20th July 2007

Porsche 911 (997) Turbo

 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is often called the most reliable supercar, one that can be driven every day unlike Ferraris or Lamborghinis.

porsche 911 turbo

The Turbo version of the 997 series featured the same 3.6 L twin-turbocharged engine as the 996 Turbo, but this time it developed 480 PS (353 kW) and 620 N·m (457 ft·lbf) of torque. This was in part due to the 997′s new variable-geometry turbocharger, which essentially combines the low-rev boost and quick responses of a small turbocharger with the high-rev power of a larger turbocharger. As well as producing more power and flexibility, the new turbocharger improved fuel consumption over the 996 Turbo. With these performance upgrades, it accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds (3.7 with the Tiptronic transmission) and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h (193 mph). However, these are official figures and Porsche is notable for being conservative about their power and performance ratings. Motor Trend Magazine has clocked the 997 Turbo’s 0–60 mph time in 3.2 seconds with the Tiptronic S transmission. The optional Sports Chrono overboost package increases torque to 680 N·m (502 ft·lbf) for short periods (maximum 10 seconds) but over a narrower rev range.

porsche 911 turbo interior

The 997 Turbo features a new all wheel drive system, similar to the one found on the Porsche Cayenne. Featuring PTM (Porsche Traction Management) the new system incorporates a clutch-based system which varies the amount of torque to the front wheels, regardless of wheel slip front and rear. This, according to Porsche, aids traction and the handling by redirecting the torque to control oversteer or understeer, thus resulting in far more neutral handling, as well as greatly improved performance in all weather conditions (as opposed to older AWD system which gave the Turbo stability under hard acceleration).

porsche 911 turbo rear

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14th July 2007

Comparison Test: 2007 BMW 335i vs. 2008 Infiniti G37

The Infiniti G37 has strikingly good looks, but the 335i isn’t slouching. It’s like Hilary Duff against Lindsay Lohan, it’s a matter of opinion. However, the G37 lacks in prestige whereas girls drool over BMWs.

The 335i is $3,800 more expensive than the G37. The BMW 335i won this face off, due to it’s better performance in handling, better stopping distance from 60mph and a smoother shifting transmission. The G37 has a more technologically advanced interior, but is more cramped in the rear seat.

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11th July 2007

The Legendary Japanese Sports Cars (pt. 3): Nissan Skyline GT-R R34

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is easily one of the most recognized bad boys in the automotive world. Featured in such films as 2 Fast 2 Furious, it has an enormous cult following even in the United States, where the car isn’t sold because it couldn’t pass emissions. However, there were people who could import the car from Japan, although it’s very expensive (estimated to be $89,500 on the street).

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Rear View Pic

The R34 is powered by an Inline-6 engine with twin turbo, giving it 276 bhp @ 6800 rpm. It features a full time all wheel drive, ABS and vented discs. The car is extremely heavy, with a curb weight of 3672 lbs.

Although heavy, it can accelerate from 0-60 in just 5.2 seconds (very, very fast) and has a top speed of 155 mph.

Skyline R34 Rear

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4th July 2007

Why we drive sports cars with a passion

It’s hard to get tired or bored of writing about sports cars when there are so many of them, and they just don’t stop coming.

The reasons are obvious: people like to drive, people like to be seen in sports cars. The people who buy these cars understand inherently that there’s more to cars than just getting from point A to point B.

It can be a thrill, a sheer rush of excitement and joy. It isn’t unlike why we visit theme parks to ride on roller coasters. Except with a roller coaster, it’s all determined for you what’s going to happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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4th July 2007

BMW M3 E46 (2001-2007)

bmw m3 front

The 2001 E46 M3 appeared worldwide with the new 3.2 L S54B32 engine. At the time of the car’s introduction, this engine had the highest specific output naturally aspirated engine ever made by BMW, producing 343 PS (333 SAE net hp (252 kW) in North America) and 365 N•m (262 ft·lbf) of torque. Read the rest of this entry »

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