Porsche re-engineers Turbo S ‘for fun’
Porsche powertrain boss Thomas Krickelberg has revealed to FortyOneSix that the new 560hp Turbo S has been specifically engineered with a higher rev limit than the standard car ‘for fun’.
The Turbo S has a 7200rpm redline, 200rpm higher than the standard Turbo. This is despite peak power already being produced below that, at 6500-6750rpm.
So, the reason for the higher redline? “We don't need it for the higher power,” says Krickelberg, “but we still wanted to increase the rev range. Drivers like higher revs.
“We thus gave it a higher rev limit for the fun and the sound of it.”
It wasn’t just a matter of recalibration, though. Porsche engineer’s additional fun “creates a higher load in extra heat and stresses for the piston. We’ve thus reinforced the pistons – and because we’ve added extra material, we’ve also had to fit new conrods, 2mm shorter than the regular turbo items.
“It’s a small increase in revs but it’s had major mechanical effects.”
Just another example of the remarkable engineer-led engineering Porsche is famous for – proving that, even today it’s alive and well. Engineer deems higher revs are more fun; funds are released to bring them through to production.
And the car? Well, you can read about that today on FortyOneSix too. Safe to say, it’s remarkable. And at higher revs, the Turbo is just that little bit more remarkable still…