2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe and Cabriolet revealed
Porsche just revealed the top-level, non-GT, 992-generation 911—the Turbo S. Behind the rear seats lies a new 3.8-liter flat-six engine with two variable-turbine turbochargers that are bigger than on previous 911 Turbos. There’s also a larger air intake that’s newly positioned to improve airflow over the outgoing engine by 13%. And the fuel injectors are fast-acting piezo units. These improvements add up 60 more hp, peaking at a mega 640. Torque follows suit and jumps 37 lb-ft to peak at 590; that’s less torque than the latest heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks, but little else.
Power channels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, aka PDK, and on to all four wheels, which combines for epic launches off the line. Official claims from Porsche come to 2.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from rest in the Coupe (2.7 seconds in the Cabriolet), an improvement of 0.2 second compared with the 991-generation Turbo S; 124 mph goes by in just 8.9 seconds, a full second faster than before. Power down for a quarter-mile, and it goes by in 10.5 seconds. Keep your foot in it and expect to eventually see 205 mph on the speedometer.
On the chassis front, Porsche gives the latest Turbo S a wider footprint than the outgoing model. Front width increases 1.8 inches, the rear 0.8 inch. Front and rear track do the same, increasing 1.7 inches and 0.4 inch, respectively. Porsche bolted center-locking wheels to the Turbo S for the first time, which now hold 10 mm wider tires, 255/35R-20 in front, 315/30R-21 in back. Additionally, look for adaptive aerodynamics and a larger rear wing, which provides 15% more downforce than before.
The 2021 911 Turbo S gets plenty of performance-oriented standard features, including adaptive antiroll bars, called Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, rear-axle steering and ceramic brakes with 10-piston front calipers and 16.5-inch front discs. Optionally available is a sport suspension that lowers ride height by 0.4 inch and a sport exhaust system with adjustable exhaust flaps, oval-shaped exhaust tips and a distinct sound.
OK, enough numbers: The latest Turbo S looks fantastic with its massive air intakes, LED headlights and super-race-y looking center-locking wheels. That fact that the car is noticeably wider, but only 0.2 inch taller, adds more menace, which adds more awesome. Of course, we can’t escape from new tech coming into the car, as well, like a 10.9-inch center-console touchscreen and screens for most of the instrument cluster, as well. You also get leather for the interior, with carbon-fiber trim, a sporty steering wheel, a track precision app and fancy stereo.
Price of entry starts with a 2 and goes on for a while: $204,850 for the Coupe, $217,650 for the Cabriolet. We look forward to finding out if it’s worth the money with a drive. Based on the Carrera S and 4S, it likely will be. If you’re one of the lucky few with those levels of disposable income, feel free to start bugging the dealer now, but don’t expect the car to arrive until late in the year.