The Porsche 911 Turbo has a legacy of being a tough car to drive. With a ton of power set right over the rear wheels, its reputation is to lose control as soon as the driver stops concentrating. However, this isn't quite so true anymore. The modern ones are tamed through technology with things like hydraulically controlled engine mounts, not to mention all-wheel drive. In its latest video, Autocar tries to decide whether 25 years of progress really makes the turbo a better vehicle.

It's summer, so what better version to compare than the 911 Turbo Cabriolet? In one corner, Autocar has the latest and greatest 2014 version pumping out 513 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Its challenger is a 1989 911 flatnose convertible sporting 326 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque. It's a truly rare car in the UK with only eight of them remaining on the roads in that region.

Granted, this test isn't so much a battle as it is a comparison. There's no question that the modern 911 would beat the classic in practically every objective category. What the video aims to find out is whether the flatnose is better in subjective measurements like its "feel." Scroll down to watch these two droptop Porsches square off.


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      Cheetahjab
      • 5 Months Ago
      "have a listen to this" *cuts away the camera so you can't... nice...nice....
        Sean
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Cheetahjab
        I needed a good laugh thank you for this lol
      JayP
      • 5 Months Ago
      For a long time, Vic Edelbrock Jr had the only slantnose turbo cab in the US. Red with white top and red Fuchs. Proper 80's nose candy. https://www.flickr.com/photos/countach_fan/6778658469/
      Nancy
      • 5 Months Ago
      A lot of people buy 911 Turbo's simply because it's the top of the line model. It's fast, can be optioned up luxuriously, and is still every bit the 911. I am interested in modifying a car. The information is interesting. http://womenautoknow.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/rollin-stupid-coal-rolling-debunked/
      biopsea
      • 5 Months Ago
      Isn't the 991 turbo offered ONLY with the PDK? If so, how can someone with a budget and an outlet not do the basic research?
        Jay
        • 5 Months Ago
        @biopsea
        Yes, the 991 Turbo and GT3 are PDK only. The other models have 7spd manual standard and PDK optional.
      gtr.fanboy
      • 5 Months Ago
      I dont understand why porsche hasnt come out with a decent awd system. If the japanese can do it on the gtr id expect better from Porsche.Fail
        emagdnim653
        • 5 Months Ago
        @gtr.fanboy
        I seriously hope you arent serious. You gtr fanboys are biggest bunch losers of all time. That and 90% of you can barely afford bus fare let alone an actual car.
        Jay
        • 5 Months Ago
        @gtr.fanboy
        Why are all the GTR fanboys all so insecure?? Whenever they hear the phrase "911 Turbo" it's like they go into this automatic defensive mode and have to start trying to prove why their GTR is better.
      waetherman
      • 5 Months Ago
      I remember seeing my first slant-nose in person in the 80's and I was fascinated - even titilated. I thought they'd finally "fixed" the front-end of the 911. Then I grew up and realized that the slant-nose was a monstrosity, best left parked in the 80's. I suppose they are rare and collectible, but I'd rather drive a whale-tail.
      Me
      • 5 Months Ago
      The 89 sounded terrific. I recently daily drove an 86 Saab 900 turbo with about 200 hp 5 sp. It was a blast, and this 89 would be like that car on steroids. Gimme the old one for weekends and a new one every day pls.
        cd
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Me
        Yup, because nothing says performance like "Cabriolet"
      ScottT
      • 5 Months Ago
      Initially, I liked the slant-nose, but it didn't take me more than a year or two to realize what an abomination it is/was. Why destroy a beautiful 911 by putting on a ridiculous looking body kit. What was wrong with us in the 80's?
      cd
      • 5 Months Ago
      As soon as I saw the word "convertible" I just skipped over this article.
      MrNetvestor
      • 5 Months Ago
      Unlike many other cars, the Flatnose body work was entirely functional and reminiscent of the 934/935 cars. It was NOT a "kit". Slant nose is pretty much an American "slang" term. There were quite a few Cabs produced (relatively speaking). The very last 930S is a triple black Cab. BTW, Porsche does have a very effective AWD system and, in fact, pioneered much of what other companies use today.
        Georg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @MrNetvestor
        the early 930 Flachbau was indeed a handcrafted kit and no regular factory option... in 1981 Porsche started to offer a Flachbau option conversion not as a factory option but as a special handcrafted option via their factory repair service. Every part needed had to be ordered seperatly... that way they offered two verion one with the retracable headlights in the fender(204units) and one with the headlights integrated in the front spoiler (58 units btw the firs Flachbau from 1980 was with headlights integrated into the fron spoiler). From 1984 the Flachbau could be normaly ordered as a special option and it was build on the normal production line (658units) according to some sources they claim this was the first 930 Flachbau Prototype from 1980.. it is the first 930 Flachbau and the only build in 1980.. http://forums.pelicanparts.com/uploads14/1980+930S+Porsche+prototype1229822679.jpg
      superlightv12
      • 5 Months Ago
      I would much prefer the older one to the new one. Yes, the new one is dynamically "better" in every way, but is it more enjoyable to drive? I like the sound, the challenge of the drive, and the feel of the road. The new one has become more of a fast appliance than what I would like.
      Saurabh S
      • 5 Months Ago
      Brilliant article and video. I have a 993 - it is my third Porsche 911. I have owned both newer 911s and older and find the old school charm of the 993 just right. I have driven the 930 and love that car. New cars are over engineered. Thanks for this wonderful article and video
        MrNetvestor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Saurabh S
        The 993 is the pinnacle of air cooled 911 evolution. Already a collectible.
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