Road Tests Real world tests of 911 Turbo vs Carrera S

Top Gear track time

911 Turbo
1:22.20
911 Carrera S
1:26.20

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Porsche 911 Turbo

Reasons to consider the
Porsche 911 Turbo

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Has an air compressor Turbocharger vs None Most supercars don't have an air compressor
Great lap time on the Top Gear track 1:22.20 vs 1:26.20 Around 5% great lap time on the Top Gear track
More torque 459 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM vs 324 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM More than 40% stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
More powerful engine 473 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 394 HP @ 7,400 RPM More than 20% stronger engine
More expensive sticker price $130k vs $111k More than 15% more expensive harder to own
Side view of Porsche 911 Carrera S

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Porsche 911 Carrera S

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Higher redline 7,800 RPM vs 6,750 RPM More than 15% more revs
Lighter curb weight 3,230 lb vs 3,641 lb More than 10% lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

911 Turbo  vs
Carrera S 
Brand Porsche Porsche
Price 130,000 110,800
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2007 2012

transmission

Drivetrain 4WD w/PSM, PTM RWD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 6 7

engine

Displacement 3,600 cc 3,800 cc
Cylinders Flat 6 Flat 6
Air compressor Turbocharger None
Fuels
Gas
Compression ratio 9:1 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.94 in / 3.01 in 4.02 in / 3.05 in
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 4

road tests

911 Turbo  vs
Carrera S 
Top gear time 1:22.20 1:26.20

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 7.7 lb/hp 8.2 lb/hp
Maximum hp 473 HP @ 6,000 RPM 394 HP @ 7,400 RPM
Maximum torque 459 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 324 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM
Max RPM 6,750 RPM 7,800 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Brembo 13.78 in Disc Disc
Rear brakes Brembo 13.78 in Disc Disc
Front wheels Unknown/? 19 508/? 216
Rear wheels Unknown/? 19 508/? 279

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,641 lb 3,230 lb
Width 72.9 in 71.2 in
Height 51.2 in 51.1 in
Length 175.2 in 176.8 in
Front track width 58.7 in 60.6 in
Wheelbase 92.5 in 96.5 in
Porsche 911 Turbo
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Porsche 911 Carrera S
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