S model is the fastest and most powerful 911 Turbo ever made

Porsche’s new 911 Turbo S will become the fastest and most powerful 911 Turbo model ever when deliveries start in May.

The Turbo S badge has been used twice before, on limited-production run-out versions of the 993 and 996. This time, however, Porsche says the 997 Turbo S will be a model in its own right, sitting right at the top of the current range for the final two years of the 997’s production.

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It has been created to meet demand from customers asking for the ultimate driver’s 911, and many of the options from the standard 911 Turbo are available as part of the list price.

Power from the 911 Turbo’s twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre flat six engine has been increased in the Turbo S to 523bhp, up from 493bhp. Its torque output has also been increased by 37lb ft, to 516lb ft. Despite these increases, combined fuel economy remains at 24.8mpg.

Power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox in conjunction with Porsche’s Traction Management system. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters are included as standard for the first time in a 911. Porsche’s Torque Vectoring system, which includes a mechanical limited-slip differential, is also standard.

The chassis is upgraded by the inclusion of the Sport Chrono package, which includes Launch Control and Dynamic Engine Mounts. These changes improve chassis rigidity, reduce vibration and help boost speed and acceleration. The Turbo S’s 0-62mph time is 3.3sec, 0.3sec faster than the Turbo’s. It can get from 0-124mph in 10.8sec and reach a top speed of 196mph.

Other standard features over the regular Turbo include Ceramic Composite Brakes, Dynamic Cornering Lights, sports seats with increased adjustability, 19in RS Spyder alloys wheels and two-tone leather seats.

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Prices for the Turbo S start at £123,623 for the coupé and £130,791 for the cabriolet, respective price rises of £21,800 and £21,743 over the Turbo.

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8 February 2010

"It has been created to meet demand from customers asking for the ultimate driver’s 911". What does that say about the 911 Sport Classic, or GT2 or GT3 RS - that they are not the ultimate driver's 911 models? If we reflect more on the price of the new Turbo S it does rather look as though Porsche are just trying to squeeze more £££'s out of their ever-loyal customers. It does look a nice car I have to say, but I can't help be cynical (as usual) about Porsche's pricing and marketing drivel.

8 February 2010

It's about time they started dolloping on this sort of power, as the 911 Turbo shouldn't really be beaten by manufacturers offering better value, like Nissan.

Acceleration has always been the strong suit of the 911, but I'd say that a model can no longer be said to have hyper-performance unless its figure for 0-60 dips under the three-second mark. Too many manufacturers now make cars that achieve that standard in under 3.5 seconds for these times to be the benchmark anymore.

The new Zonda will serve up plenty of sauce, but more importantly, the body needs to be designed with the lights on, as the present model would've made Barbara Cartland gasp at its unsightly gaudiness.

Regarding the 911, I'd appreciate Autocar (or EVO) testing the cabrio and coupe back-to-back to see what is lost with no roof. Or, more favourite would be a group test of the cabriolet versions of the 911 Turbo S, Merc SL63, Audi R8 and Merc SLS.

8 February 2010

[quote VirginPower]I'd say that a model can no longer be said to have hyper-performance unless its figure for 0-60 dips under the three-second mark. Too many manufacturers now make cars that achieve that standard in under 3.5 seconds for these times to be the benchmark anymore.[/quote]

Name some road cars that hit 0-60 in under three seconds? Only one I can name is the Veyron, at around 2.8 seconds. All the others manage it in over 3 seconds. So I'd be interested to know which supercars you know of that dip under 3. Zondas? Koenigsegg? Ferraris? Lamobos's? None of them can.

You are splitting hairs really over the 0-60 time as there's so much wheel spin in getting a car with massive horsepower off the line cleanly. Whether it's 3 or 3.5 it's not really relevant. 0-100 is more of a interesting figure for supercars.

8 February 2010

[quote Evo_ermine]Whether it's 3 or 3.5 it's not really relevant. 0-100 is more of a interesting figure for supercars.[/quote]

I knew someone would say this, but exactly the same can be said of 0-100 times. If fact, 0-100 times are technically completely irrelevant to most people.

A person would be right to say that impressive 0-62 times don't necessarily denote a decent car, or necessarily describe the most important element of the car's performance, but the figure is always important to an hypercar. Always.

As such, in this pointless game of performance, where frippery and visceral experience supersede practical usefulness, 0-62 times will always be a yardstick. Apart from peculiar gearing, there's no way to fiddle a decent time, despite the truism that it doesn't demonstrate everything about the car's performance or overall ability.

Any poncing on about the myriad decent track cars that clock relatively poor outright performance figures doesn't really address what I'm talking about, as the those are not hypercars. It just so happens to be the case that when a significant amount of power is installed in something like a Caterham or Ariel Atom or Radical, it will achieve sub-3-second 0-60 times as a matter or course.

This headline figure is just as pointless to rational people as the track car's leisure lap time, but no more so. If you're arguing that most advertised performance is for the most part useless to the sane road user, that's an entirely different issue; but 0-62 times will always mean something, no matter how daft it may be to drive a very powerful car publicly.

8 February 2010

Well at least it won't become a Porsche collectors star exhibit like the "Classic" will and you'll be more likely to see a Turbo S on the road than a "Classic".

Peter Cavellini.

8 February 2010

Mate, these are supercars. Their performance is unusable on the road, but we still want one don't we, Are you suggesting drivers with 500BHP don't go over 60 MPH and aren't interested in 0-100 times? I suggest they are, and performance figures are exactly what sells these cars, amongst other things. The veyron's top speed is a huge selling point, however irrelevant in the real world. Not many people sit at traffic lights doing 0-60. In gear times, 50 - 70 are more 'relevant', but relevance isn't what supercars are all about.

So, in response to my point over your comment which was:

"I'd say that a model can no longer be said to have hyper-performance unless its figure for 0-60 dips under the three-second mark. Too many manufacturers now make cars that achieve that standard in under 3.5 seconds for these times to be the benchmark anymore"

Can you name a roadgoing supercar that dips under 3 seconds other than the Veyron? Maybe an Ultima, built specifically for track acceleration figures. No Caterham or Atom has got under 3 seconds.Traction off the line with 600bhp that a supercar generates makes it very hard for cars to get under 3 seconds. What's half a second anyway? 3.5 seconds to 60 is still massively fast. I suggest you can't name one, so your point is pointless.

8 February 2010

looks awesome. This or a GT2... decisions decisions


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8 February 2010

An impressive car, although a £20k+ price hike over the standard Turbo is a bit much. Im guessing however this will make the regular Turbo redundant in some ways -anyone shelling out that amount of cash for a Turbo will want the quicker one. Interior looks like VAG have had a hand in trim detailing- It looks more tasteful than usual.The Steering wheel looks great too

8 February 2010

[quote fuzzybear]a £20k+ price hike over the standard Turbo is a bit much[/quote]

On the face of it it looks a bit steep but the extra kit you get in a Turbo S, not including the 30bhp power hike, comes to approximately £17k, were you adding the items to a regular Turbo. The difference in list price between the regular Turbo and the Turbo S is £17,336.

It looks like they've just specced the new car up as most customers would anyway, given it 30bhp and an S badge and everyone's happy! Punters might have paid that anyway for a regular Turbo but having the 'S' on the V5 and tail, plus 30bhp, might look like a bargain to some.

8 February 2010

Reading a lot of recent responses to new Porsche products, it seems that it has become very fashionable to be a Porsche hater. As usual, with the British public, too much of a good thing eventually has to be 'kicked' down!

What we are witnessing with this company are genius minds at work and I think people should try and understand what Porsche are trying to achieve. The launch of the Nissan GTR (admittedly the bargain of the century), 458 Italia and imminent Mac MP4-12C means that Porsche is not resting on its laurels and as such has come up with another bargain. I'll explain...

The Turbo S will basically trounce a 458 with all that Torque and 4WD (especially in less than favourable conditions) - in fact, on more than 1 occasion, I have read that the 458 doesn't feel as fast as the figures suggest - not something that was ever applied to a 911 Turbo. The Maclaren will have to be amazing to beat the Turbo/S performance-wise (hampered by 2WD, but I gather it will be incredible). Turbo S does 0-62 in 3.3 secs means 0-60 in roughly 3.1s, which makes it quicker than the Maclaren F1 and probably the 3rd quickest production car in the world in this increment. Considering the standard Turbo gets to 100 in 7s dead, you can bet the S drops well into the mid-sixes. Throw in relative practicality, full compliment of options, near luxurious ride-quality, one of the most sophisticated 4WD systems and the most sophisticated Turbo'd petrol engine with 25mpg - ALL FOR LESS THAN £130K. The Macca and the 458 are at least £30K more expensive (before options). Come on people. Lets give this company credit where it's due. They are out of this world!

This new car only serves to highlight what a bargain the GT3 is. As for the next GT2, Porsche will price this directly with the Macca/458 and it will have 600BHP, although acceleration will probably not be as quick as the Turbo/S, until well into 3 figs.

I honestly cannot think of another company that knows exactly what its customers want in a performance car as much as Porsche does (not even Ferrari/Lamborghini because there is always something wrong with these - Some Ferrari's don't look very good and have stupid driving positions and Lambo still use slow witted/jerky automated manuals. Not to talk of their servicing costs.

I will go as far as to declare Porsche the best Car manufacturer in the world, even if, for some stupid reason, I hated their products.


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