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The 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is Motor Trend’s Hardest-Launching Car Ever Tested

The New 911 Turbo S Launches Harder Than the LaFerrari, GT-R, and Model S P90D

The New 911 Turbo S Launches Harder Than the LaFerrari, GT-R, and Model S P90D

Although two other street-legal hypercars are faster in a 0–60-mph (0-96.6 km/h) sprint, Motor Trend found the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S to be the quickest vehicle from 0 to 30 (48 km/h), 0 to 40 (64.4 km/h), and 0 to 50 mph (80.5 km/h) in acceleration testing.

On November 2 at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California—Motor Trend’s routine testing site—the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S reached those early split times in less elapsed time than anything previously tested by the magazine.

Only the 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari and 2015 Porsche 918 Spider have been quicker to 60 mph from a standstill. Still, both vehicles had slower initial acceleration than the 911 Turbo S (see chart below).

YEAR MAKE MODEL HP TRQ 0-30 0-40 0-50 0-60
2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S 580 553 0.9 1.3 1.8 2.5
2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV 740 509 1.0 1.4 2.0 2.6
2014 Nissan GT-R (Track Pack) 545 463 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.7
2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus 602 413 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.6
2015 Tesla Model S P90D Ludicrous 762 713 1.0 1.5 2.0 2.6
2015 Ferrari LaFerrari 950 516 1.1 1.5 1.9 2.4
2014 McLaren P1 904 664 1.2 1.7 2.1 2.6
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder 887 944 1.2 1.6 2.0 2.4
2005 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 987 922 1.2 1.7 2.2 2.7

As such, the 911 Turbo S is hardest-launching vehicle we’ve ever tested. During the best acceleration run, Motor Trend’s data-acquisition equipment registered peak longitudinal acceleration at 1.26 g at 18 mph (29 km/h), 1.19 g at 30 mph, and 0.69 g at 60 mph. On a subsequent run, the Porsche’s meaty rear 305/30ZR20 103Y Pirelli P Zero N1’s grabbed asphalt so effectively that the 911’s front wheels temporarily left the ground as our tester tried to correct for the car’s wayward heading.

And although the 911 Turbo S’ maximum 580 hp (at 6,750 rpm) and 553 lb-ft of torque (at 2,250 rpm in overboost) might trail some other supercars, its relatively svelte 3,557-pound curb weight, rear-engine location, and all-wheel drive enable it to get power to the pavement that much more quickly.

The latest 991.2-generation Porsche Turbo S also produced a quicker 0–60 run than such vaunted supercars as the Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV, McLaren P1, Nissan GT-R Track Pack, Audi R8 V10 Plus, and the Tesla Model S P90D in Ludicrous mode.

More details on the $196,360 USD Porsche 911 Turbo S can be found in Motor Trend’s full First Test, which is set to come out next week.