Now that the wraps are off the Porsche Carrera Turbo, the venerable Porsche 911 Turbo isn’t the only turbocharged car in the 911 lineup. While the Carrera proved that Porsche diehards who worried about the loss of naturally-aspirated engines need not have worried, the 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo and 2017 Porsche 911 Turbo S prove that Porsche isn’t neglecting its “traditional” turbos. Far from it, in fact.
The first piece of evidence is in both cars’ redesigned engines. Their displacement is the same (both have 3.8 L engines), but thanks to some mechanical wizardry — including new fuel injection systems and better intake ports — both cars squeeze 20 more horsepower out of the same engine volume. The Porsche 911 Turbo, therefore, delivers 540 hp, while the 911 Turbo S piles on 580 horses. That boost in power brings with it a boost in acceleration and speed. The 911 Turbo does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and tops out at 198 miles per hour, while the 911 Turbo S shaves 1/10 of a second off the 0-60 and will take you to a blistering 205 miles per hour.
In other words, if you buy the convertible, you’re going to have a heck of a time getting the bugs out of your teeth.
Both models come with a brace of standard features that set them apart, from the Sport Chrono Package to parking sensors, active LED headlights, adaptive suspension, a steering wheel styled after the one in the Porsche 918, and “optimal acceleration” from a Sport Response button.