Coupe exterior photograph courtesy of Hyundai. All other photos by the author.
Our last write-up of the current Hyundai Elantra was one of current SSL associate John Kucek’s earliest reviews. Written to a specific purpose, that series evaluated the then-new Elantra and Ford Focus to see which got the best mileage in a controlled loop (and, secondarily, to see how closely their real-world mileage matched that which was suggested by the EPA). A lot of water has flowed under that particular bridge since those articles were posted, and in the intervening time Hyundai has also introduced two new models to the Elantra lineup. For this piece, we’ll take a look at the Elantra Coupe and GT to see if these quirkier variants add any charm to Hyundai’s efficient and reliable workhorse.
Porsche today announced the new 911 GT3 RSR for the 2012 Race season. The 911 GT3 RSR is Porsche Motorsport’s top model of customer race vehicles and heads into the 2012 season with some fairly significant changes. Width has been increased by 48mm and has been built to conform with the new A.C.O. “LM” GTE regulations.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine which produces 460 horsepower and is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox. The rear wheels have been widened to 310mm and the diameter of the front wheels has been increased by 30mm to 680mm.
The nose and rear panels have been adapted to the updated flared front and rear wheel arches that put more emphasis on aerodynamics. The air intake system has been updated as well with openings in the rear side sections rather than the scoop on the engine hood as found on the outgoing model.
The new 911 GT3 RSR is compliant with Le Mans 24 Hours, FIA World Endurance Championship, Le Mans Series, American Le Mans Series as well as the International GT Open rule books.
The new 911 GT3 RSR will be delivered to customers starting in January 2012 with a selling price of 498,000 euro. Falken racing has already announced they will be taking delivery of the new 911 GT3 RSR and we expect that Flying Lizard and the other big GT teams currently running 911 GT3 RSRs will follow suit. Look for the U.S. debut of the new 911 GT3 RSR at Winter Testing sessions at Sebring with the race debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring to be held on March 17, 2012.
It was just outside Route 411’s ‘Last Chance Beer & Fireworks’ at the Tennessee border that the Mustang I was driving nearly died on me. Not in the literal sense, mind you. Internet-fueled worries aside, the Getrag gearbox on this particular example did not lunch itself. The failure my car experienced was more of the existential variety, and it came to a head while cruising the byways of one of small-town America’s last great hamlets.
Any car enthusiast worth their salt knows all the particulars of the newest Mustang GT by now. A 4951 cc, 412 horsepower DOHC brute under the hood, 0-60 in 4.something and a $30 grand base. Among the best performance buys of the decade, and all that jazz. Some reviews have even suggested an almost Germanic quality that places it in the rarefied air of other 4-seaters costing nearly twice as much. But that’s a bunch of BS. Because more than anything, today’s Mustang GT is still every bit the American muscle car. And it’s also probably the last.