We've already driven the more powerful 911 Turbo S – now we’ve had the chance to try the 514bhp standard Porsche 911 Turbo car on road and track.
A longer wheelbase and wider track mean it’s more stable than its predecessor: the revised, faster-acting all-wheel-drive system gives it more grip, while bigger brakes provide improved stopping power. Like the new 911 GT3, it features active rear axle steering, which means greater agility and it’s harder to unsettle, too.
Then there’s the new active aerodynamics to consider. A variable front splitter and rear wing can add up to 132kg of downforce at 186mph to help push the car down on to the road. So the faster you go, the steadier the 911 gets. All this technology means the ESP remains pretty much a silent partner unless you make a hash of things; even when it does step in, it’s unobtrusive.
The 911 can potter around town with a firm but bearable ride and distant exhaust burble. But the sensation you get from full bore acceleration runs is so addictive, it’s hard to resist flooring the throttle. The pace is even more mind-boggling if you go for the Sports Chrono package, which adds 50Nm more torque via an overboost function and launch control.
But this costs over £3,000 and should be standard when you’ve shelled out £118,349 – although Porsche’s excellent PDK paddleshift box is included.
Purists will lament the car isn’t available as a manual, and you could argue that for all its amazing tech and mind-bending pace, it’s the least involving of all the 911s to drive. But for covering ground quickly, in style and safety, it’s an incredible piece of kit...