China gets a special edition of the 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 26, 2011

To celebrate its 10th year in China, Porsche is offering a highly exclusive special-edition 911 Turbo S. Only ten units will be built of this special anniversary model, signifying one car for each year. Porsche’s first showroom in the country opened in Beijing in 2001. Since then, Porsche sales in China have steadily increased, from only 27 cars recorded in 2002 to 13,856 units sold in 2010. To date, there are 31 different Porsche showrooms in China.

Porsche Exclusive will be building this special 10 Year Anniversary Edition 911 Turbo S. It will be painted in a unique Gold Bronze finish that will be an awesome contrast to a carbonfiber front trunk lid, a set of black wheels, and dark headlight surrounds.

The 911’s interior will use a combination of leather and Alcantara that features golden stitching. It also has special carbon-fiber items that serve to highlight the door panels and door sills.

Each car will have plaques that indicate the 911’s number in this limited production run that will be placed in the right-front fender and the glove box. Like other non-gold versions, this 911 Turbo S is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine that delivers 530 hp and can reach a top speed of 195 mph, distributing power through Porsche’s seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission to all four corners.

Porsche has long been known to have one of the best drivetrain technologies used in its sports cars. With the 911 Turbo S, it appears the brand has exceeded expectations as inside it is likely the best drivetrain technology level to be in a sports car.

All of the performance-enhancing features that were offered as an option under the 911 Turbo are now standard in the 911 Turbo S. At the center of this new model is the six-cylinder boxer engine that comes with two turbochargers, each having what is known as variable turbine geometry (VTG). It’s a truly distinct feature as the brand only utilizes this on engines that run on petrol. Actual output of this engine is 30 hp higher compared to the standard 911 Turbo. Limited to both the 911 Turbo and the 911 Turbo S, what exactly does the VTG do? What this charger technology does is to use variable turbine blades in order for the engine to run even at the highest exhaust temperature, which is around 1,000° C (1,830° F).

If you want proof that this helps the 911 Turbo S raise its performance, listen to the engine’s sound. By simply pushing a button to choose between the Sport and the Sport Plus, the adjustable blades that are placed on the turbochargers are modified. The same is true for the angle of ignition. While the sound does convince one of the performance potential, it is also possible to have a visual indication of the performance and power. This is because the compartment of the engine was enhanced while the housing for its air filter is now made of carbon and has the trim cover in aluminum that has the Turbo S lettering.

One of the more technological features is known as the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe or PDK. What this does is once the gears are shifted, it transmits the engine’s full power to the active all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management. Helping boost the driving dynamics to a new level of standards include the mechanical differential placed on its rear axle, the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), and the engine mounts. Other features equipped as standard include the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) which is resistant to fading and light. The PCCB guarantees stopping power that is unbeatable no matter what the situation is. Due to the use of light materials, the standard trim of the 11 Turbo S is lighter by as much as 10 kilograms (22 pounds) compared to the 911 turbo equipped with the PDK.

This is true even with all the other features included. One of the engines powering the 911 Turbo is the six-cylinder unit that comes with biturbo technology and Direct Fuel Injection. It was introduced back in the autumn of 2009, and was the first engine to appear after 35 years of the 911 Turbo being in existence. As such, its mechanical parts were geared to ensure it would deliver in terms of performance, power, and efficiency. For the 911 Turbo S, this same engine underwent a few changes in order to bring out its full potential. The management of its intake valves for instance was improved and made more aggressive.

By increasing the charge pressure by 0.2 bar to result in a 1.2 bar maximum, the 911 Turbo S has 30 hp more output compared to the 911 Turbo. This maximum output can be sustained by the six-cylinder turbocharged engine from 6,250 rpm and up to 6,750 rpm. Maximum torque is just as amazing and since it is higher by as much as 50 Nm (37 lb-ft), peak torque is now at 700 Nm (516 lb-ft), possible from 2,100 rpm and p to 4,250 rpm. With these figures, there is no doubt that the 911 Turbo S exhibits an imposing road performance. As proof of this, the 911 Turbo S accelerates from 80 - 120 km/h (50 -75 mph) in merely 2.0 (Cabriolet 2.1) seconds. Meanwhile it can double its speed, say from 100 km/h to 200 km/h in, merely 7.5 seconds ((Cabriolet 2.1).

Operation-wise, the power unit inside the Porsche 911 Turbo S uses Direct Fuel Injection to make sure that the air and fuel are mixed properly before they’re sent to the power unit. Another significant change is the expansion intake manifold. By taking into account the wavering air in the middle of the intake valve and the throttle butterfly, its cylinder charge is vastly improved. This also helps with the efficiency level of the engine. It even helps in lowering fuel consumption, be it running at high speeds or carrying high loads.

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