Performance fans will have one more object of desire to set their sights on starting later this year with the arrival of 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S. Due for a formal reveal at Geneva in March, the first "S" spec 911 Turbo in half a decade will roll into showrooms on both sides of the Atlantic in May. Available in both Coupe and Cabriolet configurations, this electrifying all-wheel driver complements greater absolute power with a megaload of standard upscale features aimed at securing it instant classic status.
Although its maximum torque remains at a heady 516 lb.-ft., horsepower of the 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged/intercooled flat-six in the 2011 Porsche Turbo S jumps from 500 to 530. Paired with its standard-issue seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox, Porsche says the car will streak to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and top out at 195 mph -- all while using no more fuel than the less-potent baseline 911 Turbo.
In addition to features like Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Dynamic Engine Mounts and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) systems that help define the driving character of every 911 Turbo, the "S" iteration also includes otherwise optional items like the Sport Chrono Package with Launch Control, super light/fade-free Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), 19-inch center-locking Spyder alloy wheels and corner-following Dynamic Bending Headlights. Inside, the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S boasts a sport steering wheel with shifter paddles, adaptive sport seats, an upgraded audio system and unique leather and trim bits.
Pricing will start at $159,100 for the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe and at $170,200 for the Cabriolet.