I think it's all relative, so they're probably comparing it to other performance cars in this price range and, from that perspective, they're right.Can't say I agree with the writer's comment: "If you’re expecting straight-line performance from these corner hunters, the base cars can be uncomfortably slow."
Can't say I agree with the writer's comment:
As much as I like how porsches corner, straight line does matter a bit. Was watching 911 RSR lagging behind a 458 italia couple of months ago in a WEC race on pretty much every straight line of the track."If you’re expecting straight-line performance from these corner hunters, the base cars can be uncomfortably slow."
I was with you up until this part. People can talk about top speeds being irrelevant for the streets (outside a few select places outside North America) but you can't say the same for acceleration. Maybe there's an argument to be had when you get up over 500 hp or something, but I don't know where that number might be. It's certainly not around the 300 hp mark and has nothing to do with 0-60 times. Sure, if you launch from a stop to 60 as hard as you can, you're probably acting like a hoon and shouldn't be doing that on the streets. Here in Ontario you can get a crazy street racing ticket for that and have your car impounded for a week. So that's that. BUT... that's the same acceleration you want when you're launching yourself up to highway speeds on an onramp or when you pull out to pass on the highway. In those cases, you're using every bit of power you have and it's perfectly legal and can be plenty entertaining.Anything over getting to 60 FASTER than 7 IS TOO FAST FOR LEGAL DRIVING.
How is near 5 secs slow in comparison to competition???
A 50k+ Audi S3/S4 is about 5 secs 0-60.
Last, who floors it to see how fast they can get to 60 at stoplights? I've seen Corvettes that don't even do that. There more to a car than how fast it gets to 60 and I think theory crafting numbers is ridiculous. Anything over getting to 60 FASTER than 7 IS TOO FAST FOR LEGAL DRIVING.
+1So acceleration is something that's VERY MUCH useful on the streets in a legal manner and I'd be more than happy to have 400 hp instead of 330.
Now... there is that thing about balance...
If Porsche decided that 330 hp is the perfect number for this car to make it the perfect handling driver's car, then I'd be happy with that. I think most of us agree though that this number is about keeping it under the shadow of the 911 so having a bit more would be just as balanced.
I think that's more to do with slow drivers, rather than slow cars. Very few drivers use anywhere near to the full capability of the car. I can get the same result with a car with 120hp.I pull away from pretty much most cars at stoplights even shifting at 3,000 rpm. So, relatively speaking 5 seconds is slow but it is faster than most cars on the road.