The Porsche 911 is a name engraved in automotive legend, and we recently hit the track in this 2022 Turbo S-- outfitted with the Lightweight Package.

To tackle that last bit first, the Lightweight Package shaves off about 60 pounds by deleting the electric steering column, heated front seats, and the rear seats entirely; but it isn’t stripped bare. Included is a Sport Exhaust System and Porsche Active Suspension Management, lowered by 10mm.

Outside of that, this is very much a Turbo S; at its heart is a rear-mounted 3.7-liter boxer-six engine, twin-turbocharged to produce 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. 

All of it is channeled to the active all-wheel drive system through an 8-speed PDK transmission.

It was at Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia where all those numbers truly added up. The Turbo S is an absolutely lethal track weapon with enough power to make an adrenaline rush borderline unsettling. When exiting a corner, the Turbo S squats down and launches to the next braking zone. Once there, it slows from high speeds in a totally controlled manner. We did experience some mid-corner up-shifting by the PDK that disrupted power, but gear changes were lightning fast and overall truly competent.

But to be fair, the 911 Turbo S with the Lightweight Package is not the most ideal daily driver Porsche. It’s low hanging, a chore to climb out of and missing some luxury amenities. However, those are sacrifices we expect in the pursuit of the ultimate high-performance Porsche streetcar, which this 911 Turbo S may very well be. And at an as-tested MSRP of around $225,000, it should be.