That the Turbo lacks some of the 911’s trademark dynamic sparkle is nothing if not predictable. With non-intrusive everyday usability and long-distance touring in mind, the Turbo has been getting more and more reserved in its communicative facets ever since the 996 generation.
Some say it’s also a slightly unengaging derivative of a whole 911 generation that’s short on talkative verve. But these are criticisms relative only to some of the most vivid and beguiling sports cars there have ever been – all of them 911s.
More relevant is the fact that, while the Turbo isn’t the most entertaining Porsche you can buy, it is lithe, precise, intimate and interesting enough to compare favourably with rivals offering the same usability, such as the Nissan GT-R and the Bentley Continental GT Speed.
Long gone, though, are the days when any new 911 could weasel its way into your affections with sheer effervescence. This one certainly can’t. The Turbo has high grip levels and body control ranging from very good to iron-like (depending on PASM setting), plus it handles precisely and securely when the stability systems are all in bat.
Road roar aside, it also rides with some compliance and has good motorway stability. Such things matter in a sports car to be driven quickly, often through less than ideal conditions, 300-odd days a year – as Turbos commonly are. But it doesn’t have the most delicately balanced cornering manners or the most involving limit handling behaviour.