After years of proving everyone wrong by putting the engine in the wrong direction to produce some of the best driver-focused cars in history; Porsche decides to crash the party yet again by showcasing what true speed looks like with the new 911 Turbo S.
Ever since the debut of the first-ever 911 Turbo back in 1974 when Porsche decided to squeeze a giant single turbo at the back with a wing on top and take the world by storm; the global supercar scene has seen a tremendous change since then. Today, we have the likes of Tesla, Bugatti and Mclaren, all of whom have perfected the art of creating some of the fastest launching machines of all time and achieving 0-100kmph times by bending the laws of physics itself. So, let’s have a look at whether the new Turbo S can play this game better than its rivals.
What is it?
More specifically, this is the 7th generation 911 Turbo or the ‘992’ generation for simplicity’s sake and it basically replaces the ‘991’ gen facelifted 911 Turbo which was launched back in 2016. When it comes to the exterior, however, it’s a typical Porsche with only the nerdiest of diehard fans being able to discern the minute details & changes. There are certainly noticeable highlights though such as the round LED headlights and a new full-width tail-light assembly and despite having the same wheelbase of 2450mm as the previous ‘991’ gen, the new ‘992’ is 28mm longer and 20mm wider than the old Turbo S, coming in at a respective 4535mm by 1900mm. The overall kerb weight has also increased by 40 Kg, taking it up to 1640 Kg and certain aero-bits have been reworked too, such as the new active front spoiler ducts brought over from its predecessor and a reworked rear spoiler offering speed and performance settings, with the latter contributing to a 15% improvement in downforce.
Drivetrain & Performance
This is basically where the new ‘992’ gen Turbo S has taken a stratospheric leap in performance thanks to a brand new 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six putting out 650hp and a mighty 800Nm of torque which is a significant increase over its predecessor that it replaces.
Couple those stats with the industry’s fastest 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission and a newly reworked AWD system leads to a mind-bending 0-100kmph time of just 2.5 sec which is comparable to a “Bugatti Chiron” sporting 1500hp for reference and a ¼ mile time of under 10.1 seconds making it the fastest accelerating car “Porsche” has ever made.
The only machine capable of making the new Turbo S work a sweat in a drag race would be the ‘Tesla Model S P100D’ which is basically a fully electric car with instant torque on tap. Don’t think for a second that the Turbo S is a one-trick pony relegated to drag racing because it is by far the most accessible, modern-day, everyday supercar you would find today.
With the choice of 5 distinct drive modes, Normal, Sport, Sport-Plus, Individual and Wet, along with the option to change the suspension and damper settings; the new ‘992’ can be customised to suit the driver’s every need, whether it would be chucking it on a track or turning it into a comfortable GT cruiser.
Being owned by the “Volkswagen” group, a lot of the interior switchgear and tech found in this new “Porsche” are quite familiar; but its execution is pretty much faultless as everything is laid out systematically without any fuss or flair. The new ‘992’ is also surprisingly rich in features, such as a 10.9-inch central touchscreen with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, 18-way adjustable front seats, a BOSE surround sound system, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and a heated rear screen making it the ideal GT-spec car. It also sports two rear seats which can be folded flat and are usable only for small children or additional storage; speaking of which the Turbo S has a front-trunk with 128 liters of space which would allow for 2 full-size carry-ons. In all, the interior of the new ‘Turbo S’ is a pleasant, comfortable, quiet place to be.
Price & Verdict
Priced at Rs 3.8 crore in India, the new 992 Turbo S excels in every attribute with relative ease; be it casual driving in the city or the highway thanks to its brilliant AWD system with rear-wheel steering or the sheer speed and performance exhibited on a track-oriented setting. It can virtually do it all and sends an open invitation to its closest rivals such as the “Lamborghini Huracan EVO”, “Mclaren 720S”, “Mercedes AMG GTR” and the “Audi R8”; although the only chink in the Turbo S’s armour would be the fact that, unlike its GT-series counterparts, it simply doesn’t inspire or challenge you to drive it as you meant it because it’s simply too clinically excellent.