Porsche 911 Turbo review – Telegraph

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The new, £118,000 Porsche 911 is one of the fastest cars in the world.

The posters you needed when I was a were: the Scottish national team, that tennis with one hand on her … and the view of a Porsche 911 Turbo that ludicrous whale-tail

Icon? You bet. It has been for 40 years now. Easy to Erm, next.


14 Jul 2013

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Photos the car, but if you stand alongside, it longer, lower and sleeker ever. The bodywork is amped up larger air intakes front and and moveable aerodynamics, not just the wing, which alters its of incidence and height, but also a air dam deployed in stages above There’s also a “Performance” downforce mode, where at the car generates almost 300lbs of a bit like a fat bloke sitting on the

Aluminium and steel composite helps reduce the weight of the in white by 57lb, but the extra takes that figure to where it started for the standard at 1.57 tons and 22lbs for the Turbo S. The Turbo weighs 500lb more than a non-turbo Carrera S.

The driveline has been revved up new software control of the boost, pistons, new fuel injectors and the of twin Borg Warner Geometry Turbochargers (VGT) on the flat-six.

VGTs have which effectively alter the of the turbocharger housing to give a response with better efficiency. They are common on engines, but petrol engines exhaust gases approximately hotter, which means of expensive materials. The 911 Turbo is the VGT-equipped turbo petrol car. I once asked Hatz, then in charge of and Volkswagen engine development the VGT technology could eventually be across other cheaper in the VW stable. “Are you crazy,” he “Have you any idea how much cost?”

So that might explain why the is such a lot of money compared the £73,413 standard 911 Carrera; for the 513bhp Turbo model and for the 552bhp Turbo S.

Aside the extra power, the S gets a lot of bits which add up to slightly than the £22,503 price But do you want them all? As the Turbo comes with drive, with a new electro-hydraulic clutch and rear-wheel steering for at speed and ease of parking. no manual option and the seven-speed PDK gearbox is standard.

The £3,092 Chrono/Sport Pack includes engine mounts, which the driveline to the chassis as you change the stopwatch with its pleasingly movement in the middle of the dashboard, and control. Porsche’s anti-roll, control system is £2,185, ceramic brakes are £6,248, the wheels £2,387 and LED headlamps are Some rich folk want everything and that’s but it should be said that a 911 of any stripe holds it value few other supercars and its whole costs are much lower as a

The cabin is a huge improvement the old 997, which still an explosion at the dashboard factory. The new is still based on Porsche’s five-dial binnacle layout but more logic and refinement if some of the functions remain The centre console is the biggest with an array of slightly pushbuttons and a clear and bright for the lacklustre satnav.

There’s not space around the driver and the cup are completely over engineered. The impractical rear seats fold-down backs to give a luggage space and there’s a space under the bonnet. seats have electronic are spacious and seem more than the gussied up perches in the S

Fast? Searingly. Your swims under full-power you never get used to it.

There’s turbo lag and the performance is at its most at the middle of the rev counter, where you see something on the horizon and swoosh, there and past. The only you’ll fail to overtake be a convoy of 911 Turbos. It’s the of shockingly quick car, if you got caught approaching its capabilities on a road, you’d do serious

Yet unlike most of its rivals cars in the Porsche catalogue), it is at low speeds with only a harshness betraying its sprinter’s Click out the sport buttons and the is not bad at all.

Its cornering capabilities are bottomless. It carves through like a FairbairnSykes fighting through an enemy sentry’s Initial understeer is electronically into neutral steer, steering loads up uniformly in the and the optional anti-roll system the body flat, so when the do slide, you are really on it.

The result is a artificial sensation and while purists will mourn the of using the Turbo’s weight to speed its way into corners, could equally result in visits to the scenery.

Certainly the most capable, and safest 911 Turbo ever, just a slight concern what it’s for. The old existed to go very fast in a line and frighten everyone in This one does the former and not the its 15-gallon tank requires a every 100 miles or so and it feels too up to be an expensive toy.

Has Porsche out the Turbo’s once scary I do wonder.

Porsche 911 Turbo

3,800cc six-cylinder, twin-turbocharged engine, seven-speed, double-clutch transmission, four-wheel drive

sale: £118,349/Now

Power/torque: @ 6,000rpm/487lb ft @ 1,950rpm with ft overboost with Sport pack.

Top speed: 196mph

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0-62mph 3.4sec, 3.2sec Sport Plus

Fuel 21.4mpg/29.1mpg (EU Urban/Combined)

CO2 emissions:

VED band: L (£840 for the first £475 thereafter)

Verdict: Amazingly quick, but a antiseptic in its delivery. Beautifully with a high quality and comfy seats. Forget the S, the standard Turbo is the one to have

rating: Four out of five

Aston Martin Vanquish . £191,080

VH chassis is getting long in the tooth, especially clothed in gorgeous hi-tech but the 6.0-litre 565bhp V12 has a sense of plus 183mph, 0-62mph in and 19.6mpg.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 . £106,605

Oft overlooked bruiser Bowling Green, Kentucky. just 1.5 tons and 6.2-litre V8 gives 647bhp, 205mph, in 3.6sec and 18.8mpg. Never but a great sports car.

GT-R . from £76,610

rocket ship keeps faster. Latest versions four-wheel steering, and 550bhp V6 is good for 196mph, 0-62 in 3sec and 24mpg, but brutally and the ride is awful.

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