‘Bud­get’ bad boys

CityPress - - Trending - The SA econ­omy is so tepid that even loaded lo­cals have to track their ex­penses. This could mean hav­ing to make do with a Porsche – not a Fer­rari – or even a Honda. drove the phe­nom­e­nal Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Honda Civic Type R


Porsche also chose a race­track for the prod­uct launch of its lat­est road rock­ets, the 911 Car­rera 4S, 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S. It was their world launch, but Porsche didn’t in­vite the mo­tor­ing press to an iconic Ital­ian or Span­ish rac­ing cir­cuit, it brought them here. Af­ter a mul­ti­mil­lion­rand upgrade, thanks to its new own­ers, Porsche SA, the Kyalami Grand Prix Cir­cuit is bet­ter than ever and the envy of many a mo­tor sport fan and rac­ing driver any­where in the world.

Kyalami is known to be a chal­leng­ing track, which made me slightly ner­vous as I slid into the seat of a bright-red, left-hand drive Porsche 911 Turbo S, the fastest car in the man­u­fac­turer’s model range. How fast? From rest, it will sprint to 100km/h in 2.9 sec­onds or less and won’t run out of steam be­fore reach­ing 330km/h.

A good thing then that the en­gine pow­ers all four wheels, for max­i­mum trac­tion. And the front disc brakes are not much smaller than the rings of Saturn.

Af­ter four laps on the track, I drew the fol­low­ing con­clu­sions: the 911 Turbo S is a tow­er­ing achieve­ment and pos­si­bly the best car I have driven, for rea­sons too nu­mer­ous to list. One of them is that it “talks” to the driver. Through the steer­ing wheel and the seat of your pants you can feel ex­actly what the car is do­ing and how far it can be pushed be­fore ex­hil­a­ra­tion be­comes ex­pi­ra­tion. It does this so well it might even teach your boyfriend to com­mu­ni­cate.

The down­side to mo­tor mar­vels like the Type R and Turbo S? They ex­pose us to our­selves as the weak­est link in the man­ma­chine chain, but they do make us look and feel like rac­ing driv­ers when we’re not.

But that can be our lit­tle se­cret.

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