If someone were to ask me "What sports car would you buy if you wanted something reliable and incredibly fast?" I'd probably answer simply: get a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Now if someone were to ask me "What sports car would you buy if you wanted something fun?" I'd probably answer: get a Ferrari 458 Italia.
Both cars have their strengths and weaknesses but make no bones about it, they're both incredibly capable products that are loaded up with technology to bring owner's one end goal. To make them faster.
If you've ever wondered how they shape up when compared at wide-open throttle on a drag strip, then you've come to the right place. See below as the vehicle's line up below and dance two times.
Interesting to note: The Porsche 911 Turbo has an "overboost" function. I never knew about this until now. Apparently when you select Sport mode the vehicle increases the car's boost pressure. One of the races below is with it — looks like the first — and the other is without the function on.
Key features include a digital and analogue stopwatch on the dashboard, a performance display, a personal memory function in the Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the SPORT button and -- in combination with PDK -- the SPORT PLUS button, and an additional display on the steering wheel which informs the driver if the SPORT buttons and Launch Control have been activated. The 911 Turbo models additionally offer the 'overboost' function. This is how it works:
When 'Sport' mode is selected, the engine management system creates a much more aggressive response to pedal inputs. To do this, it implements an alternative throttle map which relates the pedal position in the footwell to a wider angle of opening in the throttle body. In higher gears, it uses a hard rev-limiter to protect the engine under power.
In the 911 Turbo models, under full acceleration, the maximum boost pressure in the lower and medium speed ranges is now temporarily increased by approximately 0.2 bar. As a result, engine torque is boosted by 50 Nm to a maximum of 700 Nm for a limited period. (The 911 Turbo S models are configured to operate with a higher boost pressure level, which means that their maximum torque is always 700 Nm.)