50 Consecutive Launches – Can the new Porsche 911 Turbo S handle it?

Most people wouldn’t dream of brutalizing a new Porsche 911 Turbo S with multiple, back-to-back non-stop acceleration tests using Launch Control, but that’s exactly what the editors of Road & Track magazine did.

In the supercar world, Launch Control is nothing new.

Here’s the drill:

Press a series of control buttons, plant your left foot firmly on the brake, mash the throttle to the floor allowing the engine rpms to bounce at the rev limiter, and release the brake when you’re ready to go.  After that, the car’s numerous computers perfectly coordinate the Traction Control System and the transmission’s shift points, and the car accelerates as fast as is physically possible given the environmental conditions.

The trouble is, some cars, notably the Nissan GT-R when first introduced, had so much power, multiple dragstrip style starts wreaked havoc with the car’s transmission, with various premature failures reported.  The GT-R simply had more power than the transmission could reliably handle.

Is the new Porsche 911 Turbo S any better?  Click here to find out if the 911 Turbo S blew itself to smithereens or passed with flying colours.

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