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2010-02-09 08:17
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model 911 Turbo S
Engine 3.8l twin-turbo
Power 390kW
Torque 700Nm
Transmission PDK
Zero To Hundred 3.3 sec
Top Speed 315km/h
Porsche’s all-wheel drive 911 Turbo supercar is soon to be available with an ‘S’ affixed to the rear badging, boosting power by an additional 22kW.

The 911 Turbo S will headline Porsche’s offering at the Geneva motor show in three weeks time. The company's powertrain engineers have fiddled with the 3.8l flat-six engine’s ECU parameters to extract more power from the direct-injection, twin-turbo unit.

More power to torque about

Although peak rotational force remains unchanged from the ‘stock’ 911 Turbo (700Nm), the Turbo ‘S’ brings a monumental 390kW of power to bear on its all-wheel drive system. 

With such rampant power at its disposal, Zuffenhausen’s engineers have furnished the 911 Turbo S drivetrain with Porsche’s traction management system (PTM) and torque vectoring technologies (PTV).

Beyond these dynamic driver aids, there’s even still a good old-fashioned mechanically locking rear differential, actuated by the PTV’s electronics. Suffice to say – traction is quite resilient, despite the avalanche of torque available.

Turbo adds torque vectoring rear-differential trickery in 'S' trim, which applies pulse braking intervnetion to the inside cornering wheel at speeds of up to 160km/h - tucking in the nose for a tighter cornering line.

As quick as possible

Thanks to Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission (featuring asymmetric shift controllers, right-side up, left-side down) and a Sports Chrono pack (adding a lap timer and launch control) the 911 Turbo S displaces itself from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds.

If you have the presence of mind (and fair bit of unrestricted road at your disposal) it should see off 315km/ at the extreme end of the PDK’s transmission’s endurance.

With such rampant performance available it’s hardly surprising to find Porsche’s carbon-ceramic brakes residing behind those gorgeous 19-inch, RS Spyder themed, alloy wheels.

Judged as a package, Turbo S is quite a fetching addition to the 911 range.

Blending all those dynamic driving features you usually have to option on a stock Turbo (and devoid of silly styling trinkets) it does justice to the esteemed ‘S’ affix within Porsche’s (at times inexplicable) alphabet soup model designation. 

The Porsche Turbo S will go on sale in Europe shortly after its Geneva motor show debut, in either coupe or soft-top configuration.

South African pricing and availability dates are not yet confirmed.


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