The 911 Turbo, the first Porsche to carry the widowmaker title before the GT2 took the mantle, is the 911’s apex predator. Does the current evolution still retain its alpha 911 status? Or has it lost its edge to the track biased 911’s. We find 10 amazing facts about the 2020 911 Turbo S which proves its still the king of the hill!
1. Most powerful 911 Turbo yet
The 2020 911 Turbo S puts out 650bhp from a 3.8 liter twin turbocharged flat-6 engine. The special edition NISMO GTR which has a similar displacement V6 twin turbo engine puts out 50bhp lesser. And this is a car featuring GT3 racing series derived turbochargers. The torque figure is even crazier at 800Nm, which is 110Nm more than the Lamborghini Aventador S and 100Nm more than the Mercedes Benz AMG GT-R. Even the Ferrari F8 Tributo is 30Nm behind the Turbo S.
2. Fastest 0-100kph time for a 911
Which is no surprise then that the current 911’s 0-100kph time is down to 2.7 seconds, making it one of the fastest accelerating production cars in the world. At Porsche’s official figures, this car is already faster to 100kph than the Lamborghini Huracan Performate, the Aventador SV, and even Porsche’s very own hypercar, the Carrera GT.
3. … and to 200kph in 8.9 seconds
That’s nothing compared to its 0-200kph time, which is dealt in 8.9 seconds. That’s faster than the 0-200kph time of the RUF RT-12 (10.03 seconds), Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series (10.58 seconds), Ferrari Enzo (10.64 seconds) and of course the Carrera GT (10.70 seconds). If this car was to drag race with the new Honda Accord 1.5 TC, when the Honda reaches 100kph, the Porsche 911 Turbo S would be nearly 250 meters ahead of the Accord, doing over 200kph. That’s a “5 tiang” gap in street talk. And because Porsche is known to be conservative with their acceleration figures, the real world figures might probably be faster.
4. All thanks to Big Turbo’s
This kind of ballistic performance is thanks due to the 911’s turbochargers. Its 55mm in diameter for the turbine and more importantly 61mm in diameter for the compressor wheel. These are 5 and 3 mm bigger than the standard Carrera S engine. But I’m sure these are meaningless numbers. To put it into perspective, a 61mm turbine is what you would go for to venture beyond the 400bhp mark for a Golf R mk7 or a Lancer Evo (7-9). On a factory spec car coming straight out of the showroom, with warranty. To aid response though, the turbines spin the opposite direction to the turbines in the Carrera. And both have a variable geometry turbine setup to reduce the lag.
5. Which is why it has 4 air intakes
Unlike the 911 Turbo’s of before, the current one has 4 air intakes to ensure these massive turbines are properly fed. Air is channeled to the signature side vents, and also via the deck filters which sit right infront of the new, oversized spoiler. Goes to show how much more air is needed to power this monster of an engine.
6. Up to 500Nm to the front wheels
That’s right in following tradition, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is 4WD. The latest iteration of Porsche Traction Management can send up to 500Nm to the front wheels to pull it out of trouble. That’s a 100Nm more than the FK8 Type R’s torque sent to the front wheels in specific scenarios.
7. Aided by a massive chassis reworking
The 911 Turbo S has an increased track width of 10mm at the back. But more importantly its 42mm wider in the front. Which contributes to the width of the car expanding to 45mm at the front and 20mm at the back. That’s a significantly major growth in track and width, especially at the front. Be in mind the front has to cope with potentially 500Nm of torque.
8. And Massive tyres
The wider track and width gives the 911 a much bigger footprint than ever before, which is vital to cope with 800Nm of earth shifting torque. So its fitting that the front tyres are 255/35/20 in size and 315/30/21 in size at the back. The outgoing 911 Turbo S had 245 sized tyres at the front and 305 section tyres in the back, both 20 inch in diameter. This shows how serious the power levels have risen compared to the outgoing car.
9. Aided by Aero and Active Suspension
Thats why the 911 Turbo S has an active aero package. The front has a air flap under the bumper and the rear wing is now bigger. This is to generate better cooling properties and to generate more downforce. The PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system has been tuned for this car and sits 10mm lower.
10. Calm in the eye of the storm
Which is why there’s a generous amount of leather, carbon fiber and customization options for the interior of the 911 Turbo S. There are BOSE Surround Sound system, 10.9 Inch touchscreen for the PCM system and the Sport Chrono package comes with a newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app. Lastly, the 18-way adjustable sport seats are designed to look like those in the first 911 Turbo, the 930.
With electric and hybrid performance cars making it hard for pure internal combustion cars to compete in terms of raw performance, the 2020 911 Turbo S comes in to shift the margin to a whole new level. This car could be the swansong of the Turbo as we know it, because its almost an impossibility that at least a hybrid assist system wont be featured in it. We have seen the Taycan adopt the ‘Turbo’ insignia for its flagship already. What we see here is the last hurrah to the all-IC engine, hypercar shaming, supercar killing 911. Make no mistake its going to be amazing to drive, and would be the benchmark to beat for many other performance cars. But its going to be the last of its kind.