A warm-up act for even bigger, better things.
by Brenda Priddy
Contrary to published reports, this 911 is NO GT2! After seeing the GT2 concept in Paris, high-buck Porschephiles would never stand for it.
Shown here is not the Porsche 911 GT2, but an even more potent version of the 420-hp 911 Turbo, badged the Turbo S. While our sources in Germany confirmed the existence of the Turbo S, our photographer was close enough to listen to the sound of the engine while it was speeding over the legendary German Nurburgring racetrack - and clearly identified the drivetrain as a turbocharged engine.
This prototype, like the standard turbo, sports the two huge air intakes in the rear wings and festoons the 911 Turbo’s characteristic front bumper with even more air intakes.
But this Turbo S has undergone a diet - losing comfort and convenience features such as power windows, ESP, and the heavy seats, consequently trimming down to a low weight for maximum driving performance. We hear that the 3.6-liter turbocharged rear-mounted boxer engine might be tuned up to some 450 hp, and with the weight-reduction, will make the car even faster than the Turbo.
To be sold in limited numbers, the Turbo S is a good warm-up act for the upcoming GT2.
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