The word ‘’turbo’’ has become quite a generic term in the world, it has been used on vacuum cleaners, cocktail menus and even fancy razor blades! But why has the word become what it is today? At the end of the day a turbo is just a piece of metal bolted onto an engine, so why hasn’t the word radiator taken off with such commercial success? That might be due to the way the turbo has made such an impact in the world of motoring.
The first turbo charger to be installed in a production car was in 1962 with the production of the Chevrolet Corvair Monza. With a 6-cylinder flat 6 engine, the non turbo charged version of the car produced 80hp which wasn’t bad back in them days however, the turbo charged version was released with 180hp and must have been mind blowing. Turbo charging was the way forward for sure.
In 1963, Porsche gave us the 911 which to this day is still widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest cars, it was totally ahead of the game with its bombproof design and space age technology combined with sensational performance and classy looks. To this day the Porsche 911 still shares the same design as it’s ancestor, a rear mounted flat 6 engine, a friendly face and a sweeping back to make the car incredibly aerodynamic at speed. Ferdinand Porsche famously said ‘’I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams so I built it myself’’ and his legacy has truly lived on, you only have to sit an original 911 next to a new one to see that.
Moving on just over a decade Porsche brought us the first ever turbocharged 911 and it set the bar to a new level. It boasted blistering acceleration and eye watering top speeds whilst hardly affecting the economy. The rear mounted engine had to be re designed with new cooling systems which took up a lot more space, so much so that an enormous whale tail had to be installed for the engine to fit inside. This went on to become the definitive feature of the 911 Turbo.
Porsche have stuck with the same idea since day one because they believed it was the best, so in 2017 we are still enjoying their perfectly designed sports car and no Porsche 911 shines just like their flagship model, the 911 (991) Turbo S.
The Turbo S is the most extreme, fasted accelerating and most striking 911 ever made. The GT3 and GT3 RS could be argued as more extreme but in this case, we are talking about pure bred road cars. The Turbo S produces a whopping 580hp and will rocket from 0-60 in just under 3 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating road cars available today, but what makes it so incredible is the car’s capability to be used every day with its ease of use, comfort and presence of 4 seats. The car also boasts reliability that is second to none and impressive fuel economy even with such performance capabilities. As a car, the Turbo S is the ultimate expression of heritage, innovation and passionate design and is arguably the greatest new car available in the world today.
Our 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S is available now with less than 1000 miles on the clock and includes an extensive options list, so if you have been looking for the ultimate car, look no further. Come to Alexanders Prestige and let yourself fall in love with this unimaginable machine.