Porsche squeezes even more performance into the full-fat 911 Turbo. Is this sensible?
Nearly the whole 911 range is turbocharged, following the implantation of a new 3.0-litre twin-turbo in the Carrera. But to make sure it still stands proud, Porsche has turned its attention to the proper 911 Turbo. Note the upper case T…
The 911 Turbo is already one of the fastest-moving land-based objects on earth, yet as well as tweaking the styling and electronics, Porsche has added yet more power. Because that’s what it needed.
The engine is the same basic 3.8-litre twin-turbo lump as before, but power is up by 20bhp across the board. That means 533bhp in the Turbo and 580hp in the Turbo S courtesy of modified inlet ports, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure, plus larger turbos in the ‘S’.
That gives the 911 Turbo S a 0-100km/h time of 2.9 seconds and a top speed of 330km/h – improvements of 0.2 seconds and 12km/h respectively.
The truly terrifying thing? Porsche is notoriously conservative when it comes to its claimed performance figures. We reckon 0-100km/h in 2.6 seconds is easily attainable – that’s makes it a drag-race rival for a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
Can’t go the whole hog? The 533bhp Turbo should still be enough to pin your ears back: 0-100km/h in 3.0 seconds is a full 0.4 seconds quicker than the old model, although the 320km/h top speed.
By some sort of black magic there’s a 0.6 litres less fuel per 100 km improvement, too – Porsche claims 9.1 l/100 km combined for the coupe and 9.3 l/100 km for the convertible.
Helping to harness all that power and filter it into a useable driving experience is the same wheel-mounted Mode Switch as the standard 911. It features Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual settings, plus a Sport Response button that lets you turn everything to maximum attack for 20 seconds. Or however long you can hold your nerve.
Speaking of which, a new halfway house PSM Sport Mode widens the stability control’s safety net, without leaving you totally alone, while the PASM adaptive dampers now cover more ground between comfort and bone shaking.
The Turbo’s tyres are now half an inch-wider, too, matching the Turbo S, while the 20-inch centre-locking alloys on the S now have a seven-spoke design.
On the unlikely off chance that the new 911 Turbo isn’t just a blur as it passes, you’ll be able to spot new quad exhausts, a revised engine cover and three-dimensional taillights.
Inside, meanwhile, you’ll find Porsche’s infinitely better infotainment system, with a seven-inch touchscreen and a Bose stereo as standard.
In Singapore, the new Porsche 911 Turbo will be launched in 2016 Q2 at the following retail prices and country-specific equipment: 911 Turbo (S$743,688), 911 Turbo Cabriolet (S$812,088), 911 Turbo S (S$869,788), 911 Turbo S Cabriolet (S$938,188). Prices includes a 5-year free maintenance and warranty program, market-specific equipment, GST and CEVS fees/rebates but exclude COE. It covers all servicing needs as well as maintenance and repair costs, including regular wear and tear. Price is subjected to change without prior notice. Terms & Conditions apply.
Not cheap, then, but a mere ten per cent of the price of that Veyron…