991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Review

If only the best will do, we have the Porsche Turbo S specs for you. What if there was a twin-turbo supercar that anyone could purchase? The Porsche 911 has grown from one model in 1963 to several dozen variants. Names like Carrera, Targa, GTS, and Cabriolet can be had in rear or all-wheel-drive. But sitting atop the ladder is the king of all 911 models, the Turbo S.

The most successful generation for the 911 has been the 991 series. Base model Carreras were introduced in 2012, with the Turbo S arriving for the 2013 model year.  Available as a coupe or convertible, every Porsche 911 Turbo S specs include a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six, all-wheel-drive, and a PDK transmission. 

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991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Engine

How can a six-cylinder engine become more than just a sum of its parts? Send it to Stuttgart and each piston will produce over 100 horsepower. The twin-turbocharged 3.8 L flat-six engine of the 991 series arrived with 552 hp 516 lb-ft of torque and 553 lb ft with over-boost.

Optional at first, the Sport Chrono package added an over-boost function to the turbochargers. This pushed torque to 553 lb-ft in certain situations. For those lucky enough to order an Exclusive series, the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-6 engine offered 607 horsepower and a Porsche 911 Turbo S 0-60 is 2.8 seconds if equipped with the Sport Chrono Package.

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Design

As the ultimate example of the Porsche 911, the design of the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S was wider and lower than its siblings. It incorporated adaptive aerodynamics in a front chin spoiler emblazoned with the Turbo S logo. Along with the giant rear wing they deployed automatically or manually via a button on the console.

Porsche never stops innovating, and they cooked up a series of upgrades for the 2016 model year. When it was said and done, almost every dimension was changed. Styling updates to the front and rear separate the 2013-2015 cars into the 991.1 generation. Taking a hiatus, the 2017-2019 cars are known as the 991.2 series. 

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Price

If you want one of the fastest cars on earth, the 991 911 Porsche Turbo S price started at $161,500 in 2013, with the convertible adding around $12,000. The Exclusive Series was limited to 500 examples, with many approaching $275,000. Because Porsche does not limit production, a Porsche 911 Turbo for sale comes down to age, options, and miles. A 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S price starts at $190,700 MSRP.

The most valued models have "Special Wishes". Known as Z codes on the build sheet, it represents a custom touch requested by the buyer. These are sent to the factory with more safeguards than nuclear launch codes. A custom paint color and carbon fiber wheels could be fought over by potential buyers. 

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Specs 

  • Price: $190,700
  • Engine: 3.8-liter Twin Turbo Flat-Six
  • Transmission: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic
  • Horsepower: 607 hp
  • Torque: 553 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 2.6 seconds
  • Top Speed: 205 mph

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Transmission

A car with this much power and AWD would destroy a manual gearbox. Many automatics would be on suicide watch after a few hard launches. The manufacturer says the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S specs are capable of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. But we have observed 2.6 in our Exclusive Series. Only the PDK could perform such magic. The Porsche Double Kupplung 7-speed dual-clutch has separate inputs for even and odd gears. It is the fastest and strongest example on the market and it has a dual personality. It can shift gently for grandma or as oppressive as Odin.

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Wheels & Brakes

 If you have 553 lb-ft of torque, traction is a factor where the rubber meets the road. Porsche was the first to offer braided carbon fiber wheels. Not only are they a perfect match for the carbon-ceramic brakes, they are 20% lighter. The 20" Turbo S wheel is center-lock, replacing 5 lug bolts with one titanium fastener. Because the carbon wheels are also 20% stronger, they offer more confidence in the corners. 

Steel rotors are available if you plan on track days, and they will be squeezed by six-piston aluminum monoblock fixed calipers on the front end. Because the brakes are tied into the traction control system, the 991 series Porsche 911 Turbo S also has four-piston aluminum monoblock fixed calipers on the rear. The carbon-ceramic rotors are internally vented to dissipate heat and they are woven with holes that resemble a cross-drilled pattern. 

991 Porsche 911 Turbo S Standout Features

PTM: Porsche Traction Management is how their AWD models keep you safe. The center differential can send 100% of torque front or rear in an instant. It does this using magnetic clutches. They take orders from a variable map inside a dedicated computer. It takes inputs from all-wheel speed sensors, yaw rate, steering angle and the mode selected by the driver. Standard equipment on the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S.

PASM: Porsche Active Suspension Management is their nomenclature for advanced shock absorbers. Sensors at each wheel send real-time info to the computer. It then adjusts each corner to cope with changing road conditions. 

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Rear Steer: Rear-wheel steering is by far the best option on any 911. At slow speeds the wheels turn opposite of the front, allowing a turning circle like that of a shopping cart. At highway speeds, all 4 turn together making lane changes immediate and rewarding. 

PDCC: While optional on 911 Turbo models, it is standard on the 991 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control is the answer for sway bar upgrades. It replaces a traditional sway bar with a unique hydraulic accumulator system. If the right tire moves up, it forces hydraulic fluid to the left side pushing that tire down. The system is pure genius, even if it adds a few pounds to the nose. The result is flat cornering without the stiff ride of a steel spring. 

Sport Chrono Package: How do you know if your lap times are improving? Looking at your watch is a major distraction, so Porsche engineered a highly accurate chronometer for the dash. More than just a fancy clock, it includes a mode switch that brings every chassis and engine system together. The driver can choose from Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. The latter allows the driver to fine-tune each system, and save that configuration for the ultimate in handling and performance. All of these systems keep you safe at a top speed of 205 mph.

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