The 911 Turbo has been Porsche’s flagship sports car since it was introduced in 1974. Its combination of startling power, razor sharp handling and reasonable fuel economy have made it a viable alternative to Italian supercars, but its German engineering has made it far more reliable. Last redesigned in 2006 along with the “997” generation of the 911, the 911 Turbo enters its seventh generation for 2010. With a more powerful engine, Porsche’s high-tech PDK transmission, and some new technologies, this promises to be the best 911 Turbo yet.
We drove the new Turbo on twisty Portuguese back roads and a Formula One racetrack to find out if it delivers on that promise.