The 991-series 911 range continues to fill out, though it’s the release of the latest Porsche 911 Turbo that brings us into the serious end of business with the renowned German sports car.
With the more motorsport-oriented GT3 that was due to launch simultaneously delayed by a recall, it left us to explore the flat-out abilities of the more road-focused Turbo at the Phillip Island Grand Prix racetrack.
For the average enthusiast it may be hard to spot the Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S for what they are: legitimate supercars.
They still share that same basic shape with all 991 911s that again has an unsurprising resemblance to its previous six generations. No quarrels from us. In the flesh, it’s a work of German beauty, with every line and curve designed and engineered to serve a purpose. It looks similar because that’s what Porsche believes is the best shape in the world for the type of car.
The Porsche 911 Turbo models add their own trademark visual characteristics, of course, such as the spoiler and wide-tracked body – especially at the rear – to accentuate the all-wheel drive approach.
The 911 Turbo and Turbo S models are also uprated with bigger wheels (20-inch for Turbo and 21-inch for Turbo S) and bigger brakes (380mm for Turbo while the Turbo S gets ceramic composite brakes measuring 410mm at the front and 390mm at the rear).
Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014