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Porsche 911 GT2 RS

Porsche 911 GT2 RS

I’m well aware that the majority of readers here at The CarGurus Blog, myself included, aren’t able to read about the latest $200,000 supercar and then await delivery after making a few well-placed phone calls.

We don’t write about cars priced in the stratosphere because we expect folks to buy them… we do it because they showcase everything car fans love: the fusion of power and technology into an extreme driving experience most of us will never have the pleasure of owning.

Case in point: a twin-turbo V6 that cranks out an absolutely astounding 620 horsepower. Sure, the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS doesn’t fit most of our budgets, but that sure as heck isn’t going to stop me from writing about it.

According to Leftlane, the 911 GT2 RS is the most powerful Porsche ever built. It will accelerate to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. While other cars can match those numbers in a straight line, Porsche says the 911 GT2 RS can get around the famously twisty Nürburgring-Nordschleife in just 7 minutes, 18 seconds. That makes it one of the fastest road-going production cars in the world, folks.

The best part? Sales in the U.S. should begin in October. We don’t have official pricing, but in Europe it’ll go for about $250,000. Not that it matters.

For those of us with much shallower pockets and a need for hauling power rather than speed, there are a couple of intriguing new pickup possibilities on the horizon.

Mahindra diesel pickupFirst, Indian automaker Mahindra has been aching to enter the U.S. market for quite some time. Autosavant hears that the automaker’s compact pickup has passed EPA-required certification tests, and paperwork could be filed in the next few days for permission to sell it here.

I happen to think this is great news, since the “compact” truck market in the U.S. is nonexistent. The once-compact Toyota Tacoma is almost full-size, leaving room for truck buyers who want something smaller and more fuel efficient. The Mahindra would probably be powered by a four-cylinder turbodiesel paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, possibly making it the most efficient truck in the States.

Quality questions linger, but if they price it right, I think Mahindra could be a success here.

Finally, in news I think has much less chance of success, Hyundai is hoping to partner with Chrysler to bring Hyundai pickups to the market. This comes from Autoweek, which says,

The move could allow Hyundai to tap into a lucrative part of the U.S. market which is still dominated by the three Detroit-based automakers. The benefits for Chrysler are less clear, though it would get to use some of its excess manufacturing capacity.

Bad, bad idea. Remember when Chrysler let Mitsubishi sell a re-branded Dakota? The result was the hugely overpriced Raider, which might still be sitting on dealership lots.

I think Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is smart enough to not let this nonsense go any further, but you never know!

Since I know you won’t be buying a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, which  truck would you rather have: a re-branded Ram/Hyundai or the little Mahindra?

-tgriffith

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1 Comment

  1. Two-tier deals almost never work. Why? Because they simply result in an overpriced product, and if you have nothing to justify the added cost, you won’t make it. Look to Saab to suffer from this as they try to sell GM-made vehicles with their own markup added. Saab never really achieved a reputation for premium quality, and sure won’t as long as GM is making their vehicles.

    That makes it very likely that the Mahindra will have some good success as long as they can keep the price reasonable. India has a very active small-truck market and their commercial work vehicles like tractors have a good reputation here in the US, so I think they have a good chance of success.

    The irony is that the tendency in the US market is to “bloat” vehicles. They seem to get bigger and heavier with each refresh, and this sure is the case with trucks. Just look at companies like Toyota and Honda, which started in the US with some nice compact, efficient vehicles and now supply land yachts that can compete with any American manufacturer.

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