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The wunderkinds in Wiessach have wrought a new head of the family in the form of the 2011 911 Turbo S, the first 911 S model in five years and the first for the 997. In Porsche parlance, the S suffix generally means more power and better handling, and this car appears ready to live up to the badge.

As we surmised last August, the twin-turbo flat-six is boosted to 530 horsepower, though it sips fuel at the same rate as the "base" Turbo's with its 500-horsepower engine. All that power and 516 pound-feet of torque are transferred to all four wheels – now 19 inches in diameter with center locking nuts – through Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox, and a torque vectoring system helps point the car directly where the driver wants it. 0-62 miles per hour should arrive in 3.3 seconds and top speed is pegged at 196 mph. For comparison's sake, the almighty 911 GT2 makes the same amount of horsepower (530), is slower to 62 mph at 3.7 seconds, but beats the new 911 S at the top end with a 204-mph terminal velocity.

Both fixed and folding roof versions of the Turbo S will officially debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month and go on sale in Europe in May. The coupe will cost €173,241 including 19 percent VAT (the actual base price is €145,400), while the Cabriolet goes €184,546, also including the 19 percent VAT (base price €154,900). U.S. market models should follow soon after.

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Porsche 911 Turbo S: Even More Dynamic, Top Equipment all Standard

Stuttgart. The engineers at Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, have developed a new top-of-the-range sports car for the customer who will only settle for the very best in terms of power, performance and driving dynamics: the 911 Turbo S. The heart of this most exclusive high-performance athlete is of course a six-cylinder boxer boosted by two exhaust gas turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, with an increase in power over the 911 Turbo by 30 to 530 bhp (390 kW). Maximum torque is a most impressive 700 Newton-metres (516 lb-ft). At the same time this new top model comes as standard with all high-tech components available only as options on the "regular" 911 Turbo.

Despite its significant increase in power and dynamic performance, the new 911 Turbo S, at 11.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 24.8 mpg imp), does not consume any more fuel than the Porsche 911 Turbo, making it by far the most efficient sports car in its performance class.

The 911 Turbo S comes exclusively with seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) (Porsche's Double-Clutch Gearbox) conveying drive power to Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. Driving safety optimised to an even higher standard is ensured by Dynamic Engine Mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) including a mechanical differential lock on the rear axle. In conjunction with Launch Control on the Sport Chrono Package Turbo likewise featured as standard, 911 Turbo S accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and reaches 200 km/h in 10.8 seconds

Top speed is 315 km/h or 195 mph. Extra-light and fading-resistant Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) provide the same outstanding performance in terms of stopping power and controlled application of the brakes.

The supreme level of standard equipment including Dynamic Bending Lights, 19-inch wheels in RS Spyder design with central locking, a three-spoke sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, adaptive sports seats, cruise control, a CD/DVD changer and exclusive twin-tone leather upholstery in Black/Crema or Black/Titanium Blue additionally underlines the outstanding class and calibre of this first Turbo S in five years.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S will be at the dealership as both a Coupé and Cabriolet as of May 2010. The German market price of the Turbo S Coupé is Euro 173,241 including 19 per cent value-added tax and local equipment in the market (the Euro base price is Euro 145,400). The Cabriolet retails in the German market at Euro 184.546, again including 19 per cent VAT and local equipment/specifications (base price Euro 154,900).

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Rev. James Munk
      • 5 Years Ago
      A car with this much power is over-kill. It should be outlawed because there is nowhere to drive at those speeds, but somone will and get killed or kill others.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Corvettes are like Buicks. GTRs are video games. The 911 Turbo S is the ultimate http://www.wyo550.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally supercar trade marks have started to work hard trying to beat the engeenieering masterpice os Nissan...the GTR
      You always can say a porsche its better but competing its always good and on tracks you can see whitch car its best
        • 5 Years Ago
        the turbo is not meant for the track , the GT2 and GT3 RS are for the track and those kick the GTR's ass. if you mention the price , the GTR is a halo car , Nissan sells them at half the production costs, the GTR is more expensive to produce than the selling price of the 911 turbo and in the real world the GTR is slower and more uncomfortable than the 911 turbo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I realize this is a Porsche article, and will be a Porsche fanboy post heaven so that's why sparkk's fanboy post is going to be voted up.

        But in the 'real world', the GT-R has the grip to beat any challenger on any driving road. Don't believe it? Too bad, because Targa Rally's are done on real roads.

        And the GT-R in its first year of production claimed victory in just about every single major Targa in which there were GT2s and Turbos competing. (and Gallardos and Murch's etc)

        Its been 2 years, and the GT-R has proven it is at least as fast as all 3 of the 997s you listed on the track, and FASTER on the world's great driving roads.

        As to which is 'better' or 'more fun' that is all up to the driver and personal preference.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The S model has always been just a margin booster. For all the extra cash you basically get a Turbo with a chip. At least on the 993 they got the GT2 turbos and some extra air inlets.

      "In Porsche parlance, the S suffix generally means more power and better handling, and this car appears ready to live up to the badge." Help me understand what they do to actually give it better handling?

      It's obvious they just give incremental boosts in power so they can keep customers rolling in the door with cash in hand each year to get the latest model. Pretty smart actually. But, I think it would be cool if the "S" model should actually mean you get more significant upgrades over the regular model.

      If I was in a position to get one, I'd look to the aftermarket for much better solutions.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Who is to say that it is only electronic brake force distribution? Ferrari, Lamborghini, and others like Honda, are starting to use clutches in concert with differentials to actually vector torque.

        Audi S4 is getting a new electronically controlled rear differential.

        What is to say that this Porsche Turbo S isn't using an advanced vectoring rear differential, in addition to it's AWD rear to front axle torque vectoring.

        The car is plenty expensive, it isn't unthinkable for such a system to be included.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxer, it isn't a torque vectoring differential
        Porsche says the system only operates under 100mph.
        pre-emptive [brake actuated] traction control is the best description.

        This has the PDK, right? Did you see how offset [from centerline] the differential is? That is why the PDK has a torque sensitive differential standard.
        The drivetrain doesn't really 'vector' front/back, it is just a clutch coupled front axle.
        Ferrari [F430, 458] is using a speed sensitive differential, not torque vectoring. What about Lamborghini?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems that the horsepower wars have moved from eight to six cylenders. It seems like not a year ago I was fawning over the GTRs 480 hp: Porsche killing at the time. Then Stuggart comes along to unveil this. The same could be said for NA V6s like seems to be going on with the mustang, Z, and perhaps the Genisis. And to think V6 used to mean I4 power at V8 mileage! I just hope this trend continues until we all have 800 hp Miatas and Priuses getting 40 mpg.
      • 5 Years Ago
      3.3 seconds 0-62! What is the 0-62 for the ZR1? I wold love to get this car about 3 years from now when I could afford it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh...........I think the 47 year old 911 design philosophy is getting a little dated ("classic" design only goes so far)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not a purist, but other than an over worked grill, the general design seems rather unchanged?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Tool , if you've owned several Porsches you would know the turbo S would come , also you would know the turbo S has more features than just the 30 hp and those features are more than worth the extra cost.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep, it's a very gentle evolution and its the way they have bring out "new" 911 models.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Looks great, but if I just plunked down $140,000 on a 'regular' Turbo 911 medel only to read this morning that Porsche is now releasing an even more potent version, I would be pretty pissed.

        I love Porsche and have owned several. But this seems to be yet another huge effort to make big profits. $19,000 more to get an additional 30 HP. Are the components that made up the engine really worth $19,000? I think not.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It isn't a body change.

        This is a drivetrain upgrade.

        This is the same body as every other 997 Turbo, and directly carried over from the 997.2 facelift.

        There isn't supposed to be any bodywork change, other than a few little details to show it as a "Turbo S" Most Porsches that add an "S" designation, don't change much, in appearance. It is mostly mechanical.

        Expecting this to look different is a false expectation.

        Interesting that it is getting a torque vectoring rear differential in the PDK transaxle, as well as the variable torque bias of the Porsche AWD. Rear axle torque vectoring should be interesting on a rear-engined car...

        I kind of wish Porsche still used the red and blue wheel hub lock nuts, blue on one side, red on the other... like the Carrera GT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow - so many Porsche Turbos vs. Nissan GTR attacks in here.

      Well, I for one believe that the fact that this is even taking place is a clear sign of the GTR being the victor!

      $200, 000 vs. $68,000 yet still in the same room?!

      Come on people! Shut up already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Show me one new '10 that goes for 68k....You can't? Oh yes, it's not 68k anymore, it's 83k now. My, how 2 years and 15k can make a huge difference huh?

        BTW, that 83k car's maintenance fee doesn't cost like some other 83k car would, its maintenance cost is closer to something that's 150k. Whoops.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Amazing how much power they are still finding out of this motor. Looks so much better with the center locking BBS wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      man, there is a lot of venom in this thread.

      GTR this... Corvette that...

      Overworked engine (hardly), overused styling (it is an icon)... and all sorts of negativity that isn't part of the topic at hand, being brought to bear on just an announcement. Maybe I should tout the Porsche Turbo the next time some news about GTR or Corvette, or some other car gets introduced.

      I compare lots of things, often. But some of these comments have taken on the air of questioning validity, rather than comparison of features.

      It is an S model Porsche. An S model of the 997.2 Turbo.

      It hasn't taken anybody's candy away, or anything...

      If you don't like Porsches... there are plenty of other cars. Cars with V8s, or V12s, or Twin Turbo V6s, front, mid, whichever layout you prefer.

      But some folks try to denegrate Porsche for making what they make, as if they shouldn't. Why not just let Porsche build Porsches? Different horses for different courses, as it were...

      I wish other companies would stick to their core competencies, evaluate, and improve their products, and making a continually more optimized wheel, rather than re-inventing it.

      Is Porsche that threatening to others that adding 30 hp, and some component upgrades to an existing line, really that big of an assault?

      Carrera -> Carrera S.
      C4 -> C4S
      928S, 944S2, 944 Turbo S, 968 Turbo S, Boxster S, Cayman S, Cayenne Turbo S... and lots of others have "S" badges.

      It is an upgrade package... is it really that scary to bring out so many fangs around here?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's because some have nothing better to do than defend their favorite car, and when their car is being bashed on, all hell breaks loose. I like different cars for their virtues, and I'll say that porsches have always been way less bang for the buck than other cars, and that the 911 could be so much more if only its engine is in the middle. Having said that, the engineers have been able to make the 911 as competent as cars costing twice or three times as much, all the while making them pretty darn reliable and somewhat affordable to upkeep.

        The GT-R is an engineering marvel with electronic systems onboard that makes said car do things that was unimaginable for something that heavy. However, it's doing the majority of the work for the driver, and that to me might as well be sitting in the passenger seat and letting the car drive itself.

        Corvette is a great car too, but some niggling little problems like plastic gasing and build quality still need to be addressed. Overall though, the C6 and especially with the Z-52 package is really a performance bargain. Now if only they can make that interior more befitting of a 50k car....
      • 5 Years Ago
      That poor LITTLE engine...working so hard to produce all that horsepower...I never heard a Porsche engine that didn't sound OVERWORKED...lugging, groaning...sad, so sad!! I stick with my Corvette.
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