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Top shelf: 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Even though you may be stuck inside, you can still take a mighty fine ride in your mind. Why not go top shelf and choose the 2021 911 Turbo S -- the fastest and most powerful 911 yet? With a completely new engine, 640 hp, and updated adaptive aerodynamics, you'll be feeling fine and carefree, whether you pick the cabriolet or the coupe version.

For engineers and designers at Porsche, the task they faced was how to update such a classic sports car. One obvious target was the power plant -- and they wanted more power.

The new 3.8-liter boxer engine is based on the 911 Carrera engine generation. It features a completely redesigned charge air cooling system; new, larger VTG turbochargers in a symmetrical layout with electrically adjustable wastegate flaps, as well as the use of piezo injectors, which have significantly improved the vehicle's characteristics with regard to responsiveness, power, torque, emissions, and revving ability.

The all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo S delivers 640 hp -- 60 more hp than its predecessor. Maximum torque is now 800 Nm (an increase of 50 Nm). The Turbo-specific eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) cuts the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) to 2.7 sec -- 0.2 sec faster. Zero to 200 km/h is 8.9 sec -- one full second quicker than its predecessor. The top speed is unchanged at 205 mph.

The new six-cylinder engine is aspirated by a new intake system. The previous routing of process air and charge air cooling was swapped around; part of the process air now flows through the characteristic Turbo air intakes in the rear side sections. In front of the air filters, now situated in the rear wings, two other airflows have also been incorporated through the rear lid grille. This means the new 911 Turbo S has four intakes with a larger overall cross-section and lower resistance, helping to improve engine efficiency.

Two symmetrical turbochargers with variable turbine geometry (VTG) and larger dimensions replace the previous model parts. The wheels now rotate in opposite directions on the right and left sides of the vehicle. The diameter of the turbine wheels has been increased by 5 mm to 55 mm, while the 61-mm compressor wheel is now 3 mm larger. The wastegate flaps are electrically controlled with stepper motors.

Thanks to the enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, the transfer case can distribute significantly more torque, with up to 500 Nm being transferred to the front wheels. The new generation of the standard PASM chassis is also even sportier. Faster and more precisely controlled dampers provide significant advantages to the driving dynamics with respect to roll stability, road holding, steering behavior, and cornering speeds.

The dimensions of the 911 Turbo S have been increased too. The body is now 45 mm wider above the front axle (1,840 mm), and the overall width is 1,900 mm above the rear axle (an increase of 20 mm).

The adaptive aerodynamics now include controlled cooling air flaps at the front, while the larger rear wing has been designed for even more downforce. For the first time, the 911 Turbo S transfers its power to the road with mixed tires in two different sizes: It has 20-in. tires with their unique 255/35 dimensions at the front and 21-in. 315/30 tires at the rear.

New equipment options include the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis that has been lowered by 10 mm and the sports exhaust system with adjustable flaps that guarantees a distinctive sound.

The new front end with wider air intakes has a characteristic Turbo-look with dual front light modules as well as standard LED matrix headlights with dark inserts. The redesigned, pneumatically extendable front spoiler and the larger rear wing deliver 15 percent more downforce. The muscular rear wing sections with integrated air intakes emphasize the sleek body of the 911 Turbo S. The new look of the rear is completed by rectangular tailpipes in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo.

The interior has a high-quality and sporty finish. You can't miss that red in the demo models! The standard equipment list includes a full leather interior and carbon trim in combination with Light Silver accents. A newly designed two-tone interior will be available by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur as an option.

The 18-way adjustable sports seats feature stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo (type 930). High-quality graphic elements and logos in the instrument cluster complete the characteristic Turbo S features. The center screen of the PCM is now 10.9 in. and can be operated quickly and without distraction thanks to its new layout. Other features include a GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package with newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app, and BOSE Surround Sound system.

What will this top-of-the-line dream cost you? Base price for the 2021 911 Turbo S coupe is $203,500; 911 Turbo S Cabriolet (complete with power-operated soft top and a heated rear window) is priced from $216,300.

Just for comparison, a standard 2020 Porsche 911 starts at $97,400.

Dream big!

Learn more about the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S on the Porsche site here.

Source: Porsche

Published March 2020

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