The half-fat Turbo comes with a measly 580PS (427kW) and 750Nm (553lb ft) of torque, that’s a full 70PS and 50Nm shy of the Turbo S. That means its sprint to 62mph is a massive 0.1 seconds slower than the S (at 2.8 seconds) during which time you could have been doing many, many things.
Sarcasm aside, the ‘standard’ Turbo is a bonkers fast car. To put this in context, 750Nm ismore torque than a Ferrari 812 Superfast. On the road all that torque is instantly clear. We drove the car on a day where the gauge was registering -1C to begin with, and it’s safe to say we had to tread carefully around the right pedal. Even later in the day when it had warmed up to a balmy 8C, the Turbo was still having trouble putting everything down.
Shove your foot to the floor when the car is not ready for it and you can expect a properwrestle on your hands. The 3.7-litre flat-six is fast to pickup, without any real hint of lag, which means you have to have your whits about you. Even with the all-wheel-drive system in full flow 770Nm is an awful lot of torque to be mopping up. Once you gather it all together (the car and your brain that is) the speed is addictive, hoovering up the landscape with alarming haste. You really do need a few full bore stabs at the throttle before you should consider a corner, just to get used to this sheer unfettered power being thrown at the road. But point it at a corner and you will have fun. There is understeer if you hurl it too hard into the corner, but a boot of that right foot, especially when you have everything in Sport or Sport+, will rectify that, and then very swiftly over-rectify the problem. Minor fishtailing is not uncommon, but not in a scary unpredictable way, you know what the Turbo
wants to do to you at all times.
The Turbo drops some things from the S, like the active anti-roll bars and carbon ceramic discs, but keeps the PDK eight-speed gearbox, natty four-wheel-steering and heavily rear-biased AWD system. That means that the Turbo is by no means slow, in fact it is one of the most brain-warpingly fast petrol-powered cars we’ve driven. The way it delivers its power is just wonderful, hitting full boost at around 3,000rpm and then just going like the proverbial unstoppable force until around 7,000rpm, at which point you and Porsche’s excellent PDK ‘box will start the process all over again. Steering is excellent, heavy but full of communication and rapid as anything, which is useful when the Turbo is as willing to be sideways as it is. Ride in higher settings gets jarring on British roads, but spend a few minutes in the Individual menus and you can set the Turbo to be a delight. Or if you don’t quite fancy a wrestle then in Normal mode it will help you along with much less sweat, still leaving your stomach somewhere in the engine bay each time you floor it.