Porsche has unveiled the 8th generation 911 Turbo S and it has a lot going on. Being the fastest 911 ever produced, the 2020 Turbo S has in it a newly developed engine with bigger intakes and louder exhausts. The new car also stands wider with increased front and rear track widths.
The unveil starts with Mark Webber, the brand ambassador for Porsche introducing himself in the company’s design studio surrounded by 3 of the most recognizable sports cars in the world. The 911 has carried its traditional design since 1963 with only true Porsche enthusiasts being able to spot the minor cosmetic changes and upgrades. Mechanically, however, the 911 has evolved dramatically each year with better performance and industry-defining capabilities.
Now aficionados will tell you that the new car has changed significantly overall. Details such as sharper curve lines on the hood, wider front and rear tracks and an open rear diffuser that improves aero and lowers drag. For you and I, though, these upgrades might not seem evident at first glance. To make the 2020 911 Turbo S a real-world badass Porsche has given their newest flagship more power, better handling and a bigger price tag.
The 2020 Porsche Turbo S comes with a completely new engine inspired by the Carrera series. The 3.8L horizontally opposed 6 cylinder layout coupled with twin turbochargers makes 580 HP and 500 Nm of torque. Porsche is keen on stating that this new-gen 911 makes 70 horses more than the previous generation.
This re-engineered boxer engine takes the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe to 60mph in 2.6 seconds, 3/10ths of a second quicker than the previous generation. In a straight line sprint, the car will keep the driver pinned to the seat all the way to 200mph zooming past all previous generations of the 911 Turbo S series.
Inside the new 911 Turbo S, the changes get a bit more substantial. The all-new dual-tone interior cocoon the passengers in luxury with a choice between full leather and carbon finish with light silver accents. The 992 generation also gets a 10.9-inch touch screen, an updated dashboard, and a redesigned gear lever.
Porsche has given the 2020 911 Turbo S elements of history with the driver’s seat sporting stitching inspired by the original 911 turbo, the 930. The seat comes standard with 18-way adjustable options to give the driver full control ofo his surroundings inside the car. Riders, however, will notice that the latest generation does not get Porsche’s iconic cup holders and the steering wheel looks more sporty. The dials, too, get a bit soberer to give the car a more serious feel.
The 2020 Porsche Turbo S coupe starts at $204,850 with pre-orders starting soon and deliveries estimated by the end of this year. The Turbo S has been an intricate part of the Porsche family. While Porsche might only take one step forward with each new generation of the 911, it represents Porsche’s vision of a sharper design, speed, and efficiency.
By 2025, every second Porsche produced will be electric. That translates to the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S being one of the last pure breeds we might see. Go out, spend your savings and own the new 911 Turbo S till you still have a chance to own arguably the greatest sports car our industry has seen.