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Full GT3-RS Reveal, Special Aston Martin Debuts & More

Auto runs HOT during Monterey Car Week: MAJOR Porsche & Aston Martin News

Andrew Goetz
August 22 2022


New GT3-RS in its natural habitat, the track (Porsche)

It’s here and ready to dominate the competition. Complete with F1-grade active aero and DRS tech straight out of the future, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3-RS was officially revealed to the world. One of the most hotly anticipated cars of the summer, the 992-generation GT3-RS proves that Porsche doesn’t play around with prioritizing function over form and practicality. Gone is the front trunk; in its place are ginormous air vents that produce downforce and reduce resistance. For the first time ever, a drag reduction system (DRS) like those in Formula 1 racecars makes its Porsche debut, allowing wings and active aero to be flattened to maximize speed and minimize drag. This can be toggled via a switch right on the steering wheel for easy and on-the-fly changes. Also adjustable from inside the car is the track suspension, which has also seen modifications with the purpose of improving airflow in and around the vehicle.

Power numbers are now confirmed from the 4-liter naturally aspirated six-cylinder. Power is increased to 518 horses from the GT3’s 502, and the 3RS bolts to sixty in three seconds flat, all the way to a top speed of 184 miles per hour. Similar to past GT3-RS models, Porsche’s lightning-quick seven-speed PDK transmission is the only option, with no manual available. Although that may not seem fast for a supercar, remember that speed wasn’t the primary goal here; it was handling and on-track performance instead. Porsche’s new beast will set you back a cool $223,800, with available options such as the wow-factor Weissach Package, exclusive special watch, special decals, one-off paint schemes, and loads more also on-tap. Expect price premiums as the car rolls into showrooms in Spring of 2023, and don’t be surprised by sticker prices shooting well past the $250,000 mark with all the available options.

BRITISH BEAUTY AND BEAST: Aston Martin DBR22 Open-Top V12 Fun Returns

Aston Martin’s DBR22 celebrates 10 years of “Q” Bespoke Division (Aston Martin)

To kick off Monterey Car Week, Aston Martin wanted to make a V12-powered statement on the Pebble Beach Concept Lawn. To celebrate 10 years of their in-house coachbuilding “Q” division that gave “bespoke” a whole new meaning, producing icons such as the Victor, Vulcan, and Vantage V600, the new DBR22 chops off the top and receives inspiration from the legendary DBR1 racer. Blended with classic design is, of course, current technology such as an all-new 3D printed rear subframe, new suspension changes, carbon-fiber everything, and sexy 21-inch wheels. In true bespoke fashion, production numbers will be extremely limited, however, customers selected by Aston Martin will receive special paint-to-sample treatment and plenty of customization options to make their cars as unique as possible.

Power backs up those looks, too. Under the long, sweeping hood, the DBR22 packs a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that helps the vehicle reach 198 mph. Behind the low-cut windshield is an interior you’d come to expect from Aston Martin, complete with the highest quality leather, suede, and carbon, as well as the latest screen and digital dash tech wizardry. Simply put, the car is beautiful, with uninterrupted sweeping lines that make up the two-seater body, and its styling has already received fanfare and praise.

POLESTAR POWER MOVES: O2 Concept Planned to Enter Production as Polestar 6

O2 opens the top at its debut, releases Tech for new models (Polestar)

Polestar has been a hot name in the EV game, releasing concepts and production models that are both beautiful and capable. The Polestar 1 and Polestar 2 have brought success to the new brand, created to be the EV and sporty division of Volvo. However, it’s their O2 Concept that has received so much interest, that it prompted the brand to announce its production plan for 2026. During its Los Angeles reveal back in March, the O2 concept stunned the world as a two-door, enthusiast-focused, hardtop roadster that even had its own drone. Now, it’s entering production as the Polestar 6. Plans are underway to release a 500-unit special “LA Concept” edition of the roadster that will take the color combo and wheels as seen on the original concept.

Hoping to bring the “enthusiast” into EV, Polestar is cranking up power to 884 horses and 0-60 times to 3.2 seconds. What’s also expected is the same design and tech that the O2 was originally tasked with showing- the new unique Polestar design, 800-volt powertrain, and bonded aluminum platform. Range has not been announced yet. Expect more updates as we get closer to 2026, with an official production-model launch highlighting more of the specs and details.

GOING LIKE HELL: Convertible Challenger, Hellcat Last-Hoorah, CHARGER EV?!

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT concept shows what a dodge EV future looks like (Dodge)

Dodge has had an absolutely INSANE few days, running on overdrive and packed with MAJOR brand-changing announcements. Stay with us as we take you on a wild ride:

Released Wednesday was their all-new Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Concept, showing that muscle is now going electric. Complete with styling resemblant to the 1968 Charger everyone knows and loves, the EV even has a loud exhaust note mimicking that of the Hellcat V8, a driving experience that allows the driver to shift gears manually (a first for EV), AND an all-new 800-Volt “Banshee” EV system that’s ready to pump out loads of power. Stay tuned as Dodge brings this beast to production. If you don’t want to wait for the new Charger, maybe check out the 1970 Charger FULL CARBON FIBER BODY that Dodge will sell under their Direct Connection program.

What about their current gas models? GONE after 2023 are the current Charger and Challenger models, however, in their typical ultra-muscle fashion, Dodge plans to go out with a bang. Seven special models are on tap for 2023, as well as historical colors, customization to no end, and even a rolling chassis of a Challenger so enthusiasts can build their ultimate dream car from the ground up. For an additional $26,000, customers can even turn their factory-backed Challengers into convertibles by Drop Top Customs, order carbon fiber panels, and so much more. With the Challenger being the hottest-selling muscle car, beating out the Mustang and Camaro, Dodge is going all-in to give V8 muscle one last breath before going EV.

WHOA: Dodge Cranks Up SUV Game with New Hornet; Brings Back Durango Hellcat

OVERDRIVE: Dodge Hornet GLH Concept shows performance potential (Dodge)

We all know that Hellcat V8s and carbon fiber bodies are pretty expensive. So, what about a cheaper, brand-new, powerful SUV that everyone can enjoy? Allow Dodge to introduce you to their brand-new 2023 Hornet compact SUV. In GT trim, Dodge claims it is the most powerful compact utility priced below $30,000. Implementing Dodge design language and powered by hybrid tech paired with a 2.0-liter “Hurricane” four-cylinder engine, the R/T trim of the Hornet is set to be the quickest, most powerful compact utility on sale when it and the other Hornet trims hit showrooms in 2023.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! Making an EPIC comeback for 2023 is the Durango SRT Hellcat, a vehicle that has seen so much demand, that Dodge had to cash in one more time. Under the hood is that notoriously powerful 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 delivering 710 supercharged horses. Get yours before they’re gone because they won’t be back after the 2023 model year.

And that’s all you need to know in auto this week. With Monterey Car Week kicking off and the 2023 model year rolling ‘round, auto is still going stronger than ever before. With EV right around the corner, the industry is saving the best of internal combustion for last and Dodge surely is proof of this. Get ready for even more news coming through next week here on A-List.



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