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Geneva Motor Show 2020

Porsche's new 911 Turbo S does 0-62 in 2.7secs

Coronavirus can't stop the new Turbo S, and neither can physics, it seems

Published: 03 Mar 2020

The Geneva Motor Show must go on, and so – undeterred by the show halls bolting shut thanks to Covid-19 – Porsche has shown the new 911 Turbo S via an online reveal.

A bit of distance from it is perhaps wise, too, for it is angry and means business. Just look at it. Porsche has taken a demonstrably fast and aggressively wide car and made it, well, faster and wider.

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The last Turbo S launched with 552bhp. This one launches with 641bhp. Even madder is its 590lb ft torque figure, available in full from 2,500 to 4,500rpm. Yikes. Those figures are pumped out by a new 3.8-litre flat-six engine, with a pair of turbos larger than before and tons more cooling.

Power is sent through all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK paddleshifter, and the usual, clever bunch of electronics can send over half of the torque to the front axle as well as the rear.

You want numbers? The 0-62mph time is down 0.2secs on before, at 2.7secs. The 0-120mph time is down an entire second at 8.9secs. That’s hypercar pace in a four-seat sports car with a decent boot. The top speed is unchanged on the old Turbo S, mind, at 205mph. We think we’ll cope.

There’s simply *more* of everything. The rear wing is bigger and, in partnership with a pneumatically deployed front spoiler, creates 15 per cent more downforce than before. The track widths are up 42mm front and 10mm rear, so you end up with a car 1.9 metres wide. There are faster reacting dampers, while you get rear-wheel steering and carbon ceramic brakes as standard to help keep the Turbo S’s additional heft in check.

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And it’s more luxurious than ever inside, with luxury to bely such monstrous performance. So there’s vast swathes of leather and a trick 11in touchscreen with a stonking Bose stereo tucked behind it. You get rather a lot as standard for the £155,970 RRP, in fact, with 10mm-lower sports suspension and a shoutier exhaust among the options.

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