Ferrari and Porsche built their pedigrees producing some of the world’s best performance machines, even if the two took different approaches. A new video from the Daniel Abt YouTube channel shows how those differences shake out on the drag strip, pitting the 911 Turbo S 992 against the 488 Pista in a series of drag races in this unusual and unequal pairing.
The Ferrari is more powerful and lighter, making 710 bhp (529 kilowatts) and 567 pound-feet (770 Newton-metres) of torque. It tips the scales at 1,385 kilograms (3,053 pounds) while the power routes to the rear wheels. The Porsche makes 641 bhp (447 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm) of torque from its flat-six engine, but it weighs 1,710 kg (3,770 lbs). Its advantage is the all-wheel-drive system powering the wheels, but that adds to the weight, too.
Gallery: Ferrari 488 Pista
The first two races began from a standing start. In both, the Porsche’s all-wheel-drive allowed it to get a lead off the line that was so large the Ferrari couldn’t catch up. Porsche won the two races, completing the first quarter-mile race in 10.36 seconds at 161.89 miles per hour (260.53 kilometres per hour). The Ferrari did it in 10.92 seconds at 168.08 mph (270.50). The second race was a closer competition between the two, though the Ferrari still lost.
The only race the Ferrari won was the rolling start race. The Ferrari’s twin-turbocharged V8 was able to crush the Porsche. Eliminating the need for traction allowed the Ferrari to put all of its power to the asphalt, easily winning the final race between the two. The Porsche was heavier and down on power, but its all-wheel-drive compensated for those demerits. However, as the final race reveals, it’s not a lifesaver in every situation, especially against the potent 488 Pista.