The 992-generation 911 Turbo S has landed, with more power and technology than the model that came before it. Being a Turbo, it’s one of the most capable machines in its class, but has it taken today’s ‘more is better’ approach too far? In issue 276, we compare it to the model that started it all, the 1975 930 Turbo.
Common to both are front wing-mounted fuel filler flaps, turbocharged flat-sixes and Stuttgart’s famous Guards Red paint, but do the similarities go any further? Though the 930 Turbo produced 325bhp in its most potent form, the early Group 4 homologation special we have here has only 256bhp; a 1140kg weight figure makes for respectful power-to-weight, but the numbers are nothing in comparison to the 992’s.
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Its 3.7-litre flat-six is good for an output of 641bhp and 590lb ft of torque, 69bhp over the 991.2 Turbo S and more torque than even the latest GT2 RS can muster. Representing one of the biggest jumps in performance we’ve seen in the Turbo line-up, the 992 Turbo S will sprint from 0 to 62mph in only 2.7sec, and on to a 205mph top speed.
As impressive as those numbers are, do they make the latest Turbo less useable on the open road? Carbon-ceramic brakes (420mm ten-pot at the front, 390mm four-pot at the rear) are more than enough to compensate for the enormous speeds it can achieve, but do bigger numbers really make for a better driver’s machine? In the latest issue, Richard Meaden heads to the North York Moors to find out.
For the full story, pick up your copy of evo issue 276. If you’ve been unable to make it to the shops, single issues are available for purchase via magsdirect.co.uk.
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Car pictures of the week: archive
Below are some of our favourite images from previous editions of evo car pictures of the week. Click on the pictures for the full galleries.
Click below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI, Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.
Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central London, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.
The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jaguar E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.
Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.
Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.
A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.
Ford's RS200 in a moody dark garage is just one of many amazing shoots in our 8th gallery, click on the image for the full gallery
Click on the image below for our ninth car pictures of the week gallery, including this hardcore lot!
Our tenth gallery turned it up another notch, including the wettest shoot in history (apparently).
The best hardcore Ferrari supercars and more feature in our 11th car pictures of the week gallery.