First view: Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S

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Porsche has released details on their latest 911 Turbo models featuring refreshed exterior and interior design, together with updates made on the engine, software and together with new features. The new generation 911 Turbo adopts significant characteristics of the striking design of today’s Carrera models, supplemented by typical 911 Turbo special features. The newly formed front end with side airblades and precisely laid out narrow LED front lights with double fillets give the front end a wider look in combination with the additional fin in the central air intake. Like on the new 911 Carrera models, the Turbo and Turbo S features the eye-catching three-dimensional rear lights with their four-point brake lights.

The 911 Turbo and Turbo S features the new GT sport steering wheel – 360 mm in diameter and with a design adopted from the 918 Spyder, together with the rotary mode switch as standard. It consists of a rotary ring with stepped positions that is used to select one of the four modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual, where the Individual setting lets the driver configure and store a very individual vehicle setup.

P15_1241_a4_rgbAnother new feature of the Sport Chrono Package is the Sport Response button at the centre of the mode switch. This mode preconditions the engine and gearbox for the best possible responsiveness at the push of a button, and in this state, the vehicle can produce optimal acceleration for up to 20 seconds. An indicator in the instrument cluster in the form of a running timer shows the driver the elapsed time. Sport Response functionality can be called up as often as desired and from any of the driving modes.

The bi-turbo six-cylinder engine in the 911 Turbo with 3.8 litres of displacement now has a power output of 540 hp. The engine’s internal upgrades consists of modified inlet ports in the cylinder head, new injection nozzles and higher fuel pressure achieved this power gain. The 911 Turbo S now develops 580 hp thanks to new turbochargers with larger compressors with variable turbine geometry. The engines now features a dynamic boost function to further improve engine response in dynamic operation, where It maintains the turbo boost pressure even when the accelerator pedal is released briefly. The effects of this function are more pronounced in the Sport and Sport Plus modes than in Normal mode.

Overall, the new high-performance sports cars attains breathtaking driving performance, while fuel consumption is reduced even further. The 911 Turbo S Coupé sprints to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 330 km/h, which is 12 km/h higher than before. The 911 Turbo reaches the 100-km/h mark in 3.0 seconds, and its top speed is 320 km/h – five km/h faster than the previous model. Porsche claims that the coupes only consume 9.1 l/100 km, and the convertibles 9.3 l/100 km, which is not bad considering that these cars are full blown turbo 911s. This represents 0.6 litres less fuel per 100 km for all versions. The reason for this is further advanced electronic engine and transmission management with revised gear change mappings.

Porsche Stability Management (PSM) in the 911 Turbo models now has a new PSM Sport Mode. A brief press of the PSM button on the centre console puts the system in a very sporty mode – which is independent of the driving programme that is selected. The separately switched PSM Sport mode alters the PSM’s intervention threshold much more than was the case in Sport Plus mode of the previous model.

In this mode, the PSM warning light illuminates together with a message in the instrument cluster indicates that the PSM system’s driving stability intervention is limited. However, PSM still remains active in background, even in the PSM Sport mode. As usual, deactivating PSM only requires a long press on the PSM button.

The chassis of the new 911 Turbo models with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard now offers an even greater spread between performance and comfort. In addition, the 911 Turbo S offers a full complement of equipment for driving dynamics: Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll compensation is standard as is the Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brake (PCCB) ceramic brake system. New options for all 911 Turbo models include the radar-based lane change assist and a lift system for the front axle that can be used to increase ground clearance by 40 mm at the front spoiler lip at low speeds.

P15_1240_a4_rgbThe newly developed infotainment system, Porsche Communication Management (PCM), is making its way into the cockpits of the 911 Turbo models as standard. A multi-touch monitor with high-quality glass surface that is integrated into the centre console and offers numerous connectivity functions such as Apple CarPlay via the standard Connect Plus module. In addition, the system can now process handwritten inputs. Moreover, mobile phones and smartphones can now be integrated more quickly, easily and comprehensively than before via Bluetooth or cable. Select vehicle functions can now be controlled remotely as well. As in the previous models, the Bose sound system is offered as standard; a Burmester system can be delivered as an option.

 

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