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2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Preview

2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Preview

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010
2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Critical Knowledge:
  • New flagship Porsche Turbo
  • Standard 3.8-liter twin-turbo powerplant
  • Rated at 530 horsepower
  • Standard 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Standard ceramic composite brakes
  • Unique interior upholstery
  • No fuel economy penalty over standard Turbo model
  • Coupe and convertible body styles
  • On sale mid-2010
  • Fast fact: single bolt, central locking wheels to reduce rotating mass
Introduction
Porsche's racetrack-bred 911 models have a racing pedigree. They have participated in a majority of the world's most prestigious races over the past several decades and won many of them. The list doesn't just include road circuit events; the 911 is also adept at off-road rally racing, hill climbs, and endurance events. The Porsche 911, with its flat-6 engine unconventionally mounted behind the rear wheels, has been successful for Porsche-as a street car and as a competition car as well.

In 1974, Porsche added a turbocharger to the 911. The forced-induction completely changed the personality of the vehicle, but Porsche simply called it the "911 Turbo." The 911 Turbo sported distinctively wide front and rear wheel arches, a deep front splitter, and an oversized rear "whale tail" spoiler. The brakes and suspension were upgraded. All of these changes were functional-not merely for aesthetics-each designed to improve the Turbo's high-performance mission.

While it was originally intended to serve as a limited-production model for entry into a racing series, the popularity of the 911 Turbo in the public sector (and showrooms) encouraged Porsche to continue production of the model. It eventually became the company's flagship "grand touring" model.

The standard Porsche 911 Turbo was last redesigned for the 2010 model year when it debuted in the 911's latest "997" chassis with a new engine, new transmission, and upgraded cosmetics. While Porsche's 911 lineup is comprised of more than a dozen different models, sitting at the top of the 911 model range is the new 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S (the "S" nomenclature is reserved for the highest-performing models in Porsche's lineup). With the 2011 911 Turbo S, this means more power, unique wheels, bigger brakes, and a special engine management system. The Turbo S is expected in showrooms in the summer of 2010.2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Model Lineup
The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S will be available in both coupe and convertible body styles. All will wear the same front and rear fascias as the standard 911 Turbo, including new-for-2010 integrated LED front and rear lamps. Although the new 2011 "S" model is equipped with unique wheels and brakes, these are offered as options on the regular Turbo models. In fact, looking for the special "S" badges on the rear decklid is about the only way to differentiate this unique model from its standard Turbo brethren.

The 911 Turbo S features a long list of standard equipment with a full complement of power accessories including power windows, power locks, and a power moonroof. Unlike the other 911 offerings, the unique Turbo S is fitted with sport bucket seats in exclusive twin-tone leather upholstery in Black/Crema or Black/Titanium Blue. The S model is also fitted with a standard three-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles. Even with this high level of standard equipment, many consumers will choose from the extensive Porsche options and accessories list to customize their 911 Turbo S even further.

Hardware
The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S is fitted with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-6 powerplant. The engine made its debut in the 2010 911 Turbo as the first all-new engine in the 35-year history of the Turbo model. Utilizing advanced technology such as direct fuel injection, variable-vane turbocharger geometry, and special engine management tuning, the 6-cylinder generates 530 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. All Turbo S models are fitted with Porsche's 7-speed "PDK" dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as a standard feature.

Porsche claims the 2011 911 Turbo S will accelerate to 62 mph in just 3.3 seconds and to 124 mph in 10.8 seconds. There are only a handful of vehicles in the world that are quicker. According to the company, the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S has a top speed of 195 mph. While such improvements in performance are usually associated with inefficiency, the automaker says the new Turbo S suffers no fuel efficiency penalty when compared to the standard Turbo model-itself free from gas-guzzler taxes.

To harness the increased performance, Porsche fits all 911 Turbo S models with central-locking 19-inch alloy wheels and fade-resistant Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). In addition, the Turbo S features the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)-with a mechanical lock on the rear differential-to improve agility and increase steering accuracy.2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Safety
Like all 911 models, Porsche equips the 911 Turbo S models with driver and passenger front air bags and the Porsche Side Impact Protection (POISP) system. The innovative POISP system includes two side air bags: one located inside the door panel, the second located in the side of the seat. When deployed, the air bags are designed to protect the torso, head, and thorax region of the passenger. In addition to the air bags, all 911 Turbo S models receive standard anti-lock brakes, enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM), and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.

Technology
The 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S is fitted with the automaker's 19-inch "RS Spyder" center-locking wheels as standard fitment. The wheel itself is constructed of lightweight forged aluminum (forging is a process of using extreme pressure to make an alloy much stronger than it is when cast) modeled after the automaker's RS Spyder LMP2 race car pattern. While a forged wheel is unique, offering a central locking wheel-a technology pulled right from the race track-on a road car it is practically unheard of. Porsche has designed a central locking system with a cartridge fitted to the wheel hub with spring-mounted security bolts. Aside from the cosmetic advantages (no more unsightly lug nuts), Porsche says the single-bolt system allows faster wheel changes and it offers performance benefits by reducing the amount of rotating mass on each wheel.

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