Car manufacturers, have been focusing, rather unnecessarily, on breaking the highway speed limit despite the authorities’ decision to show no mercy on those breaking motorway rules. While faster cars may be a desirable asset, experts argue that these are not necessary, especially when failure to undergo a speed awareness course could invalidate one’s car insurance.
Porsche’s 911 Turbo S squeezes a little more power out of its 3.8-litre turbocharged engine, just to make sure it can reach a top speed of 205mph, and can also accelerate from 0-62mph in flat 2.9 seconds.
This is almost three times the UK speed limit. By comparison, the UK’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta hatchback, does it in about 12 seconds.
The 911 Turbo S has added 20 bhp more in the S, bringing the total to 572, and 18 more in the regular Turbo, resulting in a total of 532. This has been made possible by modifying the cylinder head’s inlet ports, installing new injection nozzles and upping the fuel pressure.
The Turbo and Turbo S comes with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. The new “dynamic boost function” will keep the turbos spinning and the power churning, even if the driver momentarily takes his foot off the accelerator.
Porsche’s Sport Chrono package is standard on all Turbo models, and includes features like a Sport Response button that tunes the engine and transmission for maximum performance.
The cabin has been reworked by including a new steering wheel along with a new 7-inch infotainment touch-screen, Google navigation and traffic updates, and improved smartphone connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth/cable.
Yet, the Turbo S is far from unique in being able to travel this quickly. In fact, in overall terms it’s not even in the premier league. Petrol-electric hybrid hypercars such as the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche’s own 918 Spyder, do better in terms of acceleration.
And, now, as the craze for speed gets bigger, Bugatti has announced it will reveal its Veyron replacement, the Chiron, at the Geneva motor show in March, in what could be the world’s fastest car.
But, with roads becoming more congested, these speed monsters capable of exceeding the highway speed limits - even Honda Civics that’ll do 167mph, or Volkswagen Polos that’ll leave a 1980s supercar for dust will be unbearably boring.
And, knowing fully well that fossil fuels won’t last forever, and most Formula One races turning a boring exercise, ambitions of owning a speed monster must end.