The 992 911 Turbo: Why The Base Model Is The Better Buy

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Let’s be honest, we all knew it was coming, and it’s finally here. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, I give you the latest, the greatest Porsche 911 Turbo. The 911 Turbo (not Turbo S) is back and better than ever; who knew the 992 could look so good?

Along with the looks, a lot has changed for the 992 Turbo. Gone is the old 3.8 liter, 540 hp twin turbocharged flat 6 in favor of a newer 3.8 (technically 3.785 liter) twin turbocharged flat 6 that now makes a brutish 572 hp and 553 lb/ft of torque. As is standard with the Turbo models, the 992 comes with a sophisticated all wheel drive system which will happily propel the coupe to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and the cabriolet in 2.8. Both cars have a top speed of 199 mph. All that power and torque is routed through the same 8 speed PDK gearbox found in the 992 Turbo S.

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I don’t know about you, but when I read these numbers, they sounded pretty familiar. It turns out, these are the exact same technical specifications of the 991.2 911 Turbo S! Usually it takes 2-3 generations for a base model to be faster than an older S model. This new “base” model is FAST!

Some new options are available with the 992 Turbo including lowered sport suspension, the Turbo S’ sport exhaust system, along with carbon ceramic brakes (these come standard on the Turbo S). Porsche is also offering a lightweight package for the 992 Turbo and Turbo S coupes which drops their hefty curb weights by 66 lbs. Speaking of weight, the new 992 Turbo weighs in at 3,635 lbs (3,790 lbs for the cabriolet), just over 100 lbs more than their 991.2 predecessors.

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Inside, you get the same interior and options as every other 992 model, which is not a bad thing at all. In my opinion, the 992 has the best interior of any generation. Now all this performance doesn’t come cheap. The 992 Turbo Coupe STARTS at $173,800 while the cabriolet starts at $183,600. It’s no bargain, but you do save about $30,000 if you opt for the 911 Turbo rather than the Turbo S and I honestly think it’s the better buy…hear me out.

A fully optioned out 992 Turbo (and I mean EVERYTHING you could possibly want) will cost you about the same as a Turbo S with no options. So you essentially leave the factory with 60 less hp and lots of extra cash in your pocket. Now don’t forget, the Turbo and Turbo S have the same exact engine and transmission. This means that you can use about $2,000 of the $30,000 you saved from Turbo S options to get a tune on your 992 Turbo which will give it even more power than a Turbo S.

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Now that I think about it, I really like the 992 Turbo. I just wish it came in a manual.