2003 All-Star: Supercar

2003 All-Star Supercar: Porsche 911 Turbo/GT2

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When we rounded up five supercars, including a 911 Turbo, last May in Italy, the Porsche's role was slightly murky. If the Lamborghini Murcielago was an automotive fantasy, the Ferrari 575M the essence of Maranello magic, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish sex and muscle on wheels, and the Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG a topless torque monster, what, then, was the relatively modest, six-cylinder 911 Turbo? Was it truly exotic, really a supercar? Did it belong in this company? Yes, yes, and yes. The Porsche is the supercar most of us actually want to own. For half the price of the Italian and British cars, the all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo delivers true supercar performance but can be driven anywhere, anytime, in any climate. With a 4.1-second 0-to-60-mph time, an otherworldly chassis and drivetrain, and the best braking performance of our supercar quintet, the stock, 415-horsepower 911 Turbo is one of the most visceral and rewarding cars on the planet. For those who are especially responsive to the call of the wild, the $17,880 "X50" engine-enhancement package boosts the 3.6-liter flat-six's output to 444 horsepower, while the 456-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive 911 GT2 lightens up and hunkers down for an unparalleled, 195-mph driving experience that will leave you simultaneously giggling, gasping for breath, and calling for Mommy.

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