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Published on April 13th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin

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Porsche 911 992 Turbo S Arrives In Malaysia

The gentleman ‘bahnstormer within the 911 range is yours for the princely sum of RM 2.24 million. 

Porsche Malaysia has recently announced the local launch of the latest iteration 911 Turbo S. The more gentlemanly ‘bahnstorming Stuggart stallion as opposed to its GT badged alternatives, this range-topping variant within the German sports car manufacturer’s current 992 lineup arrives just over here a year after its international unveiling. 

Now while it is true that all (non-GT) 911s now feature two metal snails strapped its flat six, the Turbo S however does naturally gain a healthy bump in power over its standard counterparts to the tune of 650 PS and 800 Nm of torque. The most powerful model within the current 992 range, this accolade comes courtesy of a larger capacity 3.7 litre engine (over the standard cars’ 3.0 litres) paired with larger twin variable geometry turbos and a new intake system. 

Not only is this particular variant the most powerful of the current bunch though, but when mated to the sole option of an 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch transmission that drives all four wheels, the Turbo S also the quickest and the fastest accelerating new 911 too. Clocking in a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 2.5 seconds (the GT3 does it in 3.4 seconds), a 0-200 km/h time of 8.9 seconds (1 second quicker than the 991 Turbo S) and a top speed of 330 km/h. 

Despite being all this performance however, the 992 911 Turbo S has most probably shaken off its widow-maker nickname infamously earned from the Turbo models of old. That is because this latest iteration is packed to the rafters with clever tech to keep the driver out on the tarmac regardless of the speed, like the standard Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) for instance. 

Controlling its front cooling flaps as well as the large extending and tilting large rear wing (with 15% more downforce from before), this clever active aero system also brings with it new Wet and Eco configurations, not to mention a new Airbrake feature that drastically reduces high speed braking distances. All this therefore should equate to a 911 Turbo S that is efficient at lower speeds, while simultaneously being able to provide the confidence to press on at much higher speeds too. 

Now to further aid in the effort of high speed performance, this particular variant of 911 also gains an enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system capable of sending 500 Nm to the front wheels and a standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) chassis that lowers the car by some 10 mm. A set of 20- and 21-inch mixed alloy wheels are to be seen (for the first time ever) tucked beneath the flared fenders the 992 Turbo S too. 

Continuing on other exterior distinctions of the Turbo S over the standard car, this trim level gains LED matrix headlights with dark inserts, a pneumatically extendable front spoiler and oval tailpipes in high-gloss black that are a signature of this flagship variant. Another signature distinguishing feature would be the tell-tale twin rear vents within the swollen rear arches, which incidentally hints at the wider track up front (+45 mm) and round the back (+10 mm).

Moving inside, the full leather interior of the Turbo S features 18-way adjustable sports with stitching that pays homage to the 930 Turbo, GT sports steering wheel, carbon trim and Light Silver accents. A Bose Surround Sound system, Sport Chrono with integration to the new Porsche Track Precision app and a 10.9-inch central PCM display meanwhile are among the tech highlights within the cabin. 

Available now at the four Porsche Centres nationwide, the price for the privilege of owning one of these flagship 911 variants is RM 2,235,463. It is worth noting however that this SST exempted price (that is valid till the end of June) interestingly does includes all taxes and duties as well as a four-year international warranty, but does not include any further options one might decide to tick on the extensive personalisation list from Porsche.

PRESS RELEASE: Ever since Porsche introduced the Turbo model designation for the 911 flagship more than four decades ago, the name has become synonymous for being the top-of-the-range model. Following the opening of its flagship Porsche Centre Ara Damansara, it comes as no surprise that Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) launches the new generation 911 Turbo S in its relentless commitment to continuously elevate the sportscar fascination in Malaysia. 

This range-topping 911 is powered by a new 3.8 litre boxer engine with two VTG turbochargers, which delivers 478 kW (650 PS) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The Turbo-specific eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) cuts 0.2 seconds from the zero to 100 km/h sprint, compared to its predecessor. Top speed remains unchanged at 330 km/h. 

“The Porsche Turbo designation is synonymous with outstanding performance, even when it was first introduced. The forefather of all Turbos (the 930 generation) was indeed a technical revolution in car production and has been improved time and time again. This is even more so with the new 911 Turbo S. While it performs at the level of a super car, the daily driveabilty remains outstanding. It is this flexibility to react to different situations that makes the 911 Turbo S a personal favourite of mine. Combining unprecedented power, driving dynamics and comfort with efficiency builds a bridge from tradition to innovation with this new generation,” says Christopher Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of SDAP.

This top-of-the-range 911 with enhanced dynamics, the new 911 Turbo S in Malaysia starts from RM 2,235,463 within the SST exemption period. 

Optimum driving dynamics and minimum drag

Modified track widths, further developed aerodynamics and new mixed-sized tyres contribute to the agility and sportiness of the new 911 Turbo S: the track is now 42 mm wider at the front axle and 10 mm wider at the rear axle. The dimensions of the 911 Turbo S have also been increased significantly in line with the enhanced driving dynamics, whereby it is 45 milimetres wider above the front axle (1,840 mm) and an increase of 20 milimetres in overall width above the rear axle (1,900 mm). 

Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) in the new 911 Turbo S adapts the aerodynamic characteristics even more precisely to the driving situation, speed and selected driving mode, and resolves the age-old aerodynamic configuration dilemma: the contradiction between a low drag coefficient for maximum speed and low consumption, and high downforce for better driving dynamics. The comprehensive expansion of PAA makes it possible to achieve a much larger spread between the aerodynamic configurations for optimum driving dynamics and minimum drag. The adaptive aerodynamics now include controlled cooling air flaps at the front and a larger rear wing for even more downforce. 

For the first time, the 911 Turbo S transfers its power to the road with mixed tyres in two different sizes: it has 20-inch tyres with their unique 255/35 dimensions at the front, and 21-inch 315/30 tyres at the rear. 

New functions and rear wing positions for the 911 Turbo S

The active cooling flaps, together with the variable front spoiler lip as well as the larger extending and tilting rear wing which delivers 15 per cent more downforce, offers three active aerodynamic components, depending on the speed and driving mode. In the newly available Eco configuration, the rear wing is retracted over a large speed range so that the vehicle can be driven with minimum drag. 

Also newly available, the Wet mode is focused on driving stability in wet conditions. The extended but not yet tilted rear wing combined with the completely retracted front spoiler lip shifts the aerodynamic balance towards the rear axle when the Wet mode is activated. This results in a higher rear-end and driving stability for greater safety on wet road surfaces. 

In the event of full braking at high speed, the new airbrake function will be activated automatically. The front spoiler and rear wing are moved to the Performance position for higher drag and increased downforce to reduce the braking distance and improve driving stability during braking. 

Completely new engine resulting in improved engine efficiency 

The engine of this generation of 911 Turbo S is new, and based on the 911 Carrera engine generation. It features a completely redesigned air cooling system; new, larger VTG turbochargers in a symmetrical layout with electrically adjustable wastegate flaps, as well as the use of piezo injectors, which have significantly improved the vehicle’s characteristics with regard to responsiveness, power, torque, emissions and revving ability. 

The new six-cylinder engine is aspirated by a new intake system. In this instance, the previous routing of process air and charge air cooling was swapped around: part of the process air now flows through the characteristic Turbo air intakes in the rear side sections. In front of the air filters, now situated in the rear wings, two other airflows have also been incorporated, through the rear lid grille. This means the new 911 Turbo S has four intakes with a larger overall cross-section and lower resistance, helping to improve engine efficiency. 

Agile, sporty and sleek in its performance and design

The leap in performance of this new generation is particularly noticeable in its sprint from zero to 200 km/h: it is one full second quicker than its predecessor, at 8.9 seconds. Thanks to the enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, the transfer case can distribute significantly more torque, with up to 500 Nm being transferred to the front wheels. 

The new generation of the standard PASM chassis is also even sportier. Faster and more precisely controlled dampers provide significant advantages to the driving dynamics with respect to roll stability, road holding, steering behaviour and cornering speeds. 

The harmonious design, which perfectly balances driving pleasure, dynamics and sportiness, is ideally suited for everyday use as well as the race track. The new front end with wider air intakes has a characteristic Turbo-look with dual front light modules as well as standard LED matrix headlights with dark inserts. The redesigned, pneumatically extendable front spoiler and the larger rear wing with its muscular sections with integrated air intakes emphasise the sleek body of the 911 Turbo S. The new look of the rear is completed by rectangular tailpipes in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo. 

The interior has a high-quality and sporty finish. The standard equipment list includes a full leather interior and carbon trim in combination with Light Silver accents. The 18-way adjustable sports seats feature stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo (type 930). High quality graphic elements and logos in the instrument cluster complete the characteristic Turbo S features. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly without distraction thanks to its new layout with significantly reduced number of controls. Other features on board are the GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package with newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app and BOSE® Surround Sound system. 

Additional new equipment options also underline the much sportier image of the all-wheel drive 911, including the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis that has been lowered by 10 mm. The sports exhaust system with adjustable flaps also guarantees a distinctive sound, for an overall emotion-filled drive. 

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