W e don't want to annoy you with contemplation, either when Christmas is just around the corner. But when a year comes to an end, you can also ask fundamental questions. For example: Is the assessment of the great Ferry Porsche correct, according to which the last car ever built will be a sports car?
2014 sports car year packed with innovations
The past sports car year was packed with innovations As a look at the last twelve sports car titles from sport auto shows: Porsche 911 Turbo S, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Lamborghini Huracán, McLaren 650S, Ferrari LaFerrari, BMW M4, Alfa 4C, McLaren P1, Ford Mustang.
And the list is not even complete: In the new sport auto issue 01/2015, the Mercedes AMG GT finally comes into the limelight, and the small series manufacturers also always fall Something new, as the Sin R1 proves, which is supposed to bring 450 hp to men or women for 88,000 euros.
So neither the sports car is dead, nor is sportiness a thing of the past. It's rather the other way around: No manufacturer wants to forego the positive radiation effects with which sports cars 'emotionally charge' the brand, as the all-powerful marketing croissants call it in the oath.
Optimistic into the new year
In this discussion, Porsche board member Wolfgang Hatz always likes to point out that the sporting segment is hardly generating any growth, which is why Porsche is now also moving into other fields have to operate. Well, the other fields only work because the core of the Porsche brand is sportiness. And by the way, the sports cars financed the brand's diversification because they are highly profitable. The new difference is, at most, that the new, additional models will now also co-finance the sports cars in the future.
No, there is really no cause for concern at the end of 2014 either. Yes, there are undeniable undesirable developments in the sports car segment, and these were discussed extensively in sport auto . But no, we are guaranteed not to run out of material that our car dreams are made of anytime soon. We look back with satisfaction - and look forward with optimism. We wish that to all of our readers at the turn of the year!
Porsche 911 GTS and Mercedes AMG GT in Laguna Seca
Like us PorscheBringing the 911 GTS and Mercedes AMG GT together so early? auto motor und sport editor-in-chief Jens Katemann hijacked the GTS at the presentation in Los Angeles and unceremoniously drove it to Laguna Seca in just under five hours.
He was not arrested.
Wendland-911 - Older doesn't mean slower
Wendland Motorentechnik shows that it doesn't always have to be the latest sports car model. The Porsche specialists from Rangendingen near Stuttgart extensively refined the chassis and engine of a Porsche 997 Carrera S. Result: The 2006 911 not only set the fastest lap time in this issue, it was as fast as a current Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S at Hockenheim.
The topics in sport auto 01/2015
Tests & driving reports
- Power convertibles with eight-cylinder: BMW M6 versus Mercedes SL 63 AMG in a comparison test
- Better than the VW Golf R? Seat Leon Cupra 280 with Cup tires in the super test
- Mercedes AMG GT S and Porsche 911 Carrera GTS: Can the AMG Coupé hold a candle to the 911?
- Racing technology with street legal approval: Abarth goes all out with the 695 Biposto. A first driving report
- Small-series athletes from Bulgaria: This is how the Sin R1 drives with 450-PS-V8 on the Hockenheimring
- 400-PS- plus coupés in comparison test: Alpina B4 Biturbo Coupé with all-wheel drive versus Mercedes E 500 Coupé
- Bigger, stronger, faster: The new VW Polo GTI with 1.8 -Liter turbo and 192 PS in the driving report
- Compacts at the limit: Three representatives from Opel, Renault and VW in their sportiest configuration
- 30 Years of the BMW M5: For the anniversary, BMW is sending an exclusive special model to test
- 70,000 kilometers in the Suzuki Swift: Strengths, weaknesses and cost overview in the long-term test balance
- First test of the new Audi TT: Even in the basic version, the new coupé with 230 hp competes
- Back to the roots: Porsche -Specialist Wendland helps the old 997 Carrera S to achieve new performance levels
Technology, report & advice
- Are you saving on braking systems? Commentary by Marcus Schurig about braking performance in sports cars
- Essen Motor Show 2014: A look back at the big meeting about tuning, trends and motorsport
- Used super sports cars: Audi R8 Spyder and Nissan GT- R in the used car check
- F1 story: The Mercedes -internal duel between Lewis Hamilton and NicoRosberg
- Technology spots: The technology secrets of Formula 1 cars in detail
- NASCAR: About the moral decline in the championship final spurt of the American stock car series
- World Touring Car Championship: How a largely unknown Argentine became world champion
- World Rally Championship: Why Mikko Hirvonen is now ending his career after 13 years in the World Rally Championship
- Comment: Why the current LMP1 regulations work much better than the new Formula 1 regulations
- Double track test: Two Opel racing cars that are part of the cult inventory on the Nordschleife, in the track test
- Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo: How does the world's most powerful one-make cup race car drive?
- Sports car world championship: How Porsche clinched the first LMP1 victory since returning to top sport
Aut os in sport auto 01/2015
- Abarth 695 Biposto
- Alpina B4 Biturbo Coupé Allrad
- Audi R8 Spyder
- Audi TT 2.0 TFSI
- BMW M5 Edition 30 Years
- BMW M6 Cabrio
- Mercedes AMG GT
- Mercedes SL 63 AMG
- Mercedes E 500 Coupé
- Nissan GT-R
- Opel Astra OPC
- Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
- Renault Mégane RS
- Seat Leon Cupra 280
- Sin Cars Sin R1
- Suzuki Swift Sport
- VW Polo GTI
- VW Scirocco R
- Wendland-Porsche 997 Carrera S Tuner GP Edition
sport auto as iPad app
sport auto 01/2015 is also available as a digital edition for the Apple iPad in the AppStore. The single edition costs EUR 3.59 and is always offered on the Wednesday evening before the EVT of the print edition. Subscriptions in combination with print (but also purely digital) are also possible: www.sportauto-abo.de/digitalabo/
You can take a look at the magazine in our photo show.