Porsche has a penchant for releasing the top-spec models first. When they launched the new 992-generation 911 in late 2018, they first revealed the Carrera S and 4S before the entry-level Carrera. Similar to the more powerful Turbo variants, the Turbo S was revealed earlier this 2020. Only now did the Stuttgart-based manufacturer reveal the “more affordable” and less powerful 911 Turbo model.
Despite the Turbo having fewer horses than the Turbo S, it still packs a punch. Power from the turbocharged 3.7-liter flat-six engine is rated at 580 horsepower and 750 Nm torque. It is down by 70 PS from the Turbo S's 650 horsepower motor but, it has 40 more than its predecessor. An 8-speed PDK gearbox sends power to all four wheels. As a result, it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, making it faster than the previous 991-generation Turbo S. Meanwhile, top-speed remains unchanged at 320 km/h.
To make the car even faster, Porsche offers the Lightweight Design package as an added extra. Those who choose to have this option will reduce weight by around 30kg courtesy of lightweight bucket seats, a rear-seat delete, and less insulation. A sports exhaust is also available as an option.
Design-wise, it is hard to tell the Turbo and Turbo S apart. Aside from the lack of an “S” badge at the rear, one of the most obvious ways is by looking at the exhaust. The Turbo S comes with two large oval units while the Turbo has quad-exit exhaust with squarish tips. From the press photos released by Porsche, the Turbo does appear to have a different set of wheels featuring a multi-spoke design. However, we assume customers can choose to fit the 5-spoke wheels of the Turbo S.
Similar to the more-powerful sibling, there are electric air-cooling flaps upfront and an active rear spoiler. As with any 911 Turbo model, side intake vents are standard. Inside, it is the same as any 992 models with customers having options to choose various colors and trim.
The 2021 911 Turbo is available both as a coupe and as a cabriolet. With the introduction of the Turbo, the 992-generation 911 line up is almost complete. The only missing variants are the much-awaited GT3, GT3 RS, and the GT2. Hopefully, the wait won't be too long for these new models.