“Is this the fastest car you’ve ever driven,” he asks. “Yes,” I reply, without a hint of hesitation. Absolutely true. The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is simply astounding. It defies so many odds that one is loath to list them all, lest one be accused of being in the pocket of the German brand. Based on the 8th-generation 911 Turbo, the Turbo S takes the top spot in the 911 range and becomes the quickest series production Porsche currently on sale.

Every Star Trek fan or “Trekkie”, knows of “warp drive” speed, which is the fastest any vessel can travel between two places. It is faster than the speed of light by far. The new Star Trek Discovery TV series then introduces “spore drive”, which is faster even than warp drive. If the previous-generation 911 Turbo S had warp speed, then the new car comes with spore speed. Nothing even remotely prepares you for the feeling.

When my head snapped back, despite being previously warned to keep it on the headrest during launch, I realised there was nothing my poor neck could do but to comply with the natural physics of a snap. In fact, the whole body feels like it’s being sucked back into the seat by a powerful magnet. On the other end my two hands are holding on for dear life, hoping to at least keep the car on the tarmac, even if it somehow crosses the white line. Which it never does.

While some Porsche engineers were enhancing the new 3.8-litre, flat (horizontally opposed) 6-cylinder, VTG twin turbo engine, others were busy on the chassis, corner to corner, leaving no stone unturned. When the former group presented their 478kW of power made at 6 750rpm, and 800Nm of torque between 2 500rpm ad 4 000rpm, the others were busy with a McPherson strut front suspension structure, a multilink rear suspension, rear-axle steering, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). In addition they added four wheels and tyres, the front pair being 9 J x 20 ET 41, rears 11.5 J x 21 ET 67, as well as 255/35 ZR 20 and 315/30 ZR 21 respectively. So the front wheels are slightly smaller than the rears, giving the rear, especially looking through the flared wheel arches, a more hunched stance to assist with balance and overall handling.

To say the 911 Turbo S sticks onto the tarmac like the proverbial train on railway tracks would be an understatement. Handling is simply superb, and the all-wheel-drive system works in tandem with the 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. Yes there are paddles behind the steering wheel, left downshift, right upshift, and each change resulting in a reaction from the body, neck first and the rest in milliseconds. All that anger bursts through four exhaust tailpipes. Those are shaped like a parallelogram by the way, not a trapezoid. In any case, point is, there are currently only a handful of ways one can go faster in a car than in the Porsche 911 Turbo S.

While you are appreciating the scope of specific performance, you will also take note of the car’s comfort levels, which are found in other 911 models. Those include the 27.7cm touch screen for the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system, an analogue cluster, GT Sport steering wheel with multifunction controls, and yes, those four seats. It is a 911 after all, which can carry four but the rear two should be of a small to average size. That said, there is option to remove the rear seats completely.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S is a marvel in the world of hi-performance cars. It sets the standard by which others will and must be judged, in pretty much all the areas of performance that truly count. That it can be driven on normal roads on a daily basis bares testament to its superiority as the best supercar on Earth.

Porsche 911 Price

911 Turbo S – R3 899 000

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