So far, the latest 992 generation Porsche 911 is living up to expectations. For all those who’ve driven, the new 911 delivers on every point, from performance to comfort and refinement. As is always the case, Porsche progressively introduces new iterations as the months and years go by.
At what was supposed to the 2020 edition of the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche introduced the King of trims, the Turbo S. With the exception of the GT2, the Turbo S has put down the biggest power numbers and this remains true today.
Let’s keep talking about the new 911 Turbo S and answer 5 questions on the new 911 King.
What’s New About The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S?
Based on the barely 18-month old 992 Porsche 911 Carrera, the 911 Turbo S builds upon this already impressive machine and adds equal amounts of speed, comfort, and power. Mostly power…
The 911 Turbo S is physically larger to handle the extra power. Said power comes from a new twin-turbo 3.8-litre boxer 6-cylinder engine with a new intake system. With two new and larger symmetrical turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG), output erupts to 641-horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque, compared to the last 991.2 Turbo S which was good for 580-horsepower and 554 torques.
Like the previous Turbo S, power is routed to all four wheels via the Turbo-specific eight- speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and on to an enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. This latest PTM enables far more torque to make its way to the front axle, or up to 369 lb.-ft.
With this kind of power underfoot, the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S will crush the 0 to 100km/h sprint in 2,7 seconds, or 0.2 seconds faster than previously. Also, it’ll reach 200km/h in 8.9 seconds, or a full second less than the 991.2. We think it’s faster than the numbers indicate – Porsche is always conservative with their figures. Top speed is unchanged at 330km/h .
Now, about the Turbo S’ new body. The new car is 45mm wider up front and 20mm wider in the rear. The significantly wider track, 42mm, and revised bodywork covers 20-inch wheels and tires up front with huge 315/30 21-inch tires and wheel in the rear. The car also sports new adaptive aerodynamics with a larger rear wing capable of generating more downforce at speeds.
The front end is all Turbo-look with larger air intakes, and a redesigned extendable front spoiler. The new rear spoiler also integrates air intakes and it sits proudly above rectangular tailpipes in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo.
The cabin is covered in leather and carbon and includes 18-way adjustable sports seats with stitching that pays homage to the 930 Turbo. The new Turbo S also features the new PCM with its 10.9-inch display.
The only ways to make the 911 Turbo S look better is by selecting the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which lowers the car by 10mm, Exclusive wheels and Carmine Red.
What’s The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S’ Price?
Knowing that this is one of the top trims for the Porsche 911, the starting prices for both the Coupé and the Cabrio should not surprise you.
The Coupé begins at $231,700. With a few choice options such as colour, Exclusive wheels, Sport exhaust, front axle lift and a few other bits, $250,000 quickly comes and goes.
The Cabriolet starts at a cool $246,300. It too can be customized to quite an extent. With minimal effort and three minutes of your time, the car can be spec’d out to $300,000.
When Will It Be Released?
Both the Coupé and Cabriolet Porsche 911 Turbo S will go on sale in Canadian dealerships in April this year.
Who Will It Compete With?
A Porsche 911 Turbo S, regardless of the roof configuration, takes on a huge amount of opposition from many angles. The 911 takes on all GTs and supercars alike given its huge breadth of abilities, technologies and features.
Simply with the Volkswagen family, it competes with the Bentley Continental GT, the Lamborghini Huracàn and the Audi R8. Moving along, it tackles the Aston Martin Vantage and DB11, the Ferrari 488 Pista, the BMW M8, the Mercedes-AMG GT S, and less than a handful of other low-volume ultra-high performance cars.
What Do We Think About the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S?
Simply put, it has one flaw, and one alone. This flaw is a direct result of the Porsche 911’s history, desirability factor, reliability and overall reputation as being one of the best sports cars in the world. What is this flaw? The Porsche 911 is almost too common.
And yet, everyone loves the Porsche 911. As far as being satisfied with an automotive purchase, few cars deliver like the 911, day after day, ride after ride. And this applies to all versions of the Porsche 911.
The new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S happens to be the current most powerful and luxuriously-appointed 911 at the moment. Among the cars listed above, other than outright exclusivity, it would find itself on the top of our wish-list.