Geneva Preview: Porsche 911 Turbo S

Advance news of debuts planned for next month’s Geneva Salon (4-14 March 2010) is starting to build up… and among the cars to be launched is a new, top-of-the-range 911.

The Porsche 911 Turbo S promises 30HP more power: up from 500HP in the ‘regular’ 911 Turbo to 530HP (or 523bhp) in this new, range-topping model. Maximum torque is 516lb ft. Buyers will also enjoy generous high-tech components as standard, including a seven-speed, double-clutch PDK gearbox (with steering-wheel-mounted paddleshift), Launch Control and PTM all-wheel drive.

Despite the increase in power and performance (0-62mph in 3.3 sec), the new 911 Turbo S claims identical fuel consumption to the 911 Turbo, at 24.8mpg Combined. This, says Porsche, makes it “by far the most efficient sportscar in its performance class”.

Top speed is 196mph, while stopping power is provided by lightweight and fade-resistant Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). Further driving enjoyment and safety is enhanced by Dynamic Engine Mounts, and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), including a mechanical, limited-slip rear differential.

Standard equipment also includes Dynamic Cornering Lights, 19-inch RS Spyder wheels with central lock nut, adaptive sports seats, and two-tone leather upholstery in Black/Creme or Black/Titanium Blue. And fitted to every Turbo S is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo S goes on sale from May 2010, priced from £123,263 for the coupé, or from £130,791 as a cabriolet.

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: Porsche

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