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Porsche Index: 997 Turbo S

History and spec

The Gen2 997 Turbo was an exceptionally accomplished sports car, and we’ve sung its praises many times within these pages. Improving upon such a special recipe was a tall order for the engineers at Zuffenhausen, yet they did exactly that, creating an instant classic.

With just 2,000 made, production amounted to virtually half that of the regular 997.2 Turbo, and those few lucky buyers would have been very impressed with their new purchase.

There was still the same 3.8-litre motor beneath the engine cover, but it had been fettled to produce 530hp and 700Nm of torque – an increase of 30hp and 50Nm respectively. Most of that increase came from turning up the wick on the pair of variable-geometry turbochargers, maximum boost now raised from 1.0 bar to 1.2 bar.

Still directly injected and equipped with VarioCam Plus variable valve timing, the latter had been revised on the intake side and the air intake was fashioned from a carbon weave.

Drive was sent to all four wheels via the seven-speed PDK transmission – Sport Chrono Plus was standard, which meant the addition of launch control – and there was the usual blizzard of driver assistance acronyms in the form of PASM, PTM (Porsche Traction Management) and PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring).

Despite all of the enticing technology, outright performance wasn’t markedly different from its non-S stablemate, mere fractions of a second shaved from the major benchmarks meaning just modest gains were on offer.

Not that it wasn’t explosively fast as it stood, 0-62mph reeled off in 3.3 seconds and 195mph beckoning if you had the space and nerve. So it had the pace, but reasonably there was a question – one asked in some contemporary road tests – over what buyers were really getting for their additional £17k.

Well, had the buyer ticked the box marked ‘S’ when it came to ordering their 997 Turbo they would have discovered it also came with PCCB brakes as standard, fronted by ‘RS Spyder’ centre-lock wheels. And on top of the already lavish Turbo specification their new purchase boasted the likes of adaptive Sports seats, a six-disc CD/DVD system and a choice of exclusive interior trim colours.

Whether all of that could be viewed as money well spent is open to question, but with the 991 all set to take centre stage this ultimate expression of the 997 Turbo would have been very hard to resist.


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Porsche 991 v Porsche 997: Turbo S duel in issue 123

Blasting along the asphalt, there’s a sharp hairpin coming up in a matter of seconds. Buoyed with confidence, my right foot eases off the accelerator pedal but stays hovering over it as my left foot pushes the brake pedal, actioning the PCCB brakes, which clamp onto the two pairs of 380mm and 350mm ventilated discs and scrub speed sufficiently for me to make the turn.

Gripping the Sport Design wheel at ‘quarter-to-three’, my arms cross over as I point the car around the corner to the right, easing my pace a little more to stop the onslaught of understeer on the tight curve.

Exiting the corner, I squeeze my right foot down to an almighty ‘whoosh’ as the 997 Turbo S is launched for the next corner at haste. In a matter of seconds the cycle will be repeated for a left turn.

Porsche 997 Turbo S

I’m currently traversing up Zig Zag Hill, a delightfully twisty (if a little unsightly) rural Dorset B-road with a steep incline that promises a panoramic view of Cranbourne Chase at the top.

However, there’s a more pressing sight to deal with right now, and it’s taking up most of the space in my rear-view mirror: Josh is sitting just off my active rear wing in the identically hued 991 Turbo S, and he’s looking more comfortable than I am.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: surely there can’t be that much difference between the latest generations of Turbo S, can there? It’s time to pull over, let Ali set up his lighting for photography stills, and assess the history behind these seemingly immortal Porsche steers.

Porsche 991 Turbo S

Of course, customers who purchase a new Turbo are well-known for being ‘tick happy’ when it comes to choosing options for their 911, which is a prime reason for the very existence of the Turbo S moniker.

Those who want a comprehensive 911 Turbo package, laden with well-appointed options, a modicum of extra power – more for bragging rights down the pub than anything else – and a hint of superiority should look no further than the 911 Turbo S.

To read more of Lee’s Turbo S head-to-head, grab your copy of Total 911 issue 123 in store now. Alternatively, order it online for home delivery or download it straight to your digital device.

Porsche 911 Turbo S


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Sales debate: Which 911 Turbo has the most investment potential?

The 911’s 50th anniversary last year coincided with astronomical price rises for Zuffenhausen’s iconic sports car. With the Turbo variant celebrating its 40th birthday this year, now may be the last chance to jump on the forced-induction train before it’s too late. But what model should you invest your money in?

“It’s difficult, because there’s so many of them,” Jamie Tyler, Paragon’s head of sales explains. While the 996 Turbo may be one of the market’s entry-level cars, Tyler believes it is worth looking at more exotic fare.

“3.6 Turbos (964), 993 Turbos, and obviously Turbo Ss [are all good choices]. Any of the air-cooled ones really, as they’re all on the way up at the moment,” Tyler continues.

Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

The problem is, despite starting prices of £150,000 for a 964 Turbo 3.6 (more desirable than the 3.3 due to their rarity according to Tyler), and £85,000 for 993 versions, examples of the above sell very quickly.

Talking of a 993 Turbo during the summer by Paragon, Tyler mentions that it “was only on the website for about three hours, and it sold over the phone straight away.”

Porsche Bournemouth’s Karl Meyer, an expert in Porsche’s heritage line-up, agrees that 964 and 993 Turbos are proving attractive. However, he does have a preference.

Porsche 930 3.0 3.3

“I think a 930. It is just bonkers not to buy them,” he explains. “They’re still the most iconic, but they haven’t stretched their legs. Give it two years, and I think a £40,000 930 could be double its money.”

That’s a serious return, but to maximise your chances, Meyer points out that it is the earliest or the latest 930s that make the best prospects. The former “embodies the whole Seventies era,” while the latter gained the excellent G50 gearbox. Either way, your Turbo should be pumping into an air-cooled flat six.

For market advice on any generation or style of Porsche 911, check out our full selection of sales debates, where we ask the 911 experts the pertinent market questions so you don’t have to.


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