While celebrating the completion of half a century of its existence and 40th anniversary of its trump car – Porsche 911, the Stuttgart based sports car manufacturer, Porsche, unveiled the new 911 Turbo S. The fresh offering brings together cosmetic upgrades on the outer carcass and interiors, and performance upgrades where the horses live. Porsche hopes to surprise performance lovers and loyal gentry with the advancements made in this new mile eater.
The Power Punch – Under the hood, the 911 Turbo S flaunts a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine with direct injection technology which belts out a massive 513 horsepower. Transmission system is the standard 7-speed automatic dual clutch with an auto start/stop feature. The mating of the 7-speed dual clutch transmission system with new thermal management system for turbo engine has made the new turbo S, 16% more fuel efficient than its elder siblings, making it by far the most fuel efficient 911.
The Track Star – Brimming with 513 horses under the hood, the new Turbo S is nothing less than a lightning bolt on the race track, it does 0 – 100 km/hr in a sheer 3.1 seconds. While the older 911 Turbo, with an optional Sports chrono package does the same in 3.2 seconds. While it tops out at 318 km/hr, Porsche claims that the 911 Turbo S does a full lap of Nurburgring Nordschleife in near about 7:30 minutes. This phenomenal performance is ousted with the help of the all new 4-wheel drive system with electro hydraulic control combined with a new water cooling function which helps channel more torque to the front wheels when needed.
How It Handless – The rear wheel axle steering system, which steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds of up to 50 km/hr and steers the rear wheel parallel to the turned front wheels at speeds beyond 80 km/hr makes the Porsche glued to the tarmac. To further keep this beast glued to the road, Porsche has fitted it with active aerodynamics (PAA) consisting of a retractable three-stage front spoiler, whose segments can be adjusted to driving conditions, and a deployable rear wing with three adjustable wing positions supplies the car with impeccable aerodynamics. The PDCC (Porsche dynamic chassis control) active anti-roll system, a first timer in the 911 Turbo models, also contributes in optimising dynamic performance. PCCB ceramic brakes also comes as a standard in the Turbo S model.
The Botox – This new blood is 28 mm wider than the Porsche Carrera 4. The ample rear body panels where changes are the most notable, housed are two air guzzlers. The outer body is pure carbon fibre, new meaner bumpers and the 20-inch dual tone spoke alloy wheels accentuates the slick design. Speaking of technology, the 911 Turbo S is being offered with radar-controlled cruise control system, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition. Bose music system comes as a standard while the Burmester system is made available as an option. The extended 3.94 inches longer wheel base spells more space inside whereas the cabin feel is classically 911. The S variant further offers optional features such as – Black/Carrera red color combination interior and 18-way adaptive sports seats.
The new Porsche Turbo S 911 will be made available at the European dealerships by the end of September 2013. The price badges in Europe are – Turbo base variant will cost Rs. 1.378 crores (1,62,055 Euros) whereas the mighty Turbo S will cost – Rs. 1.66 crores (1,95,256 Euros). Sales in the American market will kick start by the end of this year with the Turbo S costing Rs. 99.60 lakhs ($ 1,81,100) and Turbo costing Rs. 81.56 lakhs ($ 1,48,500). An India launch is expected by the end of this year, with prices being almost double of what they are in the States.