Taking top spot this week is the 2016 Porsche 911 Carerra S, which signals the beginning of a new era for the famous rear-engined sports car, as Porsche drops its naturally aspirated engines in favour of a new turbocharged unit that gives the popular Carrera and Carrera S models more power and better fuel economy.
The 414bhp six-cylinder 911 Carrera S receives some mild styling updates to differentiate it from its naturally aspirated siblings and comes with Porsche’s new Communication Management system, which includes Google Earth and Google streetview.
However, the engine is the star of the show. See if this new turbocharged unit can win over the 911 purists.
The new Porsche Macan GTS, unveiled at the Tokyo motor show, takes the second spot in our most-viewed reviews this week, as the latest addition to the baby SUV range is put to the test.
This version sees its bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine producing 355bhp, 20bhp more than the S, allowing the 1.9-tonne small SUV reach 62mph in a mere 5.2sec. The GTS also receives the same brakes as the Turbo, Porsche’s active chassis system and the new infotainment system that made its debut on the 911 featured above.
Completing a Porsche top three is the entry-level 911 Carrera, which, along with the Carrera S, will form the bulk of new 911 sales. As with the Carrera S, this 911 also comes with Porsche’s new turbocharged engine.
This version we tested comes with a bi-turbo 3.0-litre flat six engine producing 369bhp, helping to propel it to 62mph in 4.6sec. Unlike the S, the Carrera is mated to a seven-speed manual gearbox, but it also receives the same styling tweaks, including new LED daytime running lights and infotainment system.
The 911 Carrera comes with a new clutch and longer gearing designed to be easier on the left leg when putting the new Porsche through its paces.
Ferrari loves a bit of nolstalgia, and that is the case with its F12tdf, which is in reference to the old Tour de France road race. But there is nothing pedestrian about this limited-run F12, which receives an extra 40bhp over the standard car, taking its output to 770bhp, all through allowing the V12 engine to breath easier and using racing-derived mechanicals.