Something for Porsche fans to start the day – a video of a current-gen 911 Carrera S doing what it does best on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Timo Kluck went round the ‘Green Hell’ in 7 minutes 37.9 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the time set by the 911 Turbo of the previous 997 generation.
You get a bonnet view of the action, and dials and gauges bring you instant telemetry, including G forces, pitch and dive, and brake and throttle position. As Kluck hoons his way round, it becomes clear that both man and machine are highly competent.
The 991-generation Carrera S has a 3.8 litre flat-six that produces 400 hp and 440 Nm of torque. The rear-wheel drive 911 does the century sprint in around four seconds and maxes out at 300 km/h. In comparison, the outgoing 911 Turbo’s twin-turbocharged 3.6 litre lump produces 480 hp and 620 Nm of torque, and the all-wheel driver leaps to 100 km/h from a standstill in 3.7 seconds, topping out at 310 km/h.
Those are some considerable differences. But it seems the improvements on the 991 generation go beyond mere numbers.