Porsche has announced a new performance version of the 911 sports car, calling it the 911 Carrera T (“T” for Touring). It is the lightest 911 model you can buy today.
Aimed at purists, the 911 Carrera T comes standard with a 7-speed manual transmission with shorter gear ratios than in other Carrera models; a locking mechanical differential; the Porsche’s active suspension management system (PASM), which lowers the car by 10 mm; and rear-axle steering. The automatic PDK transmission is optional
Porsche’s engineers saved weight by making the rear and side windows out of lightweight glass, replacing the door handles with opener loops, and reducing the amount of sound-deadening material. The end result is an overall curb weight of only 3,142 pounds.
Although power from the 3.0-liter flat-six remains unchanged at 370 horsepower, the company boosted torque to 338 pound-feet compared to the base 911 Coupe’s, helping the 911 Carrera T launch from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.3 seconds — a tenth quicker than the base model — and reach a top speed of 182 mph (293 km/h) when equipped with the manual transmission.
Models with the PDK complete the sprint in 4.0 seconds and have a top track speed of 180 mph (290 km/h).
Outside, the 911 Carrera T sets itself apart with few exterior changes that include a different front spoiler that works with PASM, gray mirrors, Carrera S wheels, grille louvers, badging, and a “911 Carrera T” stripe.
The changes inside are a bit more radical. The rear seats have been removed and buyers can now order full bucket front seats for the first time ever in a Carrera model.
A shorter gear shifter with an embossed shift pattern in red, seat centers made of Sport-Tex material, and a driving mode selection button on the GT Sport steering wheel round out the interior modifications.
In the United States, pricing for the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera T starts at $103,150 with destination fees. Sales begin in March 2018.
High-Performance Acura NSX Type-R Coming In 2020
There have been rumors of a hotter Type-R version of the Acura NSX ever since the the second-generation model hit the market in 2016.
Acura’s vice president and general manager Jon Ikeda previously hinted at the idea of an NSX Type-R, and now a new report claims it could arrive in 2020.
In an interview with , he expressed a strong desire to see the car but stopped short of confirming anything:
“I’m a car guy, so always faster performance vehicles… yeah we like that, we talk about it. We’ll see… anything can happen. “There’s always proposals.”
There are speculations that NSX Type-R could have up to 641 horsepower, which is a nice bump over the standard NSX’s 573-hp.
The Australia outlet claims it has been approved for development and that it will debut sometime in 2019 before arriving in 2020, but because we haven’t heard it from Acura’s own mouth, we’ll have to wait and see what’s speeding our way, if anything.
Lotus Exige Sport 410 Sports Car Strikes A Balance
Lotus has added a new member to its Exige family — the Exige Sport 410.
Slooting between the Exige Sport 350 and Exige Cup 430, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 benefits from many of the Exige Cup 430’s parts and is powered by the same 3.5L V6. Recalibrated to generate 410 hp at 7,000 rpm 310 lb-ft. from 3,000 rpm to 7000 rpm, the engine allows it to can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in a supercar-like 3.3 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), which is the same as the Exige Cup 430.
The Exige 410’s chassis, suspension and dampers were are borrowed from the Exige Cup 430, but it gains Eibach adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars and its three-way adjustable Nitron dampers have been retuned for a more comfortable ride on everyday roads.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fill the wheel wells (285/30 ZR18 rear and 215/45 ZR17 front), while stopping power is provided by AP Racing forged, four-piston calipers and performance two-piece J-hook brake discs.
Other performance highlights include a full exhaust system in titanium and a number of high-gloss, visible weave carbon fiber components inside and out. Buyers can equip their car with such motorsport options as electrical cut-off and fire extinguisher controls, airbag deletion, a non-airbag steering wheel, 4-point harnesses and a dealer fit FIA compliant roll cage.
Inside, the Exige Sport 410 gets an Alcantara steering wheel and carbon fiber sports seats upholstered in either a combination of Alcantara and leather or full leather.
Unfortunately, the Lotus Exige Sport 410 will not be sold in North America.
2019 BMW M2 Competition Is An M2 With An M3 Heart, Makes 405HP
The ultimate M2 and, thus, 2-Series has arrived. A more track-ready, tire burning sports car, the 2019 BMW M2 Competition is powered by the S55 twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine from the BMW M3 and M4.
The M2 Competition’s turbo six has been tuned to pump out 405 hp between 5,230 and 7,000 rpm and 406 lb-ft. of torque between 2,350 rpm and 5,230 rpm, which is an extra 40 horsepower and 63 lb-ft. over the standard M2. It can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, allowing the M2 Competition reach 60 mph (96 k/h) from a standstill in 4.2 – and 4.0 seconds, respectively.
Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (249.50 km/h), though it can be raised to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
Other performance goodies include a dual exhaust system with electronic flap control that helps deliver the distinctive M sound, the BMW M3 and M4’s CFRP high-precision strut, and larger disc brakes. The electromechanical power steering, Active M Differential, and Dynamic Steering and Stability Control systems have all been enhanced.
Inside, the BMW M2 Competition comes equipped with new M Sport seats with a very supportive, bucket-style shape that borrows heavily from motorsport, while the headrests are integrated into the seat back rest. The backrest features an illuminated M2 logo, and the black leather upholstery boasts design perforations (available in either blue or orange) in the seat and backrest.
The center console houses selector switches that allow instant control of settings for the engine, steering and Drivelogic functions. The driver can combine the various configurations in whichever way he prefers and stored for easy access using the M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel.
The BMW M2 Competition goes on sale in summer 2018.