the Mission E Concept’s gorgeous lines and sleek, wide body, but it’s still a good looking car. The lines are clean, the accents are there; it’s the subtle beauty we’ve come to expect from a Porsche.

The interior is classy, clean, and comfortable as well except for the fact that there is a “leather free” interior option which is kind of ridiculous for a car that can be well over $200,000.

The performance however, is what makes the Taycan a real Porsche. The “base” Taycan Turbo utilizes a 93 kW/hr, 800 Volt battery setup that produces a P100D like 670 hp and 626 lb/ft of torque on overboost while the range topping Turbo S produces 750 hp and 774 lb/ft of torque. Keep in mind here that the fastest 911 makes 690 hp. 60 mph in the Turbo comes in just 3 seconds and a hypercar like 2.6 seconds in the Turbo S as expected. Don’t let the batteries fool you, the Taycan is a true Porsche in terms of handling as well. The Turbo S also holds the Nurburgring lap record for the fastest 4 door electric car at 7 minutes 42 seconds; Tesla has made no such attempt.

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The Cons

The range on the Taycan however, is a lot less promising. The EPA hasn’t released an official statement about the Turbo and Turbo S’ range, but recent testing in New York has shown that the two cars will likely have a range less than the 345 miles you get in a Tesla Model S.

Pricing is also not a strong point with the “base” Taycan Turbo already costing over $50,000 dollars more than the Tesla Model S P100D. The Turbo S is even more expensive than the $150,900 Turbo coming in at a whopping $185,000 before options.

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The Verdict

In creating the Taycan, Porsche set its sights on the Model S. I think it’s safe to say that Porsche have in fact achieved their goals. Porsche also introduced the concept of high end luxury to the electric car market, hence the high prices of the Turbo and Turbo S. Now the Taycan may not be the most affordable or longest range electric car yet (a base model and possibly a long range model are soon to arrive), but it’s the enthusiast’s electric car. An electric car that’s fun to drive and blisteringly fast as any Porsche should be. And for that, say well done.

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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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Lotus Evija: The Future

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Last Wednesday, we had the honor to visit Galpin’s Debut of the all new Lotus Evija, all thanks to David Gonzalez. A massive thank you to him for inviting us to this memorable event. This blog post will be a mixture of news and a hands on car review. So to the people who expected a Porsche post today, we’re sorry. This event was too important to pass.

The Lotus Evija is Lotus’ version of the rebirth of their company. Lotus is known for their renowned lightweight sports cars such as the Exige, Elise, and Evora. However, with this new Evija, Lotus is jumping headfirst into the Electric Hypercar market, going head to head with automakers like Rimac and Pininfarina, with the C_Two and Battista, respectively. The Lotus has significantly higher numbers. Is this the new Holy Trinity?

However, what makes this Lotus so special is it’s 4 engines producing a record breaking 2,000 horsepower. Keep in mind this car is going into production. The engines are supplied by a company many have heard of, Williams. They might be known more by their Formula 1 legacy, but they want to dive into the Formula E series because of obvious reasons (They’re failing in Formula 1). Developing a car with the same batteries helps the company test durability under extreme conditions. There are 4 motors, one powering each wheel.

The Aerodynamics of this car are like no other. This car even has DRS, borrowed from Formula 1, similar to Ferrari’s system on the LaFerrari. There is an active wing along a flap in the diffuser that raises and lowers depending on how much downforce is needed. There is a huge canal that reaches from the side of the car all the way to the rear for air to pass through. Anthony and I experimented with this canal and got some great photos.

Onto the interior. There is an unbelievable sense of simplicity while still being practical. The center console is perfectly laid out, with all the buttons on a seamless gloss black piece with an interesting pattern. The gauge cluster is one big hexagonal shaped screen. The steering wheel is reminiscent of those in Formula 1, being a small rectangular shape with many high quality components.

There is not a single piece of plastic in the interior. Absolutely everything is covered in Alcantara or carbon fiber. Did I mention there was no dashboard at all? The absence of mirrors is also noticeable. There are 3 very high definition screens showcasing what the conventional mirrors would, but with a better angle of view.

After experiencing all 3 of the Electric Hypercars, I would definitely take the Lotus Evija in a heartbeat. The design in the rear of the car is so unique, the numbers are insane, and it has been developed by a Formula 1 team. I am looking forward to seeing what these can do on the track and to see the reliability. Lotus took a jump, not a step, in the right direction, and I think we can all agree that they did a fantastic job.

The Most Powerful Cayenne is Now Just 20 HP Short of the GT2RS

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According to the title, that would give the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid (what a name) 670 hp…wait a second, 670 hp? That can’t be right! You really did read that right though, 670 hp in a family SUV. 670 hp in a car who’s sole purpose is to take your kids to school and back. The Ford GT doesn’t even have that much power! As ridiculous (and amazing) as that is, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is finally here, and ready to give the GT2RS a run for its money.

To achieve this level of insanity, Porsche had to steal a page from the 918’s owners manual which allowed them to install a hybrid system. It’s a hybrid all right. The 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 “only” makes up about 541 of the 670 hp, the rest is all electric. This may sound like cheating but hey, 0 RPM torque is not to be taken lightly. With this monstrous powertrain, an updated 8 speed tiptronic S transmission, and all wheel drive, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid teleports to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, faster than a Carrera GT might I add, and tops out at an astonishing 183 mph despite having the fridge like aerodynamics of an SUV.

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With the drivetrain also comes other performance enhancing features like active anti roll bars, rear wheel torque vectoring, and ceramic brakes that are the size of my Boxster’s wheels. And if your kid’s school commute is really that boring, you can spice things up by adding launch control via the Sport Chrono Package. These all also come with the Cayenne “Coupe” bodystyle if you prefer a sleeker look; X6 M owners watch out.

As expected the interior is shiny and comfy like any new Porsche and comes with all the goodies you get in the new Cayenne. With all this tech, and about as much power as there are letters in its name, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid starts at a whopping $161,900 with the Coupe being $2,500 more. Save up fast though as these new heart stoppers are set to hit dealers within the first quarter of 2020.

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Now the Cayenne is great and all but this reveal adds more mystery to the reveal of the 992 Turbo; let me explain. The reveal of the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid marks the second time Porsche has replaced the range topping Turbo S model with a Turbo S E-Hybrid model the first time being with the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. What’s to say they won’t follow suit with the 992? Just imagine how much power a 911 Turbo S E-Hybrid would have; I can’t wait to find out!

 

The Porsche 911 GT3 Turns 20

With the 996 GT3 introduced in 1999, 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the GT3. If that black hunk of metal with a wing running round the Nurburgring means anything, we can expect the 992 GT3 to be released at this year’s Frankfurt Motorshow just in time for the 20th anniversary.

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The 996 generation wasn’t received too well by 911 enthusiasts. The new water cooled Mezger engine simply didn’t have the signature whirr of the belt driven fan of the air cooled engine. However, as many enthusiasts will tell you, the 996 GT3 has so many beautiful engine sounds that you’ll forget about what cools it. Despite base Carrera owners being unimpressed by their new 996s, GT3 owners were happy to report that it had great weight distribution and amazing throttle response due to the super light flighwheel. With max torque at 5,000 RPM, and max horsepower at 7,200 RPM, this new water cooled engine was definitely happier close to redline, which was almost 8,000 RPM.

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The 997 GT3 took the standard set by the 996 to an even higher level. An increase of .2 L brought the 997 to a 3.8L Flat 6 which now made 415 hp (435 hp for the 997.2 GT3), a huge jump compared to the 996’s 375 hp. With the updated design came a more modern nose an a much sharper rear, making the GT3 look as slick as it performed. The newly designed wing also looked much more efficient than the 996 generation. Also, the 997 GT3 was the first GT3 to have PASM, also known as Porsche Adjustable Suspension Management.

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Even though many praised the system, some enthusiasts were fearful that the 911 was creeping farther and farther from its roots since it now used an electronic suspension system. I have one thing to say to these people. Get with the times. If you want an air cooled 911 with ancient underpinnings then go ahead and buy a 930 or a 964. Porsche can’t stay behind the competition just to please the purists. And this is coming from a purist!

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The 991 GT3 still maintained it’s “GT3ness” despite major updates from the 997. Among other things, the new car came only with a PDK; the first GT3 with a dual clutch transmission. It also had rear wheel steering, making it the ultimate track toy anyone could ask for. The 991.1 had a 3.8L 475 horsepower Flat 6 but the face lifted 991.2 brought it home with a 4.0L Flat 6 making a clean 500 horsepower. The facelift brought back a manual option at no extra cost! The touring package was first offered on the 991.2 which removed the rear wing to give the GT3 a more subtle look. You can read our review of the 991 GT3 here. It’s truly the perfect balance of both track and road use. That flat 6 makes heavenly noises all throughout the rpm spectrum.

As the 992 GT3 roams around the Nürburgring, we can only wonder what Porsche has in store for us. Will there be a hybrid system? Will it have active aero? Will it be lighter and more hardcore? We can only wonder. One thing is for sure though. The GT3’s legacy will live on for many years to come!

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