Porsche 911 Turbo

Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S – Another Iteration of Perfection

June 7, 2019 – by Otar Bezhashvili
Just two months ago in Frankfurt Auto Show Porsche presented 911 family’s mid-cycle refresh. Exterior differences are the same as 911 base models – the front end – new headlights and redesigned air vents, tweaked bumper and the hood. As an option now you can have hydro-cylinders in the front shocks to lift the nose on low speed.
Both models got a moderate power boost. Turbo’s bi-turbo 3.8 engine is now rated 540 HP, that’s an extra 20 horsepower, while the “S” is now 580 HP. This extra power is a result of bigger exhaust manifold and new, higher pressure fuel injector. Additionally Turbo S now has bigger compressors in its turbo. Beside that the PDK “robot” software was amended.

Another restrictive feature from Porsche is called PSM Sport Mode (Porsche Stability Management). This is how it works. When the PSM button on the center console is pressed once, the Sport Mode is activated. This new mode shifts the PSM’s intervention to a higher threshold than was the case in Sport Plus mode on the previous model. PSM Sport Mode allows the driver to reach the limits of the car more closely, for example on a closed course. However, PSM still remains active to help the driver maintain vehicle stability. True to the Porsche philosophy of giving the driver the option of full vehicle control, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates the system. And big Thank You for that.
Inside you can see a new steering wheel styled like supercar Porsche 918 Spyder. The multimedia complex was improved with a sensor display. Also Apple CarPlay is the new standard for Porsche now.

You can have the Turbo and Turbo S in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles, as before.
Both models also got a function that imitates dynamic turbo effect – when you release the gas paddle, the software remains it opened but the fuel injection is stopped temporarily. As a result you will have a better response on the throttle. Both cars are also faster than the predecessors.

Porsche 911 Turbo with Sport Chrono packet requires three seconds flat for 0-60 run and Turbo S needs just 2.9 seconds. The maximum speeds are rated at 199 and 205 miles per hour. Prices are high too. The cheapest 911 Turbo is $159,200. However the top trim 911 Turbo S Cabriolet starts just north of $200,000 mark.

Please take a look at our Before/After comparison and you can get more details from the full press release below.
Redefining fast: the new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S

Top model of the 911 range offers more power, fresh design, and enhanced features

Porsche will be off to a powerful start in 2016 when the 2017 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S make their debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The top-of-the-line 911 models will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles and are equipped with engines offering 20 horsepower more than before, a sharper design, and enhanced features. The 3.8 liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine powering the 911 Turbo now develops 540 hp. The increase in horsepower is achieved through modified intake ports in the cylinder heads, new fuel injectors, and higher fuel pressure. The 911 Turbo S now makes 580 hp thanks to new turbochargers with larger impelle. In addition to a higher maximum torque (553 lb.-ft. in overboost compared to 523 lb.-ft. on the Turbo), the Turbo S also has a higher redline (7200 rpm instead of 7000). Porsche is still the only manufacturer to use turbochargers with variable turbine geometry in gasoline engines.

The engines now also have a dynamic boost function, which improves throttle response during spirited driving. It maintains the boost pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is briefly released. This is achieved by interrupting fuel injection, while the throttle valve remains partially open. As a result, the engine responds to changing throttle applications with practically no delay. The effects of this function are particularly pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes.

The powertrain enhancements take the performance of the 911 Turbo models to even higher levels than before. The 911 Turbo S Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds, making it 0.1 seconds faster than its predecessor. Its top track speed of 205 miles per hour has increased by 7 miles per hour. The 911 Turbo reaches 60 miles per hour from standstill in 2.9 seconds, and its top track speed is 198 miles per hour – 2 miles per hour faster than the previous model. In spite of this increased performance, further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings reduce fuel consumption. EPA fuel consumption ratings will be available at a later date.

A standard feature on all Turbo models: Sport Chrono Package with mode switch and Sport Response button.
The Sport Chrono Package is now a standard feature on all 911 Turbo models. This includes the new GT sport steering wheel in 918 Spyder design measuring 360 mm or 14.1 inches in diameter and is equipped with a mode switch. It consists of a rotary ring with stepped positions that can be used to select one of the four drivetrain modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, or Individual. The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store her or his preferred vehicle setup, including PDK shift strategy, throttle response and damper control. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button. When the black button located in the center of the mode switch is pressed, it preconditions the engine and transmission for the best possible responsiveness. In this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds.

The Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system in the 911 Turbo models now features a new PSM Sport Mode. When the PSM button on the center console is pressed once, PSM Sport Mode is activated. This new mode shifts the PSM’s intervention to a higher threshold than was the case in Sport Plus mode on the previous model. PSM Sport Mode allows the driver to approach the limits of the car more closely, for example on a closed course. However, PSM still remains active to help the driver maintain vehicle stability. True to the Porsche philosophy of giving the driver the option of full vehicle control, a long press of the PSM button completely deactivates the system.

A full set of driving dynamic features
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with PASM as standard now offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full array of standard equipment for peak performance: the active roll stabilization program PDCC is standard on the S model as is the Porsche Composite Ceramic Brake (PCCB) system. New options for all 911 Turbo models include radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm or 1.5 inches measured at the front spoiler lip. Sport Chrono Package, Park Assist front and rear including reversing camera, and LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) are now standard on all 911 Turbo models. In addition to higher performance, the Turbo S models offer an even more extensive range of standard equipment than the Turbo variants, including 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats Plus with seat backrests in leather, a two-tone leather interior, LED headlights with PDLS+, Sport Design exterior mirrors, and Carbon Fiber interior trim.

Sharper design with new characteristics
Naturally, the new generation of 911 Turbo adopts significant design characteristics of the 2017 911 Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features. The redesigned front end with side air blades and narrow LED front lights with double fillets promote the width of the car, as does the additional fin in the central air intake. All models are also fitted with new 20-inch wheels. The center lock wheels on the 911 Turbo S feature seven instead of ten double spokes. Measuring 9 J x 20 at the front and 11.5 J x 20 at the rear, the new wheels of the 911 Turbo models are each half an inch wider, equaling those of the 911 Turbo S in size. Just like on the 911 Carrera models, new door handles without recess covers give the car a sleeker look. The rear fascia was also thoroughly reworked. Three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights and aura-like illumination, familiar from the 911 Carrera series, catch the eye. The new models also feature redesigned dual tailpipes and exhaust tips. As before, the Turbo S can be distinguished by stainless steel exhaust tips in black chrome, while the Turbo is fitted with those in high gloss chrome. The new rear decklid grill now features three parts: the right and left sections have longitudinal vent vanes, and the middle cover is separated to optimize air induction for the engine.

New Porsche Communication Management with online navigation
As in all 2017 911 variants, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with navigation, is standard. This system features a 7-inch multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the center console and offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Navigation can also access the latest online traffic information in real time (Google® StreetView). Routes and destinations can be visualized with 360-degree images and satellite images (Google® Earth). In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, compatible cell phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or cable. Select vehicle functions can now be controlled remotely as well. As in the previous models, the 555 watt Bose sound system with 12 loudspeakers, an active subwoofer and center speaker is offered as standard; an 821 watt Burmester system with 12 loudspeakers and a 300 watt active subwoofer can be ordered as an option.

Market launch and prices
In the United States, the new generation of Porsche 911 Turbo will reach dealers in April 2016. Base MSRP is as follows, not including the destination charge:
911 Turbo $ 159,200
911 Turbo Cabriolet $ 171,500
911 Turbo S $ 188,100
911 Turbo S Cabriolet $ 200,400

Lexus LC 500

Lexus LC 500 Concept Became Reality

June 5, 2019 – by Dariia Popel
Hinted to come to dealerships sometimes in 2018, the production version of Lexus stunning concept LC 500 is going to materialize even earlier. The LC was reportedly approved for production in 2015, and though we were told it may resurrect the SC nameplate, Lexus filed copyright for LC 500 and LC 500 H.

As a reminder, the original concept was shown back in 2012 and was called Lexus LF-LC. Coincidentally or not it was the Motor City one more time. Now four years later the car can lose some of its lush, but the camouflaged prototype of the production car that was caught early this fall looked very promising.
Preliminary reports suggest two modifications – V8 engine and hybrid. The former mill should be the 477 horsepower one. And the hybrid will probably consist of 3.5 liter V6 and an electric motor. The F version will appear not sooner than 2018 and should have 612 horsepower V8.
All the information about upcoming supercar is coming strictly from insiders. We don’t have an official confirmation from Lexus. Traditionally Lexus refuses to comment on its future products. Even the recent official information about copyrighting LC 500 nameplate doesn’t get any decent comments from the Japanese automaker. So no usual press release below.

Volvo S90

Volvo S90 – Controversial Exterior with Perfect Interior

May 14, 2019 – by Julia Petryk
The new corporate Volvo’s “face” fits just right for a midsize sedan. The Civic style back-end looks not that elegant controversial though. But the interior is Volvo’s win-win. And you don’t have to fly all the way to Sweden to experience the 2017 model in person. But there are few long months to wait for a production to start in Goteborg. And the beginning of the US sales is probable in the third quarter of 2016. V90 wagon version is expected for 2018 model year and is not confirmed for North American market.
Under the hood three engine choices will be available: the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid. The hybrid version consists of the same two liter gas turbo-four from Drive-E family (320 HP) and 65 kilowatt electric motor charging from lithium-ion battery (9.2 kWh) that is spinning the rear wheels. The total output is 407 gas/electric horsepower. Eight-speed automatic transmission helps to move this power to the wheels. The all-electric range is some 28 miles. But the mileage number looks more impressive – 124 MPG!

T6 modification is the same gas engine, but a 6-speed manual is accessible here. 0-60 time is 5.8 seconds (no word on hybrid 0-60 yet), 32 MPG combined. D5 version gives 46 MPG and 235 horsepower from 2.0 four-cylinder turbo diesel and the same automatic transmission. And the most affordable variant of Volvo S90 is D4. Detuned turbo diesel gives you just 190 HP here and 8.2 seconds run till 60 miles per hour. But don’t expect to see so many diesels in Unites States. Thank you so much Volkswagen Automotive Group.
As we know the Swedes are working intensively on autonomous system. The flagman sedan got the Pilot Assist function – Volvo’s take on “road train” technology . It’s based on an active cruise-control and active steering on speed up to 80 miles per hour. Volvo’s Vision 2020 states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020. Apparently it includes animals. The improved City Safety complex can find big animals on the road now (moose, horse, deer). It warns the driver and if no reaction follows it can completely stop the vehicle.
Going to the most intriguing part, the interior looks handsome and expensive without being over designed. By the way, you can find a lot from the new XC90. Here’s the same steering wheel, gauge panel, display, climate controls. Air vent deflectors are different, as well as inner materials.

Isn’t that gorgeous? I just can’t stop adding interior images here… And don’t forget to go through the press release below.
Volvo Cars Debuts the S90 Luxury Sedan

Gothenburg, Sweden (Dec. 2, 2015) Volvo Cars debuted the highly-anticipated Volvo S90 luxury sedan in Gothenburg, Sweden today on the heels of the company’s award-winning Volvo XC90 SUV. The all-new Volvo S90 sedan is a bold entry into the luxury sedan market and sets a new standard with superior materials, technology, comfort and class-leading semi-autonomous features.

“With $11 USD billion of investment over the past five years we have not only reimagined what Volvo Cars can be – we are now delivering on our promise of a resurgent and relevant Volvo Cars brand,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Car Group.

The Volvo S90 will combine Scandinavian design with cutting-edge safety and cloud-based applications and services. The interior makes use of the Sensus Connect touchscreen that debuted in the XC90, providing a clutter-free interior with minimal dashboard buttons.

“Our idea was to bring something entirely new to this rather conservative segment and deliver a visual expression that exudes leadership and confidence on the exterior. On the inside we have taken the S90 to the next level, delivering a high-end luxury experience that promises comfort and control,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Senior Vice President Design at Volvo Car Group.

The Volvo S90 introduces another step toward Volvo’s Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by the year 2020, through world first safety technologies and highly advanced semi-autonomous features.

Three engine choices will be available: the award-winning four-cylinder, 2.0 liter turbocharged and supercharged T6 engine, the turbocharged T5 variant and the clean and powerful T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid.

“The S90 has taken a big step forward in terms of driving dynamics, performance and ride. We have completely redesigned the Volvo driving experience from the ground up to deliver a sense of precision, engaging control and comfort,” said Dr. Peter Mertens, Senior Vice President, Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.

The S90 will follow a legacy of strong sedan sales for Volvo Cars in the United States. Over the last several years, Volvo sedans have enjoyed significant demand at launch, with the last luxury sedan outselling robust competitors in its segment. Volvo Cars has seen an 18% growth in US car sales so far in 2015. The all-new 2016 XC90 has received strong demand from American drivers along with the XC60, which has enjoyed 31% growth in US sales.

“The S90 is a terrific addition to the Volvo Cars lineup in the United States,” said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “it will continue the terrific sales momentum Volvo Cars has gained within the last year.”

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The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo is expected to come later this year, but we don’t have to wait to see it. The car has been spotted doing test runs out in the open sans any clothes. The car looks super sexy in black, driving sedately behind a cement mixer. In another instance, even the Porsche Taycan was spotted from the rear roaming the streets. We get to see the huge ass taillights and turn signal in action as well. Another prototype of the Porsche Taycan was spotted sprinting with blue dressing with ‘soul electrified’ and ‘Taycan’ decals on it. Although these sightings are fun, it makes the wait seem even longer. Can we just have the cars already, Porsche?!

Posted: August 26, 2019, 12:00 am

Don’t hold your breath just yet, but it looks like the Mustang-inspired SUV will make its debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Okay, so we’re reaching a little bit, but honestly, it’s not much. According to a report by The Detroit Bureau, a Ford Spokesperson as confirmed that the brand will launch a “sport-utility vehicle that will be heavily influenced by the Mustang’s traditional design” and that the public should get its “first peek at the new SUV in November.”

It doesn’t take much to do the math on this one. The Ford Mach-E, as the Mustang-based electric SUV is expected to be called, has been in the works for a while now. We’ve seen the teaser, heard the rumors, and now we have a spokesperson (unnamed as of the time of this writing) claiming that we’ll get a peak in November. Sure, this could mean that the company is going to quietly release another teaser video or a few images, but the Los Angeles Auto Show is also in November, and the company isn’t going to miss the opportunity to get vital public feedback on a concept or near-production-ready concept.

In fact, the brand really needs to hear public feedback. It almost made the mistake of calling this Electric SUV the Mach 1, and there were damn near riots in the streets. Since then, the company as pedaled back and filed a new patent for “Mach-E,” but that name hasn’t been officially confirmed. If the company did a better job at designing this electric, Mustang-based EV then maybe we’ll see it soon enough, but if the company makes the wrong move again – much as it did with the Mach 1 name – then the company could be forced to regroup its plans for the SUV once again.

Posted: August 25, 2019, 10:55 pm

This is the Lamborghini Huracan Evo GT Celebration. It’s dressed up in orange and green, two colors that typically don’t look good together — except during Halloween — but Lamborghini somehow found a way to do it. Beyond its aesthetics, the Huracan Evo GT Celebration is an important car for Lamborghini. It’s a special edition model that was created to celebrate the Huracan GT3 Evo’s successful conquests of the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, which it did in two consecutive years. Only 36 units of the Huracan Evo GT Celebration will be built and all 36 units are earmarked for the North American market with deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2020. For those of you looking to score one of the most unique special edition Lamborghini Huracans you’ll ever see, the Huracan Evo GT Celebration is probably as unique as it’s going to get.

Posted: August 25, 2019, 6:00 pm

With forced-fed LT4 from the Corvette Z06, crazy aerodynamics, and a price tag of around $60,000, the Camaro ZL1 1LE is one of the best track day cars on the market in terms of performance and bang for your buck. Thanks to a number of weight-saving measures – including a fixed-back rear seat and thinner glass – the 1LE is actually around 60 pounds lighter than the standard model. It’s said to be capable of hitting 60 mph in around 3.4 seconds and a quarter mile in around 11.3 seconds. For 2019, you can even have it with GM’s new 10-speed automatic which should make that quarter-mile time, and it’s time around the track just a little bit faster. Anyway, we thought the ZL1 1LE deserved a little bit of love, so we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our favorite below or run through the gallery to pick your own favorite.

Posted: August 25, 2019, 12:00 pm

It seems fair to say that many people were underwhelmed by the Toyota Supra. People knocked Toyota for the Supra’s looks. Some were upset about its high pricing. And a lot of other people didn’t think too kindly to the engine choices that Toyota prepared for its returning sports car. A base version that produces less than 200 horsepower? Really? The range-topping version of the Supra does have 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, but even that came from a BMW-sourced engine. Truth be told, the Supra’s 355-horsepower output isn’t that bad. But it also could’ve been higher, especially when you consider that so many other models from different segments can carry that much power without having to be a sports car, specifically one that has to carry the legacy of one of Toyota’s most iconic nameplates. If you’re wondering how many vehicles have more power than the 2020 Supra, we compiled a list made up of 10 of them. And, if for nothing else, this list may surprise you.

Posted: August 25, 2019, 6:00 am

Toyota 86 - $26,255

The stereotypical view about driving in the U.S. (propagated by people who’ve never actually been Stateside) is that it’s mostly wide, straight roads that make huge pickups seem small and where people drive their cliché muscle cars mostly straight and occasionally turning to the left. But America has innumerable awesome driving roads scattered across its vast territory, breathtaking roads with great tarmac and scenery, and there are plenty of people in the U.S. who prefer a good handling car over a big, powerful bruiser that resents corners.

This listicle is for them as it tries to concentrate the 12 best handling performance cars that you can buy for under $100,000 (some of which falling well under that figure). You may also be surprised to note that two of the cars in the list below are by all definitions actual muscle cars, yet in their current incarnation they have a lot of sports car DNA and they thoroughly deserve their place on this list.

When first doing research for this list I thought it was going to be tricky to get ten cars that fit the bill without resorting to filling the list with hot hatches. But thankfully, the $100,000 cap proved sufficient to include plenty of cars that may be quite diverse, yet they’re all known for their excellent handling. The fact that some of them are also really fast in a straight line and still come within budget is a bonus.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 11:00 pm

We know and you know that if you want a compact luxury sedan without thinking twice you’ll check in at your local Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz dealer and ask for an offer on one of the Famous Three. But we reckon there are better options out there, cars that’ll cost you less and offer more than you could ask for at that price point while also not disappoint you in terms of performance, comfort, quality, and maintenance. Such a car is the Genesis G70, the 2019 North American Car Of The Year. We drove one powered by the 3.3-liter turbocharged engine and we think you shouldn’t jump straight to a Merc C43 or BMW M340i before talking a good close look at the G70.

The compact luxury sedan market is packed at the moment, as it always has been. The German stranglehold on the segment may seem like an unbreakable status quo and it’s not for lack of trying from the likes of Infiniti, Acura or Lexus. More recently, the Koreans also want a piece of the action and there’s some promise in what they offer: Kia’s coming forth with the Stinger that has impressed us in its top-of-the-line specification while Genesis, Hyundai’s luxury brand, launched the G70 in 2017 as its third model and a direct rival to the 3 Series, C Class, and A4. It was penned by the same guy who came up with the Stinger’s aggressive lines but the G70 is a much more traditional-looking sedan. Still, it’s not a car you would be blamed for turning around to get another look at and it’s got more tricks up its sleeve under the skin. Overall, it may not be a complete match for the offering from Stuttgart, Munich, and Ingolstadt but we think this is a car that’s perfect for the conscious buyer who’s stepping up to a luxury compact sedan.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 6:00 pm

One could argue that Lincoln dropped the ball when it discontinued the original aviator back in 2005, just a couple of years after it was introduced to the market. If the bean counters knew then what they know now, we wouldn’t be as hyped up about the Aviator but SUVs weren’t nearly as attractive back then, and Lincoln jumped off the bandwagon when it should have remained. Be that as it may, the Aviator is back for the 2020 model year, and it brings a gorgeous design, exquisite interior materials and layout, and some high-end tech. It’s also there to give us entry to a larger Lincoln SUV without having to opt for the high-priced Navigator that’s all so often a little out of range for a lot of buyers. It’s look, however, is what really has us mesmerized – along with the fact that it changed little from concept to prototype to production model. So, we saw it fitting to pay it tribute and feature it as our wallpaper of the day. We’ve picked out our favorite and placed it below, but if you scroll a little further down, you’ll find a whole gallery of images that are just perfect for sprucing up your desktop.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:00 pm

The Toyota MR2 was a legendary mid-engined compact sports car that instantly developed a cult following thanks to its impeccable design, mid-engined layout, and overall driving dynamics. Auto enthusiasts everywhere shed a tear when Toyota discontinued the compact sports car back in 2007 after three generations and 23 years on the market. As was the case with the Toyota Supra, old-school fanboys have been scratching at the door begging Toyota to bring back the MR2. It worked for the Supra, it worked for the 86, but can it work for the MR2 as well?

When the 2020 Toyota Supra launched, Tetsuya Tada made it clear that he wanted the “three brothers” back in the Toyota family once again. We have two, and we’re waiting on a third; the MR2, of course. Much like the Toyota 86 (twined with the Subaru BRZ) and the Toyota Supra (twined with the BMW Z4), Toyota can’t justify building another sports car on its own. The Japanese brand needs to branch out and partner up yet again. Tada has someone very unlikely in mind.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 6:00 am

Racing a muscle car against a truck sounds stupid on the onset. But, these days, it’s a common sight, especially on drag strips. Stock trucks from the factory itself are mighty powerful nowadays, so, imagine how powerful they will be when they come from a tuner’s garage. Well, this is what Hennessey is trying to prove in this video. The tuning company has transformed the Ford F-150 into a frightening monster and decided it would be a good idea to pit it against the Camaro SS. Much sadistic pleasure, Hennessey? Make sure you plug in your earphones and listen to these powerful brutes for the ultimate eargasm.

Posted: August 24, 2019, 12:00 am