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    911 GT2 RS vs Lexus LFA



    2012 Lexus LFA vs. 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS. What we've got here is approximately $635,000 worth of alphabet soup with a combined 1,172 horsepower. We never thought we'd pit a Lexus against a 911 either, but in the end, while their approaches are worlds apart, these cars are both about going fast -- damn the cost.

    The 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS is the latest in a decades-long refinement project by Porsche to build the best car the 911 could ever be. And if this isn't the peak, we're scared to see what is. The GT2 RS gets its 620 horsepower from a twin-turbo flat-6 mounted in the rear of the car and hooked to a six-speed manual transmission. This is how a Porsche should be.

    Conversely, the 2012 Lexus LFA is in no way what a Lexus should be. Errr, let's rephrase that, it is in no way what Lexus is right now. There's not even a hybrid badge on it. Five-hundred fifty-two horsepower dumps out of a screaming 4.8-liter V10 that sounds barely removed from Toyota's F1 efforts. The transmission is a six-speed auto-clutch manual that, again, sounds and feels race-ready. The LFA doesn't feel like a Lexus, it feels like the future.

    So it's the old school against the new school. V10 against flat-6. Turbos against revs and displacement. Porsche against....Lexus?

    Vehicle: 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
    Odometer: 1,465
    Date: 4/12/2011
    Driver: Chris Walton
    Price: $260,980

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: Rear-engine rear-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
    Engine Type: DOHC, 3.6-liter Flat-6
    Displacement (cc/cu-in): 3,599cc (220 cu-in)
    Redline (rpm): 6,800
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 620 @ 6,500
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 516 @ 2,250
    Brake Type (front): 15-inch two-piece ventilated carbon-ceramic discs with 6-piston fixed calipers
    Brake Type (rear): 13.8-inch two-piece ventilated carbon-ceramic discs with 4-piston fixed calipers
    Steering System: Hydraulic-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
    Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts with dual lower ball joints, coil springs, stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 245/35 ZR19 (88Y)
    Tire Size (rear): 325/30 ZR19 (101Y)
    Tire Brand: Michelin
    Tire Model: Pilot Sport Cup
    Tire Type: Summer, asymmetrical
    Wheel size: 19-by-9 inches front/19-by-12 inches rear
    Wheel material (front/rear): Forged aluminum
    As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,167 (38.7% front bias)

    Test Results:
    Acceleration
    0-30 (sec): 2.0
    0-45 (sec): 2.7
    0-60 (sec): 4.1
    0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 3.8
    0-75 (sec): 5.2
    1/4-mile (sec @ mph): 11.64 @ 127.24

    Braking
    30-0 (ft): 24
    60-0 (ft): 100

    Handling
    Slalom (mph): 72.5
    Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 1.03

    Sound
    Db @ Idle: 61.1
    Db @ Full Throttle: 85.1
    Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 73

    RPM @ 70 mph: 2,150

    Tester's Comments:

    Acceleration: With stability/traction off, there's still some electronic management of A) allowable revs at a standstill and B) power/torque being made in the engine. Result is bogging launch with reduced power then a rush of power when it comes back online. I believe the electronics are keeping mechanical parts from breaking. Also, the tach needle is slow, so the shift light is critical to not hitting the rev limiter. Finally, it feels as if there is a pretty massive torque reduction between each upshift.

    Braking: Incredibly hard pedal, zero dive un-fadeable brakes. The only difference in distance from run to run is attributable to the surface of the track.




    Tester's Comments:

    Acceleration: With stability/traction off, there's still some electronic management of A) allowable revs at a standstill and B) power/torque being made in the engine. Result is bogging launch with reduced power then a rush of power when it comes back online. I believe the electronics are keeping mechanical parts from breaking. Also, the tach needle is slow, so the shift light is critical to not hitting the rev limiter. Finally, it feels as if there is a pretty massive torque reduction between each upshift.

    Braking: Incredibly hard pedal, zero dive un-fadeable brakes. The only difference in distance from run to run is attributable to the surface of the track.

    Slalom: In the Porsche 911 tradition, the only way through a slalom course is with progressive throttle application -- otherwise (and even with maintenance throttle) the rear steps out. Luckily, the tires break free progressively, not abruptly. Best run is slow-in/fast-out to best utilize the LSD on exit -- and it works beautifully, rocketing through the finish line at W.O.T.

    Skid pad: Large discrepancy between clockwise and counter-clockwise with driver inboard, (CCW) the car would oversteer slightly and controllably. However, with driver outboard, the car would understeer. Either way, the steering is highly informative and weighted just right.



    Vehicle: 2012 Lexus LFA
    Odometer: 2,994
    Date: 4/12/2011
    Driver: Josh Jacquot
    Price: $375,000

    Specifications:
    Drive Type: Front-engine rear-wheel drive
    Transmission Type: Six-speed single-clutch automated manual
    Engine Type: DOHC, 3.6-liter V6
    Displacement (cc/cu-in): 4,805cc (293 cu-in)
    Redline (rpm): 9,000
    Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 552 @ 8,700
    Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 354 @ 6,800
    Brake Type (front): 15.4-inch carbon-ceramic vented discs with six-piston aluminum calipers
    Brake Type (rear): 14.2-inch carbon-ceramic vented discs with four-piston aluminum calipers
    Steering System: Electric-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion steering
    Suspension Type (front): Independent, coil springs, double wishbone, stabilizer bar
    Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink, coil springs, stabilizer bar
    Tire Size (front): 265/35 ZR20 (95Y)
    Tire Size (rear): 305/30 ZR20 (99Y)
    Tire Brand: Bridgestone
    Tire Model: Potenza S001
    Tire Type: Summer, asymmetrical
    Wheel size: 20 inches front and rear
    As tested Curb Weight (lb.): 3,546 (50.1% front bias)

    Test Results:
    Acceleration
    0-30 (sec): 1.9
    0-45 (sec): 2.7
    0-60 (sec): 3.9
    0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 3.6
    0-75 (sec): 5.1
    1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 11.63 @ 123.18

    Braking

    30-0 (ft): 27
    60-0 (ft): 106

    Handling
    Slalom (mph): 75.1
    Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 1.02

    Sound
    Db @ Idle: 52.3
    Db @ Full Throttle: 92.3
    Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 71.9

    RPM @ 70 mph: 2,950

    Tester's Comments:

    Acceleration: Default run in "auto" shifts @ 7,800 and C-R-A-W-L-S off the line. Otherwise, best launch came from a 3,000 rpm neutral drop with careful throttle modulation. 4,500 rpm -- per Lexus -- just smokes the tires.

    Braking: Solid, consistent, stink-free stops. This test doesn't even touch the capability of this system.



    Slalom: Incredibly well suited to the slalom. Balance and communication very good. Power delivery (high revs, little torque) very good for slalom. Easy to control as I rolled back into throttle at end of slalom. ESC is fully defeatable.

    Skid pad: Very easy to find limit of grip and drive right to it. Third gear best for skid pad to reduce throttle sensitivity. ESC on drives like a Toyota -- can use WOT and simply steer. ESC off means balancing against the throttle. Powerslides are easy.


    Re: 911 GT2 RS vs Lexus LFA

    eBay - always good for some amazing pictures - OMG PRICE!  12 miles and those tires look bald? lol

    See eBay Item # 150584788950  It is worth it.

    Post a link if you like - $ 311,900  Why not?

     


     
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