Porsche’s aren’t renowned for their looks, like One Punch Man, nothing all too special or appealing on the outside though performance-wise it is out of this world. That’s precisely what the new Porsche 911 Turbo S is a complete madman piece of engineering. Designed by the maddest Germans and definitely a supercar that many can’t even come close to competing with. Their latest Turbo S carries the same pedigree as its predecessors, packed with the latest technology and squeezing even more power to produce the ultimate racing machine for the road and track.
As with any Porsche, stats and figures are what every Porsche fanatic looks at before deciding its worthiness. It comes equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre flat-six engine that produces an astonishing 641 bhp and 800 Nm of torque. Thankfully, as standard, it comes with a four-wheel-drive ensuring maximum traction is delivered to the road, which propels the Turbo S to 60 mph from standstill in under 2.7 seconds. If you manage to find a long enough road, it will top out at 205 mph and set you back £155,970 if you decide to purchase one. Though this being a Porsche, almost everything comes as an optional extra, so you’ll be realistically looking at around over £170,000 for a good specced one. Thankfully the one thing that does come standard is it super reliable, super sophisticated and super responsive 8-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This has been and probably forever will be one of the best gearboxes currently on the market. The forced relationship between the gearbox and that mighty engine is a match made in heaven, and it really does make the Turbo S an extraordinary car to behold.
You will need to look rather hard to find any differences between this Turbo S and all of the other ones, as the 911 Turbo design remains a timeless classic. The saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is I’m pretty sure Porsche’s slogan, somewhere found in the small print. Since the original Turbo launched all the way back in 1974, very little has been done in changes to its original design. However, if you focus hard enough, you will find some subtle exterior differences in the current-gen 911 Turbo S compared to its older siblings. For starters, it is 20mm wider than the previous models, giving that enhanced, aggressive and jump in your face appeal. Other design features include wider tyres and wheels, adding for better traction and grip. A four-point LED daytime running lights as those first seen on the Porsche 918 and a variable front spoiler can be extended to further aid in improved aerodynamics. These subtle changes add up to significant differences, meaning that the newer Turbo S is faster and better around the corners than its predecessors. Evolution is critical, and Porsche has shown that with their latest model, which pays homage to all of the previous Turbos S models that have carried on its legacy.
The Turbo S interior is just a lovely place to be in. It might not stand out exterior wise, but it definitely excels on the inside. Straight away, I’ll admit I hate the gear selector lever; it honestly just looks out of proportion and, in a way, ruins the dynamic of the interior. However, everything else though is perfect, giving that luxury, comfort and sporty feel. There is a hint of tradition and timeless classic where the most crucial feature of any Porsche is the analogue rev dial. Without a doubt, it is one of my favourite features about the new Turbo S. Every car manufacturer is getting rid of its analogue dials and switching over to digital instruments instead of overcrowded screens and sensitive touch. Not with Porsche though, an analogue rev dial is its defining feature and a reminder showing how far its flagship model has evolved. Customisable interior lighting, adaptive sports seats and somewhat usable rear seats mean that maximum performance doesn’t need to be comprised for luxury. In a perfect world, you can have both. In the land of Porsche, that world does exist in the shape of the new 911 Turbo S.
There really is genuinely nothing wrong to be said about one of the oldest, most renowned and loved car model in the world. They have been able to achieve absolute perfection with every new release getting that much better.