This week was quite a big week for Porsche. For those that didn’t read our previous article, let me catch you up. On Tuesday, Porsche finally revealed the 992 Turbo S in all its glory. 3.8 liters, two turbos, 640 hp, 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, it’s a lot to take in. The 992 Turbo S is looking to be a true force to be reckoned with. Now, what we didn’t see was the base model Turbo, and it seems that there’s more than meets the eye as to why. Let me explain.
When we didn’t see the base Turbo at the reveal, I thought nothing of it. I just thought that Porsche was going to do what they did with the 992 Carrera and Carrera S by revealing the S first and then the base model a few months later. I mean, there’s no problem with that, but still, it’s just whatever. But, what I found out a few days later put a big smile on my face.
As it turns out, Porsche is using all of the criticisms it got from the previous generation Turbo to make some huge changes between the 911 Turbo and Turbo S. As fast as it may be, the 992 Turbo S, and all recent Turbo S models as a matter of fact, have not been very light. Weight is the enemy of performance cars and the fact that the 992 Turbo S is almost 100 lbs heavier than its predecessor is not very impressive or desirable. And I think we can all agree that the 911 Turbo is not the drivers’ car that it once was. It’s become more of a super fast luxury car that helps hedge fund owners commute to Century City rather than a daily drivable supercar slayer that’s just as fun tearing up a racetrack as it is carving up scenic canyon roads. Well, according to Auto Express, that’s what the base 911 Turbo will be all about. Weight savings and a thrilling driving experience will be the differentiation between the two models (also, what if that mysterious ducktail 992 Turbo we saw a few months back was actually the base model?). This is amazing.
Finally we’ll have an old school 911 Turbo, one that rips racetracks to shreds while also being the perfect date night cruiser. One that looks just as good as it drives, it’s about time. Dare I say it, but I think I have to here, what if, just what if they bring back the manual for the 911 Turbo. Law of Attraction, do your thing here because this is one thing I NEED in my life. I mean, if a car is being built with “an even more thrilling driving experience” in mind, why not add a clutch pedal to a 600 hp, all wheel drive, lightweight, Porsche supercar?
But even if this doesn’t happen, I’ll still be happy because it has been confirmed that Porsche will be adding a “lightweight sports package” to the current 992 Turbo S. From the looks of it, it seems that the Turbo might finally be stepping out of the GT3’s shadow. It’s time to make the turbos great again, and I think Porsche has taken a proper first step.
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One thought on “There’s a Reason We Haven’t Seen the Base 992 Turbo Yet…”
Let’s hope you are correct about the third pedal 🤞
Because that’s what a performance fun drive is all about after all.