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Vidéo : la fantastique publicité Porsche du Super Bowl LIV

Dans la nuit du dimanche 2 février au lundi 3, le Super Bowl LIV verra s’affronter les Chiefs de Kansas City et les 48ers de San Francisco. Porsche profitera de cet événement planétaire pour diffuser une publicité qui met en scène différents modèles du constructeur allemand dont la Porsche Taycan. Pour retrouver une vidéo commerciale […]

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Why the Carrera GT Still Pulls Our Heartstrings

In the era of turbochargers and PDK gearboxes we live in, it’s easy to get distracted. Even mid-tier sports cars are just so supremely quick nowadays, there’s a good chance that many fans forget about the other things which make a car truly special. Fortunately, we have videos like these. One brief encounter with the sonorous wail of the 5.7-liter V10 sitting in the rear of the Carrera GT will have them wishing for the slower, louder, more analog days of the past.

The powertrain is quite compact.

That slinky, elegant, simplistic shape—a little like a lengthened, widened 986 Boxster—is still stunning today. The balsa wood-knobbed shifter, the terra cotta-colored leather, and 996-era switchgear and gauges all take one back to the early ’00s when 600 horsepower was an astronomical amount of power, and not something any breathed-on 2-series could make. But power alone wasn’t what makes the Carrera GT a standout.

 

The carbon tub, the carbon clutch, the carbon brakes—in addition to being new for the era, they bring the weight down to just ~2,900 pounds. The carbon elements, including that incredibly wide door sill, all add to the sense of occasion. The precision of the chassis and the urgency of the motor are bonafide motorsport. Even the carbon brakes take a little warming before they give the driver any real confidence. That urgency, that hard-edged character, and that hint of danger all offer the talented driver a level of involvement which makes some supercars seem anodyne.

Unlike the Zonda, the Carrera GT had the engine bolted directly to a carbon cradle.

What’s truly incredible is, despite the ever-present rumors of these cars being bloodthirsty, the right set of tires make them manageable. Not a pussycat by any means, but with just enough of an inviting character to encourage the driver to try and master it, the Carrera GT requires work, but is it satisfying.

We can see that through the enthusiasm that flows out of Harry. That screaming motor, the incredible direction change, a rifle-action shift, and the perfect driving position are all easy to observe. He’s a lucky man, and perhaps nobody else conveys us how emotive the car is as him. Watch for a detailed history on the car, some trivia, and a ridealong that makes you want to start researching successful bank heists.

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Porsche Carrera GT -> Gemballa Mirage GT Gold Edition : La caisse à Samuel !

A force on a du mal à comprendre ces éternels insatisfaits… Une Porsche Carrera GT dans mon garage, et je passerais mes journées à son volant ou à l’admirer. Eh bien non, pour certains, ça ne suffit pas ! Il leur en faut plus… quitte à tomber dans le bling bling. Comme cette Gemballa Mirage […]

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The Joy of Driving a Carrera GT on a Wintry Mountain Road

Thanks to a fortunate set of circumstances, we get a sense of how a well-used Carrera GT performs in wintry surroundings. No traction control, no modes to choose from, and a fearsome reputation pushes steely drivers like our man here to treat the Carrera GT’s inputs with some circumspection. It’s claimed a few lives and clearly doesn’t have the sort of supportive character that modern—even some of its contemporary—hypercars have. So when the elements aren’t making life any easier, how does an experienced track driver engage with one of the most demanding cars ever sold to the public?

Who wouldn’t want to snick that beechwood-knobbed shifter through its gates?

The spike of revs and an unmistakable scream (0:32) set the tone. Without a doubt, the urgency and directness of the drivetrain are a large part of what makes this car such a singular creation. Few road-going machine employ a clutch as famously difficult to interact with, and the way this motor revs—more racing car than road car—means gear changes are something which require a great deal of concentration. « Once I knack of it and found my pedal spacing, and the way the engine revs so quick, the heel-toeing is just bliss to someone like me, » says TheSUPERCARDRIVER’s Charles Craven.

As the wheels search for grip and the motor spikes and screams, even driving the Carrera GT in a straightline is an engaging experience that requires full concentration. Trying to put the 605 horsepower down with such a responsive motor and the torque you’d expect from a 5.7-liter V10 isn’t easy; every prod of the throttle is an event.

Seeing real grime grace a GT’s hide is a thing of beauty.

Because something like the 992’s performance is much easier to access, the Carrera GT may not be quite as quick on a slippery country road, but who cares? With the sense of occasion and the ever-present threat of a trip off a hillside, this car is undeniably the more exciting. It requires constant attention, but few machines are as rewarding—provided the driver is gifted enough to handle it.

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Walter Röhrl Picks His Top Five Porsche Rally Cars

Beware, dear reader, as this is a video that requires some reading. When discussing something as dear to his heart as rally cars, Herr Röhrl tends to stick with his native German. Though the video is in German, the visual language of Porsche racing cars transcends the spoken word, and Herr Röhrl has brought some icons for the latest Top 5 video.

What is striking about this set of cars is its diversity. Among them are a Paris-Dakar competitor, a Transsyberia rally competitor, two German rally championship cars, and a top-level WRC car optimized for a single event. It’s a curious bunch, and really highlights the breadth of Porsche’s competition talents.

Several of the choices are icons in their own rights. The 953 debuted the 959’s all-wheel drive system and won the 1984 Paris-Dakar, the featured 924 Carrera GT was Walter’s personal car in the 1981 German rally championship, and the 911SC Safari set the stage for countless 911 Safari tributes.

The other two warrant consideration on their own. The Cayenne Transsyberia is the only factory-supported Cayenne racer, and won the 7,000-kilometer Transsyberia rally two years on the trot- in its second outing Cayennes claimed the top six positions. As a sort of halfway-house between the Cayenne S and GTS equipped for long-distance rallying, it’s a pretty special machine.

The car which clinched Walter’s top position is one which he apparently had not driven prior to filming the video. Though at first glance it appears to be a 997 GT3, it is in fact a 996 GT3 fitted with a 997 front clip, and which competes in the German rally championship driven by a husband and wife team. It’s a compelling entry on the list, as it shows that rallying a Porsche is not just for those with factory support, and the car sounds glorious.

Of course Herr Rohrl’s Top 5 is not a comprehensive list. What are your favorite Porsche rally cars? For me it’s a close pick between the Monte Carlo-winning 911Ts of 1968, and Reneé Binkerhoff’s perennially-competitive 356A.

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