- Absolute magic on a again street
- Great GT automotive
- Insanely fast
- Magic changed by chilly competency on the observe
- Road tires solely
We thought it was gone. Banished. We believed the nice individuals of Stuttgart, with a little bit of assist from Weissach, had lastly cured the Turbo’s one remaining weak spot. Charging valiantly into our 2020 Greatest Driver’s Automotive discipline, although, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S revealed that its Achilles’ heel stays.
That one challenge, the one that’s deprived 911 Turbos of the past from more than one MotorTrend podium, is the automotive’s chilly, impassive virtuosity when pushed to the restrict. (The 911 Carerra S, final yr’s winner, doesn’t have this drawback.) It’s a trait that was much more obvious on earlier Turbos, displaying itself on the street and on the observe. With this new 992-generation automotive, we thought it’d finally been vanquished.
It’s simple to see why we’d assume so. In two back-to-back comparisons earlier this year, each the coupe and convertible annihilated their challengers. McLarens and AMGs couldn’t hold a candle to the new Turbo S on the street. And albeit, issues weren’t a lot totally different this time round. Just some corners with out site visitors are all it takes to expertise that 911 Turbo magic—the way in which the automotive behaves precisely the way in which you need it to, precisely the way in which you anticipate it to, and precisely the way in which you instruct it to at each second, a lot so that you don’t must consciously give it some thought. The 911 Turbo S permits you to drive by intuition at speeds the place different vehicles demand each little bit of your consideration.
“It’s the meticulous engineering that makes it so accessible to each driver, no matter ability,” street take a look at editor Chris Walton mentioned. “Anybody can bounce into it and exceed their anticipated ranges—by the second nook, I’m guessing.”
That’s it, we thought. The previous 911 Turbo is useless. Lengthy reside the brand new Turbo. Then we drove it on the racetrack, and the final vestiges of the previous Turbo confirmed themselves.
“This automotive is so excellent it’s anodyne, unobtrusive,” Walton mentioned. “There’s no hassle, however no pleasure. It’s tremendous succesful. It does the whole lot so properly which you can’t mess up with this automotive. It solves the whole lot. It’s so uniquely competent.”
Competence doesn’t essentially stir the soul. “Definitely, it’s the most effective automotive on Angeles Crest Freeway,” senior options editor Jonny Lieberman mentioned, “however on the observe my emotions about it went down.”
Apparently, our precise race automotive driver had the other response. “There’s much more GT3 stirred into the Turbo S than there was within the previous days,” Randy Pobst mentioned after sizzling laps of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “I felt a lot just like the automotive was an extension of myself. It was simply locked into my driving so fantastically.”
Pobst’s inversion of opinion continued on the street: “This automotive’s solely flaw is that it reveals no fangs. It’s simply so drivable that it hardly ever challenges. Its efficiency is on the forefront of the fashionable sports activities automotive fleet, and it’s so refined that it isn’t as entertaining.”
Both means, everybody felt a lot of the character Porsche injected into the 911 Turbo S vaporized sooner or later of their drive, and it was again to creating huge numbers in probably the most environment friendly method attainable, not probably the most emotional.
Partly in charge, we expect, are the tires. Pirelli P Zeros are nice tires, and so they do an exceptional job on the street, even with this sort of energy behind them. On the observe, although, even Pobst agreed they only don’t have the potential to maintain up with this 911. Sure, they’re nonetheless pulling a severely spectacular 1.10 lateral g, however there’s little question Corsa or Trofeo R tires would result in quicker—and subsequently extra thrilling—cornering speeds.
Would that be sufficient to reignite the spark? We expect it would. For Porsche’s half, it says Turbo prospects haven’t been enthusiastic about higher-performance tires, so it doesn’t provide them. Pity.
|POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS||2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Rear-engine, AWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||Twin-turbo flat-6, alum block/heads|
|VALVETRAIN||DOHC, Four valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||228.5 cu in/3,745 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||640 hp @ 6,750 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||590 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||5.7 lb/hp|
|TRANSMISSION||8-speed twin-clutch auto|
|AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO||3.33:1 (entrance), 3.02:1 (rear)/1.84:1|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||16.5-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS|
|WHEELS, F;R||9.5 x 20-in; 12.Zero x 21-in, solid aluminum|
|TIRES, F;R||255/35R20 93Y; 315/30R21 105Y Pirelli P Zero NA1|
|TRACK, F/R||62.4/63.Zero in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||178.6 x 74.9 x 50.9 in|
|TURNING CIRCLE||35.Eight ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||3,628 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||38/62%|
|HEADROOM, F/R||37.9/32.5 in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||42.2/27.2 in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||52.6/47.9 in|
|CARGO VOLUME||4.5 (entrance)/9.3 (rear seat folded) cu ft|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||1.0|
|QUARTER MILE||10.Three sec @ 132.Three mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||97 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||1.10 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||22.5 sec @ 0.96 g (avg)|
|2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP||92.97 sec|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1,250 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$224,780|
|AIRBAGS||8: Twin entrance, entrance aspect, f/r curtain, entrance knee|
|BASIC WARRANTY||Four yrs/50,000 miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||Four yrs/50,000 miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||Four yrs/50,000 miles|
|FUEL CAPACITY||17.6 gal|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||15/20/17 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||225/169 kWh/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||1.15 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded premium|
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