Fastest-accelerating 911 is also one of the best

Our Verdict

Porsche 911 Turbo
The new 911 Turbo goes head to head with the likes of the Audi R8 V10 Plus and Nissan GT-R

Is the forced-induction 911 still the supercar you can use every day?

What is it?

For almost two decades, Porsche has successfully raised the appeal of the 911 Turbo during the latter part of its lifecycle with a heavily optioned S model. It’s that time again.What's it like?The twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre engine of the regular Turbo model has been subtly tweaked to boost performance. Not by much, mind you, but enough to provide the Turbo S with a small advantage in standing-start acceleration and added punch at the business end of the rev range.

The engine receives a nominal 1.0bar of boost (against 0.8bar on the standard version) along with lightly modified turbocharger vanes and a carbonfibre air manifold to endow the S with 530bhp and a continuous (not overboosted) 516lb ft of torque. That’s 30bhp and 37lb ft more than the Turbo.

The S also gains Porsche’s excellent seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, and SportChrono package for more aggressive throttle, damper and stability control settings at the press of a button. Other developments include the latest 911 Turbo’s four-wheel drive hardware and PTV, or Porsche Torque Vectoring, which varies the drive to each individual rear wheel for more neutral cornering and spectacular traction.

What is it like?

Subjectively, there’s little to separate the S from the already hugely appealing 911 Turbo. Apart from some added exhaust blare in the mid-range and a slightly stronger feel to the engine from around 5000rpm upwards, it feels much like its standard sibling: rapid, planted and eager to destroy whichever road you throw at it. However, the acceleration figures tell an interesting story.

Porsche quotes a 0-60mph time of 3.1sec, which makes it the fastest-accelerating 911. It will also pull to 100mph in 7.1sec – a gain of 0.3sec over a similarly equipped Turbo. At 196mph, it’s 2mph faster overall.

The great thing about the new S is that, despite its phenomenal performance, it is also an easy car to drive in all conditions. As an everyday, all-season proposition, it has few peers.

Should I buy one?

The 911 Turbo S is a very special car, no doubt. But is it worth £16,876 more than the standard 911 Turbo? Tot up the cost of its extra features and £123,263 begins to look like a bargain – a high-priced but enticing bargain.

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Comments
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11 May 2010

We have all seen it before: 993 turbo S, 996 turbo S & now the 997 turbo S. Is time to say goodbye to the 997 whenever a turbo "S" model arrives. It has always been Porsche's policy to send off an existing model with a "bang."

11 May 2010

Lovely ! I want one...............

11 May 2010

I don't like the 911 to be frank though this has a great colour.

11 May 2010

I've driven one, it's crap.

11 May 2010

[quote andymartin75]

I've driven one, it's crap.

[/quote]

+1

'Any Jag would wipe the floor with this bug-eyed, over-priced, overrated, boring, jumped-up Beetle....' Nurse! Up the dose!

11 May 2010

i don't think it's crap but a nissan gtr is so much more of a statement nowadays and substantially cheaper

11 May 2010

"Best" usable supercar with all weather performance. I would buy one over almost anything else

11 May 2010

[quote nicksheele]'Any Jag would wipe the floor with this bug-eyed, over-priced, overrated, boring, jumped-up Beetle....[/quote] Really, I tried it on with one today, and to be honest my 420G just couldn't keep up with it. Perhaps it needs a service?

 

 

11 May 2010

[quote PHILBY]

i don't think it's crap but a nissan gtr is substantially cheaper

[/quote]

good job, otherwise how would you pay for the new gearbox every time you open the taps or the phone bill for the permanent connection to Datsun's Warranty department.

11 May 2010

[quote andymartin75]I've driven one, it's crap.[/quote]

I haven't. Why is it crap?

The comments section needs a makeover... how about a forum??

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