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From the creation of the first automobile to this very day, the German industry’s commitment to technical perfection gave birth to dozens of truly legendary sports cars—and that being said, picking just 15 of them was a daunting task.

In choosing them, we considered cars that have all left a mark on the industry and on automotive culture. By being more than just great driver’s cars, these German sports cars are important pieces of history and some of our automotive all-stars.

#1: BMW 328

BMW 328 Roadster Driving on a Mountain Road

BMW 328 Roadster Driving on a Mountain Road
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In years before WW2, the German automotive industry was fully committed to achieving technological dominance. The late 1930s were thus marked by Auto Union and Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix racers and streamlined speed record breakers, but our first car on the list was something more sensible, yet equally important for the country’s sports car heritage.

In the hands of gentleman racers, the BMW 328 was an accomplished roadworthy sports roadster that one could drive to an event and come back a winner. Thoroughly modified by BMW and bodied by Carrozzeria Touring, it won the Mille Miglia in 1940, carving its place in the automotive pantheon.

#2: Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Static Side Shot

Porsche 911 Static Side Shot
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Producing an eternal formula in an industry where trends shift every now and then is virtually impossible, unless that car is a Porsche 911. When it was introduced in the 1960s, the 911 set a benchmark for sports cars—and each following iteration continued to do so to this day.

In addition to that, the 911 was also the foundation for other milestone Porsches, like the 935, the 959 and the 911 GT1. At one point in history, a 911-based RUF CTR was the fastest production car in the world too, adding more proof to the claim that the 911 is the greatest sports car ever created.

So, which 911 is the one? Let’s say it’s each and every one. In the early 1970s, it was the 2.7 RS, and then came the 930 Turbo, opening a whole new dimension of performance. Fast forward to the 21st century, when the reimagined 996 kept the legendary nameplate alive, creating a new chapter in its history by switching to water cooling, and don’t forget the GT models…

Regardless of its age and badge, the 911 is still as close as it gets to a perfect driver’s car—and as such, it remains as relevant as ever.

#3: Mercedes-Benz 300SL

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing

Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
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In a decade after WW2 ended, Mercedes-Benz was recouping from huge wartime losses and rose from the ashes, picking up the pace it had achieved before the war broke out. The company got back into racing in 1952 with the W194, a sports car built on a tubular space frame, with an aerodynamic body, gullwing doors and a 3.0-liter straight six.

After scoring considerable success, Mercedes-Benz race principal Rudolf Uhlenhaut was ready to wrap the project and move onto the W196 SLR, but US-based importer Max Hoffman had other ideas for the discontinued race car.

Hoffman managed to convince Mercedes’ officials that there was a market for sports cars based on the W194, and he was right. The

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By: Djordje Sugaris
Title: The Best German Sports Cars of All Time
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/best-german-sports-cars-of-all-time/
Published Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2022 15:04:13 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The Swan Song of the V12

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/shoei-akin-moto-revit-review-44
Published Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 17:01:31 +0000

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