The New Turbo Porsche 911 Sounds Broken

This is the first we’re hearing of the new, 420 horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter Porsche 911 Carrera S with its optional, center-exit sports exhaust. And it sounds broken.

This is the case with a lot of new cars. The Jaguar F-Type, for instance, is a particularly bad example.


Engineers tune the exhaust to pop and crackle as the revs drop. Highly strung and very rich-running race cars do this. It makes those cars sound cool.

This street car 911 is not such a race car. It has been tuned to sound like this. It only sounds like the engine is eating itself.

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My Mini does this (though not as well) and I LOVE IT. I don’t care that it’s artificially induced, or that the performance of the car doesn’t warrant it, etc., etc. blah blah blah.