“I love this car so much“, Matt Farah says of the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S, and we can’t exactly blame him. The widebody bruiser is a mega machine, potentially the only Grand Touring Supercar in the world. With a sub-3 second zero to 60 time and a top speed over 200 miles per hour, it smashes basically anything from Ferrari or Lamborghini or McLaren, and it does it from the comfortable and spacious [ostensibly] four-seat interior that 911 fanatics will know and love. It’s an incredibly capable Porsche, but remains functional as a daily driver or long-haul highway cruiser if you so desire.
The 991.2 Turbo S is an evolutionary change on the Turbo formula from the 991.1 Turbo S that preceded it, but more of the same isn’t always bad. Matt makes a valid point in this video, however, pointing out that the current 991.2 Carrera GTS feels quite similar to the Turbo proper, as the flat torque curve signature of a turbocharged engine is now shared across all 911s. When you aren’t driving it at ten-tenths, perhaps the less expensive GTS would be the right choice, but when you really want the extra couple hundred horsepower the Turbo S is what you’ll need. Matt Farah found out by punching the throttle, exclaiming, “It’s faster than I am. I can assure you that.” He’s not wrong, either. Matt is a pretty quick driver, but not many drivers are as good as the Turbo S potentially can be.
Of everything in the Porsche lineup right now, the Turbo S is the one that calls to us most. It’s the model that is most true to its progenitor’s original intent. The first 911 Turbo way back in the early 1970s was maniacally fast, deadly serious in its pursuit of ultimate speed, and still somehow comfortable enough to be driven regularly; that is, if you could keep your foot conservative on the throttle pedal. This stunning full-width Porsche looks all the better in an ostentatious 1970s-esque color like Miami Blau. The $200,000 price tag is a bit much, but considering the cars it competes with cost sometimes twice as much, perhaps it’s a bargain?