The Porsche 911 range is probably the most famous sports car ever made with a lineage going back over fifty years. The 2015 range starts with the base 350-horsepower engine and then peaks at the Turbo S’s 560-hp monster and is offered as a coupe, retractable-roof coupe (Targa) or soft-top convertible (Cabriolet) in a wide variety of models, engines and performance variants.
For 2015 the 911 Turbo gets a major upgrade in the engine room, all-wheel drive, a power-retractable front spoiler, a fixed rear spoiler with articulating wing elements, various other aesthetic and functional body revisions, a rear-wheel steering feature (which both tightens up the car’s turning radius and improves stability in quick transitions), a more advanced torque-vectoring rear differential, adaptive headlights, more supportive seat bolsters (or 10-way power seats with four-way power lumbar and memory settings), extended leather trim and a 12-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system.
The Turbo S is a star in the lineup offering added power, performance and equipment. It adds the Sport Chrono package, LED headlights with automatic high-beam control, active stabilizer bars (PDCC), ceramic-composite brake rotors (PCCB), 10-way power-adjustable front seats and carbon-fiber interior trim. Both the Turbo and Turbo S are available in either coupe or Cabriolet body styles.
The 911 Carrera, Carrera 4 and Targa 4 models are powered by a 3.4-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine rated at 350 hp and 287 pound-feet of torque, while the Carrera S, Carrera 4S and Targa 4S upgrade to a 3.8-liter six-cylinder with 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque.
Rear-wheel drive is standard except on the Targa, Turbo and Turbo S. The base, S and GTS models start with a seven-speed manual transmission, however Porsche’s PDK seven-speed automated Turbo S has an 40 horsepower at 560 hp and 516 lb-ft and arrives solely with the PDK transmission.
All Turbo S models feature the Sport Chrono package that includes a more aggressive shift program and launch control feature for faster off the line acceleration
On the road, with the big wheels and ultra-low-profile tires, the ride in the Turbo S can be harsh. You can mitigate this by activating the adjustable PASM adaptive dampers. As always the control and steering on the 911 is amazing – with a complete point and shoot feel. Everything happens so much faster, smoother and with no effort in the 911. It really is a race track ready sports car for everyday use. Meanwhile the leech-like grip means a harsh ride with the 911’s suspension. Activate the Sport or Sport Plus modes, which stiffen the dampers as well as delay upshifts and you are rewarded with even more road feel and handling dynamics. The PDK is a superbly precise, fast transmission and yet when conditions allow you can use the paddle shifters to go into manual mode and have fun making use of the phenomenal torque. It is pretty hard to describe the feeling of driving such a beautiful car. The legend continues out of this world.
2015 PORSCHE TURBO S PRICED FROM $208,500