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German sensibility vs British brawn
by Luke Vandezande
Porsche’s 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is like an open-top laser guided missile. It can steer with the rear wheels, is capable of a top speed just shy of the old GT2 and rockets to 60 mph in three seconds.
It comes with an interior that embarrasses most other cars in both quality and style, but in order to take one of them home, you’re looking at spending close to or above $200,000. Head-over-heels as I am for the stuff coming out of Zuffenhausen, it’s hard to get around how expensive it is and AutoGuide.com hot shoe Dave Pratte decided to make a bet with me.
He thought the Jaguar F-Type V8 S in all its supercharged V8 glory would be able to dissolve my Porsche-favoring pretension. Dave can be pretty silly, but I decided to humor him so we spent a day driving together to test his theory.
Read the complete Porsche 911 Turbo vs Jaguar F-Type comparison at AutoGuide.com
How does a quad-turbo, flat-eight Porsche exotic sound to you?
According to a recent report, the German automaker is working on its own competitor to the Ferrari 458 that could resemble the 918 Spyder in styling. In prototype form, the new sports car is rumored to be sporting a flat-eight engine displacing about four liters with four turbos to give it around 600 hp. The forced induction powerplant likely has over 400 lb-ft of torque.
The recent fire issues with the Porsche 911 GT3 hinted that the German automaker might have found the threshold of performance with its flat-six powerplants. As a result, Porsche could be facing the idea that its six-cylinder engines won’t be capable of competing with Ferrari’s V8s. It is believed that the company is developing a new family of engines, both turbocharged and naturally aspirated, that will come in four-, six- and eight-cylinder configurations. The next-generation Porsche Boxster and Cayman are expected to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill.
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