The New Porsche 911 Turbo S
With the news conference and press release of today, Porsche has revealed the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S. In both coupe and cabriolet variations, the new Turbo S comes with an all-new, 3.8 liter boxer six with two variable turbine geometry (VTG) turbochargers. The power output is a staggering 640 HP and 590 lbs-ft of torque.
In keeping with previous Turbo models, the engine powers all four wheels. A new 8 speed automatic transmission with a manual mode manages the power, and can power the car to 60 MPH in a hair under a claimed 2.7 seconds.
The major point of that claim is that the previous generation 700 HP 911 GT2 RS reached 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds.
As well, instead of routing cooling and charge air in solely through the classic Turbo model side scoops, two new air intakes are built into the rear lid grille. This allows for charge air to be rammed in via the side scoops, while the grille intakes take a lot of the cooling work. This allows for colder charge air, leading to more power development.
As well, to balance the new power and engine, the turbine wheels of the turbos spin in opposite directions across the car. The right side turbo will spin clockwise, and the left side will spin counterclockwise, to balance against each other like a gyroscope. The turbine wheels are larger at 55 mm, and the compressor wheels are a gargantuan 61 mm.
Braking is handled via carbon ceramic brakes as standard, with a ten piston caliper up front.
The front splitter is now an active aerodynamic part, which can be extended from its normal position pneumatically to add up to 15% more downforce. The rear wing guarantees downforce over the rear wheels.
Compared to a regular Type 992 911 Carrera, the Turbo S has a much wider track and body. The front is 45 mm wider above the front axle, and 20 mm wider above the rear axle. The car itself is 1,840 mm wide up front, and 1,900 mm wide across the rear.
The track is now 42 mm wider up front, and 10 mm wider at the rear, to give the Turbo S much more bite and mechanical grip at the front. This is part of Porsche’s new “Enhanced Driving Dynamics” philosophy, allowing the car to be sportier and more aggressive than previous Turbo models.
There are, of course, options, the most important of which is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which will allow you to drop the car an extra 10 mm on command, and adds active flaps in the exhaust should you want more of that turbo boxer six roar to fill your ears.
Performance wise, the Turbo S is faster, angrier, and more capable than any previous Turbo model. In fact, it accelerates 0 to 125 MPH in 8.9 seconds, a full second faster than the previous generation Turbo.
No pricing has been released yet, but it is expected to be similar to previous generation Turbo models.