MotorTrend chose a 991 C4S instead of the rear wheel drive Carrera S to defend though. That does not make too much sense as the C4S offers a bit of a different experience and is slightly heavier. With the new Cayman in the mix as well will this really be the most fun to drive Porsche in the competition even?
The entire field consists of an Aston Martin Vanquish, Audi R8 V10 Plus, Bentley Continental GT Speed, BMW M6, Ford Focus ST, Jaguar F-Type V8 S, Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 wagon, Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, Nissan GT-R Track Edition, Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Porsche Cayman S, and SRT Viper. The SLS is the most expensive car in the field.
Check out the video preview and Randy Pobst's impressions below.
On the AWD: The all-wheel drive to me is invisible. I don't notice it. The car was surprisingly tail-happy, but in a very usable way. Not in a scared, I-might-crash-this way. An enjoyable way. It made me want to be a better driver. It made me want to use it, right? You'll love it, Angus (MacKenzie, MT editor-at-large), because you can just hang that tail on the way into the corners.
On the Brakes: The braking is fantastic. It has got a firm pedal, no fade. It stops better than anything else that I have driven here, and consistently and controllably. You need a brake pedal with short travel to be able to control the exact moment that your braking begins, and, more importantly, the exact moment that your braking ends. You have got to have a good release, and when the pedal is long and soft like it is in the Aston and the Bentley and the BMW M6, you do not have that precision in that kind of control, and the Porsche does that so well.
On being a 911: Still tail-happy, and not so much tail-happy under power. It hooks up under power. It does not have power push. I'm really happy to see that, because the old 911 all-wheel drivers push real badly under power and a lot of four-wheel-drive cars do, but less so as we get more modern applications.
On driving the 911: I enjoyed the car so much, I came through here and instead of cooling off, I was going to do another timed lap and I had a beautiful Turn 1 and then I got over-aggressive in Turn 3. Got all sideways there, but it's not a scary moment. The car is a car that can be driven on the edge without fear and I really, really enjoy that part about it.
Final 911 Thoughts: An incredibly enjoyable experience. I didn't want to stop driving it. You know, I know I have a tight time schedule with all the cars we've got. I just wanted to keep going.