Indeed, one could argue the Turbo S lacks soul, but the numbers don’t lie. This car delivers a turn of speed like few others, and it does so with uncommon accessibility. It’s secure, surefooted, and while its limits are far beyond anything mere mortals can approach (especially on public roads), no matter how hard you dare push, the Turbo S never feels like it’s trying to kill you.
If you want more soul and daring in your 911, go for the $200,700 GT3 RS or $211,000 911 R (if you can find one).
In lock step with the lesser 911s that saw big changes for the 2017 model year, the Turbo S gets new headlights and taillights, freshened front fascia and vertical strakes on the engine cover.
Inside we see Porsche’s new infotainment system with its larger touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and pinch and swipe functions. This is a huge improvement over the previous antediluvian affair. We also welcome the ergonomically successful drive mode selector that lives at 4 o’clock within the lovely 918-style steering wheels. Much better than the outgoing fussy buttons found (with difficulty) on the console, it is now very easy to switch between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual while on the move. Each stetting has a preordained influence on throttle response, transmission mapping, stability and traction control, adaptive damping, active aerodynamic aids, auto start/stop and PDCC adjustable anti-roll bars. Individual allows for a custom dynamic cocktail.
In the centre of this controller is the Sport Response button. Pressing this nets a 20-second burst of full attack mode for those times when the Turbo’s “regular” performance just isn’t enough. Presumably when being bothered by a pesky Lambo or McLaren.
For 2017, the 3.8L flat-six in the Turbo S receives new turbos with larger impeller wheels, increased fuel pressure and reworked intake ports. Porsche claims a top speed of 330 km/h, which is up 11 km/h from last year.
The Turbo S gets standard carbon ceramic brakes, 20-inch centre-lock forged alloys shod with 245/35ZR20 front and 305/30ZR20 rear, dynamic engine mounts, rear-wheel steering, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus along with the aforementioned adaptive damping and active roll bars.