The performance is shattering. Yes, there are electric cars around today that are proving to be faster off the line on paper, but the difference of a tenth or two means absolutely nothing when you’re accelerating to 62mph in under three seconds. For the record, the 992 Turbo S will crack 62mph (100km/h) in 2.7 seconds. Zero to 124mph (200km/h) is over in 8.9 seconds and the top speed is 205mph (323km/h). I promise you, when the car really hooks up in a full-bore launch, when there’s no slip at all, you feel as though you’re auditioning for NASA.
Those numbers come courtesy of a monstrous all-wheel-drive system, a rapid eight-speed double-clutch gearbox and a twin-turbo, 3.8-litre flat-six with 650PS (478kW) and 800Nm (592lb ft) of torque. For the record, that’s 70PS and 50Nm more than the 991 Turbo S, thanks to a new charge-air cooling system, new intake and new, larger turbochargers (they deserve an entire paragraph on their own). The all-wheel-drive system, can deliver even more torque to the front wheels, up to 500Nm.
As I said at the beginning, though, the new Turbo S isn’t just about straight line performance. As well as the wider track and new, hidden aero features there’s rear-wheel steering and bigger brakes, now 420mm at the front and 390mm at the rear, carbon ceramic on the Turbo S. The rear-wheel steering brings stability at speed and a tighter turning circle when you slow things down and try to drive with some restraint, and the brakes are very, very good at bringing you to a stop. A good thing, really, given how easy it is to find yourself going a tad quicker than you’d realised… What’s more, the steering inspires confidence, the adjustable dampers give you suppleness when you need it and a firmer platform when you don’t, there’s an other-worldly level of grip seemingly all of the time, and there’s some real 911 flat-six noise from the engine at higher revs, too.
One of the most entertaining features has to be Sport Response. There’s a little rotary dial on the steering wheel with which you can move between the Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual drive modes. Move through the modes and the Turbo S becomes progressively more feisty and alert, but if you’re in Normal and find yourself in a situation that requires everything the car has you can press a little button in the middle of the dial for Sport Response. Push it, and immediately everything – engine, exhaust, gearbox, all-wheel-drive system – is at maximum attack for 20 seconds. Coffee is cheaper, but a Turbo S and Sport Response packs a similar punch.