The Eurocopter Tiger is one of the world’s very few helicopters specifically designed for combat. Developed in France by Airbus Helicopters and deployed in several countries, these helicopters pack as much as 2,340 horsepower between a pair of MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce turbo-shaft engines. The Eurocopter Tiger tops out at 280 km/h; prodigal figures for a helicopter.
But is all of that a match to the Porsche 911 Turbo S? The S suffix will add you 40 more horsepower over a standard Turbo, turning the knob to a searing 560 bhp. The Turbo S can officially sprint from 0 to 100 kph in 3.1 seconds, while some independent testing has even seen figures in the low twos. Top speed is a claimed 318 km/h.
The duel puts face-to-face very distant machines, fighting in acceleration in a straight line. On the one hand, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Type 991 engine with 6 cylinders of 560 horsepower for 1,600 kg.
On the other, the helicopters of the French Army Light Aviation (ALAT), the Tiger of 4,450 horses for 3,300 kg and the Cayman of 5,000 horses for 9 tons. Who wins these unusual duels?