The computers have won. Cars with automatic transmission are more efficient and consistent than manuals. But if you believe that owning a high performance vehicle is about having fun, Carfection has for you a bucket list of cars with “a proper gearbox.”
911 customizer Singer shows off one of its latest finished jobs. Based on a 964, the Luxemburg – named after the customer’s home town – has a 4L flat-six engine that produces up to 390hp, a removable carbon fiber hard top and a beautiful orange paint job and leather interior.
During last year’s Porsche Carrera Cup France, a bizarre accident occurred right after the start of the race, as one car spun around in tight traffic, and another drove right up onto its hood. The result: The world’s first double-decker Porsche.
An obsessively designed 1:8 scale model of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The 2,700pc model has a dual-clutch gearbox w/working paddle shifters, moving engine pistons, exclusive rims and tires, and a plate laser-etched with a serial number unique to each copy. Drops 6/1/16 for $300.
The ultimate purist’s 911 features the 4.0L flat-six engine from the 911 GT3 RS, offering up an impressive 500 horses, an 8,250 RPM redline, a manual gearbox, an automated wing, and a top speed of 200 mph. Goes from 0-to-60 in just 3.7s, and sounds spectacular getting there.
Updated from head to toe, nearly every component on the new Boxster and Boxster S has been revamped, including a new flat-four turbo engine that cranks out 300hp on the base, and 350hp on the S. Choose from a 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK automatic gearbox.
You’d think the Nürburgring wasn’t exactly a good place to drive in the snow, but the green hell looks like it’s just as much fun when it’s covered with white stuff, as demonstrated in this video of a classic 911 being drifted around the track by driver Patrick Simon.
Porsche Design integrated the rear silencer and twin tailpipes from a 911 GT3 into a 200W 2.1 Dolby surround sound system such that they now amplify sound instead of dampening it. The speaker has a subwoofer output and Bluetooth, RCA, coaxial and optical inputs.
While they didn’t NEED more power, Porsche gave them some anyhow. An extra 20hp pushes the 911 Turbo to 540hp and the Turbo S to 580hp, launching the Turbo to 60 in 2.9s and the Turbo S in 2.8s. The coupe and cabrio get refined body styling and new 20″ wheels.
Porsche stomps on Tesla’s hallowed ground, revealing its own all-electric sedan, capable of launching its occupants from 0-to-62mph in 3.5 seconds thanks to a 600hp all-wheel drivetrain. Driving range: ~310 mi, and an 80% charge in 15 minutes… Assuming it ever gets produced.
The new Carrera has some visual refinements, like new headlamps and rear deck vents, but the big story is the 420 hp, twin-turbo flat-six in the Carrera S, and the 370 hp version in the base. Add PDK and Sport Chrono to do 0-to-60 in just 3.7s in the S, and 4.0s in the base.