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Not long since the launch of a new and improved 911 Turbo, Porsche has unveiled the Turbo S, but is it worth the premium?

The latest 911 Turbo has only been with us for a matter of months and already there’s a faster version. No one who’s driven the new, 3.8-litre, direct injection engined Turbo could call it lacking in mojo, but here’s the new ‘S’ anyway.

The Turbo S package consists of two key elements: items that are normally optional on the Turbo - such as the PDK twin-clutch gearbox (now with paddle shifters), ceramic brakes, the torque vectoring limited slip diff and the dynamic engine mounts – are fitted as standard. Also included are the 19” RS Spyder centre-lock wheels, adaptive sports seats, ‘Dynamic’ cornering headlamps, cruise control and a CD auto-changer, plus the usual Turbo kit. The only visual differences are the no-cost option two-tone leather upholstery (black/cream or black/blue) and an ‘S’ badge on the rump.

The ‘S’ retails for around the same price as a Turbo with all those items specified ($181,159.00) but the other side of the deal is that you get more power for your money.

The peak output rises from 500hp to 530hp, with torque now able to hit a peak of 516lb ft at any time (instead of on a temporary overboost in ‘Sport’ as on the standard car). This extra performance is due to the fact that the car can now run at all times with a maximum of 1.2 bar turbo boost (as opposed to the 0.8 bar of the standard car which rises to 1.0 bar if the ‘Sport’ button is pressed).

To cope with this added pressure, larger intercoolers are fitted and bigger compressor wheels make up part of the variable vane turbos. The engine now breathes through a carbon fibre airbox, while the intake valve timing and ecu map have been revised.

The results are dramatic, with a small but noticeable difference to both the performance and character of the standard car. Chiefly, this new Turbo S is deeply, mind-numbingly fast: expect 0-60mph in the very low three-second bracket and the kind of acceleration that scythes through the 100-180mph segment with apparent disregard for any sort of resistance. With PDK you simply press the loud pedal and hold on, the car seamlessly shifting through the gears when one is required. It sounds more like a 911 Turbo should too: a deep rumble and some nice whistling.

All in, the Turbo S is a great deal if you were looking for a high-spec Turbo anyway, and the extra performance is simply an added bonus.

 

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