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.