Porsche. A name that echoes through the tunnel of automotive history. A truly iconic symbol of sophistication and speed, something which can be clearly seen in the latest addition to their turbo stable, the 991.2 911 Turbo S which is, in essence, the facelifted version of Porche’s already highly acclaimed 911 flagship. In short, the S stands for Sport which adds to the already renowned Turbo badge – this suggests that this car is not merely a car, but a speeding bullet. The stats back this up with the Turbo S boasting an insane 0-60 time of just 2.8 seconds. That’s faster than pretty much any car currently on the market and would even put some sweat on the brow of its big brother, the 918 which as we know is a sheer engineering masterpiece. engineering.
Let’s begin with the looks of the 991.2 as it’s difficult point to overlook. I wouldn’t say that the Turbo S has a cutting-edge design in line with that of something like a McLaren or a Lamborghini, but what Porsche have done is stick to what they know, and refined it to near perfection. They’ve kept the sleek flowing body that has been around for 60 years and a million 911’s and made fine adjustments so as not to lose the sense that this is a 911 indeed. Gills and vents scatter the rear end, giving it that aggressive Turbo look. Broad wheel arches, angular exhaust pipes and flared intakes also reveal that this is no ordinary 911. Overall, the Turbo S isn’t a head turner but it does boast a proud, traditional and sophisticated design that makes it a subtle thing of beauty. The interior is a similar story – it’s a very nice place to be and you can tell that it’s very well constructed and very, well, German.
Now, let’s move onto the driving experience of this everyday supercar legend. Having been given the chance to drive the Turbo S both on a track and on the road, it was interesting to compare the vehicle’s behaviour in the two different environments. I have to say that I was quite disappointed by the track performance, but not for the reasons you might think. The Porsche is almost too good on a track; too safe and too comfortable which almost takes the enjoyment out of holding on for dear life when you’re burning around a race track. Because of the four-wheel-drive and the speed of which the turbos engage, no matter how hard, no matter how early you put your right foot down to the floor, you cannot lose the rear end. For an ordinary person, you might ask, ‘why would you want to lose the rear end?’. Well, around a track, man and machine fuse to become one and the feeling of a car is truly an emotional connection between the driver and his steed. If the car gives you no feel, then the experience and thrill are nullified. The Turbo S lacks fizz, character and an emotional high. It’s by no means bad, just a bit…clinical.However, as a road car, the Turbo S is nothing short of spectacular. It’s seamless, smooth and mind-blowingly fast, however, that’s not surprising onsidering the 427 kW and 750 N.m (on overboost) churned out by its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged boxer 6. You truly appreciate what Porsche have done with this car when you use it on the road, you begin to understand it’s true purpose. It’s not built to make you feel like a professional racing driver, even though you’re ten seconds a lap off the pace. It’s meant to get you from A to B, provide you with comfort and make you arrive at your destination with a smile. I think that the kind of people who will buy this car will appreciate that the Turbo S is very quiet when cruising along, albeit at ballistic speed.As a whole, this car is a complete package. It looks good, it’s great to drive, it’s comfortable and most importantly, fast, very fast. I love this car for what it is and what it’s been designed to do, I really do. However, the last point I’ll make is that if you’re looking for a track day car that will give you that magical racing driver feeling and deafen you while you’re at it, then this isn’t the car for you. If that’s what you’re looking for, then get your hands on a GT3 RS, that will tickle the spot.