Wait!? Didn't the new 911 Turbo S just debut?
Weight has always been the enemy for performance cars. It doesn't matter whether there's an internal combustion engine or a large battery pack; weight is weight. It's up to automakers to come up with and, if necessary, invent creative solutions. Carbon fiber, titanium, and lightweight aluminum alloys are all prime examples. Take the all-new 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S, for example. It's wicked fast and powerful. 0 to 62 mph happens in just 2.7 seconds and has a total of 640 horsepower.
But what we don't know about it, at least not yet, is how much it weighs. Another piece of information we have not yet received is the next Porsche 911 Turbo itself. Just the S version was revealed and, according to Auto Express, there's a very good reason why.
"There will be a Turbo," said Dr. Frank-Steffan Walliser, director of the 718 and 911 product lines. "I don't want to use the words 'normal Turbo' because it is anything but normal." Aside from having an improved sports suspension and, for the first time, a sports exhaust, Porsche listened to customers' requests to make the Turbo model more of a driving machine. This apparently presented an opportunity to further differentiate the Turbo and Turbo S. While the latter may have the greater power output, the Turbo will focus on slashing excess weight for an even more thrilling driving experience.
"And we will add another option later this year that also underlines our attempt to make this car lighter, to also emphasize the very sport side of the car. It will be a lightweight sports package; we'll pack together lightweight options but also work on the sound insulation of the car, reducing weight a little bit," Walliser said. "It'll only be small bits and pieces but as you know, that can change the character of the car."
What kinds of "bits and pieces" is he referring to? One option is the removal of the rear seats. There's still no timetable regarding the 992 991 Turbo's official launch date, but we expect it to be relatively soon.