A whack of sensors, servos, computers and hydraulics blend all this mechanical wizardry into seamless speed, be it in a straight line or something more challenging and interesting. In Sport Plus, the Turbo S feels ferocious – flip the paddles, feel the shifts slam home and revel in the downshift throttle blips. The car feels like it’s planted a few millimeters below the surface of the road, such is its tenacious grip on terra firma and the way it slingshots out of bends.
You really do feel like a hero, but what you don’t feel are all those marvelous systems doing their marvelous things. It’s just you and this incredible machine.
No surprise, my tester sported a few optional goodies, as all Porsches tend to do. Seat ventilation runs $960, and adaptive cruise with collision mitigation braking adds $2,850. Factor in front lift system ($2,960), Burmester audio ($4,230), sunroof ($1,700), lane change assist ($970) and a few other doo-dads and we’re looking at a sticker just north of 230 large.
There’s no other car on the planet like the Turbo S. Think of it as the ultimate expression of a grand touring 911. It’s insanely fast, brags enough technology to keep the International Space Station aloft and does a mighty fine impersonation of a luxury car (sans the cushy ride). Plus, it is built to the highest standards – it comes across as being one hundred percent bomb-proof. For those who can afford it, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S will be worth every penny, and very likely the cheapest way to give your friends launch vertigo.
4 years/100,000 km; 6 years/110,000 km powertrain; 7 years/unlimited distance corrosion perforation; 4 years/100,000 km roadside assistance
Pricing: 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Base price: $214,800
Optional equipment: seat ventilation $960; adaptive cruise with Porsche Active Safe $2,850; Light Design Package $590; Porsche Entry and Drive $1,250; Front Axle Lift System $2,960; Burmester audio $4,230; Lane Change Assist $970; sunroof $1,700;
A/C tax: $100
Destination charge: $1,095
Price as tested: $231,505