Even in base trim, the new 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo is stupid fast. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone tells you that a can hits 60 mph in 2.6 seconds?
Well, probably you’ll say that the car is super fast and powerful as well. That is quick, and that quick is beautiful. We’d call that inner beauty, and isn’t that what’s important?
It features a twin-turbocharged flat six that ingests enough gas and air to provide 540 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 20 more horses than last year’s Turbo and a noticeable 142 horsepower per liter, enhancements that come from increases in boost and fuel injection pressures. If that is not a sufficient amount for you, Porsche offers the 580-hp Turbo S, though it isn’t faster to 60 mph and costs $28,900 more.
The boost from the variable-vane turbos builds so fast that the 911 has almost instant thrust that it’s associated with Tesla’s powerful electric motors. It works like magic because this Turbo never leaves you waiting.
On a track, the Turbo claws its Pirelli P Zeros into the tarmac. The steering is superb since the car remains flat even without the optional active anti-roll bars.
Some of the credit for the Turbo’s high-speed stability goes to the wing, vents, and active aerodynamics that distinguish it from lesser 911s. The 911 Turbo’s astounding launch-control system makes acceleration testing easy; pin the brake, wood the throttle, and release the brake. Yes, simple, isn’t it?
The launch control now has two modes. You can choose sport or sport-plus and the engine will rev to 5600 rpm before engaging a clutch and bolting off to a 1.0-second run to 30 mph and a 2.6-second 0-60 time. While in normal mode, the engine revs to a calmer 4400 rpm before engaging a clutch.
Both of them were tested and it was found that the lower-rpm launch adds 0.2 seconds to the 30-mph time, which results in a 2.9-second 0-60 mph sprint, 0.3 seconds behind the more brutal launch. Therefore, even if the driver forgets to switch to sport or sport-plus, the Turbo is still faster than Veyron.