The New 911 Drag Races Its Slightly Older Sibling
Inspiration For This Post...
The 992 Turbo was introduced to us months ago - but it takes months for the real reviews and opinions to surface. With that, the inspiration for writing today's post came from the drag races done by Mat Watson over at carwow, so feel free to skip to the link below to watch, otherwise, you can read a little bit about the new Porsche 992 in my words below....
The Porsche 911 Turbo models were first introduced in 1975 with 260 horsepower and a large wing for added downforce. That was based on the Porsche 930 911 model which can also be seen in the diagram below. We won't go into the full history in this post but we've included a cool generational diagram below. For now, let's fast forward through the previous 7 generations and land ourselves squarely on the newest version based on the code 992 chassis.
This new Porsche 911 Turbo now sports 572 horsepower - in base form - and 640 horsepower in "S" form. It's wing is now electrically operated as compared to the fixed models of 1975, and it can sprint to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds and cover the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds with a top track speed of 205 mph.
Usually these models are very evolutionary which is why its surprising to see the performance difference between the outgoing model and the current model in a recent drag race done by Carwow which we've attached below.
Regardless, there is no arguing that both models are extremely quick and would pounce on just about any other car out there - minus a few high performance electric cars and a handful of hyper cars.
What do we think?
We'll take either.
Real World Numbers
Car and Driver performed their own instrument test and determined the following performance specs for the New Porsche 911 Turbo:
0-60 mph: 2.2 sec
0-100 mph: 6.3 sec
1/4 mile: 10.1 sec - same as carwow
Here you can see that the new Turbo actually performs better than it claims. Not surprising as Porsche generally underpromises and overdelivers when i comes to stats and figures.
11 Things We Love About The Porsche 911 Turbo:
This is a car that can actually be driven daily because it's fairly comfortable and quiet most of the time - although that can be seen as a fault by some.
If you don't mind having slightly limited space and need to drive a high performance car on a regular, this is it. You can still pick up the kids because of the 2 tiny rear seats and you could add a roof box for added cargo space. Is it the most practical car? Not in the slightest, but if you need to daily a high performance sports car - this is probably it.
Also, anyone can drive this car with ease.
Numbers tell the story there.
4 wheel steer allows for even sharper u-turns and amazing performance at high speed cornering.
This is not a Ferrari or a Lamborghini - in a good way - although the Porsche 911 can hang all day with those cars. This is the supercar that can somewhat fly under the radar - again, some won't like that. Yes, people know this is a Porsche, but it won't garner the same response as a loud red hypercar with an outer space shape and sound.
8 Speed PDK Transmission (Dual Clutch)
Dual Clutch is still the best option for a high performance car and the PDK is still without peer. It works flawlessly in auto or manual mode. And if you take it to the track - which we suggest you do - you can leave it in Sport Plus Mode and it will hold shifts all day and only upshift at the last second. That said, it will also downshift for you on braking at just the right time - say, while scrubbing off speed into a corner!
All Wheel Drive
Performance tuned? Yes, but still safely powering all wheels.
There is always a tasteful signature wing present on the 911 Turbo Models, however, the rising 2-piece section will retract on demand.
Turn it on and turn it off.
Made Like A Porsche
Cuz its a Porsche. Every piece of a Porsche goes together like a solid puzzle.
Topless...And Still Solid
You can get your 911 Turbo in a sturdy cabriolet too.
We like the look - always have. Price? Not so much.
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Watch Carwow Drag Race the Porsche 992.1 vs the 991.2:
Watch Carwow Drag Race the Porsche 992 Turbo vs the Dodge Demon: