Porsche 911 Turbo S (2017) first drive review : Ready to launch

In a world of McLarens, Ferraris and Porsche’s own 918 supercar, it’s easy to forget about the shock and awe that the Porsche 911 Turbo was once capable of inducing. The original, usable supercar was once considered to be almost antisocially fast. Is it wrong to assume that it’s been left behind in a power war that continues to be fought between German, British, Italian and Swedish supercars?

Well, yes. Wrong because, in new and improved Turbo S form it now offers 580 horsepower, has four-wheel drive, a super-fast shifting 7-speed PDK gearbox and weighs only 1,600kg. And to help visualise how that all feels when you really need to get a move-on, we’re sat at the bottom of the acceleration straight on Porsche’s dedicated track that’s part of its Silverstone Experience centre. We’re about to “launch” the Turbo S.

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