The 992 Porsche 911 Turbo S is quicker than the 991.2 GT2RS by a tenth of a second
COVID-19 may have stopped the world’s most prestigious automotive show from taking place, but has failed to steal Porsche’s thunder — the 992-gen 911 Turbo S (2021MY). Of course, the 2021 Porsche Turbo S will reach the Indian market at some point, but for the time being, let us explain how insane it is.
The all-new 992 Porsche 911 Turbo S made its debut online in both Coupe and Cabriolet formats with ex-F1 driver and brand ambassador, Mark Webber hosting the show. The Turbo range is an important model for the Stuttgart-based marque since it is simply in a league of its own. To give a brief idea, the Porsche 911 is classified into three series: Carrera, Turbo and GT; out of which the Carrera and GT lie at two extremes.
Meanwhile, the Turbo (especially in the higher ‘S’ avatar) is a ballistically fast machine which heads in a completely different direction. The fastest and craziest 911s in the world are mostly Turbos and if you dig deep enough on the web, you can even find a 991 Turbo S doing a wheelie on a drag strip — yes, you have read that right.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is quick; in fact, quicker than the current 991.2 gen 911 GT2RS by a tenth of a second. It still uses a 3.8-litre twin-turbo flat-six engine. The power plant, unlike common misconception, is not an improved version of the one powering the previous 991.2 Turbo S. The engine has been derived from the new 3.0-litre flat-six employed in the 992 Carrera range.
For the same reason, the bump in output is quite overwhelming. The 992 Turbo S makes 640bhp and 800Nm of torque or roughly an extra 60bhp and 50Nm over the slightly smaller 991.2 model. To put things into perspective, the Lamborghini Huracan Performante and the newer EVO are good for ‘only’ 630bhp and 600Nm. This clearly puts the Turbo S in supercar territory (like it always had been), but the folks at Porsche still refer to it as a sportscar (for instance, see the latest TVC).
Thanks to the reworked 8-speed PDK transmission and AWD powertrain that can send up to 62% torque to the front axle, the 992 Turbo S can hit 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.6 seconds. 0-200km/h takes only 8.9 seconds (a second faster than before). The supercar can pass the quarter-mile in just over 10 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 330km/h. The numbers are slightly lower for the Cabriolet, but there’s no reason to complain. It is not news that Porsche has always notoriously understated its products’ performance and we cannot wait to see some real-life figures of the new Turbo S.
On the safety and assist department, the 992 Turbo S boasts of Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), rear-wheel-steering, active aero, 10-piston (F) and four-piston (R) carbon-ceramic brakes, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), etc., to name a few. The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is definitely no widowmaker as the original 930 Turbo. Still, it packs enough to break necks.