Around the Hockenheim GP, no stock Porsche has been faster.
The quickest Porsche 911 you can buy right now is the Turbo S. In our recent comparison between the Turbo S and Turbo, the differences appeared minor. The 0-60 mph time between the two is just a tenth of a second in favor of the Turbo S, which completes the run in 2.6 seconds.
That may not seem worth the $32,700 premium for the Turbo S coupe, but its latest track run demonstrates what the top-dog 911 is capable of. Skilled test driver Christian Gebhardt is known for his record-breaking track exploits, and he registered a phenomenal 1:47.8 time in a 911 Turbo S (992) at the Hockenheim GP recently. That's over two seconds quicker than the 991.2-gen Turbo S and the fastest stock Porsche to lap the track, with only a modified GT3 RS ahead of it.
Those aren't the only high-performance sports cars that the Turbo S conquered. It was also quicker than the McLaren 600LT and the Mercedes-AMG GT Pro, both of which were also driven by Gebhardt. But perhaps even more stunningly, according to Fastest Laps, is that the Turbo S beat the 875-horsepower 918 Spyder's time of 1:48.5. Helping the latest Turbo S achieve its superb result on track is a 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine with 640 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.
The hyper-fast shifts of the eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission allowed Gebardt to rifle through the ratios and that massively powerful engine saw him nudge a top speed of 168 mph, although given more space, the Turbo S can hit 205 mph. Standard rear-axle steering and all-wheel drive help with stability and traction at high speeds, too.
It all begs the question of where the 911 could possibly go from here, as with every incremental improvement from one generation to the next, the numerical window to improve grows smaller and smaller.
Of course, a successor for the record-breaking 911 GT2 RS is still on the way, and while logic dictates that electrification would be the next most likely way to take the 911's performance to even loftier heights, Porsche has previously expressed a reluctance to go this route with its most iconic model. For now, maybe it's best to not ask any questions at all and simply marvel at the engineering triumph that is the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
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