The Porsche 991 has grown on us and these pictures help push the envelope.
Easily the fastest and most technologically advanced car to come from Stuttgart thus far, the Porsche 911 (Series 991) is a mean, lean, German road-eating machine. Luckily, we have a huge photo-sharing platform that we can browse and get a glimpse of how people are modifying the 991, or just enjoying them. Either way, it’s nice to have a collective group of people loving the 991. Why? Well, because we love it. Take a walk through the magnificence that is the seventh generation 911.
From superchargers, to turbos and naturally aspirated motor rebuilds, the new C7 Corvette gets some serious power upgrades from these tuners.
There’s really no need for a power boost in the already stout 430 horsepower C7 Corvette, but we wouldn’t turn down the change for a few extra HPs. If you can’t wait for the massively powerful, racetrack-ready Z06 to become available in early 2015, these five aftermarket tuners will make sure you have plenty of oomph for the time being.
Hennessey HPE700 Twin-Turbo—Hennessey’s MO has been to supply twin turbos on its car for quite some time now and the new HPE700 is no different. With 708hp at 6,300rpm from the turbos, fuel system upgrade and Hennessey’s propreitary software calibration, there’s no doubt this variation will be fast but it should also be reliable. Hell, they even throw in a 1 year/12,000 mile warranty. Click here for more information
Lingenfelter 417 CID Engine Package—For the crazy ones out there, Lingenfelter offers an engine package pushing north of 1,000 horsepower. Yes, 1-0-0-0. Lingenfelter removes the stock LT1 in favor of their own block preparation, including Competition Cams, twin turbos and JE Forged pistons into the mix; essentially making this Corvette a 1/4 mile heat-seeking missile. Click here for more information
Callway Corvette SC610—Coming stock with a Eaton TVS2300 Supercharger System, Callaway offers the best looks of the trio plus optional accessories such as: Callaway Nordschleife dampers, Callaway LeMans brake system and even delivery at the Corvette Museum. If you’re into that sort of thing. Click here for more information
Late Model Racecraft LM630 “Reaper”—LMR offers a custom torque converter for the automatic Vettes who want the 10.66 1/4 mile treatment. This all motor package includes LMR’s own cylinder heads, induction package and exhaust for a nasty (as in good) sounding effect. For the daily drivers who want bone-stock looks (and also want to shell out $13,000) but Z06 performance, this is a great route. Click here for more information
East Coast Supercharging NOVI 1500—With race-inspired components (no duh) and over 1,000 WHP with the optional NOVI 2200R head unti, the NOVI 1500 kit is for those few people who have nine lives and a lot of tarmac ahead of them. Overkill might be the right word, but we won’t use it here. No way. Click here for more information
Note to self: We want all of these Lamborghini Huracáns in our garage.
The Lamborghini Huracán has been out for almost two months now and while there’s obviously a lot to love, some of the folks of the interwebs have taken upon themselves to improve on the shapely Lambo. We sought out the 10 best renders of the Huracán that we can’t wait to see on the road.
BMW has championed their new “i” lineup as the future of the automobile industry—electric- and hybrid-powered future cars imported straight from tomorrow. The i8 sports car’s role in all that is to show that there’ll still be room in the future for performance cars, even after the price of gas goes up to a bajillion dollars a gallon; to prove that point, BMW has outfitted it with a turbo three-cylinder engine to power the rear wheels and an electric motor for the fronts. Which is fine…but it’s kind of a shame that such a ridiculous carbon-fiber body would be denied serious sports car power.
Well, it may not be denied forever. According to Autobild, BMW is still considering turning the i8 over to the mad scientists at the M division and letting them turn it into an M8. The M8 would be powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V8 (likely the same one used in the M5 and M6) making around 600 horsepower, and presumably connected to a seven-speed DSG transmission. Thanks to the i8′s lightweight carbon-fiber construction, the M8 could weigh as little as 3,300 pounds; stack that weight against that much power, and it seems clear the M8 would be a damn fast car. Try 0-60 in around 3.0 seconds and a top speed of around 200 mph.
That is, of course, if BMW decides to go with that plan. Autobild seems confident, but we’ve been burned by hopes of a son-of-M1 super sports car from BMW too many times already to be optimistic. So consider us hopefully pessimistic that the M8 will debut in 2016, as reported. [via WorldCarFans, Autobild]
It’s not every day Chevrolet rolls out a new Corvette. On January 17, 1953, the very first Corvette was revealed at the Detroit Motor Show; almost 60 years later to the day (January 13, 2013), Chevy pulled the wraps off the seventh-generation car: the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. (more…)
The Acura NSX has never been about brute power or engine size. When it first appeared in 1990, it was powered by a 3.0 liter V6 making 270 horsepower and its power never really increased over the car’s 15 year lifespan. By 2005, it was severely outclassed by the cars it had once fought as equals; 1990′s Ferrari 348 made a similar 300 horsepower, but by 2005, Ferrari was on its great-grandson, the F430—and that guy made 483 horsepower. (more…)
Bear with us here for a minute. Porsche purists have been—justly or not—bemoaning the, to pull a word from George Carlin, pussification of Porsche for decades now. The all-wheel-drive and Tiptronic 964, the water-cooled 996, the Panamera, and most notably, the Cayenne—they’ve all been among the reasons certain factions have used to complain that Porsche has lost the faith. (Even though each of them has gone on to be loved by many of these selfsame haters after they finally drive it, but whatever.) But now, Porsche’s added yet another model to the lineup—and this is one that should make those purists smile.
Why? Because the 2015 Porsche Macan is basically a smaller, lighter version of the Porsche Cayenne. It’s arguably more aggressive-looking than the Cayenne, which should please those who prefer their Porsches served raw. Unlike the Cayenne, it only comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission—no slushboxes or torque converters here. And because it’s smaller and lighter, buyers get more bang for the buck than they do with the Cayenne.The base Macan, powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine making 340 hp and 339 lb-ft, goes from 0-60 in 5.0 seconds; the Macan Turbo, with its 3.6 liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horses and 406 lb-ft, does it in 4.4 seconds. And remember, Porsche’s numbers are usually conservative. With curb weights in the 4100-4500 pound range, we wouldn’t be shocked to see the production cars shave a few tenths off those. (That said, can we have a moment of silence for the passing of the term “turbo” actually signifying turbocharged models at Porsche?) Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, Porsche Active Suspension Management, and all kinds of other expensive Porsche-branded options are either standard or available, allowing Macans to be built to anything from Beverly Hills boulevardier-spec to full-on back road crusher. And as with the Cayenne, AWD is standard.
Plus, with the 2015 Macan, Porsche is changing up their usual policy of making customers pay extra for everything except the drivetrain and doors. Sport steering wheel with paddle shifters is standard, as are 19-inch wheels, an power tailgate, and a high-powered stereo. It’s a welcome change, one we wouldn’t mind trickling up to the rest of the lineup. (Seriously, stop charging extra to get paddles on a $100,000 911.) We’re looking forward to putting the Macan through its paces when the car arrives in 2014. And if you still don’t care for this sort of car from Porsche, remember: the more Macans they sell (they’re aiming for 50K a year), the more money they have to improve the 911.
After years of bringing smile after smile to drivers, passengers and passers-by alike, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will say goodbye. Goodnight gullwings, goodnight naturally-aspirated V8, goodnight awkward headlight treatment that never quite jelled with us but we came to accept anyway. (more…)