Porsche is probably one of the most successful luxury/racing car brands in the world. Founded back in 1931 by Austrian-German automotive engineer Professor Ferdinand Porsche, the company has always been dedicated to becoming a leader in the industry, both in the conceptualization and creation of cars that would fit every mans needs and wants. For 90 years, the conglomerate has never ceased to best its current efforts with every new Porsche model they release. And for 2021, they have set their sights on making the Porsche 911 series their most successful and respectable product to date.
The 911 has a long history, dating back in 1963. It belings to five distinct generations of cars the company produces and is quite popular among racing enthusiasts. As of February 2021, Porsche dealership businesses around the world have started selling the first of the brands sixth generation installment, the Carrera and Carrera S (Turbo, GT2 and GT3), which are currently considered a true sports car benchmark.
True to its reputation, Porsche did not spare anything when it came to designing the Carreras exterior. With its flat, stretched, muscular silhouette made of lightweight aluminium steel, and an optimized aerodynamic system, users will be able to enjoy a good run around the course with reduced lift and good drag value. The brands classic wide arched wings is extended even more in its newest product and paired off with bigger wheels, to give it that beefy stance.
Under the hood, the 911 Carrera sports a 3.6L to a 3.4L direct-injected flat six engine that delivers an intimidating 550 horsepower. It runs on seven forward gears, with a new gearbox that combines the comfort of an automatic transmission with the flexibility of a racing systems gearshift. And it has a 0 to 62 miles per hour sprint time, achieved within 3.4 seconds. These features, without exaggeration, have improved lap time records for Porsche at up to 40 seconds.
Now, when it comes to the interiors, the new Porsche 911 Carrera provides a driver-friendly environment so that users can confidently wield the power of the vehicle. The center console has been readjusted closer to the front, with a higher mounted gear selector so it is easily accessible from the steering wheel. One can also expect to take advantage of advanced navigation instruments with a high resolution, multi-function screen, on top of a central counter and an ignition lock located just left of the helm.
As for fuel efficiency, Porsche has also raised the bar in their new product by requiring only 10 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The combination of a seven-speed manual (Porsche-Dippelkupplungsgetreibe) transmission, thermal management, auto start/stop mechanism, electrical system recuperation, and electro-mechanical power steering, help decrease the sports cars fuel consumption and emission by 16%. And despite this, there is no sign of compromise with regards to the vehicles agility, precision and stability.
Next is the Porsche 911 GT3, everyones favorite track car, and it is interesting to see how differently the two cars behave. While the GT3 seems noticeably less twitchy in the drivers hands, it also seems to understeer quite a bit more. Thank the rear-engine layout for that, as the front end has always been too light for the tires to grip in 911s. However, its 3.8 liter naturally-aspirated flat-six engine sounds incredible at 9,000 rpm and it seems like the smoother car of the two, the one that is easier to drive quickly.
In the end, the Porsche 911 GT3 was able to complete the Kleiner Kurs with a 1:09.2 time, while the BMW M4 GTS was able to do it in 1:09.6. So the Porsche is faster but the are both incredibly close, so close in fact that certain drivers might get a better time out of the M4 GTS and certain ones might be better in the 911 GT3. But their performance capabilities are so similar that it really does come down to preference. The Porsche 911 GT3 still seems to be king, but the BMW M4 GTS is right on its tail.