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Yet another 911. Now, this ‘’yet another’’ used here might give you the idea that these things are getting a bit boring. Especially if you have in mind that they added only 30hp to the 500hp a regular 911 Turbo has. But you would be sooo wrong. There is nothing boring about this car. That improvement on the horsepower count is actually a very noticeable one, and definitely not the only improvement to this machine. So, let’s have a look at it.

First of all it is not a GT2 or a GT3. Which means it is not as sporty as those beasts, but you will not be disappointed. It also means that it is luxurious. It has all the comfort of a regular Turbo version plus the leather upholstery. It is just beautiful inside. And still a great everyday ride.

Sporty Interior View of the Porsche 911 Turbo S

But what is under the hood? We already mentioned the increase in horsepower, but that is not all. The things which were optional with Turbo are mainly standard here. You get the dynamic engine mounts, ceramic brakes, brake-based torque-vectoring system, and the Sport Chrono package, which includes launch control. There is also a new version of the ultra-quick PDK with proper shift paddles. But there is no six-speed manual from the Turbo version. This, though a bit disappointing, is so because of the PDK’s ultra-quick shifts which have turned out to be more effective regarding performance. And this is a high-performance car. The engine pulls noticeably stronger at high rpm and its acceleration from 0 to 60 is said to be 3.1s, which is 0.1s faster than Turbo, but we need to say here that there have been reports of a regular Turbo doing 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, and this one can only be faster.

black Porsche 911 view from the front

2012 Convertible Porsche 911 Turbo S shown in black

But numbers are one thing, and the feel is something completely different. And it is amazing here. The grip of this four-wheel-drive is just outstanding since it is enhanced by the new PVT system, which eliminates the slight understeer on slippery roads, and the changes in the front suspension geometry which give it the feel of a mid-engine car. And the brakes stop the car incredibly quickly. In your face, physics.

Porsche 911 front view in white parked on the race track

2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S shown in white on the race track

And then the best comes. The Sport Chrono package brings you the option of choosing the Sport mode simply by pressing a button and it stiffens the suspension, makes the PDK shift later and quicker, increases the throttle response and sends more power to the rear while the system which controls stability intervenes later. Great stuff. But there is actually a Sport Plus option. It stiffens up the suspension even further, which means you feel every bump, but you also get glued to the surface. The transmission shifts even later and harder paying no attention to your previous driving style, and forgets the seventh gear used for fuel economy reasons.

Ah, yes, the stated combined fuel consumption (if any owner of this beast cares) is also pretty good. It is said to be 24.8mpg.

Blue Porsche 911 view from the left side

Side view of the 911 shown in light blue

If you are not a driver with the abilities of a racer, but still wish to wipe out vast majority of cars on the road without sacrificing the luxury and comfort like with the GT2, or GT3, you will not go wrong with Porsche 911 Turbo S.

If you enjoyed this post about the 911, you should also check out the 4 door cousin the Porsche Panamera and the 911’s little brother the Porsche Boxter.



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