The Porsche 911 Turbo is your seven-day supercar

Yes it's the iconic supercar, but as EDGAR discovered, it’s also practical for everyday driving.

Damien Reid September 22, 2016

There’s a few poster cars that every motor head must drive at least once in their life and the Porsche 911 Turbo is right up there at the very top.

It’s an iconic supercar that was around long before the word ‘supercar’ was a thing and while it has had dozens, if not hundreds of competitors try to take it on over the past 41 years, it still ranks as the benchmark car for, if nothing else, its status.

It’s safe to say that without the 911 Turbo, Porsche wouldn’t be where it is today and while it makes up the tiniest percentage of Porsche’s global sales when you compare it to the rest of the 911 range, which itself is the smallest selling model in the Porsche portfolio, pretty much every person who buys a Porsche eventually wants the 911 Turbo.

The Turbo is instantly recognisable from the regular 911 due to its wide body and rear wing. It was the case with the initial 3-litre model code-named ‘930’ back in 1974 and it’s carried through to today with this current 991 version being 49mm wider at the front compared to the previous 911 Turbo and a whopping 134mm wider over the rear haunches. 

It’s used to house the giant 20-inch diameter wheels, which puts 540bhp to road via all four wheels courtesy of Porsche’s PTM all-wheel drive system that’s complemented by rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics and Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system.

The new front design features narrow LED daytime lights comprising a double cross bar to give the nose a wider stance together with an additional louvre for the middle air intake.

Its side profile is distinguished by the trademark Turbo air intakes in the rear wheel arches and the new wheel design while the rear features new three-dimensional tail lights as well as re-shaped, dual exhaust tailpipes exiting from the body molds. 

Thanks to Porsche remaining faithful to the original upright profile of the 911 that debuted back in 1963, getting behind the wheel doesn’t require the moves of a contortionist. Unlike its competitors from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren, you feel like you’re sitting in a car and not laying in a bathtub.

As a result, visibility is brilliant all-round, there’s acres of headroom and especially in the case of the McLaren with its scissor doors, you can also get out of it with some dignity in front of the hotel valet.

All this makes it useful as a daily driver, plus it has boot space up front for small luggage and two semi-useable seats in the rear that fold flat for extra storage. In short, it is the most practical supercar money can buy.

The new-style interior is welcoming with dual-zone climate air-con, electric sports seats with cooling systems, full-length sunroof, integrated sat-nav in the instrument cluster and a new flatscreen centre display.

Add to the equation that it has a better steering lock than virtually any car on the road regardless of price or category and it seems that the new 911 Turbo is almost too good to be true, ticking every practical convenience box as well as being an eye-catcher in traffic.

Specs

  • Engine: 3.8-litre, twin-turbo, six-cylinder boxer
  • Transmission: Seven-speed, PDK auto
  • Power: 540bhp @6400rpm
  • Torque: 710Nm @ 2250rpm
  • 0-100kmh: 3.0 seconds
  • Top speed: 320kmh
  • Price: AED 584,300

Three seconds flat to 100kmh, 10.4 seconds to 200kmh, from zero to 200 and back to zero in 17 seconds and a top speed of 320kmh is mixing it with the best. If you want more, you can opt for the Turbo S which gets you to 100 in 2.9 seconds, 200 in 9.9 and maxes out at 330kmh. 

With 710Nm of torque, the 3.8-litre benefits from larger compressors for its two turbochargers and Porsche remains the only manufacturer to use two turbos with variable turbine geometry in a petrol engine. This gives it its never-ending power curve and torque flexibility.

Selecting Sport Plus mode also alters the aero kit deploying a front spoiler by 75mm, which would drop at 140kmh anyway in normal mode, and also extends the rear wing by 25mm which then protrudes further to 75mm with a seven-degree pitch to collectively give the car 132kg of downforce at 300kmh.

At AED 584,300 for the base price or even our test car which came heavily loaded with options that brought it to AED 641,760, it’s still favourably priced compared to most of its competitors. 

It’s easy to drive, comfortable, practical, and has an options list as long as its power curve, not to mention that its raw speed is phenomenal. The new 911 Turbo continues to set the standard for everyday supercars for those who really need, or want, to use their performance rocket 365 days a year.