Porsche 911 Turbo S Offers ‘Savage’ Performance, Says British Tuner

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Porsche has McLaren owner raving about its daily driver prowess.

There’s a lot of hyperbole thrown around in the automotive world. Your neighbor’s Toyota Highlander probably has “emotional styling.” Your kid brother’s Fox Body Mustang is “brutally fast.” However, every now and then, a car lives up to its breathless praise. Especially when it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S.

It’s right here in the title of LivingLifeFast’s recent video: “The 2018 Porsche 991.2 Turbo S is *SAVAGE*” The car in question is the 2018 991.2, or the soon-to-be-outdated 911. But just because a new model is on the horizon doesn’t mean that Porsche’s icon feels old. On the contrary. It feels, well, savage.

Porsche 911 Turbos have been described that way since the 930 Turbo model nearly 40 years ago. However, this video shows that the 991.2 more than lives up to the description. This video opens with host Ricky at Prestige Performance London, a tuning shop. After a few minutes of ogling the goods there, like a Mercedes-AMG C63, Lamborghini Aventador, and 675LT, among others, he gets down to business: the Porsche.

One wicked drop top

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S at Prestige Performance London.

It’s a light gray Cabrio, and the first good look we get is from behind, where its wide fenders and tires make one hell of an impression. Not to mention that glorious engine note. Then JD, the owner of the shop, takes Ricky out for a drive on the outskirts of the British capital. He owns the aforementioned McLaren 675LT, and surprisingly, he prefers the Porsche. “Obviously, it’s much more special to drive the McLaren. But [the Porsche’s] daily driver ability and the power as well… is all anybody needs.”

Then they start to make some high-speed pulls, which visibly pins Ricky back in his seat. “Whoo,” he says. “Four-wheel drive power is such a different sensation of speed.” And that was without the turbos kicking in. JD has owned this car for just two months, and he’s already smitten. “I love it. I’ve never had an attachment to a car like this,” he says. So far, it’s mostly stock. However, with a stage-one tune, it’s now putting out an incredible 680 horsepower.

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S racing supercharged Audi wagon.

Because of the rear engine and all-wheel drive, Ricky can’t get over how different the 911 is. Especially as they go chasing a BMW E46 M3 in the English countryside. By the end of it, Ricky is nearly speechless by how seamless the four-wheel drive system works, the strange sensation of having all the power in the rear of the car, and how technologically advanced it is. The video ends with the pair drag racing a supercharged Audi wagon at a stop light. Naturally, it leaves it in the dust. To us, Ricky’s final summation says it all: “This car makes you feel good, doesn’t it?” Too right, Ricky.

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James Derek Sapienza has worked as a writer and editor in the world of automotive journalism since 2015.

He has a BS in History at SUNY Brockport, with a focus on American popular culture. A fan of the classics with a special interest in German cars, he is a proud owner of a 1991 W124 Mercedes. He is a frequent contributor to Mustang Forums, MBWorld, 5Series, Rennlist, and more.

Sapienza can be reached at [email protected]

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