• Porsche claims the new 911 Turbo is the best one yet.
• It has 50kW more power and 50Nm more torque than the previous model.
• The vehicle is so refined ,and so rich with engineering and technology that it does most of the work for you on the road.
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Not too long ago, the Porsche Cayman GT4 made a brief appearance in the Wheels24 garage. That 718 is probably one of the best Porsche models, I have ever driven.
Well, it's a Porsche, so anyone would most likely say that, right? To the non-petrolhead, all Porsche cars would probably all look the same, yet they are not. The 718 Cayman GT4 forces you to be involved when driving it every step of the way.
There's no need for paddle shifts or listening to the radio. It's just you, that naturally-aspirated flat 3.7-litre engine, and the emotional clink on that six-speed manual gear lever every time you shift gears, and the open road in front of you.
Perhaps my driving partner, Jeanette, and I shouldn't have driven the Cayman GT4 so soon before driving the new 911, because we were rather torn on an evocative roller-coaster about which car is better. But then we soon find the 911 Turbo makes you realise you're doing the tango with a completely different beast altogether.
If there's one thing all our industry peers have said about this car, is that it's the quickest 911 they've ever driven, and not one of them are telling any lies. The new breed of 911 Turbo is incredibly quick. The Taycan's abominable speed might be instantaneous with 1000kW of torque on tap, and the Cayman might be an untamed animal. Still, the 911's lightning speed is like building up a glorious crescendo in a beautiful symphony.
It's also a car with many different personas, it's as easy and comfortable to drive like a relaxing walk on the beach, or you need to hold on to your knickers when you're blasting through the twisties of Franschhoek Pass, or the long sweeping bends of the Huguenot Pass.
And then those voluptuous wheel arches taking your eyes to that breathtaking rear, I just don't know how Porsche gets it right to make these cars keep their well-known silhouette and still make each new version look absolutely extraordinary.
What should you know about the new 911?
As mentioned, the 911 flagship is more powerful than ever before. It has increased power of 51kW and 50Nm more torque, making it the most powerful 911 engine with two VTG turbochargers good for 478kW and 800Nm compared to the previous generation. Mated to a turbo-adapted eight-speed PDK that results in ridiculously swift gear changes, the sprint from zero to 100km/h has been reduced to 2.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds faster than before. Zero to 200km/h is a whole second faster than before with 8.9 seconds while the top speed is claimed at 330km/h.
The 911 is available in coupe or cabriolet body versions, and the automaker says the completely redeveloped engine of the 911 Turbo S is based on the generation of the current 911 of the 991 age. It also comes with five driving modes to choose from including Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus, Individual, and Wet.
Porsche says: "It features a completely redesigned charge air cooling system, new, larger VTG turbochargers in a symmetrical layout with electrically adjustable wastegate flaps, as well as the use of piezo injectors, which have significantly improved the car's characteristics concerning responsiveness, power, torque characteristics, emissions behaviour and revving ability."
So while the new 911 is faster, it's also more comprehensive. In fact, its the widest production 911 ever built with 45 millimetre-wider front wings, with the rear also 20mm wider. And since everything is bigger and better, the tyres get some loving too with larger-diameter, 21-inch tyres on the rear and 20-inch wheels at the front. Porsche also says there are independent tyre dimensions (255/35) for the 911 Turbo S for the very first time.
With larger tyres, naturally, it has to come with bigger brakes. The enhanced Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) come standard with 10-piston fixed callipers on the front discs.
Porsche says a PASM sports chassis which makes the vehicle lowered by 10mm, is also available. At the same time, the Adaptive Aerodynamics (PAA) features controlled cooling air flaps at the front, extended control strategy, and a lighter and larger rear wing for even more downforce. This also acts as an air brake in emergency braking at high speeds.
If you want your 911 even lighter, there's also a newly-developed lightweight and noise-insulated glazing available on the 911 Turbo S Coupe; this will make the car lighter by four kilograms.
Inside there's the standard leather package includes Turbo-specific stitching, 18-way sports seats, a GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package and Bose Surround Sound system.
So how does it drive?
If you have never driven any Porsche before, this is a good one to get a feel for the brilliance of the automaker's engineering and their rich heritage. You know the saying, don't fix it if it ain't broke? Well, somehow Porsche knows just how to make a great car even better, and they do so every single time a new generation 911 is created. Like a good wine, it just gets better with age.
Slip inside behind the lovely-to-touch steering wheel, and it's as if the car will morph to your needs, and adapt to your driving style. It's incredibly user-friendly, despite it being the fastest 911 ever. The vehicle is so refined ,and so rich with engineering and technology that it does most of the work for you on the road.
Even though this flagship model feels sportier and has a newly developed sports exhaust system with adjustable flaps for that glorious, distinctive sound, it will mould to your soul like a velvet glove.