Ferrari 458 Italia vs Porsche 911 Turbo S PDK

September 30th, 2010

Car and Driver just did some heads up testing with the brand new Ferrari 458 Italia and the Porsche 911 Turbo S.  While these aren’t real world drag racing results, it’s the first we’ve seen for these cars, so we’ll post em up to compare.

The new Ferrari 458 Italia has been hitting the streets for the last few months at some typical new Ferrari premiums, up to $50k over the already super high $270k.  Since then we’ve seen some impromptu street races and dyno results for the Ferrari, but no performance numbers until now.  The Ferrari 458 ended up running a 1/4 mile of 11.5 @ 125 MPH with a 0-60 time of just 3.3 seconds and 0-140 MPH in 15 seconds.

Porsche’s latest 911 Turbo S equipped with the 7 speed dual clutch PDK transmission seems like a bargain at just $162k especially in the performance numbers when compared against the Ferrari.  While the 911 Turbo S is 50 pounds heavier than the Ferrari and has less horsepower, it leaves  the Ferrari way behind with it’s all wheel drive and launch control systems.   The 911 Turbo S ran 10.8 @ 129 MPH with a 0-60 time of just 2.7 seconds.  The 911 continues to pull hard reaching 140 MPH in just 13 seconds, a full 2 seconds quicker than the Ferrari.

When looking at the power and torque numbers between the two cars, the Ferrari produces 398 ft-lbs of torque at 6000 RPM while the 911 Turbo is pushing out 516 ft-lbs of torque at just 2100 RPM.  We imagine the 911 “feels” a lot quicker when driving around town as you don’t have to be screaming at 6-9k RPM to get a decent rush of power.  Take a look through the links below for the complete stats for each car.

2010 Ferrari 458 Italia
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S PDK
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S