The Porsche 911 Turbo S – Acceleration in Its Purest Form
posted on Aug 27 2013 by Jon Bardill
Some people like to collect train numbers, while others watch eleven millionaires trying to put a pigs bladder into a goal-net more often than another eleven millionaires, and some prefer to spend their weekends trying to knock a little white ball into a hole in the ground eighteen times over. There are some, however, who like to spend their leisure time driving. On special tracks. Fast. Very fast. And for them, the introduction of the Porsche 911 Turbo S is wonderful news.
Like many of the offerings from Porsche over the years, the Turbo S is exquisitely designed, with more curves than a rollercoaster and a front grille that could almost be described as a come-hither stare. This car is just desperate to be driven, and to have a chance to answer the questions of the curious. And the good news for boy and girl racers all over the world is that the performance matches the look:
- 553 brake horsepower
- 0-62mph in 3.1 seconds
- Top speed of 198mph
- 3.8-litre flat 6 engine
Needless to say, the restrictions imposed by speed limits on conventional roads means the 911 Turbo S is limited to an impressive take-off when the lights turn green and thats about it. Owners will have to make do with admiring glances from passers-by and envious looks from other road users at such times, but when they get the chance to open her up on a track day, for example, the reasons for the cars very existence become all too familiar. This machine is, to put it simply, built for speed.
Horses for courses
As you sit in the cockpit waiting for the OK to begin, you realise just how much power there is lurking under the bonnet. On the open road it feels like a fast car thats just being held back, but on a track its more of an animal. And once the light comes on, the flag goes up or the gauntlet goes down, however you like to put it, you see in no time at all just how fast this thing is. In some ways, it makes you feel cruel for having to keep it restrained in the past.
From the moment the foot hits the floor, the 911 Turbo S lets you know its not like other cars. The fastest acceleration of any Porsche, the white lines and green banks of the track soon become a blur as you cut through the air. We thought the S might have stood for Speed, Superfast or maybe Swift, but were now wondering if it stands for Scary.
The price tag, a hefty 142,000, may only appeal to those who have plenty of cash to splash on what might effectively be a new toy. Thats fine, though; lets face it, if you shop for groceries at Tesco because you cant afford Waitrose then youre hardly likely to be hammering down the door at your local Porsche dealership, are you If you buy your caviar vol-au-vents at Fortnum & Mason, however, and you love pure, unadulterated speed, then you should be taking this little baby out for a test drive today.
Images courtesy of AutoCar