The criteria that define a hypercar are as clear as a glass of Metamucil. Is it a seven-digit price tag or a limited-production run necessary to secure the nomination? Or must it have seven Toyota Camrys’ worth of horsepower surrounded by a beautifully sculpted body that’s constructed of exotic materials to qualify? Perhaps a complex powertrain pairing electric motors and a manic internal-combustion engine? Or can the workaday Porsche 911 Turbo S be a hypercar without any of those things?
We’ve previously tested an identical Gentian Blue 911 Turbo S, and it became the quickest 911 that we’ve strapped our Racelogic test equipment to. This time around, the Turbo S was equipped with the $10,340 Lightweight package, which includes fixed carbon-fiber buckets (18-way seats are available at no additional cost), rear-seat delete, less sound deadening material, lightweight glass, and the PASM sport suspension with a 0.4-inch drop. As a result of that weight-loss regimen, this Turbo S tipped the scales at 3566 pounds, a substantial 80 lighter than the standard model and just 344 pounds more than the featherweight GT3.
You’ve read the fuss about the instant torque of electric motors, such as the Tesla Model S Plaid. But the 911 Turbo S is proof that internal combustion shouldn’t be trivialized. With the Sport drive mode selected (Sport Plus deploys the speed-robbing front splitter and rear wing) and launch control activated, a push of the Sport Response button brings the rpm up to 5000. Secure all loose items, then release the brake. The front tires spin as 30 mph arrives in 0.8 second. That’s right, zero-point-eight. In all our years of testing, no other car has ever been able to exceed school-zone speed limits quicker, including the 1020-hp Model S Plaid.
For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.