Was it a good idea for Porsche to go turbo on the Carrera?

A lot has been said about the Porsche 911 Carrera S packing a pair of turbochargers. Purists have scoffed at it in large part because they’ve remained loyal to the naturally aspirated engines. But even if the 911 Carrera S did buck against tradition, does that automatically make it an inferior car compared to its predecessors?

Carfection host Alex Goy sought to answer that question by taking the 911 Carrera S out for a spin. Granted, his time behind the wheel of the turbocharged Carrera – still feels weird typing that – didn’t come in the best of conditions as the slippery roads prevented him from really pushing it to its limit. But despite not having the most ideal test drive in history, Goy still managed to infuse the episode with some nuanced points that reflect the advantages of a turbocharged Carrera and the perceptions surrounding its new 3.0-liter turbo flat-six engine.

The drive turned out to be as pleasant as it could’ve been, at least under those slippery conditions. So while it’s understandable for old-school thinkers to brush off the 911 Carrera S as a product of Porsche adhering to the natural evolution of the industry, it’s unfair to sell the car short because of tradition.

Porsche 911 Carrera S

2017 Porsche 911 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the Porsche 911 Carrera S here.

Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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