40 Years ago, the Porsche 911 Turbo high performance sports coupé burst onto the roads, styled distinctively and with luxurious interior features; so what better time than in celebration of those 4 decades for Porsche to unveil the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition exclusively for the UK market in a limited edition of 40; an individual’s combination of the appeal of the rear-engined, turbocharged 911 and the Porsche tradition in a coupe that is truly at the pinnacle of the 911 range and also the height of individuality.
911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition
Looking at what the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition has to offer is just like every dream that you have as a child when it came to your ideal car.
There’s an all-wheel drive chassis with active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights, a 560 hp flat six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system, Sport Chrono Package Plus that includes dynamic engine mounts, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), 20” Sport Classic alloy wheels and a choice of three exterior colours: GT Silver metallic, White, Guards Red
There’s the fact that the 911 Turbo S can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds right on up to a top speed of 197 mph.
There’s the fact that the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition looks like your ultimate car – which was always a Porsche, naturally – but with little touches added to it to make it the dream come true; touches like the black rear spoiler that links it to the very first 911 Turbo, Sport Classic wheels in black, black finished exterior door handles, black leather upholstery inside with Guards Red contrasting stitching, SportDesign wing mirrors, Porsche logo script in black along door sills, a storage compartment lid with an embossed Union flag, a SportDesign steering wheel with centre marking in Guards Red and rim with Guards Red stitching, privacy glazed windows, a Porsche crest embossed on the head restraints, Guards red seat belts, interior trim in Carbon that includes the gear lever, bespoke floor mats with leather edging and decorative stitching in Guards Red and complementary accessories that include a personalised indoor car cover, a unique photo book and a leather key pouch with decorative Guards Red stitching.
And then there’s what you can do with the car because of what you can’t necessarily see!
The technology of the 911 Turbo S
You’ve already seen the acceleration and speed details, and are already salivating over the opportunities available and the doors that they will open – so what gets you there?
Working together in beautiful tandem are the turbocharged 3.8-litre flat-six engine with direct petrol injection that produces 560 hp (412 kW) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system. Power gets transferred to the drivetrain via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK), enabling an auto start/stop function with engine shut-off that now activates earlier than before – in fact, when coasting to a halt. This all helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to 16% from the previous model (increasing the mpg to 29.1) by working with a new thermal management system for the turbo engine and the PDK transmission.
In the 911 Turbo, to get more precise power distribution quicker to the two axles, Porsche has developed a new all-wheel drive system (PTM) with an electronically controlled and activated multi-plate clutch and a new water cooling function; and the introduction of rear axle steering to all 911 Turbo models improves both track driving and everyday performance of the two new sports cars immensely.
There is also an active aerodynamic system on the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition that is instantly recognised from the outside as the sturdy, retractable three-stage front spoiler and deployable rear wing with three adjustable positions combine to allow the driver to choose between optimal efficiency (speed position) or ultimate dynamic performance.
Overall, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is that dream come true, but the fact that there are only 40 in this country? Nightmare!