What is it?
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S does so many things so well that you can’t help but be overwhelmed when you first you drive it, which is exactly what I’ve just done at the Kyalami circuit in South Africa.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the new range-topping 911 is that, to all intents and purposes, it is a facelift of a car that has already been on sale for just over two years. The 991-series 911 Turbo S was launched during the second half of 2013, and it blew me away with its huge speed and utter competency.
This new 911 Turbo S is something else again. With an official 0-62mph time of just 2.9sec in coupé guise, the powered-up 2016 betters its predecessor over the benchmark discipline by 0.2sec. It is also among a select group of road-going 911s to boast a top speed in excess of 200mph, with an official claimed maximum of 205mph.
More than outright pace, though, it represents a significant step in terms of dynamic prowess and ability to entertain, and having driven it on both the Kyalami circuit and roads around Johannesburg, my mind is blown again. While a lot about the facelifted 911 Turbo S remains the same, its intrinsic character has evolved, making it more memorable to drive than ever.
The facelifted 911 Turbo S runs a reworked Euro 6-compatible version of its predecessor’s twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre horizontally opposed six-cylinder petrol engine.
Changes include a redesigned fuel injection system, revised inlet ports for improved combustion efficiency and the adoption of 58mm variable-vane turbochargers as opposed to the 56mm units used by the standard 911 Turbo.
Together, the modifications bring an added 20bhp, providing a rather serious 572bhp at 6750rpm. That’s 49bhp more than the regular 911 Turbo and, in combination with a 1600kg kerb weight, provides the coupé with a power-to-weight ratio of 358bhp per tonne.
Accompanying the moderate lift in power is a 37lb ft increase in torque, which now peaks at 553lb ft between 2100 and 4250rpm.