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10/25/15

The 2016 Porsche 911 Refresh - 991.2


Turbo is the word…

As anticipated and now confirmed, the venerable Porsche 911 is no longer naturally aspirated. 
Nicht mehr…

Only turbocharged engines will be available across the lineup, and some Porsche purists are surely unsettled, to say the least.  I boldly predict they will get over it…
Both the base 911 and the uprated S model receive the new, smaller displacement powerplants, all in the name of fuel efficiency.  The entry model is rated at 370 hp and 325 lb-ft, increases of 20 hp and 43 lb-ft over last year’s motor.  The sprint to 60 mph from a standstill will hit your speedometer in 4.4 seconds.  The higher-zoot S model produces 420 hp and 368 lb-ft, propelling the car to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Are there other updates..?
Of course…  Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is now standard on all 911s.  The infotainment system has been updated and is now standard as well.  Front and rear fascia designs are redone, including the three-dimensional taillight design first seen on the Macan.  Active air intake flaps in front open and close as needed, to improve airflow or cooling.  The list goes on…

Another 911, another success.  What is arguably the best everyday sports car just got better.  Don’t let the turbo scare you away.  One drive and these new engines will win you over.
After all, they say there is no substitute…
 
 

10/14/15

The New BMW M2 – Back to the M Roots…


Anticipation…

Merriam-Webster says:  “the act of looking forward; especially:  pleasurable expectation”
For several months, BMW geeks and car fans in general have been anticipating the arrival of the BMW F87, otherwise known as the M2.  The latest creation from the evil minds at BMW's Motorsport division will be coming to the states in early 2016.

The original M car, the ’87 – ’92 BMW M3, chassis code E30, was thought of as a street-legal racing platform.  Lightweight, nimble and somewhat raw, the car eventually became a classic, despite selling in small numbers.  Over the years, the M3 grew in size and weight, not to mention sales.  While all are superb sporting cars, purists thought something may have been lost from that original recipe.  The new M2 is smaller and lighter than the current M3/M4 (4 and 2-door, respectively) and might be just what the doctor ordered..!
The bits that make it go?

The classic BMW inline 6 cylinder motor, 3.0L and turbocharged, massaged to produce 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque.  I could get even more car geek and talk about Double VANOS, dry sump lubrication, high-pressure injection, but I will refrain.  What should you know?  With the available DCT dual-clutch transmission, you will hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, according to the factory.  By the way, BMW’s numbers are widely known to be conservative…  I’m guessing closer to 4.0.
Remember the rather famous road course in Germany called the Nurburgring that I talked about here?  The M2 lapped all 154 turns and 12.93 miles in 7 minutes and 58 seconds..!  Impressive…

The latest M machine comes in 4 colors (Long Beach Blue, Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey) with one available interior configuration.  You can however, choose your transmission, with the above mentioned 7-speed DCT or an old-school 6-speed manual.
No official pricing information has been released, but I will guess we are looking at $51,000 +/-.  If you’re interested, you may want to call your BMW rep now and get on the list.  These will sell like the hottest of hotcakes..!

Well done, BMW…