What better way to emerge from a worldwide pandemic (once public health professionals tell us it’s safe to do so) then behind the wheel of a 641-horsepower, six cylinder, 3.8 litre turbo engine sports car.

Porsche announced the launch of the new-generation 911 Turbo S in March, both as a Coupé and Cabriolet, 61 more hp than its predecessor.  That translates to a sprint of zero to 100 km/h in 2.7 seconds (a decrease of 0.2 seconds from the previous model), and a top speed of 330 km/h (that’s unchanged).

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Porsche has widened the body to enhance driving dynamics (45 mm wider above the front axle, 20 mm wider above the rear axle), further developed aerodynamics and new mixed-size tires (20-inch tires at the front and 21 inches at the rear) for great agility and sportiness (the track is 42 mm wider at the front axle and 10 mm wide at the rear axle).

The all-wheel drive 911 looks much edgier, in terms of design. The Porsche Active Suspension Management sports chassis has been lowered by 10 mm. The exhaust system has adjustable flaps. The car makes a sound like none other. And the way it handles, in terms of cornering speeds, how the steering behaves, how the car holds on the roadway, the 911 has few peers (maybe the Audi R8, or the Mercedes AMG GTR). Faster and more precise – controlled dampers help with that.

Inside is a full leather interior and carbon trim, 18-way adjustable sports seats, 10.9-inch centre screen, GT sports steering wheel and BOSE Surround Sound System, among other features.

The new Porsche 911 is available for order in Canada now, with pricing starting at $231,700 for the coupe and $246,300 for the cabriolet. Porsche dealerships in the Toronto area include Porsche Centre in Downtown Toronto and Pfaff Porsche.

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