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Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better

28 Apr

By Matt McCarron

Porsche GT3 RS 4.0: Courtesy Porsche North America

Car manufacturers often make special or limited production vehicles. However, very few take it to the level and extreme Porsche has. First they released the model 997.2 GT3, then the critically acclaimed and even more extreme GT3 RS. But now they’ve really done it. Porsche has taken the GT3 model line to the very limits of what seems possible with a flat six-cylinder engine, producing what could be, the very essence of a street and track car.

Enter the GT3 RS 4.0. The vehicle, which will be limited to only 600 units worldwide, has the largest displacement engine ever offered in a 911, a 4.0-liter flat six punching out 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 337 lb/ft at 5,750 rpm. That’s 50 horsepower more than the GT3 RS with a 3.8-liter flat six. In addition to having the largest engine the GT3 RS 4.0 has the most powerful output per-liter of any 911 engine ever produced, with 125 horsepower per liter.

All of this horspower, and a power to weight ratio of just 5.99 lbs/hp allows this special 911 to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, unchanged from the regular GT3 RS. However, while the 0-60 times might be the same, the difference in track times between the GT3 RS 3.8 and 4.0 on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack are drastic. The GT3 RS 3.8 recorded an official time of 7 minutes and 33 seconds, while the 4.0 lapped the famous “Green Hell” in 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Six seconds might not seem like a lot, but in the world of motorsports it’s a lifetime.

This improvement is possible because of weight reduction. With carbon fiber sport bucket seats, carbon fiber front fenders and luggage compartment lid the GT3 RS 4.0 weighs in at only 2,998 lbs (full tank of fuel). Other cosmetic changes include large rear wing and speical “4.0” badging on the engine lid and lower left-hand corner of the doors. The GT3 RS 4.0 also has a unique gray line, with red accents running from the nose of the hood all the way back to the rear.

The GT3 RS 4.0 is available in Carrera White and will go on sale in the U.S. beginning in late 2011 at a base MSRP of $185,000 (plus destination).

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The 911’s sinister sister: The Porsche Boxster S Black Edition

2 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Just days after the unveiling of their newest special edition vehicle, the 911 Black Edition, Porsche has done it yet again, this time with the Boxster S Black Edition. Much like its big brother, the 911, this Boxster will offer unique features, but more importantly, more horsepower.

The new Boxster will feature a long list of interior improvements and changes over the regular Boxster S. Namely a number of trim pieces, such as area around the gear selector for the PDK seven-speed double clutch transmission. If you choose the old-school 6-speed manual transmission the area around the shifter will be painted in black. Another special feature the Boxster share with the 911 is the use of aluminum and stainless steel trim pieces. All of these interior and exterior visual enhancements are courtesy of the standard Design Package, an option on other Boxster models. The Black Edition Boxster also features the optional Convenience Package as standard equipment. This package as such goodies as the includes Bi-Xenon headlights with dynamic cornering function, a wind deflector, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, rain sensor and automatic climate control. But wait, I’m not done. This plentiful Porsche also has the Infotainment Package, giving the driver a host of entertainment options at their fingertips, literally. The package adds a touch screen Porsche Communication Management system (PCM), Bose surround sound stereo system as well as XM satellite radio.

Now to the area which really matters, weight and horsepower. The Boxster S Black Edition features an additional 10-horsepower from its 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine. The end result is 320 hp at 7,200 rpm and 273 lb-ft at 4,750 rpm. Not only do you get added horsepower, but the fuel economy doesn’t suffer. Coupled with the PDK seven-speed double clutch transmission, the special Boxster S get an estimated 20 city and 29 highway. The 6-speed manual offers 19 city and 26 highway respectively. In the weight department this Boxster S has been on a diet. It features the lightest 19-inch wheels in the Porsche repertoire, and a lightweight spring-strut suspension.

All in all the Boxster S Black Edition appears to be a very good value for the money, $65,200 MSRP. You get more horsepower, more features and optional packages for less money. Porsche says that compared to the MSRP of a similarly equipped Boxster S, the Boxster S Black Edition saves the customer $3,200. And that sounds like a good deal, especially when you drive out of the dealership with a special edition Porsche, your left hand on the steering wheel, your right on the gear selector and $3,200 in your back pocket.

2012 Porsche Boxster S Black Edition: Courtesy Porsche North America

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Special edition vehicles, do they warrant the extra money?

25 Jan


By Matt McCarron

High-end auto manufacturers are always trying to get a leg-up over the competition. Manufacturers are constantly debuting updated or slightly tweaked versions of already existing vehicles or creating special editions of a particular model, creating a renewed interest and in-turn, new customers. But are these special editions really worth the inflated sticker price they command?

Case-in-point, the new Porsche 911 Black Edition. The special variant costs an additional $3,500 compared to a run-of-the-mill 911 Carrera coupe, and $2,500 over a Carrera Cabriolet. Surely you get some special or exclusive goodies for the extra money, but what are they, and do they give enough bang for the buck?

Porsche 911 Black Edition: Courtesy of Porsche North America

The 911 Black Edition exterior is painted in “Solid Black” and has other components matched to fit the exterior’s overall look, including black brake calipers, 19-inch 911 Turbo II wheels with a two-tone finish, and a “911” badge on the trunk lid. The interior features some special characteristics too, such as a limited edition plaque on the glove box and “Black Edition” stainless steel door entry guards, but other features are available to anyone ordering a regular 911 Carrera. These include a black interior with aluminum trim pieces and black instrument dials. The real section of the center console painted black and the car has Porsche Communication Management (PCM), a Sport Design steering wheel and a Bose surround sound system.

That might not seem like much. However, if you take the options that are offered on the Black Edition and ordered them individually it would cost approximately $8,390. That might be reason enough for someone to spend the $3,500, especially if an individual wanted to order a 911 similar to the Black edition. However, when it comes down to it, whether someone feels spending the extra money is warranted is up to the individual. Manufacturers will continue to produce limited special and run-out editions in an attempt to maximize profits.  Some like special editions and others don’t, but like the saying goes, “to each his/her own.”

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