The Porsche 911 range is going through a generation update that started with the first 992 model unveiled in late 2018. Now, the German carmaker has revealed the top-of-the-line, non-GT variant of the new 911: the Turbo S.
While the “Turbo” badging is a bit redundant nowadays, it is the Porche nomenclature for more power. The new 911 Turbo S is powered by a new 3.8-litre twin-turbo boxer engine that puts out 641bhp and 800Nm. It gets a bespoke version of Porsche’s 8-speed PDK gearbox which allows this AWD 911 to launch from 0 to 100kph in a face-bending 2.7 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the previous-gen model. For the added power, the new 6-cylinder engine has a new intake system, bigger VTG(variable turbine geometry) turbos with electrically adjustable wastegate flaps and piezo injectors.
The new Turbo S is bigger too for better driving dynamics. It’s 45mm wider up front and 20mm wider at the rear, measuring 1840mm above the front axle and 1900mm above the rear axle. The front track is 42mm wider at the front and 10mm wider at the rear. Its active aero systems include controlled cooling air flaps in the front and the bigger rear wing offer 15% more downforce. The Turbo S sports chassis has been lowered by 10mm and rides on mixed-size tyres: 20-inch 255/35 at the front and 21-inch 315/30 at the rear. It also features those distinct cooling vents on its rear haunches that improve the overall cooling for its rear-mounted engine. From the profile, the new 911 Turbo S looks like its design was started by someone from their regular road car division and the everything behind the doors was designed by someone from their motorsport division. It looks good though and makes it a lot easier to distinguish from the regular Carrera models. Around the back, it has the 992-gen light bar under the spoiler with a sportier rear bumper underneath that features the typical rectangular exhaust-exits for a Turbo S variant.
Inside the cabin of the new Turbo S, much of it is the same as debuted on the 992 Carrera models with its 10.9-inch touchscreen display in the centre of the dash, the digital displays flanking the analogue tachometer in the centre of the driver’s cluster and a small USB-stick for the drive selector. The sports seats feature stitching that pays tribute to the original 911 Turbo (type 930) but the average buyer would be hard-pressed to notice that in its lovely leather interior with carbon trim.
The new 911 Turbo S has been unveiled in both coupe and cabriolet avatars. Both have the same acceleration times and the same top speed of 330kph. No official word on how long it takes for the roof to go down while moving at slow speeds, but expect it to be similar to the 12s as claimed by the Carrera Cabriolet.
The top-of-the-range Porsche 911 coupe has a starting price of around €216,000 while the top-down version starts at €230,000. But like any Porsche, a decently specced 911 Turbo S would cost you over €250,000 EASY. The question is, would you pick it over something like the Audi R8 or a Mercedes AMG GT R?
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