2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Review, Ratings, Specs, and Prices

The 2018 Porsche 911 turbo is an incredibly fast car that doesn’t like to shout about it. It competes against flamboyant rivals such as Lamborghini Huracan, Audi R8, and Acura NSX. The twin-turbocharged flat-six engine powering the Turbo is an evolution of the previous model and its instant throttle response means you’d be hard pushed to notice its turbocharged.

911 turbo models are available in 4 trims with 1 engine with different power option. There’s the iconic 911 turbo, 911 turbo S, 911 turbo cabriolet and 911 turbo S Cabriolet. 1 engine that is a 3.8L six-cylinder twin turbo boxer engine with 540 HP with 486 pound-feet of torque and 580 horsepower 516 pound-feet of torque. Porsche 911 turbo range starts from $161,800, 911 turbo cabriolet for $174,100, 911 turbo S retails for $190,700 and 911 turbo S Cabriolet for $203,000.

It’s a supercar that performs spectacularly combines with everyday usability. Porsche 911 turbo looks subtle and cool. This car is no doubt it is the best in class, all the materials feel pretty solid and the interior is quite exquisite. A breathtaking and performance packed engine, sensational exterior, and luxurious interior make the 911 Turbo a grown man’s car.

What we like

  • Carbon Fiber exterior
  • Fast and agile

What we don’t

  • Not as light as rivals
  • Expensive

What’s New in 2018 Porsche 911 turbo

  • Radar lane change
  • Bigger air vents

2018 911 Turbo Pricing and options

2018 Porsche 911 turbo has 4 trims namely Turbo, Turbo S, Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo Cabriolet S. 911 turbo starts from $161,800 and goes up to $203,000 for Turbo S Cabriolet.

All versions are all-wheel drive, the only difference being more power and convertible option. 911 turbo and 911 turbo cabriolet come with 3.8L twin turbo six-cylinder boxer engine producing 540 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque. The 911 Turbo S and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet come with the same 3.8L engine with 580 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. All 4 trims are mated to 7-speed PDK transmission that gives the car lighting gear changes without interrupting the flow of power and a pleasing level of comfort.

Trims 911 Turbo 911 Turbo S 911 Turbo Cabriolet 911 Turbo S Cabriolet
MSRP $161,800 $190,700 $174,100 $203,000
Features 540 hp 3.8L Twin Turbo Flat-6

 

Rear Axle Steering

 

Porsche Active Suspension Management

 

Torque vectoring Plus

 

Porsche Communication Management

Adds or Replaces features in 911 Turbo:

 

580 hp 3.8L Twin Turbo Flat-6

Same as 911 Turbo Same as 911 Turbo S

With Porsche brand, you get an unlimited amount of options. If you have a color of your choice, they meticulously devote the time and make necessary arrangements for the specific color that you ask for. That is what owning a Porsche means, customer service at the highest level. Also, it should be noted that Porsche has only one manufacturing unit which ships all its products to different regions and countries which is an excellent way of maintaining quality standards.

Our Recommendation for the best trim

It’s a pretty hard decision to make the choices that you get with Porsche. If you like the idea of open-air winds flowing through your hair as you zoom past other vehicles, the cabriolet is the best bet but if you’re more into the hard top then get 911 turbo. Turbo S and cabriolet version is also a good buy but $13,000 for 40 more horsepower is slightly expensive.

2018 Porsche 911 turbo Engine and Performance

“The acceleration is breathtaking — particularly above 3,500 rpm — and the effect reflects a cohesive triumph of complex electronics wizardry, mechanical grip, and ever-evolving chassis refinements.”-AutomobileMag

Engine and Transmission

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Engine
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Engine

The performance of the 911 turbo is spectacular, and the Turbo S trim is in a different league to that standard 911. The pace at which this car goes is simply out of this world. Both Turbo and Turbo S model comes with the same 3.8L inline 6 twin turbo boxer engine developing 540 horsepower with 486 lb.-ft torque and latter makes 580 horsepower with 516 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to 7-Speed PDK transmission.

Models Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
MSRP $156,000 $164,900 $161,800 $203,295
Engine 3.8L

V-6

5.2L

V-10

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6 5.2L

V-10

Transmission 9-Speed Dual-Clutch 7-Speed Automatic 7-Speed PDK Automatic 7-Speed Dual Clutch Automatic
Power 573 hp 540 hp 540 hp 580 hp
Torque 476 lb.-ft 398 lb.-ft 486 lb.-ft 397 lb.-ft
Drivetrain Mid-Engine All-Wheel Drive Mid-Engine All-Wheel Drive Rear Engine All-Wheel Drive Mid-Engine All-Wheel Drive

In comparison, Huracan has 580 horsepower thanks to its 5.2L V10 engine but has the least torque at 397 lb. ft. Acura NSX develops 573 horsepower with 476 pound-feet of torque. Audi R8 and Porsche 911 turbo both make 540 horses but latter being a turbocharged engine has 486 pound-feet of torque which is the best in the segment.

Acceleration

Porsche 911 turbo is widely considered to be one of the fastest cars in the acceleration and it definitely shows. 2018 911 turbo goes from 0-60 MPH in blistering 2.9 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds, thanks to its lightweight chassis, aerodynamic design, and all-wheel-drive system.

Models Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
0-60 MPH 3.0 seconds 3.5 seconds 2.9 seconds 3.2 seconds
Quarter mile 11.0 seconds 10.6 seconds 11.1 seconds
Engine 3.8L

V-6

5.2L

V-10

3.8L Twin-Turbo Flat-6 5.2L

V10

Against the competition, Porsche 911 turbo just edges past Acura NSX by 0.1 second in 0-60 MPH run with latter doing it in 3 seconds but then NSX beats the 911 in quarter mile time by 0.1-second difference at 11.1 seconds. Lamborghini Huracan isn’t that far from 911 and NSX. It does 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds, but quarter mile times of Lamborghini are not available, but it would be in the league of the competition. Audi R8 starts off slow at 3.5 seconds time of 0-60MPH but then beats the rest in the quarter mile at 10.6 seconds.

Handling and Steering

Let’s get one thing straight, 911 turbo is insanely fast. With a 0-60 MPH time of 2.9 seconds, it’s like a car on steroids. However, the 911 turbo is about so much more than just being mind-bendingly fast, it also has excellent handling. The suspension helps even more as the body as almost zero body-roll on curves.

The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo comes with rear-steer which helps you steer through curves easily at high speeds and even when you are parking your car. The front-tire response is great and the road feedback you’ll receive on this beast is excellent.

Braking

Porsche 911 turbo has six-piston aluminum calipers in the front and four-piston aluminum calipers at the rear. It has got internally vented and cross-drilled discs at the front and rear with size 15 inches for both. The Porsche weighs in at 3517 pounds. With awesome braking power, the Porsche comes to a standstill from 60 MPH in 100 feet distance.

Model Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
Brake Front(in) 14.5 in 14.4 in 15 in 14.4 in
Brake Rear(in) 14.2 14.0 15 in 14.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3803 3737 3517 3399
60-0 MPH (ft.) 103 103 100 104

In comparison, Porsche has the biggest brakes and best stopping distance of 60-0MPH. Lamborghini Huracan is lightest among the rivals at 3399 pounds but takes 104 feet to stop from 60-0MPH which is the farthest. NSX and R8 have equal stopping distance considering the fact that NSX is the heaviest among them at 3803 pounds, 400 pounds heavier than Huracan but still stops at 103 feet.

Fuel Economy

Supercars generally shouldn’t be tested for their fuel economy because it is ought to be less. But as the technological advancements are being made in the automotive world, it’s pretty impressive to see these figures. The 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo does 19MPG in the city driving, 24 MPG on the highway and 21 MPG in the combined cycle.

Model Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
MPG (city) 21 14 19 14
MPG (highway) 22 22 24 20
MPG (combined) 21.4 17 21 16

In comparison, NSX has the best fuel figures for the city at 21 MPG, 2MPG above 911 turbo and 7 MPG more than R8 and Huracan, and barely edges past the Porsche in combined cycle figures of 21.4 MPG. In highway figures, 911 has the lead with 24 MPG whereas NSX and R8 tie at 22 MPG. R8 and Huracan have V10 under the hood which doesn’t give the best of the figures.

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exterior

“There are new, wider wheel designs and some massaging of the front and rear bumpers to accentuate the width of the Turbo’s front end and haunches. It’s wide, this – especially when parked next to a standard Carrera.”- TopGear

Dimensions and Weight

 

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exterior
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exterior

Porsche 911 turbo has a length of 177.4 inches, 74 inches wide with a height of 51.1 inches. The weight distribution of the Porsche is 42% at the front and 58% in the rear due to its mid-engine design. Wheelbase measures in at 96.5 inches providing a good amount of room inside the luxurious cabin.

Model Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
curb weight(lbs) 3803 3737 3517 3399
Weight Distribution % Front 42% 44% 42% 40%
Weight Distribution % Rear 58% 56% 58% 60%
Lenght(in) 176 174.3 177.4 175.6
Width(in) 87.3 76.4 74.0 75.8
Height(in) 47.8 48.8 51.1 45.9
Ground clearance(in) 3.7 6.3 NA 5.3
Wheelbase(in) 103.5 104.4 96.5 103.2
Track width(in) F/R 65.2/63.7 64.5/63.0 60.7/62.6 65.7/63.8

In comparison, Porsche is the Longest at 177.4 inches, NSX is 176 inches giving it second place, Huracan is 175.6 inches and R8 is last at 174.3 inches. NSX is the widest at 87.3 inches which gives it a good presence on the road. Audi R8 is 76.4 inches in length and Huracan is 75.8 inches. 911 turbo models have a good height at 51.1 inches whereas Huracan is the shortest at 45.9 inches. Audi R8 has an excellent wheelbase 104.4 inches which is the best among the lot. NSX and Huracan have same wheelbase measuring in at 103.2 inches. Ground clearance of 6.3 inches in the R8 means it can clear over road undulations.

Exterior Features

  • Panoramic Sunroof

    2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exterior Features
    2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exterior Features
  • Rear Spoiler

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Interior

“Who knows but we suspect Porsche has smartly scrutinized the long-haul comfort of their seats. Surrounding those seats is a beautifully-styled and well-adorned cabin that nicely complements the shapely exterior.”- KelleyBlueBook

Seating and Comfort

 

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Seats
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Seats

The 2018 Porsche 911 turbo feels super comfortable and the interior fit and finish are exemplary. There is plenty of room for tall people and the rear seats are mainly for extra storage or transporting kids. The seats are Fully electric and are sports seats. It offers adjustment of seat height, backrest angle with four-way lumbar support. The memory package supports the seat positions on the driver’s side as well as settings for the steering wheel, lights, air conditioning, door locks etc.

Model Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
Passenger capacity 2 2 4 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/57.6/42.8 38.5/55.1/40.9 NA -NA

The Turbo S models, however, get Adaptive sports seats which have from sports padding for the side bolsters and additional shoulder support to provide the best possible position when you’re driving down any road. They also provide settings for side bolsters which can be adjusted independently for added comfort on long journeys and lateral support when you’re going through winding sections of the roads.

Infotainment

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Infotainment
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Infotainment

2018 Porsche 911 turbo gets Porsche Communication Management (PCM) which is central control unit for all infotainment applications. It features a high-resolution touch display with an integrated sensor which allows simple and easy operation.

It also has a USB port, AUX input, and Bluetooth. An internal hard drive with 2 SD card reader is provided in addition to the CD/DVD drive for playback for your favorite music on the go. The touchscreen infotainment system has dedicated physical shortcut buttons for the frequently used features so it’s easy to operate on the move.

Cargo Volume

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Cargo
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Cargo

 

Supercars rarely have cargo space but if you try to use the unusable space of the rear seats you do increase your boot space. 911 turbo has 4.4 cu.ft3 of space

Model Acura NSX Audi R8 (coupe) Porsche 911 Turbo Lamborghini Huracan
Trunk Volume: ft³ 4.4 8 4.4

In comparison, R8 has a bigger boot with 8 cu ft of space whereas NSX and 911 turbo has same boot space of 8 cu ft.

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Safety

Porsche 911 turbo is packed with a safety net. It features Porsche Stability Management (PSM)

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Safety
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Safety

that stabilizes the car when you’re driving to the absolute limits of the car. It works in coordination with automatic brake differential and anti-slip regulation to provide stability combined with exceptional agility. Some standard safety features are:

4-Wheel ABS
Front Head Airbags
Dual Front Side-Mounted Airbags
Stability Control
Adaptive Headlights
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
Dusk Sensing Headlamps
Auto Delay-Off Headlamps
Tire Pressure Monitoring
Child Seat Anchors
Traction Control

2018 Porsche 911 turbo Head to Head Competition

Acura NSX

The NSX is an engineering marvel. It’s got 2 electric motors and a 3.8L V6 twin turbo engine combining the output to 573 horses. It blends the hybrid components with the turbocharged engine to give a track-ready supercar that can also be driven daily. Also, Acura NSX comes with a 9 -speed dual clutch gearbox against the Porsche 7-speed PDK. Porsche is a classic icon but it has some serious new contender in Acura NSX for its throne. NSX is also cheaper than 911 turbo by almost $5,000.

Audi R8

Audi R8 is enjoyable and asks to be pushed to the limits. The 5.2L V10 is an absolute gem of an engine. Being $4,000 dearer than a 911 turbo, it gets you a V10 engine instead of V6. The gearbox is same 7 speed but is more responsive than Porsche’s PDK. But Porsche has upper hand in the braking department, the all-wheel-drive system is much more sophisticated and complex than R8 and the fuel economy is also great for the 911 turbo.

Lamborghini Huracan

If looks are a thing, Huracan is a winner hands-down. It’s a head-turner everywhere you go because of its image and street presence. But if you’re more into the driving and handling then Porsche is the best of the best out there. The Porsche engineers designed the car to be near perfect with precision and sharp handling. The power delivery of the V6 twin turbo in comparison to the naturally aspirated V10 of the Lamborghini is unearthly. Also, to be considered is the price, it’s nearly $40,000 expensive than 911 turbo which might pinch a little on the pocket and oh those fuel bills. Good fuel economy means fewer fuel stops and more fun on the road which Porsche does it so elegantly.

Final Verdict

The 911 turbo is a fantastic package of abilities that rivals are yet to match. Though the interior of the car might not be as exciting as in some rivals, you get the feeling of everything working for years without any fault. The 911 turbo is a track ready car but also turns into a usable daily car thanks to its neat and solidly built cabin, decent ride and manageable dimensions.

If you’re in the market for an awesome, quick 2+2 coupe with the performance of a supercar and the everyday usability of a sports car there is hardly anything that fits the bill as the Porsche 911 turbo.

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