The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo is a 2-door sports coupe that forms part of the legendary Porsche 911 model range, now in its eighth generation. Few sports cars can match the 911's rich heritage and motorsport accomplishments, and despite some saying that they all look the same, they've only gotten better over the years. In fact, the latest 992 series is so good that we're struggling to see how Porsche is going to top it. The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo has been completely redesigned for the new year and is now better to drive and quicker overall. At the top of the line, the 911 Turbo S' 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged gasoline boxer-six produces a massive 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft that gets it to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds. Rivals such as the Mercedes AMG GT and Audi R8 are cheaper, but can they match the 911 Turbo coupe's massive performance?
The entire model is completely redesigned for 2021, based on the latest 992-generation chassis. With the deletion of the overboost function, new active aerodynamic aids, new brakes, new variable turbine geometry on the turbos, and even a track app that lets you measure lap times, there's much to get excited about. These upgrades have contributed to, among other things, an improvement in acceleration times and a better-handling machine overall.
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The 911 Turbo range is powered by a 3.8-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder boxer engine that delivers 572 hp and 553 lb-ft in Turbo guise, increasing to 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque in the Turbo S. For 2021, Porsche has done away with the overboost function, which means you gain access to all the power, all the time, and power delivery is smoother than ever thanks to new variable turbine geometry on the turbos and a recalibrated 8-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all four wheels via an electronically controlled all-wheel-drive system. The Turbo S is stupidly quick and will bolt to 60 mph in only 2.6 seconds and top out with a max speed of 205 mph. In this segment, fuel economy is a non-issue, though the EPA in the USA may give the Porsche some withering looks.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo is without a doubt one of the best sports cars out there, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise, seeing as the 911 model range has historically been at the top or close to the top of its class for decades. The story of the 2021 911 Turbo is that of all 911 cars before it - steady and reliable improvement made year after year. To most people, it will be tough to tell the difference between any two 911 Turbo coupes built in the last ten years at a glance, but the 2021 model looks sharper, and thanks to numerous improvements, drives better than ever. It is incredible how fast this car can go, even with an ordinary driver behind the wheel, and it still manages to be a refined everyday cruiser. Yes, it's getting expensive, and competitors offer similar performance for less, but none can truly match the balanced approach of the Porsche 911 Turbo.
There is no official safety rating for the vehicle, since neither the NHTSA nor IIHS has put the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo to review, but the automaker is known for delivering cars with high reliability expectations.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo coupe has a starting price of $170,800, excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,350. It isn't a cheap toy, and the Turbo S starts at an even dearer $203,500. We'd suggest sticking with the Turbo, as it offers more than enough performance for the everyday driver and even the serious track enthusiast. The lower asking price also gives one room to add a few options. We'd get one in GT Silver Metallic and add a sport exhaust system for $3,490, remote park assist, lane change assist, and 3D surround view for $4,090. The total build cost will come to around $180k, including destination fees and a $1,000 gas guzzler tax.
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