2017 Porsche supertest: 991.2 Carrera v GTS v Turbo S
It’s just gone 7am on a bright autumnal morning as I roll out onto the public road, some retracting black gates and a bright red ‘PORSCHE’ script atop a grey building behind filling the rear view mirrors of my 991.2 Carrera. Before long the customary visual of Porsche Centre Reading, the home of Porsche Cars Great Britain, is well out of sight, a plethora of shiny cars among its grandiose setting swapped for the derriere of a British motorway.
All is not lost, however, for I feel like a large proportion of the showroom has accompanied me on my trip due north. This is because out the windscreen of my GT Silver Carrera I’m treated to the glare of that red connecting strip of a tail light adorning an identically hued C4 GTS, while in front of that, the super-wide hips of a Miami blue Turbo S occupies the horizon. It’s Supertest time for Total 911 once again, which means your favourite Porsche magazine has custody of the three Neunelfers in question for two days of full-on driving as part of our sojourn to the twisty roads in Britain’s Peak District.
As our Supertest is prone to showing, there are many ways to skin a cat, so to speak, such is the 911’s dexterity to offer different driving experiences from what is essentially one car concept. This is something Porsche’s iconic sports car has always been renowned for: right from its early, pre-impact bumper days, those ‘T’, ‘E’ and ’S’ models offered vastly different flavours of the 911 philosophy. This remains true today, for while these three 911s on test are all from the latest 991.2 generation, the reality is they couldn’t be more different, varying significantly in terms of power output, chassis dimensions, spec and, of course, value.
The mention of those T, E, and S models is no accident, either. Representing the entry-level, middle-of-the-road and top-spec incarnation of 911 from 1965-1973, it’s a model lineup Total 911 has sought to mimic closely here, choosing the Carrera, GTS and Turbo S as the modern-day interpretations of those original T, E and S cars. Why no GT 911s, you may ask? Well, we discarded them from the lineup as, let’s face it, you can’t just walk into a Porsche Centre and readily buy one like you can a Carrera or Turbo. So, that’s the scene justifiably set: the mission of our 2017 Supertest then is to look at the entire breadth of the non-GT lineup in search of the model with the greatest 911 value for money.
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