The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

PRICE $359,800 (S $441,300) WAR­RANTY 3 years/un­lim­ited km SAFETY Not tested EN­GINE 3.8-litre 6-cyl boxer twin-turbo, 383kW/660Nm (Turbo S 412kW/700Nm) TRANS­MIS­SION 7-speed dual-clutch auto; AWD THIRST 9.7L/100km, 227g/km CO2 DI­MEN­SIONS 4.5m (L), 1.9m (W), 1.3m (H) WEIGHT 1595kg (Turbo S 1605kg) SPARE No; re­pair kit which Ger­man ri­vals have hit their elec­tronic cut-out.

Hit­ting the an­chors at 275km/h head­ing into turn one is jaw-drop­ping, both for the fe­roc­ity of the re­tar­da­tion and the Porsche’s abil­ity to com­pen­sate for the driver not hav­ing the car dead straight be­fore div­ing on the picks. Try do­ing that in most cars and both ve­hi­cle and driver’s un­der­wear will need a wash.

Sim­ply put, on track the Turbo is awe­some, the S is sublime. It sits flat­ter and grips with more tenac­ity but the track — specif­i­cally a high-speed cir­cuit like the Is­land — is one of the few places that dif­fer­ence can be felt. So Cars­guide would save the $80,000 and buy the reg­u­lar model.

Reg­u­lar is an­other mis­nomer. This is a su­per­car in ev­ery sense of the word yet it can dou­ble as an ur­ban run­about.

And that’s a trick very few su­per­cars, in­clud­ing ob­vi­ous ri­vals in the McLaren MP4 12C and Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo, can achieve.

Go easy on the throt­tle and keep the elec­tron­ics in tame mode and this is a tractable, low-speed cruiser that deals with bumps and humps with­out dam­ag­ing spines and has enough cargo space to toss in a cou­ple of bags for the weekend.

Press a cou­ple of but­tons and find the right piece of road and few cars can ri­val the Turbo’s po­tent mix of out­right pace and cor­ner­ing prow­ess.

The Turbo is the leg­endary leader of the 911 pack. The myth and mys­tique that sur­round the model is un­matched — drive the new se­ries Turbo for a taste of the re­al­ity. Its en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence can be felt with ev­ery turn of the steer­ing wheel and ap­pli­ca­tion of the ped­als.

When you’re this close to per­fec­tion, there isn’t a lot of room to move. That’s a large part of the 911’s al­lure and it is a car that has to be driven to be gen­uinely ap­pre­ci­ated.

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