DON'T MISS: 2013 McLaren MP4-12C Spider: Track Day 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo first drive, Bilster-Berg, August 2013So what, exactly, is the 911 Turbo (or Turbo S)?
Does the Turbo/Turbo S duo qualify for true supercar status? Does it compete with the Ferrari 458 Italias and McLaren MP4-12Cs of the world? Or is the force-fed Neunelfer somehow less because of its more common basis or its quotidian capabilities?
After spending a day with the car on the Bilster Berg circuit and the roads around it, it's clear: whatever the baggage, this is a supercar by any standard. In fact, it may set the new supercar standard for those who'd like to drive their collection's hottest performer more than once a week.
Why? Because underneath the massive speed, rocket-like acceleration, and crisp, tossable handling, the Turbo and Turbo S are, ultimately, 911s. And that's a very good thing.
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Porsche provided airfare, food, and lodging during the course of this first drive.