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Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 vs Porsche 991 GT3: Which Should You Choose?

By   November 6, 2019

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

There is no debating that the Porsche 911 GT3 is an iconic racing car, and since its inception in 1999 it has spawned many different variations for road and track, including the 997 GT3 RS 4.0 and the 991 GT3 – both excellent cars in their right, but which one is right for you?

Appearance

When choosing between the two Porsches, appearance doesn’t play much into the decision, as they look identical at first glance. There are subtle differences though, for example, the 991 is 2.2 inches longer than the 997, the front track two inches wider, while the wheelbase is increased by four inches.

The roofline of the 991 is lower, with a more heavily raked windscreen that makes the bonnet appear slightly shorter. The 991 also has slightly raised rear quarters and slimmer brake and side lights, while the headlight glass is more raised and wraps itself around the wing. These are subtle differences, but things a Porsche enthusiast will want to take note of.

Interior

In terms of comfort, the 991 comes out on top here, with a more spacious cabin that offers better shoulder room, increased space in the rear of the cabin, and a deeper boot at the front thanks to the new chassis. The 991 also boasts a plusher interior that is less susceptible to wear – a common complaint about the 997 – and features the 997’s optional sports seat as standard (described as firm yet supportive), and has electrically assisted steering with a flatter, wider steering wheel.

The 991’s dash is very similar to the 997, although the sat-nav screen is larger and better positioned. The 991 also features a ‘corporate’ raised centre console housing the gearshift, and the handbrake is replaced by an electric parking brake – more traditional car enthusiasts may turn their nose up at this, while others will welcome the newer tech. On the upside though, the road noise in the 991 is less intrusive in comparison to the 997.

Power

 

It’s time to get into the nitty gritty and talk power. Both Porches boast some of the more powerful naturally aspirated six-cylinder engines in the list of the best Porsche models ever produced, with only minor differences in power output. Although the 4.0-litre 997 has a slight edge over the 991’s 3.8-litre displacement, which cranks out 475hp @ 8250rpm against the 997’s 493hp at the same revs, both engines produce 125hp/L.

Now, here’s where it’s a matter of preference: the age-old manual vs. auto argument. The 997 offers a traditional six-speed manual, while the 991 generation GT3 is only available with a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission – which means the 991 will be out of the equation for those who insist on doing their own shifting. However, there is definitely something to be said for the PDK transmission and its ability to change gears ultra-smoothly in fractions of a second.

Driving

When it comes to handling, the reworked front and rear suspension and wider track of the 991 delivers more refinement than the 997, while the new electro mechanical steering serves to dampen a lot of the vibration and feedback, which only adds to the refinement – however, those who prefer a more traditional driving experience will miss the feel of the hydraulic steering wheel in the 997.

Of course, car you decide on also depends on how you plan to use it. The 997 isn’t ideal for driving around in city traffic – not only do you have a manual gearbox and slick tyres that belong on the track, but you will also need to be very mindful of the front splitter. After all, who wants to scrape a 150K car? The 991, in comparison, has a front axle lift kit, which makes it easier to get around in territory that’s less than ideal for a sports car. Essentially, the 997 is the sort of car you want to drive hard – not do the grocery run in.

The Verdict

So, what’s the verdict? Essentially, the 997 is more of a ‘special occasion car’ – one you reserve for track, or take for a spirited weekend drive. The 911, in comparison, can be used in a wider context and is more road friendly.

One isn’t necessarily better than the other – what you choose will depend on what you like. The Porsche 991 GT3 is more tech savvy and road friendly, ideal for those looking for a bit more refinement in a daily driver or a car for cruising, while the Porsche 997 GT3 RS 4.0 GT3, which is more traditional and perfect for track, will undoubtedly satisfy the hard-core rev heads.

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Daniel Calvin is the blog writer for Capristo Automotive, sharing high torque content in the sports car world.

Porsche 997: What The Press Said About The Second Generation Of The Water Cooled Porsche 911

By   October 9, 2019

Porsche 997

Porsche 997

The Porsche 997 is considered one of the best looking modern 911s that can be purchased. After the 996 generation took the brunt of complaints over the change to a water-cooled flat-six, the 997 looked to improve on where the 996 left off.

Beyond the engine featuring liquid cooling, the interior and headlights of the 996 were not popular with purists. The 997 was built with these comments in mind.

The 997, especially the 997.2, is a very popular 911 generation. But what did the press say about it when the 997 was first released?

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2020 Chevy Camaro Specs and Features

By   September 9, 2019

2020 Chevy Camaro

2020 Chevy Camaro

Now is the perfect time to preview what the 2020 Chevy Camaro has to offer for those in the market for a car that not only embodies Chevy’s history of dependability and reliability, but the sex appeal that the Camaro is known for.

The 2020 Chevy Camaro provides a high level of owner satisfaction, particularly since it comes loaded with all the advantages of an incredible wealth of new technology.

Buying a new Chevy Camaro is all about choice. Chevy offers lots of options for the discerning buyer so you can get the vehicle perfect for you. Whatever engine you choose, whether it’s the base V8, the supercharged V8, the V6, or the turbo-four from the extensive line-up, you’ll be able to choose from the coupe and convertible body styles and from a laundry list of potential refinements.

New Styling for Camaro in 2020

Chevy decided to give the nose a more elegant look for the 2020 model by replacing the color bar in the front grille. It has changed from a stark black to body-colored, resulting in an even more dramatic, low-slung look that enhances its iconic sporty “Hot Wheels” persona.

When it comes to colors, there is a great array from which to choose. The whole rainbow comes to life, from Rally Metallic Green, Metallic Blue (sizzling!) to Crush (yes, like the tangy orange soda pop), Shock (hot sunshine yellow meets tropical green), Summer White, and a whole host of other more subtle but equally eye-catching hues.

New Technology for the 2020 Chevy Camaro

Technology has created a sea change in automobile production, and there is much to be found in Chevy’s Camaro in 2020. You will find well-loved features that have always made the Camaro an outstanding choice, but also new features that are included as standard or available as add-ons.

These features include:

  • Heated and cooled interior seating
  • Remote-controlled soft top for convertible models
  • 7- or 8-inch video screen infotainment center with voice-command response
  • Bose audio system with nine speakers
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth support
  • Three months of free 4G LTE data (Wi-Fi hotspot technology)
  • One month of free GM OnStar “turn by turn” navigation system
  • Two USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • Dual-zone climate control (automatic function)
  • Interior gimbaled air vents with climate controls
  • New soundproofing layers for a quiet ride
  • Sunroof

2020 Chevy Camaro

Driving Experience

Choose between 275-, 335-, and 450-horsepower engines – all powerful and incredibly responsive.

You have a choice of 6-speed manual transmission, 8-speed automatic, or 10-speed automatic.

As soon as you take a test drive, you’ll notice the Camaro’s signature weight balance and steering that makes for superior corner-hugging maneuverability. The double-pivot suspension and electric-assist power steering make the car a dream to drive.

There’s also surprisingly good fuel economy, especially in the turbo-four and V6 models.

The Camaro is not just for show. It’s a production car just as happy on the track with features to match.

  • Magnetic ride control dampers
  • Track-ready response timing accessed by switching to ‘Track’ mode
  • Memory feature for recording track lap times
  • Spool valve dampers
  • Front drive planes and splitter
  • Adjustable front ride height

Safety Test Scores

The 2020 Chevy Camaro is so new it hasn’t been rated by the major safety bodies yet, but based on the 2019 version, buyers should feel extremely confident with the five-star overall safety rating that the Chevy Camaro earned from the NHTSA last year.

Safety features include:

  • A rear-view camera
  • Rear park assist
  • Blind-spot monitors
  • 8 airbags (a standard feature on all models) including front knee airbags
  • Rear cross-traffic alerts
  • Forward collision warnings

2020 Chevy Camaro

Pricing

The Chevy Camaro LT1 is the most affordable V8 automobile in its class. The base model features 18-inch alloy wheels, eight-way adjustable driver’s seat, and four-way adjustable passenger’s seat, with many upgrades available if desired. The sky’s the limit, and Chevy delivers to the max in driver comfort, speed and handling, high tech features for safety and entertainment, and much more.

2020 Chevy Camaro

In short, the 2020 Chevy Camaro promises to be a thing of beauty, power, superior handling, and freedom. You can choose from among the finest upgrades and high tech features that anyone could imagine for the best sports car driving experience.

The 2020 Chevy Camaro looks to be one of the most exciting automobiles that have ever been brought to market.

The only way to truly capture the Camaro experience and features is to take one out on a test drive at Chevrolet dealers. Check out what this sleek, stylish sports car has to offer. But a word of caution – be prepared to have your mind blown!

A DIY C8 Corvette – Video

By   August 12, 2019

DIY C8 Corvette

DIY C8 Corvette

The C8 Corvette has been one of the most talked about cars of the year. The fact that GM is finally moving the engine to the middle of the new Corvette after decades of rumors.

The newest ‘Vette is aiming squarely at the 992 generation Porsche 911. It promises to best its German competition in both performance and price.

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Porsche 992 or C8 Corvette – Video

By   July 30, 2019

Porsche 992 or C8 Corvette

Porsche 992 or C8 Corvette

Porsche 992 or C8 Corvette? It’s a question that a Porsche enthusiast would not think that they would be asking themselves. However, the C8 is promising some impressive specs and a starting price almost half as much as a 992 Carrera S.

The new mid engine Corvette is all the rage and Porsche may need to rethink some of their strategies.

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