PORSCHE 911 TURBO
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.