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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo (S)

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What are your thoughts on this then? Too fast? Not pure enough compared to the GT3? Too expensive or a performance 'bargain' compared to other supercar offerings?


I think it sounds to spectacular, and obviously I'd be gobsmacked to own anything near to it at this moment in time. I also think that whilst it won't necessarily be as good on a track as the GT3 supposedly is, I reckon with those twin-turbos running alongside the PDK-only gearbox, in day-to-day driving conditions on the road, it will be a much more flexible car to drive, with easily accessible power and less gear changing required to get the bets out of it. Still, I think it may be a little too fast for British roads.. Plus not to mention the price tags.. However in terms of the machine it is and what it offers compared to its nearest rivals and other 911s, how do you think it stacks up?




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"• The ‘ultimate’ Porsche 911
• Turbo has 520hp; Turbo S gets 40bhp more
• 0-62mph 3.1 seconds; max speed 198mph (Turbo S)


For many people, the Porsche 911 is the ultimate everyday supercar; and, for Porsche, the Turbo is the ultimate 911. It’s the very pinnacle of the range, with the most power and the fastest performance.


The latest model comes with a new look, a host of new technology and – as you would only expect – even more power squeezed from the 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged engine. Perhaps more remarkably, despite the increases in power and performance, this 911 Turbo is 15% more fuel-efficient than its predecessor – although we doubt that any potential Turbo owners will care much about that.




Instead, they’ll want to know how fast the car goes – and the simple answer to that is ‘very’. Even the ‘basic’ Turbo has well over 500bhp, which is enough to fire this 1600kg car to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds. Go for the Turbo S – as most buyers are expected to – and you’ll get there three tenths of a second quicker.


Perhaps the biggest irony of the car is that, on the road, you’ll very rarely have the chance to use that power to the full. All too quickly, you’ll run out of space, road or the law.

When you’re overtaking, for example, the car gains speed so quickly that you have to lift off before you’re even past whatever it is you’re passing. Even then, your victim will soon be nothing more than a speck in your rear-view mirror. And, when you have the luxury of an open road, you’ll get from A to B astoundingly quickly. So quick, in fact, that you’ll probably take a diversion via C just for the hell of it.




You see, even ignoring the car’s sheer pace, the 911 Turbo is a great driver’s car – beautifully balanced and superbly responsive. With the rear wheels actively turning, not only is the car more manoeuvrable at low speed, it’s also more stable at high speed. It feels wonderfully composed when you turn into corners and retains that composure when you apply the accelerator again as the road straightens out – and it gets better the faster it goes.


Truth be told, you’ll need to take to a circuit to exploit the car’s capabilities to full. But, even when you do, the car is still incredibly assured. It has that perfect mix of abilities: able to flatter a modest driver, but with sharp enough responses to delight a more experienced driver.


Even if you barrel into a corner a touch too fast or brake what you think is too late, the complex electronics that control the four-wheel drive system and stability control system will keep everything neat and tidy. We were blessed with a dry track for our test, and in those conditions, the car inspires huge confidence, with loads of grip.





Yet, for all this high-performance ability, the 911 Turbo is also a perfectly civilised car to drive every day. The standard seven-speed automatic transmission is as smooth and slick along the High Road as it is blasting down a B-road; and, for all its power, the six-cylinder engine is more than happy to pootle along through congested city streets.


If there are any compromises, we can think of only two: the ride proved pretty lumpy even on apparently smooth German roads, so it could struggle with the bigger challenge of British Tarmac; and, the Turbo’s sheer size could be a problem. At 1880mm wide, it’s as wide as a Land Rover Discovery, and that means you occasionally have to be wary on the kind of roads that should be the car’s natural playground. Nevertheless, in the right place, this is a superb car, and neither of these points is any more than a slight word of caution.


Perhaps the biggest problem is deciding which 911 to buy. The Turbo costs the best part of £120,000, and the Turbo S is more than £140,000 – meaning that this is more than £30,000 more than the existing Carrera 4S, which is hardly a slouch.






Then there’s the GT3 we drove a couple of weeks ago. It’s a little more extreme and track-focused than the Turbo, and not quite as quick to 60mph, but it is almost £20,000 cheaper. If you just want a 911 to go very fast in, it may seem better value.


Fair enough, ‘value’ probably plays little part in the process of deciding whether to buy a 911 – and even Porsche itself says that buyers tend to just go for the most expensive model they can afford – but even so, it’s a big ask to justify the extra.


The question is: in the real world, will you go any faster or have a bigger smile on your face in a 911 Turbo than you will in a ‘basic’ 911? Probably not. But, will we think you’re wrong to go for the Turbo? Definitely not. The 911 Turbo is an amazing car and, in many ways, its huge breadth of talents makes it the ultimate 911. That’s some argument in its favour…



By Andy Pringle"

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These days I'd rather have a 911 variant rather and a Ferrari or Lambo. Not much chance though unless I was being very silly with car finance.

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