Porsche has peeled back the covers on its flagship 911 – motorsport versions notwithstanding – introducing the 911 Turbo S as part of an online event in lieu of its cancelled Geneva motor show debut.
Joining the 'lesser' Carrera versions as part of the 911's 992-generation, the Turbo S introduces changes and upgrades seen throughout the range, although the surprise was spoiled somewhat by earlier leaked images. As before, both coupe and convertible body styles will be offered.
Chief among the new car’s bragging rights is a new 3.8-litre flat-six engine running twin variable geometry turbochargers and delivering 478kw and 800Nm, putting it a mean 51kW and 100Nm ahead of its immediate predecessor – or 50Nm if you include the previous model's 750Nm overboost function.
Those uprated outputs see the 0-100 km/h sprint drop by 0.2 seconds, meaning the new 911 Turbo S is capable of laying 2.7 second runs. From standstill to 200km/h, the new car is one second ahead of the old, at 8.9 seconds, while top speed is unchanged at 330 km/h.
To help it achieve that feat, a new “Turbo-specific” eight-speed PDK (dual-clutch) transmission feeds power to an enhanced all-wheel drive system with greater torque distribution flexibility, meaning up to 500Nm can be sent to the front wheels in low-traction situations.
With one eye on performance and at least part of the other on social responsibility, engine changes include larger turbochargers, redesigned charge air cooling, electrically adjustable wastegate flaps, and piezo fuel injection. Porsche claims improved power, torque, responsiveness, revving ability and emissions as a result.
Turbo upsizing sees the turbine wheel increase in diameter by five millimetres to 55mm, while the compressor diameter grows 3mm, to 61mm.
Air flow to the new engine comes from four intakes, two incorporated into the rear engine compartment grille and two pulling air from the iconic Turbo air intakes ahead of the rear wheels.
A new generation of the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) brings faster and more precise damper control to benefit roll stability, road holding and steering behaviour. A 10mm-lower PASM sport chassis is also available as an option, along with an optional valved sports exhaust system.
Standard Turbo S equipment includes a 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system with access to the integrated Porsche Track Precision app. Bose surround sound, digital radio, GT sports steering wheel, Sport Chrono package, front seat heating, blind spot monitoring, comfort access, and full leather and carbon interior trim also make the standard equipment list for Australia.
On the outside, the 911 Turbo S boasts new, more intimidating dimensions. Front width is 45mm wider above the front axle (1840mm in total) while overall width at the rear grows by 20mm to 1900mm. Track widths grow by 42mm and 10mm front and rear.
Porsche may boast that all members of the 992 911 family are now widebody models, but that doesn’t mean performance editions don’t have room to grow.
Adaptive aerodynamics see a pneumatically extendable front spoiler take pride of place in the restyled front bumper, while the rear features an unmissable upsized rear wing. In combination, downforce increases by 15 per cent.
The Turbo S look is complemented by dark inserts for the standard LED matrix headlights, black-tipped rectangular tailpipes (pictured, top), and seat stitching that harks back to the original 930-generation 911 Turbo.
In a first for the Turbo S, mixed-diameter wheels are fitted to accompany the traditional staggered tyres, with 255/35 tyres wrapped around 20-inch wheels up front and 315/30 tyres over 21-inch rims at the rear.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S pricing
Compared to the outgoing 991 Turbo S, prices have risen by over $12,000, accounted for – at least in part – by increased performance and additional equipment.
- Coupe – $473,900
- Convertible – $494,900
Manufacturer’s recommended list price, excluding on-road costs.
Porsche Australia is preparing to have the 911 Turbo S on sale in the second half of 2020.