Guess who won.
The Porsche 911 Turbo dates back to the 930 generation, launched in 1975. Like every 911 variant, the Turbo has evolved over the decades but has never abandoned its core elements, specifically turbocharging technology paired to a flat-six engine. Things like turbo lag have been improved and all but eliminated today, and all-wheel drive arrived with the 964 generation. The all-new 992 911 Turbo now graces our streets and it's more powerful than any of its predecessors.
The Turbo S's 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-six is rated at 641 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. To compare, the 930 has about 300 hp and 278 lb-ft of twist.
Every generation has more power than the car it replaced and to see what that looks like, Porsche lined them all up for an epic 911 Turbo drag race. With Porsche GT Works drivers behind the wheel of each car, including Mark Webber in a 930, all seven generations of 911 Turbos came together on an airstrip. The model's evolution couldn't be more evident than the bird's eye view of them approaching the finish line.
The new 911 Turbo went from 0-62 mph in just 2.8 seconds while its immediate predecessor did so in 3 seconds flat. The 930? It took 5.4 seconds, an incredible number for a 45-year-old car.
Of course, with improved performance, luxury, and technology comes a higher sticker price. The 2021 911 Turbo begins at $170,800 while the Turbo S can't be had for anything less than $203,500. Buyers don't seem to be hesitating. With its advanced AWD system, the 911 Turbo is a highly capable supercar (yes, they're supercars) that can be driven daily in a variety of weather conditions.
But it's the extreme performance capabilities buyers desire most, as the one and only Olaf Manthey can certainly attest to. The former DTM and endurance racing driver knows a thing or two about Porsches.