As the benchmark to which the infamous Nissan GT-R aspired, the new generation Porsche 911 Turbo S is by far the most hotly anticipated model to come out of Stuttgart this year.
Building on the success and reputation of the revered 911 Turbo, the new model boasts a formidable high-performance six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine boosted by twin turbochargers with variable turbine geometry.
Power output for the new model has risen by more than 22kW to 390kW while peak torque stands at an impressive 700Nm even.
Despite its performance boost, the new 911 Turbo S uses a combined 11.4 litres per 100km of fuel, on par with the regular Porsche 911 Turbo, making it the most efficient sports car in its class.
The 911 Turbo S is mated to Porsche’s seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox as standard, with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, sending drive power to the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system.
Both handling and safety have been enhanced by employing Dynamic Engine Mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) including a mechanical limited slip rear differential.
When utilising the Launch Control function, the 911 Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100km/h in just 3.3 seconds and reaches 200km/h in just 10.8 seconds.
With a top speed of 315km/h, the 911 Turbo S is just 4mph shy of the 200mph barrier and it will return to zero just as quick with lightweight and fade-resistant Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).
The level of standard equipment includes Dynamic Cornering Lights, 19-inch RS Spyder design wheels with centre lock nut, adaptive sports seats, cruise control, a CD/DVD changer and exclusive two-tone leather upholstery in Black/Creme or Black/Titanium Blue.
The new Porsche 911 Turbo S will arrive in showrooms across Europe by May 2010, with local specifications and pricing to be announced closer to the release date.