Unlike many other supercars, which are difficult to get in and out of, and can be even more annoyingly temperamental to drive, the Porsche 911 Turbo is wonderfully docile when required.
If you feel the need to use it as a daily driver, it will never overheat or surge on small throttle inputs in traffic. Calibrated to be exceptionally well harmonised, the 911 Turbo is an everyday supercar.
Porsche’s latest 992-series Turbo is built on this formula and is now available in South Africa. For those “Porschephiles” who do not quite need the excess of a 911 Turbo S, this new addition to the local 911 Turbo portfolio is perfect.
What makes the Turbo tick?
Although powered by the same 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, the 911 Turbo makes slightly less power than an “S” version. In the rarefied world of turbocharged Porsche engines, it is all relative, with the 911 Turbo still peaking 427kW of power and 750Nm of torque.
Despite having 51kW less outright power than an “S”, the new 911 Turbo remains a terrifically quick car. With its sophisticated all-wheel drive system allowing for excellent traction, and a quick-shifting eight-speed PDK transmission, the latest 911 Turbo is capable of 0-100kph in only 2.8 seconds. Top speed classifies at 320kph.
Porsche 911 Turbo: Balanced performance
Helping owners to harmonise and harness all of this performance, are larger brakes and rear wheels which are spaced wider apart, delivering improved high-speed stability. Rear-wheel steering also helps the 911 Turbo to be more agile when parking and increases directional stability at very high speeds.
Those prospective 911 Turbo owners who want the absolutely best stopping performance, can option Porsche’s ceramic brakes. These brake discs offer tremendous heat absorption and are virtually fade-free, even after repeated high-speed braking interventions.
Although the design and incredibly rewarding driving experience, at both low- and high-speeds, are the primary points of appeal with Porsche’s new 911 Turbo, it also lists an impressive tally of standard features.
Seat comfort is crucial in a high-performance vehicle capable of significant cornering speeds and side loads. Porsche fits 14-way adjustable spots seats to the 911 Turbo, offering excellent ergonomics and comfort. There is also a BOSE surround sound system, to relay your choice of infotainment with great clarity.
Porsche is pricing its new 911 Turbo at R3,389,000, whilst the Cabriolet version is slightly more expensive, at R3,589,000.