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Intelligent Power: Consumption down significantly, Performance up once againNew Porsche 911 Turbo to be revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show

Far-reaching technological innovations together with supreme fine-tuning and refinement herald the debut of the second generation 997-type 911 Turbo.

All key features of Porsche’s iconic high-performance sports car have been significantly improved. The new 911 Turbo combines a substantial improvement in fuel efficiency and lower weight with more power, even higher speed and enhanced driving dynamics.

The new top-of-the-range 911 from Zuffenhausen now stands out even more than before from its competitors, particularly in terms of fuel economy and dynamic performance.

The new 911 Turbo will be presented to the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show from September 17-27, with the world’s motoring media to see the car on the reserved Press Days of September 15-16.

The heart and highlight of the seventh-generation 911 Turbo is its new engine, increasing displacement from 3.6 litres to 3.8 litres and power from 353 kW to 368 kW (500 horsepower).

The first entirely new engine in the 35-year-history of the Turbo comes with features such as Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) and Porsche’s exclusive turbocharger with variable turbine geometry on a petrol engine. And as an option, the new six-cylinder may be combined for the first time with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (Double-Clutch Gearbox).

This unique combination of supreme technical features ensures an unprecedented standard of efficiency and performance; the Porsche 911 Turbo reducing CO2 emissions versus its predecessor by almost 18 per cent, therefore unique in itssegment in this respect.

Depending on the configuration of the car, the new 911 Turbo requires between just 11.4 – 11.7 ltrs/100 kms as measured by the EU5 standard. And unlike most other cars in its segment, the new Turbo remains even further below the crucial level of fuel consumption for gas guzzler tax in the USA, the special tax imposed on cars with substantial fuel consumption.

All this despite acceleration to 100 km/h in a staggering 3.4 seconds (3.7 seconds for the previous model with Tiptronic S transmission) and acceleration to 200 km/h in less than 12 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 312 km/h.

Models equipped with PDK are also available with a new, optional three-spoke steering wheel with gearshift paddles as an alternative to the standard steering wheel with its proven shift buttons. The paddles are fixed to the steering wheel: the right paddle providing up shifts, the left paddle down shifts.

With the further option of Sport Chrono Package Turbo the steering wheel also features integrated displays for Launch Control and the Sport / Sport Plus modes.

Drivers of the new 911 Turbo will also enjoy a further improvement in driving dynamics. Porsche’s all-wheel drive system – Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – has been further enhanced, with Porsche Stability Management (PSM) now being further supported by new Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) available as an option to spread out drive power variably on the rear axle. This makes the new 911 Turbo even more agile and precise in its steering for an even higher level of driving enjoyment.

Sales of the new Porsche 911 Turbo in both Coupe and Cabriolet body styles commence in Germany on November 21, with sales in Australia to commence in early 2010. Local pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

7/8/2009