The times, they are a-changing, says the popular saying and also Bob Dylan. And so it is with this famed beast as it’s been arranged for the Porsche 911 to go Turbo. Only Turbo. Just Turbo. This is not a happy day for many motoring enthusiasts out there.
Truth is, there are times when progress is key. Times when certain features must and will be sacrificed for the sake of going forward. The problem with these platitudes and Porsche is that, as many would argue, the 911 was already going further, and it was going at mind-numbing speeds with screeching of wheels and a throttle that would nail you to your seat the second you hit the pedal to the metal.
But, you see, this is exactly the issue. Turbo.
Let me be clear: Porsche have decided to dump the old 911 classic, and for the next version of the famous vehicle, they will only make a Turbo version. And while it is true that a turbocharged engine is still an extremely good one, power-wise better than the non-turbocharged version, there is still the throttle conundrum.
Because, in a normal car, what happens is you push the throttle and it goes. Now, in a turbocharged car there is a very slight delay. Yet, there is a delay. And this can very, very easily kill all your enthusiasm. The same way that you die a little inside when you hit a note on a guitar, and the speakers rumble a bit late. That is exactly what happens with the turbocharged engine.
Sure, they may try to fix it. It is possible to add two or three turbos – this will lower the throttle-lag considerably. But it will still be there. And no matter how much you lower it, it is especially annoying that you still feel it.
Still, Ferrari have done the same, and they’re doing fine. And we’ve had the 911 Turbo roaming the streets for a long, long time. We should be used to it.
Still, it’s sad to see it go. Yet, for the sake of progress, is this a price too high? I don’t really think so. One may say that there are no bigger Nazis (the original ones excluded) than those on pet-breeding Facebook groups. But there are car purists which come as close seconds.
Still, for 50 horsepower more than the current version, it may be interesting to see what a 400 HP beast can do on the road. The facelift they added only proves it means business.