2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S: 205 MPH

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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.

 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus: 205 MPH

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The 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus

The top-performing Audi R8 pulls the same 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque from the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine found in the Lamborghini Húracan—and in fact, thanks not just to that shared engine but also a shared chassis, these two cars are very close to being one and the same. And yet this mid-engined, all-wheel-drive Audi halo car, with its 205-mph top speed, ekes out an extra three mph at the top end over its (much) more expensive sibling. The new 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus is stiffer and more rigid than the outgoing variant thanks to the aluminum-and-carbon-fiber Audi Space Age platform, and has five driving settings via Audi Drive Select—auto, comfort, dynamic, individual, and performance, with the last being exclusive to the V10 Plus variant and offering dry, wet, and snow sub-settings. Plus, with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, the R8 V10 Plus boasts one of the jaw-dropping sexiest infotainment systems (trust us, it’s rare but possible) on the market. (Note: if you’re wondering why the Audi is ranked below the Porsche 911 Turbo S when they have the same top speed, it’s because the Porsche wins the 0-60 mph sprint.)