Porsche 911 Turbo s 2018 review

Versus the competition
The Porsche 911 is the sports car traditionalist's choice, given it has the same shape it's had for 55 years now. Others have duplicated the Porsche performance formula with different styling, powertrain configurations and front-versus-rear engine layouts, but performance purists still crave Porsche's magic.
That Magic Moment
Sitting behind you in the surprisingly comfortable, perfectly sized cockpit of the 911 Turbo S is a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine humming out 580 horsepower. That's 40 hp more than the regular 911 Turbo, and it's good enough to propel the Turbo S from zero-to-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, Porsche says. All 911 Turbo models have the Sport Chrono Package standard for 2018, which is key to this performance. It involves four selectable modes that increase boost to the turbochargers, pumping torque up from the normal 516 pounds-feet to a peak of 553 pounds-feet. The mode selector has moved from the center console to a dedicated knob and button on the GT Sport steering wheel, which also now includes what all "Knight Rider" fans will recognize as a "Turbo Boost" button.
A Classic Cabin Meets Today's Tech
The exterior styling looks much as it has since the original 911, but the interior has shown more progress toward modernization. There are still some classic elements that remain, however: Five round gauges face you through the steering wheel, but one of them is now a digital screen that's reconfigurable to a number of options, including a navigation screen, Sport Chrono timers, trip information and more.
Limited Safety, for a Price
Nearly all the extra safety systems beyond the required antilock brakes and stability control are extra-cost items on the 911 Turbo S. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot warning aren't standard even at this top trim level, and features like autonomous braking with pedestrian warning and lane keep assist aren't even offered. Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have crash-tested the Porsche 911, but this isn't unusual for a low-volume sports car.

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