A year ago, Chevrolet introduced a new generation Corvette supercar, and for many it was a shock. And all because for the first time in history, the Americans transferred their legendary model to a mid-engined layout – before that, all seven generations of the Corvette were front-engine. General Motors wanted to install the engine within the wheelbase back in the 50s, but the matter was limited only to the construction of experimental models. And only in the XXI century did a real car appear. And what would other famous supercars look like if manufacturers suddenly decided to massively change the layout of their most famous, powerful and fast models.
The current generation of the Nissan GT-R is already 13 years old, but the company is not even going to seriously change the car. According to the head of the GT-R project, Hiroshi Tamura, the lack of model updates is one of the competitive advantages of a sports car. According to him, the potential inherent in the development of the coupe will allow the car to remain relevant for at least a couple of decades.
The current Nissan GT-R is equipped with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, which produces 570 horsepower and 633 Nm of smoking moment (in the Nismo modification – 600 forces and 652 Nm). From zero to one hundred, the GT-R can accelerate in 2.7 seconds (2.6 for the GT-R Nismo). The maximum speed of the compartment is 320 kilometers per hour.
The Porsche 911 was almost always only rear-engined. There were, however, exceptions. For example, in 1963, the 904 Carrera GTS coupe with a fiberglass body and a “four” power of 198 horsepower appeared. Then there were even front-engine models 924 and 928 GTS. But today, the only mid-engined 911 is the RSR racing version. The transfer of the 515-horsepower engine to the base allowed the installation of the largest rear diffuser, generating hundreds of kilograms of downforce.
Alas, the legendary Viper is now history. The latest Dodge Viper came off the assembly line of the Detroit factory back in August 2017. And the company is not going to create a replacement, believing that the model is not profitable and is not compatible with the new line of engines.
The Dodge Viper, once sold under the SRT brand, is powered by a 8.4-liter, 654-horsepower naturally aspirated V10 engine. The coupe can accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.5 seconds. Maximum speed – 333 kilometers per hour.
The last copies of the Dodge Viper paired with the Challenger SRT Demon sold a single lot at auction Barrett-Jackson for one million dollars.