Chris Harris should be no stranger to you by now; he’s a British journalist who is as engaging as Jeremy Clarkson, with the added bonus of having genuine driving skill. To top it off, we can see his videos more regularly online than we can BBC’s Top Gear. This makes Harris’ video reviews more accessible for online auto enthusiasts like us. You may also recall that “Monkey” Harris drove in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in a near-stock 911 GT3 RS with the indefatigable Walter Röhrl as a co-driver. Now, he has taken the two hottest supercars of 2010 and given them a proper thrashing.
Personally, while I appreciate the technical genius and well-rounded ability of the 458, its looks to absolutely nothing for me. The three tailpipes are the ultimate offense, although these are minor gripes – it’s still the best mid-engined V8 Ferrari ever. Although I much preferred the 430 Scuderia.
The 911 GT3 RS is another car that has be enraptured and enthralled. While the 911 is hardly a new model for Porsche, each generation grows in size to accomodate its fatter occupants desiring more luxury accoutrements. The 997.5 is no different. But while the normal models gain weight, the performance models gain horsepower, focus, and are actually lighter than their predecessors due to a Type A obsessiveness within Porsche to save grams wherever possible.
So let’s see what the thinks of the two hottest cars of year have to offer!