Originally Posted by mrbobby View Post
Hi Ahenthus. I know where you're coming from. While the S55 has exhilarating performance for a 4 dr. sedan The Porsche 930 is just a step above but it should be considering the size/ weight comparison. I had a 930 about 20 yrs ago and it was capable of scaring me at the time. The cognoscenti all said that if you went into a hard corner 10 times you would likely come out 10 times in a 928 and maybe (if you were really good) 9 times in a 930. The 930 was the only car I've ever had where you left your head at the curb - you drove the car with your butt because that was a better indicator of traction that what your head told you. If you've driven the 930 hard you know what I mean. have fun driving
The questions as to which car is faster is indeed debateable.
Many have posted how their 'tuned' E-55s can and do run in the ten (1 ) seconds range in a quarter mile at speeds in the mid to high 110 mph range.
I know the 930s are indeed fast, but are they that quick in the quarter mile?
I do like the idea of having two cars, one for all out performance and the other for daily driving
and comfort plus fuel econmy. That really makes sense and I wish I could afford to do that!
I believe that if you're running in the ten second range your speed at that ET should be more in the range of 130-140. A quick check of R&T's road test summary shows the Veyron's 9.9 ET with a speed of 146 and the lightweight Gallardo's 11.0 ET speed of 129. I realize that different cars have different acceleration rates, some with faster ET's and slower top speeds and vice versa. 110-120 mph corresponds better with a 12-13 sec ET, generally speaking.
You're right about the driving experience in a 930. Much of the old tail happy "don't lift in a turn in a 930" wisdom has been remedied by better and wider tires. My 930 has been extensively modified all around with suspension, engine and tires all upgraded. It's truly "scary fast." I enjoy a little spirited driving in it but never even think about exploring its limits. Its limits are so far above my skills that it would be foolhardy for me to try. Some might say that it's a waste to have that kind of performance and not use it but I have fun with it and it was my money that purchased it so who cares what they say. Below are the modifications to my 930:
Modified K27 Turbo
Ported and polished heads, intake and plenum
Ni Resist Rings, Cylinders and Heads
Competition Valve Job
Big Bore Throttle Body
Modified Air Intake Unit
HKS AIC Unit
CMW Racing Fuchs 3 Piece wheels-Tires 315/35ZR17 and 245/45ZR17 (vs stock 225/60VR16 and 245/60VR16)
Koni Sport Shocks and Struts
22mm and 29mm Torsion Bars
Ruf Boost Gauge
It is pretty much built for performance and reliability and makes just under 400hp at the wheels. For a 3,000 lb car that's enough for me. In comparison, my 350hp 1970 Stingray (virtually stock) feels like a snail. Your S55 should be a blast to drive. Not many, if any 2.5 ton vehicles will out accelerate it.