📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ July 16, 2020
➤ New-generation Coupé & Cabriolet | 572hp / 750Nm flat six twin turbo | 0-62mph in 2.8s.
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Available to order now, 911 Turbo Coupé priced from £134,400, and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet from £143,560.
Each generation of Porsche 911 Turbo has upheld the claim of being a global benchmark for high-performance sports cars, and has done so since 1975 by continually honing a combination of performance and everyday usability.
The latest generation of the two-plus-two seater is more than twice as powerful as the original 911 Turbo, powered back then by a 3.0-litre, 256hp flat-six turbocharged engine.
This new generation 911 Turbo Coupé and Cabriolet sit beneath the flagship 911 Turbo S, revealed earlier this year. With a 572hp version of the characteristic flat-six, twin-turbo engines, the 911 Turbo offers 39hp more than the prior generation model and consequently is able to dip under the three second 0-62 mph yardstick; specifically in 2.8 seconds (- 0.2 seconds quicker than before).
Such performance is aided and abetted by 750Nm of low rev pull (an additional 40Nm), now without an over boost time limit, that makes quick sprints more spontaneous and effortless.
The 3,745cc six-cylinder flat ‘boxer’ engine in the 911 Turbo now features symmetrical VTG turbochargers with electrically-controlled waste gate bypass valves. The VTG system adjusts the intake boost according to engine speed and load. Mounted as they are in a symmetrical layout, the turbocharger compressor and turbine wheels now rotate in opposite directions. In conjunction with its redesigned charge air cooling system and the use of highly accurate piezo fuel injectors, these developments help improve throttle responsiveness, torque characteristics and let the engine rev more freely.
Torque is sent to all four-wheels via an eight-speed PDK gearbox with a Turbo-specific set-up; top speed remains unchanged at 199mph where permitted. The 911 Turbo models return WLTP fuel economy of 22.6 – 23.5 mpg, equivalent to 271 – 284 g/km CO2.
The front axle offers an additional 42mm track width versus the prior generation 911 Turbo to deliver more steering precision and it rides on new 20-inch diameter 255/35 section tyres at the nose. Likewise, traction at the rear axle is further improved by a 10mm increase in track width, supported by 315/30 tyres on 21-inch diameter wheels. Overall front vs rear grip is controlled by the Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel drive system, which can now transfer higher torque values to the front axle.
The braking system has also been revised to support the broader dynamic capabilities and grey cast iron brake discs at the front now measure 408mm in diameter (+ 28mm) and are 36mm wide (+2mm). The rear axle features 30mm wide brake discs with a diameter of 380mm. The discs are clasped by distinctive red fixed calipers.
Two different chassis variants are also introduced: the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management chassis offers a greater spread between sporting responsiveness and ride comfort. As an option, the firmer 10mm lower sports suspension enhances the agility of the new 911 Turbo even further. This set-up provides more stability in high-speed driving and particularly when driven on race circuits. The optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) hydraulic active anti-roll stabilisation and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) ceramic brake system with ten-piston fixed calipers on the front discs allow additional dynamic personalisation.
Behind the wheel of the new 911 Turbo, the basic elements correspond to those familiar from the 911 Carrera models, most obviously with the Porsche Advanced Cockpit and Direct Touch Control interfaces.
The centre screen measures 10.9 inches and its architecture is designed ‘to be operated quickly and intuitively’. Standard kit includes 14-way adjustable sports seats, the Sport Chrono package, a GT sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, multifunction and mode switches and audio quality provided by a powerful BOSE audio system.
Numerous options are available for further personalisation, including Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assist with road sign recognition, Night Vision Assist, Surround View and a Burmester audio setup.
Customers will also be invited to explore the potential of their new car, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.