As the chief instructor at Porsche’s Experience Center in Silverstone, England, Gordon Robertson has what may be the best job in the entire world. Sure, he has his hands full training new Porsche owners how to safely drive their new cars at speed, but he also gets plenty of seat time in all of Porsche’s products.
That includes the new 911 Carrera S, which is the subject of the latest video from Porsche. In the words of company founder Ferry Porsche, “we can’t drive along the road continually looking in the rearview mirror;” in other words, the new 911 has to be forward-looking, yet still retain the unique character that defines the 911.
The latest 991 variant of the Porsche 911 may benefit from technology updates like electromechanical steering, but it still uses a flat-six engine mounted behind the wheels. In Carrera S trim, output is upped to 400 horsepower, which is good enough to produce a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 4.1 seconds (according to Porsche, at least).
Perhaps the most impressive number of all is the new car’s time around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. According to Porsche racing legend Walter Röhrl, a bone-stock 911 Carrera S was able to turn a lap in 7:40, which matches the time of the previous model 911 GT3, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.