Drag race: Porsche 911 Turbo Generations showdown

April 22, 2022 by

What’s the quickest Porsche 911 on sale? That’ll be the Turbo S. But, how does the latest 992 model compare to previous iterations of this supercar-beating turbocharged 911? Well, watch this drag race and you’ll find out…

We’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you every generation of the 911 Turbo, starting with the original 930, which was built between 1975 and 1989. This car’s powered by a 3.3-litre turbocharged flat-six that sends all its power to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. The engine develops 300hp and 412Nm, and the whole car only weighs 1,310kg.

Next is the 964 that was introduced in 1990. Using a similar 3.3-litre turbo flat-six, it sends the 320hp and 450Nm via a five-speed manual to the rear wheels. Weighing in at 1,470kg, it’s not much heavier than its predecessor.

Introduced in 1995, the 993 came with a new engine that marked the end of the air-cooled 911 era. The 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six develops 408hp and 540Nm. The 993 was the first 911 Turbo to come with four-wheel drive. This means more grip, but also (slightly) more weight. It tips the scales at 1,500kg.

Mat’s sitting in the middle of this lineup, driving a 996 Turbo S from 2005. Fitted with a 3.6-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six that develops 450hp and 620Nm, the 996 sends its power through a six-speed torque converter automatic gearbox to all four wheels. All-in, it weighs 1,590kg.

Next to this car is a 997 Turbo S. This car has a twin-turbocharged 3.6-litre flat-six producing 530hp and 700Nm. This power finds its way to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This version weighs slightly less than the 996 though, coming in at 1,585kg.

Next up is the 991 911 Turbo S. This version develops 640hp and 750Nm from its 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six. With a seven-speed dual-clutch and an all-wheel-drive system, the 991 weighs 1,605kg.

Finally, there’s the 992 – the carwow drag-race king. Weighing in at 1,640kg, the 992 uses the same engine as the 991, but it’s been uprated to develop 650hp and 800Nm. It’s paired with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that drives all four wheels.

This rather historic line-up of cars is our largest drag race yet. So, what are you waiting for? Watch the video to see how each car fares.

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