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2014 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo S

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When driven on the street, you wouldn’t think that the 2014 Porsche Carrera 911 Turbo S is the performance animal that it is. Nope, it’s a comfortable and low key feeling experience from behind the wheel when rolling around with the adaptive suspension softened and the dual-clutch sequential manual transmission slotted in full automatic mode. 

The 20-inch low-profile Pirelli P Zero tires make little to no noise over bumps doesn’t mean harsh jolts filtering into the cabin just as I’ve learned in previous drives of the 991 generation of the Carrera. When you do squeeze the gas pedal a little harder you take off from a dead stop in a more rapid manner than a Carrera S, but it doesn’t feel like it’s going to be that much quicker.

Then again, I didn’t dare mash the throttle too hard on the street because a 911 Turbo S with a racing yellow paint job doesn’t exactly blend in with the crowd around these parts. Credit is due to the excellent platform and suspension work Porsche has done to the latest 911. In this Turbo S, you have car that’s streetable with a nice leather-lined interior, comfortable front bucket sport seats and a lovely sounding Burmester sound system

As nice as it is to sit in and how docile it feels during regular driving, there’s some serious equipment on this car to make it go faster, handle better and stop harder. On the Turbo S the Sport Chrono package is standard which features an overboost function that ups max boost pressure by 2.2 psi for up to 20 seconds and increases peak torque to 553 lb-ft. 

The all-wheel-drive system has been enhanced to more efficiently deliver power to the ground, while not sounding like the Nissan GT-R’s all-wheel system with loud mechanical whines and chatter. 

In the handling department, the Turbo S has rear-wheel steering, a torque vectoring rear axle, dynamic chassis control and dynamic magnetic engine mounts that stiffen when hard driving is detected. Standard massive carbon ceramic brakes easily slow things down. 

See more at: Autoweek


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