The new 911 might not look all that new, but — trust us — it’s new.
Porsche has finally unveiled the eighth-generation, 992 Porsche 911, and it’s a gem.
While the overall design changes little, no one will mistake the new 911 for anything else. Porsche knows better than to mess with such an iconic and timeless design, but looking closely reveals a few new styling elements that not only draw inspiration from early 911s, but also increase the aggressiveness factor.
The middle section of the hood, for instance, is lower than the outer edges in a clear nod to early 911s, while the rear features thinner lights and a bumper insert incorporating oval exhaust tips. The wheel arches have been beefed up for a wider, more planted look and house 20-inch front and 21-inch rear alloys.
The wheels themselves have new designs and paint colors, with each variant receiving vintage-looking emblems.
Inside, designers drew inspiration from 911s made in the 1970s when laying out the exceptionally modern cockpit. The instrument cluster consists of an analog tachometer flanked by a pair of configurable screens, while the infotainment system is displayed on a 10.9-inch color touchscreen located on the dashboard.
911 owners benefit from three smartphone applications. Called Porsche Road Trip, the first app helps organize road trips by planning a route, offering hotel and restaurant recommendations, and selecting viewpoints along the way. Second is the Porsche 360+, which is a personal lifestyle assistant “intended to make everyday life easier and exclusive experiences possible.” Finally, Porsche Impact is an emissions calculator that tells owners how much CO2 their 911 emits and how they can clear their conscious by making donations (via the app) to climate projects around the world.
The options list now includes Adaptive cruise control with a stop-and-go function and night vision are found on the list of extra-cost options, while a new feature called the Porsche Wet Mode can detect water on the road, adjust various parameters like the ABS settings and the stability control system accordingly, and allows the driver to switch to a safer driving mode at the push of a button.
As expected, the 2020 Porsche 911 is powered by an improved version of the 991 911’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine. In the 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, it produces 443 horsepower — 23 more horsepower than before — and can be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or manual transmission, a setup that allows the former to reach 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds and the latter to complete the run in 3.4 seconds.
If you want even better performance, opt for the Sport Chrono package, which drops the 0-60 mph time to a supercar-like 3.2 seconds.
The new Porsche 911 Carrera S starts at $114,250 in the United States, while the 2020 911 Carrera 4S commands $121,650. Let us know if you’re happy with how it turned out in the comments below.
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
New Lexus RC F Track Edition Joins 2020 RC F Lineup With Less Weight, More Performance
A track-focused version joins the updated RC F for 2020.
The new Supra was Toyota’s big debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but luxury subsidiary Lexus tagged along to remind everybody that it already has a performance coupe, one with a V8 to play with.
The RC F has received some upgrades for 2020 model year, and to make it more compelling for sports car enthusiasts, Lexus has added a new Track Edition to the lineup for 2020. The so-called RC F Track Edition is a stripped-down, track-only spec model that benefits from more aggressive aerodynamic elements and a weight-reduction regime.
Like the regular RC coupe, all Lexus RC F models get new headlights, a restyled grille and new taillights. The 5.0L V8 has been caressed to squeeze out an extra five horsepower and 6 lb-ft. of torque, bringing the total to 472 horsepower and 395 lb-ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission carries over but now has a higher final drive ratio (3.13 vs 2.93).
With the RC F Track Edition, major panels like the roof and hood are carbon fiber, and the standard RC F’s rear seats have been replaced by a carbon fiber partition.
Engineers also equipped 19-inch BBS forged-alloy wheels, Brembo with lightweight carbon-ceramic brake rotors, and a titanium muffler and tail pipes. These lighter pieces come together to reduce the Track Edition’s weight by 176 pounds from the RC F, and Lexus estimates that using the standard launch control system propels it to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just under 4.0 seconds (3.96 seconds, to be exact).
Standard on even the stock RC F, the new electronic launch control automatically adjusts the traction and throttle control for maximum acceleration from a stop. All the driver has to do is press and hold the brake pedal, engage the system, floor the accelerator to bring up the engine speed, and release the brake.
To help the RC F Track Edition stand out, designers gave it a red leather interior with Alcantara seat accents and red carbon trim on the doors and dashboard. Only two exterior colors are available: Ultra White and Matte Nebula Gray.
Production of the updated Lexus RC F and RC F Track Edition begin in the second half of 2019. Pricing notwithstanding, do you feel compelled to buy one?
New, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Turns Up The Heat On Camaro, Challenger
The new GT500 is the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built.
A supercharged, 5.2L V8 breathes under the hood of this monster from Dearborn, producing “more than 700 horsepower” transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic. Unfortunately, there is no option for a manual transmission.
By comparison, the most recent Mustang GT350 — formerly the most powerful street-legal Ford vehicle ever built — cranks out 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque from a naturally-aspirated 5.2L flat-plane crankshaft V8 that’s paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
It’s not just a supercharger and a more sophisticated gearbox that sets the GT500 apart from the lesser GT350, however. Ford’s engineers also equipped bigger brakes, notably 16.5-inch, two-piece rotors that embarrass the Challenger Hellcat’s massive serving trays; a cooling system that allows for 50 percent more airflow over the engine; revised aerodynamics that improve downforce; and a re-tuned suspension with standard MagneRide.
Buyers can further enhance their car with an available Handling Package and Carbon Fiber Track Pack. The former includes adjustable strut top mounts and a spoiler with an integrated Gurney flap, while the latter (as you would expect) adds lots of carbon fiber bits inside and out and a set of Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that are more track-ready than the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4S.
All the standard and optional performance goodies combine to allow this Ford to go from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in the “mid-3-second” range and complete the quarter mile in under 11 seconds.
Visually, the Mustang Shelby GT 500 gets a wider front grille and a more muscular hood than the GT350, as well as wider front and rear fenders, a new rear spoiler and updated composite materials in the rear diffuser. Highlights of the interior include Recaro seats, a 12-speaker B&O Play audio system are available, and unique Shelby badging.
Which would you choose: The new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Let us know in the comments below, stating your reasons why.