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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 9 months ago
    Porsche 911 GT2 With values of the original GT2 going through the roof, Nick Trott contemplates what this means for his later version.

    Top: the only way is up? Only time will tell if #Porsche-996 / #Porsche-911-GT2 values will emulate those of other rare 911s. In the meantime, Trott’s just going to enjoy his.

    Date acquired June #2015 / #Porsche-911-996 / #Porsche / #Porsche-911-GT2-996 /
    Total km 45,395
    Km this month 350
    Costs this month $0
    L/100km this month 14.8

    The 996 GT2 is defined by the fact it was the last Porsche without driver aids

    I’ve been dodging this subject, but it keeps being raised. So let’s talk Porsches, auctions, market values and the grubby subject of cash.

    The circa $3,100,000 sale (including fees) of a 1995 993 GT2 at a recent RM Sotheby’s auction in London raised eyebrows clean off some people’s faces. How on Earth, they mused, did it achieve significantly more than double the estimate? Well, I’m guessing two very wealthy bidders wanted it very badly – and all but fought to the death over it. Naturally, this means it’s unlikely that the car was bought by a dealer eager to flip it for a quick profit, and so it’s probably gone to someone who will love, cherish and hopefully drive the hell out of it. And this makes me happy.

    The 993 GT2 was always going to be a high-value Porsche. It’s rare (just 194 were built), it was one of the last air-cooled 911s, it looks suitably berserk and, crucially, it is a true homologation special. Plus when you consider that its racing rivals of the day – F40 LMs and McLaren F1 GTRs – fetch big, big money, perhaps the sale price isn’t so absurd after all. So what, people have asked, does it mean for values of the later (2002) 996 GT2 like mine? I’ll be honest – I struggle to care because at present my car isn’t for sale and I can’t buy anything with the equity within.

    I paid c$250K for it in June 2015 – which still gives me cold sweats – and it’s now insured for $350,000. Is it worth this amount? Okay, let’s break it down. Yes, the 996 GT2 is rare (circa 1000 built in total, with around 100 of them right-hand-drive), but it’s not a unicorn like the 993 version. The styling isn’t to everyone’s taste – not modern enough to tempt people out of the latest GT3s, and not yet ‘period’ enough to appeal to the nostalgic buyer. The latter, of course, is also an important factor for those attempting to profit from a purchase: when will the generation who lusted after the car in their teens be in the position to buy one? It’s this trend that’s pushed the prices of the 205 GTi, and some RS Fords, into the stratosphere over the last 12 months.

    Finally, and perhaps crucially, the 996 GT2 wasn’t a homologation special. Instead its story is defined by the fact it was the last Porsche without driver aids. This is a factor, no doubt, because Porsche is highly unlikely to build a high-power, two-wheel-drive, turbocharged semi-track car with uncompromising suspension and zero safety net ever again.

    In summary, the 996 GT2 has significant upward potential – but I guess you’d expect me to say that.

    However, if it ever reaches the giddy heights of that 993GT2, I shall eat my (very expensive) hat. Psychologically, the increasing value of the car hasn’t changed me at all. I figure it’s insured, it’s got a Tracker and it’s always securely parked. I don’t commute in it anyway and I never leave it at the train station, so my driving habits haven’t changed. Most importantly, I still love it and its value doesn’t feel like a burden. If and when the latter happens, I’ll flog it. Until then, it’s a quite magnificent car that best expresses its value in the way it drives.
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  •   Elizabeth reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    The big Beemer’s oil consumption is worrying editor Trott / #BMW-M6-Gran-Coupe / #BMW-M6 / #BMW / BMW-M6 / #BMW-M6-Gran-Coupé-F06 / #BMW-M6-F06 / #BMW-6-Series / #BMW-6-Series-F06 / #BMW-F06 / #2013 /

    Oil is on my mind this month. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe has asked me, politely but firmly, to pour another litre into the engine – bringing the total to three litres in 3365 miles. There’s no sign of smoke or anything else that indicates excessive oil burning, and the car certainly isn’t leaving a puddle of oil underneath, so I’ve asked BMW to take a closer look. It may be me being paranoid, or it may be that the car is still burning a little extra due to its relative lack of miles, but neither of my previous long termers, the McLaren 12C and the Mercedes-Benz C63, drank this much oil in 10,559 and 18,004 miles respectively.

    The third month of ownership is always a crucial time in relation to the bond you develop with a car. The first couple of months are filled with the big issues: in terms of the M6 these were the eye-widening pace, the sheer size oft he thing and the divisive looks. But now attention turns to the smaller details, both positive and negative.

    On the positive side, the engine is loosening up nicely: it feels like a couple of kilos have been skimmed from the flywheel. You notice this most in M Dynamic mode, when the rears spin and the engine hits the red line in what seems like a micro second.

    And I have to admit the rears have been spinning rather a lot recently thanks in part to the greasy roads, cooler temperatures and my growing confidence in M Dynamic. As I write this, I’m looking at winter tyre options. Also on the positive side, the M6’s hi-fi is exceptional – and it’s one of the few standard-fit items on the car, rather than being the £3750 Bang & Olufsen optional upgrade. Continuing the interior trend, the 10.2in screen gets a thumbs-up for its clarity and effective infographics, but the low roof line at the rear makes inserting child seats and the kids that fill said seats a back-breaking exercise. I am, however, warming to the light beige BMW individual Merino leather – I t helps lift an otherwise drab interior even though it does seem to be absorbing the indigo dye from my jeans. Can anyone recommend a decent leather cleaner?

    The problem at the moment is that No matter how much the M6 Gran Coupe impresses me – an d overall it’s certainly doing that – I can’t get the price of the thing out of my head. £118,050 is a not insubstantial amount Of money. Not only that, but as I write there are three M6 GCs available on the #BMW-Approved-Used used programme – all highly specced and with very Few miles on the clock – for between £75,000 and £78,000…

    Driver’s log
    Date acquired Sept 2013
    Total mileage 5200
    Mileage this month 943
    Costs this month £16
    Mpg this month 18.5
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  •   Nick Trott reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    Peugeot 308 GTi 270 by PS / #Peugeot-308GTi / #Peugeot-308 / #Peugeot / #Peugeot-308GTi-MkII / #Peugeot-308GTi / #Peugeot-308GTi-T9 / #Peugeot-308-T9 / #Peugeot-308 / #PSA /

    Our 308 continues to split opinion, but we think we’ve found a middle ground.

    I had a long discussion with road test editor Dan Prosser about the 308 GTi recently. He’d just returned from a twin-test between it and the Golf GTI, and while it sounded like the Peugeot had been the more enjoyable car, he declared that he preferred the Golf for its all-round ability. Others on the evo team had expressed a preference for the Peugeot, though, so I began to wonder which I would favour.

    Having now lived with the 308 for a month, I’m siding with Dan. That’s not to denigrate the Peugeot. Not in the slightest. The fact that we were talking about the narrowest margins – that the victory in this pairing comes down to personal preference rather than consensus – is proof that Peugeot Sport has taken a major step up.

    Like Dan, I love the 308’s agility and alertness – it genuinely does echo the spirit and verve of a 205 GTI. Indeed, one of the pleasures of the 308 GTi is that you tend to seek out interesting roads, then go through a psychological rolling-up- of-the-sleeves ritual to prepare for playtime. And playful it is. With the nose planted, you can agitate some mobility from the rear with the throttle. Likewise, you can lean on the diff extremely hard, and with the suspension settled fore-and-aft generate startling corner-exit pace.

    The drawback is that this is all reliant on the front end hooking into a corner. And now that the roads are getting greasy and the standardfit Michelin Pilot Super Sports are approaching 11,000 miles old, you can easily overwhelm the front axle with too much throttle. In fact, if you’re really clumsy the 308 will skip a car’s width across the road.

    Overall I’ve enjoyed my brief stint with the 308. I love that Peugeot Sport has given it a unique character in a class largely made up of cars built from the same ingredients, and it should be applauded for building a car that is more than a dynamic equal to the Golf GTI.

    Date acquired July #2016
    Total mileage 10,678
    Mileage this month 2011
    Costs this month £0
    Mpg this month 35.5
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  •   David Vivian reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    / #2017 / #Aston-Martin-Vanquish-S / #Aston-Martin-Vanquish / #Aston-Martin /

    Aston Martin’s world may currently be consumed by all things DB11, but this doesn’t mean it has forgotten about the models that still have a few more years’ life left in them. Models such as the Vanquish.

    Now available in £199,950 Vanquish S trim, its 5.9-litre naturally aspirated #V12 has undergone a refresh, resulting in power climbing from 568bhp to 595bhp. The engine work includes a redesigned, largercapacity intake manifold to increase airflow at higher revs. The 0-62mph time drops three-tenths to 3.5sec as a result, but top speed remains 201mph.

    The eight-speed Touchtronic III auto gearbox gets a tweak, and so too the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. There’s also a new aero kit finished in carbonfibre.
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  •   Stuart Gallagher reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    McLaren has confirmed it is to build a new ‘ #McLaren-hyper-GT ’, which will echo the legendary F1’s three-seat layout and central driving position. The car, codenamed #McLaren-BP23 (Bespoke Project 2, three seats) will be built by McLaren Special Operations, with production limited to 106 examples, of which all have been pre-sold.

    So what are you missing? It will feature a hybrid powertrain, although #McLaren CEO #Mike-Flewitt hasn’t confirmed if this will be based on the P1’s V8 powertrain or a new V6 rumoured to be in the pipeline for next year’s 650S replacement. A ‘shrink-wrapped’ carbonfibre body will sit on top of a carbon chassis.

    Designed to be a hyper-GT rather than a hypercar, Flewitt says it’s intended for longer journeys and that the dihedral doors will be powered and open into the car’s roof. The interior will be trimmed in unique materials and fitted with bespoke switchgear. First deliveries are expected in early #2019 . And the price? Er, if you have to ask…
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  •   Andy Everett reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    / #2017 / #Porsche-911-RSR / #Porsche-911-RSR-991 / #Porsche-911-991 / #Porsche-911 / #Porsche-991 / #Porsche-911-RSR-991.2 / #Porsche-991.2 / #Porsche /

    There were tears in the paddock when Porsche arrived at Le Mans in the summer only to discover Ford had been sandbagging in the opening rounds of the 2016 World Endurance Championship with its new GT racer.

    For 2017, then, Porsche has thoroughly redeveloped its 911 RSR to provide its factory team with the best possible GT racer for tackling the challenge from Ford and others. Changes include a new midmounted (yes, a 911 that’s not rear-engined) normally aspirated, 503bhp 4-litre flat-six engine.

    Meanwhile, the aero design of the carbonfibre bodywork – including a sizeable rear diffuser – is claimed to be on a par with that of the Le Mans-winning LMP1 919 Hybrid. There is also a radar-based ‘Collision Avoid System’ to detect fastapproaching LMP cars and warn RSR drivers of potential danger. Porsche anticipates entering 19 races with the RSR in 2017, debuting at the Daytona 24 Hours in January.
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