2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 205 MPH


The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S

A mostly cosmetic refresh of the excellent last-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S—though enough to justify new nomenclature, as this Porsche platform is designated 991.2—the new model is exactly what you’d expect of a Turbo S: incredibly fast, monstrously capable, and surprisingly emotional for a brand that too often has a reputation for clinical efficiency. The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S manages to wring 205 mph from a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six with 580 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, mated to an incredibly precise seven-speed automatic transmission. The Turbo S boasts the typical Porsche cleverness, partly in the form of a Sport Response button that keeps the turbos spinning even under braking by slightly opening the throttle for increased airflow and priming the transmission, which makes engine response to throttle input almost unbelievably quick. It’s touches like this that help justify the car’s $189,000 price tag—not to mention the bragging rights that come with a top speed above 200 mph and a 0-60 sprint time as low as 2.5 seconds.

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