The new Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are the most technically-advanced and most powerful variants of the 991 platform (at least until the new 911 GT2 arrives). With 560 horsepower in Turbo S trim, all-wheel-drive, all-wheel-steering and the borderline-magical PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmission in its arsenal, the latest evolution of Stuttgart’s now-thoroughly-civilized supercar (something that most definitely could not be said of the original) is ready and willing to blow your freakin’ mind, man.
Of course, this is not to say that Porsche’s prime poindexters didn’t leave anything on the table when devising the new Turbo, because they most certainly did. However, it’s up to the aftermarket to uncork that unrealized potential. Take it away, TechArt!
As a tuner that has concentrated on Porsches for over a quarter-century, TechArt has a pretty good idea of what works when it comes to restyling these German gems and what doesn’t. And the composite aero kit for the 991 Turbo/Turbo S – consisting of a new front fascia that accommodates the standard car’s inflatable air dam/splitter, recontoured side skirts, a subtle roof spoiler above the back window, a fixed rear spoiler on the engine cover and a reshaped rear diffuser certainly work, both from an aesthetic standpoint and a functional one.
And speaking of functional, there are plenty of mechanical upgrades available that serve that purpose. There’s a kit that hydraulically lifts the front end by as much as 2.6” to safely summit speed bumps, driveway entrances and other potential scraping hazards. There’s a sport steering wheel available in a dizzying array of colors and materials that integrates shift paddles for the PDK transmission. And at the head of the queue, you’ll find a power kit for the Turbo S.
Based around TechArt’s Techtronic engine management system, which is essentially an electronic “black box” that piggybacks onto the stock ECU, it coaxes an extra 60 horsepower and 96 lb.-ft, or 620 horsepower and 612 lb.-ft (649 lb.-ft with overboost engaged) total.
All it takes to summon this extra Kraft is to push the stock “Sport” button on the center console. Then, grip the steering wheel as though your life depends on it as you blast to 62 mph from rest in 2.8 seconds on your way to a 204 mph top speed.
What’s the price all of that surplus swagger? Not cheap, but we’re guessing it will be a considerably less staggering sum than what you’d pay for a 918 Spyder. Of course, if you had gotten your 918 Spyder order in on time, you probably wouldn’t be looking at “slumming it” in a tuned 911 Turbo, would you?