2010 Porsche 911 Turbo S (997.II)
Famed sports car
In the famed sports car world of the Porsche 911 there is the Turbo. And then there is the Turbo S. It might only be the addition of one letter, but oh my, that ‘S’ represents so much.
Let’s talk numbers first. Power on the S is up 22 kW over the base 997.II Turbo to 390 kW, torque is boosted 50 Nm to 700 Nm, acceleration to 100 km/h slashed by 0.4 secs to just 3.3 secs and the rush to the 200 km/h barrier decimated by a staggering 1.1 secs to a drag car-like 10.8 secs. Yes oh S.
Eliminated turbo lag
This is all helped, of course, by Porsche’s first all-new high-performance Turbo engine in 35 years being fitted in the 997.II. It boasts clever Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) to all but eliminate turbo lag as well as direct fuel injection to slash fuel consumption.
Elsewhere, the S also brings additional performance features such as Sports Chrono Package with Launch Control and Porsche’s innovative dynamic engine mounts, which alter their stiffness and damping depending on the type of driving. More brilliant technology includes Porsche Torque Vectoring made up of a rear axle differential, with variable power distribution to the rear wheels with intervention of the brakes as required on the inner wheel whenever necessary to improve cornering.
Furiously fast and leopard-like in its reflexes yet, like all modern Porches, the Turbo S can be a sedate and comfy car equally suited to a brief run down to the shops and back