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Old 10-16-2013, 02:11 AM
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Default Reason for 911 50 to have the Powerkit

At least in the Americas. Could it have anything to do with the new Corvette?Just wondering...
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:54 AM
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Nah,

I don't believe so. What's another 40hp compared to 460hp base on the vette and an additional 125 ft. of torque.

The 911 "50" just needs more advertised power than the standard "s" because it's a oh so special limited edition model.

I know some of the magazine guys are loving the new vette and that's great. I'm still not interested in buying one any time soon. My Escalade was amazing for a bout a year and a half until it started falling apart. GM build quality. It is what it is!
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Old 10-16-2013, 03:29 AM
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Porsche did the same thing with the Club Sport, Sport Classic, and at least one other special edition car whose name I don't recall, though I know the PCA member here who "won" the lottery to buy one several years ago. Were they making the new Corvettes back then? Does anyone seriously think Stuttgart plans anything based on Detroit? Seriously??!
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Old 10-16-2013, 05:43 AM
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Never say never.

Mercedes is buying a stake in Aston Martin and new Astons will be fitted with Merc engines.
Who would have thought that !

Audi is making the Lambo livable and reliable.
Who would have thought that !

How about it BMW ? Fancy fixing up a Corvette ?

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by 96redLT4 View Post
At least in the Americas. Could it have anything to do with the new Corvette?Just wondering...
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No. its simply about money. Porsche's strategy is quite obvious-undercontent the cars, including reduced hp, and making many things a la carte.
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That and Porsche could not justify the price of the 50th in the US of A without the power kit that cost Porsche very little money in comparison to make at the factory. So why not make an relative old school GT3, in comparison to power output from a few years ago, for the masses that don't drive aroumd as hard as the real GT3!?
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:25 PM
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I mean not in the driving performance.
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:45 PM
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They need some test cars out there for the 991.2 which will have 425hp.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:56 PM
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Based on past performance, I suspect the 911_50 is a dry run for a 991 GTS which I would guesstimate as being about a year away. It'll be a 911_50 without the houndstooth upholstery - probably Alcantara instead. And also available in the full spectrum of colors, I bet. I just hope the 991 GTS, when it comes out, does NOT have the centerlock wheels that were foisted on the 997.2GTS. I learned to live with them but I never learned to love them!

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Old 10-16-2013, 03:39 PM
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My 911/50 arrives in about a week with NO houndstooth (a decision I will not regret). Can I call it a GTS? Why didn't you like your centre lock hubs? As an aside, I believe I was the first person in North America to order the 911/50. I put down a deposit 2 years ago. I told my salesman that if it didn't come with the power pack I would cancel the order and just get a Carrera S with the power kit. Rear drive with power kit and wide body is what makes it special imho.
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The CL wheels were simply more trouble than they were worth.

PLUS: Wheels are slightly lighter; they look cool

MINUS: CL's require special tools (a 4' breaker bar for removal; a 4' torque wrench or torque multiplier to install) and special procedures (a second person to sit in the car with the brakes on; special lube required) and need to be very carefully installed (check to make sure the central spline has popped out and is fully engaged). None of those issues exists with a plain old 5-bolt wheel.

Porsche repeatedly increased the recommended torque for the wheels once they were released - and the issues became even more critical if the car was used on the track (as mine often was).

The selection of after-market wheels for the CL's is very limited and very expensive.

I learned to deal with them and eventually trained my tire shop in the procedures involved. (Because of my track use, I went through 5 sets of tires in 2 years. I was in the tire shop a lot.) But the questionable benefit of the wheels was, in my opinion anyway, greatly outweighed by the hassles they entailed.

They were, quite frankly, an answer to a question that I had not asked.

When I got my GTS it was available with either 5-bolt or CL wheels. I didn't know any better and went with CL's. If the same choice is available on the 991GTS, I'll go with the 5-bolt wheels.

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Little known fact but Porsche does everything because of Corvette.

Heck, Porsche only released the 911 back in '63 because of the Corvette.

991? Cayman? Boxster? GT3? GT2? Cayenne? Panamera? All of 'em. Just throwing stuff at the wall trying to come up with an answer to Corvette.

We can only hope that Porsche eventually pulls it out of the fire in the years to come.
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^^^ you forgot the Macan
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:50 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyBahamas View Post
Little known fact but Porsche does everything because of Corvette.

Heck, Porsche only released the 911 back in '63 because of the Corvette.

991? Cayman? Boxster? GT3? GT2? Cayenne? Panamera? All of 'em. Just throwing stuff at the wall trying to come up with an answer to Corvette.

We can only hope that Porsche eventually pulls it out of the fire in the years to come.

LOL. !!! Right!

The automotive world revolves around the vette. lol. Nice. I shoulda bought 2 stingrays instead of my S. That way I'd have one for each foot.
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Originally Posted by MarcusG View Post
LOL. !!! Right!

The automotive world revolves around the vette. lol.
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