Unlike other Turbo S models in Porsche’s range, the latest 992-based 911 Turbo is not a hybrid. And there are no intentions for one either in the foreseeable future. However, what it does come with is a significant boost in power.
Available in both Coupe and Cabriolet forms, the Turbo S’s new 3.8-litre engine is a development of the flat-six used in the base Carrera models. It features a new breathing system with no less than four intakes and it gets larger VTG turbochargers, now arranged in a symmetrical layout to generate 478kW (641hp) with 800Nm of torque on from 2500-4000rpm. Porsceh says the turbo S will hit 100km/h in 2.7 seconds and does 200 in 8.9sec, thereby making it the fastest 911 ever. Porsceh says new piezo injectors have improved engine responsiveness, torque production and emissions. Utilising a turbo-specific eight-speed Porsche double clutch gearbox, the top speed is unchanged at 330km/h. Weight is pegged at 1640kg.
Porsche Active Suspension Management lowers the chassis by 10mm, and the sports exhaust has oval tailpipes and adjustable exhaust flaps that provide a ‘distinctive sound’. Standard equipment includes Porsche dynamic chassis control, active torque vectoring, ceramic composite brakes with ten piston front calipers, and rear-wheel steering.
The Turbo S is now 45mm wider at the front and 20mm over the rear to measure 1900mm in width. Track dimensions are up too, while 315/30ZR21 tyres live on the rear with 255/35ZR20s on the front. Other new features include adaptive cooling air flaps at the front and a larger rear wing which provides 15 per cent more downforce.
The interior gets a leather and carbon trim treatment, 18-way adjustable sports seats and a larger 10.9-inch screen. It gets the sportier GT style wheel as standard, along with the Sport Chrono Package.
The Turbo S is expected to go on sale in New Zealand in the third quarter with the Coupe starting at $407,900 while the Cabriolet S will cost $422,900.