Right after the rather controversial 718 Boxster was revealed a few weeks ago, Porsche also revealed the updated version of their top model, the 911 Turbo S.
The bi-turbo 3.8 litre six-cylinder engine in the Turbo S now has 15 kW more than before, raising the power to 427 kW. The power gain is thanks to modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure, along with update twin variable geometry turbochargers.
The 911 now also has what is known as a dynamic boost function to further improve engine response in dynamic operation. It maintains the charge pressure during load changes – i.e. when the accelerator pedal is released briefly. This is achieved by just interrupting fuel injection, whereas the throttle valve remains open. As a result, the engine reacts with practically no delay to another press of the accelerator pedal. The effects of this function are more pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode.
The 911 Turbo S sprints to 100 in 2.9 seconds, and has a top speed of 330 km/h,12 km/h faster than before. Even with mind-blowing performance, the Porsche still manages 9.1 l/100km, thanksto further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.
The new GT steering wheelis derived from the 918 Spyder- comes with “mode switch” as standard. This is used to select one of the four modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual. The Individual setting lets the driver configure and store a very individual vehicle setup. Another new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the mode switch. Inspired by motor racing, it preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible responsiveness at the push of a button. In this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds, such as for an overtaking manoeuvre. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time. Sport Response functionality can be called up as often as desired and from any of the driving modes.
The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with PASM as standard now offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, theTurbo S offers a full complement of equipment for driving dynamics: PDCC roll compensation is standard as is the PCCB ceramic brake system. New options for all 911 Turbo models include the radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at the front spoiler lip at low speeds.
Along with the generation change in models, the newly developed infotainment system, PCM with online navigation, is making its way into the cockpits of the 911 Turbo models as standard. This system can be made out by a multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface, which is perfectly integrated into the centre console, and it offers numerous new and extended connectivity functions thanks to the standard Connect Plus module. Navigation can also access the latest traffic information in real time. Routes and places can be visualised with 360-degree images and satellite images. In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or cable. Select vehicle functions can now be controlled remotely as well. As in the previous models, the Bose sound system is offered as standard; a Burmester system can be delivered as an option.