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The 911 has been tapped as the everyday supercar for quite some time now, ever since the 1970s when the Turbo version of the...Read More
As is the usual case when one of the major auto shows rolls around on the calendar, the news for the week was completely dominated by the releases, unveilings and debuts at the Geneva Auto Show. Geneva, in particular, carries a certain cache about it, as not only does it engender lazy references to 1970’s rock music, but the city’s reputation for European luxury and prestige – not to mention Switzerland’s lack of presence in the automotive game – means that it is the auto show of choice for all the ultra-high-end hardware from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, makers of less-famous but no less bespoke or impressive high-end European exotica like Koenigsegg and Spyker, and those that just wish to rub some of the magic sparkle that Geneva has on themselves. This show is so popular that geneva hotels are booked months in advance, full of guests excited to get into the iconic car show.
Words by Byron Hurd and Zerin Dube. Photography by Zerin Dube, Nicole Gagnon and Chase Adams (lede shot).
“Nice review. I enjoyed reading about the 3 because it is a car I may actually purchase someday. Although I like reading the reviews of the 911’s and Corvettes etc… it was refreshing to read about something more in my price range. Keep it up.”
–SSL reader “oufink.”
As of this writing, I have officially been in “the business” of doing road and track tests of automobiles for three years. It was summer of 2009 when I requested and was granted a then-new 2010 Mazda3i as my first press loan. At the risk of being too cliché, a lot has changed since then. Gone is our RX-8, replaced (such as it is) with a Jeep Wrangler. I now drive to work—even if just to catch Metro or a commuter bus—and our house in Maryland sits just minutes from the back roads I grew up on. The car owner’s nightmare that is northern Virginia is now more than two years in my rear-view mirror. And while I still drive my share of mainstream commuter cars for Speed:Sport:Life, this post is dedicated to something a little more special.
SSL-East is off to Summit Point this weekend to shake down a 2012 Carrera S. Follow us at @SpeedSportLife and @SSLByron for updates and impressions throughout the weekend, and stay tuned for a full road and track test from Zerin and Byron. As usual, if you’re in the area, feel free to drop by and check out the 991 in person.
Don’t have access to a 911 of your own to drive? Fret not. All you need is an XBOX 360. Remember, the Porsche pack for Forza Motorsport 4 will be available starting Tuesday. $20 gets you 30 iconic Porsches and some new track configurations. Don’t miss out.
S:S:L test driver extrordinaire, Michael Mills, took delivery of his new 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car yesterday in Atlanta. The car as shown here is literally as fresh off the boat from Germany as they come with all the tags in tact and rear wing still in the box. The car has to undergo some modifications from its current form to meet the IMSA GT3 Challenge specifications and be setup in time to make the winter tire test at Sebring in a few weeks. Lots of work to be done but we’ll be covering the transformation as much as we can. For those of you who don’t remember, Michael won his first IMSA GT3 Challenge race in the Gold class on his first attempt at Petit Le Mans last year and placed 2nd by a very close margin during the second race. This year Michael will be competing in the Platinum class with this brand new car and S:S:L be along for the ride for the entire season. We can’t wait to see this thing on the track!
Porsche has confirmed that they will be unveiling the Cabrio version of the new 911 sports car for the first time at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week. After a long absence from the Detroit show, Porsche rolled out the 918 RSR Concept last year and is keeping their word of Detroit being an important show for them with the unveiling of the new 911 Cabrio.
We’ll be reporting from the show floor next week with live pictures and thoughts of the new models as they reveal them. Be sure to follow us on twitter for real-time updates from the 2012 Detroit Auto Show at http://www.twitter.com/speedsportlife .