A spectacle of the 1980s, the Porsche 959 was manufactured by Porsche from 1986 to 1988. Originally, the 959 was designed to be a Group B rally car. Thereafter, the Porsche 959 became a legal street car that met the requirements of FIA homologation regulations. Porsche produced only 337 Porsche 959 from 1986 to 1988. From 1992 to 1993, the 959 was also produced but only 8 units were built in total.
2.8-Liter Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6 Engine
From the engine, to the exterior, to the interior, the Porsche 959 contains multiple perks. The 959 sports a 2.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-6 engine. The 2849 cc motor is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 959 motor produces 450 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 370 lb.-ft. of torque at 5500 rpm. With that power, the 959 can hit 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds (includes Komfort and Sport).
Komfort vs. Sport Models
The Porsche 959 had two separate models: the Komfort and the Sport. The 959 Komfort hit 100 mph in 8.8 seconds while the 959 Sport reaches it in only 8.2 seconds. The Sports version is limited to 29 units and has 515 horsepower. The top speed of the Komfort model is 198 mph while the Sport can reach 211 mph. The 959 Sport can complete a quarter mile in only 11.9 seconds at 119.5 mph.
King of the 1980s
Overall, the Porsche 959 can be considered the king of the 1980s. There were many fine sports cars in the 80s but this one is one of the most popularly known. From its 2.8-liter flat-6 to its 450 horsepower, the 959 was a true sports car. Today, the 959 Komfort can be seen for sale for over $1,000,000! This value holds with cars having over 10k miles. The Porsche 959 is a true car collector’s gem.
The Ferrari F50 is an equivalent of a F-1 engined road car. From its unique styling to its racing design, the F50 is a collector’s dream. The F50 was produced from 1995 to 1997 by Ferrari with only 349 models built total. As expected, the designer is Pininfarina and it was assembled in Maranello, Italy. To no surprise, the F50 is loaded with Ferrari goodies.
4.7-Liter DOHC V12 (513 Horsepower)
The Ferrari F50 sports a 4.7-liter DOHC V12 producing 513 horsepower and 347 lb.-ft. of torque. The F50 V12 has no trouble redlining at 8,500 rpm with a fuel cut-off at 8,640 rpm. This car also features a Bosch Motronic 2.7 ECU system. The ECU controls fuel feed, ignition timing, and variable length intake and exhaust systems. By variable exhaust and intake, Ferrari means a butterfly valve that is closed at low rpm and open at high rpm.
Although the F50 is a beautiful implementation of engineering, the mileage is lacking, as expected. The F50 gets only 7 mpg in the city and 10 mpg on the highway, defining a true gas guzzler. Usually, these cars don’t rack up miles, so this usually isn’t a concern. As a collector’s car, the F50 is usually displayed in a showroom of sports cars in a private collection. The truth is, how could you possibly not drive this beautiful car?
A True F-1 Sports Car
Overall, the Ferrari F50 defines a F-1 road car. The F50 is able to hit 60 mph in only 3.7 seconds and complete a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds at 125 mph. Top speed of this beauty is 202 mph. The initial MSRP of the F50 was $417,000. Now, the F50 sells for between $2 and $3 million USD. If you were fortunate enough to obtain this car from Ferrari on release, you purchased a true treasure… and also made a small fortune.
The Ferrari Enzo, a legendary sports car, was produced between the years 2002-2004 for the base model. The production of the Enzo FXX went until 2007 and the FXX Evoluzione went until 2009. In total, there were 400 Enzo models produced by Ferrari. Ken Okayama of Pininfarina designed the Ferrari Enzo for the manufacturer. Lastly, the Ferrari Enzo was named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari.
6.0-liter V12 with 651 Horsepower
The Ferrari Enzo boasts a 6.0-liter Tipo F140 B V12 engine producing 651 horsepower and 485 lb.-ft. of torque. The motor was designed with a redline at 8,200 rpm, similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. The Enzo has the F1 gearbox which is a semi-automatic transmission with a clutch. Amazingly, the Enzo can hit 60 mph in only 3.14 seconds. On top of that, the Enzo can hit 100 mph in only 6.6 seconds, faster than many cars can hit 60.
Quarter Mile: ~11 Seconds
The quarter mile time of the Ferrari Enzo is around 11 seconds, also similar to the Porsche Carrera GT. On the skid pad, the car reached 1.05 g and a top speed of 221 mph is on record. On the downside, the Enzo only gets 7 mpg in the city and 12 mpg on the highway. With a passenger on board, the Enzo lapped Silverstone Stowe Circuit in only 58.31 seconds. Lastly, the Enzo has a power to weight ratio of 4.48 lb per horsepower.
Ferrari Enzo is an Auto Collector’s Dream
Overall, the Ferrari Enzo is a legendary sports car. From its amazing styling to its powerful engine, the Enzo is a dream come true. Although released in the 2000s, the Enzo has only gone up in price since then. The original MSRP of the car was $659,330. Now, the car is sold in used for condition at over $3,000,000. As of today, some models are closing in towards the higher end of the $3 million range (~$3.7 million USD). The Ferrari Enzo is the collector car of a lifetime and owning one is a major goal of any true auto enthusiast.
In between the years of 2004 and 2007, Porsche manufactured the Carrera GT in Leipzig, Germany. The Porsche Carrera GT is a mid-engined sports car limited to 1,270 production models. The Carrera GT’s predecessor is the Porsche 911 GT1 Straßenversion. On the other hand, the Carrera GT’s successor is the Porsche 918 Snyder. The Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porsche’s most famous models of all time.
Porsche Carrera GT: 5.7-liter V10 DOHC (603 Horsepower)
The Porsche Carrera GT is powered by a 5.7-liter V10 DOHC engine producing 603 horsepower and 435 lb.-ft. of torque. The 5.7-liter V10 red lines at 8,400 rpm with a 5 lb/hp weight to power ratio. The engine is complemented by a 6-speed manual transmission. The Carrera GT takes only 3.57 seconds to do 0 – 62 mph and completes a quarter mile in 10.97 seconds. On the braking end, the Carrera GT can stop from 60 mph in only 101 feet (31 m). Lastly, on a 200 ft skid pad, the car averaged 0.99 g.
Porsche Carrera GT Technology
Technology wise, the Porsche Carrera GT has a pure carbon fiber monocoque and subframe. The vehicle was also designed with dry sump lubrication and inboard suspension. Another special feature is the rear wing that raises when the vehicle passes 70 mph. The front and rear suspensions contain pushrod actuated shock absorbers. These are combined with dampers with anti-roll bars. Another great feature is the carbon-ceramic disc brakes on the Carrera GT.
The Porsche Carrera GT is an Auto Treasure
Overall, the Porsche Carrera GT is one of Porche’s top engineering accomplishments. For around $600,000 upwards to $1,000,000, the Carrera GT can be yours, used. This price range contains the models for 2004 and 2005. If you’re looking to purchase a car of this quality, be sure to check DuPont Registry. The Carrera GT is now a true collector car and can be considered an auto treasure.
For the 2018 model year, Audi is producing the second generation Q5. The 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro starts at a MSRP of $42,475. The 2018 Q5 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter engine produces 252 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is complemented by a 7-speed automatic transmission. Efficiency wise, the Q5 gets 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
2018 Audi Q5 Motor Capabilities
In depth, the 2018 Audi Q5 sports a 2.0-liter inter-cooled turbo premium unleaded inline 4-cylinder engine. A gasoline direct injection fuel system benefits the efficiency of the motor. The overall power produced is 252 net horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. net torque at 1600 rpm. The steering system is a rack-pinion setup with a 38.4 ft turning diameter from curb to curb. The motor is also complemented by a 7-speed S-tropic dual-clutch transmission with manual shifting mode.
2018 Audi Q5 Technological Advancements
Technological wise, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro has a navigation package. This package includes Audi Connect PRIME & PLUS with a 6 month trial to online services. There is also the Audi Virtual Cockpit layout on the dashboard with a 12.3” LCD fully digital instrument cluster. Amazingly, this system has a resolution of 1440 x 540 pixels. There is also the option of choosing between three visual mode options such as classic and infotainment.
2018 Audi Q5 is a Great SUV Option in it’s Class
Overall, the 2018 Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Prestige Quattro is a great SUV option in its class. From its newer styling to its upgraded technology, the Q5 is the Q7’s little brother. With 252 horsepower, the Q5 may not the fastest SUV but it does the job. The engine is complemented by a great transmission, the S-tropic system. In the end, the 2018 Audi Q5 is a great option for anyone considering a luxury European SUV.
In The Transporter movie series, the film portrays the use of Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzs. Frank Martin, the protagonist, is represented by Jason Statham for the first three films. Ed Skrein acted as Frank Martin in the reboot movie while Chris Vance handles the television series. The ratio of Audi to BMW to Mercedes-Benz in this series is 4:1:1. So, from this, you can see that Audi is the prominent car of Frank Martin.
The Transporter: 1999 BMW 735i E38 & Mercedes-Benz W140 S600
In the original Transporter movie, Frank Martin drove a 1999 BMW 735i E38 and a Mercedes-Benz W140 S600. The 1999 BMW 735i E38 boasted a V8 engine with around 233 horsepower and 254 lb.-ft. of torque. The Mercedes-Benz W140 S600 sports a 6.0-liter M12 0V12 engine with 389 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. Of these two cars, the Mercedes has a much more power. Although it may be only rumored, the 735i was expected to have a larger engine than specified to produce more power. So, it is possible that the 735i was actually a V12 model but that theory cannot be easily proven.
The Transporter 2: 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12
In the Transporter 2, Frank Martin drives a 2006 Audi A8 6.0 W12. The 2006 Audi A8 W12 has a 6.0-liter W12 engine producing 450 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. Compared to the previous movie, this is an addition of 61 horsepower to the transporter’s available power. This car introduced the beginning of the movie’s implementation of Audi for the rest of the series. Although, there is a scene in which Frank drives a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. The Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster also has a V12 engine producing a whopping 572 horsepower to hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds.
The Transporter 3: 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12
For the Transporter 3, the 2008 Audi A8 6.0 W12 was brought to the scene. Basically, Frank decided to upgrade his previous A8 to the new, face-lifted edition. The 2008 Audi A8 W12 is another luxury vehicle with a 6.0-liter W12 producing 450 horsepower. So technically, it contains the same engine as its predecessor. The major difference is on the overall styling of the car and a few technological enhancements.
The Transporter: The Series – Audi A8 4.2 V8
Unfortunately, Frank downgraded his car for the television show, The Transporter: The Series. In the television show, Frank drives a Audi A8 4.2 V8. After driving the W12, I’d suspect Frank isn’t too happy with his new companion’s capabilities. The fact is, his Audi A8 has a 4.2-liter V8 motor that produces 372 horsepower and 328 lb.-ft. of torque. It may be a slight downgrade from 450 horsepower, but it is sufficient to do the job… for the most part.
The Transporter Refueled: Audi S8 4.0 V8
Fortunately, in the movie reboot, The Transporter Refueled, Frank upgrades his car to a Audi S8 4.0 V8. Although it is no V12 or W12, the Audi S8 4.0 V8 produces 605 horsepower to hit 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. Wow! Talk about a major upgrade compared to every other car, yet a downgraded motor. The advancement of car technology over a 10-15 year period is astonishing. Not only were they able to make engines more efficient, they downed the size and upped the horsepower. I don’t know about you, but I’d take this 605 horsepower beast over any of the W12 models previously mentioned.
Frank Martin Showed Passion Towards His Audis
Overall, Frank began his journey with BMW and Mercedes-Benz then jumped into the world of Audi. The transporter prefers his Audi A8s but ended up with a S8 in The Transporter Refueled. Over time, his vehicle quality improved until the television show downgraded it. Fortunately for Frank, he received his most powerful car in the most recent movie. In the end, Frank has continued to show his love for fine European luxury automobiles. Who knows what model will be next?
The Alfa Romeo 4C, an Italian sports car, can be considered the Ferrari’s younger sibling. It may not be as prestigious of a car as a Ferrari but that doesn’t matter. The Alfa Romeo 4C provides the driver with a true Italian sports car feel for a margin of the price. The 4C has a manual steering system with sport suspension which makes the car feel as if you are driving a go cart. The power to the wheels is amazing, taking in the low 4 second range to hit 60 mph. The interior is minimalist and sleek with a beautiful display of carbon fiber.
Alfa Romeo 4C Considerations
For other consideration, the 4C does have a limited amount of space. The trunk is a decent size for a sports car but there is no way you will fit a set of golf clubs in the trunk. The golf clubs may fit in the passenger seat but that simply risks damaging the interior due to the carbon and leather. As per other items, the 4C trunk does have enough space to store at least (2) 24-pack cases of water bottles. They actually fit quite decently as I expected else wise. Fitting a backpack or a rounded, small luggage bag shouldn’t be a problem.
The other consideration to be taken is that the vehicle can only seat two people at a time. You may think you could squeeze somebody into the trunk but remember that is highly dangerous and illegal. It is also not recommended.
The Alfa Romeo 4C can be a Practical Daily Driver
Otherwise, the Alfa Romeo 4C can work as a daily driver with the right conditions. If roads are manageable and in decent shape, comfort shouldn’t be a problem on a shorter ride. The interior is small and minimalist, so comfort is another consideration to keep in mind. Lastly, it would be best to make sure you won’t have trouble transporting bags or items within the car. Overall, the Alfa Romeo 4C would be a very fun daily driver if you can work with its offerings.
2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC – Front – EuroDrift
After 2 years with a 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC, the car displayed both positives and negatives. Starting at a MSRP of around $34,225, the GLA is the little brother of the GL series. The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC sports a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine pushing 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The GLA250 4MATIC can complete a 0-60 mph acceleration in 6.4 seconds. In circular turning, the GLA recorded 0.87 g.
On the positive side, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC has a comfortable interior and ride. The interior has a sporty design with leatherette and inlay options. The suspension maintains a sporty feel while providing the comfort a Benz is expected to offer. For a SUV, the GLA250 isn’t a terrible gas guzzler, leading to a positive fuel consumption experience. Lastly, the GLA250 styling is sleek and sporty.
On the negative side, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC boasts blind spots and disappointing tech. The design of the vehicle increases the blind spots of the vehicle, making blind spot assist a highly recommended feature. Tech wise, the navigation unit is disappointing compared to Audi’s Google Maps integration. The system is a bit difficult to navigate for beginners and is not extremely user friendly. Hopefully, this is being improved in the face lifted version of the car. On top of that, an issue in the vehicle reviewed was the display unit which would tends to shut off for a few seconds when hitting bumps or potholes on the road. In major cities in the Northeast U.S., this makes the display unit dip a frequent occurrence.
The 2015 GLA250 4MATIC Holds to the Mercedes-Benz Reputation
Overall, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA250 4MATIC proved to be a pretty decent automobile. The comfort and sportiness made up for the discrepancies in the technology. From what was seen at the North American International Auto Show 2017 in Detroit, the GLA250 facelift offered enhancements in each direction. If you’re considering purchasing a used GLA250 4MATIC, you aren’t making the wrong decision. In the end, you won’t be disappointed with your experience.
2018 Ferrari Portofino: The California T Replacement
Ferrari recently revealed the newest addition to its models, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino. The 2018 Ferrari Portofino is the planned replacement for the current Ferrari California T. The Portofino will be powered by a front-mounted 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 producing an estimated 591 horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. This power will allow the Portofino to complete a 0-62 mph run in as little as 3.5 seconds. Ferrari also claims that the Portofino will be able to go over 199 mph, but not by how much. That means it “may” be a 200 mph class vehicle.
The first appearance of the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is expected to occur at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Some may call the Portofino the bottom-of-the-line Ferrari. Regardless of its placement within the brand, the Portofino is a true Ferrari vehicle. At an expected MSRP of over $200,000, the Portofino will exceed the California T in a few ways.
Firstly, there will be an additional 39 horsepower and 4 lb.-ft. of torque over the California T. Secondly, the Portofino will sport a brand new chassis that is lighter and sturdier than the California T. On top of this, the E-Diff3, an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, will be included in the video. Lastly, Ferrari engineers improved the magnetorheological adaptive-damping system as well as the electrically assisted power-steering system.
The 2018 Ferrari Portofino Will Be Stunning
Overall, the 2018 Ferrari Portofino is a great vehicle from what can be seen from the reveal. The expected, powerful Ferrari V8 will be completed by a brand new design taking Ferrari to the next generation. Many may think this is the low end of Ferrari, but it is a true Italian sports car. The Portofino offers slightly more power than the California T with an overhaul in the technology department. The unveil in Frankfurt should be exciting with prospective clients ready to see this vehicle.
1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo – Skyline – Forza Horizon 3 Hoonigan Car Pack – EuroDrift
1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo
Forza Horizon 3, a racing video game on Xbox One and Windows, recently released the Hoonigan Car Pack for $6.99. While the DLC contained cars such as the 1965 Hoonigan Ford “Hoonicorn” Mustang, there was only one European car. The 1991 Hoonigan Rauh-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo makes its debut in this game as a top runner. As a Porsche, it already has an edge on the other vehicles such as the Fords or Mazda. On top of this, the Porsche 911 Turbo is modded to even more so enhance the vehicle.
1991 Hoonigan Porsche 911 Turbo Specifications
The 1991 Hoonigan Raul-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo sports a 3.3-liter 6 cylinder boxer engine. On top of this, the mods include an Andial K27 turbo, sport intercooler, C2 cams, B&B exhaust, and mapping. As hoped, the 911 has a five-speed manual transmission. The brakes were converted to Porsche 993 Turbo “Big Red” with four-piston calibers (332mm front/rear). Lastly, the suspension was replaced by KW Variant 3 coil-overs with a height lift system.
On the exterior, there are Rauh-Welt Begriff fender flares as well as upgraded bumpers and side skirts.
The rear wing and crosshair headlights are modifications as well. The entire car is coated in a satin white pearl paint.
On the interior, the seats were replaced by Recaro Profi XL seats with lobster red trimming. There are also four-point Schroth harnesses, Momo pedals and steering wheel, as well as a Roth Sport gear lever.
Overall, the 1991 Hoonigan Raul-Welt Begriff Porsche 911 Turbo represents the European cars well in Forza Horizon 3. From its true to heart German engineering to its customizations, it is a great in-game vehicle. Against the other cars, this is EuroDrift’s personal favorite. You’re welcome to pick any car in the Hoonigan Car Pack DLC, but don’t hesitate to give the Porsche 911 Turbo a chance.