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Porsche introduces new 718 Cayman and Boxster GTS 4.0 models sans turbos

Porsche is showing off new 718 Cayman and Boxster models.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

They make this look good. Porsche has introduced new versions of its Cayman and Boxster sports coupes. The German automaker has given the models the full GTS treatment, making them the sportiest version of the models Porsche currently offers.

The 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman are both powered by a 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. It can get from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and has a top speed of 295 km/h when equipped with a sports exhaust system with twin tailpipes.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black accents are featured not he exterior of the model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Porsche has given the cars a standard 20 millimeter lower ride height to improve aerodynamics and an available Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Combined with torque vectoring technology, standard Porsche Stability Management, and a limited slip differential, the model balances on-track performance and daily driver duties, according to Porsche. The available PASM lowers the body by just 10 millimeters.

The cars come standard with the Sport Chrono package and the Porsche Track Precision App. Both models ride on 20-inch light-alloy wheels with a satin-gloss black finish wrapped in high-performance offset tires (235/35 ZR 20 at the front and 265/35 ZR 20 at the rear). There are cross-drilled discs and red calipers. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are available.

Its interior features dark Alcantara, which is typical of GTS models and its exterior has a good amount of black accents. The optional GTS interior package adds another colour: the buyer's choice of Carmine Red or Chalk. The chosen color is featured on the rev counter, seat belts, all decorative seams including the embroidered GTS emblem in the headrests and the Porsche lettering on the floor mats with black borders. The trim elements as well as the centre console trim are made of carbon.

\u200b2021 Porsche Cayman 2020 Porsche Boxster Black Alcantara is prominently featured in the new model.Photo courtesy of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Cayman and Boxster 718 GTS 4.0 models standard with Porsche Communication Management (PCM) displayed on a high-resolution 7-inch touch screen. A Bose surround system and a Burmeister High-End Surround Sound System are available.

Porsche's smartphone app shows performance-related data on the PCM display while in race track use and records it for later analysis. The online navigation module with real-time traffic information, voice control and Porsche Connect are available.

The cars will arrive at dealerships in mid 2020. It is expected that they will start in the mid-$80,000 range.

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Snake Pass is one of England's most beloved driving roads.

Britain's Snake Pass takes you though some of England's most scenic topography, curving in and out of the Derbyshire region of the Peak District. The weather there isn't always favorable - it's frequently closed due to snow or flooding - but when it's open, and you have the right car, it's a driver's dream.

The road has a rich history. It was opened as a toll road in the early 1800s and remained as such until the 1870s. It was the primary route between Sheffield and Manchester until the 1980s.

Porsche recently traced the route using its free-to-download Roads by Porsche app, which gives drivers the means of finding the best roads to travel. The route was recently voted onto the app by fans of the roadway.

Snake Pass Porche Cayman 718 Porsche recently test drove the road, which was added to its Roads app by fans.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

The preferred route starts east of Glossop, a town just outside of Manchester. All 11 miles of the path are in a national park. Fro Glossop, the roadway climbs into the Pennine Hills reaching 1,680 feet above sea level at the point the route passes Pennine Way. A public house, the Snake Pass Inn, sits nearby. The road passes just north of Kinder Scout, the highest point in England, and through the towns of Knowsley, St. Helens, and Warrington.

The winding scenic roads naturally draws comparisons to Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, which runs along the Oregon and Idaho boarder. The U.S. route offers some of the most breathtaking views roadway views you can get in the country, and provides plenty of technical driving opportunities.

Traversing Snake Pass is technically tough. There are plenty of hazardous bends and blind summits. Fog rolls in quickly at times. Cyclists, professional and far from it, compete for roadway.

Porsche Cayman 718 at Snake Pass

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

On the flip side, the road offers perhaps the best views of the Manchester area you'll ever see. The scenery goes from moorland to forest to flatland as well.

But, you won't be able to look long because of the road's perils.

Once through the forest, the road opens up again as you near Sheffield. Drystone walls feature while sheep politely munch their lunch nearby. The route draws to a close at Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton but there's the option to continue. The A57 carries drivers on to Sheffield, dispersing them to the cities near and far via any number of more major motorways.

Or, you could turn around and traverse it once again. It's only 11 miles, after all.

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Singer has reimagined the capabilities of a 1990 Porsche 911, turning it into a rally special.

Photo courtesy of Singer Vehicle Design

A longtime client of automotive design studio Singer commissioned the company to reimagine his air-cooled 911s as World Rally Championship-inspired, all-terrain competition machines. These types of modifications are becoming common. A 1982 911 piloted by American Amy Lerner is currently racing in the Dakar Rally and Cars & Bids recently auctioned off a modified 1984 Porsche 911.

Created in partnership with renowned 911 rally specialist Richard Tuthill, the vehicle design would enable a model to compete in off-road racing thanks to its all-terrain capabilities. Tuthill's Porsches have dominated rallies for decades including four victories in the East African Safari Classic. The Classic is a 5000 kilometer event that crosses Kenya and Tanzania.

1990 Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design in the Studio

Photo courtesy of Singer Vehicle Design

"We at Singer are motorsport nerds in our hearts and demonstrating our understanding of the discipline required our off-road vision to display deeply legitimate competition credentials from the structural engineering, to the bodywork ethos, to the mechanical package," said Rob Dickinson, Founder and Executive Chairman, Singer Group Inc.

"We've taken particular inspiration from the iconic Rothmans-sponsored 911 SC/RSs and 959s that conquered events like the Qatar International Rally and Paris-Dakar in the mid-'80s and, at the request of our client, have reimagined these all-terrain 911's in their honor while utilizing fresh perspectives and state of the art know-how."

Singer started with a 1990 Porsche 911 (964). They company increased its ride height, suspension travel, and overall strength. It now has carbon fiber body panels that allow for easy underbody access. Permanent all-wheel drive has been installed in the originally rear-wheel drive car, along with front, center, and rear limited-slip differentials.

The car rides on forged aluminum 16-inch wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires. Stopping power is provided by four-piston monobloc steel disc brakes. There is a hydraulic handbrake.

1990 Porsche 911 by Singer Vehicle Design in the Wild

Photo courtesy of Singer Vehicle Design

A twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter air-cooled flat-six delivers 450 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A sequential racing transmission replaces the traditional five-speed manual. Paddle shifting is available.

Rally racing requires repair and replacement supplies at the ready, in addition to traditional rallying equipment. There's a long-range fuel tank, two full-size space race wheels and tires, a full FIA specification roll cage, bespoke competition seats with FIA certification, a rehydration system for the driver and passenger, and a GPS race navigation system.

"Desert racing has got under our skin at Singer," said Mazen Fawaz, CEO, Singer Group Inc.. "I tested and ran a Trophy Truck with Jenson Button's Rocket Motorsport in 2019 and we'll be back in the truck for 3 events in 2021, so I know from personal experience exactly how demanding these events are. It's been great to work with Richard, who has run the Baja 1000 himself, as well as a vast array of other off-road competitions, and apply all that knowledge and experience to this restoration for our client."

The client liked the study so much, they have commissioned to machines, one - in Singer's iconic Parallax White - focused on high-speed desert rallying and a second – in Corsica Red - configured for high-speed, high-grip tarmac events and disciplines.

Additionally, the client has agreed to make the results of the study available to others who wish to equip their 911 with the same sort of capability.

The ACS restoration was undertaken as a collaboration between the two companies. Singer's Design Office in California led a joint engineering team with assembly undertaken in the UK at the Tuthill facility in Oxfordshire. Future cars will all be modified at Tuthill's facilities. Support packages for racing and maintenance will be available.

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