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2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS MR is now the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring

The Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany has been considered as one of the ultimate tests of quickness and speed for carmakers and their cars like. Setting a new record on the so-called Green Hell is fairly a difficult feat to accomplish, but Porsche seems to be taking it real easy as its creation broke anew the record for the fastest road-legal sports car at the Nurburgring.

More than a year ago, on September 20, 2017, a Porsche 911 GT2 RS (991.2) underwent a challenge at the Nurburgring, as piloted by Porsche test driver and development engineer Lars Kern. Riding on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 'N2' tires and fitted with the Weissach Package, Porsche Motorsport bucket seat and harness on driver's side, this Porsche 911 GT2 RS managed to set a new record on the 20.6-km Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring, with a record lap time of six minutes and 47.3 seconds (6:47.3)

However, less than a year later on July 26, 2018, the record was broken by nearly three seconds. The culprit was a 2018 Lamborghini Aventador LP 770-4 Superveloce Jota as piloted by Italian Lamborghini factory driver Marco Marpelli. The time needed by the Aventador Superveloce Jota to complete a lap at the Nurburgring Nordschleife was six minutes and 44.97 seconds (6:44.97).

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2018 Paris Motor Show: Skoda Vision RS previews looks of future Skoda RS models

The RS designation at Skoda has been used to call model versions that bear the Czech brand’s sporty genes. Emotive and sporty in nature, these versions have been the result of the brand’s rich history of motorsport, which has already reached 117 years. Now, at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Skoda is presenting a new study that provides a glimpse into its future RS models – the new Skoda Vision RS.

According to Skoda, the new Vision RS demonstrates how its RS could appear in future, conveying a good blend of sportiness, sustainability and functionality. After all, the new Vision RS isn't just an ordinary RS as its core is served by an electrified drivetrain – a combination of a conventional engine and an electric motor. Furthermore, the new Vision RS also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment, where the Skoda Rapid and Rapid Spaceback is currently competing.

The new Vision RS essentially represents a completely new form of RS DNA. Its front end is defined by a sculptural bonnet with a Skoda logo made from illuminated crystal glass. The radiator grille features illuminated high-gloss black carbon-fiber slats, which comes in a new distinctive shape. The air inlet and spoiler mirror are shaped like the radiator grille, which is flanked by headlights consisting of four glass stones. The frontal lighting system of the Vision RS also includes narrow daytime running lights and fog lights. The side air outlets, air inlet grille and front spoiler are all made of carbon fiber.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Nurburgring record is at risk of being crushed by Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Late last year, on September 20, Porsche took the 911 GT2 RS to the Nurburgring in attempt to take down the lap record for the fastest production car around the ‘Ring, finishing in 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds. Now, it looks like its record could be broken again soon, this time by Lamborghini’s up and coming Aventador Superveloce Jota (SVJ). So does it have the goods to surpass the already impressive record?

We have been seeing a lot of spy shots of the said model as it is being tested in Sant’Agata Bolognese at the Green Hell but it looks like Lamborghini was there for another reason. According to those who witnessed it, the naturally aspirated V12 supercar managed to lap the ‘Ring in 6 minutes and 54 seconds or 6.7 seconds slower than the Porsche. However, they made it clear that the track conditions were less ideal then.

When the new Lamborghini attempted its run on the Green Hell, a number of other automakers were out on the track, so traffic was indeed a factor that affected its results. Aside from that, there was a section of the circuit that had a few cones, and this also took their toll on the SVJ’s lap time. But even with all the obstacles and the imperfect conditions, it was still able to finish in 6:54, which is a striking result. This probably means that in ideal conditions, the hardcore Aventador will drop below the 6:50 mark. Therefore, there’s a good chance for it to beat the Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s record.

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Porsche reveals 911 GT3 RS has an official Nurburgring lap time of 6:56.4 [w/video]

A few days ago, we talked about two cars that attempted to set a record at the Nurburgring. One of those would be the Porsche 911 GT3 RS that finished the course in 6 minutes and 56 seconds. To be more precise, it was actually 6:56.4 and Porsche has finally confirmed the performance of the track focused model, with Kevin Estre behind its wheel. Impressively, he was able to beat its predecessor’s record by as much as 24 seconds.

Estre wasn’t the only one who drove the 911 GT3 RS, as he was also joined by fellow driver, Lars Kern. Both of them completed four laps of the 20.6 kilometer (12.8 mile) Nurburgring, or the so called Green Hell. And both drivers finished each lap in under seven minutes with just a few tenths of a second difference. This is clear proof of how fast naturally aspirated cars are, especially when the one driving it is extremely skilled too.

During the fastest lap finished by the 911 GT3 RS, the conditions were very much ideal too. At exactly 11:40 on Monday morning April 16, it recorded 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit) track and 14 degrees Celsius (57.2 degrees Fahrenheit) ambient temperatures.

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Before, we talked about how many of today’s automakers want to set Nurburgring lap records. Now, we are going to talk about the two newest contenders that tried to take the crown home for the fastest lap around the Green Hell. The Chevy Corvette ZR1 and the Porsche 911 GT3 RS both recorded pretty fast laps, but only one managed to make a significant run at the record.

It was BridgeToGantry who shared information about this, saying that the GT3 RS, packed with 520 horsepower (383 kilowatts) lapped the ‘Ring in under 7 minutes, where its fastest lap was 6 minutes and 56 seconds. However, this won’t break records. Meanwhile, the more potent GT2 RS did it in 6 minutes and 47.30 seconds, and this we can say is an impressive record. In fact, this performance is enough to make it to the record board as among the top five production cars of all time.

The Corvette ZR1, on the other hand, was not as successful, finishing with over 7 minutes, despite its 755 horsepower (563 kilowatts) output. To be more specific, bystanders clocked it in at 7 minutes 12 seconds. That makes the ZR1 just a little better than the Z06’s 7 minutes and 19 seconds two years ago. For the sake of comparison, the fastest American production car to lap the Ring was the Viper ACR, lapping it at 7 minutes and 1.3 seconds.

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Last year, Chevrolet revealed to us their new Equinox RS. And this year, it seems that the automaker has decided to use the RS moniker again, but this time, on the Traverse SUV. Of course, the Traverse RS gets a complete makeover inside and out. As its name suggests, the “Rally Sport” variant gives it a more distinct kind of fun to drive sportiness, according to Chevy. Too bad it does not improve the engine’s horsepower here.

Having said that, the Traverse RS remains with the same 2.0 liter turbocharged Ecotec engine, delivering 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 295 pound feet (400 Newton metres) of torque. This engine should then come with a nine speed automatic transmission, giving the Traverse RS better fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.

When looking at the RS version from the outside, one would notice a sportier looking Traverse - this includes a black grille, black window trim, black roof rails, and black bowtie emblems. It also now comes standard with HID headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, upper and lower active aero shutters, as well as a set of 20 inch aluminum wheels finished in what they call the Dark Android shade.

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While many believe electric mobility is the future, it is still uncertain how far or near we really are into making the transition --- but that may change real soon.

Insiders reveal in a recent report by Autocar that Volkswagen Group is taking the steps to make this happen at the earliest time possible. How? It seeks to become the leading promoter of e-mobility in the market. It is said that Volkswagen Group wishes to launch about 30 EVs by 2025, but prior to that, the German marque will be promoting a number of gasoline-electric hybrids under its sub-brands. It’s expected to comprise several SUVs and two electrified hatchbacks.

In a bid to win the hearts of car enthusiasts, Volkswagen AG’s marketing people thought the hybrid hatches hold the key to letting everyone come aboard the electrified future. This could be achieved by means of spreading the word about electric technologies among fellow customers. Well, hot hybrid hatchbacks can be a lot of fun you know.

Read the entire article A hybrid Skoda Fabia RS may be part of VW’s upcoming lineup under e-mobility campaign

You may have heard about the boost that ABT Sportsline gave the Skoda Octavia RS. However, the changes are not as significant outwardly compared to what has been done on the engine. Well, it has received a new set of custom 19-inch wheels, and a stiffer sports suspension, lowering its overall height by 20 millimeters. But most of the magic happens under the hood.

The Octavia RS now has a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It used to have an output of only 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. What ABT did to Skoda’s TSI unit, which is the same as what many other Volkswagen models have received, is to bring out 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque. Because of the use of the bespoke engine control module, the model now offers an additional 85 horsepower and 74 lb-ft (100 Newton metres) from the standard model. This makes it perform much better as well; however, the tuner has not officially released its details.

Inside, it still comes with an infotainment system with electronic driver aids as well as safety features that come standard. Some of the safety features include adaptive light and front fog lights that work as cornering lights. The external and internal rear view mirrors have an auto-dimming function as well.

Read the entire article ABT Sportsline offers tuning package for the Skoda Octavia RS with up to 315hp output

Skoda has not even begun deliveries for the Karoq compact crossover to their customers, and yet, they are already open to discuss future derivatives to add to the lineup. Rather than developing another Yeti, the company decided to halt the production of that model and instead replace it with a Sportline variant for next year, giving it a more aggressive appearance minus the hardware upgrades. But if you are interested in the high-performance version, you will have to wait until 2019 for it to be launched.

The Karoq Sportline will go on sale in 2019 at the earliest. And if they were to discuss a RS version, it would either have a pure petrol or something else. It is unsure whether it would feature plug-in hybrid systems like those on the VW Golf GTE and Passat GTE, or even a 48-volt mild hybrid setup with a smaller battery that works as a performance aid.

Though the automaker has not confirmed production of the RS model just yet, Christian Strube, R&D boss of Skoda, did say in his interview with Auto Express that he is keen on making it happen. Apart from that, he also was the person who made the Kodiaq RS push through. This model will be out sometime next year. Also, in 2019, we might see the very first Skoda with an electrified powertrain, which will be the Kodiaq’s smaller brother. It might also be joined by the plug-in versions of the Superb and the Kodiaq.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now the fastest, undefeated king of the ring for having settled a new record at the Green Hell - at least with regards to rear wheel drive road legal cars lately. The objective was to set a new record in Nurburgring-Nordschleife’s 20.6 km (12.8m) course for less than seven minutes and five seconds. Porsche instead proved it can do so much better by beating the record and being faster by 17.7 seconds.

Porsche factory test drivers Lars Kern from Germany and Nick Tandy of Great Britain made the new record on September 20 for beating the previous 6:52.01 minute log. Using two different Porsche 911s, both drivers took off, each making 5 laps all in less than six minutes and fifty seconds. Eventually, German driver Lars Kern made the fastest lap by reaching the finish line with a very impressive 6:47.3 recorded minutes. Kern runs at an average speed of 114.4 miles per hour (184.11 kph).

Kern’s excellent performance aboard the 911 GT2 RS defies the Porsche 918 Spyder by nearly ten seconds. This happened four years after Marc Lieb, also from Porsche, achieved a lap record of six minutes and fifty seven seconds on September 4th, 2013. In short, we now confirm that the 911 GT2 RS is faster than the 918 Spyder by at least ten seconds.

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Following the premiere of the Q8 Concept in January, Audi has finally registered the Q8 at the EUIPO. The automaker from Ingolstadt has recently also filed a trademark application for an RS model. Registered under vehicles and means of transport, Audi appears to be focused on increasing its SUV portfolio even after the Q2’s recent launch. EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) officials are now examining the RS Q8 application.

To those who still could not believe that a new RS badged-SUV is already brewing, it can be recalled that Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s chief has previously confirmed that more SUVs will be receiving the RS badge in the coming years. Concerning the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann had also said that the SUVs should have other important aspects as well such as safety, quality and comfort.

Due to the growing market for high performance SUVs, Audi it seems is only doing what is reasonable and that is by fulfilling the demands of their consumers, regardless if the R8 Supercar is more in demand according to their own studies.

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The 2018 Jaguar E-Pace is the leaping cat’s first venture into the compact SUV segment, and sure enough, it didn’t take long before an artist rendered a wilder version of the small SUV. Enter the Jaguar E-Pace RS by X-Tomi Design - the artist’s own interpretation of the SUV with unusual performance.

To start off, X-Tomi enhances the size of the small SUV’s front bumper and side skirts. Perhaps, these are done to match the ideal standards of a possible Jaguar E-Pace high performance RS variant. There are also some visibly larger wheels, black accents and bits of carbon fiber to complete the high-performance look.

Being the newest member of the brand’s growing range of SUVs, the E-Pace is designed as a five-seater, small SUV that offers plenty of space as well as the latest connected technologies available. Among them are the infotainment system’s 10-inch touch screen monitor with 3 adjustable controllers for the fan speed and temperature setting, a head-up display screen as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel. The storage space between the two front seats is at 2.2 gallon while the rear area has a capacity of up to 22.4cu.ft. Using the 60:40 split folding set up, the storage space can be expanded even further.

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During the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Frank-Steffen Walliser said that the 7th generation Porsche 911 GT2 RS is “all about sevens” with its 700 PS or 690 horsepower (514 kilowatts) engine that lets it run from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.7 seconds, and reach a top speed of 209 miles per hour. But with regards to taking on the Nurburgring, he asked for some time to check it.

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has been given a 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine, which is what makes it a really fast car. Now, going back to the Nurburgring, we might have already gained some evidence of the sub-seven lap time.

During an interview between Mark Webber and Driving.ca, the 911 GT2 RS is said to have set a new record at the Green Hell. The car was able to hit 208.7 miles per hour (336 kilometers per hour) on the ‘Ring, making it the fastest car that has ever sprinted there. The present official record holder is the Huracan Performante with a top speed of 189 miles per hour (304 kilometers per hour). There’s a huge difference as it is 19 miles per hour faster than the Performante.

Read the entire article With 208 mph, Mark Webber claims that Porsche 911 GT2 RS has the fastest Nurburgring lap time

Over the weekend, a lot of fans were excited to witness the new 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. During the event, the company was giving hints that the nine-eleven will be going to the Nurburgring and that it is capable of completing a lap in under seven minutes.

In other words, they are trying to say that the 911 GT2 RS will be as fast as the 918 Spyder with a lap time of 6:57 – or it may be even faster, though this may not be a surprise to many. The 918 Spyder made that record back in September 2013, but has already been broken by the McLaren P1 LM at 6:43, which is the current title holder.

It may not seem like the road-going 911 can match the McLaren’s record, but if it hits or beats the much more expensive 918 Spyder, then that would be pretty impressive. Frank-Steffen Walliser, who is responsible for the Porsche GT program, said at Goodwood that “it’s all about sevens” and that this is the 911‘s seventh generation, with 700 PS (690 horsepower), but then he added that “it’s no seven at the Nurburgring”. Walliser even told us to watch out for it, but then he asked to be given some time first to check it.

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Last month, we witnessed the reveal of the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS at the E3 video game expo. It was a surprise for many to see it at that event instead of an auto show, but everybody was ecstatic to finally see the actual model after countless spy shots, reports, and previews. And again, it attended this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with more power, and complete specs to share with us.

The 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-metres) of torque that the supercar produces comes from the 3.8-liter, flat-six engine the same as the 911 Turbo S. The engine has been paired with large turbochargers and extra cooling system, and only weighs a total of 3,241 pounds (1,470 kilograms) when the gas tank is filled. The newly revealed Porsche 911 GT2 RS is way more powerful than its predecessor which was down by 79 horsepower (59 kilowatts) and 37 pound-feet (50 Nm) of torque.

With that engine found under its hood, the 911 can sprint from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 2.7 seconds, and a few milliseconds to get to 62 mph (100 kph). It has this ability to max out at 211 mph (340 kph). Paired to that engine is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox that gives power to the 21-inch rear wheels. The new extra-light titanium exhaust system is in charge of its loud roar, this upgrade is 15 pounds (6.8 kg) lighter than what the 911 Turbo had.

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The 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS that made its debut not so long ago at the E3 video game expo in Los Angeles has already been sold out according to reports. That’s surprisingly quick and highly impressive for the 700-horsepower (521 kilowatts) sports car. It sold so fast that you probably didn’t even have enough time to consider it.

AutoBild says that Porsche’s plan is to produce 1,000 units of the 911 GT2 RS, and that every single one of them had already been accounted for. The company did mention that some of those examples will be reserved for 918 owners, as they get priority access to this model. Apparently, the 911 GT2 RS has a starting price of €260,000 or €289,000 in Europe. Deliveries will begin by fall this year. However, the company has not confirmed any of these details shared to us yet.

To make a more aggressive vehicle, the sports car has been provided with an aero package that is noticeable in the front and rear fascia - with a wide body kit as well as a massive rear wing. Throughout the inside the cabin, you’ll find carbon fiber trimmings, and to keep the weight down, a set of lightweight wheels has been put in.

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The E3 video game expo this year isn’t just about video games. During last weekend’s expo at Los Angeles, Porsche surprised many with the new 911 GT2 RS. Not only does it look visually stunning in person, but it left people talking about the car’s horsepower.

Before it made its appearance, we heard rumours that the new 911 would be producing more than 640 horsepower. But during the event, it was confirmed by Automobile Magazine that the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS can produce 700 horsepower (521 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet of torque (749 Newton-metres), as they were one of the first few to hitch a ride in the sports car. However, Porsche does not confirm the publication’s statement and calls it a “speculation”.

Whether that is true or not, what we know is that the power comes from a 3.8-liter biturbo inline-six. In just 2.9 seconds, the 911 GT2 RS can speed up to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour), and it has a top speed of 212 miles per hour (341 kilometers per hour). And for the record, the RS only weighs 3,306 pounds (1,500 kilograms). Supposedly.

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It sure looks like an Audi version of the Bugatti Chiron. In any case, we’re totally impressed. Milen Ivanov, a Behance artist from Bulgaria imagines the future Audi RS hypercar with a touch of Chiron styling cues. What we find rather interesting was how he made the RS Concept’s single frame grille including the sleek head lights and tail lights become undeniably Audi. Now who could beat that?

The stunning concept features an aggressive set of aerodynamics treatment, a set of wheels with futuristic turbine design plus video cameras instead of side mirrors. While the front section is covered in color blue, the remaining parts come in naked carbon fiber finish.

Other than Bugatti, Ivanov possibly has taken inspirations from an Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Endurance race car (in terms of shape) or even Porsche’s 918 Spyder. The R-18 e-tron Quattro won Le Mans in 2012 and comes with 60-liter fuel tank and a reduced air intake restrictor. Since this was a race car, there were many changes applied not only to shave off some weight but also to meet the racing standards.

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Porsche has created some of the world’s most iconic and timeless vehicles. One of them is the oblong-shaped Porsche 911, a timeless beauty impossible to duplicate. The 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS is one of these timeless beauties and is particularly famous (and coveted) amongst collectors. The 911 was a big hit in the early 70s because of the 2.7 RS, Porsche’s “hardcore homologation special” which ultimately became a fearsome track contender. The year after the release of the 2.7 RS, Porsche wanted to do something out of the ordinary and thus released the 3.0-liter RS, stepping its game up in the race track.

This super rare 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS is considered to be more special than its 1973 predecessor and is quite a sight to behold for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

To know that these collector’s items still exist is quite thrilling especially for fans and collectors alike. Recently, it has been reported that one of six examples of the right-hand drive Carrera 3.0 RS can be found in the United Kingdom. Let’s take a look.

Read the entire article Rare Mexico Blue RHD 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS up for grabs in the UK

Speaking of design, just recently, Land Rover gave us a first look at the Range Rover Evoque Cabrio. It is a hybrid in the sense that it is part truck, part sport car. It is a truck that is a convertible. It has two doors, but sits four passengers. The company actually calls it a “crossover with capability”. It’s strange, but in a nice way - visually. I think this is the kind of car that people would either want or hate with a vengeance. There aren’t too many of those; that’s why this is such an interesting imagery.

Anyway, let’s move on to the core of this article. There was a computer-generated photo of a Range Rover Sport that was posted on Behance, a creative social media platform late last week. And the outcome looks really sexy. It is a two-door Range Rover Sport Coupe. Yes, you heard it right, a two-door Range Rover Sport.

But don’t get too excited for those of you who want to get one, as this is just a simple exercise by a certain Craig A Clark of Blackburn, United Kingdom. Let us give credit to Clark for rendering something really cool. Though this creation may look unrealistic or somewhat unpractical, the more you examine the images, the more you would think that “hey, it might actually work”. Well, it visually looks sweet to be honest.

Read the entire article Love it or hate it: a two-door Range Rover Sport RS Coupe gets rendered