I’ve ridden in a Porsche 911 Turbo S once, a 2012 model with 530 horsepower. It accelerated so quickly from 0 to about 80 mph that I could feel the blood being sucked from one end of my head to the other. It was the only time I’ve ever been happy about getting a massive headache.
Where the hardcore, track-focused Porsche 911 GT3 is still the “driver’s car” of the 911 range, you have to remember that’s like a family of Harvard graduates calling a member of the family stupid. The Porsche 911 Turbo is still the top of the heap if only because it doesn’t pare niceties to go fast. If anything, it adds more and more to the mix, become an everyday supercar that you could commute to work in on Friday and hit the track on Saturday in.
Everything. Really. The 991-Series Porsche 911 was an all-new car for the 2013 model year. The year after its arrival marks the inception of the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S, which lighter than the outgoing car, wider, and has 520 horsepower standard versus the outgoing car’s 500. If that’s not enough, the 911 Turbo S jumps from 530 horsepower to an astounding 560 horses, which is just enough for Porsche to keep its flagship sports car ahead of the 545-horsepower Nissan GT-R.
In the past, the Porsche 911 Turbo shared its width with 911 Carrera S models, which in this generation is 1.2 inch wider than the standard car. However, the latest 911 Turbo adds yet another 1.1 inch to the haunches of the car, sticking standard lightweight 20-inch wheels on it. The 911 Turbo adds rear-wheel steering for better stability and a standard Bose stereo system. Options include LED headlights (standard on the Turbo S), a Burmester audio system, and even radar cruise control. This thing is posh.
Engine and Drivetrain
As we mentioned above, 520 to 560 horsepower erupts from a turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6 engine, which Porsche says is good for a 0 to 60 run of just 3.2 seconds in the Turbo model and 2.9 seconds in the Turbo S, which comes with the Sport Chrono package as standard. Porsche is notorious for under-estimating its cars’ acceleration. We’re not complaining, though.
All that power is routed to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. No true manual transmission will be available. Sorry. With all sorts of technology, the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S will undoubtedly be the fastest one ever. The company estimates the Turbo S will be able to lap the famed Nurburgring in “well under 7:30.” The GT-R’s 7:24 ought to be a good target.
We want one, but you already knew that. The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2013, starting at $149,250, including $850 for destination and handling. The Turbo S starts at $182,050. For what those tabs include, anyone who likes cars should want one.
We’re not just loving it because it’s fast, shiny, and expensive; we love it because it’ll inevitably become a new benchmark for supercars. No doubt Porsche is looking at both cars like the $115,000 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 but also the $230,000 McLaren MP4-12C. It doesn’t mess around with its supercars, adding just as much technology as it can in them to evolve the breed that much more. Nissan and Chevrolet will undoubtedly benchmark the 911 Turbo for their next-gen supercars. And the cycle will continue.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S are the kinds of cars that make the world feel like it’s standing still as you’re going speeds fast enough to start losing blood flow to the parts of your brain that give you a reason to slow down. This new 911 Turbo is the reason car enthusiasts get up and read car blogs at the very least; it’s also an incredibly sensible car for someone who needs plenty of show and only occasionally needs some extra go. How many other cars are as multi-faceted?