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Lightweight package for 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S 992

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Frank-Steffen Walliser admits package could also be offered for Carreras

Porsche’s new flagship Turbo S model is set to be offered with a lightweight package option for more enthusiastic customers, admits Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche’s head of the 911 model series. The new Turbo S 992, revealed at a virtual launch instead of a Coronavirus-halted Geneva Motor Show, features a new 3.8-litre flat six engine based on the 9A2 family fitted to 992 Carreras, mated to an eight-speed PDK automatic transmission.

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight Package 992
2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Lightweight Package 992

Walliser, speaking on a conference interview call, said that with the new 911 Turbo S 992, Porsche has listened to feedback from some customers wanting a more dynamic package. He said: “We take feedback, that’s why we’ve added Sports suspension, lowered the car by 10mm, [and a] different spring and damper set up. We have a Sport exhaust for the first time to make more of a driving machine, and we will add a further option later this year, which also underlines our attempt to make the car a bit lighter, to emphasise the very sporty side of the car. It will be a sport package, where we pack together lightweight options, where we also reduce the sound insulation a little bit, and other small bits and pieces. As you know they can really change the character of the car.”

Questioned by Drive-My/EN-UK if those other ‘small bits and pieces’ meant removing rear seats, thinner glass and going further down the RS path, Walliser laughed and replied: “You should join the product team, you have good ideas. Yes. They’ll be going in that direction.” The lightweight sport package could also be implemented in the regular Carrera line-up too, admitted Walliser, which would likely negate the need for a Carrera T in the future line-up, its inclusion in the model range undecided. Walliser did say the GTS will be coming soon, as it’s a top seller, particularly in Europe. And the GT3? It’s coming, with the ‘racing engine’, which will be a further development of that in the 911 Speedster, not, as some assumed, a version of the 4.0-litre that’s doing good service in the 718 Spyder and Cayman GT4 (and Boxster and Cayman GTS models).

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