- High pressure is a tradition
- Porsche 911 Turbo of the 996 series: The top model in 2000.
- Still impressive
- Porsche 911 (996) Turbo
- Leap into modern times
- Porsche 911 (992) Turbo S
- Porsche 911 Turbo S
High pressure is a tradition
The Turbo is the top model of the Porsche 911 series. A look back at the year 2000 shows how rapidly the development is progressing.
Porsche 911 Turbo of the 996 series: The top model in 2000.
Turbo stands for high pressure at Porsche: In 1974, the sports car started with an exhaust gas turbocharger for the first time and offered an unbelievable 300 hp for the time.
Since then, the Turbo has been further developed with each 911 generation.
The top model of the 996 series, which was built from 2000 to 2006, is considered the first “modern” turbo. Here, for the first time, almost all elements that make up the Turbo today can be seen: the wide fenders at the rear with large air intakes are just as present as the extendable rear spoiler or the front bumper with three large openings for the required cooler.
From a technical point of view, the 996 Turbo comes very close to the basic recipe that still applies today. The six-cylinder boxer at the rear is pressurized by two turbochargers and – for the first time in a 911 Turbo – water-cooled. Then as now, the power is distributed to all four wheels to make the fast 911 as safe as possible on any surface. After all, that was also the case in 2000: the 911 Turbo should not be an uncompromising racing car for the road, but a sports car suitable for everyday use that can be incredibly fast when required.
20 years ago, Porsche elicited 420 hp from the 3.6-liter engine. The maximum torque was 560 Nm. If you shift the gears of the 6-speed manual transmission quickly enough, the 20-year-old turbo sprints to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and, according to the data sheet, reaches a top speed of more than 300 km/h. This is still impressive in 2020 and more than equal to some modern sports cars.
The powerful thrust is combined with a driving experience that modern cars are increasingly losing: the 996 Turbo feels much more analogue and mechanical. The hydraulic power steering provides direct feedback from the road, but also reacts clearly to bumps. And you can still clearly feel that the engine is in the rear on winding roads; the light front axle has to be loaded on the brakes in order to direct the old 11er to stay on track in the curve. In short: The 996 Turbo is still absolutely suitable for everyday use, safe to drive and lightning fast. But it needs a lot more commitment from the driver. A well-preserved 996 Turbo can already be seen as an investment – and currently costs around 50,000 francs. Ascending trend.
Porsche 911 (996) Turbo
For around 2,300 francs, Porsche also offers a modern navigation system for the classic, including smartphone integration, which has a contemporary look and fits into the old cockpit without major modifications. This allows the youngtimer to be upgraded to a sports car suitable for everyday use.
Leap into modern times
We turn the clock forward 20 years. The Turbo S now represents the top of the 911 family. The silhouette looks familiar, even if the 992 generation of the classic sports car has grown significantly compared to the 2000 model.
The engine has also grown: It now has a displacement of 3.8 liters, direct petrol injection and two turbochargers with variable turbine wheels to build up the thrust more evenly. The power is transferred to the road via a double-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. As befits a modern sports car, every tiniest movement is electronically controlled and monitored – which means that the fastest 911 always does exactly what the driver says at the steering wheel. At street speed, he can hardly be disturbed – despite immense performance, which you can hardly use on the street. 650 hp and 800 Nm of torque ensure outstanding driving performance; the Turbo S doesn’t seem to be accelerating, it just changes speed immediately. The question arises as to why you need so much power when you can hardly use it on the road anyway. Mainly because Porsche is asking at least 271,600 francs for the 911 Turbo S. The answer is provided by the driving experience that has probably always characterized the 911 Turbo: it provides the feeling of absolute sovereignty. Because with the 911 Turbo S you drive one of the fastest cars that can currently be on the road. But in a discreet and almost relaxed way. The Turbo 911 doesn’t shout its power into the world, does without powerful spoilers and unnecessary lowering. First and foremost, it is an absolutely everyday glider that can show its teeth at the push of a button. In everyday use, it is content with around 9.5 l/100 km, which is reasonable given the high performance.
Porsche 911 (992) Turbo S
Of course, nobody needs a car like the 911 Turbo S. Of the cars that nobody needs, it’s definitely one of the best. At that time like today.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
Engine: 6-cylinder boxer, 3745 cc
Power: 650 hp/800 Nm
Drive: auto 8-speed, 4×4
trunk volume: 128-392L
0-100km/h: 2.7 sec.
Consumption WLTP: 12.0L/100km
Price: from 271,600 francs
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