Although Porsche had to temporarily halt production of the 2021 911 Turbo S in early 2020, it will arrive eventually. Until then, it doesn’t hurt to window shop. That’s why we’ve chosen to highlight the new 911 Turbo S for you. Below, you’ll get to take a walk down money lane, where options like a rear wiper cost you hundreds of dollars. Why is it so expensive, you ask? Because… well, there’s a Porsche badge on the back. However, all those dollar signs will fade once you hear the exhaust note of that flat six-cylinder engine and feel the pull of the Porsche 911 Turbo S.
So, open a new tab and click to the Porsche Car Configurator. Never mind that price tag in the top right corner. If you’re in the snack bracket to buy a new toy like this, the 911 Turbo S will not disappoint.
As is the new tradition, the 2021 911 Turbo S comes standard with a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder. This powerplant makes 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) eight-speed automatic transmission, the 3.8-liter engine is the only one available. It’s okay, though, since it more than does the job. While there isn’t a manual transmission available, all-wheel drive is standard. Porsche boasts the 911 Turbo S will achieve 60 MPH in a mind-blowing 2.6 seconds. Those numbers come from Porsche engineers, who typically err on the humble side.
Porsche makes the 2021 911 Turbo S available in the following colors.
- Aventurine Green Metallic
- Gentian Blue Metallic
- Guards Red
- Racing Yellow
- Python Green
- Lava Orange
- Carmine Red
- Silver Metallic
There are plenty of custom color options available too (with corresponding custom pricing as well).
When it comes to trim levels, let’s just say Porsche has its own way of divvying out the goodies. Here’s what we know. The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S is available as either a coupe or cabriolet. The coupe version starts out — bare bones — at $203,500. The cabriolet will cost you $216,300, minimum.
Standard features — spartan as they are — include 16.5-inch carbon-ceramic rotors. A pair of 10-piston calipers will bridle the Porsche from getting too feisty. Driving modes include Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus. You’ll also get to enjoy Wet driving mode without paying extra. In this mode, “sensors detect water spray and automatically make adjustments to the drive systems.” You might call it Porsche for “”traction control.”
The standard 2021 911 Turbo S will ride on 20-inch wheels up front and 21s in the back, for that signature Porsche stance. These wheels are center-lock and complement the front splitter, extendable rear wing, and carbon fiber accents highlighting the full shape of this 911. Standard interior equipment includes keyless entry, a Bose audio system, premium leather seating, and Porsche Connect on a 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment center.
Porsche designers created a few optional packages, such as the Sport variant. It includes a carbon fiber roof, silver wheels, a one-off taillight design, and gloss-black accents. The Lightweight package delights enthusiasts by shedding 66 pounds. From tossing the rear seats and skeletonizing the front two, to reducing the sound deadening material and decreasing the thickness of the surrounding glass, Porsche tunes vehicles equipped with the Lightweight package to soar. A sports exhaust and modified suspension round out this track-oriented package.
Further options include a rear wiper (mutually exclusive when it comes to lightweight glass), three wheel configurations, PASM sport suspension, a power sunroof, a tire pressure monitoring system plus a tire temperature monitor, and adaptive dampers. Expect more details on the various options available on the 2021 911 Turbo S to come out as we get closer to the end of the year.
Porsche outfits the 2021 911 Turbo S with a number of safety systems. And we’re not talking just the pizza-pan-size carbon ceramic brakes, either. Available on the newest 911 Turbo S are Warn and Brake Assist, a WET mode driving system, ParkAssist, and Reversing Camera with the option of Surround View. MotorTrend reports you’ll pay in excess of $1,000 each for blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and traffic sign recognition, and the surround-view camera system. Not to mention that adaptive cruise control will cost you $2,000. So yes, there are driver aids available. However, they will cost you just as much as any other Porsche upgrade.
Edmunds reports that the EPA-estimated fuel efficiency numbers for the 2021 911 Turbo S have not yet been released, as the car will likely hit U.S. shores near the end of this year. However, we can look to the all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S for similar numbers, since the two vehicles share the same 992 chassis. The Carrera 4S manages 20 miles-per-gallon combined. That’s a number the 911 Turbo S isn’t projected to top. However “it’s still likely to prove frugal relative to similarly powered rivals,” according to Edmunds. Expecting much more from an all-wheel drive sportscar is a bit like asking a calf-roping mustang to perform in a circus act.
Self-proclaimed as the “height of driving emotion,” Porsche continues to reward loyal fans with a modern sportscar — even if it doesn’t completely satisfy the purists out there. In reality, that’s summing up what experts had to say about the newest 911 Turbo S as well.
For example, Maxim gushed that the 2021 variant is the “fastest and most powerful version of the iconic sports car to date.” Edmunds’ experts even went so far as saying the vehicle combines “supercar performance with everyday practicality.” It may not be practical for most of us to even consider spending a few years’ worth of income on a single vehicle. However, Bloomberg says the “911 Turbo S offers a wonderful balance of advanced technology and familiar aesthetics.” That is, if you can afford it.
Now the nitpicks. Bloomberg conceded the 2021 911 Turbo S is a “very expensive purchase.” Throw in a few options and you’re quickly nearing a Ferrari’s price tag. However, Top Speed reminds us that “no other carmaker produces a rear-engined coupe at this point.” Reviewers there felt that customers could also choose from the 575-horsepower Jaguar F-Type, the V8-powered Mercedes-AMG GT R (with just two more horsepower), or the Aston Martin Vantage that only squeaks out 503 horsepower from its signature V8. But even throwing in the DB11 from James Bond’s favorite chauffeuring brand, alongside the McLaren GT and Bentley Continental GT, you’d be hard-pressed to find another like the 911 Turbo S. Perhaps that’s what has kept so many coming back to the iconic German brand.
The Last Word
The 2021 911 Turbo S officially debuted at the virtual 2020 Geneva Motor Show. While you won’t be able to get your hands on one anytime soon, that just gives you more time to save up. Save you pennies, cause you’ll need plenty of them if you want to have a 2021 911 Turbo S in your driveway someday.
In all seriousness, keep checking back on Porsche’s website for more details on the 911 Turbo S. Word has it the brand may be considering an electric and/or hybrid version. Those with a conscience on climate change would love if that became a reality. Visit us often to find exclusive facts and figures on what’s coming out next. Stay tuned for more inside scoops on the latest in automotive news.