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Sime Darby Auto Performance held a Malaysian preview recently of the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Flaunting a 28-mm wider rump than the Carrera 4 models, two-tone forged 20-inch wheels with hub locks and full-LED headlamps with four-point DRLs, this is the flagship of the incumbent 991 series.

The 1,680-kg rear-engined sports car’s direct-injected 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-six sends 560 PS and 750 Nm of twist to all four wheels through a seven-speed PDK twin-clutch ‘box, allowing a 3.1-second century sprint time and a 318 km/h top speed.

In spite of all that grunt, Porsche claims a respectable NEDC fuel consumption figure of 9.7 litres per 100 km. Contributing to this is a start/stop system that activates earlier during coasting to a halt as well as a new thermal management system.

The PTM AWD system, with its electronically-controlled multi-plate coupling, gets a new water cooling function to enable it to feed more torque to the front wheels when needed.

A unique feature is Porsche Adaptive Aerodynamics, which involves a front spoiler that can be extended in three stages and a slotted rear wing that can adjust its height and angle of attack, also in three stages, to either suit the driving situation or the driver’s wishes.

There’s also Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control to keep body roll at bay, and the Sport Chrono Package (dynamic engine mounts, carbon ceramic brakes), which is optional on the 911 Turbo, is fitted as standard on the 911 Turbo S.

Active rear axle steering, comprising two electro-mechanical actuators, allows the rear wheels to vary their steering angle by up to 2.8 degrees in either direction depending on vehicle speed.

Below 50 km/h, the system steers the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. This visually shortens the wheelbase by 250 mm and facilitates faster cornering and easier parking.

Above 80 km/h, the rear wheels are steered in the same direction as the front wheels. This virtually lengthens the wheelbase by a whopping 500 mm. Lateral force is built up at the rear axle faster, giving the car more high-speed stability.

The plush but performance-oriented cabin contains 18-way adjustable sports seats with memory and a Bose sound system. Available options include a Burmester sound system, radar-guided cruise control, camera-based road sign recognition and speed limit recognition.

Although bookings are open, the base price for the Porsche 911 Turbo S will be announced at a later date. We’re told the non-S 911 Turbo will not be introduced here, but as that has 40 fewer horses to play with, most potential 911 buyers shouldn’t be too fazed.

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