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Supercars.Net’s Comprehensive Guide To The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster


It has already been a few months since the ascension of the 992 Porsche 911, yet the swan song for the previous-generation 991 is only just beginning its chorus. Starring the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster, the grand finale for the now outgone iteration is a celebration of both milestones and achievements.

The new Speedster was first unveiled as a concept during the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2018 – a time which also coincided with the 70th anniversary of Porsche sports cars – where they had described the philosophy behind the Speedster as simply, “a pure driving experience”. Fast forward to April 2019, where Porsche had officially green-lighted production of the Speedster at the New York Auto Show.

The Porsche 911 Speedster is the beneficiary of Stuttgart’s latest fixings, while also serving as a throwback to the Porsche 356 – the very first Speedster model. This schematic has forged a 911 with a silhouette based on the 4S Cabriolet body, carbon fibre bits borrowed off the 911 R, and front and rear bumpers from the GT3 Touring. That is not to say that there aren’t any unique offerings on the Speedster, with its shorter, more inclined windshield frame and lower fly-line being amongst its exclusive features.

As originally advertised, the car is powered by the same 4.0L, naturally aspirated, 9000 rpm unit used in the 991.2 GT3; for good measure, Porsche has kindly gone and wrung an extra 10-horsepower out of it too, just for the Speedster. They’ve also done nothing to disappoint the purists, with the same brilliant 6-speed manual transmission – offered in some 991.2 GT3 examples – mated to this legendary flat-6 boxer engine.

With just 1,948* units to be produced, the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is a car in its own right. It will be extremely rare. It will be undeniably unique. And with a price starting at $277,000 USD, it will be lavishly expensive.   

But most importantly, the Speedster is everything – that was, is and will be – wonderful about the Porsche 911.

*an homage to the first year that Porsche began to produce sports cars, and hence its 70th anniversary in 2018

Engine & Performance

At the heart of the Porsche 911 Speedster is a slightly tweaked version of the most current 911 GT3 engine, which now produces 502-horsepower @ 8,400 rpm and 346 lb-ft of torque @ 6,250 rpm.

The Speedster’s engine is able to extract an additional 10-horsepower from the GT3 unit, with the help of bolstered fuel injectors. Specially designed individual throttle bodies improve the engine response of the already pedal-happy 9,000 rpm redline, naturally aspirated power plant. Porsche claims that this engine is the most refined, most efficient and best performing version to come from the GT3 family.

Delivering power to the rear wheels is a 6-speed manual transmission, which like the engine, is also borrowed from the most recent iteration of the 991 GT3. This is the only transmission option available, as the manual gearbox is preferred by Porsche over the technically superior PDK in favour of a more tactile driving experience. While banging through the gears will never be as efficient as what the dual-clutch system delivers, this manual transmission is as precise and smooth as one can get; an absolute pleasure to drive with.

Overall the numbers are ultimately impressive, especially considering the Speedster’s relative lack of modern enhancements that seem to be part and parcel of what is required to make a fast car these days. The Porsche 911 Speedster is able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 3.8 seconds – all in the absence of turbochargers, all-wheel-drive and a dual-clutch transmission.

Chassis & Handling

The Porsche 911 Speedster shares an array of suspension and handling components with the GT3 and 911 R which includes a fine-tuned adjustable sports suspension, torque vectoring system, and four-wheel steering. Overall, the Speedster sits about 5 millimetres higher off the ground than its compatriots and its spring rates offer more refinement and ride quality.

Compared to its donors, the Speedster is clearly and deliberately set up to focus more on driving pleasure rather than Nurburgring (or any other track, for that matter) lap times. The carbon ceramic brakes – 410 mm vented/perforated discs up front, 390 mm in the rear – also utilize softer compounds in favour of more user-friendly modulation and improved urbanity. The car meets the road with a set of 20” Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which provide plenty of street-legal grip.

The first public test-drives of the Speedster took place along the winding country roads in Sardinia. The Speedster negotiated the often rough and uneven Italian terrains with absolute confidence; not only with its performance, but also its comfort and the peace-of-mind it provided the driver. The aforementioned suspension tweaks allowed the car to glide smoothly over imperfections without having to worry about scraping the undercarriage, or chipping a tooth while hopping over jarring surfaces.

Thanks in huge part to the talismanic three-pedal, 6-speed manual transmission, the Speedster feels as raw, connected and spirited as a 911 could possibly be. Minimalism is not lost on the rest of the car either, and to good effect, with a button-free steering wheel, short-shifting gear lever, and relatively spartan interior further emphasizing driving purity at its pinnacle. The Speedster still comes standard with stability control and traction control, but these can be dialed down for drivers who wish to induce a higher degree of rear slip angle, with a simple push of the “ESC OFF” switch.     

The Speedster delivers a masterclass all-around performance of 911-awesomeness, and truly is as Porsche had set it out to be – a “pure driving experience”. At the end of the day, the car should not be mistaken as a docile or watered-down version of a GT-line car, because that is simply not the case. It is just as engaging and visceral as any of the cars it is based on, with just the right amount of elegance added to make it perhaps even more appealing than the others.

Design, Styling & Interior

Aside from the aggregate of undertones which make it undeniably-911, the Speedster was designed to be different from anything else that Porsche has ever made. Most notable is essentially what gives the Speedster its name; the manual-folding, weatherproof soft-top which stores under a distinctive clamshell tonneau behind the driver. To further accommodate the design, the windshield inclines at a sharper angle while the side windows become more stocky at full extension. This gives the Speedster the lower fly-line that is attributed to its previous iterations, which becomes all the more distinguishable once seated inside the cabin.

The interior does nothing to detract from the overall design elements of the Speedster, with simplicity and function taking precedence over luxury and convenience. There is no lack of driver-focused comforts provided by amenities such as the snug, perfectly bolstered sport bucket seats and ideally-located controls; however, normally expected refinements such as door handles and PCM/climate control are replaced with door straps, or in the latter case, nothing at all.

As expected from a limited-edition Porsche, there is hardly a lack of finer details even in a spartan interior. As an option, the standard black leather interior can be complemented with red stitching, as well as having the “Speedster” designation imprinted in the headrests. This option also includes red door straps and the GT Sport steering wheel with a red centre marker. Many of the interior panels are made from carbon fibre.

Buyers who opt for the most extreme option – known as the Heritage Design Package – will get a silver and white two-tone paint job (similar to the concept), and a special livery which includes door numbers and Porsche decals on the side of the car. Also as part of the package, the brake calipers are painted black and the wheels are finished in an exclusive platinum satin finish. Cognac leather also replaces the standard black leather; and to ensure the exclusivity of it all really hits the mark, is a custom Speedster-inspired Porsche Design chronograph made specially for the lucky new owner.

Pricing gets

So here’s where things get a bit crazy but in a less than surprising fashion, really. With production numbers capped at just 1,948, the Speedster will be – for lack of a better term – ‘appropriately priced’.  This means that it won’t come cheap, and with an MSRP starting at $274,500 USD, the Speedster is about twice the cost of the GT3 on which it is based, and nearly the same price as the GT2 RS; and this is without any of the options added, which will send the price well north of $300,000 USD.

Dealers began filling orders on May 7, 2019, and with the entire allocation rumored to be already spoken for, all examples should be in the hands of their new owners by the end of this year.

Performance & Specifications Summary

Model & Price Info

Make Porsche
Model 911
Generation 991
Sub-Model Speedster
Car type Convertible
Category Limited Series Production Car
Built At Zuffenhausen, Germany
Introduced 2019
Base Price (US) $274,500
Units built 1,948

Chassis, Suspension & Powertrain

Curb Weight 1,465 kg (3,230 lbs)
Layout Rear-engined, rear-wheel drive
Body / Frame Aluminum-steel composite monocoque, carbon fiber elements
Suspension (F) MacPherson strut suspension with lightweight springs (including helper springs), anti-roll bar, fully ball-jointed mountings
Suspension (R) Multi-link axle with lightweight springs (including helper springs), anti-roll bar, fully ball-jointed mountings
Steering Electro-hydraulic; power-assisted
Brakes Carbon Ceramic Discs (410 mm front; 390mm rear); Aluminum Calipers (6-piston front; 4-piston rear)
Tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2
Transmission 6-Speed Manual

Engine & Output

Engine Flat-6
Displacement (Litres) 4.0L
Position Boxer, 90°
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Power (hp) 502 hp @ 8,400 rpm
Power (hp) / litre 125.5 hp / litre
Power (hp) / weight 0.34 hp / kg
Torque 346 lb-ft @ 6,250 rpm
Average Fuel Consumption 13.8 L / 100 km (combined)

Performance, Acceleration & Braking Stats

Top speed 193 mph
0 – 60 mph 3.8 s
0 – 62 mph 4.0 s
0 – 100 mph 8.0 s
0 – 125 mph 12.2 s
¼ mile (standing) 11.7 s
124 mph – 0 TBD
62 mph – 0 TBD

Gallery & Videos

Image Gallery

The Speedster sets itself apart from any other 911 ever made, thanks to Porsche’s modern take on a classic, and sure-to-be timeless design. Reminiscent of the circa 1948 Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster, the soft-top compartment lid with its double-bubble shell case is the aesthetic landmark of this very limited edition vehicle.

In my opinion, the Porsche 911 Speedster is an interesting concoction of extroversion, uncanniness and classic design elements – the formula for an ideal balance of function and form – that makes for a car worthy to represent all that is good about the 911 and by extension, the Porsche brand as a whole.

Video Review Gallery

Here are some YouTube video reviews from some of my favorite car reviewers and auto personalities. All of them provide feedback from an “everyday guy” perspective – but aren’t afraid to thrash the car around a racetrack when given the opportunity – providing commentary that is both technical and easy to absorb.

Carfection’s Henry Catchpole provides a wonderful review of the Speedster while driving through the winding roads of Sardinia, starting off with a warm-felt tribute to the 356.

[embedded content]Next, Tony Crawford, Founder of, gives his down-under take on the Speedster. Though he admits to not being a 911-phile to begin with, Tony is unapologetically swooning over the Speedster while he rows through its gears throughout the video.

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The team at Netherlands-based AutoWeek, put together this comprehensive vlog chronicling their experience with the Speedster. The subject matter technical, and the imagery is engaging.

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Last but not least is Porsche’s official cinematic for the car.

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Original Press Release

New 911 Speedster goes into production

05/07/2019 | The 911 Speedster already caused a sensation when it was presented as a concept vehicle. Now Porsche is putting the open-top two seater into production.

The 911 Speedster combines the aspiration of a puristic, driver-oriented vehicle with motor sports technology suitable for everyday use. The 911 R (2016) and 911 GT3 served as a basis for development. A high-revving 375 kW (510 PS; Fuel consumption combined 13.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 317 g/km) four-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine delivers an emotive sound experience in the cockpit. The six-speed GT transmission is shifted manually. Visually, the new Speedster establishes a bridge to its own history – to the forebear of all Porsche sports cars, the 356 “No. 1” Roadster from 1948. The limited edition of the new 911 Speedster is also reminiscent of this vehicle. Exactly 1,948 units will be manufactured from mid-2019 at the Porsche plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany.

As a concept vehicle, the 911 Speedster celebrated its world premiere in 2018 at the ceremony for the “70 Years of Porsche Sports Cars” anniversary in Zuffenhausen. Other public appearances followed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Rennsport Reunion VI in Laguna Seca, California as well as the Paris Motor Show in October. Numerous Speedster elements that characterise the concept vehicle can now be found in the same or similar design on the series production model.

Taking centre stage is the aesthetically shaped convertible top compartment lid with its double-bubble streamliners – a quintessential feature of this sports car type ever since the 911 Speedster from 1988. It is the largest and most complex component to date that Porsche has used in a road model made of a single piece of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. Two trim elements in the double bubbles make room for the roll-over protection system as need, included in the two-seater as a standard feature just like in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

A weight-saving roof structure replaces the basic tonneau cover of the concept vehicle. Despite its puristic design, the fabric convertible top is suitable for everyday use. Together with the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows, it gives the 911 Speedster its athletic profile. The excitingly low fly line already characterised historic designs such as the Porsche 356 Speedster from 1954.

The convertible top takes no effort to operate: the central locking hook at the windscreen frame and both the side fins of the fabric roof are released at the push of a button. The large rear lid made from lightweight carbon fibre is electrically unlocked and slides back a short distance, is then positioned by hand and makes room for the fabric roof, which folds into a Z shape behind the front seats. The cover can then be closed again effortlessly once the roof has folded into position. The roof is closed again in the same way – only the roof fins on the left and right of the streamliners have to be pressed by hand into their holders until they perceptibly engage.

Rear spoiler and rear apron of the 911 GT3 Touring

Lightweight design also dictates other body components of the Speedster. The carbon-fibre composite bonnet – which weighs in two kilograms lighter than on the 911 GT3 – and the carbon-fibre composite wings are originate from the 911 R. The front apron was borrowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is a completely new development. Instead of the Talbot mirrors used on the concept vehicle, the production version of the new Speedster features electrically adjustable and heated Sport Design exterior mirrors. The extending, aerodynamically tuned rear spoiler and rear apron have been adopted from the 911 GT3 Touring for the Speedster.

The interior is characterised by black leather elements for the side bolsters and head restraints of the carbon-fibre composite full-bucket seats, the armrests in the door trims and the shortened gear lever. The centre panels of the seats are upholstered in perforated leather, while the lightweight door panels with black door pulls and stowage nets reduce the overall weight.

“Speedster” logos adorn the head restraints and the visible carbon door sills as well as the central rev counter. Like the other instruments, it has black dials with white needles as well as green digits and scales – features reminiscent of its famous forebear, the Porsche 356 Speedster. A limited-edition badge on the cross structure behind the front seats shows the serial number of the 911 Speedster, which is limited to just 1,948 units.

Porsche also optionally offers the new 911 Speedster with a Heritage Design package. Created by Style Porsche and implemented by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, this equipment version reinterprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s. This includes the interior colour scheme in Black and Cognac with golden details. Special “spears” paintwork in White for the front fascia and front wings is applied to the basic vehicle paintwork in GT Silver Metallic. Historic looking Motor sports decals for the doors and front lid complete the package. Owners can select their own maximum two-digit start numbers like shown in the photos. The Porsche crests and the gold-coloured logos correspond to the designs used in the 50s and 60s.

High-revving engine with 510 PS

The heart of the new Speedster is adopted from the 911 GT3. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with four-litre displacement is a pure GT engine. The peak power of 375 kW (510 PS) is reached at 8,400 rpm, with the maximum engine speed at 9,000 rpm. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 470 newton metres at 6,250 rpm. The new 911 Speedster accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h.

Compared with the previous 911 GT3, the engine in the Speedster is fitted with two gasoline particulate filters (GPF) and complies with the emission standard Euro 6d TEMP EVAP-ISC (EU6 DG). However, the four-valve engine still manages ten PS more. This is due to improvements to detail such as the high-pressure fuel injectors with optimised spray pattern as well as a modified intake system with individual throttle valves, which enable a more spontaneous response to throttle commands. The newly developed lightweight stainless steel sports exhaust system weighs 10 kilograms less – including the two particulate filters.

Befitting its status as a driver’s car, Porsche only offers the 911 with a manual six-speed sports transmission. It features an auto-blip function which precisely and independently compensates differences in engine speed between the gears when downshifting through automatic throttle blips. Auto-blip can be activated at any time, in other words also independently from the chosen PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) variable damping system setting. A mechanical rear differential lock with asymmetric locking action rounds off sporty power transmission.

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The GT philosophy behind the new Speedster is also reflected in its chassis. With its sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, the chassis is based on the technology of the 911 GT3 and 911 R. Control systems such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and PASM with sports tuning and lowering by 25 millimetres have been precisely adapted to the new requirements. The open-top two-seater runs on 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels with central locks. The standard equipment includes PCCB brakes (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) with internally vented and perforated ceramic composite brake discs.


Porsche Design Timepieces has also produced special chronographs for the new 911 Speedster, likewise limited in number to 1,948: the Porsche Design “911 Speedster chronograph” and the “911 Speedster Heritage Design chronograph” can be ordered exclusively by future owners of a new Speedster model at Porsche Centres around the world from May 2019.

Consumption data

911 Speedster: Fuel consumption combined 13.8 l/100 km; CO2emissions combined 317 g/km

Final Verdict

As my fellow colleague, Nick Dellis once remarked, “The world is full of armchair commentators when it comes to cars. At we have a number of journalists and automotive publications we rely on when we want to get unbiased opinions from people we admire.”

Below are snippets from some of our favorite car reviewers and automotive personalities regarding the Porsche 911 Speedster As always, we ask that you support the amazing publications they release, so that the automotive community continues to benefit from the hard work and enthusiasm they put into providing us with content that we love.

Autocar – “Porsche’s fabled GT-car division turns out the 991-generation lights in spectacular fashion” – 5/5


Richard Lane from Autocar is well-versed in Porsche nomenclature, and his review of the Speedster is both historically-centric and detail oriented.

Knowing what he knows, the Speedster was almost everything he expected – it didn’t surprise him one iota, as he remarked that “Given the ingredients, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that the Speedster must be mind-blowing on the road – and it is.”

On that same trajectory, there is no doubt that its price raises his brows somewhat. However, acknowledging all that the Speedster is set out to be, perhaps the perception of what money is gets distorted when in the realm of owning the car.

He ends off his review stating, “Were it our money, we wouldn’t hesitate, because finally Porsche knows exactly what its hip-high Speedster needs to be, and the result is breathtaking.”

The Good

  • Linear power delivery and incredible throttle response
  • Car remains rigid despite no fixed roof
  • Mechanical grip better than expected

The Bad

  • Interior feels smaller than it actually is, some visibility issues
  • Four-wheel steering system could be improved

More: Read full review

Car Magazine – “Icing on the cake” – 5/5

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Car Magazine’s Kyle Fortune was another one of the lucky journalists to take the Speedster for a drive in Sardinia, remarking that “It’s more about driving, and here it delivers, with mesmerising cross-country pace.”

Kyle is as infatuated as anyone else by the Speedster’s purity, even going as far as saying that “…it’s the sheer joy of the feel and feedback that make the Speedster stand out, even from the exquisite 911 R.”

His final verdict: “I want one”.

The Good

  • Ultimate driver’s car
  • Chassis uncorrupted by being roofless
  • Manual transmission is as precise and quick as they come

The Bad

  • All Speedsters have already been spoken for
  • Heritage Desig/n Pack not really worth the money

More: Read full review

Car Advice – “Does it get any better than this?” – 8.8/10

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Tony Crawford of Australian-based Car Advice is absolutely in love with the Speedster, but his pragmatism prevails when it comes to its price – and this is primarily what prevents him from giving the car closer to a 10-rating.

In his own words he summarises,

“It’s a hugely expensive car that is easily outpaced by lower-priced versions in the 911 range, and yet such a limited production run has ensured that all 1948 cars are already spoken for. And that’s by buyers that haven’t yet driven the car.

It clearly demonstrates just how low on the priority scale outright performance figures can be. In the end, the Speedster is a purebred road car and one of the most accomplished sports cars on the planet, as well as one of the most enjoyable cars ever from behind the wheel.

I never thought I’d ever say that about a 911 soft-top, but this car is a spectacular triumph in every regard bar its sky-high asking price.”

The Good

  • Six-speed manual mated to 4.0 flat-6 is a match made in heaven
  • Huge grip levels
  • Throttle response off the charts

The Bad

  • Huge price bump above a 911 GT3 Coupe
  • Racing-style bucket seats can get tiresome

More: Read full review

My Final Verdict – 4.5/5

Make no mistake that the Speedster is an absolutely fitting conclusion to the 991-generation, which by my accounts, has been the best overall iteration of the 911 so far. It truly does represent everything we have come to love, and will continue to love, about the Porsche 911.

We are now living in a time where emissions regulations heavily influence automakers’ outlooks and decision making. As a result, electric vehicles are beginning to stake claim in mainstream thought. While I am all for change and doing what is right for the future, the Speedster’s homage to how things used to be – and in an ideal world, how they could continue to be – brings a welcome smile to my face. The Speedster is truly a time capsule of what could end up being a defining era in human civilization.

The Porsche 911 Speedster is an ingenious amalgamation of the latest technologies on offer, and the more simple ingredients that have been a principle of driving enjoyment since the invention of automobiles. A 502-horsepower engine, without turbochargers. A modern transmission, with just one clutch. A state-of-the-art suspension and chassis, with an unsullied purity. The list goes on.

Perhaps the only drawback is that the Speedster’s rarity and price precludes any sense of being able to really relate with the car.  It feels like the car inhabits another plane of existence, and that seeing one in person seems unfathomable as I can only imagine them occupying spaces deep underground in private collections, shielded from the real world and the sands of time. Quoting myself earlier, ‘The Speedster is truly a time capsule…’, and this is a bit hard for me to get over.


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Vonnen Performance – Porsche 911 Hybrid

Vonnen Performance Offers Glimpse Into What a Production 911 Hybrid Could Look Like

Here we are in the year 2019, yet even the thought of a fully-electric 911 feels sacrilege; but a hybrid, on the other hand, is certainly inevitable and likely not that far off. After all, Porsche’s own 918 Spyder has long possessed the technology which is overdue for a trickle-down into the rest of the Porsche lineup – the 911 being next-in-line.

Even before Porsche has officially committed itself to a production 911 Hybrid, California-based Vonnen Performance has already staked an unofficial claim to the pioneering of this venture with a proprietary hybrid conversion kit called Vonnen Shadow Drive (VSD). At the present time, VSD is designed solely for integration into a 991.1 naturally aspirated 911 Carrera, with future plans to expand compatibility with other makes and models.

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The VSD conversion is able to complement the base Carrera’s factory combustion engine, adding up to 150-horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque without requiring an overhaul of the factory electronics systems nor with the side effect of significant weight gains. The lightweight battery, electric motor, and various system components have a combined net weight increase of just 170 pounds. The aforementioned motor recharges the battery by storing and transferring energy generated by the combustion engine and through braking forces.

Vonnen president Chuck Moreland claims that the biggest appeals of the VSD conversion are its user-friendliness, simplicity and non-disruptive nature. What this translates to is a system that can be easily accessed through a smartphone app interface, has selectable driving modes (such as ‘Track’ and ‘Overboost’), can be turned on or off completely with the touch of a button, and provides real-time monitoring and data-logging which can be uploaded to the cloud.

That is not to say that the inner-workings of the system are neither complex nor advanced, as its brain actively conducts an orchestra of information to ensure the system is performing optimally under all conditions.

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The seamless integration not only applies to the interface-side of things but also to the most important factor – the driving experience. While providing a significant bump in power over the base Carrera’s 350-horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque, the car maintains near-instantaneous throttle response and linear power delivery with the electric motor at play. This makes the car feel more likened to the naturally-aspirated GT3 in terms of power than say, the Turbo. Vonnen VP Bill Davis remarks, “It basically feels like you’re driving a bigger-engined car”

A PDK-equipped car is able to improve its 0-60 mph time from 4.2 seconds to 3.6 seconds with the system turned on and set at Overboost. While VSD is compatible with a manual transmission model, PDK is able to extract the full potential of the system due to having more robust mechanical components which are better suited to deal with the significant increase in torque.

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There are some shortcomings that potential users will be forced to consider before purchasing and installing VSD. The first is its price – $75,000 USD installed – which is rather hefty when taking into account that a second-hand base 991.1 Carrera will be ten to fifteen grand less than the entire system itself. However, for those seeking to consume the latest fixings of technology while also maintaining a purist-appeal – something very rare indeed – the price may have less of a factor.

Then there are the mechanical drawbacks to the system such as the heat it generates. The system has a temperature failsafe of 302 degrees Fahrenheit, beyond which point it will automatically shut down to cool off. This has the potential to occur quite frequently depending on driving habits and ambient conditions; however, it should be noted that the cooling process is typically completed within one minute or less.

Acknowledging this, Vonnen continues to commit its resources to improve the cooling system so it can be pushed harder and recover more quickly, as the release date for a production-version system approaches.

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Jenson Button Rekindles Honda Heritage at Bathurst

Honda Civic Type-R Sets Another FWD Lap Record with Jenson Button at the Wheel

For those who may not know, Jenson Button is a legendary former Honda F1 driver who is synonymous with Honda’s golden years in the Formula 1 scene. This era, many would argue, also coincides with the most prolific years for the Honda brand commercially. Naturally, this made Button the face and poster boy for Honda’s success in the early 2000s.

His relationship with the Japanese motor company remains amicable as ever in Button’s post-retirement, while his driving skills have remained well intact. As the Honda Civic Type-R continues to tour the world, setting (front-wheel drive) lap records at the most famous race tracks, Jenson Button was called up for the latest job – Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, Australia.

Aside from obviously possessing the raw talent required to pilot the car as quickly as possible around the daunting 3.9 mile circuit, the Briton also has the credentials when it comes to this track specifically. While promoting the Australian GP in 2011, he set the all-time lap record of 1:48.8 at Mount Panorama Circuit while driving an F1 car.

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This time around in the Honda Civic Type-R, Button was able to clock a 2:35.2, which was plenty good to be the new front-wheel drive production car lap record. This trip down-under follows a 2018 tour of Europe with the Civic Type-R, where five different drivers set front-wheel drive lap records at five circuits around the continent; with Button being involved with the achievement at Hungaroring.

The Civic Type-R also continues to hold the front-wheel drive production car lap record at the Nürburgring, with a remarkable lap time of 7:43.8 set in April 2017.

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What The First Drive Reviews Say of the 2020 Toyota Supra

It’s Mostly Good News

When Toyota first let it be known that the new 2020 Supra would be developed in partnership with BMW, many hardcore Supra fans were not happy. It makes sense. The Toyota Supra is such an iconic car. It’s one that has a legendary following. To let the Germans design the engine, transmission, steering rack, and dampers is a sacrilege. 

However, the more people see of the car, the more it becomes clear that the Supra does have some major differences than the BMW Z4 with which it shares so much. Toyota, of course, wants to point out as many differences as possible. The Supra should still feel like a Supra and not like a BMW. From what we’re hearing in the press, it does, to a certain extent. 

The interior seems to be some people’s biggest issue with the car. It looks like a BMW, but that’s not the end of the world, necessarily. BMW makes high-quality interiors. Still, if you’re a Toyota purist, that’s unacceptable. One good thing is that it looks a lot different than the BMW Z4, which is nice.

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What the Reviews Say

There’s a lot of views and opinions of the 2020 Supra. Toyota recently had several journalists out to drive the new car. Here’s a look at what was said.

“While fans might roll their eyes at the partnership with BMW, it helped to spawn a stylish sports car with an upscale interior, plenty of power and great handling characteristics,” wrote Michael Gauthier of Carscoops

“That the Supra lacks the genetic purity its disciples might prefer is clear, but genealogy is far less important than creating a driving tool capable of fully immersing its pilot in the experience. And that’s what Toyota has done with the Supra,” wrote Josh Jacquot of Car and Driver.

“And yes, this car can feel a little too soft and maybe even too refined at times, but Supra historically has been a road-focused sports car and this new one fits quite nicely in that mold, offering far more power, poise, and polish than previous generations,” wrote Tim Stevens of Roadshow by CNET.

“This is a genuinely transcendent product, pushing the limits of what’s possible in a competitive class, albeit with a platform, engine, and interior borrowed from BMW ... But get behind the wheel and the end result is a product that far exceeds any preconceived notions. Haters be damned,” wrote Jeff Perez of Motor1.

“Although the Supra’s BMW roots and joint efforts pay off in spades from behind the wheel, I was hoping for a Toyota thoroughbred,” wrote Chris Chin of The Drive.

It’s clear then that if you can get past the fact that the new Supra is indeed a BMW car with some serious Toyota flavored spice thrown in, then you’ll thoroughly enjoy this car. We think we can get excited about a car like this, but understand why some people never will. 

2020 Nissan GT-R – 50th Anniversary

50 Years of GT-R Celebrated In Bayside Blue

Celebrations for the half-century of the GT-R started late last year, and have continued throughout the current calendar year.  Festivities have come in the form of various homages, the latest Nismo GT-R and most recently, the return of the infamous Bayside Blue colorway – not seen since 2002 – to the current GT-R lineup. While most would argue that ushering in a new generation of the GT-R would have been most serendipitous thing to do, this is still a very thoughtful gift from Nissan.

For longer-term fans of the GT-R, Bayside Blue is unequivocally the most iconic, relatable and classic livery to represent the legendary car. Regardless of one’s palate for hues and saturations, a Bayside Blue GT-R was the undisputed poster boy for the Nissan Skyline (and probably, for Nissan as a whole) in the early 2000s.

2020 Nissan GT-R

2020 Nissan GT-R

At the mere mention of the name, ‘GT-R’, one would be hard pressed not to have a cornucopia of imagery flood their mind – from memories of countless hours spent playing Gran Turismo, or reminiscent recollections of the posters, screensavers or model cars that donned walls, computer screens and display cabinets respectively. And all of it of course, in Bayside Blue.

As has been the case for every year of the R35 GT-R, Nissan has made minor tweaks and performance improvements to the car, and 2020 will be no different in this regard. Such changes include new turbos which increase lower range responsiveness and a modified dual-clutch transmission that allows for quicker gear shifts. The suspension is also said to be the most refined its ever been, while the engine design is now more receptive to aftermarket tuning.

To further commemorate the 50th anniversary of the GT-R, unique interior stitching, special Alcantara accents, one-off badging and a redesigned steering wheel add to the fanfare for 2020 models. While there is no official pricing information yet, we expect the 2020 models to be the most expensive GT-Rs to date (excluding the Nismo).

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Porsche Reveals Tidbits on 992 Generation 911 GT Models

Porsche Remains Focused on Continued Success of 911 GT Range

We are just a few months into the current generation of the Porsche 911 – dubbed the 992 – which inaugurated itself with the launch of the Carrera S and 4S models.  Yet much of the hype surrounding the new car has been coming from the relative shroud of mystery regarding the inevitable release of the GT models.

As has been the tradition with previous generation 911s, GT models typically begin to appear a couple of years into the cycle, with various other iterations being presented as part of the GT range until the end of the generation. The 992 generation will follow the same template, with Porsche teasing that “many exciting and unexpected” models will be released in the new future.

Never one to rest on its laurels, Porsche has already been seen testing what appeared to be a GT3 prototype at the Nürburgring late last year. We are likely to see more test mules captured on spy shots as Porsche continues to prepare the proposed variety of GT models for production.

While remaining coy on the specifications of the GT cars – such as, whether we will see any naturally aspirated engines in the lineup – purists can breathe easy, with Porsche CEO Oliver Blume underlining that the 911 will retain an internal combustion engine, amid all the fanfare surround EVs as of late. There are no plans anywhere in the near future to divert from this, nor are there any thoughts being given to fully autonomous driving features  – that’s Porsche, recognizing what makes a 911, a 911.
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2019 Porsche Taycan Nearing Production Phase

Porsche Taycan In Final Testing Phase Before September Reveal

The Porsche Taycan has rather quietly, become on of the most anticipated cars to come out of Stuttgart in a long time. The fully-electric car has the potential to be precedence-setting, both within the company itself as well as the broader automotive spectrum. When it was first unveiled as the Porsche Mission E back in 2015, little details were given, and its silhouette has evolved drastically since officially becoming known as the Taycan in 2018.

Taking place over multiple countries and continents, the Taycan’s world tour has hardly been a vacation for the car or Porsche engineers. The Taycan has undergone rigorous testing in the highest extremes of our planet’s environment, being put through a gauntlet of trials in temperatures ranging from -35 to +50 degrees Celsius.

2019 Porsche Taycan

2019 Porsche Taycan

Thorough considerations are being given to all of the Taycan’s metrics, from its driving dynamics to the performance of its batteries. Once the final testing phase is completed, Porsche states that the Taycan will have gone through well over 100,000 charging cycles using the full range of compatible charging options.

In spite of such grueling conditions, Porsche is buoyed by its findings. In an official press release, Stefan Weckbach (Head of BEV at Porsche) noted that several millions of real-world miles have been recorded as part of these tests.

“After carrying out computer simulations and comprehensive bench tests early on, we have now reached the final phase of this demanding testing programme. Before the Taycan is launched on the market at the end of the year, we will have covered approximately six million kilometers across the globe. We are already very happy with the current status of the vehicles. The Taycan is going to be a true Porsche.” he elaborated.

In a future that most automotive manufactures anticipate will be dominated by EVs, the Taycan is Porsche’s first real statement for that cause. Though this is a very forward thinking approach, Porsche fans can be appeased by the company’s commitment to maintain its core values and respect for heritage. Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Porsche executive board proclaims “Even with solely battery-powered sports cars, Porsche is remaining true to its philosophy and offering our customers the sportiest and technologically most sophisticated model in this market segment.”

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EV’s Hitting the Track in 2019: The Future of Motorsport

While the electric vehicle has existed in one form or another since the mid-1800’s it is only in the last 30 years that technology has made them feasible for the masses. Starting in the 90’s automakers and EV technology leaders used motorsports as a test-bed and marketing tool for their hybrid-drive technologies, the stepping stone to full electric power.

Fast forward to 2019 and massive strides have been made in the power output and range of EV racecars. These speed machines boast impressive stats and are right at the cutting edge of EV technology.

BMW iFE.18

BMW iFE.18

BMW iFE.18

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BMW iFE.18

BMW iFE.18

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The ABB FIA Formula E championship is the most recognized EV racing series, visiting exotic locales all over the world. This series serves as a proving ground and R&D lab for privateer teams and factory teams to test the latest EV tech.

The first generation car debuted in 2014 and while entertaining it lacked range and the all-out speed a lot of fans expect from formula car racing. Range was so short that drivers had to switch into full-charged cars part way through the races. For 2019, the Gen 2 car features an increased 280 kW power output, more downforce and enough power storage to last a full race length.

Check out these highlights of the 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix to see how exciting these cars can be.


  • Power Output: 335hp (250KW)
  • Torque: Unknown
  • 0-60: 2.8s
  • Top Speed: 280km/h
  • Weight: 1984 lbs




Image from Driven



Image from Driven

Developed by Jaguar’s Special Vehicles Operations the I-Pace E Trophy is built on a modified version of the standard I-Pace chassis. Using much of the same driveline as the production vehicle, the E Trophy sheds almost 500lbs of weight, adds a roll cage, racing brakes, suspension and driver-selectable settings to give Jaguar a test-bed with direct roots to its production vehicles.

This test drive gives a great impression of what it’s like to hustle one of these beasts around a track


  • Power Output: 433hp (323KW)
  • Torque: 516 lb-ft
  • 0-60: 4.0
  • Top Speed: 195km/h
  • Weight: 4332 lbs

EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL

EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL

EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL
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EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL

EPCS V2.3 Tesla P100DL

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One of the most exciting EV race car developments was the announcement of the Electric Production Car Series modified Tesla P100DL car. Coming in at a whopping 1100 lbs lighter than a production P100DL the V2.3 is tweaked to produce 778 HP and 734 ft-lb.

Combined with racing suspension and brakes the V2.3 pumps out some impressive performance figures. After some delays, a whole series of these EPCS cars are expected to start official competition in 2019.

Tiff Needell test drives the V2.3 and gives some fun insights into the vehicles mentioned above.


  • Power Output: 778hp (585KW)
  • Torque: 734 lb-ft
  • 0-60: 2.1
  • Top Speed: 250km/h
  • Weight: 3968 lbs (Incl. driver)

Clever Ways to Save Money when Buying a Supercar

So you have finally decided that it’s time to upgrade to a vehicle that actually ticks off all the boxes and provides you with the driving experience you desire. Buying a supercar isn’t a purchase you’ll be making just any day, and maybe leasing a supercar is even a better alternative for you. Since this might be one of the biggest investments of your life, you want the entire purchase to turn out as planned.

You probably know already that a supercar comes with a higher price tag than your average vehicle, which means you will need to get a bit more money out of your pocket. If you are currently stressing over the large expense you will be subjected to, perhaps you should find a few methods of saving some money. Here are a few ideas that might help you out on the matter, so look them over carefully.

Sell your currently-owned vehicle

Parting ways with the car you have been driving for a long time isn’t always easy. You might be tempted to keep your current vehicle, especially if the price you will be able to sell it for isn’t exactly a high one. Well, in reality, selling your old car should be the first step you take on the matter. Besides getting some cash into your pocket out of the sale, you will also be saving on insurance, potential repairs and other expenses that arise when you have more than one vehicle in your garage. So, when you are interested in upgrading, start with the basics and put your currently-owned auto up for sale. Even a couple of thousands more in your pocket might help you out financially, and may allow you to buy a supercar model that comes equipped with more extensive features.

Clean up your driving record

The money you will be spending on the purchase itself isn’t the only expense you will need to worry about. The newer and more expensive the car model is, the higher the insurance price you’ll need to cover will automatically be. You should use the right tricks to your advantage, to manage accessing a more affordable policy. One of the things you are advised to do is review your driving record and make sure it’s in order. Any unpaid tickets should be handled first, and with a clean record at your disposal you can negotiate a better price on your future supercar insurance policy.

Consider using online deals

Although you may not actually find coupons amiable on the purchase itself, considering you will have other related expenses, such as new tires, or perhaps new car parts (if you are buying the vehicle used, from a dealership), you might come across some great automotive deals that allow you to benefit from discounts on various vehicle-related buys. A 25 percent discount on a pair of expensive tires, for example, can mean quite an appealing save, so looking into this possibility when you are trying to save some money is certainly recommended. Offers and deals websites stand at your disposal with an impressive variety of offers, ranging from small auto parts and up to insurance. Regardless of your specific needs, you should always go on a quick search on the web, to see if you come across some deals first. The amount you will be saving can be used in other more productive ways. Online discount codes have become a great solution for buyers that are on a strict budget, so why not take advantage of the available offers yourself?

Think about buying used

It’s perfectly normal for you to want to purchase your dream auto brand new, especially when it comes to luxury, high-performance models. However, in some cases, this might not be the wisest choice to make. You have the possibility of finding your favorite supercar at a second-hand dealership, which might have even used for less than a year, and is now up for sale for far a lower price than the brand new version. Cars deal with somewhere around a 20 percent depreciation drop in the first year, so if you start analyzing how much money that is, you will understand that the second-hand alternative is worth contemplating upon.

Buy local

While you might be tempted to order your favorite, vintage car, for example, from another county, this possibly being the only dealership that has the exact model you want, you should be aware of the higher costs that come with delivery. Delivery expense can add up to quite a significant amount, and why should you be wasting money on shipping, when you can use it is on things you actually need? A piece of advice you should keep in mind is to buy your supercar locally. Once you do the math, and find out just how much money can be saved if no international delivery is involved, you will conclude for yourself hat this is the wiser choice. Moreover, buying from a local dealership, and actually going there in person, could also bring a higher discount to the table. It’s far easier to get the sellers to drop the price, even for a bit, when you are discussing the sale in person. Going to the dealership, checking out the exact model you want and seeming like a reliable potential customer might persuade the auto dealers to make you a better offer, just to close the deal. It’s always best to purchase from a nearby dealership.

Buying a luxury, high-performance vehicle is certainly exciting, especially if you consider yourself a car enthusiast and have been eyeing a model for a long time. However, because this is a purchase that will involve quite the large financial investment from your part, you could put in a bit of effort in lowering the costs through a few clever ways. The suggestions mentioned here could provide you with the necessary support on the matter, guiding you in the right direction. Take them into account, and you may actually be able to cut down on how much money you will be saving on the buy.

Dallara Automobili Stradale

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On November 16, 2017, after 45 years of constructing race cars and collaborating on some of the most iconic road cars, Dallara Automobili released their expression of what a road car should be.

Potent Pedigree

As sole chassis supplier for the IndyCar series and defacto winning platform used in competitive Formula car racing across Europe, Dallara is a juggernaut. One of the most prolific constructors in motorsport, Dallara has designed chassis or consulted in most classes of motorsport from Rally to Formula 1. Lancia, Ferrari, Maserati and numerous other marques competing at the highest levels of competition have trusted Gian Paolo Dallara and his concern to get them to the winner’s circle.

Less known than their racing accomplishments is Dallara’s involvement in some of the most iconic road cars. Prior to starting Dallara Automobili Gian Paolo was technical director at Lamborghini Automobili, leaving his impression on the 350 GT, Espada, and legendary Miura. His company helped design modern legends including the KTM X-Bow, Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, the Maserati MC12 and Alfa Romeo 8C amongst others. No doubt their experience collaborating on these greats helped to pinpoint what they wanted out of their own creation.

“The Pursuit of Excellence”

With a strong admiration for Colin Chapman’s philosophies on vehicle design, Gian Paolo designed the Stradale as a true driver’s car.

Chassis & Suspension

Dallara Stradale carbon fibre chassis and front suspension.Dallara Stradale carbon fibre chassis and front suspension.

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For Dallara, only a light and stiff carbon fiber chassis would do for the ultimate driver’s car., helping to achieve the scant dry weight of 1885 lb. The suspension is a standard race-layout with double wishbones front and rear.

Keeping everything in check are dampers developed by the Dutch specialist Tractive Suspension. At the top of the range, Tractive provides a height-adjustable package with compression and separate high/low-speed rebound adjustment. A collaboration with Bosch gifts the Stradale with an extensive but unobtrusive ESP 9.1 stability program.


Blue Dallara Stradale with optional wing and Bosch livery.Blue Dallara Stradale with optional wing and Bosch livery.

Image from Bosch

A balance of form and function, the Stradale’s shape was penned by the Italian automotive design firm Granstudio with functionality driven by CFD and wind tunnel development. Dallara reports the shape will generate over 1800 lb of downforce!

Uniquely, the Stradale is available as a Barchetta (no doors, no windshield), Roadster (windshield, no doors), Targa (windshield, t-frame) or Coupe (windshield, t-frame +2 doors). Granstudio showcases the evolution of the design in this slideshow.


Dallara Stradale cockpit/interior viewDallara Stradale cockpit/interior view

Image from Dallara

The interior is as spartan as the curb-weight dictates, with not much more than the essentials. With the fixed seating position the controls adjust to the driver through a movable pedal box and adjustable steering column. Steering is unassisted, the dash and wheel would be at home on any contemporary GT race car.


Perhaps the most conventional part of the Stradale is its powerplant. Equipped with a Bosch-tuned 2.3l Ford Ecoboost engine the driver can unleash up to 400HP, moving the featherweight to 60 MPH in just 3.25 seconds and ultimately to over 173 MPH.

2.3l Ford Ecoboost engine for the Dallara Stradale2.3l Ford Ecoboost engine for the Dallara Stradale

Image from Automotiv Presse

Driving Impressions

Since its release, last year videos have revealed details of a driving experience that most of us can only dream of being a part of.

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  • Horsepower: 400 hp
  • Torque: 369 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 3.25 seconds
  • Top Speed: 173 mph
  • Weight: 1,885 lbs

The Fastest Cars You Can Buy for Under $50,000

I have personally had the good fortune of owning about a dozen different cars over the last decade, with most of them being acquired on the used market. With great interest, I am often scouring sites such as AutoTrader; mostly to get an idea of what’s out there – like watching the stock market – or in some cases, with the intent of making an immediate purchase.

If you’re patient and have a solid idea of what you want, I feel that there is always a great deal to be had. There can be a lot to sift through at times on the web, but the gems are there for the taking. You likely won’t get the exact car you had in mind – specs, options, colors et al – but the monetary savings from not ordering that exact car brand new from the factory, should more than makeup for that.

That is not to say that there aren’t some very desirable brand new cars at an affordable price out there, because there are. The used market is just more inclined to have some more unique offerings and a better bang for buck overall.

Here are a few of the fastest* cars you can buy for under $50,000 USD.

*Note: Fastest by my definition, is the broader consideration of overall performance metrics, rather than just 0-60 times or raw power.

Porsche 911 Turbo (996 Generation)

Porsche 911 Turbo (996 Generation)Porsche 911 Turbo (996 Generation)

If you’re looking for a top of the line Porsche 911, look no further than the 996 Turbo. If you can get past the looks (read: headlights), it’s a really solid car. With 420-horsepower, 415 lb-ft of torque and all-wheel-drive, you are getting the pinnacle of road car performance from the early 2000s era, for a fifth of the cost of a new one.

Honda Civic Type R (New)

Honda Civic Type R (New)Honda Civic Type R (New)

I had mentioned earlier that new cars would not be excluded from this list, and also my definition of ‘fastest’. On paper, the CTR produces 306-horsepower and 295 lb-ft or torque; specs that aren’t exactly going to raise eyebrows by today’s standards – but do note that the CTR is the fastest front-wheel drive car around the Nurburgring with a time of 7:43.80. It is by all accounts that matter, a legitimately fast car.

Dodge Viper (SR II)

Dodge Viper (SR II)Dodge Viper (SR II)

The second generation Dodge Viper is an iconic car, and some argue the commercial pinnacle of the Viper’s storied past. Boasting its massive 8.0L V10 engine which produced 450-horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, the Viper is an American icon and quite the collectible these days.

On the track, the Viper is a doozy to drive – with its lack of assists and abundance of power, the Viper’s potential will only be tapped into by the most experienced drivers.

Tesla Model S (Early Models)

Tesla Model S (Early Models)Tesla Model S (Early Models)

The Tesla Model S first arrived in 2012 to much acclaim. While electric vehicles as a mainstream mode of transportation have yet to gain some real traction (that’s for another article), the Model S has enabled Tesla to become the most marketable, revered and de facto ruler of the electric vehicle world. By nature, electric motors are quiet; and besides their most obvious trait of not requiring gasoline, they are also very quick.

An early model Tesla S in P85 RWD trim (which would be topping the $50k budget) produces 416-horsepower and 443 lb-ft of right-here-right-now torque. These figures allow the 4,700-pound luxury sedan to do 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds – impressive, to say the least.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06/ZR1 (C6)

Chevrolet Corvette Z06/ZR1 (C6)Chevrolet Corvette Z06/ZR1 (C6)

The Corvette Z06 offers supercar performance at an incredible price, even when brand new. Equipped with a 7.0L V8 producing over 505-horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, the Z06 is sometimes underrated for its overall chassis and handling capabilities which are not sub-par to many cars well above its price range. The ZR1 offers a power boost over the Z06, with a supercharged engine generating 638-horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque – what a beast!

Nissan GT-R (CBA Models)

Nissan GT-R (CBA Models)Nissan GT-R (CBA Models)

The Nissan GT-R became the darling of the ‘everyday supercar’ world when it was released in 2009. It had the performance stature which could embarrass cars twice – even triple – its price brand new and didn’t need to be a garage queen with its overall versatility. It seems that the gap has been closed by competitors over the years, who have upped their game in terms of their bang-for-buck delivery.

However, the GT-R still remains a car of outstanding value, with its supercar performance, everyday usability and relatively low cost of ownership. Some early models can be had for less than $50,000.

BMW M3/M4 (F80)

BMW M3/M4 (F80)BMW M3/M4 (F80)

The BMW M3 is another iconic car. The production of the current-gen F80 M3 started in 2014, where it was manufactured only in saloon form, following BMW’s plans to split the BMW 4 series coupe/convertible from the 3 series. All this really means is that the M3 is the sedan, and the M4 is the 2-door iteration of the M3. So yes, M3=M4, spiritually speaking.

The engine in the M3/M4 produces 425-horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, delivered via its 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and can achieve 0-60 mph in 4 seconds. Earlier models on the used market tend to go for close to $50,000 and could be one of the best all-around cars you can get for that price.

All 2018 Model-Year Cars Powered by V12 Engines

These days the V12 engine seems to be a primarily British or German cuisine, with each likely considering themselves both curators and preservers of this dying recipe. Car manufacturers (exotics included) are shifting away from higher displacement engines, and towards more compact force induced engines – all in the name of performance efficiency and satisfying stricter emissions regulations.

Aston Martin remains one of the biggest advocates for the V12, although many of its cars fitted with them also now have a V8 option that is usually not any less potent. British counterpart Rolls Royce has the honor of being the only automaker to have a v12-only-lineup of cars; a badge worn with pride, and perhaps some prejudice too – but why not? Rolls Royce was never one to conform to the masses, anyway.

BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Mercedes make relatively brief cameos in this display – however, it should be noted that the V12s in the Rolls Royce lineup are in fact made by BMW.

2018 Model-Year Cars Powered by V12 Engines

Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin Vanquish SAston Martin Vanquish S

There isn’t quite anything like a naturally aspirated V12, and that’s what you get in the Vanquish S. The popular 5.9L 580-horsepower grand tourer produces peak power at a symphonic 7,000 rpm.

Aston Martin DB11 V12

Aston Martin DB11 V12Aston Martin DB11 V12

The DB11 is Aston Martin’s take on the twin-turbocharged V12. The 5.2L engine produces up to 630-horsepower and can launch from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. For 2018 there is a V8 option, but it is obvious which choice a certain 007 make. James Bond, anyone?

Aston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin Rapide SAston Martin Rapide S

Aston Martin’s V12 saloon is often referred to as the “world’s most beautiful four-door sports car”. The 5.9L V12 produces 552-horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed Touchtronic III transmission.

BMW m760i xDrive

BMW m760i xDriveBMW m760i xDrive

BMW’s infamous 7 series is epitomized by the m760i xDrive. Flaunting a 6.6L twin-turbocharged 601-horsepower V12, this AWD sedan is the ultimate statement of performance luxury.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

Ferrari GTC4LussoFerrari GTC4Lusso

The Ferrari GTC4Lusso is the automaker’s vision of ‘practicality’. With its shooting brake design, the GTC4Lusso is 4-seater grand tourer with all-wheel-drive and has four-wheel steering to boot. The front-mounted 6.3L naturally aspirated engine produces 680-horsepower and 514 lb-ft of torque and is capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 SuperfastFerrari 812 Superfast

In my personal opinion, the Ferrari 812 Superfast is the ultimate grand tourer, and this is thanks in huge part to its unrivaled V12 engine. The 6.5L naturally aspirated unit makes an astronomical 789-horsepower at 8,500 rpm (with redline at 8,900 rpm) and 530 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm.

The car is not just brute force though, as it is remarkably agile and even sensible enough to be a comfortable daily driver. The 3,900 lb car still manages to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, keeping up with some of today’s most audacious hypercars.

Lamborghini Aventador S

Lamborghini Aventador SLamborghini Aventador S

Lamborghini’s V12 comes in the form of its all-wheel-drive Aventador S, with a 6.5L engine producing 730-horsepower at 8,400 rpm. Being one of the lightest V12 machines currently on the market, the Aventador S is sharp, agile and a true driver’s car which truly shines at the race track.

Mercedes AMG S65 / Maybach S 650

Mercedes AMG S65 / Maybach S 650Mercedes AMG S65 / Maybach S 650

The Mercedes AMG S65 can be had in coupe, cabriolet, and sedan forms – each is equipped with a handcrafted twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 engine, which produces 621-horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The opulent Mercedes-Maybach S650 ultra-luxury sedan utilizes the same power plant seen in the AMG S65.

Pagani Huayra

Pagani HuayraPagani Huayra

The latest iteration of the Pagani Huayra utilizes a tweaked version of Mercedes-Benz’ AMG V12 6.0L engine and is mated to a seven-speed transmission. The 720-horsepower (764-horsepower in the new roadster version) supercar is capable of 0-60 mph in under 3 seconds and looks the part, with its one-of-a-kind silhouette and active aero body parts.

Rolls Royce Ghost / Dawn

Rolls Royce Ghost / DawnRolls Royce Ghost / Dawn

The Rolls Royce Ghost sedan is basically the little brother of the Phantom – the poster child of the British automaker. The rear-wheel-drive Ghost is equipped with a 6.6L twin-turbocharged V12 engine which produces 563-horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. The Dawn is essentially the cabriolet version of the Ghost and shares the same engine.

Rolls Royce Phantom

Rolls Royce PhantomRolls Royce Phantom

The ‘poster-boy’ Rolls Royce Phantom is the British automaker’s most iconic car. It is simply unmatched in opulence and luxury and is unrivaled as the ultimate statement car to be chauffeured around in.

The current Phantom utilizes a tweaked version of the same twin-turbocharged V12 used in the Wraith, Ghost, and Dawn, displacing 6.75L vs. 6.6L in the other models. This means that while it shares the same peak 563-horsepower as its smaller siblings, torque output is increased to 664 lb-ft in the Phantom.

Rolls Royce Wraith

Rolls Royce WraithRolls Royce Wraith

The Wraith would be Rolls Royce’s take on the sporty grand touring coupe. The most agile and nimble of cars in their lineup, the Wraith is also equipped with the most powerful engine and a shorter wheelbase.

The same 6.6L V12 as seen in the Ghost / Dawn is used in the Wraith, though it has been modified to produce even more power with 624-horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Wraith is capable of 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Introducing the New McLaren Speedtail: 250+ mph, 1000+ HP, $2.2M Pricetag. Wow.

Meet the new Speedtail – an aptly-named addition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series. This limited-edition car, of which only 106 examples will be built, represents McLaren’s unyielding pursuit of top-speed.

As of today, only three cars fall under McLaren’s Ultimate Series designation: the P1, the Senna, and now, the Speedtail. The Speedtail is also the first of 18 new models that McLaren intends to unveil between now and 2025.

Whereas other McLaren’s blend handling, acceleration, top speed, and driving dynamics in a harmonious package, the Speedtail has a more singular focus. And that focus is speed. Ludicrous amounts of it.

The Numbers

McLaren Speedtail Rear EndMcLaren Speedtail Rear End

What we know so far:

  • Power: 1,035 horsepower from a yet-undisclosed hybrid powertrain
  • Top Speed: 250mph (or more)
  • Acceleration: 0-186mph (300 kph) in just 12.8 seconds.
  • Weight: Approximately 830 kg
  • Price: $2.2 million price tag
  • 106 examples that are 100% sold

The Speedtail is a Blend of Sweeping Lines, Aggressive Bodywork, & Incredible Opulence

McLaren Speedtail Front EndMcLaren Speedtail Front End


Looks are subjective and because of that I rarely oogle or outright proclaim how good looking a thing is (especially a car). We all have our tastes.

But an exception must be made for this McLaren. It is simply gorgeous and awe-inspiring on its own right; even if I didn’t already know that it was a machine capable of reaching speeds that no sane person would dare take it, on looks alone that message would be received loud and clear.

McLaren Speedtail Top ViewMcLaren Speedtail Top View

It’s one of the few cars today that elicits an inherently emotional response. One replete with all the superlatives you can think of, and perhaps those wouldn’t be enough to do the Speedtail justice.

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Its silhouette sweeps from the front of the car to the extended rear – a teardrop shape that is the key to its exceptional aerodynamics – with side accents that add an organic edge to its smooth profile. The front rims are enclosed – for maximum top-speed – while the rears remain exposed. The entire care oozes elegance, class, and barely-contained power that the lucky driver will be able to unleash.

McLaren Speedtail Door HandlesMcLaren Speedtail Door HandlesThe Speedtail features hidden door handles and dual rear ailerons that blend seamlessly into the bodywork. Panel gap tolerances of 1mm remove any visual break, resulting in a single smooth line that follows the car from head to tail.

This type of precision is possible thanks to new technology that incorporates flexible carbon fiber- the bodywork will move and bend with the car as it accelerates.

Because of this, there is no turbulent air. No drag. No loss of speed. No break for the eye to get distracted by.

McLaren Speedtail Rear AileronsMcLaren Speedtail Rear Ailerons

That unleashing of power, by the way, will take place in ultimate luxury. Let’s look inside.


McLaren Speedtail InteriorMcLaren Speedtail Interior

The cabin is perhaps the best example of luxurious minimalism taken to the nth degree. The center-aligned driver’s seat – reminiscent of the venerable F1 – gives the driver a commanding view of the road ahead. Slightly flanking the driver on either side are two passenger seats. The world’s fastest GT car is once again a three-seater.

McLaren Speedtail InteriorMcLaren Speedtail Interior

McLaren has managed to pay homage to its past while demonstrating how the future should look and feel. Three big screens make up the majority of the dash, and bleeding-edge technology is seamlessly incorporated throughout the car. Even the windshield, which features an electrochromic top section that can dim on command, is an example of the technological ability of the Speedtail.

McLaren Speedtail InteriorMcLaren Speedtail Interior

Long Live the Hyper GT

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McLaren has labeled the Speedtail a Hyper GT, which seems fitting given the excess of the car and its abilities. This is a car that’ll take you to 250mph, and then to the Opera, on the same set of tires (to paraphrase McLaren spokesperson Wayne Bruce).

More than that, the Speedtail is a car that reminds us that the automotive world serves to inspire and excite us as much as it does to move us from one place to the next. Though, in the case of the Speedtail, it very much moves us.

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Blast from the past: Aston Martin announces limited run of V12 Vantage V600

The old adage goes the customer is always right. In the case of the Aston Martin Vantage V600, we think they got it very right indeed.

Aston Martin recently released the new Vantage, a lithe, neon green sports car that looks like something out of a sci-fi comic book. Despite the futuristic impression it gives off, the Vantage pays its dues to its roots; that shape is unmistakably Aston.

The company has never been afraid of looking to its past for design inspiration – look at any model in the Aston Martin lineup today and you can trace elements of its design and execution back to the DB5 and even the original 2-Litre Sports released under David Brown back in 1948. That car is so influential to the Aston bloodline that his initials grace the company’s grand tourers to this day.

For the V600, Aston Martin customers commissioned the return of another historic namebadge for the company, with V600 having adorned a bonkers limited-run twin-supercharged 600bhp Vantage built without ABS – a last hurrah for that incarnation of the Vantage before tightening emissions regulations edged it out of the lineup.

Fast forward to 2018: the new Vantage V600

Aston Martin says the spirit of that original car from 20 years ago carries on in this new incarnation. Based on the outgoing ‘VH’ Vantage, the 2018 Aston Martin V12 Vantage V600 features the charismatic 6-litre Aston V12 up front, upgraded to produce 600bhp, much like its namesake.

Just fourteen examples of the new V600 will be produced, with Aston promising the ultimate analogue Vantage, which should appeal to nostalgic fans of the brand who seek the on-edge feel of supercars from the brand’s history but without the danger, age-related issues or risk of breakdown that come with it.

To that end there is no semi-automatic ‘box – the V600 comes with a seven-speed manual transmission, connecting the driver directly with the experience of shoving that 600bhp to the rear wheels.

Keeping the V600 on the road is front and read dual independent wishbone suspension with three-stage adaptive damping for a sporty feel when required and a more comfortable ride when not.

While the body shape is that of the old model, aggressive styling cues let the in-the-know observer know that this is no ordinary Vantage. That bodywork is fully carbon fibre, with a strake along the side hinting at the menacing potential of the car. A darkened grille adds to the V600’s presence while providing cooling to the V12, while at the rear a quad exhaust juts from a carbon-fibre diffuser.

Aston Martin says the V12 Vantage V600 is available on request, with the fourteen models slated for delivery in the autumn.

How much do you want to be among the fourteen lucky souls to get behind the wheel of the V12 Vantage V600?

Outdoor Activities with the new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster

Some people play Badminton in their leisure time. Some play ping pong, and some play chess. The Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is for those who like to jet ski.

Bear with me on that analogy – with the GT S Roadster that Mercedes-AMG has just announced, you get all of the kicks of the AMG GT S coupe, but you get to enjoy them out in the fresh air.

Slotting in between the current lineup of the AMG GT Roadster (for those that enjoy lycra-ing up of a weekend and heading out on a road bicycle) and the AMG GT C Roadster (for full-on lunatics who enjoy bobsledding in their spare time), the GT S Roadster gets the same twin-turbo AMG 4-litre V8, though in this instance it’s tuned to produce 515hp at 6250rpm and 494 lb-ft of torque between 1900 and 5000rpm.

That means it’s got the edge on the 469hp, 465 lb-ft GT Roadster, though isn’t quite as ballistic as the 550hp, 502 lb-ft AMG GT C Roadster.
b Mercedes-AMG GT S

b Mercedes-AMG GT S
Like all the best AMG Mercs, the GT S should still be able to get slidey at will thanks to that power being sent straight to the back wheels via an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.

The driver will get the full cacophonous AMG soundtrack as we’ve come to expect, too, with the roof down-experience allowing the sound to carry direct from the performance exhaust system also offered on the AMG GT C to their ears – up to a certain point on the way to the car’s 192mph top speed at least before the wind does its thing.

0-60 is dispatched with in 3.7 seconds – which should be fast enough for those seeking thrills but not all-out speed. That time still brings it within a tenth of a second of the more speed-focused GT C Roadster, though.

Stopping power isn’t bad either, with that limited-slip diff combining with composite brakes – 15.2 inch fronts with six-piston calipers and 14.2 inch rears with single-piston calipers – that AMG say will provide exceptionally short stopping distances and an outstanding resistance to fading.

Aluminium has been used throughout the bodywork to keep weight to a minimum while ensuring rigidity, and the car’s centre of gravity is kept low thanks to use of a three-layered fabric soft top – for when the noise (or the weather) becomes too much for the occupamnts.

European order books are open now, but US customers will have to wait until later this year when the AMG GT S Roadster will reach US dealerships.

If you were seeking outdoor excitement from your V8 Mercedes, which Roadster would you pick? The GT, GT S or GT C? Let us know in the comments!