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Porsche just dropped a new 911 Turbo, which means the sports car world has its new presumptive king.
The question is not should we get one, but how do we spec it? There are millions of possible configurations. We’ve been agonizing over every paint colour, every optional extra, every permutation of contrast-stitch thread and two-tone leather.
To PCCB, or not to PCCB? That is the question. (Actually, Porsche has solved it, since the Carbon Ceramic Brakes come standard on the Turbo S.)
First, A Brief History
Flashback to the early ’70s. The story goes, more-or-less, that a bunch of lab-coat wearing German engineers thought it would be fun to take some of the turbocharger tech they’d used to create monstrous 1,100 horsepower CanAm racing machines and cram it into the 911. Blissed out listening to Heino’s latest hit Blau blüht der Enzian on repeat, they created an icon: the whale-tail wing, fat fenders and 276 hp. It was hot stuff, wicked fast with plenty of turbo lag, and not for the faint of heart. But, the engineers didn’t stop there. By the end of the decade, the Turbo’s engine had grown to 3.3-litres and they’d added an intercooler to improve the thermodynamics. At one point, they even chopped the roof off to create the 911 Turbo Cabriolet — the single most popular car of the ’80s, as judged solely by the valet lots of elite country clubs.
In 1995 came another seminal moment in Porsche Turbo history: Will Smith’s character in Bad Boys races through Miami in a black 964 Turbo. The car in the movie was actually Michael Bay’s own. In the latest instalment of the franchise, Bad Boys For Life, Smith had to make do with a 911 Carrera 4S because the new Turbo had yet to be invented. Thankfully, it’s here now.
Meet the New Turbo
Meet the all-new, 992-generation 911 Turbo S. It cranks out 640 hp (at 6,750 rpm) and 590 lb-ft of torque (2,500-4,000 rpm) from a 3.8-litre flat six motor breathing through a pair of bigger, meaner turbochargers. Top speed? 330 km/h. Slam on the brakes and active aero — movable wings front and rear — flip up in the blink of an eye to act as an air brake. You need it, since this thing can move as fast as a small airplane.
The Turbo S coupe starts at $231,700 while the Cabriolet starts at $246,300. We’ll go for the coupe, because it’s one-tenth of a second quicker from 0-100. (Also, we’d argue it just looks better.)
For our Sharp x 911 Turbo S, we wanted a timeless look that could go from day to night. Nothing too outré, because the whole point of the Turbo is that it’s everyday transport and a ballistic sports car. The brown interior with wood trim and gold wheels pay homage to the car’s 1970s roots, but the rest is subtle and thoroughly modern.
The damage? All in all we spent a healthy $56,461 on options and accessories for a total of $288,161 — excluding tax and destination.
Here’s the full rundown of extras:
GT Silver Metallic: $0
Club Leather in Truffle Brown with Chalk Stitching: $1,240
Electric Slide/Tilt Sunroof: $1,770
Protection Film – Front, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $2,925
Rear Side Air Intakes in Exterior Color, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $690
Engine Compartment Cover in Titanium Grey, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $530
“PORSCHE” Logo on Rear in High Gloss Black, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $340
“911 turbo S” Logo on Rear in High Gloss Black, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $300
Rear Lid Grille Vertical Slat Inlays in Exterior Color, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $820
Lightweight and noise insulated glass: $1,420
Sport Exhaust System incl. Tailpipes in Silver, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $3,990
Front Axle Lift System: $3,150
20″/21″ 911 Turbo S Exclusive Design Wheels, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $2,840
Wheels Painted in Satin Aurum, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $1,480
Tinted LED-Matrix Headlights in Black incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $850
Surround View Camera System: $1,640
Porsche InnoDrive incl. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Active Lane Keep (ALK): $3,450
Night Vision Assist: $2,900
Lane Change Assist: $1,200
Ambient Lighting: $660
Adaptive Sport Seats Plus (18-way) with Memory Package: $0
Seat Ventilation (front): $960
Storage Package: $0
Seat Belts in Silver Grey, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $620
Rev Counter in White, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $480
Fuse Box Cover in Leather, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $415
Porsche Crest Embossed on Headrests, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $330
Steering Column Casing in Leather i.c.w. Electric Steering Column, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $600
Sun Visors in Leather, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $680
Inner Door-Sill Guards in Leather, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $825
Sport Seats Plus Backrest Shells in Leather with Paldao Inlay, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $2,720
Vehicle Keys in Leather incl. One Key Pouch in Leather, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $725
Owner’s Manual Wallet in Leather, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $590
Paldao Dark Wood Interior Trim, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $0
PDK Gear Selector in Aluminum, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $850
Pedals and Footrest in Aluminum, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $720
Door-Sill Guards in Dark Silver Brushed Aluminum, Illuminated, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur: $1,030
Burmester® High-End Surround Sound System: $4,540
Decorative valve sleeves (in Black with colored Porsche Crest): $80
Luggage compartment liner: $260
Leather luggage set: $7,841