This race is a lot closer than you might expect.
We've seen what happens when the new 992 Porsche 911 Turbo S goes head-to-head with the Ferrari F8 Tributo in a drag race. Despite having the advantage of all-wheel drive, the 911 Turbo S is no match for Ferrari's latest mid-engine monster. But what happens when the 911 Turbo gets pitted against the track-focused Ferrari 488 Pista? To find out, Road Test TV staged a drag race between the two cabriolets, pitting a 2021 Porsche Turbo S Cabriolet against a 2020 Ferrari Pista Spider. And just to spice things up, both cars have been extensively modified.
In stock form, the 992 Porsche 991 Turbo S Cabriolet is powered by a 3.8 liter twin-turbo flat-six engine rated at 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which is 60 more hp than the 991 Turbo S.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a quick shifting eight-speed PDK dual clutch transmission, enabling the convertible sports car to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and top out at 205 mph. For comparison, a stock Ferrari 488 Pista Spider utilizes a 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. This enables the 488 Pista Spider to sprint from 0-60 mph in 2.85 seconds and reach a top speed of 211 mph.
To extract more performance, the Porsche 992 Turbo S is fitted with a custom cat-back exhaust and is tuned to produce around 775 hp, while the 488 Pista is putting down 850 hp thanks to an ECU tune, new downpipes, and a new air box. While the Pista has more power, the 911 Turbo's all-wheel drive setup gives it a clear advantage.
The German sports car puts the power down quicker, enabling it to post a faster quarter-mile time than its rival. However, the result is closer than you might have expected, as the 488 Pista didn't finish far behind. The 911 Turbo S Cabriolet crossed the quarter-mile in 9.90 seconds at 143.41 mph, whereas the 488 Pista Spider finished in 9.97 seconds at 143.31 mph.