Friday, March 4, 2016

Forza Motorsport 6: The 991 911 Turbo got you noticed

Oh, Porsche, it's good to be back in the world for Forza thanks to the recently launched Porsche Expansion pack available on Forza Motorsport 6 XBOX One game for only $19.99 and one of the Porsches I am recalling now since last year's FH2 is the 991-spec Porsche 911 Turbo S, noteworthy of being the most powerful version of the 911.


For a quick review, the 911 Turbo S's 3.8L flat-6 engine, which is mounted at the back of the car, produces 552bhp of power and 516lb-ft of torque. Because of is low center of gravity, 4WD powertrain, and its 7-speed PDK, this car does 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 318kph.

I once said that even the 911 Turbo S is all about straight-line speed, the handling feels very mild to get through the corners, probably because of its electric power steering and 4WD, resulted to its grippy character. I also once said that you  can't compare this to the GT3 because while the GT3 is focused more on handling terms, the Turbo feels as sensitive as a big breasted 20-year-old woman trying to do things at her own pace but despite that, the 911 Turbo S has some quality you can trust.

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Speaking of which, because I'm playing Forza Motorsport 6 and now I'm driving a Porsche in the brand-new Virginia International Raceway, I think I had the perfect idea to show how good the 911 Turbo S and for the ideal experiment, I'm going to compare this against the most high-browed Japanese car of all time, the Nissan GT-R.

But first...

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Don't blame me, blame the cars' personalities that made me worked on those IDOLM@STER-themed designs for these cars. From here, you can see my 991 911 Turbo outfitted in an Azusa Miura manner while the R35 GT-R is peppered with its Ritsuko-ness. Anyway, with the design set, I am settling this experiment on VIR at around...9:02am.

Normally, I would have done this a 9:02pm, because of the song, but because it's so dark, trying to get through the first corner is a nightmare due to poor visibility at nighttime, so that's why I'm settling this experiment in the morning. Well, with morning set at VIR, let the comparison begin.

Both of these cars managed to launch perfectly at the start but when they meet the corners, their four-wheel drive systems are starting to do their worst as their grippiness will determine the fate of these cars. In the 911 though, its mild driving feel makes it more accessible to get across the corners. The GT-R is facing a stiffer competition against German's mightiest even though its handling can adapt through various scenarios with precise movements.

At the end of the lap, the results are in. The GT-R did it in 2:14.849 while the 911 Turbo did it in 2:13.002, meaning the 991-spec Porsche 911 Turbo S is the clear winner of this comparo. So, even though the 911 Turbo is all about power that goes in the wrong side of the car, its low center of gravity and a mild driving feel makes it more accessible at almost any racetrack it see fit, as long as you take things slowly and keeping it together.

Drive the 911 Turbo S at Forza Motorsport 6's Porsche Expansion pack, available now.

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