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2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S Beats 918 Spyder, LaFerrari in MT Launch Control Test

When Porsche introduced the 2017 911 Turbo and Turbo S, we found out the supercars became quicker. Heck, we expected that long before the launch of the 991.2 Turbo/Turbo S. But we wouldn't have bet on the Turbo S being able to kick the 918 Spyder's posterior in a take-off test.
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As it turns out, the new Turbo S is quicker than Zuffenhausen's hypercar, the LaFerrari and every other car Motor Trend has ever sampled when it comes to the magazine's launch test.

The 580 hp Neunelfer managed to top MT's standing start acceleration test in the 0-30, 0-40 and 0-50 mph categories. So you don't need to open Craigslist and place an ad for your 918, as the monster hybrid is still quicker to 60 mph, as is the LaFerrari. And yet we can't say that about the McLaren P1.

Nowadays when such a test is mentioned, Tesla's name simply can't be left out, but MT hasn't included the Model S P100D on the list, having tested the P90D instead. And that's excellent, since the upcoming P100D acceleration upgrade, which is set to land next month, would've rendered the electric sedan's figures useless.

Much to... everybody's surprise, the front wheels of the Turbo S even left the ground for a moment during one of the take-offs. And if we factor in the 911's ability to pull dozens of launches back-to-back without giving anything up to the stopwatch, we end up with a supercar that can easily make one dizzy.

At least that's what we felt during our stint in a 2017 Turbo S Cabriolet - as we performed 0-60-0 runs, everything happened so briefly that our perception of reality risked getting a bit disturbed.

And the credit for the amazing performance doesn't just go to the 580 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque having to carry the 3,557 lbs of the vehicle around using all-wheel-drive. You see, perhaps the rear-engined layout isn't as problematic as some consider it to be...


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