Porsche celebrates 911 Turbo S launch in Australia with a unique stunt.
The teaser campaign for the new 911 GT3 is underway ahead of the car's upcoming reveal, but Porsche doesn't want you to forget about the new 911 Turbo. While it's less track-focused than the GT3, the new 911 Turbo is still blisteringly quick.
To celebrate the car's launch in Australia and demonstrate its performance prowess, Porsche managed to shut down a runway in Sydney airport for a series of high-speed acceleration tests. With passenger traffic down 97 percent, Australia's busiest airport was practically deserted, giving 48 VIPs a unique opportunity to push the 911 Turbo S to the limit on the restricted runway.
Porsche Track Experience instructors led by Bathurst 1000 champion Luke Youlden were supervising the unusual event. Porsche was able to showcase the improved launch control and all-wheel drive acceleration of the new 911 Turbo S, which had plenty of room to stretch its legs on the 1.3-mile stretch of runway.
With its 3.8-liter twin-turbo boxer six-cylinder, the Turbo S can accelerate to 62 mph from a standstill in 2.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 205 mph. During one run, a 911 Turbo S hit 300 km/h (186.4 mph) at 1.3G while rocketing down the runway.
Planning the event took months of preparation, starting with site assessments and evaluations of the ground surface. "There were numerous site visits before we could all agree it was actually possible. Logistically there are so many things to consider: first and foremost, safety," said Belinda Coen, Marketing and Events Manager of Porsche Centre Sydney South.
"A lot of work went into understanding the length of the runway and the speeds that the vehicle would be able to get to. From there we worked backwards so that we had every situation covered. It was such a unique and special event and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that is unlikely to be able to take place ever again."