Photo Credit: Porsche
Just how fast is the new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S (992)? The Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets all the hype, but the new 992 Turbo S is actually faster and puts several hypercars to shame.
As shown in the video below, Sport Auto recently tested the 992 Turbo S on Hockenheim Grand Prix and achieved a blistering 1 minute, 47.8 second (1:47.8) lap time. Had the car been on R-compound tires, Christian Gebhardt could have easily shaved off another 1 to 2 seconds.
How is the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S so fast?
Let’s start by putting the 992’s lap time into perspective by comparing it to Christian’s closest lap times.
|Car||Tires||Lap Time (mins)|
|McLaren Senna (789 hp, 590 ft-lbs, 3029 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R||1:40.8|
|Manthey-Porsche GT2 RS MR (700 hp, 553 ft-lbs, 3240 lbs)||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R||1:43.5|
|McLaren 720S (710 hp, 568 ft-lbs, 3139 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R||1:45.5|
|Ferrari 488 Pista (711 hp, 568 ft-lbs, 3054 lbs)||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R||1:45.9|
|a-workx-Porsche 911 GT3 RS (991.2) (513 hp, 346 ft-lbs, <3258 lbs)||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R||1:46.0|
|Lamborghini Aventador SVJ (759 hp, 531 ft-lbs, 3362 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R||1:47.3|
|Porsche 911 Turbo S (992) (640 hp, 590 ft-lbs, 3600 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero N1||1:47.8|
|Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro (577 hp, 516 ft-lbs, 3,600 lbs)||Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R||1:48.0|
|McLaren 600 LT (592 hp, 457 ft-lbs, 3100 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R||1:48.9|
|Lamborghini Huracán Evo (631 hp, 443 ft-lbs, 3135 lbs)||Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R||1:49.0|
Despite being on street tires and weighing in at a heavy 3,600 pounds, the new Porsche 911 Turbo S seems to defy physics to beat out several, track-focused hypercars. Sure the 992 Turbo S has 640 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque, but it’s really comes down to the 992’s ability to inspire driver confidence and achieve exceptional mechanic grip.
Porsche delivers this insane level of performance through its world-class engineering and the following cutting edge gadgets:
- Sophisticated all-wheel drive system
- Lightning fast, 8-speed PDK transmission
- Porsche Torque Vectoring
- Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (hydraulically controlled sway bars)
- Dynamic engine mounts
- Rear axle steering
- Porsche Active Aerodynamics (auto-deploying front spoiler and rear wing)
- Massive carbon ceramic brakes (10 piston, 420mm front brakes & 4 piston, 390mm rear brakes)
The Porsche GT2 and GT3 RS get all the hype nowadays. However, the Porsche 911 Turbo S is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It doesn’t have all the loud aero bits and lightweight gimmicks, but it’s certainly the faster Porsche in the hands of mere mortals. If you’re looking for a car that has no problem beating up hypercars yet is comfortable to live with, we highly recommend you consider the new Porsche 992 Turbo S.
Photos below from Porsche