911/911 Turbo S
The Porsche 911 is an absolute legend amongst sports car lovers… and with every good reason. Its incredible speed and acceleration make it a real attraction to thrill seekers but the handling is one for the connoisseurs. And the latest 911 Turbo S really raises the bar.
The goodLooks, handling, performance and all-round package
The badWatch those speed limits
Porsche 911 Turbo S (2021)
While the motoring world is looking to a cleaner, greener future with hybrid and plugged in technology, Porsche has just upped the stakes in the sports car sector with its latest 911 Turbo S.
The low-slung, two-door model is steeped in history and famed the world over for delivering one of the most powerful, exhilarating performances of any road car. The 911 first graced our roads back in 1963 and has been offered in Turbo guise since 1974, but now the latest model has got even better.
Powered by a six-cylinder, 3.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 650hp and 800Nm of torque, the 911 Turbo S blasts its way from 0-62mph in just 2.7 seconds and boasts a top speed of 205mph. With its curvaceous body styling, it turns heads as it fires past – blink and you’ll miss it. Running costs are not cheap though with a combined 23.5mpg and carbon emissions of 254g/km.
Viewed from any approach, this car screams performance at you and for the £155,970 outlay (£167,210 with options) you would expect nothing but the best. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.
Eye-catching design cues include front wings that are, as always, higher than the bonnet, four-point daytime running lights, slanted LED headlights, black air blades, retractable door handles, an active front spoiler, powerful rear wings and a seamless, one-piece light strip including the Porsche logo at the rear that connects the 3D LED taillights. There is a sports exhaust system with silver tailpipes (£2,180 option) and 20-inch Turbo S wheels on the front with 21-inch wheels on the rear. Yellow brake calipers complete the styling.
Move inside and the sporty cockpit is a hint at what’s in store. The 18-way electrically-adjustable sports seats can be heated and have quilted leather seat centres with ‘Turbo S’ embossed into the headrests. There is a GT sports steering wheel in smooth leather with dark silver shift paddles and a separate drive mode button. The Agave Green Club leather interior with Crayon stitching (£590) and the Crayon seat belts (£312) add to the interior ambience.
A 10.9-inch touchscreen display is the control centre to access many systems and the instrument cluster features two 7-inch TFT displays. Our car also featured a light design package costing £354 that enables you to dim the LEDs in the centre console, around the door handles, door storage compartments, footwells and rear seats with a choice of seven colour shades.
A 12-speaker Bose surround sound system, Apple CarPlay and Porsche Communication Management with online navigation are just a few of the on-board creature comforts at your disposal.
The latest rear-engined 911 Turbo S is slightly wider so feels more planted on the road and, of course, your experience is assisted by the likes of carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive dampers, torque vectoring, all-wheel drive and stability management.
Acceleration is blisteringly fast and almost needs to be experienced to be believed. Take a breath and you’re already at 60mph. The road-holding is totally assured meaning tight bends can be attacked with a real sense of attitude and the speed into the straight is unrelenting. This is a car that will keep delivering until your nerve breaks.
Drive modes called Wet, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual alter the mannerisms of the Porsche and for added excitement, there is a Sport Response button that preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best response and can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds – enough time to overtake a convey of cars.
The eight-speed PDK automatic transmission is perfectly timed to fire through the gears but there are steering wheel mounted paddles for added driver engagement and all controls, dials and readouts are perfectly positioned for ease of use.
And despite its low profile, the 911 is actually deceptively comfortable to drive, albeit a tad noisy. There is a 264-litre open luggage compartment behind the front seats plus a front boot (as the engine is at the rear), with 128-litres of space. Additionally, there is a lockable glovebox, a storage compartment in the centre console, two cup holders if you’re crazy enough to attempt to drink coffee on the go and door pockets.
A couple of passengers can sit in the back of the 911, but this would only be realistic for quite a short journey due to the limited space.
Safety specifications for such a powerful car need to be exceptional and, in fairness to Porsche, they are just that. The long list of equipment to keep occupants and other road users protected include warn and brake assist with integrated front cameras, side impact protection, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with speed limit indicator, night view assist, park assist with surround view, a full suite of airbags and plenty more besides.
There is also Porsche Wet Mode that will warn the driver if it detects a slippery surface and prompts them to move the car to Wet driving mode for improved traction and better safety.
All in all, the latest Porsche 911 Turbo S is the ultimate proof that great things do improve with age. While the new model maintains all its traditional DNA and is instantly recognisable it has just raised the bar in every department.