Stuttgart recently outed their top-of-the-range 911 in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles via an online event as the car was slated to debut at the now cancelled Geneva International Motor Show, and essentially what you’re seeing here is basically the same recipe from the previous generation but improved.
Porsche says that the dimensions of the new Turbo S has been increased. The new car is slightly bigger and wider than its predecessor. For instance, the front track is some 42mm wider while the rear track sees an increase of 10mm. The body itself is 45mm wider over the front axle while the rear is stretched by 20mm. Optionally available is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis which lowers the car by 10mm.
For the first time, according to the brand, the wheels on the Turbo S come in staggered sizes from the factory. The front axle will sit on 20-inch wheels wrapped around 255/35 tyres while the rears sit on 21-inch wheels with 315/30 rubbers.
Powering the new 992 Turbo S is a new 3.8-litre flat-six engine that’s boosted by a couple of Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) turbochargers which are arranged in a symmetrical layout, along with electrically adjustable waste gates. Porsche says the diameter of the turbine wheel has been increased by 5mm to 55mm, while the 61mm compressor wheel is now 3mm larger.
The engine is fed not only via piezo fuel injectors but also a new intake system. Air flows through its signature side intakes along with two more air intakes incorporated into the rear grille for a grand total of four intakes. This, Porsche says, improves responsiveness, torque and power.
The new 3.8-litre block now delivers 478kW and 800Nm of twist. This means a gain of 51kW and 50Nm over its predecessor. The mill is mated to a Turbo-specific 8-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, which means the Turbo S will rocket to 100km/h in just 2.7 seconds (which is two tenths faster) and onto a top speed of 330km/h which remains unchanged over the old car. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 11.1 l/100km with carbon dioxide emissions at 254 g/km for the Coupe and 11.3 l/100km and 257g/km of CO2 for the Cabriolet.
The suspension, too, has been tuned to handle the extra grunt and changes made to the Turbo S. We mentioned that the PASM lowers the ride height by 10mm, but what it also does is provide faster and more precisely controlled dampers which provide significant advantages to the driving dynamics with respect to body roll, road holding, steering behaviour and cornering speeds.
The exterior of the blown S still sports its signature Turbo-look and comes with LED matrix headlights with dark inserts, as standard. The marque says the redesigned, pneumatically extendable front spoiler and the larger rear wing deliver 15 percent more downforce. The rear end is finished off by the rectangular tailpipes in gloss black.
Inside, the standard kit 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 power adjustable sports seats feature stitching that harks back to the first 911 Turbo model. For the driver, the classic central tachometer with dual digital displays are carried over from the rest of the 992-generation range. The Turbo S also gets the GT sports steering wheel along with a Bose surround sound system and a 10.9-inch centre screen for the PCM system.
The 2020 Porsche 992 is slated to land on Australian shores in the second half of this year. For more information on Porsche and for the best deal on your next brand-new car, please visit our Showroom.